Years before we had a glamorous mega-studio, we were in a small, humble, space downtown yet our classes had waiting lists for months in advance. These guys are the reason why.
Lindsay Aamodt Power
Originally from Connecticut, Yoga came to Lindsay at age 15 when she needed an effective way to manage her breath in movement and establish a firmer sense of being grounded as a World competitive figure skater. Yoga introduced her to new ways to move with breath to cultivate more grace, flow, and stillness so that she could compete with more mindfulness. Her classes focus greatly on transitions requiring a mindful presence and a pairing of breath with movement. She encourages students to listen to their bodies and do what feels "right" empowering students to trust their own inner wisdom. She wholeheartedly believes that yoga is a time to check in to our inner selves, meanwhile abandoning expectations and judgement and empowering a greater sense of self awareness and acceptance. She presents challenges that allow students to find opportunities to be curious about their inner potential and their place in the world. She wishes to thank her teachers along the way who have guided her spiritually and physically: Dharma Mittra (Life of a Yogi 500hr Teacher Training), Shiva Rea, Simon Park, Seane Corn, her multiple figure skating coaches, her parents, her husband, and her two beautiful boys, Che and Finn. When off the mat, Lindsay is a mother, wife, and corporate executive and her passion is her family, traveling, nature, interior design, skiing, and running.
Crissy Alesii Kids Yoga
Crissy started her yoga practice in 2001. She just graduated from college and had started her first job. She found an Iyengar yoga class near her new home and decided to give it a try. She found that it helped keep her mind still and her stress down. As an added bonus she also felt stronger and more open. She loved it and hasn’t stopped practicing yoga since. Throughout the years her practiced changed, Crissy moved from Iyengar to Bikram then to Power/Vinyasa. Crissy first started teaching yoga to her students in her first and second grade classrooms. The children loved it, and Crissy loved watching their body’s naturally fall into the different poses. In 2006 she decided to complete YogaSource’s 200 hour Power teacher training led by Linda McGrath. Crissy has since taught children classes, family classes, and adult classes. She loves them all. “I love seeing different people, different bodies find their pose. It’s one of my favorite things about teaching.”
Kim Allen Meditation
Kim has practiced meditation since 2003, including intensive retreats up to 3 months in length. Interested in both natural systems and human communities, she works as a sustainability consultant, and practices and teaches tai chi and qi gong. She volunteers at a local hospice and at the Insight Meditation Center, including as board president.
Meaghan Barisone Hot 26
Meaghan took her first Bikram Yoga class at 16. After her first class she was hooked. She loved the heat, the intensity, and amazing workout Bikram provided. She knew from that point forward that yoga was going to change, and become a very big part of her life. Meaghan completed her Bikram Yoga Teacher Training in Spring 2011. Her intention is to provide thorough guidance and instruction, yet provide enough space that each student can have their own unique experience in class. After nearly four years of teaching full time (and loving it) she now teaches part time while getting her masters in Health Counseling Psychology at Santa Clara University. While not teaching or taking yoga, you can find Meaghan at the beach in Santa Cruz, running the Los Gatos Trail with her black lab, doing CrossFit and spending time with her friends and family.
Jackie Lane Bates Hot 26
Jackie Lane BatesWith a background and love of running and dancing, Jackie found yoga randomly after reading a blog post on Bikram. She walked into her first yoga class in 2010—a gritty, mat-to-mat, hot vinyasa class (actually thinking it was Bikram)—and unknowingly entered into a new world of calming the mind. When she moved to California in 2012, she found and fell in love with Bikram. As the class draws on everything one has available to give, it requires acute focus on the present moment. Bikram opens and strengthens both body and mind. Learning mindful stillness inside the hot room was a game changer for Jackie.
This yoga love drew Jackie to open more deeply in heart and mind and teach. Under the direction of Jenn Field, Jackie completed her 200 hr Hot Yoga Teaching certification at YogaSource Los Gatos in the summer of 2015.
Jackie’s class is gentle yet strong. Through drawing each student back to breathe and the present moment, she is able to deeply challenge each student to open to their fullest potential that day. Words that come to mind for her class: grace, acceptance, strength. Jackie's own practice helps her find calm and focus in the business world and as a mother.
