The Yoga Studio – San Jose CA
Teachers are the heart and soul of each Yoga Studio. Our teachers are the reason people fall in love with our studio!
Pik Chu Wong has over 25 years of experience teaching yoga. She is a Yoga Alliance certified instructor through Yoga Educational Seminars (YES) by the founder, Joyce Anue and has been certified as an Unnata Aerial Yoga instructor by the founder, Michelle Dortignac. With her 20 years of experience in the high-tech industry, she truly understands the affect job stress and long hours of sitting in front of the computer have on the body. Pik Chu has a therapeutic approach to her teaching along with an emphasis on body alignment and strength. Her classes help bring about the union of the body, mind and spirit. Pik Chu is honored to be an Ambassador for Lululemon, Manduka and Art of Yoga Project.
After years of struggling with a chronic knee injury, Yvonne tried aerial yoga and vinyasa yoga for the first time at The Yoga Studio. When she saw the amazing changes she became hooked. She was so inspired by how yoga was able to rebuild her body and quiet her mind that she completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training to share her love of and the benefits of aerial yoga with others, Yvonne went on to earn her certification to teach aerial yoga through the TYS™ Aerial Yoga Teacher Training with Pik Chu. Yvonne hopes to share the compassion, healing, and love of movement and music that yoga has given to her. She encourages her students to explore their personal practice and challenge their limits within the context of their own lives.
Nikki discovered Yoga at a studio around the corner from her apartment in Colorado. She initially went because she loved the heat and the physical challenge. She began to unwind with each Yoga class and discovered something she didn’t think would be possible. Having anxiety and asthma much of her life, she never thought that anything could calm her mind and allow her to take deeper breaths. Nikki completed her initial 200-hour certification through Yogasource. She then journeys into the teachings of Yin, meditation, Restorative, Medical Qigong, and Kundalini. She recently completed a second 200-hour energetic flow training under her mentor, Jillian Glikbarg, and went on to assist Jillian in the same training less than a year later. Nikki believes that Yoga is a place to unwind and let go in order to discover your true self.
Jain brings passion and joy in teaching yoga to people of all ages and levels. She has a strong belief that yoga can change lives in such an amazing way. She is a student of mindfulness and is constantly striving to bring awareness to every corner of her life. Jain has studied with some of the most gifted teachers in the bay area. One of her main areas of interest is teaching yoga for stress reduction. She has a commitment to helping people stay active and finding a more peaceful way to move through their busy lives. Originally from England, Jain enjoys spending time with her husband and two young children and traveling together to Europe each year to spend time with her extended family. She is a real lover of animals and enjoys the experience of caring for her three cats, two goldfish, and two chickens!
Louis’ love for Yoga came from his love for someone, that someone who is now his wife. His Yoga beginning was as innocent and as simple as sharing an activity that his “girl” loved. As he started practicing Yoga his appreciation and love for the art grew, and soon he found himself attending weekly Ashtanga classes. The regular practice of Yoga brought about transformation in his body, the Yoga flow was mesmerizing and yet challenging, and the stress from the daily grind began to ease with each deep inhale and exhale. He believes that Yoga should be fun and full of surprises, challenging and yet empowering, energizing but grounding, and the best part of all … you surrender to the practice and feel completely ok with it
Alyssa found yoga when a herniated disk made it hard for her to function normally. Within two weeks of Yoga, she noticed changes that her former routines had never been able to provide. The way she carried stress and the emotional impact also started to shift. Alyssa believes that we are all born perfect and bright like a diamond. Throughout the course of our lives, our diamonds simply collect dust with the weight and wear of the human experience. What yoga does is it helps us buff that dust off so we can shine brighter. When coming to Alyssa’s classes, expect an experience that delivers both physical, intellectual and emotional cues that help you learn to use “position” or “asana” as an opportunity to reveal information.
Bri started yoga in 2009 as a way to improve her strength and flexibility for competitive running. As she continued, she realized that yoga is much more than physical poses, but an art of finding balance. Through unity of body, mind, and breath, yoga helps the practitioner be present in the moment both on and off the mat. She likes to approach yoga with a sense of curiosity and playfulness. She enjoys sharing that same sense of fun and exploration with her students. As an artist, she loves to bring creativity into her yoga classes through events such as occasionally offering live DJ’d music in her Candlelight Vinyasa class on Monday nights at The Yoga Studio. Bri believes our journeys are meant to be fun and shared. Join her for a public Yoga class for self-discovery and to feel connected to you and your community.
Dayna is a certified Ayurvedic Practitioner and Yoga Instructor offering Ayurvedic consultations and Panchakarma bodywork. She specializes in introducing the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda and the Vedanta to beginners, supporting the invocation of divine spirit and a deeper connection with the earth. In her “slow flow” yoga classes, she inspires students to recognize the flow of energy through body, mind, and breath with intelligent use of props and interwoven Yogic philosophy. Each day in her practice, Dayna enjoys meeting and fostering a connection with new people, cultivating joy and promoting natural harmony in mind, body, and spirit. She hopes to support the expansion of natural solutions to establish traditional Ayurvedic farms and the availability of plant medicine throughout the U.S.
Alice came to us with years of professional experience from high tech. Her desire to teach has always been strong, and it was through discovering the Ashtanga Primary Series that she found the right subject to teach. She has learned that patience, foundational work, and consistency are vital to a sustainable practice. She loves the challenge of Ashtanga, and the creative freedom of Vinyasa. These two styles greatly inspire the way she teaches. She believes the practice is the teacher, and the teacher is the facilitator. In her class, Alice aims to help her students move forward with their practice while informing, exploring and trying new things with kind intelligence. Her style is authentic, fun, strength and ease.
Amber first experienced yoga 20 years ago in her local gym, and when she walked out feeling simultaneously energized, tired, and blissed-out, she knew that yoga was going to be her thing. Since that time, she has practiced many different kinds of yoga in many different places, but it was only recently that she had the opportunity to become a teacher Vinyasa Flow and TYS™ Aerial Yoga. Amber trained as a scientist and did basic cancer research for 10 years. She holds a PhD in molecular biology, which is no doubt the underlayment of her quest to understand the science of yoga as well as the art. What motivates her most of all is bringing that amazing, blissed-out yoga feeling to her friends and fellow yogis
Briant took her first yoga class after a friend suggested it to relieve stress & anxiety. By her second class, she knew her life had changed forever. Not only had her mind quieted for the first time, she experienced healing benefits in every aspect of her life. She completed her teacher training, specializing in both power & therapeutic yoga. She discovered aerial yoga a few years later & again fell in love. She is amazed by the way how the hammock both challenges and assists students, and how the hammock releases in ways traditional asana cannot. She recently completed the TYS™ Aerial Yoga Teacher Training with Pik Chu Wong. She would be happy if just one student experiences the transformational power of Yoga, and she is inspired by how many of her students have experienced Yoga and become practitioners for life.
Fenny spent several years working at a start-up tech company in Silicon Valley, and eventually opted out to be a full-time mother to her beautiful twin daughters. Fenny’s life was never the same again after taking 200Hr Yoga Teacher Training at Yoga @ Cindy’s in 2015. She also took additional 20Hr Yin Yoga Training with Janya Wongsopa in 2017. Yoga has given her not only strength and courage, but also spiritual growth she hadn’t thought possible. Living in a society where ones value is measured by productivity, it is quite challenging for most people to really let go and relax. Fenny’s classes are alignment based flow to encourage mobility and strength (indulging our need to keep moving), followed by Restorative & Yin postures allowing the body & mind to restore and rejuvenate; and most importantly, learning the art of letting go.