Teachers

Kayvon Afsarifard

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Kayvon came to yoga through the competitive world of college soccer. While playing for a semi pro team in orange county California, he attended his first yoga class with the intention to attain greater flexibility and avoid injuries. After that one taste of the yoga practice Kayvon was steadfast on cultivating deeper understanding of this ancient spiritual and philosophical tradition.

Kayvon completed his Masters degree at Pepperdine University studying clinical psychology while teaching yoga in Orange County. He acquired his first 200 Hr. training through Core Power Yoga, followed by a 100 Hr. intensive with his most influential teacher Josh Vincent in Encinitas California. Kayvon continues to expand his knowledge of Yoga asana and pranayama though other master teachers including Gabriel Halpern and Annie Carpenter.

With passion and enthusiasm Kayvon enjoys teaching people what they are capable of and how to be content with where they are in every moment to navigate the fluid and changing moments of the practice. He seeks to cultivate mindful awareness throughout the practice and offers opportunities to modify the practice to serve the students development as yogis. With a smile and heart full of love his classes involve a dynamic blend of asana practice for all students to find depth and intention. Over 4 years of teaching yoga has taught Kayvon to help students to cultivate love and connection in their asana practice that proliferates into every aspect of their lives.

The style and intention of his classes help students develop a more intimate relationship between body, mind, and soul. His classes are great for people who are hoping to create a more mindful life and utilize yoga as a journey inward to understand the nature of their own body and mind and go beyond what they once thought was possible. The hope is for students to take lessons from their time on the mat and allow them to illuminate and awaken them to a more meaningful connection with life.

ANNIE CARPENTER

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Known as a “teachers’ teacher,” Annie is the creator of SmartFLOW Yoga, an intelligent marriage of mindful movement with compassionate, wakeful alignment. Annie creates practices that are at once advanced and challenging, yet safe and playful. Practicing yoga since the 70s, she worked with the Martha Graham Company in the 80’s and continues to be a dedicated student (geek!) of anatomy, evolutionary movement, meditation and classical philosophy. Annie is the author of RelaxDEEPLY, a CD of restorative yoga, and Yoga for Total Back Care,” a DVD produced by Yoga Journal, and several SmartFLOW manuals. She contributes regularly to Yoga Journal. An influential Teacher Trainer since 2003, Annie is based in CA and teaches globally. www.anniecarpenter.com 

ALISE CRAIN

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BORN: To Love and To Be Loved
CURRENT TOWN: San Francisco, CA
OCCUPATION: Teacher of Compassionate Living

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Alise is new to the Bay Area, having relocated from Austin, Texas, and is looking forward to teaching and learning within this beautiful Yoga community. Drawing from her passion for health and wellness on a spiritual, emotional, and physical level, Alise leads Vinyasa-based classes that emphasize breath, alignment, and self-exploration.

Coming from an overworked career in the ever-bustling scientific world in 2011, Alise fell in love with the ability to experience and share in stillness through Yoga. Yoga as more than Asana is a foundation for her practice and teaching. With a focus on intentional alignment and the subtle body, along with creative sequencing, Alise encourages each student to find connection to the strength and subtleties they can take with them through their practice both on and off the mat.

Alise is currently certified at the 200hr level in Vinyasa Yoga and has completed additional trainings in Lotus Flow, SMARTflow, and Yin Yoga. When not in studio, you can find Alise barefoot in the park, relaxing with her cat, or eating dark chocolate.

“Talking about stillness is really a way of talking about clarity and sanity and the joys that endure”  -Pico Iyer

JAMILA EKUKPE

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BORN: Dallas, TX
CURRENT TOWN: San Francisco, CA
OCCUPATION: Yoga student and teacher

Jamila Ekukpe came to California while serving in the Air Force and have been practicing yoga since. After graduating with a BA in Communication Studies, she enrolled in her first 200hr teacher training with Annie Carpenter and have continued studies Richard Rosen at You and the Mat. Her teachings derive from several traditions of yoga and an expanded study of Katonah yoga in NYC. As a teacher, Jamila helps students gain insight into poses with crisp demonstrations, clear instructions, and straightforward corrections. With the use of dynamic and static postures linked with fluid transitions, her classes aim to strengthen the body the mind.

After serving in the military she used yoga as her foundation to heal herself from a back injury and transition back to civilian life. She practices and teaches the asanas with a deep conviction that the potential to coexist in today’s world starts with the ability to reconcile with ourselves and surroundings on a physical, mental and emotional level. She paces her sequences in a special way provide a mixture of performance and therapeutic asanas weaving asanas and alignment into a thoughtful, conscious forward vinyasa class. Jamila currently teaches yoga, workshops and meditation classes around the city where she aims to share these ancient practices that significantly improve the success, adaptability, and prosperity of modern life.

Kay Ellis

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Kay was 20 years old when she stumbled into her first yoga class at the local 24hour fitness gym in West Los Angeles. She remembers hearing a lot of Sanskrit words and a lot of cues to breathe. “Hummm, so this was all the rage?” Even though she was unsure, something always drew her back to give yoga another try, at a different studio, with another teacher. Ten years later, at the recommendation of a friend, she found herself in a Bhakti Flow Yoga class, and on that day everything clicked. Without having ever studied any yoga literature, she found a deep understanding of what yoga meant. She came to experience yoga beyond the mat, the postures, or any of the mantras. “If it does not make you more kind, more patient, and more reasonable, it’s not yoga” shared Rusty Wells who taught that Bhakti Flow Yoga class.

In 2011 after completing a Bhakti Flow Yoga teacher training course she started teaching Bhakti Flow yoga because she found instructing just as satisfying a practice as doing the postures. It is her intention that students who attend her classes feel they can "come as you are” and allow the breath, the true teacher, to guide the experience. The physical benefits of yoga are undeniable when we tap into the power of the breath and we find the heart, mind and spirit are also wonderful guides. As a yoga instructor and Breathwork Healer, she is honored to share Bhakti, the yoga of love and devotion, with anyone who happens to stumble into one of her classes.

www.ohkayyoga.com

IG: ohkayyoga

Certification: 700 Hours CYT

Mentors: Rusty Wells, Janet Stone, and Bryan Kest