Teachers

Blake Mason   Before practicing yoga, I experienced fear and a lack of self-confidence, knowing life only on the level of thought, which is prison! Now with my practice, I experience life beyond thought, genuine peace and love for myself and others. I return to my mat to deepen my connection with this process of uncovering, discovering and discarding all that isn't me, so that I can live happily and teach others how to connect with this beautiful gift that I have been given.

Blake Mason

Before practicing yoga, I experienced fear and a lack of self-confidence, knowing life only on the level of thought, which is prison! Now with my practice, I experience life beyond thought, genuine peace and love for myself and others. I return to my mat to deepen my connection with this process of uncovering, discovering and discarding all that isn't me, so that I can live happily and teach others how to connect with this beautiful gift that I have been given.

Courtney Willis   Practicing Yoga since the young age of 12, Courtney decided to share the wealth of her practice with others and became certified in 2004 through Samadhi Center for Yoga in Denver, Colorado. While flow-y and fun, her teaching style has a strong emphasis on alignment and meditation. Incorporating a seamless flow and constant breath work, she enables her students to enter a profound level of awareness and find the “work out” they desire in her classes. She teachers powerful mixed level classes and offers modifications for both the beginning Yogi to the advanced pretzel.

Courtney Willis

Practicing Yoga since the young age of 12, Courtney decided to share the wealth of her practice with others and became certified in 2004 through Samadhi Center for Yoga in Denver, Colorado. While flow-y and fun, her teaching style has a strong emphasis on alignment and meditation. Incorporating a seamless flow and constant breath work, she enables her students to enter a profound level of awareness and find the “work out” they desire in her classes. She teachers powerful mixed level classes and offers modifications for both the beginning Yogi to the advanced pretzel.

Nick Daskalos   I was first exposed to yoga at a very young age. My parents practiced Ashtanga under the guidance of Baba Hari Dass. It was always something I found intriguing and a bit mystical. I eventually turned to yoga as my path after a few dark years of depression and anxiety. One of the four noble truths in Buddhism is that all sentient beings seek happiness. I made this discovery about 10 years ago when I took refuge with Anam Thubten Rinpoche, one of the great Tibetan masters of this modern age. Through his teachings I have discovered that the gateway to happiness, contentment and a deeper connection to one's self can be found within.

Nick Daskalos

I was first exposed to yoga at a very young age. My parents practiced Ashtanga under the guidance of Baba Hari Dass. It was always something I found intriguing and a bit mystical. I eventually turned to yoga as my path after a few dark years of depression and anxiety. One of the four noble truths in Buddhism is that all sentient beings seek happiness. I made this discovery about 10 years ago when I took refuge with Anam Thubten Rinpoche, one of the great Tibetan masters of this modern age. Through his teachings I have discovered that the gateway to happiness, contentment and a deeper connection to one's self can be found within.

 
Padma Levy   Padma fell in love with yoga at first “sight” in 2002 and it has been her life’s passion and journey ever since. She started teaching in 2003, attending various trainings and workshops and she is now a 500H Registered Yoga Teacher. She is grateful for her teachers who help her grow along the way, such as Rusty Wells, Rodney Yee, Shiva Rea, Seane Corn and Janet Stone. Her teaching style is an alignment based Power Flow, focused on breath and body awareness, upbeat and eclectic music, and Bhakti (devotion). Padma is passionate about sharing the practice of yoga and applying its teachings on and off the mat.

Padma Levy

Padma fell in love with yoga at first “sight” in 2002 and it has been her life’s passion and journey ever since. She started teaching in 2003, attending various trainings and workshops and she is now a 500H Registered Yoga Teacher. She is grateful for her teachers who help her grow along the way, such as Rusty Wells, Rodney Yee, Shiva Rea, Seane Corn and Janet Stone. Her teaching style is an alignment based Power Flow, focused on breath and body awareness, upbeat and eclectic music, and Bhakti (devotion). Padma is passionate about sharing the practice of yoga and applying its teachings on and off the mat.

Amber Cayer   Yoga continually reminds me that I’m powerful beyond measure. When I was introduced to vinyasa in 2011, I didn’t feel that way. I was numb, used to hiding and playing small. But it became the greatest love affair of my life and has never let me down.  I teach because my life is transforming beyond my wildest dreams. I teach because I continue to experience growth, breakthroughs, belly laughs and sweaty tears that heal my heart. I teach because I love everything this practice has given me – especially my life back.

