Dorinda’s teaching style helps students focus on intention and anatomical alignment through compassionate and clear instruction, skillful sequencing, and perceptive hands-on adjustments. Her purpose is to help students experience this ancient practice in a way that reveals its wisdom, and ease. Dorinda’s love of yoga comes through in her devotion to the intention of her teachers. Her reverence for yoga’s complex lineage is balanced with humor so that students leave class feeling refreshed with clear minds and energized bodies.
Dorinda has been studying Iyengar yoga since 1995 and began teaching in 2010. She is a long-time student of Donald Moyer, Mary Lou Weprin and Debbie Gilman, a graduate of The Yoga Room’s Advanced Studies Program and a Relax and Renew Trainer through Judith Lasater’s accredited program. She is certified at the Experienced 500 hour level (ERYT500) and a Continuing Education Provider (YACEP) with the Yoga Alliance. Dorinda is the program coordinator and a member of the core faculty for the Advanced Studies Program at The Yoga Room in Berkeley.
Tuesdays: Level 2-4 Iyengar Yoga 9:30 - 11:30 am
Wednesdays: Level 1-3 Iyengar Yoga 9:30 - 11:00 am
Saturdays: Level 2-4 Iyengar Yoga 9:00 - 10:45 am
Saturdays: Iyengar Yoga for Beginners 11:15 am - 12:30 pm
Sundays: Monthly Restorative Yoga Practice 2:00 - 3:30 pm - CLICK HERE to see dates
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Gretchen began to enjoy yoga classes about 20 years ago at local gyms. She grew up an athlete and participated in many sports as a child and young adult, but soon learned that she was not taking care of her body, mind, and spirit well enough to continue practicing these activities like she had been. She turned to yoga when her body was injured, and soon found a new way to practice and maintain a healthy body, quiet the mind, and strengthen the spirit.
Gretchen has been teaching high school Spanish since 2001. She became a yoga instructor in 2016 after completing her RYT 200 in Tabanan, Bali with the Yandara Yoga Institute, and completed Level I Reiki Training in Bali as well. Gretchen’s favorite yoga class to teach is Restorative Yoga with meditation. Guiding people to be still and peaceful is a gift she is grateful to be able to share with her students.
Wednesdays: Restorative Yoga 5:30 - 6:45 pm
Join Harla in the journey that is yoga: a discovery process of breath, mind, body & spirit. Classes are structured to accommodate all seekers, from novice to veteran. Change is the universal constant, so expect to stretch, strengthen, lengthen and experience your body differently each week. Come to honor your body’s own physical limitations AND limitless potential.
Be ready to “hold space” for yourself during the practice - get out of your head, into your body - and breathe! Please bring a sense of curiosity, joy, and of course humor, to class. Harla's background includes years of dance and gymnastics training, hiking and much time pushing around weights at the gym, so she's familiar with unwinding those short twitchy muscle fibers.
To keep class offerings fresh and innovative, Harla continually expands her skill sets and knowledge of the body with classes and workshops in varying forms of yoga. Join her for a yoga experience that leaves you relaxed, revitalized, and in tune.
Mondays: Yoga Stretch 5:30 - 6:45 pm
Julie has practiced Iyengar style yoga for 15 years, here at the Danville Yoga and Wellness Center. She received her teaching certification in 2012 from Downtown Yoga in Pleasanton and continues to further her education in teaching yoga. Her teaching experience includes introduction to yoga, gentle yoga with seniors, and she enjoys being part of the healing experience with people in various stages of cancer treatment and remission at the Cancer Community in Walnut Creek. She has found yoga to be a significant support system in her life, as she improves her overall well being, health, posture, strength, and flexibility. She became inspired to become a yoga teacher to share her experience of becoming “body aware” and more mindful of the integration of the body, mind and spirit.
Julie is passionate about teaching yoga to people of all ages and all body types. She believes anyone can practice yoga with gentle and safe alignment instruction. Julie’s teaching style is warm and encouraging. She emphasizes safe body alignment, and carefully describes the mechanics of each pose.
Tuesdays & Thursdays: Gentle Yoga 3:00 - 4:30 pm
Kathleen deeply enjoys her yoga, in her practice and teaching. Yoga has brought to her daily life clarity, strength, flexibility, balance and serenity born of gratitude and appreciation. A student of 40 years and a teacher for almost 20, Kathleen loves to share with her students the many gifts yoga has to offer. Her instruction is clear, easy to follow, kind, and conscious of each individual.
Over a period of 6 years, Kathleen studied in the teacher trainings at the Iyengar Institute of San Francisco and at the Yoga Room in Berkeley, eventually receiving her certification from the Yoga Room in Iyengar Yoga and Pranyama.
Mondays: Gentle Yoga 9:30 - 11:00 am
Fridays: Yoga for Seniors 9:30 - 11:00 am
Fridays: Level 1-3 Iyengar Yoga 4:30 - 6:00 pm
Kelli is a graduate of the Kundalini Research Institute, Aquarian Teacher 3HO, Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training Course. She has been studying Kundalini, consciousness and meditation for the past 15 years. She also received a degree in Psychology from John F. Kennedy University in 2007.
Kundalini Yoga is a powerful technology for transformation. Kundalini Yoga strengthens the nervous system, the immune system and promotes overall health. It is Kriya Yoga, a structured set of exercises including mantra, meditation, mudra, and breath work. It brings balance to the body, mind and soul. Kundalini is the creative potential that exists in everyone.
