Ahnna Goossen is a licensed acupuncturist with a vibrant private practice in Gilroy, California. Ahnna is deeply committed to her own personal growth and health as well as that of her patients. Her background includes a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from UCSC and a Master’s Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Five Branches Institute in Santa Cruz, California. Her continued education has given her a unique style of acupuncture, incorporating Japanese Acupuncture with its gentle approach to needling, Essential Oils, Reiki, Tapping & Qi Gong Energetic Medicine. She teaches a Taoist style of Qi Gong Flow learned through her work with renowned Qi Gong master, Lee Holden. She loves to share her Qi Gong background with her patients to empower them to cultivate and balance their Qi thus providing a pro-active approach to enhance vitality and health.
Holly Michaelsen teaches modalities of Asthanga Yoga, such as breathing exercises, postures, and concentration meditations. These practices aim to cultivate peace, self-development, and well-being. Holly is a native to the Bay Area and 200-YTT certified by Mt. Madonna Institute School of Yoga. Her other interests involve nutrition and improving community health and well-being.
Jessica first discovered the transformative path of Yoga 10 years ago, and has been immersing herself more and more deeply in its study and practice ever since. What she loves most about Yoga is that it is all-encompassing… some aspect can be practiced at any moment of the day by anyone and everyone. Jessica trained at the Mount Madonna Center in the Santa Cruz Mountains under Baba Hari Dass and his senior students. There she completed her 200 hour (in 2007) and 500 hour (in 2011) certifications, and now teaches other teachers in both of these programs, as well in Mount Madonna's Ayurveda college. Her classes are fun and well-rounded, with a focus on remembering to connect with our breath.
Karin Larsen just happened to walk into a yoga class one day in 2003 and fell in love with the feeling of peace, lightness and joy that stayed with her. In 2006, she took the 200 hour Advanced Studies and Teacher Training at Yoga High Studio in Salinas, intending to deepen her own practice, not to teach. But, after repeatedly being asked to teach, she began. Now, she can’t imagine not sharing the beauty of yoga. Her classes are a celebration of life, kindness and self-acceptance. She continues to further her knowledge by attending many yoga conferences and workshops from a variety of gifted teachers and yoga styles, most recently at Yoga Teacher Training and Advanced Studies at the Yoga Center of Carmel. In addition to her adult classes, she enjoys introducing the playfulness of yoga to children and teaches in several schools. She is also certified in PiYo and Mat Pilates. She hopes to encourage others to listen to their inner teacher, their inner wisdom and to bring balance, energy and peace to their lives through yoga, discovering the beauty within.
Yoga has evolved over thousands of years through practice, observation, and refinement. Yoga can enable us to experience life more fully by awakening our senses and our awareness of self. Through our practice, we can heal our bodies, calm our minds, and tune into our hearts. In the classes I lead, I enjoy a flowing asana practice with breathing and meditation. I often draw inspiration from yoga philosophy and the wisdom of other teachers to share with the class. I was first trained as a yoga teacher through Avalon Art and Yoga in Palo Alto. I am also trained to teach prenatal yoga through Whole Birth Yoga. I have recently completed my Children’s Yoga Teacher Training through Mount Madonna Center in Classical Ashtanga Yoga. I continue to teach yoga at Mount Madonna School. I am also a guest teacher in the Children’s Yoga Teacher Training at Mount Madonna Center. I continue to study through Mount Madonna Center.
Human beings have an incredible potential for kindness, beauty, grace, efficiency, and power. Practicing Yoga actualizes those potentials in a profoundly effective way. My name is Nick Fortino. My formal education and professional work have always involved learning about what one must do, and how one must be, in order to achieve optimal physical and mental health. I study psychology, anatomy, and physiology. I am trained to teach Ashtanga Yoga, which is an eight-limbed system designed to cultivate stability, strength, and flexibility in the body and the mind. My intention as a teacher is to be sensitive to the demands of the students in front of me and to care sincerely. I bow inside to the wisdom of Yoga, and it is an honor to bring the teachings into others' lives. Feel free to contact me and/or come to a class if you feel my guidance in your Yoga practice may serve you.
Paula Goldsmith is a certified Kali Ray TriYoga Instructor who first experienced TriYoga in 1987, and immediately recognized the transformational nature of TriYoga Flows. She has been teaching since 2001, after completing training with Kali Ray and staff at the TriYoga Centers in Santa Cruz and Malibu.She is honored to share the flow with her students.
Sandy first discovered and fell in love with yoga in 1998 and began practicing almost daily. She graduated from a 100 hour Anusara teacher training twice, once in 2001 and again in 2007. She also received her certification in teaching Yoga for beginners in 2002. In 2013, she received her certification to teach Restorative yoga from renowned teacher, Judith Hanson Lassiter. She is the co-owner of Satori Cellars with her husband, and mother to their son Riley.
When we can slow down and go inside everything wonderful springs forth from the body, and when your mind, body, and spirit are aligned, the magic and miracles in life are possible. Sandy believes that coming home to your body is one of the most powerful tools we have as humans to live a wonderful life! Through a regular practice the mind becomes calm and undesirable thoughts diminish. The practice of yoga purifies the body and the mind for the purpose of happiness. Sandy believes through proper alignment principles, deep breathing, and letting go we can experience the divine through ourselves.