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.  I am a first year student in an accredited Yoga Therapy program at the Stress Management Center in Marin, CA.  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.

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.

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.

Vanessa Hernandez, RYT-200

Vanessa Hernandez, RYT-200

It was late March 2015 when I first learned what a midwife was. I spent some time in India where I experienced vivid dreams of “catching babies” as they call it. Very inspired from my countless dreams, I made the decision to pursue midwifery. This journey took me to the beautiful Big Island {Kona}. I studied there under an incredible midwife and attended my first birth; a homebirth. Being at this birth only solidified the calling I was feeling to become a midwife. My time on the island came to an end and I moved back home to California. I have been so lucky to have found a midwife in Modesto to work under and continue my education. Along with midwifery I have a love for yoga. I am excited to combine the two and empower women towards a healthy body, mind, and soul.
Pooja Shenoy, MS in Yoga

Pooja Shenoy, MS in Yoga

A student of Hatha and Bhakti yoga, Pooja blends Universal peace chants from Sanskrit Mantras, Mudras, and different breathing techniques, and focuses on providing the right method and postures. She is experienced with beginners, experienced and advanced level Yoga students. In her Yoga Therapy classes, she teaches Yoga postures that help with body ailments and recommends postures that should be avoided. Through her teaching she
seeks to help others thrive, by nurturing the body, mind and soul both on and off the mat.
She has completed her Residential Yoga Instructor Certification (300hr), Post-graduate Diploma in Yoga Therapy (1 year residential), and Masters in Yogic science (2 year non-residential) and most recently completed
her RYT-200hr certification here in the States.

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