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 

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



JODY HAHN

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Jody took her first yoga class in 2001 in Los Angeles, inspired by a friend who had demonstrated a handstand at work. She remembers that first class well – the physical challenge and the focus required, mixed with an exciting feeling of clarity. She did not do a handstand that day but she was hooked on yoga, and two years later graduated from The Center for Yoga Teacher Training Program in LA. She has been teaching ever since.

Her classes are infused with the philosophy that we are, all of us, engaged in a process at all times which can be illustrated by finishing any statement with “yet”: “I can’t do this (yet)”… “I’m not flexible (yet).” If we can be involved in the process and not focused solely on the outcome, then both the process and the outcome may be surprising and rewarding. We are explorers – discovering poses, discovering mental clarity, discovering how we deal with challenges and, maybe, discovering some spiritual awareness. Oh, yeah – and it helps to keep a sense of humor about all of it.

Reba Gray

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Reba's sense of adventure and curiosity has taken her to places near and far. Her desire to give back and broaden her view of the world led her to join the Peace Corps in Mali, an experience that taught her about the real power of community. She was lucky to be invited to understand local needs and create solutions together. She came back home and settled in Boston, Massachusetts. Seeking ways to process her experience abroad, and looking for community, Reba was fortunate to discover both at the Baptiste Power Yoga Institute. Reba practiced and trained for six years, then became a hands-on alignment assistant in 2007 and completed her 200-hour teacher training in 2009. She served as a mentor for students in hands-on assistant trainings at the school in 2008 and 2009.

After three years of teaching private and group classes in Boston, Reba moved to Oakland in 2010 to deepen her practice and diversify her yoga studies. The style of yoga that she likes combines cardio, alignment focus, hands-on assists, and usually some music. She is continually participating in advanced trainings and mentorships with many teachers in the Bay Area, and expanding her offerings as her practice evolves. You can read more about yoga with Reba at rebagray.com.