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Restorative Yoga


This class is taught by:

MIchelle Grady

Michelle Grady-Bressler, RYT 200
 
Michelle loves combining her knowledge of bodywork and meditation and bringing it to the mat. She is a Nationally Certified Massage Therapist and Health Educator with 19 years experience helping clients on their healing journeys. She was first introduced to yoga in 2001 and has had a daily practice since 2015. She has completed Downtown Yoga’s 200 hour Advanced Studies Program and is currently enrolled in their 300 hour program.

Michelle is light hearted, nurturing and welcomes all. What she loves about alignment based yoga is that it is accessible to everyone. She has experienced that practicing yoga has benefited her body, mind and spirit. Her goal is to bring yoga into as many people's lives as possible.
 
WARNING Yoga has been known to cause Health and Happiness

Patricia Maruko

Patricia took her first yoga class more than 20 years ago. She realized she needed something to offset the repetitive stress pain she was experiencing as a dental hygienist.

Being a perpetual student was her plan. Then in 2010 she received her 200-hour teacher training from Downtown Yoga Advanced Studies Program.

This led to teacher certifications for paddle board yoga from BOGA Yoga - 2013, yoga therapy ball from Yoga Tune Up - 2015, restorative yoga from Namaste Yoga Berkeley - 2017.

Teaching was not her original goal, however she has discovered the joy of teaching, especially
restorative yoga.

Vidya Rangachari

Vidya Rangachari turned to Iyengar Yoga in 2012 in order to get relief from back pain brought on by scoliosis. When Vidya noticed that yoga offered her the potential of healing herself holistically without taking recourse to pain medication, she began the 200-hr Advanced Studies program offered by Downtown Yoga in Pleasanton, CA. She became a proud graduate of the program in 2013. In keeping with her dream to help others with back-related challenges coupled with a sincere desire to pay it forward, she started teaching yoga in November 2016. Along with the 200-hour teacher training program, Vidya has also successfully completed a Back Care certificate program and a Restorative Yoga program from Downtown Yoga. Vidya is a trained English as a Second Language teacher with Master’s degrees in Applied Linguistics and American Literature. In her spare time, she loves to read, hang out with her husband and kids, and go on long doggie walks with her 7 year old golden retriever.

Kate Coughlin

Kate is a passionate and dedicated explorer of movement, meditation and yoga which spans 40 years.

She is an inspired practitioner who loves the precision of alignment, and teaches with a creative joyful approach.

Kate has been an inspiration to thousands of students during her 30 years of teaching. She has developed two Advanced Studies Programs with over 100 graduates who now teach throughout the U.S.

She has studied intensively with such wonderful teachers as: Donald Moyer, Erich Schiffmann, and Arunji of Bangalore, as well as teachers all over the Bay Area. Kate is also a world traveler including trips to India to study yoga.

Kate created and taught the yoga program at Stanford University from 1989-2001. She is the Founder and Director of Downtown Yoga in Pleasanton California. She is an international teacher offering retreats for inspiration and restoration.

Her students describe her as warm hearted, inspiring and caring. She is a radiant, beautiful soul who honors the beauty and presence of each and every moment.

Himani Limaye

Himani Limaye has completed 300+ hours and 200+ hours of Advanced Studies Program under the able guidance of Kate Coughlin and Jim Coughlin, as required by the Yoga Alliance of US to become a 500 hr Registered Yoga Teacher.

Himani is very much drawn to the Iyengar style of teaching which focuses on alignment. She strongly believes in this quote by BKS Iyengar. "An asana is not a posture which you assume mechanically. It involves thought, at the end of which a balance is achieved between movement and resistance."

She feels that there is more to yoga than just practicing it physically. Yoga is not just a workout. One has to feel it to really know what yoga means. Himani also believes in the spiritual aspect of yoga. We are so much more than what meets the physical eye.

A healing practice of supportive and restorative poses, which relieve tension and stress throughout the body. Beginners welcome!

Upcoming classes:

  • Fri Nov 16 9:30 am - 11:00 am with MIchelle Grady
  • Mon Nov 19 10:15 am - 11:30 am with Patricia Maruko
  • Wed Nov 21 10:15 am - 11:30 am with Vidya Rangachari
  • Fri Nov 23 9:30 am - 11:00 am with Kate Coughlin
  • Mon Nov 26 10:15 am - 11:30 am with Himani Limaye
  • Wed Nov 28 10:15 am - 11:30 am with Vidya Rangachari
  • Fri Nov 30 9:30 am - 11:00 am with Kate Coughlin
  • Mon Dec 03 10:15 am - 11:30 am with Patricia Maruko
  • Wed Dec 05 10:15 am - 11:30 am with Vidya Rangachari
  • Fri Dec 07 9:30 am - 11:00 am with Kate Coughlin
  • Mon Dec 10 10:15 am - 11:30 am with Himani Limaye
  • Wed Dec 12 10:15 am - 11:30 am with Vidya Rangachari
  • Fri Dec 14 9:30 am - 11:00 am with Kate Coughlin
  • Mon Dec 17 10:15 am - 11:30 am with Patricia Maruko
  • Wed Dec 19 10:15 am - 11:30 am with Vidya Rangachari
  • Fri Dec 21 9:30 am - 11:00 am with Kate Coughlin
  • Wed Dec 26 10:15 am - 11:30 am with Vidya Rangachari
  • Fri Dec 28 9:30 am - 11:00 am with Kate Coughlin
  • Mon Dec 31 10:15 am - 11:30 am with Patricia Maruko