Amanda Serene Dozal E-RYT 500
Hatha Blend / Yogahour®
"The emphasis of my teaching is using the ancient wisdom traditions in a practical
way to help build a meaningful and harmonious life."
In 1997 at the age of 18, I began practicing devotionally during my pregnancy.
Without ever stepping into a yoga class room I knew it was my calling to teach and to serve.
My classes and teachings reflect a love, devotion and passion to the practice.
I continually find inspiration from my family, teachers,
students and the variety of systems of yoga that are
dear to my heart. My deepest dharma and gratitude to my son Bear.
You have shown me unimaginable beauty. OM namah shivaya
Amanda has been the Director of WMY since 2008. She has been certified and teaching
Hatha Yoga since 2002.
She offers weekly classes, workshops and teacher trainings locally and nationally.
Seren Ruben- Studio Manager
Hatha Blend / Yogahour®
From a very young age I have always had a deep love of movement, and grew up exploring
the realms of gymnastics, dance and competitive rockclimbing. After a serious climbing injury
and graduating high school I took time off to travel, and somewhere along the way found myself in
my first yoga class on a little balcony on the banks of the Ganges River in India.
I was immediately intrigued, and upon returning home dove
headlong into the practice and study of yoga. Over the past ten years I
have practiced various styles, including Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Bikram and
Anusara, and have been blessed by the graceful guidance of my teachers,
Aimee Nitzberg, KK Ledford, Sianna Sherman and Paul Muller-Ortega.
I consider the practice of Yoga to be an ever-unfolding path of gifts,
forever leading us back home to ourselves. Along the way it bestows
us with countless blessings, including abundant health, steadfast
self-love, fierce power, lighthearted playfulness, succulent joy, a
deep connection to our own inner guidance and a steadfast sense of
faith in the great mystery of our beautifully chaotic lives. I am
honored to have the opportunity to guide my students on this path of
sacred movement and joyful discovery.
Anna- Thea / Vinyasa
Anna-Thea has a degree in Dietetics. In 1997 yoga became her passion and she has been
a dedicated practitioner ever since. She is certified in Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi
Bhajan and is a certified Spiritual Sexual Educator.
Anna-Thea’s Kundalini Flow yoga class is an inspirational class that combines principles
of Kundalini and Vinyasa Flow. You will leave the class feeling more open, energized
and connected to your body. Using principles from her extensive studies in yoga,
nutrition, psychology and the DF Institute she coaches women on developing their
feminine strength and confidence.
As a woman’s advocate she supports women in deeply honoring their bodies and as a
human advocate she is a pioneer in shifting the attitudes men and women have regarding
intimacy. Her yoga classes, workshops, educational products, and presentations are fun,
powerfully educational, and experientially transforming.
Chelsea Dobosh/ Kundalini
I discovered kundalini yoga in 2006. Kundalini yoga was the first yoga class I ever took.
I found a unique authenticity with kundalini yoga that resonated with me. The personal healing
experienceof this ancient yogic practice has been profoundly transformational.
Kundalini yoga inspired me to become a teacher. In 2011 I completed the level 1
Teacher training with Harijiwan and Tej. I also recently completed one of the level 2 trainings
with my amazing teachers. I am a certified teacher through IKYTA.My classes incorporate
posture, breath, mantra, and meditation. Allowing students to develop their meditative
mind and have an elevated experience.They're fun, playful, heart-opening, and supportive.
"May you fall in love with your beauty, your grace, your
honor, your courage, your strength." - Yogi Bhajan
Deborah Hill/Hatha Blend
Deborah has been teaching since 2007. She joins us from Santa Cruz and
holds a 200 hour YTT in Astanga Yoga. Recently she completed a apprenticeship with the
Adaptive Yoga Project,which focuses on Yoga Therapy.
Deborah also holds a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology and Psychology, and has a strong therapeutic
background.She blends yoga therapy with Hatha principles into her classes.
