Diane Valentine, Director of the Center
Diablo magazine's Best Yoga Instructor 2010, Diane Valentine is the director of The Yoga & Movement Center, where she teaches weekly classes and leads workshops in Iyengar-based yoga, Restorative Yoga and Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement lessons. She has been studying yoga for more than 35 years and teaching for the past 26. She has studied with and assisted senior Iyengar Yoga teacher Judith Hanson Lasater, PhD., in working with the therapeutic aspects of yoga and restorative practices. Diane has written published articles on Restorative Yoga for Menopause and Yoga and the Feldenkrais Method. She is a certified Feldenkrais practitioner and has an active private practice in hands on Functional Integration and Therapeutic Yoga sessions.
Diane has developed a deep understanding of the body, mind, and emotional connections through her work as a yoga teacher, massage therapist, and Feldenkrais practitioner. Her own life situations have given her deep insight into the way our bodies work. After being diagnosed with a debilitating illness many years ago, she found deep healing in yoga's restorative practices and continues to help and teach students to learn to listen to their body's own natural wisdom.
Today, her methods are aimed at teaching beginning and continuing students to listen to their bodies through the fluid movements of yoga and Feldenkrais, as well as learning to practice "living in the present moment" by becoming aware of themselves. Diane places emphasis on developing and maintaining postural alignment to support the organs and the internal functions of our bodies, allowing us to be fully aware, awake, and alive.
Diane offers individual, private sessions using therapeutic methods she has developed over the years that are designed to release tension as well as alleviate chronic and debilitating conditions and help us live our lives fully. Both yoga and Feldenkrais Awareness through Movement classes are suitable for all body types and ages.
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Diane teaches - Iyengar Yoga; Yoga for Beginners; Back Care Yoga; Private Yoga; Private Feldenkrais Functional Integration
Theresa’s dynamic academic and yoga background gives her a unique perspective and teaching style that is well rounded and surprisingly approachable. She obtained a Masters in Philosophy, Cosmology and Consciousness which has enriched her teaching and meditative practices. She studied at the Yoga Loft in San Francisco with Jason Crandell, whose training is focused on Smart Vinyasa Flow with an emphasis on biomechanical precision. Theresa continued her yoga training through True Nature School of Yoga 500hr program, deepening her knowledge of the benefits of each pose and of conscious breathing. Theresa has enjoyed teaching yoga, in private and group sessions for over three years. Throughout practice, Theresa encourages the breath to lead one’s movements, keeping the mind and body united and present. This practice creates a habit that seeps into our everyday experiences, making our thoughts and actions closer to our true nature. Her students have described her as a quiet yet powerful leader, whose serene voice will help call forth a peaceful connection between the mind and body.
Theresa teaches - Hatha Flow: Poses through Movement
Wendy Beckerman has been teaching Mindfulness since 1998, and has a passion for living the practices and revealing fresh insights. She founded East Bay Yoga to bring yoga and meditation to local venues, emphasizing mindfulness in daily life, and promoting a sense of community among participants. Wendy completed the Professional Training Program in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction with Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli, as well as the Practicum with Bob Stahl, and teaches intensive courses, workshops, and classes in the Bay Area. Her teaching style is often described as clear, calming, and centering, and emphasizes the richness of moment-to-moment awareness. Her students describe her as “intuitive yet grounded,” “compassionate and fully engaged.”
Wendy teaches - Meditation for Stress Reduction
My relationship with hatha yoga began around 1980 as a student of Becky Love at Downtown Chicago’s YMCA. It was there that I found my True North.
Subsequent teachers and workshops later, I decided I was ready to teach just when, to my good fortune, the first 200-hour Advanced Studies Teacher Training became available at The Yoga & Movement Center in 2005. Wanting to delve deeper, I completed a Mindfulness Yoga and Meditation Training at Spirit Rock Meditation Center learning Vipassana meditation which I practice today. I also completed a 300-hour teacher training at The Stress Management Center of Marin specializing in Vini yoga and received my 500-RYT certification.
My own classes are an integration of my dharma path. I draw from a toolbox of alignment, and methodical movement and breath-work from the practices of Iyengar yoga, Vini yoga, Mindfulness yoga and Vipassana meditation. Making a difference in someone’s life through yoga is my greatest joy.
Maxine currently teaches Gentle Yoga for Stress Reduction at the Yoga & Movement Center. She also teaches at Concord Senior Center, Pleasant Hill Senior Center, and offers private sessions in her Walnut Creek home.
