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.
Crissy Alesii Vinyasa Basics
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.
Kim Anderson Bikram
Kim began her life-chainging journey into yoga in 2003 when she began practicing Bikram at the Los Gatos YogaSource (at the original downtown location). Bikram soon became an addiction for Kim and she maintained a religiously consistent practice. As promised by her yoga mentors, Kim experienced amazing transformations—physically she became stronger (complimenting her natural flexibility) and for the first time in her life, she felt a strong sense of connection with her authentic self, seeing unlimited possibilities both on and off the mat. Kim began teaching Bikram yoga at YogaSource in 2006 and has been teaching the 3:30 p.m. class on Sundays ever since to accommodate her full-time PR and marketing career in the high tech field.
Kim creates a class that is challenging yet encouraging, precise yet fun. Kim incorporates her love of music and understanding that a good music mix can help carry a class from start to finish. She hopes her students find her class to be a refreshing alternative to the standard Bikram class and is filled with gratitude to have the opportunity to guide them through their practice.
Kim completed the YogaSource’s 200-hour power vinyassa teacher training program in 2012. Kim holds double Bachelors of Art degrees in Literature and Economics from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
NIcole Bettray Gentle
Yoga Therapy Yin
Nicole stumbled into her first yoga class as a stressed college student looking to find balance in life. Being an active person, she was drawn to the physical aspects of the practice, but it was the mind-body connection that really spoke to her and she has been hooked ever since. She grew to crave the sense of strength and calm that she found on the mat, and has relied on this over the years to see her through life’s ups and downs. After teaching group fitness for seven years, Nicole decided to follow her true passion and began teaching yoga. She completed a 200-hour training with Linda McGrath at Yoga Source Los Gatos, as well as various teacher trainings and workshops with Judith Lasater, Sarah Powers, Jill Miller, Jason Crandall and YogaFit. In Nicole's classes you will experience a breath centered practice that encourages you to quiet the mind and tune deeply into your body, while finding your edge. When not on the mat Nicole can be found hiking the Los Gatos mountains with her husband and pack of beagle mixes.
Kent Bond Vinyasa Mixed Levels Gentle
Kent BondKent HAS developed a singular teaching style that is informative, challenging and uplifting. He has extensive and ongoing studies in the White Lotus tradition with Ganga White and Tracey Rich, including advanced and undergraduate teaching certifications from this prestigious center. In addition, he holds certification from Erich Schiffmann and has trained with numerous emerging masters including Duncan Wong, Robert Brook and Russell Kai Yamaguchi.
Carrie Brackin Bikram
Hot Pilates Power
Carrie BrackinCarrie’s love of yoga began when a close friend brought her to her 1st Bikram class. Being a competitive soccer player since the age of 10 she figured yoga would be a simple work out, something on the side to “de-stress” and “meditate.” After that 1st class she was in love, the physical, emotional, mind, body connection was something she had never experienced in any exercise form. Besides loving heat the structured sequence of the Bikram practice was an ideal fit for her. From that point on Carrie has expanded her Yoga practice into different forms including, Anusura, Ashtanga, Vinyasa and Power. While her 1st love is Bikram she is a strong practioner of Power Yoga. She took Yoga Source’s teacher training in 2008 and has been teaching Bikram Yoga ever since. Carrie’s Bikram class consists of strategic music picks to create a general flow from each of the 26 poses. Carrie plans to expand her practice and teaching hours in the coming years. “Yoga has changed my life, my views, my body and mind- I want to be able to share this with my students each and every day.”
Melissa Carlson Hot Pilates 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!
Cain Carroll Qigong
Cain teaches yoga, qigong, and meditation worldwide. Since 1986, he has trained extensively under the guidance of known and hidden masters of Yoga, Tantra, Taoism and Buddhism. His journeys have taken him to remote areas of India, China, Nepal, Tibet, Thailand and South America, where he received initiation into many rare and powerful practices. Cain is author of Partner Yoga: Making Contact for Physical, Emotional & Spiritual Growth (Rodale 2000), The Complete Book of Indian Mudras (Singing Dragon 2012), and three self-healing DVDs (Pain-Free Joints, Heal Neck & Shoulder Pain, and Digestive Power). He served for two years as the Director of Yoga Teacher Training at Southwest Institute of Healing Arts (Tempe, AZ), and four years as Yoga Director and co-owner of Yoga Shala (Prescott, AZ). Cain is registered with the Yoga Alliance at the E-RYT 500 level. For more information please visit: www.caincarroll.com
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.
