Meet the Mentors

Mentors are long-time trainees who have completed Janet’s 300- or 500-hour program. Get to know them here.

Allison Marshall

California
I’ve been teaching/assisting for: assisting for 3+ years with Janet Stone; 5+ years assisting overall; teaching 3+ years

Allison Marshall is a “corporate yogi” (Yoga Alliance RYT-500), balancing her life between a day job at a tech startup, the board of a national a non-profit organization, and her dedicated yoga practice.

Based in San Francisco, she shares the yoga and mindfulness principles that have served her over the past two decades, with the hope of making them accessible to all. She is influenced by both dynamic vinyasa traditions and embodied, mindful yoga approaches. Her style encourages clients to explore their breath, examine their physical edge, and open their minds to a whole new realm of possibilities – an experience designed for both beginners and advanced practitioners.

Allison received her RYT-500 certification to teach Vinyasa Flow yoga under the tutelage of Janet Stone in San Francisco. She has also studied mindfulness techniques and embodied awareness with Bo Forbes, founder of Embodied Awareness education in Boston, and physiotherapy and yoga anatomy with Harvey Deutch in San Francisco. She currently studies Shadow Yoga with Scott Blossom and Chandra Easton in Berkeley and San Francisco, and travels to India and Bali yearly to continue her studies in yoga and Ayurveda.

I am most experienced in:
1) Hands-on assisting: physical/energetic assists and holding space for teachers/students
2) Building a home practice: guidance on how to build a consistent ritual of home practice every day
3) Yoga philosophy/svadhyaya: yamas/niyamas, continual self-study and awareness building
4) Wellness through ayurveda and diet

I am committed to studying and deepening my practice in…
Ayurveda – the science of living holistically with nature and embracing your constitution in this embodied life.

Shadow Yoga – a sect of Hatha yoga incredibly linked to traditional yogic practices from India. Focus on pranayama, mudra, physical practice, and linked to Ayurveda.

Studying the yogic texts consistently over time (Bhaghavad Gita, Ramayana) and how they apply to the spiritual path.

My mentoring style or approach is…
Open and empathic. I like to meet people where they are in their self-journey and guide them by providing what they need at that moment. A lot of this self-work requires time so I can hold a lot of empathy for people as they work through their proverbial ‘stuff’ that inevitably comes up during a teacher training.

Learn more about me on:  www.allisonmarshallyoga.com

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Andi Georgiana

California
I’ve been teaching/assisting for: I have been studying with Janet Stone Yoga for over 8 years, through retreats, trainings and classes.

I’ve been studying yoga for nearly 20 years, nearly half of which have been in studentship with Janet Stone Yoga. I credit the practice for shaping who I am on and off the mat, and I strive to bring the teachings to all aspects of my life. Having recently moved to Los Angeles after many years in the Bay Area, I’m rebuilding my yoga community here, while staying connected to the sangha through trainings and the occasional visit back up for class at YogaTree Castro.

I am most experienced in:
I am most experienced in yogic theory, including the Yamas and Niyamas, the physical asana practice, and how these practices weave together. I have a solid foundation of Ayurvedic practices, meditation, and physical assists.

I am committed to studying and deepening my practice in…
I am a lifelong student. I’m currently revisiting the 8 Limbs, and I plan to do the Intuitive Sequencing program next. I am committed to continual study and training as a personal practice.

My mentoring style or approach is…
I seek to listen, learn, and fully understand where a person is in their journey, who they are, and how I might best be of support. I strive to be a guide where I can, but also be collaborative in the process of understanding the teachings, the lineage, and the practice. As a lifelong student, I continue to look for ways to see more clearly and offer that out.

My intention is to bring understanding, curiosity, stability, warmth and playfulness to the mentorship. I hope to shine a light on a practice that is heart-centered, and rooted in love.

Learn more about me on:  instagram.com/andijams

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Annie Kobliska-Becker

Portland, Oregon
I’ve been teaching/assisting for: 8 years

Annie is very passionate about yoga and the healing benefits of mindfulness-based practices. She received the gift of yoga from her mother, who taught her to do sun salutations as a little girl. Her mother’s love of yoga was one of the many jewels she passed on.

Annie believes in practicing service and seva in all forms and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She has had the honor of working with yoga service organizations including Street Yoga, The Art of Yoga Project and currently teaches yoga to pregnant and parenting high school students. Annie also teaches yoga to adults, as well as children, youth and families and leads kid’s yoga teacher trainings at Sellwood Yoga in Portland, Oregon. She is inspired by the ways in which yoga provides tangible and transferable skills that facilitate the development of greater health and well being and empowers transformation.

Annie is a Yoga Alliance Certified teacher and offers deep bows of gratitude to her own teachers on this path. She is eternally thankful to have had the great gift of being a student of Janet Stone for over a decade and a half. Annie holds certifications in Hatha and Vinyasa yoga, prenatal yoga, yoga for children and youth & trauma-informed practices. Annie completed a 200-hour certification in 2009 with Max Strom, who taught her that by attending to our inner state, we are our own best tool for kindness and peace in the world. Annie completed a 500-hour certification with Janet Stone in 2013 whose embodied practice is rooted in the ways, as she shares to “make every breath an act of devotion…adorn yourself and those around you with garlands of compassion.” These great teachers have provided Annie with rich opportunity for growth and learning. Her newest teachers are two sweet little ones, Jack Ravi and Sol Kailash, who have taught her more about the power of the breath and love and gratitude. Annie aspires to live and teach with compassion and a great deal of heart.

