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

Caitlin Binder

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

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.

 

Dana Rivkin

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Dana Rivkin offers breath focused, fluid movement yoga classes with alignment cues that explore, anatomy, personal development and playful discovery of the self. She asks her students to slow down, breathe, listen and feel. Dana believes that yoga is a life-long study on and off that mat; one that can be practiced in a studio, at home, in the classroom, on an adventure, at work....all the time. Her passion for this practice comes from the connection it brings to herself, to others and to nature. She hopes to share this connection through her teachings.