• Pilates
  • Amelia Johns

    After years of being a competitive tennis player, managing her scoliosis, and pursing her overall passion for fitness, Amelia was looking for a way to incorporate some balance into her active lifestyle and was referred to Pilates by many. After one session she immediately knew that this was the piece of the puzzle that was missing, and completely immersed herself in Pilates. With the desire to learn more, she enrolled in a teacher training program to strengthen her own practice. With time she found herself working at multiple studios creating a career out of instructing healthy movement patterns.

    Amelia completed her 500 Hour Comprehensive Pilates Certification though Balanced Body and continues to expand her knowledge through extended education. In addition to Pilates, she has a Bachelors degree in Business Administration concentrated in Marketing and Finance. Amelia is an athletic based instructor who likes to deliver a challenging and unique workout that will have you feeling accomplished, stronger, and motivated to continue your journey of healthy movement.

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    After years of being a competitive tennis player, managing her scoliosis, and pursing her overall passion for fitness, Amelia was looking for a way to incorporate some balance into her

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  • Yoga
  • Amy Naber

    Amy teaches yoga because she loves it and believes it can be for everyone! She started teaching Yoga in 2001 after her first training at Its Yoga in San Francisco with founder Larry Schultz. She fell in love with Ashtanga Yoga and the Primary Series of Asanas. Before yoga she was a personal trainer and fitness coach but found her true passion in yoga. Since that time Amy experienced an injury and a lot of life changes – including getting married, having a baby and more. She experienced a need to connect more deeply (beyond the physical) and found value in slowing the physical practice down sometimes. So in 2005 she spread her wings and got trained in Restorative Yoga and Pre and Post-natal yoga while receiving a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology and Hypnotherapy. Amy has over 20 years of experience in the health and wellness field. She integrates her passion for optimal health, spirituality, and emotional well-being in private sessions, private practice, speaking engagements and group classes. Amy has designed health and wellness programs for clients in California, Hawaii, and Colorado. She uses her unique background to guide clients in improving their health and well being while achieving personal goals. She loves teaching group classes, loves to witness people connect breath with movement and finds the yoga community a true gift!

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    Amy teaches yoga because she loves it and believes it can be for everyone! She started teaching Yoga in 2001 after her first training at Its Yoga in San Francisco

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  • 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 certified yoga and Pilates instructor, certified Holistic Health Coach & Traditional Chinese Medicine student.  She has been practicing and studying yoga for over 15 years and Pilates for 4 years.  Britt completed her 200Hour in-depth yoga teacher training in 2014 at YogaWorks in Soho, New York City under master teacher, Maty Ezraty.  She completed Balanced Body’s Pilates certification at EHS Pilates in 2016.  Most recently, she has begun studying Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture at the American College for Traditional Chinese Medicine.  Britt is passionate about holistic wellness and various forms of movement, including dance. Britt left the corporate world in 2014 in order to help others find the best version of themselves through breath, movement and positive energy.  Britt is eternally inspired and drawn to create projects involving health and wellness, dance, art and music. When not teaching, coaching, or in school you can find her studying gaga movement, reading in a nearby park, or exploring another country.

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    Britt Peterson is a certified yoga and Pilates instructor, certified Holistic Health Coach & Traditional Chinese Medicine student.  She has been practicing and studying yoga for over 15 years and

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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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  • 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
  • Emily Posselius

    Emily is a San Francisco based yoga instructor, empowerment life coach, and forever a student of life.  She has a welcoming energy with a mission to inspire joy and connection to your highest potential — many calling her an ‘adamant optimist’. Emily’s classes are infused with introspection and challenge, creating a safe space for you to arrive, explore, and find transformation. Her flow creates a moving meditation to connect with your vital life force, spirit, and ultimately help you discover your own empowerment.

    Emily is the creator of the Empowered Living Movement™— life coaching to help inspire living fully, creating purposeful action, and experience a connected community.  She is passionate about helping others come home to their true self, create supportive practices to promote genuine living, and to curate a more fulfilling lifestyle. Learn more about her yoga-inspired coaching at: empoweredlivingmovement.com.

