Meet Your Namaste Teacher Training Faculty

The Bay Area’s most sought after teachers offering deep teachings in their area of expertise.

Asana Alignment, Restorative Yoga, Curriculum Building

Vickie Russell Bell is a powerhouse of knowledge and brings clarity and wisdom to our 200-hour Teacher Training. Vickie’s deep focus on alignment and the subtle body reflects her advanced knowledge of the body and breath. She is a graduate of the Piedmont Yoga Studio Advanced Training Program and a certified “Relax and Renew Trainer” through Judith Lasater’s accredited program. Her teaching style emphasizes body awareness and the integration of mindfulness and ease in Hatha yoga practice and daily life. She will cover Asana Labs (alignment) and Restorative Yoga.

“Vickie’s mastery of alignment and how to convey it, her skill in the use of the props, and her skill in verbal instruction and body awareness cues were the highlight of the program for me. Vickie’s expertise in restorative yoga and the autonomic nervous system have greatly influenced me [and her] asana labs were tremendous. [She] is generous with her time and mentors quite a few of her current and former students. [Her] caring and authenticity really struck a chord with me.” – J.H.

Philosophy, Meditation, Sequencing, Assisting

Abby Tucker is a beloved teacher, priestess and mystic, who is known for integrating her two paths — the practices of yoga — asana, pranayama, meditation, mantra, mudra and mythology – with mystical earth-based and gnostic wisdom. Abby’s classes offer dynamic biomechanics—gleaned from nearly 20 years of practice and study– within a variety of contexts, including strength and stamina-building; slow empowered flow, or workshop-style depth. Often described as a “teacher’s teacher,” Abby’s classes both nourish and empower students at every level of practice, from raw beginner to advanced practitioner. Abby’s chief mission in teaching is to help students unveil their internal wisdom and power,and to educate them into the depth of practice so that they can thrive in practice and life for the long-term. 

“Abby teaches a skillful yoga of embodiment. I often find myself, weeks or months or years after having practiced with Abby, finding the unexpected richness that endures long after my ninety minutes with her are up. Abby’s teaching is an invitation to step skillfully into currents that may take us to places we could not possibly expect, an invitation that is coupled with a grounding in practices that empower us to navigate those currents with grace.” – A.W.

Mindfulness, Pranayama, Subtle Body, Home Practice

Domonick Wegesin a yogi-neuroscientist-dancer with a passion for mindfulness and the healing arts. Dominick’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, Dominick weaves science, dance, massage, and yoga into his teachings. Dominick 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. 

Yoga Anatomy, Therapeutics

Baxter Bell, MD  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 has since become 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 Berkeley, 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.