I am most experienced in:
It is such an honor to be a student and to offer out the teachings of yoga in a heart centered way. The ability to merge my passion for social work and yoga has been one of life’s sweetest of unfoldings. As a social worker with over fifteen years of clinical work in the field I am experienced in the healing and therapeutic applications of yoga and teach in a trauma-informed manner. I have offered yoga in a variety of settings including studios, schools, juvenile halls, social service agencies, etc. I lead workshops and kids yoga teacher trainings and am inspired by the opportunity to bear witness to the ways in which yoga helps to foster resilience and build capacity.

The teachings of yoga have provided me with an embodied practice and tangible tools for life. Yoga has helped prepare me for the journey into motherhood. Along the way there has been rich terrain for growth and learning, challenge and churning, deep breaths and long sighs, aches and openings, and oh so much forgetting and remembering. As a mama myself, I am honored to teach prenatal yoga classes that provide a supportive and inclusive environment. I bring mental health services to an alternative high school for young mother’s and mother’s to be and have the great opportunity to offer pre and postnatal yoga as part of their curriculum. I am humbled by this work and offer deep reverence for the healing power of the breath.

I am committed to studying and deepening my practice in…
I am committed to studentship and a lifetime of learning, seeking and self-study. I am endlessly grateful for each opportunity to sit with my teacher, Janet and steep in her powerful and potent offerings. I am passionate about bringing yoga and healing modalities to communities who wouldn’t otherwise have access. I feel a deep calling to integrate my passion for social work and teaching yoga as a healing practice and as a doorway to the development of capacity and resilience. I also am moved by the beauty of mantra. The first time I chanted in Janet’s class tears spilled from my eyes. The mantras have made honey of my heart and have become the lullabies I sing to my children. I recently took my first harmonium lesson and am dedicated to learning more. I aspire to remain receptive and to keep my eyes and heart wide open to all that is and is to come.

My mentoring style or approach is…
welcoming, supportive and engaged. I believe deeply in the power of connection and helping to create a container and safe space for learning that fosters growth and integration. I am open, communicative and compassionate.

Learn more about me on:  I’m old school & love a good conversation. While I’m not so skilled in these forms of connection I believe deeply in the power of connection & in learning new things so I hope to update soon.

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Briala Da Silva

Pennsylvania, USA
I’ve been teaching/assisting for: 18+ years

In 1996, I began a personal journey to discover a greater sense of ease in my body and mind while improving my overall state of well-being. My journey has taken me to all parts of the world and along the way awakened a passion to share with others what I’ve learned about strength, flexibility and the ability to change.

Through my continual study in many lineages of yoga (over 4,000 hrs), pilates (over 2,500 hrs)and structural bodywork (over 1,500) along with thousands of hours of discovery through teaching (over 25,000 hrs), my unique and skillful offering of alternative fitness and conscious living, called “Briakti Flow”, inspires others in their journey of self-discovery. With joy, laughter and music, I lovingly guides individuals, small groups, workshops, teacher trainings and retreats in the beauty of the breath, the limitless potential of the body/mind connection and the belief in the divineness that unites us as one. Based on the East Coast, I teach from the foundation of functional anatomy while awakening the flowing movement of the “temple dancer” in us all. To reach Briala Da Silva or for more information about Briakti Flow, go to [email protected]

I am most experienced in:
1). Anatomy – years of study coupled with 18+ yrs of teaching one-on-one private movement (yoga/pilates/functional fitness) sessions (clients age 5-78 yrs old) and alignment-based vinyasa yoga classes, workshops, retreats and teacher trainings
2). Energy -my teaching incorporates knowledge of the various yogic energy systems as all as an understanding of the anatomy in motion connected to the inner power of subtle sensing
3). Tantrik Philosophy – in the study and practice of Tantrik Shaivism for 8+ years

I am committed to studying and deepening my practice in…
…in ALL ways! I truly believe that my growth is based on being in on-going studentship. Currently I am immersed in the study of embryology and how our anatomical, energetic and spiritual development is pre-patterned way of being.

My mentoring style or approach is…
….easy going. I believe it is helpful to have a regularly scheduled phone check-in (you decide the frequency) even if it is just to simply answer a few questions. But I’m cool if your preference is to email as you desire support.

Learn more about me on:  Briala Da Silva -FB; phone chat is best (717-468-7771)

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Carrie Post

Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
I’ve been teaching/assisting for: 8 years

Carrie has been practicing yoga for over fifteen years, but truly found her passion for vinyasa in 2009. She was immediately hooked on the energy of the flow along with its healing power and signed up for Jimmy Barkan’s vinyasa teacher training. Carrie graduated from Jimmy’s 200hr training in 2010, and did both of his level two trainings that year as well. In the spring of 2012, Carrie began the Five Elements Vinyasa teacher training with Janet Stone. In 2015 Carrie became 500hr certified by Janet Stone Yoga. Carrie currently co-leads a 200hr and 300hr teacher training at SWEAT Yoga Studio in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Carrie is also a Transformational Bodyworker and a holistic health coach and is passionate about helping people find their paths to deep wellness and joy.

I am most experienced in:
Creating safe intuitive flow sequences, this has been my passion every since I connected with Janet. I strive to make the practice of yoga accessible to everyone by teaching classes that are accessible but challenging with very clear instruction.
I have an extensive functional anatomy background. I’ve been studying bodies and how they are in the world for over fifteen years. My first bodywork certification was in Alexander Technique which focuses on understanding how we habitually inhibit our body’s natural movements and understanding how to find freedom of movement in the body. This training has helped me cultivate an ability to see people’s habitual movement patterns and how they can inhibit their practice. I’ve also studied Transformational Bodywork with Fred Mitouer and Mark Haviland. Transformational Bodywork focuses on the belief that our emotions manifest physically in the body, and through hands on work and discussion of one’s experiences, we are able to break free from toxic emotional patterning and find ease in the body. Both of these modalities inform my approach to teaching yoga, because they remind me that everyone comes into the class with their own challenges and experiences and the practice has to support that.

