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Senior Instructor Kristin “Kiki” Lovelace:
Visit Kiki at: www.kikilovelaceyoga.com
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.
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.
Visit Aviva at: www.breatheinlove.org
Staff Instructor Marisha Doan:
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.
Visit Marisha at: www.marishadoan.com
Senior Instructor Michelle Cordero:
Michelle Cordero, E-RYT500, brings over twenty years of yoga, dance and bodywork to her yoga teaching. She is a graduate of three of the most highly respected Yoga Teacher Trainings in the country: the original Yogaworks Teacher Training Course (TTC) with Maty Ezraty and Lisa Walford, the Ana Forrest TTC, and Shiva Rea’s Embodying the Flow TTC. She met Ana Forrest in 2002 and was inspired by her style enough to fulfill the rigorous requirements to become a Certified Forrest Yoga Teacher. Michelle was recently invited by Ana Forrest to become a Guardian in Training, and she continues to be Lead Assistant for Ana’s workshops and trainings across the country. Deeply committed to high quality instruction and to evolving her practice, Michelle is delighted to be studying Visionary Craniosacral Work® with Hugh Milne through the Milne Institute.
Michelle is a Certified Life Coach and Warrior Goddess Training Facilitator. She holds a Master of Fine Art (MFA) in Dramatic Art and believes in movement as a path to well-being as well as a form of personal expression. A dedicated mover, Michelle also studies aerial rope/tissue and pole dancing. She is Certified to teach pole dance fitness by OC Pole Dance Fitness/ Felix Cane Inc.
Michelle is delighted to be one of the three facilitatrors of the Stellar Flow Teacher Training.
Senior Instructor Colleen Millen:
Contact Colleen at: www.colleenmillenyoga.com
Kay Taylor, RYT-500, loves teaching heart-infused yoga that is both challenging and restorative. With her nurturing presence she encourages intuitive body awareness and modifications to support your unique body and its ever changing daily condition. Her early years as a massage therapist fuel her wise and caring hands-on assists.
Kay completed her 200 hour training in Stellarflow Yoga at Innerstellar and 300 hours with Janet Stone in Bhakti Vinyasa (devotional/flow) style. Stellarflow is infused with the intelligent sequencing and powerful core work of Forrest Yoga, and Kay continues to study with beloved senior Forrest teachers. She learned Restorative Yoga with Judith Hanson Lasater and is currently enrolled in a year long anatomy/alignment training with Harvey Deutch.
When Kay isn’t on the mat, she works with individuals and couples as a well known evolutionary astrologer, integrating this soulful and transformative approach to astrology with her natural clairvoyant gifts and psychosynthesis. Kay teaches astrology, intuitive development and psychosynthesis from beginner through advanced/professional mentoring, lectures at conferences and recently published a book, Soul Path Way. That leaves just enough time for family, two highly personable cats, their nemesis, the adorable dog, long soaks in water, and a passion for cooking and creativity.
Visit Kay at: www.kaytaylor.com
Kari appreciates the balance of yin and yang qualities in her life and likewise, teaches both vigorous heat-building styles and contemplative restoring styles of yoga. As a teacher she embodies a smooth union of science-minded knowledge and heart-centered intuition. The ease and clarity of her teaching provides a welcoming environment for students with inquiring minds and bodies. She infuses her classes with intelligent, mindful-based practices. The support of Kari’s respectful hands-on assists helps students unravel areas of tension and restriction.
Kari completed her 200-hr foundation teacher training in Forrest Yoga and continues to study with Ana Forrest. Additional trainings with Sarah Powers in Yin Yoga and an advanced teacher training guided by Daniel Orlansky in Yoga of Energy Flow greatly influence her teaching. Ongoing study of CranioSacral Therapy with The Upledger Institute informs her hands-on assists.
Recently relocated from Boston, Kari is excited to discover and contribute to the Forrest Yoga community in the Bay Area. When not doing yoga, she works as a mechanical engineer investigating train accidents.
Visit Kari at: www.explodingsage.com
Rebecca Vasile is a lover of life and movement. A dancer since her toddler years, she has continued to move, shimmy and glide through the world as an instructor and performer of various movement genres – her main dish being bellydance, yoga and Pilates. Dedicated to helping people, and particularly women, understand, heal and feel proud of their bodies, Rebecca has researched and studied bellydance, birth, the pelvic floor and numerous movement modalities. She is a certified pre and postnatal Pilates instructor through The Center for Women’s Fitness and is certified in The Center Method for Diastasis Recti Recovery. She became a Certified Stellarflow yoga instructor in 2013 under the tutelage of Kiki Lovelace, Michelle Cordero, Destiny Eurkus and Colleen Millen and has had the pleasure of assisting both Michelle and Kiki in their classes. Rebecca studied Pilates Mat instruction with Tom McCook and completed her entire apparatus education in Kiki Lovelace’s Innercore training. Her classes combine all her various knowledge and experiences in an easy-going and joyful manner. She loves to assist others in feeling more connected to their bodies and revel in the fun, curious ways in which we can move.
Visit Rebecca at: www.RebeccaVasile.com
Emiko Oye is a Yoga Alliance Certified Yoga Teacher in Forrest Yoga (200-hr) and 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, overcome food addictions, and made the realization that deep breathing on and off the mat is the key to self-nourishment. She has studied under Ana Forrest, completed the Forrest Yoga Foundation and Advanced Teacher Trainings, Mentorship Program, and currently assists Senior Teacher Colleen Millen.
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 hands-on assists help guide you to work through your blockages and get into feeling with your wiser self. Her mindfully sequenced sessions challenge and delight, leading you to find your grounding, develop a fierce core, and own your inner strength and softness.
Vist Emiko at: www.emikooyoga.com
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.
Vist Abbie at: www.justabbie.com
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.
Visit Shu at: www.yoga.shunicorn.com
Staff Instructor Jacqui Ferraiolo:
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.
Apprentice Instructor Kerina Pharr:
Kerina is a skilled empath who uses her love of movement to guide her students through a strengthening and stress-relieving practice. She incorporates her knowledge of chakras, which are areas of energy and information in the body, to teach her students how to listen to their bodies and to use yoga as a tool to help them heal their injuries.
She specializes in working with chronic pain and tension in the neck and shoulders, helping her students become more resourceful by building strength in their legs and core.
Once an avid athlete in track & field and equestrian sports, Kerina is now devoted to yoga because it teaches her to move with her own body’s wisdom. She teaches from a place of grounded truth and kindness, and inspires her students to find and celebrate the strengths they find in themselves while practicing yoga, so they can bring that joy into other parts of their lives.