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Yoga @ Noon


This class is taught by:

Dagmar Landel

As a practicing psychologist in Vienna, Austria, Dagmar Emperger-Landel found a deep interest in the body-mind balance. Moving to Encinitas, California in 1998, Dagmar practiced both yoga and seated mediation, and studied in the Viniyoga tradition which emphasizes watching the mind and opening the heart during practice for a full experience of awareness and stillness. Dagmar received her Advanced Studies Program Certificate from Downtown Yoga in Pleasanton with an Iyengar-oriented approach that focuses on correct body alignment, using props like blocks and straps to allow all practitioners access to the benefits of the postures regardless of physical condition, age, or experience. Dagmar encourages her students to explore awareness, being present and connected with their bodies to balance life and relieve stress. When not engaging in yoga and meditation, Dagmar enjoys outdoors activities including hiking and surfing, working with her hands creating beautiful things, and traveling with her two teenage daughters, husband and spirited dog Kai.

Georganne Benesch

Yoga became an integral part of Georganne’s life from the moment she first stepped on a mat. Like many, Georganne tried out Yoga to help recover from an illness. The first day she walked into the DTY studio, Georganne felt at home. She loves how a consistent Yoga practice has helped her achieve more strength and balance in her life – physically, mentally & spiritually. Motivated to share her practice, Georganne graduated from the Downtown Yoga 200-hour Advanced Studies Program and soon became a DTY teacher. In her classes, she offers supportive instruction that encourages each and every student to find energy, ease and enjoyment in their practice. Georganne built a career in high-tech marketing and runs her own consulting business; Tiger Team Marketing. She delights in balancing her professional work with practicing and teaching Yoga.

Kavita Patel

Kavita first discovered yoga in college when she was pursuing her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting. She used yoga in her movement and vocal training. Kavita found that it grounded and relaxed her for performances. Although, it was not until the birth of her first child that she was deeply drawn to yoga. Kavita needed to reconnect with her body and find a place of peace within herself. Yoga has given Kavita that and so much more. She finds solace in her practice and sense of empowerment for having an understanding of how her body moves through space. Kavita recently completed her 200 hour training at Downtown Yoga with Kate Coughlin. She loves to teach because it allows her to share her practice and passion for yoga as a way of life. At home Kavita has two little yogis in training; a 5 year old daughter and a 2 year old son. They give her lots of opportunities to remember to breath and be in the present!

Shawna Scizak

Early in life Shawna began exploring the benefits of exercise, particularly those associated with improved emotional and mental wellbeing. She worked in the fitness industry for seven years, taught exercise classes, and was certified by several nationally recognized exercise organizations. Although acquainted with the basics of yoga, it wasn’t until 2008 that she discovered a teacher who inspired her into a deeper appreciation of the practice and revealed that what she had always sought at the gym was actually waiting for her in the yoga studio. Yoga has turned out to be the mind, body, spirit connection that she’d been seeking and so, in 2010, she graduated from Brentwood Yoga Center's Advanced Yoga Studies Program and became certified with the Yoga Alliance. She also took her pursuit of yoga half way around the world when she accompanied Jim, Kate, and her teacher Sandy on their spectacular retreat to India. As a student first and a teacher second, she hopes to use her knowledge and enthusiasm to bring the life changing benefits of yoga to others. She currently lives in Discovery Bay with her husband, Mike, and two dogs, Jazmine and Bodhi.

Mary Monahan

Mary wants to share the healing, transformative power of yoga with others. She was introduced to yoga when her physician recommended it as a way to help recover from cancer. Long since cancer free, she continued to deepen her yoga practice through movement and breath, graduating from the 200-hour Advanced Studies program with Kate and Jim Coughlin in June 2011. Mary is passionate about Iyengar-inspired yoga because its emphasis on good form and alignment is essential to avoiding injury and increasing strength. She strives to create an open, positive space where students are free to explore the mind, body and spirit, in the most compassionate way possible.

Bridget Galli

Bridget began practicing yoga in 2009 as a path to greater strength, balance, flexibility, and serenity. She tried many styles of yoga, but found a deep connection to Iyengar inspired instruction with its focus on connecting mind, body, and spirit through awareness, alignment, and breathing. Over the years, her practice has grown from one to two days a week to a daily asana and meditation practice. After years of encouragement by her wonderful teachers Nancy Leigh-Smith and Eva Kastel, Bridget earned her 200 hour RYT at Downtown Yoga last year and began teaching soon after. The experience has been so profound and rewarding that she is currently pursuing her 500 hour RYT at Downtown Yoga as well. Bridget credits the transformative power of yoga and meditation for deepening and enriching her pursuit of balance emotionally, physically, and spiritually. She brings all of this into her experience on and off the mat as a seeker, student, teacher, wife, and mother of four sons. She hopes to share the light and joy of yoga in a welcoming and supportive environment in her classes.
Come in for a great "lunchtime" yoga practice. The practice will run 1 hour and 15 minutes, from noon to 1:15 p.m. Just enough time to get your mind and body "reset" for the rest of the day!

Upcoming classes:

  • Thu Aug 17 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm with Dagmar Landel
  • Mon Aug 21 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm with Georganne Benesch
  • Tue Aug 22 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm with Kavita Patel
  • Wed Aug 23 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm with Shawna Scizak
  • Thu Aug 24 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm with Dagmar Landel
  • Mon Aug 28 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm with Shawna Scizak
  • Tue Aug 29 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm with Mary Monahan
  • Wed Aug 30 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm with Shawna Scizak
  • Thu Aug 31 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm with Shawna Scizak
  • Mon Sep 04 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm with Shawna Scizak
  • Tue Sep 05 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm with Mary Monahan
  • Wed Sep 06 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm with Shawna Scizak
  • Thu Sep 07 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm with Dagmar Landel
  • Mon Sep 11 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm with Shawna Scizak
  • Tue Sep 12 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm with Shawna Scizak
  • Wed Sep 13 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm with Shawna Scizak
  • Thu Sep 14 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm with Dagmar Landel
  • Mon Sep 18 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm with Bridget Galli
  • Tue Sep 19 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm with Mary Monahan
  • Wed Sep 20 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm with Bridget Galli