Deborah believes that the healing benefits of yoga are a key for everyone.
Graham Hayes / Yogahour®
Graham is currently attending yogahour® teacher training with Darren Rhodes in Tucson Arizona.
Hanna Ziesal/ Prenatal
Jackie Gerster/ Yoga Sculpture
My first yoga teacher had just returned from India where she studied
with B.K.S. Iyengar. This was 1977. I still feel her influence and love
spending time with a pose, discovering it's nuance. All of my teachers
have contributed to who I am as a teacher today, however my teacher
certification was with Sarah Powers and Paul Grilley.
As a teacher at WMYC the last 8 years, one of the things I love most is
developing a theme or focus and knowing I can take any posture and apply
the focus I have chosen. Whether it be shoulders, spine, feet, rooting and
grounding, Breath, etc.
For the last 5 years I have competed in Natural Bodybuilding and have brought
an awareness of the qualities of strength into my yoga teaching. There is a huge
amount of commitment and discipline involved in this sport and my yoga practice
has given me the inner strength (I call it my yogini heart) to train with commitment
and integrity just as I believe each yoga pose should be practiced. 916-747-1415
Jai Dev Singh / Kundalini
Jai Dev is a yogi, teacher and practitioner of Ayurvedic Medicine. He has been teaching
Kundalini Yoga for over ten years and possesses great knowledge and experience of the yogic
and ayurvedic sciences. He is a Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist and formerly served as the
Clinical Director at the California College of Ayurvedaas well as the director of the college's
Pancha Karma Center and Ayurvedic Spa.
Jai Dev lives in northern California with his wife, Simrit Kaur, and their son.
He teaches live classes and workshops regularly, as well as online and audio courses.
Jai Dev's classes are powerful and effective. He carries a striking wisdom and clarity
with him as his teaching presence is direct and authentic mixed with a unique sense
of humor and artistic subtlety.
Joseph Braccio is certified by the Yoga Alliance as a Hridaya meditation and yoga instructor
and is also a tantric yoga practitioner. He studies with Sahajananda Trandafir,
whose teachings are inspired by the late Ramana Maharshi. Josephcompleted both
The Gatewayand Guidelines Programs at the Monroe Institure in Faber, Virginia.
He has a Bachelors Degree in Philosophy from Marquette University in Milwaukee Wisconsin.
He also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Niger, West Africa as
a Natural Resource Management Agent.
Kat Sun / Hatha Blend
Kat Sholan Sun leads a fluid, intelligent practice weaving together breath and movement in
a conscious flow. Her classes aim to unravel excess binding in the body, quiet the mind,
and calm the senses so that we may focus our energy and awareness back inwards towards our internal balance,
innate wisdom, and connection with the divine. She blends aspects of Ashtanga, Iyengar,
Anusara, and Restorative yoga, with pranayama and meditation, and accentuates her classes with lightness,
joy, and the play of exploration.Kat has been exploring her personal journey on the path of yoga since 1996.
She has studied with an array of teachers and styles, including Iyengar, Ashtanga, Anusara, and Yin.
She has completed a +700-hour Advanced Studies Teacher Training in the Iyengar style of yoga at
Piedmont Yoga Studio in Oakland, CA, with Rodney Yee, Richard Rosen, Maritza, and Clare Finn, and has
completed a 100-hour Advanced Studies Training in the Anusara style of yoga with Maritza in Mill Valley,
CA, and assisted the same training a following year. Most recently, she’s studied with senior-Iyengar teacher
Ramanand Patel in San Francisco, CA, and is currently completing her 200-hour Teacher Training with
Tias Little at Prajna Yoga, Santa Fe, NM. She is a registered yoga teacher (RYT) with Yoga Alliance
, and offers both public and private classes. Kat works as an apprenticing Ayurvedic Therapist
at Blue Sage Ayurveda in Nevada City, CA, is an artist of mandala paintings, and a current
student of Ayurveda and Jyotish. She holds a Bachelor in Architecture and a Masters in
Landscape Architecture, and with over 20+ years of professional training and
experience in these two design disciplines, she now enjoys employing this skillset
towards creating beauty, harmony,and sanctity into the tapestry of our daily living.