    Practicing yoga for over a decade, Emily received her 200-RYT with Malachi Melville of Yogaworks in 2011. She is currently completing her 500-RYT with Coby Kozlowski of Lahari Yoga. Emily’s classes are infused with pranayama and meditation techniques from yoga mentorship with Stacie Overby and restorative energy from her Reiki Level 1 training with Jennifer Brinn. Emily’s yoga background has been influenced over the years by Max Strom, Lorin Roche, Katie Brauer, Maty Ezraty, Annie Carpenter, Jason Crandell, and Becca Schneider.

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    Emily is a San Francisco based yoga instructor, empowerment life coach, and forever a student of life.  She has a welcoming energy with a mission to inspire joy and connection to

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  • Yoga
  • Gillian Confair

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    Gillian Confair, E-RYT 500, has two great passions in life: yoga, and science fiction. She finds the same joy, curiosity, and excitement in learning more about the great unknown both in outer space and inner space. The first she pursues through reading and watching all things SciFi, and the second she explores through yoga. She combines these two passions with her video series, SciFi & the Sutras, and in her classes.

    In 2013 Gillian created The Average Yogi – a website welcoming all yogis to the practice, regardless of age, shape, or size. Through humor and honesty, Gillian offers space for exploration and self-love, both on the mat and off. Her goal is simple: Come as you are, and the practice will meet you there.

    Through a combination of challenging and unique flows, her classes get you out of your head and into your body. The goal is to leave worries at the door and plant seeds of positive thought to carry throughout the day. Come to her class prepared to move and sweat. Leave feeling uplifted, energized, and more positively connected to the world around you.

    You can find Gillian on InstagramFacebook, and on her Website.

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    Gillian Confair, E-RYT 500, has two great passions in life: yoga, and science fiction. She finds the same joy, curiosity, and excitement in learning more about the great unknown both

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  • Pilates
  • Hande Demirel

    Hande is a certified Pilates instructor and has been practicing Pilates for over 10 years. She discovered Pilates as a way to help with her back pain during college. Besides giving her a better posture, Pilates also gave her an overall sense of joy, strength and wellbeing. Having decided to pursue a career in health and wellness, she trained with STOTT PILATES® in San Francisco and completed the Mat and Reformer coursework.

    Her aim is to share the never ending benefits of Pilates with her clients and give them a mindful movement experience. When not in the studio, you can find her writing for her wellness website, sipping on a matcha latte or hunting down a ripe avocado. Follow her on Instagram @handemirel for all things wellness and Pilates and more at www.handemirel.com.

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    Hande is a certified Pilates instructor and has been practicing Pilates for over 10 years. She discovered Pilates as a way to help with her back pain during college. Besides

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  • Pilates
  • Isabel Post

    Isabel is originally from Massachusetts and moved to San Francisco in 2016. She discovered Pilates while in physical therapy for her hyper-mobility. She found that it not only alleviated her chronic joint pain and back problems, but helped her to feel stronger and more empowered in her body than ever before!

    Isabel saw how much pilates had done for her life and was driven to help others find their strength and love of movement. She took the Comprehensive ITT Pilates teacher training at A Body of Work.

    In addition to Pilates, Isabel is a Certified MELT Method Hand and Foot and Reiki Practitioner. She is fascinated by all things health and wellness, and is constantly pursuing new knowledge on the subject!
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    Isabel is originally from Massachusetts and moved to San Francisco in 2016. She discovered Pilates while in physical therapy for her hyper-mobility. She found that it not only alleviated her

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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 for nearly 15 years, Lauren has always loved the art of movement. She first found yoga during college in Cleveland, Ohio, where she very quickly became inspired by the physical, mental and emotional elements of the practice. Lauren completed her first 200-hour teaching program in 2011 in Cleveland, and three years later moved to San Francisco with hopes of creating a fresh start, continuing her yoga education and to develop her teaching. Lauren has since completed over 500 hours with her teachers Janet Stone, Jason Crandell, and Elena Brower and continues to be inspired by her community of fellow teachers in the Bay Area.

