Sonia first discovered yoga during her teenage years when she saw postures demonstrated in a magazine and started practicing yoga on her own. From there she found herself returning to yoga over the years, often gravitating towards Hatha, Yin, and Restorative Yoga. She completed her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training at Mind Body Zone. In her classes, Sonia hopes to share the benefits she has experienced from yoga—balance, strength, flexibility, awareness, a sense of letting go and feeling rejuvenated. Sonia is a former Elementary School Teacher and is currently working at a Bay Area non-profit.
Joel has been practicing meditation before he actually started experimenting with Yoga asanas (postures). He has tried a number of meditation techniques and is currently practicing Vipassana.
As the years passed, he tried different yoga traditions, and in 2012, settled with Yin Yoga. His curiosity continued and he embarked on going to Yin Yoga classes in the Bay Area, and eventually decided to take Paul Grilley’s Yin Yoga Teacher’s Training in Thailand. Since then, he continued his training with Paul, and continued his Vipassana practice with SN Goenka’s lineage, as well as with Bhante Henepola Gunaratana of Bhavana Society.
A Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance (ERYT-200, RYT-500 and YACEP), Joel continue to experience the healing power of insight meditation and Yin Yoga – thus his pursuit to share the experience lead him and Kathy to open Nadis Yoga studio in Fremont, California.
In 2017, Joel completed a 5-Days Human Anatomy Dissection embodied anatomy training under the guidance of Dr. Gil Hedley .
Kathy has been a personal trainer for the past 10 years. She’s always been active and weight training was a big part of her life. A monk once told her that she could use weight training as a form of meditation. Even though she had been practicing both weight training and mediation for some time, she never thought she could combine the two together.
Her life was quite stressful so she turned to yoga hoping that it would help her slow down. What she found was that it did so much more. Not only did it help her be more present, it also allowed her to be in touch with her physical body and it became a great pathway to a true form of meditation.
Enthusiastic to share her yoga experience, Joel and her attended their first yoga teacher training with Mind Body Zone. She noticed a parallel between the emotions felt during a yoga practice and the emotions she felt in everyday life. The “craving” of doing a certain pose or the “frustration” of not being able to do one correlate to the emotions and thoughts she experience in her daily life. She learned to acknowledge these emotions without internalizing them.
Joel and she both attended a 10-day Vipassana Retreat by SN Goenka years ago. The techniques she learned deepen her awareness to sensations and thoughts. Sitting for 10 hours a day to meditate is tough but it forces her to face herself, her physical discomfort and her mental chatter.
Kathy is a Registered Yoga Teacher (ERYT-200, RYT-500 and YACEP) with Yoga Alliance.
Nilima completed her 200hr YTT (yoga teacher training) at MindBodyZone in Fremont and went on to pursue a 200hr ayurveda yoga teacher training at Namaste Yoga in Oakland.
She has embraced the knowledge of Ayurveda and has the skills to balance her life with daily practices of that allow her to live a vibrant life with a deep connection to plants and the natural elements. With her Indian heritage she has grown up with Ayurveda not realizing until recently how much it has been ingrained into her life from childhood.
Janiece began practicing yoga in high school after hearing about the wonderful health benefits and help with stress management. She continued her practice throughout college as her interest in holistic health grew. After graduating, she decided she wanted to gain a greater understanding and knowledge of yoga philosophy and deepen her practice. So, she decided to take the Teacher Training class at Mind, Body Zone, where she recently completed the RYT 200 hour training.
Yoga has helped Janiece to feel more balance in her life and she hopes to be able to share this practice with others.
Gentle Yoga: Take a moment to slow down. This one hour class will focus on gentle poses and working with the breath to release tension and stress. Enjoy a slower-paced, nurturing practice, incorporating yin and restorative styles.
After years of volleyball, triathlons, and cycling left Melanie with a herniated disc in 2002, she decided to try yoga for the first time to help heal her injury. It gave her a sense of grounding, openness, and relaxation that was incredibly different than any other activity she had experienced. Unfortunately, after a series of health setbacks, she was unable to practice for several years. Fast forward to 2010…feeling better than ever, Melanie remembered her experience with yoga and began dabbling in different forms in the Las Vegas community: Bikram, Vinyasa, Yin, Ashtanga…and loved it all. After moving back to her hometown in Fremont, CA in 2012, she decided to go through the RYT200 Yoga Teacher Training at Mind Body Zone in Fremont, CA under her mentor and friend, Lynn Cheng Kaylor. She recently finished the program there and has been teaching Yin ever since.