Our teachers are the heart of Enso. Through their own self practice and continued study, each instructor brings a depth of knowledge, experience and unique perspective to class, providing encouragement and inspiration to their students. We offer an eclectic range of yoga traditions, giving you the opportunity to find the teacher who’s style best suits your needs.
As Enso’s Director of Yoga and Wellness, Amy loves to teach, coach, and help make Enso’s unique offerings available to the world. Amy became a certified yoga teacher in 2001 after shifting gears from a wonderful corporate career in Washington DC. She received her first of many certifications from Willow Street Yoga and began teaching classes and workshops there. Amy has studied, practiced and taught many different yoga modalities over the years specializing in the biomechanics of asana and many of the effective practices that Tantra has to offer including pranayama, meditation, and yoga therapy. Her primary teacher is Yogarupa Rod Stryker in the Parayoga tradition. Amy is also a private and group health coach and continues study and teach the ancient and modern tools that practice has to offer. Her motivation is to help guide, witness and reflect the transformation that clients discover through their own personal process. She lives in Half Moon Bay with her husband, 2 teenagers and a very cute French bulldog.
AMY'S CLASSES AT ENSO
Sunday | 9-10:30am | Tantra Vinyasa Yoga
Tuesday | 9-10:30am | Gentle Yoga
Thursday | 9-10:30am | Gentle Yoga
When I first started practicing yoga in 1995 my experience of my own body was from the outside, looking in with my eyes. I had to turn around to look back at my leg or my foot to know for certain whether they were “doing it right”. After years of daily practice under the gaze of my teachers, and many more years of daily self-practice, my perspective has shifted. I can describe it as my legs and my feet having eyes now too, and that following my breath while moving has gradually opened more eyes.
In my classes, I share the methods that have helped me to embody myself. The Feldenkrais method takes you deeply into the sensations of your body to find and refine your internal body maps. The Ashtanga method offers an opportunity, to demonstrate for yourself through daily practice, that you truly do not know your own capacity. I am forever grateful to my teachers: Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, Sharath Rangaswamy Jois, Chris Buhner, Eddie Stern, Mary Flinn, Marcia Margolin and Magnolia Zuniga.
MEG'S CLASSES AT ENSO
Tuesday | 7-8am | Ashtanga Half Primary Series
Thursday | 7-8am | Ashtanga Half Primary Series
Saturday | 10:15 - 11:30 | Ashtanga Half Primary Series
Robert started practicing yoga in 1974 while working at "The Kosmos", a meditation center in Amsterdam. He has been teaching integrative yoga classes since 1999. His classes incorporate elements from Chi gong and traditional Thai massage. He has spent lengthy times in Asia studying yoga and the healing arts in Thailand, India and Japan. Robert holds a 500 hours yoga certification in the US.
ROBERTS CLASSES AT ENSO
Sunday | 11am-12:30pm | Integrative Yin Yoga
Friday |9:00 AM - 10:30 AM |Gentle Yoga
I specialize in the therapeutic applications of yoga, drawing from my degree in Kinesiology and Physical Education, a former career as a body worker, and my work in prevention and rehabilitation of dance injuries to tailor each class to my students’ specific needs. My teaching style is strongly influenced by Judith Lasater, PT, Ph.D. and Elise Miller in the Iyengar tradition, and Deborah Koehn in the Ashtanga and Iyengar traditions.
The Pranayama (breathing) practices I learned from Elise Miller helped to heal and expand my lungs after a chemical burn. They brought vitality to my body and peace and ease to my soul. Because I am an anatomy geek, I particularly honor and appreciate Mr Iyengar’s attention to precise alignment and detail. When I teach asana, I teach biomechanics and prevention of injury. As Judith Hanson Lasater says, "Yoga is not about touching your toes, but what you learn on the way down.” I teach a practical approach to yoga. When you learn to incorporate your
practice into your daily life, almost anything can become a yoga prop. You can learn to do yoga in the grocery store, at the kitchen sink, at the computer, or while taking out the recyclables!
I love teaching beginners, as well as intermediate and advanced students who embrace the beginner’s mind. "Shoshin” (初⼼心), or beginner’s mind, is a Zen Buddhist concept meaning an attitude of openness, eagerness and lack of preconceptions when studying a subject, even when studying at an advanced level, just as a beginner in that subject would.
In addition to teaching yoga, I have studied Yoga Movement with Gay White in Berkeley, California, I teach folk dance and lead community healing and
celebratory rituals in the Dagara tradition.
