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.
Noell took her first yoga class in 2002 and fell completely in love. From the very first moment she stood in Tadasana, she knew that she had embarked upon something BIG. A decade later, she is still blessed to be in relationship with the practice of yoga.
Graduating college with a degree in Gender Studies, Noell spent her 20’s working as an advocate and activist in the movement to end human trafficking and domestic violence. Struggling to find the balance between working with survivors of gender specific trauma, and nurturing healthy relationships in her personal life, practicing yoga became her safe haven. Beyond the intimate breath and body connection, yoga connected her to a community of like-hearted friends and helped her to find simplicity in a chaotic world . She received her primary 200-hour teaching certification through the Yandara Institute in 2007, with the hope of bringing the potent healing power of yoga to survivors of human trafficking and domestic violence. She spent 3 years as the director and resident yoga teacher for the Life Skills Empowerment Program at My Sisters’ Place, a ground-breaking legal advocacy and shelter organization in Yonkers, NY.
Inspired by the transformation that yoga offers to all people – men and women alike, Noell moved to California in 2010 with the intention of teaching yoga full time, and continuing her education. In 2011, she received her secondary 200 hours of training under Kenny Graham and Samantha Shakti Brown in Boulder Creek, CA. Noell is an E-RYT with the Yoga Alliance, and teaches public and corporate yoga classes across the South Bay. She remains dedicated to her work as an activist – raising funds through yoga workshops to support non-profit organizations that are committed to ending human slavery and intimate partner violence.
Noell’s classes weave the no frills spiritual with the physical, and focus on celebrating life. The playlists are rocking, the sequencing is smart, and the savasana is lavish.
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.
Kevyn came to yoga during college in 2003 when she needed an outlet for relaxation and excess energy. She fell in love with it and has been practicing ever since. She received her bachelors and masters degrees in biology from Texas Christian University. Her study of anatomy and physiology helped to deepen her practice and better understand the benefits yoga has to offer. Her love for the body and how it functions inspired her to take her practice to the next level. She received her 200 hour teacher training certification through Corepower Yoga in the spring of 2010. She teaches Vinyasa style yoga with an emphasis on breath to movement at Just Breathe Yoga in Santa Clara. Yoga for her is a way to connect with her inner spirit by focusing her mind while releasing excess tension and energy. She loves the meditative quality of this style of yoga and loves sharing her love for yoga with those around her. Kevyn loves to remind her students that yoga is a Journey not a Destination.
Kayla discovered grace on the mat as a way to counteract the strains of classical ballet and competitive dancing in 1999. Since then, her asana practice has developed into a dharma of discovery. It has become clear that the past is written and cannot be erased; the future has yet to be drafted; only in the present moment can we truly be alive. Practicing and teaching internationally over the past 3 years, Kayla is a 200-hr Yoga Alliance Registered Teacher with over 250 hours of teaching experience. Currently, she is studying under Janet Stone in San Francisco to earn her 500-hr certificate in the Five Elements training program. Kayla’s true passion is guiding those on the path of yoga to encounter the stillness between life’s rises and falls by connecting prana and movement, removing boundaries and embracing vulnerability on and off the mat. As an instructor, she hopes to invite practitioners to establish sustainable expansion; encouraging students to look beyond all that which separates, binds, limits or constrains. Kayla’s classes are infused with mantra, cadence and community; stimulating awareness through powerful yet nurturing sequencing paired with attentive guidance; she humbly bows with overwhelming gratitude to all of her teachers and fellow practitioners along the way that have shed light upon this beautiful dharma she has been blessed with.
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.
Christine first stepped onto her yoga mat in 2009 and has been hooked ever since. From that first blast of rejuvenation post-class, she knew she had embarked on something pivotal and life-changing. Christine observed a beautiful metamorphosis in her perspective on life and self. She found a renewed sense of strength and confidence on her mat with each breath, each practice. Armed with a desire to learn more about the practice of yoga and an eagerness to share it with others, she embarked on a journey and committed to a 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training under the insightful guidance of Angie Poon and Noell Clark at Just Breathe Yoga. Christine became certified in 2012 and teaches Hatha-Vinyasa in the Bay Area. She is thrilled to guide students through an upbeat and energizing practice. Come breathe and flow with Christine!
Cristina’s yoga practice started shortly after she graduated from college in 2008. What at first started as a means to re-balance after a stressful day at work evolved into a centering and grounding experience on and off her yoga mat. Her practice became such an integral force in her life that she decided to transition out of nonprofit operations management to dive head first into the awesome world of yoga and body and mind wellness–needless to say: she has not looked back!
As a teacher and student of yoga she is constantly inspired and motivated by yoga’s emphasis on and appreciation of being present in the moment, mind and body. It is with the yogic spirit of self-transformation and exploration that she infuses her classes and greets the challenges and opportunities that come her way. With a teaching grounded in authentic selfless service to her students and community she provides the time and space to explore the mind and body and highlights the amazing transformative power that yoga affords both on and off the mat. Yoga Tree Alum Summer 2013.
Ishmael’s path as a Yogi began 10 years ago when neighbors introduced him to the peaceful practice. In November 2009, the practice became an integrated part of his life as a means of achieving an internal and external balance without the pressure of competition. As a graduate in Chemical Engineering from UCSD and then working in the sometimes stressful field (as many jobs/occupations can be), Yoga allowed his mind to relax and flow freely with life. For Ishmael, Yoga provided the breath (Prana), concentration (Dharana) and contentment (Santosha) of self as a way of acknowledging personal efforts and knowing that in the here and now everyone is okay. The internal and external balance created from the practice allowed him to find peace in any place, even in this sometimes loud and quick paced confusion called life.
Given the mental and physical benefits that he discovered in Yoga, Ishmael decided that sharing his experience would benefit friends, family, and community. In April 2010, he completed his 200 plus hours of Teacher Training Certification at CorePower Yoga in Aliso Viejo, California. During his training he guided various classes with individuals in large corporations, southern California communities, as wells as friends and family. In May 2010 he created Chakra 4 Yoga, which is a free class in Laguna Beach dedicated to the fellow CorePower, Spring 2010 Alumni, the students that he guided while getting certified, and Orange County community members. The classes continue and are organized remotely from Santa Clara, California where Ishmael currently resides. Sharing Yoga leads to great things and that is where Ishmael found Just Breathe Yoga, a place where he will continue to guide yoga and share positive energy through breath and yoga postures (asanas).