I am committed to studying and deepening my practice in…
I really want to deepen my chanting practice. One of the things that made me fall in love with the Janet Stone sangha was the chanting. I grew up singing and went to college for singing and college damaged my relationship with singing. Chanting feels like coming home. It allows we to reconnect with that love for singing in such a divine way, and I feel it is healing my relationship with my own voice.

My mentoring style or approach is…
When I think of my mentoring style, I think of Durga. I mentor with fierce compassion and I’m all in. I love watching students grow and discover what parts of the practice they really connect with and I am happy to support them in whatever way I can.

Learn more about me on:  Facebook kinda, I’m not super active, but I’m there: www.facebook.com/fairyyogi (or search my name) Instagram: @fairyyogi (it’s mostly pictures of my dog)

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Chris Fettin

Louisiana, USA
I’ve been teaching/assisting for: Off and on for 7 years

Chris found yoga while living in San Francisco 15 years ago and quickly discovered — with the guidance of teachers Rusty Wells and Janet Stone — the power of practice. He was especially floored by the way lessons learned on the mat could be applied to the transformation of his everyday life. Always curious and in love with adventure, Chris has been exploring ways to make yoga his “everyday” ever since; integrating his learnings into the ups and downs of life as a yogi, entrepreneur, and explorer.

I am most experienced in:
Developing a deep relationship to my practice over time. Stepping into teaching others after cultivating this internal practice. Connecting the benefits of my practice to every day life in running a business and being a creative.

I am committed to studying and deepening my practice in…
… diving deeper into my daily practices of chanting, asanas, and also exploring other ways to lead others along the path.

My mentoring style or approach is…
I have never mentored before, to be honest (other than being a boss) but if I’m using that as a guide I am much of the style to let the person do their own discovery/exploration, and guide them or discuss their experience with them along the way. I’m not pushy. I don’t like to tell people what to do, or where they should be in their practice. No judgement and full accountability. On both person’s parts. Oh, and lots of love and understanding.

Learn more about me on:  Instagram: @chrisfettin

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Cole Schlam

Colorado
I’ve been teaching/assisting: 8+ years, E-RYT500, and constant student.

My passion is to support everyday people as they safely and playfully step into their own confidence and connect deeply with themselves. My method of choice: yoga. Yoga can empower individuals physically, mentally, and emotionally. And with some curiosity and openness, it can have lasting benefits that run deep.

As a constant student myself, I am right there with you on this crazy, heart-filled journey called life using the tools I’ve found from yoga along the way. The personal awareness I’ve experienced in my own practice has both helped me navigate discomfort and cultivate a deep sense of ease within myself. I aim to create an accessible space for others to do the same.

This life is messy but also full of joys! Among mine are laughing with friends and loved ones, dancing until the wee hours, traveling, cooking, pie making, being outside as often as I can and finding ways to live more eco-friendly. Oh, and chocolate with peanut butter.

I am most experienced in:
The arts of teaching- theming, sequencing, effective cueing, assisting, holding space

Sadhana – compassionately and continually stepping into studentship, and daily practice

Asana styles – Fluid and creative flow based asana with the functional alignment foundations, slower forms of yoga such as slow flow, yin and restorative

I am committed to studying and deepening my practice in…
To continually drop in and practice through devotion, meditation, asana, and chanting.

My mentoring style or approach is…
Meeting you where you are. Together, creating strategies that allows us to connect, meet your needs, and allows for growth. Gentle but honest

Learn more about me on:  www.coleschlam.com

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Ellen G Strzalkowski

San Francisco, CA
I’ve been teaching/assisting for: since 2014

It was early 2013, a year after a health crisis drove me to abandon my legal career that I found my way back into a yoga class for the first time in a decade. It began as a primarily physical practice for me – a desire to come into more balanced relationship with my body – but from there a yearning to go deeper into the practice began to grow. Within 6 months I found myself exploring teacher training options and ultimately found my way into one of Janet’s classes. By the end of that year, after a powerful opening during my first 5 day training Janet, I knew without a doubt that I had found my teacher and the place my journey was meant to deepen. It was truly a soul-level calling. I abandoned the other more “practically” oriented teacher training I had originally signed up for, and instead found myself immersing simultaneously with Janet, in Tantrik Shaivism and Shadow Yoga practice, where I was rapidly falling in love with the dharmic and wisdom, not to mention the devotional, aspects of the practice that Janet’s teaching had opened me to. I was also drawn to explore the practice of assisting – of using skillful and compassionate touch to support others in asana practice, for the ways that had felt so very healing and supportive to me – and found yet another of my root teachers in one of Janet’s longtime students and assistants, Jody Greene. And with assisting something else fell into place, internally, for me…something powerful. A way of dropping out of my over-active mind and into my body’s wisdom and stillness that felt like magic, like pure joy, that became a powerful teacher and practice for me in its own right… I began assisting regularly in Jody’s classes and then Janet’s and then to assist in Janet’s local trainings, and in this, I began a practice of creating altars to hold the sacred space and intentions of our gatherings – something that had already become a steady part of my home practice – and taking pictures to document these potent times of transmission, and in so doing came to know two additional joyful outlets of creative and heartfelt expression. In the years since I have spent thousands of hours practicing, supporting and/or attending classes and trainings with Janet – making altars, taking pictures, putting hands on people, holding space, sharing experience – primarily in San Francisco, and elsewhere in California, with our growing sangha of beautiful souls. What a gift! In this time, I have also furthered my own practice and study in the areas of Conscious Leadership, Zen Buddhism, Archetypes of the Divine Feminine, and in the art of creating and holding ceremonial space. I occasionally teach about creating altars and sacred space as well.

