Teacher Bios

Claudia started teaching Yoga at Hayfork Yoga Center in August of 2011 after completing her 200-hour teaching certification at Ananda Village in Nevada City, California. She returned to Ananda in March 2012 to become certified in Restorative Yoga and Yoga for Seniors and Osteoporosis. She now has over 500 hours of teaching experience and a strong background in Yoga therapy with another 265 hours. In June of 2015 she should be a Level 1 certified Yoga Therapist Practitioner. Claudia has been practicing Yoga for 10 years and loves it. She also loves teaching and has been teaching young people and adults for years as a preschool teacher and parent educator. Because of these loves, making the transition to teaching yoga has been easy. She believes in what Yoga can do for our bodies, minds, and overall health. Claudia has been consistently supporting Hayfork Yoga studio since it was started by Ilene Dunn about 6 years ago and is glad to be a part of keeping the studio open now.

Restorative Yoga Class Sunday, September 24, 2017 - 3:00pm
Yoga for Every Body Monday, September 25, 2017 - 11:00am
Yoga for Every Body Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - 4:00pm
Yoga Friday, September 29, 2017 - 11:00am
Yoga for Every Body Monday, October 2, 2017 - 11:00am

Originally from the south shore of Massachusetts, Kate started practicing yoga at age 20 to cope with her anxiety. She fell in love with power and vinyasa classes. Moving the body with the breath helped clear her mind. She was certified through a 200-hr yoga teacher training in 2005 at The Finding Inner Peace Yoga School with Michelle Fleming and Jennifer Yarrow. In 2011, she completed her Level II Thai Yoga Massage training with Jennifer Yarrow at the New England School of Thai Yoga. Her intentions are to show students how to strengthen the body and remove physical blockages with emphasis on core, balance, physical alignment, and deep stretching. She brings a playful attitude and warm smile to each class.

Yoga with Kate Tuesday, September 26, 2017 - 4:30pm
Yoga with Kate Friday, September 29, 2017 - 4:30pm
Yoga with Kate Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - 4:30pm
Yoga with Kate Friday, October 6, 2017 - 4:30pm
Yoga with Kate Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - 4:30pm

A group of pilates practitioners get together on Wednesdays to keep in shape (see the class schedule). The free Pilates session is not instructor-led, but there is a checklist of the exercises we do to help guide the work. Join us!

Free Pilates Group Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - 5:30pm
Free Pilates Group Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 5:30pm
Free Pilates Group Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 5:30pm
Free Pilates Group Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 5:30pm
Free Pilates Group Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 5:30pm

Several classes and gatherings do not have an 'official' teacher. They are usually open to the public.

Experimental dance class Sunday, October 1, 2017 - 6:30pm
Reiki Circle Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 3:00pm
Experimental dance class Sunday, October 8, 2017 - 6:30pm
Experimental dance class Sunday, October 15, 2017 - 6:30pm
Reiki Circle Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 3:00pm

From time to time, Hayfork Yoga Center will offer classes taught by guest instructors.

Melanie graduated from the Vajra Pani Yoga Teacher Training at the Shasta Yoga Institute in Mount Shasta California. The training is fundamentally grounded in the lineage of teachings offered by T. Krishnamacharya and his student B.K.S. Iyengar.

The theme for Melanie's first seven classes will be chakras. The first class is dedicated to Muladhara or root chakra. Each week the class will focus on poses to help balance the individual chakras, working through all seven chakras as the weeks progress.

Yoga with Melanie Monday, September 25, 2017 - 4:30pm
Yoga with Melanie Monday, October 2, 2017 - 4:30pm
Yoga with Melanie Monday, October 9, 2017 - 4:30pm
Yoga with Melanie Monday, October 16, 2017 - 4:30pm
Yoga with Melanie Monday, October 23, 2017 - 4:30pm

Check back soon for Erin's bio!

Yoga with Erin Saturday, September 23, 2017 - 7:00am
Yoga with Erin Saturday, September 23, 2017 - 8:30am
Yoga with Erin Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 7:00am
Yoga with Erin Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 8:30am
Yoga with Erin Saturday, September 30, 2017 - 7:00am

I have knowingly walked toward the light since 1975. I started this support circle to share the gems of my truths and the techniques that have helped me to let go or accept those things that was holding me back. The support circle is to help us achieve our life goals in a joyful, peace (as possible) and loving way.

Inner Light Support Circle Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 6:30pm
Inner Light Support Circle Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 6:30pm
Inner Light Support Circle Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 6:30pm
Inner Light Support Circle Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 6:30pm
Inner Light Support Circle Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 6:30pm

Past Teachers

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Audrey has over two decades of experience dancing and performing. She is extremely passionate about using the body as a vehicle to heal physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. She has facilitated many movement, dance classes and workshops designed to connect the mind and body and promote healing. She discovered yoga over ten years ago and loved the depth she found through the practice. She received her 200hr teaching certification this May, 2014 at the Expanding Light Center where she learned Ananda style yoga. Ananda Yoga uses affirmations to deepen the effect of each posture in the practice. Audrey is really excited to be of service to the Hayfork community.