Samantha Boozer Hot 26
Hot Pilates YogaSource Flow
Sam’s yoga journey started with Bikram yoga. Recovering from a life threatening
Melissa Carlson Power
Melissa began practicing yoga in December of 2004 and teaching yoga in September of 2005. She was immediatley drawn to the physicality of the practice not knowing how yoga would ultimately change her life. Her passions are learning about almost anything (with more interest in philosophy, psychology and biology), animals, physical activites, cooking, reading, dancing and trying new things. Melissa just graduated from the Nursing program at SJSU and is currently studying for the NCLEX. She plans on continuing her education to become a nurse practioner. Melissa's classes are sequenced intelligently to gradually warm the body followed by a fluid flow where students can get lost in the movement and out of their heads. She encourages alignment and safety with playfulness, fun and feeling good!
Trisha Christensen Power
After trying yoga Trisha, and avid runner, eventually gave up running in search of something much deeper within the four corners of her mat. In 2006 Trisha decided to take her practice further by completing the full 200hr course of study in Power Vinyasa Yoga, meeting the requirements of the Yoga Alliance under the expert guidance of Linda Schlamadinger-McGrath. It was there, that she discovered the joy of bringing Yoga to others.
Ana Marie Corona Hot Pilates
Jenn Field Hot 26
Jenn has been a student of Bikram Yoga since 2002 and a full-time instructor since 2008. She received her Bikram Certification in 2008, her 200 hr. certification with the Yoga Alliance in 2011, and her 500hr certification in 2013. She has also taken advanced training with Tony Sahchez in the 84 Asana System. She also holds a B.S / B.A from Duke University. Her additional knowledge of hatha yoga only enhances the way she teaches the Bikram series. Jenn is the Director of the Bikram Program at YogaSource Los Gatos and a Senior Faculty member leading the Hot Yoga Teacher Trainings. She teaches a traditional class in the sense that she does not stray from the original 26 asanas, and an un-traditional class in the sense that she uses her own words, allows for modifications and substitutions, uses props if they benefit the student, and performs hands-on-adjustments. Jenn teaches 4 classes a week, a number of private lessons, and leads the Bikram workshops at YogaSource. She gives special thanks to the amazing yogini, Linda McGrath, whose advice has led her to hone her teaching skills since she joined the YogaSource Bikram team. When she is not taking Bikram classes, Jenn is spending time with her husband and their french bulldogs, Mishka and Masha.
Stacey Z. Gersack Hot Pilates Power
Stacey found Bikram in 2005 and instantly fell in love with a sense of stillness within the practice. After a year of loyal practice in Bikram she expanded her practice to Power Vinyasa and fell in love with the movement. By 2008, she became a R.Y.T. 200, having completed the YogaSource 200 hour Teacher Training under Linda Schlamadinger McGrath. In 2013 she expanded her studies and become a certified instructor under the Tony Sanchez 84 Asanas Masters Core System. In addition to 100 hours with Rusty Wells and smaller trainings with Sean Corne, Janet Stone, Laura Christenson, Brian Kest and Max Strom, she recently completed her 500 hour training at Yoga Source Los Gatos. She currently holds a R.Y.T E- 200 and will soon be a R.Y.T. 500. She is a member of the Hot Yoga Teacher Training Faculty with Jenn Field and Linda McGrath. Aside from yoga she has over 400 hours of bodywork training through Body Therapy Center in Palo Alto. Stacey’s intention in each of her classes is to spread the overflow of love she finds through the beauty of movement. When she is not teaching classes or furthering the growth of her own practice, Stacey enjoys spending quality time with her son Darrian, her boxers Charley and Lolah, Newfie, Koda, and her husband Tom. Love is Life…Life is Love!
Amber Henzi Vinyasa
Amber Henzi is a RYT 200 hour Yoga Alliance certified instructor, (currently working towards her 500) with 125 hours of Bhakti training. She has a non traditional, creative and playful vinyasa style. She emphasizes on moving from the heart from a compassionate place within. Through the practice, Amber helps students find joy and laughter even through the most vigorous practice. Her commitment is to bring awareness into the community. "By loving ourselves, being joyful, and feeling better physically and spiritually we are better equipped to be the change in which we hope to witness on this earth."
Jennifer Jones Schroeder Gentle Yin
Jennifer Jones Schroeder
"Your breath is unique in all the Universe. It came in with you on the day you were born and has sustained you until NOW, which is all that is." "Integration" is the word that comes to me on all levels about my practice of yoga. Growing up in the Deep South as a dancer and cheerleader during mass desegregation, my first profound spiritual experiences in those times are the thread I trace to NOW. Through my adult life,I have pursued sacred psychology in the passionate study of Carl Jung, Joseph Campbell, and Jean Shinoda-Bolen. I am enchanted and grateful to find the myths, symbols, and imaginings alive and well in me.
