Teachers

The Yoga Room’s faculty of over twenty teachers bring expertise in guiding a wide range of people through yoga for all types of people, for use in physical healing, spiritual growth, or community. Please contact us for more information on finding the class and instructor who is right for you!

Donald Moyer, Founding Director

Donald Moyer began practicing Iyengar yoga in 1971 and teaching in 1974. He founded The Yoga Room in 1978 and served as director for over thirty years. Donald studied extensively with B.K.S. Iyengar in India from 1976–1988 and continues to be deeply inspired by his method. He wrote the Asana column for Yoga Journal in 1987, 1989, and 1992. His book, Yoga: Awakening the Inner Body, is available at The Yoga Room. For information, email Donald at yogaroom@aol.com. (Author photo © David Martinez.)

Gay White, Director

Gay White teaches yoga and is Director of The Yoga Room and a member of the faculty of The Yoga Room’s Advanced Studies Program. She has studied asana and pranayama from Donald Moyer since 1991 and at the Iyengar Institute in Pune, India. Gay’s many classes and workshops are dedicated to alignment and awareness in a safe and creative mixed-level learning community. Gay also leads yoga retreats and intensives locally and internationally. She has been making dances since 1975, and is director of the Yoga Garden Dancers. Gay teaches a 3-hour Yoga Movement Seminar on the first Saturday of each month from 2–5pm, September 2013 – June 2014. For information, see YogaGarden.org.

Mary Lou Weprin, Advanced Studies Director

Mary Lou Weprin, Associate Director of the Advanced Studies Program, has been leading practice intensives at The Yoga Room for many years. Her skill in sequencing makes challenging poses more accessible and gives familiar poses more depth. She also gives workshops in the U.S. and Canada.

Deidre O’Brien, Advanced Studies Administrator

Deidre O’Brien has been practicing Iyengar-style yoga and meditation since 1991. She graduated from The Yoga Room’s 3 year 1,000-hour Advanced Studies Program in 2009. Deidre has assisted the Yoga for 55+ class at The Yoga Room taught by Herta Weinstein, M.D. since 2007. She specializes in adapted and modified poses to allow individuals of all ages and abilities to experience the joy of the practice of yoga.

Ada Lusardi

Ada Lusardi’s classes and workshops marry the heart and science of yoga by offering nuanced and precise teaching with warmth and humor. Through the use of compassionate and clear direction, intelligent sequencing, and skillful hands-on adjustments, Ada’s teachings challenge and refine one’s yoga practice, regardless of age or ability. A self-professed “anatomy geek,” she leads classes and retreats throughout California’s Bay area and around the country. She is graduate of The Yoga Room’s Advanced Studies Program and a perennial student of yoga and life. For information about Ada’s work see adayoga.com.

Benjamin Flowers

Benjamin Flowers was first introduced to Yoga as a teenager while living in Asheville, N.C. By the time he was 21 it was his greatest passion and he spent six months in South India studying classical Ashtanga Yoga. For the past couple of years he has trained under the exquisite guidance of Mary Lou Weprin, Donald Moyer, Gay White, and the entire teaching faculty of The Yoga Room in Berkeley.

Bonnie Maeda

Bonnie Maeda, RN, teaches Restorative Yoga and co-teaches Yoga For Health at The Yoga Room as well as at several Bay Area hospitals and Women’s Centers. She is certified by the Arthritis Foundation and also as an “Advanced Relax and Renew” teacher from Judith Hanson Lasater’s program. Her approach is gentle yoga for health and healing as well as restorative yoga to promote relaxation and manage stress. She believes in the benefits of yoga for every age, body type, and ability.

Bridget Frederick

Bridget Frederick began studying at The Yoga Room in 2002 and is a graduate of the Advanced Studies Program. She has worked with students of all ages, body types and abilities. Individualized attention to each of her students, a strong focus on alignment and core strength, and her adept use of props allow for a comfortable experience of yoga. Whether you’re brand new to yoga or a well-practiced regular, you’ll emerge feeling stretched out and stronger than when you came in. See bridget-yoga.com.

Debbie Gilman

Debbie Gilman, M.A., ERYT 500, has been teaching yoga since 1998. She graduated from and now teaches for the Yoga Room’s Advanced Studies Program and is a student of Donald Moyer. She is also on the faculty of the teacher training program at Downtown Yoga in Pleasanton. Debbie has rich experience in yoga therapeutics having taught one-on-one yoga-based rehabilitation at Innate Chiropractic & Wellness Studio in Albany and healing yoga at the Women’s Cancer Resource Center in Oakland for many years. Debbie has a BA from Stanford and an MA from Harvard. For more information, contact Debbie at 510-919-4456 or at d_gilman@sbcglobal.net

Deborah Saliby

Deborah Saliby is an Iyengar certified yoga teacher, a graduate from the Iyengar Yoga Institute in San Francisco and has been teaching yoga for 30 years in the Bay Area. Also, a childbirth educator, certified Hypnotherapist and HypnoBirthing instructor, she teaches on-going general yoga, prenatal yoga classes and the HypnoBirthing Childbirth Education program. For information see www.envisionings.com or contact Deborah at 510-541-1395, deborahsaliby@comcast.net.

