Meet our yoga teachers! View the weekly Class Schedule.
Christina is a leader, teacher, and healer. Going from film school to firefighting, to personal training and yoga, she now runs a kickboxing gym and shares her passion for yoga with anyone she can. She was trained in San Diego in 2015, and has been teaching ever since. Christina has always been a healer, but became a certified Reiki practitioner so she could share her gift with more people. She enjoys combining Reiki and Yoga to bring you an even more grounding class.
Mary has always loved movement and music. She grew up dancing and has practiced yoga for over 10 years. She is registered with Yoga Alliance, has her 200 hour certification and is currently working on obtaining her 300 hour teacher training. Mary’s classes focus on alignment and breath for any level to safely flow through. Her intention is to help create connection and an inner peace that can be practiced on and off the mat.
Palina has been practicing yoga for 15 years and has always had a passion to teach and share her practice with others. Yoga offers her the feeling of being grounded, and being on her mat always feels like she’s back home. Her intention to share her love of yoga became a reality when she completed her 200-hour certification, where she found her authentic voice as a teacher. Palina is a native San Franciscan but moved to the East Bay 6 years ago. Palina is eager to see you in her next Vinyasa Flow class!
Kristin targeted her expertise toward Functional Movement and spent 7 years as a Rehabilitation Director/Therapist at a Chiropractic Rehabilitation Center in Walnut Creek which specialized in Functional Movement and Naturopathic Medicine. In 2011, she opened The Sanctuary Holistic Healing Center, LLC and currently manages the massage department there.
Over the years, Kristin has combined all her knowledge of massage therapy and movement services and created a system of techniques which she calls restorative bodywork. It allows you to develop synergistic energy and restored movement you will enjoy for years to come.
Since her teen years, Ashley developed a love of yoga and has personally practiced on and off since then. In 2018, she decided to deepen her own practice and understanding of yoga by completing her 200hr Teacher Training. Ashley is certified with Yoga Alliance. She holds a Ph.D. in International Psychology and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Expanding her passion for teaching to yoga seemed like the next logical step to Ashley. She brings a calm and fun personality to her classes and looks forward to you sharing your practice with her.
Leslie Ann Eisenberg
Leslie’s love of yoga began with a curiosity about raising her skill level in acroyoga. What she discovered along the way was greater peace in both body and mind. Leslie is registered with Yoga Alliance, has her 200 hour certification and is currently working on obtaining her 300 hour teacher training. Leslie focuses on proper alignment and ensures her classes are accessible for all levels. Leslie teaches Gentle Yoga for Stiff Bodies on Mondays and Wednesdays at 5:30pm.
Becky Hammel is the founder of Most Contagious Smile and Village. She is also the facilitator of the Desire Through Silence Retreats at Peak Performance Float and Wellness Center. Becky is a homeschooling Mom of three children, a Kansas native, dual American-British citizen, practicing herbalist, and lover of chocolate.
A lifelong lover of movement and mindfulness, Corinne took her first yoga class more than a decade ago. Since then, yoga has helped her cultivate peace and strength in both body and mind. After completing a 200-hour certification in Thailand, she spent the next year traveling and teaching yoga throughout Asia, in countries such as Cambodia, Malaysia, and Thailand. Corinne is also an aerial dance instructor and performer, a writer and editor, and a passionate outdoorswoman. Though her interests vary, she has found that the presence and balance of yoga are relevant to every aspect of her life.
Coach Chris is an inspiring healer. Coach is a 500-RYT trained by Master Teachers Melanie Salvatore- August and Mynx Inatsugu. He recently retook the 200 Hour Teacher Training to sharpen his teaching skills. In 2014, Coach started the Yoga program at Campolindo High School (Moraga) where he has taught for 25 years. The program began with one class of 45 students and has grown to four classes of 45-50 students. Coach also holds a Teen Yoga Teacher Training Certificate. Coach draws on his educational background (M.S. Anatomy and Physiology) incorporating aspects of anatomical and biomechanical skills into his teaching.
Yoga found me over a decade ago but I still remember it like it was yesterday! Those first few classes challenged me physically and woke me up emotionally.
I began to further my practice and my learning’s by completing my 500 hour Yoga Teacher Certification through Yoga Works. The more I learned, the more I wanted to just keep learning! I was hooked. In 2017 I began teaching locally.
I believe that our yoga practice is a mirror to our everyday lives and can help us change our perspective if we learn to surrender and trust the process. In my classes I emphasize the importance of self-awareness, alignment, and personal growth. My teachings are lighthearted, playful, and educational with creative sequences that are ever evolving and changing, just as we are. I look forward to growing with you.
Christy has been teaching yoga and leading workshops throughout the East Bay since 2001. Her passion for yoga was sparked in college, but her desire to learn and grow from the practice continues to evolve and expand. A registered Yoga Alliance teacher, Christy also holds an M.A. in Consciousness Studies and is currently working towards her second Master’s degree in School Counseling. For Christy, teaching is an opportunity to help her students to be free of mental chatter, to be present with what is, and to connect to that place of deep peace within. Her classes are a blend of pranayama (breath work), asana (postures), and meditation, with an emphasis on proper alignment.
Julian believes that having fun and not taking yourself too seriously is a good way to approach tai chi – and life. The guiding principle of his practice is to: “sink the chi and raise the spirit.” He is dedicated to preserving the classic principles of tai chi, while exploring the points of tangency those principles share with other meditative arts and philosophies. A Bay Area native, Julian has been practicing tai chi for about ten years, studying with Jan Diepersloot and Mater Sam Tam. He found tai chi after a debilitating injury in high school left him without the use of his right leg. The slow gentle movements of tai chi, and the emphasis on balance through relaxation, helped Julian regain full use of his leg and discover a deep connection to the internal martial arts along the way. Julian lives in Benicia, is fluent in Japanese, and enjoys spending his free time with his 7-year-old daughter.
Erin deepened her yoga practice while living in New York City as a young mother. This is when she completed her instructor certification. Yoga has had a profound heart-healing affect on her, and she loves to share that same opportunity to others through her teaching. She loves to create a safe, gentle space in her classes for participants to connect with their spirits, minds, and bodies in a deep and honoring way through breath, flow, challenge, and observation. She has taught community, prenatal, and one-on-one classes for 11 years. She is a homeschool mama and a proud of her Canadian heritage.
Abel is the newest yoga instructor at Peak Performance Float. He will be teaching “Yoga Fusion – Get to Know Your Butt”!
Rachel’s love of meditation and yoga began in high school. One of her teachers ignited an interest in meditation and the feeling of peace and healing that it brought was something she’d never experienced anywhere else. As she journeyed into adulthood, her passion for teaching brought her to the education system. She has been a math teacher and instructional coach for many years and her love of yoga and meditation has begun to integrate into her work. She began practicing yoga daily and received her 200 hour yoga teacher training certification. The program and her teachers guided her in finding her true light. She has been using her teachings to share with others in hope of helping others find healing and peace. She is a certified Theta Healing practitioner, an energy healing modality that allows immediate healing through the Theta brainwave.
Emilie is a born and raised California girl. She found her love for yoga in LA after injuring herself while running. Emilie returned home to the Bay Area last year and completed her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training in SF (Spring 2018) with Sarah Ezrin and is currently working towards her 500 hour Advanced Training with Melanie Salvatore August in Walnut Creek. Yoga has always taught her that if you can slow down and get still, you can come back to your true Self and live a purposeful life!