Tommy - Teacher/Owner
"Falling is not failing, do the best you can, this is your practice, give it 100% and when you need a break, lie down" are some of the inspiring words Tommy uses to motivate his students while he is teaching.They are more than just phrases, but rather lessons Tommy has acquired throughout his colorful past. Tommy's yoga journey started in 2011. At the time, Tommy had diabetes, he was overweight, and was on 12 different prescription drugs and 2 anti depressants. After suffering a heart attack, Tommy knew he had to change his lifestyle or he would potentially lose his life.
With the encouragement of his best friend and mentor, Mike Gumucio, Tommy took his first Bikram yoga class in December of 2011. It was the beginning of a life changing transformation that he discovered through his yoga practice. The initial class led Tommy to Manhattan, NY, where he took part in a 30 day yoga challenge . When he completed it, the teachers were inspired by Tommy’s story and urged him to become a hot yoga instructor. With the help, love and support of family, friends and extended family to include countless hours of mentoring from Jami Bailey now PBY's Lead Teacher, Tommy attended at least 1 hot yoga class everyday for 377 days through his hot yoga training.
Tommy has taught more than 5,000 hot yoga classes. He lost over 100 pounds, overcame diabetes, is no longer on any prescription drugs, and overall has a dramatically improved lifestyle. The improvements that resulted from his practice were not only on a physical level, but also emotional and spiritual. In November 2012, Tommy came to Pacifica for the week and never left. Tommy and his mentor, Mike, purchased the former Pacifica Yoga a month later and started creating our Pacifica Beach Yoga. He is passionate about having a positive impact on the community by providing others with the same opportunity that saved his life. He believes yoga is for everyone, any size, any age- if you really want it, do what you need to do to make it happen! His studio is unique to others because it encourages a humble, supportive, motivating and real atmosphere, for real people. Tommy does not claim to be a yoga guru, for him yoga isn’t about strict rules, and heavily enforced boundaries. It’s not about believing in a specific set of values but rather letting the yoga help guide you to wherever you want to go and become whoever you want to be. Everyone’s path is different. He brings to his classes the lessons he has learned through his experiences to inspire his students. He is living proof that anything is possible.
Tommy teaches a highly energized, focused hot yoga class. His organic dialog and east coast twang are one of a kind.
Jami Bailey - Lead Teacher
Jami’s raw love and appreciation for people emanates from her in her practice and teaching methods. She believes the most powerful aspect of yoga is the connection of body to breath and that one's practice can be as simple or as complex depending on what each student seeks to gain from their time on and off the mat. There is no right or wrong way, and she assures her students that the level they are at is the level they are supposed to be but motivates them to find their edge and push themselves to the max. In the studio, Jami leads a stimulating, revitalizing, and therapeutic class. She goes above and beyond to create a comfortable space for everyone in the room.
Jami took her first yoga class in 2000. Her love for people and movement inspired her to begin teaching soon after finding her own practice. In 2005, Jami started working part time for Yoga to the People and began an apprenticeship in 2006 mentored by Greg Gumucio. Through Yoga to the People, she completed the 200 hour Power Vinyasa Certification and 100 hour Traditional Hot Apprenticeship, and has been teaching full time since 2008.
She also facilitated the first nine 200 hour teacher trainings at Yoga to the People in New York. She moved to San Francisco in 2011 where she began teaching and managing the Yoga to the People Hot Berkeley Studio for 3 years. She continued to facilitate and lead several teacher training programs for YTTP in both Hot and Vinyasa at the Berkeley location where two of Pacifica Beach Yoga instructors were trained, Kimberly and Ryan.
A little known PBY fact: When Tommy began his teacher training, Jami was his teacher.
Many students she’s mentored refer to her as the “mama-bear” due to her considerate nature and nurturing, candid spirit. She has inspired many to pursue a deeper level in their practice. Jami has taught over 10,000 classes and completed over 500 hours of training, additionally she is certified in Thai Yoga Massage, and is currently in the process of completing certification for Yin Yoga.
She is a believer that yoga poses, breath techniques, and meditation are an important and effective means to maintain overall health and wellness while offering each of us the opportunity to cultivate physical, mental, emotional and spiritual awareness and mindfulness. When she’s on the mat or teaching, her mantra is always to be present in each posture simply as an opportunity to learn, to make intelligent and sensitive choices, to keep what’s useful and let of go what's not.
Lisa K - Teacher
“Yoga is far more for her than the practice of Asana – it is a way of life and a prescription to better overall health.” Lisa has been practicing yoga for 18 years, “and I am still stiff!,” jokes Lisa Kenyon, a self described “unconventional” mother, wife, yogi, playwright, teacher who found freedom from fear, depression and grief through yoga and brings the joy it has brought her into the studio to share with others. “I believe yoga’s gentle discipline can help us regain the ability to trust ourselves on and off the mat,” she said. A natural-born teacher who holds multiple academic degrees including a multiple-subject credential, Lisa taught in both public and Catholic elementary schools before becoming a yoga teacher while raising three children, Camille, Kurt and Henry. She earned a Yoga Alliance E-RYT (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher) 200-hour certification in power and hot yoga and has acquired a yoga repertoire that includes Power Yoga, Hot Power Yoga, Hot Yoga, Yinyasa, Vinyasa, Kids, Tweens, Teens and Family Yoga, and Yin Yoga. She also brings her teaching background together with her belief in the value of yoga as she works with the San Francisco Unified School District to bring yoga into the curriculums of schools around the Bay Area. What can you expect from a Lisa Kenyon class? “Expect to breathe, sweat, discover, learn and understand your path into yoga,” she said. Lisa knows that it takes time to be comfortable and says that, “a sense of humor goes a long way as you discover the relationship between mind, body and spirit.”
