Teachers





Dari Love Sylvia
Studio Director &
Curator of Fine Yoga Instruction

Tuesday 9:30-11am All Levels Vinyasa
Tuesday 7pm All Levels Vinyasa
Wednesday 6pm All Levels Vinyasa
Thursday 9:30-11am All Levels Vinyasa
Thursday 7:30-9pm ROCKASANA!!! Vinyasa 1-3
Friday 9:30-11am Vinyasa 1-3
Saturday 9-10:30am Vinyasa 1-3
("All Levels" includes total beginners)

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

Monday 9:30 - 11am Vinyasa 1-3
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.








Allison Gannon
Saturdays 11am - 12:15pm 
Gentle Vinyasa Yoga


Allison teaches Hatha Level 1, meditation and mixed level Vinyasa flow classes in Oakland and the greater East Bay. Her classes focus on breath awareness, careful alignment and encouraging her students to become curious about their breath, their strength and their balance as they practice. She provides hands-on adjustments and clear verbal instruction to help students build focus, strength and flexibility while avoiding injury. Allison encourages students to honor their individual needs and tailors her classes to meet the students where they are.
“I believe yoga has the power to transform, enabling each of us to find balance, grounding, and stability and to reach our highest potential. I teach yoga to share my love of this ancient practice of powerful self-discovery and healing. I continually learn from my students, from my practice and from the community and love seeing my students deepen their connection to their inner self.”
Allison is RYT500 Certified and has trained at YogaWorks with Mynx Inatsugu, Melanie Salvatore-August, Michelle Klink, Eka Ekong and Erica Trice, and has also been practicing with Dari for many years.







Autumn Ross
Wednesdays 9:30am - 11am 
All Levels Vinyasa


A student and teacher of yoga, Autumn strives to offer a space where the discipline of yoga is respected and made available to all bodies. Autumn hopes to provide an opportunity through yoga to explore and experience, to repair and relax. The movement and coordinated use of body, mind and breath is such a great tool of yoga, one that Autumn teaches with a beginner’s mind and joy. This excitement about yoga has driven her to bring it into communities she treasures and that are lacking exposure to a form of yoga that is more familiar and accessible.
Over the past several years, she has taught at the Intertribal Friendship House, the Native American Health Center (Oakland, SF and Richmond), the San Francisco Women’s Building, Bayan Roots, and Loka Yoga. She has spent extensive time doing yoga with and teaching LGBTQ folks. She has been privileged to teach yoga to people of various levels of experience and ability, from different backgrounds and neighborhoods, of all ages and sizes. Autumn hopes to continue to meet people through the practice of yoga, and to enjoy ongoing dialogue about the broader aspects of yoga, its origins and modern representations.






Jenny Dreamcatcher
Thursdays 4:30-5:15 
Bhakti Flow
(meditation, chanting, and a gentle devotional flow)





Amina Soubra
Workshop and Class Assistance