Jochen Kumm Power
Susan Love Vinyasa
Susan teaches classes that are challenging, yet accessible to all levels of practitioners. She likes to create a space that focuses on fundamentals while also allowing students to explore and take their practice to a deeper level. Susan has completed YogaSource’s power vinyasa training and Paul Grilley’s yin yoga teacher training.
Angela Majic Hot Pilates Vinyasa
Angela discovered Yoga over 13 years ago as a powerful method of healing on a physical, mental and emotional level. After several years of developing a consistent Yoga practice, she felt inspired to become a certified teacher to share her passion for Yoga.
Stacey Martinez Hot Pilates
Stacey began her yoga journey in 2002 and instantly fell in love with the challenge of balancing the unification of movement and breath with the art of stilling the mind. Within 6 months of discovering yoga, Stacey began teaching Bikram, which she taught for 5 years. As her practice evolved, her desire to expand her knowledge of yoga deepened, and she decided to shift her focus to Power Yoga. Stacey became Yoga Alliance certified in 2005 through the 200 hour Yoga Source Power Flow Program and the Level One Baron Baptiste Power Yoga Program. In addition to her certifications, Stacey has been greatly influenced and inspired by teachers such as Linda McGrath, Jill Miller, Stephanie Snyder, Janet Stone, Gabriella Walters and Rusty Wells.
Stacey teaches a dynamic Power Yoga class that builds strength and flexibility while paying close attention to form and alignment. She teaches a deliberate Power class with long holds, sprinkled with non-traditional movement with the intention of revitalizing the conventional asana. You will be challenged, both mentally and physically, and will leave the class feeling invigorated and alive.
Erin Matteucci Vinyasa
Erin’s yogic journey began with a beginner’s video and a carefully-placed mat on her bedroom floor. It definitely wasn't love at first chaturanga-but posture by posture and class by class, she felt her body begin to feel lighter, quieter and stronger.
Linda McGrath Vinyasa
Linda is the founder and owner of YogaSource Los Gatos, Silicon Valley's premier yoga studio. She leads workshops, conferences and retreats in the US and internationally. As the Director of the YogaSource Teacher Training Institute since its inception in 2006, she has nurtured hundreds of successful yoga instructors from across the country.
Linda has trained in both the US and India in Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Power, Pilates, Yoga therapeutics, Yin and Vipassana meditation. She is a student of modern Buddhism, Jungian psychology and Interpersonal Neurobiology. Her yoga classes are a playful and masterful blend of precision, elegance, and breath.
Linda has been interviewed and profiled by YogaJournal, NBC News, ABC's Best of the Bay, Common Ground, Yogi Times, San Jose Magazine, Los Gatos Weekly News and other publications. At other times of the day, she is a mom, a wife, a writer, a designer, and a foodie. Linda is a Senior Ambassador for Lululemon Athletica and a board member of Insight World Aid, a local grassroots non-for profit inspired by the Buddhist principles of wisdom and compassion.
Jordan Nordhoff Hot Pilates
Amy Perera Mat Pilates
Amy focuses on personalized training for individuals at all levels of physical fitness, emphasizing core strength, flexibility and stability training for all. She believes that Pilates training provides a strong foundation for both strength, body tone, and well-being. Having suffered an injury from a rock climbing accident 20 years ago, she’s sensitive to helping students that might be recovering from injuries or physical pain. Her approach is deeply informed by the 18+ years she spent practicing Bikram Yoga. Amy has trained with, and received her Pilates certification from Tom McCook, founder of the Center of Balance in Mountain View. She has taken workshops from Melinda Black, and has completed Pilates and meditation training at Rancho La Puerta in Mexico. Her training further includes coursework in anatomy (when she was considering a career in nursing!). Outside the studio, Amy spends her time raising two boys, and exploring the hikes and beaches of Northern California. She loves snowboarding, hiking, and craft projects.
Catherine Pla Hot 26
Catherine's introduction to Bikram came by chance, accompanying a friend to class in Tempe, Arizona in 2008. Although she will admit to initially being surprised and intimidated by the heat and intensity, she nevertheless became hooked and never looked back.