Kristen Rieger/ Vinyasa/Yogahour®
Leah Kaplan/Hatha Blend/Intro to Yoga
Leah has taught yoga classes and private sessions in New York City and Los Angeles.
She completed her 500 Hour Yoga Teacher Training through YogaWorks under
the adept tutelage of Jenny Aurthur, Paula Liberis, Carrie Owerko, Jesse Schein
, and Vinnie Marino. Leah combines precise attention to alignment with an awareness
of the subtle energetics happening within the physical body. Her classes are designed
to open, elongate, and strengthen the body while also bringing stillness to the constant
thought stream in the mind using a playful, dedicated and brave asana practice.
Leah is a recent transplant to Nevada City, having moved from Brooklyn,
NY to study at the California College of Ayurveda.
Lisa is a singer, composer, voice teacher and facilitator of singing workshops with more than
30 years of musical experience.She guides people of all abilities and experience to sing as a
transformationalpersonal practice, healing art and community-building activity.
She has been on theregular faculty at Esalen Institute since 2006 and
leads workshops throughout the United States. www.thebirdsings.com
Mary Jane Ryan-Connelly / Yoga Sanctuary / Meditation
Strengthens body AND spirit by linking the one-pointed attention of yoga to alignment, breath with
movement, consciousness and compassion, as preparation for meditation practice and
graceful meeting of life’s everyday challenges. Her classes reflect her experience in
Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy, yoga philosophy study, and meditation. 530-272-4152
Nancy Shanteau/ Yogahour®
Nancy loves yoga for its ability to open our bodies to greater feeling, flexibility & connection.
With a strong base in Ashtanga and Vinyasa-style flow yoga, Nancy’s classes are full of
laughter and fun. She is a writing coach, a somatic bodyworker and coach certified
through Strozzi Institute, and a Skills for Change Coach certified by Julia Kelliher.
Her yoga teachers include:
Tim Thompson, Laura Camp, Dennis Eagan, and Katie Carter.
Shari Williams /Hatha Blend/Intro to Yoga
We all have different reasons for what brings us to yoga. Some people come to practice
because they’ve recently received a wake-up call, by a doctor’s diagnosis, back,
neck &/or joint pain. Some of us appreciate the joy of children & grand-children,
yet recognize we can’t keep up or lack the mobility to play while being safe.
Then some of us return to a yoga practice following major surgery or injuries
requiring months or even years of rehabilitation. I myself can empathize with this
experience. After having been a fairly accomplished yoga practitioner with a highly active
lifestyle, I unexpectedly became aware of how physical limitations will impose upon an individual’s life.
One of my teachers once said to me, “Just because you can do a posture doesn’t mean
that you should!” That is why I continually adapt & modify to fit your individual needs and goals.
Amongst so many personal & bodily changes I have always been supported by yoga
and community. It is my lifeline I invite you to make it yours.
I have 30+ years of education, in yoga, principles of movement & kinesiology.
I have trained with some of the most highly respected and innovative teachers in the yoga,
Pilates and physical therapy field. I live a personal path steeped in spirituality.
My wide range of experience brings a profound level of awareness, compassion & humility to my work.
Classes are lighthearted, upbeat, animated and inspiring. I’m a passionate teacher and will create a
supportive environment for your practice.
Simone Star Weit/ Hatha Blend
has been a dedicated yoga student and practitioner for 12 years.
She is honored to have studied with many of the world's most gifted teachers in both the
Ashtanga and Anusara yoga traditions. Simone completed her Anusara teacher training under the skilled
tutelage of Sianna Sherman,but feels that she will never stop learning how to be a better yoga instructor.
