Berkeley Yoga Center
1250 Addison Street ∼ Studio 209
2121 Bonar Street ∼ Studio C
Berkeley, CA 94702


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 / /

Ginger Beringer

Ginger Beringer, CGFP has been teaching The Feldenkrais Method® of somatic education for over ten years. In addition, she is trained as a CranioSacral Therapist and a Hendrickson Method® practitioner and has worked in Chiropractic, rehab and alternative wellness clinics throughout the Bay Area since 1996. Though introduced to the Feldenkrais Method® when she was sixteen years old, it was her involvement in Vipassana Meditation many years later that prompted her to complete a professional Feldenkrais training in 2001,

This practice as an inquiry into how we sense, feel, think and move opens up the body and mind in unusual ways, which in turn engages our brain's neuroplastic potential. By slowing down, reducing effort and attending to the quality of movement, we become more aware of our habits. The results can be both subtle and breathtaking: increased ease, pleasure and comfort, reduction of longstanding patterns of chronic pain, increase in one's range of movement, greater fluidity and grace, mental clarity and emotional steadiness - to name a few.
contact: 510-301-5346 / /

Natalia Bernal

Natalia is a native bilingual whose family is from Uruguay. She was a Spanish Immersion TK and Kindergarten teacher in Berkeley for 9 years. She discovered yoga as a teenager over 20 years ago and her practice has been an important source of health throughout her adult life. She is certified as a children's yoga instructor through It's Yoga Kids and is also certified to teach Music Together. Her students and her 5-year-old daughter, Alexa, inspire her to create shared musical yoga experiences that nurture connection, self-awareness, and joy.

Natalia es bilingüe de origen y us familia es de Uruguay. Fue maestra de Inmersión en Kínder y TK en Berkeley hace 9 años. Descubrió yoga cuando era adolescente hace mas de 20 años y su practica ha sido una fuente de salud importante en su vida. Tiene su certificado como profesora de yoga para niños del instituto It's Yoga Kids y tiene su certificado para enseñar clases de música con Music Together. Sus alumnos y su hija Alexa de 5 anos de edad la inspiran para crear experiencias musicales de yoga que fomentan la conexión, el auto-conocimiento y la alegría.
contact:; 510-421-1704;

Michelle Batterman (Jasraj Kaur)

With over 19 years experience, Michelle Battermann is a well-known and highly respected leader in today’s holistic health, fitness, and wellness movement. She founded and owns Thairapeutics (in Albany since 2003), a holistic health and wellness center.  With strong passion and years of expert knowledge in the fields of holistic health, nutrition, fitness, sports medicine, beauty, and alternative healing she is professionally certified and hold degrees as a Naturopath ND, Holistic Nutrition Specialist, Personal Trainer, Massage Therapist/Health Educator, Reiki Master Teacher, and Holistic Beauty Practitioner. She has incorporated Yoga as a regular practice for over 5 years, and fell deeply in love with Kundalini Yoga (the Yoga of Awareness) during a Transformational Breathwork Training in Kauai 3 years ago. She graduated from the East Bay Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training Program in June 2014, and has a deep desire to bring this Yoga style to as many people as she can to help them realize their full potential. She has dedicated her expertise to an ongoing commitment to excellence always striving to help others awaken to their true nature, helping people reach a true state of wholistic wellness. Her reputation has extended to the professional sports arena where she has worked with professional athletes, such as former NFL athlete and hall of famer Jerry Rice. She has also worked with Hollywood film and TV producers.

Fun Facts: Michelle has been a vegetarian for 15 years of her life, vegan and mostly raw for the past 10 years. She is currently a Raw Vegan Athlete and Fitness Model, and competes as a NPC Fitness Bikini Athlete and Track and Field Athlete. She has been featured in 4 magazines internationally. Follow her on Facebook at and check out her website at / email: / (510) 525-3314

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 a long 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 Sienna 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.

