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Adam & Mercedes

Adam & Mercedes

Adam is a founding member of the East Bay Ashtanga Collective, and has been a devoted student of yoga since 1996. He is teaching apprentice to one of the world’s most respected senior teachers, Dena Kingsberg (which includes nearly 9 months of formal training). Additionally, he has practiced intensively with Tim Miller and Steve Dwelley, and began his practice with Kyongwha Kim-Nobis in Monterey, CA. He practices the full first, second, and third series of the ashtanga vinyasa methodology, and has a devotional and inclusive approach to his teaching that leaves no room for unquestioned dogma. He considers the natural/more-than-human world to be the ultimate and greatest teacher, and works in prisons and corporations teaching connection-focused practices and governance for social rehabilitation and resilience. He holds a masters in business administration with an undergraduate degree in Literary Studies and Critical Theory. He practices seventh series (life!) with his wife Mercedes, who brightens his life and the mysore room when she assists or practices with the community. She is a brilliant and intuitive artist and designer,, and she has spent months under the mentorship and guidance of Dena Kingsberg in addition to in-depth Yoga Therapy training in Argentina,
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Aleta Vaca

Aleta is from Buenos Aires, Argentina. She started teaching practicing in 1996 and teaching in 2009, and became a permanent staff member at Ashtanga Yoga Colegiales in 2015. She is fluent in Spanish and English. She is a daily practitioner of Vipassana and dedicated to environment care and defense. Prior to joining us in Oakland, she was living, studying ,and practicing at the Richmond Vale Academy in St Vincent and the Grenadines, an ecological and educational community facility.

She studied four years of Anthropology at Buenos Aires University,  and has a degree Arts and Dance at UNA (Universidad Nacional de Artes). She has Masters in Hatha Yoga and Yoga Therapy at Eyoga, and is trained in Thai Massage and Shiatzu, adding to her personalized and holistic way of practicing massage therapy. Her teachers include Pedro Kupfer, Matthew Wollmer, Rosana Pedrazzini, Lino Miele, Olivia Catedra, Regina Ehlers, Chidananda, Veronica Belloli, Mercedes D’Orta, Fernando Pitossi.  She teaches in Argentina and abroad.


Deborah Burkman

Deb has been a student of yoga since 1997.  She started teaching in 2000 and fell in love with Mysore Ashtanga in 2002 when she traveled to India to study with Pattabhi Jois.  She has been inspired and influenced by many teachers including David Swenson, Richard Freeman, and Magnolia Zuniga.  Over the past 7 years Deborah has been teaching at Twitter SF and ran their yoga and meditation program. She has been a contributing writer for Yoga Journal Magazine and she teaches at the Yoga Journal Live conferences. She is a student of the Yoga Sutras and has been studying them since 2010 with Kate Holcombe in the lineage of Mr. TKV Desikachar.  She continues to be in awe on how deeply relevant and practical this 2000 year old text is in her daily life.

Pratima began practicing yoga in 1998 under students of B.K.S. Iyengar in Bangalore, India.  In 2001, she happened upon an Ashtanga class in New York City.  Her love of the practice was immediate, and Ashtanga has been her main practice ever since.  Pratima has had the privilege of studying with many wonderful instructors over the years and has made two trips to Mysore to study at KPJAYI.


Isabella Guzman

Isabella has been a student of Ashtanga since 2008. A mixture of wonderful teachers and a home practice eventually led her to Mysore Oakland. She has been teaching Vinyasa and Yin for 6 years between the East Coast and the San Francisco Bay Area and has hosted workshops in China. Outside the practice room, her passion lies with bridging worlds as an interpreter and connecting with the Universalities that remind us that we are one. She is honored and humbled to be learning how to listen through the presence that assisting a mysore room requires, and to be of service to this community.


Pratima Kumar-musberger

Since 2006, Pratima has led yoga classes across a variety of settings, including at youth correctional and transitional housing facilities. Prior to practicing at Mysore Oakland, Pratima practiced at Purple Yoga Hawaii, in Honolulu.  There she undertook a year-long apprenticeship with her teachers, Cathy Louise Broda and Glen Butcher.  Pratima loves sharing her passion for Ashtanga with others and is grateful for the opportunity to create a space in which others can connect to this transformational practice.

Pratima studied both law and public health and currently works for a nonprofit organization focused on advancing health equity.  She is eternally grateful for her husband and two children who bring her immense joy and serve as her greatest teachers.

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