• Pilates
  • Ashlee Johnson

    Ashlee first realized the power of mind-body connection and a true love of movement when she began horseback riding in college. Shortly thereafter a friend introduced her to pilates and she quickly found that the increased flexibility and strength pilates provided gave her an enhanced sense of stability and balance in the saddle when training and competing in dressage. After graduating from UCSB Ashlee moved to San Francisco in search of her next big adventure. Amidst a new life of interesting experiences and challenges the one constant was her love of riding and pilates so she decided to make a career in the health and wellness field and acquired a certification through Stott Pilates. When not in the studio you can find Ashlee scouring the the shelves of local bookstores for her next great read or out with friends on a tireless crusade to determine what is truly the best restaurant in San Francisco.

     

    Check out Ashlee’s schedule at The Pad!

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    Ashlee first realized the power of mind-body connection and a true love of movement when she began horseback riding in college. Shortly thereafter a friend introduced her to pilates and

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  • Owner
  • Becca Schneider

    Becca Schneider is a certified Vinyasa flow yoga teacher, a certified prenatal yoga teacher, a Pilates Instructor and is a Registered Nurse. She has been practicing and studying yoga for over 15 years and Pilates for 4 years. Rebecca completed her 200-hour in depth teaching training through the White Lotus Foundation in Santa Barbara with Ganga White and Tracy Reich and advance Prenatal Training with Jane Austin. She completed The Pad Studios Pilates Teacher Training Program in 2012. Most recently she completed over 200 hours of study with Maty Ezraty at YogaWorks. Becca has a passion for health and wellness and is truly committed to holistic health. She enjoys helping her clients, friends and family create happiness, strength, flexibility and balance in body, mind and soul.

    Check out Becca’s schedule at The Pad!

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    Becca Schneider is a certified Vinyasa flow yoga teacher, a certified prenatal yoga teacher, a Pilates Instructor and is a Registered Nurse. She has been practicing and studying yoga for

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  • Pilates
  • Yoga
  • Britt Peterson

    Britt Peterson is a yoga + Pilates instructor, as well as a certified Holistic Health Coach.  After studying with master yoga teacher, Maty Ezraty, in SoHo New York, Britt decided to leave her corporate job in search of a fulfilling life helping people to find the best versions of themselves. In a world that continues to grow more addicted to technology and less comfortable with natural, healthy human interaction, Britt hopes to provide the tools to inspire and motivate people to live an authentic, mindful, all-encompassing life.  Movement, breath, whole foods, Ayurvedic techniques, & balance are her medicine and she plans to help those around her to heal using these tools.

    Britt discovered the holistic powers of clean eating after battling with severe skin issues in her early 20s.  After seeing the effects food had on her physically, mentally & emotionally, she decided to become a certified Health Coach to help others cope and recover from their health issues in a holistic way.  She currently sees private clients, and hosts small group coaching calls.

    Britt is eternally inspired and drawn to creating projects involving health and wellness, as well as music, art and fashion. When not teaching or coaching, you can find her dancing, singing, styling, traveling, and coming up with new health conscious recipes in the kitchen.

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    Britt Peterson is a yoga + Pilates instructor, as well as a certified Holistic Health Coach.  After studying with master yoga teacher, Maty Ezraty, in SoHo New York, Britt decided

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  • Yoga
  • Bryant Resch

    Bryant discovered yoga over 10 years ago while living in Charlotte, North Carolina. Bryant was an avid cyclist, runner and lover of all things fitness but was looking for something a little more strengthening and relaxing. Bryant continued to practice after moving to San Francisco in 2005, but her practice really took off when she became pregnant with her first child in 2009. Bryant loved the way yoga felt on her changing body and she couldn’t wait to get into the studio. Now Bryant has two beautiful children and a growing practice. Bryant received her RYT 200 with Dana Damara, studied under Michelle Wing with It’s Yoga Kids and with Erin Lila Wilson with RISE Yoga for Youth. Bryant is certified to teach yoga to ages 0 – 200 and loves teaching every age.

    Bryant believes that yoga is one of the most beautiful ways to open up, let go and release the inner you. Linking breath and movement set to an upbeat and fun playlist, Bryant’s classes are both challenging and invigorating. She connects with her students on a deeper level by helping them get out of their minds and into their bodies while not taking herself too seriously. 