I am most experienced in:
– Assisting – all aspects, from hands-on to space-making/holding, what it means to take this on as a practice and path in and of itself
– Altar making / Devotional practice…an extension (at least for me) of assisting practice…the practice of, really, paying attention….of moving from the heart…placing the small self in service of something greater – a teacher, a community, a teaching, the greater Self, the great mythic/divine archetypes… creating potent focal points with which to entrain the dristi and create a container for what we are up to in practice
– Sitting (meditation) practice – what it is we are up to when we sit for meditation and how to allow that to be a liberating practice, rather than feed into our existing patterns. How to support and also help open the body to find some physical ease when sitting.
– Dharma / Wisdom teachings study/application – exploring what it really means to live into the dharma teachings, to not compartmentalize our yogic/spiritual practice or form an identity around it, but fully integrate this practice into all of life.

I am committed to studying and deepening my practice in…
In a word: Life…. I find just living my practice in day to day life to be my greatest teacher on this path….to stay compassionately awake to my own doings and the ways I get caught or stuck, my reactivities, the patterns I fall into, the things I grasp after or push away…. Learning how to show up for all of it, and myself within it. Ahimsa, satya, svadhyaya, brahmaçarya, and adhikara have been and continue to remain core themes of this work for me.

My mentoring style or approach is…
I am most interested in how your yoga journey is showing up in your life, how the practice is speaking to you, personally, where it is challenging you, where it is awakening you, and where you feel the edges are for you to work with. I see us meeting one-on-one – whether via videochat or in person – at regular intervals to talk about where you’re at in your personal journey and what’s coming up as you move through the curriculum of the 300/500 hour program. I will hold space for you to share and be present with what’s coming up, offering clear reflection, perspective, and other guidance – illuminating blind spots you may not be seeing, suggesting resources for your further exploration and deepening with, challenging you around any places I see where you may be unconsciously holding yourself back. If you have a specific interest in assisting, altar-making or sitting, I can offer more in-depth guidance and opportunities to play and practice in those areas. Whether you desire to be a teacher of yoga, or simply deepen into the practice for its own sake, I am here to help you better see / hold / understand YOURSELF so that you might more fully embrace and embody your own true gifts and live into what this journey is about for YOU, what is truly yours to offer.

Learn more about me on:  Facebook (Ellen Strzalkowski) or instagram (ellen.strz)

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Erika Van Gemeren

California
I’ve been teaching/assisting since 2008

Erika Van Gemeren is a San Francisco-based, full-time yoga instructor who has been practicing since 1999. As a child, she could feel the mind/body connection through dancing, hiking, and snowboarding. Yoga was a natural extension of her embodied movement practices and she developed an immediate passion for her practice.

I am most experienced in:

I am committed to studying and deepening my practice in…
Yoga, music, psychology, mysticism

My mentoring style or approach is…
Loving, grounded, (still working on firm boundaries)
Learn more about me on:  www.erikavangemeren.com

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Fernanda Barcelo

Texas
I’ve been teaching/assisting: since 2014

My name is Fernanda (Ferny, for short!) and I am a psychotherapist + yoga teacher living in lovely Austin, Texas. I have always felt a strong connection to the process of helping others through authentic connection and conversation, and I became a counselor and teacher with the intention of providing those in need with just that — a space to connect, be fully heard, and a chance to dig into their inner landscape.

My love affair with yoga came to light in 2008, right when I moved to Austin and was experiencing big (and sometimes difficult) transitions. I found my voice and strength in vinyasa yoga, and was immediately drawn to the fluid practice of connecting breath with the body. Its healing benefits began to extend way past the physical, bringing peace to an anxious mind and teaching me how to cultivate more self-acceptance and self-awareness. Because of this, I started down the road to become a teacher myself — which is eventually how I found the powerful + life-changing teachings of Janet and her sangha, back in 2016.

My personal healing practice has taken many forms over the years: meditation, reading, journaling, ritual, retreats, trainings, and of course, yoga — all of which have served me in indescribable ways. My soul purpose to help others find deep healing, transformation, and growth through the practices of therapy, self-compassion work, mindfulness, and yoga. It is my hope that through personal exploration, facing our fears, value-based behavior, mindful practices, and a heavy dose of self-love, I can help guide others towards a more wholehearted and authentic way of living. And hopefully make their journey through life a bit more light-hearted.

I am most experienced in:
Vinyasa yoga & sequencing
Mindfulness
Spiritual psychology
The yamas & niyamas
Working with deities
Holistic entrepreneurship

I am committed to studying and deepening my practice in…
The wide lens that is YOGA — which for me means the physical practice, but more importantly the spiritual elements, like meditation & ritual, dedication (tapas), self-acceptance, and honoring our own divinity. Learning more about the power of the deities is also something deeply important to me, as well as living yoga as a daily practice through my work with the yamas & niyamas. And of course, I’ll always be deeply invested in the inner work, cultivating a deeper knowledge and relationship with myself through the tools offered by spiritual psychology, mindfulness, and self-inquiry.

My mentoring style or approach is…
Empathic, warm, straight-forward, light-hearted, enthusiastic, and non-judgemental.

Learn more about me on:  Instagram: @fernybarcelo // Website: fernybarcelo.com

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Jenna Furnari

California
I’ve been teaching/assisting for: 5+ years

Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner
Ayurvedic Postpartum Specialist and Postpartum Doula
ERYT500

My name is Jenna Furnari, and my yoga practice began decades back when I was just a kid. I began study with Janet Stone Yoga close to 10 years ago, and around the same time began a full-time study of ayurveda at Mount Madonna, College of Ayurveda. Today I am a yoga teacher, a certified ayurvedic practitioner and ayurvedic postpartum doula. And most importantly I am a mother to a beautiful new baby boy. I live in Santa Monica and value the practice of yoga along with time spent with loved ones as the greatest means of living a balanced and healthy life.

