Berkeley Yoga Center
2121 Bonar Street ∼ Studio C
Berkeley, CA 94702
510-843-8784

Instructors


Gingi Allen

Gingi Allen supports women in their own personal journey and transformation as a woman into a mother. Throughout her environmental health and herbal medicine studies, doula and midwifery training, and personal experience with birthing and raising two sons, Gingi remains connected to her ancestral lineage through dance and ceremony. With deep respect for her teachers, Gingi continues to learn and share her medicine and intuitive knowledge of herbs, ritual, movement, and womb wellness with the next generations.
Contact: 510-467-4486 / mamagingi@gmail.com / www.theartofmothering.com

Sophia Campbell

Sophia graduated from C.I.I.S in 2007 with a BA in interpersonal psychology and holds a minor degree in modern and classical dance from Emerson College, Boston Mass. She is currently obsessed with songwriting and in previous incarnations has been known to sing, and play electric guitar in dives and on rooftops throughout California. Bringing a deep passion for movement meditation along with a healthy dose of humor and honesty, her classes reflect a unique vision that is influenced by her experience as an artist and woman. Sophia was first inspired and certified to teach hatha yoga in the Bishnu Gosh lineage of 84 classical asanas by Tony Sanchez in 2003. She went on to train and become certified in ashtanga vinyasa by the late Larry Shultz of San Francisco's "It's Yoga" in 2006, and further continued her studies with 100 hours of Anusara Yoga teacher training in 2011, with Abby Tucker and Sianna Sherman . She has recently completed 75 hours of advanced teacher education at Yoga Tree with Abby Tucker in 2014. Sophia enjoys and is deeply grateful for this ever-unfolding path and adventure that is yoga.

Lizelle Cline

Lizelle Cline is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Yoga Teacher. She has been a yogi since 2001, completed Niroga training course in 2011 and immediately began teaching several classes a week. She is delighted to be able to offer classes that weave behavioral health and yoga that allow students to live in a compassionate embodied way. She hopes that all students leave the class feeling better than at the beginning of the class.

Gabe Crane

Gabe is a qigong teacher, counselor, writer, and rites of passage guide living in Berkeley, CA. He teaches a style of qigong called Yuan Gong, which synthesizes traditional qigong forms in a series of elegant methods suitable for modern practitioners. His teaching credentials are from Yuan Tze Centre, based in Wellington, New Zealand, where he is also trained as a Yuan Ming Medicine Therapist in the lineage of Ren Xue, a holistic approach to life development rooted in traditional Chinese wisdom culture. Gabe combines his qigong teaching with his background in soul work, shamanism, and rites of passage, making his classes particularly rich for those seeking to nourish their lives on the physical level and beyond.

Gabe is a master's student in the East-West Psychology department at the California Institute of Integral Studies (c' 17), and maintains a private counseling practice based in Qi therapy and soul-based rites of passage. In addition, he has lived and studied Hebrew mysticism in Jerusalem, worked for a healing retreat center in Peru, and paddled a canoe down the Mississippi River. To learn or schedule a session with Gabe, come to his Monday evening class! Or, schedule a consultation via his website, www.wovenwings.net.
contact: gabriel.crane@gmail.com

Jill Davey

Jill brings a sense of ease and joy to her teaching. Combining both the subtle and dynamic, her classes are active yet gentle, developing both strength and flexibility. She began her yoga adventure in 1986 as a support to her year-long walk across the United States. In 2000 she graduated from The Yoga Room Advanced Studies Program and has been teaching yoga ever since.

Jill believes yoga is a practice for everyone regardless of age, ability and body type. She focuses on correct alignment within the form, effective use of props, and clear verbal instructions -- making her classes accessible and easy to understand. She is a student of the Diamond Approach, a contemporary spiritual teaching, which uses the tools of inquiry, body awareness and meditation to come into deeper contact with ones true nature. She combines her love of yoga with her understanding of breathing awareness and meditation to create space for both body and soul.
Contact: jill@jpdcom.com / (510) 290-0853.


