Certified Baptiste Leader, 500 hour E-RYT, Studio Owner
I teach yoga because it makes me a better person. I own a yoga studio because it may just make the world a better place. My fist yoga class was a “have to,” my employer made me go. I hated it. I hurt. I cried. I hated myself.
Now, 23 years later, I can honestly say, most days, I like who I am and believe whole heartedly in what I am doing.
Baron Baptiste has been my biggest influence. The yoga I teach is powerful, physical and applicable to daily life. I believe we all need tools to help us be more resilient, more flexible and just better people. Yoga has provided me with those tools, as have my two kids, my family, my pets and my students. Without them I wouldn’t have had the courage to step outside the box that I had so confidently secured myself in.
The students I hope to teach are anyone with a body, a story and desire to get to know their best self. I can’t wait to meet you on the mat!
After graduating with my MFA from California College of the Arts in San Francisco, I noticed a deep connection between my yoga practice and my art practice. Both have taught me about creating balance between structure and flow and finding perfection in all of the imperfections.
In 2018, I received my 200 hour certification at Soul Yoga in Santa Rosa, CA. Yoga has brought so much healing into my life, from the physical practice to the incredible community I find myself a part of. Yoga reminds me to truly listen in and get present both on and off the mat.
My classes are Baptiste inspired, playful yet challenging! My intention is to create space for students to get out of their thinking mind and into their physical body, leaving them feeling rejuvenated, open, strong and empowered.
I feel so grateful for this path I am on and have such a passion to continue to learn, lead, grow and share with you.
La Reina has been practicing yoga since 2005 and received her 200 hour certification at Soul Yoga in June 2019. To La Reina, yoga is a path to emotional and physical healing. She teaches a Baptiste inspired flow to create a grounded container to experience your body on your mat. With compassion and authenticity you will have an opportunity to explore your connection with the present moment.
200 hour RYT
I am passionate about helping students find their integrity in each pose and encouraging them to reach for new possibilities. I received my 200-hour certification at Soul Yoga in 2019. My classes are Baptiste-inspired.
I was motivated to teach yoga after my mom died. My mom had been in the hospital for several months and had disengaged with physical therapy. I have always wondered if she had had the opportunity for yoga, would she have continued with physical therapy and recovered. I will never know the answer but the question motivates me to bring yoga in a way that honors students where they are.
When I am not doing yoga, I work at making sure the drinking water is safe. I also ride bicycles, garden, sew, peer at rocks, and take risks in Toastmasters.
Tod found yoga in 2014 and immediately felt the positive effects both physically and mentally. The combination of lifting weights and yoga helped take away the aches and pains of growing up playing sports and the wear and tear of life.
Tod is a 750 hr Baptiste Certified teacher, has attended Level 1, Level 2 and Art of Assisting with the Baptiste Institute and has even assisted 4 Level 1 programs! He has trained with FireFlex, Prison Yoga Project, Veterans Yoga Project, taught yoga to the Chicago fire and police department and led Physical Resiliency to first responders. He is also influenced by the teachings of Dharma Mittra and Lisa Ellisen.
Tod wants to share his passion and love of yoga with everyone!
I came to yoga from a dancer’s point of view. I needed something to keep me moving and flexible as taking a daily ballet class and commuting was getting more difficult. I took my first yoga class about 10 years ago. I hated it but I thought I would give it another try. After my husband retired we started going to yoga class together. He encouraged me to go with him. Eventually we found Lisa and Soul Yoga. We were hooked. I took my first teacher training with Lisa in 2016 and my second teaching training in the Baptiste style in 2018. After I retired in 2017 from owning my own ballet studio and teaching dance for 30 years it was not my intention to become a yoga teacher. When Lisa asked me to teach an early morning class I thought I would give it a try. I am surprised that I enjoy teaching yoga as much as I do. I teach a vinyasa style class as well as a power yoga. Most classes are with music.
200 hour RYT
I completed my 200hr Baptiste inspired yoga training at Soul Yoga in May 2019 with Lisa & Tod. Seeking relief from depression, grief and trauma brought me to yoga.
In my class you can expect to feel safe while opening up to new possibilities on and off your mat.
I can promise I will be my most genuine self and allow you the same.
Justin Collmann, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in Sebastopol. Dr. Collmann earned his doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Virginia in 2012. Dr. Collmann specializes in helping people relieve their anxiety and create balanced lives with plenty of time for work, exercise, rest, and relationships. He is also a Medicare provider and enjoys assisting retirees pursue fun, calm, and creativity.
Dr. Collmann is a novice yogi. You can see him struggling to get into downward dog at Tod Ceruti's class on Tuesday evenings.
Susan Leslie is a 500 hour certified Yoga Teacher with a BA in Psychology. Susan finds yoga enhances our compassion, confidence and creativity. She’s passionate about the benefits of yoga as a transformative practice deepening both internal and external strength. Yoga promotes inner ease, giving us clarity to share authentically. She’s grateful to share her love of yoga.
200 hour RYT
Primary Style and Expertise: slow flow, restorative, alignment-based Baptiste, Iyengar
Elizabeth creates a warm and welcoming atmosphere in which she delivers a steady, grounded, and encouraging practice that is both supportive and challenging for her students. Her background in kinesiology (American College of Sports Medicine) and exercise physiology enable her to give instruction and suggest modifications that match her students’ individual needs. (You may find yourself safely doing something you never thought was possible!)
For Elizabeth, teaching yoga is a joy and a privilege. It is the perfect progression of her experience in physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual modalities. As a teacher of metaphysics, she is continually honored and awed to witness students become more self-confident, compassionate, and courageous on their mat—and in their lives.
Born and raised in San Francisco, Elizabeth had the fortune to experience yoga early on. She’s been a practitioner since 1975. San Francisco also fueled her love of great music, which she integrates into her classes. Over the years Elizabeth has completed numerous immersions and training, including Hypnotherapy for Athletes, Naturopathic Healing, Reiki, and Polarity Therapy.
Outside of yoga, Elizabeth co-created Ageless: Living a Robust Life for the Rest of Your Life, a program rooted in the possibilities of health and well-being at any age. The current evolution of this, Main House Collective, is driven by the possibility of all people living lives they love regardless of age and perceived ability. This is the core of Elizabeth’s passion. It inspires her work each day as she teaches yoga, develops Main House Collective, and leads Heart’s Desire retreats.
200 hour RYT
I am a massage therapist specializing in perinatal bodywork, a Certified Infant Massage Instructor, and a Yoga teacher in training with a BA in psychology from Sonoma State University.
I created Radiant Mother Massage & Wellness when my second child was born in 2016 because I believe strongly in the powers of touch and movement, for physical and emotional healing, and growth.
My Yoga practice empowers me to show up in all areas of my life, and strengthens my commitment to sharing that power with others on their wellness journey.