Susan found yoga ten years ago after her husband unexpectedly died from cancer. With two young boys to raise and family to help, finding the right exercise became important. Yoga was different than any other exercise she had done. With any physical activity, you release a cocktail of endorphins and other feel good chemicals into your body, but with yoga she experienced something more. Yoga helped to clear her mind, be present, and start manifest life moving forward. She found that her yoga mat was her therapist. She started teaching six years ago to share how yoga transformed her life. And, to share her passion and love. She founded NOW to bring this transformation to you and the community.
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.
Heather Leigh McKenzie
Heather brings 20 years of experience teaching fitness and yoga. She studies multiple disciplines and employs her broad range of knowledge in her classes. She consistently delivers smart, effective workouts with an infectious personality and energy that has earned her a place as both a top trainer and teacher in the San Francisco Bay Area. At NOW she teaches power yoga, sculpt, and pilates.
Deirdre believes strongly in yoga’s transformative power. A ballerina for over thirteen years, Deirdre enjoys keeping active. Her practice has evolved through her studies in buddhism, shamanism, meditation, breath work, energy medicine, and hypnotherapy. Her classes are vigorous, breath driven, fun. And yes, you will sweat!
When not on her mat you can find Deirdre enjoying her two boys, hiking, skiing and reading. She is driven to help others on their personal path to connect with their mind, body and soul. Learn more about her therapeutic practice by visiting: deirdre-markham.com.
An impassioned creative with a staunchly faithful following, Wendy has over 15 years of experience, industry certification + education. Wendy truly is a one of a kind well-seasoned yogi.
Wendy profoundly believes in the power of a consistent practice with attention to breath, alignment of mind, intention + action. Wendy believes “results” are not only physical but result in emotional & spiritual growth. She shares her unique teaching style weaving personal insights with a profoundly creative wealth of knowledge + experience.
Wendy creates a place where you can come & explore the potential of your own creative energy.
Outside of NOW you can find her barefoot in a Burmese wrap, traveling the world spreading her loving kind energy, & rescuing cats. All the cats. She resides in the East Bay with her woodworking partner her 3 beloved felines.
Passionate about the fitness and wellness industry with exceptional ability to create motivating, welcoming communities that drive membership sales and client retention. Resourceful and collaborative in building mutually-beneficial partnerships with local businesses and organizations.
With a 20+ year background in fitness and yoga, 24 years in outdoor leadership and a childhood spent on the water in San Diego, she generously shares her breadth of knowledge to all her students with a kind heart and pioneering spirit.
Katie’s caring and humble guidance as a yoga teacher is felt the moment you walk in the room. Her touch as she helps you in and out of a postures is juicy and melting but grounding
Being diagnosed with both scoliosis and celiac disease, Katie practices self love, self care, and compassion on an elevated level. Through the practice of nuturuing herself, she has been able to formulate and share the same nurturing and gifts with everyone she comes in contact with. Katie’s life story shows her care, devotion, and dedication as an athlete, nutrition coach, and yoga teacher.
Her desire to become a yoga teacher was ignited to heal herself and others! Katie has since completed 300 Hour RYT certifications in both Bali and the US. Katie continues to participate in teacher training to better her knowledge of this sacred practice. Currently Katie teaches weekly yoga classes, leads workshops, and yoga retreats.
Kris grew up a dancer and choreographer, then began teaching group fitness and yoga in 1998. She sees yoga as practice for self-care and cultivating joy. On and off the mat, Kris aims to remind people of their beauty, power and worth. In her classes you can expect clear alignment cues, a fluid pace and an uplifting message. She invites you to come as you are - and promises you’ll leave feeling a little less reactive, robotic, stressed or stiff … and a little more grounded, playful, hopeful and STRONG.
Kris is an RYT500 with Yoga Alliance. She completed her teacher trainings in the styles of Hatha, Vinyasa and Anusara Yoga. She is also an Interior Designer, mom to 2 kiddos and 2 dogs, and part-time booty-droppin' hip hop dancer.