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Amey Mathews

Amey Mathews is one of the owners of Yoga Within. She has been a student of yoga since 1993, and her love for the practice grows deeper every day. She began studying yoga as a student at Stanford University, and is always searching out ways to continue her yogic education. Over the years she has studied Iyengar, Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Anusara, Jivamukti, and Kundalini styles of yoga. “My goal as a teacher is to create an environment in which students feel safe, challenged, and enthusiastic about the many riches that yoga has to offer. Yoga is an optimistic discipline, which asserts that we all have vast potential beyond our current state.” Amey teaches with an emphasis on the philosophy and concepts behind the postures. She received her first certification from the White Lotus Foundation in 1999, and in 2004 she completed a 110-hour teacher training program with her primary teacher, Kofi Busia. Amey offers her humble gratitude to the many amazing teachers who have guided her practice; most notably Kofi Busia.
831.419.0716 ~ ~


Denyse Hurley

Denyse Hurley began her path with yoga in 1999 and has been committed to the practice ever since. She has taught children’s yoga classes at a local school, and is currently working with a local baseball team learning the benefits of yoga. She is certified to teach yoga to children through Indigo Yoga for Kids. She is also a volunteer for Native Animal Rescue, and is a mom and has been a resident of Aptos since 1972.. She teaches adult Hatha classes on Thursdays. Yoga ultimately means union between mind, body & spirit. It is a privilege to participate in helping people achieve this harmony.
831.818.2903 ~


Denise Wendler

Denise Wendler has been studying yoga since 1985 and teaching since 1996. She is an Intermediate Junior I certified Iyengar teacher and a graduate of the Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco. She was fortunate to go to Pune in 2005 to study with the Iyengar family. Denise teaches classes in the Santa Cruz/San Jose area, and workshops and retreats in California and Hawaii. She enjoys teaching students of all ages and abilities and her classes draw faithful students who appreciate her encouraging spirit and patient instruction. Denise is available for private lessons.
408.506.0996 ~ ~


Jane Freeman

Jane Freedman says: “Yoga is the most profound relationship I have ever known. The practices of yoga have held my attention and my heart with curiosity and demand that I respect and cherish. I attribute this to my current teacher of 22 years, Kofi Busia. His teaching is impeccable. His patience and yogic knowledge are second to none. I am inspired to teach with consistency, clarity of purpose and joy in honor of my teacher.”


Karyn Bristol

Karyn Bristol is one of the owners of Yoga Within. Karyn is a Certified Iyengar Teacher. She has been a dedicated student of Iyengar Yoga since 1986 and began teaching in 2003. Her practice had such a powerful, transformative effect on her life that she decided to to become a yoga teacher. In 2003 she graduated from the Iyengar Institute of San Francisco. In 2004 she completed Kofi Busia’s teacher training. After a two year apprenticeship with Elise Miller, a senior Iyengar teacher, she completed the Yoga for Scoliosis Training in 2008. Karyn is registered with Yoga Alliance at the RYT 500 hour level. She is available for private clients.
831.464.9417  ~ ~

Kofi Busia

Kofi Busia

Kofi Busia is one of the world’s foremost teachers in the Iyengar tradition. He has been teaching for nearly 40 years, and has held his Advanced Certificate for 35 years. He has taught, and is recognized, all over the world. He began yoga as a student at Oxford and has taught professionally ever since. Throughout the 1970’s and up until the mid-1980’s, he studied regularly with B. K. S. Iyengar, and directly from him on a regular basis at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute in Pune, Maharashtra, South India. Although he has lived most of his life in Oxford, England, he is currently based in Santa Cruz, California, where he is putting the finishing touches to three planned books, one of which is an original translation and commentary, direct from the Sanskrit, of the Yoga Sutras of Patañjali. Until this work is complete he will continue to offer only a skeleton number of classes and workshops mainly in the Northern California area.


Kym House

Kym House is a Certified Yoga Therapist (AVI 700hr). She teaches classes that are safe and accessible to anyone wanting to improve their health, “Start where you are!”. She is also a Certified Yoga Instructor (Kripalu 200 hr & AVI 500 hr). Kym specializes in back injuries and has extensive experience applying the tools of yoga for healing injuries and managing pain, as well as, working with athletes to improve performance, injury prevention and recovery. She has served as a faculty assistant for the American Viniyoga Institute ( and has a B.A. in Dance from San Francisco State University. In addition to group classes, Kym offers individual yoga therapy sessions, and is trained to develop prescriptive yoga therapy practices. Contact Kym for more information at; 831-254-6100 ~