Brenda Dunkelberger

Brenda was born and raised in Berkeley, California and was introduced to yoga and meditation while living in Java, Indonesia. She has been practicing yoga for ten years. After the birth of her second daughter, she found in yoga a way to reconnect with herself. She completed her teacher training under Ganga White and Tracey Rich at the White Lotus Foundation. Brenda has traveled widely through India and South-East Asia and has experienced and understands the cultural underpinnings of yoga. She combines the spiritual aspects of yoga with a down-to-earth approach empowering people to deal with the everyday realities of life. The basis of her teaching is patience and compassion. She is committed to students feeling good about their practice and themselves.
Contact: yogawithbrenda@comcast.net / (510) 205-8020

Julie Emden

Julie directs Embodied Jewish Learning, an organization that offers all people the chance to experience Jewish wisdom through movement practices that nourish their minds, bodies, hearts and souls and empowers them to fully embody and express their unique role in creating positive change for our world. A graduate of five fellowship and teaching certification programs related to her work as an Iyengar-based yoga instructor, movement/expressive artist, and Jewish educator, Julie has nineteen years of experience guiding others in exploring Jewish wisdom, text and practices via the body in a variety of settings.
Contact: julie@julieemden.com / Website: embodiedjewishlearning.org

Ayelet Even-Nur

Ayelet Even-Nur has been a dedicated student of traditional Ashtanga Yoga since 2004. After intensive study with local teachers in Chicago, she traveled to Kovalom and Mysore, India to continue her studies with Lino Miele and Sharath Rangaswamy, grandson of the late Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. Ayelet began teaching Mysore style in NYC, while daily assisting John Campbell at Pure Yoga. Ayelet has continued to study with many other senior Ashtanga teachers, and counts herself most influenced and inspired by Richard Freeman and Mary Taylor, John Campbell, Kimberley Flynn, Dena Kingsberg and Maty Ezraty. Ayelet's teaching is directly inspired by her own experience of the transformative potential of practice. Within the Ashtanga Vinyasa system, she focuses on anatomical precision and breath awareness in an effort to make the Mysore practice accessible and sustainable for all levels of practitioners. Dedicated to sharing the practice with whomever wants to learn, Ayelet strives to guide her students towards their own experience of the depth and brilliance of yoga.In addition to teaching, Ayelet is also a painter and a potter, as well as a PhD student at UC Berkeley. She studies linguistic modes of self-dissolution in modern Hebrew and Arabic poetry.
Email: ayeletevennur@gmail.com / berkeleymysore.com

Angela Fisher

Angela started her yoga journey in 1999, and never thought she could actually be a Yoga teacher until she discovered Curvy Yoga. Her mind was officially blown seeing a big-bodied Yoga teacher in a room filled with other big bodies! She realized she had something to offer other people. Angela completed the 200 Hr program at Niroga, and has gotten certified in Prenatal Yoga, Yoga For All, Curvy Yoga and Laughter Yoga since 2016. Her practice has a deep focus on mindfulness and coming from a place of self love. Classes have elements of Hatha and Bhakti (devotional) Yoga styles. She can be reached at angela@bigyogalife.com and http://www.bigyogalife.com/. Please see what her local students have to say on Yelp: http://www.yelp.com/biz/big-yoga-life-berkeley


Melanie Green

Melanie Green is a yoga teacher, mother and co-director of the Berkeley Yoga Center. She has been practicing yoga for over 20 years and teaching since 2000. Melanie makes yoga accessible to all. While encouraging students to focus on their breath, drishti, and sensations, she teaches her students to deepen their practice as they honor their bodies. She values the spiritual aspects of yoga integrated with the asanas. Melanie focuses as much on the profound inner lessons of yoga: attention to the breath, letting go of thoughts and ego and perseverance through practice, as she does on the physicality of the poses. This process has been informed by Melanie's own experience with scoliosis - which is how her journey of yoga began. In each class, the student is invited to let go and have fun. Melanie's yoga background includes extensive study in Ashtanga. She has also trained in Iyengar, Pre/Postnatal and Vipassna Meditation.

Her daily practice informs her teaching and gives her an abundance of experience from which to teach others. Melanie always finds ways to integrate lessons from her own yoga practice into her daily life with her children and partner. Melanie has also been volunteering her time for the last eight years and teaching yoga to children; currently she teaches yoga at Oxford Elementary, a local Berkeley Public School.

