Our Teachers

Anna Davis, RN, RYT-500, CPT

Anna Davis, RN, RYT-500, CPT

In April 2017, I completed the 500 hr Yoga Teacher’s Training Program at The Yoga Tree, San Francisco.  My area of focus is the use of yoga as a modality for health and wellness.  I have attended 300+ hrs of yoga education for my personal enrichment and knowledge so that I may assist my students to connect/integrate their mind-body-spirit through yoga practice based on each person’s own ability and limitation at the present time due to health, fitness, illness, and injury.  Many students come because their health care provider refer them to yoga, sometimes for flexibility or core but often for stress reduction.  We do our best at offering a well rounded selection of classes from high activity to restorative so if you have concerns, call me.  At times, 2-3 private 1-hour sessions may be very useful and necessary to get started depending on your individual needs.

Paraphrasing one of yoga’s wonderful teacher, Judith Lasater, When carving a stone, a sculptor removes everything that is not the statue. The art of revealing the beauty lies in removing what conceals it. Self evolution and gradual self knowing as one chisels away that which is not Self. Making yoga practice who you are and not what you do.

I am available for private sessions for aikido and self defense, personal training, and yoga*.

 

 

Samantha Wiesner, RYT - 200

Samantha Wiesner, RYT - 200

In 2013, I launched my yoga-teaching career while in Costa Rica studying Vinyasa Flow with Jennifer Yarro, Frog Lotus Yoga. After suffering a spinal injury in 2015, I embraced a restorative practice. The healing effects of a slow practice and massage inspired my training in Therapeutic yoga at the Integral Institute of San Francisco with Cheri Clampett. In 2017, I made my first pilgrimage to Mysore, India where I studied Ashtanga Yoga and received my certification in Thai Yoga Massage.

Today, both traditional Ashtanga and Restorative Yoga influence my teaching.  Exploring the balance between effort and ease has been incredibly transformative in my body, mind, and spiritual practice. In addition to anatomically lead movement, my classes offer a blend of guided meditation, breath work, and hands-on touch.  I invite you to show up to your mat, just as you are.


 

Melissa Lapeña, RYT - 200

Melissa Lapeña, RYT - 200

began practicing yoga in 2004 in an emotionally and physically fragile state. I had become engulfed in an eating disorder and used yoga as a way to burn calories and recover from the abuse I had subjected my body to for years. Once I allowed the transformative properties of yoga to enter my spiritual being, I was able to heal my body from the inside out, becoming empowered in my own skin for the first time in my life.

I completed my RYT-200 certification in June 2015.  My focus as a teacher is to empower others to respect their bodies through mindful movement while incorporating deep stretching and gentle strength building sequences . I encourage students to move in the way their body guides them and to believe in the healing properties of the yoga practice as a whole. Yoga is truly for everyBODY and every asana taken is an opportunity to discover something new about the physical and emotional self. Come join me to build a strong foundation for your practice, honor yourself, and learn to love and appreciate the temple you have been given. Come as you are and allow self love to guide you to your bliss. Namaste.

Ann Lewis, RYT - 200

Ann Lewis, RYT - 200

I’ve been practicing yoga for several years and began teacher training solely to deepen my own practice by learning the anatomy and philosophy behind yoga. During training we learned numerous different styles, and when we started Gentle Yoga, it spoke to me deeply. I then decided to start teaching Gentle Yoga and am excited to share it with The Yoga Loft community. I completed my RYT from Now & Zen in February 2016 with Deb Marweg, and have so much gratitude for all of my teachers and everyone I am able to practice with on my journey.

Ashley Loogman, RYT -200

Ashley Loogman, RYT -200

“Let the beauty we love be what we do.” -Rumi

Yoga has transformed my life and continues to be a journey that reveals territories of my soul that I have never yet had the courage to explore. 8 years ago I took my first yoga class at home and with my mother and it wasn’t the best yoga class in the world, but it opened up my eyes and I was hooked. Life became very very busy for me and yoga slowly started dissipating from my life, then 3 years ago I took a Yoga PE class at Stan State and my passion was rekindled. Without the intensive yoga and climbing routine I had settled into, I never would have been able to make it through the exhaustive geology program I was completing.

A year and a bit ago, I began a job for a junior mining company in Mariposa. At first I loved my job…then I started to hate it. I wasn’t treated with respect, the environment wasn’t treated with respect, and I stopped respecting myself. I became lost in my “career” and no longer recognized myself, my goals in life, or really anything. It was work all the time, work… and money… lots of money. Then the job was done. I finally had time to adventure! I spent the rest of the warm season backpacking, mountain biking, and rediscovering my inner beauty and strength. I finally made it back to Warrior Yoga and then my real journey began.

