Melissa (she/her)Yoga Instructor
Melissa has been teaching yoga since 2008 and climbing even longer. Her classes are welcoming, dynamic and especially beneficial to climbers.Melissa’s feel-good classes build physical strength and mental clarity through healthy movements, safe assists, and down to earth guidance.
Nhandi (she/her)Fitness Instructor
Nhandi is a strength coach and FRC mobility specialist from Oakland. As a lifelong athlete with thousands of hours of experience as a physical therapist aide and strength coach, she has encountered several different types of athletes, patients and people. She’s learned that there is a great deal of overlap in the approach to therapeutic rehabilitation, coaching for strength and performance, training for general health/fitness and prioritizing preventative health. Nhandi’s classes challenge your strength and stability pulling from corrective exercises, traditional strength training and bodyweight exercises. When she is not training herself or others you can find her slacklining, climbing and exploring all different kinds of sports.
William (he/him)Yoga Instructor
William discovered Yoga in 1995 on the simple path to becoming a better rock climber. He learned Yoga is a lot more than building core strength & flexibility.
“Practicing Yoga is a great compliment to any hobby because of the powerful psychological benefits & body connection to breath. This metaphor is infinite as the power of breath is used every day, especially when we confront fear & anxiety. The simple yet profound path to learning how to master our breath makes our life more manageable & teaches us how to let go of stress & tension in a healthy sustainable manner.”
In addition to practicing victorious breath, William loves how Yoga reminds us to slow down & stay connected to living in the present & being aware. Learning to do this this brings us peace & joy when we most need it.
Invigorated by Yoga, William completed multiple Yoga Teacher Trainings at Akasha Yoga in Davis & CorePower in Berkeley. When he isn’t teaching Yoga, he can often be found rock climbing in Yosemite.
Rachel (she/her)Yoga Instructor
Rachel Priest is a yoga and movement teacher living in Oakland California, but with southern roots being from Tennessee. She started teaching yoga 8 years ago, receiving her 200hr Teaching Training in the Integral Yoga method in Charleston, SC.
Rachel discovered the benefits of yoga when recovering from an ankle injury and found that yoga not only healed her body but gave her mental tools to face her years-long struggle with disordered eating and body image. Rachel’s classes are strong and sweaty, with intentional transitions, but are down to earth. The occasional word stumbling or laughter makes her classes relatable all while focusing on proper alignment and strength for any level of practitioner to enjoy and also benefit from the gift of yoga.
Lea (she/her)Yoga Instructor
Lea discovered yoga in high school to destress and find inner strength. Ever since it has been a key part to her life and helps her grow in all parts of it. After her first year of university in 2018, she got the opportunity to take her 200-hr teacher training in Rishikesh, India. This led to enriching her practice spiritually and deepened her knowledge of yoga from its roots. After that, she started teaching at her university in Boston alongside teaching Barre and when the pandemic hit, she continued with zoom classes for her students, friends, and family. It is important to have a supportive and inspiring community that allows everyone to grow along their path. She has been climbing on and off since fall 2019 and is thrilled to join the climbing and yoga community here. Off her mat and climbing wall, Lea enjoys hiking, cooking, painting, and music.
Sadie (she/her)Yoga Instructor
Sadie took her first Yoga class as a first-year college student some 12 years ago. She was quickly drawn to the breath & movement practice because of her childhood dance background.As she learned about the world and dove into rock climbing, the Yoga practice seamlessly grew and supported her alongside that journey. Now a recently Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 200) she’s continuing that journey by sharing her practice with those around her.
Alex (he/him)Fitness Instructor
As a physical culturist, Alex finds joy and peace in moving the body. As a student of strength, he is passionate, constantly seeking to learn and share his passion and knowledge with others. His group HIIT classes are fun, engaging, and well-rounded, giving you the best of strength and conditioning.
When he is not coaching classes, he is often climbing or training with kettlebells. Not to mention he is also a tattoo artist in San Francisco’s Mission district. Outside of the gym, Alex enjoys spending time with his partner and child, spending time outdoors, and eating delicious foods.
Chelsea (she/her)Yoga Instructor
Chelsea is a Yoga Therapist, bunny mama, and lover of climbing. In fact, she taught her very first yoga class in the foothills of The Appalachian Mountains at the Horse Pens 40 Climbing Comp in 2009! For Chelsea, the practice of yoga has not only been a transformative physical practice but a deeply healing spiritual homecoming. Her students often describe her as warm, caring, and welcoming, organically teaching for what is needed in the moment. Chelsea is trained in a variety of yoga styles, including Ashtanga Vinyasa, Somatic Yoga Therapy, Yoga Nidra, and Tibetan Buddhist Yoga (Kum Nye). She is also a trauma-informed, Somatic Counselor in private practice, and utilizes this knowledge to help her students reduce stress and anxiety and live more empowered, joyful lives. Chelsea is so looking forward to sharing this practice with you!
Kelly (she/her)Yoga Instructor
Kelly is currently a doctoral student in the Fire Research Lab studying Mechanical Engineering at UC Berkeley. Her yoga journey began as a high school student in New York City where she attended donation-based classes and fell in love with the Power Vinyasa Sequence. She started teaching Yoga in 2018 at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst where she completed her undergraduate studies. She began teaching at climbing gyms in 2020 at Central Rock Gym Hadley. Starting at Berkeley Ironworks in 2021, Kelly is stoked to continue teaching yoga with Touchstone Climbing. Kelly primarily teaches power vinyasa, vinyasa, and gentle flow; however, she also has experience teaching acro yoga, HIIT classes, and TRX. In her classes, Kelly aims to build an inclusive and supportive environment where students can have a positive and safe experience. Kelly has been climbing since 2018 and loves to contribute to the climbing community and work with climbers as a yoga instructor. Outside of climbing and yoga, Kelly enjoys hiking, rafting, and hanging out with her (crag) dog, Farley.