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We love yoga! We live it, we practice regularly, and we love to share it! The instructors at Downtown Yoga Shala are all certified to help guide you through a safe and well-rounded practice. Our professional bios reflect a variety of influences, enriching the offerings we have at the Shala. In yoga, there is a beautiful balance between strength and surrender, between effort and letting go. As we encourage you to take your practice to new heights, we also honor your “inner teacher” and encourage you to listen to your body at all times.

 

 

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Owner of Downtown Yoga Shala, Veronica took a leap of faith when she left a successful Silicon Valley high-tech career to pursue a higher calling. Living in Kathmandu, Nepal in her youth opened her mind and heart to yoga philosophy and eastern spirituality. Years later she pursued yoga again, as a complement to her marathon and triathlon training, which intensified her love for the practice of yoga in all its dimensions - physical, emotional, mental, spiritual. Veronica is a certified yoga instructor, having completed Teacher Certifications in Ashtanga Vinyasa from Larry Shultz, Power Vinyasa from Baron Baptiste and Ashtanga Teacher Certifications from Tim Miller and David Swensen. As an Ashtanga practitioner, she has also studied over the years with teachers in the Ashtanga lineage like Sharath and Saraswati Jois, Nancy Gilgoff, Clayton Horton, among others. She continually draws inspiration from the deep tradition of yoga, and derives profound personal growth in being a lifelong, humble student and dedicated practitioner on and off the mat. A local San Jose resident for many years, Veronica aspires to create a welcoming environment that will bring the many benefits of yoga to the corporate high-tech and multi-sport athletic communities of Silicon Valley. Veronica infuses her classes with warmth and sincerity, kindness and compassion. She gently encourages a mindful practice through deeper breath awareness and body alignment, while also honoring the inner teacher that resides in every student, allowing the freedom to express themselves more fully, joyfully, safely, in every pose.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!

Michael, an E-RYT certified yoga instructor, has immersed himself in many styles of yoga since 2002 including Ashtanga, Bikram, and Baptiste. With a Ph.D. in Physics, Michael spent nearly a decade exploring the fundamental structure of matter at particle accelerator laboratories around the world. He finds yoga (philosophy & asana) to be the perfect complement to his stringent scientific profession – both work in tandem to increase energy and awareness. The challenging flow of Michael's classes will leave you feeling strong and centered - his approach to teaching will develop confidence, flexibility and strength.

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.

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.

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.
Christine began her yoga journey in 2010 while working a high stress Silicon Valley job. What started as a way to stay active with the latest trend in fitness, turned into a path of self-discovery that encompassed self-love and spirituality. After working 8 years in accounting as a CPA, Christine decided to listen to the wise voice inside of her to pursue her passion in health and wellness. She studied nutrition and wellness at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, and founded Choosing You Wellness to help busy women live happier and healthier lives. She completed her RYT200 with Noell Clark Yoga and 30 hour Restorative Yoga Training with Judith Lasater. Christine believes yoga teaches one to live richly and fully with an open heart. Her classes are safe and nurturing, allowing her students to have a radical experience of simply being through resting their bodies and mind in order to connect with their truth self.
A small-town girl born and raised in the deserts of Utah; Stephanie had nothing more than an open heart, a tiny Buddha statue and a dream. Today she is proud to have traveled to other parts of the world; living, growing, and doing yoga. Through her yoga classes, she helps people of all ages dream big and support it with moving freely to create results. Stephanie completed her 200 Hr teacher training with Noell Clark weeks before moving with her little family to Dublin, Ireland for 5 months. While there she did her 27 Hr kids yoga training with Lesley Carney through Rainbow Kids Yoga. In Dublin she taught private yoga sessions to adults, and really enjoyed the experience. Stephanie loves to learn and share knowledge with others. Her patience and her ability to see the good in those around her creates a nurturing environment for growth. She really found her niche teaching kids, where she gets to dance, laugh and play while doing poses…she believes everyone should try it, its incredible!

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.

“There is nothing purer in this world than knowledge of the true self. In due time, this will come to the devoted practitioner of yoga.” - Bhagavad Gita Chapter 4, verse 38

Hailing from Southern India, Praveen is a lifelong student of Sanskrit and Sanatana Dharma philosophy, earnestly seeking to apply its time-tested wisdom to everyday, practical life. He completed his 200-hour Teacher Training with Kia Miller, founder of Radiant Body Yoga (RBY). This intelligent approach combines the technical aspects of Vinyasa postures with breath-focused and mantra-based kriyas (sequenced set of poses) of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan. Thus able to holistically balance the inward and outward energies of the body and the mind. An engineer and mathematician by trade, with ongoing international corporate experience, Praveen also enjoys cooking, gardening, motorcycling and flying.


Proceeds from all of his classes go towards supporting the homeless in the Bay Area. http://www.bayarearescue.org/

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SOUTH FIRST FRIDAYS ART WALK

Join us every First Friday of the month (except January and July) as we open our doors to art patrons and the downtown community for the South First Fridays Art Walk. Downtown Yoga Shala is proud to be an art venue in the SoFA District as we feature a wonderful artist each month. Join our Friday Vinyasa Flow class (5:30-6:45pm, then stay for the Art Walk!

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    "Don't move the way fear makes you move. Move the way love makes you move.
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     Luke: "I can't believe it."

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  • “Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.”
    ~Thich Nhat Hanh~
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     ~Albert Einstein~
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    ~Mahatma Gandhi~
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