I am most experienced in:
Ayurveda – as a lifestyle and living medicine
Prenatal and Postpartum Yoga and Ayurveda
The 5 Vayus
Hands on Assisting

I am committed to studying and deepening my practice in…
…continuing my meditation practice throughout the rest of this life. Staying engaged with sangha and spending time with Janet in retreat at least once every couple of years (at a minimum) 😉
I also will continue my physical practice of yoga and my ongoing study of ayurveda. My “specialty” through ayurveda has become working with women within the realm of prenatal and postpartum, and this is where my core interest and heart is these days.

My mentoring style or approach is…
Connecting with mentees every 1-2 months via phone or Skype. Open conversation and dialogue. Listening to where they are at and offering support in areas needed as it comes up. **Also asking them their plan for moving forward through the next 6 months or so (this applies to trainings, retreats, etc they are planning to attend). Check in after they return home from training/retreat. Asking open ended questions to encourage reflection on their experience.

Learn more about me on:  http://www.jennafurnari.com, https://www.instagram.com/jennafurnari/

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Katie Jacobson

California
I’ve been teaching/assisting for: 5 years

Katie Jacobson is a Registered Yoga Teacher and Certified Ayurvedic Health Consultant based in her hometown, Santa Cruz, CA.
It was her love for movement and fascination with the mind-body connection that first sparked her interest in yoga. As a State Champion runner and avid soccer player, she appreciated the profound physical benefits, but it was during her challenging college years that the yoga mat became a place of refuge and she discovered the deeper transformative powers of the practice.
Katie studied with Yogrishi Vishvketu at the Anand Prakash Ashram in Rishikesh, India and continues to study with Janet Stone in San Francisco. She teaches Hatha Flow and Yin Yoga, and her classes are typically seasonally inspired. As an Ayurvedic Lifestyle Counselor, Katie intertwines her knowledge of this ancient system of healing with the Yoga wisdom tradition to promote balance of body, mind, and spirit. She is passionate about empowering people with the tools to harmonize with the rhythms of the Earth and return to their true Nature.
Katie’s warm presence creates a nurturing environment in which she encourages students to explore with curiosity, return to their breath, and listen to their inner wisdom. She brings compassion to each posture, inspiring students to look inward and move with authenticity and ease. After facing sports related injuries, Katie embodies sincere empathy and concern for students’ safety. Currently, Katie is deepening her studies as she works towards her Master’s in Integral Counseling Psychology at California Institute of Integral Studies.

She loves hiking in her redwood sanctuary and swimming in her ocean temple – Nature is her greatest teacher!

I am most experienced in:

I am committed to studying and deepening my practice in…

My mentoring style or approach is…

Learn more about me on:  http://www.katiesjacobson.com

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Kay Taylor

California

I’ve been teaching yoga for 5 years; RYT500
Intuitive/Astrologer, Teacher, Writer
My journey with yoga has been long and meandering. I was drawn to it before cool yoga studios, when a tattered book of poses and Lilias on TV were my teachers until I discovered gym classes. I gave up a corporate career to follow a healing path, first as a massage therapist, and then as a psychic channel. This morphed into integrating astrology, hypnotherapy and psychosynthesis, a spiritual psychology. Throughout these years, my spiritual/meditation practice has been central to my life and teachings, and deepening the study of yoga brought it all together.
My first teacher training was at Innerstellar in Berkeley in Stellarflow, a vinyasa style inspired by Forrest Yoga. Then I discovered Janet. The chanting, the compassionate assists and the depth of the sangha touched my heart. I finished the 300 hour teacher training and will soon complete the JSY 1008 hour designation. My primary role in the world is as an evolutionary/spiritual astrologer, writer and teacher, offering a certification program and lecturing to professional astrologers. My first book, Soul Path Way was published in 2016. Two more books and two anthology chapters will be published in 2019. I recently gave up my weekly public yoga classes to focus on writing yet I still sub and teach yoga at retreats and conferences.

I am most experienced in:

  • Mentoring. I have mentored countless individuals over the years, individually and in groups. You could say the very nature of my work as an intuitive/astrological counselor is mentoring people to find and develop their soul centered path.
  • Assisting. I’ve taken several trainings with Janet and Jody and assisted Michelle Cordero in Oakland for two years where we co-created some true magic.
  • Therapeutics/modifications/home practice.
  • Writing. Writing can be an important part of spiritual practice. I would love to mentor individuals who are also writers.
  • Starting and expanding heart centered, healing and creative businesses. I co-founded Dolphin Dream in Walnut Creek in 1988. I have been exclusively self employed for 34 years, including as a jewelry artist.
  • Empathic love, spiritual philosophies, conscious parenting, and more love.

I am committed to studying and deepening my practice in…
yoga philosophy, meditation, awakening, chanting, harmonium, writing.

My mentoring style or approach is…
to listen empathically and to ask meaningful questions, to encourage you to follow your inner wisdom. I will tell you truth as I perceive it, advise you on choices to fulfill your unique calling and I honor that you walk this path. There is a part of you that knows exactly who you are and where you are called. I see the mentoring role as support to you as you choose the trainings, of course, but also to cultivate a rich inner life, self-care, balance and a spiritual practice that will sustain you and allow you to offer authentic teachings because you embody your practice.