Maxine teaches - Gentle Yoga for Stress Reduction
Dennis was certified by Rodney Yee at Piedmont Yoga and teaches with an Iyengar-influenced style, combined with breath awareness of vinyasa and an emphasis on yoga as an energy practice.
Dennis teaches the Advanced Studies/Teacher Training Program
Debbie Gilman M.A., R.Y.T., has been studying yoga for 20 years and has been teaching throughout the Bay Area for over 12 years. She graduated from the Yoga Room's Advanced Studies Program and is a student of Donald Moyer. She is on the faculty of the teacher training programs at The Yoga Room in Berkeley and at Downtown Yoga in Pleasanton. Debbie has a rich experience in yoga therapeutics having taught one-on-one yoga-based rehabilitation at Innate Chriopractic & Wellness Studio in Albany and healing yoga at the Women's Cancer Resource Center in Oakland for many years. She has taught middle, high, and graduate school (and lowland gorillas) and brings a love of teaching to her classes. Debbie has a BA from Stanford and an MA from Harvard.
Debbie teaches - Iyengar Yoga
Lois Kubota is an Ayurveda Practitioner and a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-500). She graduated from The Yoga & Movement Center in 2013 and immediately enrolled in Kerala Ayurveda Academy where she completed her first course in 2014 and her second course in 2015. She recently completed a 300-Hour Yoga Teacher Training program at Brentwood Yoga Center.
Lois specializes in balancing your doshas through yoga asana for the unique individual as well as based on the season. She wants to spread wellness to as many people as possible.
Lois teaches - Yoga & Ayurveda (Level 1-3)
San Francisco Bay Area Veteran Nia Instructor since 2003, Liz Mac is known for being a playful vivacious joyful facilitator. Liz has a gift for helping people find the joy in movement. This class offering at the Yoga and Movement Center is a unique offering as the space is conducive to allowing personal fitness through ecstatic playful dance. Liz shares this conscious movement practice with sensation guided cueing to mindfully relate to your self healing body and bring vitality into your overall being. Learn through this hour class format how to listen to your body’s voice and choose pleasure while following simple choreography and how to express your dancing freedom in the breaks from structure shining your unique self expression.
"Liz's teaching style is eclectic and exciting! She loves to explore new music and regularly brings new work to her classes. She fully embodies the Nia model of class and delivers the full Body, Mind, Spirit and Emotion experience. It's a must to experience!” ~Renee Tillotson, owner of Still and Moving Center, Honolulu, HI.
Nia is taught in 58 countries, the practice is shared throughout the world and now Liz will share her unique brand of Nia with you. To find A Nia class when traveling contact nianow.com and search locations.
Liz teaches-Yoga Dance
Sallie has spent 20 years of her life exploring yoga and considers herself an eternal student. She left the corporate world after 25 years and jumped into her teacher training which she completed at Piedmont Yoga in 2015. She has additional teaching certificates in Yoga for Healthy Aging, Restorative Yoga and Healing Yoga for Cancer Survivorship. She continues her studies with Richard Rosen and Mary Paffard and considers them her most influential teachers. What she hopes to cultivate in her students is an attitude of “live, grow and become older with awareness and curiosity.”
Sallie teaches - Yoga for Healthy Aging
Christine has practiced yoga for most of her life. From the first time she was introduced to yoga at seventeen, to present, it has been a powerful, healing part of who she is. Her yoga is a continuing odyssey, encompassing all the gifted instructors she has been so fortunate to have learned from. The deep calm that comes from yoga is the center of her teaching. The 200-hour certification at The Yoga & Movement Center has given her the tools to share Iyengar inspired yoga with others.
Christine teaches - Gentle Yoga
Dorinda’s teaching style helps students focus on intention and anatomical alignment through compassionate and clear instruction, skillful sequencing, and perceptive hands-on adjustments. Her purpose is to help students experience this ancient practice in a way that reveals its wisdom, and ease. Dorinda’s love of yoga comes through in her devotion to the intention of her teachers. Her reverence for yoga’s complex lineage is balanced with humor so that students leave class feeling refreshed with clear minds and energized bodies.
Dorinda has been studying Iyengar yoga since 1995 and began teaching in 2010. She is a long time student of Donald Moyer, Mary Lou Weprin and Debbie Gilman, a graduate of The Yoga Room’s Advanced Studies Program, a Relax and Renew Trainer through Judith Lasater’s accredited program, and certified at the 500-hour level with the Yoga Alliance. Dorinda is the program coordinator and a member of the core faculty for the Advanced Studies Program at The Yoga Room in Berkeley.
