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Gentle Vinyasa

This class is taught by:

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.

Isha Dwivedi

Isha comes from a land where Yoga originated, but her first encounter with yoga was only in her late 20's, when she accidentally stumbled upon a TV channel that aired yoga classes every morning. Soon after a few weeks of regular practice, she realized that yoga is so much more than a physical practice. Isha started to explore other forms of yoga such as pranayama and meditation that helps connect to your inner self. With each yoga practice she was amazed with how her body and mind felt so calm and grounded. The more she learned from her practice the more she wanted to share with people around her and help them deal with the stresses of daily life and feel empowered. She completed her 200-hour Teacher Training program with Noell Clark to deepen her knowledge, and started teaching yoga in her neighborhood. Isha believes that Yoga is an unending process of self-study and exploring your body's potential. Her classes are a blend of asanas, pranayama and meditation, fit for all fitness levels. She encourages her students to experience each and every pose by providing modifications for different levels of practitioners. Besides teaching yoga, Isha is also a full-time mother in the Bay Area.

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!

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.

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

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.
A slower sequence of flowing postures synchronizing breath with movement. Ideal for beginners and intermediate students. Modifications may be suggested for all levels of practitioners.

Upcoming classes:

  • Thu Oct 19 10:30 am - 11:45 am with Jenn Smith
  • Fri Oct 20 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Isha Dwivedi
  • Sat Oct 21 9:00 am - 10:15 am with Alyssa Lugtu
  • Mon Oct 23 10:30 am - 11:45 am with Sima Mehrbod
  • Wed Oct 25 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Jovanna Perez Lydon
  • Thu Oct 26 10:30 am - 11:45 am with Jenn Smith
  • Fri Oct 27 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Isha Dwivedi
  • Sat Oct 28 9:00 am - 10:15 am with Alejandro Rivas
  • Mon Oct 30 10:30 am - 11:45 am with Sima Mehrbod
  • Wed Nov 01 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Guest Teacher
  • Thu Nov 02 10:30 am - 11:45 am with Guest Teacher
  • Fri Nov 03 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Isha Dwivedi
  • Sat Nov 04 9:00 am - 10:15 am with Alejandro Rivas
  • Mon Nov 06 10:30 am - 11:45 am with Guest Teacher
  • Wed Nov 08 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Guest Teacher
  • Thu Nov 09 10:30 am - 11:45 am with Guest Teacher
  • Fri Nov 10 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Isha Dwivedi