Teachers 2017-04-14T21:10:35+00:00

OUR TEACHER TRAINERS

swami-ramananda

Swami Ramananda is the President of the Integral Yoga Institute in San Francisco and a greatly respected senior teacher in the Integral Yoga tradition, who has been practicing Yoga for over 35 years. Ramananda offers practical methods of integrating the timeless teachings and practices of yoga into daily life, and transforming the painful aspects of human experience into steps toward realizing one’s full potential.

He leads beginner, intermediate and advanced level yoga teacher training programs in San Francisco, and offers a variety of programs in many locations in the U. S., Europe and South America. Ramananda trains Yoga teachers to bring Yoga into corporate, hospital and medical settings and has taught mind/body wellness programs in many locations. He is a founding board member of the Yoga Alliance, a national registry that supports and promotes yoga teachers as professionals. His warmth, wisdom and sense of humor have endeared him to many.

swami-vimalananda

Swami Vimalananda Ma, RYT500, is an Integral Yoga sannyasi – monk. She has been involved with Integral Yoga since 1971 and Director of the San Francisco Integral Yoga Institute from 1992-2011. She specializes in teaching yoga philosophy and spiritual counseling.

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Diana Meltsner has been teaching Integral Yoga style Hatha classes in the Bay Area since 2001. She has focused on the full spectrum of students and environments from children at schools to seniors in medical clinics. She also teaches prenatal and postnatal classes in yoga studios. Her classes encourage mindfulness and lead towards experiencing inner peace and self-discovery. She has been staffing the IYI yoga teacher trainings since 2003.

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OUR TEACHING STAFF

amaranandrewsAmaran began his yoga journey in 2003 in NYC after taking an introductory workshop at IYINY. In 2005, when he moved to San Francisco, he started practicing at IYI and felt right at home. After several months, he began to volunteer at reception and has been a fixture at the ashram every since. He has volunteered at reception, in the kitchen, and managing the email campaign. In Fall of 2011 he took TT and began teaching the week after graduation. Amaran teaches Gentle on Tuesday Afternoon: 4:30-6pm.
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Helen has been practicing Yoga for 15 years. She is a graduate of the September 2014 Basic Teacher Training from the Integral Yoga Institute. She received the spiritual Sanskrit name of Anjali, which means offering of prayer.

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In 2014, Helen graduated fro the California Institute of Integral Studies with a certificate of Sound, Voice, Music, and Healing.

Helen leads a focused, basic, class that combines Hatha movements to embrace the true self. Come to a class and find your spirit and the awareness within.

ashokagonzalezAshoka practiced yoga for over two decades prior to becoming a certified Yoga teacher in 2010; he became an intermediate level instructor in August 2011. He has taught locally and internationally. He currently teaches Hatha I weekly (Saturdays @ 11:00am) at the San Francisco Integral Yoga and at the St. Vincent de Paul Society.
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bhaktanriveraBhaktan is a Certified Integral Yoga Teacher. For over 8 years he has taught Yoga classes for beginners, Yoga for Seniors, Stress Release and Restorative Yoga, and Yoga in Spanish in the San Francisco area.
bhavaniivyRena Bhavani Ivy is a senior teacher at the Integral Yoga Institute who also facilitates a cognitive behavioral recovery group. She has specific training in therapeutic and accessible yoga, and also leads workshops in meditation. She has recently completed a forty-hour training in trauma sensitive yoga at Kripalu, taught by teachers from the Trauma Center in Massachusetts. She teaches privately, as well as at IYI.

claudiahuddleston

Claudia Huddleston (E-500CYT, C-IAYT) has been teaching yoga for 17 years. With over 1.500 hours of training she offers an in-depth understanding of the yogic practices and techniques and on how to apply them for healing, integration and transformation. In 2011 she bridged her interest in Western psychology and the yogic path and certified as a Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist. She is also among the first yoga therapist officially certified by the International Association of Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT). Claudia is also a Stress Management Educator and trained as a Shiatsu Practitioner. In her work she offers a unique blend of the various branches of yoga, hands-on body and energy work empowering individuals to move towards greater resilience, well-being and health. Please visit her website for more information: http://claudiahuddleston.com/ *The yoga therapy components of my teaching are based on my IAYT accreditation, not derived from my status as an E-RYT with Yoga Alliance Registry.