She also offers private session; call 607-227-3788 to inquire.

For more information, check out her website at www.creativelifecoaching.org.

Author of 'Rawprincess Rituals & Rants: A SelfCare Guide To Beauty & Grace' will be offering private sessions, polarity yoga, Callanetics and exquisite SelfCare tips including basics for releasing processed food habits forever starting today at the Hayfork Yoga center throughout the month of November.

Chelsea founded '❤️CICI Rawgoddess Baja' the vegan wifi cafe, smoothie bar & healing arts mecca in Baja Del Sur Mexico and Venice Beach Energy School in LA. She began yoga and raw foods, fasting and meditation in her early teens. Her dharma is sharing easy fun and lifesaving beauty protocols.

Book Chelsea for bodywork Special Hayfork rates: $60/90min. Visit skylightmassage.com or chelseasacajawea.com, venicebeachenergyschool.com
Questions? Email Chelsea@Rawprincess.org or call 917.588.6015

Born and raised in Alabama, Zac has spent the last 6 years in Hayfork. Over those years in the valley, he has experimented with various types of exercise and physical fitness routines. In the end, the TACFIT program made the most sense. TACFIT is a tactical body weight protocol designed for firefighters, first responders, elite military and law enforcement. These happened to be the people trying to be their best, without letting injury keep them from helping others. This past fall, Zac was certified by the creator of the TACFIT program as a level 1 field instructor. The TACFIT protocol can be performed anywhere at any time with no equipment. Neurologically-based range of motion exercises focus on healthy movement and restore stress-induced negative mobility adaptations.

Laurie Page has over two decades' experience with the Santa Rosa Junior College's Senior Program and has taught at the Yoga Balance studio. Laurie is a life member alumnus of Sonoma State University where she earned an M.A. in history. She is also a life member of the Dance Guild of Sonoma County and is a certified elementary instructor for the Royal Academy.

Kitty teaches belly dancing in our local area. Watch this space for an updated bio!

Crystal has been involved in the field of alternative healing for over five years. She began her studies in Psychology at the University of California; Santa Cruz. After an acupuncture appointment, Crystal had an eye opening experience where she knew that it was of her purpose to become a healer. During her time at UC Santa Cruz, she began her studies in massage.  On her free time she studied the work of Donna Eden and Richard Bartlett. She is well versed in Eden Energy Medicine, Matrix Energetics, and Eastern Medicine techniques. Crystal received her 700 hour massage training at the Sedona School of Massage in Sedona, Arizona.  During that time, she studied Shiatsu, deep tissue massage, Craniosacral, Orthobionomy, Polarity Therapy, Swedish Massage, and Assisted Isolated Stretching. Crystal taught a Swedish Massage class during her time working at the Way Inn neighboring Huaraz, Peru. Crystal also trained under the Kundalini Yoga instructor, Robert Burke, under the teachings of Yogi Bhajan.  During her experience, she clearly noticed an elevation in her mind, body, and spirit. Ever since then, Crystal has been set on integrating the teachings of Kundalini Yoga into her daily life.

"Love, ultimately, Is intentional. It is, at its core, a personal relationship that takes practice. Just like everybody else in this world, I want and need more of this Love in my life, and Yoga helps me show up to the party."

Certified to teach, he has graduated 500 hours of yoga teacher trainings. Lucas has studied through the late Larry Shultz (a longtime student of Patthabis Jois), as well as through the teaching partnership of Nicki Doane and Eddie Modestini (longtime students of both Pattabhi Jois and B.K.S. Iyengar).

Bringing into the Studio a careful understanding of different people's bodies, Lucas strives to teach from his own personal practice to awaken the desire for each student to develop a more rewarding personal practice inside and outside of the Studio. Inspired by All peoples Who walk the Path with Heart, Lucas is grateful to share his experience of Yoga at the Hayfork Yoga Studio.

Lucas is forever continuing his study of herbal medicine, Ancestral Arts/Indigenous living skills, Ayurveda/TCM/Qi Gong... and when not so focused you might be able to catch him soaking in some sunlight near one of Hayfork's many swimming holes.

Seana Messina is registered with Yoga Alliance and has ERYT 500 certification. She has more than 2000 hours of teaching experience in a classroom since she began instructing Yoga in 2002.

Seana studied Yoga and Thai-Yoga Massage in New Jersey for three years at the school Yoga of India while working as an apprentice to Gurmukh Mike Noury, a lifetime practitioner and instructor of Yoga. In addition to her intensive studies at Yoga of India, Seana has also completed an in-depth Vinyasa Flow Yoga Teacher Training course with widely respected Santa Cruz, California, Yoga teacher Mark Stephens, and she has studied Thai-Yoga Massage with Master Kam Thye Chow of the Lotus Palm school in Montreal. Besides Thai massage, she has been practicing Swedish and Deep Tissue massage since 2008.

Her goal as a teacher is to create an environment in which students feel free to express themselves creatively and safely, and challenge themselves while experiencing the deeply therapeutic effects of Yoga. Classes will explore inventive and balanced Asana sequences with the use of pranayama, bandhas and correct alignment to create a calm, clear state of mind.

