Teacher Bios

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 was chakras. Each week the class focused on poses to help balance the individual chakras, working through all seven chakras as the weeks progressed.

Melanie recently received a Yoga Tune Up® certification.

Yoga Tune Up® is a fitness therapy format built around the three P's – Pain, Posture and Performance. It helps eradicate pain, improve posture and enhance performance through a unique blend of yoga, Corrective Exercise, Self-Massage, and Breath Strategies. By helping to identify and target your "body blind spots"; areas that are most overused, underused, or misused, YTU heals damaged muscle, increases strength and establishes healthy movement patterns.

The YTU format includes dynamic and static range of motion exercises to target these blind spots to improve proprioception (body sense), interoception (physiological listening) and motor control (performance). This format utilizes unique exercises that educate each practitioner about their body biomechanics and their personal relationship to how they use their body on a daily basis. Mindset work surrounds and infuses each YTU lesson so that subtle and gross awareness evolve to help every practitioner live better in their body.

Private use - M Thursday, August 5, 2021 - 1:00pm
Yoga for Every Body Friday, August 6, 2021 - 11:00am
Private use - M Friday, August 6, 2021 - 1:00pm
Yoga for Every Body Monday, August 9, 2021 - 11:00am
Private class - M Monday, August 9, 2021 - 1:00pm

Nadia began her yoga journey when she was 16 years old. While backpacking through South America, Europe and Africa, she started practicing yoga trapeze and dance yoga. In 2005 she finished her training for theater dance in Argentina, and a few years later, while teaching theater dance in Nigeria, she became interested in learning breath work and deepening body awareness. In 2018, she went to India to study vinyasa flow and Ashtanga, completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training course, and since then has been teaching yoga.

As a teacher, Nadia is friendly, dedicated and passionate, motivating and encouraging her students to be positive at all times. She grounds her students in an ongoing awareness of breath while guiding them through poses. She provides thoughtful Yoga classes and private sessions that are a mix of movement, breathing work and meditation, and she is committed to the development of her unique teaching.

Nadia specializes in vinyasa classes in which each movement is synchronized to a breath, creating a sequence of stillness, strength and flexibility. Each unique class inspires students to relax, connect and understand there bodies. For the past several years, Nadia has found great joy in teaching gentle yoga and helping adults 60 years and older into vitality and strength.

Her mission is to create a space where people can connect with themselves and others, to promote a healthy style of life and inspire a deeper sense of confidence with their body and mind.

Private use - N Wednesday, August 4, 2021 - 9:30am
Gentle Yoga Wednesday, August 4, 2021 - 11:30am
Vinyasa Flow Yoga Thursday, August 5, 2021 - 6:00pm
Private use - N Saturday, August 7, 2021 - 7:00am
Vinyasa Flow Yoga Saturday, August 7, 2021 - 9:30am

Helen bought a yoga mat in 2008 and finally unrolled it in 2012 when she started classes at Hayfork Yoga. A student of Claudia Bird, Helen was gradually drawn into practice, losing 60 pounds and finding a new zest for life on the way. She took the plunge and graduated from the Ananda School of Yoga and Meditation in April, 2019.

Ananda yoga is hatha style, with an emphasis on breath and meditation. The practice is slow and gentle, although it can be as challenging as the practitioner makes it. It’s more of a “work in” than a “work out.”

Helen is especially excited about working with elders and newcomers to yoga. “Yoga got me in the best shape of my life and ready to truly enjoy my later years,” she says. “I’m hoping that I can inspire people to enjoy the physical, mental and spiritual side of this wonderful adventure. Plus, it’s a lot of fun!”

Yoga with Helen Thursday, September 2, 2021 - 4:00pm
Yoga with Helen Friday, September 3, 2021 - 4:00pm
Yoga with Helen Monday, September 6, 2021 - 4:00pm
Yoga with Helen Thursday, September 9, 2021 - 4:00pm
Yoga with Helen Friday, September 10, 2021 - 4:00pm

Grace Hung, LAc is a Licensed Acupuncturist and Chinese Medicine Practitioner from the Bay Area with experience in pulse diagnosis and treatment of internal diseases.  She has a background in Hatha yoga and visual arts.

She completed her Master’s degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine in 2011 at the Academy of Chinese Culture & Health Sciences in Oakland. Grace interned with Robert Levine LAc, studying Chinese Medicine diagnosis and treatment of internal diseases. She was also a student of Liu Ming, studying Chinese physiology, seasonal cycles, and dietetics.

She enjoys continuing to support and promote wellness and health in the local community.

Tara Huff is a 200 RYT, social media influencer and mom of two. She lives in the mountains of Northern California and enjoys outdoor activities.

She began her practice in 1994 and began teaching yoga in 2021. She is passionate about alignment and loves to teach Vinyasa flow classes that motivate and inspire people's practices.

After her daughter was born with an imperforate anus and a tethered spinal cord in 2013, she went on a quest and discovered ways to bring yoga into her everyday life. Her goal is to inspire others to find inner strength, grace and balance in life through yoga.

