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.
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.
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
Indi Maxon is a yoga and fitness instructor based here in Santa Cruz. She was blessed to have been exposed to yoga at a young age thanks to her father, who is connected to the Mount Madonna Institute-- and though it took years for her to embrace it fully into her own life, it has become her greatest joy to deepen her practice through sharing it with her community. Indi's ultimate source of inspiration continues always to come from her students and finding new and creative ways to bring the teachings of Yoga to any individual, from any background, in any state of physical health. For Indi, Yoga is about finding a path to mental, emotional and physical peace in any stage of life and physical condition. Her classes emphasize safe alignment, mindful movement, breath awareness and encouragement of student's to play with and find their personal edge.
200 Hour YTT (Mount Madonna Institute), 200 Hour YTT from (Hot Yoga Aptos), 30 Hour Yoga Intensive , Pilates Instructor certification (Hot Yoga Aptos)
Anna grew up nestled in the Sierra Nevada foothills where she spent most of her time outside climbing trees, in the river, and on the heels of her older brothers. Today she lives in the Santa Cruz Mountains where she looks at her practice as a gateway to the ultimate truth which is this body as an access point for our entire universe.
Anna is a RYT200 certified teacher. She teaches with the Yoga For All Movement combining dance, yoga, and mindfulness with a meditative approach to mental healthcare. Through yoga Anna hopes to help bring people home to their bodies.
Anna’s classes at Pacific Edge focus on Yin inspired prop support for slow release, as well as pranayamic breathing and conditioning to build heat in the morning! She hopes her class will lift you ground you, and spit you back out into your own skin ready to keep being exactly what you are, a uniquely divine human being.
In her free time Anna choreographs and dances at Motion Pacific and plays doctor with herbs, sunscreens, and salves in her kitchen.
Chelsea is a Seasonal Plant Based Chef and Yoga teacher who relocated to Santa Cruz from Ventura, California. Chelsea lives and breathes the philosophy of yoga, community, seasonal living, and the state of harmony that flow brings into her life. Yoga to her isn't just a physical practice but more of a deep exploration of the self; a way back home to our authentic primal state of being that includes community, strength, courage, mindfulness, acceptance, and connection to the elements that nature provides.
Sam Van Auker
Became aware of QiGong in 2013 as he was transitioning out of the gym and into more travels. Looking for a practice to maintain health and high energy in the body he found QiGong and began to practice while bouncing between Belize and Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. It took six months or so before he realized how much was really changing. In addition to creating a strong, vital body full of elevated emotional energy, his mind began to quiet. It seemed like all of a sudden the world smoothed out. Noticing the new mental clarity, emotional balance, and body full of vibrant energy he went to the Santa Cruz Chi Center to get a feel for it in person.
Since the fall of 2015 after his first trip to Santa Cruz he's been back every summer to participate in nearly twenty week long immersions learning Five Element QiGong, Three Treasures, Buddha Palm, Inner Alchemy, QiGong Prescriptions, Tao Yin, and Tai Chi. In addition to the week long immersions there were weekend workshops including teacher trainings, Toaist practices for health and longevity, and classes several times a week. Accumulating a certification through Holden QiGong with well over a thousand hours in studying QiGong theory and practicing he is extremely excited to pass along some of the practices he finds most beneficial for creating a youthful body, balanced emotions, and a clear mind.