We take great pride at Divine Yoga Studio to bring real yoga to the community. All instructors are certified and continue to study from other renowned teachers. The teachers instruct from their own practice, sharing what they have learned and discovered from their practice.
Iryna Lymar studied yoga in India, taught in China and eventually found her way to teach in California. She practiced Hatha Yoga with Yogi Ravi at the footsteps of the Himalayas and received RYT 200 certification there. In her daily practice she is a dedicated ashtangi. Iryna has been practicing Ashtanga Yoga directly with Saraswathi Jois at KPJAYI in Mysore. Her inspiration also comes from western teachers such as Laruga Glaser and Devorah Sacks. Her teaching is rooted in tradition, structural approach and desire to help students progress and experience true joy of yoga.
Sara believes in life and living through the lens of yoga. Simply put - she lives her Yoga, or at least the intention, everyday. Sara’s classes are inspired from her varied practice, exploration and trainings covering hatha, vinyasa, Iyengar, Forrest, yin, prenatal, and kids yoga. She finds the poses to be inspiring templates to move the body through and that everybody has its own, unique and safe alignment. As a breath-centered movement and meditation practice, her students are encouraged to explore their mind, body and spirit both on and off the mat. Sara believes yoga is a vehicle for connection, evolution and true transformation.
Liz Carbone (RYT 200) spent her childhood years dancing, and started practicing yoga in college as a way to stay active. After years of slowly practicing yoga more regularly and moving to the Bay Area in 2016, she finally took the plunge and completed her RYT-200 certification through Yoga Garden SF.
She strongly believes that yoga should welcome and encourage all bodies. Her goal in teaching yoga is to encourage a deep sense of inner awareness and loving acceptance of the self, even in a power class. In her classes, she frequently incorporates breath work and balances strong movement with space for rest and integration. Expect to be encouraged and challenged in her aerobic power yoga classes, and to feel renewed and refreshed in her gentle restorative classes.
Josh gives gratitude for his primary teachers Jason Crandell and Stephanie Snyder. Josh’s classes are thoughtfully sequenced into an alignment-focused vinyasa flow designed to open the heart and calm the mind's thoughts. Students will learn to connect their breath and movement, exploring peace within precision.
Colleen (RYT 200) was introduced to yoga after 14 years of gymnastics left her body aching and stiff, yet longing for a physical challenge. Pain from a back injury had become the everyday norm until a consistent yoga practice eliminated the discomfort completely. This influenced her to become a yoga teacher and provide students with the same benefits she received through the practice. Colleen teaches all level, alignment based vinyasa flows that give students the physical challenge they were searching for and the stress relief they didn’t know they needed. She is continuing her yoga education and is set to obtain her 500hr certification in late 2019.
Brynn (RYT 200) has studied yoga for eight years, and through her daily practice learns equanimity and grace. Her classes include active flow sequences and occasionally held poses, offering anatomically rigorous instruction and a welcoming environment for self care. You will leave them feeling fresh, vitalized and ready to share this energy with others!
Nikki is a yoga teacher and registered dietitian. Enamored by the functions and physical aspects of the human body, she began studying nutrition nine years ago at the same time her yoga journey started to unfold as a way to bring peace and serenity to a once unbalanced and unhealthy lifestyle. Yoga continuously helps redirect her path while providing challenges and spaces for inner growth along the way. She is passionate about engaging others in lifestyle changes and using nutrition and yoga as a path to wellbeing, optimal health, and a peaceful mind. She in the process of completing her 500-hour certification. In her free time, you can find her practicing yoga, exploring the outdoors, and working on her plant-based nutrition blog.
Anna Pradhan is a certified Hatha yoga instructor. She has been teaching yoga since 2009. She has practiced extensively in India, Russia, and the United States. In addition to yoga, Anna received training in a number of meditation practices by participating in retreats, special workshops and conferences. She has also completed three 10-day courses in the Buddhist Technique of Meditation- Vipassana. Anna is skilled at teaching a wide range of age-groups. She created and taught a special breathing program for Penza’s (Russia) junior national swimming team. She has been leading a series of yoga-based workshops in San Francisco that focus on breathing.
Nirel (RYT-200) first came to yoga as an activity to complement her active lifestyle, but when life became stressful, she found solace in her yoga practice. It was at this point that Nirel fell in love with yoga. Nirel continues to look to yoga as an integral part of her holistic health and remains passionate about educating others about yoga’s health benefits. Her mission is to provide students with a supportive environment for exploration and translate mindful awareness from the yoga mat to life. Nirel’s classes weave meditation and mindfulness techniques together with alignment-focused asana practice. She believes that no matter who you are, everyone can learn and benefit from yoga.
Can you be more present on your mat?
Through a mixture of rigorous yet playful asana, mindful breathwork, and spiritual ponderings, Spencer strives for his students to get closer to that question during each class.
Spencer has practiced yoga for over a decade, and completed his 200-RYT with Yoga Tree SF, training under Darren Main, Mark Morford, and Jason Bowman.
Spencer’s yoga is both a fiery, challenging exploration of our body’s edges, and a mental cleansing of the toxic tales we grip to every day. Each class is like a lemon squeezer for the body: releasing physical and spiritual blockage, catching mental debris, and letting the sweet liquid of clarity drip through. See you on the mat.
An RYT 500 training program graduate, Neha has studied yoga extensively, with a strong focus in vinyasa and restorative yoga practices. Neha began studying yoga in India as a tool to reduce stress after a busy workday, but quickly found that yoga offered many additional benefits both on and off the mat. As a teacher, Neha seeks to empower her students with the building blocks to feel truly confident in class regardless of prior yoga experience. She believes that yoga is a transformative practice that can be adapted to suit any body and any age. In her free time, you can catch Neha reading and eating at all of San Francisco's new restaurants.
Kate is a vinyasa yoga teacher trained under Stephanie Snyder. From Kate's bhakti inspired class you can expect: a well-rounded vinyasa style that opens all areas of the body, mind and spirit, as well as a playlist that supports and elevates your flow!
Natalie is a sassy soul whose creative sequences are driven by rhythm, emotion, and the body’s alignment. Her classes are powerful, playful, and will explore yoga anatomy to fine-tune your practice and connect with your inner strength. Her favorite place is anywhere people are gathered to get salty, breathe, and break boundaries together. Natalie seeks to help you walk away from the 60 minutes shared together feeling empowered to conquer your day!
Shae has studied yoga and meditation for over five years and comes from a long line of yogis. In addition to vigorous asana, his classes incorporate the five tenets of Jivamukti - Ahimsa (nonviolence), Bhakti (chanting), Dhyana (meditation), Nada (sound), and Shastra (Self-study). He is grateful for his teacher Amanda Moran for leading him into this rich tradition. He received his 300 hour Jivamukti Instructor certification at Blue Spirit Retreat Center in Costa Rica, while also holding a Master of Public Health. He believes in the healing powers of yoga for the body mind and soul.