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Amelia Cerezo Mojo Yoga Instructor

Amelia Cerezo
Studio Owner / Instructor

I’d like to think that my yoga and aerial practice started during recess at the age of 5. I could walk the steel balance beam forwards and backwards without falling, skip a loop while swinging hand to hand on the trapeze rings and twirl on the monkey bar with only a sweater between me and the bar while I gripped my hands over my right knee and used the force of my left leg to swing me round and round until I got dizzy. The only thing I wouldn’t do was the slide. I was too scared to climb the ladder bar which led to it. It was too high. My kindergarten teacher held my hand until I slid to the bottom. We did this twice. Her name was Mrs. Edwards. After that nothing could stop me. I used every contraption to make me slide down faster… tanbark, sitting on a sweater and no shoes just socks.

Today, as I adjust the hammocks to get ready for our aerial classes, I climbed 8 feet up the ladder to untwist the carabiner and lower the hammocks to hip level. Being able to offer aerial classes is exciting to me and I hope you’ll feel the same way too - just like my slide experience. What looks intimidating at first will calm you in the end. What turns you upside down will make you feel invigorated. What touches your skin will help you sink into a deep relaxation. What’s bottled up inside of you will gradually release as you let gravity claim you.

Mojo Yoga also offers Gentle Aerial, Yin, Restorative, Chair and Meditation. If you’re leading a fast paced life and want to step off the hamster wheel, step into one of our “Slow-Mo” classes. Break the cycle and just breathe.

We hope you find the right fit. And if you don’t, we’ll recommend one of the many wonderful studios along the Peninsula that will.

My yoga practice started in 2001 when I stepped into my first Bikram yoga class. Since then, I received my 200 RYT from Avalon Yoga in Palo Alto, have trained with essential figures in Yin Yoga in the US and Canada, Sarah Powers of Insight Yoga Institute and Bernie Clark, teacher and author of the Complete Guide to Yin Yoga and received certification in Aerial Yoga from Pik Chu Wong, TYS, Campbell.

Emily Steffen Mojo Yoga Instructor

Emily Steffen
Instructor

My journey with yoga starts with giving bodywork. Having the experience of injuring myself in my work over time, I had to learn to heal myself. I learned to care for my own body through breath, meditation, and movement. I find that giving myself the space and studying the right tools, my body restores to its natural state of health and well-being.

I have been studying yoga for 10 years with many teachers throughout the Bay Area. I am a regular retreatant with Pete Guinosso at his summer retreats to Joshua Tree and Lassen National Parks. There you will see me giving the morning meditations and/or giving massage. I received my 200 RYT at College of San Mateo in 2013.

I have learned to listen my own body and follow accordingly, asking questions along the way to find out what I can do to support myself. I use this same process in working with others. I am a strong believer in the power of relaxation to truly connect with ones inner guidance. Learning to breathe, listen, and relax can transform our bodies and our lives. With my bodywork and meditation background I now naturally offer restorative yoga classes, meditation classes, and meditation workshops.

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Linh Taylor
Instructor

A martial arts practitioner since age eight, Linh combines her foundation in Shaolin Kungfu with a newfound love of healing the body and mind through purposeful movements. She helps students find their proper physical and mental alignments with playful and core-focused sequences. Linh class will build up gradually to one or more peak poses and then cool down with nice stretches that release tension in the body. You can expect a well balanced practice that weaves the rhythm of the breath into every pose and transition
Linh is a certified Yoga Tune Up® instructor. She has also trained in functional flow therapeutics, Aerial Yoga and Thai Massage therapy. When Linh is off the mat, she likes to explore local hikes, go camping and rock climbing, and plan her next adventures around the world. She lives in the Bay Area with her wonderful family.
To find out more about Linh, visit her website at www.linhtaylor.com

