Robin is the owner of the Stress Management Center of Marin. A 35 year veteran of yoga, she has been teaching yoga therapy for 15 years. Her principal certifications are from the American Yoga College (aka International Yoga College) with Rama Jyoti Vernon (both 200hr and 500hr certifications with an emphasis in Yoga Therapy). She was also a Board Member of AYC. Robin holds certifications in Yoga of the Heart (TM) Level 1 and 2 with Nischala Joy Devi, and decades of study with Angela Farmer and Victor van Kooten. Additionally, Robin's background includes Kripalu yoga, Iyengar yoga, Shiatsu and Thai massage, Feldenkrais, Dharma- and Acu-Yoga.
Robin's teaching experience includes general yoga classes at both SMC and Kaiser Permanente and specialty classes at the Marin Brain Injury Network and private locations, working with various types of mental illness, respiratory illness and orthopedic issues. Robin can also be found on the 50 yard line at Marin Catholic High School, stretching out the football team! She is available for private classes and one-on-one care.
Lynn began her study of yoga in India 40 years ago. She completed three certified teacher trainings prior to her study with Gary Kraftsow at the American Viniyoga Institute, where she completed the 1000 hour teacher training and yoga therapy certification. She is a certified Yoga Therapist and a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT). Lynn is featured in Gary Kraftsow’s two DVD series on the NIH-sponsored Clinical Study on the Back. She has been a teacher at the Stress Management Center of Marin for nearly a decade. She also offers classes in Sonoma and San Anselmo and sees students privately.
Nicole DeAvilla Whiting
Nicole has been teaching for 1984. She has been teaching classes and training teachers for over 20 years and is a Teacher Trainer for the Ananda Yoga Program. She developed their Pre-natal Yoga Teacher Training Program. Her background in Sports Medicine, dance, therapeutic yoga and chiropractic physiotherapy makes her a skilled and compassionate instructor.
Fired up with passion for the healing power of movement in all its forms, Jessica draws on a combined 26 years of dance, yoga, and athletic training to offer sequencing that develops natural flow, ease, and strength in the body. With individual attention to grounded and tension-free alignment, Jessica cultivates a sincere, non-judgmental environment in which to explore the effects of asana, breath, and attention on energy flow in the body. Where energy moves, healing occurs! Over the last 12 years, Jessica has studied primarily Dynamic, Iyengar, and Viniyoga with Robin Buck, Tony Briggs, and Lynn Weinberger. She completed her 200 hour yoga teacher certification under Tony Briggs, is registered with the Yoga Alliance, and completed Yoga Therapy Training with renowned teachers Lynn Weinberger, Mirka Kraftsow, Janice Gates, Richard Miller, and Nischala Joy Devi. She is currently undergoing massage therapist certification and continues to study with master energy and body worker Lynda Caesara.
Jessica has a deep commitment to bringing the healing art of yoga to every class, interweaving breathwork, dynamic flow, attention to alignment and intuitive movement within the freedom to laugh, fall, and get back up again, renewed!
Ananda Ma, CACUYT, RYT
Ananda is a popular and dedicated yoga teacher with 15 years teaching experience in the San Francisco Bay Area. She was honored with Certifications in Bikram-Yoga (95), Ashtanga Yoga [Mysore India] (07), Yin-Yang Yoga (02), Iyengar Yoga (07) and Acupressure ACU-Yoga (08). She is certified with 1000+ hours training in Acupressure, Tui Na Massage and Chinese Qi Gong (10). Ananda expresses endless gratitude for the many blessings received from many wonderful Yoga Teachers such as Kathy Alef, Anne Saliou, Tim Miller, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, Sarah Powers and Paul Grilley. Yoga sessions with Ananda are a richly textured experience. Her soothing voice combines with the practice of traditional postures, chosen according to the student’s ability, to promote stress release for each individual and create access to the tissues of foundation and balance.
Paul has been a Yoga practitioner since 1989 and has been teaching in Marin since 1994. He studied for two years initially at the Yoga Center of Marin in Corte Madera and for five years independently with Christine Walton, master Somatic and Yoga instructor. He calls his work Somatic Yoga - incorporating the core principles of both Yoga and Pilates. His teaching style is gentle on the wrists and restores the body to its natural sense of well-being. Paul specifically targets the needs of people who work for a living. The most common problems presented in a working population include low back pain, hip tension from prolonged sitting at desks, wrist problems from excessive time on computers along with neck and shoulder tension. His classes effectively address these issues while recognizing that relaxation is of the highest priority. Paul believes the greatest value of Yoga is in providing students with a palpable sense of relief and improvement to the actual somatic problems resulting from the wear and tear of everyday life.
Lori Whitney Holscher
Lori Whitney Holscher was introduced to yoga in 1996 as a compliment to her athletic background and career as a personal trainer. She was hooked by the strong flow of Vinyassa and forever changed by yoga’s practice of mindfulness and meditation. Lori began her yoga studies with Sarah Powers in 1997, and completed Sarah’s teacher training in 1998. Since then she has taught Power Yoga, Vinyassa and created a beginners Vinyassa/Core class at two studios. Her classes combine a strong physical practice with a deep emphasis on breath to offer a balanced mind/body experience. She is currently completing a 200 hour Yoga Therapy Certification at The Stress Management of Marin. When not ‘on the mat,’ Lori spends her time running in the hills, coaching youth sports, and being a mom to three kids.
