New Teachers, New Classes!

Dear Yogis,

Please help us to welcome these incredible teachers to the Yoga Garden SF family! Teachers are an integral part of this community, and we take pride in hosting their unique offerings on our class program.

We hope you are excited to take advantage of their skilled teaching in our home on Divisadero! Get to know each of them by reading their Teacher Bios, and explore their new classes on our schedule!


Phillippe is a dedicated, passionate yoga practitioner and teacher. For him, it’s all about waking up! By building compassionate awareness around our bodies, minds and hearts, he believes we can begin to lift the many veils of our conditioning that keep us in unconscious slumber, and then awaken to the truth of our experience as it is in every moment. With this understanding we can find deliberate healing, transformation, evolution, and liberation. Phillippe has been greatly influenced by alignment-based traditions of yoga such as Iyengar and Anusara. He has had the privilege of studying with many inspired and dedicated teachers including Jason Crandell, Jason Bowman, Sean Haleen, Abby Tucker and Katchie Ananda. Most recently he has been enjoying the wise teachings of Betty Roi and Brian Hogencamp. To all of them he owes endless gratitude.


Yuliya Popova began regularly practicing yoga to relieve stress from long hours in the newsroom 10 years ago. Through yoga, she discovered patience, steadiness, acceptance and a new path – that of a yoga teacher. Yuliya earned her certification at Yoga Garden in San Francisco and had embraced the city’s free spirit and vibrant energy in her practice. Yuliya’s classes offer a combination of a strong, yet calming, flow with restorative postures. The focus will be on harvesting energy, not spending it. Yuliya is passionate about body anatomy and helps students choose their priorities in building healthy and safe foundations of asana alignment. Yuliya has studied with many wonderful teachers and has been most influenced by Karen Macklin, David Nelson and Jack Kornfield. She has a regular meditation practice inspired by many Spirit Rock teachers. Yuliya’s mission is to help students establish an inner yoga practice of body awareness and quiet mind. We spend a whole lot of time wishing for the past. Yoga can bring us back to the present and help us create a community without even trying. Learn more and connect with Yuliya at www.redwoodsyoga.com or follow her on Instagram @redwoodsyogi or Facebook @redwoodsyoga.



Liz (RYT200) discovered yoga in a small studio in 2006 amongst candlelight and sweat, leaving her mind peaceful and body challenged; thus beginning a 10 plus year love affair with yoga. Over the years, the practice has been the constant in her personal growth and journey, allowing her to cultivate a more authentic self that is grounded, joyful, and open. Through the years, she’s explored many different styles of yoga, moving from a physical, vigorous vinyasa to a more deliberate and curative flow. Her background as a classically trained ballerina, coupled with honoring her body’s ever-changing journey, has cultivated a practice which is primarily breath and alignment-based. She believes in creating a space for her students that makes yoga accessible to all: supporting and encouraging their own self discovery, healing, integrity, and self love. In honoring the lineage of her teachers (Pete Guinosso, Rebecca Rogers, Martin Scott, Jason Crandell) and honoring her own style, she incorporates curated playlists alongside proper alignment and deep breath work to help deepen students’ – beginner or advanced – experience. She is grateful to offer a space that allows students to connect more deeply to themselves, with hopes that their understanding of self will connect them more authentically with others and the world.



Ross McIntire is a yoga teacher, drummer and photographer. With a background in skateboarding and running, Ross understands that not everyone is an athlete in the traditional sense. Classes with Ross draw from Ashtanga and Vinyasa yoga, focusing on strength, safety, alignment and the connection of presence, breath, and movement. Every class is a full body workout with room to explore the progression of binds, inversions and arm balances. Expect a serious and exhilarating workout with plenty of room for humor. Ross completed his 200 hour yoga teacher training at Flying Studios with Laura Camp, along with a 70 hour advanced teacher training with Ana Forrest. For more information, visit rossfit.com



 Lisa completed her 200hr certification at Yoga Garden but has been a student of yoga for over 10 years. She creates a soulful yet powerful Vinyasa practice of meditation through movement and breath. She believes yoga is for everyone and aims to make her classes accessible with a playful, personable approach, yet still challenging and empowering in hope that each individual can feel personal growth.



