Butterfly Yoga

The art of transformation

Teacher Biographies

 
 

Pattie Stafford-Makuta, CYT, Buti® Yoga & Yoga Tune Up® Certified Instructor

Founder, Owner of Butterfly Yoga LLC

Yoga Tune Up®, Buti® Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa Flow, Restorative Yoga, Yin Yoga, Roll & Release, Pilates, Ballet, Hot Hula Fitness®, Butterfly Kids Dance & Yoga

Co-creator & Trainer of Gain Fitness- Butterfly Yoga iphone Fitness App

Pattie feels so very blessed to have been able to teach and share her love for dance and yoga for a total of over eighteen years.  Her innate affinity for expression through movement led her to excel in ballet at a young age.  By 16, she became a dancer and later a soloist for the Utah Ballet company, and also began teaching all levels of ballet from toddlers through advanced students.  Pattie also received many scholarships to the University of Utah as a ballet major of fine arts where she studied ballet technique, performance  repertoire,  jazz,  modern dance, Pilates, teaching technique, and kinesiology.  She continues to dance and perform in the bay area whenever possible.

Curiosity for yoga began in 2003,  after which she was immediately drawn to the discipline and philosophy of yoga.  Many years of dedicated practice brought her to a realization of peace and purpose.  Pattie’s passion and dedication is focused on sharing the many gifts of yoga and movement, and offering support and guidance in this lifelong journey of exploration and discovery of our inner space, the body, mind, and spirit.  Pattie creatively integrates her knowledge of dance, Yoga, and Pilates, and emphasizes the connection between grounding, alignment, core strength, joint mobility, and powerful breath through intelligent and effective asana (physical pose) sequences, breathing practices, and unique exercises.  Her philosophy and teaching methods foster a spirit of curiosity, compassion, awareness, peace, and gratitude, and will transform your physical practice into an intimate understanding and exploration through the physical body.  Her classes will leave you feeling blissfully relaxed, uplifted, and renewed with motivation to cultivate and celebrate a way of life that brings strength, stability, and joy to all aspects of being.  Pattie currently teaches classes and workshops that integrate targeted self-massage, core strengthening, Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa Flow, Pilates, Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Buti® Yoga,  and Yoga Tune Up®.

In the dance of Yoga and flow of life, you experience inspiration, love, truth, beauty, wisdom, and contentment as natural aspects of being. Transformation and expansion of the mind, body, heart, and spirit occurs. You know and feel gratitude, acceptance, and a connection to all that is.  Yoga gives us the opportunity to steady our mind and simply observe ourselves and be fully present without judgment, without ego, and without attachment or expectation.  One of the most incredible aspects of Yoga is that it gives us the power to change.  To change the way we feel, how we think, and how we see the world around us. When you are doing your practice and ground yourself in healing presence and awareness each day, you become free. Letting go of fear, judgment, and worry. You then make space and open to the possibilities, to create, to renew and to receive abundance, allowing great love and compassion to flow in and out.  In this state of being, we feel one and at peace with this wonderful exchange and flow of life, receiving and giving freely, generously, and with our whole heart.

~Pattie

Gain Fitness Q & A with Pattie Stafford
 
 
 

Butterfly Yoga’s Guest Teachers

 
 
 
 

Grace Law, RYT

Power Vinyasa, Vinyasa Flow

HOMETOWN

Originally from Hong Kong, Bay Area for 20+ years

PHILOSOPHY

“Yoga is a journey, a path to self realization. For me, the journey started with fixing my chronic lower back pain. As I got stronger, it became my gym replacement. Now, yoga helps me live with more love, clarity, peace, joy, and gratitude amid challenges in life. I feel I am more on my path and yet, my journey has only just begun. My classes are a blend of wisdom from my amazing teachers. They are sweat inducing, breath centric, and rooted in Iyengar alignment. Through intelligent sequencing, my intention is to help you get stronger and more flexible, explore arm balances and inversions, and to release what’s not serving you so you can stay in a happy place off the mat.”

EXPERIENCE & CERTIFICATIONS

Grace has been practicing yoga since 2000, RYT 200 with Jillian Gilkbarg of the ParaYoga lineage and with Jonathan Rickert focusing on Power Yoga. She also studied with Rusty Wells, Janet Stone, Anna Forest, Les Leventhal, and with other spiritual teachers.

OUTSIDE THE STUDIO

Grace runs tech events for engineers to connect and share knowledge. She loves food, photography, snowboarding, scuba diving, traveling, receiving bodywork, and spending time at Esalen in Big Sur.

