Joan Hawley McClain, Instructor & Owner
Mon. 8:30-9:30am & 5:30-6:45pm, tues. 8:30-10:45am, wed. 6-7pm, sat. 9:30-10:30am
Joan has been teaching yoga since 2004. She combines Kripalu (YTT 500-hour) training with yoga nidra guided meditation, sound healing, chanting, Reiki and intuitive insight to offer a truly unique class experience. After a decade of teaching in big cities (NYC and LA), Joan moved to Guerneville with her husband and daughter in 2012 and opened Riverbed a few months later. Joan holds a BA and MFA and has worked in academia and professional theatre. She loves forming relationships with students, building community and enjoys getting acquainted with the friendly visitors who pass through our beautiful town.
Brenda Kobrin (sub)
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.
Kathleen Hardy (THURSdays, 9:30-10:30am)
Kathleen has been teaching yoga and aerobics since 1995. A Monte Rio resident, Kathleen has taught classes at the Santa Rosa YMCA, the 21st Century Club, Stan Bennett Fitness Centers, and at the Strawberry Music Festival and the Kate Wolf Music Festival. Currently she teaches primarily in Monte Rio, Guerneville and Healdsburg. Kathleen’s multi-level Hatha yoga classes are suitable for all levels and abilities. Click here for her class info.
Gangarani Keech (tuesdays & Thursdays, 5:30-6:45pm)
Gangarani E. Keech, RYT-500, became a Level 1 Kundalini Yoga instructor in 2009. She was also certified to 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.
Ginny Tominia (Fridays, 4:30-5:45pm)
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.
Hannah Gart (Wednesdays, 9:30-10:45am)
Hannah Gart is a young visionary. After completing extensive training and certifications, Hannah’s work centers on a core group of holistic modalities. Hannah has stretched herself across North West Sonoma County teaching Yoga, Dance, Meditation, and Art along with Massage Therapy, Ayurvedic Medicine and the Medicine Wheel. Her purpose is to help heal the mind and body through the use of her education as well as her own therapeutic ideas, unique talents and creativity.
Before ever taking the step into the fields of health and wellness, her focus and talents were in art, graphic design, dance, business, and marketing. These acquired skills are now the foundation of her current endeavors. Hannah believes that every day has something to teach and is an opportunity for self and universal growth.
Hannah is the creator of Karma Tales, a Customizable Wellness Adventure Enterprise in Sonoma County, CA. Karma Tales is also building its online presence,www.KarmaTalesMag.com, to become a daily source of inspiration, with videos, blog posts, pictures, and every kind of Karma Tale. Hannah is a partner producer of Sonoma County Wire creating videos and telling stories of her beloved home in Sonoma County. Hannah’s unique past of wellness has laid the path to a time of creating conscious connections and helping others to achieve what can be called the best version of themselves.
Xochi lubin-amaya (sun. 11am-12:15pm)
Xochi has been exploring the world of yoga asana for about a decade starting with an introduction in community college gymnasium. She decided to dive deeper into the world of yoga and all it has to offer while traveling in India and Nepal and at Yoga to the People in Berkeley, where she received her training in 2011. She has mainly practiced and taught vinyasa yoga with a sprinkle of hot yoga. She strides towards teaching and simplifying yoga for ever body and everybody who wants to try it. She is currently taking her knowledge of the practice to the next level with an education in somatic therapy and integrating how to work with at risk youth promoting healing and empowerment through yoga asana, breathe work and movement.
Kerri Griffiths (Yoga Basics fridays, 9:30-10:30am)
Kerri first stepped on the mat in 2008, but her practice truly blossomed in 2012 when she moved to Guerneville from Arizona and found Riverbed Studio. She has a deep reverence for the tools that yoga has provided for her personal transformation, physically and mentally, both on and off the mat. Kerri recently received her 200-hour YTT from Yoga Mountain Studio in Fairfax, CA.
Annabele Grace (Thursdays 3:30-4:30pm)
Annabele has been in love with yoga since her first class over ten years ago. In 2015 she began her journey toward becoming a certified yoga teacher drawn to share the profound gift yoga has been in her life. Trained in the Integrative Yoga Therapy tradition, her approach utilizes pranayama, mudra and asana to facilitate balance at the physical, energetic, psycho-emotional, intuitive and spiritual levels. She seeks to provide compassionate instruction that encourages students to discover their own unique experience of yoga in inspiring, enjoyable, safe and easily accessible ways for all who walk into her class.
Mary Kate (sun. 5-6pm, tues. 3:30-4:30pm)
Mary Kate had the great fortune of beginning her yoga practice and meeting her teacher, Gurudass Kaur, while living in Barcelona in 2001. Since then, she became certified in Kundalini Yoga and Vinyasa Yoga and started teaching in 2007. She has taught regionally in Sacramento and the Sierra Foothills as well as internationally, predominantly in West Africa. She also teaches Youth Yoga, an opportunity she cherishes as she is inspired to empower our young people with yogic life-tools. She enjoys bringing the flow of asana, mantra, pranayama and meditation into her classes in order to help people feel better, tap into their inner light and focus on living a more conscious life. MK feels fortunate to live in West County with her husband and daughter while continuing her yogic journey and giving back to her community.