Our Teachers

Teach what you practice and practice what you teach

Our teachers are on their mats practicing like the rest of us. They are here to guide you through an inspiring but safe yoga practice which will evolve as you gain knowledge about your body and mind. All of our teachers are certified and most have advanced training in specialized disciplines and styles.

Nandi Teachers

Wendy Klein

Wendy founded Nandi Yoga in 2008 to bring authentic yoga to the mid-peninsula. She’s been practicing since 1994 and has been teaching full time since 2006. Wendy was certified by It’s Yoga in Ashtanga, Rusty Wells in Bhakti Flow, Sharon Gannon and David Life in Jivamukti and Judith Lasater in Restorative. She’s also completed trainings in kids/family yoga and prenatal…

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Louis Jackson

Practicing since 1995, Louis’ love of yoga blossomed while living in a Krishna ashram in Hawaii where a fellow monk gifted him a copy of B.K.S. Iyengar’s Light on Yoga. After pledging to learn all 202 poses… (by himself!)…he got injured and began studying with senior teachers, including Ben Thomas, Jill Miller and…

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Michelle Hyman

Michelle started practicing yoga in 2000 mainly to complement her rock climbing and martial arts training. It was not until 2007, after experiencing a loss in her family, did Michelle’s yoga practice deepen and turn inward. During this time, Michelle’s yoga practice became much more than a free class at the climbing gym…

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Bonnie Smetts

Bonnie’s lifetime passions for dance, sports and meditation have converged in yoga. First drawn to Ashtanga Vinyasa for its ballet-like precision, it remains part of her practice along with Vinyasa Flow that tickles her creative side…

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Dana Sweeney

Dana fell in love with the introspection, spiritual teachings and non-competitive vibes when she took her first yoga class in 2000. It was curiosity, love of yoga, and a personal tragedy that led Dana become certified to teach in 2016 with the Nandi Teacher Training Program…

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Alan Gates

Alan was first introduced to yoga in 1998 and was drawn to its holistic combination of physical, mental, and spiritual wellness. A renewed passion for yoga was kindled in 2014 as he recovered from some of the recurring injuries of participating in…

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Vera Kudinova

Vera began her yoga journey in 2010, and she is a dedicated, enthusiastic student and practitioner of Iyengar yoga.  Since 2013 she has been studying extensively with and mentoring under Birgit Reimer…

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Viktoriya Dorokhova

Yoga came unexpectedly to Viktoriya’s life; she began taking yoga classes while home from college at a fitness center for exercise but did not realize how much of an impact it would eventually have on her life. One day a fellow instructor…

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Yohko Fick

Yohko has been practicing yoga since 2001 and yoga has become a part of her life since 2008. Through her teachers and asana, she learned to be grateful, dedicated and kind to all beings. Being a mother and watching her young daughter…

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Giselle Mari

Giselle’s introduction to yoga in the early 90’s was a natural progression from her gymnastics/dance background and her passion for music. An E-RYT500, YACEP & C-IAYT Giselle flavors her classes with spunk, grit, and spirit…

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Nicole Byrne

Nicole began practicing in 1999 and teaching in 2009. She has attended numerous trainings, including yin, reiki and therapeutic yoga. Nicole appreciates the emotional and physical benefits yoga brings…

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Toni Cupal

Toni discovered Jivamukti yoga in 2007 and was hooked from the very first class – the underlying philosophy that we should each find a way to live so that all creatures can be happy and free appealed strongly to her love of nature which she developed while growing up in the mountains of Wyoming. She completed her 300 hour Jivamukti Teaching Certification with…

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Jeremy Moran

Jeremy Moran has been studying yoga under his teachers Sharon Gannon and David Life since 1999. In 2003 he completed the 300-hour Jivamukti teacher training at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, New York and has been happily teaching Jivamukti yoga in San Francisco ever since. Jeremy was drawn to yoga in large part…

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Kathrin Higgen

Born and raised in Germany, Kathrin aims to inspire by offering her students a steady and regimented practice through creative flows. Her teaching is based on a deeper understanding of the body-breath connection as well as alignment of poses. She is dedicated to maintaining tradition and integrity of the yogic practice while infusing light hearted humor and recognizing individual needs…

Read More

Jennifer Davis

Jennifer, a former dancer, was drawn to yoga as a way to find expression through movement. Since her first practice in 2013, she has found that and so much more. Above all, what keeps her returning to her mat is the absolute bliss and total fulfillment she finds there each and every day…

