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Senior Instructor Kristin “Kiki” Lovelace:
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.
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.
Staff Instructor Shu Liu:
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:
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.
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:
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.