INSTRUCTORS

 

Movement has been a mainstay of my existence. It is the spark to awaken my mind, body and spirit into the present moment. Through movement I was trained how to quiet my mind, challenge my body, push through stagnation, excite my heart and forever change my own life and touch the lives of others.
 
In 2005, I began my formal fitness instruction at Lake Tahoe community college and my undergraduate studies in health and wellness. In the beginning of 2007 I was in a traumatic snowboard accident. My fearless active body was bound to a wheelchair with two broken legs for close to two years. So began my journey into yoga and integrating alternative medicinal therapies such as Acupuncture, Rolfing, Cranial Sacral Therapy, water therapy, visualization, nutrition, and massage in order to heal. From this experience was born a fresh and deeper perspective as to how vital bodily movement is to the human body. I received my Ashtanga Vinyasa certification in 2009, completing over 200 hours of comprehensive training under the guidance of the late Larry Schultz at “It’s yoga” in San Francisco, California.
 
As a yoga instructor and movement educator it is my desire to facilitate a reawakening of the body’s miraculous capabilities, no matter the perception of present ability. With passion I desire to empower my community to feel connected through their core, comforted through their breath, and lighter through their body. With knowledge I desire to connect students to our exceptional anatomical structure in order to deepen their personal movement awareness. My classes offer a holistic structure, branching from my personal life experiences, formal education and years of diverse athletic training. With vigor and grace I hope to inspire the limitless bliss and possibilities of life in motion. 
Tiffany fell in love with yoga when she was pregnant with her first child, and practiced prenatal yoga throughout both of her pregnancies. After having two children, yoga became her “me time” and helped her be a more patient mother. It also helped her on her fitness journey after realizing two pregnancies and aging were taking their toll on her body and health. She decided to share her love of yoga with others through teaching Vinyasa, Gentle, Yin, Prenatal, Senior, and Kids Yoga. Her attention to detail lends to descriptive cues, and she offers options for all levels.
Chris Coppinger
Chris builds his yoga philosophy and practice from the foundation and pursuit of a healthy body and mind. He teaches with a focus on the development of strength, balance and flexibility using sound principles of alignment while encouraging mindful awareness of body and breath.
 
His deepened commitment to yoga grew from an active lifestyle and many years of training and teaching martial arts and personal development. He is an active athlete who enjoys cycling, trail running, surfing and dual sport motorcycling.
 
Chris completed his Yoga Alliance RYT 200 hour certification and continues his training at the White Lotus Foundation with Ganga White and Tracey Rich. He is also currently working on an RYT 500 hour certification with Mark Stephens. He draws further influence from completed workshops, trainings and classes with Mark Stephens, Shiva Rea, Baron Baptiste and a world of inspiring yoga teachers and students.
 
 
Mari Coppinger
Mari has been practicing yoga for more than 20 years using her earliest practice as a way to soothe the physical strains of a very active, athletic lifestyle. Through her continued dedication to yoga she has realized that connecting your mind and body is the key to positive living and the path to that connection is yoga. Her yoga journey revealed that the benefits of a regular yoga practice can include the aesthetic results of a supple, strong body but more importantly that a regular practice leads to the creation of a deep sense of vitality and well-being.
 
Mari’s yoga guidance is a blend of her diverse training, athletic adventures, and life experiences. She emphasizes a sustainable practice of mindful breathing, proper alignment, and flow of movement, to create presence, awakening, balance, strength, flexibility, and relaxation. Mari holds RYT 200 hour certifications from the White Lotus Foundation training with Ganga White and Tracey Rich and California Power Yoga training with Anna Guhin. She is currently working on an RYT 500 hour certification with Mark Stephens and has also completed Level One Training with Baron Baptiste.
 
Mari was born and raised in California and spent much of her youth water skiing, in team sports and riding horses. Her more than 10 years of training in and teaching martial arts, street self-defense and personal development further contribute to her well-rounded approach to guiding yoga. She is an outdoor enthusiast and enjoys cycling, mountain biking, trail running and long distance triathlon events.
Angela Fallon was born and raised in Sonoma County, and spent most of her time in dance studios and testing her strength and endurance in swimming and running. After graduating from UC Santa Barbara in 2004, Angela discovered a love for group fitness and has been developing her knowledge and ability ever since.
 
