Teachers



Dari Love Sylvia
Studio Director &
Curator of Fine Yoga Instruction

Monday 9:30 - 11:00 am Vinyasa 1-3
Thursday 7:30 - 9:00 pm Vinyasa 1-3
Friday 9:30 - 11:00 am Vinyasa 1-3
Saturday 9:00 - 10:30 am Vinyasa 1-3

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. 




Elyse Hochstadt

Wednesday 8:00 - 9:15 am Morning Vinyasa
Friday 8:00 - 9:15 am Morning Vinyasa

Elyse's practice and teaching is inspired by Sri. T. Krishnamacharya as taught to her by her mentor Alice Joanou. Her experience and belief in the transformative qualities of a dedicated yoga practice is the inspiration which draws her to her mat everyday. It is also what led her to complete her teacher training in Mysore South India in 2013. Elyse offers a challenging and rewarding Vinyasa flow style class that allows students to explore their edge while benefiting from the deeply healing work. Classes incorporate pranayama, chanting and meditation.

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.



Melina Meza 
BS Nutrition, Ayurvedic Health Educator, 500-ERYT

Tuesday, 7:30 - 8:45 pm Seasonal Vinyasa
Wednesday 9:30 - 11:00 am Seasonal Vinyasa
Wednesday 5:45 - 7:00 pm Alignment 

Melina has been exploring the art and science of yoga and nutrition for over 20 years. She combines her knowledge of Hatha Yoga, Ayurveda, whole foods nutrition, and healthy lifestyle promotion into a unique style called Seasonal Vinyasa. Seasonal Vinyasa is Melina’s original offering to the yoga community. Each yoga class, workshop, or retreat with Melina emphasizes the importance of sequencing and being in alignment with nature. In addition to asana practice, they include insights on physical health and nutrition as well as how to inspire self-knowledge that allows for the conscious adjustment of day-to-day choices. Her devotion to yoga and eating well, to teaching and nutritional counseling, and to traveling and experiencing different cultures combine to create a colorful and hopefully enlightening perspective from which to share that which she loves about yoga in its entirety. Meza is also the author of the Art of Sequencing books!  

Prior to moving to Oakland in December 2011, Melina has been teaching yoga full time at 8 Limbs Yoga Centers (Seattle, Washington) since 1997 and is the Co-Director of the 8 Limbs Yoga Centers 200 and 500 – Hour Teachers’ Training Program. www.melinameza.com


Laxman Panthi

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

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.



Annabelle Teleki
E-RYT 200, RYT-500
Sundays 11 am  


Annabelle feels tremendous gratitude for the opportunity to guide her students in the practice of yoga. She discovered Hatha Yoga in 1997 and began teaching in 2007, while living in the Yucatan. Annabelle’s Vinyasa and Deep Flow classes incorporate the traditions of Iyengar, Ashtanga and Vini Yoga -- expect to move with synchronized breath from one pose to another, finding depth and mindfulness in the transitions and spaces in between. Here we will sit, breathe, chant, weaving the spiritual principles of this ancient tradition into the physical Asana practice! In addition to teaching public classes, Annabelle also teaches Yoga for Niroga and is certified to teach with the Prison Yoga Project. She manages and leads retreats all over the world and is the founder of Satya Retreats. 



For more about Annabelle, visit her websites: 
satyayoga.info and www.satyaretreats.com
Contact Annabelle at ouliyoga@gmail.com






Eve Maidenberg
Vinyasa level 2/3
Tuesdays 5:45 - 7:15 PM
Sundays 4:30 - 6 PM



Eve took her first yoga class in at a gym in New York City in 1998. She's been taking classes ever since and completed her 200 hour teacher training with Stephanie Snyder in 2009. Influenced by the work of Stephanie Snyder, Dharma Mittra, Ana Forrest, Seane Corn, Rusty Wells and Laura Camp, Eve leads a challenging, sweaty and playful flow class that is accessible for everyone, from the newest to the most advanced student in the room. She works hard to create an environment that allows each student to find their individual edge without injury. 

Eve lives in Oakland with her husband, two kids and a cat. Off the mat you'll find her in the closest pool, at the farmer's market or most likely cooking up something tasty in her kitchen. 



Brittanie Mountz

Greet the Morning 7AM Tuesdays and Thursdays 




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 MFTi. 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! 


Marina van Stirum

Happy Hour Decompression Yoga Mondays 4:30PM- 5:45

Marina has always been intrigued by how the body moves and functions. Growing up practicing ballet and modern dance, she loves experiencing the grace and fluidity that comes from movement. Her yoga journey began during a four-month period in Varanasi India back in 2004. Since then, she has explored various modalities but studies primarily under the tutelage of Tias Little in Santa Fe New Mexico. Marina connects deeply with his integration of yoga asana, anatomy, meditation and study of self-inquiry. Tias’ training gave her a comprehensive understanding of yoga’s dynamic tradition. She strives to incorporate various lineages into her teaching practice, from the Iyengar system’s focus on internal alignment to the sequential aspect of the Ashtanga system. Her dedication to the art of yoga is also strongly informed by her personal experience recovering from trauma, as well as her extensive practice of massage therapy. Marina looks forward to sharing her knowledge and her passion with her local community in Oakland.

Marina lives in Oakland with her fiancé (Boris), her cat (Chai) and dog (Jaime). She practices massage therapy both at her home and at Namaste Yoga. She is currently enjoying planning her wedding for next May and taking every opportunity to explore this beautiful state!