A former professional dancer, Gwyn holds Sandan level black belts in three martial arts. She has been a self-defense instructor with Girl Army since 2004, and an instructor at Suigetsukan Dojo since 2009. Gwyn became a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner in 2007. She specializes in working with older adults, helping them retain function in their daily lives. Gwyn discovered barbell training in 2008 and began using the Starting Strength system to support her martial arts practice. She has competed in several strength-lifting meets held through the Starting Strength organization. As a Starting Strength Coach, Gwyn is delighted to help others regain strength and function through barbell training.
Gail HottenPersonal Trainer, Cycling, Total Body Fitness Instructor
Gail is passionate about fitness and also about working with people. She combined these two passions when she became an instructor at Berkeley Ironworks 4 year ago. Starting as a spin instructor, Gail found that she loves to teach and motivate others, then watch people’s fitness and technique improve. Her love for teaching spin led to teaching bootcamp classes and becoming an NASM CPT. She loves a good challenging and fun workout. She believes that fun comes from being challenged, training weaknesses and watching them become strengths. Gail promotes a balanced, active lifestyle and has a passion for making a positive difference in people’s lives.
Pat RossDeep Core and Indoor Cycling Instructor
Climbers have repeatedly said that one month of the Deep Core Class has greatly improved their climbing. The Deep Core class is greatly influenced by Pat’s renowned yoga teachers, among whom are Janet Stone, Les Leventhal, Tim Floreen, and Mark Morford. Pat currently has undergone the 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training with Janet Stone, and has plans to move on to the 500 Hour program. As for her cycling classes, Pat takes her outdoor cycling workouts, puts them to music, and brings them indoors making for a highly motivating session. Pat’s cycling history includes the double centuries The Terrible Two (2 times first female finisher) and The Death Valley Double (first female finisher), and racing in the Pro 1/2 racing category for Touchstone Women’s Elite Team.
Becky AckermanIndoor Cycling Instructor
Becky’s class has been described as the “fastest hour you’ll spend on a spin bike.” The choreography of her fast paced workouts coupled with fun music distracts you from how hard you are working. Best for intermediate and advanced riders.
Mark TrotzIndoor Cycling Instructor
Mark has been an avid cyclist for 30 years. He currently spends more time running trails than in the saddle, but still loves the bike and he considers Touchstone Indoor Cycling to be one the best workouts around. When he isn’t teaching indoor cycling, he is developing supportive housing for homeless people in San Francisco.
Gabrielle MorrisIndoor Cycle Instructor
Gabrielle has been a loyal member of BIW since the day it opened in May 2000. She became a certified spin instructor, began teaching at BIW in 2005 and has loved it ever since. In her spare time, Gabrielle enjoys trail running up in the Sierras with her dogs as well as going mountain/road biking.
Wendy GeorgesIndoor Cycling Instructor
Wendy has been a part of the spinning craze since 1996, almost since its inception. Now these many years later, the BIW program continues to thrive and she continues to teach. Her approach is modeled on best training practices for runners and cyclists. Throughout her years of teaching, she has always remained a steady runner. Wendy also took up outdoor cycling and completed many centuries, double centuries, Brevets and multi-day cycling trips. Her goals for the future center mainly on running long races, but she believes there remains no better way to cross train than to spin.
Victor DamianBoxing Instructor
Victor is your east coast raised, east bay living, San Francisco working, youth coordinating, boxing instructing kind of guy. If you add a dash of eskrima, a pinch of poetry, two teaspoons of tall tales, and one full cup of fun, you might find him wrapping your hands getting you ready for boxing class. Otherwise, you might see him lane splitting across the bay bridge, climbing at the same place you love to climb, or hiking in that place you love to hike.
Kristin RiosBootcamp Instructor & Personal Trainer
Kristin has a strong athletic background that includes being a lifelong skier turned snowboarder, and competitive tennis and softball player. She developed an affinity for fitness at a young age, doing step-up power aerobics with her dad in the living room. This turned into a passion for seeking out and creating unique, challenging and fun exercise alternatives. She kicks butt in her powerful little 5’3” package, just ask any of her three brothers!
