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Amey Mathews is one of the owners of Yoga Within. She has been a student of yoga since 1993, and her love for the practice grows deeper every day. She began studying yoga as a student at Stanford University, and is always searching out ways to continue her yogic education. Over the years she has studied Iyengar, Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Anusara, Jivamukti, and Kundalini styles of yoga. "My goal as a teacher is to create an environment in which students feel safe, challenged, and enthusiastic about the many riches that yoga has to offer. Yoga is an optimistic discipline, which asserts that we all have vast potential beyond our current state. Amey teaches with an emphasis on the philosophy and concepts behind the postures. She received her first certification from the White Lotus Foundation in 1999, and in 2004 she completed a 110-hour teacher training program with her primary teacher, Kofi Busia. Amey offers her humble gratitude to the many amazing teachers who have guided her practice; most notably Kofi Busia.
831.465.6803 amey@yogawithamey.com Please check out Amey's Website!.


Denise Wendler has been studying yoga since 1985 and teaching since 1996. She is an Intermediate Junior I certified Iyengar teacher and a graduate of the Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco. She was fortunate to go to Pune in 2005 to study with the Iyengar family. Denise teaches classes in the Santa Cruz/San Jose area, and workshops and retreats in California and Hawaii. She enjoys teaching students of all ages and abilities and her classes draw faithful students who appreciate her encouraging spirit and patient instruction. Denise's website
408.506.0996 ~



Denyse Hurley began her path with yoga in 1999 and has been committed to the practice ever since. She has taught children’s yoga classes at a local school, and is currently working with a local baseball team learning the benefits of yoga. She is certified to teach yoga to children through Indigo Yoga for Kids. She is also a volunteer for Native Animal Rescue, and is a mom and has been a resident of Aptos since 1972.. She teaches adult Hatha classes on Thursdays. Yoga ultimately means union between mind, body & spirit. It is a privilege to participate in helping people achieve this harmony.
831.818.2903 ~





Dorothy Raftery is a highly-experienced teacher of Tibetan Heart Yoga, a life-long student of yoga and sacred dance, and a practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism and motherhood. She brings a joyous and gentle heart combined with skillful means to her classes. See her website www.innerlightpilates.com


Gabriel Benjamin is a second generation instructor in the TriYoga(R) Lineage and has been instructing since 2001. Gabriel holds five certifications in Yoga and Ayurveda and has been both a student and teacher at the Kerala Ayurveda Academy. His practices are known for being the perfect blend of challenging and relaxing leaving the students feeling educated, nourished, and balanced.




Jane Freeman says: "Yoga is the most profound relationship I have ever known. The practices of yoga have held my attention and my heart with curiosity and demand that I respect and cherish. I attribute this to my current teacher of 22 years, Kofi Busia. His teaching is impeccable. His patience and yogic knowledge are second to none. I am inspired to teach with consistency, clarity of purpose and joy in honor of my teacher. He is my Guru." See her website www.yogajane.com


Karyn Bristol is one of the owners of Yoga Within. Karyn is a Certified Iyengar Teacher. She has been a dedicated student of Iyengar Yoga since 1986 and began teaching in 2003. Her practice had such a powerful, transformative effect on her life that she decided to to become a yoga teacher. In 2003 she graduated from the Iyengar Institute of San Francisco. In 2004 she completed Kofi Busia's teacher training. After a two year apprenticeship with Elise Miller, a senior Iyengar teacher, she completed the Yoga for Scoliosis Training in 2008. Karyn is registered with Yoga Alliance at the RYT 500 hour level. She is available for private clients. 831.464.9417
kkkkbristol@hotmail.com ~
check out her website: http://www.yogawithkaryn.net/


Kofi Busia is one of the world's foremost teachers in the Iyengar tradition. He has been teaching for nearly 40 years, and has held his Advanced Certificate for 35 years. He has taught, and is recognized, all over the world. He began yoga as a student at Oxford and has taught professionally ever since. Throughout the 1970's and up until the mid-1980's, he studied regularly with B. K. S. Iyengar, and directly from him on a regular basis at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute in Pune, Maharashtra, South India. Although he has lived most of his life in Oxford, England, he is currently based in Santa Cruz, California, where he is putting the finishing touches to three planned books, one of which is an original translation and commentary, direct from the Sanskrit, of the Yoga Sutras of Patañjali. Until this work is complete he will continue to offer only a skeleton number of classes and workshops mainly in the Northern California area. 831.246.2027. ~ Please visit Kofi's Website


Kym House has been teaching yoga since 1999 and has extensive experience in applying the tools of yoga for healing injuries and managing pain. She teaches in the tradition of Krishnamacharya and TKV. Desikachar. Kym began her practice as a dancer at Cabrillo College and completed her BA in Dance at San Francisco State University. She is a certified yoga instructor (Kripalu, 200 hr & AVI, 500 hr), a certified yoga therapist (AVI, 500 hr), and a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists www.IAYT.org.In addition to her classes here at Yoga Within, Kym offers her work at Spine Med Associates in Seascape www.spinemed.com. Kym specializes in back injuries and has helped hundreds of individuals manage their back conditions. She has served as a faculty assistant for the American Viniyoga Institute. She also offers Individual Yoga Therapy, and is trained to develop prescriptive yoga therapy practices for specific conditions including but not limited to the structure. 831-254-6100 or Kym's Website

Nancy Finley was first introduced to yoga and meditation at age sixteen, and again much later in Tokyo when she began studying with Iyengar yoga teacher, Joan Seow Harakuma in 1995. Soon after, she met Engineer and Senior Iyengar yoga Instructor, Ramanand Patel. Her background in Hatha yoga is influenced by the BKS Iyengar system through Ramanand, her primary teacher. She continues to study weekly with him in San Francisco. She completed yoga teacher training courses with Kofi Busia and Pranja yoga. With over 3,000 hours of yoga training and 4,000 plus hours of teaching yoga and Feldenkrais, her curiosity continues to deepen. She happily invites you to join her in this splendid study. She is also available for private clients. Check out Nancy’s website: www.nancyfinleystudios.com 831.662.9132  ~   heliosfin@hotmail.com