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The Directors (also instructors)

Instructors

 

The Directors (we are also instructors)

GINI SAVAGE, co-founder and director of the Yoga Center of Marin, has practiced yoga for 54 years and taught it for the past 41. She is a certified Iyengar yoga teacher and has studied many times with Mr. Iyengar in India, England and California. She also practices massage therapy. Gini’s classes emphasize individual instruction and the restorative aspects of yoga.

Suzanne Kanner

SUZANNE KANNER is a popular Marin County yoga teacher with 35 years of teaching experience. She is the co-founder and director of the Yoga Center of Marin, established in 1986. An Intermediate Level certified Iyengar Yoga teacher, she has studied several times in India with the Iyengars, as well as with many senior teachers in the US and Europe, including Ramanand Patel, Manouso Manos, Patricia Walden, Gabriella Giubilaro, Judith Lasater, and Kofi Busia. Suzanne’s teaching is precise and inspiring, challenging, yet nurturing. Under her guidance students deepen and expand their yoga practice, learning to restore, and rejuvenate body, mind, and spirit. Besides teaching regular classes, Suzanne specializes in therapeutic and prenatal yoga.

 

Instructors

David Carlos

DAVID CARLOS returned in December, 2011 from an inspirational month of study at the Iyengar Institue in Pune India and is eager to share his new insights and techniques. David has been practicing yoga for the last 24 years and began teaching 13 years ago so he could give back some of the many benefits he has experienced through the profound practice of Iyengar yoga, including greater strength, flexibility and most importantly a deep sense of clarity and well-being. He has been teaching yoga at the College of Marin for the past sevem years and has also assisted Alice Rocky with her classes there. David has studied in India with the Iyengars several times and continues his studies here with Manouso Manos.

Claire Colvin

CLAIRE COLVIN is a certified Iyengar yoga teacher who has studied Iyengar yoga for over 39 years, at the Iyengar Yoga Institute in San Francisco and four times in India with the Iyengar family. She has taught yoga in Marin County for 31 years. Her principal teacher is Manouso Manos.

Scarlett Headley

SCARLETT HEADLEY, certified Iyengar yoga teacher, has been a devoted yoga practitioner since she was 16 years old. Her classes are fun, engaging and informative. She utilizes her deep understanding and knowledge of yoga with alignment based instructions and use of props to guide students into poses while learning correct actions and minimizing discomfort. Scarlett has just completed the very rigorous Iyengar Yoga teacher certification process and is ready to share her skills and understanding with you!!

Evlaleah Howard EVLALEAH HOWARD, is a Senior Level Certified Licensed Iyengar Yoga Teacher and a Licensed Spinal Therapist. She has been teaching since 1972.
BKS Iyengar’s Light on Yoga led her to his 2-year training in SF in1972, followed by classical studies in India after an intensive with him in1974 at UC Berkeley. BKS Iyengar trained Evlaleah for over four decades to practice and teach yoga and to train and assess teachers. She brought Yoga for Back Care to America in1980 on BKS Iyengar’s behest, after he rehabilitated her from a nearly paralyzing trauma. Currently she is completing a book on spinal whiplash. She is also a founding teacher of the Iyengar Yoga Institute, SF and Founder of the BKS Iyengar Yoga School in San Francisco.
Jaime Lamka JAMIE LAMKA has been practicing yoga for 38 years and teaching for 26. He has developed yoga programs for contractors, aging athletes, and health care providers.

Jamie’s strength is his grasp of the fundamentals, compassion for pain, and understanding of human challenges. Jamie offers his students individual attention and life-supporting knowledge.
Stephanie Lawrence STEPHANIE LAWRENCE has been an Iyengar yoga practitioner since 1979, inspired by Senior Iyengar teachers with whom she has studied in London, New York and San Francisco. For the past few years she has conducted special yoga classes for students with Parkinson’s Disease. Stephanie draws from the yoga sutras and from her own ebullient sense of humor. Her classes are personal, attentive, and incremental.
Julia Lorimer

JULIA LORIMER, Certified Yoga Therapist, has specialized in pain management for three decades combining Iyengar Yoga Therapeutics with anatomically detailed deep tissue therapy. She has studied extensively with the BKS Iyengar family in Pune, India as well as with renowned Senior Iyengar teachers including Manouso Manos, Ramandand Patel in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Julia is a Sanskrit scholar, a Vedanta and Meditation teacher, and an expert in Sanskrit Chanting. She is the creator and Founder of Meta Yoga- a program for healing chronic pain at five levels: Physically, Vitality, Emotionally, Mentally and Spiritually. Her mission is to empower people with the courage and knowledge to heal themselves and to lead more productive and fulfilling lives. Website: marinyoga.org; phone: (415) 879-6944.