Ryan - Teacher
Ryan has been a coach and teacher for over 15 years. He is a lifelong swimmer and swam at the University of Minnesota where he won 3 Big Ten Championships. He also qualified for Olympic Trials in 2000 and 2004. Ryan fell in love with yoga over three years ago and received his first “200 Hour Hot Yoga Training” certification at Yoga to the People in Berkley. Since then, he has also earned another “200 Hour Hot Yoga Training” certification and a “200 Hour Vinyasa Training” certification. Ryan’s favorite part of yoga is watching students progress. . . . . . slowly watching them get stronger and get deeper into poses as they find more body awareness through hard work and concentration.
Jennifer K - Teacher
Jennifer discovered yoga after the birth of her second child that left her with severe depression and heavy weight gain. She decided to give yoga a try. She started practicing yoga in 2005 and found that it slowly started to change her life in a positive way. She realized its power to heal her depression and resulting in a healthier life style that eventually helped her to lose weight. The more she practiced, the more it helped her find the inner calm, patience, and the connection between mind and body. After many years of practice, she decided to deepen her practice. Jennifer completed her 200 hour yoga Alliance Certification with Yoga Garden institute. She also became certified as a personal trainer through the American Aerobic Association International Sport and Medicine.
Jennifer specializes in the power yoga class a type of yoga that can be challenging, vigorous, powerful and yet accessible to students of all levels. Her power yoga class is based on a Vinyasa flow, through music, sweat, laughter, transitioning from pose to pose with emphasis on breath and movement. It's also designed for a total body workout, which creates lean, tone muscle mass, while boosting metabolism and at the same time detoxifying the body.
Meg M - Teacher
Yoga continuously brings balance to mind, body and spirit. I received my 200 Hour Power Yoga certification from Hot Yoga Ocean Ave and love sharing my practice with others. For a living, I teach Language Arts and Social Studies in the community at James Denman Middle School. I teach yoga to my students in Yoga Club and have experience in coaching young athletes in swimming and water polo for 8 years. I received my Bachelors in Englishand a Masters of Fine Arts Creative Writing with an emphasis on poetry. Yoga is my poetry in motion. From one of my classes you can expect a lot of heat with a meditative vibe that will aim to work you and leave you in a calm and centered state of being.
Suzanne - Teacher
Yoga came into Suzanne’s life when it was most perfect. She was a teenager growing up in Southern California yearning to focus her passions. Through yoga Suzanne discovered ways of calming the mind and body while expressing her true compassionate self. She has studied yoga around the world as a way of adapting to a changing environment. Now, a graduate of Purusha Yoga School, she is passionate about sharing yoga with the community for an authentic relationship with this world. Yoga can transform. Her practice began as a way of maintaining a healthy physical body. It has now become a way of life. Through the practice of asana, meditation, acts of service, and withdrawal of the senses the inner light may find its path to shine through our physical bodies.
In Suzanne’s Hatha and Yin classes there will be clear and gentle guidance in and out of each pose with reminders about the energy bodies while holding the pose. It will be traditional in the aspects of combining the sun and the moon; yin and yang-with a deep connection to breath. Suzanne brings awareness of the physical body’s relationship with our emotional body and mental body. She invites students to explore their edge in a safe, comfortable environment. show up. explore. and have fun with it :)
As a student of yoga, I am committed to the practice because of its ever-present potential to stabilize, heal, and transform. In my practice and in my teaching, I always strive for inquiry rather than correction. I use simple and slow-paced sequencing so students have the time to engage with subtle shifts within their own body, breath, and being.
I am a trauma-informed E-RYT 200, RYT 500, currently teaching Vinyasa, Restorative, and Yoga Nidra. My teaching is determined by the constantly evolving education I receive from my teachers, from my personal practice, and from my students.
Kelly - Teacher
Kelly began her love affair with yoga in 2006, upon a recommendation from a friend to try a heated yoga class. Initially, Kelly enjoyed the benefits of yoga on a physical level but quickly began to experience the mental healing it provided. After each class she took she noticed more clarity in her mind and felt physically invigorated. She immersed herself in teacher training courses to learn more about yoga and began teaching in 2008. Kelly is known for her challenging, empowering and insightful classes, workshops and retreats.
As a former competitive rower, Danielle began practicing yoga as a way to find balance in her body, mind and heart. Fourteen years later she immersed herself in YttP's 200 hour training in San Francisco. Since then she's delved even deeper into the emotional and mental benefits of the practice. Her greatest inspiration is the hope that the practice of yoga will continue to spread, helping more and more people to slow down and train themselves to steer more thoughtfully through life. Danielle specializes in Vinyasa power flow. She leads a challenging and yet accessible class for students of all levels.
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Danielle Mainas Etra
Kaitlin McSweeney has been practicing yoga for over ten years, and teaching Vinyasa for 5 years. She focuses on breath, alignment, and developing concentration of the mind to help others cultivate a practice that responds beneficially to their individual needs and motivations. Among other activities she also practices Insight Meditation, sings opera and loves science fiction movies.
Frances was introduced to yoga as a child by tagging along to classes with her dad. As a young adult, she found that a regular practice helped her navigate the rocky waters of life and find comfort in her own skin. She completed teacher training with Yoga to the People in 2010 and went on to apprentice in Hot Yoga in 2013. She recently earned her M.D. from UCSF and will continue her training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Kaiser Santa Clara. Her classes reflect an objective understanding of the body and nurturing approach to the human spirit. She is excited to share breath, sweat, and deep stretching with the Pacifica Beach Yoga community.