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2876 California Street, San Francisco, CA, 94115

Our Teachers

Linda Aldrich
has been practicing yoga for more than 40 years and teaching yoga in San Francisco for over ten years.  She is a graduate of The Mindful Body Teacher Training Course as well as a lifelong athlete who believes in the physical benefits of yoga for all bodies. Her classes are characterized by rhythmic movement and breathwork in sequences that aim for broad-based release and opening. Linda is also fascinated by the creative processes at the heart of all our lives. She holds a M.A. in Psychology, is a published writer, and works as a Creativity Consultant with writers, artists and people in many fields who wish to bring more personal meaning into their lives. In all these activities Linda is rewarded by continually witnessing the many unforeseen ways students are freed and transformed by their yoga practices.

Dee Benefield
Dee has been teaching Hatha Yoga for over 24 years and 17 at The Mindful Body. She received her certification through the Integral Yoga Institute and is also experienced in teaching Iyengar and Bikram styles of Hatha Yoga. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Integral Yoga Institute, a member of the California Yoga Association. Her classes are flowing and instill a great feeling of inner peace, balance and harmony.

Dee Benefield
Roy Bergmann

Roy Bergmann
Roy is the original founder of The Mindful Body and is a Certified Massage Therapist and yoga teacher who has been studying and teaching yoga, meditation and massage/bodywork since 1985. His approach to fitness, relaxation and health draws on his training in Bikram, Iyengar and Astanga yoga styles and on his study of Swedish/Esalen long stroke and deep tissue massage, Feldenkrais, the Alexander Technique and Hanna Somatics muscular release work. His philosophy of health and healing is based on having an appreciation for the power of "mindfulness" or "calm focus" in everyday life.

Raissa Bump
Raïssa Bump is a steady and strong teacher, bringing compassion and patience to the learning process. She channels her heart through her hands and believes in the courage of each student. She has experienced the benefits of tuning in and supporting her own internal landscape so that the wisdom of her mind and body can mingle, and it delights Raïssa to see this happen in her students. For when they get grounded in and proud of what makes them unique it is often then that they connect with their Spirit!

Raïssa is a Certified Forrest Yoga instructor; she finished her 200-hour Forrest Yoga teacher training in 2008. She has also completed 2 years of the Forrest Yoga Mentorship Program with Forrest Yoga Guardian Colleen Millen. Forrest yoga is a strong practice suited for all levels and is designed specifically for Western bodies. It focuses on breath & healing, addresses injuries & alignment, and is a balance of familiar and adventurous sequencing. In addition to teaching yoga, she owns her own business designing and fabricating jewelry and knitwear. Integrating the passions in her life under an umbrella that feeds inner beauty and expresses it to the outside world is an adventure she is happy to be on!

Raissa Bump
Deb Burkman

Deborah Burkman
Deborah Burkman has been teaching yoga since 2000. Her Hatha flow teaching style is rooted in Astanga yoga. While her largest influence came from the late Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, she has integrated what she has learned from numerous other teachers including A. Vankatesh, and V. Shaeshadri, Richard Freeman, David Swenson and others.

Deborah has a gift for making a real and personal connection with each of her students and gives individualized support and direction. Her hands-on adjustments are specific and skillful. Deborah has a strong knowledge of anatomy, and helps students understand how anatomy plays an important role in their practice. Her heart-felt teaching is filled with warmth and humor that make her classes special and inspiring.

Deborah ties bits of yoga philosophy into her classes in order to remind her students that asana is part of a larger tradition that includes balancing the body and focusing the mind, both of which are tools that can help us be more awake in our lives.

Deborah presently teaches public classes at The Mindful Body and privately teaches the staff of Yoga Journal, Twitter, and Value Act Capital. She has been featured in Yoga Journal, 7 by 7 magazine, The Bay Guardian, SF Weekly, and San Francisco magazine. Her well respected and Yoga Journal reviewed DVD can be purchased at and She leads yoga retreats around the world and workshops and yoga intensives in the San Francisco Bay Area. Learn more at And check Deb's article in 7x7 Magazine and her spread in Yoga Journal!