Learn more about me on:  www.kaytaylor.com

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Kelli Precourt

Seagrove Beach, Florida
I’ve been teaching/assisting for: 12 years

Founder and owner of Balance Health Studio, a boutique health and fitness studio in the Panhandle of Florida.Her unique teaching style incorporates a playful flow that challenges her students to find both their physical and spiritual best. Drawing from her experience as an Olympic athlete (1996) and business owner she inspires her students to find more of life’s examples within their practice. In every class you will be sure to find a blend of Bhakti and hands on adjusting.

Kelli spends her days “working” at her love and passion-teaching yoga, spin, and fitness classes. She is also the lead instructor of Balance Health Studio’s Vinyasa Yoga teacher training program. (Ryt 200/500)

When she is not at the studio there is a good chance you will find her in the back yard with her three English bulldogs (Bob, Daryl and George) as she nurtures her garden of Jade plants.

I am most experienced in:
Putting the “practice” to work. Helping my students and future instructors integrate the yoga philosophy in everyday life. My experience as a business owner and athlete has helped me provide my students and instructors with the tools, mindset and inspiration to LIVE their yoga …on and off the mat.

Being an owner of an alternative health studio for the past twenty years has given me an in-depth knowledge of how to incorporate the practice of yoga into living a healthy lifestyle and getting healthy.
I am committed to studying and deepening my practice in…
In all areas so I can become the best version of myself.

My mentoring style or approach is…
To get real, to get raw and to help my students breakthrough their limitations and achieve their highest potential.

Learn more about me on:  Kelli James Precourt on Facebook/Instagram and www.balance30a.com

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Kelly Heath

California
I’ve been teaching/assisting for: more than 16 years

Kelly is a certified senior Janet Stone and senior Baptiste yoga teacher, 500 ERYT++, Shiva Rea certified pre and postnatal teacher, former studio owner and devoted mama.

Her more formal yoga training took a natural course. As a college athlete in Texas, she dabbled in yoga. Her early adult years took her to Colorado where she took the very first ever CorePower Yoga teacher training in 2002. From there, she spent a decade training, studying, assisting and teaching alongside Baron Baptiste. During this ten years, she also opened a successful yoga studio in Vail, CO and supplemented her training with a regular Anusara practice with Jamie Turner Allison, Shiva Rea’s prenatal training, AcroYoga training, Thai Massage training, and a variety of amazing teachers and disciplines including Dharma Mittra, John Friend, Douglas Brooks, Deepak Chopra, John Doulliard, Saul David Ray and Rusty Wells just to name a few that opened her aperture in many different ways.

Nothing changed her practice and teaching as much as becoming a mother more than 9 years ago, and then again four years later after her second baby boy. Her passion within the practice lies in continuing to bring our focus and remembrance back to what matters most through asana, pranayama, mantra, mudra, meditation and how these practices provide a window into ourselves that help us transform our life.

Over the last 16 years, she has nurtured her own deep, personal practice, which has become her life’s passion to offer back out. She aspires not to teach but to allow the practice to emanate from her, letting awareness blend with movement and breath. She is currently enrolled in Janet Stone’s 1008 training module, and also trains teachers, leads immersions, holds workshops and more. Kelly is a Drishti a manduka ambassador and a former lululemon ambassador and Yoga Journal Conference presenter.

I am most experienced in:
The Yamas and Niyamas
Prenatal Yoga
Postnatal Yoga and Mom and Baby Yoga
The 5 Great Elements (Maha Pancha Bhutas)
Energetic alignment through the 5 Great Vayus (Pancha Vayus)

I am committed to studying and deepening my practice in…
The great path of devotion (Bhakti) and remembering, when I forget, my connection to my consciousness, my heart, and the Oneness that I am already.

My mentoring style or approach is…
Deep, straightforward, tender, truthful and supportive.

Learn more about me on:  www.kellyheath.com

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Kevin Yee-Chan

Bali, for now!
I’ve been teaching/assisting for: JSY, Radiantly Alive Ubud, Desa Seni, Embodied Arts Bali

Through a 10-year career as a ballet/modern dancer and an endless love of yoga, Kevin has come to know intimately the enlivening force of embodiment. His passion for empowerment through the creative body is based on traditions ranging from Tantric Shaivism to Vinyasa, musical theater to classical Indian music, ballet to martial arts.

With luck and discipline, he has had the opportunity to study and work regularly in San Francisco, New York, Germany, France, India, and Bali. All of these cultures weave their own imprint on Kevin’s creations.

His practice weaves modern artistry with the timeless wisdom of yoga, music, and dance, which support his infinite curiosity about our connection inward to our core, outward to a full, filling life, and all the wonder in between.

He is currently based in Bali but continues to share his offerings internationally.

I am most experienced in:
– Energetic movement and alignment
– Bhakti

I am committed to studying and deepening my practice in…
Shadow Yoga
Meditation

My mentoring style or approach is…
Diverse, efficient, disciplined.

Real progress comes from showing up and practicing, again and again. While it can seem monotonous, I know firsthand the rewards and joys of discipline. Using the right tools and timing to make it enjoyable leads to a process of growth that maximizes the fruits of practice for the labor put in.

I also celebrate that we all come from different backgrounds and places. This continual devotion to celebrating our uniqueness is essential to maximizing personal growth and also what leads us to a deeper understanding of what unifies.
Learn more about me on:  www.kevinyeechan.com

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Lihi Benisty

San Francisco, CA
I’ve been teaching/assisting for: 4 years asana, 6 years meditation

I flirted with yoga my entire life (starting at age 4) but I could never quite get myself to commit. After college, I dedicated myself to a daily practice purely as a way to workout. Despite my initial objective, subtle shifts began to take place as I continued to roll out my mat. I started to slow down, get out of my head and into my body. That’s when my perspective of yoga shifted from a mode of exercise to a healing art. Each practice offers me the opportunity to hold space and to show up for myself, exactly where I am.

