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A sociologist and senior fellow at UC Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center, Christine Carter, Ph.D., is the author of The Sweet Spot: How to Find Your Groove at Work and Home (2015) and Raising Happiness (2011). Drawing on the latest scientific research on positivity, productivity, and elite performance, Carter demonstrates a sweet paradox: by doing less we can actually accomplish more.
A sought-after keynote speaker and executive coach, Dr. Carter also writes an award-winning blog, which is frequently syndicated on the HuffingtonPost, PsychologyToday.com, Medium.com, and several other websites.
To learn more, visit www.ChristineCarter.com
Fitness / Nutrition
Danny Everett is one of the top ranking 400 meters runners in the world. Danny was born in Van Alstyne, Texas, moving to South Central Los Angeles when he was in third grade. Danny did not start running track until tenth grade at Fairfax High School, when the high school track coach encouraged him to try out for the team. In two short years, Everett cultivated his natural athletic talent, and as a senior placed second in the 400 meters at the California State High School Track & Field championships.
After graduating from Fairfax High School, Danny graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in History. As a Bruin, his track achievements included: NCAA champion in 400 meters and 1600 meter relay, three-time NCAA All-American, and two-time Pac-10 400 meter and 1600 meter relay champion. Everett was inducted into the UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame in 2003.
From 1987 to 1992, Everett qualified for the U.S. Olympic team where he won gold and bronze medals in the 1600 meter relay and 400 meters in the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea. Everett also won gold, silver and bronze medals at the World Championships in Rome, Italy in 1987 and in Tokyo, Japan in 1991. During his career, Everett set five world records in the 300 meters, 400 meters, 1600 meter relay and 4 x 200 meter. In 1992, Everett qualified for the U.S. Olympic Team, running the fastest Olympic qualifying time in U.S. history at 43.81 and at that time the second fastest time in history. Everett suffered a foot injury at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, Spain.
Danny is also a talented chef who cultivated his natural culinary skills and developed a love of soulful cooking from his mother, father and grandfather. He began cooking four-course meals and baking decadent desserts for his entire family at the young age of 10 years old. While traveling the world for track competitions, he had the pleasure of dining with Heads of State and other dignitaries, eating amazing international cuisine in over 20 countries including France, Italy, Monte Carlos, Spain, India, Switzerland, Belgium, Japan, South Korea and Russia. Danny combined his love of cooking, with formal training at the Los Angeles Culinary Institute, and his first-hand experience with international cuisine, to create a unique point-of-view in which he infuses his home-born Southern Sensibility to create elevated soul food and savory multi-cultural dishes! He eventually integrated his love for cooking and world travels to launch SoulFete!, (Soul FEH-t) (a combination of the word "Soul" and the French word "Fete" meaning "Celebration") a culinary event series multi-cultural cuisine with Southern Style fare. Danny has catered numerous weddings and private parties, primarily by word-of-mouth only. His culinary talents have been featured on "Good Morning America" and he served as a Pastry Chef at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel
Danny has also served as consultant for local athletic programs, traveled the U.S. giving inspirational speeches to at-risk children, and co-founded loanmitraPrecious Medals", a sports merchandising firm.
Danny and his wife Tiarzha Taylor have lived in Upper Ojai, California for 17 years and have three children.
Yoga / Breathwork
Jovinna has a BA in International Marketing, graduated from the Academy of Dramatic Arts in NYC, attended the Martha Graham Dance School, received her black belt in karate from master Richard Amos, served as a Kripalu Yoga Teacher Trainer at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, and is a certified facilitator of both LetYourYoga Dance and Soul Motion Conscious Dance.
A well-respected teacher of yoga, conscious dance, and self-expression, Jovinna radiates a contagious quality of aliveness - in both movement and stillness - that students find liberating. In the many workshops and trainings she leads worldwide, she creates sacred space for deep joy and transformational experiences. Go to jovinna.com to learn more.
Arturo Peal, founder of Body Studies, has spent over 20 years inspiring and educating yoga teachers, body workers, and movement specialists across the globe through his classes in Anatomy, Kinesiology, and Therapeutic Touch. With a unique gift for translating complex scientific concepts into tangible, applicable teachings for his students, he raises awareness of how their own bodies work. His trainings have been held at world-class training centers including Integral Yoga Institute (NYC), Himalayan Institute (NYC), Yogaville Virginia, City University of New York Graduate Center, White Lotus Foundation (CA), and Mar de Jade (Mexico).
