Instructors

 

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Angie Poon

Angie Poon

I began my yoga practice in 2001 with Bikram and over the years, with stress from work and traveling, my practice became less frequent.  I found myself always wanting to go back, and every time I did, I suffered from infrequent practice and an uneasy transition back to the 110F heat of the room.  During my 9 month sabbatical, upon reflection of my unbalanced lifestyle of work and travel, I decided that I needed to change the flow of my life by creating a more balanced and solid foundation. I loved the heated aspect of Bikram, but not particularly at 110F, so when I found heated Vinyasa Flow at 90F – I fell in love with yoga all over again.  From my own practice, in the last few years, I found inner strength from my heart.  This transformation and bliss allowed me to start a new career with an open mind and open heart.  I wanted to share my life changing experiences with others, so I decided to teach yoga to anyone who wanted to learn.  As I continue to learn each day through my own practice, I hope to encourage, nurture, and empower students with my words.  I’ve always believed that once you’ve recognized your true Self, the whole yoga practice will come to you.

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Michael Athanas

Michael Athanas

With a Ph.D. in Physics, Michael spent nearly a decade exploring the fundamental structure of matter at particle accelerator laboratories around the world. He finds yoga philosophy & asana to complement to his stringent scientific profession – both work in tandem to increase energy, focus, and awareness. By assimilating his scientific background with yoga physiology, he presents a new grounded perspective on the practice.  The challenging flow of Michael’s classes will leave you feeling strong and centered – his approach to teaching will develop flexibility, strength, and confidence.

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Nate James

Nate James

Nate James

I began this journey, as a 6 year old, by imitating Bruce Lee and Conan-the barbarian moves. I wanted my parents to enroll me into some kind of Karate! There were no programs available, so they signed me up for the little league Wrestling team.  It was destiny!   I left High School by making it to the state finals 3 times, grabbing 2 titles, and multiple national rankings. I would later leave Lindenwood University with 3 All-American finishes at the National tournament.  After a brief stint in the workforce & growing bored by the gym ‘rat race’, I found Mixed Marital Arts (MMA) by way of Jiu Jitsu.  I had my first fight shortly after and was hooked!

Yoga has been the perfect addition to my training, it has helped me to become more in tune with my body. Yoga allows me to relax, reflect, and give attention to my finer movements.  I’ve been in San Jose, California since April 2008. I study my Kickboxing with Andy Fong, my Jiu-Jitsu with Dave Camarillo, & Wrestling with Daniel Cormier. …And -Vinyasa Flow-@ Just Breathe Yoga.

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Monique Wright

Monique Wright

Monique Wright

Over the past few years Monique has dedicated herself to the daily practice of yoga, which has transformed her life both mentally and physically.  The practice of yoga allows Monique to feel strong, beautiful and have an undeniable connection with herself.   Through Just Breathe Yoga Rivermark, under the direction of Noell Clark & Angie Poon, Monique completed her 200 hour Hatha-Vinyasa certification and is a registered yoga instructor through Yoga Alliance.  She guides her classes with a humble and soulful heart that you cannot help but feel through her movements and artistic playlists that she customizes.  Monique is excited to share her love of yoga with the community while creating a mystical space for others to find their inner peace through yoga.

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Tara Shambaugh

Tara Shambaugh

Tara Shambaugh

Tara was first introduced to yoga as a way to relieve stress while serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Mozambique in 2008. However, the static poses she learned from Gaiam flashcards weren’t put together in a Vinyasa flow until she returned home. It was during her pregnancy with her son that she finally made a deeper connection with yoga and all the positive benefits it brought her mind and body.
Tara completed her 200 hour teacher training in Hatha-Vinyasa in June 2013, under the instruction of Angie Poon and Noell Clark. She loves that yoga is a lifelong journey and that through mindfulness of breath and its connection with asana a person can become more aware of who they truly are. She encourages students to smile, breathe deeply, play with new poses, and leave class with a positive outlook on life!

 

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Erica Johnson

Erica Johnson

In 2006 Erica Johnson moved to the Bay Area from her childhood home in Yosemite National Park. She found refuge in yoga after a severe knee injury in 2009 that took her away from her first loves; teaching and performing as a dancer. Movement and artistic expression through the body in motion has always been a large part of her spirit. During her recovery, Erica dove head first into yoga, falling in love with the power of the mind and body connection. She found she was doing things that her doctors had told her she most likely would never do again. Yoga healed her internally and externally, and since then she has worked hard to share her passion and love for yoga with everyone.   Erica completed her 200-Hour Hatha-Vinyasa certification with Angie Poon and Noell Clark at Just Breathe Yoga @ Rivermark.