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Lucy Finn

From the first yoga class she took, Lucy fell in love with the movement and encouragement of her fellow yogis. She found teaching yoga gave her a sense of community as well as giving her an outlet to share her creativity…

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Lakshmi Hari

Lakshmi practices Yoga as a way of living, connecting, and being more present in everything she does. Her path to teaching Yoga started with building her own practice in 2000 to address…

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Clive Beavis

Clive began practicing yoga in 2002 and became immediately hooked. His teaching style reflects his extensive time studying with both Iyengar and Vinyasa teachers in the area and he approaches his classes with a strong focus on alignment and a good dose of humor…

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Birgit Reimer

Birgit is a wholehearted and profound Iyengar Yoga teacher and is certified in Iyengar Yoga and Yoga for Scoliosis. She has been teaching since 2004 in this tradition and she travels every other year to Pune, India, where the Ramamani Iyengar Institute is located, to study with the Iyengar family…

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Deeb Qobti

Deeb began his yoga journey in 2008 after working as a contractor for over 20 years and hurting his back. He began teaching in 2011 and has studied extensively with…

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Lisa Becks

After Lisa took her first yoga class in 1995, yoga has been ever present in her life. She has explored many different styles of yoga but her practice is most influenced by Iyengar, Ashtanga, and Jivamukti…

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Aileen Call

Aileen starting practicing in 2001, got certified to teach in 2007 through the Purusha School of Yoga, and received her prenatal yoga certification in 2008 with Jennifer Wolfe. She also completed the Vinyasa Teacher Training at Nandi Yoga in 2016. Aileen views yoga as a priceless gift and blessing that helps one…

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Celeste Wong

Celeste was initially drawn to yoga for the physical benefits and to complement her background in dance, but after attending her first yoga class in 2008, she quickly realized that yoga can have much deeper mental and emotional benefits as well…

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Jennifer Clem

Jennifer discovered yoga in 2007 after studying dance for many years.  She completed the Jivamukti training in 2015 and has been mentoring and working closely with Giselle Mari ever since…

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Julienne Hernandez

Julienne took her first yoga “class” on a beginner DVD in 2005 and fell in love with yoga immediately. From then on, her practice grew very gradually from taking one class a week as part of a fitness regimen to now exclusively…

Read More

Wendy Klein

Wendy founded Nandi Yoga in 2008 to bring authentic yoga to the mid-peninsula. She’s been practicing since 1994 and has been teaching full time since 2006. Wendy was certified by It’s Yoga in Ashtanga, Rusty Wells in Bhakti Flow, Sharon Gannon and David Life in Jivamukti and Judith Lasater in Restorative. She’s also completed trainings in kids/family yoga and prenatal…

Read More

Giselle Mari

Giselle has had the honor to train under the direct tutelage of Sharon Gannon & David Life of the Jivamukti Yoga method, as well as assist them for many years. As a senior teacher with advanced certification, she went on to serve as a…

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Clive Beavis

Clive began practicing yoga in 2002 and became immediately hooked. His teaching style reflects his extensive time studying with both Iyengar and Vinyasa teachers in the area and he approaches his classes with a strong focus on alignment and a good dose of humor…

Read More

Louis Jackson

Practicing since 1995, Louis’ love of yoga blossomed while living in a Krishna ashram in Hawaii where a fellow monk gifted him a copy of B.K.S. Iyengar’s Light on Yoga. After pledging to learn all 202 poses… (by himself!)…he got injured and began studying with senior teachers, including Ben Thomas, Jill Miller and…

Read More

Nicole Byrne

Nicole began practicing in 1999 and teaching in 2009. She has attended numerous trainings, including yin, reiki and therapeutic yoga. Nicole appreciates the emotional and physical benefits yoga brings…

Read More

Birgit Reimer

Birgit is a wholehearted and profound Iyengar Yoga teacher and is certified in Iyengar Yoga and Yoga for Scoliosis. She has been teaching since 2004 in this tradition and she travels every other year to Pune, India, where the Ramamani Iyengar Institute is located, to study with the Iyengar family…

Read More

Michelle Hyman

Michelle started practicing yoga in 2000 mainly to complement her rock climbing and martial arts training. It was not until 2007, after experiencing a loss in her family, did Michelle’s yoga practice deepen and turn inward. During this time, Michelle’s yoga practice became much more than a free class at the climbing gym…