Kimmy Carter
Kimmy went to yoga training never intending to teach. Yoga training was a gateway to process grief. After 13 years of being successful in the pharmaceutical industry, she realized this was not her life's path. It was not until Kimmy decided to deepen her own practice that she discovered holistic methods to healing the self. The therapy of yoga is a practical, accessible way to unite the mind and the body. And by connecting to our body, we can restore joy, find ease, and repair ourselves. Kimmy's classes are alignment-based hatha flow with a focus on engaged muscular form. Kimmy likes how each pose can encourage playfulness and joy. In her classes, there is laughter and fun. Kimmy is an anatomy geek; she has spent her time learning the body from the inside-out. Her education includes Pelvic Floor teacher training with Leslie Howard, specific workshops around the hips, knees, and feet with Physical Therapist, Harvey Deutch, and a human dissection workshop with Gil Hedley, PhD. Kimmy has a tremendous amount of gratitude to her mentors: Darcy Lyon, Maritza, and Dina Amsterdam, who informed the way she teaches. Kimmy is committed to discovering the basic ground of who we are by reconnecting to the body. Kimmy believes by reconnecting to the body we can discover a real sense of power, confidence, and pure joy.

Matt Champoux
Matt has been teaching Ashtanga Vinyasa since 2005 in both led and Mysore-style settings. He has been a student of Ashtanga since 2000, practicing daily, under the close watch of his primary teachers, Richard Freeman and Mary Taylor at his home "shala" (studio), The Yoga Workshop. He is grateful for the unique opportunity to have had such a long-term, in-depth exposure to Freeman's methods and inquiry process.

Matt is known as a teacher of teachers. His dynamic approach encourages students to explore their edges and guides them through the internal sensation cues that enable this vibrant work to be done safely and therapeutically. Matt's classes are engaging, enlightening experiences known for their integration of precise alignment instruction, metaphor, and eastern wisdom; philosophically, Matt is interested in Tibetan Buddhism, Advaita Vendanta, and Hindu Tantra. His training also includes apprenticeship, textual study, and trips to India whenever possible. Please learn more about matt at:

Nicole Cronin
It was in 2007, in my mid twenties, when I first fell in love with the practice of yoga. I was operating a busy, night-life oriented restaurant/bar in San Francisco. Yoga was the one part of my life that brought peace and clarity to my frantic, high-energy lifestyle.

In 2012, after a life-changing loss and injury, I made a commitment to teach yoga full-time and became certified in Vinyasa and Hatha yoga. There are many things that contribute to my style of teaching- first, a deep respect for the historical roots of yoga, and an intention to honor proper physical alignment in the postures. In addition, a background of athletics and dance, an appreciation for groovy music, my prior career in nightlife- hosting and creating experiences for others, and an awareness of the body and how it reacts to both external and internal stressors, gathered from my study and practice of both the Alexander Technique and Somatics.

My experience is that practicing yoga is an opportunity to use the physical body and the breath to reintegrate and to feel full; to remember our true nature-- perfect, whole and right where we're supposed to be. The more I practice, the more inspired I am to share yoga with others.

Nicole Cronin
Britt Fohrman

Britt Fohrman
Britt Fohrman creates a healing, loving, and supportive environment for pregnant and birthing women, as well as and new mammas in her work as a pre and post natal yoga teacher, bodyworker, photographer, and birth doula (childbirth assistant). Britt's Iyengar based yoga classes draw on a variety of practices including mindfulness meditation, fluid movement, HypnoBirthing, and breath awareness. These practices help mammas connect with their babies as well their own inner beauty, wisdom and strength. From her experience, Britt knows that the practice of yoga is one of the most effective ways that a woman can prepare to bring her baby into the world in a peaceful, conscious, and loving way. Britt was certified to teach Prenatal Yoga by Colette Crawford, RN, the top specialist in yoga for pregnancy, birth and postpartum, and has also traveled to India to study with the Iyengars. She continues her studies with Judith Lasater and a variety of other teachers, but finds that her most profound education comes from witnessing true yoga in action...women giving birth.