    As a mom of two little ones, Bryant is passionate about bringing yoga into her children’s everyday lives through music, games and playful movement. In 2015 she created The Pad Studio’s Tadpole Program, a place for families of all shapes and sizes to come and enjoy some good healthy fun. In her postnatal mommy & me classes, she is mindful of changing bodies and focuses on rebuilding core strength as well as opening the heart. Bryant connects with children and loves to see them connect to their minds and bodies. Bryant believes that the gift of yoga can be learned at any age and will greatly benefit everyone throughout a lifetime. 

    Bryant’s love of fitness, yoga and overall wellness inspired her to take it to a deeper level so that she could inspire others to become their best self and in 2016 she graduated from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition as a certified integrative health coach. Bryant’s training accompanied by her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from The University of North Carolina have taught her innovative coaching methods so that she can support others through their own personal health and wellness journeys.

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    Bryant discovered yoga over 10 years ago while living in Charlotte, North Carolina. Bryant was an avid cyclist, runner and lover of all things fitness but was looking for something

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  • Pilates
  • Christine Jensen

    Christine discovered Pilates after a broken leg sidelined her from triathlon training 6 years ago.  She was humbled by the challenge of the first class.  Christine discovered muscles she never knew she had she found herself at the studio every day during her injury working to improving her form and knowledge of the practice.  When her leg healed and she resumed her triathlon training she was amazed to discover how much stronger she was in her swim, bike, and run and knew it was from strengthening her core.  Pilates quickly became a staple in her training, and a big part of her life.

    Christine trained with Master Trainer Lara Hudson and also spent two weeks practicing at The Pilates Center in Boulder. In addition to Pilates, she has a Bachelors degree in Nutrition and Applied Economics from Cornell University and a MBA from UC Berkeley’s Haas school of Business.  She enjoys delivering an athletic and rigorous workout, leaving her clients stronger and feeling longer when they walk out of the studio.  In her spare time Christine enjoys hiking, trail running, adventure travel, water sports, and competes in triathlons.  She recently crossed the finish line at Ironman and is already training for her next.

    Check out Christine’s schedule at The Pad!

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    Christine discovered Pilates after a broken leg sidelined her from triathlon training 6 years ago.  She was humbled by the challenge of the first class.  Christine discovered muscles she never knew

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  • Yoga
  • Courtney Harris

    “It helped me to rediscover my spark and tap into both a mental and physical agility that I didn’t know was possible.”

    Courtney discovered the practice of yoga in early adulthood after going through a personal hardship that left her feeling incredibly discouraged and disconnected. Needing to get out of her head space and into her body, she was amazed at how yoga grounded her, made her feel a strong, steady and at peace with what was happening around her.   She has been  committed to the practice for the last 13 years and continues to work everyday to re-establish and maintain a better relationship with her body, our planet, and others. 

    Courtney has been teaching a vinyasa style of yoga – a moving meditation linking postures with the breath – which is a vigorous, power yoga class with an emphasis on fun and flexibility, for the last 10 years. She was heavily influenced by her teachers Andrea Boyd and Jeffrey Cohn (who studied under Sharon Gannon and David Life) with their teachings of Jivamukti Yoga Philosophy, and enjoys the dynamic sequencing and power elements of Baron Baptiste.

     She believes in the connection of music and movement to open the body and to clear the mind.  She tries to use humor and down-to-earth sentimentality to illuminate aspects of the spiritual journey in a hectic world. Her goal is to put those practicing at ease and encourage them to try new things–to improve their practice, on and off the mat.  Her sequencing is athletic and is designed to strengthen and tone the muscles of your body and mind, and is sure to take you to your edge.

    Her personal yoga practice has grown into passion for the health and welI-being of others and yoga has been the inspiration behind combining nutrition, wellness and aspects of mental health into a holistic practice.  She graduated June 2015 with a Masters in Counseling Psychology at Santa Clara University to become a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, MFT and am a certified nutrition and wellness coach through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition.

    Check out Courtney’s schedule at The Pad!

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    “It helped me to rediscover my spark and tap into both a mental and physical agility that I didn’t know was possible.” Courtney discovered the practice of yoga in early

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  • Yoga
  • Dana Damara

    “YOGA IS A LIFESTYLE. IT’S NOT SOMETHING YOU DO, IT’S SOMETHING YOU ARE.”

    Dana Damara has embraced yoga as a lifestyle both on and off the mat. She radiates that power of soulfulness and spiritual awakening in everything she does. Dana offers her services in the North Bay and City of San Francisco.

