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 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.
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.
Samantha Boozer Bikram
Sam’s yoga journey started with Bikram yoga. Recovering from a life threatening
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!
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
Sarah Farrell Gentle
Sarah found her way to the yoga mat in 2006 after suffering many injuries due to years of running with poor alignment. It only took one class for her to realize the potential impact this practice would make in her life. Unlike running where she was literally attempting to escape from her stressful life, Yoga lead her on a path toward recognition and acceptance. After many seasons of self-exploration through the practice of yoga, Sarah felt a calling to share and enrolled in a 200-hour training with Linda McGrath and Cindy Walker at Yoga Source Los Gatos. Sarah's classes are influenced by her love of music and dance and focus on connecting breath to movement in order to cultivate a strong and dynamic mind-body relationship. Sarah's other interests in include hiking in the Santa Cruz Mountains where she is opening an art boutique with her husband. She also enjoys singing, performing and playing music with local musicians.
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.
Kristen Gage Hot Pilates Power
Stacey Z. Gersack 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!
Billy Gloege Vinyasa mixed levels
Yoga came to Billy during a time in his life when he most needed it. It guided him towards a spiritual awakening that raised his awareness that change was and always will be needed. In his classes, Billy seeks to find this with his students by linking conscious movement and breath accessing the core of the mind, body and soul. You will be encouraged to find your personal limits which are only possible by being open to what comes up. Expect inversions of the mind and body which are metaphorical for life, showing how we react when our world is turned upside down. Billy teaching and practice are one. His belief is that a true yoga practice can be practiced both physically and mentally on and off the mat.
Amber Henzi Vinyasa Mixed Levels
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."
Joyce Koller Yin
Todd LaBerge Power
Vinyasa Mixed Levels
Todd LaBergeTodd taught his first class by fluke when he showed up along with others to practice at a cancelled class. He volunteered to save the day, blew everybody away that day with his energy and enthusiasm and the decision was made that he was meant to be a teacher. Months of study later, he started his 3 classes a week. We’d have him slave every day but that’s the most he can squeeze into a schedule of full time Ironman training and some high-flying engineering job at Intel. His 15 plus years of experience with triathlon shed a very relevant light to those of us on the more athletic and tighter side of the practice and he is brilliant at translating the wisdom from our yoga practice into tools we can use in our other favorite sports, be it to gain a competitive edge or prevent a sports injury. Always spontaneous and high energy, his classes are a fun mix of great music tunes, unabashed humor, Survivor reviews and dating advice. Realizing that our bodies are all different, and that even our own bodies change from day to day, Todd teaches from a "Centrist" mindset. Starting from the center or middle effort level, Todd then provides you with options to take your pose either deeper or easier, which encourages you to listen to your body and make the appropriate decision for you, on that particular day. Unfortunately our moms weren't right - we're not perfect and instead should embrace our limitations and personal boundaries, only pushing them intelligently. Remember...maybe that neighbor next to you in class took a muscle relaxor today, or they're like Barry Bonds and took some flaxseed oil. There will always be someone stronger or more bendy..... Who cares? You are your own guru... listen to yourself and grow....
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.
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 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.
Melinda Mount Bikram
Melinda has been an aspiring yogi ever since taking her first Bikram yoga class in 2007. She has always enjoyed being active, from playing team sports to sexy salsa dance performances to mixed martial arts. Yoga has been one of the few sustainable practices in her life that consistently allows for physical/mental renewal and awareness. She holds a BS degree from UC Berkeley in nutritional science, and she currently specializes as an RD working with the underserved adolescent population. She has continued her studies in both functional nutrition and fitness, and holds certifications in working with food sensitivities and also as a personal trainer (NASM). She completed her 200-hr yoga teacher training with Linda McGrath at YogaSource in 2011. She has since trained with Jenn Field with an in-depth study of Bikram yoga and continues her yoga studies as a part of the YogaSource 500-hour training program. She currently enjoys teaching weekly Bikram and flow classes. She believes that each student is unique (and pretty awesome!), and thus the practice of yoga to be a unique experience - one that provides a space for modifications and adjustments to fit the needs of each individual student. Off the mat, Melinda enjoys most anything outdoors or in the water - scuba diving, riding her motorcycle, and spending time with her boyfriend and their Boston Terrier.
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.
Donna Pettit Power
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.
Jackie Rogers Bikram
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.
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 Yin
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.
Trevor Taylor Gentle
Trevor has been practicing yoga regularly since 1995. He began teaching Hatha yoga in 1998. His committed practice and teaching styles draw from Shadow, Ashtanga, Power, Bikram and Hatha yoga. After many years of beating his body down through weight-lifting, triathlon and gymnastically inspired yoga, Trevor smartened up and shifted his approch on the mat in to bring health and well-being to all the tissues.
Maria Vogel Chair Yoga
Maria safely guides her students to build a solid foundation based on breath, alignment, symmetry and space within the limitations of each student. She believes that yoga should be less about projecting ideals and more about building independence and increasing self-esteem. In this type of nurturing environment, we can begin to deepen our practice so that real transformation can occur. As we widen our boundaries and discover new possibilities, we become more aware of what is truly important – love, beauty, compassion and a strong sense of inner peace.
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.
Ann Weismann Gentle
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.