Betsy Weiss

Betsy began practicing Iyengar yoga in 1988 and graduated from the Berkeley Yoga Room's Advanced Studies Program in 1996. She holds an Advanced Relax and Renew certificate and has assisted Judith Hanson Lasater in training restorative yoga instructors. Betsy teaches restorative yoga classes the last week of every month. She also has training in the Egoscue method and teaches an Egoscue class on the rare third class of months with five classes. Betsy is co-director of Island Yoga.

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Marcia Newlin E-RYT-500

Marcia began practicing yoga in late 1980’s and took her first Iyengar yoga class in 2000. She has been teaching in and around Alameda for 8-plus years. She teaches with a strong focus on the principles of alignment and proper movement in the yoga postures. The use of props is encouraged so that, regardless of age or ability, everyone can achieve the benefits of the practice. She is a graduate of the 3-year Advanced Studies Program from the Yoga Room in Berkeley and is also a certified Relax and Renew Trainer through Judith Lasater's accredited program. Her teaching as well as her personal practice are continually inspired by her wonderful teachers, Donald Moyer and Mary Lou Weprin. Marcia is co-founder and co-director of Island Yoga

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Alan Leon

Alan Leon is a Fulbright scholar and a 2001 Piedmont Yoga Studio Advanced Studies graduate. He has taught seasonally at the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies for the last 20 years. He enjoys weaving philosophy, poetry, story and the texture of daily experience into classes. He has led Balance, Equanimity & Carriage workshops in Australia, Cuba, Canada, Israel, and Sweden. He studies with Ramanand Patel and Glenn Black. He taps creativity, nature and the arts for life/mind/body/spirit balance. Find out more about Alan at

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Ann Knighton

Ann has been committed to the health and well-being of the total individual for over 25 years. Along with being an advanced MELT instructor, she is certified in Healthy Back Yoga and Yoga Tune Up. After taking the MELT length training in 2012, Ann found the “missing link” for complete health. She has helped her students get out of pain so they can enjoy all the activities they love.  

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Carol Balfe

Carol Balfe began studying yoga in the early 1970’s with teachers from the Sivananda and Kundalini traditions who helped her to establish a personal yoga practice. She later studied with Baxter Bell, Vickie Russell Bell and Richard Rosen in Oakland. In 2011 she earned a 225-hour teaching certificate from Piedmont Yoga, Relax and Renew and Advanced Relax and Renew teacher certificates from Judith Hanson Lasater and, in 2014, a Level 2 iRest Teacher certificate from Richard Miller. Since retiring from teaching science in the public schools in 2013, she has taught yoga to school staff in Emeryville, frequently assists Judith Hanson Lasater in teacher trainings and recently began to assist JoAnn Lyons in teaching people with disabilities through the Piedmont Yoga Community. Carol’s desire is to share the benefits that she has enjoyed in her life through the practice of yoga.

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Catherine Millar RYT-500

Catherine began practicing yoga in 2000. Since that time she has studied with Richard Rosen, Jin Sung, Vickie Russell Bell, JoAnn Lyons, and Janice Gates, among others. She graduated from the Piedmont Yoga Studio 225 hr. Deep Yoga teacher training program in 2012. She completed the 300 hr. Somatic Yoga Therapy Program at Yoga Garden in San Anselmo, under the direction of Janice Gates in 2015. Catherine teaches back care classes, healthy aging, and beginning yoga. She also teaches yoga for disabled populations through Piedmont Yoga Community. In her teaching Catherine emphasizes the use of breath to assist in relaxation during the asana practice and feels that everyone can benefit from a regular, thoughtful yoga practice.

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Dawn Adams RYT-500

Dawn graduated in 2009 from the Advanced Studies Program at The Yoga Room in Berkeley, where she studied under Donald Moyer, Sandy Blaine, and JoAnn Lyons; she studied with Jill Miller to become a certified Level I Yoga Tune Up® teacher in 2011. The nurturing and centering aspects to Yoga have made it integral to Dawn's life, and her personal practice continues to deepen. In her classes, Dawn hopes to instill a sense of adventure and exploration of Yoga, focusing on finding balance and joy through practice.

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Dina Hondrogen

Dina has been on her yoga journey since 1991. She was drawn to study Iyengar yoga after the pain from a chronic neck problem and then injury became unbearable. She has taught since 1997 and integrates her studies of Yoga, Ayurveda, Pilates, and various forms of movement and meditation into her teaching. Dina continues to be open to new tools and techniques, melding the best into her practice. She places emphasis not only on the body but also works with the mind and emotions which she feels are central aspects of yoga.

