Briksha Mahendra – Breathwork, Vinyasa
Mahendra Briksha born in the small village of Himalayas, is a yogi, a certified Rebirthing Breathwork practitioner, Integral coach and raw vegan chef. Mahendra Briksha combines Vedantic-Yogic practices, Buddhist wisdom and Integral insights in his teaching. He has been teaching and leading breathing sessions and meditation classes for 10 years.
He is a graduate of the yoga teacher-training program at the Vivekananda Yoga Research Center in Bangalore, India and holds certificates in Integral Yoga from California Institute of Integral studies, and Yoga Therapy from Purusha Yoga, and has over 200 hours of Yoga Teacher training through Urban Flow with Rusty Wells. Briksha is a resident teacher and manager of the Yoga Society along with co-teaching the 200hr TT. He also co-teaches the 200hr TT for Seaside Yoga Sanctuary.
Briksha’s main mission to share his knowledge and experience is to help people awaken in their body, breath and mind and learn to live a peaceful, and evolutionary life in the midst of busy world.
Hari Harananda – Traditional Hatha
Hari Harananda Jorge Cal was drawn to the practice of yoga for health reasons. As a student of Yogiraj Swami Venkataraman S. Buaji, he learned the combined technique of conscious breathing and dynamic posture flow that characterizes his teaching style. In Swami Buaji’s very traditional style, he also discovered a vital method of realizing and abiding in one’s cosmic consciousness by means of guided visualizations during relaxation (yoga nidra) and meditation. It is his greatest desire to share the experience of abiding in that unified field of consciousness and wholeness with his students. As a result of his yoga practice, Hari has developed a deep and rich understanding of the holistic healing process. He practices as a certified massage therapist and Reiki master in San Francisco.
Marcelo Carvalho began teaching yoga in 2001. His yoga classes include asana (poses,) pratyahara (internalizing the focus of the mind and the senses,) and pranayama (expansion of primordial energy – prana.) He emphasizes meditation, yoga psychology, and Self-knowledge as principle tools for personal transformation and healing. Marcelo studies Sanskrit with Dr. Ram Karan Sharma and the Yoga Society Sanskrit faculty. An active member of the Yoga Society of San Francisco, Marcelo has been on the board of directors since 2000, and is elected Board member for the term 2012-14. Although he did not meet Shri Brahmananda during his lifetime, he has embraced him as his Guru.
Mirtha Carballo – Gentle Hatha Yoga
Mirtha began yoga practicing in 2006 after recovering from a devastating surgery. The healing effects of yoga changed her life. She transitioned from student to teacher after receiving her 200 Hour Teacher Certification from SchoolYoga Institute on May 2015. She also holds a Certification in Nutrition and Physical Fitness from the University of Pennsylvania.
Mirtha teaches a traditional style of Gentle Hatha Yoga in Spanish and English. Her classes are spiritual, focused, slow-paced, and mindful using postures and breath to slow the mind and body. It is well– suited for beginners and intermediate students.
The transformation she felt in her life by practicing yoga inspired her to share the gift of yoga with others to help them reach the transformation they are seeking to improve their overall health and well-being, expanding their horizons physically, mentally, spiritually and energetically. Her favorite part of the class in seeing students smiles after a practice.
John Paul – Yoga Foundations
John Paul is a constant explorer who has been studying various body-mind, movement and healing practices since 2005. In his studies, yoga has remained a constant source of fascination. He finds that yoga allows him to flow with the ever constant changes of life, allowing him to “ride the waves” rather than be consumed by them. He hopes to impart on his students a similar feeling of openness and fortitude on many levels of their being.
Molly Trad – Restorative & Hatha Yoga
Molly became a serious yoga practitioner during a break from performing stand up comedy, hoping to find peace and balance in herself. Now a certified yoga teacher she hopes to bring peace and joy to all her classes. She specializes in restorative yoga because she believes it provides the space for deep relaxation and comfort so often lacking in our day to day lives and sometimes even in our daily rest. She is also a student and practitioner of traditional hatha yoga, vinyasa, pranayama, and laughter yoga. She believes that bliss is our natural state, that the best way to get there is to practice, and that yoga can bring us there.
Sasitorn Phetnamsin (Pui) – Hatha Yoga
Sasitorn started practicing yoga since 2006 and received her 200 hr teacher training in 2014. After an immersive month in a rural ashram in Chiangmai, Thailand, she adopted yoga as a form of lifestyle. Her practice engages not only the physical body but also aligning thoughts, actions and compassion toward other living beings. With her keen interest in a holistic approach, she integrates her study of East West Psychology into the practice. Sasitorn believes that peace in the world starts with a healthy body, mind and spirit. On one hand she holds her attention on physical alignment and mental strength. On the other hand, she welcomes fluidity of the body and flexibility of the mind. Awareness and breath are her allies both on and off the mat. Her goal is to empower and support others toward their journey of self-realization and help people express their gifts to the world through the practice of yoga. Sasitorn’s happiness is when she sees her students leave the room with the feeling of calm, light, groundedness, relaxation, energy or all of these. Sasitorn also enjoys 5Rhythms dance (meditative movement practice), making vegan dessert, hiking and learning about herbs and essential oil.
Subuddh Parekh – Our Favorite Masters
Subuddh Parekh is a student of yoga and seeker of the ecstatic truth, those understandings that lift us up and infuse our world with a sense of ecstatic connection. He spent a year living at the Yoga Society, exploring the inner and outer worlds through yoga training. You can watch a trailer of his film about the Yoga Society here.