I teach an alignment-based hatha vinyasa flow that involves a blend of dynamism and stillness evocative of our experience of life. My classes are friendly for all levels, beginner through advanced. In 2018, I spent 6 months studying asana, meditation, and bodywork in India, where I got my yoga teacher certification. My classes are woven with the wisdom of modern and ancient yoga philosophy, as well as my Thai Yoga Massage practice and Shamanic Studies background. I believe yoga holds the door to transcend to a more authentic version of ourselves. Free your spirit and flow with me! I can't wait to see you on the mat.
Living the dual life of yoga teacher and musician has inspired me to combine the lyrical and rhythmic aspects of music with the breathing and body movements of my yoga students. I love the teaching process, and strive to help my students find peace, strength and harmony in their practices.
Julie Anne Stathis
High energy and laughter are just a few qualities that are evident in my yoga classes. I have taught classes both inside and out of yoga studios. I like to bring attention to the breath, technique, and balance during my yoga classes. My teaching philosophy is that practicing yoga is equivalent to practicing self-respect. Full attention to alignment and light-hearted fun are part of my life and yoga classes. I like to bring a sense of calm and inspire to create a safe space for my students allowing them to have freedom in their bodies. In addition to teaching, I am also a certified doula and I work with mothers both during labor and postpartum. I like to weave my childbirth knowledge into my prenatal yoga classes. Encouraging a sense of strength and ease, I support my students to open to all of life’s possibilities.
Marisa (they/she) is a San Francisco born and raised yogi focused on utilizing all 8 limbs of yoga to achieve collective well-being. They are currently studying at UC Berkeley for their Master's in Social Welfare and to eventually practice anti-oppressive therapy and social work.
I stumbled upon hatha yoga in 2008 at an ashram near my home in Jaipur (India) as an accessible way to stay fit. However, it didn’t take me long to recognize its holistic impact on my emotional, mental and spiritual wellbeing. Ever since, practicing yoga has become an integral part of my life. It's that center that brings me exactly what I need - be it joy, calm, peace, patience, acceptance, honesty, strength or courage. I teach yoga to share the benefits of the practice with the people around me. Currently my practice and my teaching style is *vinyasa flow* based on mindfulness, body awareness and self-inquiry. I can't wait to practice with you.
A lover of movement whether it is boogieing in the grocery aisles, dance floor or on the yoga mat. Creating different shapes with my body has and continues to be one of the things that I treasure most in life. Being in spaces watching and helping others find shapes has only intensified this love. I’m a 200hr trained vinyasa teacher that believes the only things you need to “do” yoga is the willingness to explore and the willingness to be kind to yourself. Everything else will find its place. When I’m not bouncing to a tune or teaching yoga, you can catch me somewhere belting out an old school R&B song, fawning over my 2 pups, loving up on some good coffee, drawing on things. I’m excited to be a new addition to OutdoorYogaBerkeley, join me for a Vinyasa Flow on alternate Thursdays. Disclaimer: I cannot promise there won’t be a lame joke or two but do expect some dance breaks during class!!
To evoke moments of body bliss for you to feel safe and grounded in your body is my WHY. The approach I take with yoga is a dynamic and therapeutic vinyasa flow that strengthens and opens your being. Combining education and experiences as a counselor and trauma informed yoga instructor, I offer cognitive and emotional insights as you move through a physical practice that helps connect the whole. Yoga is humanity experienced holistically.
For me, yoga should feel like dancing - creative, playful, therapeutic, and fun. At first, I was drawn to the physical practice, but I believe yoga is less about the poses, and more about deepening your relationship with yourself. In my practice, I like to focus on alignment, breathwork, flexibility, and strength. My teaching style is primarily power vinyasa, with elements of hatha and yin. I did my 200hr teacher training with YTTP in San Francisco in 2020, and I’ve taught in Uganda, Costa Rica, and in the Bay Area.
Sunset (they, them) lives in Oakland and enjoys being outdoors. They began practicing yoga to manage chronic pain and regularly practiced outside. Sunset’s interest in teaching outdoor yoga led them to complete their teacher training at Hot Spot Yoga Oakland.
They find that outdoor yoga provides peace of mind and a deep appreciation of nature. Their aim is to create classes that are equitable, intentional, and fun. Students will be offered a focus on alignment, breath work, and creative variations for postures. Catch you out there! :)