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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.
831.465.6803 ~ ameyfm@yahoo.com ~ www.yogawithamey.com

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Andee

Andee Allan

Andee Allan: “For most of my life I have worked in and studied the healing arts. I was witness to and participated in the practice of traditional Western medicine for 28 years, while studying natural and holistic therapies. I was introduced to Buddhist meditation in the Theravada tradition in 1973, Polarity Therapy in 1974,  & received my massage certificate in 1976. Yoga came to me later in 2000 and has been my main focus since. I  earned my teaching certificate in 2006, at the Nosara Institute, Costa Rica . It has been a   privilege to be able to continue my studies with the San Francisco Bay, New Zealand, and Australian senior Iyengar  teachers. I currently study with Kofi Busia, here is Santa Cruz. My interests in teaching are leaning towards the  baby boomer population, addressing rehabilitation of old injuries, letting go of old habits, keeping the mind calm, refreshed and interested”.  email: andeeallan63@gmail.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.

Brenna Rodriguez
Brenna Rodriguez

Brenna Rodriguez

Brenna Rodriguez is a Hatha Yoga instructor who incorporates aspects of vinyasa and yin into her classes. She has over 500 training hours and is a Yoga Alliance registered teacher. Brenna completed her training with Victor Dubin in 2012. Brenna has been practicing yoga for over 12 years and has been teaching for 2 years. In addition to teaching yoga, Brenna is  a public school teacher, and also teaches yoga to children locally and over the hill. She has a particular interest in wellness and nutrition - and sees yoga, fitness, and the eating of whole foods as a way to connect, reduce stress, and come back to the self. Beyond yoga, this approach also helps Brenna in her active lifestyle as a figure athlete, surfer, and avid hiker. When Brenna is not teaching, she is either outside playing with her dog on the trail, catching waves along the coast or training hard.  brennamarie26@gmail.com

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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

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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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Gabriel Benjamin

Gabriel Benjamin is a second generation instructor in the TriYoga(R) Lineage and has been instructing since 2001. Gabriel holds five certifications in Yoga and Ayurveda and has been both a student and teacher at the Kerala Ayurveda Academy. His practices are known for being the perfect blend of challenging and relaxing leaving the students feeling educated, nourished, and balanced.

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Henry Cleveland

Henry Cleveland initially began practicing yoga to improve his physical flexibly.  Since his discovery of the Sutras of Patanjali Henry has been on a delightful journey into the deeper elements of the eight limbs of Yoga. His primary teachers have been Mark Stephens, Kofi Busia, Keri Peterson and Judith Lasater.  His teaching approach mixes vinyasa and traditional hatha influences to bring the joys of yoga, in his unique and generous style to each of his students before him.  He currently teaches at Janus of Santa Cruz,  In-Shape health club and is an assistant instructor and supporter of the Adaptive Yoga Project.   He remains a student of yoga; grateful for the many fine teachers who continually expand his awareness, appreciation and presence in yoga.  He teaches so his students can have their own experience of joy,  life expansion and affirmation that yoga brings to him.

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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  ~ kkkkbristol@hotmail.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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Kym

Kym House

Kym House has been teaching yoga since 1999 and has extensive experience in applying the tools of yoga for healing injuries and managing pain. She teaches in the tradition of Krishnamacharya and TKV. Desikachar. Kym began her practice as a dancer at Cabrillo College and completed her BA in Dance at San Francisco State University. She is a certified yoga instructor (Kripalu, 200 hr & AVI, 500 hr), a certified yoga therapist (AVI, 500 hr), and a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists www.IAYT.org.In addition to her classes here at Yoga Within, Kym offers her work at Spine Med Associates in Seascape www.spinemed.com. Kym specializes in back injuries and has helped hundreds of individuals manage their back conditions. She has served as a faculty assistant for the American Viniyoga Institute. She also offers Individual Yoga Therapy, and is trained to develop prescriptive yoga therapy practices for specific conditions including but not limited to the structure.
831-254-6100 ~ www.yogawithkym.com

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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