Teaching Faculty





Our teaching faculty for this hatha yoga teacher training includes skilled guest yoga teachers from the San Francisco Bay area – Many of them internationally-recognized.





In this workshop we will show how to safely teach yoga for pregnancy and postpartum. We will understand the physiological changes in a woman’s body during this time, as well as the dos and don’ts of prenatal and postnatal yoga practice. Instruction on modifying asana for all stages of pregnancy and post-pregnancy as well appropriate pranayama practices will be discussed

Sunday, July 13, 2:30 – 7:30pm


Jane Austin is the founder and director of Mama Tree, a yoga school specializing in yoga for the childbearing year. She has trained hundreds of yoga teachers to work with expectant mothers and has worked as a yoga teacher, a midwife, doula (labor assistant) and childbirth educator for 20 years. Her infectious joy and broad skills have made her the go-to prenatal teacher in the San Francisco Bay Area.




Designed to challenge long held beliefs about one’s body, mind and  patience, Ashtanga Yoga is a practice rooted in breath, dristhi, bandhas and discipline. It is a strong dynamic yoga practice first taught by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in Mysore, India. In this segment of the Teacher Training, an introduction of the Ashtanga Primary Series will be presented in lecture (4 hours) and directly experienced in physical practice (8 hours).

Saturday, July 19, 12:30 – 8:30 pm

Yiwen‘s introduction to yoga was about 27 years ago and later fell in love with Ashtanga Yoga. While Yiwen studied with many renowned yoga teachers from various traditions, her Ashtanga teacher, Tim Miller, remains to be her most beloved teacher and inspiration. After 14 years of teaching Ashtanga and hatha classes in SF Bay Area on the peninsula, Yiwen created Prajna Yoga & Healing Arts Center 2.5 years ago. She is very excited to host Eric Shaw’s San Francisco area Prasana Yoga Teacher Training! www.prajnacenter.com



Harvey Deutch


This teaching will give you a nuts-and-bolts foundation for understanding how our bodies function generally– and specifically in yoga practice. You will learn the architecture of the skeleton and muscular anatomy.   You will learn “What happens when the body starts to move” as we explore movement alignment and the scientific foundation for a sustainable practice.  We will show you how to teach your students and self to keep progressing and avoiding injury and overuse in your yoga practice and all the body things you do.

Saturdays, May 24 and June 28, 4:30 – 8:30pm

Harvey Deutch has been practicing the art of physical therapy for over 32 years. After graduating from the Physical Therapy program at the University of Vermont, he moved to California and practiced for six years in Los Angeles, never quite feeling home in Southern California, he moved to San Francisco in 1987 and directed a sports medicine center for six years. In 1994, Harvey began his own private practice and today has manifested the dream of mixing his physical therapy talents and yoga intuitions.  He the founder of Red Hawk Physical Therapy and one of yoga’s best-known and respected teachers of functional anatomy in San Francisco’s Yoga Teacher Trainings and others nationwide.



Pete Guinosso 5

Learn how to create a yoga practice that flows like a good novel: with a beginning, middle, and end that takes your students to new and different levels of awareness, In this workshop, we learn to brainstorm themes and choose intentions that feel rich and topical. You will learn to: • Utilize words, imagery, asanas, pranayamas and meditations that reflect your chosen intention. • Develop and “track” your theme throughout the entire class. • Learn how vocabulary, pacing, volume, and the inflection in your voice affect your students’ experience.

Sunday, June 15, 12:30 -4:30pm

Pete Guinosso, ERYT-500 graduated from the Forrest Yoga Teacher Training program in 2006, has taught at festivals, retreats, and conferences around the world. He is deeply committed to supporting teachers and students alike in finding and celebrating their truth and helping them walk in beauty. He is on staff as one of Yoga Tree’s teacher trainers, both the 200 and 500 hr TT, and has created his own 200 hour YA school called Lighting the Path, his own San Francisco area yoga teacher training.



Gary Kissiah


In this workshop we will explore the key agreements among studios, teachers and students, strategies for protecting studios and teachers from liability, trademark, independent contractors and employees, and changes to the Yoga Alliance Code of Conduct.

Sunday June 8, 4:30 – 7:30pm

Gary Kissiah  has practiced corporate and business law for over twenty years. He has been a partner in a global law firm and a senior lawyer with Microsoft. Gary has a Certificate of Yoga Philosophy from San Francisco’s California Institute of Integral Studies and is a RYT 200. He published, The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali: Illuminations Through Image in 2011 and teaches in yoga teacher trainings throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.



Sarana Miller III

We will begin with pranayama, expanding the dimensions of breathing. Building on breath practice, we’ll explore some of the basics of kirtan. Kirtan is bhakti yoga, the yoga of heart and of devotion. Practice will close with a slow and deep asana practice, letting the heart connection of the pranayama and kirtan have a place to land in the body.

Sunday, June 8, 12:30 – 4:30pm

Sarana Miller’s playfulness and sense of joy infuse the precision and challenge of all her classes. She draws on many yoga styles, having studied with master teachers including Rodney Yee, Thomas Fortel, Ana Forrest, Insight Yoga founder Sarah Powers, and American kirtan master Jai Uttal. She’s also studied and taught with physical therapist Harvey Deutch Sarana is on the Faculty at Esalen and Wilbur Hot Springs. She has presented at conferences, modeled and served as a contributor to Yoga Journal Magazine. Along with teaching at her home studio and several San Francisco area studios, Sarana has been a staff teacher at Yoga Journal for nine years and is a regular teacher at the San Francisco Yoga Journal Conference. She teaches workshops throughout the year at Wilbur Hot Springs and Esalen, and in Mexico and Alaska.



Jenny sauer Klein


Learn how to greatly improve the quality of life for those you serve while improving your own! As an empowered holistic entrepreneur, you will learn how to align your spiritual purpose with the real world demands of making a living doing what you love. In this transformational workshop, you will learn to:

  •     Discover your innate specialty, creating more clients & abundance
  •     Compose a kick ass bio that feels authentic and creates credibility
  •     Write engaging workshop descriptions
  •     Create a sustainable, tiered mix of products and services

Sunday, June 1, 12:30 – 3:30.

Jenny Sauer-Klein is an internationally renowned teacher and group facilitator, as well as a creative coach for health and wellness pioneers. She is the founder of The Movement Blueprint, a strategic system designed to scale your unique method into a movement.  As the co-founder of AcroYoga, Jenny has successfully developed a thriving international brand, community and organization from scratch. This movement, now with hundreds of thousands of practitioners with its own teacher trainings on six continents, has been deemed a “global phenomenon” by Yoga Journal.  www.JennySauerKlein.com