Teachers at The Yoga Room

The Yoga Room’s faculty of over twenty teachers brings expertise in guiding students through yoga for all people, ages, and abilities. Our yoga classes can facilitate physical healing, spiritual growth, and community.

Please contact us for more information on finding the class and instructor who is right for you!
For general information, 510-204-9322 | info@yogaroomberkeley.com | YogaRoomBerkeley.com

Donald Moyer, Founding Director

Donald Moyer began practicing Iyengar yoga in 1971 and teaching in 1974. He founded The Yoga Room in 1978 and served as director for over thirty years. Donald studied extensively with B.K.S. Iyengar in India from 1976–1988 and continues to be deeply inspired by his method. He wrote the Asana column for Yoga Journal in 1987, 1989, and 1992. His two books, Yoga: Awakening the Inner Body (2006) and Yoga for Healthy Feet (2016), are available at The Yoga Room.  (Author photo © David Martinez.)

Donald’s Coming of Age Slideshow

Photographs by Tina Kauffman

Photographs by Tina Kauffman

Gay White, Director

510-204-9322 | gay.yogagarden@gmail.com | yogaroomberkeley.comWhite_177x225 copy_100
Gay White is Director of The Yoga Room and Co-Director of The Yoga Room’s Advanced Studies Program. She has studied asana and pranayama from Donald Moyer since 1991, and she studied from Geeta Iyengar at the Iyengar Institute in Pune, India. Gay’s classes and workshops are dedicated to alignment and awareness in a safe and creative mixed-level learning community. Gay also leads yoga retreats and intensives locally and in Mexico. She has been making dances since 1975, and is director of the Yoga Garden Dancers.

Mary Lou Weprin, Advanced Studies Co-Director

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Mary Lou Weprin has been teaching at The Yoga Room since 1980. As Co-Director with Gay White of The Yoga Room’s Advanced Studies Program, she continues the work she started with Donald Moyer in 1988 of training many of the Bay Area’s teachers. She also leads Intensives for out-of-town teachers to deepen their ability to observe and assist their students. She offers Practice Intensives and other workshops throughout the year, and leads workshops in the U.S. and Canada. From 2004-2007, Mary Lou was Co-Director (with Patricia Dewar) of the Yoga Central Teacher Training Program in Saskatoon, Sask., Canada.

Mary Lou’s training has been primarily with B.K.S. Iyengar and Geeta Iyengar in India; Donald Moyer, Ramanand Patel, Judith Lasater, and the late Mary Dunn. She also studied with Dona Holleman in the US and Italy. She graduated from the Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco in the late 70s, and was later part of their teacher training faculty, teaching asana theory and basic teaching skills. Mary Lou is currently certified as Intermediate Junior Level 3 with the Iyengar Yoga National Association of the U.S. (IYNAUS). She is registered with Yoga Alliance at the Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher 500 level (E-RYT-500). Mary Lou is interested in aligning the body and sequencing the practice in such a way as to energize and nurture the inner body. She makes challenging poses more accessible using preparations, special sequencing, and lots of humor. Her classes are educational, challenging and fun.

Ada Lusardi

510-552-0155 | ada@adayoga.com | adayoga.com
Ada Lusardi‘s classes and workshops marry the heart and science of yoga by offering nuanced and precise teaching with warmth and humor. A self-professed “anatomy geek,” she leads classes and retreats throughout California’s Bay area and around the country. She is a graduate and faculty member of The Berkeley Yoga Room’s Advanced Studies Program. Ada is a long time student of Donald Moyer and Mary Lou Weprin, and she is a perennial student of yoga and life.

Anna Rich

510-612-5799 | anna.k.rich@gmail.com 
Anna Rich is a graduate of the Yoga Room’s Advanced Studies Program and a student of Mary Lou Weprin. She believes yoga is for everyone and helps her students invite more spaciousness and ease into their bodies through thoughtful sequencing and a gentle, compassionate approach. Anna’s classes focus on developing body and breath awareness, building strength and flexibility, and finding stillness in the midst of our busy lives. Anna is also a certified Relax & Renew® Trainer.