Kristin now kicks butt for a living. She makes sure that getting a tough workout doesn’t mean you can’t have a good time. Coaching classes and training clients is her passion, and she loves making a positive impact on people’s lives. Kristin is a dedicated motivator whose rapport with her clients leads to real friendship.
Rulick BilorusetsYoga InstructorRulick teaches a dynamic style of Hatha Yoga, emphasizing the qualities of awareness and meditation in the practice. In May 2006, he began leading a free weekly Ashtanga Vinyasa class in a warehouse in downtown San Francisco. Seeing his friends become passionate about the practice was the most satisfying experience for him. Rulick received his first formal yoga teacher training certification from Piedmont Yoga Studio where he studied with teachers who drew their lineage from the Iyengar tradition. Ever committed to the healing and nurturing sides of yoga, Rulick helps his students to transcend their limits and guide them into the unknown. Being a mountain climber and a back-country skier, he sees the benefits of applying both the physical and mental aspects of yoga practice to the “extreme” hobbies.
Baxter BellYoga Instructor
Baxter Bell, MD, RYT500 has been a part of the Ironworks Yoga staff since almost it’s inception. He leads an alignment focused practice that is influenced by such teachers as Rodney Yee, Erich Schiffman, TKV Desikachar and BKS Iyengar. Not only will you “do” yoga, but you will learn about yoga as well. All levels are welcome.
Ron AvitzurYoga Instructor
Ron began my yoga practice in 1995. He trained as a traditional yoga teacher with the Piedmont Advanced Studies Program in 2009, as a slackline yoga teacher with Yoga Slackers in 2011, and as an acrobatic yoga teacher in 2012. He likes to bring elements of yoga into all movement. Ron’s classes focus on conditioning to build strength, flexibility and balance in a shared practice working in groups. After decades as a sedentary computer programmer, he enjoys the balance that comes with yoga, slacklining, and acro.
Elizabeth Raven NemeroffYoga Instructor
Raven has been a student of yoga since 1997, and received her teaching certification from Integral Yoga Institute in February of 2003. She teaches an accessible, yet sometimes challenging, form of Hatha yoga, appropriate for beginners and those looking to slow down and go deeper. In her classes there is an emphasis on breathing and unwinding, while also building strength and flexibility. She encourages each person to move at the pace of their own slow, deep breath. (This is different from the quicker vinyasa styles, where the breath is intentionally sped up to build heat). Her students tell her they appreciate her clear and precise instructions and ability to convey the teachings of Hatha yoga with humor and kindness.
Sofia StrempekYoga Instructor
Sofia Belen has been a mover all of her life. Originally a modern dancer in New York City, she found that the rigors of this lifestyle were not conducive to a healthy mind or body. Sofia conveys the beauty of “doing less” in her classes, encouraging students to practice non-harm towards themselves, and creating an environment that supports self-confidence, humor, and community. Sofia has been teaching yoga since 2012 in NYC, Martha’s Vineyard, and in Berkeley. She teaches an alignment-based, ideal for athletes and those interested in making their body function optimally in yoga and beyond, through basic to intermediate yoga poses. Deepen your practice with the use of props and individualized adjustments and develop strong, mobile and pain-free joints.
Rebecca ThienemanYoga Instructor
Rebecca is a yoga teacher, dietitian, and behavioral health expert and enthusiast with a real-life approach on yogic living. She is passionately committed to helping people embrace wellbeing on and off the mat through asana practice, wellness workshops, individual and group health coaching. Through a perspective most heavily influenced by Ashtanga Vinyasa, Yin Yoga, and Vipassana meditation, she seeks to create a sacred space in which others can connect more mindfully within and without.