Eliana Chinea

As a yoga practitioner of 7 years, Eliana decided that it was time to pass on the healing tools she has gained from practice and teach others how to cultivate them within themselves. Training with some of the best teachers in the Bay Area, one of her mentors being Senior Teacher Abby Tucker, she has also trained directly under Swami Sitaramananda and Swami Omkarananda. Currently a 200hr certified instructor, she is completing her final 500hr certification in 2016.

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.

Erin Collom

Erin's Iyengar-based teaching methods offer accessibility and relief to students of all ages and abilities. Her carefully crafted sequences provide the pace and modification to serve and support the physical and emotional needs of every student in the room. A graduate of Piedmont Yoga Studio's advanced training program, she specializes in Yoga for Healthy Aging. Over 25 years of Yoga practice has fueled and informed Erin's teaching. For more information regarding Erin's public and private classes please go to her website

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,

Hugo Deaux

Hugo's yoga practice began in 1996 in Michigan, where he grew up, after being inspired by a fellow dancer. After practicing dance for 11 years, mainly ballet, modern, and ballroom, he began practicing Sivananda Yoga in Munich, Germany in 2001. Upon returning to Michigan in 2006, he participated in a yoga teacher training. He studied a number of styles of yoga, including Kundalini, Ashtanga, Yin, and Anusara, among others. Hugo began practicing an Iyengar style of yoga in 2007, and participated in the Yoga Room’s Iyengar style teacher training, which he recently completed. Hugo has had many fantastic yoga experiences, and enjoys sharing them with others.
Contact: 248-635-3231;

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: / (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: / (510) 205-8020

Julie Emden

Julie directs the Embodied Jewish Learning Initiative at Jewish LearningWorks in San Francisco. A graduate of five fellowship and teaching certification programs related to her work as a Jewish educator, Iyengar-based yoga instructor and movement/expressive artist, Julie has eighteen years of experience guiding others in exploring Jewish wisdom, text and practices via the body in a variety of settings.

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.
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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
Email: / (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: / (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.

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

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: / (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
contact: / (510) 552-0155

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: / 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

Elizabeth McKinley

Elizabeth has been practicing yoga since transplanting from Wyoming to the Bay Area in 2005. She has found tremendous personal healing through these consistent yet ever-evolving practices and continues to be inspired through sharing this with others.

Working in mental health programs since 2009, Elizabeth has experienced the amazing resiliency of the human body and spirit, as well as learned the importance of self-care. She believes that every person has the strength and wisdom within oneself to heal and live with purpose, and she weaves the eight limbs of yoga throughout her teaching to foster physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Her straight-forward and supportive style provides each student the space and guidance to access the movement and stillness of healing.

Elizabeth completed her Teacher Training and Yoga Therapy Certification at Purusha Yoga School in San Francisco and offers group classes, workshops, teacher trainings, and yoga therapy. She is ready to support you in recognizing what is already whole to embody your own greatest health.
contact: / / (307) 421-8192

Cara Seaira O'Brien

Cara Seaira O'Brien passionately serves in holistic healing bodywork, yoga and art. She is Certified in Holistic Massage from California's Loving Hands Institute, for Thai Massage from studies in Nepal and in India for Therapeutic Astanga Yoga teacher training & Reiki Master training. Seaira's healing tool belt has much to offer for any body, which infuses in her teaching yoga. Her teacher training with Sat Santokh & Prahbu Kaur for Kundalini Yoga has by far been her favorite as she feels Kundalini Yoga connects the dots in a powerful practice for real holistic healing. In this time of the Aquarian Age, Seaira believes and encourages all that we each have an ability to awaken our healer within; for thy self, as it ripples out to the creatures in the seas, trees & huwmanities! Also honoring the art in our heart can heal profoundly. These concepts are yoga, uniting with Self to become free of suffering. Seaira's classes offer a nurturing, free-to-be, sacred space to feel safe approaching and releasing tension to feel a greater peace & power within. For more information please visit:

Mark Pasley

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.


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: / (510) 649-9812

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.

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: / (510) 558-6936