Our staff ROCKS! They are here to liberate you from your limitations and give you lots of personal attention. They are well trained and can work with whatever level you are at. Be guided by teachers you can trust who will motivate and inspire you.
Brian is the founder and director of the California Yoga Company. He draw upon 30 years of movement experience and has a talent for helping those with chronic injures as well as beginners. He studied under Tony Sanchez at the San Francisco Yoga Studio, from 1999-2004. Certified by Tony to teach, Brian is also a NASM trainer. Additionally he has been a student of Sifu YC Wong since 1993.
Brian is a yoga transformation specialist. His yoga journey started in 1998 when after years of hard style martial arts left him with back and knee issues. His doctors suggested that he start yoga to avoid surgeries and after 6 months of regular practice, yoga helped him avoid having his back cut into. He used yoga and effective nutrition programs to help keep his body healthy ever since.
Having taught thousands of beginners, when you come to his class get ready to unleash your inner rock star. His classes are tough, life changing fun and addictive. His students have faithful followed him for nearly two decades and when you come to class you will be surrounded by supportive people, who WANT you to be in class!
A martial artist and fitness leader, he has put together a series of fitness systems with the beginner in mind. Wanting to take the best elements from all his teachers, each one is provides multiple ways for to get shape, improve your focus and help heal your injuries.
He is firm believer that yoga people take yoga too seriously and need to have some more fun in life. Come take a class and find out why San Francisco has followed this yoga teacher for nearly 20 years.
“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.
Bill has been working with pain management and posture work since his own diagnosis of degenerative joint disease over twenty years ago. What followed was nearly two disempowering decades of chronic pain; treated the standard western way of medications, the inevitable surgery, and the diminished ability to live the life he wanted. The discovery of yoga began a new cycle…one of self empowerment.
No stranger to fitness, yoga seemed different somehow. Under the guidance of Brian Monnier, the strenuous Bishnu Ghosh lineage of hot yoga became a nourishing physical fitness with unexpected meditative and introspective side effects. Noticing improvement in his own pain levels, Bill completed a 200 hour certification in hot yoga, followed by a 500 hour advanced certification. Bill loves communicating his passion for hot yoga, alongside his own version of Yin Yoga, called Yintuition. These styles combine for Bill in a perfect universal balance of yin and yang.
Yoga is only part of Bill’s extensive familiarity with the human body. A skilled bodyworker trained in shiatsu, deep tissue and other styles, he was drawn to the self-empowering work of Yamuna Zake, creator of Foot Fitness and Bodyrolling. Now certified in these two modalities, Bill loves facilitating the dialogue between our bodies, our breath and our minds – teaching how to be one’s own healer.
Never fully leaving behind his passion for fitness, Bill was trained by NASM and received his fitness training certification years ago and is currently working on becoming a C.H.E.K. Exercise Coach. Being an educator of posture and pain management, these components of fitness training really round out his experience. In this way, the teacher remains a student, allowing Bill to connect so effectively with his students and his clients.
Credentials alone can only say so much. Bill’s passion for life and for his work says it all. The pain pills and days of diminished activities are gone for him, and they can be for you too! Learn self empowerment with Bill!
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.
I’m mostly joking but yoga has a special way of helping me find much needed zen. It’s “zeneficial” one could say!
My yoga journey began in 2013, with a Livingsocial deal and a desire to get back into shape. Especially since the only shape I saw back then was the butt dent I’ve molded into my couch from watching back to back episodes of Law & Order: SVU for hours. Of course my first class was with the freakin’ owner of the studio, Brian, a.k.a Lieutenant Pain a.k.a Sargent Ass Kicker. His attention to form and posture impressed me so much that despite my tears of pain and sweaty shame, I knew I was going to come back. Yoga has helped me get through my neck and back issues that came from years of being a server. Brian’s yoga sequence has also improve my Vinyasa practice, being able to hold postures longer and really activate the proper muscles to be able to do arm balances and inversions.
With a background in teaching step aerobics and kickboxing, it made sense to sign up for the teacher training program. It feels good to guide and inspire yogis and one day they can call me Lady Lt. Pain a.k.a Lady Sargent Ass Kicker.