Vanessa teaches Power Vinyasa Yoga, Yoga Sculpt and Yoga Fusion. She carefully crafts her class sequences, provides verbal cues and physical adjustments to deepen the practice, and above all enjoys inspiring and connecting with her students. All of her classes include a meditative aspect and she anchors the practice in mindfulness, breath, and physical and mental awareness. Vanessa enjoys making class a deep physical and mental experience with good music and fun vibes! She is also a psychotherapist in training with a background in Somatic Psychology and understands the mind/body connection and is passionate about holistic health.
My yoga story began 20 years ago when I took my first yoga class. It was the first time I had the experience of accepting my body exactly the way it was, and moving in a way that was healing. I was an extreme sport athlete; snowboarding, mountain biking, and cliff jumping my way around the country. I had many injuries and pains in my body, seeing my body as a tool to be used and abused. Yoga changed that. It taught me to make friends with my body, and to learn humility. I didn’t have to compete with anyone, I only had to do what was right for me, my own personal edge. Yoga also taught me to love my body, instead of hating what I saw in the mirror I learned to love what I saw, and see my beauty. I teach and practice Bikram Yoga, as well as coach women one-on-one to find their intuition and feminine power. I’m on a mission to wakeup the world, liberate, and inspire people to live their life purpose. Come take a class with me! It will be fun, enlightening, and irreverent. I look forward to seeing you in the hot room.
Lisa is a California native and fell in love with yoga in 2004. After practicing for several years, she decided to become a yoga teacher while living in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Lisa believes yoga is more than a set of postures; it is healing practice which allows for a deep connection with our higher selves. Lisa draws on her own spiritual journey and passion for yoga to create rich and dynamic classes. She enjoys empowering her students to test the limits of their minds and bodies. Her classes are upbeat, joyful and nourishing aimed to open the body and soothe the soul.
I’ve been practicing yoga for over 10 years. In my 20’s, my personal yoga practice was active and dynamic, much like the energy of New York City where I lived. My relationship with yoga never went beyond getting a good workout. Then a few years ago, I experienced a major illness. As a wise yogi may say, it provided an opportunity, however unwelcoming it was, for me to develop a deeper relationship with yoga; I had to look beyond the challenge of practicing a handstand. Since then, I received my RYT 200 training in Bali followed by the RYT 500 training here in SF, specializing in alignment-based vinyasa flow, restorative yoga, kid’s yoga, and yoga sculpt. I am grateful for yoga, for it allowed me to reestablish a healthier connection with my heart, mind, and body. Further, I am passionate about the idea of yoga service. It is with that intention I work with a non-profit to provide trauma-informed yoga and mindfulness practice to vulnerable communities in my spare time. I look forward to sharing my yoga practice with you all. Find out more at my website: www.jadewelliness.info.
Amanda began teaching
Since I joined the yoga community at Pacifica Beach Yoga I have been an avid practitioner of Bikram style yoga. I joined the first 200 hour Yoga Alliance Teacher Training at Go 2 Yoga with Lisa-Ann Kenyon, Jami Bailey in February 2018. This has improved and deepened my personal practice and understanding of yoga. I am very excited to join the staff at PBY and Go 2 Yoga
Falling is not failing, do the best you can, this is your practice, give it 100% and when you need a break, lie down" are some of the inspiring words Tommy uses to motivate his students while he is teaching.They are more than just phrases, but rather lessons Tommy has acquired throughout his colorful past. Tommy's yoga journey started in 2011. At the time, Tommy had diabetes, he was overweight, and was on 12 different prescription drugs and 2 anti depressants. After suffering a heart attack, Tommy knew he had to change his lifestyle or he would potentially lose his life. Tommy took his first Bikram yoga class in December of 2011. It was the beginning of a life changing transformation that he discovered through his yoga practice. The initial class led Tommy to Manhattan, NY, where he took part in a 30 day challenge through Yoga to the People. When he completed it, the teachers were inspired by Tommy’s story and urged him to become a hot yoga instructor. With the help, love and support of family, Tommy attended at least 1 hot yoga class everyday for 377 days through his hot yoga training. Tommy has taught more than 3,500 hot yoga classes. He lost over 100 pounds, overcame diabetes, is no longer on any prescription drugs, and overall has a dramatically improved lifestyle. The improvements that resulted from his practice were not only on a physical level, but also emotional and spiritual. In November 2012, Tommy came to Pacifica for the week and never left, then purchased the former Pacifica Yoga a month later and started creating our Pacifica Beach Yoga. He is passionate about having a positive impact on the community by providing others with the same opportunity that saved his life. He believes yoga is for everyone, any size, any age- if you really want it, do what you need to do to make it happen! His studio is unique to others because it encourages a humble, supportive, motivating and real atmosphere, for real people. Tommy does not claim to be a yoga guru, for him yoga isn’t about strict rules, and heavily enforced boundaries. It’s not about believing in a specific set of values but rather letting the yoga help guide you to wherever you want to go and become whoever you want to be. Everyone’s path is different. He brings to his classes the lessons he has learned through his experiences to inspire his students. He is living proof that anything is possible. Tommy teaches a highly energized, focused hot yoga class. His organic dialog and east coast twang are one of a kind.
