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Yoga has been a part of Valerie's life since 2008. Valerie completed her 200-hour Yoga Alliance certification and internship at Nandi Yoga and teaches at Corepower Yoga.
She was first drawn to power yoga for its movement and playful spirit, and then to the challenge and pace of rocket and ashtanga yoga styles which she likes to incorporate into her vinyasa flow classes.
Valerie approaches yoga as a way to move, stretch, relax, and have fun. She seeks to help others find inner peace and be more mindful. It is her hope that we can make the world a better and more peaceful place, one breath at a time.
ADULT CLASSES: Yoga Flow, Yoga Fundamentals
As a kid Nea’s family owned a gym/dance studio and she grew up being very active practicing dance, artistic gymnastics and later mixed martial arts. After finishing her degree in engineering in Sweden she spent over 10 years working in tech startups. When she arrived to the Bay Area 4 years ago she decided to turn her life long passion and hobby into a reality. Today she works full time as a power yoga teacher and multidisciplinary fitness trainer in several studios around the area. She teaches different workout formats (HIIT, barre, boxing, spinning, bodypump, bodycombat and power vinyasa to name a few). Her classes are known for being challenging, high energy and fun and she likes incorporating moves/exercises from the different formats that she teaches. In her free time she enjoys being active and outdoors with her family: road cycling, skiing and discovering new places are some of her hobbies but she basically just loves trying and learning new sports and workout formats. Her classes are characterized by being challenging, high energy and fun!
ADULT CLASSES: HIIT Bodyweight
Kim has been sharing her passion for dance and fitness with students throughout the Peninsula as a licensed Zumba instructor. She's a mom of two teenage boys and loves teaching dance fitness and having fun with her students while making them sweat!
ADULT CLASSES: Zumba Cardio Dance
Laila has a passion for health and fitness and began her yoga journey in High School. After moving to the Bay Area a few years ago from Seattle, she finally decided to expand on her practice by completing her 200-hour Yoga Alliance teacher training through CorePower Yoga. Laila loves combining all forms of exercise within her yoga classes and has a true appreciation for moving mindfully and getting a good sweat on!
ADULT CLASSES: Yoga Power
Ricardo was born in Mexico City and began Teaching Salsa dancing in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1999. He enjoys salsa dancing and also uses photogaphy as another creative outlet. He is also director or RicaSalsa San Francisco. Come join Salsa Dancing and enjoy learning a new dance!
ADULT CLASSES: Salsa Dancing
Mister Donovan grew up doing Taekwondo and trained for 10 years under 9th Degree black belt and Korean special forces combat instructor, Grand Master Haeng Gi Paik. He loves teaching and is currently a real estate specialist at Sequoia Real Estate and looks forward to sharing his love of Taekwondo with the SpringSpot kids!
KIDS CLASSES: Taekwondo Fitness
Diane began practicing yoga freshman year of college as a way to stay physically active while studying in school. After her first few classes she was drawn to the emotional and mental benefits of the practice. She continued doing yoga to help alleviate stress and maintain a healthy mindset and has weaved it into her daily practice since 2014. Diane completed the Nandi Yoga 200-hour Teacher Training program and Nandi Yoga Kids Teacher Training program. Diane worked in the Mental Health field with at-risk youth for seven years and hopes to bring her knowledge and experience to help her students find calm and ease in her classes and incorporate it in their daily lives.
KIDS CLASSES: Creating Calm, Yoga Play
Nancy has been working with children for almost 20 years. She received her BA in Education from High Point University. After college, Nancy taught Kindergarten in Illinois for a few years before moving to Seoul, South Korea. In Seoul, she continued teaching kindergarten for seven years at the Yongsan International School of Seoul. During that time, she also completed an MS in Education with an emphasis in Reading and Literacy from Walden University. In 2015, Nancy made her way to sunny California where she has taught both 1 st and 2 nd grade for the last five years at a bi-lingual international school in Palo Alto. She continues her love of learning each year and was recently accepted to a professional development course from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She also loves to sing and incorporate music, dance and movement into class activities and lessons as much as possible. Nancy plans to be working with children for many years to come!
KIDS CLASSES: Fun with Phonics
She-Rae has always loved moving since she was a child and her parents channeled that energy by enrolling her in gymnastics. She-Rae was a former elite level gymnast and NCAA Division I Gymnast at Stanford. She loves gymnastics for its artistry, strength, balance and discipline.
She-Rae first discovered her love of yoga after an ankle injury forced her to stop running. She developed a passion for yoga after seeing the transformative effect it had on her life and wanted to share that with others. She received her 200-hour Yoga Alliance teacher training through CorePower Yoga. She looks forward to helping her students find calm in their lives as well as build up their strength, balance and flexibility. She and her husband are raising two young boys and she enjoys being active with them and promoting a healthy lifestyle with her family.
ADULT CLASSES: Yoga Flow 2
KIDS CLASSES: Fitness Play, Gymnastics Play