Sundays: Kundalini Yoga 12:00 - 1:15 pm
Mondays: Kundalini Yoga 7:15 - 8:30 pm
Watch Kelli's video on YouTube - click here
Kim is a Virginia native, and moved to the Bay Area 15 years ago. Working in a stressful corporate career, Kim found Kundalini Yoga as a respite and a way to connect with her spirit. She fell in love with the practice immediately, and completed her Kundalini Yoga teacher training in 2019. She brings a playful spirit and a light heart to all of her classes.
Kim has also been leading sound healing, meditation and wellness classes at the Center since 2016. She is passionate about helping others connect with their inner light and tune into the wisdom of their own inner voice, and brings a grounded and practical approach to connecting with our subtle energy bodies and the world around us. As an avid metaphysical student, Kim is also a practitioner of Reconnective Healing and Rahanni Celestial Healing, and a professional reader of Tarot.
Wednesdays: Kundalini Yoga 7:15 - 8:30 pm
Maria is a Master Healer, Intuitive Guidance Counselor, Empowerment Coach, and co-owner of the Danville Yoga & Wellness Center.
Maria has been guided to pursue her life calling and help people in the best way she can. She has been led to learn different methods to teach, heal, and serve with the highest intention and integrity.
The truth is always found “within” - at least that is what Maria knows and teaches. Maria's primary focus during her sessions is to help you to awaken to your own natural and inherent divine gifts. Her spiritual journey began in 1996, and since then, she has been helping others understand their experiences and answering their deepest questions.
For more information, visit www.MariaHaswell.com
Mondays: Sound Healing & Meditation 1:00 - 2:15 pm
Thursdays: Sound Healing & Meditation 5:30 - 6:45 pm
Thursdays: Spiritual Circle 7:15 - 8:30 pm
Fridays: Sound Healing & Meditation 1:00 - 2:15 pm
Community Events with Maria:
Healing & Meditation Night - 2nd Friday of every month, 7:00 - 8:15 pm - For more info, click here
Marta’s gravitation to yoga started as a child, watching morning yoga shows on TV. Intrigued by how the practice helped her both athletically and academically, she continued experimenting with various styles of yoga, including Hatha, Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Isha and Iyengar. In 2007, she decided to go deeper into her studies and completed the teacher training program at Avalon Yoga Center, with John Berg and Ben Thomas as her guides. She recently finished her 500-hour teacher training at the SF Iyengar Institute, and continues to be mentored by Jaki and Allan Nett.
With a mantra of “movement is life”, her classes emphasize breathing synchronized with body dynamics and awareness. A firm believer that asana and pranayama enable us to be masters of our bodies and minds, she is inspired to teach students to get to their edges and transcend them…in a safe and fun environment.
Mondays: Karma Yoga (Free / by Donation) 8:00 - 9:00 am
Wednesdays: Level 1-3 Iyengar Yoga 8:00 - 9:00 am
Michelle Deane, MA, E-RYT infuses her yoga classes with threads of mindfulness, physical transformation, mental balance, body awareness and accessible breath work. She incorporates classic yoga philosophy into her classes and promotes an environment of growth, support, self-discovery and self-acceptance. Her primary goal with yoga instruction is to help students to identify and reach their initial goals, as well as to eventually develop a stronger understanding of the power of the mind-body connection through their own experience.
Michelle has studied various yoga styles including Iyengar, Ashtanga and Viniyoga, and graduated from the YogaWorks Teacher Training Program in 2011. She also holds a Master of Arts Degree in Counseling Psychology.
Michelle teaches :
Mondays: Gentle Yoga with Restorative 3:00 - 4:15 pm
Wednesdays: Yoga Stretch & Flexibility 3:00 - 4:15 pm
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Monique began her yoga journey while pregnant with her first child eight years ago. Yoga is now an inseparable part of her life, and she thrives on sharing her knowledge with students of all ages. Inspired by how yoga movement can change people’s health and overall life, Monique earned certification and began work as a Les Mills BodyBalance instructor. While teaching this fitness regime, which combines Yoga, Pilates, and Tai Chi, she strived for a deeper understanding of the benefits that yoga in particular can bring to the body.
Monique is an Iyengar Certified Instructor, and completed the 200-hour Teacher Training Program in 2017 at The Yoga & Movement Center in Walnut Creek. In 2018, Monique furthered her studies with Elise Browning Miller and is now a Yoga for Scoliosis certified Teacher Trainer. Today, Monique tailors her attention to detail and precise method of teaching structural alignment to her students.
Thursdays: Yoga for Scoliosis 9:30 -10:45 am
Maria & Mark Haswell
Maria and Mark are the owners and directors of the Danville Yoga & Wellness Center. Their vision for the Center is to offer a wide range of classes, workshops and events that help boost the well-being of your mind, body, and soul. Their intent is to nurture the Center as a welcoming place of serenity, community, and growth.
Maria and Mark have been married for 17 years, and came from diverse backgrounds prior to purchasing the Center in 2012. Mark spent over 20 years working in marketing, mostly for startup technology companies, and holds an MBA from the University of Arizona. Maria is a serial entrepreneur who has started numerous successful businesses, and now focuses on her work at the Center as an Empowerment Coach, holistic healer and intuitive guide.
They are also co-founders of SpreadKindness.org, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to promoting kindness in everyday life.