Teachers





Dari Love Sylvia
Studio Director &
Curator of Fine Yoga Instruction

Monday 9:30-11am Vinyasa 1-3
Tuesday 10-11:25am All Levels Vinyasa
Wednesday 9:30-11am All Levels Vinyasa
Thursday 7:30-9pm Vinyasa 1-3
Friday 9:30-11am All Levels Vinyasa
Saturday 9-10:30am Vinyasa 1-3
new class! Sunday 4:30-6pm ROCKASANA!!!

Dari Love Sylvia teaches energizing and playful Vinyasa Flow classes in Oakland and the greater East Bay. Every student in the room, from complete beginner to more advanced practioner, can find a challenge in Dari's class. Individual needs are recognized and honored, with special emphasis on detoxification, strength, self-knowledge, prayer, and intention setting. "We can all achieve freedom and power through honoring our own inner-guru. Intuition is a skill, not a gift, and yoga is the path to connect with that source of truth, joy, and inspiration." Dari has trained with Alice Joanou, Dharma Mittra, Stephanie Snyder, Shiva Rae, Jane Austin, and her current primary teacher Rod Stryker. Her teaching style has also been profoundly influenced by the work and insights of Ana Forrest, Tias Little, and Seane Corn. Adjustments and guidance are aided by her past experience as both a massage therapist and holistic health counselor. Pregnant women are encouraged to attend all classes as long as you are willing to listen and modify certain poses and eliminate core work for the time being. Dari has taught both prenatal and postnatal classes and practiced herself through two pregnancies. Her children are her most challenging, beloved, and enlightened teachers. Dari is also a giant dork and her jokes are terrible. If you are an extremely serious person, or dislike music during yoga, or hate black licorice and coffee and The Walking Dead, she might not be the teacher for you. 





Dana Lawton

Mondays 6:00 - 7:30 pm Alignment through Asana

Practicing yoga since 1990, Dana has studied Bikram, Ashtanga, Iyengar and now trains with Alice Joanou. Bringing her extensive investigation of the body through her dance training, multiple anatomy courses and various somatic studies, Dana is excited to share her knowledge with students studying asana. Dana has been a guest teacher at yoga retreats Pura Vida (Costa Rica), Villa Sumaya (Guatemala), Mount Madonna Center (CA), and is the official yoga instructor for the American College Dance Festival Association in Washington DC. A tenured Professor and the Head of the Department of Dance at Saint Mary's College, Dana also teaches dance at Shawl-Anderson Dance Center in Berkeley and is co-director of the Enchanted Ridge Dance Retreat in Cohasset, Ca.




Laxman Panthi

Thursday 6:00 - 7:15 pm Restorative
Friday 6:00 - 7:30 pm Restorative
Sunday 8:00 - 8:45 am Meditation
Sunday 9:00 - 10:30 am Vinyasa 1-3

Laxman Panthi was born and raised in Myanmar. He moved to Nepal at the age of 20 to practice and study Yoga Philosophy at the Tribhuvan University. He studied Sanskrit and Yoga Philosophy in India and Nepal, and taught Yoga at an English Medium School in Kathmandu for seven years. He also led Yoga camps for village youth, worked with seniors, and was a mentor and spiritual advisor for patients at a drug rehabilitation clinic.  

Laxman moved to the United States in 2010, and has been teaching Yoga and Meditation throughout the Bay Area. He has taught at after-school programs in elementary schools, senior centers, family centers, and a number of studios. He teaches at Loka Yoga Studio and Purusha Yoga Studio where he received his 500 Hour Yoga Teacher Training. He also teaches Family Yoga at Portola Family Connection Center and is a teacher’s assistant at San Francisco City College in the Child Development Classes. He recently moved to Oakland and is excited to work expand his work to the Oakland community.   

Laxman loves to bring Yoga, meditation and Yoga philosophy to all members of the community in a fun and engaging way. He believes Yoga is not just a physical practice, but an art of living. In his classes, he brings chanting, meditation, and flow to your life. With youth classes, he brings games, songs, and play all through Yoga.



Brittanie Mountz
Greet the Morning Tuesdays at 6:30am 
$15 Community Class

Brittanie is a Portland native and has been living in the Bay Area for 10 years. She has a MA's in Counseling Psychology and is a registered MFT, and now licensed and in private practice as a psychotherapist! Brittanie has combined her career as a therapist with her zest for teaching yoga! She currently teaches at a substance abuse treatment center in SF, a foster family agency in Oakland + for corporate offices in San Jose. Her Vinyasa flow classes are strong, intentional + playful. Brittanie will encourage you to connect with your inner self on the mat as you move, breathe + awaken to your unique body! www.brittaniemountz.com




Alek Trail
Tuesday 7:00-8 pm, Vinyasa 1-3

Alek came to yoga in her late teens, and since then has been exploring and  experimenting with the physical and mental practice as a way to stay curious, humbled, and  connected. With a background in modern dance and improvisational movement, yoga has  provided her different perspectives to approach and refine the subtle body and mind.


With her teaching philosophy rooted in authenticity, kinesthetic awareness, and question- asking and answering, her  intention is for her students to walk out of her classes feeling as though they have deeper sense of their inner-landscape with which they can dive deeper  intellectually, spiritually, and physically. She strives to facilitate an experience for the  practitioner to become more familiar with the subtle body- allowing them to hone  awareness, drop in, and gain more mindful insight into their own unique personal practice.  www.alektrail.com



Liz Acord
Saturday 11-12:30 am
All Levels Vinyasa

Liz has been practicing yoga since 2008. She was driven to try yoga as part of a stress reduction effort and general lifestyle overhaul. Her main practice has been at Loka Yoga in Oakland, and this is where she completed her first teacher training in 2010 with her teacher Alice Joanou. In 2015, Liz went on to complete a vinyasa training with Stephanie Snyder in San Francisco.
Through the practice of yoga Liz found an improved relationship with herself and the world around her, and found her way to teaching as a means to share the benefits of yoga with others. Liz's classes are rooted in the connection of breath and movement as a way to begin where we are in the moment and to find the right expression of the practice for every body every day. In addition to asana (posture) practice, classes typically include meditation, pranayama and chanting.
Liz draws inspiration for her classes from her own practice, life and her work as a public servant. In her free time she enjoys the abundant delights of the Bay Area, from hiking to delicious whiskey cocktails, and travels to Asia as often as possible to hang out with her amazing nephew and his cool parents.



Laura Matteliano
Wednesday 6-7:15 pm
moving to new time- 
7-8:30 pm starting April 13th!

Laura’s classes are breath emphasized and alignment focused vinyasa flow. Weaving principles of Hatha, Ashtanga, Yoga Therapy and Philosophy into every class, students can expect a challenging and nourishing experience set to inspiring playlists. Drawing upon her training as a dancer, Laura teaches with the belief that movement is inherently healing and guides students with intentional movement paired with conscious and controlled breath. Laura has taught yoga for kids, seniors, and in corporate settings. She holds a M.A in Integrative Health from California Institute of Integral Studies and 500 Registered Hours of Yoga Training including 300 hours of Yoga Therapy from Niroga Institute in Berkeley.