Pat (she/her)Deep Core Strength
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.
Victor (he/him)Boxing Instructor
Victor Damian is your boxing instructor. He has been teaching boxing for over 15 years and has a background in Filipino Martial Arts (FMA), Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), and is USA Boxing Coach-certified. He is certified in Positive Psychology in addition to all that, so if you join his class with a growth mindset, you will flourish, find flow, feel accomplished, be challenged, and create a deeper meaning in your mind and fitness in your being.
Rebecca (she/her)Yoga Instructor
Rebecca is an integrative health practitioner and mind-body educator facilitating inner exploration through sound, movement, and meditation. Through a synthesis of modalities, she crafts unique experiences of embodiment practice at the intersection of science and spirituality. Each experience is creatively designed to support a reconnection to essence nature. Over the past 20 years, Rebecca has studied a variety of yogic traditions including Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga, Yin yoga, Tantra, and Yoga Nidra. She completed advanced teacher training in the Hatha yoga tradition, with emphases in yoga therapy and Ayurveda in Rishikesh, India, and is currently pursuing advanced training in East Asian Medicine.
Potouli (he/him)Yoga Instructor
Potouli Kalofonos (PK) started a dedicated yoga practice over 11 years ago following a series of snowboarding, longboarding, and climbing injuries. His initial relationship with yoga was focused on healing and expanding range of motion. Yoga allowed him to keep riding and climbing more freely but also challenged him to be more present.
PK’s personal practice includes Rocket Yoga 6 days a week and meditation. His hope is for the practice to teach us to live with broader awareness and physical ease while exploring the untapped potential within. Rocket yoga adds accessibility to its ashtanga roots by putting the student in charge and providing them with a modifiable and accessible structure. Each practice can ultimately be adjusted by the student to make it more or less vigorous through the use or omission of transitions and inversions. In this way, it is a tool to empower the student to own their practice by combining focus and breath to create growth and change.
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.
Marsha (she/her)Yoga Instructor
I have been teaching yoga since 2013 as a practice of listening and connection. I completed my 200 hour training with Yoga to the People in Berkeley, and have completed supplemental trainings with Niroga Institute, Prison Yoga Project, and Namaste Yoga + Wellness. My trauma-informed approach to teaching is heavily influenced by my vipassana meditation practice. I strive to connect with each student exactly where they are and invite them deeper into the practice from there. As a licensed and practicing massage therapist since 2019, I incorporate my knowledge of anatomy, kinesiology, and safe alignment into all of my classes. I look forward to the opportunity to practice with you!
Kelly (she/her)Yoga Instructor
Recently having graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Kelly is beginning her doctoral studies in Mechanical Engineering at UC Berkeley. During her undergrad, she began teaching yoga at the UMass Rec Center as well as Central Rock Gym (Hadley) and is excited to continue teaching now that she has moved west. Kelly primarily teaches power vinyasa, gentle flow, and acrobatic yoga; however, she also has experience teaching 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 for three years and loves to contribute to the climbing community as a yoga instructor. Outside of climbing and yoga, Kelly enjoys hiking, rafting, and hanging out with her dog, Farley.
Margaret (she/her)Yoga Instructor
Margaret was first drawn to yoga as a way to stay active when she injured her knee. After 3 surgeries, yoga has become one of the few exercises that makes her body feel good! After realizing the physical and mental improvements from yoga, Margaret knew she wanted to share this with others. Margaret received her 200hr YTT in 2019 and recently deepened her knowledge through a 300hr YTT. She loves teaching yoga so that students can feel connected to their breath and body. Margaret makes sequences challenging with lots of modifications and variations to suit your practice.
Sarah (she/her)Yoga Instructor
As an E-RYT® 500, YACEP® yoga teacher with over 1,000 hours of training in yoga and yoga therapy, I offer therapeutic movement and meditation practices that cultivate spacious awareness for the hectic, modern life.
My public classes and one-on-one sessions aim to help you find balance and reduce stress by strengthening the body and mind, placing attention on healthy alignment, and making time for purposeful relaxation. I use the tools of gentle yoga, yoga therapy*, meditation, guided relaxation like yoga nidra, functional movement, and posture analysis to help you improve your lifestyle and holistic well-being.
I’ve worked in a variety of clinic and studio settings, as well as instructed corporate mindfulness programs in the Bay Area.
When I’m not teaching, you can find me on epic bike rides with my husband, climbing around on rocks, and enjoying nature and all its’ wonderful details.
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.
Mike (he/him)Yoga Instructor
Michael is a Bay Area yogi who uses yoga for emotional attunement and sobriety. He is the founder of Outdoor Yoga Berkeley, a donation based outdoor yoga program started March 20th 2020 at the beginning of the Shutdown. Michael is driven to share his practices with everyone so that they can live pain free and healthy lives physically emotionally and spiritually.
Laura (she/her)Yoga InstructorI began practicing yoga when I was 15 and felt an immediate connection to the practice. Through years as a competitive swimmer, I found substantial physical benefits from the physical dimension of yoga as an athlete, but most significantly, experienced a deep calming of the mind. After years of living in the Middle East working with refugee communities and witnessing the profound impacts of trauma on the body, mind, and spirit, I came to understand yoga as a path to healing, re-connection, and liberation. I have trained around the world in Vinyasa, Hatha, Trauma-informed Yoga, Yoga and Mindfulness for youth, and Functional Anatomy. Outside of teaching yoga, I work on implementing mindfulness and equity projects in schools around the country and can be found in nature in my free time.
Emily (She/Her)Deep Core Strength
Movement and strength have always been a core part of Emily’s life, consistently seeking opportunities to grow through observation and challenge both on teams and through individual practice. The core is the basis of all safe movements and a fundamental part of her movement practice and classes. Emily began a dedicated yoga practice 11 years ago and gained her 200hr YTT certification in the spring of 2014. She has been teaching movement classes ever since. Emily incorporates fundamental core and spinal movements into each class she teaches. She is thrilled to bring her lifetime of experience and enthusiasm to Berkeley Iron Works to assist practitioners in strengthening their bodies and finding greater ranges of motion. Emily considers a daily movement and meditation practice essential to growing our awareness and overall physical, emotional, and spiritual wellness. Apart from teaching, she co-owns a wellness-based business with her Husband and Brother-in-law centered on sharing mindful events and products to the SF Bay Area, and beyond. Emily is a seasoned traveler with a love for nature, people, and culture.