I found yoga ten years ago after my husband passed away from cancer. I had two young boys to raise, but I was fortunate to have family that helped me through challenging times. I found yoga to be different than any other exercise regimen I’d ever done. With any psychical activity, you release endorphins therefore you feel better, but with yoga I experienced something more. Yoga helped me clear my mind, be present and start to manifest my life moving forward. Often in class, I refer to my yoga mat as my therapist. I started teaching six years ago and I am here because I want to share what yoga has done for me. In my class, I share my passion and love. Yoga has enhanced my life and here I am NOW to give you that same sense of enhancement.
NOW Power Yoga is a new kind of Multi-Modality Fitness Studio, bringing together the best teachers and trainers in the Bay Area. NOW strives to build a stronger, fitter and healthier [kinder] community by combining the spiritual awareness of self and others through yoga with the character-building discipline and positive energy that traditional fitness brings.
Her love of yoga is spread through her desire to offer the practice to others. As a mother of two, she keeps grounded and grateful through her practice of yoga. Although she loves teaching children of all ages, her focus is teaching teens how to incorporate yoga into their lives. In a fun and supportive environment, she helps them build confidence and community, as well as strength and awareness. She believes that through breath and movement, teens learn how to flow through the transitions of their lives as they do on their mats; embracing where they are right now. Kaelan plays upbeat, contemporary music in her classes. She believes that yoga can offer a fun, empowering activity that can help teens deal with stress and the transitions they face.
Transformed by my teachers, life experiences and different styles of yoga that I have practiced over the last 10 years including Bikram, Ashtanga, Hatha, Jivamukti and Iyengar, I bring a sense of empowerment, both physical and internal, to every class. Through intention, humor, pranayama and asana my goal is to have every student leave class feeling refreshed, renewed, worked out and powerful. My style of teaching focuses on clear instruction that underscores the important relationship between alignment, breath, fluid movement and strength. I give students both a vigorous and strong physical practice as well as offer an internal connection. I put an emphasis on thoughtful, intelligent sequencing and pace. My classes are physically and mentally challenging, however I always work to meet the students where they are each day. I deliver each class in English and Sanskrit, with music, demonstrations when needed and hands on adjustments. My goal with every class is to create a space for work, expression, enthusiasm, fun, connection, renewal, contemplation and reflection.
Kristen Dowd Addicks
200-Hour RYT + an additional 180 hours toward her 500-Hour RYT (in progress)
My passion for movement began as a child with dance. It was there I began to understand the mind body connection. In a studio with my body and a focussed mind, I felt the most alive. This journey continued and as a young adult I found myself studying the spiritual component of many ethnic forms of dance. It is no surprise that when I encountered the ancient yoga text, it was like coming home. I have been practicing asana for twenty years. Diving into the other aspects of yoga, I realized the ancient yoga texts teach important life skills that can benefit everyone. I am intent on sharing this with others. I teach an invigorating class in order to connect you with your inner power. I gently sprinkle in important information about the deeper levels of yoga to benefit your life off the mat too. The physical practice of my class is about empowering you, challenging you to learn and grow and gain skills you did not know you could. It is also about learning to surrender and let go. I hope you will see glimpses of my dance backgrounds as I flow together sequences in a graceful and unique way. I am committed to provide clear alignment instruction for each pose without interrupting the flow — continually moving in a mindful and inspiring way. I love creating an interesting musical journey for each class, bringing in eclectic yoga music and combining it with upbeat modern tunes: some rock, some rap, some classic 80s and even hard to find world beats. My favorite part of teaching is connecting with individuals also on the yoga path. My deepest gratitude goes to my inspiring teachers in yoga and in dance and in life.