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dayalanclarkDavid “Dayalan” Clark, CMT, RYT is originally from Topeka, Kansas. He resided in San Diego for 22 years before relocating to San Francisco in January 2012. David is a certified Yoga Instructor of “Deep Yoga”, a hatha-style yoga featuring asana, pranayama & meditation. He studied under Bhava Ram and Laura Plumb at DYSHA, The Deep Yoga School of Healing Arts in San Diego. David is also a certified Integral Yoga Instructor, having completed the Basic TT in the fall of 2012. He currently teaches Hatha II at the Integral Yoga Institute San Francisco where he is a resident and also serves as Head of Reception.

David attended IPSB, The International Professional School of Bodywork in San Diego attaining the HHP, Holistic Health Practitioner certification with a specialization in Traditional Thai Massage. He is also a CMT, CA certified Massage Therapist. David’s business, 4d Bliss, is located by Dolores Park in San Francisco. Through 4dBliss he offers a focus of Traditional Thai Massage, Deep Tissue & Swedish Massage as well as Yoga Therapy. David offers yoga, meditation and traditional Thai massage in retreat settings at different locales throughout California. He has a great-continued interest in Ayurveda and plans to continue study in that area.

diana_meltnserDiana Meltsner has been teaching Integral Yoga style Hatha classes in the Bay Area since 2001. She has focused on the full spectrum of students and environments from children at schools to seniors in medical clinics. She also teaches prenatal and postnatal classes in yoga studios. Her classes encourage mindfulness and lead towards experiencing inner peace and self-discovery. She has been staffing the IYI yoga teacher trainings since 2003.
dylanbodhiHealth, happiness, and peaceful living have all been pursuits that led Bodhi to both Yoga and the IYI. Through experiencing the benefits of a dedicated Yoga and Meditation practice, he became attracted to teaching in hopes of passing on this wealth to everyone looking to discover more meaning in their lives. It is only through relationship with our own divinity can we transcend to new states of consciousness and being. He was certified to teach at the Integral Yoga Institute in San Francisco, and aspires towards cultivating Love, Joy, and Playfulness in both his classes and the world. One Love
erinsinghErin Lila Singh, E-RYT, received her beginning and intermediate teacher certification through Integral Yoga, her children’s certification through Karma Kids Yoga, and completed training for teaching at-risk teens through the Lineage Project in New York. She has taught yoga to inner-city teenagers through Integral’s Yoga at School program in New York for the past six years, and has worked with hundreds of youth in schools, yoga studios, and incarceration facilities. Erin recently moved to San Francisco to launch Integral’s Yoga at School program in the Bay Area, and is excited to build a community of teachers interested in bringing yoga to youth.
iswariemilyspoonIswari Spoon took her first yoga class at age 13, which started a life-long practice that has evolved into a transformative, compassionate and loving experience. Iswari is a certified Integral Yoga Teacher and has been teaching the Level I Community Class, Tuesday at 6:30 pm, for 3 years. She also teaches Level II, Gentle, Stress management and Bereavement yoga workshops. This practice seeks to create a sense of space in the body and mind, open the heart and bring awareness to the peace within.
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In 1996, lying in deep relaxation, Jack received the instruction to observe his thoughts and was transformed for good. Realizing “I am not my thoughts” lifted him out of a longstanding clinical depression, and he rode off into the Sunset where he and his husband, Matt Rowell, enjoy caring for their vintage West Portal home. Since 1998 Jack has led regular hatha classes at SFIYI. As a double-decade survivor of HIV, for eight years he offered a weekly class to those touched by the virus. He adores serving and learning in the IYI kitchen and remains in awe of the power of puja.

jayadevilisaLiving up the street has made coming home to the Institute a no-brainer for Jayadevi. After five years as a Karma Yogi, she took a leap and traveled to India for Teacher Training in 2006. She completed the Raja Yoga and Gentle Teacher Trainings, and in February 2011 took mantra initiation. Drop in any Wednesday night and join Jayadevi for the familiar flow of Integral Hatha Yoga: deep attention to our breath, the joy of turning inward, and Gurudev’s guidance to our own peace.

