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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Anna Punsal

My first yoga class was in 2004, when sports injuries left me temporarily unable to run, bike and climb. A friend shared a magazine photo of someone in parsva bakasana, which I thought would be cool to learn. Back then I had no idea how much the people and practices of yoga would actually change my life. I distinctly remember lying in savasana at the end of that first class, feeling a sense of peace, lightness and spaciousness that I had never experienced before. I also remember being a bit surprised about the tears in my eyes. They say, when the student is ready, the teacher appears. And so in that way the doorway to yoga was opened, and yoga found me.

In the early years I explored many forms of asana with teachers in San Francisco and New York, including Hatha, Ashtanga, Bikram, Jivamukti and Shadow yoga and gradually found myself practicing every day, sometimes twice a day. My first class with Janet Stone was in September of 2004.

No matter where I am in life, I have been drawn back to Janet’s teachings, again and again. So while my day job continues to be in marketing for tech companies, I have become a lifetime student of yoga in all its many forms, on and off the mat.

I have been teaching of assisting for ______.

I did my first yoga teacher training with Janet in 2010 and have been assisting her classes, retreats, and trainings since 2013.

I am most experienced in…

Juggling full time work at demanding jobs plus other responsibilities with a devotion to the yoga practice. I know this can be very challenging and I am happy to share what has worked to help me incorporate asana, pranayama, ayurveda and meditation into a daily ritual that feels essential and natural.

The continual exploration of yoga philosophy including the yamas and niyamas, and stories about the deities as taught by Janet Stone, Hareesh Wallis and Shiva Kumar. I look forward to sharing my observations for how these teachings can inform, support and guide our relationships with each other and a deeper understanding of ourselves.

Developing and sustaining a regular practice of meditation and stillness, as informed by my studies with Adyashanti and countless hours gazing at the ocean.

How Ayurvedic practices including diet, lifestyle and asana can support your health and well-being as informed by my studies with Scott Blossom, reading books by Dr. Robert Svoboda and spending time at an Ayurvedic center in South India.

I am committed to studying and deepening my practice in …

Sustaining a daily ritual of asanas, meditation and pranayama, weaving in even more ayurvedic wisdom and heart-felt mantras. Rather than reaching for some higher, end goal, I am focusing on what can be learned from the here and now, paying attention to the spaces in between all the push and the pull, the likes and the dislikes. I am striving to cultivate a deeper awareness and respect for where there is imbalance and a commitment to opening the aperture (as Janet often says) to see things truthfully and to have the courage to create positive change.

My mentoring style or approach is…

To meet you where you are, to listen with compassion and without judgement, to share how I personally have experienced yoga, and to reflect back what I’ve learned from my teachers as honestly as I can. When I did my first teacher training, my mentor Jody Greene talked about the importance of Kalyana Mitra, having spiritual friends or guides that support and inspire you on your journey. I am very grateful to this sangha for all the ways I’ve been held and supported and look forward to doing the same for others.

The best way to learn more about me is through…

You can find me on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/apunsal and Instagram https://www.instagram.com/annaloohoo/ although I don’t post often and much prefer direct 1:1 connections, so feel free to reach me over email at [email protected]

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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: 10 years

I am very passionate about yoga, studentship and the healing benefits of mindfulness-based practices. My mother shared the gift of yoga with me and taught me to do sun salutations as a little girl. I have warm memories of listening to her link breath with movement, her love of yoga was one of the many jewels she passed on.

I believe in practicing service and seva in all forms and am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I have had the honor of working with yoga service organizations including Street Yoga, The Art of Yoga Project and currently bring yoga and mental health services to a program serving pregnant and parenting students. I am inspired by the ways in which yoga provides tangible and transferable skills that facilitate the development of health and empowered well being.

I offer deep bows of gratitude to my teachers on this path. I have been a student of Janet Stone for over a decade and a half. I hold certifications in Hatha and Vinyasa yoga, prenatal yoga, yoga for children and youth & trauma-informed practices. I completed a 200-hour certification in 2009 with Max Strom, who taught me that by attending to our inner state, we can be our own best tool for kindness and peace in the world. In 2013 I completed a 500-hour certification with Janet Stone. Her embodied practices are rooted in ways to “make every breath an act of devotion…adorn yourself and those around you with garlands of compassion”. These great teachers have nourished and enriched my life. My newest teachers come in the form of two sweet little ones. I aspire to live and teach with tenderness, compassion and a great deal of heart.

