Dawn began to study yoga in 2001 and began teaching in 2005. Many people have inspired and encouraged Dawn in her path to teach, but she thinks Tias Little, Gabriel Halpern, and Christina Sell have had the strongest influence on her as a student and teacher. She values their guidance and support of her and continues to dive deep in practice at their encouragement. It is this same relationship and attitude that she aspires to provide her students.
Dawn’s classes emphasizes breathing, balance, and grounding as keys to unlocking basic and advanced postures. The breath is always a foundation that we move from, and the mechanics or actions of a pose will build from the breath. Some classes will find more steadiness and holding of poses to build strength and stamina. Other classes will find more flow as grace and breath meet in the practice. Expect to build up to new things and break down a pose or two each class.
Exploring different variations and prop set-ups in the same poses help to reveal the many layers of each asana. You will find that there are many props available and sometimes you'll use all of them! There are countless creative ways to use blocks, straps, and blankets, as well as the more exotic chairs, sandbags, and wall-ropes.
Dawn finds that contemplative practice is an important part of her daily practice and her classes. Yoga practice is not limited to asana alone, and taking time for contemplation and meditation is important in our fast-paced and connected world.
For more information about Dawn and her classes, workshops, and retreats please visit www.dawnhayesyoga.com
Honora welcomes you to honor yourself through your practice: to connect to the body’s innate wisdom by cultivating the ability to listen and unlock the body’s natural power to heal. Yoga is Honora’s lifelong pursuit. She has been teaching for several years and continues to expand her knowledge as a student at the Ayurvedic College at Mount Madonna. Her inspiration to teach comes from a desire to share what has been so graciously taught to her by her mentors and students alike. Yoga is Honora’s tenacious teacher, moving and changing with her through her live, always encouraging her to push further and dig deeper! She endeavors to translate her love of yoga to her students.
Caitlin Binder has been practicing yoga and acroyoga for over 6 years. A recent addition to AcroYoga’s JAMbassador program, Caitlin’s excited to build the Santa Cruz acro community in a playful, safe, and supportive environment. She regularly attends intensive trainings to learn and share the latest acro tricks. Caitlin is also a certified Warrior Yoga instructor and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu purple belt. When she’s not doing acro, Caitlin can be found at UC Santa Cruz teaching organic chemistry where she's trying to earn her reputation as the “Acro Chemist.”
Gabriel Benjamin is a second generation instructor in the TriYoga(R) Lineage and has been instructing since 2001. Gabriel holds five certifications in Yoga and Ayurveda and has been both a student and teacher at the Kerala Ayurveda Academy. His practices are known for being the perfect blend of challenge and relaxation, leaving the students feeling educated, nourished, and balanced. Gabriel leads workshops and retreats globally and skillfully teaches Flow, Form & Alignment, Yoga for Athletes, and Restorative Yin Yoga. Students will get in touch with their breath and be encouraged to learn from their own practice as well as Gabriel's instruction to experience the most powerful outcome. Gabriel is a long time cyclist, writer, vegetarian chef, and a master of inversions~ He is forever grateful to his mother and first teacher, Martha Posey.
Emma is our Yoga Program Coordinator. She lives with the intention of bringing art and alchemy to every facet of her life, from fridge-cleaning and weed-pulling to creative expression and sweating on the mat. Yoga has the power to infuse each action and moment with an awareness of it’s inherent perfection. It is Emma’s pleasure the share this journey home to full embodiment with all she practices with.
Emma is a RYT500 certified yoga teacher, trained in the ancient lineage of Kashmiri Shaivite Tantra Yoga, under teacher Bhagavan Shanmukha in Galgibaga, India. She lived nomadically until settling back in the US, where she trained in Bonny Doon with her teacher, Denise Lapides. She teaches from her practice, a constantly evolving blend of vinyasa, core cultivation, breath work, and dance, yoking tradition and anatomical understanding with intuitive body wisdom. Dynamic expansion woven with structure and refinement.