 
 
 

Marcie Storch, RYT

Certified Relax & Renew Instructor, Restorative Yoga

Marcie is a 200-hour Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher, a Certified Relax and Renew Trainer, and has most recently received a Certificate to become one of the first Memory Maintenance Yoga Teachers in the U.S. through the Soma Yoga Institute. Her teachers include Judith Hanson Lasater, Peggy Profant, Sam Akers, Liz Heffernan, Pattie Makuta, Serena Lucchesi, Yely Staley and David Omkar Webster.
“Restorative yoga is one of my passions. It’s an antidote to life’s daily turbulence. In a restorative yoga practice we slow down by creating the conditions of relaxation. With mindfulness, we use props, like bolsters and blankets, to support our body in asanas (postures) that are grounded and longer held, in order to trigger the parasympathetic nervous system’s response.  We turn our attention inward, noticing areas of tension and stress, and allowing them to melt away. Our bodies feel the benefit of increased awareness and the re-balancing of energy.
This is where restorative yoga’s magic really happens. As our bodies fully relax, our minds begin to feel safe and slow down. Rather than jumping from thought to thought, calmness sets in. We get the chance to learn from the pause between the thoughts, and the opportunity for self-knowledge expands.”
Marcie is also passionate about teaching yoga for brain health. Dementia, Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of cognitive impairment are on the rise, and studies show that yoga practice is an important aspect of maintaining brain health. Drawing on her love of restorative yoga, her Yoga for Brain Health workshops and classes focus on gentle asana, mantra, meditation, mudra, pranayama and yoga nidra to help improve and maintain brain health.
Marcie’s teaching style is warm, welcoming and nurturing, focusing on helping each yogi integrate body mind and spirit in a safe environment.
 
 
 

Katharine Otis, CYT

Hatha Yoga, Slow Flow Yoga, Sound, Voice & Music Healing

Katharine Otis is a yoga teacher and actress based out of Foster City. Her classes are flow based and create a solid foundation for students to explore freedom. Students will leave feeling inspired, connected and challenged. She draws from 10 years of teaching group classes and teacher trainings, a life of self study and expression, and the assimilated knowledge of yogic philosophy. Katharine completed her certification at the Laughing Lotus NYC in 2005 with Dana Flynn and Jasmine Tarkeshi, Pranayama and Meditation at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram with Sri Desikachar, steeped in the teachings of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras at C.I.I.S. with Chase Bossart and Kate Holcombe in 2009, and received a certificate in Sound, Voice, and Music Healing at C.I.I.S. in 2010 from Silvia Nakkach.
 
 
 

Rondy Isaac, RYT

Vinyasa Flow, Power Yoga

Rondy Isaacs’ yoga journey started five years ago when by divine accident he walked into his first yoga studio. Though hesitant at first, he fell in love with the practice and found his home. As a teacher, Rondy guides his students to explore the power of yoga to reveal the essential self through peeling back the layers of ego and unveiling the “best version of you.” Thru intense asana work, Rondy’s classes teach students to free their bodies and minds from restrictions so they can bring their fullest, most joyful self-expression to the world – so needed in these times.
Rondy completed his registered yoga teacher certifications with Jillian Gilkbarg of the ParaYoga lineage and Jonathan Rickert power style yoga. His continuing educational studies include: Sutra philosophy with Anirudh Shastri, Tantra Yoga and The Path of Beauty and Bliss with Rod Stryker founder of ParaYoga, and alignment with Ben Thomas. Rondy recently lived in Stuttgart, Germany offering free yoga classes for Syrian, African and Albanian refugees through the Brazil for Refugees/Integration Through Art program.
“The Journey is the Reward.”
~Chinese Proverb

 
 
 

Anat Kedem, RYT

Vinyasa, Hatha, Restorative Yoga

“Yoga changed my life in many ways. It made me more aware, more connected and frankly, I hope, a better person. I have been practicing yoga since 2005, and although now I teach it, I forever see myself as a student, constantly learning and absorbing from many beautiful teachers.”

Formal training:  200 hours teacher training with Kirtan Smith focusing on Iyengar and vinyasa.  500 hours teacher training at the College of San Mateo with Denaya Dailey focusing also on Samtana yoga flow, Budokon yoga, and restorative yoga.

Anat has also attended multiple training workshops with acclaimed teachers such as Jason Crandell, Richard Rosen, Colleen Saidman and Rodney Yee.

When Anat is not teaching Yoga, she works as a professional photographer.  She also loves the outdoors, nature, traveling, reading, animals and every opportunity to just slow down.
 
 
 
 

Barbara Pesci Rosenberg, RYT

Teacher Registered Children’s Yoga Teacher

Originally a Registered Nurse by trade, Barbara took all kinds of different jobs and volunteering responsibilities while raising her two sons to adulthood. Nursing is a physically demanding job, and her back and neck problems reminded her daily it was time for her to do something for herself. 

Barbara has been a yoga enthusiast for over 7 years and believes “Yoga has helped me in so many ways, physically, spiritually, and emotionally. I am a better version of myself because of yoga.” 

“I wanted to deepen my practice,” she said. So Barbara attended an intensive Yoga Alliance Certified, 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training at the Heartwood Yoga Institute in Bradenton, Florida. Time and time again she was told by her mentors and fellow classmates “You should teach.” And every time Barbara replied, “I am just taking this training to deepen my personal practice.” 

Not long after she returned from her training, Barbara had an idea pop into her head. What if kids were introduced to yoga, mindfulness, and meditation at a young age? After an exhaustive investigation into kids yoga teacher training, Barbara returned to the Heartwood Yoga Institute for training to become a Yoga Alliance Certified Registered Children’s Yoga Teacher (RCYT). “That training was truly life changing for me. I realized that I could utilize all my professional skills and life experiences to make a difference in children’s lives and perhaps our entire world, by teaching yoga and mindfulness to kids.” 

Barbara currently teaches six classes a week to children from ages 5 -11, right here, in Foster City, her home town for 30 years.