YMU Teachers

Yoga Moves Us Teachers are a shining example of what it means to give back. They are driven to spread their passion and knowledge of yoga to our communities. All of our teachers have completed intensive training to guarantee you that you are in the hands of capable and talented teachers.


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Andrew Peabody

Park Lead, YMU Teacher

McKinley Park, Sacramento, CA – Park Lead, YMU Teacher
After taking his first YITP class, the missing link was clear. While studio yoga builds a tight knit family, he craved a connection to a larger community. Yoga Moves Us is the glue that brings all of Sacramento’s studio families together. Assisting lead to teaching and teaching lead to organizing, anything he could do to help make this glue stronger.

Andrew’s analytic curiosity helps stimulate his goal for our community to explore yoga’s physical and mental boundaries, while maintaining a playful heart.

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Tracy Gardner

Park Lead, YMU Teacher

Maidu Park, Roseville, CA – Park Lead, YMU Teacher
Tracy started practicing yoga in 2010. It quickly changed her life from the inside out. She fell in love with the connection between breath and movement, and the connection with the community. She feels that every assist she has received over the years has helped her in some way. It has either helped deepen her practice, or has provided a sense of calm and being taken care of. She is grateful for all the assistants, yoga, and the yoga community, which is why she loves to assist others- To give back to the community that has given so much to her!

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Dennis Stevense

Park Lead, YMU Teacher

Tahoe Park, Sacramento, CA – Park Lead, YMU Teacher
After moving across the world, it didn’t take long for Dennis to stumble upon a yoga studio in Sacramento. Yoga took his engineering mind, and balanced it out with a greater awareness of himself and what’s going on around him. Through yoga, he created many new friendships and found a way to be of service.

Since taking yoga teacher training, Dennis has been volunteer assisting classes at Zuda Yoga and volunteer teaching yoga at the UC Davis Medical Center and the Sacramento Zoo. He believes yoga is one way we can make the world work a little bit better, and he is honored to be a part of Yoga Moves Us to make yoga available to the Sacramento community and beyond.

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Jami Harnish

Lead Assistant, YMU Teacher

Tahoe Park, Saramento, CA. – Lead Assistant, YMU Teacher
Growing up being an athlete, Jami has always loved physical activities as a form of self-expression. When she discovered yoga about 10 years ago, she tapped into a whole new depth of not only expression, but also connection. Jami feels most free and authentic on her yoga mat. Her goal as a yoga teacher is to create a space where you’re inspired to feel more.

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Tonya Keck

Lead Assistant, YMU Teacher

Community Park, Davis, CA. – Lead Assistant, YMU Teacher
Tonya’s first yoga class was in a very small gym setting. Wanting more from her practice lead her to a studio. There she noticed people who had an inner glow of knowing what is like to be comfortable in their mind and bodies. She thought” I WANT THAT TOO in my life”. Yoga has helped her understand how good the body was designed to feel. It has inspired her in to share this passion with others and become involved in a community that is eager to share growth and expansion. The best thing about Yoga it can be practiced at any age and it’s a practice for life.

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Jany Slay

YMU Teacher, YMU Assistant

Prior to yoga, Jany was addicted to turbo kick-boxing classes to release stress and stay healthy. After taking her first Bikram class in 2013 she realized that slowing down can be just as fun and as sweaty. But it was the community of yogis that helped Jany realize the ultimate gift of yoga: unconditional love for self and others in any moment. Jany has since been a student of various styles of yoga and is always inspired by the karmic effects the practice has on its community, which is why Yoga Move Us was a program she knew she wanted to be a part of. Always with compassion and a full heart, Jany’s intentions as a teacher and assistant is to provide a space for students to find more love and kindness for themselves and others.

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Aaron Pappas

YMU Teacher

Aaron’s journey to yoga began in 1996, when a friend showed him a few poses to help relieve stress. Since then his practice and life have evolved dramatically, as the tapestry of yoga has woven its way through his life. From losing over 50 pounds, to quitting smoking, to recovering from substance abuse, the eight limbs of yoga have been like a compass, there to guide him through various stages on his path. During this journey he has witnessed in himself and others the profound transformative effects that come from dedicating one’s body, mind and spirit to the discipline of an extensive yoga practice. He has grown in such positive ways from this practice that he feels it’s his obligation to share it with as many people as possible.

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Summer Ward

YMU Teacher

My biggest motivator in life is connectivity. My dharma, service. I understand that we are all different and I love diversity! I try to be non-judgmental. I recognize that we are all here doing our best. That there will be days full of sunshine and days with dark clouds. I am aware that we experience our own inherent habits, patterns, and constant cycles of change that although very personal, mimic nature on this planet and our existence as a whole.

I am a Yoga Alliance Registered teacher. I began practicing yoga in 2002, started teaching (after a two day course) in 2006, understood what yoga really was and began studying it in depth in 2009, and made it my full time purpose in 2014. My style is grounded with an emphasis of turning inward to find personal truth. My focus is aligning with nature and understanding your own seasons and cycles.

Carolina Wonder Ehrlich

Carolina Wonder Ehrlich

YMU Teacher, YMU Assistant

Carolina Wonder Ehrlich began practicing an alignment-based style of yoga while she was a graduate student of Art History in 2005. She fell in love with the practice because it grounded her in her body, helped her focus and gave her a freedom and inner confidence she never knew was possible.

In 2009 she traveled to India for two months to travel and study Ashtanga yoga under Sri R. Sharath Jois at the KPJAYI in Mysore. This experience solidified her commitment and broadened her understanding of the practice of yoga as a way of life. Since moving to Davis in 2010, Carolina has been practicing Power yoga, a strength-building flow style derived from Ashtanga. She did her 200-hour teacher training at Zuda yoga with Anne Marie Kramer in Sacramento. Carolina primarily teaches Power yoga and Ashtanga-inspired classes. She also teaches yoga and mindfulness to children at the Davis Art Center.

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