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Vinyasa Flow


This class is taught by:

Bob Riccomini

Bob teaches a playful yet vigorous vinyasa flow based class accompanied by contemporary music. Bob completed his 500 hour teacher training at the Bhakti Flow Teacher Training Program with Rusty Wells. Other influential teachers include Dharma Mittra, David Swenson, Desiree Rumbaugh, Shiva Rea, Eric Shiffmann, and Jennifer Prugh. Bob’s driving force in teaching yoga is his desire to give back to the local community where he has been so fortunate to live and work for many years. All proceeds Bob receives for teaching are donated to “Art of Yoga,” a non-profit organization whose mission is to lead teen girls in the California juvenile justice system toward accountability by providing practical tools to effect behavior change.  See www.artofyogaproject.org for more information.

Phoenix Bick-Maurischat

Formerly a competitive dancer, Phoenix discovered yoga as a path to recovery from her dance injuries, and has found through her practice, both a joy of movement and a stress reliever. Phoenix completed her 200-Hour Hatha-Vinyasa teacher training with Noell Clark and Angie Poon. She is Yoga-Alliance certified and has had the privilege of teaching in a variety of settings including local community events, schools, and several yoga studios around the Bay Area. Phoenix leads a dynamic upbeat class with the flexibility to adjust pacing and poses to meet her students’ varying skill levels. As an avid music lover, Phoenix also enjoys sharing funky, customized playlists in her classes.

Noell Clark

Noell Clark, ERYT is a certified Vinyasa Yoga teacher and teacher trainer, living in the Bay Area in California. Graduating college with a degree in Gender Studies, Noell spent her 20’s working as an advocate and activist in the movement to end human trafficking and domestic violence. Struggling to find the balance between working with survivors of gender specific trauma, and nurturing healthy relationships in her personal life, practicing yoga became her safe haven. Beyond the intimate breath and body connection, yoga connected her to a community of like-hearted friends and helped her to find simplicity in a chaotic world . She received her primary 200-hour teaching certification through the Yandara Institute in 2007, and has since completed over 500 hours of advanced yoga teacher training in the Hatha and Vinyasa styles of yoga. Noell is a full time yoga teacher, teaching public, private and corporate yoga all over the Bay area. Additionally she is the founder of “Noell Clark Yoga”, a yoga teacher training program offered at the Downtown Yoga Shala in San Jose, CA.

Sima Mehrbod

Sima completed her 200 hour Hatha-Vinyasa teacher training with Angie Poon and Noell Clark. She has spent the summer providing yoga for the downtown community, encouraging residents to patronize St. James Park through the city program; "Summer in St. James." Sima's curiosity of meditation and enlightenment led her into her first yoga class as a teen. Since then her practice has guided her into the present moment, leaving behind the past and allowing the future to bring whatever it has in store. She developed a passion for passing this guidance onto others through the connection of movement and prana. Sima's practice brings to life the importance of our connection to Mother Earth and the Self. She expresses the necessity of kindness, compassion and the essence of all things through mantra, accenting the Yoga Sutras and guidance through asana practice. Her classes are offered to all levels. Sima encourages students' happiness through smiles, breath, asana, awareness and leaving with a heart filled with positivity.