Ananda Ma

Ariane (ANANDA MA) Wlasak, is a California licensed Acupuncturist, Herbalist with a Masters degree from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ACTCM) in San Francisco. Her private practice in Marin County embraces authenticity in body, mind and soul. She is a certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher CIYT-1000 who trained at the renowned Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco and a Yoga Therapist with the International Association of Yoga Therapists (C-IAYT). Ananda extends her boundless gratitude to renowned senior teacher Manouso Manos, Brian Hogenkamp, Cynthia Bates and the Iyengar family in Pune for mentoring her to bring precision, humor and intelligence into her teaching practice. Ananda commits to empowering you in the process of restoring optimal health using detailed compassionate lightness combined with the universality of the Iyengar approach. For workshops, classes and private sessions please contact Ananda at: www.anandamayoga.com

Susan McCormick SUSAN McCORMICK, a certified Iyengar yoga teacher, draws upon her life experience, her daily asana and pranayama practice, and ongoing studies with Manouso Manos and other senior teachers to guide her teaching. Additionally, she has received teacher training and certification to teach pelvic floor work from Leslie Howard. Susan genuinely cares about her students and encourages their discovery of the life-enhancing properties of yoga: increased strength and flexibility of body and mind, improved health of all systems of the body, growth of compassion for oneself and others, and development of a balanced approach to life’s daily challenges.
Marie-Helen Mercier

MARIE-HELENE MERCIER creates a safe, open, and nurturing space for women to explore the infinite strength, courage and inner peace that each one holds. She guides and supports her students by teaching the art of surrendering through each breath, allowing to connect deeper within their own essence, and transition into their next pose. She knows the importance of encouraging her students to listen to their own bodies and dive into their practice at their own pace. Her classes begin with a mindful meditation and are sequenced respecting each students needs focusing on grounding, stretching, restorative, strengthening, and balancing poses sprinkled with a little humor!

French Canadian, born and raised in Montreal Marie-Helene began working closely with prenatal/postnatal families in the obstetrical field. She then moved to Toronto where she worked in cord blood banking and taught yoga which gave her extensive knowledge into the adventures of motherhood.

In 2009, she moved to the heart of San Francisco where her passion for teaching prenatal yoga grew as she walked into her first prenatal class and felt the strong need to continue pursuing her dreams to support women and their families. The experience of living abroad and raising two young children has taught her the importance of self-care and embracing her own essence.

Marie-Helene holds a BA in Human Relations, 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training Certificate from Yoga Tree, Level 1 Prenatal Yoga Teaching Training Certificate taught by Jane Austin from Mama Tree and Birth Doula Training Certificate from DONA. Outside of her work life, Marie-Helene enjoys exploring the world through the outdoors, traveling, visiting family and friends, cooking, and having fun with her two daughters and husband!

Eileen Murphy EILEEN MURPHY has practiced various types of yoga since 1991. After several back injuries, she was using a cane to get around. She went to a Kundalini retreat four years ago, with the idea that it may help her back. Since the first class at that retreat, Eileen has not used a cane. After a strong desire to pass this amazing technology on to others, she was trained at the Guru Ram Das Ashram in San Francisco. She specializes in playing her 36" gong. She holds healing gong bath workshops on a regular basis.
Susy Stewart

SUSY STEWART began her study of yoga more than 41 years ago. Her yoga practice has been fueled by several trips to India where she studied with the Iyengars and followers of Sri Aurobindo. Her principal teachers are Janet MacLeod and Manouso Manos. Mature yoga students and beginners alike will benefit from her holistic perspective, sensitivity and experience.


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