In addition to her regularly scheduled classes, Melanie also offers private instruction and workshops. For more information about Melanie and to see her full teaching schedule, please go to www.melyoga.com.
Email: melyoga@hotmail.com / (510) 368-3581


Jonothon Gross

Jonothon, a psychiatrist and yoga teacher, has focused on the connections between mind and body for more than twenty years. He continues to wonder about the elusive nature of the human soul.
Email: jonothong@msn.com / (510) 236-8612

Kelsey Gustafson

Kelsey Gustafson's teaching style is fresh, soulful and compassionate. She believes in the intelligence of the body and offers yoga as a tool for physical and emotional healing. Drawing upon 12 colorful years of world travel, self-study and dedicated practice in a multitude of yoga modalities, Kelsey weaves a uniquely accepting classroom environment that encourages you to go deeper. She is grateful for the guidance of her Forrest Yoga mentors Ana Forrest & Kiki Lovelace for their fiery spark and zest for life, to Mary Paffard for her buddhist meditation teachings and commitment to the environment, to Britt Fohrman for showing her how to honor the female body through prenatal yoga, and to David Emerson and Mariana Caplan for illuminating her understanding of trauma and the human psyche. Guided by adventurous sequencing, intuitive assists and Kelsey's sparkling spirit, you can expect to sweat, strengthen and grow body intelligence in each class.

A natural healer, Kelsey is passionate about bringing the transformative experience of yoga beyond the studio walls to those who need it. She is honored to serve her community by running a Trauma Sensitive Yoga program for survivors of sexual assault. A lifelong artist, student of dance, and lover of creativity, she enjoys painting from her wild heart and singing at the top of her lungs. When not on the mat, you can find Kelsey exploring in nature, traveling to her annual retreat site in Guatemala, or making magic at her easel with rainbow paint and lots of glitter.
Website: www.YogaWithKelsey.com


Jessie Holland

Jessie Holland is a certified Iyengar yoga instructor, emphasizing precise alignment, and sustained reflection on the connection of the body, mind and breath. She has been teaching Iyengar Yoga since 2004. She is a Clinical Ayurvedic and Pancha Karma Specialist, integrating Ayurveda and yoga to harmonize the systems of the body with the rhythms of nature. She has attended both a 200 and 500 hour Iyengar teacher training, studied with the Iyengars in India, and completed clinical Ayurvedic internships with Dr. Vasant Lad. She studies regularly with Senior Iyengar teacher, Peter Thomson. Jessie also completed a Masters in Traditional Chinese Medicine in 2016, Jessie's private alternative medicine practice integrating Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine is in Oakland on Summit Street. Visit her website at www.jessieholland.com.

Carolyn Jones

Carolyn's mission is to be a breathwork ambassador and bring this deeply transformative tool into the lives of many. With a lifelong dedication to personal development and spiritual growth, her explorations have led her to receive a Master's degree from CIIS in East-West Psychology, obtain a coaching certificate from CTI, spend time with shamans in Peru, and study pharmacognosy and various healing modalities. In 2013, Carolyn was introduced to a circular breath practice that ultimately transformed her life. The insights and clarity gained from her personal breathwork sessions led her to seek further training under the guidance of breathwork masters based in San Francisco and Los Angeles.

In addition to her weekly classes, Carolyn offers individual sessions in Alameda and private groups around the San Francisco Bay Area.

Space is limited - Pre-registration for classes required. Online payment preferred or exact cash at door $20. REGISTER HERE

Sat Daya Singh Khalsa

Sat Daya is a Certified Kundalini Yoga Teacher, as taught by Yogi Bhajan Ph.D. He has worked in the Medical field for over 17 years as a clinical assistant, in General Practice, Orthopedics and currently in Radiation Oncology in Berkeley, Ca. He has personally experienced the benefits of Kundalini Yoga and seen its positive transformational effects. His class incorporates the use of breath, movement, mantra, mudra and drishti. Relax, renew, and experience the yoga of awareness.
Email: satdayasingh@sbcglobal.net / (510) 325-3830

Aliza Rothman Labowitz

Aliza has a master's degree in counseling psychology and expressive arts therapy. She has been leading groups for women for the past decade. Currently Aliza leads dance circles based on the Jewish calendar and facilitates various support groups for women. She has also worked with children and teens bringing the arts into her therapeutic and educational work.