Vinyasa Flow with Tara Wednesday, August 4, 2021 - 6:00pm
Yoga with Tara Monday, August 9, 2021 - 6:00pm
Vinyasa Flow with Tara Wednesday, August 11, 2021 - 6:00pm
Yoga with Tara Monday, August 16, 2021 - 6:00pm
Vinyasa Flow with Tara Wednesday, August 18, 2021 - 6:00pm

Melanie and Helen currently share the teaching of these classes.

Yoga with Helen/Melanie Wednesday, August 4, 2021 - 4:00pm
Yoga with Helen/Melanie Wednesday, August 11, 2021 - 4:00pm
Yoga with Helen/Melanie Wednesday, August 18, 2021 - 4:00pm
Yoga with Helen/Melanie Wednesday, August 25, 2021 - 4:00pm
Yoga with Helen/Melanie Wednesday, September 1, 2021 - 4:00pm

Reiki Circle is led by Patricia Morrison and others and is open to the public.

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

Full bio coming soon!

Reiki / Women's group Thursday, August 5, 2021 - 9:00am
Reiki / Women's group Thursday, August 12, 2021 - 9:00am
Reiki / Women's group Thursday, August 19, 2021 - 9:00am
Reiki / Women's group Thursday, August 26, 2021 - 9:00am

I have 55 years experience of meditation and 33 years ago was ordained as lama (teacher) of the Tibetan Kagyud lineage. At the request of my own teacher (Lama Radha Chime Rinpoche), I head the North American branch of his organization called Amrita Dzong.

As a lama, I am authorized to teach all Buddhist philosophies and meditations. However, I was specifically tasked by Lama  Chime to be the lineage-bearer of a uniquely Kagyud tradition called "Sutra Mahamudra" which teaches "direct seeing".

Buddhist meditation Friday, August 6, 2021 - 6:00pm
Buddhist meditation Friday, August 13, 2021 - 6:00pm
Buddhist meditation Friday, August 20, 2021 - 6:00pm
Buddhist meditation Friday, August 27, 2021 - 6:00pm
Buddhist meditation Friday, September 3, 2021 - 6:00pm

Past Teachers

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 around 2008 and is glad to be a part of keeping the studio open now.

Update: Claudia has recently moved to Hawai'i to start a new life there. We bless and thank her for her years of selfless teaching and service to the yoga community!

Rachel Anderson and Dave Menefee hold both the Findhorn-inspired meditations and lead pilates at Hayfork Yoga Center. Regarding pilates, they are not certified instructors, but they do follow a list of standard exercises. These classes are free of charge, but donations to support the yoga studio are gratefully accepted.

Check back soon for Erin's bio!

Check back later for a bio of this teacher.

Judy has knowingly walked toward the light since 1975. She leads yoga classes when the certified teachers are unavailable.

Judy started the Inner Light support circle to share the gems of my truths and the techniques that have helped her to let go or accept those things that were holding her back. The support circle was intended to help us achieve our life goals in a joyful, peaceful (as possible) and loving way. This class may return to the schedule with sufficient interest.

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 were to show students how to strengthen the body and remove physical blockages with emphasis on core, balance, physical alignment, and deep stretching. She brought a playful attitude and warm smile to each class.

These teachers taught classes at Hayfork Yoga Center for several months.

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 in 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.

Raelyn has lived in Hayfork since 2000 and has offered education in natural childbirth.

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. She is the author of 'Rawprincess Rituals & Rants: A SelfCare Guide To Beauty & Grace'. She offered private sessions, polarity yoga, Callanetics and exquisite SelfCare tips including basics for releasing processed food habits forever.

Born and raised in Alabama, during Zach's years in Hayfork valley he 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. Neurologically-based range of motion exercises focus on healthy movement and restore stress-induced negative mobility adaptations. Zach 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.

Laurie 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 taught belly dancing in our local area for many years, though she may be retired from teaching now.

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 her purpose to become a healer. During her time at UC Santa Cruz, she began her studies in massage. In 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. 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 sought to integrate 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, Lucas graduated 500 hours of yoga teacher trainings. He 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 was grateful to share his experience of Yoga at the Hayfork Yoga Studio. He is continuing his study of herbal medicine, Ancestral Arts/Indigenous living skills, Ayurveda/TCM/Qi Gong.

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, she also completed an in-depth Vinyasa Flow Yoga Teacher Training course with Yoga teacher Mark Stephens, and she has studied Thai-Yoga Massage with Master Kam Thye Chow of the Lotus Palm school in Montreal.

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, incorporating the five aspects of Yoga into one (Hatha, Raja, Kundalini, Bhakti and Karma). The key to the practice 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!

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 was grateful for the opportunity to help keep the community studio open. She 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.

Khira has been a yoga practitioner for many 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 of integrity as well as non-invasive, 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. Before coming to Hayfork, Khira hosted and taught retreats in her house in Thailand and at resorts throughout Bali.

 Dave 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.

Inspired by the evolution of consciousness and the expansion of humanity's love, Solei 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. She has a natural inclination towards Esoteric Mythology, Shamanism, Health, Tribal Instruments, Flower Essences, Runic and Osho Zen Oracles, and the healing properties of Crystals.

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