Rebecca earned her B.A. in Contemplative Psychology and Yoga Studies, which included about 1000 hours of teacher training. She went on to receive her 200 Hour Yoga Alliance Certification through The Shambhava School of Yoga, during which program she lived a traditional yogic lifestyle at Shoshoni Ashram. Since then, she has studied Inner Yoga™, Principle Based Partner Yoga™, Prenatal, Warriors at Ease™, YogaEd, and iRest® Yoga Nidra with Richard Miller. Most recently, she received her 500Hr Yoga Alliance Certification through Sivananda School of Yoga. She has sought out certifications to deepen her practice and teaching because she loves tailoring classes to students’ needs and goals. Rebecca has taught more than 2,000 hours at both the 200hr and 500hr certification levels, which she feels has been some of her greatest study, second to the yoga of being a mother.Rebecca teaches and leads retreats and trainings internationally, and works with a variety of clients, designing and teaching employee wellness programs. Other than her passion for yoga, Rebecca’s an outdoor enthusiast of many sorts, and is an in-love mother to 3.5 year-old boy, with a daughter on the way!www.rebeccamayneyoga.com 



 Alyssa Byrd is grateful to share yoga and seeks to create safe environments for cultivation of determination, patience, confidence, strength, flexibility and inner wisdom in all of her classes. She believes that we are each our own best teachers, and that sometimes we do better with a guide. After immersion in the hot yoga scene in 2002 she was soon drawn to deepen her practice & studied with Senior Certified Iyengar instructor Ben Thomas in Pacifica. In 2008 she took a Street Yoga teacher training in San Francisco & in 2012 Alyssa graduated from a Yoga To the People 200 hour TT in SF. Alyssa has been leading private and group classes since 2013 & continues to study the art of vinyasa with Shiva Rea. Alyssa is known for leading vinyasa, Aligned Hatha Flow & Gentle Yoga (H.A.L. Method–Hips, Abs & Lats) classes.



Christie Pitko, E-RYT-200, RYT-500 began practicing yoga in 2001, and since then, it has healed her spirit and ignited creativity. She teaches an alignment-based vinyasa flow, and enjoys helping students stay curious about the inner landscape of their bodies and minds. Christie received her 200-hour teaching certificate in 2011 from White Lotus Foundation, and 300-hour advanced training in 2015 at Barefoot Movement. She is also a certified Relax and Renew teacher trainer, having studied with Judith Hanson Lasater in 2016. Christie has over 1,300 hours of teaching experience. She enjoys hosting yoga retreats in California and abroad, and is passionate about the power of daily meditation. Christie is also a reiki master, and worked at the Las Vegas Recovery Center for over four years, helping substance abuse patients. Connect with Christie at https://www.shiftingandinspired.com



Elena believes that the key to wellness is connection. Starting with a compassionate connection to the self that stems into the way we interact and connect with our world. Yoga practice offers this connection through its dynamic ability to challenge and nurture the body while holding a mirror to our life’s tendencies, emotional states, and the set of relationships we maintain. Having discovered this connection to self through vinyasa practice in 2007, Elena has since traveled a 10 year yogic path of practice and training that explores a variety of methods, including Forrest Yoga with Ana Forrest, SMART Flow with Annie Carpenter, Vinyasa Flow with Mark Stephens, and Therapeutic Yoga and Yoga for Cancer with Lorien Neargarder. Elena has earned a 500hr Yoga Alliance Certification, a Yoga for Cancer Certification, and is in pursuit of the 1000hr International Association of Yoga Therapy Certification. Her classes are strong and rhythmic, pay close attention to detail while maintaining a sense of play, and ask the practitioner to turn awareness inward, in order to observe moments of discovery within the body. Elena teaches with compassion, deliberate yet gentle guidance, and a deep passion for this practice, for it has led her to a life of profound connection and wellness. It is this gift, of self discovery and wellness that she wishes to share through her teaching.



Creator of Intentional, Intuitive and Inclusive Spaces of Movement, 500 hour Ayurvedic Kripalu Yoga Instructor, Queer Person of Color, Spoken Word Poet, Spiritual Activist, Conscious social impact and spiritual expansion intersect to create grounding in the body. With deep breath and focused intention, Europa welcomes you into an intuitive and accessible relationship with your body, mind, spirit and community. Through ancient yoga philosophy and modern science we have the opportunity to awaken our greatest potential; this is what’s possible every time you enter a yoga class. Embody your light and uncover your shadow with gratitude, compassion and play. All are welcome.Europa has interned, taught and mentored at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health an Omega Institute over the last 4 years. Europa manages and creates curriculum for Yoga Teacher Trainings and meditation retreats. Past experience working in mental health as a Holistic Wellness Coach, supporting folx to find wholeness has been an intrinsic factor of holding space. The most influential training includes: Off the Mat Into the World, Earth Activist Training, Kripalu Vinyasa and the Lineage Project.