I am most experienced in:
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, rehabilitation centers and social service agencies. I facilitate children’s yoga and mindfulness teacher trainings with my sister, Rosey. Teaching alongside her brings me so much joy and delight. Yoga has helped prepare me for my own journey into motherhood and I am honored to teach prenatal yoga classes that provide a supportive and inclusive environment. I am humbled by this work and offer deep reverence to the healing power of the breath.

I am committed to studying and deepening my practice in…
I am dedicated to studentship and a lifetime of listening, learning and self-study. I am committed to collective care, social justice and yoga as a healing based practice that can cultivate resilience, build capacity and aid in transformation. I am moved by the beauty of mantra. The first time I chanted in Janet’s class puddles of tears spilled from my eyes. The mantras have made honey of my heart and have become the lullabies I sing to my children. Janet’s Chanting Yoga of the Heart Training is a sweet spot I return to, to begin again, again and again.

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:  @yogawithroseyandannie

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Ashlee McDougall

Yoga changed my life, and that’s why I’m dedicated to sharing the practice as much as possible. Let me explain…

I was born with cystic fibrosis, a deadly genetic condition that causes permanent lung damage. I found yoga when my lung functions were at the lowest percentage in my life and I was truly struggling. But during my first yoga practice I knew I found something special. Don’t get it twisted, I was awful at it! I couldn’t keep up and I had no idea what was going on, but during that first OM, I knew I found home.

Over the years I continued to practice, and I completed my 1008-hour certification with Janet in 2019. Yoga taught me how to be healthier by providing me the skills to lead an embodied life. Slowly my health improved, and that’s why I’m passionate about sharing this healing practice.

I have been teaching of assisting for:

I’ve been teaching for 8 years.

I am most experienced in…

I’m experienced in teaching Vinyasa yoga using trauma-sensitive techniques and I love to offer hands-on-assists. My classes are challenging, yet accessible, for all levels of students. My intention for each class is for students to explore their capabilities while allowing time for each breath cycle.

I am committed to studying and deepening my practice in…

I’m committed to studying and deepening my practice in the 8-limb path of yoga. The more I learn, I realize that I don’t know anything at all, and that keeps me coming back.

Living with cystic fibrosis and choosing a path of mindfulness through yoga isn’t easy. But it has given me the power to uncover my traumas, habitual patterns, and ways of life that were causing suffering – thus, it has allowed me to begin healing. I know that my studentship journey will never end, and I’m looking forward to meeting myself over and over again.

My mentoring style or approach is…

My mentoring style is down to earth. I remember feeling confused about literally every part of yoga, so it’s my pleasure to share knowledge. And if I don’t know the answer, we both get to learn something new!

The best way to learn more about me is through…

The best way to reach me is at www.ashleemcdougall.com and on IG at @Ashlee.Mcdougall

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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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Emily Robinson

California
I’ve been teaching/assisting for: 10 years

I found myself first interested in yoga as a child. A favorite Aunt traveled to India and I was fascinated upon her return. The idea of meditation and yoga stayed with me for years. I dabbled in yoga classes 25 years ago and finally found a consistent practice in mindfulness the last several years. What I mean by mindfulness is to know that this practice is constant and everywhere. I met Janet right before I began teaching and found my way back to our Sangha to complete a 500 hour training. My teaching is often fueled by the silver linings in life and deep devotion to compassion for all beings. I find even when I have strayed away my practice waited for me. The asana has felt like home and I have also resisted it at times. I find yoga shows up everywhere for me: in motherhood (I have two teens boys), in partnership (there is life after divorce), in friendships and in all the ways grace seeps into my life. I have the teachings and self-study to thank for the ability to see the world as I do now. With wonder, observation and returning to self when I have wandered too far. I teach, write and also recently returned to a corporate gig. While this life is full, it has become more full and balanced by facing grief, death, divorce and hope all sometimes in one breath.

I am most experienced in:
Teaching vinyasa yoga with devotion (Bhakti – thank you Janet), Yamas and Niyamas, beginning again in each breath, day or decade.

I am committed to studying and deepening my practice in…
Seeking out compassion and understanding for others and myself. The deities hold a special place of interest for me as well. If you have heard Janet’s story telling when together you most likely agree.

