Welcome! We the teachers at It’s All Yoga look forward to meeting you. Most of us have been teaching here for years, which creates a feeling of community and collaboration. We may have individualized styles, but there is much respect and love among us. Find out more about us below…
meet the teachers
Michelle Marlahan, Proprietress
When I was first learning about yoga in the mid 90s, it felt like all these separate parts of myself came together and finally made sense (well, most of the time).
These days, my yoga is inspired by poetry, nature, slowing down, and a fascination for the human body. As a teacher, I encourage curiosity and interest in the process rather than reaching a final destination.
My favorite teaching happens in the collaboration sessions of our 200 and 300 hour Teacher Training programs. I also love hosting workshops and retreats. But the real work is in the day-to-day — those who show up for practice amid all the other things in life. And for that, I love weekly classes, where we balance the seriousness and instruction with levity and lightness and fun. In yoga, there is enough room for whatever comes up.
When I’m not teaching, writing, or running things behind the scenes, I love hiking, taking photos, waving at animals, daydreaming and making funny sounds on my guitar.
The path that brought me to yoga begins in a community education class in Athens, Ohio. I had no idea it would change my life in the ways that it has and continues to do. That was in about 1993 and I’ve seen yoga benefit my life beyond comprehension. I try to take as many classes in as many styles as I can find. This curiosity influences my teaching, allowing my classes to have a flow that doesn’t quite fit into any one style. This is not to say that I’ve created my own style, but that I draw from many streams of wisdom.
My classes are known to be sweet, but also challenging in ways both physical and mental. To me, yoga isn’t just a physical practice, it is something more than that. Every person defines “more than that” in their own way and that’s part of what makes it all beautiful.
When I’m not teaching yoga, I’m learning how to play accordion and I can also be found dancing in the Dances of Universal Peace. I believe we are all on the same path—Toward the One. The Sufi teachings of Hazrat Inayat Khan and others speak directly to my heart. I also lead a Kirtan band called Radiant Friend; we’ve been leading call-and-response chanting in the Sacramento area since 2010.
I have done in-depth study with Sean Johnson, Jason Crandell and Sarah Powers, and have attended many different workshops.
My personal teaching style integrates emphasis on alignment and form with a Vinyasa style of coordinating breath and movement. I am a certified yoga teacher, and completed an intensive, residential Teacher Training program with Ganga White and Tracey Rich at the White Lotus Foundation in Santa Barbara, California. I teach specialty yoga classes for corporations, parent groups, children and health care facilities in the greater Sacramento area.
I am also a registered nurse, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing and a Master’s Degree in Public Health. I have worked in a variety of healthcare settings nationally and overseas as a clinical nurse, consultant and health educator. I have been in the dance and fitness industry for over 20 years.
When I was a kid people told me I had great posture, and I actually got what that meant. I couldn’t wait for those classes where you dissected pig hearts and memorized bone names. I loved to dance and do headstands (still do)!
My name is Bella Dreizler, and I have devoted a lifetime to fermenting a potent brew of yoga, physical therapy and 5Rhythms: an integrated body wisdom infused with heart and soul. Instinct tells us how to heal, but when your body feels like a challenging place to live, guidance from a skilled and compassionate coach, a hands-on expert, will make a vital difference. There is no substitute for mega-experience.
As a human being with my own unique physical challenge history, as a physical therapist with 40+ years of clinical maturity, as a yogi, as a dancer – I feel in to what you need and find a simple healing path that is pleasurable, fun and relaxing, something you are drawn to, something that makes the D-word (discipline) not so daunting. Come move with me: on your yoga mat, on my treatment table, on any dance floor. More information? www.bodyjoy.net.
One way I define yoga is the absence of conflict. Although I’d submit that yoga cannot actually be taught, conditions leading to the realization of yoga may be facilitated.
