RACHEL RAJPUT (Owner)
Rachel Rajput (ERYT-500) founded Left Coast Power Yoga in 2013 to bring a challenging, heated Power Yoga shala to the Oakland community. As a yoga instructor, she draws from her dance, theater, and improvisation background. She weaves bits of Yogic philosophy into every class and hopes that students come out of her classes ready to take on the world like true Warriors!
She received her 200 Hr Certification from Laughing Lotus SF (with Keith Borden and Jasmine Tarkeshi, and her 300 Hr from Yoga Tree (with Jason Crandall, Janet Stone, Jane Austin, and Annie Carpenter.) Rachel believes that the power of your practice can make any of life’s problems, no matter how big or small, infinitely more manageable. Left Coast vows not to take itself too seriously…. and hopes you do too!
Whitney (ERYT-500) relocated to the Bay Area from Austin, Texas, at the end of 2012. She received her 200-hr training in Texas in January 2010, and her 500-hr certification from Yoga Tree SF, studying primarily with Annie Carpenter. Whitney is an also attorney certified in both Texas and California, but has found true satisfaction in teaching yoga, connecting with students, and continuing to advance her own personal practice.Whitney has found that a daily dose of power yoga keeps her mind at ease and her body strong.
She hopes to give her students that same experience by providing a physically demanding class while reminding everyone not to take themselves so seriously.
Lael fell in love with the physical challenge of vinyasa yoga in 2007. Her first class recalls enormous frustration, with her breath shallow and red face contorted in confusion, though it also planted a sense of curiosity and wonder. The steady breath and serene transitions suggested by the instructor and exhibited by other students lit a spark of longing and inspired a mission: to find a sense of ease within the effort. Quickly, the vigorous flow of the practice began to demonstrate benefits far beyond increasing strength and flexibility. The desire to dig deeper grew, and in 2009 Lael participated in the 200-hour teacher training offered by her local studio in Colorado.
She believes wholeheartedly that “Practice doesn’t make perfect,” practice simply makes practice, though the positive effects that accompany it are myriad and profound. Lael loves to lose herself in a moving meditation, and she endeavors to create a space in which students may drop fully into their breath, fully into their bodies, and thus fully into the present moment. She’s confident that yoga has something to offer everybody, and she strives to help others seek and find what that thing may be for them.
Rebecca believes in leaving yoga feeling better. She has been teaching for five years and practicing for 15, and is continually astonished by the power of a ongoing yoga practice. Her classes are intelligently sequenced, with an emphasis on connecting mind, body and breath through the strengthening and stretching of the body. You’ll leave her classes sweaty, stronger, and open… ready to tackle your beautiful life.
Rebecca received her 200 hour certification in 2011 at Laughing Lotus, and is currently finishing up her 500 hour at Yoga Tree. She is grateful to so many wonderful teachers, including Keith Borden, Jasmine Tarkeshi and Jason Bowman.
Since 2009 Adam has been teaching yoga full time. He is a strong believer that movement and stillness are both necessary for optimal health…and that yoga brings us both. Adam has studied diversely with the likes of Ana Forrest, Alice Joanou, and Bikram Choudary in India. He teaches vinyasa classes which are physically challenging, safe, and allow space for stillness and meditation. Expect a combination of pranayama, lots of core work, and safe asana sequencing.
Adam feels extremely fortunate to have found yoga early in life and to bring this ancient art to others. No matter your age, size, color, gender; a dedicated yoga practice will transform your life from the inside.
Nina is excited to be teaching at Left Coast Power Yoga, the studio that helped her stay grounded and healthy her first year teaching with Oakland Unified School District. Now three years later, Nina is a high school school teacher by day and a yoga teacher by night. She is passionate about creating a safe, dynamic space for her students to breathe, move, and grow on and off the mat.
Nina has been on the mat since and has continued to share her love of the practice with students of all ages. She completed her 200-hour teaching training with It’s Yoga Nicaragua and is grateful for everyone she has been able to learn from and practice alongside.