A Certified Yoga Therapist and Craniosacral Therapist, Arturo also holds a Master's degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine and has extensive clinical experience working with injuries and limitations. He orients his classes to meet the needs of students who must modify their yoga practice due to injury, illness, or the natural processes of aging. He draws inspiration from his own teachers Erich Schiffman, Paul Grilley, Leon Chaitow, Richard Miller, and Gil Hedley.
Since 1998, Arturo has crafted the curriculum and co-lead the Therapeutic Yoga Teacher Trainings with collaborator Cheri Clampett. His diverse background provides him with the ability to help students and clients to fully understand the multidimensional nature of the human body. Additionally, Arturo holds a B.F.A. in Music and a fourth-degree black belt in Aikido that provide him with the opportunity to incorporate music and martial arts into his rich and nurturing classes and private sessions.
Kaylie and Cody are siblings and best friends with a passion for fitness, health, and general good vibes. They created these Desk Yogi programs to be enjoyable because their mission statement on life is "if it's not fun, we aren't doing it." They set out to make workouts that people genuinely look forward to doing every day in hopes that they will stay consistent and see amazing results as soon as possible. This theory is tried and tested as well; Kaylie is a mother of four with a six pack, Cody went from a chubby childhood to an obese teen, seeing success with the same fitness principles they teach in their programs just for you! It doesn't stop there though, they hear success stories every day from people using their programs that truly amazes and inspires them every single day.
Nancy Radding is a multi-certified fitness professional and has taught, trained, and managed in the field for almost 40 years. She was an overweight teen who made her history part of her destiny and chose a profession that she was passionate about. Nancy loves to be practical about integrating Yoga, Pilates, stretching, strength training, and nutrition into her own life and loves sharing what little she knows! She is a happy wife, mama, friend, and the proud Gamma of six.
Daron Hope is a Holistic Esthetician and Founder of EarthTonics, a line of pure botanical skincare handcrafted to inspire loving self-care rituals while stimulating the skin's inherent ability to heal.
Daron recognized that conventional skincare treatments were often chemical-laden, harsh and ineffective, so in 2014 she opened the EarthTonics Spa, a sanctuary dedicated to holistic skin therapy, combining Daron's signature formulas and traditional esthetician training with herbalism, aromatherapy and energy medicine. She and her team of therapists dedicate themselves to offering her tonics with facial and bodywork sessions that honor the integrity of the whole body and support holistic wellness.
Daron is also a dancer and longtime practitioner of Taoist Yoga, and currently resides in Ojai, CA.
Karleigh graduated from Western Michigan in 2011 with a degree in Interdisciplinary Health Services and a minor in Holistic Health Care. She always knew she would be in the holistic healing arts field, due to her innate understanding of energy health at a young age.
Karleigh continued her education at the Natural Healing institute, where she began to form her business in sports therapy, energy healing and emotional wellness.
Karleigh teaches cupping therapy, reiki healing, and leads women's wellness workshops at her office in North County San Diego. She works with a collective group of healers at a wellness center called indigo Dragon. To keep up with Karleigh and learn more about her services you can find her at www.soulembodiwork.com.
Lauren is the founder of Bottom Line Yoga with two locations in the Chicago Loop. Lauren began practicing yoga in her youth after a sports related injury. After college she was a '09 Teach for America corp member, where she fell in love with teaching. Her newly discovered passion led her to her first yoga training in 2011 at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. Over the years, Lauren has done several trainings throughout the U.S., India, and Costa Rica. Lauren started Bottom Line Yoga shortly after she began teaching, once she realized there was a niche market in the corporate wellness. Now, she manages a team for 20 plus instructors who offer yoga, meditation and mindfulness workshops for companies in the Chicagoland area. Lauren was featured in Splash magazine as Who to Watch, and since then BLY has taken off earning recognition as #3 on the list of Best Chicago Yoga Studios in 2016.
Her teaching style has been shaped by her various trainings, but mostly from her light-hearted humor, and her desire to help people discover their strength by pushing them to try new things. She loves to guide people into poses they never knew they could accomplish with a little encouragement and trickery. Heavily influenced by her athletic nature, she loves to challenge people to their edge only to discover their internal strength and perseverance.
