Anna Koenig, Owner and Yoga Instructor
Anna completed a 200 RYT yoga teacher training at Yoga Garden SF. She turned to yoga when she was a senior at UCLA, nearly a decade ago. As she built a career in finance, she took her practice with her wherever she went. She wanted to combine her business skills with her love for yoga and wellness. She started crafting a plan and opened Addison Yoga Loft in March 2015. Her classes aim to help others feel at home in their own body, and gain mind body awareness. Anna loves to create positive beautiful experiences for others. Her classes are designed around community, spaciousness, self-love, spiritual work, personal transformation, and well being.
Dylan Germick, Yoga Instructor
Dylan never took a yoga class and thought afterward it was a bad investment of his time. From what started as a remedy to lower back pain in 2003, yoga has turned into a joyful search of mental stability and personal well-being. He received his 200hr yoga certification under the Ashtanga based ‘It’s Yoga’ system in 2014 and for over two years relishes the discoveries he makes along with his practitioners every day. With a performance and multidisciplinary sports background, he is able to connect with those just getting to know yoga and offer insights to those with a well established practice. He likes to keep classes fun and approachable, but also likes to challenge your perceived physical limits and ability to fully concentrate your awareness. In the city where life can seem so fast and chaotic, finding a space for stillness can be the first step into something truly transformative.
Torrey Mansur, Yoga Instructor
Torrey is a dedicated student of yoga, yoga teacher and life enthusiast. She began practicing yoga in 2006, with a variety of teachers in many different styles. Her relationship with yoga began as a purely physical practice. After some time, she started to find a deeper meaning from yoga. Body awareness turned into a mindfulness practice and the mind- body connection was discovered. Through this mind-body connection she was able to open her heart to self-love, and in turn, a profound love for others. She truly believes that yoga is available to everybody, and she is eager to share this healing practice with the world, one breath at a time.
She began teaching yoga in 2012, after receiving a RYT-200 with yoga to the people. Currently, Torrey is pursuing an advanced RYT-500 in yoga therapeutics at Yoga Tree. Torrey teaches vinyasa flow, restorative yoga and therapeutic yoga at several studios all over the bay area.
Anne Gregory, Yoga Instructor
Anne began her journey with yoga and meditation in 2008. After relocating from New York City to San Francisco in 2012, she decided to share her passion for yoga with others. She is a certified E-RYT-200 and RYT-500, having completed her 200-hour teacher training at Yoga Tree in San Francisco and her 500-hour teacher training with her teachers Brenna Geehan and Jean Mazzei at Sri Yoga.
Anne believes yoga has the power to transform one's life from the inside out, providing students the tools to bring strength and ease into their lives to confidently face whatever life experiences come their way. Her mission as a teacher is to hold space for students to go deeply inward so that they can cultivate a stronger connection to self. Anne believes that through this connection students can find their own unique power and expression of joy within the world. Her classes emphasize mindfulness, alignment and a strong connection to breath in order to build strength, flexibility, and mental clarity.
Alison Lin, Yoga Instructor
Alison's teaching values are integrity, playfulness, interdependence, curiosity, justice and love. She brings these values in as she crafts each class, interacts with students and shares her practice through teaching. Her practice cultivates her connection to the earth, surprises her mind, heals her body, and hones her intuition. She loves yoga because it expands her compassion for herself and others. Her classes are based around themes, such as heart opening and rooting down to rise up, and build up to a peak pose. She cues breath based movements and focuses on alignment and feeling cues. Using her knowledge of yoga therapeutics and anatomy, she is able to offer modifications suited for most all bodies and abilities. Students report feeling refreshed, relaxed, stronger and more in touch with their bodies after her classes.She is passionate about sharing yoga with people who may be intimidated by the mainstream portrayal of yoga as an undertaking for thin white straight females. She enjoys teaching communities she is connected to which include, LGBTQ folks and people of color. Cultural humility is integrated into her teaching as she brings an analysis of cultural appropriation and her identity as a mixed race queer yoga teacher.
