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Amey

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 ~ ameyfm@yahoo.com ~ www.yogawithamey.com

Annica Rose
Annica Rose

Annica Rose

Annica Rose Certified Yoga Therapist, has been practicing yoga for over forty five years. She is highly trained in yoga therapy and eastern philosophy. Additionally, she has experience working in women’s health, cardiology, orthopedics, and geriatrics, all contributing to her ability to provide extensive knowledge of human anatomy and physiology. Annica’s spirited enthusiasm for yoga, and her keen intuition allows her to creatively integrate body-mind awareness and therapeutic techniques catered to each student’s needs. Annica facilitates annual teacher trainings and is currently working on the Adaptive Yoga Project Teacher Training Manual. Visit the Adaptive Yoga Project website here.

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denyse

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 ~
denygold56@gmail.com

Denise
Denise

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 ~
yogablossom@yahoo.com ~ www.denisewendleryoga.com

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Jane

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. He is my Guru.”
 www.yogajane.com

Karen Zelin
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.

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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  ~ yogawithkaryn@cruzio.com ~ www.yogawithkaryn.net

Kofi Busia
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.
 www.kofibusia.com

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korrine

Korrine Fitz

Korrine Fitz has been teaching fitness classes for over 25 years, and has been practicing yoga for more than a decade. Korrine works with each student to help improve their practice and encourage enhanced balance, flexibility and strength. In her classes, she provides guidance in proper alignment and appropriate modifications, offering a calm, supportive space for each student to develop their personal yoga practice. Emphasizing the fundamentals of stability and ease, a strong foundation, and attention to the breath, students learn to focus inward to develop their connection between mind and body.

email: korrinefitz@gmail.com

Kym
Kym

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 (www.Viniyoga.com) 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 ~ www.yogawithkym.com

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martha

Martha Posey

Martha Posey  began as a student of yoga in San Francisco at the Integral Yoga Institute in 1968 and has been teaching in the Santa Cruz area since 1998.  She is certified through Kali Ray TriYoga Institute and loves teaching this graceful flowing style of Hatha Yoga.  In addition she has studied with Roberta Bristol, Tias Little, Eric Schiffman and Angela Farmer. Martha’s classes emphasize connecting body, breath & spirit. She enjoys helping people have safe alignments & relax their bodies into the flow.  Her goal is to bring an appreciation of the joy of yoga to her students.  She and her son Gabriel Benjamin  frequently practice yoga together and share ideas about yoga. Martha is teaching an all levels class at Yoga Within.

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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  ~ heliosfin@hotmail.com ~ www.nancyfinleystudios.com

Stephanie Barnes-Castro
Photos by Shmuel Thaler
Stephanie Barnes-Castro
Photos by Shmuel Thaler

Stephanie Barnes-Castro

Stephanie Barnes-Castro is a certified Iyengar teacher as well as a licensed architect. These two professions, united, speak to the importance of maintaining a state of well being within the structure of the body and our home so that the mind can ultimately be at rest. The union of the mind, body and spirit is what inspires Stephanie’s yoga practice and teaching. She is precise and technical in her instruction, yet warm and accepting of each student; always attempting to meet them where they are at. Stephanie is a graduate of the Advanced Studies Program at the Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco 2012. She enjoys attending workshops with Senior Iyengar teachers in the US as well as travelling to Pune, India to receive direct instruction from the Iyengar family. She has had the great fortune to study with her primary teacher, Kofi Busia, since 2003. She is deeply grateful for his continued guidance and intellect.

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vanessa2

Vanessa Racinet

VaZa (aka Vanessa Racinet) offers a dynamic approach that guides students through a physically and spiritually expansive journey. Her teaching is unique in that her vigorous style is coupled with a strong focus on proper alignment and total body awareness.The use of personalized instruction helps students of any level harness the power that comes from an understanding of the relationship between breath and movement, body and mind. Vanessa infuses her Vinyasa based and multifaceted knowledge of Yoga with personal passion to inspire students to truly listen to their bodies, leave their egos at the door, and – most importantly – to have fun. Vanessa’s website: www.vazayoga.com