When people first find out I’m a yoga teacher, the first thing they ask is “what style of yoga do you teach?” Well… Sometimes I teach a sweaty flow. Sometimes we lie on bolsters for a while. Sometimes we get upside down. Sometimes we’re sitting for 20 minutes.
So, what style of yoga do I teach? Yoga. I teach yoga.

I have been teaching meditation for 6 years and yoga asana for 4. Mostly in the San Francisco Bay Area. As a teacher, I aim to guide students toward cultivating an inner-awareness while building stability and ease in both the body and mind. I strive to include an alchemy of intention and to create space for everyone’s dynamic creativity.

I am most experienced in:

-The ability to read the room and teach from the heart, from my intuition vs a script. I have never planned a class. Weaving in an intention that allows for each student to experience something relevant, curated, and authentic.

-Creating a container. A safe space that meets all my students exactly where they are. Teaching the whole practice as a meditation and using the 8 limbs as an anchor for the practice.

-Blindfolded practice! I’ve been teaching blindfolded classes and workshops for 3 years. Deep reverence to the practice of Pratyahara and to earth/ground that supports us.

-I also love creating a musical experience to coincide with my teaching. The only thing I plan in my classes is the playlists and it takes TIME. I build stories through sounds so that my students can tell stories with their bodies and breath.

My classes are very much inspired by the earth element – the idea of nourishing our roots and foundation so that we can find our greatest expansion. Infusing my flows with restorative and yin, I take my students beyond the physical aspects of yoga, and bring them into their own sacred space beginning with the breath.

I am committed to studying and deepening my practice in…
ALL OF IT.

I am always learning, growing, evolving. Each time I practice. Each time I teach. I am fully committed to this practice.

In terms of deepening specifics in my practice… I would say in story telling. The stories of the heart. Of Bhakti. Of India. By chanting, harmonium, and mantra. I don’t currently infuse them as much into my current offerings and really would like to. The practice continues…

My mentoring style or approach is…
I see the mentoring program as more of a collaboration. A partnership. A joining of mindful forces to retain the integrity of the teachings. As yogis and teachers we must be always willing to evolve – not only on the mat. We are not perfect. I definitely am not. I simply wish to be a part of the conversation, the growth, and be a container for you to retain the essence of the practice. Dialogue and communication is everything for me. I will make myself available to you however resonates best for you. In person, online, weekly, monthly. I want this experience to embody both stability and ease for us both. Your questions, concerns, creativity and vulnerability are absolutely encouraged. Just show up in integrity and I’ll do the absolute same.

Learn more about me on:  Instagram – @lihiyogini, Website – lihibenisty.com

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Mark McCormick

California
I’ve been teaching/assisting: since 2019

I grew up in Idaho, but have spent my adult life in California mostly. I had a long career in the corporate world managing creative teams; this has allowed me to pursue my interests in yoga, writing, art, and traveling.

I am most experienced in:
Equal parts: modern vinyasa asana, pranayama, meditation, philosophy. I very much believe in the eight-fold path of yoga.

I’ve studied yoga philosophy for many years and teach workshops in meditation and pranayama theory and practice. I love comparing and contrasting different translations of the Yoga Sutras and The Bhagavad Gita.

I’m also an experienced writer: poetry, fiction, playwriting, non-fiction. I like public speaking too.

I am committed to studying and deepening my practice in…
Yamas, niyamas, asana, pranayama, pratyahara, dharana, dhyana. . . and maybe someday touching and sustaining samadhi, and holding it for more than a few seconds.

I have a daily meditation and pranayama practice, and 3-5 times/week asana practice.

My mentoring style or approach is…
I have a threefold approach to mentoring, honed over many years of mentoring people in professional settings mostly.

First, I believe in discovering and leveraging strengths. There’s no need to focus on deficiencies or shortcomings when we are all blessed with such strengths as to completely render any perceived weaknesses as completely insignificant, especially as we’re trying to accomplish something meaningful.

Second and closely related: I believe in positive reinforcement. I’ll never point out what you’re doing wrong. I WILL hold up a mirror for you so you can see what you’re doing right.

Third, I believe in baby steps, setting small goals. These add up, and we don’t need to be afraid of goals, because there’s always a goal that is small enough that it’s easily accomplished. That accomplishment makes us hungry for another goal. Sometimes the goal can be “just show up.”

I guess there’s one more–I ask that mentees set the agenda. Every time we’re in dialogue, it’s for you. I’m here to serve.

Learn more about me on:  markmccormickyoga.com. Instagram: markmccormickyoga.

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Michael Simpson

California
I’ve been teaching/assisting for: 12 years

I have been practicing yoga since 2005 and completed my first 200-hour teacher training in 2008. I first studied with Janet in 2010 and have been a devoted student since that time. I received my 500-hour certification with Janet in 2017.

I am most experienced in:
Asana – Hatha Yoga, Yoga Therapy, Vinyasa. Yamas and Niyamas.

I am committed to studying and deepening my practice in…
the embodiment of the 8 Limbs of Yoga in my daily life. Also as a yoga teacher, deepening my knowledge and understanding of offering yoga to those with disease, illness, and physical limitations.

My mentoring style or approach is…
holding space and being present (physically or via email/phone etc) as necessary; accountability – having scheduled check-in dates – weekly, monthly as appropriate. Being approachable and open to offer guidance.

Learn more about me on:  Facebook and more recently Instagram for a glimpse of everyday life.

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Nat Kendall

California
I’ve been teaching/assisting for: 5 years

San Francisco based yoga teacher & student, musician, surfer and lover of life; Nat Kendall gives reverence to the teachings he has received – helping students nurture their own creative expression and meaningful connection with life. He teaches vinyasa infused with all other limbs of yoga. His devotion-filled classes are invigorating, strong and simultaneously nurturing as he creates a space filled with focus, kindness, laughter and chanting to safely explore the deep benefits of the practice.