Phoebe discovered yoga at a time when she needed it most. As a dancer and a perfectionist, yoga spoke to her more free-spirited side. Since then, she has been a little more calm, and a little less antsy. She began a daily practice in Santa Cruz in 2011 at a beautiful studio that combined a hard cardio practice with the divine spiritual. Since then she has molded her own classes with that mentality –molding the physical with the divine.
She completed her 200 hour Teacher Training with Yoga to the People in 2013, and her 300hr in Goa, India in 2016 with Tribe Yoga. She has been teaching all over the Bay Area since 2013. Her classes emphasize alignment and breath, allowing students to build strength and find flexibility. In her classes you can expect to work to your own personal edge, leaving sweaty and a little less antsy.
Lyz Keating is a certified Strala Yoga instructor, who believes that building a natural breath-body connection can create true mental and physical clarity. Lyz’s classes help you find the freedom that comes from embracing your body’s natural movement patterns.
You’ll become strong, healthy and ridiculously happy just by showing up! Lyz discovered strength-based flow yoga while recovering from a ballet injury, and went on to train directly with Tara Stiles and Mike Taylor. She believes that yoga is for everyone, and has led classes for a variety of diverse populations.
After injuring her foot and ankle while running, Elissa decided to get her exercise fix through yoga while she recovered from her injury. As her practice grew, so too did her understanding that yoga was healing her heart as much as it was healing her body. Since she began teaching in 2012, she has since earned her 500-hour certification and has been blessed with the opportunity to work with world-renowned teachers such as Jason Crandell and Janet Stone. Elissa’s experience teaching and participating in retreats, workshops, classes and trainings in the US and abroad has given her the unique ability to infuse her challenging Vinyasa flow classes with a wide variety of interdisciplinary wisdom, ranging anywhere from the classic roots of Ashtanga to the playful principles of AcroYoga.
Elissa’s top priority as a teacher is to create a safe and inclusive space for all, and she believes that yoga should be taught and practiced with an emphasis on critical consciousness and social justice. Whether students come to class looking to perfect their handstand, soak up a little philosophy and inspiration, or just to find a little relief, Elissa’s dynamic and soulful teaching style creates a space where students can challenge, love, and laugh at themselves in a safe and nurturing environment.
Yoga has an incredible way of impacting and transforming a person’s life. Music has this same ability. Bekah’s classes include music, either recorded or DJ’d live in every class. Her intention is for the music to bring something new out in each pose and for each pose to bring something new out in the music. Her class will bring out lots of emotions, sometimes fun and energetic and other times intense and emotional. The quickest way to move through anything is by getting on your mat and moving your body.
Bekah is a passionate animal lover and an active rock climber. She finished her 200hr training with YogaWorks and recently her 500hr mentorship with Abby Tucker.
Bridget first discovered yoga as a field hockey player to help relieve tight muscles and to calm her active mind. After moving to the Central Coast, her practice began to grow, as she discovered not just the physical healing benefits of yoga, but the mental clarity and inner spirituality behind asana. In 2014, Bridget dove into studying yoga and acquired her 200-hour teacher training certification in San Luis Obispo with Jenn Bobbit. As an extremely active and energetic being, yoga serves as way for her to slow down and to find a deep sense of self-awareness. Yoga has been an essential tool in her self-discovery process and she truly believe that through cultivating awareness of the body and the breath, we develop a deeper connection with our true selves. The intimate connection she has developed with her yoga practice is what brings her back to her mat and fires her passion to share the power and joy of yoga with others.
Bridget’s classes fuse together innovative and challenging sequences with pranayama and mediation to get you moving and grooving. You’ll leave class feeling balanced, centered, and definitely sweaty!
Kellyn teaches a powerful vinyasa flow class, heavily influenced by principles of mindfulness and her daily meditation practice. With an appetite for exploring edges, Kellyn uses her nearly 10 years of vinyasa practice to guide her challenging sequencing while revealing the importance of breath in our daily lives away from the mat. Her highest aspiration as a teacher is to light a small fire in her students curiosity for their own abilities of awareness, insight, and strength.
