Serenity Prajnadhara first became a student of yoga in 2008. Her first class was at a climbing gym in Santa Cruz, and it completely transformed her life. Since then she began to explore many different traditions and expressions of yoga. She completed her 200 hour teaching training with Clayton Horton founder of Greenpath Ashtanga yoga teacher training at the Yoga Society of San Francisco in August 2011. She is inspired by her Ashtanga yoga training of P. Jois, as well Tri Yoga, a system of yoga founded by yogini Kali Ray that emphasizes posture, breath and focus. After her training, she began to express Bhakti yoga classes, (devotional) singing while playing her harmonium.
Serenity is first and foremost a student of yoga. She draws upon her inner resources to provide a foundation of strength and courage in her classes. The clarity and compassion that she shares can be felt by many of her students. She emphasizes the breath as a tool for greater awareness and understanding of one’s own true nature. As she became more focused on her training, she found that a strong asana practice was the glue that held everything together, a true catalyst for transformation. Serenity is devoted to the path of yoga, and has made it her purpose to see that she applies the deep wisdom that comes from practice to all life’s experiences. Her goal is to assist her students in their own self-discovery and personal mastery.
Peter is a KPJAYI level II authorized teacher with a decade of full-time teaching experience. He has been leading a Mysore program in Southwest Australia, and has conducted Ashtanga Intensives and retreats internationally for many years. Since his first Mysore class with Pattabhi Jois in India, he has made the Ashtanga system his way of life, practicing and teaching with devotion, and making annual trips to Mysore. He is grateful for the inspiration and guidance of Sharath Jois. Peter's style as a teacher is driven by his deep yearning for spiritual wellness, continual effort to learn the diverse elements of yoga, and value of a simple, steady and sincere practice. Yoga has proven to be a natural culmination in his life of mountain climbing, environmental education, and spiritual seeking. Daily practice of the primary and intermediate series has taught him to cultivate mental discipline, a devotional heart, and the application of yoga principals in all aspects of his life. Peter has explored other meditation techniques, yoga philosophy and Sanskrit mantra, and visited many sacred places in India. Peter's intuitive teaching style draws primarily from his own self-practice and from his experience practicing and assisting at KPJAYI. His purpose as a teacher is to bring a clear presence, keen eye and gentle touch in honor of all students just as they are. He relies on the power of the practice, aided by soft and skillful adjustments, to bring students into meditation and encourage a lifestyle in alignment with yoga and nature.
Through in depth study of human anatomy and physiology and formal training as a massage therapist, Adarsh is highly regarded for his sensitive yet deep adjusting style. He has experience working with a wide variety of students of diverse abilities, ages, and backgrounds. With a deeply held belief that anyone can develop a personal yoga practice, Adarsh is an energetic teacher who infuses his enthusiasm for practice and hard work in his students.Adarsh is the owner of Monterey Yoga Shala in Monterey, CA.
This led class moves through all of the Ashtanga Primary Series in sequence. This class is for Ashtanga/Mysore practitioners, familiar with the sequence and basic concepts of the Ashtanga system of yoga. This class helps students develop the discipline of following the rhythmic vinyasa breath count of the traditional led Ashtanga Primary Series practice. Minimal instruction or assists in this class (if you want assists, take Mysore class with us!). Rather, it is a flowing, breathing practice in community with the vinyasa count and the breath of the collective class.