THE YOGA TEAM
Our team of professional and talented yoga instructors makes International Orange your best resource for Yoga in San Francisco.
Rebecca Costa teaches a dynamic power vinyasa class offering students a harmonious balance between strength and calm emphasizing the connection between breath and movement. She trained with Rusty Wells in 2010 and has been teaching since 2012. Music is a key element in her classes and uses an eclectic mix of sometimes sweet, sometimes moody, and sometimes plain rocking tunes to flow her class with purpose and intention. You will breathe, sweat, burn, fatigue.
Nicole Cronin began a regular Ashtanga practice in 2007 with Larry Schultz of It’s Yoga. A few years later, she found Laughing Lotus SF and fell in love with flowing soulfully. Nicole has been teaching Vinyasa flow and Hatha yoga since 2012. Inspired by a background of dance, athletics and entertainment, she loves to pair a solid flow with tunes that take you to your sweet spot.
Tina Foster began yoga study in 1987 in Athens, GA. and began teaching in the Czech Republic, 1991, to a group of American expat yogis. Her Restorative teaching is draws from her own restorative and meditation practice and study with Judith Lasater. Her Restorative classes are warm, mindful, authentic and ridiculously relaxing. Tina is also a Reiki Master and offers Thai Massage out of her Mission St. studio.
Shakthi Ganeshan has been teaching vinyasa yoga since 2001. She brings gentleness and vitality to her yoga class. She sings and performed Indian Classical dance from a young age. Shakthi is an M.D., having completed residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. She holds Masters of Public Health. Her teachers include Rodney Yee, Sarah Powers, Shiva Rea, Stephanie Snyder, Ramanand Patel. She studies meditation with Sharda Rogell, Jack Kornfield, Will Kabat-Zinn and James Baraz. She studies ayurveda with Dr. Sarita Shrestha. Students leave Shakthi’s class feeling open, re-vitalized, excited about life.
Erin Gilmore was a New York City fashion student in 2006 when she discovered yoga. After getting hooked on Yoga to the People’s signature Vinyasa flow style, she relocated to San Francisco in 2011 and completed the studio’s 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) training. Erin has continued to evolve her practice by studying Bhakti flow with Rusty Wells, and she will soon have 500 hours of training under her belt. Ultimately, Erin hopes to use yoga as a tool to support teenage girls suffering from eating disorders and body image issues. As she puts it, she “found a lifeline out of crazy” through yoga, and she wants nothing more than the opportunity to extend that lifeline to others.
Francie Hallahan has been practicing yoga for over ten years, and teaching since she graduated from Yoga Tree SF in 2012. Students in her class will experience physically invigorating movements that awaken the mind and strengthen the body. She encourages students to flow with intention through each pose, while emphasizing the connection of breath and movement. Each practice is creatively sequenced to both add variety and meet the needs of the class.
Kevin Hibbitt began teaching Vinyasa and Restorative yoga in 2003. His style is influenced by his foundation in the Ashtanga Vinyasa tradition, his study of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, and his work as a psychotherapist. Kevin holds yoga as a practice that invites us to explore and transform the fabric of the mind and body as well as emotional experience. He is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist working in private practice and with adolescents in acute inpatient treatment.
Allison Hodge began teaching yoga in 2008 after completing Bhakti Flow Teacher Training with Rusty Wells. Her classes are grounding and inspirational with attention to breath, alignment, meditation, and connecting to the innate wisdom that lies within. Allison is also a certified holistic nutritionist and wellness coach who empowers individuals to heal their bodies and lead vibrant, soulful lives. Her work has been published in MindBodyGreen and One Medical Group.
Bridget Kavanaugh began a yoga practice in 2005 and found such joy, passion and growth in the connection, she wanted to share that with others. When encouraged to become a teacher, she jumped at the opportunity, completing her 200-hr Vinyasa certification in Washington, DC. Her classes are first and foremost pranayama (breath) focused. From there, usually offering a more vigorous class which draws upon flow, strength and alignment. Her hope and intention is for students to leave the mat having awareness of at least one new life learning- whether physical, emotional or spiritual.
Lauren Cohen became a 200 hour certified yoga teachers after a fifteen year figure skating career. She is an active contributor to Elephant Journal, loves to write, practice and teach yoga and inspire people along the way…
Nicky Kruse has been teaching vinyasa style yoga since 2012 after graduating from the Tamal Yoga School (200-hr RYT) in southern California. Nicky loves guiding her students through creative, methodical, and fluid classes while linking breath to movement in a sort of moving meditation. Her goal is to unite mind, body, and soul in each class to create a powerful, peaceful, and spiritual experience.
Jennifer Lewis has taught vinyasa yoga since 2002 after training at It’s Yoga in San Francisco. Her classes draw from the Ashtanga yoga sequence developed by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois of Mysore, India. Jennifer’s classes are a moving meditation. She places importance on synchronizing breath and movement. Her teaching style is both challenging and nurturing.
Andrea Maltzer has been guiding students in movement and dance for over 20 years. In 2001 she traveled to Mysore for a 2 month immersion with Ashtanga Master Pattabhi Jois. She continues to study and work with her teacher Rusty Wells. Andrea classes are a fusion of bhakit (devotion) asana (yoga postures) music, and love!
Kate Monzo began her journey with yoga when she was young, training as a gymnast, figure skater, and dancer. It was practicing at Urban Flow Yoga with Rusty Wells that began her love affair with yoga. Because of her background, she stresses the importance of alignment, strength and balance to her classes. Kate has over 800 hrs in yoga teacher training and is a holistic nutrition coach.
Marie Murphy teaches dynamic vinyasa flow classes based on creative sequencing that is challenging yet approachable for students of all levels, and also mellower hatha flow classes that provide a slower, more gradual opening for the body, mind, and spirit. She strives to create a space in which students can recognize their own capacity for change and growth, and to claim the joy that comes with these discoveries. Marie has been teaching yoga since 2009 and is also a holistic health practitioner.
Lindsay Jean Thomson has taught vinyasa yoga since 2007 after training at Flow Yoga Center in Washington, DC. Her strong and nurturing classes are influenced by alignment, breath, and a playful spirit. Lindsay is also a life and business coach who guides people to lead their most vital, purposeful, resonant lives.
Neil Wadhawan discovered Yoga through sound. As a professional musician Neil first met Rusty when he found himself playing and singing along side him. After practicing in Rusty’s class Neil quickly fell in love with Bhakti Flow and soon after, he enrolled in his first teacher training. Neil continues to learn from Rusty and he assists Rusty locally and all over the world. Through music, sweat, laughter and flow Neil’s playful and challenging classes will help inspire you to find the beautiful rhythm of Bhakti Flow.