Her influences include the mindfulness teachings of Pema Chödrön, Buddhism, and lots of dance. She recently returned to the Bay after living in Northern Thailand for 6 months teaching yoga and learning Thai massage and its intersection with acro yoga. She plans on teaching, and learning, for the rest of her life.
I was born in Israel on February 13th 1981. I moved with my family to the states as a baby and then back to Israel when I was twelve.
When I turned 30, I left Israel once again and moved to San Francisco – following my heart and an awesome love story (which totally worked out).
I’ve been living in the bay area ever since and LOVE IT!
Yoga came into my life in 2005. I was in university, studying for a Bachelors degree in Plant Science (nailed it). I can’t say that yoga saved my life – but it definitely improved and changed it! From my very first class I knew that I had found my practice.
I’ve been practicing ever since and started teaching in 2011. I’ve always been a dreamer and a lover of the Divine. My path has led me to many beautiful teachers and teachings and for that I am grateful.
Keisha found yoga when she was in a high-visibility, high-stress career. Her practice helped her cope with anxiety not only in her job, but also in her daily life. She is so thankful for her practice every day as it reminds her not to take herself too seriously, to breathe, and to be present.
Keisha received her 200 hr certificate from Namaste Yoga & Wellness in Oakland, and her trauma informed yoga certificate from Connection Coalition – a partner of Left Coast Yoga’s.
Her classes focus on balancing the movement of the body and will almost always include balancing poses and ab work.
Keisha also has a business that is dedicated to helping new yoga teacher graduates on their journey to becoming teachers – thedrivenyogi.com. You can keep up to date with her classes, when she’ll be subbing, and other yoga antics on Instagram or Facebook @thedrivenyogi.
Katie grew up playing competitive sports and eventually turned her passion into work by completing her Bachelors of Science Degree in Exercise Physiology. This lead her into personal training and teaching group fitness classes. After eight years in the gym setting she stumbled into the practice of Yoga while traveling through Northern India. She immediately fell in love with Yoga and completed her first 200 hour TTC in Rishikesh, India. After which, she stayed in India for the following 2.5 years studying under three separate teachers in both the north and the south. She completed her second 200 hour TTC in Dharamsala, India and was able to stay to teach at a Yoga school in the Himalayas.
In her classes Katie strives to incorporate aspects from her Eastern and Western trainings. She encourages students to connect with their mind and body while flowing through the asanas. She believes that we are all capable of healing ourselves from within, and has found Yoga to be a great facilitator of this. She continues to build upon her studies through learning from fellow teachers and delving deeper into the study of Yoga through additional trainings. Yoga has changed her life, mind, and body.
For Brandon, to teach yoga and to practice yoga are one in the same. There is not a time where he feels more connected than when guiding his students through asana. It all started back in the summer of 2013, when his brother dragged him to his first Power Vinyasa class. Immediately Brandon was hooked, and knew that he needed more of this blissful butt kicking in his life. He joined a local studio in his hometown of Los Angeles, and after a year of practice, completed his 200 hour Power Yoga Teacher Training.
He has since then participated in a Hot Yoga teacher training, as well as a number of continuing education programs. Brandon has taught at studios across the Los Angeles and Bay Area, and continues to lead arm balance, back bending, and safe mobility workshops. Expect his class to be a slow burn, with a deep focus on breath, postural alignment, and muscle action cues. When Brandon is not teaching yoga, you can catch him making a mess in the kitchen, watching Top Chef, reading a book, or writing poetry.
Are you looking for some inspiration? Need some new playlists to rev up your workouts? Well, honey, you are in the right place!
I am a NASM Certified Personal Trainer and current Left Coast Teacher Trainee, with a history of physical trauma and a passion for inspiring others to have fun getting fit.
You are awesome. You are beautiful. You can feel amazing in your body. I am here to help!
I’ve battled body image issues my entire life, spent time in a wheelchair as a 12-year-old and survived three life-threatening bicycle accidents as an adult. I am here to tell you that you have the power to overcome anything! You have the spark, or The Whoa as I like to call it, and I’m gonna help you find it, ignite it, and let you shine like the magical, glittery disco ball you are
Are you ready? LET’S DO THIS!!!