Benjamin Flowers

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Benjamin Flowers graduated from The Yoga Room’s 500 hour teacher training program in 2013. His primary teacher is Mary Lou Weprin, a certified Iyengar Yoga teacher and Co-Director of the Yoga Room’s Advanced Studies program. He is also certified as an Elise Browning Miller Yoga for Scoliosis Teacher Trainer. Benjamin seeks to find the intricacies within every asana and believes even the most elementary of postures has the ability to transform your mind. He strives to create a practice accessible to all bodies, using refined instruction, partner work, artful sequencing, and props. Everyone in a body can experience the joy that is Yoga!

Bonnie Maeda

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Bonnie Maeda, RN, teaches Restorative Yoga and co-teaches Yoga For Health at The Yoga Room as well as at several Bay Area hospitals and Women’s Centers. She is certified by the Arthritis Foundation and also as an “Advanced Relax and Renew” teacher from Judith Hanson Lasater’s program. Her approach is gentle yoga for health and healing as well as restorative yoga to promote relaxation and manage stress. She believes in the benefits of yoga for every age, body type, and ability.

Bridget Frederick

510-306-0126 | bridget.frederick@gmail.com | bridget-yoga.comFrederick_100
Bridget Frederick began studying at The Yoga Room in 2002 and is a graduate of the Advanced Studies Program. She has worked with students of all ages, body types and abilities. Individualized attention to each of her students, a strong focus on alignment and core strength, and her adept use of props allow for a comfortable experience of yoga. Whether you’re brand new to yoga or a well-practiced regular, you’ll emerge feeling stretched out and stronger than when you came in.

Clare Finn

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Clare Finn, has been a student of Yoga and Meditation for over thirty years. She first studied Iyengar Yoga from Donald Moyer at the Yoga Room in 1980, then attended the Iyengar Yoga Institute in San Francisco for three years, and was a founding partner of both the Piedmont Yoga Studio in Oakland and 4th Street Yoga in Berkeley. She continues to work on balance and alignment, teaching from an intuitive place of seeing how the asanas and meditation can add ease and awareness to our lives.

Debbie Gilman

510-919-4456 | d_gilman@sbcglobal.net
Debbie Gilman. M.A., ERYT 500, has been teaching at The Yoga Room since 2000, is on the faculty of the Advanced Studies Program there, and co-owns Innate Chiropractic & Wellness Studio in Albany. A life-long teacher, she loves sharing the movement-based mindfulness practice of yoga with her students. In recent years Debbie has been studying the history of yoga to deepen her understanding of the practice.

Deborah Saliby

510-541-1395 | deborahsaliby@comcast.net | envisionings.com
Deborah Saliby, a certified Iyengar yoga teacher, originally received her yoga teacher training at the Iyengar Yoga Institute in San Francisco graduating in 1982. Through the years Deborah went on to study and practice different forms of meditation and healing, Hypnotherapy and Hypnosis for Birthing. In 2011 she attended graduate school and earned a teaching credential as an Education Specialist for severely handicapped children for whom she now teaches full time. She teaches part time Iyengar yoga classes, beginner to intermediate levels. She specializes in yoga for pregnancy and yoga for back care. Private sessions for yoga and birthing are available by appointment.

Deidre O’Brien


510-849-2045 | deidrelobrien@aol.com
Deidre O’Brien has been practicing Iyengar-style yoga and meditation since 1991. She graduated from The Yoga Room’s 3 year 1,000-hour Advanced Studies Program in 2009. Deidre has assisted the Yoga for 55+ class at The Yoga Room taught by Herta Weinstein, M.D. since 2007. She specializes in adapted and modified poses to allow individuals of all ages and abilities to experience the joy of the practice of yoga.

Dorinda Nyberg

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Dorinda Nyberg’s teaching style helps students focus on intention and anatomical alignment through compassionate and clear instruction, skillful sequencing, and perceptive hands-on adjustments. Her purpose is to help students experience this ancient practice in a way that reveals its wisdom, and ease. Dorinda’s love of yoga comes through in her devotion to the intention of her teachers. Her reverence for yoga’s complex lineage is balanced with humor so that students leave class feeling refreshed with clear minds and energized bodies.