    She is dynamic:  Founder of Girls Elevate, an empowerment speaker, author, community leader, personal coach, Reiki Master, yogini, thought leader, and most importantly the mother of two young girls who is interested in healing the planet through connection, co-creation and conscious collaboration.

    Her vision is to see the world healed through movement, connection and optimal overall health.  She believes that the body has many depths … the subtle and physical body must be in alignment in order to live your true purpose.  She embodies a balance of strength and grace, encouraging others to find that sweet spot within themselves.

    She creates a flow that strengthens the body, opens the heart and quiets the mind. Her inspiration to dive deeper into the practice came when she began studying the subtle body. This knowledge not only shifted her yoga teaching but also changed her own life: igniting her purpose to educate others about the power of yoga and how to take their practice to a more potent level.

    “On the mat, when I’m teaching, my passion is proper alignment, powerful breath and effortless flow. Time on your mat is sacred space where you find more depth, authenticity and integrity in your life.” Damara says.

    She believes that how you show up on your mat can be directly related to how you show up off your mat.  “Off the mat, when we begin to integrate that truth and integrity, and see ourselves with compassionate awareness, we are liberated from any illusion that holds us back from moving out into the world.”

    She continues. “The art, science and magic of yoga heals, uplifts and inspires. Everything I do: blogging, leading classes, facilitating workshops, hosting retreats, creating trainings and even mothering, emanates and embodies the presence of this mantra: truth=freedom=love. The only time we spin out from that mantra is when we are caught up in a past experience or trauma. Yoga heals and brings you to the awareness you crave to move past those wounds, once and for all, so you can live the life you truly desire.”

    Dana has trained with a variety of teachers such as Janet Stone, Seane Corn, Sianna Sherman, Bikram Choudry, Shiva Rea, Byron Katie and Louise Hay.  Dana leads yoga classes, workshops, retreats and teacher trainings and is based out of San Francisco, California.

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    Check out Dana’s schedule at The Pad here!

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    “YOGA IS A LIFESTYLE. IT’S NOT SOMETHING YOU DO, IT’S SOMETHING YOU ARE.” Dana Damara has embraced yoga as a lifestyle both on and off the mat. She radiates that

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  • Yoga
  • Gillian Confair

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    Gillian Confair, RYT 200, first found yoga after a series of knee injuries left her unable to run or continue with competitive sports. The resulting change of pace provided much-needed clarity and allowed her to make space in a hectic schedule for inner peace, and to prioritize joy over competition. This same “make space” attitude can be found in her teaching style: a vigorous vinyasa flow designed to leave worries at the door and plant seeds of positive thought to carry throughout the day. Gillian received her RYT 200 from Yoga Garden in 2013. When not on the mat, you can find her behind the front desk at The Pad Studios or in rehearsal at several Bay Area theaters.

    Follow her on Instagram @gconfair and find her latest videos, workshops, and more on her website, TheAverageYogi.com.

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    Gillian Confair, RYT 200, first found yoga after a series of knee injuries left her unable to run or continue with competitive sports. The resulting change of pace provided much-needed

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  • Pilates
  • Kathleen Paice

    Kathleen began her study of movement at the age of 2 with her first dance class. Several years of performing, collegiate studies in dance at Chapman University and rehabilitating from injuries led her to discovering Pilates. The principles of Pilates and the mindfulness of the work spoke to her as a dancer and she saw how beneficial the method could be to everybody. In 2008, Kathleen entered a comprehensive teaching certification program with, Carol Appel, a renowned teacher of teachers’, who studied under Joseph Pilates’ protege, Romana Kryzanowska.

    Kathleen brings a fun, focused and dynamic presence to her teaching. Clients will learn proper body mechanics, breathing, posture and core activation while discovering the power of a strong, flexible and symmetrically mobile body. Her clientele range in age and ability: pre/post natal, rehabilitative, high performance and all those who are looking to challenge their bodies in a mindful, core centric way.

    When she isn’t teaching, Kathleen enjoys cooking, visiting wine country, urban hiking in SF and is a huge NFL football fan. She is looking forward to sharing her love of Pilates at The Pad!