Meditation / Stress Relief
Known as "Hollywood's Healer," Aiden Chase is an internationally acclaimed, third generation, healer, intuitive and meditation expert. For over a decade, he has been the secret asset of Heads of State, Royalty, Titans of Commerce, World Spiritual Leaders, Entertainment Moguls and Academy Award Winners. Embodying his unparalleled skills of energy alchemy, with multi-disciplined expertise in business, Aiden uses ancient and futuristic techniques to boost success, creating powerful results. His intuitive strategic guidance and healing has advanced his clients in the co-creation of a combined culmination of hundreds of millions of dollars, the achievement of monumental resolutions and an impassioned intention for the manifestation of an enlightened and peaceful world. Aiden lives by the knowing that love heals, protects and transforms everything. His goal is to help you to clear the way and illuminate your path for you to fulfill your wishes and dreams. You can change your life now and find the love, success and happiness you desire! Aiden has been featured in People Magazine, on Access Hollywood and recently named "Hollywood's A-list Psychic" by the Hollywood Reporter.
Aiden is based at his "Healing Ranch Santa Barbara" in Montecito, California and Skypes with clients all over the world.
Aiden's shopping site for his jewelry and apothecary wellbeing products: wizardly.com
Belinda discovered yoga over 15 years ago but it wasn't until 2013 when she discovered AIReal yoga that she fell in love. Belinda received her AIReal Yoga teacher training certificate in 2013 and began helping others find passion and joy within their yoga practices.
Belinda's background as a gymnast, dancer, actress, runner, and mother infuses each and every class she teaches. Her classes are intuitive, heart opening, uplifting and challenging. She encourages students to re-discover the power within by connecting to their breath, body, mind, and soul.
Belinda currently helps at the Desk Yogi office but takes a yoga break whenever possible. With four kids at home and a thriving teaching practice, Desk Yogi is often her best means of getting a break. Her favorite exercises are featured in both the Desk Yogi Live sessions and the popular Mash Up series. Belinda is continues to study all aspects of fitness and yoga and looks forward to incorporating her findings into her future sessions.
Tina found yoga and meditation in the late 80s as a way to calm down. She's a writer, teacher's teacher and creator of numerous yoga and meditation courses. Her latest creation is "The Secret Life of the Body Mudra Card Deck". Her work is based in her San Francisco private studio working with individuals and small groups.
Her workplace programs are often tailored to a company's unique needs, and help employees worldwide learn to relax and meditate. Her corporate work with emotions and Lovingkindness Meditation at Gap, Inc. inspired this Huffington Post article.
Tina helps people find the meditative practices that fit their individual temperament and skillset, flow seamlessly through their everyday lives and grow along with them. Wondering what meditation practice might be best for you? Take her free quiz, receive a free analysis explaining the technique, what it says about you and a sample practice.
To learn more about Tina and her work please visit her websites below:
Nutrition / Yoga
Scott Blossom is a licensed practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) specializing in acupuncture, lifestyle/diet therapy, and Chinese herbology. Scott has also studied closely with Dr. Robert Svoboda over the last eight years to incorporate Ayurvedic diet and lifestyle therapies into his work. Scott's approach to yoga practice is based on his studies with hatha yoga master Zhander Remete who founded the Shadow School of Yoga. Scott employs yoga practices therapeutically and as an adjunct to TCM or Ayurvedic therapy when appropriate.
Kenley is a mindfulness teacher in the Plum Village tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh and is the dean of educational programs at Santa Barbara City College. He supports sangha work in Southern California by leading days of mindfulness and teaching workshops. Kenley is a lifelong pacifist, a vegetarian, a music connoisseur and has a passion for politics, reading, technology, travel and motorcycles. His Desk Yogi offering brings lessons on how to incorporate mindfulness into your work day, sitting and walking meditation, guided meditation, and tips on increasing your joy in the workplace.
Taralee Schoen has more than 20 years of experience in exercise, fitness, and wellness, focusing on personalized one-to-one programs for a wide array of clients. Whether working with elite athletes or elderly cancer survivors, she attenuates programs to maximize each clients’ results. After obtaining her degree in exercise physiology from Southern Connecticut State University, she designed and managed the executive fitness program for a Fortune 50 company based in North Haven, CT; but soon thereafter discovered that her true passion rested with one-to-one work - where she can forge personal relationships while empowering clients to achieve their health and fitness goals. Her courses on Desk Yogi are high energy, fun and challenging.