I am most experienced in:
Bhakti, Vinyasa, Hatha, Philosophy

I am committed to studying and deepening my practice in…
Bhakti, Vinyasa, Hatha, Philosophy

My mentoring style or approach is…
I’m here to support others on the journey of unearthing the depths of their own personal practice – so that what is shared and expressed comes from a place that is alive, authentic and of service to others.

Learn more about me on:  www.natkendall.com

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Nicole Markoff

West County Sonoma, California
I’ve been teaching/assisting for: 10 years, practicing for 22

Nicole’s long yoga journey began in 1996 at age 18, when she was part of the first holistic learning program at NYU, and reached consistent and devoted study at 23, first with yin, hatha, and zen practice (Dina Amsterdam and the Green Gulch/ SF Zen Center circuit), then at CIIS in their pilot yoga philosophy program. In 2007, she came to class with Janet and found home. She has travelled extensively with Janet, earning both her 200 and 500 hour certificates with her. As an artist and practitioner whose projects, business practices and life are rooted in these beautiful and generous teachings, she has had the great privilege to work within this sangha to create artwork that has mutually informed her own art practice as well as visual designs for JSY. In 2013, she began working with the AcroYogis and has found tremendous connectivity through that practice, as well, primarily in the therapeutic practices. She is always grateful to offer healing through the simplicity of flipping a perspective, giving and receiving flight. 

She believes that the life practice of yoga is not only just that, but also an applied life science that can connect us to ourselves, our community and the land. She is always delighted and amazed that the sangha born in the Castro studio has become a global community with tremendous integrity and closeness. This is a family, for sure.

I am most experienced in:
Taking the practice into relationship, with oneself and with others, and finding all the ways we can slip a flower into the trunk of our minds to keep ourselves upright. I enjoy stretching the parameters of the self through the daily practice, finding places in need of support, and dropping the sweet soul rasa of practice to strengthen our relationship to ourselves and our community.

I am committed to studying and deepening my practice in…
Meditation, daily practice, and social justice. The connection between these teachings and making art is also a main focus of mine, as it informs much of my studio work in art, design, and collaborations.

My mentoring style or approach is…
I have mentored trainees in this program in the past, and have space to do it again. I’m thrilled to be able to offer that up. Let’s meet online once every 4-6 weeks with some tea and talk all about it. If we live close to each other, let’s hike it out. My goal is to create a supportive framework for your engagement with your studies, with enough space to crawl down some rabbit holes and see what we find. I am here to support the stewardship of your path of discipline and discernment, without judgment. We are all moving together on our own journey. My call here is to support yours.

Learn more about me on:  nicolemarkoff.comnicacelly.com, @nicacelly

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Peter Walters

California
I’ve been teaching/assisting for: xx years

Peter leads powerful, fun vinyasa classes that build strength, create flexibility and inspire a joyous, grateful perspective. His playful yet caring approach to teaching makes yoga approachable and relatable for all levels of practitioner. His classes will move any willing student beyond pose aesthetic and shape to an experience that is deeply devotional, heart opening and an opportunity to ‘begin again.’

Practicing with Peter will allow you to explore how the physical practice influence your body, breath, mind and heart. Peter’s teaching will help you become more present in all aspects of your life and ultimately help you take the yoga practice off the mat and into the world. In his workshops and classes you can expect to chant mantra, twist, churn, invert, balance and flow through poses in a dance-like sequence that often inspires spontaneous smiles, tears and sometimes both.

Although based in San Francisco, Peter loves traveling the world leading public classes, workshops and retreats. Peter has studied extensively and is always drawing inspiration from his dear teachers Rusty Welles, Janet Stone and others. When he’s not teaching, Peter loves traveling, motorcycling windy roads, crossing oceans on traditional sailing ships and, as we all do, eating ice cream and snuggling with really cute puppies.

I am most experienced in:
Teaching vinyasa yoga, hands on assisting, bhakti/chanting and generally how to practice presence and authenticity as you teach and share the practice. How to put our stuff to the side as we show up for the beings that we are blessed to serve.

I am committed to studying and deepening my practice in…
Meditation, bhakti/mantra study, and also some asana. Really everything. I am committed to continuously studying yoga in all of its dimensions. It will evolve and shift and my interests will also shift over time. So, simply, Yoga.

My mentoring style or approach is…
Colloquial, dialogue. Student should come with questions, and I’ll respond with more questions 🙂

Also to remind the teacher that they are a student of yoga first– and how to maintain that seat over the years.

Learn more about me on:  www.peteryoga.com // @peterwaltersyoga

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Romy Toussant

New Jersey, USA
I’ve been teaching/assisting for: 20 years 

I fell in love with yoga in 1992 and have been leading classes and workshops and retreats for over 19 years.  Yoga helps me to fulfill my life’s mission which is to  empower those around me to become physically strong through all stages of their lives; to lead them to connect to their minds; strengthen their spirit, and to bring about a world where they have the courage to show up as their best self.

I am most experienced in:
– Vinyasa
– Teaching the 8 Foldpath. Including philosohy in ever class
– Teaching with modifications at all levels
– Teacher Trainings
– Meditation

I am committed to studying and deepening my practice in…
I remain a constant student of yoga. I have taken most of Janet’s courses and do local continuing education with local teachers.

I have done over 1000 hours conscious leadership
Training work and i am a certified life coach with Grace Clayton.

My mentoring style or approach is…
I take a coaching approach where i meet my mentee where they are and work with them to asssit them in their path.
I see my mentees as poweful and capable and begin from there.

Learn more about me on:  Www.romyoga.com

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