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Senior Instructor Kristin “Kiki” Lovelace:

A joyful and shimmering Spirit, Kiki is known amongst her community for her professionalism, integrity and sparkle. H​er deep love and respect for Forrest Yoga Ceremony, her highly attuned ​Seeing s​kills and direct, kind Truth-Speaking make her a uniquely skilled Forrest Yoga Guardian & Mentor Teacher​. Through her personal yoga and meditation practice and her recent journey into motherhood, she has learned how to see the magic and mystery in what seems quite ordinary and is passionate about teaching her students how to do the same. Kiki has been teaching since 2001 and founded Innerstellar Pilates & Yoga in Berkeley, CA, in 2011. She is a Lead Teacher in Innerstellar’s Stellarflow Yoga Teacher Training as well as the Forrest Yoga Mentorship Program & Continuing Education trainings, and takes great pleasure in working with her trainees. She ​brings to her teaching her expertise in leadership, business and career development, physical and energetic anatomy instruction, pre- and postnatal Forrest Yoga and empathic hands on healing. When not teaching, you can find Kiki lying around reading books and making art with her young daughter, doing handstands, taking walks with her family and beloved pit bull Schnitzel Boy or performing with her 1960’s go go dance troupe, The Devil-Ettes!

 

Staff Instructor Marisha Doan:

Marisha Doan brings a lifetime of movement expertise to her yoga teaching. She has studied many forms of dance from traditional Uzbek dance, to ballet, to modern, and found the nourishing movement practice of yoga 13 years ago as a complement to her dance training. Unlike the performance orientation of dance, the internal focus of yoga allowed her to experience the deep connection between her body, her mind and her spirit. Through practicing yoga Marisha found the space to explore and heal personal issues such as depression, grief, and disordered eating, as well as rediscover joy and passion including the love of going upside-down and creating new strengths!

Marisha is certified RYT 200 with training from Ana Forrest through the Forrest Yoga Foundation Training and the Samadhi Yoga Center in Seattle, WA, under the guidance of Kathleen Hunt. In addition she has completed 2 years in the Forrest Yoga Mentorship Program with Forrest Yoga Guardian Colleen Millen. She is currently working towards full certification in Forrest Yoga.

 

Staff Instructor Jacqui Ferraiolo:

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Words from Jacqui: I found my way to a yoga class when I was 18 because I heard it was supposed to “help reduce stress.” After stumbling my way through my first few classes, I became enraptured with the way yoga asks you to come as you are and to accept all parts of yourself. When I found Forrest Yoga, I began to understand how thought and physical patterns in my practice also showed up in my life and that I could use the practice to safely work on new skills in a controlled environment.

In my classes, you will learn to move intentionally with breath so that each moment is grounded in truth and you can begin to discover the full range of your abilities. You will work with careful attention to safely get into postures and illuminate what shows up in the practice to move towards healing and growth – whether that means in flexibility, strength, or personal development. What I love about this practice is that it gives you to the tools to stand fully in who you are and the confidence and strength to live your most authentic self. With laughs, hard work, and full breaths, I hope to guide each of my students to this point.

 

Staff Instructor Shu Liu:

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Shu began meditation and yoga in 2004 to recover from a physical and mental breakdown caused by stress. Through teaching yoga, he hopes to help others find more ease and enjoyment in their lives while still working towards their goals. He believes that external achievement goes hand-in-hand with internal growth–that the process of pursuing our goals strengthens us while our emotions are the key to unlocking physical manifestations. Shu sees yoga as a safe and effective way to practice finding alignment between these two worlds.

Outside of yoga, Shu continues to work in educational technology. He also loves dance music and has been DJ’ing since 2002. He enjoys various forms of movement including running, cycling, rock climbing, weight lifting, and dancing.