Angela is certified in inferno hot pilates, yoga, barre and a variety of other formats. With a passion for bringing people to their edge she encourages finding breakthrough in the physical and mental barriers through fitness. Inferno Hot Pilates is a workout that she is specifically invigorated by as it brings participants to a new level of possibility within the mind and body. 
Denise is a nationally certified personal trainer through NASM, TRX and NCSF. Additionally, Denise is a graduate from the Personal Trainer Education Center (PTEC), a 6-week intensive personal training program geared towards providing graduates extensive knowledge of the body in relation to movement and sport. Her lifelong passion has allowed her to work with some truly amazing personal trainers where she was fortunate enough to learn some great training techniques directly from them. Denise's approach to wellness has always been to not just focus on the exercise programming, but also understand the role that nutrition plays in a well-rounded program. Her goal is to bring this blend to everyone with whom she works. 
Danielle Kelleher has been teaching yoga as a physical practice for 13 years. In the time she has been teaching she has remained constant in her love of Forrest and remained devoted to a light direct approach to her students. She believes that people come to their mats for many different reasons but hopes they leave feeling more self sufficient and confident in their body and life. Danielle's main teacher and inspiration is Ana Forrest, who reminds her that life and practice are ever evolving. She holds a Masters in Depth Psychology, which helps her approach every student as being unique, and she intends to bring broad perspectives and fun to the mat! 
From her background in ballet, Sarah was drawn to yoga as a way to heal the body. She observed yoga transform all aspects of her life and discovered the benefits of a committed, consistent practice. After completing Baron Baptiste’s teacher training, she continued her studies with a 200 hour teacher immersion at Laughing Lotus, a 200 hour teacher immersion at Thrive Yoga, and a 90 hour Prenatal Vinyasa teacher training. The diversity of yoga styles she has studied is reflected in her unique and powerful sequencing. Inspired by her own teachers, she is dedicated to helping her students explore the moment and push themselves with compassion and joy. 
Alma is a nationally certified personal trainer through NASM, TRX and the Titleist Performance Institute. Additionally, Alma is a graduate from the Personal Trainer Education Center (PTEC), a 6-week intensive personal training program geared towards providing graduates extensive knowledge of the body in relation to movement and sport. Alma has always had a love for fitness and nutrition throughout her whole life. She believes wellness is best approached from a holistic point first and should be viewed from both a mental and physical standpoint. Her goal is to provide safe, effective and efficient workouts that will enrich her clients' lives!
I was initially drawn to yoga in 2001 while attending college to help calm my mind, reduce stress, and get a good sweat. While attending SRJC I was asked to assist in a bi-weekly Hatha Yoga class with Diana Wells, whose instruction and passion fostered my love for the practice. My education and yoga practice continued to evolve over the years. I attended my 200 hour training with Anna McLawhorn at Three Dog Yoga in Santa Rosa. I have also completed Yoga Anatomy Fundamentals with The Breathing Project in NYC. I plan to always study this beautiful thing called yoga, however it may come to me. I am continuously surprised by the grace I learn from my practice. Yoga is finding balance and acceptance and loving my body for where it is today, in each moment. It is not about perfection; we are all ongoing students of this practice, offering limitless experience and growth. Yoga has inspired me to live each moment more mindfully, intently, and joyfully.I gather inspiration from the teachings of Baron Baptiste, as well as the classical practice of Ashtanga. In my classes I emphasize the importance of breath throughout each movement while maintaining a strong flow. My desire is that you, the student, walk out of class feeling strong, capable, invigorated, and smiling. Yoga should be fun, and hopefully you’ll feel a little lighter throughout the rest of your day.While off the mat I can be found running the hills of Annadel, cooking or watching HGTV with my husband, or snuggling my two young children (who happen to be my greatest teachers).
Yoga to me is a devotional and loving way to find the true spirit that lives inside each and every one of us. It is with this openhearted approach that I passionately come in and teach my classes. I live to share my practice with the freedom of self-expression, freshness and fun while still finding the healing in the breath and movement. My humble philosophy and teachings, offer a class infused with loving kindness, creativity, humor and devotion, while still maintaining a vigorous, fun-filled yogic flow.
I stumbled upon yoga close to 12 years ago. I was young and wild with a desire to experience anything and everything within my reach. After my first class, I felt filled to the brim with a vibrant energy I had never experienced before… a natural high. I was instantly hooked.
 
Throughout the years, my love for yoga has only continued to evolve. This practice has healed me in more ways than I can count, and changed me for the better. Yoga has become my sacred space, a space where I can achieve balance and truth in the midst of chaos.
 
Inspired by my healing, in the fall of 2012 I attended my first RYT 300-hour teaching certification in Portland, OR learning both Hatha and Vinyasa teaching styles. Months later I completed an additional 50 hours of therapeutic yoga training through Living Yoga, an Oregon non-profit offering yoga to youth and adults in prisons and drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers. Most recently I have completed a RYT 200-hour Foundation Teacher Training with Ana Forrest, and I hope to continue my education within the Forrest Yoga community in the near future. 
 
Through my teaching, I aim to inspire others to create a sacred space for themselves that will provide the same sense of healing that I have experienced from simply committing to my yoga practice. 
Molly is a Sonoma County-based yoga instructor. Her vision is to spark and inspire students’ desires to improve their lives with yoga. She loves connecting with people and being witness to their developments and changes as they evolve into their best selves through yoga. She is open and friendly and creates a space for people to feel great in their bodies, minds and spirits.
 
She began taking Forrest Vinyasa and Bikram style classes in 2009 to help heal her atrophied leg. Her yoga journey has not only prevented surgery in this leg, but led to unraveling and letting go of tightness, emotional boundaries, issues of self-worth and so much more! With yoga, Molly has learned what it's like to really listen to and connect with who she is at her core, and to follow her Source energy, her intuition.
 
Molly’s yoga path has been and continues to be the most fulfilling and interesting journey she’s ever experienced. It has allowed her to set clear intentions and tune into her intuition to shape her reality. Yoga makes it possible for her to live more comfortably in all ways, body, mind and spirit, which she believes is the ultimate purpose of life. Molly has discovered that teaching yoga is her life’s work. She offers and facilitates a safe space for people to let go of that which plagues them, to recognize their potential shields and then to move them aside and live more freely!
 
With clear cueing and a positive attitude she leads students through well-sequenced classes allowing them to stay safe as they progress and learn challenges and up-levels. She has taken several trainings and workshops with Ana Forrest and has been teaching since 2011. Learn more at www.mollyvogelyoga.com.
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