Meet Your Namaste Teacher Training Faculty
The Bay Area’s most sought after teachers offering deep teachings in their area of expertise.
Philosophy, Meditation, Sequencing
Ashley Sharp, E-RYT 500 is known for her wit, practicality, and tenderness as an instructor. She grew up dancing, and brings to her classes a lifetime of body-knowledge and wisdom. She has studied yoga asana and philosophy in the United States and in India with Swami Dayananda, Erich Schiffmann, Patricia Sullivan and Sat Santokh Sing.
She has trained in yoga asana, yoga therapy and yoga nidra (a reclining meditation practice). She completed both the “Mindfulness Yoga and Meditation Training,” (an 18 month program integrating Buddhism and yoga asana) and the ”Dedicated Practioner Program,” (a two year intensive study and practice program) through Spirit Rock Meditation Center.
“I’m truly humbled by your guidance, instruction and presence. You held an amazing space for 6 amazing months for the Namaste Yoga teacher Training – thank you from the depths of my heart! I have so many words of thanks for you… I hope these few convey the scope of my gratitude. The journey was truly beautiful, and I’m so happy to be able to continue learning from you! Thank you for everything!” – Meredith, Oakland
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Asana Alignment, Assisting
Margi Young, E-RYT 500, was named one of America’s 100 most influential yoga teachers by Sonima wellness site. She has been teaching yoga since she left the dance world in New York City in 2000. She was trained and spent her first 10 years of teaching at Cyndi Lee’s OM Yoga Center where she ended up leading many teacher trainings and heading the restorative department of this prestigious studio. Early in her career she also studied prenatal yoga at Integral, and restorative yoga from Judith Lasater.
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Mindfulness, Pranayama, Subtle Body, Home Practice
Domonick Wegesin, PhD, RYT 500, is a yogi-neuroscientist-dancer with a passion for mindfulness and the healing arts. Domonick’s first career was as Assistant Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at Columbia University conducting neuroimaging research focused on the aging brain, memory, and attention. The discovery of yoga, combined with his research and dance background, led him down a path towards mindfulness meditation and a quest to help others live with less fear. A dynamic teacher, Domonick weaves science, dance, massage, and yoga into his teachings. Domonick leads the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Yoga for Anxiety programs at Namaste. He will be teaching Yoga and Psychology curriculum, including Yoga + Anxiety, Depression, and Stress, and other critical topics.
“I appreciate his unique teaching style. He has a great balance of serious focus and transformation and light-heartedness… I loved the connection he helped the group cultivate and his sincere interest in people’s well-being.” – M.K.
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Yoga Anatomy, Therapeutics
Baxter Bell, MD, E-RYT 500, has been actively deepening his understanding of yoga and relaxation since making the stress-reducing move from a career as a busy family doctor to that of a yoga teacher and medical acupuncturist. He is a graduate of the Piedmont Yoga Studio’s 18-month Advanced Studies Program, and is the former Director of PYS’s Deep Yoga Program, teaching the Experiential Anatomy, Yoga Technique, and Yoga Methodology portions of the training. He is also on faculty for several Teacher Training programs around the country, including the Therapeutic Yoga Teacher Training program at the Niroga Institute in Oakland, CA. Baxter is a Certified Yoga Therapist, a level of training denoted by C-IAYT.
“Baxter is so clearly passionate and an expert in his field. He covered as much anatomy as possible in a relatable way for us beginners.” – E.S.
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