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Felicia Reid

Felicia has been practicing yoga for more than 25 years.  A student of Donald Moyer, Gay White and Nancy-Leigh Smith, she has trained in the Yoga Room’s Advanced Studies Program since 2013, and is nearing completion of her 500-hour teaching certificate.  She is also a practitioner of somatic meditation in the Dharma Ocean lineage and a student of Reggie Ray.  In her day job, Felicia is an employment lawyer in private practice in San Francisco.  Her teaching emphasizes yoga as a way to develop true friendship with our bodies and for becoming more fully embodied and alive.



JoAnn Lyons

JoAnn began her yoga practice 40 years ago and has been teaching yoga since 1991. She completed the first Advanced Studies Program at the Piedmont Yoga Studio in 1996. When she took her first restorative yoga class with Judith Lasater in 1995, she knew this was the style of yoga she wanted to teach. In 1998 JoAnn began an apprenticeship with Judith that continues to this day. JoAnn teaches all levels of yoga, specializing in restorative yoga and yoga for people with special needs and disabilities. She offers workshops on Teaching Yoga to People with Disabilities in Oakland and around the country.  

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Nicole Cavales RYT-200

Nicole began practicing Yoga in 2001.  She completed her 200-hour teacher training in 2012 and is continuing advanced studies with Kamie Loeser at Northern California Yoga Institute. She also completed training at It’s Yoga, Kids and Prenatal Yoga with Yoga Garden SF. Nicole's approach to yoga as a practitioner and instructor is to "Honor. Serve. Guide. Inspire." She challenges and encourages her students to joyfully greet their edge and reconnect with their minds, bodies, and breath. Nicole specializes in teaching Yoga and Fertility with the goal of creating a space for those who are trying to conceive to share and connect with their bodies and each other.

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Nicole Stone

As a life-time dancer and movement-inquirer, Nicole's goal is to help the world move joyfully. Can we play in the places we ache? For Nicole, Qigong brings together her love of fluid movement, her interest in sustainable health for individuals and communities, and her sincere curiosity in what it means to be human. Qigong has helped Nicole relieve digestive issues, feel more emotionally balanced, and cultivate greater self-compassion. Qigong and meditation give her tools to engage in her life with more sensitivity, presence and awareness. For more information about Nicole and her offerings, please visit:

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Tianna Meriage-Reiter, PT, PYT

Tianna discovered yoga in 2004 to help her with her persistent pain. After physical therapy school, she sought further training to incorporate yoga into patient care to create a more whole-person care model. She trained with Ginger Garner and completed a Professional Yoga Therapy certificate from Professional Yoga Therapy Institute. She continues to learn through both physical therapy and yoga therapy related workshops through the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT). She has completed teacher training with Veterans Yoga Project, Mindful Resilience for Trauma Recovery. She is also completing a 200-Hour teacher training at Mount Madonna Institute, seeking more about the philosophy of yoga and Ayurveda. She has a great interest in persistent pain and women's health issues. 

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Valerie Jew

Valerie draws from her 26 years as a public and private school teacher to enliven her practices of health and wellness. In 2010 she traveled to New York to study and become a certified Urban Zen Integrative Therapist under the guidance of Rodney Yee. Val continued her training with Bronwyn Michaelis completing Reiki Level II. Along with Zubin Shroff, director of Piedmont Yoga, she taught two consecutive Urban Zen trainings in Oakland. In addition she traveled to UCLA Medical Center to train doctors and nurses in the practice of Urban Zen. Val continues to offer the healing Urban Zen modalities to Oakland and Piedmont public school teachers and children, patients at Alta Bates and people at the Ed Roberts Campus.

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Susan Radford, Thai Stretch

Susan attended Arizona State University on a track and cross country scholarship as a distance runner. She graduated with a degree in Zoology (pre-med) and went on to pursue diplomas from the Monterey Institute of Touch in Carmel, CA and the Southwest Institute of Healing Arts in Tempe AZ. She has been involved in the business of massage for 20 years and fell in love with Thai Massage while taking a class at SWIHA. With her athletic background, Susan continues to enjoy running, hiking, and yoga.

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Nancy Clarke, Co-Founder of Island Yoga

"With ardent practice, obstacles are removed." - paraphrased from the Dhammapada
As a lifelong student, Nancy’s greatest hope for Island Yoga was for it to be a place where devoted students could find their teachers and their practice. In February of 2014, she found her own teacher in Seattle, and now resides there to study with him. With the studio and her practice both thriving, she leaves Island Yoga in capable hands, and lends Marcia and all the wonderful teachers her heartfelt support always.