Mondays, 6pm Prenatal (All Levels)

Francesca Gobeille
Francesca is a second-generation yoga instructor, and has been immersed in Eastern philosophy and spiritual practice since birth. While her early explorations in Hatha Yoga were eclectic, Francesca's most intensive studies and training have been in Integral Yoga, Anusara, Restorative, and Yin Yoga with Sarah Powers. She has also been influenced by the work of Angela Farmer and the Alexander Technique.

Francesca has had a dedicated meditation practice for over 18 years, and is currently enrolled in Spirit Rock's Mindfulness Yoga and Meditation 500-hour teacher training. She is most passionate about integrating mindfulness and yoga asana, where the postrues become profound explorations that free not only our bodies, but also our minds and hearts. Practicing yoga as meditation—with kind attention and great ease—is that she is most excited to share with others. Learn more about Francesca at

Kevin Hibbit

Kevin Hibbitt
Kevin Hibbitt began teaching Vinyasa and Restorative yoga in 2003. His style is influenced by his foundation in the Ashtanga Vinyasa tradition, his study of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, and his work as a psychotherapist. Kevin holds yoga as a practice that invites us to explore and transform the fabric of the mind and body as well as emotional experience. He is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist working in private practice and with adolescents in acute inpatient treatment.

Caroline Kelley
Caroline Kelley has been teaching yoga since 2000.   She was originally certified with The British Wheel of Yoga and followed with six months of immersed studies in Mysore, India.   Her most influential teacher is Richard Freeman, a renowned Ashtangi, with whom she has completed in-depth studies.   In her classes she blends Iyengar and Ashtanga principles offering a fluid, breath-focused practice with an emphasis on healthy alignment.

Caroline is also a practicing and certified body-worker as well as an anatomy teacher.   She threads her extensive knowledge of anatomy and kinesiology into her teaching and offers safe and progressive classes for everyone.

Caroline is co-directing The Mindful Body's Intensive Studies/Teacher Training along with fellow TMB teacher, Maile Sivert. Click here for more infromation on next year's training.

David Kresner
David Kresner

David Kresner
Yoga found me 14 years ago in New York City. I practiced mostly within the Jivamukti tradition, becoming interested in the ancient sources of Hatha yoga. I moved to San Francisco in 2002, and after a 4 year lull without a practice, I reconnected and dove back in for good. I completed the Yoga Tree teacher training in 2007, rounding out my education with focusing on Vinyasa, Iyengar, and restorative practice. Besides my Yoga Alliance certification, I'm also certified by Judith Lasater to teach Relax and Renew Restorative Yoga. I'm now concentrating my education with Scott Blossom for Shadow Yoga, Ayurveda and Tantra, and with Judith Hanson Lasater and Michelle Duguay for Restorative Yoga.

I bring my dedication to Bhakti to class, hoping to inspire us all to join our voices and breath in chant. I encourage constant dialogue with students, making class a conversation and collaboration to help make the practice personal and deep for each individual.

I hope to be able to equip each student with the tools to delve deeply into their true nature, free from judgement and self criticism. Then we can all step off the mat and into the fullness of every moment.

