Our Yoga Teachers

Jean Grant-Sutton, Program Coordinator

Jean Grant-Sutton, Program Coordinator

Jean Grant-Sutton loves yoga. She began reaping the benefits of this ancient art and science as a teenager in the 80s using it to help manage the stress of balancing school and work. The deep rewards she experienced stimulated her journey to India where she spent time at the Sri Aurobindo Ashram in Pondicherry as […]

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Tony Briggs

Tony Briggs

TONY BRIGGS BIO I began my yoga studies in 1978, almost 40 years ago. From the beginning until 2002 I studied at length with senior Iyengar Yoga teachers such as Judith Lasater, Manouso Manos, Kofia Busia, and Ramanand Patel. On several occasions during that time I had the great good fortune to be able to […]

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Bruce Fortin

Bruce Fortin

Bruce Fortin was ordained a Zen priest in 1977 at the San Francisco Zen Center. He is the founder and has been the guiding teacher at the Occidental Laguna Sangha in Sebastopol for twenty years. He has taught meditation in prisons, to Veterans, was the director of Hospice program in  Sonoma country for many years, […]

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Daniel Alva

Daniel Alva

Daniel Alva, Hatha Yoga Teacher, singer, musician, Schauberger Environmentalist, has been studying yoga since 1995, gaining influence and inspiration from the Iyengar, Astanga, and Vinyasa traditions. Daniel has been teaching since 2003 in Sonoma and Marin Counties. His muse is that of the Astanga (8 limbs) tradition of Sri B.K.S. Iyengar. Daniel is a student […]

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Davida Taurek

Davida Taurek

Davida Taurek has a diverse background in the creative arts and body-centered therapies. She is a certified instructor of Watsu®, Waterdance®, Motion Theater®, and the 5Rhythms®. Davida is known for her delightful sense of humor, passion, and evocative devotional teaching style. She serves as core faculty for the Open Floor School in CA and leads […]

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Deb Reid

Deb Reid

Deb Reid is a Somatic Yoga Therapist in both public and private practice. She brings a listening ear into her teaching, strategizing classes for students’ needs of the particular day. Her approach combines both yang (active) and yin (restorative) practices. Students love that Deb is always incorporating new practices from her commitment to life long education […]

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Doneen Barone

Doneen Barone

Doneen Barone is a Certified Integrative Yoga Therapy Teacher, Somatic Yoga Therapist and Integrative Life Coach. She offers customized private yoga therapy sessions and stress-reducing yoga classes in business environments and studio settings. Her teaching focuses on connecting to the peace within by slowing down, listening to the body, quieting the mind and connecting to […]

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Gail O’Dea

Gail O’Dea

Gail O’Dea has been a part of the BodyWorks community since its inception, originally as a massage therapist and yoga student. After completion of the Integrated Yoga Teacher Training, she has been the instructor of the Beginners Yoga class on Saturday mornings. This class promotes the basics of Hatha Yoga — strengthening and stretching the […]

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Julia Lorimer

Julia Lorimer

  Julia Lorimer, B.S. N.M.T., C.M.T., V.A., R.Y.T. is a Sanskrit scholar and has studied and taught therapeutic yoga and meditation for 30 years. Recently she returned from 12 years study in India (and USA ashram). Her indepth Sanskrit studies include texts on yoga, ayurveda and meditation and the spiritual scriptures, called Upanisads. Her primary […]

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Karen Cappa

Karen Cappa

Karen Cappa has been a Bodyworker and Hypnotherapist since 1986. She is a group facilitator for Memorial Hospice and Final Passages Educational Foundation. She is an Ordained Priestess and Ceremonialist as well as an avid gardener and wild woman. Her passion for Yoga has been alive ever since she took her first yoga class in […]

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