My mentoring style or approach is…
My mentoring style is one of unconditional love and understanding. I am honored to hold your hand as we walk through, to be a soft place to land and encourage you to do the work you need to believe deeply in you and the magic of this practice. I will keep my commitments to you in however we choose to meet. Understanding time is sacred.

Learn more about me: emilyrobinsonwrites.com (website); emilyrobinsonwrites (instagram)

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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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Joli Nadine

California

I’ve been teaching for: 8 years and going

My name is Jolisa, but I invite you to call me Joli. I am a holistic health practitioner, teacher, and lifelong student currently based in California. I was introduced to yoga postures and mindfulness practices at 8 years old and I’ve been teaching yoga, meditation and breath work since 2012. My own healing journey catalyzed my deep dive into yoga and formal study of related mind-body practices.

My enthusiasm in exploring Eastern traditions led me to pursue degrees in South and Southeast Asian Studies and the academic study of Religion (Buddhism and Hinduism) at the University of California, Berkeley as well as intensive classical training in Sanskrit language and literature at Deccan Postgraduate and Research Institute in Pune, India under fellowship at the American Institute of Indian Studies.

I am an active and passionate advocate for preventative care, clinical applications of traditional healing arts and holistic wellbeing of mind-body-spirit. This led me to study Ayurveda under Dr. Jayarajan Kodikannath, BSC, BAMS, Usui Reiki energy healing under Reiki Master Lara Elliott, M.S. LAc, medical Qigong under Dr. Peter Caughey, DTCM as well as applications of trauma-informed yoga with Zabie Yamasaki, M.Ed, under whom I piloted the first holistic healing and yoga program for survivors of sexual-related trauma at UC Berkeley and UC Santa Cruz supported by the institution’s Title IX funding.

My approach to the practice combines personal experience and classical eastern medicine with research, science-driven methodologies across integrative fields. The focus of what I offer is based around building trust and understanding to inspire a genuine commitment to personal health, growth and well-being. My purpose is to help individuals meet daily challenges with greater ease and facilitate a return to balance, harmony, and wholeness where healing is possible.

I am most grateful to my teachers Janet Stone, Edna Barr, Maty Ezraty, Sri Dharma Mittra, and Sally J. Sutherland Goldman for their generosity, wisdom, guidance and support along my journey. Thank you could never be enough.

I am most experienced in:
integrating ancient wisdom with contemporary teachings and modern science. Translating difficult philosophical concepts into relatable, practical, and relevant working knowledge. My experience is mainly working with classical Sanskrit texts (The Ramayana & Upanishads especially), all things Ayurveda, subtle body energetics (mahabhutas, vayus, chakras, koshas, nadis…), practices of meditation as well as trauma-informed approaches to yoga as a psychosomatic healing practice.

I am committed to studying and deepening my practice in…
Yoga as a healing art and science. Exploring the body as a vessel for human potential. Studying the physical, emotional, cognitive and spiritual aspects of Yoga for better understanding of self.

Ayurveda, physiology, philosophy, self-inquiry. Deepening my relationship with chanting which has led me to pick up the harmonium with childlike curiosity! Again and again the practice brings me back to finding presence through connection to breath.

My mentoring style or approach is…
empowering! Dependent upon on your needs and learning style; in-person or virtual. My intention is to hold safe space for open communication, exploration, reflection and integration. Practically speaking, I can offer goal setting and personalized assignments to bring you deeper into your area of focus as well as support you in studying the primary texts. Sanskrit pronunciation, understanding subtle body, mythology, history and spiritual philosophy are my strongest areas of support. Most of all, I am here to be of service and embody the practice the best way I can.

“I am only here to share my knowledge with others and to help them make rapid progress on the path of yoga.” – Sri Dharma Mittra

Learn more about me at:  dailyritualyoga.com / @dailyritualyoga

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Jim Bruels

Can I adjust myself serenely to what is? Can I find contentment with where I am at?

My yoga journey began in 2000 with the integral yoga institute, looking for a way to connect and escape. A safe place to stretch, meditate and simply be. After 3 years of weekly practice and scheduled study, I paused my yoga program. Still attending classes at random studios, every now and then dropping in for a “feel good about myself” practice.
In 2014, I came to Yoga Tree and started practicing Dharma Yoga with an inspiring teacher. The memory of having a strong foundation, a regular meditation practice and an ease in movement, I felt connected to myself, like coming home. It became clear that I wanted to share this feeling with other people.
I completed teacher training with Yoga Tree in 2017 and very soon afterwards I took my first class with Janet Stone. Soon after I took my first immersive class, 5 Deities in 5 Days and a clear path opened up. It was simple to sign up for the 500 hr program with Janet, guiding me towards owning my own expression of yoga and acceptance of it.

