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The Directors (also instructors)

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.

 

Instructors

Juliana Birnbaum

JULIANA BIRNBAUM is an experienced certified Midwife Assistant and Birth Doula with a background in Perinatal and Interdisciplinary Yoga. She has taught in the prenatal and mom/baby yoga program at Alta Bates Hospital in Berkeley, and at numerous studios in San Francisco, the East Bay, and Marin. A mama of two gently birthed daughters, she began her work as a birthkeeper in 2006 and is currently approaching her hundredth delivery. She was the first graduate of Oakland's Cornerstone Doula School, one of the most rigorous programs in the country, focusing on natural birth and a holistic model of care. In 2011, she apprenticed with Leopi Sanderson-Edmunds, a highly-respected, licensed midwife who has attended over 1000 births (including joyfully welcoming both of Juliana's daughters). Certified in 2012 as a Midwife Assistant through the Midwives College of Utah, Juliana is licensed in CPR and Neonatal Resuscitation. She believes birthing has the potential to be a magical and empowering rite of passage, and works to support optimal experiences for women and their families. She is also the author of a book on ecovillages (including The Farm in Tennessee, famous for pioneering the natural birth movement in the U.S.) entitled Sustainable [R]evolution: Permaculture in Ecovillages, Urban Farms and Communities Worldwide. Email: julianapeartree@gmail.com

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.
Ananda Ma ANANDA MA is a full-time practitioner, and certified teacher of Iyengar yoga. Trained at the Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco, she is a student of Manouso Manos and continues to deepen her evolving knowledge of yoga through ongoing study with the Iyengar family in Pune, India. Ananda is inspired by Geeta Iyengar’s orientation to yoga as a sacred art, the art of integrating body, mind and breath. Ananda brings this encouraging spirit of self-connecting mindfulness to nurture the very core of your being in her teaching. She also studies Chinese Medicine. She has been an acupuncture intern at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, treating patients with acupuncture who suffer from strokes, traumatic brain injuries and severe spinal cord injuries. Her experience of regenerative medicine enriches her practice and teaching of Iyengar yoga. Email: yinstressrelease@gmail.com
Jaime Lamka 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.
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.
Olympia Nuttall OLYMPIA NUTTALL holds Prenatal Yoga certification from the Yoga Tree SF, Jane Austin Mama Tree and Khalsa Way Prenatal Kundalini Yoga. She is also a certified Pilates Prenatal and Postnatal instructor via the The Kane School of Core Integration, NY, and is a certified Birth and Postpartum Doula with DTI.
Read more about Olympia and her training at www.innerflosf.com
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.

Chelsea Wiley

CHELSEA WILEY Chelsea has held a daily practice of Kundalini Yoga and Meditation for 4 years and has been practicing yoga for over 11 years. She is also a Family Nurse Practitioner and combines her passion for Eastern and Western Medicine in each class. She believes in an alternative approach to healing and understands the effects of depression, fatigue and physical illnesses on the body. Her classes are focused on healing particular problems of the group through specific yogic sequences. It's Chelsea's passion for healthy living, holistic wellness, and union with Spirit that led her to Yoga.


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