    Since quitting her full-time job in corporate PR in 2015, Lauren has been teaching classes throughout the city and leading retreats all over the world. She teaches a soulful, heartfelt, challenging, and fluid vinyasa class, rooted in healthy alignment and creative sequencing. She aims to inspire students to embody the essence of yoga on and off the mat.

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    As a dancer and competitive figure skater for nearly 15 years, Lauren has always loved the art of movement. She first found yoga during college in Cleveland, Ohio, where she

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  • Yoga
  • Leia Layus

    Through the years, Leia’s yoga practice has become a space of unveiling one to the Self and submerging into our essence. She teaches a Vinyasa Flow class influenced by Ashtanga. In her classes, she lyrically guides students to connect with the poetry of the movement while building foundation, strength, and focus to awaken into our soft power. 
     
    Leia began her journey of yoga in San Francisco studying both Vinyasa and Classical styles of yoga. While living in New Mexico, she also spent several years studying with Tias Little with whom she continues to explore the subtle body and the contemplative aspects that awaken us to grace, gentleness, and our sensual nature.  Choose a way in- each path leads to the state of yoga. 
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    Through the years, Leia’s yoga practice has become a space of unveiling one to the Self and submerging into our essence. She teaches a Vinyasa Flow class influenced by Ashtanga.

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  • Owner
  • Leila Burrows

    Co-Founder and Owner/Operator 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 practices daily because she has seen the powers of yoga and its many contributions towards sustaining mental clarity, physical strength and flexibility and a peaceful and connected mind and heart. Her classes are energizing, challenging, fun and music filled with uplifting, contemporary music. Leila teaches public and private classes, corporate classes, at special events and local weekend retreats on The Farm Grand Island where she runs www.RetreatToTheFarm.com. When off the mat, she can be found water skiing in the delta or snow skiing in the Tahoe area!

    Check out Leila’s schedule at The Pad!

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    Co-Founder and Owner/Operator 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

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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 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
  • Paula Pavlova

    As a yoga student & teacher Paula is focused and committed to illuminating the beauty in our human experience through the teachings of yoga, crystals, and astrology. She cares deeply about offering space and materials for individuals to drop in and connect to their collective, sacred meaning. Though her work of curating the MoonBox Experience by GAIA Collective, teaching workshops, classes, and private sessions, Paula aims to inspire others to step into the magic of their being and begin to own their destiny. She firmly believes that movement, meditation, and creation of that which sets your heart on fire, is a recipe for self realization — the fabric of universal compassion.

    After 6 years of practicing yoga, Paula traveled to Ubud, Bali to receive her 200-RYT in Vinyasa Flow, and began teaching in Washington D.C. shortly thereafter. She continued to study with Natasha Rizoplous, Brian Kest, Chanda Creasy, Seane Corne, Sianna Sherman, among others. Two Years later, she decided to make the big move to the West Coast to continue her yoga education with the Yoga Works 500-hr Professional program as an apprentice to Gigi Snyder in Los Angeles. Through this program Paula was inspired by many teachers including Sarah Ezrin, Jeanne Heileman, and Lisa Wofford. Eventually this led Paula up north to San Francisco where she now teaches regularly at the Pad Studios.

    Paula is always seeking to learn, seeing the teacher within all people, including her students. As a yoga instructor, Paula safely and carefully creates sequences that bring the mind, body, and spirit together in a calming yet invigorating yoga practice that will both challenge and motivate students at any level. In her classes, Paula creates a musically and artistically inspired environment where community, compassionate self talk, consciousness expansion, encouragement, and self-worth are ever present. Her musical selection is focused on relaxing the mind, motivating the body, and balancing the spirit.