Casey has been teaching a vinyasa style yoga since 2008 with the intention of finding confidence and
comfort through movement. His background is in sitting meditation but more recently he has been
investigating asana and breath through heart openers and balance play. His classes taste a bit like
Ashtanga with a softer, more playful feel. Casey is also a hunter, tracker, and outdoor educator
teaching movement, primitive skills and reverence for nature to kids and adults. His straightforward
and accessible courses are designed to allow anyone to dive into the yoga experience, beginner to
Hillary has been teaching yoga for over 10 years and brings with her immense personal experience and certifications. She obtained her yoga instructor certification at The White Lotus Foundation in Santa Barbara, California. Hillary is also a certified personal trainer and received her diploma in PT from AFNA (American Fitness and Nutrition Academy) and certification in PT from ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine). She focuses on deepening the breath, strengthening the body, and quieting the mind. "I try to teach people how to bring yoga off the mat and into every part of their life."
Fitness / Yoga
Jacqueline Burge loves to move her body. As the founder of Desk Yogi with over 20 years of experience
in the fitness world, she brings years of practical skill and deep personal empathy to her
teachings. Working at a desk for long periods of time over the last 10 years challenged her health
and general well being, and strength training, yoga, meditation, and massage all helped to keep her
fit and balanced. She brings each of these elements to her Daily Practice and Challenge Yourself
offerings on Desk Yogi.
Craig Rigsby is a licensed acupuncturist, Chinese herbalist and Qi Gong healer and teacher. His focus
is helping people heal at the deepest level of their constitution. He uses acupuncture, Qi Gong,
energy healing therapies and natural remedies to help people reclaim their health, vitality and
passion for life. Another unique focus of his work is helping people access and activate the deeper
vision for their life. He has found that many health and relationship problems resolve as a person
gets clear about their deeper purpose. With 19 years experience in Eastern healing, he brings a
wealth of knowledge and wisdom to the treatment room.
Nutrition / Acupressure
Tiffany Carole M.S., L.Ac., is a teacher and holistic medicine practitioner. She
teaches and facilitates workshops, CEU trainings, and university courses across the United States.
Additionally Tiffany has co-created and facilitates Aroma Acupoint Therapy workshops across the
U.S., including the Mayo Clinic (Rochester, M.N.). She created and directs the Synergy Wellness
Center in Kirkland, Washington, a holistic clinic that focuses on energetic medicine, medical
aromatherapy and bodywork; offering a synergy of different treatment modalities in the field of
complementary medicine. Tiffany is incredibly passionate about the evolution of energetic
medicine and bringing the power of this 'medicine' into our day-to-day lives. Her Desk Yogi lessons
help you immediately address discomfort in the body with simple instructions for self
Eric has made fitness his lifestyle, and enjoys helping others do the same. He has personally lost over 70lbs in the last 2 years and will tell you honestly that it wasn't easy. But he did it! And he has helped others do it too. Eric has his Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology from San Francisco State University with over 10 years experience in the health and wellness world. Eric's sessions will show you that anything is possible when you put your mind to it regardless of your fitness level. Eric gives 100% and will help you find yours.
Pixie's yoga style is a powerful blend of vinyasa and prana flow that taps deep into inner strength and fluidity. The challenging practice is drenched in a sense of lightness, renewal, and joy. Pixie has lived and studied yoga in India where she received a certificate in yoga therapy. She has a degree in kinesiology, has worked as a private wellness coach and currently studies with yoga masters Shiva Rea, Mark Whitewall, and Guru Singh. Pixie leads private, group and intensive classes abroad, and gives back to the community through JuxtaPose, a charitable program that builds bridges between the yoga community and local businesses.
Amanda joins the Desk Yogi team with a degree from Stanford University and a career running the business education program at software giant Intuit. She studied and worked with luminaries and leaders in the sustainability movement long before sustainability became fashionable. During this time, she discovered a way to marry her experience as an internationally competitive athlete, yoga enthusiast, and mountaineering guide to become a Master Somatic Coach. Amanda continues her work hosting seminars and private consultations to help people embody a more compelling presence, align their actions with their deeply felt cares, handle high-pressure situations with more equanimity, and develop more satisfying and effective relationships with others.