Dorinda has been studying Iyengar yoga since 1995 and began teaching in 2010. She is a long-time student of Donald Moyer, Mary Lou Weprin and Debbie Gilman, a graduate of The Yoga Room’s Advanced Studies Program and a Relax and Renew Trainer through Judith Lasater’s accredited program. She is certified at the Experienced 500 hour level (ERYT500) and a Continuing Education Provider (YACEP) with the Yoga Alliance. Dorinda is a member of the core faculty for the Advanced Studies Program at The Yoga Room in Berkeley.

Elizabeth Costello

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Elizabeth Costello
is a graduate of The Yoga Room’s Advanced Studies Program, and continues to study with Gay White, Ada Lusardi, and Mary Lou Weprin. She has had a physical practice for more than twenty years, including many styles of yoga, as well as forays into dance and physical theater. She works to help students use the asana practice as a means to cultivate self-awareness, heal, and deepen their experience of being alive and embodied. She is also a writer.

Erin Middleton

303-956-4637 | erinmiddletonyoga@gmail.com
Starting in high school, yogasana has been a cornerstone of Erin’s life bringing joy, relaxation, growth, strength, new perspectives and new friendships. Her active hatha yoga classes generally start with gentle breathing awareness and exercises, grounding floor warm-ups, and then move through intelligent sequencing, including seated and standing poses, to prepare the body for more advanced inversions, backbends, forward bends, and twists. She is always ready to offer pose alternatives so that everyone, regardless of ability or experience level, is able to explore and enjoy every part of class. Erin is a graduate of The Yoga Room’s Advanced Studies Program, and Erin also works at a non-profit addressing climate change and teaches peer counseling on the side.

Herta Weinstein

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Herta Weinstein, MD, began practicing Iyengar yoga in the late 1970s, and in 1988 enrolled in the first Advanced Studies Program, which she has completed. Herta has been teaching yoga to seniors since 1995 at The Yoga Room, at community centers, and in private sessions.

Hillary Russak

650-274-6939 |hillary@yogawithhillary.com | http://yogawithhillary.com/
After originally studying Yoga in the mid-1990s at the California Yoga Center in Palo Alto, Hillary returned to a regular yoga practice in 2009 to ease russak_headshotback pain associated with her work as a Technical Writer/Editor in science-based corporate America. Her style is influenced by the Yoga teachings of B.K.S. Iyengar and is based on building body awareness, ease, strength, flexibility, and balance. A graduate of the 500-hour Advanced Studies Teacher Training Program at The Yoga Room, in Berkeley, Hillary has RYT-500 certification with Yoga Alliance. Her continuing interests in yoga and science include study in human anatomy, plant medicines, meditation, ceremonial singing, and restorative yoga. Hillary continues her studies primarily as a student of Ada Lusardi (The Yoga Room, Berkeley CA) and Richard Rosen (Piedmont Yoga Community, Oakland, CA).

Jim Stockton

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Jim Stockton has been teaching yoga in the San Francisco Bay Area, in a number of therapeutic and clinical settings, since the end of the 1990s. In 2003, he graduated from the The Yoga Room’s Advanced Studies Program. Since then, he has worked within and outside of the Iyengar community, primarily with Mary Lou Weprin and Michael Lucey, but also attending extensive retreats with Tias Little, Sarah Powers, and Dharmanidhi Saraswati. Jim has further studied within Zen, Vajrayana, and Vipassana meditation traditions. Most recently, Jim’s work has focused on trauma recovery: in a San Francisco mental health clinic (Department of Public Health); working with Veterans and PTSD; and observing Japanese yoga teachers working with trauma survivors immediately following the Fukushima tsunami/nuclear accident. For over 10 years, Jim ran a Yoga Program for a pain clinic in Oakland, California.

