DustinIndoor Cycling Instructor
Dustin grew up outside Philadelphia and in rural western New York State. He has been living in SF since 2002 after graduating from Bucknell University in PA with a B.S. degree in civil engineering. Dustin works for the City of San Francisco as a transportation planner with a focus on making San Francisco’s streets safer and more inviting for pedestrians and cyclists. He started riding bikes competitively in 2004 by competing in triathlons (including the Escape from Alcatraz), but shifted his focus to road racing and more recently to racing mountain bikes and cyclocross (which is my current focus). He currently races for Team Sheila Moon, Category 4 road racer, an Expert MTB racer and a Category A cyclocross racer. Recent race results include winning the SoNoMas Mountain Bike Race (Sport Class) in August 2011.
NathanIndoor Cycling Instructor
Nathan grew up with one sport: gymnastics. In 2006, he capped off his career leading the Stanford team to a third place finish at NCAA Championships as well as an individual All-American distinction on the horizontal bar. Unused to days without training, Nathan turned to climbing after retiring from gymnastics. Mission Cliffs became his home gym in 2008, and it was there that he was introduced to cycling. Arthur’s classes filled his need for intense cardiovascular activity and cultivated a love of being on the bike. After leading the class as a regular sub for Arthur beginning in 2010, Nathan took over Thursday nights in 2014. Nathan brings high-energy music and strives to deliver a great workout each week. On the weekends, you might find him riding the Marin Headlands, Berkeley hills, or Mt. Diablo.
JohnIndoor Cycling Instructor
John comes to Mission Cliffs by way of Central California, and has had what can best be described as a romantic relationship with bicycles since he was a young boy. He loved the aesthetic of the bike and would go to bicycle shops in the 80s, bringing home brochures which he would then study ardently, as if for a course at a university. Scholastically, he earned a BS in Chemistry at Fresno State University, where he spent more time and energy riding his bike than studying for his classes upon joining the cycling team there. After graduating he got a job as a chemist, but devoted the majority of his time to USCF road racing, with an emphasis on 40km time trials (qualified for Olympic trials, 51:30 @ 29 mph). An injury sidelined his racing activities indefinitely, and a relocation to San Francisco in the mid 90s led to an exciting stint as a long board bicycle messenger. He has been teaching cycling classes ever since, and loves the symbiotic energy that can be created by a room full of people spilling out endorphins. His classes are highly cadence driven and involve lots of upper body work that focuses on cultivating endurance-oriented strength and power (perfect for climbing!) Above all else, an atmosphere of fun, inspiration, acceptance and encouragement is consciously created.
Jody began practicing yoga in 2001 and graduated from The Center for Yoga Teacher Training Program (Los Angeles) in 2003. She teaches an alignment based vinyasa flow to create dynamic, challenging, fun classes. She enjoys teaching students of all ability levels and focuses on creating a safe practice by using verbal and hands-on adjustments for correct alignment. In order to accommodate varying skill levels she recommends alternative poses and pose modifications when necessary. Jody’s classes are infused with the philosophy that we are engaged in a process at all times. This can be illustrated by finishing any statement with “yet”: “I can’t do this (yet)”… “I’m not flexible (yet).” If we can be involved in the process and not focused solely on the outcome, then both the process and the outcome may be surprising and rewarding. We are explorers – discovering poses, discovering mental clarity, discovering how we deal with challenges and, maybe, discovering some spiritual awareness. Oh, yeah – and it helps to keep a sense of humor about all of it.
Patience and inward focus are key elements in Nadine’s teaching and practice of over 20 years, which is grounded in Ashtanga yoga as taught by the late Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in India. Nadine came to yoga while working in a competitive corporate environment. The practice made both her work and personal life more creative and more enjoyable. Experience clear and concise direction in Nadine’s classes. Helping students discover their own inner strength intelligently and with Ahimsa (non-violence), a key element of the practice. She inspires her students to develop a safe and sustainable lifelong practice, as she has done for herself. Traveling and exploring new places, meeting new people and enjoying the world, is the passion she loves to share through leading wellness retreats around the world. Nadine has completed certified trainings with Clayton Horton at Greenpath Yoga, David Swenson and the Advanced Teacher Training Program at YogaWorks. As an E-RYT 500 certified teacher, she also continues her education through workshops and trainings with senior teachers such as Maty Ezraty, David Williams, Richard Freeman, Jonny Kest, Ana Forrest and Sarah Powers. Nadine also teaches girls in Juvenile Justice Center in San Francisco for the Art of Yoga Project.
Silvie is the creator of Yoga Sculpt. Students can find this program on a mobile app Workout Trainer by Skimble, one of the first fitness apps and only workout app currently integrated with Samsung’s S Health platform. Skimble has over 15 million exercisers. She also serves as the first ambassador for InYo Yogawear that is made in San Francisco. InYo was brought to life on Kickstarter … originally a means to fund its founder’s yoga teacher training. Silvie is known as a San Francisco senior Vinyasa teacher that incorporates smart sequencing into a strong flow intertwined with a deep breath. Her emphasis on inward focus leads students deeper into their practice. Silvie’s intention is to create a joyful experience for her students. Trained by a yoga pioneer Ana Forrest, the creator of Forrest Yoga, Stephanie Snyder, Mark Whitewall, who enjoyed a relationship with the father of modern yoga T. Krishnamacarya, and Jason Crandel, the Yoga Journal teacher and contributor, Silvie’s teachings a blend of depth, heart, methodology and joy of life.
