Sorina found yoga in the spring of 1997, during her junior year at UCLA. Although there are too many influences to include all teachers, some of her main sources of inspiration come from: Jeanne Heileman, Paul Cabanis and Fred Miller at the Larchmont Center for Yoga; and Lisa Walford and Chuck Miller, and Vinnie Marino at YogaWorks in Santa Monica. Since those fumbling beginnings 20 years ago, yoga has become a life companion. Through graduate school, 10 eventful years working as a journalist and a myriad peaks of achievement and pits of despair – Sorina has again and again turned to the practice to self-soothe, heal, grow up, make sense of the world and her place in it. It is from this foundation of personal experience that she humbly strives to share yoga as a teacher.
Her move to the Bay Area in 2010 brought depth and breadth to her practice under the guidance of master yogi Anirudh Shastri, Louis Jackson and particularly Edna Barr, with whom she completed the Frog Lotus Yoga teacher training in 2013. Cornerstone to Sorina’s teaching remains the Ashtanga yoga method, which she has been fortunate to experience in the endlessly refined and illuminating presentation of Chuck Miller, Tim Miller and David Swenson. Recently, Sorina has also found lovely inspiration in her studies with AnnaLena Thilderkvist, studying the Franklin Method, CoreAlign and Neurokinetic Therapy.
*A print journalist in her previous career, Sorina holds a B.A. in European Studies from UCLA and an M.A. in journalism from University of Southern California.
Amber East-D’Anna, BA, JD, ERYT 200 (RYT 500 in progress), It’s Yoga Kids certified, Relax and Renew certified, Pilates Mat certified was born and raised in Cupertino & Saratoga and thought Cupertino needed a lot more yoga when she began offering yoga classes at her mom’s dance studio – East West Music and Dance – in 2009. Amber pretty much grew up at that studio, and began teaching children’s dance classes at age 15. Amber’s love of all things yoga started in college at UCLA, where she received her BA in Theater, and her first yoga class was with Annie Carpenter at Yoga Works in Los Angeles more than 13 years ago. She began practicing regularly at home and going to classes whenever possible. Initially drawn to the the physical benefits of yoga, it wasn’t until in the midst of law school at Santa Clara University where yoga took on a whole new meaning. She began experiencing severe migraines, and had more days of intense migraines than days without migraines. This is when the healing and grounding power of yoga and meditation became apparent, and soon after she received her 200 hour certification from Kripalu in Massachusetts. It was at that time that East West Yoga began. Her goal in opening East West Yoga was to create a yoga space that had a variety of classes, several teachers, a kids’ corner for busy parents, and children’s classes so that we can start learning great habits at an early age! Teachers of influence include: Seane Corn, Maty Ezraty, Erich Schiffmann, Judith Hanson Lasater, Sarah Powers, Annie Carpenter, Brahmani Liebman, Samantha Shakti Brown as well as all of the teachers at East West Yoga. Amber continues to study, practice, and try to stay grounded (and sane!) while raising her five year old son, James, and one year old son, Parker, with her husband Patrick.
Erin began her dance training at East*West Music & Dance in 1980. She continued training at Interlochen Arts Academy (MI), Idyllwild Arts Academy (CA), Dance Aspen (CO), and San Francisco Ballet. She studied intensely at The Juilliard School (BFA program) in New York City. Her Broadway debut was in the original cast of Swing! – 1999-2000. She performed in the Tony Awards 2000, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 1999, and The Today Show 2000. Erin performed with the local company sjDANCEco in 2006 and 2007. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from SJSU with a dance major/accounting minor in 2007. In 2010 Erin co-starred in a Ford Focus television/radio commercial with her sister, Amber. In 2012, Erin’s piece “Shiva Moon” won the “Audience Choice Award” with sjDANCEco’s 9th Annual ChoreoProjects. Erin is currently the Associate Director at East*West Music and Dance where she handles the accounting, runs the Performing Company, and spends much time in the studio teaching and choreographing. Erin began practicing yoga in 2004 and completed her RYT-200 hr teacher training at East West Yoga in the summer 2016. Her classes focus on connecting breath to movement, mind to body, and embracing the energy of presence within.
Britta is a certified yoga instructor, healer, and spiritual teacher of Sufism. Born in Germany, Britta moved to the States in 2000 and quickly re-discovered her passion for physical movement and healing. She has been teaching classes and workshops in the Bay Area since 2008. She offers her teaching with the intention of creating unity between body, mind, heart, and spirit, in order to experience self-love, self-empowerment, and self-healing. She is grateful for her many teachers along the way, especially Max Strom, Ben Thomas, Krassi Harwell, Kelly McGonigal, and Sumitra Peterson. Students will harvest deep focus, healing release, and complete expansion into their physical, energetic, and spiritual being in this strengthening, breath-centered practice.