Dorinda teaches - Iyengar Yoga
Greg, a graduate of Diablo Yoga Center's advanced Studies Program, combines attention to alignment with awareness of the breath.
He draws from his extensive experience as a world-champion Frisbee competitor and massage therapist/bodyworker to help students optimize their own mental, emotional, and physical potential. Greg seeks to practice yoga from the heart, with an emphasis on re-establishing the free flow of life force through the body resulting in healing and greater capacity to express one's innate splendor.
Greg teaches - Fundamentals of Yoga
Shelly Ross has been in the fitness arena since 1994. She is dedicated to her own health and wellness and has been a mentor to many. Her reputation has been built on quality and professionalism. She is an experienced teacher who has twice been awarded “The Best of the Bay” by Diablo Magazine. She has worked with diverse populations including the elderly and children.
From Shelly: “I can’t imagine doing anything else in my life. I feel blessed and honored to offer my skills as a teacher. It is important to me to establish a learning environment that empowers everyone who comes to my classes.”
Shelly has over 700 hours of yoga teaching training and continues to deepen her personal practice through trainings and workshops. Please visit: shellyross.com for more information.
Shelly teaches - Restorative Yoga
Combining the tradition of Iyengar yoga with a vinyasa flow style, Ashley loves to find new ways to link the breath to movement and yet create beautifully aligned postures throughout this flow practice. Ashley is trained in the tradition of Iyengar yoga, where emphasis is given to precision and alignment in all postures. Her yoga practice style is a blend of vinyasa flow that is strongly influenced by Iyengar's methods.
“I like to teach with an emphasis on students learning correct alignment and developing a practice that restores and strengthens your body and clears your mind,” says Ashley. “I also just simply want have to have fun... and share my passion for the practice of yoga.”
Ashley trained with Diane Valentine and Dennis Eagon at The Yoga & Movement Center and is RYT-200 certified. This training focused greatly on anatomy, physiology and how yoga can be used as a therapeutic practice as well as a way to become strong, disciplined and centered. Through yoga, Ashley’s goal is to bring awareness to how our bodies work, while improving strength, flexibility and stamina.
Ashley teaches - Aligned Yoga Flow
Nancy began practicing yoga in 1994. Her background comes from the classical Ashtanga tradition, which is very gentle. Nancy discovered restorative yoga in 2008, and has been practicing ever since. She has had the good fortune to study with many teachers who continue to inspire her. Since completing her 200-hour teaching certification at The Yoga & Movement Center, she welcomes Iyengar-based yoga into her regular practice, and is grateful for its strengthening integrity and mindful attention to alignment.
For 8 years, Nancy has also studied modern dance. It emphasizes a mind-body approach from the “inside out” that releases unnecessary tension. Nancy brings these principles to her teaching of yoga. Her restorative class creates space for relaxation, rest, and naturally balancing the body.
Nancy teaches - Gentle/Restorative Yoga
Carmen is a graduate of The Yoga & Movement Center's Advanced Studies/Teacher Training Program. She has practiced yoga in the Iyengar tradition for almost 10 years.
Carmen started practicing yoga to gain more flexibility and learn breathing exercises. Her background includes more than 20 years of fitness training in the gym. She has a BA in Communication and has been working in the Information Technology environment for 17 years. She also has Reiki experience. Yoga has provided Carmen tools to start her day energized physically, mentally and being balanced. "Yoga transformed my life. I consider myself a spiritual person and my goal is to inspire students with my passion for yoga, stressing the importance of alignment and breathing at each asana".
Carmen teaches - Community Class
Susan Cotter Wood graduated from the The Yoga & Movement Center's Advanced Studies/Teacher Training in February 2011. She has taught both "Yoga for People 50+ " as well as an Iyengar-based gentle yoga class at this studio for several years. Susan is now entering her second year of the Advanced Studies 500-hour certificate program at the Yoga Room in Berkeley. Her background includes working with children with learning differences, meditation, and a love of hiking & backpacking. While vacationing in Hawaii many years ago, a wise yogi advised, "Do not grow old without adding yoga to your life!" She invites you to come join her to enjoy the gift of putting down the "thinking-problem - solving mind" for a bit, and experience the harmonizing effects of yoga.
Susan teaches - Mindful Yoga