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Yin Yoga

This class is taught by:

Emily Lounsbury

Emily Lounsbury discovered yoga in 2001 and has been practicing ever since. She completed her 200+ hr Yoga teacher training with Jennifer Prugh where she studied many different schools, techniques, and yogic philosophies. She currently maintains a regular Vinyasa practice as well as being influenced by Anusara, Iyengar, and Yin Yoga. She is currently teaching Yoga Foundations at Reformation Studios in San Jose. She also has taught Kids Yoga as well as doing one-on-one therapeutic yoga sessions with private students. Her passion for the study of anatomy as well as experience with physical therapy gives her keen insight to helping people with their physical complaints or conditions. Emily loves studying Yogic as well as other Eastern Philosophies as a part of her daily Raja Yoga practice. Her dream is to help as many people as possible experience the joy and serenity that yoga has to offer.

Cindy Walker

Cindy Walker, R.Y.T. (500) has been passionately involved in Yoga for over 20 years. She loves to teach Vinyasa Flow, and is known for eclectic classes that weave elements from Kundalini, Iyengar and Yin Yoga into her classes. You never quite know what she pull out of her sleeve, but you can definitely exact very cool tunes, a strong workout, and a deep zen stretch to finish. She creatively draws into each class the wisdom of the eight limbs of Yoga theory using breath, movement, imagery, humor, psychology and deep relaxation. Passionate about helping those in need, Cindy started the "Yoga for Cancer Program" at Stanford Hospital - Complimentary Medicine. Teaching restorative, gentle yoga and guided imagery techniques, she has lovingly worked with many people with life threatening illnesses and injuries of all sorts. Cindy is the Workshop and Continuing Education Director at YogaSource-Los Gatos. Having studied with the “best of the best” she now hosts many celebrity presenters to teach their magic at the studio. Cindy and her family live in Los Gatos.

Matece Skow

Matece has been practicing bodywork since 1999 and teaching yoga since 2006. Thai Yoga Therapy brings both of these worlds together as she draws upon her years of experience to present the principles and techniques of Thai massage in a clear and straightforward manner. She has studied Thai massage both in the US and Thailand, completing several advanced trainings. Her style is warm and nurturing, playful and fun. To learn more about Matece, visit her website at: www.matece.com

Janya Wongsopa

Janya is a devoted yoga practitioner who has been, since 2003, deeply involved with yogic philosophy and psychology, health, and healing. She completed yoga training at Avalon Yoga Center in Palo Alto, a 200-hour certification course in yogic meditation and Vedanta philosophy at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm, and a certification in Somatic Psychology at the Santa Barbara Graduate Institute, in 2006. Janya has been teaching yoga and meditation since 2006 and has worked as a pancha karma apprentice at Blue Sage Sanctuary. In her classes, Janya emphasizes body and breath awareness and weaves a spiritual teaching of yoga that connects with all aspects of body and mind and that allows students gain physical, emotional, and mental health. Her teaching is gentle yet challenging: with sincere guidance and support, she urges students to take an active role in creating optimum health and well-being.

Amanda Amburgey

Amanda Amburgey, MA, RYI, CMT (Shiatsu, Thai and Swedish massage) Her passion for yoga shines in every class! Amanda is a certified massage therapist and integrates her deep knowledge of anatomy, physiology and Traditional Chinese Medicine into her classes. She encourages both strength and surrender in the wide range of classes she teaches. Over the last decade Amanda has taught Prenatal, Restorative, Yin, Vinyasa Flow, and Foundations of Yoga classes. She completed advanced training with master yogini Shiva Rea and is certified to teach Prana Flow Yoga an embodied way to experience the majesty of our energetic, united full beings!

Lindsay Amrein

Lindsay Amrein has been a dedicated student of yoga since 2003 and graduated as a registered yoga teacher in 2008 from Avalon Art and Yoga Center, where she apprenticed with Anirudh Shastri and John Berg. Since then, she has studied yoga to understand the transcendental element which quietly accompanies her practice. Through a rigorous vinyasa-flow sequence and careful selection of music, she guides her classes towards a meditative state. She has completed some training at the Iyengar Institute in San Francisco to help her students achieve better alignment and form through the use of props. She also encourages physical, emotional, and spiritual transformation on the yoga mat by integrating her knowledge of transpersonal psychology to improve overall health and well-being.