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Erica Paul

Erica Paul

Erica started her yoga practice at home with beginner DVD’s, then a year later expanded her practice at her local gym.  When her life came to a point in which she felt her mind, body, soul, and breathe had lost spirit she hesitantly signed up for the 2-week introductory offer at Just Breathe Yoga in Rivermark Plaza.   Within the first year Erica felt her spirit slowly return to her, and with her passion ignited she started sharing her yoga spirit through volunteering at women’s retreats and assisting other instructors around the world.

Erica is a global yogini, her formalized 200-Hour yoga instructor training was with Nosara Yoga Institute in Costa Rica.    Erica has studied and practiced in Bali, Mexico, Hawaii, New York, and various studios in Northern and Southern California.  Erica is familiar with and often incorporates a variety of global styles such as Self-Awakening Yoga, Restorative, Yin, Iyengar, Power, Hatha, and Five Rhythms.

Erica teaches yoga from her heart in which she pairs her intuition, experience, and compassion into facilitating a global fusion of global vinyasa flow, knowledge, heart, and soul to meet the needs of the participants.  The yoga practice is about breathe and each breathe signifies life.

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Rupali Mahajan

Rupali Mahajan

I started doing yoga when I was a teenager.  Back in India I used to learn yoga in temple where it was taught free.  At that time I was just fascinated by the flexibility of my Guru and was trying to imitate it.  But later I kept on practicing yoga by watching videos online.

My life took a new turn when I was pregnant. I had a very challenging pregnancy and was left traumatised by the whole experience of it.  When my daughter turned two I got the opportunity to learn and teach Pre-Natal yoga.  Initially I was reluctant about but then I thought that the only way of dealing with my fear is to face it.
Now I not only find teaching Pre-Natal yoga healing for me but it gives me immense happiness when I can see the positive change this yoga is bringing in the life of mothers.  I completed my 200 hour teacher training under the instruction of Angie Poon in June 2015.  My classes are often incorporated with mudras, shlokas and Kirtan.

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Nicole Bonk

Nicole Bonk

Nicole was first introduced to yoga as a runner to help increase her strength and flexibility as well as relieve stress. Throughout the years yoga became a part of her lifestyle; teaching her that it’s not just a relief for running but also a center where all sanctions come together (mind, body, and soul). That deeper connection allowed her to reach within herself and create a sense of stability in her life. She was then able to recognize that beautiful connection between the breath and the movement that the Vinyasa practice taught her. Nicole completed her 200 hour teacher training in Hatha-Vinyasa, under the instruction of Angie Poon at Just Breathe Yoga Rivermark. Nicole brings a sense of warmth into the classroom and a unique presence to her class. Nicole wants to ensure she empowers her students into the experience of yoga and assist them in deepening their practice. Nicole continues to be amazed by the practice of yoga and the benefits it brings to the mind and body each day.

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Mark Quijano

Mark Quijano
Mark is a very outgoing and energetic person who loves things that get him moving both indoors and outdoors: cycling, hiking, running, scuba diving, swimming, and anything beach related, to name a few activities. Mark discovered yoga  a few years back as a way to help him manage his stress and since then, he’s fallen in love with the practice. Completing his Power Yoga Teacher Training from Vibe Yoga in Redwood City under the direction of Jonathan Rickert, Mark is very alignment focused in his teaching, loves coming up with fun and interesting transitions, and loves further deepening his inversion practice.
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Aisha Quaintance

Aisha Quaintance
Aisha is a dynamic entrepreneur, business coach, published author, and speaker, with a 15+ year record of achievement and demonstrated success.  Her accomplishments include having run a highly profitable, multi-specialty search firm in San Francisco which was recently awarded the Fastest Growing Private Company by the SF Business Times.
Her passion for optimizing business results has carried over into power yoga, where she has a 200 Hour Yoga Alliance Teacher Certification.  She enjoys teaching yoga with clients at studios and technology companies throughout the bay area and organizing worldwide yoga retreats and excursions.  Aisha’s philosophy on yoga is similar: optimizing one’s practice in order to receive the fullest benefits the art has to offer.
Having been a fulltime CrossFit student for over five years, Aisha has the unique ability to merge the gap, bringing yoga to CrossFit and other intense athletic programs to students in a way that is most beneficial toward their fitness goals and overall health and well being.