• Alessandra Yrure
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    Ale received her Pilates certification for mat work and all apparatus through BASI Pilates.  She has a background in dance and has been teaching ballet for over 10 years and Pilates for 7 years.  Ale was first introduced to Pilates as a young student while treating a foot injury.  Ever since then, Pilates has become a major part of her conditioning and professional dance career. She loves that Pilates can be both fun and challenging while also being safe and gentle to the body.  She always feels stronger and longer after a workout!

    Ale has experience teaching both private and group lessons for all ages, levels, and abilities.  In a private setting, she is able to design a program to meet the individual's goals and needs.  In a group setting, she is able to provide modifications to either challenge or assist clients.  Thanks to her years of ballet training and the importance that was placed on body alignment, she is known for having radar vision and encourages students to move with proper mechanics to prevent undue strain.  After all, moving your body should feel good!  She is very passionate about the practice and excited to share the many benefits of Pilates with everyone.

  • Anglela Delfin
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    From therapeutics to strength-based practices, Angela believes in the power of transformation through yoga. Striking a balance between ethereal points of view and scientific evidence, Angela’s style of teaching encourages each student to tap into their own innate wisdom. Angela began her yoga journey at age 20 with a free week trial at a nearby yoga studio. She knew her anxiety-driven life had the potential to change. And it did, tremendously. For the first time in years, she felt her true self. Since then, she has been propelled into the realm of holistic healing. Angela has studied many different modalities that help influence her unique style of teaching, from psychology, Chinese medicine, qigong, yoga for trauma recovery to the anatomy of asana. She is passionate and driven to continuously learn and grow in her own practice and teaching. When Angela is not teaching or practicing yoga, you can find her doing something outdoorsy with her Australian shepherd Kiwi, dancing, or reading a new book.

  • Laurence Munoz
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    Larry’s been a San Francisco Bay Area resident most of his life, spending his first 18 years of life in East San Jose before finding refuge in the redwoods while attending Humboldt State University, then returning to Sunnyvale/San Jose to do the tech thing for eons before leaving it recently to follow his love for teaching full time.  When not a student and teacher of yoga, Larry is usually found outside communing with nature hiking or cycling while under the influence of espresso. http://www.ollin-yoga.com/

     

  • Leonard Shen
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    Len Shen has been practicing various energetic arts (Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Reiki Level 1 and 2 certifications, yoga and meditation) over the last 35 years, studying under Masters John Leong in Seattle, Robert Smith in Washington, DC, and Arnold Tayam in San Jose, CA.  He is currently training to receive a Doctorate in Chinese Energetic Medicine from Professor Jerry Alan Johnson, a world-renowned Qi Gong grandmaster, and champion martial artist.  Outside of his energy practices, Len worked for 18 years as an environmental lawyer and 17 years as the Chief Compliance and Ethics Officier of American Express, GE, Paypal and VISA, where he helped establish the company's Mindfulness Program.
     
    Len’s classes, sharing techniques practiced in China over the last 3,000 years, are designed to help students: 
     
    Identify and open the main pathways for life energy or “chi” in their body (also used in acupuncture)
    + Draw chi from the environment and concentrate it in their energy centers or chakras, and 
    Manipulate the chi for health and healing purposes.  
     
    A regular practice in qi gong can help balance and strengthen the body’s life energy and maintain health, vitality, and peace of mind.  Qi gong and related practices in yoga, tai chi, and kung fu complement each other in their focus on breathing, body awareness, concentration, and connection.
  • Lisa Garratt
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    I am an experienced registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance (E-RYT500) and  I am strongly influenced by the Iyengar tradition and teach Hatha, Gentle, Restorative, and Vinyasa Flow classes. My classes emphasize mindfulness, alignment, and deepening the connection with the breath. Where applicable, I focus on assisting students in finding the appropriate balance of muscular effort, and relaxation and release.  I aim to help students increase strength, balance, flexibility, and peace of mind. My primary teacher is Kofi Busia. Other notable influences include Leeann Carey, Erich Schiffmann, Maya Lev, Angela Farmer, and Mark Stephens.

    My classes are further influenced by my massage training, Vipassana meditation courses, and yoga service programs at the Mount Madonna Center and Pacific Cultural Center in Santa Cruz. I teach public, private, and corporate yoga as well as workshops and retreats. I have been teaching since 2002.