Gregory Raudenbush Vinyasa
Jackie Rogers Hot 26
Jackie started practicing Bikram Yoga in San Luis Obispo in 2004 while attending Cal Poly University. She instantly fell in love with the practice and knew she wanted to go to Bikram Yoga Teacher Training, but put it off until she had finished her degree and spent a few years in the corporate world. Jackie completed her Bikram Yoga Teacher Training in the spring 2010. Being active and working out has always been a big part of Jackie’s life. She loves the challenge, the heat, and the way her body feels after Bikram. Now she teaches part time while running operations at a small product design company she started with her husband, in Los Gatos, CA. While not teaching or practicing at Yoga Source, she enjoys hanging out in Santa Cruz, doing CrossFit, and spending time with her husband and English Mastiff.
Brendan Ryan Hot 26
Nikki Smithson Gentle Yin
Nikki discovered Yoga through Bikram at a studio around the corner from her apartment in Colorado. She initially went because she loved the heat and the physical challenge. Over time, she began to notice so many changes beyond just her physical body.She began to unwind more and more with each Yoga class and discovered something she didn’t think would be possible. Having anxiety and asthma much of her life, she never thought that anything could calm her mind and allow her to take deeper breaths. When she moved back to California, she found her true love with more flow based styles and the gentler styles of Yoga. Nikki completed her initial 200-hour certification through Yogasource in Los Gatos. She then journey into the teachings of Yin Yoga, meditation, Restorative, Medical Qigong, and Kundalini yoga. She recently completed a second 200-hour energetic flow training under her mentor, Jillian Glikbarg, and went on to assist Jillian in the same training less than a year later. Nikki believes that Yoga truly is for everyone. Every day you step on your mat is different than the next. Yoga is a place to unwind and let go in order to discover your true self. The more you learn about yourself and tap into the divine light inside us all, the brighter you become each and every day.
Leroy Thomas Hot Pilates
Cindy Walker Vinyasa Gentle Yin
Cindy Walker, R.Y.T. has been teaching Yoga for over 20 years. She has a B.A. in Movement Therapy and Psychology, and holds certifications from the White Lotus Foundation, Erich Schiffman, Bryan Kest, Paul Grilley and Judith Lasater. She teaches Vinyasa, Kundalini, Restorative, Gentle, Pre-natal, Post-partum & Yin Yoga. Her teaching style is eclectic, and draws into each class the wisdom of the eight limbs of Yoga theory. She teaches a holistic approach that uses breath, movement, magic, humor, psychology and deep relaxation.
Ann Weismann Gentle
Ann WeismannAnn's movement roots began in the dance world with an extensive background in classical ballet and Modern dance. She is a certified Pilates Mat instructor through the Physical Mind Institute and a certified Pilates Apparatus trainer by nationally recognized instructor and body worker, Madeline Black. Ann has taught Pilates since 1999 and loves working with beginners to advanced movers creating functional strength and freedom of movement in an atmosphere where all levels are welcome.
The positive benefits for health and well being led Ann to Yoga where she completed the 200 hour Gentle Yoga Training with Linda McGrath and Cindy Walker and Yoga Therapy with Cheri Clampett.
Ann brings energy, humor and compassion to her Gentle Yoga classes and is committed to helping her students create balance in their lives.
Jimiann Wong Chair Yoga
Jimiann’s first yoga class was at YogaSource in June 2002. Her friend told her to prepare for it to be “hot and to bring a towel and a water bottle.” She had no idea what impact that yoga class would have on her life several years later. Having had two babies at the time, she craved for something to alleviate her emotional and physical fatigue. Upon taking Linda and Erin’s flow yoga classes in 2005, she was completely smitten by this style of practice and has never looked back. In her class, you will find a vigorous and light hearted flow, where students will be reminded to move with their breath and listen to their bodies. By gradually warming the joints and the body, she prepares you to move through your practice with strength and ease. She hopes to provide a safe and nurturing space to allow students to explore, to feel inspired and to leave with a sense of well-being. Jimiann completed her 200 Hour Teacher Training with Linda McGrath at YogaSource. Aside from working part time and raising four kids, she enjoys snow skiing and playing golf.
Annie Zeid Hot Pilates Power
Annie ZeidAfter a long journey of looking for something beyond a normal workout or running outside, Annie found and fell in love with yoga in 2012 and she knew she wanted to teach it from the beginning. She is a RYT 200 Yoga Alliance Certified Instructor and is currently working toward her 500 hour certification. She has studied and mentored under Linda McGrath, trained under Maty Ezraty, and is passionate about continuing her yoga education. She teaches a challenging yet accessible class and is passionate about sharing the healing physical, mental and emotional benefits of yoga with her students.