Instructors

Ahnna Goossen

Ahnna Goossen is a licensed acupuncturist with a vibrant private practice in Gilroy, California.  Ahnna is deeply committed to her own personal growth and health as well as that of her patients.  Her background includes a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from UCSC and a Master’s Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Five Branches Institute in Santa Cruz, California.  Her continued education has given her a unique style of acupuncture, incorporating Japanese Acupuncture with its gentle approach to needling, Essential Oils,  Reiki, Tapping & Qi Gong Energetic Medicine.  She teaches a Taoist style of Qi Gong Flow  learned through her work with renowned Qi Gong master, Lee Holden.   She loves to share her Qi Gong background with her patients to empower them to cultivate and balance their Qi thus providing a pro-active approach to enhance vitality and health. 


Barb Voss

As an avid runner, Barb starting taking yoga classes to add strength and balance to her running routine.  She quickly fell in love with the practice, and in 2006 she decided to take her newfound passion of yoga to a higher level and completed a 200-hour course of study in Power Vinyasa Yoga.  Since her training in 2006, she has had the honor of studying with many other excellent teachers including: Kent Bond, Jill Miller, Baron Baptiste, Nicki Doane, and Eddie Modestini. Her teaching style is based on a mix of Vinyasa flow, Power and Iyengar traditions. Her desire with teaching is to create opportunities to work through strength and intention to unlock each individual’s own powerful personal practice. She encourages alignment and safety with playfulness, fun and exploration to align the complete self- mind, body and soul. 


Carmen Perez-Seda

Carmen Luisa first discovered yoga in 2002 as a college student at UCSD where she earned a degree in Psychology. What began as "just another workout" slowly unfolded into a journey of personal growth that challenged some of her deepest held beliefs.  Yoga became a way of life.   Carmen began developing a deep knowledge of body and breath a young age. A lifelong athlete, she has been a competitive swimmer, ballroom dancer, and martial artist. Athletics became a way for her to withdraw from the senses and enter a space of moving meditation.   In today's results-based, high stimulus world, Carmen invites us to withdraw from our senses, tune in to our bodies, and listen to its messages without judgement. Her wish is for her students to experience that transcendent space that exists when we simply let go and combine body, breath, and movement.   Carmen is RYT200 certified through the Joy of Yoga school and is currently enrolled in the 500hr program with Jennifer Prugh. When she's not teaching yoga, Carmen works in HR and Product Development for an artisanal food company based in Morgan Hill, California.


Holly Michaelsen

Holly Michaelsen teaches modalities of Asthanga Yoga, such as breathing exercises, postures, and concentration meditations. These practices aim to cultivate peace, self-development, and well-being. Holly is a native to the Bay Area and 200-YTT certified by Mt. Madonna Institute School of Yoga. Her other interests involve nutrition and improving community health and well-being.


Jessica Fortino

Jessica first discovered the transformative path of Yoga 10 years ago, and has been immersing herself more and more deeply in its study and practice ever since.  What she loves most about Yoga is that it is all-encompassing… some aspect can be practiced at any moment of the day by anyone and everyone.  Jessica trained at the Mount Madonna Center in the Santa Cruz Mountains under Baba Hari Dass and his senior students.  There she completed her 200 hour (in 2007) and 500 hour (in 2011) certifications, and now teaches other teachers in both of these programs, as well in Mount Madonna's Ayurveda college.  Her classes are fun and well-rounded, with a focus on remembering to connect with our breath.


Karin Larsen

Karin Larsen just happened to walk into a yoga class one day in 2003 and fell in love with the feeling of peace, lightness and joy that stayed with her. In 2006, she took the 200 hour Advanced Studies and Teacher Training at Yoga High Studio in Salinas, intending to deepen her own practice, not to teach.  But, after repeatedly being asked to teach, she began.  Now, she can’t imagine not sharing the beauty of yoga. Her classes are a celebration of life, kindness and self-acceptance. She continues to further her knowledge by attending many yoga conferences and workshops from a variety of gifted teachers and yoga styles, most recently at Yoga Teacher Training and Advanced Studies at the Yoga Center of Carmel. In addition to her adult classes, she enjoys introducing the playfulness of yoga to children and teaches in several schools. She is also certified in PiYo and Mat Pilates. She hopes to encourage others to listen to their inner teacher, their inner wisdom and to bring balance, energy and peace to their lives through yoga, discovering the beauty within.


Katherine Hypes

I got my start at Yoga Bella in early 2009 and since then I've rotated through various styles of asana practice. I considered myself an Ashtangi at heart in my early 20s, and enjoyed the sweatier side of yoga until one evening during a Power class, I experienced my first emotional release while holding Frog pose (a Yin posture) for what felt like forever. I didn't know such a reaction & emotional release was possible during yoga, but this experience allowed me to awaken to the deeper side of physical asana work.  Since then I've invited more Yin into my lifestyle to find a sustainable balance. I believe Yin gives us the tools to become our own teachers, as it forces us to slow down, turn inward, and pay attention. I completed my 50-hour Yin Yoga Training with Bernie Clark in 2016 and look forward to sharing the knowledge and practice with others.


Nick Fortino

Human beings have an incredible potential for kindness, beauty, grace, efficiency, and power. Practicing Yoga actualizes those potentials in a profoundly effective way. My name is Nick Fortino. My formal education and professional work have always involved learning about what one must do, and how one must be, in order to achieve optimal physical and mental health. I study psychology, anatomy, and physiology. I am trained to teach Ashtanga Yoga, which is an eight-limbed system designed to cultivate stability, strength, and flexibility in the body and the mind. My intention as a teacher is to be sensitive to the demands of the students in front of me and to care sincerely. I bow inside to the wisdom of Yoga, and it is an honor to bring the teachings into others' lives. Feel free to contact me and/or come to a class if you feel my guidance in your Yoga practice may serve you.


Paula Goldsmith

Paula Goldsmith is a certified Kali Ray TriYoga Instructor who first experienced TriYoga in 1987, and immediately recognized the transformational nature of TriYoga Flows. She has been teaching since 2001, after completing training with Kali Ray and staff at the TriYoga Centers in Santa Cruz and Malibu.She is honored to share the flow with her students.


Sandy Moller

Sandy first discovered and fell in love with yoga in 1998 and began practicing almost daily.  She graduated from a 100 hour Anusara teacher training twice, once in 2001 and again in 2007.  She also received her certification in teaching Yoga for beginners in 2002.  In 2013, she received her certification to teach Restorative yoga from renowned teacher, Judith Hanson Lassiter.  She is the co-owner of Satori Cellars with her husband, and mother to their son Riley.

When we can slow down and go inside everything wonderful springs forth from the body, and when your mind, body, and spirit are aligned, the magic and miracles in life are possible.  Sandy believes that coming home to your body is one of the most powerful tools we have as humans to live a wonderful life!  Through a regular practice the mind becomes calm and undesirable thoughts diminish.  The practice of yoga purifies the body and the mind for the purpose of happiness.  Sandy believes through  proper alignment principles, deep breathing, and letting go we can experience the divine through ourselves.