It turns out that my first yoga class was a Bikram Yoga class. 26 postures done in a room heated to over 100 degrees. It was hot. It was hard. There was no extra energy left for anger or worry or scorn. Complete and utter freedom. Heaven.
I practiced regularly for 4 years, 4 or 5 times each week, often leaving work at the urging of my boss and co-workers (still needed some help in the anger management department), until the dot-com boom abruptly busted. I took my severance package and headed down to LA for the intense 9 week training with Bikram, himself.
Later, while I was teaching Bikram classes, I had a friend who was teaching Power Yoga. I had taken some other Vinyasa classes before, but something clicked this time around, so a year later I was off to another teacher training with Baron Baptiste.
Now, 15 years after I took my first class, I teach both Power Yoga and Bikram Yoga in San Rafael at the studios I own with my husband. I've assisted Baron Baptiste on his retreats and workshops, and regularly visit at the Bikram Teacher Trainings to stay connected to my teachers and yoga peers. I have yoga to thank for making so many of my dreams come true.
I walked into my first yoga class firmly believing that I was NOT a "Yoga Person", and found out that yoga is for EVERYBODY. It's the message that my husband and I carry with us, everywhere we go.
Bikram Yoga Teacher Training Spring 2002
Baron Baptiste Level 1 & 2 (multiple)
Assisted for Baron Baptiste on Workshops & Trainings 2006 - 2009
NASM Certified Personal Trainer
TRX Group Suspension Training L1
TRX Sports Medicine L2
Amber teaches Power, Yin and Stand Up Paddle Yoga and is our resident Acupuncturist. She is also on the editorial staff at DoYouYoga.com as a writer. Amber was named 2015 and 2016 Glide SUP Yoga Ambassador and 2016 Mind Body Brand Ambassador.
Amber's nature inspired Vinyasa style Power yoga classes are built for all levels, and will challenge your body, and your mind. She uses her vast knowledge of anatomy to accentuate particular fitness aspects, and pairs fast, strengthening Power yoga with slow, deep, mindful "Yin" yoga aspects. Each month introduces a new intention based around traditional yoga philosophies, and each week the flow changes slightly to center around a related peak pose, or flow.
Having found yoga via a need for personal stress relief and a love of movement, Amber began practicing in 2005 in our Bikram room. Her practice became more dedicated in 2011 when she fell in love with Power yoga. A solar powered lover of the outdoors, Amber started teaching here in 2013 after hiking (and yoga-ing) through the Costa Rican Rainforests. Also the owner of a local acupuncture clinic, she treats orthopedic injuries and women’s health using yoga as movement therapy to compliment to her clients recovery and continued wellness.
With an emphasis in each class on helping you find YOUR pose in each shape, as pertaining to your body and mind, Amber works towards helping everyone find more clear seeing- calm abiding moments.
”Amber leads a challenging flow with lot's of balancing, binding, inverting and strengthening. Her class is great for all levels. She inspires you to try new postures and deepens your body mind awareness. Be prepared to see physical, and emotional changes quickly!" -Nicole
Unaware to her at the time, Kate began her journey with yoga when she was young, training as a gymnast, figure skater, and dancer. After moving to San Francisco in 2007, kate tried a yoga class and discovered that yoga helped improve her skating potential. It was practicing at Urban Flow Yoga with Rusty Wells when she fell in love with yoga learning that yoga has more benefits than just physical.
In 2011, Kate came to Phoenix on a spiritual journey to learn and master the ancient tradition of yoga at the Spirit of Yoga in Tempe. Because of her background, she stresses the importance of flexibility, alignment, strength, and balance to her classes. Kate continues her spiritual quest to raise her vibration, expand her consciousness, and share that sacred knowledge of the universe with others through her teachings of yoga & holistic nutrition.
Kate has over 800 hrs in yoga teacher training and is a holistic nutrition coach.
