Amy has been teaching yoga and meditation since 1981 and is founding director of the Shasta Yoga Institute where she teaches and leads registered Yoga Alliance Yoga Teacher Training programs. Through many years of dedicated teaching and practice, Amy’s teaching embraces a wonder for the human body, mind and heart continuum.
A 1986 graduate from the Iyengar Yoga Institute in San Francisco, Amy teaches Iyengar Vinyasa Yoga which honors the lineage of Krishnamacharya and blends precise awareness of Iyengar’s teaching with the grace of a spacious sequential flow. Deeply inspired by an ongoing inner investigation of the Self, Amy incorporates Embodied Anatomy & Insight Meditation to cultivate an awakened body/mind/ heart presence. She offers an integrated approach while still honoring the ancient wisdom teachings. Bringing Yoga to life has been a thread woven through her relating, parenting and working journeys… Meditation is a saving grace and the well from within where she sources her movement through life.
Amy received her 500-hour Yoga Teacher Certification from the rich community of practitioners and senior teachers at the Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco, specifically under the wings of Judith Lasater, Arthur Kilmurray & Manuso Manos. She has been Certified from as well as on faculty for the Integrative Yoga Therapy training program with Joseph LePage. In addition, Amy has received Certifications in Massage Therapy from the Institute for Educational Therapy and the National Holistic Institute, as well as a Meditation Teacher Certification from the Expanding Light Center.
In addition to teaching and mentoring locally, Amy leads Yoga Retreats & Immersions nationally. You can find more inspiration here: https://www.yogauonline.com/therapists/amy-cooper
Courtney has worked in the health and wellness industry for over 15 years. As a fitness instructor, personal trainer, and running coach for many years, she began practicing yoga to compliment her other activities. Realizing the depth and transformative power of yoga, her journey became a priority and she completed the Shasta Yoga 200-hour VajraPani Teacher Training with Amy Cooper. Courtney’s warm, playful approach provides a light atmosphere where students can safely discover the benefits of yoga. She encourages self-care and a mindful practice through healthy alignment, breath awareness, and flow. She believes each moment is an opportunity to grow by coordinating the mind, body, breath, and spirit with their highest intentions. Courtney is also a Holistic Health Coach. Email; firstname.lastname@example.org or call (530)925-2502
Jade’s love of people and yoga, as well as her studies in human consciousness and love itself, bring a depth and fullness to her classes. Her style is eclectic, drawing from her Kripalu Yoga roots, Anusara Yoga, Anjali Restorative Yoga, non-dual teachings, vipassana meditation, and her experience as a Massage Therapist and Yogic Healing Facilitator. Her interest lies in bringing awareness to, and gaining mastery with, the connections between body, mind, emotions and life for more empowered and truthful living. Jade’s instruction is clear and skillful enabling heartful access to subtleties in both asana and self-awareness which bear fruit on and off the mat. For 20 years, she has taught all walks of life in various places around the globe. In her community classes at SYI, she encourages you to meet yourself where you are with grace; and guides modifications and variations to support and satisfy different levels of experience. For more about Jade, visit www.yogasatya.com or call (303) 532-6808
Jennifer completed her 200-hour Yoga Teachers Training with Amy Cooper 3 years ago. She personally has been practicing for over 10 years. She has been teaching occasionally on Friday mornings for the past year. Her passion is to assist others through yoga & bodywork. She continues through educational bodywork and webinars to learn more on how to better herself and those she touches. Her yoga classes incorporate the physical as well as the spirit/soul connection. Beginners as well as level 1 & 2 are welcome. She looks forward incorporating Qi Gong and fluid dance movements within practice. (530) 859-2492
Kelly has practiced yoga since she was a teenager. Her teacher training includes Principal-Based Partner Yoga and Yin Yoga. Her current interest in sharing yin yoga comes from seeking balance to living a high-paced life. She believes in the importance of cultivating a slow and mindful practice that deeply nourishes the body, mind, and spirit. Find Kelly at (530) 859-2175 or kellymcree.com
Olivia (Liv) Vaughan has been on the spiritual path her whole life. She started her formal yoga practice at the age of 17 years old, in 1997. She began teaching in the spring of 2013 after receiving a 200 hour teaching certificate from, Shasta Yoga: VajraPani Teacher Training. Olivia is an experienced registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance; E-RYT 200. In addition, Olivia is a skilled Reiki Master Teacher; RMT. She also studies Dharma Teachings with Tibetan Monks.
Her love of yoga has keep her true to the practice on the mat and most importantly, living yoga day to day. Her philosophy is based in love and compassion and this is reflected in her teaching style, willing to cater to the needs of each person. She has taught thousands of body types over the years. Olivia’s primary focus is alignment based which she believes is the foundation for all variations of yoga styles. Most importantly, the alignment style offered in her classes give students the tools to create a healthier more easeful approach to how an individual uses their body throughout life. Wishing you all the best! Contact: email@example.com or 530-261- 1592.
Laurie ‘Lotus’ Miller
Lotus discovered yoga in 1989 when she sought healing after a car accident. Since 2000, she taught classes at various locations in the Santa Cruz area including Live Oak Senior Center, Watsonville Community Hospital, New Brighten Middle School and TriYoga Center. Beginning in 2010, she studying directly with Kali Ray, founder of TriYoga, and senior instructors Nandi, Tarini, Rishi, Santoshi and Kashi. Co-founder and director of Twin Lotus Center in Santa Cruz, Lotus created and led Outstanding Morning Meditations ((OMM) for five years before moving to Weed last Fall. Contact: (831) 239-3900.
Rachel has been a student of yoga for over 15 years. She was part of Amy’s first 200 hour yoga training. In addition to teaching yoga, she provides primary care in Internal Medicine in Yreka, and received her Masters in Medicine thru the PA program at Stanford University. She taught for 3 years, at the Audacity yoga studio, in Yreka and is excited to be teaching again at the studio where she began her journey as a yoga instructor, coming full circle! (541) 223-3893