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Gentle Yoga

This class is taught by:

Jason Calsyn

I first started practicing yoga in San Francisco in 2003, when, as a birthday gift to myself, I decided to sign up for the introductory special at a local Bikram studio. The first class was very hard, but, after trying it a couple more times, I was hooked. I loved the feeling of being able to exercise and detoxify my body without feeling like I was doing an ordinary gym workout. Over time, I began to notice that the yoga was improving every part of my life: my emotional life improved, the spiritual part of me began to thrive, and my body felt and looked better than it ever had. I received my 200 hour teaching certification at Maui Hot Yoga in 2012, and am excited to share this practice with the world. My classes represent a hybrid of styles, and, while each class may be slightly different than the last, my intention is to provide a class which is consistently challenging, fun, meaningful, and lets you face the rest of your day with grace, confidence, and ease. I believe that yoga is a powerful tool in our journey of transformation, and I’m happy to accompany you on that journey.

Kim Hinzmann

I am the mother of four amazing and busy children, an over energetic border collie/beagle child and three frisky feline kiddos as well. Some days I feel like I run a zoo! I NEED yoga in my own life and I know everyone can benefit from a yoga practice in theirs! I know in my heart and soul that yoga really IS for EVERY body! Fourteen years ago I had two Doctors tell me I needed spinal surgery, discs needed to be fused which would cause a permanent loss of mobility. Thankfully I was convinced by a third Doctor and my sister to try yoga... I was immediately hooked! I never felt better, not only in my back but in my entire body and self esteem. I had more energy, was stronger than ever and lost weight quickly! I have a drive, a passion, to share this experience with everyone I can. I love to see the growth in my students, physically as well as every other aspect. I bring the love of yoga basics to students who have never had the pleasure of trying yoga as well as to intermediate and advanced students, helping with alignment and up-leveling. Always encouraging growth. I am trained in Vinyasa, Yin and Hatha style yoga. I am and will continue to be a student myself. I look forward to sharing my passion with you soon!

Allison Ragasa

Allison started practicing yoga 8 years ago when an injury sidelined her normal running practice. She found incorporating yoga helped her build stamina, strength, and the flexibility to run injury free but focused primarily on hot power yoga.In 2012 she expanded her yoga practice to include additional restorative disciplines to aid her pain management associated with stress and corporate life. Seeing a pattern of benefits she decided to attend Yoga Teacher Training to help deepen her understanding and further her practice. After obtaining her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Certificate in 2014 Allison discovered that she really enjoyed creating yoga sequences and guiding people through there person yoga practice and decided to teach.

Susan Rennert

(Co-owner of Bindi Yoga)
My training was done at the Yoga Tree in Freemont. I have my 500 hour Yoga Alliance Certification. Besides yoga being a big part of my life, I also share my life with my husband Jack and 4 dogs. My daughter Michelle (also co-owner) and I started Bindi Yoga together February 2011.
A yoga practice is different for everyone, you do not need to be flexible, have great balance, or have a dancers body. Anyone can do some form of yoga. I have been humbled in my own practice and reminded that just because I teach yoga doesn't mean that I can do a picture perfect pose. We all have injuries or other challenges that affect our yoga practice. I give myself a daily reminder that yoga is a lifetime practice.
Yoga invites us to explore connections with the relationship we have within ourselves. When we build on the awareness of body and breath, thoughts and emotions, we can start to really understand who we truly are. My classes are a good mix for both the experienced yogi as well as the beginner yogi. By creating a space for each yogi to feel free to move into a more challenging pose or to take it down a notch allows you to be more in control over your practice. My job is to guide you and help you achieve your goals. At anytime you feel you need additional help or guidance regarding your yoga practice, please do not hesitate to as anyone of us. We love hearing from our students! -Namaste Susan

Ali Eden

Ali took her first yoga class in 1995 when she was pregnant with her son. Since then, her practice has changed, challenged, and nurtured her - much in the same way parenthood has. For Ali, yoga has been a solid friend to journey with. The spiritual, physical, and mindful benefits continue to be immeasurable, and she is grateful have the opportunity to teach yoga so that others may also benefit.
Ali is a 2012 graduate of Twist Yoga’s Teacher Training. She is a lover of learning and takes yoga classes wherever she happens to be in the world and considers that to be a huge part of all travel experiences. She has a passion for restorative yoga and slow-flow practices. Ali has been teaching high school for 20 years where she continues to bring mindfulness practices to her students. Through teaching both yoga and high school, she sincerely hopes to provide her students with tools to use to become calmer, stronger, more confident, and more content.

Jo Clausen

My practice has taught me how to breathe, has allowed me to tune in and appreciate myself, it builds my confidence, heals and strengthens my body, and continually allows my mind a more compassionate, clear, and patient perspective in all aspects of my life. Yoga is an incredible gift. We are so lucky! My wish is to share the benefits of yoga like they have been shared with me, while practicing and growing together in this wonderful community. I was certified to teach through Yoga Works in February of 2015, and look forward to taking more training in the near future. I am so grateful for the opportunity to share my practice in my home studio, Bindi. I strive for balance in my classes-so be ready to explore the power of breath in challenging postures, along with wonderful restorative postures and meditation. -Namaste

Jaimi Monaco

I attended my first yoga class at 15 years old, little did I know that I was about to embark on a never-ending journey.
Five years later, I found myself in Costa Rica for my first teacher training course. I knew deep in my heart that it was time to give back what I had personally gained from yoga.
In 2016, I packed up my belongings to chase my dreams and follow the two things I was most passionate about; yoga and traveling.
Over the course of six months, I lived in various ashrams and yoga centers around the world, playing both roles of teacher and student. During this time I came to the realization that yoga is much more than just a simple exercise for the physical body. To me, yoga is the process of letting go of what no longer serves our lives in a positive way; allowing us to uncover the gold that lies in the center of us all.
That is why my aspirations as a teacher have little to do with flexibility or the perfect handstand. Rather, my goal is to create the space for you to relax, reconnect with your body, and obtain what is rightfully yours - a state of inner peace.
I have always been drawn to teaching slower paced classes with the main focus on the breath and calming the mind.
Whether you are just looking to stretch, unwind from the day, or embark on a deep spirtual journey- I hope to inspire and create the space for you to thrive.
No matter where you are on the path, yoga has something to offer every BODY.
Modern life is fast enough—your yoga doesn’t have to be. Deliberately mindful, measured movement can balance that frenzied energy. Go ahead and surrender to our soft, soothing, spirit-lifting sequences. Quiet your mind, relieve aches and soothe your soul in tranquil sessions that are designed to leave you refreshed. Classes are held in our non-heated room, but bring layers of clothing for your own comfort. Mats, bolsters, blankets, and other props are provided, or feel free to bring your own. These are great classes for those looking to start their yoga journey as they are in a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. All levels of yoga practitioners are welcome!
Gentle Yoga: What a great way to end a busy day! Class will be focused on pranayama (breath) and seated postures. Gentle yoga classes are typically appropriate for those who want a softer, slower paced and relaxing practice. Unlike Yin, we will not be holding postures for long periods of time, but we will move at a slow moving pace. You will leave feeling very relaxed and stress free.