Ellen Mossman

Ellen Mossman, CMT, BCST, practices and teaches Craniosacral Therapy, anatomy, and yoga on both coasts. She has been practicing yoga since 1997, and is a graduate of The Yoga Room’s Advanced Studies Program. Ellen’s 30-year orthopedic and somatic bodywork practice allows her to respond to the individual needs of each student, emphasizing safe movement and alignment in a lighthearted atmosphere. She loves exploring and sharing yoga’s many facets. She is passionate about the study of anatomy and its application in living movement. Ellen brings inquiry, warmth, and humor to her classes. For information: 510.527.7968, ellen@craniosacralwork.com, http://www.craniosacralwork.com.

Herta Weinstein

Herta Weinstein, MD, began practicing Iyengar yoga in the late 1970s, and in 1988 enrolled in the first Advanced Studies Program, which she has completed. Herta has been teaching yoga to seniors since 1995 at The Yoga Room, at community centers, and in private sessions.

Jim Stockton

Jim Stockton has been teaching yoga in the SF Bay Area, in a number of therapeutic or clinical settings, since the end of the 1990s. In 2003, he graduated from the The Yoga Room’s Advanced Studies Program. Since then, he has worked within and outside of the Iyengar community, primarily with Mary Lou Weprin and Michael Lucy; but also holding extensive retreats with Tias Little, Sarah Powers, and Dharmanidhi Saraswati; and further study within Zen, Vajrayana, and Vipassana meditation traditions. Most recently, Jim’s work has focused on Trauma recovery—both in a San Francisco mental health clinic (Dept of Public Health); working with Vets and PTSD; and observing Japanese yoga teachers work with the trauma sufferers immediately following the Fukushima tsunami/nuclear accident.

Katherine Youngmeister

Katherine Youngmeister, has studied Feldenkrais Movement® since 1990 and has been a student at The Yoga Room since 1996. A long time educator, she started her career in early childhood education. In 1977 she established The Berkeley Sauna, and she also served as Chief Financial Officer at Ten Speed Press. Katherine has led Alternatives to Violence Project Workshops in communities, prisons, and Quaker organizations. Having completed two years in Feldenkrais Practioner Training, a four-year training, she is now an authorized student teacher of Awareness Through Movement® and finds it a great combination with yoga for comfort, balance, and vitality in daily life.

Linda Burnham

Linda Burnham has practiced and taught yoga for decades and is also an avid student of African and African diasporic dance. In addition, she is the National Research Coordinator for the National Domestic Workers Alliance, and she brings decades of experience as an activist, writer, strategist, and organizational consultant.

 Sandy Blaine

Sandy Blaine is a faculty member of The Yoga Room’s Advanced Studies Program. She has studied with teachers in the Iyengar, Ashtanga Vinyasa, and Kripalu methods. Sandy has a joyful devotion to her daily yoga practice, and seeks to bring these qualities to her classes. Her writing has been published in Yoga Journal, Yoga International, and Ascent magazines, and she is the author of two books, Yoga For Healthy Knees and Yoga For Computer Users. Find more information about Sandy’s work check out her website, www.sandyblaine.com. Sandy is at work on a new book about establishing a personal yoga practice, and she blogs about her own practice at www.theyogaguidetohappiness.com.

Sandy Zirulnik

Sandy Zirulnik’s Yoga classes explore structure, movement, strength, and balance through the practice of asanas and the study of anatomy. They are appropriate for students of all ages and interests. No experience or special level of flexibility is required. Sandy began studying Yoga in 1998 and will graduate from The Yoga Room’s Advanced Studies Program this June. His teachers include Ada Lusardi, Donald Moyer, the faculty of The Yoga Room, Jonothon Gross, Sandra Razieli, and Laura Camp. He has attended workshops conducted by Tom Myers (AnatomyTrains.com), Max Strom, and Jenny Sauer-Klein (AcroYoga.org). Often he can be seen riding his bicycle in the Berkeley hills or more distant places.

Shari Ser

Shari Ser, PT, RYT 500, E-RYT 500, has over 25 years of orthopedic experience and expertise teaching yoga for a wide range of medical conditions. Shari combines her expertise as a physical therapist and a long time yoga practitioner to make her classes safe and accessible to all students who want to practice yoga. Shari teaches various therapeutic yoga workshops in the Bay Area and is a faculty member of the Berkeley Yoga Room from which she graduated in 1999.

Stack Buss

Stack Buss is a graduate of The Yoga Room’s three-year Advanced Studies Program and is grateful for its blend of tradition with a focus on letting the poses manifest themselves from the inside out. Believing in yoga’s profound ability to free the body, mind, and spirit, Stack loves to teach and share with others.