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Karen Zelin

Karen Zelin

Karen Zelin is one of the owners of Yoga Within.  She has been a student and teacher of Yoga and Meditation since the mid 1990’s.  She trained at the Iyengar Yoga Institute in San Francisco, Judith Lassater’s Relax and Renew Certification program, and the Spirit Rock Yoga & Mindfulness Certification program, and is deeply involved with Insight Santa Cruz, a Buddhist meditation center.  Her long-time yoga teacher is Kofi Busia.

Karen’s teaching draws from her extensive training, years of experience and deep grounding in her own practice. Classes are designed to bring compassion to the body/mind, while increasing strength, flexibility and  awareness.  In her yoga classes, you will learn the poses, and as well as  a taste of philosophy, functional anatomy, and mindfulness—that’s yoga! It’s all connected.

Laurie Broderick-Burr

Laurie Broderick-Burr has been practicing and teaching yoga for 30 years. She has been deeply influenced in the Iyengar tradition by Judith Lasater, Aadil Palkhivala, and Kofi Busia. Laurie considers herself a life-long learner and consistently seeks to deepen her knowledge of human movement patterns. Currently enrolled in a Masters of Kinesiology program, Laurie expertly integrates principles of functional movement, anatomy, biomechanics, balance, and stability into classical asana instruction.  One of Laurie’s long-time students says, “Laurie’s approach to yoga combines ancient teachings with contemporary science in a way that makes asana practice meaningful in the modern world. With sensitivity and a good sense of humor she blends her deep and growing knowledge of the mechanics of the human body with the traditions of hatha yoga to provide practices that extend beyond the yoga studio into daily life.” Laurie’s Website:

Michael Leannarda-Dini

Michael Leannarda-Dini is a Certified Yoga Therapist and Ayurvedic Health Counselor. Yoga has been a part of my life for over 30 years. It has brought me much joy which I attribute to the many and varied fabulous teachers I have been fortunate to study with. My goal is to make yoga accessible to everyone. We all have our strengths and our challenges. Classes taught in the Viniyoga approach, a therapeutically oriented style of yoga that emphasizes safety and adaptation, promotes personal awareness, and facilitates connection with yourself. By learning to relax deeply, breath completely, stretch and strengthen the body; we get to luxuriate in that peace and joy that lie within.

Ron Reynolds

Ron Reynolds begin practicing Yoga in the early seventies, but after a few years the world of dance proved more attractive. For many years Ron studied ballet and jazz while pursuing a career as a mechanical engineer, working on projects ranging from aerospace to automation. Mechanical engineering eventually became Software engineering and dance became the geeky world of the Silicon Valley. In 2000 Ron rediscovered Yoga and began to live again. Since then he has taught or attended 3 or 4 classes weekly with the intention of knowing the human mind and anatomy and how it is affected by Yoga.

Yoga for 50+

This slower-paced class is designed for the specific needs of mid-life and older students. Learn yoga in a supportive, light-hearted atmosphere. Props and modifications are used to increase mobility, flexibility and strength. Students of all abilities, and all body shapes and sizes are welcome.