Amber Cayer

Yoga continually reminds me that I’m powerful beyond measure. When I was introduced to vinyasa in 2011, I didn’t feel that way. I was numb, used to hiding and playing small. But it became the greatest love affair of my life and has never let me down.

I teach because my life is transforming beyond my wildest dreams. I teach because I continue to experience growth, breakthroughs, belly laughs and sweaty tears that heal my heart. I teach because I love everything this practice has given me – especially my life back.

Jordan Reid   My yogic journey began in 2014 when I stepped into a Hot Hatha class with the simple intention of trying something new. What I found that day was so much more, it ignited a flame within me that has yet to burn out. I began practicing yoga daily, noticing that the effects of each practice were dramatically improving areas of my life. Everytime I return to my mat I come home to myself, I rediscover this sacred place within me of healing and connection.  For me, yoga isn't so much about the asana itself but rather the self awareness in the asana as well as union with body and breath. This practice continues to help me rediscover myself, discard layers that are no longer me, and find freedom through surrender. It's teaches me that everyday is a practice.

Jordan Reid

My yogic journey began in 2014 when I stepped into a Hot Hatha class with the simple intention of trying something new. What I found that day was so much more, it ignited a flame within me that has yet to burn out. I began practicing yoga daily, noticing that the effects of each practice were dramatically improving areas of my life. Everytime I return to my mat I come home to myself, I rediscover this sacred place within me of healing and connection.

For me, yoga isn't so much about the asana itself but rather the self awareness in the asana as well as union with body and breath. This practice continues to help me rediscover myself, discard layers that are no longer me, and find freedom through surrender. It's teaches me that everyday is a practice.

 
Taylor Rynicki   It wasn’t my fault that I fell in love with Yoga. It was a very good friend of mine that brought me to my first class eight years ago, leaving an indelible mark to this day. Without a doubt, this was where I needed to be; my mat felt like home. It gave me a sense of comfort and strength, which continues to resonate deep within me.Since that very first class I have been charging forward without looking back. In 2011 I enrolled in my first 200hr Teacher Training program and set fire to what became a very personal journey. Two years later I completed a 100hr anusara inspired training; nurturing a new found faith in me and the lives of those around me. I continue to pay homage, seeing yoga as a gift to be shared, ultimately finding myself humbled by the opportunity to teach amongst an enriched community of people, with their own ability to inspire.

Taylor Rynicki

It wasn’t my fault that I fell in love with Yoga. It was a very good friend of mine that brought me to my first class eight years ago, leaving an indelible mark to this day. Without a doubt, this was where I needed to be; my mat felt like home. It gave me a sense of comfort and strength, which continues to resonate deep within me.Since that very first class I have been charging forward without looking back. In 2011 I enrolled in my first 200hr Teacher Training program and set fire to what became a very personal journey. Two years later I completed a 100hr anusara inspired training; nurturing a new found faith in me and the lives of those around me. I continue to pay homage, seeing yoga as a gift to be shared, ultimately finding myself humbled by the opportunity to teach amongst an enriched community of people, with their own ability to inspire.

Maria West   When you see Maria at Akasha, she almost always has a smile on her face. If asked how she's doing, she will most likely reply "better now." She considers Akasha her happy place. It's the place she feels she can sweat, breathe and challenge perceived limitations of oneself while being in a loving community of yogis. Her yoga started when she decided to try the two-week new client special at Akasha Yoga. She had been taking a kickboxing class for over a year when she started experiencing back pain and hip pain. Yoga, she was told, would help relieve some tightness and pain. After all, isn't yoga just stretching? Surprise! Not only did she feel a sense of a great workout but also a sense of peace and inner calm. Her practice became a regular part of her week and soon after she took the Akasha Assisting Program with Aaron Pappas.

Maria West

When you see Maria at Akasha, she almost always has a smile on her face. If asked how she's doing, she will most likely reply "better now." She considers Akasha her happy place. It's the place she feels she can sweat, breathe and challenge perceived limitations of oneself while being in a loving community of yogis. Her yoga started when she decided to try the two-week new client special at Akasha Yoga. She had been taking a kickboxing class for over a year when she started experiencing back pain and hip pain. Yoga, she was told, would help relieve some tightness and pain. After all, isn't yoga just stretching? Surprise! Not only did she feel a sense of a great workout but also a sense of peace and inner calm. Her practice became a regular part of her week and soon after she took the Akasha Assisting Program with Aaron Pappas.