As a facilitator, I’m a kind of yoga “conductor,” suggesting certain structural arrangements of the physical body with attunement to the subtle body so that within a few meditative breaths, the mindbody may be experienced as a clear vessel of consciousness. Whereas my classes are a personal distillation of established yoga traditions (including classical Ashtanga and Iyengar-style), somatics, and creative intuitions, they invite a comprehensive practice of breathing-edge flow in which intensity is self-regulated and the main objective is to awaken one’s whole Self. My offerings are the culmination of Life’s journey.
Residing and traveling in mostly Eastern countries for nearly seven years in the 90s elicited within me a merger of such archetypes as the wandering mystic, meditative thinker, and healing artist. Since my first yoga teacher trainings in 1999, I began “teaching” in 2001 and completed a master’s degree integrating Eastern psychology, somatics, and holistic health in 2003. Along with my hypnotherapy/energetic healing practice, I give talks and workshops on practical themes of consciousness and healing, supporting individuals in embracing the universal principles and unique expression of their own nature. My hope for everyone sharing practice with me is that, by the moment of Namaste, your heart may know itself again.
When I started my Yoga practice in 2001, it did not have the public’s attention like it does today. I came to the practice with a limited understanding of what it was. At the time, I had no physical exercise or spiritual practice. I was at a place in my life where I wanted something different, but didn’t know what or how to figure it out. I felt apathetic. A friend recommended that I try Yoga.” During my first class I felt very uncomfortable and out of place. Everyone else in the room seemed to move so easily through the poses, while I struggled, not only to move but to understand what the teacher was asking us to do. Regardless, I liked the idea of having a physical activity that was more than just a workout. I liked how the teacher encouraged us to be patient with ourselves and guided us to be curious about the sensations in our body as opposed to pushing it or being upset with it for what it wasn’t. This really spoke to me as I was someone who carried around the burden of a negative self-image. My Yoga practice gave me the space to question and explore the old and unhelpful patterns in which I was living. As my body opened, my mind followed. As my muscles started to transform and change, so did my perspective of myself and the world around me.
For me, teaching was a natural next step on my path of self-discovery. While supporting others in their path, I learn more about my own. The student/teacher relationship becomes cyclical and for that I am truly grateful for every person that steps into my classroom. In 2013, after thirteen years of a daily dedicated Yoga practice, I took my study to a new level by signing up for a 500-HR advanced teacher training, which I completed in early 2015. I am a full time teacher and have spent many hours in the studio teaching and growing. The focus of my classes is on physical alignment to support sustainability of the body, and meditation to deepen the body, mind, spirit connection.
Happiness and gratitude for the experiences we all share–tempered by a strong sense of humor–bring me to this point in my yoga experience.
I have a background in healthcare and non-profit management and am known for creating comfortable environments that encourage people to approach new experiences with light-hearted ease. The intention for the classes I facilitate is compassionate access to the benefits of yoga for everyone. It is my experience that all teachers are students… And all students have something to teach.
My soul is fed by gardening, reading, cooking, travel and savoring time with my husband and our family. A bowl of popcorn, a classic movie and a grandchild or two and I’m good for hours!
My first yoga class 14 years ago was at a community college and I nearly fainted. All my life of constant exercise through recreational sports, competitive volleyball and running, I had never experienced such a challenge. To be still, to be “in tune” with myself…crazy! That is when the love affair with yoga began.
In the last 10 years, after I took up marathon running, yoga became an addiction, a therapy. It was a place to go to “slow down” and “pay attention to me,” and neither were judged. Crashing headfirst into IAY’s 200-hour Teacher Training in 2013, I got to submerge myself in these two practices and experience the full range of effects — uncomfortable, blissful, often frightening, but always rewarding. And now I get to share the value of “slowing down” and “paying attention” with others. I also used to play in the corporate world (marketing and such) most of my adult life and then decided, “Why do that when I can do this!?” Teaching brings me a sense of clarity. Through class, if each of my students can find a bit more clarity and fun with asana, pranayama, meditation, self, heart, life — that equals success for me. Even if clarity and fun mean simply a smile on their faces!
