Our Teachers

Anna Davis, RN, RYT-200, CPT

Anna Davis, RN, RYT-200, CPT

In January 2015, I completed the 200 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 an additional 200+ 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 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, personal training, and yoga*.

Yoga Workshops Completed:

* Yoga Therapy for Cancer

* Relax and Renew, Level 1 & 2

* Containing Yourself: Lumbar Spine and SI Joint

* Yoga Therapeutics (100 hours)

Samantha Wiesner, RYT - 200

Samantha Wiesner, RYT - 200

In 2013, I received my RYT certification in Costa Rica with Flog Lotus Yoga International.  For the last several years, I have practiced yoga worldwide studying various lineages and styles.  Always a lover of movement and dance, I found I resonated most with teaching vinyasa-flow yoga.

I offer a practice designed to connect to the traditional intention of asana (yoga postures)- transformation of the individual through the physical body and breath. I offer fresh sequencing with attention to alignment and structural flow. I encourage you to let go of your expectations and arrive in each moment with breath, willingness, awareness, and hopefully a smile 🙂


 

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.

Bonnie Stewart, RN, CCRN, RYT - 500

Bonnie Stewart, RN, CCRN, RYT - 500

I began working in the fitness world over twenty years ago as an aerobics instructor and personal trainer.  While I was teaching a health class at a community college, I decided to take a semester long yoga class for my own personal interest.  I quickly realized that yoga was not only my passion, it was teaching me how I wanted to walk in the world… with presence and mindfulness.

I received my 300-hour teacher certification from the Himalayan Institute of Yoga in Nepal and have immersed in many other eastern healing modalities such as sound healing, reiki, and Thai massage. As a student and teacher of Hasya (laughter) Yoga, Tantra Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Taoism for many years now, I have woven all of these philosophies and practices into my life and my work.

I enjoy an intense asana practice while keeping in mind that yoga embraces much more than the postures.  I enjoy integrating sound vibration, hands-on assists, and pranayama.  Approaching asana through breath and presence while staying heart-centered and joyful remains my focus in my personal practice and it is what I will offer to you in our practice together.

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.

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.

Traci Hanson, RYT - 200

Traci Hanson, RYT - 200

Traci is a Certified Labor Doula and Childbirth Educator with experience attending over 100 births. Combining birthing skills with her Yoga certifications in both Hatha Yoga and Restorative Yoga gives Traci the unique ability to provide pregnant moms with nourishment for body, mind and spirit.


 

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.

 

Kaycie Hall, RYT-200

Kaycie Hall, RYT-200

In 2012, I started taking yoga from an at home DVD. After a few months I decided to go to an actual class, and this is where the journey really began. I received my teaching certificate by July 2013, and knew that I was on the right path.

I have found a passion with yoga, and  maintain a daily practice while continuing to grow as a student. Teaching has only deepened my passion for yoga, and I am blessed to be able to share it with so many amazing people.

I focus on teaching with clear direction and attention to alignment and detail to ensure safety and quality of practice. I love both an energized vinyasa practice as well as a slower meditative yin style to bring a complete balance between strength and ease.

When not on the mat, you may find me adventuring, hiking, making jewelry, or dancing around.


 

Katie Canadas - RYT-200

Katie Canadas - RYT-200

My yoga journey began my last semester of college. After playing competitive golf for four years at Chico State, I wanted to branch out and try something completely different—so I turned to yoga. I quickly realized the power of yoga to transform, not only on the physical level, but also mentally and emotionally. Working to receive my RYT certification in April 2015, my huge passion for yoga and my own personal growth and transformation is what fuels my desire to teach and to help guide students on their own journey to their inner, authentic selves.

I offer a teaching style focused on bringing about a deeper level of self-awareness through proper alignment and challenging students to step out of their comfort zones. I encourage students to stay curious and enthusiastic about their practice by trying new things and listening to their bodies—it’s your practice, let it guide you. I invite you to come to your mat with a willingness to let go and know your true self!

Rebekah Shrader - (RYT - 200, National Multiple Sclerosis Society: Adaptive Yoga for MS Certified, PhD)

Rebekah Shrader - (RYT - 200, National Multiple Sclerosis Society: Adaptive Yoga for MS Certified, PhD)

Rebekah was first introduced to yoga as a young ballet student in Idaho. While at first yoga was supplemental to her physical fitness, it has since developed into an entire lifestyle. Rebekah began a more serious practice during graduate school in 2012, when yoga was her key to balance and mental clarity. She received her yoga teaching certification in March 2016.

Rebekah teaches both grounding hatha and energetic vinyasa classes, believing that every yogi flourishes from a balance of physical discipline and meditative, mental stillness. In her vinyasa classes, expect to sweat and detoxify the body. In all of her classes, students will be guided through the importance of deep breath, a quiet mind, and proper alignment of the postures. Rebekah has taken yoga and meditation into all aspects of her life, and hence notices greater inner peace and personal resilience. She believes when accepting yoga as a lifestyle, it can be transformative.

Outside of the asana practice, she teaches Economics at Stan State and enjoys gardening, hiking, camping, and skiing.

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