Ada Lusardi

Ada Lusardi's classes and workshops marry the heart and science of yoga by offering nuanced and precise teaching with warmth and humor. Through the use of compassionate and clear direction, intelligent sequencing, and skillful hands-on adjustments, Ada's teachings challenge and refine one's yoga practice, regardless of age or ability. A self-professed "anatomy geek," she leads classes and retreats throughout California's Bay area and around the country. She is a graduate, and faculty member, of The Berkeley Yoga Room's Advanced Studies Program and a perennial student of yoga and life. You can find her in the May and October 2011 issues of Yoga Journal and at www.adayoga.com.
Contact: info@adayoga.com / (510) 552-0155

Angela Madonia

Angela Madonia has been a student of yoga and mindfulness since 2005 and it has been an incredible support for her throughout her life. She is committed to bringing these techniques to people that may not otherwise have access to it. You can most often find her teaching in the community; at the local library, public school, non-profit or clinic setting. She works with organizations that support social justice, wellness and mental health and has taught classes to survivors of domestic violence, people living with HIV/AIDS, those dealing with eating disorders, homeless families, at-risk youth, and incarcerated women. She has also taught vinyasa, ashtanga, and yin yoga in studio settings and has a trauma sensitive approach. She is the mother of two toddlers and enjoys teaching family yoga and classes that support parents at all stages. She is also available for individual sessions. She completed a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training in 2007 at www.yogavermont.com and a 500-hour Therapeutic Yoga Teacher Training in 2010 at www.healingyoga.org. She is a current student of Chase Bossart, Kate Holcombe, Melanie Green and Cybele Thomlison.
Contact: A.grace.madonia@gmail.com

Chandra Mallik

Chandra was introduced to yoga at a tender age of six by her father, a Sanskrit scholar and a civil servant. She grew up in Rishikesh on the foothills of the Himalayas, India, playing and practicing yoga on the banks of river Ganga. She continued her studies in yoga under Sri Monotosh Chaudhuri, disciple of Yogindra Bishnu Ghosh (younger brother of Sri Sri Paramhansa Yogananda, author of "Autobiography of a Yogi"). She is a certified Yoga Teacher and a founder member of Niroga. She brings more than 35 years of experience. She specializes in therapeutic yoga encompassing health, psychology and philosophy. She practices mindful Raja yoga and meditation to reduce stress and increase a sense of peace within.
contact: chandra.mallik@gmail.com / 703.980.1760

Scotty McCaulley

Scotty is a graduate of the Yoga Room's Advanced Studies Program. He has been teaching Iyengar-style yoga for the past 10 years. Scotty was a late-comer to the practice of yoga and hence offers classes that are suited for both beginning through intermediate level studnets regardless of age. His intention is to teach classes which are available and welcoming to everyone. Scotty's teaching motto has become: "IF I CAN DO IT THEN YOU CAN DO IT TOO."
Contact: (510) 684-2007

Jonny Nobleza

Jonny Nobleza L.Ac., Dipl. O.M., MAcOM practices East Asian Medicine/Acupuncture, bodywork, and teaches Shadow Yoga in the Bay Area. His studies in yoga and consciousness began over 20 years ago as a young teen. He has since trained and taught various forms of healing arts, music, movement, and cultivation practices. His current focus is a continual deepening relationship with the living wisdom traditions of Yoga, Ayurveda, East Asian Medicine, Osteopathic, and Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy traditions. Most notably Jonny is a dedicated practitioner of Shadow Yoga under the guidance of Shandor Remete, Emma Balnaves, Scott Blossom, Matt Pesendian, and Chandra Easton . His practice in the healing arts has been influenced and shaped by select teachers, mentors, family, friends, and colleagues including Dr. Robert Svoboda, T. Koei Kuwahara, and William Morris who have all naturally led through example by their unwavering devotion to their hearts, art, and craft. In gratitude and honor of these teachers and the many who came before them, Jonny dedicates his practice of medicine to be in service and benefit to all beings. Jonny holds a B.A. in Anthropology and a M.A. in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Contact: jonny@rootsourcemedicine.com

Mark Pasley/Simran

Mark has been a yoga enthusiast since 1987, when he began taking Iyengar classes in San Francisco. In 2001 he moved to Berkeley and discovered Cherie Carson's Kundalini Yoga classes. The breath work, chanting, mudras and meditations had such a profound effect on him that he decided to become a teacher in order to share this sacred technology with others. He enjoys teaching Kundalini Yoga to adults of all ages and levels, from beginner to experienced. Mark is also a Shiatsu practitioner & massage therapist based in Oakland, CA.
www.RelaxedEnergy.com

contact: marksimran@gmail.com

Herdis Pelle

Herdis is Danish by birth and co-founder of The Berkeley Yoga Center. She has been a student and teacher of Yoga and meditation for over 30 years. Throughout her life Herdis has been unwavering in her pursuit of True Nature. Some years ago, her life was changed in an instant: the Ground of Being was spontaneously revealed to her as her very Self. A few years later, Herdis was plunged into physical darkness through a rare eye-lid disorder. She was functionally blind for nine months. With the support of her yoga practice, meditation and other healing modalities, including modern medicine, Herdis has emerged from the darkness, sees with greater clarity, and speaks with authenticity and passion. These events have left her greatly humbled by the mystery of life.