When I am not playing with yoga I love to cook, be outdoors, play in the water, travel and play with my big brown BFF Duke.
I’m a singer/songwriter in hibernation, a facilitator of yoga and writing, and somebody’s mother. I took my first yoga class in the early ‘90s because I heard it might make me feel better, and that’s what I wanted, to feel better. I lived the first half of my life in my head—dreaming, studying or creating. Yoga helped me hear my body’s voice for the first time. I come back again and again because yoga meets me where I am no matter how old or injured I feel, and because it reconnects my pieces better than anything else I have found. And although I’ve been breathing since the day I was born, somehow I still feel like I need to practice breathing.
What else is there to know about me? I like to drink tea from tiny cups. I love Willie Nelson. I sing silly songs about my dog while I’m doing dishes—and he doesn’t come—ever. I love to drive on the back roads with no map. Sometimes, I write in my blog. If I could do nothing for a living, I would never retire. Every so often, I sit in a room with adolescents, and I let them write what they want and say what they think. Sometimes, I sneak a little “yoga” in there. We practice listening to the world around us. We read poetry. We find the ground with our hands and feet. We breathe.
I bring the same spirit to my yoga classes: the spirit of creativity, listening and receptivity. I believe in helping people find their voices, whether that be through moving their bodies or moving their pen. I invite you to listen. I invite you to hear your own voice.
Hi, my name is Jeanne, as in “I dream of…”, not Jean, like your old Aunt. In the beginning, my Yoga practice was a form of exercise, but over the years it has morphed into a vehicle for self-discovery, self-love and self-care. This transformation coincided with all-too-familiar experiences with sickness and death. I do not know why these experiences have dotted my life’s path, but through my practice of Yoga I have found more peace and clarity around these difficult aspects of living. Yoga has provided a much-needed shift in perspective, creating an awareness around what is truly important and shedding the unnecessary minutia.
Ironically, the self-centered aspect of the practice has opened my heart to loving all things more genuinely and deeply. My practice is a blend of Yin and Yang, since I like a little sweat and a snooze. As a teacher, I hope students leave class having laughed at least once, feeling a bit more tuned-in and lighter.
My first Yoga class was at a gym. Before that I had tried aerobics, running, a master’s swim program and weight lifting, but the challenges of yoga have held my interest for the last 10 years. Four years after my initial class I felt I needed to share my experience. That’s when I became a Registered Yoga Teacher through Yoga Alliance.
Following my path, I’ve since taught at large gyms, several studios and private sessions. As part of my desire to grow spiritually, I wanted to collaborate with Michele Marlahan, the owner of It’s All Yoga. Greeting each morning with Yoga’s practice/path gives me insight as to how I treated myself the day before.
Every day is a new chance to begin anew. What I try to share is the experience of how it feels to be free; separated from our mind chatter and at ease within our physical bodies with space to process the emotional baggage. These are only two examples of the things that limit us in countless ways. It’s how consciously you work within your limits that is the Heart of Yoga.
Using my experience as a guide, I encourage exploration in the postures through focused attention and awareness of the breath. My style balances strength, suppleness and compassion with an emphasis on finding ease in the practice. I praise all my teachers, which includes the students. They have shown me that a sense of humor and a compassionate soul are wonderful companions to have while on the path.
I am a new mom and a public school teacher currently on parental leave. My days are now spent chasing a toddler around, trying to keep her safe and getting her to sleep. And of course, resting when she’s resting. My early yoga practice was really physical and intense. Not surprising, so was my life.
Now my practice is a more gentle, restorative one. Even in an active class, you’ll probably find me laying on the floor with a bolster. Feel free to rest with me. Sunday Snooze is what I call my class. 90 minutes of fully supported poses with full permission to snore if necessary. When I’m not chasing my toddler around, I enjoy time in the gym’s steamroom, on Twitter and writing my blog Teacher Goes Back to School.