Misako Matsuoka

Misako Matsuoka hopes to share her belief that the practice of yoga can offer dynamic opportunities to discover the youthfulness of the body and to open the heart and mind. She strives to infuse her classes with playful challenges, attention to healthy alignment, and a deep connection to the breath. Misako completed her Yoga Teacher Training at Avalon Yoga in Palo Alto in 2005 and is currently a student of Chinese Medicine and Therapeutic Yoga. She studies Yin yoga with Paul Grilley and Restorative yoga with Judith Lasater. She immersed herself in Anusara yoga with Sianna Sherman, Samantha Shakti and Kenny Graham. She studies the Shadow Yoga style with Sharre Young. She has studied vinyasa with Janet Stone, and is profoundly thankful to Max Strom for his teachings. Through all these lineages of yoga she has created integral experience that seeks to balance the neuromuscular system of the physical body as well as the eternal nature of the spirit. Misako has degrees in Biology and Engineering, and is registered teacher with the Yoga Alliance.

Morgan Levay

Morgan has explored using asana as body/mind therapy since 2004 when her love for the culture and practice of yoga benefited physical and personal growth in all aspects of development. The scale of these benefits erupted with the consistency of her asana routine. She sought formal training in summer of 2010 with Art of Breath. The program allowed her to blossom in movement and breath sync, structured knowledge of the ancient history and philosophy which gave birth to yoga sutras, and used applied anatomy of movement to awaken alignment and facilitate intelligent healing. As a devoted student and teacher, she integrates all the pearls of wisdom that drove her to pursue a life as a yogini. In her Yin class, Morgan follows the tradition of Sarah Powers meridian sequencing to stream the psycho-physical being into a state of softening surrender. Her Vinyasa is grounding with juicy breath-linked flow. Morgan feels that expanding tolerance for foundational movement heightens physical well-being and allows for a steady progression into asana. The use of applied metaphor woven in all classes makes her accessible spirituality more applicable and meaningful to our lives.

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.

Lorenzo Neri

Lorenzo has always had an interest in yoga, eastern philosophy and martial arts, but living in a small town in Tuscany, Italy, couldn’t access the many disciplines that strongly attracted him until after he moved to California in 2003. He began to practice yoga intuitively as a therapeutic response to heal chronic pain and minor injuries experienced since his teenage years. Since then he has studied and participated in workshops under the guidance of several teachers, but most important, many hours of self study, devoted to the cultivation of a strong, steady personal practice at home and outdoor, in California’s beautiful surroundings. In March 2010 he participated in a yoga teacher training program at the White Lotus Foundation in Santa Barbara lead by Ganga White and Tracey Rich. Lorenzo has a fresh, holistic approach to his teaching, brings into his class functional techniques and ideas borrowed from his own experiences and other disciplines, focusing on achieving an higher awareness of our body and a deeper, more conscious breathing.

Alejandro Rivas

Alejandro has been teaching yoga for 12 years and is a Lululemon Ambassador. Yoga has shaped his life tremendously, it allows him to be present in every moment, to not take anything for granted, and to surround himself with amazing friends and family. He teaches Vinyasa Flow and specializes in various types of massages such as Prenatal, Shiatsu, Reflexlogy, Crainiosacrial and Sports Massage.
Yin yoga bypasses the muscles and allow you to nourish and strengthen the deeper tissues. Connective tissues, fascia, joints, ligaments and bones receive gentle, low load stress. The poses are held between 2-5 minutes or longer and the muscles stay passive in order to pass the stress on to the deeper tissues.

Each Yin pose is an opportunity to go inward and meditate. It is a wonderful complement to an active (Yang) practice and a much needed tool for anyone who need to unwind tight body, mind and heart.