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 teaches alignment-focused, slow to moderate paced vinyasa, always with an emphasis on breath and yoga philosophy. She is inspired by her teacher Richard Freeman, who she has been studying with, and assisting, since 1998.
Maile is the owner of The Mindful Body Yoga & Massage studio in San Francisco. She co-facilitates the yoga teacher training program there.
In addition to practicing yoga, Maile loves hiking, dogs, eating vegetables from her garden, swimming and mangoes.
Katie teaches vinyasa yoga, a breath based practice emphasizing the linking of postures. Her approach is rooted in the Iyengar tradition of paying close attention to alignment. Her classes aim to awaken the body's inner intelligence through intuitive feeling and awareness and precise, mindful action.
Katie is known for her warmth, depth and humor. Her classes are often eclectic and playful and always deeply focused and heartfelt. She encourages her students to take the practice of yoga seriously but not themselves. Laughter is essential! While Katie has had the privilege of studying with many wonderful teachers over the years, having been certified by Cyndi Lee in New York as an Om Yoga teacher and having trained under Shiva Rea, she is most humbly grateful to and influenced by her many years of training with Tony Briggs and Patricia Sullivan.
Her fantasy dinner party would include, Hafiz, Shakespeare and Prince .... just to name a few!