Sat Nishan Kaur (Amy) is a Reiki master, and mother, and has been teaching Kundalini Yoga since 2008.
She also teaches workshops that combine sound and yoga. She is currently earning her master's degree
in integral counseling psychology. Prior to being a yoga teacher, Sat Nishan worked in a young adult
abuse prevention program promoting healthy relationships and respectful behavior. Her Kundalini
sessions on Desk Yogi are a perfect practice for small spaces and limited time, and will help you
find peace in the midst of a stressful work day.
Carol is a physical therapist and certified health coach and Mulligan Practitioner (one of only 55 in the entire state of California). Carol has trained in vestibular and balance rehabilitation, and she is currently studying new advanced treatments for shoulder rehabilitation. Carol's goal is to help people achieve optimal health with a focus on finding and maintaining optimal weight, increasing energy, and reducing stress. Carol has designed her Desk Yogi trainings to relieve pain and discomfort in your body.
Debi has been practicing and studying yoga for over 25 years. She is certified in the Iyengar tradition and currently teaches privates and semi-private classes. Debi's love of yoga and running was the catalyst for her YouTube video series Runasana, a 75-minute running and asana class designed to keep runners injury-free via the gifts of yoga. Debi brings her experience running with a yoga practice to her unique Desk Yogi trainings geared towards the people who run, sit, and have a desire to move.
Dr. Geeta Maker-Clark is a certified prenatal yoga instructor, and a practicing yogini for the last 20 years. She has always held the belief that any meaningful healing must involve the mind, body and spirit, and that whenever possible the most natural and least invasive intervention serves the highest good of the person. She has pursued study with traditional healers, midwives, herbalists and energy healers in many countries around the world including Brazil, Belize, India, Venezuela and Cuba and is fluent in Hindi and Spanish.
Maker-Clark is a graduate of the University of Arizona Fellowship in Integrative Medicine, under the supervision and mentorship of Dr. Andrew Weil.
Dr. Maker-Clark relies heavily on the use of food as medicine in her approach to healing, as well as herbs, botanicals, breathwork, conventional medicines and healing practitioners in the community.
Tasha began practicing yoga in 2005 after the birth of her third son. As a mother of three young boys, she was searching for how to reconnect within herself. She immediately noticed a physical and mental change in her body awareness and a feeling of calm and groundedness. Tasha is inspired to share the transformation yoga had in her life and the exploration of the internal landscape. Her Desk Yogi lessons offer a taste of connecting deeply into the space of the body and breath. Her flow practices are designed to balance the challenges of sitting at a desk, and offer a combination of breath, movement, and meditation with heart-centered awareness.
Claire is a bodyworker with over 600 hours of bodywork education. In addition to being a California Certified Massage Therapist, she has training in yoga instruction and Katy Bowman's restorative exercise techniques, both of which influence her Desk Yogi lessons. She loves to share ideas about self-care for the home and workplace environment.
Jeanette has been a student and teacher of meditation in the Vajrayana tradition of Tibetan Buddhism for over thirty years. Her aspiration is to see the humor in situations without denying the sharp edges and therefore becoming a more genuine and kinder human being.
Jeanette currently teaches mindfulness to students from Kindergarten through High School and runs mindful parenting workshops. At Desk Yogi she would like to help you boycott your own reactivity, relax, and open in the middle of chaos.
Barb Phillips, MS, OTD, OTR/L is the founder and CEO of Ergo Life Solutions. She is a registered and licensed occupational therapist with 25 years of experience working in hospital, community, government and academic settings. As an occupational therapist, her expertise lies in her keen ability to analyze how people interact in their work spaces, and modify the environment in order to maximize worker safety and productivity.
• University of Southern California: Doctorate degree in Occupational Therapy
• Columbia University, New York, New York: Master of Science in Occupational Therapy
• The Occupational Safety and Health Association (OSHA): Ergonomic Hazards
• Roy Matheson and Associates: Ergonomic Evaluation Certification
• College of Executive Coaching, Ventura CA: Personal and Executive Coaching
• Cornell University: Office and Workplace Ergonomics
To learn more please visit
Melina Meza has been sharing her knowledge of Hatha Yoga, Ayurveda, and whole foods nutrition with yogis around the world for over 20 years. Melina pioneered Seasonal Vinyasa, an innovative multi-disciplined approach to well-being, and is the author of the Art of Sequencing books and the creator of the Yoga for the Seasons - Fall Vinyasa DVD.
