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 - 11:00 am
Wednesdays: Level 1-3 Iyengar Yoga 9:30 - 11:00 am
Saturdays: Level 2-4 Iyengar Yoga 9:00 - 10:30 am
Watch Dorinda's video on YouTube - click here
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
Irene loves sharing the yoga journey she began over 20 years ago. Yoga became a gift that she gave herself as a way to restore body, mind and spirit. In 2009, Irene completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training. Shortly after, she was diagnosed with aggressive breast cancer, but yoga helped her cope with the treatment and recovery process.
She firmly believes in the wonderful union of mind and body, and the intimate knowledge of self that yoga in its many forms imparts. Irene hopes that she can be a guide for her students as they discover their own yogic path. She encourages them to use the breath to find ease in the practice as they develop strength and flexibility and enjoys creating solutions that make yoga accessible to everyone.
Mondays and Wednesdays: 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
Mondays: Level 1-3 Iyengar Yoga 11:30 am - 1:00 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
Thursdays: Spiritual Circle 6:30 - 8:00 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.
Tuesdays: 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 :
Thursdays: Gentle & Restorative Yoga 10:15 - 11:30 am
Saturdays: Yoga Stretch & Flexibility 11:30 - 12:45 pm
Read an interview with Michelle - click here
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 over 20 years, and came from diverse backgrounds prior to purchasing the Center in 2012. Mark spent many 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.