We take the time to select exceptional, experienced teachers who genuinely care about you as an individual. Yoga practices are adapted to the each student's current needs. From seniors to seasoned yogis, from stiff hamstrings to stress relief, we empower you to connect with your own Yoga - to heal, transform, and renew.
The caliber and quality of teachers is what makes Ojas Yoga Center a sanctuary where people of all bodies and experience levels come to receive deep healing and self-acceptance.
Nicole Becker, Founder|Owner
HATHA YOGA & MEDITATION | RESTORATIVE YOGA | AROMATHERAPY
Nicole has been studying classical Yoga (philosophy, movement, breath, meditation, devotion) and holistic healing for over 20 years, including extended education in anatomy, physiology, bio-mechanics, eastern & herbal medicine. She excels in observing the habits of tension and movement in each student's body and works patiently and enthusiastically with each person to demystify and free the body of tensions to reveal a "new normal". Nicole's unique classes are spiritual and meditative, informative, and humor-infused. Nicole assists people of all ages, experience, and fitness levels - brand new beginners, injured and adepts alike - to get curious, stay compassionate, and discover the appropriate practices to balance their particular constitution and lifestyle. Nicole teaches weekly public classes, private yoga & meditation, workshops and retreats. Learn more here
HATHA YOGA | CHAIR YOGA FOR SENIORS
Be ready to be guided down a stream of postures and take a detour from your usual mental focus and competition. Along the way, each pose will be shown and fully explained. You will grow more sensitive and step up the abundance of your precious physical and spiritual resources. By the end of practice, you will arrive at a purified state of health and well-being. Rhoda took up Yoga in her late 30-s after a variety of athletic pursuits; she began with the Bikram form and later turned to Iyengar Yoga, which is her main influence. She started teaching in 2001 after completing the Yoga Alliance-certified Yoga Source Teachers Training Program. Her class is very nurturing and suitable for beginners as well as intermediate students.
James Michael Ryder
HATHA YOGA & MEDITATION
James Michael Ryder is a dedicated student and teacher of hatha yoga and insight meditation. These potent technologies restore us to native embodied wisdom and an undefended heart. Yoga provides excellent tools (awareness practices, postures, extended breath, cleansing, energetic bonds, concentration and meditation) to refine attention, body and breath and, ultimately, the qualities of mind. As we grow steady, even faced with difficulties, we can begin to recognize the filters that obscure clear seeing of self and the world around us. This freedom, then, is the essential fruit of yoga practice. Come find out for yourself! www.jamesryderyoga.com
Since discovering yoga as a teenager, Adrienne has delved deeply into the realms of self-discovery and body awareness. The yoga path has provided her with a foundation for health, spiritual practice, self-acceptance and patience; it is her desire to support others in exploring what personal evolution is possible through yoga. Her playful spirit is matched by her devotional nature and she applies both qualities to teaching the art and science of yoga. Adrienne is also a professional musician, songwriter, vocalist, music teacher and voice coach. adrienneshamszad.com
Jennifer's practice is a culmination of knowledge and experience gained from the intensive healing process that launched her into paradigm-shifting transformation. She incorporates creative visualization, Qi gong inspired movement and Reiki into her gentle Hatha yoga offering at Ojas Yoga Center. In addition to her training as a yoga instructor at Purusha Yoga School, Jennifer is a certified level II Reiki practitioner and a spiritual coach. She has trained in shamanism, psychic intuitive work, and bodywork and she draws upon these various disciplines to create a unique holistic healing experience. Her intention is to help people come to know and love themselves and to reclaim their sense of worth, freedom and joy. | www.everydayissacred.com
Miriam decided to begin practicing yoga in order to avoid going to the gym, but instead found a profound and holistic practice which could sustain her well-being and balance on every plane. She is a 500-Hour ISHTA Certified and Yoga Alliance Registered Teacher who knows the power of honoring where you are even as you seek to expand yourself. Yoga is the science of feeling whole again: Miriam invites students to join her on the mat, come back to themselves, and rediscover the space, stillness, and natural joy that live within us at each moment. Miriam has degrees in Philosophy, English, and Acting and is also the Director of the Workshop and Privates Programs at ISHTA. She feels privileged to be so closely surrounded by her teachers who continue to inspire her each day. Breathe. Trust your body. And know how perfect you are.
Carolyn has been teaching yoga and practicing bodywork for the better part of the last 2 decades. The core of her learning and teaching has evolved through consistent practice, self-study, grace and a love of learning. Having studied several styles of yoga in depth since 1995, the last 2 years has brought her back to what she considers to be the practice of yoga in its simplest form - uniting breath and attention to the body, in stillness and in motion. She draws on her vast experience to create a yoga class with wise sequencing, skillful use of props and mindful attention to what is happening in the present moment.