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    Kathleen began her study of movement at the age of 2 with her first dance class. Several years of performing, collegiate studies in dance at Chapman University and rehabilitating from

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  • Pilates
  • Kristin Gavin

    A native of the Bay Area, Kristin discovered Pilates as an undergraduate at UC Berkeley. She immediately noticed the physical and mental benefits and has been practicing for over 10 years. After an ankle fracture during her time as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ukraine, she did months of physical therapy that included Pilates and felt firsthand the rehabilitative benefits. She had always had a strong interest in holistic health, nutrition, and fitness and decided to pursue a career in teaching Pilates. She completed The Pad Studios Teacher Training Program in 2014 and obtained a second comprehensive certification through BASI Pilates in 2017. Kristin believes that Pilates can do wonders for people of all ages and fitness levels, whether the goal is to get strong and flexible, find an athletic edge, feel balanced and centered, de-stress, rehabilitate or prevent injury, or be more mindful in everyday life. She loves to share Pilates with others and help them achieve their best selves. When she is not teaching or practicing Pilates, Kristin can be found swimming, practicing yoga, hiking, reading, writing, studying languages, and traveling near and far. She recently started open water swimming and has completed the Alcatraz to SF swim twice.

    Check out Kristin’s schedule at The Pad!

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    A native of the Bay Area, Kristin discovered Pilates as an undergraduate at UC Berkeley. She immediately noticed the physical and mental benefits and has been practicing for over 10

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  • Yoga
  • Lauren Cohen

    As a dancer and competitive figure skater since the age of four, Lauren has always loved the art of movement. When she found Cleveland Yoga during college, she had no idea what kind of an impact the practice would have on her life. She credits the teachers and yoga community in Cleveland to her teaching today. Lauren completed her 200-hour teacher training with Marni Task in Cleveland, Ohio in 2011, and has been greatly influenced by many inspiring teachers along her journey– including, Diana Vitantonio, Parker Bean, Baron Baptiste, Tami Schneider, Marni Task, Jonny Kest, Stephanie Snyder, Seane Corn and many others. Her teaching style is artful vinyasa: soulful, spiritual, challenging and empowering. Lauren is a writing contributor to Elephant Journal, a travel lover and a passionate teacher, who looks forward to sharing the empowering practice of yoga with the world.

    Check out Lauren’s schedule at The Pad!

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    As a dancer and competitive figure skater since the age of four, Lauren has always loved the art of movement. When she found Cleveland Yoga during college, she had no

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  • Owner
  • Leila Burrows

    Co-Founder, Leila Burrows began practicing power yoga with Bryan Kest as a  UCLA undergraduate. In 2008 she finished her first 200 hour certification through Yoga Works of Santa Monica. She returned home to the Bay Area to open The Pad with longtime friend and business partner, Lily Riesenfeld. Leila is passionate about the transformational powers of yoga and combines the structure learned from the YogaWorks method with the practical approach of Bryan Kest, infusing her own personality and desire to celebrate and manifest life. Leila’s class is fun, challenging and music filled. When not in San Francisco, Leila can be found on her mat practicing yoga with MC Yogi at YogaToes in Point Reyes.

    Check out Leila’s schedule at The Pad!

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    Co-Founder, Leila Burrows began practicing power yoga with Bryan Kest as a  UCLA undergraduate. In 2008 she finished her first 200 hour certification through Yoga Works of Santa Monica. She

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  • Yoga
  • Libby Murfey

    Libby discovered yoga in 2003 when a friend took her to a Core Power Yoga class in Boulder, Colorado.  Originally going for the physical benefits, she later immersed herself in the spiritual teachings of yoga which inspired her to become an instructor and share the knowledge and joy of yoga with others.  Successfully completing CorePower Yoga’s teacher training in 2007, she has continued her training with numerous teachers including Baron Baptiste, Jonny Kest, Diana Vitantonio and Tami Schneider.  Her classes are energetic, motivational, soothing and FUN! She likes to create both a playful and challenging practice that inspires self-exploration, balance and compassion.

    Check out Libby’s schedule at The Pad!

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    Libby discovered yoga in 2003 when a friend took her to a Core Power Yoga class in Boulder, Colorado.  Originally going for the physical benefits, she later immersed herself in

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  • Yoga
  • Nat Kendall

    San Francisco based yoga teacher & student, musician, surfer and lover of life; Nat Kendall gives reverence to the teachings he has received – helping students nurture their own creative expression and meaningful connection with life. He teaches vinyasa infused with all other limbs of yoga and has studied extensively with Rusty Wells and Janet Stone. His devotion-filled classes are invigorating, strong and simultaneously nurturing as he creates a space filled with focus, kindness, laughter, chanting and great music to safely explore the deep benefits of the practice.