Jaymie Meyer is the founder of Resilience for Life®. Over the past 17 years, she has educated thousands of people in stress reduction, resilience and healthy aging.
A certified HeartMath and New Life Story Coach with multiple certifications in stress management, Ayurveda, and yoga therapy (C-IAYT) Jaymie supports clients in building sustainable, healthy habits to support mind/body integration and self-regulation.
What she loves most about her work is the uniqueness of each individual. Since no two people are the same, working with clients to find their next best steps is a stimulating and inspiring collaboration. Most frequently, she serves women in mid-life who have any combination of concerns including: anxiety, back pain, balance issues, heart disease, insomnia, menopausal symptoms, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, pain, and stress.
In addition to her private practice, she has had the opportunity to present Resilience for Life Stress Reduction programs and HeartMath Resilience Advantage Workshops to groups at the National Institutes for Health, IBM, Columbia University, Panasonic, and the Arthritis Foundation. A spokesperson and educator for Humana, and a member of the Dr. Dean Ornish faculty, Jaymie is a Senior Faculty of the Integral Yoga Academy and co-teacher of the Stress Management Teacher Training. www.resilienceforlife.com

Jivana-Heyman1Rev. Jivana Heyman is Program Manager of the S.F. Integral Yoga Institute, co-owner of the Santa Barbara Yoga Center, and an Integral Yoga Minister. With over twenty years of training and teaching, Jivana has specialized in sharing yoga to people with disabilities with an emphasis on teaching yoga philosophy. His passion is making Yoga accessible to everyone. Jivana has taught with the Dean Ornish Heart Disease Reversal Program through the University of California San Francisco, California Pacific Medical Center’s Institute of Health and Healing, and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. He created the Accessible Yoga Teacher Training program in 2007, and has led trainings for the Sivananda Yoga ashrams in Austria and the Bahamas, as well as for Integral Yoga in Brazil and New York. He’s currently planning the Accessible Yoga Conference to bring together adaptive yoga teachers from all over the world. For more information please visit www.accessibleyoga.org
judymirabaiJudy Hubbell has studied Mindfulness and is certified in the moving meditation form of Tai Chi Chih. With this form, she teaches Mind Body Classes for CCSF’s Older Adults Program (OLAD). She has taught singing for the CCSF Music Department since 1978 and loves to bring all these practices together through the breath, sound, the wisdom of Yoga, and movement! As Mirabai, Judy presently teaches a Hatha I/II class on alternate Sundays at 11:00 at IYI. Mirabai is certified as an IYI instructor in Meditation, Hatha I and II, Therapeutic Yoga, and is hoping to finish her Hatha III Teacher Certification soon. She loves to bring the work of T’ai chi chih and the principles of Hatha Yoga together and is grateful to IYI for the many disciplines possible in life through the joys of practice and improvisation.
jyothitomitaBorn and raised in Tokyo, Japan and resident of San Francisco since January of 1975. Married with one son and dog (Hana-Australian Shepherd/Chow mix). Love to sing (opera, musicals, art songs etc.), knit and crochet, and walk my dog. Completed Basic Yoga Teacher Training (6/2009), Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training (6/2010), and Gentle Yoga Training (10/ 2010) at Integral Yoga Institute, San Francisco. Currently teaching Yoga at Asian American Recovery Services and at IYISF.
k-muktideviKristine “Muktidevi” Demafeliz is a born and raised San Franciscan. She graduated from the 2014 Fall Basic Yoga TT program from the Integral Yoga® Institute in the heart of San Francisco. She received the spiritual Sanskrit name Muktidevi… which translates “Goddess of Liberation” that reminds her every day to remain “grounded” in her life, and to maintain her true nature of peace. She taught and subbed yoga classes at the SFO Airport for 3 years when she was employed there. She offered classes to Airport Commission employees and Police Officers during lunchtime called “SFO YOGA®”.

Due to the recent passing of her mother and also landing a new career path simultaneously, these recent bittersweet life events have prepared her for the next steps on her yogic path. Muktidevi is now on her way to developing new goals to becoming a stronger yoga teacher.