Elizabeth McKinley, Yoga Instructor
Elizabeth has been practicing yoga since transplanting from Wyoming to the Bay Area in 2005. She has found tremendous personal healing through these practices and continues to be inspired through sharing the gifts of yoga with others. Working as a mental health counselor since 2009, Elizabeth has experienced the amazing resiliency of the human body and spirit, as well as learned the importance of self-care and community. She believes that every person has the strength and wisdom within oneself to heal and live with purpose, and she weaves the eight limbs of yoga throughout her teaching to foster physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Her straight-forward and supportive style provides each student the space and guidance to access healing. Elizabeth completed her Teacher Training and Yoga Therapy Certification at Purusha Yoga School in San Francisco and offers group classes, workshops, teacher trainings, and yoga therapy. She is ready to support you in recognizing what is already whole to embody your own greatest health.
Hanna Malm, Yoga Instructor
Having practiced yoga for 15 years before becoming a mother the birth of my first child was the life changing event brought me deeper into yoga, and after the birth of my second child, I took the Barefoot Movement Yoga Teacher Training. Once I completed my training, I spent a year sailing in Mexico, living on a boat with my partner and two children. During that time, I sought out and found multiple teaching opportunities in different foreign ports, including getting studio time at cruiser clubs and marinas like Club Cruceros in La Paz and Marina Riviera Nayarit in La Cruz. I was lucky enough to be able to do yoga on deserted beaches with my family. I am now an RYT 500 through Yoga Alliance.Teaching yoga allows me to share my experience with the practice: one that connects all aspects of self - body, mind, and breath - and that by connecting to oneself on a deeper level we also connect to the world around us in a more true way. It is my belief that incorporating the elements of yoga into daily life in small ways, even just taking the time to focus on breath for a moment or remembering posture, leads to a positive change in peoples lives. My teaching style is encouraging, supportive, and honest, creating a space where you can get to know your body and expand its capabilities, a safe and grounded environment in which to grow and learn.
Christie Pitko, Yoga Insturctor
Christie, RYT-500 Yoga Instructor, took her first class in 2001, and since then, yoga has shifted and inspired nearly every aspect of her life! Once she finished training in 2011, she began teaching right away. With a strong alignment focus, she encourages her students to stay both connected and curious. Christie leads classes in hatha, vinyasa, prenatal, and restorative. She is also a reiki master teacher and nationally certified massage therapist. Christie was the resident reiki master at the Las Vegas Recovery Center for over four years, using reiki as tool to halt substance abuse. With a rich background in performance, and training from the Second City Chicago in comedy and improvisation, she helps you to find humor within your current circumstance.
Kendra Diaz-Ford, Yoga Instructor
Kendra believes in the transformational power of yoga as a path of self-discovery, healing and joy. Since beginning her yoga studies in 2002 she’s continually experienced the deep personal, physical and spiritual healing available through yoga, pranayama, ritual and meditation. As a yoga teacher, PhD in transpersonal psychology, energy healer and massage therapist, she teaches yoga from an integrative lens that combines these healing modalities to offer integrative classes that are grounded, accessible and focused on empowering students to experience greater inner and outer alignment. Her classes are also accompanied by the soothing sounds of harmonium. In addition to her weekly classes, Kendra offers private women’s leadership coaching, teaches workshops and leads retreats. www.kendradiazford.com
Samantha Jacobs, Yoga Instructor
Sam began dancing and running just as soon as she could manage one foot in front of the other, but it was not until she (reluctantly) found yoga, that she grasped and began to explore the profound connection between mental and physical health. Sam began practicing regularly five years ago, and she has been a certified yoga instructor for three years. She specializes in leading power vinyasa and ashtanga styled flows, and teaches group and individual classes throughout the Bay Area.
Sam scoffed at the idea that someone like her - direct, analytical, and looking for a good sweat - would ever enjoy yoga, let alone become a regular practitioner. Since she found yoga, or more accurately, yoga found her, she has realized that the practice is multifaceted; it can provide space for each student to find something unique that allows for growth, often in surprising places. For Sam, part of that growth came from recognizing that strength is comprised of both contraction and release, and the yoga mat is a place that demands room enough for both. Her unexpected journey into yoga underlies her teaching philosophy: cast the door wide open so that everyone feels comfortable coming to the mat. She aspires to hold the space so that students can find what they seek.