Jo Lewzey
Jo Lewzey began her journey as a dancer, dancing professionally for 5 years and then realized that she wanted to somehow help others, so she became a Personal Trainer. During the past 10 years Jo has been doing her own inner spiritual work of self discovery. She worked for 2 years with teacher Edward Rice, doing Multi-Dimensional Healing. Gradually, through her own desire to find tools to take her to deeper levels, she found Yoga. Already having the deep connection with her body, she fell in love with Yoga immediately. Jo studied with Yolanda Bain for her teacher training and has taken several teacher training workshops with Rod Stryker (Pure Yoga). She has studied well over 400 hours with her most influential teacher, Maritza, who has helped Jo develop deep roots in the Iyengar and Anusara styles.This year Jo assisted Maritza in her 100 hour Immersion course. Giving Jo a direct experience of the depth and wisdom of Maritza's 30 years of practice and teaching. The most important thing Jo wants to bring across to students of her yoga classes is self acceptance and love; to truly embrace and enjoy the journey of yoga and life, and find a deep connection with one?s body, becoming your own teacher and guide. She also hopes that each student will take a step back from the busy, distracting world in order to see with clarity and focus, as well as find direction in life, guided from the Heart and Soul.

Jo Lewzey
Kari Marble

Kari Marble
Kari Marble is a mother of two and a certified yoga teacher, massage therapist, infant massage instructor and birth educator with a passionate and extensive specialization in the childbearing year and healthy family living. Her classes are highly regarded for their revitalizing and centering practice, educational content, and warm, nurturing community. Kari's vision through yoga is to support women in their physical, emotional and spiritual journey into motherhood. To support this vision, she weaves into classes the opportunity to share openly, to discuss aspects of birth preparation and parenting, to practice techniques for deep breathing and relaxation, and to meditate, deepening inner awareness, connection to baby, trust in the body, and appreciation of the sacred. Kari designs prenatal classes to increase comfort and fluidity in the rapidly changing pregnant body, enabling women to feel a greater sense of strength, vitality, grace, calm, confidence, and playfulness. Postnatal classes include songs and poses with baby along with a focus on yoga poses to help moms feel restored, energized, strong, open and ready for the joys and challenges each day brings. Kari also teaches workshops for expectant couples in yoga and massage for labor and in Calm Birth childbirth meditation. Her classes and workshops are featured in Babies by the Bay, 2nd Edition (Council Oak Books 2005).

Rachael McGowen
Having been committed to her own yoga practice for 12 years, Rachael McGowen completed the Ana Forrest 200-hour Forrest Yoga teacher training in 2010. Well-versed in many different styles of yoga, she chose the Forrest training because it is designed specifically for Western bodies and has a heavy focus on breath, healing, hands-on teaching, addressing injuries, alignment, and embodying spirit - all while being delighted by a truly fun and intensive workout. Before returning to San Francisco in 2011, she taught in Charlottesville, VA, at several studios and with private students. She encourages her students to focus on an intention with every practice, and to move this intention, breath, and focus off the mat and into their lives. Along with Ana Forrest, some of Rachael’s teachers include Les Leventhal, Steve Emmerman, Talya Ring, and David Regelin. Rachael is not only an agent for transformation of her students, but through her sustainability consulting firm, re:SHIFT. She lives in San Francisco with her husband Shawn and new son Benjamin

Elaine Needleman

Elaine Needleman
Elaine Needleman is a long-time practitioner at The Mindful Body, and graduated from the 2012 teacher training with Maile and Caroline. She followed her heart out into the world, and taught yoga in Croatia, Bali, Costa Rica and Thailand. While in Bali, Elaine became certified in Yin Yoga with Jo Phee and Joe Barnett, and has since studied with Sarah Powers. She is currently deepening her meditation practice through Spirit Rock's Mindfulness Yoga and Meditation Teacher Training. Elaine appreciates the uniqueness of each body, mind and spirit, and intelligently guides students along their own path of self-exploration.).

Charu Rachlis
Charu Rachlis, born and raised in Brazil, has been teaching yoga in San Francisco since 1997. She teaches in a Bhakti lineage. She has studied Tibetan Buddhism for many years and has over 20 years of exploring/practicing Meditation. Her teachings incorporate her background in Meditation, Asthanga Yoga and her MA in Psychology from Brazil. Charu honors the profound teachings of BKS Iyengar.


