All students new to yoga are encouraged to start in a basics class. Here, students will receive individualized attention on proper body alignment and body awareness in order to obtain a strong foundation in the practice of yoga. Many different elements of yoga will be taught in each class, to include asanas (yoga postures), breath work, and relaxation techniques.
We teach to the whole student – working to address physical, emotional and spiritual needs. Over time the practice of yoga will make your body strong and balanced, help your mind become clear and focused, and strengthen your spiritual life.
All of us at Two Rivers Yoga have been profoundly impacted by the practice of yoga. It has brought us through times of darkness, helped us find balance amidst chaos, and taught us how to be present and joyful during each moment of our daily lives. We teach the practice of yoga because it is how we live, and we want to share it’s profound benefits with those around us. Join us to experience for yourself what yoga will do for you!
Sara initially obtained her yoga certification in 2007 through the Yoga Institute of Houston, one of the country’s oldest established Yoga Studios. She has studied a variety of yoga disciplines but finds the classical system of Astanga Yoga to be the best path towards union of the mind, body and spirit. Sara continues to study as often as possible with Beryl Bender Birch, founder of the Hard & the Soft Yoga Institute.
Sara is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University of Baltimore, MD, and holds a B.S. in Materials Science Research and Engineering. After years of moving around with the military, Sara and her husband are happily settled in New Braunfels with their two daughters. When not at the shala teaching or practicing, you can find her running and biking around town or swimming in the rivers preparing for the next triathlon.
Gebhard was introduced to Ashtanga Yoga in 1994 by a friend. This introduction to Ashtanga lasted about 6 months and he did not practice again until 2001. In 2001 Gebhard faced serious sciatic pain and discomfort from 25 years of running. Gebhard thought right away of Ashtanga Yoga. Within five months, the sciatic pain disappeared. Gebhard also realized the mental benefits of yoga, especially working at as high-end restaurant as a server and manager.
In April 2005 and 2006 he was fortunate to participate in Primary Series Led classes, taught by Sri K. Patthabi Jois during Guruji’s visit to San Francisco. During his visit to Australia in 2008, Gebhard studied with Certified Teacher Eileen Hall, enhancing his physical, mental, and spiritual practice of yoga. In 2008 Gebhard moved to Portland Oregon and practiced with Authorized Teacher Anne Finstad, and later practiced for a short time at Near East Yoga, as well as Portland Ashtanga Yoga. In 2009 Gebhard attended the Primary Series Seminar and a year later the Second Series Seminar with Tim Miller at the Ashtanga Yoga Center, Encinitas.
So far Gebhard visited Mysore, India four times, to study under Sharat, the grandson of Pathabi Jois. Gebhard received the Level 2 Authorization from Sharat in 2014. In 2016 Gebhard participated in Sharat’s Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training. The Ashtanga Yoga Institute is the source of the traditional teachings of Ashtanga Yoga. Gebhard is practicing and teaching in accordance to the traditional teachings of Sri K. Patthabi Jois.
Gebhard’s experiences Ashtanga Yoga as a holistic practice, influencing all aspects of life and is not just a physical practice. Ashtanga means ‘eight limbs’ and Ashtanga Yoga is based on the yoga sutras, where the eight (astau) limbs of yoga are explained. The asana practice (physical) is just one of the eight limbs. Gebhard incorporates in his practice pranayama, meditation, chanting, singing and the study of scriptures. “Yoga is a one package deal, physically, mentally, and spiritually!”
Brittany enjoys music, art, volleyball, balance boarding, surfing, slacklining, hiking, rock climbing, riding horses, and traveling.
A transplant from the Eastern seaboard, Donna has been practicing yoga since 1968 and teaching for many years. She completed her 200 hour Kripalu Teacher Training at Discovery Yoga Center in St. Augustine, Florida and continues to study Ayurveda and Eastern philosophy. Having practiced several yoga traditions including Integral, Iyengar, Astanga and Anusara, Donna chose Kripalu Certification because the approach recognizes all traditions and supports the belief that an individual’s best teacher lies within. Kripalu Yoga is not a posture, a breathing exercise or meditation technique, but rather an exploration of how to be joyfully and peacefully present all day, every day. Instead of shaping ourselves into some ideal we imagine we ought to be, the practice enables us to discover who we already are and become transformed. The postures use the body as a tool to sustain physical, mental and spiritual balance, discovering the difference between being and doing. As a musician and student of philosophy, Donna will soothe you with song and guitar and share the wisdom of both ancient and contemporary thinkers. Donna’s yoga journey has supported her through many professions. A few include balladeer, rehabilitation therapist, charter yacht captain, and freight forwarder. She and her TDI Therapy Dog, Jack, volunteer for Hospice and various other civic and spiritual organizations. Active in community theater since 2004, Donna has played among other things, a hussy, a nun, a baroness, a teapot, a Ni Knight and a rabbit. Locally you may have seen her as Abby in the Circle Arts Theater production of Arsenic and Old Lace.
Janice is able to interact with her students in a professional and caring manner. She guides each one to accept what they are able to do now while moving forward at their own pace. Her goal is to empower her students through the practice of yoga & movement, help them find inner peace, and give them tools to use when they leave class. Janice teaches both group and private classes.