 

Staff Instructor Abbie Dutterer:

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With a teaching style that offers individuals a compassionate space to be themselves, Abbie is dedicated to letting students explore how yoga resonates with their bodies and unique needs. Abbie is passionate about the physical and emotional sides of yoga, and the transformative power of facing down fears and tight hamstrings. She teaches vigorous and playful classes deeply rooted in the Forrest tradition, with a focus on the breath and smart sequencing. Abbie completed her initial 200-hr teacher training with her primary teacher, Pete Guinosso, and recently completed the Forrest Yoga Foundation Teacher Training with Ana Forrest. She is an active board member of Lemonade, a non-profit organization that brings yoga to San Francisco’s Juvenile Hall. She teaches weekly classes to incarcerated youth and is dedicated to bringing mindful movement to teenagers. Abbie recently left her corporate job to pursue writing and yoga teaching full-time. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and two furry gurus.

 

 Staff Instructor Alison Hammond Castro:

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Alison’s passion is to grow, inspire and connect. She is a Level 2 Certified Forrest Yoga teacher and has a Master’s degree in Education. She brings over twenty years of teaching experience with all ages and multiple disciplines. She has found Forrest Yoga to be one of the most pedagogically sound and brilliant teaching systems in all of her studies, travels and experiences worldwide. She has mentored for one year each with Forrest Yoga guardians Brian Campbell and Erica Mather to further her teaching, seeing, and hands on assisting skills. She has been assisting Ana Forrest on a regular basis since 2015 in both trainings and workshops. Working with Ana is empowering, illuminating and educational and she is super excited to continue the journey. Forrest Yoga allows Alison to channel her gift of intuitive touch into healing. Her classes build awareness of breath and alignment, develop strength, help students find more internal space and deepen their connection with their own body and inner wisdom. Alison has a grounding presence and the ability to gently spark change wherever she goes.

 

 Staff Instructor Emiko Oye:

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emiko oye is a Yoga Alliance Certified Yoga Teacher in Forrest Yoga (RYT-200), Certified Trainer  in Relax and Renew® Level 2 Restorative Yoga, and Monnier Method Certified in Hatha Yoga (200-hr) based in San Francisco where she first discovered yoga in 1997 after moving to California from Cleveland. Yoga is the key to her sanity, helping to maintain balance and de-stress from her dual life as self-employed business owner of jewelry design company, emiko-o. 

Through a dedicated yoga practice she has reshaped her posture to live in the body she’s always wanted (including optimal gut health), realized that deep breathing and daily Savasana are key to self-nourishment, and that living your yoga is the way to continue to evolve as a compassionate human. She has studied under Ana Forrest, completed the Forrest Yoga Foundation and Advanced Teacher Trainings, Mentorship Program. Currently she’s been training under Judith Hanson Lasater in Restorative Yoga and Experiential Anatomy.

emiko teaches from a place of compassion and inclusion – all feel welcomed and attended to no matter what skill or experience level. If you’re recovering from injuries, chronic issues, or affected by stress, her sessions can guide you to discover insights into your practice and body, attune to your wiser self, and break through blockages that might be holding you back. She strongly believes in teaching people not poses, with a passion for anatomically realistic alignment and mindful movement done with ease. To connect with your Authentic self by claiming your inner strength and softness.

 

Staff Instructor Holly La Luz:

Holly La Luz is a yoga instructor and personal trainer in the San Francisco Bay Area. She teaches yoga as a moving meditation. Classes emphasize deep breathing, spacious alignment, and getting in touch with the intelligence of your body. This creates a space for students to experience yoga as powerful tool that is alivening, energizing, and transformational. Yoga with Holly is a celebration of the opportunity to experience a sense of freedom within your body. She enjoys working with students of all backgrounds and abilities.
 

 

Staff Instructor Aviva Levine:

Trained as a Forrest Yoga teacher under Ana Forrest, Aviva is fascinated with the body’s ability to transform and restore health and well being. Her teaching focuses on helping others experience this evolution in themselves. She will guide you into a deeper connection with your body through a practice that is intense-yet-playful. With compassion and humor; she creates classes to help you move towards strength and awareness.

Finding comfort in movement, Aviva studied; ballet, jazz, and modern dance and played competitive ultimate frisbee. After a lifetime of physical activity, multiple injuries led her to find holistic healing through Forrest Yoga. Her classes are an offering of the incredible yet simple techniques she’s gained to strengthen, release and create deeper connection. She specializes in chronic pain, trauma, and injuries. 

Aviva lives in Oakland, and joyfully shares her ever growing bag of tricks in private and group instruction as well as workshops and global retreats.