Primary Influence: The Feldenkrais Method®
Bio: Andy is a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner.CM He learned about the Feldenkrais Method® when recovering from his own physical challenges. While working on a dissertation in Sociology at Stanford, he developed severe hand pain from typing on the computer. He explored many different approaches to his situation, and while all were helpful, the work of Moshe Feldenkrais resonated the most with him. The small, gentle movements in Feldenkrais® allowed him to become aware of how he was moving and discover new options for moving differently. Now he enjoys sharing his affinity for Feldenkrais® with others. When not practicing, he likes walking, being in nature, and conversations with friends.
Mark Gangadhar Gerhard
Primary Influences: Vipasanna and Yogic meditation
Bio: Gangadhar began practicing meditation in the 1960’s at the Portland Zendo. He also started learning devotional music and dancing from Reb Shlomo Carlebach at that time. He became close friends with Jai Uttal and traveled to India where they sat with Baba Neem Karoli in 1972. Upon his return to the US, he learned Goenka style Vipassana Meditation and also studied classical Indian Music at the Ali Akbar College in San Rafael. He was a pioneer in the kirtan movement traveling with Baba Ram Dass and Allen Ginsburg throughout the US. He taught at Naropa Institute’s opening session and then returned to India to live with the famous Bauls of Bengal, wandering spiritual musicians. Since then he has had a long career as a teacher and instructor. An artist, writer and musician Gangadhar has been teaching mindfulness and meditation practices for the past 5 years to adults and children throughout the North Bay. He has an eclectic and innovative approach to meditation practices combining the creative and imaginative with the traditional.
Primary Influences: Yogic meditation influenced by Nondualism including Advaita Vedanta, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Western Christian mystical traditions
Bio: Rhonda is a Licensed MFT psychotherapist and Certified Yoga Teacher. Since 1994 she has enjoyed guiding and teaching meditation, yoga and mindfulness classes and workshops with groups throughout the Bay Area, while providing brief and long-term psychotherapy with individuals and families in private practice. Her early years of yoga study include working with many teachers in the Tirumalai Krishnamacharya tradition, including T. K. V. Desikachar, son of Krishnamacharya. Her passion for Buddhist psychology and non-dualism has lead her to study with several teachers including Tara Brach, Jack Kornfield, Daniel Siegel, M.D., the works of Adyashanti and many more. Rhonda is an iRest®/Yoga Nidra teacher guiding classes for countless groups including the “At Home Within” program at COTS (Committee on the Shelterless) in Petaluma, Kaiser Permanente, Sonoma State University, and Integrative Yoga teacher training programs. Practiced in kirtan and Classical Hindustani music, Rhonda may be seen playing tamboura accompanying sitar or sarode performances alongside her husband, Mark Gangadhar Gerhard, tabla musician. Blending psychology, meditation, mindfulness and asana practice, Rhonda integrates mind, body, and spirit in her work with others.
Primary Influences: Buddhism, Hinduism, Western Science combined with Eastern Wisdom
Bio: Jodi is a certified yoga instructor and is currently completing her Davidji Certified Masters of Wisdom and Meditation Teacher Certificate. For the last 18 years, she has been practicing yoga and mindfulness, establishing an early love for yoga after spending her formative years studying classical ballet. Jodi’s desire to pursue meditation was sparked four years ago in the Yucatan where she attended a mindfulness retreat with stress-management teacher, Davidji. Jodi teaches meditation as an antidote to stress. Her classes are designed to help each student find a meditation style that resonates best with the individual, by using a combination of scientifically based principles and ancient yogic practices. In addition to teaching yoga and meditation classes, Jodi also manages a successful dental practice in San Francisco. When she isn’t meditating or leading a morning flow class, you might find her perched in front of a potter’s wheel, carefully forming a fresh lump of clay into a uniquely handmade vessel.
Primary Influences: Shambhala, Vippasana, Siddha Yoga, Jungian Psychology
Bio: Laura is the Founder and Director of Mindful One Meditation. She first discovered meditation in 1991 when she moved to the San Francisco Bay Area to study psychology as a graduate student. Like many, Laura initially found meditation to be both exhilarating and challenging. What kept her involved with the practice was being around long-term meditators and noticing the equanimity they possessed in the face of difficulty. In addition to holding a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, Laura has training in Jungian Active Imagination and Dream Interpretation, Music Therapy, Guided Imagery, Holotropic Breathwork, Neurofeedback, and of course, Meditation. Travels throughout Southeast Asia, and particularly in India, left a lasting imprint on her psyche and planted a seed for the Mindful One Studio. After a 29 year career in various leadership roles in the mental health field, as well as Executive and Wellness Coaching, Laura is delighted to offer to the community her vision of a space for people from differing backgrounds to come together to practice. When not at the Studio, Laura enjoys spending time with her family and friends, hiking, and practicing yoga.
Primary Influences: Zen Buddhism, Hatha Yoga
Bio: Daniel first sat for meditation at the young age of six. His father’s involvement with Zen Buddhism was an integral part of his upbringing, exposing him to meditation and mindfulness practices throughout his early years. These experiences had a profound influence on his teaching. He began teaching yoga in 2004, and integrates mindfulness into all of his work. His simple and straightforward instruction style makes his classes accessible to anyone. When Daniel is not leading yoga and meditation classes, he enjoys playing the guitar and spending time with family and friends.