Prajna Brianna Vieira

I've been practicing yoga for over 2 decades, and teaching since 2002. Because I remain a dedicated student, my teaching is first and foremost inspired by my personal practice, with its roots in the Ashtanga and Iyengar traditions. I consider myself very lucky to have had the opportunity to work with many gifted teachers, both well-known and not so well-known. All of my teachers have influenced my work in some way, but I especially acknowledge Maty Ezraty, Judith Lasater, Jennifer Prugh and Erika Abrahamian for profoundly influencing my life, my practice, and my work. As a teacher and as a teacher-trainer, my one aim is to assist my students in moving forward in their practice. I believe that this begins with seeing students—seeing not only their unique bodies, but also their energy, their patterns, their hearts. I look at how people respond and react to the experiences that arise in each moment—how do they engage with intensity, with softness, with tension or with stillness? I am looking at all these things, and looking to see where I can give assistance. I believe in long-term practice, in patience, in consistency, and taking the long view. Because that is my method, my classes aren't intended to entertain, but rather to inform, to explore, and to practice. Along the way we may laugh, we may get creative, we may try crazy things, or we may go back to basics. What I teach on any given day depends largely on who shows up. I love this work with all my heart, and hope I get to do it for a very long time. I am also a long time practitioner of Bhakti Yoga (the yoga of the heart) and kirtan, a traditional chanting practice. It's such a significant part of my life that I feel its worth mentioning. I believe that just like posture and breath, sound too is an incredible vehicle of transformation. Over the years I've had the good fortune to share this practice internationally, performing regularly with world music pioneer Jai Uttal, numerous other kirtan artists, as well as with my own ensemble, Mukti, and as a duet with yoga music producer Ben Leinbach. I sometimes incorporate this chanting practice into my classes, or I may sing during savasana. Yoga is a multidimensional practice with numerous techniques and traditions to help us heal, grow and examine our relationship with what is. I strive to be true to the traditions of yoga, while embracing innovation and discovery.

Sheetal Kalidindi

Sheetal has been practicing Vinyasa flow yoga, a powerful and dynamic system that combines asana and pranayama for several years. In 2014, she completed her 200 Hour RYT under the expert guidance of Ganga White and Tracey Rich at the White Lotus Foundation in Santa Barbara. In addition, Sheetal trained at the renowned Krishnamcharya Yoga Mandiram in India. She has also participated in various workshops and training programs locally as well as in India. She feels, when it comes to yoga, she will always be a student. Yoga to her is not just a physical exercise, but a way of life. She strongly believes in the wonderful connection of the mind, body and breath and that Yoga is the discovery of self through the movement of the body. Sheetal encourages all her students to find their personal Yoga and to use the asana practice as a tool to expand their consciousness and to bring more awareness to their mind, body and spirit. She aims to guide each student into that place of peace and calm by linking breath and movement. She encourages her students to try new things and most importantly to have fun with their practice!

Jovanna Perez Lydon

Jovanna Perez Lydon is a Bay Area native with of rich Nicaraguan ancestry. She has been dedicated to the meditative practice of Ashtanga Yoga for many years, and recently earned her 200 hours Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training at Downtown Yoga Shala led by the esteemed Noell Clark. Jovanna is excited to support her students develop a discipline for physical, mental and spiritual well-being. Currently she lives in San Jose with her husband and finds joy in spending time with family, friends and in being of service to the local community and native Nicaragua. She studied, lived and travelled abroad to then earn her degree in International business. She established a corporate career as an accountant, manager and business operation in Silicon Valley for nearly 15 years. She warmly invites you join her Yoga classes taught in English and in Spanish!

“Nothing in the world can purify as powerfully as wisdom. Practiced in yoga, you will find this wisdom within yourself.” Bhagavad Gita

Jovanna Perez Lydon es nativa del Area de la Bahía con decendencia Nicaragüense. Se ha dedicado a la práctica meditativa del Ashtanga Yoga desde hace muchos años y recientemente obtuvo su certificacion de Profesora de Yoga Vinyasa por haber completado 200 horas de educaccion preliminarias guiada por la muy estimada Profesora Noell Clark en el Downtown Yoga Shala. Jovanna apoyo a sus estudiantes a que desarroyen una disciplina para la salud y bienestar físico, mental y espiritual. Actualmente vive en San José con su esposo y encuentra gozo en pasar tiempo con familia, amigos y en ser de servicio a la comunidad local y en Nicaragua. Estudió, vivió y viajó al exterior para luego ganar su licenciatura en negocios internacionales. Ella estableció una carrera corporativa como contador, administrador y operación de negocios en Silicon Valley durante casi 15 años. Con gusto le invita a unirse a sus clases de Yoga!