In 2019 I had an injury in my lower back, an accident from my childhood that finally caught up to me. It was a difficult journey, my physical yoga practice had to modify. With the tools of yoga that I’ve learned, it’s been a learning to ask myself; where am I at today, what is possible and can I adjust myself to where I am today. Love, compassion and tolerance. Finding a new depth and a beauty in the different expressions of yoga has been a wonderful surprise.

I have been teaching of assisting for ______.

4 years

I am most experienced in…

Assisting, meditation, yoga as a diagram for living, philosophy.

I am committed to studying and deepening my practice in …

Meditation and therapeutic yoga

My mentoring style or approach is…

Meeting people where they are at and listening.
Reflections and sharing experience, strength and hope regarding the yoga journey.
Sharing the similarities and differences; learning together.
Take what you like and leave the rest.

The best way to learn more about me is through…

talking… 🙂

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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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Katja Petry

Born in rural Germany I grew up with a very performance-oriented mindset, functioning always the priority, kickboxing my movement-practice of choice and exhaustion the only way to get out of my busy mind. it was my body that showed me its need for more softness – first silently, finally screaming at me through a psychosomatic pain disorder.

When I found Yoga I slowly began my path of befriending my body, dealing with depression and finding lightness instead of fighting all the time. It´s a path I am still on, eternally the student of the practice in all its varieties.

Practicing with Janet for three years now I completed my 300hrs in 2020 and could not be more grateful for this amazing Sangha.

While I am not teaching myself anymore, as a corporate executive and systemic business coach I am now able to integrate my personal practice and hold space for people in the different realms of life.

I have been teaching of assisting for:

I taught a steady class in Cologne for a year, subbing for two years before that. I was able to assist Janet herself on a few occasions and regularly work with local teachers in Cologne.

I am most experienced in…

Yoga philosophy and the integration with other schools of thought in the realms of psychology and personal development

Vinyasa and physically challenging, flowing classes

Alignment-based practice and cueing

I am committed to studying and deepening my practice in…

With my local teachers in Germany I am studying alignment with a holistic, sustainable focus instead of achieving the “right” look and steadily deepening my breathing practice.
My main practice and what I appreciate most about Janets offerings, though, is the integration of Yoga beyond asana, watching what happens on the mat as a mirror of all that is life off the mat and understanding my samskaras unfold, continuing the work of softening.

My mentoring style or approach is…

an attitude of servant leadership and the firm belief that you hold everything you need already within you. As a mentor I aspire to empower you to find your own voice, further develop your unique gifts and I hold the space for you to leave your comfort zone and believe in what you have to offer.

The best way to learn more about me is through…

@petrieowl

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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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Liz Skarvelis

Oregon

I’ve been teaching for: 10 years

I’ve been practicing yoga for over half my life and yet embrace the beginners mind everyday. I lean into kindness and truth, ahimsa and satya, to light my path. I have taught many “levels” and in many environments – from kids to seniors in memory care facilities, from yin yoga to power vinyasa. I have studied meditation and mindfulness under Rolf Gates and the path of Bhakti with Janet, whom I consider my primary teacher. My husband and I now own a yoga studio, Love Bird Yoga, in a small town just north of Bend, Oregon. I practice the practice to remember who I am. I teach yoga to guide others home to their truest self, to show them their own light inside, and to open and heal our big collective heart.

I am most experienced in:
Slow mindful flow, the 8 limbs, mindfulness, and meditation

I am committed to studying and deepening my practice in…
I am committed to living yoga through the 8 limbed path, to breath work as a means of healing oneself and connecting to the divine, and to sharing yoga with all bodies, all ages, and all abilities.

My mentoring style or approach is…
I’m here to answer questions, listen without judgement, share from experience, and connect.

Learn more about me at: @lizskarvelis (Insatgram), @lovebirdyoga (Instagram) and lovebirdyoga.com

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Mark McCormick

California
I’ve been teaching/assisting: since 2017

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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Pedro Ovalle

I’m originally from Santa Fe, New Mexico and spent the last 20+ years traveling the globe as an officer in the United States Air Force. I recently retired and settled down in Colorado to start a new adventure in nursing.

