Meet Your Namaste Yoga Teacher Training Faculty

The Bay Area’s most sought after teachers offering deep teachings in their area of expertise. Get to know your yoga teacher training faculty leaders!

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.

“It is hard to describe how incredible Ashley is. I am in awe. On top of her vast knowledge of yoga, Buddhism and meditation she is also a superb communicator, excellent listener, ultra thoughtful, compassionate, patient, creative and very very funny. She is a supremely talented and gifted teacher. Her class always shifts my perspective and invites me to think of things in another way.” – 2019 TT Graduate

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.

“Margi has such a way of teaching with humor, clarity of spirit and a lightness of being. I felt her teaching was easy to comprehend, thoughtful in delivery and patient and kind. She is confident and encourages confidence which makes a great role model for future teachers of yoga. Her unique style entering, engaging and closing our weekly classes was always consistent and felt very much in tune with life.” – 2019 TT Graduate

Mindfulness, Pranayama, Subtle Body, Home Practice

Domonick Wegesin, PhD, RYT 500, YACEP 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.

“Domonick is extraordinary. I absolutely love his calm demeanor and dynamic teaching style. His teaching of psychology, pranayama and yoga has changed really my life. It would be easy to be intimidated by someone who has as much knowledge and skill and brilliance as Domonick but here is the most incredible thing – he is totally disarming and makes you feel at ease and able to make mistakes.” – 2019 TT Graduate

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.

 

Therapeutic Yoga Training with Jill White Lindsay

Yoga Anatomy, Therapeutics

Jill White Lindsay originally started her career as a high school biology teacher, but shifted her presence from the classroom to the yoga studio.  After a bout with cancer, Jill realized the yoga she’d been practicing could help with pain management, mood regulation, and overall strength and wellbeing.  Yoga became an anchor in her life, and her passion for yoga blossomed as her drive to teach persisted.