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April has been practicing and teaching various styles of yoga and fitness since 1991 and is trained and certified in Vinyasa Flow Yoga, Forrest Yoga, Pilates, and various other fitness disciplines. She is also a post-rehabilitation specialist, working with clients recovering from injuries with the practices of Yoga, Pilates, and massage therapy. April is a teacher of teachers; her intuition and experience create an environment where each student feels comfortable, guided and supported.

April Underwood

April has been practicing and teaching various styles of yoga and fitness since 1991 and is trained and certified in Vinyasa Flow Yoga, Forrest Yoga, Pilates, and various other fitness disciplines. She is also a post-rehabilitation specialist, working with clients recovering from injuries with the practices of Yoga, Pilates, and massage therapy. April is a teacher of teachers; her intuition and experience create an environment where each student feels comfortable, guided and supported.

Becky Rowe

Becky began her practice in 2002 and is passionate about passing on the teachings, lifestyle and benefits of yoga and meditation that have proved so deeply satisfying in her own life. She strives to give others the experience and tools to attain deep and lasting peace, relaxation and contentment to combat the daily grind and mental anxieties.

Gena Foreman

Gena Foreman’s, (E-RYT) passion for yoga began over 20 years ago when she took her first class at the local gym. The feeling of peace, quiet and strength she experienced after class started to weave itself into every facet of her life. In 2004, she completed her first teacher training with Shannon Wells. Her teaching style focuses on the awareness of conscious breathing, emphasizing core strength to build endurance while finding the balance between effort and surrender.

She has taught wheelchair bound seniors, professional athletes, the raw beginner to the seasoned yogi. Gena is authentic, compassionate, and playful; students are nurtured and individual needs are met.

Harsha Gandhi

Harsha’s yoga practice dates back to her childhood, as her father encouraged his children to start each day with yoga. She completed a course at the Yoga Institute in Mumbai, India and completed a 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training Program at the Himalayan Institute In Honesdale, PA. Harsha has over fifteen years of teaching experience in the Sacramento area. She teaches traditional Hatha Yoga, and her classes focus on the Mind-Body connection as described by Patanjali in the Yoga Sutra. She guides her students in developing strength and serenity of both the body and the mind.

John Florian

Teaching since 2009, John has witnessed yoga’s ability to heal the body, mind, and soul in himself and his students over the years. While encouraging rest when needed, his classes challenge both body and brain through dynamic sequences to allow students plenty of opportunity for growth. His quirky sense of humor and eclectic musical taste add a fun twist to his classes. John started his practice as a way to counter a stiff and flabby body due to his sedentary life. Thinking that yoga was all about stretching, he was surprised at the amount of strength and discipline the practice required. With effort and dedication to the practice, he eventually reconnected with his toes - and himself.

Lisa Rogers

Lisa teaches yoga with the background of having a PhD in Human Physiology. Applying this knowledge, which is still evolving, to the physical practice is of great benefit to avoid injury and to offer modifications for different body types and health states. Lisa gives detailed alignment cues to set your body up in the pose safely, prompting you to be present for the journey of getting to the pose along the way then letting you experience whatever the pose offers you. She believes the Mind-Body connection is one of the most important features of Yoga. The skill of being able to read one’s own body sensations, to be able to discern the effects of beneficial effort from effort that is going to strain and injury is invaluable, on and off the mat.

Cheryl Tunnicliffe

Cheryl has been practicing yoga since 2000 and began teaching in 2003. She received her Yoga Alliance certification after studying under April Underwood and has since studied with many teachers, such as Maty Ezraty in Hawaii. Cheryl has always enjoyed the exploration of movement, breath, sound, and the healing arts. Cheryl finds much joy and purpose in creating space for students to experience the innate healing process of yoga.

Sita Neely

Sita is a certified Yoga Teacher and Holistic Health and Wellness Consultant with over 50 years of experience. Sita is a vibrant 75 years old and specializes in teaching seniors.  She is also a talented musician, vocalist, and composer. In her classes, students learn to use Yoga as a tool in helping to minimize illness and reduce the risk of injuries, while releasing physical and mental tension in the mind and body. Sita's classes help to increase flexibility, strength and productivity, and reawaken one's ability to greet life with renewed joy and serenity. You will love her authentic, informative style combined with her sensitive and practical approach.

David Mitchell

David Mitchell is a retired Air Force and airline pilot who discovered the healing power of Chi Kung during his battle with Acute Myeloid Leukemia in 2011 and 2012. David trained in Santa Cruz with Lee Holden, of PBS TV fame, and completed his Chi Kung instructor certification in June, 2013. He is passionate about sharing the practice of Chi Kung with others.  You will enjoy David's encouraging and gentle manner and love the feeling of balance and energy that Chi Gong brings to your body.

Marty

Marty is currently a radiology director, trained as an attorney, and is a certified Chi Gong and Tai Chi Instructor.  Marty practices and teaches a form of movement meditation rooted in traditional Chinese medicine.  His philosophy which he hopes his students will benefit from is to, while enjoying a reasonable workout, create space between their thoughts and the present moment leading to the ability to experience improved physical and emotional health and ultimately true inner peace.

Li Li Lee

Lee Lee Li comes from a long line of traditional Chinese medicine practitioners. When she graduated high school she began studying Tai Chi from her Father, but finding it too slow for her youthful energy, she became a dancer instead! She later came to appreciate the power of Tai Chi and embraced it as a lifelong practice. She hopes to help you experience the vibrancy and peace that Tai Chi can awaken!

Uddhava

The director of Lotus Garden; Wearer of many hats and doer of many things :-)

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