Mark Tanaka has been studying and practicing various approaches to the art of yoga for 14 years. His background includes studies and practice in Indian and Taoist yoga. Mark has studied nutrition, acupressure, massage, Tai Chi, Qi Gong, meditation, Buddhist philosophy, yoga philosophy, Chinese Medicine principles and Ayurvedic principles with many teachers and draws upon his wide spectrum of studies to support his students in realizing their goals.
Mark's multidisciplinary studies have been motivated by a hunger for knowledge that helps us heal and experience our wholeness. At this point in his teaching career Mark is committed to not just giving his students a workout but educating his students on the useful skills and understanding of principles implicit in the yoga practice.
Through the understanding of the principles and mastering of the skills he hopes his students will be able to realize a life that is happier, more peaceful and joyous. Mark also teaches donation based yoga philosophy classes to provide an opportunity to dive deep in to the wisdom of the yoga tradition. To learn more about him, visit www.alchemicalbody.com
Jennifer Prugh is the owner of ‘Breathe, Los Gatos,’ and the founder of the Yoga Alliance certified RYT 200 and 500-hour ‘Joy of Yoga’ teacher training. Jennifer is passionate about guiding her students toward the discovery of what is possible in life when we bring our whole selves to each moment. She teaches an eight limbed approach to yoga, living the philosophy that yoga benefits everyone in every phase of life.
Jennifer has taught pre and post natal, “baby-mama” yoga, and yoga for children. She has worked at La Europa in Utah with adolescent girls with eating disorders, drug addiction and other destructive behaviors.
She trained their psychotherapists to become yoga instructors and implemented a yoga curriculum within their academic and therapeutic programs. She has worked with those with cancer and their loved ones. She has been a wellness consultant teaching meditation in corporations and has taught private yoga to silicon valley executives. She continues to teach yoga and meditation at the Bay Area Pain and Wellness Center in Los Gatos for those with chronic pain.
Jennifer leads local, national and international yoga retreats, including ‘The Path of the Buddha’ in Nepal and India. A professional artist for many years with a master’s degree in Art and Consciousness, she was an associate professor at Cogswell College where for eight years she taught storytelling, mythology and creativity.
She began teaching yoga in 1999 and following the death from cancer of her greatest mentor, her father, Jennifer left higher education to teach yoga exclusively. In the words of Joseph Campbell, she “followed her bliss. She lives with her husband Will and their six year old son, Liam. To learn more about her, visit www.jenniferprugh.com.