Yvette Racines, RYT 200, Prenatal Certified
After her first Vinyasa yoga class, Yvette knew she unveiled a new sense of self. This inevitably led to a deeper curiosity of the dormant energy we all have inside that often remains untapped. Yvette followed her heart and began the journey toward Svadhyaya, the study of self. As she began her yoga teacher training at Into This World Yoga, Yvette quickly recognized her responsibility to share this ancient teaching.
Yvette is certified at the 200 hour level and registered with Yoga Alliance. She is also a certified prenatal yoga teacher. Yvette had the incredible opportunity of teaching prenatal yoga during her own pregnancy. Yvette works to offer women the tools that can foster a harmonious and empowering experience during pregnancy and childbirth.
As a devoted student of yoga Yvette values the ever changing journey toward self-awareness. And as a teacher, Yvette’s intention is to reconnect people from all walks of life with their innate ability to love, surrender and trust in their truest self through the practice of yoga.
Marcie has been a certified Personal Trainer since 1994, beginning her career as a Support Trainer for the NBA Portland Trailblazers. This opportunity opened the doors for her career as doctors and surgeon’s soon began sending their patients to her for post-operative physio therapy. After moving to Los Angeles in 1996, then badly injuring her knee in 1998, Marcie began practicing and studying self healing modalities and yoga in Santa Monica at Yogaworks. She began to teach Yoga in 2000.
In 1999, Marcie traveled to India to deepen her knowledge and mastery of Yoga. Her inquiries led to her meeting her spiritual master Sri Kaleshwar, recognized by the government of India as a spiritual master and modern day Saint. Marcie’s training was overseen directly by Sri Kaleshwar until his death in March of 2012.
Sri Kaleshwar personally certified and blessed Marcie as a teacher and carrier of the ancient Indian spiritual knowledge and tradition. After his death, Marcie settled in Corte Madera, CA offering her unique blend of abilities to help people heal.
Marcie is teaching Yoga Conditioning classes at SMC. She is also available for both one-on-one Yoga and Personal Training sessions by appointment at SMC.
Tory Stephens received her B.S. in Kinesiology and has been a teacher for over 22 years. Tory has practiced yoga for over 15 years, completing both a Hatha Yoga certification of 200 hours and a 500 hour yoga certification with an emphasis in Therapeutics. Tory loves to share this knowledge as she knows that yoga can strengthen, create flexibility, and heal. While extremely knowledgeable in Kinesiology and alignment, Tory connects to her students with openness and optimism. She specializes in yoga for former athletes, seniors, and yoga therapy for aches and pains..
Dot has been doing fitness for almost 30 years. In the 90's, a diagnosis of carpal tunnel landed her in a yoga class for the first time. Dot fell in love with yoga's ability to heal. Today she holds certifications in Yoga, Pilates, and Personal Training in addition to Core Conditioning, Functional Muscle Training, Stretching, Sports Performance Nutrition, Advanced Weight Management and Strength Training for Seniors. She has a passion for helping people feel better and empowering them by teaching guiding principles. Today Dot's specialty is Eliminating Back Pain and she teaches free workshops for this. In addition, she sees private clients, teaches Yoga and Pilates. One of Dot's strength's is to teach to the individual even in a group setting.
Jennifer Japenga Paaske
Having been involved in gymnastics for more than 20 years, it was the similar physicality of the asanas to gymnastics that first piqued Jennifer's interest in yoga. When she first experienced the pure vibrancy of flowing with breath and movement while connecting with the universal spirit, she realized the path of yoga went well beyond the asanas. Jennifer is particularly inspired by the compassion, wisdom, and authenticity of Jonny Kest, Rusty Wells, Paul Dallaghan, Jane Austin, and Seane Corn (and the list is growing!). She holds a B.S. in Exercise Science, a K-12 teaching credential in Physical Education and has been an instructor in the health and wellness industry for over a decade. Linking breath and movement while discovering one’s inner teacher and personal edge are a core focus in all classes. A highlight of Jennifer's yoga journey has been starting a yoga and gymnastics program for expat families in Shanghai, China, where she lived for 3 years. Currently residing in Mill Valley with her husband and son, it is Jennifer's hope to continue to share the benefits of yoga with others, both on and off the mat.
Diana Faraone, M.A., D.T.R.
Diana is a dedicated teacher and practitioner of yoga and loves her work. She began studying yoga and meditation at age 19 and both continue to be part of her spiritual practice. Her philosophy is one of inclusion, believing that anyone can benefit from a yoga practice, and excels at teaching beginners and those with physical challenges. She creates a safe and supportive environment paying particular attention to principles of alignment, and uses her knowledge and intuition to personalize students' asanas, challenging them to go to the next level when she senses they are ready. Diana earned her B.A. in Dance and M.A. in Dance/Movement Therapy at UCLA where her coursework included anatomy, physiology, kinesiology and psychology. She has danced and performed all her life and has taught as adjunct faculty in the Dance Departments of Sonoma State University and Santa Rosa Jr. College. She strives to make yoga accessible to all and currently teaches for SMC at Kaiser Hospitals in Novato and Petaluma. She also teaches yoga at Petaluma Valley Athletic Club, and accommodates private clients in Marin and Sonoma Counties.