Joan Hawley, Instructor & Owner
Mon. 8:30-9:30am, 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, 9:30-10:45am)
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 (On maternity leave)
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 and taught yoga since 2009. From 2009-2012 she studied with Eddie Modestini and Nicki Doane, who blend the Ashtanga Vinyasa and Iyengar Yoga traditions earning her 500 hour level registration. 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. She graduated from the Iyengar Yoga Institute in San Francisco in December 2014, earning her second 500 hour level registration. Additionally in 2014, she passed he Level I/II Iyengar Yoga Certification. For the month of October 2015, she studied with Geeta and Prashant Iyengar at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute in Pune, India, and will return there to study for the month of October 2017. 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. B K S Iyengar - Institutions - RIMYI - Registration
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 (fridays, 9:30-10:45am, saturdays, 11am-noon)
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 in 2001. Trained in the Integrative Yoga Therapy tradition (RYT-200), her approach utilizes pranayama, mudra and asana to facilitate balance at the physical, energetic, psycho-emotional, intuitive and spiritual levels. Her teaching is influenced by her studies with teachers such as Shiva Rhea, Bo Forbes and Anodea Judith. Annabele believes that every body can benefit from the profound gift of yoga and 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. Learn more about Annabele at www.delphinayoga.com.
Mary Kate (Mon. 6-7:15pm)
Mary Kate (RYT 200 Kundalini Yoga & RYT 200 Vinyasa Yoga) had the great fortune of beginning her yoga practice and meeting her spiritual teacher, Gurudass Kaur, while living in Barcelona in 2001. She has been teaching yoga since 2007 in Sacramento, the Sierra Foothills and internationally, predominately in West Africa. After moving to West Sonoma County, she was fortunate to deepen her practice of Vinyasa yoga under the vast teachings of Iris Lambert and the Irie Yoga School. Since then she has greatly enjoyed teaching this form of yoga and utilizing Kundalini Yoga techniques when applicable. She enjoys bringing a strong flow of asana, pranayama, mantra and meditation into her classes, helping people gain strength, grace and insight. You can find her videos on Youtube at namasteMK.
summer adams (tues. 5:30-6:45pm)
Summer Adams came to the wondrous practice of Vinyasa Yoga in 2008, at the age of 13. She felt the healing and uplifting benefits that Yoga had to offer and wanted to learn to share that with others as well. Falling in love with the clarity, energy and feelings of freedom that came when practicing Yoga, she became a certified RTY-200 Yoga teacher in 2014, in Hood River, OR.
Having been trained in alignment- based Hatha and Kriya yoga, Summer creates classes that bring a flow of harmony to breath, body and mind. She strives to bring awareness, challenge and balance to classes and hopes that students receive the self-love, healing and enlightenment that is brought to them by this yogic path.
Deneene Bell (OPEN STUDIO*, FRIDAYS, 11am-12:30pm)
Deneene started doing yoga 20 years ago as an antidote to grad school in a sweaty Bikram studio in Berkeley, CA. What started as a disciplined and cathartic experience evolved over the years into a greater manifestation of self-exploration, acceptance, and celebration. Throughout her life as a mom, writing teacher, traveler, and creative, the one true constant has been her practice. The joy and reverence that yoga has cultivated in her life both on and off the mat is what she hopes to share with and inspire in others as a teacher. She is currently enrolled in YTT-200 at Yoga Mountain Studio in Fairfax, CA
* Open Studio provides yogis of all abilities a time to breathe, stretch, and discover the needs and rhythms of their own bodies. It offers community and guidance in a warm and welcoming space while enjoying the freedom of your own personal practice.