Since 1997, Melina has been teaching yoga at 8 Limbs Yoga Centers in Seattle, Washington, where she also is Co-Director of their 200- and 500-Hour Teachers' Training Program.
Currently residing in Oakland California, Melina facilitates year-round yoga and Ayurveda workshops and leads retreats in extraordinary sanctuaries around the world. Her continual growth as a teacher and practitioner has been influenced by studying with numerous instructors, including Dr. Robert Svoboda, Scott Blossom, Jin Sung, Sarah Powers, Gary Kraftsow, Kathleen Hunt, and Baxter Bell, MD. Retreats and sabbaticals are also vital to Melina's personal practice and bring her deeper reflection and inspiration.
Melina holds a bachelor's degree in nutrition from Bastyr University, where she deepened her interest in the world of whole foods nutrition, and is a certified Ayurvedic Health Educator from the California College of Ayurveda. While attending Bastyr, she found what her body, mind, and spirit had been waiting for-yoga. From her very first class in 1993, she have never stopped exploring the physical, mental, and spiritual practices passed down from the ancient sages. Yoga has been the "launching pad"-as her teacher Gary Kraftsow describes it-that has rocketed her into a life journey of cultivating the disciplines necessary to gain insight and wisdom integral to being healthy, compassionate, and radiant, as well as how to share those gifts with others.
Chandra Easton studied Buddhism and Tibetan language at the Library of Tibetan Works & Archives in Dharamsala, India, founded by H.H. Dalai Lama. She later received her degree from UCSB's religious studies department.
Chandra has served on the Tara Mandala Board of Trustees, helping to develop programs and curricula for Tara Mandala as well as teaching nationally. In September of 2015, during the final day of the White Dakini Drubchen, Lopon Chandra was enthroned as the Dorje Lopon (Vajra Teacher) of Tara Mandala under Lama Tsultrim Allione and given the name Lopon Yeshe Dawa Zangmo by H.E. Gochen Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche who presided over the ceremony with Lama Tsultrim.
Lopon Chandra has had the good fortune to study with many Tibetan and Western Buddhist teachers such as H.H. Dalai Lama, H.H. Karmapa, Lama Tsultrim Allione, Gyatrul Rinpoche, Jennifer Welwood, Adzom Paylo Rinpoche, B. Alan Wallace, and Lama Pema Dorje.
To learn more, visit www.shunyatayoga.com.
To learn more about our Tara Mandala Bay Area events, visit www.taramandalasf.org.
Melody specializes in corrective exercise therapy with an emphasis on rehabilitation and holds certifications through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. She also earned Nutrition Specialist Certification, and is a Basi certified Pilates instructor. Melody's interest in health and fitness stems from her lifetime passion for athletics and her involvement in competitive beach volleyball tournaments. Balance is the foundation of her tailored programs and she works to develop increased strength, power, agility, and flexibility. By placing importance on proper physical education, while still having fun, Melody eliminates the typical feelings of intimidation and encourages an interactive role in the fitness process. She brings her fun loving spirit and passion for fitness to Desk Yogi with courses accessible to all.
Anne Van de Water is the creator of a Lifestyle Program called Vibration Transformation for Leaders, Visionaries and Teachers who are devoted to making a positive contribution to the world. She is here to support you to live in alignment with your Purpose, Values and Vision through daily Self-Care practices including Nutrition, Movement, Breathwork, Meditation, Emotional Clearing, Physical Cleansing and Rest, Relaxation and deep Sleep. She has been teaching these practices since 1990 and has taught over 25,000 hours to her international clients and students.
She holds a Religious Studies Degree from UCSB, is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher, is an certified International Life Coach and a regular Yoga and Breathwork teacher at The Esalen Institute in Big Sur, CA. She lives in her hometown of Santa Barbara, CA. She loves Breathwork and loved creating the Breathwork videos for Desk Yogi. Visit her at www.annevandewater.com
Baxter Bell, MD, has been actively deepening his understanding of yoga and relaxation since making
the stress-reducing move from a career as a busy family doctor to that of a yoga teacher and medical
He is a graduate of the Piedmont Yoga Studio's 18-month Advanced Studies Program, and has since become Director of PYS's Deep Yoga Program, teaching the Experiential Anatomy, Yoga Technique, and Yoga Methodology portions of the training. He is also on faculty for several Teacher Training programs around the country, including the Therapeutic Yoga Teacher Training program at the Niroga Institute in Berkeley, CA.