Due to old injuries, I suffered from pain in my spine and hips. In 2013, I started practicing Bikram yoga. During this time, not only have I grown stronger physically, but mentally as well. I have benefited so much from my practice and want to be able to share that with others. As such, I decided to become an instructor and was certified in Spring of 2017 Bikram Teacher Training.
Elena Chechina born in Crimea on the Black Sea , mama of two, holds a
bachelor degree in Civil Engineering , a yoga instructor and devoted
student of yoga. Elena has been practicing yoga for 17 years and has
been teaching for the last 12 years. Elena brings a deeply-rooted and
unique perspective to the practice of yoga. She enjoys teaching a
lively, up-lifting, challenging class that honors the tradition of the practice.
Elena’s classes, steeped in ritual and ceremony, emphasize breath and alignment in flowing motion to build balance, flexibility, and strength in body, mind, and soul. She enthusiastically teaches all 8 limbs of yoga in order to help students realign with their authentic self, and then move off the mat out into the world living a life of
personal integrity. Her commitment to honesty, collaboration, and love
enable students of all levels to find what works best for their unique body in any given moment. She guides students on a powerful exploration
of listening to the body with honor and reverence.
Elena is a 200 hour Certified Yoga teacher and a 200 Certified
Massage Therapist since 2005
Nadia Sheibani started practicing yoga 7 years ago. Her journey began with hot yoga (Bikram yoga) when a friend took her to a free Bikram class. The heat was not bearable at first but being a fixed believer of “if there is a will, there is a way” she continued and still does. Nadia discovered other yoga disciplines later and heat and the 26 postures were the foundation of a broader yoga practice and learning. Nadia earned her RYT200 hour certificate with Yoga Source, Los Gatos and started teaching in 2012.
Nadia is a firm believer that yoga is for everyone regardless of age, body structure or disability, it can be tailored to you and for you. Her teaching is based on foundation, alignment and logic with some fun. All age groups are welcome in her class.
Nadia is registered with Yoga Source, Los Gatos for the 500 hour certificate and continues to teach and learn as the journey of yoga never ends.
I have been practicing yoga since 2002.
I started teaching in 2004 Bikram Yoga
I have been since adding more different styles into my practice and teaching as well
I teach Bikram , Power flow yoga , Aerial Yoga ,Yin Yoga , Inferno Pilate and POP Pilate , recently I taken another training with Tony Sanchez in Malàga Core 40 and Master Core .
I also finished my 1 first course of TRX .
Haleli started practicing yoga when she moved to Santa Cruz and discovered a new found inner connection with the mind and body, wanting to delve deeper into it ever since. When she moved to San Francisco, she came to hot yoga and felt the powerful benefits from the heated practice and resonated with the home vibe of our studio's. She received her 200 hour mystical yoga teacher training in Bali, Indonesia during her life changing year of travels.
Haleli is a believer in the power of yoga and its immensely positive influence on health and well-being. She goes with the flow throughout life and in her practice, manifesting the beauty from within, becoming one with all surroundings.
Yoga is to connect your body and mind.
When I started practicing Bikram, I fell in love and I was hooked...though not from my very first class :-D
It helped my frequent headaches and back issues from a car accident. It even helped my blood pressure — my doctor was impressed and took me off medication.
In Fall 2016 I attended Bikram Teacher Training to pursue my dream of teaching yoga to others. I truly believe that Bikram yoga is the best exercise for your mind and body.
There is an old Chinese saying, "Healthy is wealthy!" Even with all the money in the world, you need a healthy body and healthy mind to live a full and happy life.
See you in the hot room! :-)