Kate seeks to brighten up the world and expand her community through the practices of yoga, pranayama, and meditation. She brings over 16 years of personal yoga and meditation practice to her teaching – discovering yoga as adolescent. Her yoga classes are known to be soulful, light hearted, sweaty, and breath centered.
Kate has found much healing and balance through yoga and breathwork. She is happy to be sharing these practices so that the benefits of the practice can trickle off your mat and meet you wherever you are in life. Kate finds inspiration from the world around her.
In addition to yoga, Kate teaches Soulful Breathwork, a transformative practice in which we use the breath to facilitate personal growth and spiritual development. For some, this breathwork practice is life changing. She is currently pursuing her 300 hour Teacher Training with Noah Maze.
My name is Rachel and I believe that the purpose of yoga is to feel better–body, mind and soul! I love a good playlist that stays with you long after you leave the mat and a rigorous vinyasa that makes you sweat and smile simultaneously.
I come to my mat each practice to find my breath and reconnect with my body, to feel the pulse of a supportive community and to touch back in with myself. I teach to create a safe and inclusive space where my students can form their own relationship with both the practice and with themselves.
Maureen found her way to yoga as many who have come before her – during pregnancy. That was in 2002! In 2013, she found Barefoot Movement and did her Teacher Training. The rest can be summed up with the quote: “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”
In addition to Left Coast Power yoga, Maureen teaches two weekly classes at 24 Hour Fitness. She is also a founding member of the “Black to Yoga” collective. This collective hosts a once a month event in Oakland, featuring five back-to-back yoga classes taught by yogis from the African diaspora. Every background, every gender, every body size, and every generation is welcome.
As a former athlete, one of the most rewarding parts of Maureen’s yoga practice has been getting (re)acquainted with her physical body in a whole new way, and she is eager to help other students do the same.
A long-time Berkeley resident who grew up in Lima, Peru, Mario took his first yoga class in 2014 and it was love at first sight. He quickly recognized that yoga was a powerful tool for helping him overcome his long battle with depression. In the years since, he has been able to navigate life with greater ease, joy, and conviction.
He completed his 200-hour training in early 2015 and is currently pursuing an additional 300 hours with Janet Stone Yoga in San Francisco. His classes can be described as welcoming, grounding, and challenging, with a focus on building strength from within..
Cynthia believes that yoga can dynamically shift our way of being in the world – to a more open and inspired life. After graduating college in 2013 she moved to Berkeley, CA to live at the Tibetan Nyingma Institute to practice meditation. She received her 200 HR in 2016 at Down Under School of Yoga in Boston with Natasha Rizopoulos.
Cynthia’s classes are rooted in mindfulness, relaxation and acceptance — because it’s from that space of relaxed awareness that magic happens.
Valerie graduated from Left Coast’s first 200 hr Teacher Training program in 2018, and followed it with a 50 hr Bheemashakti YTT course with her sister, Angela Patriarca and Troy Munsey in San Diego.
She has also done trainings with Eric Pascal and been a student of Mysore Ashtanga Yoga. Valerie hopes to create an environment where we can find breath, movement, joy…and maybe just getting our heads out of our asses.
CATHERINE CARTWRIGHT HAND
Catherine is a well traveled yogi with a love for adventure and growth. From her roots in Tennessee, to living in Colorado for almost a decade, and now settling into life in the East Bay, Catherine is always ready for what comes next! Yet, one thing has remained constant through the movement of her life — yoga.
Catherine is currently working towards her 500-Hour Advanced Vinyasa Yoga Teacher training with Jason Crandell in San Francisco, completion: Winter 2020. She is a graduate of multiple advanced studies modules with Tias Little at his yoga temple, Prajna Yoga, in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Catherine completed her 200-Hour Vinyasa Yoga Training as well as a Yin and Restorative certification in Denver, Colorado. She has worked with many renowned teachers to continue her yoga and meditation education, and is always striving to enhance her student’s yoga experience.
Catherine believes yoga is training for the modern world. In a day and age where life can move fast and furious, the practice is here to support the mind, body, and spirit. Catherine aspires to weave a sense of strength, alignment, balance, and confidence in her students.