Jamie Testa   I discovered yoga while a student at UC-Davis. After my first hot yoga class, I knew the practice would be part of my lifelong journey. At the time, I was reliant on three-plus visits a week to the chiropractor to stave off debilitating headaches that were lingering from multiple car accidents. The practice challenged me physically and mentally—some days it took all my will to go to class. After several months of consistent practice, the headaches were nearly gone. My quality of life was significantly improved. In 2006, it was time to start giving back by teaching. I attended a comprehensive 500-hour yoga teacher training program. I taught for four years before I was able to realize my dream of opening a studio in Vacaville. "It is my life purpose to share the practice of yoga with as many people as possible. It may not be for everyone, but based on my personal journey I encourage everyone to try. I see the potential for the benefits to be as profound for you as they have been for me, and I wish to share this message with you."

Jamie Testa

I discovered yoga while a student at UC-Davis. After my first hot yoga class, I knew the practice would be part of my lifelong journey. At the time, I was reliant on three-plus visits a week to the chiropractor to stave off debilitating headaches that were lingering from multiple car accidents. The practice challenged me physically and mentally—some days it took all my will to go to class. After several months of consistent practice, the headaches were nearly gone. My quality of life was significantly improved. In 2006, it was time to start giving back by teaching. I attended a comprehensive 500-hour yoga teacher training program. I taught for four years before I was able to realize my dream of opening a studio in Vacaville. "It is my life purpose to share the practice of yoga with as many people as possible. It may not be for everyone, but based on my personal journey I encourage everyone to try. I see the potential for the benefits to be as profound for you as they have been for me, and I wish to share this message with you."

 
Shannon Allen   I believe the physical practice of yoga is the gateway to living an awakened, authentic life. It begins with one class, one experience, and from there the journey to the self begins. It's sometimes exciting, it's often terrifying, and it's almost always messy. But it’s real! My first experience with yoga was not a joyful one, it was a 3 hour intensive college yoga course where we were forced to learn all the Sanskrit terminology. I hated it, and I almost failed the class! It wasn't until the birth of my medically fragile daughter in 2014 that my heart drew me back to yoga. This time was different. I needed yoga to heal myself. From that point forward I have devoted myself to the practice. I consider myself to be an eternal student. I love learning. I have completed 500 hours worth of teacher trainings in Power Vinyasa however my heart is with Ashtanga. I love the discipline, the set sequence of postures, the hands on guidance and the use of traditional Sanskrit (my college self would be shocked!). I believe as teachers the best thing we can do is get out of the way and create an open, loving space for students to have their own experience. I am so grateful for the opportunity to share the space with each and every student who shows up on their mat. As we know, this is often the hardest part of the practice. Let us continue to show up for ourselves and for one another as we embark on this messy, wild ride to living with a wide open heart.

Shannon Allen

I believe the physical practice of yoga is the gateway to living an awakened, authentic life. It begins with one class, one experience, and from there the journey to the self begins. It's sometimes exciting, it's often terrifying, and it's almost always messy. But it’s real! My first experience with yoga was not a joyful one, it was a 3 hour intensive college yoga course where we were forced to learn all the Sanskrit terminology. I hated it, and I almost failed the class! It wasn't until the birth of my medically fragile daughter in 2014 that my heart drew me back to yoga. This time was different. I needed yoga to heal myself. From that point forward I have devoted myself to the practice. I consider myself to be an eternal student. I love learning. I have completed 500 hours worth of teacher trainings in Power Vinyasa however my heart is with Ashtanga. I love the discipline, the set sequence of postures, the hands on guidance and the use of traditional Sanskrit (my college self would be shocked!). I believe as teachers the best thing we can do is get out of the way and create an open, loving space for students to have their own experience. I am so grateful for the opportunity to share the space with each and every student who shows up on their mat. As we know, this is often the hardest part of the practice. Let us continue to show up for ourselves and for one another as we embark on this messy, wild ride to living with a wide open heart.

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