Baxter has studied extensively with Rodney Yee, Patricia Walden, and Erich Schiffmann, and has recently been influenced strongly by the work of TKV Desikachar and Donald Moyer. Baxter is featured in Yoga Journal's DVD, "Yoga for Stress," and has written articles for Yoga Journal, Yoga for Everybody, and International Journal of Yoga Therapy. He also blogs for Yoga for Healthy Aging, and Doctor's Orders, for Yoga Journal. Baxter is involved in the integration of therapeutic applications of yoga with Western medicine, lecturing to health care professionals around the country, as well as adding Hatha yoga asanas and pranayama to his care of patients in his medical acupuncture practice.
Baxter teaches public, corporate and specialty Back Care yoga classes in Oakland, Berkeley, Petaluma and Novato, California, as well as workshops and retreats around the country and internationally. He teaches a healing, nurturing style of Hatha yoga, balancing our desire for action with our need to quiet the mind, emphasizing the qualities of curiosity and meditation in the practice. His students say they appreciate his clarity of instruction and playful sense of humor.
Steve Lewis is a 3-time Gold and Silver Olympic Medalist and current Junior World Record holder for 400 meters in Track & Field. He has dedicated most of his life to the pursuit of achieving optimal health and well-being. Steve spends much of his time sharing with others the many health and fitness benefits of working with Ooofball, the Original Medicine Ball with BOUNCE!! It helps to develop total body power, coordination, muscular endurance and flexibility. Ooofball allows you to achieve a complete workout while training your body to be powerful and explosive. More importantly, you'll have fun doing it. Steve believes in a more progressive approach to exercise and training development. His Desk Yogi offering will start with a beginners program that will build up to more intermediate and advanced routines.
Dr. Britt Andreatta is an internationally recognized thought leader in leadership and learning. Drawing on her unique background in leadership, psychology, education, and the human sciences, she has a profound understanding of how to unlock the best in people, helping organizations ?rise to their potential.
Britt is a seasoned professional with more than 25 years of experience consulting with businesses, universities, and nonprofit organizations. Corporate clients include Fortune 100 companies like Comcast and Apple as well as companies such as Avvo Legal, LinkedIn, Franklin Covey, AlterEco Foods, DPR Construction, and 15Five. Dr. Andreatta has also worked with major educational institutions like the University of California, Dartmouth University, and the University of New Mexico ?as well as non-profit organizations like the YMCA and Norton Healthcare.
Britt has published several titles on learning and leadership including her books Wired to Grow: Harness the Power of Brain Science to Master Any Skill and Wired to Resist: The Brain Science of Why Change Fails and a New Model to Drive Success.
She has authored several courses on Lynda.com and LinkedIn Learning including The Neuroscience of Learning, Creating a Culture of Learning, Organizational Learning & Development, Leading Change, Having Difficult Conversations, and Leading with Emotional Intelligence. Her courses have received over 4 million views worldwide.
A highly sought-after speaker, Britt delivered a TEDx talk called "How Your Past Hijacks Your Future" and she regularly speaks at corporate events and international conferences receiving rave reviews like "best speaker of the entire event."
Dr. Andreatta has served as professor and dean at the University of California, Antioch University, and several graduate schools. She regularly consults with executives and organizations on how to maximize their full potential.
Britt has won several prestigious awards including the 2016 Global Training & Development Leadership Award from the World Training & Development Congress. She won the Gold Medal for Chief Learning Officer magazine's Trailblazer Award for the leadership development program she implemented at Lynda.com, and was also nominated for the CLO Strategy Award for her work in designing a performance management program based on growth mindset principles.
She has served as the Chief Learning Officer for Lynda.com and Senior Learning Consultant for global leadership and talent development at LinkedIn. She continues to partner with Lynda.com and LinkedIn as an author and thought leader on learning and leadership.
She is the CEO and President of 7th Mind, Inc. providing groundbreaking ?research and solutions for today's workplace challenges. Britt is currently ?writing her next books on the neuroscience of teams and the conscious ?evolution of organizations. To learn more, visit her website and social ?media channels: