Dana’s yoga journey began in 2002 when she started teaching at Kline’s Fitness in Arnold, CA. As she began to feel the transformation yoga had in her life she felt inspired to share the gift of yoga with others so she completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training certification through Dorothy Sturdevant’s program in Sonora, CA. Dana additionally trained in Santa Cruz, CA with Kofi Busia and in San Francisco, CA. with Rusty Wells.
Dana’s style of teaching includes gentle yoga, Hatha (alignment based) yoga, power Hatha flow yoga, and children’s yoga. Her kind and gentle manner is well suited to leading students of all levels. She encourages her students to practice healthy alignment, giving them her personal attention and compassionate adjustments.
Dana has also designed yoga and fitness programs to fit various fitness levels and needs. Dana loves helping people feel healthy and happy in their bodies, making that mind-body connection! Book an in-person or online private session!
Currently Dana has embarked on the adventure of running her own studio in Murphys, CA, becoming the owner of Good Karma Studio where she is continuously bringing forth more teachings, trainings, and talents from our community of healers!
Colleen is dedicated to creating a nurturing and playful environment for others to truly inhabit, heal and feel good in their bodies. In classes and privates sessions she incorporates her training in yoga therapy and traditional yoga with natural movement, developmental movement patterns and physical training. Colleen has been practicing and teaching yoga since 2001 and now specializes in yoga therapeutics, yoga for trauma and chronic pain.
I was drawn to yoga because of my love of movement, but found that what I really needed was the sense of ease that yoga teaches. Learning to be still –to relax and let go– took time and required an ‘unlearning’ of my past patterns. The results continue to be life-changing and empowering.Colleen Gavan
Breathe. Heal. Evolve.
Grounded in the principle that “energy moves regardless of us,” Alex Mannos is dedicated to using yoga for the mindful movement of energy, creating a pathway for clearing away the stagnant and replacing it with dynamic energy for healing in the body and in the mind.
Alex is a teacher who values interaction with her students. Highly empathetic, she is in tune with their needs and brings a philosophy of trust, support and mindfulness to her practice; she is a guide who actively works to help people feel safe in a communal space.
Passionate about the healing benefits that come through touch and bodywork, Alex offers a generous amount of hands on assists in her classes. She believes that it is a beautiful way to connect with the students. She also shares this love through AcroYoga, both as a teacher and a practitioner.
Through reflection of her own life experiences, Alex has discovered the truth found in the simplicity of breathing deeper to create a space for healing. She believes that when we heal, we evolve. This philosophy is at the foundation of her practice and serves as a guide to her work. Alex maintains that we are on earth to connect with others; she is here to share with others and create opportunities for these connections through her yoga practice.
A practitioner of Yoga for the past 10 years, Alex began teaching Forrest Yoga in June of 2014, immediately following her 200 hour Foundation Teacher Training with the creatrix, Ana Forrest. She also completed Sarahpuetics 5 Element Thai Massage Training, earning 100 hours of Thai Massage & Chinese Medicine training with Sarah Vosen & Sarah Yovovich.
In previous years, Alex has worked with non-profit organizations, including Yoga Across America & the Dr. Mehmet Oz HealthCorps, teaching and performing. She also assisted CodyApp (now AloMoves.com) and Daniel Scott Yoga with the first ever comprehensive package of online AcroYoga classes.
Finding my yoga practice connected me to a place within me that I never realized I was disconnected from. It created the foundation for me to become my own healer, allowing me to work through emotional and physical trauma, as well as the every life stressors. I would love to share this gift with you and help you to discover how to live life fully!Alex Mannos
Felicity Morton is a locally trained yoga teacher and massage therapist. She lovingly guides her students to find new levels of awareness and sensation in her Yin Yoga class. Felicity completed her 200 hour Teacher Training with Yoga Loft Sonora.
She is also a contemporary teacher and performer of tribal fusion belly dance. It was at age fifteen that she began to perform and study more in-depth the American tribal style of belly dance and performed with the musical gypsy bands Last Caravan and Alma Melodiosa. With such a strong love for dance she also studied ballet, tap, contemporary, and traditional folk dance. Felicity has a love for the Divine feminine and is a certified birth doula and specializes in prenatal massage and hypnosis birthing. Dance and Yoga for her is a way for all people to gain confidence and self love.
Christa Rypins is a certified Yoga and Pilates instructor, she offers a personalized workout that relieves pain, builds core strength, and increases flexibility. Through her study of experiential anatomy, she knows first-hand the mechanics of how joints and muscles work. Christa stays at the top of her own game by working out daily and developing herself, through regular professional trainings, to learn more about Yoga, Pilates, and Imagery.
After one hour with Christa clients report less pain. They walk away with easy exercises to do on their own and possess clear mental pictures of how their body moves. Christa’s perception, knowledge, and intuition guide her in knowing what each client needs and just how hard they can push their body, or how much relaxation to restore.