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.
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.
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.
“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.
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!
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.