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Yvonne Law
Instructor

After years of struggling with a chronic knee injury, Yvonne tried aerial yoga and vinyasa yoga for the first time in 2012 at The Yoga Studio. When she saw the amazing changes practicing yoga made in her life, she became hooked and never looked back. She was so inspired by how yoga was able to rebuild her body and quiet her mind that she completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training program in 2015; to share her love of and the benefits of aerial yoga with others, Yvonne went on to earn her certification to teach aerial yoga through the TYS™ Aerial Yoga Teacher Training with Pik Chu. Through her strong, playful flows, Yvonne hopes to share the compassion, healing, and love of movement and music that yoga has given to her. She encourages her students to explore their personal practice and challenge their limits within the context of their own lives. Yvonne believes that by connecting to our breath, we can live the most mindful and meaningful life that we can in each moment of our individual journeys – and in doing so, empower ourselves to better serve our communities and the world.

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Elisa Dawn
Instructor / Sound Healing Artist

Elisa Dawn is a sound healer and healing artist with training at Esalen Institute and 3 years of experience as a full time RYT 200-hr certified yoga teacher. Originally from Sonora, CA and based out of Pacifica, Elisa is an assistant to Loriel Starr's SOUND MANDALA EXPERIENCE and a Yogastrology® Inspired Instructor. BA Theatre Arts Santa Clara University.

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Claudia Forth
Instructor

Confianza es la palabra que define mi relacion con Yoga. Aqui no hay bien o mal, solo es cuestion de escuchar lo que tu cuerpo sabe y quiere comunicarte…

Cuando era pequena, creci sintiendo mi cuerpo fragil, sin fortaleza ni destreza; llegue a la pubertad pensando que no tenia las condiciones fisicas para realizar ejercicio alguno, fallaba en cada intento.

Comence a practicar Yoga en 2006, para mi sorpresa me senti comoda desde la primer clase y eso basto para volverme constante, aprendi que mi cuerpo era fuerte, agil, con equilibrio y elasticidad. Desarrolle confianza en mi!

La practica de Yoga me ayudo a mas tarde, a iniciar otras disciplinas (Karate Do, Danzas polinesias y Acrobacia Aerea) las cuales creia fuera de mi alcance.

Al mudarme a este pais, me sentia insegura por mi falta de lenguaje y por el cambio en mi vida, nuevamente practicar yoga me salvo de ese estado emocional, en Mojo Yoga me siento como en casa, practicar aerial yoga ha llevado mi cuerpo a nuevos niveles de confianza. Pude dar un Nuevo paso y certificarme como profesor de Yin Yoga, aprender nuevas filosofias y reafirmar otras. Me siento emocionada por esta nueva etapa en mi vida y me llena de alegria compartir mi experiencia en este camino.

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Heather Robinson
Special Guest Instructor

Please give a warm summer welcome to Heather Robinson, our special guest instructor for the month of June.

Heather is a graduate of the Yoga Tree Studios teacher training, the Fly Studios aerial yoga teacher training, and the Still Light Centre Thai yoga massage program. Over a decade of yoga practice has helped Heather to develop better body mechanics that are an asset even (or especially!) when out for a run, sitting at her desk, or curling up on the couch with a book and her fluffy kitties! She enjoys the strength, flexibility, pain relief, stress reduction, and self-acceptance yoga has brought into her life. She looks forward to supporting you to find the benefits of your yoga practice. Heather teaches yin, restorative, hatha, vinyasa, core, reduced heat, hot, and aerial styles of yoga. In all these practices, Heather encourages awareness of optimal body alignment, steady breathing, and mindful movement.

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Nicole Klenck
Instructor

My background is in Aerial Dance, where I started in Orlando, Florida and continued my passion after moving to the Bay Area. When exploring all the options within the aerial world, I fell in love with yoga aspect on the hammock here at Mojo Yoga. After participating in classes for two years I received my Aerial Yoga Teacher Certification from Levity Aerial Yoga Summer of 2017. My classes focus on strength and balance that make up the core of yoga and can benefit those looking to move to Aerial Dance, all while having fun. My lighthearted approach helps anyone, no matter their background, feel comfortable in hammock. When I'm not hanging for silk, I enjoy quilting, hiking, and having a good laugh with friends.

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