She discovered a DEEP passion for yoga and has been a practitioner for 8 years. The moment she step foot at the IYI, she said it was TRULY a life-changing experience and grew to become more disciplined in her life. Muktidevi has also been living with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) for the past 19 years and says that the benefits of yoga have helped her tremendously on more than just a physical level but also with her mind, spirit, and heart. Her intention is to assist individuals with injuries, health ailments, and/or illnesses to bring awareness to one’s unique Self.

katiehazardKatie guides her students to connect with the wisdom and teacher within. A practitioner of yoga and Buddhist meditation for more than a decade, she spent 3 years in India and Bali, studying at ashrams and monasteries. She moved to San Francisco in 2012 and was delighted to discover Integral Yoga, where she began to weave together her yoga and meditation practices. Katie completed the Basic Teacher Training in 2013 and enjoys offering deep, clear Hatha Yoga classes at IYI and other locations. She also offers mindfulness classes for children.
kealohadeluzKealoha has been part of the Holistic Health field for over 20 years. In addition to serving as an Integral Yoga Teacher (Levels I, II and III), he’s also a licensed Massage Therapist as well as a Skin Care Practitioner. Furthermore, he’s currently working towards his Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree, and plans to obtain a Doctor of Holistic Life Coaching (D.HLc) degree by the fall of 2016. Kealoha believes that the foundation of Yoga is the Mind-Body-Spirit connection, and he brings all three elements to his teaching. He stresses that one of the main goals of his class is for each of his students to achieve their own personal meditational experience, for he strongly believes that “the art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery”. Kealoha feels that one of the main benefits of teaching yoga is the fact that he learns as much from his students as they learn from him.
loloplouvierLolo was first introduced to yoga as part of her dance training. Over the years, she had the opportunity to explore different yoga styles and traditions with many wonderful teachers. After a first yoga teacher training in Nepal, she was delighted to find the Integral Yoga Institute in San Francisco. She completed the Intermediate Integral Yoga and Meditation Teacher Trainings and is grateful for the ongoing opportunity to learn and serve at the Institute.
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mukundamarcMarc Mukunda Morozumi began his yoga training in 2001 as a student of ashtanga yoga while still dancing with Joe Goode Performance Group in SF. After a spiritual journey to India in 2007 along with life’s bittersweet unfolding by way of injury and heartbreak, he found Integral Yoga as a natural home. Since 2009, Mukunda has deepened his practice with teacher trainings through Integral Yoga and maintains a steady Hatha I/II class on Saturday mornings at the SF IYI. He has recently been a staff member on IYI silent retreats and will be sharing more teachings in workshops in the coming months. You can learn more about him at http://www.yogamukunda.com/.
padmajeannejenningsPadma Jennings has been meditating for 25 years. In 2001 she completed BasicTeachers Training, and has since completed Gentle, Intermediate, Children’s, Therapeutic Yoga and Raja TT and has been a teacher at IYI San Francisco for more than 10 years. Padma has a degree in Nursing and works in the area of Hospice and Palliative Care providing nursing care and support to individuals and families. Her experience with Meditation has included teaching meditation and relaxation techniques as a nurse in psychiatric facilities, yoga retreats and homeless shelters in San Francisco.
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parameshspoardA gradually deepening spiritual practice brought Paramesh to Integral Yoga Institute, San Francisco in 2008 where he proceeded to graduate Basic Teacher Training in July of 2016.A passion for yoga philosophy, meditation, and enquiry into the nature of reality is what drives his teaching style and practice. With an open-hearted and accepting nature he hopes to facilitate a supportive environment for students to work with their body, breath and mind to connect with inner peace and

contentment. Great joy is found practicing with others and he is inspired to continue to learn, teach, and share.

Marie (Prashanti) turned to Yoga in 2010 to deal with stress more effectively after dealing with adrenal fatigue brought on by working long hours as a high-tech marketing manager in Silicon Valley.

As a certified Integral Yoga Teacher, RYT500, Marie teaches Restorative Yoga at Integral Yoga Institute, San Francisco. She also teaches Wheelchair Yoga at Laguna Honda Hospital, Chair Yoga to seniors, Hatha classes to business professionals, and 1-1 sessions with private clients recovering from cancer, heart disease, arthritis, and surgery.

