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The Directors (also instructors)



The Directors (we are also instructors)

GINI SAVAGE, co-founder and director of the Yoga Center of Marin, has practiced yoga for 51 years and taught it for the past 38. She is a certified Iyengar yoga teacher and has studied many times with Mr. Iyengar in India, England and California. She also practices massage therapy. Gini’s classes emphasize individual instruction and the restorative aspects of yoga.

Suzanne Kanner

SUZANNE KANNER is a popular Marin County yoga teacher with 32 years of teaching experience. She is the co-founder and director of the Yoga Center of Marin, established in 1986. An Intermediate Level certified Iyengar Yoga teacher, she has studied several times in India with the Iyengars, as well as with many senior teachers in the US and Europe, including Ramanand Patel, Manouso Manos, Patricia Walden, Gabriella Giubilaro, Judith Lasater, and Kofi Busia. Suzanne’s teaching is precise and inspiring, challenging, yet nurturing. Under her guidance students deepen and expand their yoga practice, learning to restore, and rejuvenate body, mind, and spirit. Besides teaching regular classes, Suzanne specializes in therapeutic and prenatal yoga.



David Carlos

DAVID CARLOS returned in December, 2011 from an inspirational month of study at the Iyengar Institue in Pune India and is eager to share his new insights and techniques. David has been practicing yoga for the last 21 years and began teaching 10 years ago so he could give back some of the many benefits he has experienced through the profound practice of Iyengar yoga, including greater strength, flexibility and most importantly a deep sense of clarity and well-being. He has been teaching yoga at the College of Marin for the past sevem years and has also assisted Alice Rocky with her classes there. David has studied in India with the Iyengars several times and continues his studies here with Manouso Manos.

Claire Colvin

CLAIRE COLVIN is a certified Iyengar yoga teacher who has studied Iyengar yoga for over 36 years, at the Iyengar Yoga Institute in San Francisco and four times in India with the Iyengar family. She has taught yoga in Marin County for 28 years. Her principal teacher is Manouso Manos.

Scarlett Headley

SCARLETT HEADLEY, certified Iyengar yoga teacher, has been a devoted yoga practitioner since she was 16 years old. Her classes are fun, engaging and informative. She utilizes her deep understanding and knowledge of yoga with alignment based instructions and use of props to guide students into poses while learning correct actions and minimizing discomfort. Scarlett has just completed the very rigorous Iyengar Yoga teacher certification process and is ready to share her skills and understanding with you!!

Jaime Lamka JAMIE LAMKA has been practicing yoga for 35 years and teaching for 23. He has developed yoga programs for contractors, aging athletes, and health care providers.

Jamie’s strength is his grasp of the fundamentals, compassion for pain, and understanding of human challenges. Jamie offers his students individual attention and life-supporting knowledge.
Stephanie Lawrence STEPHANIE LAWRENCE has been an Iyengar yoga practitioner since 1979, inspired by Senior Iyengar teachers with whom she has studied in London, New York and San Francisco. For the past few years she has conducted special yoga classes for students with Parkinson’s Disease. Stephanie draws from the yoga sutras and from her own ebullient sense of humor. Her classes are personal, attentive, and incremental.
Julia Lorimer JULIA LORIMER, is a Certified Yoga Therapist, CIAYT. For 3 decades Julia has interpreted Iyengar yoga therapeutics as a system for healing chronic pain. In her classes, you will learn how to identify and change your stress patterns that could lead to chronic pain. She also includes meditation and Sanskrit chanting in her classes, gleaned from her 12 year Vedanta and Sanskrit intensive study with Swami Dayananda. She is the creator and founder of Meta Yoga – 5 Levels for Healing Chronic Pain: Physical, Vital Energy, Emotional, Mental, and Spiritual. Her mission is to educate people to heal themselves through living yoga 24/7 and to lead more productive and fulfilling lives. Website:; phone: 415-879-6944.
Ananda Ma