Read More

Toni Cupal

Toni discovered Jivamukti yoga in 2007 and was hooked from the very first class – the underlying philosophy that we should each find a way to live so that all creatures can be happy and free appealed strongly to her love of nature which she developed while growing up in the mountains of Wyoming. She completed her 300 hour Jivamukti Teaching Certification with…

Read More

Deeb Qobti

Deeb began his yoga journey in 2008 after working as a contractor for over 20 years and hurting his back. He began teaching in 2011 and has studied extensively with…

Read More

Bonnie Smetts

Bonnie’s lifetime passions for dance, sports and meditation have converged in yoga. First drawn to Ashtanga Vinyasa for its ballet-like precision, it remains part of her practice along with Vinyasa Flow that tickles her creative side…

Read More

Jeremy Moran

Jeremy Moran has been studying yoga under his teachers Sharon Gannon and David Life since 1999. In 2003 he completed the 300-hour Jivamukti teacher training at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, New York and has been happily teaching Jivamukti yoga in San Francisco ever since. Jeremy was drawn to yoga in large part…

Read More

Lisa Becks

After Lisa took her first yoga class in 1995, yoga has been ever present in her life. She has explored many different styles of yoga but her practice is most influenced by Iyengar, Ashtanga, and Jivamukti…

Read More

Dana Sweeney

Dana fell in love with the introspection, spiritual teachings and non-competitive vibes when she took her first yoga class in 2000. It was curiosity, love of yoga, and a personal tragedy that led Dana become certified to teach in 2016 with the Nandi Teacher Training Program…

Read More

Kathrin Higgen

Born and raised in Germany, Kathrin aims to inspire by offering her students a steady and regimented practice through creative flows. Her teaching is based on a deeper understanding of the body-breath connection as well as alignment of poses. She is dedicated to maintaining tradition and integrity of the yogic practice while infusing light hearted humor and recognizing individual needs…

Read More

Aileen Call

Aileen starting practicing in 2001, got certified to teach in 2007 through the Purusha School of Yoga, and received her prenatal yoga certification in 2008 with Jennifer Wolfe. She also completed the Vinyasa Teacher Training at Nandi Yoga in 2016. Aileen views yoga as a priceless gift and blessing that helps one…

Read More

Alan Gates

Alan was first introduced to yoga in 1998 and was drawn to its holistic combination of physical, mental, and spiritual wellness. A renewed passion for yoga was kindled in 2014 as he recovered from some of the recurring injuries of participating in…

Read More

Jennifer Davis

Jennifer, a former dancer, was drawn to yoga as a way to find expression through movement. Since her first practice in 2013, she has found that and so much more. Above all, what keeps her returning to her mat is the absolute bliss and total fulfillment she finds there each and every day…

Read More

Celeste Wong

Celeste was initially drawn to yoga for the physical benefits, but after attending her first yoga class in 2008, she was immediately fascinated by the infinite opportunities yoga provides to exploring the mind, body, and spirit…

Read More

Vera Kudinova

Vera began her yoga journey in 2010 after reading Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras and felt drawn immediately to Iyengar Yoga. She has worked extensively with Birgit Reimer, whom she continues to mentor under…

Read More

Lucy Finn

From the first yoga class she took, Lucy fell in love with the movement and encouragement of her fellow yogis. She found teaching yoga gave her a sense of community as well as giving her an outlet to share her creativity…

Read More

Jennifer Clem

Jennifer discovered yoga in 2007 after studying dance for many years.  She completed the Jivamukti training in 2015 and has been mentoring and working closely with Giselle Mari ever since…

Read More

Viktoriya Dorokhova

Yoga came unexpectedly to Viktoriya’s life; she began taking yoga classes while home from college at a fitness center for exercise but did not realize how much of an impact it would eventually have on her life. One day a fellow instructor…

Read More

Lakshmi Hari

Lakshmi practices Yoga as a way of living, connecting, and being more present in everything she does. Her path to teaching Yoga started with building her own practice in 2000 to address…

Read More

Julienne Hernandez

Julienne took her first yoga “class” on a beginner DVD in 2005 and fell in love with yoga immediately. From then on, her practice grew very gradually from taking one class a week as part of a fitness regimen to now exclusively…

Read More

Yohko Fick

Yohko has been practicing yoga since 2001 and yoga has become a part of her life since 2008. Through her teachers and asana, she learned to be grateful, dedicated and kind to all beings. Being a mother and watching her young daughter…

Read More