Her present focus of study is in the field of Trauma Informed Yoga which she offers
to at-risk girls in Juvenile Hall andother settings as a therapeutic tool for the management of
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. She thanks her 4 year old son and all of her students for
being her greatest yoga teachers.
Taya Malakian/Kundalini Yoga
Taya has a deep love for Kundalini yoga and meditation.
She committed to a spiritual path early on and received a degree in Religious Studies in pursuit
of a means to cultivate deep connection with Spirit. Academic pursuits fell short of this and she pursued her
other love of healing instead. An herbalist and aromatherapist, Taya has taught many classes, some college
level, and isvery passionate about teaching and elevating her students. Now a Kundalini Yoga teacher,
Taya offers a supportive environment to grow and challenge ourselves as we explore the powerful kriyas
and meditations that the tradition of Kundalini Yoga offers.
She has lived in Nevada City for 10 years now and loves every minute here. She uses every
chance she gets to go to the river or to explore the natural beauty of the area.
In 2001 during a time of great challenge I was practicing yoga and experienced an awareness
that for a time erased all pain and suffering in me. I wanted to have this experience
more and to use it to improve my life as well as the lives of others if possible.
Yoga and Meditation became the foundation of my life.In that moment I saw I had lost touch with my own inner compass
and my life was guided by wrong understanding, unrealistic expectations, and emotions.
I have found nothing in my life that can’t be illuminated or improved by sincere, heartfelt meditation.
The experience of meditation cleans the window of ones mind
to allow clearer perception of all we experience and all that we know.
It takes us out of the head and brings us back to the heart of our humanity, spirit, and eternity.
My purpose in meditation classes is to offer the support and guidance you need to go deep
within yourself, that you may discover yourself to be happy, fulfilled, and perfectly free right now.
From 2002 through 2010 I shared meditation, yoga asana, and yoga philosophy
on a full time basis in Los Angeles. In 2010 I moved to Ananda Village to deepen
my own practices and began offering meditation in this area.
I also have an online meditation course. All I share is based on my own experience of the teachings of my guru,
Paramhansa Yogananda author of Autobiography of a Yogi, and his
direct disciple Swami Kriyananda.
Usha Avollone Pre-natal/ Vinyasa
Usha fell in love with yoga after taking her first class in upstate NY in 1999.
Her passion for yoga and herdesire to share this transformative practice with
others led her to complete her teacher training in 2005 and eventually to travel
to India in 2007 to further study these ancient teachings. She has studied with
many amazing teachers in a variety of traditions including Ashtanga, Anusara,
Forrest, Jivamukti and Sivananda. She most recently has been inspired by her
studies with Anna Forrest and completed her Continuing Education for Yoga
Teachers Training in January 2012.
Usha believes the greatest benefits of yoga are achieved when we allow our
asana practice to become a moving meditation through integrating the rhythmic
flow of the breath with the mindful movement of the body. She guides her students
through a grounding practice with creative sequences, offering funand challenging
poses with attention to healthy alignment and finding ease in the body. Students are
encouraged to listen deeply to their body’s inner wisdom with curiosity and compassion
in order to developa personal practice rooted in authenticity and truth.
Usha studied prenatal yoga with Jane Austin in San Francisco and continues
to steep herself in learningabout the pregnancy and birth experience through
her studies and practice as a massage and craniosacral therapist. A licensed
body worker since 2006 with well over 1000 hours of training, Usha specializes
in Prenatal Massage and Craniosacral Therapy for Infants. Her valuable
knowledge of anatomy and physiology greatly complements her understanding
and teaching of yoga asanas and alignment. Using a compassionate touch, Usha
enjoys offering mindful adjustments to students when appropriate.
With joy and gratitude, Usha feels honored to share this healing practice
with others. To learn more about
Usha please visit her website: www.usharose.massagetherapy.com
or contact her at 914-204-0433 or