Nancy Finley

Nancy Finley was first introduced to yoga and meditation at age sixteen, and again much later in Tokyo when she began studying with Iyengar yoga teacher, Joan Seow Harakuma in 1995. Soon after, she met Engineer and Senior Iyengar yoga Instructor, Ramanand Patel. Her background in Hatha yoga is influenced by the BKS Iyengar system through Ramanand, her primary teacher. She continues to study weekly with him in San Francisco. She completed yoga teacher training courses with Kofi Busia and Pranja yoga. With over 3,000 hours of yoga training and 4,000 plus hours of teaching yoga and Feldenkrais, her curiosity continues to deepen. She happily invites you to join her in this splendid study. She is also available for private clients.
831.662.9132  ~ ~


The Iyengar method places special focus on developing strength, endurance and correct body alignment in addition to flexibility and relaxation. The standing poses emphasized in this system of yoga build strong legs, increase general vitality, and improve circulation, coordination and balance. Iyengar Yoga is meditation in action – the mind is focused on the actions of the posture and the movement of the breath. As the mind unites with the body and the breath students move into a meditative state. Self exploration occurs through discovery and release of physical tension patterns and psychological resistance. As practice continues, a student’s ability to relax and to concentrate improves and inner awareness is enhanced. Only teachers that have passed the stringent certification may be classified as Iyengar teachers. At Yoga Within we are honored to have Kofi Busia, Karyn Bristol, and Denise Wendler as certified teachers.


This class incorporates many facets of a complete yoga practice: philosophy, breath awareness, postures, and mental focus. Each session could include discussion, breath work, flowing sequences of poses, and some longer, static postures. The goal is to increase strength, flexibility, and awareness. Hatha Yoga is a generalized term referring to any of a number of approaches based on Patanjali’s 8-path approach to yoga (Ethics toward others, Discipline toward self, Breath awareness, Postures, Sensory Control, Concentration, Meditation, Enlightenment).Hatha Yoga is the most common type of general yoga class.


These classes are aimed at beginning students who are looking to learn about yoga and begin a practice, in a supportive community of other beginning students. New students are welcome to drop-in at any time. Postures will be explained and demonstrated, and options will be provided to make the practice feel both challenging and safe for everyone.

Back Care

These classes are suitable for all practitioners, but special care is made to assist those with minor back issues. Overall emphasis is also placed on building a strong and healthy back for everyone, so as to avoid future back-related problems. If you have serious back injuries please speak with the instructor beforehand.

Viniyoga for Your Back

Experience Kym’s Structural Viniyoga Therapy offered in a group setting. (Viniyoga is a Sanskrit word for adapt or apply yogic practices to the individual, group and/or situation). Address conditions of the upper back, neck and shoulders as well as the low back, sacrum and hips and their relationship to each other. Explore therapeutic Viniyoga practices, (See Therapeutic Yoga Class Description), integrated with western functional biomechanics. Learn about YOUR anatomy and condition. Learn therapeutic practices that create balance. Increase strength, flexibility, stability, range of motion, circulation and promote healing. This class is appropriate for all levels. Individual adaptations are offered. Please consult Kym for acute injury.

Beginning Viniyoga

Start where you are! Learn the basics of this therapeutic form of yoga practice. This class begins with a focus on the breath to calm the Autonomic Nervous System, before moving into gentle preparation with breath-centric poses. Then the class builds to stronger poses and holding the postures as applicable. Technique, alignment, and functional bio-mechanics will be taught. Individual modifications are offered with each class.

Therapeutic Yoga

“The breath is central to yoga because it is central to life…and yoga is about life.” ~ TKV Krishnamacharya This class is appropriate for anyone wanting to improve their health and wellbeing. Breath centric practices with specific breathing techniques to calm the Autonomic Nervous System are integrated with therapeutic adaptations to classical yoga poses. Breath centric/moving poses can help us correct dysfunctional movement patterns and innervate chronically tense muscles. Integrated with holding of poses to strengthen and stretch more deeply we can effect change and bring balance. Some restorative poses are introduced. Adaptations for individuals are always offered. Yoga practices are therapeutic and healing for all levels of your being; physical, energetic and mental. This class is appropriate for all levels. No acute injury.

Adaptive Yoga Clinic

Founded in 2008 in Santa Cruz, California this program grew out of the need to make yoga available for those with mobility challenges. Our current student population includes those living with spinal fusion, paraplegia, quadriplegia others live with post polio syndrome, cerebral palsy, fibromyalgia, hip or knee replacements, cancer, traumatic brain injury, arthritis, and multiple sclerosis. In AYP we explore how Yoga awakens within us the wisdom to meet the needs for transformation on any level. In every class we spend time developing breath awareness, practicing gentle yoga postures for strength, balance and flexibility and utilizing restorative postures for stress reduction. Students who have some yoga experience as well as those new to Yoga are welcome to attend our safe and accessible Adaptive Yoga Classes.