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 the owner and director of Island Yoga.

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Marcia Newlin E-RYT-500

Marcia began practicing yoga in the late 1980’s and took her first Iyengar yoga class in 2000. She began teaching in and around Alameda over a decade ago. 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 the wonderful teachings of Donald Moyer, Mary Lou Weprin, Ada Lusardi and Gay White. Marcia is co-founder and former 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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A. Ifátólú Gardner, MD, MPH, PhD

Amy -- A. Ifátólú Gardner, MD, MPH, PhD -- is a healer, scholar, educator, and Indigenous spiritual elder (Iyánífá), as well as a dancer, yogini, and Feldenkrais® practitioner. She has taught various somatic practices, including Dunham technique, Medical and Dayan Qi Gong, alignment-based yoga and the Feldenkrais® method.

Discovering the Feldenkrais® method after a rupture in her health in 2007, Ifátólú enjoyed the lyricism of the movements, how the practice restored greater ease in her everyday movement and functioning, and the wondrous renewed sense of her body as a source of joy. She was hooked! Entering the FRTI professional Feldenkrais® training program [Berkeley] in 2009, Ifátólú was certified and began teaching Feldenkrais® Awareness Through Movement® classes in 2011.

All of her work is an expression of her deep appreciation and ongoing exploration of the healing and transformative powers of somatic practices and of ancient indigenous wisdom traditions. Private Awareness Through Movement (ATM) sessions are available. Contact Ifátólú at for more information.


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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Margaret Dubin

Margaret is a 2016 graduate of Piedmont Yoga School. The teachers who most influenced her Iyengar-style practice are Anja Borgstrom, Rodney Yee, Christopher Hoskins, and Naushon Kabat-Zinn. A former competitive runner and cross-country skier, her yoga classes are infused with playful fitness. Prior to teaching yoga, Margaret worked as an anthropologist in the field with Native American tribes throughout the country. Her greatest pleasure has been to bring yoga to some of these communities.

Margaret offers private and semi-private classes by appointment and Thai yoga therapy by appointment. Contact her at for more information.

Michele Bock

Michele is a recent RYT-200 graduate. She completed a Yin teacher training course with Devi Daly, has a Reiki certification from Yana Womack, and served as a TA for Sandy Blaine during a six-month apprenticeship. She is also a student of Ayurveda and the Feldenkrais Method. Her intuitive nature lends to subtle adjustments, modifications and use of props, resulting in ease and accessibility. She believes that yoga offers us a reflection of where we are in the world, how we greet it and how we meet ourselves. Each class is infused with the spirit of the students. Bring your unique energy to her class and enjoy the collaboration. Contact Michele at for information on her online yoga offerings.

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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Shawnte Forrer RYT-200

Shawnte is a 200 RYT, RCYT and Care coach. She is passionate about creating an environment that allows students to have fun connecting their breath to movement while establishing a genuine sense of community Shawnte has a background in human services that is visible in the way she cares for the needs of others off and on the mat. Her classes are structured to allow each student the opportunity to achieve self care through mindfulness and self-reflection. Her goal is for each student to leave class feeling more relaxed, confident and empowered to face all that comes their way! 

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Dr. Suzie Lee

Dr. Suzie Lee is a holistic physician, sound healer and lifelong musician. In her sound baths and sound therapy workshops, she combines her clinical and artistic background to create a beautiful and nourishing healing experience. She holds a Doctorate in Chiropractic, as well as an M.S. in Functional Medicine and an M.A. in Eastern Classics. Her holistic health practice is located in Alameda, and she specializes in non-surgical and drug-free management of chronic conditions, such as autoimmune disorders, metabolic disorders, and chronic pain.



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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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.