Angie Poon - Founder and Yoga Teacher
When Angie began practicing Bikram yoga in 2001, she found the 110F heat allowed her to deepen into poses, and the fixed sequence made it possible to see her practice improving. During the 8 years Angie was a student of Bikram yoga, she was also working full-time and found transitioning back to yoga in a 110F room after a lapse in practice difficult.
When Angie experienced gently-heated Vinyasa Flow, she was hooked. Vinyasa Flow provided variety from fixed sequences (downward dog is amazing!) with enough heat to deepen into the body.
During a period of reflecting on her life of work and travel, Angie decided she needed to create a more balanced and solid foundation. With support from her family and the yoga community she opened Just Breathe Yoga in 2010.
Angie shares the life changing experience of yoga with her students by teaching from her own practice. She hopes to encourage, nurture, and empower students. She believes that once you’ve recognized your true Self, the whole yoga practice will come to you.
Michael Athanas - Yoga Teacher
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 & asanas a 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, he often leads the Ashtanga Primary Series, will leave students feeling strong and centered – his teaching will develop flexibility, strength, and confidence.
Erica Johnson - Yoga Teacher
Movement and artistic expression through the body in motion has always been a large part of Erica’s spirit. She moved to the Bay Area in 2006 from her childhood home in Yosemite National Park.
Erica found refuge in yoga after a severe knee injury in 2009 took her away from her first loves: teaching and performing dance. During her recovery, she fell in love with the power of the mind-body connection of yoga. Through yoga, she found she was able to do things that her doctors had told her she most likely would never do again. Yoga healed her internally and externally. Erica completed her 200-Hour Hatha-Vinyasa certification with Angie Poon and Noell Clark at Just Breathe Yoga @ Rivermark and since then she has shared her passion for movement and the healing power of yoga with her students.
Rupali Mahajan - Yoga Teacher
Rupali started doing yoga as a teenager in India at temple. Initially fascinated by the flexibility of her Guru, she began trying learn through imitation, then she using online videos to advance her yoga practice.
Rupali’s life took a new turn when she became pregnant. The experience of a challenging pregnancy and birth left her feeling traumatised. When her daughter turned two, she began to teach Pre-Natal yoga. Initially she was reluctant to revisit the experience and emotions of pregnancy, but then decided only way of dealing with fear is to face it. Now she not only finds teaching Pre-Natal yoga healing, but also gains immense happiness seeing the positive change Pre-Natal yoga brings to lives of mothers.
Rupali completed her 200 hour teacher training under the instruction of Angie Poon in June 2015. Her classes yoga incorporate mudras, shlokas and Kirtan.
Mark Quijano - Yoga Teacher
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 practice was a good way to manage stress and since then.
Completing his Power Yoga Teacher Training from Vibe Yoga in Redwood City under the direction of Jonathan Rickert, Mark teaching is alignment focused. Mark enjoys coming up with fun and interesting transitions to teach his students and deepening his inversion practice.
Carly Columbres - Yoga Teacher
Carly is a Certified Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga Teacher, RYT-200 and a Bay Area Native. She began teaching yoga in 2010, while living in the desert in Southern Arizona. She discovered Baptiste Yoga during a very difficult time in her life. This practice, she believes, inspired her to live an empowered life, to embrace self-acceptance and love and helped her gain access to be a fierce and courageous Woman.
As a teacher, she believes it is important that classes be challenging yet accessible for all levels. Her students are empowered both physically and mentally by stretching the limits of their comfort zone and opening up to possibilities in their practice and in their life. She is known for her authentic teaching style and classes that combine a passion for the practice, inspiration, and of course, fun!
She loves to see students light up when they realize their own power and strength and believes yoga has the ability to stretch both bodies and minds on and off the mat. Her happiest moments on the mat are watching her students experience a challenging pose for the very first time!
Carly has completed multiple Baptiste programs including Levels 1, 2 and 3, Art of Assisting and the Baptiste Apprentice Program. Carly is currently working towards her RYT-500 and continues to assist at Baptiste Programs throughout the US. When she's not teaching yoga, Carly enjoys spending time outdoors and crafting with her two amazing daughters, her husband and their two dogs.
Alix Boyer - Yoga Teacher
Alix was introduced to yoga by her father as a remedy for sleeplessness. Initially not impressed with the first gentle yoga class, Alix wondered how practicing yoga created the lean, toned body characteristic of yogis. It was only after she attended her first heated vinyasa class that she understood strength and relaxation came from the balance of yoga poses and yoga styles.
Alix practiced Forest-yoga with her dad three times a week throughout high school, and completed yoga teacher training at the Yoga Centre in San Louis Obispo in 2013. She is currently a student of Palmer College of Chiropractic in San Jose. When she’s not teaching yoga or studying, you’ll find Alix on horseback, she’s been a rider for 20 years.
While Alix loves the feeling of flying in warrior 3 pose, no yoga practice is complete without legs up the wall pose.
Nate James - MMA Fighter, Trainer
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.
Nicole Bonk - Yoga Teacher
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.
Poonam Joshi - Yoga Teacher, Yoga Therapist
Poonam is a versatile Yoga Therapist and Instructor who has been teaching Yoga for more than 10 years. She has experience of teaching Yoga to all the age groups. She has completed two full time Masters in Yoga Therapy from renowned institutes in India and is an expert in Ashtanga Yoga, Power Yoga, Iyengar Yoga, Prenatal Yoga, Pranayama, Breathing Techniques, Yoga Nidra and Meditation. She has also completed 500 Hrs RYT Ashtanga Yoga from Mysore, India. She has through knowledge of human anatomy and impact of asanas on different body parts and can provide Yoga therapy for common ailments such as arthritis, asthma, back pain, high blood pressure, migraine, headache, diabetes, IBS, menstrual problems. Her goal in life is to propagate and contribute towards creating an awareness about Yoga and promote well being of the society through it.
In her free time she likes to hike and do outdoor adventurous activities
Helen Christine - Yoga Teacher
Helen is a longtime fitness enthusiast with beginnings in ballet and dance. A professional dancer for many years, she has decades of cross-discipline movement experience in yoga, bodybuilding, distance running, CrossFit, hot Pilates, pole fitness and aerial arts.
From chinese acrobatics to CrossFit or stand-up paddle boarding, Helen is always wanting to physically challenge herself and learn new skills. She is enthusiastic and motivating, and loves to inspire others to work toward their true potential.
She holds a B.A. in English and a B.A. in philosophy, both from San Jose State University. She is also an RYT-200 and is trained in Inferno Hot Pilates and Remedy Barre fitness. Helen holds a certification in group fitness instruction from the American Council on Exercise, and current CPR/First Aid/AED certification from the American Heart Association.