Charu Rachlis
Alexandra Rossi

Alexandra Rossi
Alexandra is a French native who discovered yoga in 1998 when she lived in Florida. She lives her passion by teaching yoga and mindfulness in schools. She studied extensively in the Anusara tradition, Yin, Restorative, Yoga Nidra, and Prenatal Yoga. Her yoga practice has been revolutionized by her interest in mindfulness, which she emphasizes in her classes. Alexandria is deeply inspired by her mindfulness teacher, Thich Nhath Hanh, with whom she studies in the South of France on yearly retreats. Her principal focus is to help women feel at ease and relaxed in the present moment; she brings into her class warmth and compassion, authentic and graceful. She is RYT500 certified and E RYT200. Alexandria understands many ways to work with various stages of a woman's life from teen-age, through pregnancy, and menopause. From beginner to advanced yoga practitioner, her class focuses on each student, how to let go, and surrender.

Maile Sivert
Maile discovered yoga in 1996 while living in Vermont. Immediately, she resonated with yoga and could feel there was something special, something indefinable to it. She continues to explore and experience this sensation in her practice today.

Impassioned by Indian culture, she has traveled to India multiple times, and in 2000 she spent three months studying with BKS Iyengar in Mysore, southern India. She considers Richard Freeman, whom she met while living in Colorado in 1998, to be her primary teacher. She continues to study with him annually and has completed three advanced teacher trainings with him.

Maile teaches yoga in an exploratory way, encouraging the cultivation of intuition as a guide. While rooted in the tradition of Astanga, her practice has been nourished by many styles and teachers. She is inspired by the connection between breath and movement and teaches precision in alignment. Balancing tradition with creativity, her classes are an active, yet nurturing synthesis of flowing postures, breath awareness and yogic philosophy.

Maile became the owner of The Mindful Body in 2014 and co-directs The Mindful Body's Intensive Studies/Teacher Training along with fellow TMB teacher, Caroline Kelley. Click here for more information on next year's training.

Andrew Squier

Andrew Squier
Andrew began his yoga practice in 2007 while at Tufts University in Boston. He has an athletic, contemplative style that is built on his study of Ashtanga Yoga and various forms of Vinyasa Yoga. It was his first guru, Elliott McEldowney, who taught him the importance of effort, intention, and dedication in your yoga practice. After moving to San Francisco in 2012, Andrew completed The Mindful Body Teacher Training under the guidance of Maile Sivert and Caroline Kelley. Since graduating, he has been regularly assisting Maile Sivert in classes, and has begun teaching Vinyasa Yoga at The Mindful Body. Andrew found yoga through a love of personal fitness, anatomy, and nutrition. After studying physical theater and dance, he spent two years in New York City as an actor and movement director. He uses his substantial knowledge of anatomy and body mechanics to guide his students through asana and to give clear and supportive physical adjustments. Andrew strives to create a meditative environment that allows his students to delve deep within themselves. Learn more at

Dorinda Vassigh
Dorinda Vassigh has been practicing yoga since 2001. She received her 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Accreditation from the Mindful Body in 2013 studying under her teachers, Maile Sivert and Caroline Kelley. Dorinda teaches and practices gentle yoga, Vinyasa, Yin yoga, meditation, and yoga for healing.

Dorinda Vassigh

Christina Yueh
I discovered yoga during my last summer in high school and dabbled with "stretching" during free time at university. It wasn't until six years later, after a move to the great yoga-opolis of San Francisco and trying just about every fitness fad out there, that I finally gave yoga an earnest go. Something about yoga hooked me beyond mere physical fitness. After three years of regular asana practice, yoga has evolved into an internal practice for me; it is a time and space of reflection, connection, and exploration within myself.

I've completed my teacher training with Maile Sivert and Caroline Kelley at The Mindful Body in San Francisco and am a certified 200-RYT (200-hour registered yoga teacher) with Yoga Alliance. My teaching is rooted in the classical yoga tradition with an emphasis on breath and body alignment. My classes are moderately paced and provide a space of quiet stillness for inner exploration. I hope to work with you in the near future to find balance in your own life. Namaste!

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