Herdis brings to her classes a grounded and joyful presence. She invites her students to sense their bodies, moment to moment, welcoming with curiosity what comes and goes within the vaster field of awareness, which is always unchanging. Yoga practice with Herdis is an opportunity for transformation. Not always easy, but always authentic.
contact: Herdispelle@pacbell.net / (510) 649-9812

Sophie Pickens

Sophie Pickens has been practicing meditation from the Tibetan Buddhist tradition for over ten years. She received her BA and MA degrees from Rangjung Yeshe Institute in Kathmandu, Nepal where she studied Buddhist philosophy and Tibetan language for six years. When she moved back to the U.S. and then had her first daughter in 2013 she faced the challenge of integrating traditional Tibetan practices into her new life as a mother. At this time she connected with Tergar, a community of meditators under the guidance of Mingyur Rinpoche. Mingyur Rinpoche is a Tibetan lama whose teachings on meditation are accessible to all audiences, Buddhist or not. The curriculum of practices he has designed, known as The Joy of Living, is both simple and profound and suited to a modern lifestyle. Sophie is excited to have the opportunity to share this approach to meditation, which has been so supportive in her own life. Contact: berkeleytergar@gmail.com

Miriam Shipp

Miriam's style of yoga is therapeutic, for healing body of and mind. She is medically trained, and emphasizes gentle yoga breathing and postures. Miriam began her yoga journey in 2004, after training in martial arts as a young adult. After studying yoga therapeutics with Bidyut Bose of Niroga Institute for several years, she began teaching healing yoga. She has co-taught mindful healing yoga since 2008, and is currently faculty for the Niroga Institute Yoga therapy program. She continues to deepen her own practice and understanding of yoga and meditation.
Email: mirshipp@gmail.com

Cybèle Tomlinson

Cybèle Tomlinson is a teacher and the co-director of the Berkeley Yoga Center where she offers classes and workshops. Her yoga journey began in her twenties when she discovered Kundalini yoga; later she studied Iyengar, Ashtanga, Vini and Yin Yoga. Yoga has enhanced Cybèle's life in so many ways--by supporting vibrant health, emotional balance, and mental clarity--and ultimately leading to lasting inner transformation. It has acted as an essential support for living well in a complex, changing world, while also providing a refuge. Mostly, her practice has led to a life that is more authentic and free.

Cybèle's teaching is directly inspired by her own experiences with yoga. She teaches in a clear, simple way, inviting students to skillfully explore and work their own "edge." She provides an open, nonjudgmental atmosphere in which to become more aware of the various layers of inner experience. Teachers who have most influenced and inspired her practice and teaching are T.K.V. Desikachar, Erich Schiffmann, Sarah Powers, Richard Miller, and Donald Moyer.

As well as teaching, Cybèle also writes; she is the author of Simple Yoga and Ayurveda Wisdom. She is currently deeply immersed in the Diamond Approach, a contemporary spiritual teaching. She lives with her husband and two sons in Berkeley.
contact: cybeleb@hotmail.com / (510) 558-6936

Matthew Toy

Matt began practicing yoga in college, about 10 years ago. Little did he know how much it would change his life for the better, not only physically, but mentally and emotionally as well. "I am stronger and calmer in life because of yoga," says Matt. His teaching is a blend of many disciplines from the Anusara, Iyengar and Power yoga lineages, to martial arts, wrestling, and weightlifting. He helps guys get into shape from the inside out. This means you learn how to move your body with intelligence and awareness. You'll learn to focus and find steadiness in your breath. You'll learn a new way of life, a philosophy that empowers you to live more fully and deeply. Matt lives in Berkeley with his beautiful wife and daughter. His favorite thing to do aside from teach yoga, is talk about life with friends over great food in the outdoors. www.matthewatoy.com or 415-686-5147