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Brian Monnier was dragged literally by his hair to his first yoga class in 1999. Due to many sports related injuries, his back and knees were quickly making life miserable. Brian’s health was getting poor, he was always getting sick and had gained a significant amount of weight.
Yoga healed his health and body. Regular practice completely changed everything in his life.
In late 1999 he began his training in the Ghosh Lineage. He trained and was certified over the course of 4.5 year under his teacher. In 2004 Brian began to develop his own method of teaching and has grown a amazing community of teachers and students.
Brian also has had the honor to be a student of Sifu Y.C. Wong in Hung Gar Kung Fu. Under Sifu Wong’s watchful eye, Brian has developed a passion for Chinese martial arts. He also still continue a regular kung fu practice as a powerful supplement to his yoga practice.
In late 2004 Brian opened in the Russian Hill district of San Francisco. In 2008 he relocated the studio to the Fillmore/Pacific Heights area of San Francisco. In 2012 he relocated to a flagship studio on Polk st in San Francisco. It is here where he trains the next generation of Hot Yoga teachers.
“When one man, for whatever reason, has the opportunity to lead an extraordinary life, he has no right to keep it to himself.”
-jacques yves cousteau.
Vanessa Orr has had the privilege to work with children for almost ten years now. In her studies at Arizona State University she was initially interested in a performance dance career. She became employed as a dance instructor in Chandler, AZ where she taught a variety of styles such as jazz, tap, ballet, and hip hop to children ranging from ages 4 to 14. This is where her love of helping children began. She graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelors of Arts in Elementary Education with an emphasis on multicultural and multilingual education with a minor in dance.
She was employed as a public elementary teacher for seven years in both Phoenix and San Francisco. During this time she was able to receive her Clear Teaching Credential and CLAD certification(Cross Cultural Language and Academic Development). Soon the stresses of being a school teacher began to weigh heavily when it was decided she needed an outside activity that would help balance out her busy work life. She found CYC and fell in love! Once she started a consistent yoga practice she found it not only helpful for herself but helpful for her students.
The opportunity came up to begin the amazing teacher program at CYC and that’s when she decided that when life got in the way of her yoga practice, that she would make yoga her life! She is now teaching yoga at CYC along with running her own kids yoga program at the studio and in the Mission neighborhood. She still is continuing dance as her hobby but her goal is to become a full time kid and adult yoga instructor in the San Francisco area. She is excited and delighted to be a yoga instructor for both adults and kids. Her goal is to bring happiness, confidence, and strength to all of her students she works with.
I am a very active person. My first full marathon was with Team in Training for the Maui Marathon in 2004 and continued my running with various races including Women’s Nike in 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011. The most recent accolade was Maui Half Marathon 2012. Only activities with lots of movement peak my interest: hiking, tennis, dance and Bar Method.
I have been in and out of yoga for more than 5 years. Nothing seemed to capture my attention. But in 2010, my girlfriend who had 2 hip replacements, bought me my first class and introduced me to California Yoga Company. It was a match! Brian’s teachings of inner core strength just resonated with me. Soon after, I became an instructor there, trained in Brian’s Monnier Method; a unique method of Hatha Yoga. It is the next step in the evolution of the Bishnu Ghosh lineage. The Method has been put together based on the 84 classic asanas taught by Tony Sanchez.
My strength lies with being in retail/communication for over 30 years. I have a strong sense of the female body because I work intimately with their needs throughout the years of owning my own business; My Boudoir Lingerie.
The goal of a perfect Yogini should be to teach others the joy of YOGA because they themselves love what they do!
I fell in love with Hot Yoga in 1997, having moved to San Francisco fresh from Cleveland, by way of Syracuse University, New York, with my BFA in hand in Metalsmithing and Fashion Design. Coming from a lifetime of dance performance, yoga was the next natural progression as I soon discovered the life-changing benefits of a regular, committed practice, witnessing my body transform and mind focus.
Since my early Bikram days I knew I wanted to teach yoga, but it wasn’t even a remote possibility until I began taking classes from Brian Monnier, whose attentive, intuitive instruction helped me to finally comprehend what true alignment was in my own body. Being a part of the Cal Yoga community feels like coming “home”, and Brian’s dedication to the well-being of its members is the honest, real deal and reason I decided to make teaching yoga a reality.
Admittedly, I am a workaholic, with a soul-fueling career as a professional jewelry artist, active in the arts community, however it can be a cause of many stressors. Yoga keeps me sane, healthy, and brings it all back into perspective. As a teacher, my desire is to lead others toward finding their internal balance (both literally and figuratively) that yoga has helped me achieve.
I am originally from London, but have lived in the Bay Area for many years. As a single Mom, I spent many years working for attorneys in order to raise my son and daughter, but about four years ago I realized I wanted to change directions and teach yoga for the rest of my life. I had sporadically practiced yoga through the 80′s and 90′s and then in 2005 discovered Bikram and loved it until ACL reconstruction curtailed my practice for several months.
An on-line coupon brought me to Brian Monnier’s California Yoga Company in April, 2010 and within a few classes I was hooked! I knew I had found a style of yoga which made sense to me and nurtured my body, mind and spirit and that this was the yoga I wanted to teach and to practice. I completed the Monnier method teacher training in April, 2012 and am thrilled to be teaching at the new Polk Street studio and to be learning and growing under Brian’s watchful eye. I love the community and the teachers at California Yoga Company and look forward to my continued growth and sharing with you all the wonderful benefits to the body and soul of a regular yoga practice.