Instructors

Yoga & Pilates

Amanda
Amanda found yoga in college as a way to balance the demands being a full time student and Division 1 track and field athlete at UCSB. Amanda has been practicing yoga since 2000 and teaching yoga since 2003 after being certified through YogaFit. Her classes are a mixture of breath work and flowing vinyasa. She is experienced in teaching students of all levels and can help you to modify your practice on an individual basis. You will leave her classes feeling pleasantly tired yet energized from the inside out!


Angela
Angela was born in Brazil and moved to CA about 11 years ago and loves this amazing country, the weather, the beautiful natural sights and enjoys organic living and foods. She discovered Yoga here at Mind Body Zone and graduated from the Yoga Teacher Training Program in 2010. She has done extensive training with Judith Lasater in Restorative Yoga and additional studies in Meditation. Angela feels blessed to be a part of the yoga community and is honored to share her experience with you.


Jagbir
Jagbir began practicing yoga in 2003 when she was just trying to “kill some free time.” She completed her 200-hr training here at MBZ and also completed additional 50-hr training in Yin Yoga. Through the art of practicing yoga, she is able to manage her full-time job as a Product Manager, continue pursuing M.A. in Psychology degree, and above all, raise her two pre-teen boys. Yoga is not simply about fitness, flexibility and stress relief – it’s also about self-compassion, self-awareness, and self-healing! Combining the asanas with breath rejuvenates and recharges both the mind and the body. Let’s practice together, inspire each other, and build a community for overall better well-being!


Linea
Linea has always had a passion for health and fitness; she began her journey into Yoga and Pilates after a skiing accident left her with very little use of her leg. Surgery and physical therapy left her feeling hopeless about her recovery; until she began taking Yoga and Pilates classes. After many months and countless classes she regained full use of her leg and also found that her arthritic pain was no longer an issue. She began taking workshops and even more classes realizing that this was the path for her. She completed a certification through Yoga Fit and two different 200 hour yoga teacher training programs. She knows the importance of proper alignment and the difference it can make in one’s overall health. She creates classes that are motivating using breath and mindful movement. She encourages her students to challenge themselves and move through self-imposed limitations; creating a life of balance and without pain.


Lynn
Lynn began her love and study of yoga over 30 years ago and has been teaching since 1996. She is a licensed Acupuncturist, Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance (E-RYT), and is the Director of Teacher Training at Mind Body Zone and teaches the Techniques, Teaching Methodology and Practicum portions of the training. While she has studied many different styles in her years of practice, she draws the most inspiration from the Iyengar, Ashtanga and Kripalu traditions. Her classes are eclectic, incorporating aspects from her teachers, intuition and personal study; each class is different and choreographed to beautiful music. Lynn’s teaching style emphasizes the importance of body alignment combined with the natural movement of the breath, inner awareness and the vision of the mind-body-spirit connection and holding the postures long enough to experience the essence of the asana.  Her hope for her students is to not only achieve their physical goals (strength, stamina, flexibility, coordination, stress relief, etc.) through asana (postures) and pranayama (breath techniques), but to also come to know, understand and incorporate other aspects of yoga in their lives.  For more information about Lynn, visit www.LC-HolisticHealing.com


Tracy
In her 16-year nursing career, Tracy has discovered that the key to resilience is compassionate self-care, and wants to share what she learned with others. She designed and is currently teaching at Stanford University’s School of Medicine, Yoga and Wellness, where the medical and bioscience Ph.D. students are gaining an experience of the benefits of yoga not only for their own health and well-being but their ability to manage stress for a well-rounded lifestyle. Tracy is a graduate of the Integrative Health and Lifestyle program at the University of Arizona for Integrative Medicine (AzCIM) with Dr. Andrew Weil. She has deepened her practice in supporting people with healthy and lifestyle behavioral changes as an AzCIM Integrative Health Coach. Tracy has developed an interest in sustaining compassion, renewing empathy, and a healing presence for oneself and the world.

Personal Training

Marnie
With nearly 20 years of experience in the fitness industry, Marnie, a NASM-certified personal trainer, continues to motivate and help clients produce successful results and reach their goals.  Her enthusiasm and passion for fitness began in 1993 as a certified/franchise owner of Jazzercise and has continued through the years as a personal trainer/fitness instructor since 1998. She has placed in Fitness competitions, co-owned a personal training studio, and has been a part of the Club Sport personal training team.  She now continues her love and dedication for fitness training, good health, and wellness at Mind Body Zone and also instructs 3 bootcamp classes a week in Pleasanton at M’s Fitness Training.  Her biggest accomplishments in life are her 2 beautiful, healthy children.  Personal Philosophy: Train smart, be healthy, and believe in yourself.

Accomplishments
National Academy of Sports Medicine, Certified personal trainer since 1998
American sports and Fitness Association, Boot Camp instructor
Member of Idea Health and Fitness Association and National Strength and Condition Association


Rhonda
Rhonda is a Certified Personal Trainer with extensive fitness training. Her education is diverse including a Certificate of Completion, Fitness Instruction California State University Hayward, Hayward, CA. She has completed courses in Anatomy, Biomechanics , Exercise Physiology, Exercise Nutrition, Sports Injuries and Prevention, Strength Training, Designing Fitness Programs, Personal Training and Exercise Programs for Special Populations.  Rhonda is also a graduate of Mind Body Zone’s Yoga Teacher Training program.

Accomplishments
American Council on Exercise, Certified Personal Trainer
Certificate of Completion in Lifestyle and Weight Management 
Certificate of Completion in Pre and Post-Natal Fitness
Certificate of Completion in Nutrition for Health and Performance 
Continuing Education and CEC for ACE Renewals
Certificate of Completion in 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training Program
Certified Level II Z-Heath Practitioner
Certified Spin Instructor