    As a yoga student & teacher Paula is focused and committed to illuminating the beauty in our human experience through the teachings of yoga, crystals, and astrology. She cares deeply

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    Rachel Bero

    Rachel’s meditation and yoga practice started early in college to relieve anxiety and cross train while running marathons. After accessing the peaceful soothing place inside, yoga became a ritual to ground and restore. Rachel encourages a safe space for her students to practice gratitude so that we can respond to life’s offerings with kindness and compassion.

    In addition to her 200 hour vinyasa yoga training, Rachel has completed 40 hours of restorative yoga training.

    Rachel’s background and schooling in business combined with her love of movement and personal growth help her fill the role as the Studio Manager of The Pad.

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    Rachel’s meditation and yoga practice started early in college to relieve anxiety and cross train while running marathons. After accessing the peaceful soothing place inside, yoga became a ritual to

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  • Yoga
  • Sarah Walsh

    Sarah Walsh’s relationship with Yoga began over 15 years ago in Toronto. Originally from Vancouver, Canada, her passion for Yoga and the Performing Arts led her to New York City where she lived, studied and taught for 10 years. She moved to San Francisco and is enjoying the west coast living again!
    Sarah is the Co-founder of Drishti Yoga International Teacher Training, training yoga teachers around the world. She has taught in Bali and Costa Rica Co-Leading Teacher Trainings with Awakened Life School of Yoga. She has also led the Drishti Yoga Teacher Trainings in Mexico, India, Italy, Thailand, Peru, Costa Rica, Greece and Portugal. One of her favorite times teaching abroad was in Goa, India where she ran a Yoga Shala on the beach teaching locals and tourists.Sarah has her YA 200 hour certification in Vinyasa Yoga from Sonic Yoga in NYC and obtained YA 500 hours in Ashtanga in India. She is Prenatal certified with Janice Clarfield, Kids Yoga certified through Karma Kids and completed her Level Two Restorative at Yoga Works with Jillian Pransky. Sarah completed her Mat Pilates training with Balanced Body here in San Francisco. She studied Ashtanga Yoga in Mysore, India at KPJAYI under the guidance of Pattabhi Jois’s grandson Sharath Jois and daughter Saraswathi Jois.
    In addition to training teachers around the Globe, Sarah can be found teaching a variety of classes. This includes pre-natal, post-natal, restorative and core-based classes in addition to her Vinyasa/Ashtanga offerings.Sarah is a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, providing counseling and inspiration to private clients on nutrition and healthy life-style. Sarah is also a Doula and offers her services in San Francisco.
    Sarah was featured in Elephant Journal which showcased her teachings abroad. She has also been published in Mindbodygreen for her insight on the Chakra System and for her expertise on Prenatal Yoga.
    A class with Sarah is a combination of both physical and spiritual experience. Sarah will guide you on a unique journey, while leading you on your own exciting and enlightening path.

    Sarah’s Websites

    http://sarahwalshyoga.com

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    Sarah Walsh’s relationship with Yoga began over 15 years ago in Toronto. Originally from Vancouver, Canada, her passion for Yoga and the Performing Arts led her to New York City

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  • Pilates
  • Shira Appell

    Shira Appell received her mat certification at the Equinox Pilates Training Institute. Shira believes in the importance of cultivating love and compassion towards one’s own body and mind in order to help others’ do the same. She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Integral Counseling Psychology at California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco.

    Shira found Pilates after many years of living with chronic body pain. After seeking many other modalities, Pilates improved her abdominal strength, mobility, balance and posture and gave her hope for a less painful life. She is passionate about helping people find strength and flexibility to alleviate pain and improve trust and confidence in their body and mind.

    As a Bay Area local, Shira has always had an appreciation for nature, and maintains an active lifestyle running, walking and hiking in Marin. She spends her time cultivating loving relationships with family and friends, enjoying the sunshine, laughing, dancing and singing.

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    Shira Appell received her mat certification at the Equinox Pilates Training Institute. Shira believes in the importance of cultivating love and compassion towards one’s own body and mind in order

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