Ariane (ANANDA MA) Wlasak, L.Ac is a licensed Acupuncturist and certified Iyengar Yoga teacher, CIYT-1000, who trained at the renowned Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco. She is inspired by yoga as an extremely potent healing tool, a holistic practice, and a way of life that connects body, mind, and spirit. In 1996, Ananda moved from Germany to San Francisco and the beautiful Bay Area to develop her life's path. Since then, she has become a dedicated Iyengar yoga teacher, practitioner and student of renowned senior teacher Manouso Manos and she has twice been to Pune, India to study with the Iyengar family. In addition, Ananda has been accepted by the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) as a certified Yoga Therapist, and she is passionate about bridging the gap between yoga and healthcare. Ananda also received a Master of Science degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ACTCM) and she is licensed by the Board in the State of California to practice Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. As part of her clinical training and education she interned one year at the California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) in San Francisco, where she received advanced Acupuncture training strategies for the treatment of stroke, traumatic brain injury and healthcare innovations. She had the honor to give Acupuncture treatments to the homeless community in San Francisco, at Glide Memorial Church, and the ACTCM Community Clinic and auricular clinic. Her experience in Chinese Medicine enriches her daily practice and teaching of Iyengar Yoga. For workshops, classes and private sessions please contact Ananda at:

Susan McCormick SUSAN McCORMICK has pursued self-awareness through the study of yoga for the past 17 years with many of the Senior Iyengar teachers. She began teaching in 2008, after completing an advanced studies course with Tony Briggs, and has completed two teacher training courses with Manouso Manos. Through her interest of yoga for strengthening the pelvic floor, she also holds a certification from Leslie Howard to teach Yoga for the Pelvic Floor. Susan is very grateful for the knowledge and understanding that yoga has given her and enjoys passing it on with a light heart and a steady hand to her students.
Marie-Helen Mercier

MARIE-HELENE MERCIER creates a safe, open, and nurturing space for women to explore the infinite strength, courage and inner peace that each one holds. She guides and supports her students by teaching the art of surrendering through each breath, allowing to connect deeper within their own essence, and transition into their next pose. She knows the importance of encouraging her students to listen to their own bodies and dive into their practice at their own pace. Her classes begin with a mindful meditation and are sequenced respecting each students needs focusing on grounding, stretching, restorative, strengthening, and balancing poses sprinkled with a little humor!

French Canadian, born and raised in Montreal Marie-Helene began working closely with prenatal/postnatal families in the obstetrical field. She then moved to Toronto where she worked in cord blood banking and taught yoga which gave her extensive knowledge into the adventures of motherhood.

In 2009, she moved to the heart of San Francisco where her passion for teaching prenatal yoga grew as she walked into her first prenatal class and felt the strong need to continue pursuing her dreams to support women and their families. The experience of living abroad and raising two young children has taught her the importance of self-care and embracing her own essence.

Marie-Helene holds a BA in Human Relations, 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training Certificate from Yoga Tree, Level 1 Prenatal Yoga Teaching Training Certificate taught by Jane Austin from Mama Tree and Birth Doula Training Certificate from DONA. Outside of her work life, Marie-Helene enjoys exploring the world through the outdoors, traveling, visiting family and friends, cooking, and having fun with her two daughters and husband!

Eileen Murphy EILEEN MURPHY has practiced various types of yoga since 1991. After several back injuries, she was using a cane to get around. She went to a Kundalini retreat four years ago, with the idea that it may help her back. Since the first class at that retreat, Eileen has not used a cane. After a strong desire to pass this amazing technology on to others, she was trained at the Guru Ram Das Ashram in San Francisco. She specializes in playing her 36" gong. She holds healing gong bath workshops on a regular basis.
Susy Stewart

SUSY STEWART began her study of yoga more than 40 years ago. Her yoga practice has been fueled by several trips to India where she studied with the Iyengars and followers of Sri Aurobindo. Her principal teachers are Janet MacLeod and Manouso Manos. Mature yoga students and beginners alike will benefit from her holistic perspective, sensitivity and experience.

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