Joan Hawley McClain, Instructor & Owner
Joan combines Kripalu (YTT 200-hour, 2004) training with yoga nidra guided meditation, sound healing, chanting, Reiki and intuitive insight to offer a truly unique class experience. Her personal practice is informed by her many wonderful teachers from Kripalu, NY and LA. Since moving to Guerneville last summer, Joan has fallen in love with the Russian River Valley's landscape and community. She opened Riverbed in February 2012, and plans to continue growing the studio and deepening her practice/teaching in Guerneville ... and beyond.
Brenda Kobrin has loved practicing yoga for over three decades and has been trained in the Sahaj style with Ananda Seva Mission of Santa Rosa. She brings to her teaching style a deep appreciation for these bodies that we live in and she inspires her students to love, honor and care for their bodies no matter how they are showing up. She helps guide students to a deeper awareness of their bodies and minds and to practice at whatever level is right for them at the moment. Brenda is also a student of Qigong, a Reiki practitioner, a fabric artist, and a Licensed Prayer Practitioner with Centers for Spiritual Living. She lives in Santa Rosa with her husband and stepson. She is a mother of two, step-mother of four, and step -grandmother of four.
Mariah Ambika Carter
Mariah Ambika is a certified EFT practitioner, Reiki Master, and Yoga Instructor who has traveled to various cultures studying diverse healing practices. Much of her knowledge has been developed through her personal healing journey. She was trained in Sivananda Yoga, at the Sivananda ashram in the Bahamas. Her classes are a fusion of Sivananda Yoga with other styles of yoga, pranayama, and energy movement exercises. In her classes she integrates breath, movement, and sound that allow for a deep sense of relaxation and release. She helps to guide her students to connect to that peaceful center within themselves. She enjoys sound healing and often will include some form of sound in her classes. She is open and excited to share these transformative tools with others for their own individual healing & well being.
Cindy began her study of Ashtanga yoga in 1994 with Richard Freeman in Boulder, Co. After moving to Sonoma County in 2002, she has studied under Ann Austin, John Smith , Tim MIller, Shiva Rae, and Himalayaa. She has been teaching teens at Sonoma Academy High School in Santa Rosa for the last two years. Cindyʼs classes are Ashtanga inspired, accessible for all levels of practitioners from those that are new to Ashtanga to the more seasoned . Her heartfelt, inspirational teaching is a blend of her passion for yoga and enthusiasm to share this with others combined with attention to healthy alignment and personal growth. She teaches in a playful manner with clarity and compassion.
Kathleen lives in Monte Rio and leads popular yoga classes at the Community Center. For more info visit monterioyoga.com. Good news! Kathleen will be adding another class at Riverbed. In 2014, Kathleen will teach Tuesday and Thursday mornings.
Gangarani E. Keech, RYT-500, became a Level 1 Kundalini Yoga instructor in 2009. She was also certifiedto teach Hatha Yoga by Sivananda Vedanta in Kerala, India, in 2005. She has taught for the University of Alaska and Infinite Yoga, both in Fairbanks, Alaska, as well as privately. Recently she has facilitated several workshops around the U.S. combining yoga and expressive arts techniques. She holds a master’s degree in counseling, focusing her final work on using yogic breathing to alleviate depression in cardiac trauma survivors. Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan is a dynamic practice offering tools to balance the human systems through posture, pranayama, meditation, and vibration of sacred sounds. Through experience of this yoga, Gangarani has learned that living with courage and creativity is a natural state and a potential we all have in each moment. She gives thanks for several generous women mentors and their artistic spirits, and is also grateful to call Sonoma County her new home.
Xochi Lubin-Amaya, Instructor
Xochi has been practicing yoga for a decade, she was first introduced to it while warming up in her high school dance class. She has gone on to practicing in India, Nepal, and her college gym landing at Yoga to the People in Berkeley and San Francisco California where she received her 200 hour certification trained in power vinyasa flow and has taught since 2011. She is inspired by yoga rebels such as Bryan Kest and Larry Schultz because they have taken the yoga practice and blended it with the current realities of people today and are open to change in the practice as time goes on. She is an active advocate for making yoga accessible to anyone who wants it.
Ginny Tominia, Workshop Instructor & Sub
Virginia (Ginny) Tominia (RYT 500) has practiced yoga since 2003. From 2009-2012 she studied with Eddie Modestini and Nicki Doane, who blend the Ashtanga Vinyasa and Iyengar Yoga traditions. In 2010, she studied under Jane Austin in San Francisco to work with pre- and post-natal women. In June 2010 she was invited to attend the China-India Yoga Conference to receive the teachings of BKS Iyengar. It was there that she met her current teacher, Manouso Manos, one of only two advanced senior certified Iyengar Yoga instructors in the United States. In August 2012, Ginny was featured on the cover of Yoga Journal magazine, the most widely read yoga magazine in the world. Currently, she is enrolled in the advanced studies/teacher training program at the Iyengar Yoga Institute in San Francisco. Her desire as a teacher is to ignite her students to move in the direction of yoga as a self-reliant modality for health and healing. Delivered with enthusiasm and a healthy dose of humor, her classes are sequenced with attention to detail and taught with strict focus on alignment.