Bio. BORN: CURRENT TOWN: OCCUPATION: website Known as a “teachers’ teacher,” Annie is the creator of SmartFLOW Yoga, an intelligent marriage of mindful movement with compassionate, wakeful alignment. Annie creates practices that are at once advanced and challenging, yet safe and playful. Practicing yoga since the 70s, she worked with the Martha Graham Company in […]



  Bio. BORN: to explore CURRENT TOWN: oaktown OCCUPATION: spreading the news website Margi’s classes emphasize correct alignment, awareness of breath and intense relaxation so that the benefits of yoga reveal themselves. She roots her alignment-based vinyasa classes both in Buddhist philosophy and in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali to invite the physical practice to […]



Bio. BORN: CURRENT TOWN: OCCUPATION: website   Leslie Howard is a Oakland-based yoga teacher, specializing in all things pelvic. She leads workshops and trainings nationally and is writing a book about the female pelvis. Her own struggles with healing her hips and pelvis led her to intense study of the anatomy, physiology, cultural messaging, history […]


Chrissy Graham

Bio. BORN: to smile, to learn, to laugh, to teach, to love CURRENT TOWN: Berkeley, CA OCCUPATION: Lifelong student and teacher of yoga follow on facebook Lighthearted, fun, and passionate, Chrissy radiates positivity. She teaches her classes using her wide-range of life experiences and the extensive knowledge she gained in her 18 years of yoga study. She […]


Mari Isaac

Bio. BORN: To see the beauty in everything CURRENT TOWN: Gratitude OCCUPATION: Yoga teacher / Professional Portrait Photographer As Studio Director for You & the Mat in Oakland, Mari, together with key members of the management team, runs the daily operations.  As a yoga teacher, Mari’s (Marilyn) teaching has evolved into an intelligent, yet organic […]


Ande Beachley

Bio. BORN: Baltimore, MD CURRENT TOWN: Oakland, CA OCCUPATION: Student & Teacher Ande is a 500hr RYT with training in Vinyasa, Ashtanga, and SmartFLOW Yoga. Her emphasis in teaching is centered around a steady breath, which motivates controlled movement and cultivates a resilient mind. Her training in SmartFLOW Yoga invites mindfulness into her practice, and […]


Laura Quidato

Bio. BORN: To roll with it CURRENT TOWN: Dog Park, Yoga Studio, Email-Land OCCUPATION: Holder of space for self-exploration Exploration, learning, and play are the shared factors in Laura’s two passions- travel and yoga. After several years of experiencing different styles of yoga in unfamiliar languages, cultures, and places, followed by several years working to […]


Katherine Lindeburg

Bio. Katherine is a San Francisco Peninsula-based yoga teacher committed to providing yoga to anyone with an interest, regardless of age, background, or physical or mental abilities. Her teaching at You and the Mat Oakland playfully weaves together her background in alignment-based and Iyengar-influenced hatha, exploratory mind-body modalities, and intelligent vinyasa flow. As a teacher, […]


Sarah Moody

Bio. Sarah is a yoga teacher and self-care advocate who helps individuals who are too busy for rest to rebalance and reclaim their lifestyles. As an advanced yoga teacher with over 500 hours of training in yoga and yoga therapy, she has supported hundreds of students with her nurturing attention, heartfelt guidance and incredibly skillful […]


Laura Shekerjian

Laura Shekerjian is a psychotherapist, teacher, and long-time practitioner of the Bön Buddhist tradition of Tibet. She spent many years as an instructor in the Counseling Psychology program at CIIS, and the Somatic Psychology and Holistic Studies programs at JFKU. She currently teaches in The 3 Doors, an international organization based on the teachings of […]