I have been teaching of assisting for

I have been teaching for 5 years.

I am most experienced in…

All of my teaching experience to date has been in asana and guided meditation. While on my last duty station in Okinawa, Japan, I had the privilege of incorporating both asana and guided meditation to fellow service members dealing with substance abuse. That experience not only sparked my interest in mental health and nursing, but a longing to delve deeper into understanding my own ‘addictions’ and ultimately, my own true nature.

I am committed to studying and deepening my practice in …

…all aspects of my life. Whether it’s asana, meditating, chanting, or just doing the mundane things of daily living, all of them are potential opportunities for rediscovering and reminding ourselves of the joy of being alive.

My mentoring style or approach is…

I approach each and every encounter as an opportunity to not only share my own perspective and experiences, but to be equally receptive in listening to and receiving what others have to offer because after all…”we’re all just walking each other home.”-Ram Dass

The best way to learn more about me is through…

Instagram: pete_air; Facebook: Pedro Ovalle

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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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Sara Davis

Sara is forever a student of dharma. She is passionate about bringing the teachings into her daily life and onto the mat. She started studying yoga with Janet 3 years ago, illuminating a new path in life. One of more meaning, introspection, and commitment to kindness, compassion, and patience.
With a fiery spirit, a love of nature, travel, and all things adventure, Sara calls on her courage often and hopes to inspire others to do the same. She aims to spark joy while also holding space for healing. Everyone has a unique story about what brought them to the practice and Sara is here to support you on your own personal journey.

I have been teaching of assisting for ______.

1 year

I am most experienced in…

I am most experienced in Buddhist teachings on mindfulness and meditation. I started meditating regularly over 10 years ago with sparks of interest years prior. Meditation teachers who have influenced and inspired my practice are Janet Stone, Matthew Brensilver, Jack Kornfield, Pema Chodron, and Ram Dass just to name a few.
I am also experienced in art as therapy. Poetry writing, photography, painting, dance, and other techniques help us to see deeply, experience, and interpret the world. I like to incorporate these artistic expressions into my practice as a way of looking inward at my perceptions and values.
Nature plays a large role as teacher in my practice. Mindful walking, wild swimming, nature listening, and forest bathing create connection to ancestors and that small still voice within. This connection is part of the very fabric of my makeup and play an important role in how I interact with the world.

I am committed to studying and deepening my practice in …

I am committed to studying and deepening my practice in Surrender. By trusting in the universe and getting out of my own way, I commit to allowing in the universal energy that wants to enter my life. Through this practice of Svadhyaya, I recognize how resistant I am to my own life and can open myself up to be an instrument of grace.

My mentoring style or approach is…

“I find that it is BETWEEN spaces where the authenticity of life really happens. The time when we are IN the flow of life. It is in-between where we find the courage to become who we are meant to be.”
My mentoring approach is to listen deeply, look for the spaces in-between, and reflect back through the wisdom of the teachings.

The best way to learn more about me is through…

My instagram account @saradavisyoga

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Tanya Skok Hobbs

British Columbia
I’ve been teaching/assisting for: 4 years

Tanya lives in British Columbia and has been a student of yoga for 15 years. She has been offering yoga as a teacher for 8 years and is a former studio owner.

Tanya has been practicing with Janet for about 5 years. Tanya believes that the practice of yoga is a way of living with ourselves, as well as the world around us and not just a physical practice. She has a deep love for the practices of Bhakti yoga. Tanya enjoys inviting students into a felt experience in their own bodies, stepping out of the mind space.

Tanya teaches public classes, workshops, and retreats.

Tanya loves spending time in nature with her baby boy, husband and dog, hiking, skiing, biking and just breathing the fresh air.

I am most experienced in:
Yamas, Niyamas, Mantra and Asana

I am committed to studying and deepening my practice in…
Life

My mentoring style or approach is…
Asking and listening

Learn more about me at: https://www.tanyaskokhobbs.com or on instagram @tanyaskokhobbs

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Ulrica Forrest

I’m currently a student in Janet Stone’s 1008-hour teacher training. Deeply inspired by Zach Bush M.D., my area of focus is regeneration as it relates to soil health and human health, but also as a way of living in deep alignment with our Mother Earth. I see my purpose as a yoga teacher to raise our collective consciousness so we can thrive within – and not separate from – nature.