Julie RappaportYoga Instructor
Julie spent many years involved in training within the Krishnamacharya lineage of Vinyasa yoga in India with Sri Pattabi Jois ((Ashtanga), T.K.V. Desikachar (Viniyoga), and with Iyengar teachers in the Bay Area (Rodney Yee, Ramanand Patel) as well as with Mark Whitwell and Heart of Yoga. She studied regularly with Dharma Mittra in his NYC studio. Julie was mentored by the founders of Jivamukti Yoga during the establishment of their East Village yoga school where she was one of their very first teachers. She teaches yoga from the inside out focusing on the inner sensation of the breath in the body. She creates a playful field to explore flowing asana sequences wrapped in intelligent alignment, breath, mindfulness and sound. Yoga is offered as a mirror through which we gain self-knowledge and grow compassion. Julie has a private practice in Psychotherapy/Yoga Therapy (MFT 36095) and is adept at helping people heal physical and emotional conditions.
Potouli KalofonosYoga Instructor
Potouli Kalofonos (PK) took his first yoga class following a snowboarding injury. His initial relationship with yoga was focused solely on mending. So he initially loved yoga because it allowed him to keep riding and climbing. After 4 years of dedicated practice, he eventually attended the Yoga to the People 200-hour teacher certification. From there, he started a daily Ashtanga yoga practice with Asta Yoga in San Francisco. Ashtanga yoga brought him in touch with the power of our breath, a source of not just healing and peace, but strength. In 2013 he attended the 50-hour rocket certification at Asta Yoga.
PK’s personal practice includes Rocket Yoga and meditation 5 days a week.
PK’s hope is for the practice to teach us to live in our own body with broader awareness and ease while exploring the untapped potential therein.
Sandra RazieliYoga Instructor
Sandra Razieli has been teaching at Berkeley Ironworks since 2001. Trained in the Iyengar tradition, she teaches an alignment based practice that encourages creativity and playfulness. She guides students to recognize how changes in everyday habits of movement can lead to greater freedom, comfort, and ultimately a more fulfilling life. As a life-long soccer player, Sandra has relied on yoga to maintain a balance of flexibility and strength. As a cultural anthropologist, she is keenly aware of how cultural messages affect our body image, and ultimately our experience living in and with our bodies.
Bridget FrederickYoga Instructor
Bridget strives to make yoga accessible to anyone who is interested in finding the relief, strength or stillness that yoga can offer. With a focus on anatomy, core strength and deep tissue work, there’s always a new direction and challenge. Whether you’re brand new to yoga or a well-practiced regular, you’ll emerge feeling stretched out and stronger than when you came in.
Marlene loves yoga and is on a mission to reveal its magic to as many people as possible. She strives to create an environment in which students brush up against their perceived physical limitations and learn to breathe past them. In 2003, Marlene was in a serious accident in which some of the muscles around her spine were severed. Thankfully there was no lasting physical damage but the accident left behind fear and rigid tension. For six years any physical activity was a challenge. Then she discovered yoga. Through this ancient practice she healed her body from the inside out. Not a day goes by that she is not grateful for the joy of being at home in her body. Her goal is to pass this feeling on to her students. Marlene teaches a dynamic Vinyasa Flow sequence, in which she offers modifications and variations to challenge her students, wherever they are.
Kellyn FoxmanYoga Instructor
Kellyn teaches a powerful vinyasa flow class, heavily influenced by principles of mindfulness and her daily meditation practice. With an appetite for exploring edges, Kellyn uses her seven years of vinyasa practice to guide her challenging sequencing while revealing the importance of breath in our daily lives away from the mat.
Her highest aspiration as a teacher is to light a small fire in her student’s curiosity for their own abilities of awareness, insight, and strength. She teaches multiple public yoga classes weekly while maintaining a healthy one-on-one private instruction practice.
Her influences include the mindfulness teachings of Pema Chödrön, Buddhism, and lots of dance. She recently returned to the Bay after living in Northern Thailand for 6 months teaching and learning Thai massage and its intersection with acro yoga. She plans on teaching, and learning, for the rest of her life.