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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Ana Murphy

Ana fell in Love with yoga over 15+ years ago. Coming from a systems engineering background, she realized she needed not just exercise, but something to quiet her mind.  Her reason for her practice and teaching yoga today is different. Her son died in October of 2014. After losing him, she needed something more than just balance. Yoga helped her to find peace and to learn acceptance. She's convinced yoga and meditation can help with any obstacles in life and this is what she wants to pass on to her students. Ana received her Yoga 200 hours teaching training certification with CorePower Yoga, plus a Relax and Renew® Level 1 certification with Judith Hanson Lasater.  She sees yoga as a gift that came into her life and shares this gift with her students in each class.

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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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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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Lisa Swanson

In the midst of raising kids and a busy career, Lisa craved a peaceful state of mind. So began her yoga journey. She was ready. Her teacher appeared. Through regular ongoing study, classes and sustained practice, she experienced profound healing and transformation of mind and body. The 2nd Yoga Sutra, Yoga is the quieting of the of the mind waves is the antidote to a busy, noisy, world!  A certified Iyengar yoga teacher Intro level II, Lisa teaches poses in a safe, sequential manner that will calm, energize, and strengthen mind and body. All are welcome.

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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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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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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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Victoria Russell

Victoria began studying and practicing yoga in Los Angeles in 2012, and began teaching yoga in early 2017. Work and life stress brought her to the mat, where she sought refuge. It became a mission of hers to introduce the practice of yoga and meditation to more people of color, and people with larger bodies. Victoria’s teaching and coaching styles focus on three areas: physical, emotional, and spiritual wellness. She is a graduate of the Yoga for All teacher training program with Dianne Bondy and Amber Karnes, has studied Restorative Yoga with Judith Hanson Lasater and completed Level One of Relax and Renew. She also completed the 200-hr YTT with Leela Yoga. Victoria is also a life coach with Beautiful You Life Coaching Academy. Her teaching philosophy is that yoga is for all bodies and all persons. If you have a body and you do yoga, then you have a yoga body! When she’s not on her yoga mat, her two orange tabby cats are probably there instead.

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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.