Marie has completed trainings in Basic & Intermediate Hatha Yoga, Therapeutic Yoga, Yoga for Stress Management, Yoga for Healing, and the Yoga Sutras of Pantanjali. She continues her education by attending workshops (iRest® , Reiki, anatomy and more) and conferences (e.g. Accessible Yoga Conference).

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saranifeldmanSarani Fedman is the mother of three and has been teaching yoga for fifteen years. She also spent many years teaching young children in the classroom setting and has an advanced degree in Child Development and Early Childhood Education. She specializes in teaching Family Yoga including prenatal, postnatal, and children’s classes. In all of these aspects of her life, sharing the strength, wisdom, and joy of yoga is the thread that sustains her.
saraswatimelanieSaraswati has been a dedicated practitioner of meditation and yoga for many years. Having a keen interest in spirituality and how it’s expressed cross-culturally, she received her Masters in Anthropology in 1996 and a Doctorate in Religious Studies in 2004.  She has been teaching yoga since 2008 and became the Head of Teachers at Integral Yoga San Francisco in 2009. She is trained in Gentle, Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced levels of yoga.  She encourages students to have an inward experience of the class by approaching yoga as a moving meditation that incorporates the breath.  She also enjoys combining the practice of knitting with meditation and leads the IYISF karma yoga-knitting group.

sevikafordSevika Heather Ford, RYT500, was introduced to yoga as a teenager and continued to practice at various studios throughout her life. In 2005 she discovered the Integral Yoga Institute and found the essence of Yoga that she had been seeking; a contemplative, mindful practice intended to remove obstacles and restore peace. On a path to deepening her own practice she became a teacher. Integral Yoga trained, Sevika completed the basic training in 2008 and has been teaching ever since. She is trained in Intermediate Hatha, Stress Management, Therapeutic, Restorative, and Yoga For Healing. She loves sharing Yoga and supporting others in cultivating awareness and healing.

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sudevivillaranSusi (or Sudevi as she is known at the San Francisco Integral Yoga Institute) left Perú in 2012 to come to San Francisco and study yoga. After completing her basic teacher training in 2012 at the San Francisco Integral Yoga Institute, she fell in love with Integral Yoga and went on to complete the Intermediate, Advanced, Stress Management and Teens Teacher Trainings. She is currently taking an alignment-based training in Berkeley and having fun exploring many styles and traditions. She loves to learn and to share whatever she learns with those around, especially those who attend her Level II classes every other Thursday from 9:30- 11am.
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swami-ramanandaSwami Ramananda is the President of the Integral Yoga Institute in San Francisco and a greatly respected senior teacher in the Integral Yoga tradition, who has been practicing Yoga for over 35 years. Ramananda offers practical methods of integrating the timeless teachings and practices of yoga into daily life, and transforming the painful aspects of human experience into steps toward realizing one’s full potential.

He leads beginner, intermediate and advanced level yoga teacher training programs in San Francisco, and offers a variety of programs in many locations in the U. S., Europe and South America. Ramananda trains Yoga teachers to bring Yoga into corporate, hospital and medical settings and has taught mind/body wellness programs in many locations. He is a founding board member of the Yoga Alliance, a national registry that supports and promotes yoga teachers as professionals. His warmth, wisdom and sense of humor have endeared him to many.

umaelizabethUma has practiced at the Integral Yoga Institute for years. She completed her Basic Teacher Training in 2007 and has taught consistently since that time. In 2009 Uma completed Raja Yoga Teacher Training and strives to incorporate the wisdom of the sutras in her classes.
Uma’s path in yoga began at the Sivananda Vedanta Yoga Center and then at the Integral Yoga Institute of San Francisco. She is now a certified instructor of Integral Yoga Hatha for Beginners and of Meditation. She teaches workshops in Meditation at the Integral Yoga Institute. It is her joy to assist people in establishing themselves in regular meditation practice, in experiencing a calm and focused mind, and in connecting with their True Nature, which is inner peace and happiness – always present and unchanging. “Those who meditate regularly will have no complaints in life.”

-Sri Swami Satchidananda, Founder of Integral Yoga