I decided to become a yoga instructor the last week of September through Core Power Yoga and hope to continue my trainings as soon as things settle down a bit. This has been quite a journey, I have grown into places of myself I didn’t know I would be able to touch again. I am working toward my full potential and I can’t wait to see how teaching continues my personal growth. In my classes, you can expect sweaty OM-azing fun with some quiet introspective moments. I am grateful to be welcomed into this beautiful community and can’t wait to introduce and encourage my students to their own edge while surrounded by comfortable surroundings and an inclusive community.

I can’t wait to SEE you!

Namaste.

Edie Cappiello, RYT - 200 & NIA White belt

Edie Cappiello, RYT - 200 & NIA White belt

Edie became interested in alternate healing modalities in1998 after being diagnosed with congenital hip dysplasia atthe age of 27. Hip dysplasia causes the joint to deteriorate resulting in pain and limited range of motion. In order to manage the symptoms Edie sought out alternative healing modalities rather than resorting to pain medication. This led her to Pilates, Yoga, and physical therapy.

In August 2015 completed a 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training program at the Divine Wisdom Yoga Teacher Training at The Sanctuary atTwo Rivers Costa Rica. This intensive residency included learning over 108 asanas with proper alignment, adjustments & variations, class sequencing incorporating pranayama, mantra &meditation. The teacher training also included studying the Classic Yogic Sciences of Ayurveda(Indian Medicine), Jyotisha (astrology), Vaastu (spatial alignment) & Hasta Samudra(palmistry); all of which greatly assist the expansion of consciousness and provide a new level of spiritual awareness and growth.

Always a seeker, and always of the student mind, Edie continues to study and grow as she practices Nia and Yoga. She looks forward to sharing these practices with her students.

 

Miriam Bermann, IYKC

Miriam Bermann, IYKC

I have practiced yoga throughout much of my adult life.  As an occupational therapist working with special needs children, I began to bring yoga into some of my special day classrooms.  Now that I am retired, I am excited to be able to offer studio-based classes to children of all shapes, sizes, and abilities.  I have a background in child development and sensory integration, a love for the little ones, and have trained in the Get Ready to Learn© and It’s Yoga Kids© programs.

 Emily Johnson, RYT-200

Emily Johnson, RYT-200

I’ve been practicing yoga on and off since I was very young. My sister and I would watch yoga videos for teens in our living room together when I was about 10 years old – not really understanding what I was doing, but loving it. I didn’t expose myself to yoga again until 19 years old when I went through some tough life events. I found comfort, peace, and strength in working out and yoga. 

Sharon Taporco, RYT-200

Sharon Taporco, RYT-200

Sharon is a Modesto native, returning home after more than two years spent traveling the globe. In 2010, Sharon completed her 200hr Vinyasa Teacher Training Program at Yogaworks in San Francisco.  Whilst traveling the world she had an opportunity to practice yoga under many varied teachers and modalities, but it was within the practice of Ashtanga that Sharon really found the grounding, stability and routine that she needed within her nomadic life on both a physical and an emotional level. She loves the combination of strength building, self reflection, and exploration as well as the humbling challenges that Ashtanga provides. Sharon’s most recent adventure took her on a five month journey across India, where she had the opportunity to deepen her practice within a traditional yoga environment, completing her 200hr Ashtanga Vinyasa Teacher Training at Tattvaa Yogashala, on the banks of the Ganges River, in the stunning Himalayan foothills of Rishikesh.

Now that Sharon is back in her hometown, refreshed from her travels, she’s very excited to be a part of the growing yoga community here in Modesto, and she is really looking forward to meeting everyone and sharing her love for Ashtanga.

Clarissa Hidalgo, RYT-200

Clarissa Hidalgo, RYT-200

Clarissa received her yoga teacher certification in the Spring of 2017. She began practicing after being told she had Relapsing-Remitting Multiple Sclerosis in 2010 and experiencing mobility issues in 2012.

Receiving her BA in psychology from the University of California, Merced in 2012, she was not only able to incorporate and recognize the various benefits of yoga physically and mentally, but tap into the mindfulness and self-healing powers as well.

Clarissa emphasizes the importance of breath and self-awareness while embracing the beauty of modifications and self-love through life’s ever changing moments. Her yogic practice embraces Hatha, Yin, Restorative, and her specialty, adaptive yoga.

Her personal philosophy is, YOGA IS FOR EVERYONE, EVERYTHING, AT ANY TIME!!

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1317 Oakdale Rd #1210
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