JuFen Hsu is a Dharma Yoga teacher. She’s been an avid student of Dharma Yoga since 2010 and received her 200-hour certification at the Dharma Yoga Center in NYC in February 2014. Dharma Yoga is classical yoga taught in the style created by Dharma Mittra, a living yogi who conducts his daily life pursuing the 8-limbs of yoga. As a teacher of Dharma Yoga, her goal is to guide students to discover the subtle physical and mental self-awareness that occurs through practicing yoga.
Masha was first connected with yoga as a college student at UC Santa Barbara. She received her 200hr teacher training in Santa Cruz, CA, under the direction of Kenny Graham and Hannah Muse. She is interested in yoga as a healing experience for both the physical body and the emotional mind. Masha’s classes incorporate a fusion of meditative breath awareness, fluid body movement and mindful exploration. Her classes are nurturing, as students are encouraged to explore what feels good within their own body. Masha draws her inspiration from being in nature and connecting with people. In addition to yoga, she finds peace in hiking, drinking tea, and creating photographs. She is deeply grateful for her many teachers and students who have inspired her personal growth and teaching each and every day.
Registered Yoga Teacher, Body Story Expert, Reiki Master. Beginning his formal and eclectic yoga training in the late nineties,Phil studied with Jyoti Crystal and Dr. Jason Martin at Starseed Center for Yoga & Healing in New Jersey, where he eventually received his 200 hour certification a decade later. Certified as a Body Story Expert, he is also a faculty member of The Missing Thread Mystery School of San Francisco, CA lead by Dr. Kirk Prine and E. Donald Lobree specializing in therapeutic Body Story Yoga. In all of his sessions, Phil creates a sacred and safe space for everyone, combining ancient teachings with modern guidance fostering an accessible and introspective practice. He focuses on deepening compassion to awaken the wisdom of the body. Thankful for the guidance of his teachers, he feels blessed and humbled to have the opportunity to pass on these teachings to others.
After a lifetime of bending, balancing and flipping as a gymnast and coach, Loran moved to California and fell in love with yoga. Yoga has become a big part of her life. It impacted her in such a meaningful way that she wanted to learn how to share the benefits the practice offers with others around her. She completed her teacher-training program in 2012 and has been teaching around the peninsula ever since. She has her 200 hr. certification through Frog Lotus and is registered with Yoga Alliance. With a passion for creative sequencing and moving with the breath, her classes are very dynamic and engaging. You’ll be sure to get a good workout, and build a strong foundation for your Vinyasa flow practice.
Shayna first found yoga in 2010 at her local gym where she was immediately drawn to explore different studios, teachers, and forms of yoga. She became fascinated not only by how her body was changing through yoga, but how her mindset, attitude, and entire world seemed to be opening up and transforming through the practice. While so much in her life seems to be continuously changing and uncertain, yoga has been the one constant to help her find calm and clarity. At the start of 2015 Shayna packed up her life in the Bay Area and moved to Santa Barbara to complete a 200 hour teacher training at Yasa Yoga with Stephanie and Ryan Besler. Shayna returned to the Bay Area in 2016 where she has loved teaching at a variety of studios and building relationships with new students. In class, Shayna encourages students to follow their bodies and to see yoga as light hearted playtime while incorporating the philosophy, history, and language of yoga. Her classes focus on the joining of breath to movement and focusing on proper alignment while moving through various poses, or asana. www.shaynasyoga.com
Nadja started yoga as a cure for her blues, but not too far into her practice she realized that yoga is more than asana and cool yoga pants. By combining the body and mind through the rhythm of breath, it became not just a practice, but a different way of life.
Nadja is certified 200 RYT at Yoga Alliance and continually advances her education through workshops and trainings. She specializes in Vinyasa Flow, Gentle, and Yin yoga. To help students get the most out of their practice from her class, she teaches with a focus on proper form before the flair and awareness of the breath. She incorporates modifications and alternate poses to ensure that each person is able to participate throughout the class at a level that is comfortable to them.
While Nadja teaches at all levels, she has a soft spot for beginners who deserve a patient and solid start for their transformative journey. Join her for a fun, friendly, yet challenging blend of the physical and spiritual worlds that comprise yoga.
Nadja is a wandering spirit, captivated by art, creativity, and new experiences in life. At home, she enjoys sharing her own practice with her two sphynx cats. Off the mat, Nadja has a BA in Graphic Design Studies and Photographic Arts from San Jose State , and is a graphic designer, global trotter, cat lover, tea aficionado, and cacti admirer. Habla español.
Jen’s goal as a yoga instructor is to hold a safe and loving space for students to practice wellness and self-care. She aims to share yoga and its vast mental and physical benefits to as many people as I can in this lifetime. In my class, you will find your edge and your zen at the same time! I have been practicing yoga since 2009 and power vinyasa yoga is my favorite way to flow!