    Learn about workshops, retreats and more at www.natkendall.com
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    San Francisco based yoga teacher & student, musician, surfer and lover of life; Nat Kendall gives reverence to the teachings he has received – helping students nurture their own creative

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  • Yoga
  • Nicole Cronin

    I grew up in an active household, playing sports and looking to physical activity to calm my busy mind. As an adult, I frequented the gym, ran for miles and took every fitness class you can imagine.

    It was in 2007, in my mid twenties, when I first fell in love with the practice of yoga.

    I was operating a busy, night-life oriented restaurant/bar in San Francisco. Yoga was the one part of my life that brought peace and clarity to my frantic, high-energy lifestyle. I grew hungry to learn as much as I could about the practice. I started attending workshops, going on retreats and bootcamps, reading blogs and books. Yoga soon became far more than a physical activity– it was a new, fully integrated way of living and being. For me, yoga had a way of dynamically approaching anything that came my way.

    In 2012, I was in a serious car accident where I lost my beloved fiance and broke my back. I found myself in a wheel chair, with nothing to focus on but healing. During this healing process, I realized that we are so much more than our bodies or our minds.  It’s hard to explain in words, but I began to see that we are souls, here in these bodies, meant to grow and find our truth; to love and to surrender. More than anything else, this is what yoga has taught me: to accept and find peace in what is and to see every opportunity as a chance to learn and experience something new.

    After the accident, something clicked inside of me- I realized I had been refining a set of tools that would greatly help me at this time in my life.  I became so grateful to have a connection to my breath, and to a practice that deepened my capacity  to drop into the present moment- a true benefit of a regular yoga practice. It was exactly nine months after the accident and the deep loss I experienced that I headed to “The Present Moment Retreat” in Troncones Beach, Mexico to get certified to teach Vinyasa and Hatha yoga.

    There are many things that contribute to my style of teaching- first, a deep respect for the historical roots of yoga, and an intention to honor proper physical alignment in the postures.  In addition, a background of athletics and dance, an appreciation for groovy music, my prior career in nightlife- hosting and creating experiences for others, and an awareness of the body and how it reacts to both external and internal stressors, gathered from my study and practice of both the Alexander Technique and Somatics (a life-changing program I completed called The Art of Leadership Mastery at The Institute of Embodied Wisdom in Ojai, Ca).

    My experience is that practicing yoga is an opportunity to use the physical body and the breath to reintegrate and to feel whole; to remember our true nature– perfectly right where we’re supposed to be.  The more I practice, the more inspired I am to share yoga with others.

    Check out Nicole’s Schedule at The Pad!

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    I grew up in an active household, playing sports and looking to physical activity to calm my busy mind. As an adult, I frequented the gym, ran for miles and

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  • Yoga
  • Peter Walters

    San Francisco-based yoga teacher Peter Walters leads powerful, fun vinyasa classes that build strength, create flexibility and inspire a joyous, grateful perspective. His playful yet caring approach to teaching makes yoga relatable for all levels of practitioner. His classes will move any willing student beyond pose aesthetic and shape to an experience that is deeply devotional, heart opening and presents an opportunity to ‘begin again.’

    Practicing with Peter will allow you to explore how the physical practice influence your body, breath, mind and heart. Peter’s teaching will help you become more present in all aspects of your life and ultimately help you take the yoga practice off the mat and into the world. In his workshops and classes you can expect a powerful experience; you’ll sing and chant, twist and churn, invert, balance and flow through poses in a dance-like sequence that often inspires spontaneous smiles, tears and sometimes both.

    Although based in San Francisco, Peter loves traveling the world leading public classes, workshops and retreats. Peter has studied extensively and is always drawing inspiration from his dear teachers Rusty Welles, Janet Stone and others. He is a lululemon Ambassador and offers audio yoga and meditation classes online through the MoveWith App. When he’s not teaching, Peter loves traveling, motorcycling windy roads, crossing oceans on traditional sailing ships and, as we all do, eating ice cream and snuggling with dogs.

    Learn more at www.peteryoga.com or follow him on Instagram – @peterwaltersyoga

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    San Francisco-based yoga teacher Peter Walters leads powerful, fun vinyasa classes that build strength, create flexibility and inspire a joyous, grateful perspective. His playful yet caring approach to teaching makes

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