Amanda has over 15 years of study and practice of the yogic arts, and is the co-founder of Yoga Toes Studio in Point Reyes, California. Amanda offers a Vinyasa Flow practice that is creative, playful, and nurturing. Her gentle and intelligent adjustments make her classes and workshops accessible to everyone, regardless of age and physical ability. Her primary influences are from the Ashtanga, Jivamukti, Anusara, and Siddha yoga traditions.
MC YOGI is an artist, yoga instructor, and musician. He and his wife, Amanda, have taught yoga and performed everywhere from headlining at festivals, nightclubs, and museums to the Forbidden City in China and even at the White House. MC YOGI is set to release his first book Spiritual Graffiti in 2017.
Debbie Daly, E-RYT 500, YACEP, is a longtime yoga teacher and musician with a passion for making the benefits of yoga and singing available to everyone. Debbie is a senior level yin yoga teacher with extensive studies under Paul Grilley. She leads her classic yin yoga style in classes locally and in teacher trainings nationally. Debbie is also founder and director of our beloved West Marin Choir and of Sound Orchard, a nonprofit musical arts organization. Before moving to the north bay, she was director and founder of Tucson Yoga, awarded best yoga studio in Tucson for six years in a row and serving over 20,000 students in her decade as director. Learn more at www.debbiedaly.com.
Peggy began her yoga practice in 1989 with Chuck Miller at the original YogaWorks on Montana. At the time, it was just a small room with a nail salon next door. Over the years, her practice became very important to her, and still is. Influential teachers include Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, Erich Schiffman, Paul Grilley, Tim Miller and Tony Briggs. Peggy brings her deep connection to movement, offbeat humor, and life experience to her practice. Teaching is her karma yoga.
Melissa's love for yoga rooted in 2008 when she discovered the Sivananda yoga practice. The blend of simple yoga postures, breathing practices, and devotional chanting resonated deeply with her curious, philosophical nature.
After years of practice in many different styles of yoga, Melissa took her first teacher training with our own Maile Sivert at The Mindful Body in San Francisco and with the support of the Yoga Toes community began teaching at Yoga Toes and assisting MC YOGI and Amanda shortly after.
Always a student, Melissa has intensively studied Western Exercise Science, Anatomy, and Biomechanics. She continues to train with some of the West's most senior yoga teachers including completing an advanced yoga teacher training with Jason Crandell.
Wendy McLaughlin has been teaching yoga since 1999 and has been leading gentle and restorative classes at Yoga Toes since 2005. Her personal practice was born when yoga helped her recover from severe back pain as a teenager. Since then her approach has changed from an early emphasis on earthiness and structure to a more etheric emphasis on the body’s subtle energies.
A longtime yoga teacher, Wendy has also engaged in several fields of professional work including as a documentary filmmaker, associate director of Marin Organic, grant-writer for arts organizations, and middle school science teacher.
Students have called Wendy a healer, a master teacher, and even a witch – her favorite. Her classes are gentle, deep and might be just what the doctor ordered.
Maile discovered yoga in 1996. Immediately, she resonated with practice and could feel there was something special, something indefinable to it. She continues to explore and experience this sensation in her yoga practice today.She considers Richard Freeman, whom she met while living in Colorado in 1998, to be her primary teacher. She continues to study with him annually and has completed three advanced teacher trainings with him. Impassioned by Indian culture, she has traveled to India multiple times, and in 2000 she spent three months studying with BNS Iyengar in Mysore, southern India.
Maile teaches yoga in an exploratory way, encouraging the cultivation of intuition as a guide. While rooted in the tradition of Astanga, her practice has been nourished by many styles and teachers. She is inspired by the connection between breath and movement and teaches precision in alignment. Balancing tradition with creativity, her vinyasa classes are an active, yet nurturing synthesis of flowing postures, breath awareness and yogic philosophy. She also enjoys teaching yoga foundations and therapeutic classes.
Katie was personally trained and certified by Cyndi Lee, founder and director of the prestigious OM Yoga Center in New York City. It was here at OM that Katie was first introduced to Buddhist meditation. She was trained as a teacher to apply Buddhist principles to the practice of yoga. Katie has since fully embraced the Buddhist path and attempts to apply it to every aspect of her daily life including teaching. Katie was also inspired by her training with Shiva Rea to create dynamic flowing sequences that encourage exploration and self expression. Katie is as passionate about teaching as she as about the practice of yoga. Her classes are dynamic and joyful, mindful and precise, with careful attention to alignment. Katie wholeheartedly encourages her students to embrace the process of waking up to the experience of life.