Joanne Gatti

503-896-3722 | jgatti26@gmail.com
Joanne Gatti is a graduate of the Advanced Studies Program, and she has been studying yoga and healing since the early 1990s. As an occupational therapist of 19 years, she has assisted countless patients in regaining the movement and abilities needed to participate in the tasks of everyday life. From this core, Joanne’s yoga classes shine with compassion for the human condition and explore how to find effort and ease in every pose. Why does she love yoga? For the innumerable ways it seems to bring a smile to her face!

Linda BurnhamBurnham2_100

510-652-9905 | linda@lburnham.com
Linda Burnham has practiced and taught yoga for decades and is also an avid student of African and African diasporic dance. In addition, she is the National Research Coordinator for the National Domestic Workers Alliance, and she brings decades of experience as an activist, writer, strategist, and organizational consultant.

Sandy Zirulnik

510-421-3050 | szir@earthlink.net | https://sandyzyoga.com/
Sandy Zirulnik, RYT 500, E-RYT 200, YACEP, leads yoga classes that explore structure, movement, strength, and balance through the practice of asanas, breathing awareness, and the study of anatomy. They are enjoyable and appropriate for students of all ages and interests. No experience or special level of flexibility is required. Sandy began studying Yoga in 1998 and graduated from The Yoga Room’s Advanced Studies Program with a 500-hour certification. His teachers include Ada Lusardi, Donald Moyer, the faculty of The Yoga Room, Jonothon Gross, Sandra Razieli, and Laura Camp. Often he can be seen riding his bicycle in the Berkeley hills or more distant places.

Shannon Knorr

510-206-7131 |embodypilatesstudio@gmail.com
Shannon Knorr is a certified Pilates Rehabilitation teacher of 15 years and Yoga Room graduate of 2014. She is the owner of Embody Pilates Studio in Oakland and has been teaching therapeutic pilates with a focus on scoliosis for the past 15 years. She has completed the scoliosis specialization course with Suzanne Martin, and uses breath, pilates and PT exercises as well as visualization. She herself having scoliosis has used many modalities and has found that Yoga and Pilates has been the perfect companion to get her out of chronic back pain. The goal is not to be “straight” but to become more aligned, aware and centered from the inside out. Shannon is a breast cancer survivor and believes Yoga is much more than postures, it is a meeting of self. Using breath and alignment she uses her decades of anatomy and rehabilitation training fusing them with a more healing approach, using guided meditation, breath and movement.

Shari Ser

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Shari Ser, PT, RYT 500, E-RYT 500, CIAYT, has over 30 years of physical therapy clinical practice and experience teaching yoga for a wide range of medical conditions. Shari combines her expertise as a physical therapist and a long time yoga practitioner to make her classes safe and accessible to all students who want to practice yoga. Shari teaches level 1-3 classes and co-teaches a Yoga for Health class. Shari is a certified trainer in Dr. Fishman’s Osteoporosis method and teaches an ongoing Yoga for Healthy Bones class at The Yoga Room.

Tasha Hansen

510-759-1007 | tasha@tashahansen.com
Tasha Hansen has been teaching yoga for more than ten years. She is a graduate of the B.K.S. Iyengar Yoga Teacher Training Program in Boston; has studied at the Iyengar Institute in Pune, India; and was certified by Sivananda in Quebec. Her classes combine attention to detailed alignment in individual poses along with occasional unbroken sequences of poses inspired by Gay White and a love of dance. Tasha’s succinct instruction provides clear guidance, yet offers generous moments of silence to deepen internal awareness. In addition to yoga, Tasha teaches academic writing and research skills to international graduate students.

Thara Srinivasan

510-524-5467 | utharas@gmail.com
Thara Srinivasan, PhD, is a graduate of The Yoga Room’s Advanced Studies Program and has been teaching classes and workshops since 2011. Yoga has been a strong tradition in her family for generations. She learned pranayama (yoga breathwork) and meditation from her grandfather, a lifelong yogi, and viniyoga (a style of yoga movement with the breath) from her father, a student of T.K.V. Desikachar. By incorporating these elements into her teaching, Thara offers classes to revitalize the body and mind, bringing poses to life for students of all levels. With deep experience using yoga therapeutically, Thara is dedicated to creating a safe environment for a joyful practice.