My 200h RYT is with YogaWorks in Los Angeles (Vinyasa Flow based on Ashtanga & Iyengar), and my 300h RYT is with Janet Stone Yoga (I’m a registered 500RYT). I’m also initiated as an Usui Reiki practitioner (Level 1 & 2). Music and mantra is a joyful part of my practice.

I’m based in both California (Los Angeles) and Sweden, where I own a yoga studio in a small coastal town. At my studio – which was featured as the “Prettiest Yoga Studio in the World” by Domino magazine – I teach mainly Vinyasa Flow, as well as a variety of workshops, soundbaths, guided meditations, mantra singing and yoga retreats.

I’m deeply devoted to life on the eight-limbed path, and holistically living in alignment with our Mother Earth. I’m a mom of three kids age 9, 11 and 14.

I have been teaching of assisting for… 

I’ve been teaching yoga at my own studio for 5 years, and practicing yoga (Ashtanga & Vinyasa Flow) since 1998 in LA.

I am most experienced in…

• As a yoga teacher running my own studio (employing other teachers as well), I’m rooted in asana, alignment and many other very practical aspects of teaching yoga classes.

• I’m devoted to living the Eight Limbs of Yoga, so I’ll be happy to help with that. I also do shadow work, mantra singing, yoga as food, yoga as it relates to parenting, and yoga as relationships (the relationship we have with ourselves, other humans, other living beings and nature).

• I’ve taken most of Janet’s online courses, so if you have questions during your online courses with Janet I’ll be happy to help you with those and clear up any concepts you might be confused about (to the best of my ability!).

• If you’re curious about soil health, growing your own food, living in alignment with nature, gut health and how our connection to the Earth is intrinsically tied to our own health and survival, I’m happy to delve into that as well. I myself eat only organic, plant-based whole foods, but my interest lies in how we live in harmony with nature. I.e. my approach to regeneration means that I believe that sparingly eating animals that have lived life as an integral part of a thriving ecosystem at a biodynamic, organic farm is more in line with ahimsa than consuming GMO-soy-based “vegan food” that has been grown in former rainforests and sprayed with glyphosate and other harmful substances. As within, so without. My Mother is my Earth.

I am committed to studying and deepening my practice in …

My work is to continue to awaken my own true nature of unconditional love and universal connection. I’m currently deeply committed to my own shadow work. To me, that means the courage to embody my own sovereignty by looking at my own shadows and question everything I’ve been conditioned to believe. To find my own deepest truth, instead of listening to outside sources. As I walk my path, I can guide others to do the same. Together we can feel safe and grounded within, bring more light into the world, and break the illusion of separation.

My deepest desire is to live in peace with others and with our Mother Earth, in a world where hugs, connection, love and personal sovereignty is the norm we all strive for. I aim for a wider horizon than the one we can see with our own eyes. And I long for a life lived on a higher plane, where love and compassion and true community are the forces that fuel our soul and connects us all.

My mentoring style or approach is…

I’m so happy to meet you! I believe you and I are here on this Earth at this specific time for a reason. If you have found me, and you are here with an open heart, I bet we were meant to find each other. There are magical things happening right now, as we awaken as a collective. This is not an easy time to navigate, but it’s an extraordinary time to be alive.

This time that we are experiencing right now, is an invitation for a deep dive into your own soul. This is yoga. So the fact that you’re here, in Janet Stone’s teacher training, is an extraordinary gift you’ve given yourself. It’s a gift that changed my own life, so I know how big it is.

This is your time to use your discernment like a sword seeped in pure love. To finally awaken to who you are. To come home, to yourself.

As your mentor – if you choose me – this is why I’m here. I’m here to lovingly guide you through this journey, as someone who has walked the path and is still walking.

As for the practical, you can email me, we can do quick WhatsApp conversations or voicemessages if you have thoughts or questions, you can shoot me questions via Instagram, and if you’d like to set-up a monthly zoom call to go over things more in detail we can do so. I’m very open to being available if you need me, and I’d be honored to work with you as your mentor. Check out my personal Instagram account and see if you feel we’d be a good fit.

The best way to learn more about me is through…

You can find me on instagram @ulricaforrestyoga.

 

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