“Nada en el mundo puede purificar con tanta fuerza como la sabiduría . Practicada en el yoga, se encuentra esta sabiduría dentro de sí mismo.” Bhagavad Gita

Alyssa Lugtu

Alyssa discovered her passion for yoga early in 2011. She committed herself to the practice, while searching for a way to bring greater strength and happiness into her life. Through her active lifestyle, she found yoga to allow her to connect the mind and body. She wishes to share the same joy she has found with others. Her teaching is inspired by a variety of styles she has studied including hatha, ashtanga, kundalini, and yin. Since her training, she has deepened her practice and expanded her knowledge as a teacher. Alyssa completed a 200 hour teacher training with Noell Clark, and is a certified RYT with the Yoga Alliance. Her mission is to inspire individuals within the community to breathe deeply and live with soulful and loving intention through the teachings of yoga. Her fun and upbeat nurturing classes are great for all!

Jenn Smith

Jenn is a certified Vinyasa Yoga teacher living in San Jose, California. She has been immersed in the practice of yoga since 2006, and received her 200-hour certification with Noell Clark in 2016, upon moving to the Bay Area from Houston, TX. Jenn's practice began as a complement to her physical training as a dancer and athlete, but consistency and growth in practice led her to an elevated state of receptivity, adaptability, and acceptance, which continues to expand and evolve. She holds a B.S. degree in Kinesiology from the University of Texas at Austin, and has served a wide range of populations in a variety of school, therapeutic, and outdoor settings. Jenn is passionate about making yoga accessible to all bodies, ages, and developmental abilities, and strives to increase access to the practice of yoga for special populations. Off the mat, you are most likely to find Jenn volunteering at a local farm or camping in the mountains. She is a supporter of the Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration, and is committed to creating conversation and understanding around neurodegenerative diseases.

Deepa Dravid

Deepa’s yoga and Pilates classes are a reflection of her journey to discover the beauty, strength and power of the human body. Deepa discovered Yoga at a time when exercising meant pushing her body to its limits. With the introduction to Yoga, she realized that she was getting to know her body like never before. She learnt how to listen to what her body was communicating, while encouraging it to explore its potential in a manner that was loving and respectful. As a mother of two young boys, with a demanding career in Information Technology, Deepa was caught, as all of us are, in the crazy, multi tasking treadmill we call life. Yoga and Pilates brought balance to her life. This experience has led Deepa to believe that here is a gift we can give others and ourselves; yoga can help fortify our physical, mental and spiritual health giving us access to a well of resilience, patience and energy. Captivated by the power of Yoga, Deepa decided to learn more about it and got a certification in yoga from the prestigious Avalon Teacher training program. She also has a Pilates certification from the Center of Balace and a Yoga Tune Up certification from Jill Miller. She has a creative, methodical and holistic teaching style that invigorates the mind as well as body, and her classes are accessible to all levels of practitioners. One of the teachers who has most influenced her is Tom McCook of Center of Balance. When Tom said “when we practice we are beginning a long conversation with our body that will continue to expand our perspective, choices and help keep us aware of what’s truly important” Deepa knew that here was a mentor with whom she shared her deepest belief about body movement. Deepa’s classes truly reflect this holistic and life-long practice of Healthy you. For her it is about worshiping the body and supporting it in reaching its full potential in strength and health.
A flowing sequence of postures combining breath and movement. Build heat from the inside and out, core strength, stamina and flexibility in this class. This is an all-levels class, with modifications provided for all levels of practitioners. 

Upcoming classes:

  • Mon May 22 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm with Bob Riccomini
  • Mon May 22 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm with Phoenix Bick-Maurischat
  • Tue May 23 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Noell Clark
  • Wed May 24 10:30 am - 11:45 am with Sima Mehrbod
  • Wed May 24 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Prajna Brianna Vieira
  • Wed May 24 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm with Noell Clark
  • Thu May 25 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Noell Clark
  • Thu May 25 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm with Sima Mehrbod
  • Fri May 26 10:30 am - 11:45 am with Kristine Joe
  • Fri May 26 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm with Sheetal Kalidindi
  • Sat May 27 10:30 am - 11:45 am with Jovanna Perez Lydon
  • Sat May 27 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Alyssa Lugtu
  • Sun May 28 10:30 am - 11:45 am with Jenn Smith
  • Mon May 29 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Deepa Dravid
  • Tue May 30 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Noell Clark
  • Wed May 31 10:30 am - 11:45 am with Sima Mehrbod
  • Wed May 31 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Prajna Brianna Vieira
  • Wed May 31 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm with Noell Clark