RESTORATIVE YOGA & SOUND HEALING
“Silence is the root of everything. If you spiral into its void, a hundred voices will thunder messages you long to hear.” This Rumi quote is the core of Missy’s own sound journey and teachings. Through the use of live sound with quartz crystal singing bowls and specifically tuned gongs, expect to indulge in conscious relaxation and sweet stillness as you explore the meditative like states induced by these unique instruments.Missy is a certified 700 hr yoga therapist through Loyola Marymount University and a Relax & Renew Restorative teacher. Her mission is to use sound and yoga to shorten the distance between yourself and your truth. More at www.innersoundsyoga.com
Lizzy has a degree in Interdisciplinary Health Studies and has been teaching yoga since 2010. She is currently in a training that specializes in teaching yoga through the lens of Ayurvedic Medicine. Her teaching is inspired primarily by the Krishnamacharya lineage, which emphasizes practicing from where you are. Krishnamacharya's themes of breath inspired movement and personalized practice have resonated throughout her yoga journey. She has also studied Tantra and Zen Buddhist meditation. She finds overlap and enormous value in all of these teachings. Yoga has been and continues to be a journey of peace, self-healing and fulfillment. She feels strongly that there is an appropriate yoga practice for everyone willing to find it. Aside from personal practice, she considers her most influential teachers to be Alice Joanou (Oakland, CA) and Marimar Moreno (B.C.S. Mexico).
Kendra believes in the transformational power of yoga as a path of self-discovery, healing and joy. Since beginning her yoga studies in 2002 she’s continually experienced the deep personal, physical and spiritual healing available through yoga, pranayama, ritual and meditation. As a yoga teacher, PhD in transpersonal psychology, energy healer and massage therapist, she teaches yoga from an integrative lens that combines these healing modalities to offer integrative classes that are grounded, accessible and focused on empowering students to experience greater inner and outer alignment. Her classes are also accompanied by the soothing sounds of harmonium. In addition to her weekly classes, Kendra offers private women’s leadership coaching, teaches workshops and leads retreats. www.kendradiazford.com
Jenna has been studying for 10 years and is always learning different approaches to the ancient sacred practice of self study called yoga. Jenna is trained in Vinyasa, Hatha, Power and Ayurveda yoga. Her classes are breath based and include pranayama, meditation and a mild hatha flow. Sequences are based on the energy of the day and the energy of the seasons, but always meant to bring more balance into your daily life. Jenna's biggest teachers are Pretzel Bija France, Kameko Shibata, David Moreno, and life experiences.
HATHA & RESTORATIVE YOGA
After many years of vigorous vinyasa practice, an injury required Sofia to turn toward slower paced practices. She became deeply interested in Zen Buddhist meditation and practiced poses her body could do without pain. She began to experience the healing power of slow mind-body practices and formally studied this relationship at Columbia University (MA Clinical Psychology). She has taught and practiced yoga in India, NYC and Portland, OR.
Mitch began practicing yoga in 1968. Since then, he has continued exploring the integral cultivation of wellness, healing, and peace through mind-body practices from diverse spiritual traditions as well as from contemporary somatic therapies. As a holistic wellness counselor, he guides clients in yoga-based, mindful breathing, movement, and meditation, and uses sound healing. The Indian Board of Alternative Medicines, located in Kolkata, India, honored him with a Ph.D. in Alternative Medicines. A faculty member of the Niroga Institute’s yoga therapists’ training program, he has taught about the immune system, neurobiology, and trauma-sensitive yoga. Mitch loves teaching yoga and is known for his gentleness, warmth, humor, humility, care for students, advocacy of self-acceptance, and the soothing effects of his voice, chanting, and harmonic steel drum playing. His classes integrate seated and standing meditation, chanting, pranayama, asanas, qigong, and gentle flowing movement sequences. More information is on his website www.breathepeacefully.com
Stephanie’s love for Yoga began as a teenager growing up in a small Arizona town. Nurtured by hippie parents, a Kripalu inspired Yogini and Sufi Sheikh, it grew into a lifelong passion that took root in New York City and now the Bay Area. Having taught for 15 years nationally and abroad, she is inspired by a multitude of gifted teachers, her travels to India, Amma, Reiki, and most importantly her students. The birth of her children began the next chapter in her path of service and ignited a deeper desire to explore the therapeutic potential of asana and pranayama. This path has grown to include Pelvic Floor Yoga, Postpartum Doula support, and healing sessions that are a synthesis of Yoga, Reiki, and Rebozo (traditional body wrapping). Her soulful classes are subtle, deep, and thoughtfully sequenced so that you leave feeling grounded and invigorated. www.TheSamaMama.com
Mai is a Yoga Alliance Registered yoga instructor who expresses a strong foundation in classical yoga philosophy and Vipassana meditation practice while staying open to new information that emerges about health and wellness. She believes learning how to nurture body and mind as a healthy home for the soul is crucial for life. Her experience as a teacher, as well as her genuine devotion to her students, resulted in a high level of teaching for many students at ashrams where she has lived and volunteered at since 2011.