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 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.
Sean has been fascinated by Yoga, its philosophy and practice, since 2002. He began teaching in 2013 after over a decade of practice and study. For Sean, teaching is the ultimate expression and integration of his practice, life experiences, and studies.
Sean is an E-RYT 500 trained at 7 Centers Yoga Arts in Sedona, Arizona under master teachers Rama Jyoti Vernon and Sraddhasagar. He now lives, studies and teaches at Mount Madonna Center under the inspiration of Baba Hari Dass. He has been a coordinator and instructor in Yoga Teacher Training Courses since 2014 and finds incredible inspiration in witnessing yoga’s transformative power. Also a student of psychology, Sean’s classes explore the rich meaning and depth woven into the postures as a way of connecting students to their intuitive inner experience. Key foundations in anatomy and alignment are provided as the grounding support allowing for this journey of self-inquiry. Through strong steady movement and a graceful and fluid connection to breath, his classes develop physical and mental strength, flexibility, and balance.
Sean is also a passionate rock climber and outdoor enthusiast and feels deeply called by the adventurous nature of exploring both the outer world as thoroughly as the inner.