LINDAGRACE'S CLASSES AT ENSO
Friday | 11am-12:30pm | Wise Women Yoga
Monday | 6pm -7:30pm | Wise Women Yoga
Natalie is a spirited and passionate visionary! Yoga found her in 2001 just after completing her Bachelors degree in Neurobiology and Physiology from UC Davis. Yoga was a coming home like she had never experienced, satiating her scientific mind and awakening in her the power and potential of the subtler aspects of the Self and of Life. She has traveled and studied with various teachers across the U.S. and internationally, including the late Sri K Pattabhi Jois in Mysore, India. Certified in 2003, Natalie continues to study under the tutelage of her primary teacher, Bhavani Maki in Kauai, Hawaii. A forever student, Natalie graduated in 2015 from Life Chiropractic College West in Hayward, California
as a Doctor of Chiropractic. Her ever deepening professional commitment to the evolution of the nervous system and human health and healing
in its most wholistic form, joyfully informs her yoga teaching. Natalie's challenging yet compassionate classes combine fun and playful vinyasa sequences with more
refined and exacting explorations into the depths of body and being that faithfully reflect her passion for life and commitment to transformation.
NATALIE'S CLASSES AT ENSO
Tuesday |6:00 PM - 7:30 PM | Vinyasa I/II
Saturday | 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM | Vinyasa II/III
LISA LOVE HALL
With almost 20 years of yoga experience, I have a passion for yoga, mindfulness, and creative expression.I started practicing yoga in 1999 and was inspired to become a teacher in 2010. Since completing my 200-Hour Vinyasa Flow Teacher Training in 2010, I have continued to expand my knowledge in Kids Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Mindfulness and Meditation, and Sound Healing. In 2011, I traveled to India and participated in a two-week yoga and meditation retreat, visited holy temples, practiced yoga and meditation daily, and attended Yantra painting workshops. I am grateful to be teaching mind-body wellness programs with adults and youth of all ages. My motto in life follows Mahatma Gandhi, “Be the change you wish to see in the world”, and I am actively influencing positive change in the San Francisco Bay Area every day.
LISA LOVE HALL CLASSES AT ENSO
Monday | Restorative Yoga | 12pm-1pm
Wednesday | Restorative Yoga | 12pm-1pm
My path with yoga has delighted and informed me with each twist, turn, hill & valley. I first discovered yoga in 1984 when I took an extra-curricular class at Indiana University. As a collegiate soccer player, I was looking for something to help me stretch my muscles and be physically flexible. Later as a graduate student in psychology at Sonoma State, I again explored yoga as an avenue to study the mind. It wasn’t until 2002 when I found my teacher, Nancy Schalk and completed her YA200 Teacher Training that I experienced the true and infinitely deep Heart of Yoga. I have been teaching (as well as learning) since.
In 2011, I founded Flourish Yoga + Wellbeing in Indiana as well as an accredited Yoga Alliance 200-hour Teacher Training School. I sold the studio and moved myself and Great Pyrenees, Padma, to Kauai, Hawaii in 2015. There I taught at the lovely Metamorphose Yoga studio for 3 years. During that time, I had a near death experience and my healing came through loving community, yoga asana, mudras, and meditation. Each experience, and beings that I intersect with on this life path are my teachers.
In my classes, you will hear me remind you that your greatest teacher is within and to follow the compass of your heart. My intention is to be of service by empowering others to believe in possibility and choose to live a vibrant, flourishing life however you uniquely create it. It is with humility, gratitude, and excitement that I am teaching in the beautiful Enso yoga community.
Namaste and Aloha ~ Amy Lin Thomas
AMY LIN'S CLASSES AT ENSO
Monday |9:00AM - 10:30AM| Rise and Shine Vinyasa
Wednesday |9:00AM - 10:30AM| Rise and Shine Vinyasa
Sharing the healing power of yoga has been my passion for the last 6 years of my life. I started my relationship with yoga at seventeen while recovering from knee injuries. I fell in love with its intelligence and was inspired to share its benefits. In 2015 my practice expanded as I was given opportunities to teach in my hometown of Redding, Ca. It was there my learning solidified as I watched how the yoga healed the body, mind and soul of those I taught. Yoga became the doorway to healing and a safe, empowering space away from the challenges that awaited them outside class. And that is the magic, that feeling we are left with after class.
Recently, I have been focusing more on tradition through Ashtanga yoga, working on the primary series and delving into the philosophy of yoga. What I can offer is a comfortable, safe space for you to practice and experience that magic that Yoga offers us in promoting a healthy, joyful life in love and gratitude.
JESSICA'S CLASSES AT ENSO
Wednesday |6:00 PM - 7:30 PM | Community Yoga Class
RYT-200~ Rest and Renew® nd excitement that I am teaching in the beautiful Enso yoga community.
Daughter. Sister. Friend.
Born and raised in Redwood City I returned to the Bay Area after finishing my undergrad on the East Coast. I worked almost 15 years in the healthcare industry with the latter 8 years focused in Biotech. Yoga has weaved in and out of my life for over 20 years. My first Yoga class was Bikram, although my personal practice has changed to Vinyasa or Iyengar.
Loving life and living yoga provides me with the opportunity to connect and experience so many people and places. I am living my passion for teaching Restorative Yoga as well as Yin yoga and Meditation.
Setareh CLASSES AT ENSO
Thursday |6:00pm - 6:30pm| Rise and Shine Vinyasa