Teachers

Rebecca Pope Photo Rebecca Pope, Ph.D. holds the rank of Master of Medical Qigong (a branch of Chinese Medicine).  She has practiced qigong and tai chi for decades and trained in Medical Qigong through the International Instutute of Medical Qigong,  She teaches public classes and sees private clients who want to use qigong for specific health or emotional issues.  She is a member of the practitioner team at the Sutter Center for Integrative Health. (530) 792-7127 or qigongforhealth@gmail.com

Kamala Paul Photo Kamala Paul has been teaching the form of yoga called Kali Ray TriYoga® since 1991. She is certified in four levels of this method, has a certification in Integrated Yoga Therapy and is a member of the Yoga Alliance. Kamala has taught classes, workshops and teacher training programs for yoga studios, health clubs, city parks and recreation departments, hospital wellness programs, cardiac rehab programs, and corporations. She has taught in various locations within the US, (mostly in Santa Cruz and San Francisco.), and in Australia. Kamala moved to Davis in 2002. She teaches basics through advanced classes and welcomes both beginners and long-time yoga practitioners to start the TriYoga method with the Basics Level Class, the introductory level.

Christine Pollard Photo Christine Pollard has been a registered yoga instructor since 2004. In that time she has spent thousands of hours discovering and sharing the practice with others. Christine believes yoga is a disciplined practice of self-awareness that goes beyond the mat and into the world in which we collectively create and experience. In her classes and private sessions Christine utilizes breath as a guide for movement, as well as a means of exploring the body in stillness. Because she encourages students to be willing to explore and nudge their boundaries during practice, Christine always teaches to the body/bodies in front of her, giving variations and modifications of each pose and breath practice as needed. Christine has taught private sessions as part of a comprehensive mental health program, and was a senior instructor at The Bo Tree in Davis, CA for 8 years. She is an RYT with Yoga Alliance. Christine lives and enjoys life in Woodland, CA with her husband and two sons. (530) 383-0281 or rootdownyogini@gmail.com



Denise Dempsey Photo Denise Dempsey has been teaching Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction classes since 2003. She is a credentialed practitioner with Sutter Center for Integrative Holistic Health in Davis and Sacramento and a co-founder of the Davis Holistic Health Center. Denise studied under the direction of Jon Kabat-Zinn, creator of the nationally acclaimed Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program and has received advanced teacher training through the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts. She has a degree from UC Davis in Human Development, a background in experiential education and completed a two year training in the Hakomi Method of Body-Oriented Psychotherapy. She is also a Certified Massage Therapist and Reiki practitioner and has a private practice. Studying meditation and yoga since she was 10 years old, Denise completed yoga teacher training through the Ashtanga Yoga Fellowship in 1994 and has studied vipassana and zen meditation with various teachers. She may be reached at (530) 304-4341 or stressreductionprograms@gmail.com. www.stressreductionprograms.com


Jenna McAsey Photo Jenna McAsey (Jivan Shakti Kaur) has been teaching Yoga in Davis for 15 years. She has certification in Integrative Yoga Therapy and Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan. A painter, sculptor and semi-retired massage therapist, her deep enthusiasm for sharing this amazing science and spiritual art form continues to bloom and grow. She is a member of the IKYTA and has lived and served in the Davis community for 32 years. She loves to dance, is a Buddhist Retreat Manager, Mayan Calendar daykeeper, and wholly embraces ‘The Shift’.