Michelle Conrotto Bikram
Michelle began Bikram and Power yoga in 2006 in addition to walking and running. Michelle fell in love with yoga because of the benefits of quieting the mind while building strength and flexibility in the body. Michelle earned her 200 hour yoga teacher credential from YogaSource Los Gatos in 2011. She is currently studying for her certification in Mat pilates. Michelle believes that fitness for the body, mind, and soul are key components that give her energy to tackle her busy schedule. Michelle resides in Gilroy but is a frequent traveler! She is a wife, mother of four, has two grandsons, and is a cancer survivor.
Ana Marie Corona Hot Pilates
Jenn Field Bikram
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.
Elena Fisher Bikram
Elena’s classes are a combination of movement, music and fun with a focus on breath. Her goal is to de-mystify the practice so anyone and everyone can leave feeling refreshed, relaxed and a little more flexible. Elena loves working with students who are new to the practice, especially those that are a bit hesitant in the begining. She truly believes that yoga is a practice and that we all continue to improve our practice with each class we take.
Jennifer Fu Power
Jennifer first turned to yoga as a way to alleviate stress, but
quickly realized it was a complete mind and body transformation. What started as a means for effective exercise soon also became an opportunity for personal exploration. As such, Jennifer’s classes are expressions of her thoughts and interests. From her rigorous
strength-building flow and breath-focused challenging sequences, to her eclectic music selection and a teaching style that promotes
individuality and expression, Jennifer strikes a humble balance
between traditional yoga formats and individual creativity.
Kristen Gage Hot Pilates Power
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."
Cindie Heverly Bikram
Hot Pilates Vinyasa Basics
Cindie took her first Bikram class in the mid 90's. With several injuries on her plate, she realized how beneficial yoga was, not only to her physical recovery, but how well it balanced and blended with her personal and spiritual beliefs. Intrigued by the philosophy of Yoga and the ever-changing road to self discovery, she traded in her bartending boots, bottle opener and NYC lifestyle, for a yoga mat and a passion to teach and help others. She completed her first teacher training in NYC in 2005, came to Yogasource and has been addicted to the blessed feeling she gets from teaching. Her style is her own ~ blending humor, awareness of breath and teaching from the fruits of her own personal experience.
Morgan Levay Vinyasa Mixed Levels
Morgan has explored using asana as body/mind therapy since 2004 when her love for the culture and practice of yoga benefited physical and personal growth in all aspects of development. The scale of these benefits erupted with the consistency of her asana routine. She sought formal training in the summer of 2010 with the YogaSource Teacher Training. Linda’s teaching allowed her to blossom in movement and breath sync, structured knowledge of the ancient history and philosophy which gave birth to yoga sutras, and used applied anatomy of movement to awaken alignment and facilitate intelligent healing.
Susan Love Bikram Vinyasa Mixed Levels
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 Mixed Level
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.
Erin Matteucci Vinyasa Mixed Levels
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 Mixed Levels
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.
Amy Perera Mat Pilates
Donna Pettit Yoga Therapy
Donna PettitDonna Pettit’s path to teaching yoga looks much more like a random doodle than a straight line. Fifteen years ago, she arrived on the mat because she was told it would make her better at sport, and as a lifelong athlete, that was enticing. While the attraction to the physical aspects of the practice were immediate, somehow the “more important” workouts took precedence and her practice was often reduced to a Bikram class here, a Hatha practice there, the occassional home video… It eventually took a few serious injuries before she began to recognize that the physical benefits she sought were only realized with consistency and were also completely intertwined with the mental and spiritual. Moreover, there is more to yoga than perceived benefits. In addition to being a certified Yoga Tune-Up Instructor, Donna is a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine and has completed her 200-Hour Teacher Training with Linda McGrath at YogaSource and is looking forward to embarking on the 500-Hour training. She would love participants in her classes to be curious, find humor, breathe deeply, experience challenge, feel success and ultimately leave feeling better than when they unrolled their mats. When not on the mat, you might find her at various gyms around The Valley teaching group exercise classes, cooking up a storm or working on yet another remodel project for the house.
