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All Levels - 6am Yoga


This class is taught by:

Jim Coughlin

Jim was introduced to yoga in 1967 at the age of 10. He began practicing yoga in earnest in 1993. Jim has traveled to India extensively to expand his knowledge of yoga with his teacher H.S. Arun. Jim teaches yoga with a sense of humor and grounded in the fundamentals of the Yoga Sutra's of Patanjali, the Bhagavad Gita, and the teachings of B.K.S. Iyengar.

Jim was born in Buffalo, New York in 1957, and has lived in California since 1964. Jim's "other" career has been as an executive recruiter. He has managed and owned several staffing companies since 1989. He also has worked as a career counselor and outplacement consultant.

In 2005 Jim had the privilege of traveling to India several times over the next three years. It was during this time that he met his beloved teacher and friend Yoga Praveena H.S. Arun from Bangalore, India.

You will find Jim practicing at the studio at 6:00 a.m. every day except Sundays when he sleeps in and teaches the 8:30 a.m. class.

In addition to the above, Jim manages the business of the yoga studio, including building our online presence and community. If you have comments or suggestions as to how we could make this site better, please let Jim know.

Check out Jim's Yoga Blahgasana.

Laura Volsansky

In 2011, Laura started on her path of yoga at the prompting of a physical therapist while working through a sports injury. She was intrigued that many exercises prescribed to heal sport injuries are actual yoga poses. She began her study at Downtown Yoga in Pleasanton under the guidance of director, Kate Coughlin and Jim Coughlin. In 2015, Laura completed the 200 hour Advanced Yoga Studies Program in accordance with the Yoga Alliance.

Laura had the unique opportunity to study yoga in Bangalore, India in 2012 and 2014 with H.S. Arun of Prashant Yogashraya. On her first trip to India, she was thrilled to see B.K.S. Iyengar in person and his teachings remain her source of inspiration. Laura places a focus on relieving daily stresses, finding ways to calm the mind and renew the spirit. Her Iyengar-based yoga instruction includes props to make the practice of yoga all-inclusive and enjoyed by any person, body type or fitness level.

When Laura is not in the office or in the yoga studio, she enjoys the zen of riding her motorcycle and volunteering with her dog in a children’s reading program.

Natascha Thomson

Natascha is a Registered Yoga Alliance Teacher and graduate of Downtown Yoga's 200-hour Advanced Yoga Studies Program, with a focus on Iyengar-style yoga. Iyengar yoga is a form of hatha yoga that emphasizes alignment by using props, such as blocks, blankets, bolsters, straps, etc., to perform poses (asanas). This practice builds flexibility, and core strength, while calming the mind and helping practitioners to develop a peaceful inner sense. Natascha is currently training to become a Marriage & Family Counselor, after 20 years of working in high-tech marketing. Yoga and meditation have had a profound impact on Natascha's life and she enjoys sharing this passion with others to help each person discover a happier and healthier self.


Upcoming classes:

  • Tue Jan 15 6:00 am - 7:15 am with Jim Coughlin
  • Wed Jan 16 6:00 am - 7:15 am with Jim Coughlin
  • Thu Jan 17 6:00 am - 7:15 am with Jim Coughlin
  • Fri Jan 18 6:00 am - 7:15 am with Laura Volsansky
  • Sat Jan 19 6:00 am - 7:15 am with Jim Coughlin
  • Mon Jan 21 6:00 am - 7:15 am with Jim Coughlin
  • Tue Jan 22 6:00 am - 7:15 am with Jim Coughlin
  • Wed Jan 23 6:00 am - 7:15 am with Jim Coughlin
  • Thu Jan 24 6:00 am - 7:15 am with Jim Coughlin
  • Fri Jan 25 6:00 am - 7:15 am with Laura Volsansky
  • Sat Jan 26 6:00 am - 7:15 am with Jim Coughlin
  • Mon Jan 28 6:00 am - 7:15 am with Jim Coughlin
  • Tue Jan 29 6:00 am - 7:15 am with Jim Coughlin
  • Wed Jan 30 6:00 am - 7:15 am with Natascha Thomson
  • Thu Jan 31 6:00 am - 7:15 am with Laura Volsansky
  • Fri Feb 01 6:00 am - 7:15 am with Laura Volsansky
  • Sat Feb 02 6:00 am - 7:15 am with Jim Coughlin
  • Mon Feb 04 6:00 am - 7:15 am with Jim Coughlin
  • Tue Feb 05 6:00 am - 7:15 am with Jim Coughlin
  • Wed Feb 06 6:00 am - 7:15 am with Jim Coughlin