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.
Hannah Gart, Instructor
Hannah, from Omaha, NE, grew up with a strong spiritual practice and a love for all forms of art, especially dance and movement. Primarily a ballet and modern dancer, she had the privilege to travel and study in New York with the School of American Ballet and other major companies. Once it came time for college, her gypsy heart longed to venture beyond her hometown, but she stayed to study graphic design. After a school year had passed it was time to explore. She moved to Fort Collins, CO where she discovered a massage therapy school, fell in love with the hands on healing technique, and became certified. It was along this journey that she happened to take a yoga class. She had taken yoga at dance conventions before, but after the refreshment of exercise, all her passions had been rolled into one yoga practice. At that point she knew that this was her purpose; to heal, and project a healthy and happy lifestyle through her own therapeutic ideas, her unique talents and creativity. Since this realization, she has completed two yoga teacher trainings; and now teaches a variety of yoga and dance, performs massage therapy, and has been licensed to practice Ayurvedic Medicine. Not only has Hannah been collecting certificates, moreover a multitude of cultural experiences from her travels to India and living in New York, the Berkshires, and now this beautiful area of Northern California. Her yoga classes are for all levels and highly influenced by her knowledge of dance and the anatomy of the body. Hannah believes that every day has something to teach you and an opportunity for growth. All she has learned has laid the unfinished path to where she is today and where she will be in the future, wherever that may be.
Brenda Kobrin, Instructor
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.
Erin Ryan, Instructor
Erin has been hooked on yoga ever since discovering its transformational power. After years of personal practice she earned her teacher certification in Sahaj Hatha Yoga from the Ananda Seva Mission in Santa Rosa. She strives to blend her personal studies in the Ashtanga, Jivamukti, Iyengar, and Hatha traditions into her teaching style. Erin utilizes her M.A. in education and experience as a music teacher to help create a comfortable and accessible yoga experience for all students. In addition to teaching yoga, Erin currently works as a music teacher in Healdsburg, so expect a good soundtrack in her yoga classes! A recent east-coast transplant, Erin currently resides in Santa Rosa.
Cindy Sims, Instructor
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.
Ilana Sochazewski, Workshop Instructor/Sub
Ilana began her yoga practice to work through a roller derby injury. She found herself coming back to the mat, because the healing process went beyond the physical body and began to cultivate loving-kindness for herself and for others. Training at Pachamama in Costa Rica, she received her 200-Hour Hatha Yoga Certification to expand the opportunities to create a supportive space for others to communicate with their own body, mind and soul. Ilana’s classes bring a light-hearted and compassionate approach, inspired by her experience with Yin, Restorative and AcroYoga principles.
Kathleen Hardy, Instructor
Kathleen lives in Monte Rio and leads popular yoga classes at the Community Center. For more info visit monterioyoga.com.
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.