Jessica Archer Nuzzo
Jessica began a journey into the depths of yoga in 1997, at a challenging and chaotic time in her life. Yoga was a steady force that allowed her to get through this time with inner strength, peace and acceptance. To this day, her yoga practice continues to offer new twists and turns, while remaining that steady force that helps her to accept the heartaches and fully embrace the joys of life. Jessica has also had great physical transformation from yoga -- a body not only free from pain, but thriving, in spite of a fusion in the cervical spine and all the intricate asymmetries that have resulted from it.
She will offer you the possibility of your own transformation and healing, and the inner steadiness that can help you navigate this rocky world! She teaches playful, balanced classes with a focus on alignment, breath and connection to one's own heart. In addition to teaching public classes, she teaches yoga to school-age kids privately, and to incarcerated teen girls and recovering addicts with The Art of Yoga Project.
Jessica is an E-RYT 500 certified Yoga Instructor with over 1500 hours of training and is also a certified Level 1 Reiki practitioner. She maintains a deep foundation in the original (circa 2000) principles of Anusara™ yoga, has specific training to teach at risk youth, and studies yoga philosophy, meditation, the eight limbed path, anatomy, pranayama, and how these practices can help us to engage in and live a more empowered life. She offers deep gratitude to all of her teachers, past, present and future. Visit Jessica’s personal website for more information.
"I love this yoga studio because there is personalized instruction, classes are small, and the atmosphere is warm and inviting. They have the best teachers here. This is the best kept secret on the coast and I hope more people will flock to this little studio where teachers really care about each student. Jessica on Wednesday nights is quite the sage and leads students through amazing yoga sessions. I don't know what I would do without Joy of Being - amazing place, amazing teachers."
Klaus is a playful, yet sincere, student of yoga who lives in the Half Moon Bay area with his wife Amanda and two cats. Klaus has been teaching since 1992. He has studied with some of the top American yoga teachers, including Richard Freeman (yogaworkshop.com) and John Friend (anusara.com) and gives thanks each day for their generous guidance. He brings humor and lightheartedness into his classes, yet reminds his students that yoga is a spiritual practice that can help us awaken to our True Nature.
Klaus has detailed knowledge of alignment principles and therapeutic application of yoga, respect for each student, and encourages awakening to what is. Classes are geared to reflect the abilities and diversity of the students.
Klaus' studies have included the fundamental texts of yoga philosophy; The Bhagavad-Gita, The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, and the Upanisads. He has also been influenced by his studies of Zen Buddhism with the San Francisco Zen Center. Visit his personal website for more information.
"I have been studying with Klaus Lehrach for over a decade and I still am learning. Any question I offer about a pose is met with wisdom and care. Klaus is the consummate teacher's teacher, with his wealth of knowledge on anatomy, alignment, and everything yoga.
Whether a beginner or an advanced student, Klaus has something to offer. He presents the tools for a healthy foundation one needs for the physical longevity in any yoga practice. His in-depth understanding of how the muscles and bones co-incide is complete. No other instructor in my experience can break down a pose in such a way that enables one to execute as never before. A gem on our coastside, I highly recommend taking one of his classes. He will amuse you with his humor and light-heartedness but, don't be fooled..... behind his silly demeanor is a vast amount of imformation and insight!" SE
Yoga has been an integral part of Jeanne's life for over 20 years with her initial RYT 200 training dating back to the early 90’s under the direction of Joseph LePage, IYT (Integrated Yoga Therapy). Since then she has studied with many excellent local teachers as well as with Tracey Rich/Ganga White and Tias Little. While she will forever be a student of the practice, she will remain deeply grateful and excited for the opportunity to share with her students the wisdom that so many of her teachers have shared with her. Jeanne's teaching style is rooted in IYT training together with the energy and inspiration that each student brings to the practice. The intention for her classes is to provide a safe place for students to discover their own inner strength and peace. To fully understand that “they” are their own best teacher.
"I attended a great yoga class last night at Joy of Being in Moss Beach with Jeanne Sentman. Her class was beautifully designed and it was clear that she is very experienced and tuned in to the needs of her students."NM
Gretchen has been practicing yoga since 2005 and received her teaching certificate in 2007 at Yoga Tree in San Francisco. She teaches alignment-based flow classes that can vary from slow to fast paced. Her teaching style is influenced by her foundation in dance, pilates and strength training. She is grateful to have studied with her generous teachers - Karl Erb, Stephanie Snyder, Elise Lorimer and Darren Main. Gretchen aims for students to leave class feeling challenged, nourished, and relaxed.
Sarah, who also goes by Sarita, is a vinyasa teacher, whose style is grounded in the science of the physical and emotional body, while enhanced by connections made to spirit through increased awareness. A former public school science teacher and public health educator, she values sharing knowledge in her teachings that deepen and personalize your practice. Having been through physical trauma from overwork and sporting injuries, safety for any body type is her priority. As she cues alignment, she will guide you through elements of emotional and spiritual healing that are possible through the practice, while emphasizing the use of your breath to find tension and release, leaving you calm and centered.
Through the use of mudras, mantras and an occasional guided meditation, she often relates the collective practice to a shared intention such as acceptance, balance, energy holding, curiosity and so on, allowing the individual experiences on the mat to be felt and shared as one, carried off the mat and applied to your daily life.
Sarah studied in Miami, FL, with Terri Cooper whose teaching style and approach mirror that of her teacher, Sean Corne. Sarah also received trauma informed yoga outreach training with the Connection Coalition. While her style of lineage is based on yoga of transformation and inner work, she adds her own elements of light heartedness, fun and compassion allowing you to make the practice truly yours.
"I believe it's important for anyone who practices yoga to incorporate self compassion, an element of fun, and depth in the connection between what we practice on the mat and what is available to us off the mat as a result of becoming self-aware. My goal is for each student to feel the joy that comes from playing with the balance between what is tangible and what is spirit."