Butterfly Yoga

The art of transformation

Teacher Biographies

 

Pattie Stafford-Makuta, 200 HR CYT & Certified Yoga Tune Up® Instructor

Founder, Owner of Butterfly Yoga LLC

Yoga Tune Up®, Hatha Flow Yoga, Vinyasa Flow, Restorative Yoga, Yin & Yang 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 blessed to have been able to teach and share her love for dance and yoga for a total of over fifteen 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 Yoga, Pilates, Yin Yoga, Restorative 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

 

 

Maureen Aitken, RYT

Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa Flow, Yin & Yang Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Pilates

Maureen was drawn to yoga as a teenager in Scotland but her yoga was self-taught from books. Arriving in the US gave her an opportunity to tap into some of the best yoga teaching available. She has taught yoga since 2005 and has gained many hours of yoga training in Ashtanga, Somatic yoga, Hatha yoga in the Anusara style, Yin, Pre-natal and Thai yoga therapy and teaches, Gentle, Rest and Restore, Yin and Vinyasa yoga. Her main goal is to offer yoga as a therapy to students, offering asanas to strengthen and improve flexibility. She completed a Holistic Health Practitioner training in 2008 and as a Reiki practitioner recognizes that the universe truly is all energy, that we are units of biochemical reactions manifesting at an energetic level. She believes that through yoga, we can dissolve energy blockages, softening our edges, refining the shift into the right brain to help us find the peace which resides within each of us, becoming more compassionate and empathetic individuals.

During Maureen’s journey, she has taken workshops with John Friend, Nischala Joy Devi, Brian Dorfman, Judith Lasater, Rusty Wells, Scott Blossom, Sally Kempton, Carlos Pomedo, Martin Kirk, Desiree Rumbaugh, Larry Payne, and is indebted to her teachers: Kim Sol, Erhard Rohrmuller, Noah Maze, Roger Cole, Geri Portnoy, Bernie Clark, her husband, children and every student she’s had the fortune to encounter; each has enriched her life.

 

 

Mackenzie Studebaker, E-RYT

Hatha Yoga, Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga

Mackenzie is a certified yoga instructor having completed training through Yoga to the People in San Francisco and Karma Kids Yoga. She also teaches and works directly with bay area teens through programs like RISE Yoga for Youth, and other local organizations to bring yoga to the underserved urban populations.

Having benefited so deeply in life “off the mat” from her own yoga practice, Mackenzie is committed to providing her students with holistic somatic solutions. Her role as a teacher is to help students tune into their inner wisdom to transmute the stresses of our realities into productive creative energy. Her teaching style is grounded in fun loving kindness, and adaptive to all ages and abilities.

 

 

Josie Zhuo, RYT

Vinyasa Flow, Hatha Yoga

Josie began practicing yoga in 2008. It is from her yoga practice over the last few years, which has helped her discover her own hidden strength and increased her self-confidence with a complete connection to mind and body, bringing a peaceful balance and overall well being. With these beautiful experiences, she would like to share her knowledge and experience of these benefits of yoga to others within the community.

Josie is a graduate from Avalon Yoga’s 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training Program, she brings a delicate yet challenging style to her classes. Her flow classes have an eternal theme of alignment, breath, and body awareness; enabling students to challenge their physical strength while becoming familiar with the healthiest of mentalities. Josie likes to incorporate some challenge yet fun inversions and arm balances in her flows, which encourage students to get out of their comfort zone and to create the space for strength, focus, and confidence.

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

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

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

OUTSIDE THE STUDIO

I run tech events for engineers to connect and share knowledge. I love 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’s passion for yoga began in 2005 and it has been a cherished part of her life ever since. A 200-hour Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher and graduate of the SomaYoga institute, Marcie studied with Samantha Akers, Liz Heffernan and Peggy Profant. Drawn to the clarity, peace and relaxation of restortive yoga, Marcie studied with Judith Hanson Lasater
and is a Certified Relax and Renew Trainer. She draws additional inspiration from teachers Pattie Makuta, Serena Lucchesi and Yely Staley.  Marcie’s teaching style is warm, welcoming and nurturing, focusing on
helping each yogi integrate body mind and spirit in a safe environment.
Off the mat Marcie is the Director of Development at the Legal Aid Society
of San Mateo County; and enjoys spending time with her family and her
two rescue greyhounds.

 

 

 

SerenaSerena Lucchesi, E-RYT

Hatha Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Somatic Educator, TRE Provider

Serena is a certified Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher and is certified by Dr. David Bercelli and Yoga Alliance.  She has appeared in Yoga Journal and has studied with renowned trauma researcher, Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, as well as Judith Hanson Lasater, and Liz Koch among others. Serena’s teaching nurtures mindfulness, alignment, healing, wholeness and fun.