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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Elizabeth NemeroffYoga Instructor
The intersection of Neuroscience, Biomechanics, and Yoga—a slow-paced exploration of the bodymind, in which we use movement, stillness, breathing, and meditation to build strength, mobility, balance, and physical and emotional ease. Space is given for each individual to find their own right action, to bring awareness to one’s habitual physical and thought patterns, with a focus on cultivating greater wellbeing.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dorian YoungYoga Instructor
Dorian is an enthusiastic, fun, and versatile yoga instructor who has been teaching multiple traditions including power-vinyasa, yin, traditional, hot, and tandem styles across various studios in the Bay Area since 2011. His goal is to provide accessible and creative language so students can build their own set of tools and gateways to deepen their personal yoga practices on and off the mat. In his classes, he encourages students to experiment within sturdiness, and to remember that yoga isn’t about gritting your teeth, but about cultivating peace and curiosity in the postures. His sequences are determined but playful, and he he hopes his students leave feeling relaxed, joyous and with a newfound appreciation for their bodies and minds.
Amelia Marie PudoffYoga Instructor
Amelia is an Oakland native. Her love of yoga and anatomy shines in her alignment based teaching.
Amelia did a 200-hour teacher training course in 2011 and then study prenatal and postpartum yoga at Yoga Garden in San Francisco. She completed her 500-hour certification at The Yoga Room in Berkeley, CA in 2016. Amelia teaches diverse moving classes influenced by the teaching style of BKS Iyengar. Classes are challenging with a range of modifications to accommodate all levels.
Rebecca ThinemanYoga Instructor
Rebecca is a yoga teacher, dietitian, and behavioral health expert and enthusiast with a real-life approach to yogic living. She is passionately committed to helping people embrace well-being 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.
Michelle Vigen RalstonYoga Instructor
As a way to get through an extra hard Minnesota winter, Michelle first stepped onto a mat in Minneapolis, MN in 2010. After moving to the DC Area, she completed her RYT-200 teacher training at Inner Power Yoga, and now to the Bay Area. Michelle has been leading yoga for climbers since early 2016, first in the DC Area and now in at BIW. Her sequences blend aspects of power vinyasa and Ashtanga in a creative flow designed to build strength, develop body awareness, and invite exploration of new poses and variations, arm balances, and inversions.
Suzanne ZuberYoga Instructor
Suzanne Zuber (E-RYT 500 + Licensed Anusara Teacher), international yoga instructor and teacher trainer, has been fortunate to study in-depth asana, anatomy, therapeutics, and the various yogic traditions and philosophies with world-renowned master teachers of Hatha and Vinyasa yoga. She earned her 300-hour Yogamazé teaching certificate with Noah Mazé during a year-long course of study in Berlin, focusing on Iyengar-based alignment Hatha and Vinyasa yoga. Suzanne has been teaching public classes, workshops, teacher training, and retreats at studios in Sweden, Germany, and the Bay Area for almost a decade. Her teachers from the Anusara lineage include Sianna Sherman and Abby Tucker.
Suzanne’s passion for teaching comes from direct experience: a belief that yoga can turn your life around as you reconnect to your innate physical and mental freedom. Suzanne’s yoga journey began over a decade ago as a stressed-out, pained young mother and museum professional in a German Ashtanga studio. There, she found the gracefulness she was missing from her years of dancing ballet; yet what intrigued her most was the peace she experienced in the practice. In California, Suzanne encountered Anusara yoga, whose alignment-based and heart-centered method helped her overcome chronic pain and reframe her approach to life’s ups and downs. Yoga classes with Suzanne are upbeat and humorous, challenging and reflective. Suzanne is happiest when her students come out of her class feeling balanced and energized, strong to the core, and well-aligned in body, mind, and spirit.
Crystal RetinoYoga Instructor
Crystal believes that among the many intentions of the yoga practice, it’s a practice about making space in the body in order to make space in the mind. In her classes, she plays around with this notion of “finding space” by encouraging students to lengthen out their breath and take up the full capacity of their mats as they flow from one asana to the next. Inspired by various lineages including Ashtanga, Hatha, and Jivamukti yoga, Crystal’s Vinyasa classes are creative and powerful. While she thinks there is power in seeing life upside down by inverting, she finds there is also power in what is subtle; shifting the gaze to somewhere unfamiliar, or staying in a pose for an extra breath longer. Her classes emphasize strength and alignment, while also bringing a sense of playfulness to the practice.
Off the mat, Crystal is also a rock climber. She fell in love with how both disciplines beautifully complement each other, and is excited to teach in a community that offers both. She also spends quality time cooking, hanging out with her family and loved ones, and taking long walks with her pup.
Sarah is an E-RYT® 500, YACEP® yoga teacher with over 1,000 hours of training in yoga and yoga therapy. She offers practices that cultivate spacious awareness for the hectic, modern life. She comes to yoga with a Masters’ in nutrition and wants to help individuals who are too busy for self-care to find balance through movement, diet, and lifestyle factors. Her teaching revolves around strengthening the body and mind, attention to healthy alignment, and purposeful relaxation.
When she’s not teaching, you can find Sarah drinking coffee, cooking in the kitchen, climbing rocks, or riding bikes with her husband.