Students are encouraged to challenge themselves in a way that allows a safe and sustained practice. With the option of using props or modifications, you can increase flexibility, build strength, and gain confidence. Seana encourages her students to use steadiness, ease, and presence of mind, as well as a playful, non-competitive attitude to help keep the emphasis on practicing in a way that respects how you are feeling in this present moment.

After being introduced to yoga in her early teens, Keri began teaching Ashtanga Yoga in 2002.  She later trained with Shiva Rae, and incorporated Svroopa Yoga into her teaching schedule. Keri attained her Associates degree in Massage Therapy & Integrated Health Care and is a recognized Licensed Massage therapist. Keri traveled to Salt Lake City, Utah to study Aromatherapy & became a Essential Oils Educator through Young Living. In 2005 she completed her 500 hour Yoga Teacher Training at Kripalu Yoga Center in Lenox, Massachusetts and is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT).  

Kripalu Yoga is a modern school of Yoga that reflects a synthesis of Traditional approaches. The key to the practice of Kripalu Yoga lies in understanding Prana or Breath as a link between body, mind, & spirit. Kripalu Yoga is rooted in stillness, Yoga postures, combined with breathing techniques and a focused yet compassionate attitude during practice, are used  as vehicles for finding and releasing energy blocks. Paradoxically, when you intentionally put your body into Yoga postures you frequently produce more tension than before. Kripalu Yoga will help you to identify these tensions & teach you to release them. Let go....let go....let go!

Kripalu Yoga ~ Incorporates the five aspects of Yoga into one. (Hatha, Raja, Kundalini, Bhakti and Karma) Each class will begin with seated meditation, followed by breathe work, Asana's & of course followed by Shavasana (relaxation) Variations will be shown, making this class enjoyable for everyone.

Pilates ~ Pilates strengthens the muscles that support the spine (neck, shoulders, abs, hips & thighs) to bring balance into the body. Pilates helps to realign the spine in order to decrease tension, increase flexibility & strengthen the body from the inside out.

Maia Richards is grateful for the opportunity to help keep the community studio open. She has carried a passion for health and body awareness with her throughout her life. Maia's primary background is in dance, specifically Middle Eastern and Belly Dancing which she has performed professionally. Her background also includes six years of ongoing Yoga classes in various styles, intermediate level Pilates, Modern Dance, aerobics and fitness.

Maia hopes to use her experience and love for Dance and Yoga to offer safe and invigorating classes for the Hayfork, Trinity community. She will continue to further her education and knowledge and will be completing her RYT training February of 2012.

Maia may be reached by email at greenflowerdance@gmail.com.

She has been a yoga practitioner for 11 years and has taught for 6 of those years. She completed her first teacher training at 7 Centers in Sedona, AZ, which taught Khira the importance if integrity, non evasive, therapeutic yoga practice.

Her knowledge has been expanded through attending numerous retreats, workshops and classes worldwide, exploring many different styles of yoga (vinyasa, Iyengar, ashtanga, Bikram, kundalini, and kriya) as well as meditation, Ayurveda, cranial sacral therapy, Thai massage and reiki.  

The past 5 years before coming to Hayfork Khira hosted and taught retreats in her house in Thailand and at resorts throughout Bali. Now back in her home land she shares the worldly wisdom she has acquired.

To care for the self is the best care one can give. And so - following her bliss and her path, Khira has moved back to Thailand to replenish herself through the meditative awakening of the Thai temples, another yoga teacher training in the south of Thailand and relaxation/ integration on the beaches of Bali. Her travels will take her to beautiful places in years to come, and she carries our gratitude for her gifts wherever she goes!

 He has been studying the Hermetic arts in the Golden Dawn tradition since 1980. He got his start from Dion Fortune's "The Mystical Qabalah", which he read cover-to-cover over a period of several months. From there he was able to attend a workshop given by Dolores Ashcroft-Nowicki, one of the world's few true adepts, and later studied briefly with the Servants of the Light school. Subsequently, his studies led him to move to Colorado, where he and his partner of that time led a group of like-minded seekers in the exploration of the Mysteries. During that time, he served as officer in several Lodges of the Hermetic tradition, and explored more complex applications of the Great Work.

Today, David is a working member of an Hermetic Order based in the San Francisco Bay Area, and continues to pursue his studies with them.

Inspired by the evolution of consciousness and the expansion of humanity's love, I studied Reiki, Vortex Healing (a Wizard Realm modality), Psychic Attunement, Incan Peruvian Philosophy, Qigong, and Expressive Movement, at the Omega Institute of Holistic Studies in Rhinebeck, New York over the course of two years.

I have a natural inclination towards Esoteric Mythology, Shamanism, Health, Tribal Instruments, Flower Essences, Runic and Osho Zen Oracles, and the healing properties of Crystals. With the foundation of the studies presented above I intuitively formulate the classes and the healing sessions.

Special thanks to Ilene for opening Yoga Balance, creating the space to share the joy of yoga with the Hayfork community.