Off the mat, Emma finds meaning through community connection and creative expression. When not dancing around the kitchen as a chocolatier for Cacoco Drinking Chocolate, she is painting, gardening, or constructing manzanita mobiles in her home in the Santa Cruz mountains.
Krystal began her yoga practice in 2013, and without knowing it, set her first intentions: balance and grace. In the following year, she practiced under the supervision of Ayurvedic Yoga Practitioner Lulu Peelle which freed her from the pains of disordered eating. After her profound personal experience through receiving personalized yoga instruction, Krystal perused her RYT200 certification in August 2015 from the Soul of Yoga Institute in Encinitas, California under Master Teacher Flossie Park.
Today, Krystal shares her sense of humor and personal experience coupled with a straight-forward teaching approach in her classes which focus on alignments, well-balanced sequences, and sustained postures. These elements lead to the development of inner-peace and deeper personal awareness. “It’s merely my role as a teacher to facilitate the experience and hold space for each student along their path to finding the innate teacher within them.” Through daily prayer and meditation, Krystal continues to broaden her personal spiritual foundation and practice.
Sandy Thorpe, 200 E-RYT, has been teaching yoga for about 20 years and 4000+ classes, and currently teaches at Pacific Edge, Hot Elevation Studios (previously PurePower Yoga), Toadal Fitness, and the PCC. She continues learning from her favorite influencers Kathryn Budig, Jason Crandell, and Shiva Rea. She is passionate about arm balances and new transitions! Sandy recently moved from Silicon Valley, where she taught at corporate sites (Google, Yahoo, Facebook, LinkedIn, Apple, Cisco, Intuit, KLA), various studios (Flex Fusion, Yoga Belly, Reach, Club One, Moffett Towers Club), and the YMCA. Join Sandy for an athletic yoga class that is addictive, with eclectic music and inspiring cues to enable you—whatever your level— to rise to a new level of yoga practice. For information on her workshops, see www.GumbyYoga.com
Chelsea Shapouri is a RYT and Ayurvedic Chef/ Lifestyle Mentor from Ventura CA. Her passion for movement arts started in 2013 and has continued to grow since then. She trained in Costa Rica circa 2014 under Sofia Thom and Ashleigh Sergeant diving into the arts of Danyasa, a dance healing arts movement with traditional Hatha yoga. Chelsea has continued to learn from many other teachers that have helped form her unique teaching method, some of those who have trained with Shiva Rea-Prana Flow, Shadow Yoga, and Bhakti Yoga- true devotion of love as well as kirtan. Chelsea is also a certified massage therapist which has pushed her to see how important alignment is during asana movements, keeping her students protected as they move in a way of freedom. Chelsea also has a back ground in Qi Gong and Thai Chi which she likes to bring into dynamic movements at times during class. With her unique teaching style you will learn about the philosophy of yoga, Ayurveda, how to move with the elements that make up the body, and will explore the way your body can move with your breath in profound ways.
Heather was exposed to yoga from an early age and began formal training in 1994. After completing her first yoga teacher training in 1999 with Baba Hari Dass, she continued pursuing advanced trainings including with senior Iyengar instructor Kofi Busia, Eric Schiffman at the Santa Barbara Yoga Center, the Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco, Himalayan Iyengar Yoga Center in Dharamkot India, and a RYT 500 hr. program in the "birthplace of yoga” Rishikesh, India.
A licensed massage therapist since 1991, Heather has immersed herself in a life-long study of mind-body healing arts. She’s lived at a Buddhist monastery in Thailand, an Ashram in India, and learned earth based energy healing with shamans of both North and South America. These experiences combine in her unique teaching style; a blend of physical and energetic alignment in moving meditation guided by the breath.
Heather has taught yoga in various locations and on ships world wide. She loves sharing what she learns and helping others find wellness and connection.