Joan Hawley McClain, Instructor & Owner
sun. 6-7pm, Mon. 8:30-9:30am & 5:30-6:45pm, tues. 9:30-10:45am, sat. 9:30-10:30am
Joan has been teaching yoga for a decade; 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. Joan moved to the Russian River and opened Riverbed in 2012. Her intention is to build community and help anyone who walks in the door begin, continue or deepen his/her practice.
Brenda Kobrin (wed. 5:30-6:45pm)
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, 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.
CAMINA GILLOTTI (SUB)
Camina is a Registered Yoga Teacher and Ayurvedic Practitioner who focuses on preventative healthcare through maintaining connection to nature with lifestyle and seasonal practices. Her classes are based on the principles of Ayurveda, taking into consideration what is balancing for each of our unique constitution, and what is in greatest harmony with the solar and lunar cycles. Camina loves facilitating experience that cultivate awareness of our inner rhythm and wisdom within. She studied Yoga Nidra in Grass Valley at the Sivananda Yoga Farm with Dr. Marc Halpern and is certified in PranaFlow® yoga through Shiva Rea's Samudra Global School for Living Yoga. For more information visit, CaminaGillotti.com.
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 & open studio, 10:30am-12:30pm)
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. She currently hosts open studio time where she holds a safe and playful space for fellow students to grow their practice and connect with each other. She also teaches our NEW YOGA BASICS class Friday mornings at 9:30-10:30am. All levels welcome!
Annabele Grace (sub)
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.
Carlie Nannini (Relaxed vinyasa saturdays, 11Am-12:15pm)
An undeniable curiosity brought Carlie to yoga in 2005. In 2007, a physical therapist helped Carlie win a long time battle with chronic migraine headaches using a combination of movement, bodywork, and meditation. Overjoyed by the lasting effect this had on her health, she enrolled in massage school, where she completed nearly 900 hours of training in eastern and western bodywork treatments. In 2014 Carlie traveled to Guatemala where she was immersed in the study and practice of Sadhana yoga. After completing a 200 hour intensive course with School Yoga Institute under the loving guidance of Vedanta Ping Loa she became a registered yoga teacher. In 2015 she found herself falling deeply in love with partner and acrobatic yoga. This practice has helped her find a fun and safe space to explore connection, communication, and trust. Using Vinyasa, Hatha, and guided mediation as a vehicle, Carlie offers classes that are heart centered, alignment based, with an emphasis on linking breath to movement. She strives to help others on their path to self discovery and self love, in hopes that they will take these teachings out into the world to create a more balanced and loving planet.
When she isn’t practicing yoga, you can find her spending precious time with her family and friends, clowning around, hoop dancing, eating chocolate, playing outdoors, or being silly with her wild and beloved dog. Carlie is excited and grateful to be welcomed into the Riverbed Yoga family and looks forward to leading a relaxed flow class on Saturdays.