Diana MeltsnerC-IAYT, E-RYT 500, T.R.M.
Diana Meltsner has been teaching yoga in the Bay Area since 2001. She grew up in Prague where she established a meditation practice in her early twenties, and soon after discovered yoga. After she finished her college degree in Czech Republic, she moved to the US and now lives with her family in San Francisco, California.
After many years of practicing and teaching yoga, she has become a lead yoga teacher trainer for the 200-hour and Meditation Teacher trainings and a yoga therapist C-IAYT, practicing privately and at the Integral Yoga Therapy Clinic. Diana Meltsner also works as a programs manager and serves on the board of directors at Integral Yoga Institute, an urban ashram in San Francisco.
Since 2004, Diana has been working for Kaiser Permanente teaching classes for Kaiser members, doctors and staff, as well as workshops for the Worksite Wellness Department.
Diana loves nature and considers it very healing to the body and the mind. There is a kind of peace that communing with nature brings. It soothes deep tiredness and nourishes the soul. She is an avid gardener and celebrates all stages in the cycle of life. Feel free to ask her about gardening.
Swami RamanandaE-RYT 500, C-IAYT
Swami Ramananda is the Executive Director of the Integral Yoga Institute in San Francisco and a greatly respected senior teacher in the Integral Yoga tradition, who has been practicing Yoga for over 45 years. Ramananda offers practical methods of integrating the timeless teachings and practices of Yoga into daily life, and transforming the painful aspects of human experience into steps toward realizing one’s full potential. He leads beginner, intermediate and advanced level Yoga teacher training programs in San Francisco, and offers a variety of programs in many locations in the United States, Europe, and South America. Ramananda co-developed the Stress Management Teacher Training program with Swami Vidyananda, has trained many teachers to bring Yoga into corporate, hospital, and medical settings, and has taught mind/body wellness programs in many locations. He is a certified Yoga therapist and founding board member of the Yoga Alliance, a national registry that supports and promotes yoga teachers as professionals. He is a co-founder of The Spiritual Action Initiative (SAI) which brings together individuals committed to working for social justice for all beings and for the care and healing of our natural world. His warmth, wisdom, and sense of humor have endeared him to many.