Woodside requires 200 hours (RYT) With Yoga Alliance or a Level IV Yogafit training certification and a minimum of two years teaching experience for all Yoga Instructors.
Sumya is an eager student of yoga and feels that all conscious movement is a path towards wholeness. Sumya has been teaching yoga for 10 years. In addition to her 500hr Registered Yoga Teaching Certification through Yoga Alliance, her love of movement led her to becoming a massage therapist, a personal trainer and a 4X World Champion in professional boxing. Her eclectic teaching style was inspired and born out of her curiosity, study and appreciation of all styles of yoga. She has been inspired by Iyengar teachers Manouso Manos, Paula Self, and Aadil Palkhivala, Anusara teachers Doug Keller, Desiree Rumbaugh and Christy Burnett and Ashtanga teachers Bhavani Maki, Richard Freeman and David Williams. She also studies regularly with teachers David Lipschutz and Kim Schwartz. She threads asana, anatomy and philosophy into her teaching. In February 2007, she completed a 40-hour Anatomy in Clay training by Jon Zahourek. A.C.T. (Awakening Change Together) is a karma yoga group that gets together once a month for volunteer projects around the city.
Mara has studied and practiced yoga since 1998. Her interest in the full and varied tradition of hatha yoga has always led her to pursue studies in many forms and lineages including ashtanga, vinyasa, Iyengar, Anusara and Bikram. She is an Internationally Registered Yoga Teacher, having received the Yoga Alliance 200-hour certification with a concentration in ashtanga yoga at Yoga Yoga Teacher Training in Austin, Texas. Aside from her teaching certification, Mara has attended teacher trainings with Shiva Rea and Baron Baptiste; and has had the good fortune of training under such master teachers as Chuck Miller and Maty Ezraty, Rodney Yee, Ana Forrest, Seane Corn, John Friend, John Shumacher, Aadil Palkivala, and Tias Little. Mara's in-depth knowledge of various styles of hatha yoga, as well as a thorough understanding of anatomy, physiology, and the strengths and limitations of individual bodies, allows her to tailor each class to suit the participants. All students receive individual attention, as well as the respect and space they require to discover themselves through the practice of yoga.
Mandy has been exploring her passion for yoga for 4 years, studying Ashtanga with Kathleen Kastner for the past two. Her continuing education includes workshops and intensives with Bhavani Maki, Kim Schwartz, Bryan Kest, Govindas, Mark Blanchard, Doug Swenson and Saul David Raye. Most recently she completed an Ashtanga Second Series Intensive with Tim Miller at Mt Shasta. The balance and harmony it has brought her led to her desire to share the gift through teaching. Mandy views yoga as a spiritual, philosophical, and energetic journey that inspires greater understanding of, and connection to, the true self within.
Jenny's practice began in Buenos Aires, Argentina in late 2007 and continued to grow when she returned to San Diego, CA the following year. She joined the Teacher Training program at Corepower Yoga studio in San Diego. Jenny received a 200hr certification in September of 2009 with a focus in Vinyasa-style yoga. In her teaching, Jenny aspires to give every bit of her presence and encouragement. Jenny believes we are all here together in this world and yoga disiciplines us to remember that, and reward our surroundings with a peaceful and positive presence. She looks forward to giving back all that yoga has given her to you in class.
Patricia is a 500 RYT and has taught yoga for 20 years. She began yoga in her teens studying with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. She co-directed one of Kansas City’s first yoga studios, The Yoga Center, and in 1999 founded the Yoga Gallery. She spent six weeks in India with Rotary International allowing her a chance to study the roots of yoga. Patricia is certified to teach the Bikram Yoga system and Vinyasa through Max Strom. Working for a chiropractor for 6 years afforded her skills to assist specific physical limitations and injuries. Her classes are a blend of styles (flow/Vinyasa) emphasizing patient breathing. This allows for an accessible, meditative practice designed to heal. Patricia’s love of yoga, breathing, and meditation stems from experiencing and witnessing what a dedicated practice can create; full spectrum health benefits, inside out.
Beth is a Certified Yoga Instructor, RYT (200 Hour). Kriology Level 1-11 (Advanced Training). She received her training from the Temple of Kriya Yoga in Chicago. She has taught for over 8 years and has training in Hatha, Vinyasa as well as Ashtanga and Prenatal. Having a strong background in the fundamental elements of yoga postures, alignment and philosophy, she is able to incorporate this into every style of practice and class. Beth encourages every student to be mindful and aware of how they move their body and breath. She is newly certified in meditation through the Temple of Kriya in Chicago.
Therese began taking yoga and Pilates in 1999. Excited about her overall physical changes, she decided to start training in both disciplines. Therese's formal yoga training is with YogaFit, an organization that has blended ancient Hatha yoga with modern fitness movements better suited to our Western culture. Therese has achieved certification in levels 1, 2, 3 and 4. Therese has also been certified in Pilates Mat since 1999 and is newly trained in Stott reformer. Therese has traveled and trained all over the country, picking up different practices, which she uses to infuse her classes. Therese's goal is to enhance her clients' flexibility, balance and core strength, and to tone and tighten. Her philosophy is that each individual has different desires and expectations, which become part of their yoga journey. She strives to help each client control the mind through quieting thoughts and allowing the body to hear what the mind is telling it to do.
Molly began her physical discipline as a dancer. She studied at Alvin Ailey Dance Theater and received a B.F.A. in dance at UMKC. Her first introduction to yoga was with a style of yoga that combines the posture of Hatha Yoga with the continuous movement of dance, created by Juliu Horvath in New York. Molly is also certified and licensed in massage therapy and has found massage and yoga to compliment one another beautifully. Molly is yoga teacher certified by Max Strom of Venice, CA and has been studying yoga with Kathleen and Patricia Gray since 1999.
Carrie started practicing yoga in 2001, and after studying a variety of yoga styles, became enamored of the Ashtanga Yoga System created by Pattabi Jois. Ashtanga yoga, which features a flowing breath movement system, develops balance, strength and flexibility while impacting your body, mind and spirit. Carrie firmly believes that yoga not only handles the body, but also handles the mind. When your body feels good, your mental state follows. Carrie’s classes are appropriate for practitioners of all levels and her goal is to make everyone feel welcome and comfortable. Carrie has studied with Manju Jois and David Swenson, and has taken workshops with many accomplished yoga teachers, including David Williams, Bhavani Maki, Tim Miller, Baron Baptiste, Shiva Rae, and Rodney Yee.
Lisa began her practice of yoga over a decade ago. Lisa is certified through the worldwide Bikram Yoga College of India and has also completed an Ashtanga teacher training program with David Swenson. She has also attended a workshop with internationally known yogi Pattabhi Jois. Lisa's love for yoga extends across many styles rooting with her beginning studies with Iyengar Yoga evolving into the flowing styles of Vinyasa and Ashtanga Yoga. Lisa offers a balanced and inspiring flow that follows the rhythm of the breath, blending fluid movement with careful attention to alignment. In a playful style, Lisa infuses joy and love into her classes encouraging flexibility in both body and mind.
Ashley is the mother of four sons. She has been practicing yoga since 2001 and is a 200 hour Yoga Alliance registered yoga teacher (RYT) through Collette Crawford at the Seattle Holistic Center. She has also studied extensively with Hala Khouri, creator of "off the mat and into the world". Ashley has a Master's degree in marriage and family therapy and is a certified Prenatal Yoga instructor and doula.