“Share your passions within your community and you will breathe life & love into the hearts of others.” Bryant fills his heart and soul full of rock climbing and yoga whenever he has the chance. He was first introduced to yoga in the early ’00s after falling prey to athletic injuries, as there are many therapeutic benefits to an asana practice; however, it was the community and the philosophical framework around yoga that drew him to vigorously explore this facet of his life. Since then, he has adopted a yearning for more knowledge (both in himself and others), and continues to teach with enthusiasm. Grounded in Vinyasa and Iyengar practices, Bryant leads a heartfelt and challenging class. Fluid sequencing, attention to alignment with adjustments, and a tie to one’s breath allows for the warming, opening, strengthening, and calming effects of the body. In his free time Bryant also leads a couple community groups focusing on Karma Yoga practices – service to others. He has a belief that if you support and grow your community, it will ultimately enrich your own life.
Julie has been practicing yoga since 1998 and completed her first teacher training in Hatha Vinyasa yoga at Laughing Lotus College of Yoga in San Francisco in 2008. She has also completed a 60-hour training in Inner (yin) Yoga with Dina Amsterdam at Yoga Tree in 2010 and a year and a half teaching apprenticeship with her primary teacher, Veronica Belloli, in Buenos Aires, Argentina from 2011-2012. She is currently a student in the Mindfulness, Yoga and Meditation Training at Spirit Rock. Her primary teaching practice is a ‘slow flow’ style that combines the traditional flow of a Vinyasa class with longer held-poses, balancing movement and stillness for a complete practice.
After noticing how Yoga complimented her athletic lifestyle, Anne has now been practicing and studying Yoga for over 10 years. She has internationally taught a multitude of Yoga styles from Vinyasa to Prenatal, as well as Kids Yoga, Yoga for Athletes, and currently loves Forrest Yoga. After receiving her B.A. in Psychology in Austin, TX, she now is achieving her masters degree, in acupuncture and herbal medicine. Anne’s classes inspire and deepen the attention to the body. Infusing her education of psychology and fierce interest with injuries and anatomy, Anne creates a fun and playful environment with a soothing essence of healing the body, mind, and spirit. In each class we will breathe, sweat, and build strong relationships with our core.
Jordan first discovered yoga in 2004 as a complement to her dance practice. After getting injured in dance, she began to attend yoga classes regularly to heal her body and her soul. She found in yoga an incredibly nurturing practice for living well, both in body and the mind. She was inspired to take her 200 hour teacher training with YogaOne in spring 2009, and has been teaching ever since. Jordan is a 305 hour RYT, with certifications in Vinyasa, Hatha, and PrenatalYoga. Jordan teaches a mindful Vinyasa Flow class, with emphasis on correct alignment. Vinyasa is an athletic form of yoga, characterized by syncing movement with breath and the repetition of vinyasas (a sequence composed of chaturanga, up-dog, and downdog) between postures. Thursday’s 8:45am class tends to be a mellower and Slow Vinyasa Flow, while Tuesday evening at 5:30pm tends to be a little spicier. Come enjoy some deep strengthening, movement and opening with Jordan!
Sam has been teaching yoga since 2011. He responds to his students’ needs with classes ranging from technical to devotional, and he especially loves going upside down. Yes, you read that correctly. He lives in Marin with his partner and their dog, loves to climb when time allows, has studied nutrition and transformed himself from the fat kid into a lean mean machine! Sam is also a classically trained tenor, performs locally, and sings to his students in Savasana.
On the mat, Britany encourages students to build a new and profound relationship with the mind, body, and spirit. Her classes are intentionally designed to provide a safe space where students of all levels can enjoy a dynamic and rejuvenating flow. Her intelligent sequencing helps students to develop increased body and breath awareness while also strengthening, lengthening, and relaxing their entire systems. Britany believes that yoga is for everyone and can complement any walk of life. She hopes that each experience on the mat will provide a platform for students to take the practice into their everyday lives in a way that feels most authentic, useful, and meaningful to themselves.
Chelseah went to her first yoga class with the expectation that it would be a gentle class of light stretching, however, by the end of that class she was sweaty, out of breath, and surprised at how challenging she’d found the class to be. Yet despite the challenge, she lay in Savasana feeling nourished and connected to her breath and body in a way she’d never felt before. It took several years to develop a regular practice, and during that time she realized how much more to yoga there was than just asana. It was the many benefits that extend far beyond the physical that inspired and ignited her true love of yoga. The desire to share that gratitude and love is what inspired her to become a teacher.
In Chelseah’s classes you can expect a Vinyasa flow that is challenging, yet accessible for all. Students will learn to link breath and movement as a form of meditation.
She is deeply grateful to her amazing teachers: Stephanie Snyder, Anna Hughes, and Tom Lee. Chelseah hopes to share their sacred insight with all.