Christy Pfalzgraf Bikram
Christy PfalzgrafChristie Pfalzgraf has been practicing yoga since 1997 and teaching since 2006. Christie values the practice of mindfulness and encourages her students to surrender and experience levels of deeper connection with self. She has studied yoga nidra and bhakti yoga and has a 15 year personal meditation practice. She has trained with It’s Yoga in San Francisco. Christie is a Marriage and Family Therapist working with children and families in community based treatment. She looks forward to welcoming you to one of her classes soon!
Shylaja Ramachandra Power
Shylaja began practicing yoga as child with her mother and has been passionate about yoga ever since. Under her instruction, you will know when to still yourself, maybe push yourself or learn to let go. Yoga has taught her to take this off the mat, finding balance and humilityin everyday life- especially in her role as one of the founding engineers at a software startup company. It is her goal to spread the benefits of yoga, on and off the mat, to the stress filled, and deadline driven world of technology.
Roxanne Rashedi Vinyasa Mixed Levels
Roxanne Naseem Rashedi has practiced yoga since 2000 and was certified at YogaSource Los Gatos. She also completed the Teacher Empowerment and Mentoring program at The Studio DC and has been teaching since 2009. Drawing from various styles of yoga, ranging from Power, Forrest, to Yin, her classes are eclectic and elegantly synchronize movement with breath.
Roxanne has experienced yoga as a powerful and healing practice that can be shared by anyone, no matter where they are on their own journey. She seeks to create a space where students learn from the body, tap into the heart, and smile! While not on the mat, Roxanne writes fiction and teaches English Composition.
Stacey Roseblade Hot Pilates Power
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.
Matece Skow Vinyasa Mixed Levels Gentle Yin
Matece began her healing journey in 1999 at the Healing Arts institue in Ft. Collins, Colorado where she studied massage and Bodymind therapy. In 2006 she attended her first yoga teacher training at the Sivananda Yoga Retreat in the Bahamas, living, working, and studying with teachers and fellow students in the ashram environment.
Kylie Sloan Gentle
Kylie started practicing yoga in 2006 after years of training as a competitive gymnast at Gold Star Gymnastics LLC. She fell in love with Vinyasa flow which stood in stark contrast to her mentally and physically strenuous gymnastics practice. No longer pressured by the quest for perfection, Kylie felt liberated through the practice of yoga regardless of the style. She discovered her open and grounded center and tries to bring that awareness into her everyday life. As she began to read more about yoga, she felt a strong connection with Buddhist philosophy and works to integrate this learning into her own practice.
Genevieve So Vinyasa Mixed Levels
Genevieve was raised in a household practicing meditation and devotional yoga. Growing up she continuously came to yoga and pilates as her main form of exercise, becoming more disciplined in her practice because of its mindful benefits in 2001. Genevieve completed 200 hour YogaSource, Yoga Alliance Certified, training with Linda McGrath, Fall 2011. She is currently pursuing her SmartFlow 500 hour certification with Annie Carpenter in Venice, CA. She encourages specificity in alignment for students to find what feels good in their body and quiet the mind. Emphasizing that the yoga is not the postures, but the awareness and the integrity of your movement. She welcomes you to sweat, laugh, and open your heart with purposeful intention! A pastry chef for six years before teaching yoga, her voracious appetite for food extends to her quest of living life to the fullest. Genevieve finds solace in the solitude of the mountains, hiking, camping, and seeks to grow at snowboarding. Teaching in North Lake Tahoe for the past year and a half, she is now in the bay area, grateful for all her teachers past and present.
Maria Vogel Chair Yoga
Maria stumbled upon yoga when she accidentally mistook it for a Pilates mat class. She was immediately interested in the connection between breath and movement and its ability to stimulate the mind, body, and spirit. Believing that no accident is without purpose, she began her journey as a yoga student. Eight years later, after trying many forms of yoga, she felt that the physically challenged are underserved in the yoga community. She witnessed how her mother’s multiple sclerosis and father’s battle with cancer left them with very limited mobility, flexibility and strength. This inspired her to develop a flow-based chair yoga practice that is accessible to people with mobility restrictions so that they can also experience the many benefits of a more traditional yoga practice. She feels that yoga should be less about projecting ideals and more about building independence and increasing self-esteem which lead to a well-balanced mind and body.
Cindy Walker Vinyasa Mixed Levels 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.
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.
Stacey Zawoyski Bikram
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!