Tommy Antoon- 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 8,000 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.
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.
Adam Morgan - Teacher
Since I joined the yoga community at Pacifica Beach Yoga I have been an avid practitioner of Bikram style yoga. I joined the first 200 hour Yoga Alliance Teacher Training at Go 2 Yoga with Lisa-Ann Kenyon, Jami Bailey in February 2018. This has improved and deepened my personal practice and understanding of yoga. I am very excited to join the staff at PBY and Go 2 Yoga
Trisha - Teacher
Since early 2000, Trisha had been pursuing a personal training career as a means to realize her devotion to fitness and her desire to help people attain their wellness goals. Already committed to integrating yoga as part of her healthy and active lifestyle, she had diligently been maintaining a home practice, albeit at a casual level. All of this changed when she was exposed to her first hot yoga class at Pacifica Beach Yoga. This proved to be the profound experience that triggered a desire to both deepen her practice, and formalize her studies of the various disciplines of yoga. She recognized this as a perfect complement to personal training as it would allow her to bring a well-rounded sense of balance to clients and students alike.
Determined to make yoga play an even more significant role in her life, and motivated to share this newfound love, her desire culminated in Trisha earning the 200 hour yoga teacher training certification from the College of San Mateo. Throughout this journey, Jami has been a gracious resource helping guide Trisha on her newly realized path.
Esther Harris - Teacher
Yoga has played an invaluable role in my life since 2012. It wasn’t long after I attended my first class at Tommy’s studio when I felt compelled to deepen my practice through a teacher training program. I completed the Traditional Hot Yoga Training with Yoga to the People in 2014. In 2018, I completed my 200-hour Yoga Alliance Teacher Training with Go 2 Yoga, focusing on developing my skills as a vinyasa instructor.
I feel so fortunate to have been introduced to this practice, and to be a part of the wonderful PBY and Go2 community, both as a teacher and student.
Gloria Minjares - Teacher
Gloria is a self-proclaimed health and fitness lifer (GYM RAT!): Gloria’s fitness background includes Dance/PE BA degree from SFSU; she trained and studied the Brazilian martial art form of Capoiera- for 17 years and taught classes for Abada Capoiera in San Francisco; she also trained as an amateur boxer for 7 years and taught fitness classes with Third Street Boxing Gym. Her passion for fitness and health has led her to her yoga practice and the hard-core workouts of Hot Pilates (Certified Inferno Pilates Instructor). Gloria’s other passions and the things that help keep balance in a crazy world are her dogs, horses and the ocean. In addition to her Dance/PE BA degree, Gloria has a master’s in education and administration and (in the real world) works as a middle school administrator for SFUSD.
Amanda Weston - Teacher
A few years ago, after college I was in need of an outlet to help me relax and move my body in. I was completely new to yoga when discovering this studio and have been so grateful ever since! I teach here now, and absolutely love it.
I teach heated Vinyasa, Bikram, Inferno Hot Pilates’s, FitFlow & TRX yoga. I believe my commitment to keep coming back to yoga each week is what has changed my world for the better. I went to school for psychology and although I am not actually doing psychology, I keep finding how yoga and psychology are deeply connected.
In class I always tell my students to mindfully work with connecting their mind and their bodies, practicing conscious awareness. To often our mind and body go into automatic mode or auto pilot mode because of our daily routines for example. The more regularly we practice moving through mindfulness (or conscious awareness) the easier it becomes and the less automaticity we operate. The mind is so powerful and when
the conscious mind is synchronized with the body, great positive change and healing can happen.
Haleli Moalem - Teacher
Haleli started practicing yoga when she moved to Santa Cruz and discovered a new found inner connection with the mind and body, wanting to delve deeper into it ever since. When she moved to San Francisco, she came to hot yoga and felt the powerful benefits from the heated practice and resonated with the home vibe of our studio's. She received her 200 hour mystical yoga teacher training in Bali, Indonesia during her life changing year of travels.
Haleli is a believer in the power of yoga and its immensely positive influence on health and well-being. She goes with the flow throughout life and in her practice, manifesting the beauty from within, becoming one with all surroundings.
Daisy Chan - Teacher
Yoga is to connect your body and mind.
When I started practicing Bikram, I fell in love and I was hooked...though not from my very first class
It helped my frequent headaches and back issues from a car accident. It even helped my blood pressure — my doctor was impressed and took me off medication.
In Fall 2016 I attended Bikram Teacher Training to pursue my dream of teaching yoga to others. I truly believe that Bikram yoga is the best exercise for your mind and body.
There is an old Chinese saying, "Healthy is wealthy!" Even with all the money in the world, you need a healthy body and healthy mind to live a full and happy life.
Yelena Lepina - Teacher
I started Bikram yoga in 2008 and I knew nothing about Bikram yoga or any yoga before. It was very different challenge than working out at the gym. Bikram yoga is not a seasonal activity for me. Bikram yoga is preventative medicine and it helps for me to fight stress, slow down the aging process, create energy, and stay toned and lean. It has become my physical therapy and permanent part of my schedule. I completed Hot Yoga Teacher Training Course, Advanced Vinyasa training in Bali, and Inferno Hot Pilates training. I feel compassion for every single person in each class and want to treat you with kindness and care. I just want to make your life a little bit easier.
My Favorite Quotes are
"You cannot give your life more days, but you can give your days more life", "Forget the past. Remember the lesson”
"Live your life and ignore the negativity. Don't let anyone steal your happiness"
Nadia Sheibani - Teacher
Nadia started practicing yoga 7 years ago. Her journey began with hot yoga (Bikram yoga) when a friend took her to a free Bikram class. The heat was not bearable at first but being a fixed believer of “if there is a will, there is a way” she continued and still does. Nadia discovered other yoga disciplines later and heat and the 26 postures were the foundation of a broader yoga practice and learning. Nadia earned her RYT200 hour certificate with Yoga Source, Los Gatos and started teaching in 2012.
Nadia is a firm believer that yoga is for everyone regardless of age, body structure or disability, it can be tailored to you and for you. Her teaching is based on foundation, alignment and logic with some fun. All age groups are welcome in her class.
Nadia is registered with Yoga Source, Los Gatos for the 500 hour certificate and continues to teach and learn as the journey of yoga never ends.
Setareh Noviscky - Teacher
RYT-200 Rest and Renew® Instructor
Loving life and living yoga provides me with the opportunity to connect and experience many people and places and expanding a beautiful yoga community! Pursuing the path of accessibility of yoga for everyone, I continue my passion for teaching and training yin yoga, restorative yoga and meditation.
“Yoga does not take time, it gives time” The Bhagavad Gita
Elena Chechina - Teacher
Elena is a 200 hour Certified Yoga teacher and a 200 Certified
Massage Therapist since 2005.
Elena has been practicing yoga for 17 years and has
been teaching for the last 12 years. Elena brings a deeply-rooted and
unique perspective to the practice of yoga. She enjoys teaching a
lively, up-lifting, challenging class that honors the tradition of the
Elena’s classes, steeped in ritual and ceremony, emphasize breath
and alignment in flowing motion to build balance, flexibility, and
strength in body, mind, and soul. She enthusiastically teaches all 8
limbs of yoga in order to help students realign with their authentic
self, and then move off the mat out into the world living a life of
personal integrity. Her commitment to honesty, collaboration, and love
enable students of all levels to find what works best for their unique
body in any given moment. She guides students on a powerful exploration
of listening to the body with honor and reverence.