Claire discovered yoga after a car accident left her with debilitating injuries and pain. The first yoga class she stepped into changed the course of her life, yoga and meditation gave her the power to take her healing into her own hands. Many years later, Claire is humbled to have found this path. Yoga is not just a practice, but a lifestyle.
Claire is an innovative yoga instructor whose classes are a balance of mindful flow, pranayama (breath work), and accessible meditation techniques. Her classes are challenging and playful...as she draws from many traditions. She teaches alignment based, creative flow classes with the intent to cultivate a deeper realtionship with the breath, body and energy.
Claire has taught over 2,000 hours of public classes and workshops. She has studied with many teachers in many lineages, and is known to blend elements of Anusara, Iyengar, alignment therapeutics, Bhakti, Baptiste and Shambava Hatha yoga into her classes. Each class draws upon Claire's extensive practical knowledge of human anatomy and self-care practices towards the goal of optimal health and balance. Her classes are often thematic, and aim to integrate both subtle and nuanced alignment cues with breath awareness allowing for a deeper state of body awareness. Her mission is to deliver a safe, creative and progressive space for yogis to grow and come into their power.
After completing the Bikram Teacher training with Bikram Choudhury, Jefferson then trained in Bikram further with Mary Jarvis in San Francisco. Let's just say, Jefferson eventually lost those 110 pounds and got a new lease on life. By becoming physically fit through regular yoga practice, Jefferson was able to strengthen out his mind and spirit in addition to his body. He then decided he wanted to pass this gift on and help others gain control over their lives.
Being so inspired by the transformation in his life through yoga, Jefferson went on to open several Bikram Yoga studios around the country with locations in Nevada and Massachusetts. Due to further health complications and a desire to be near his family and hometown of Marin, Jefferson returned to San Rafael.
He took over what was then Yoga Loka, the 8th established Yoga College of India, changing the name to Bikram & Power Yoga San Rafael. The studio is now called Frequency Yoga in order to encompass the array of multi-modilty offered at the center. Part of the modality currently offered in addition to the original mission of Bikram Yoga is Vinyasa Yoga and TRX suspension training. Jefferson trained in Vinyasa Yoga with Baron Baptiste (over 920 hours!) and has completed all the TRX training as well as Melt Method.
It was a fantastic studio when he took it over and it continued to flourish over the years. Our studio has won Best of Marin first place eight years in a row for yoga and spent several years in the Hall of Fame for Best of Marin.
Ever grateful for his restoration to health, he continues to operate Frequency Yoga and currently teaches regular Bikram classes on Monday and Wednesday morning. He looks forward to meeting you and passing on this gift!
My road to becoming a yoga instructor began soon after college when I experimented with many different types of fitness––simply trying to find the active lifestyle that felt authentic to me.
I attended my first hot yoga class in an attempt to up the ante on my fitness routine. But fitness was only a small part of what I gained from the practice. It was the healing, nurturing aspects that kept me coming back.
After a childhood bicycle accident, I struggled with migraines and frequent neck pain. Through regular practice, yoga has helped reduce the frequency of my migraines and relieved my neck pain significantly.
Feeling compelled to spread this health and wellness to others, I left the corporate world to attend teacher training.
I am a certified RYT-200 yoga instructor, and am eager for you to come vinyasa, sweat, and share your story with me.
From the monastery, I traveled to Nepal where I lived with a host family and worked with women in rice fields and participated in different Hindu ceremonies. The experience deepened my love for yoga and encouraged me to pursue the practice and lifestyle. When I returned to California, I completed a comprehensive Vinyasa Flow training at Green Tara Yoga in 2011 and found the purpose I was searching for in teaching yoga.
As a teacher, I want to facilitate a dynamic and well-rounded class. My hope is for students to connect with their breath, quiet their mind, build strength, increase flexibility, and tone their body. I encourage my students to listen to their intuition and deepen their mind, body and spirit connection. Moving home to Marin has allowed me to live my dream of teaching yoga, and I am so grateful to be part of the community at Power Yoga San Rafael!