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A note from the founders

Our mission is to provide you with a beautiful experience that fosters community, friendship, and more happiness. The Yoga Dive offers amazing yoga classes, inspiring workshops and retreats, as well as childcare in the morning!  Our  classes are heated to 86 degrees so you'll be warm and you'll get a work out in addition to the myriad of other benefits gained through practice.

We believe strongly in "Shine Theory"- the theory that when women work together to support each other's dreams- the whole world shines brighter.  We hope you feel supported and inspired every single time you come to our space- you deserve it!

~ Emily & Laura

 Emily Burton

Emily Burton, Founder/Teacher

I am an anusara-inspired yoga teacher.  After teaching in Los Angeles for many years, I followed my heart and relocated to Northern California.  I now live in Nevada City, CA. with my husband and our ever-amazing little boys Alden and Lake. I love teaching; public classes, teacher trainings, workshops, and retreats. My style is candid, clear, and concise- with a focus on alignment. I create classes that weave together universal heart themes with my personal truths and your physical application. Opening The Yoga Dive is a long-time dream come true and I am eternally grateful for my friends and family for their support!

Laura Brownell, Founder/Manager/Teacher

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I started doing yoga in 2011, after my daughter was born. I found new motherhood very overwhelming, and needed something to use to carve out a sliver of space for myself. Yoga was it. It made me feel comfortable in my body and my mind; sometimes, after a good flow, it made me feel like I could do anything. It kind of made me understand why superheroes aren't very surprised when they find they can suddenly fly. Then I met Emily, and I told her she had to be my friend. She inspired me. She made me want to open up and let people in, to go for things that were scary, to embrace what made me uncomfortable... Again, the superhero effect. That's what I want with this studio. I want to make a space where people feel inspired and encouraged to do things they don't think they can; things they didn't even know they want to do. 

In 2018 I completed my first 200 hour YTT at The Yoga Dive. My goal as a teacher is to created classes that help students find their mind-body-spirit connections, that allow them to feel freer and lighter, that sink them deeper into their bodies and offer them the experience of tapping into things they didn't know were possible.

Christy Cooley, Teacher/Retail Guru

I became a yogi at a young age. Throughout my youth, I took steps along the yoga path of self discovery and found great personal transformation. I tried many styles and fell in love with Hot Yoga and Vinyasa Flow. The practice built resilience in my mind and body and the courage to witness my true self. 
I believe the gift of interpersonal knowing and self love leads to right action in all areas of life. I teach my students to discover themselves at a deeper level so they can have more clarity and a richer life experience. My wish is to share the practice with others to inspire living a life that is true to oneself. I believe the purpose of yoga and life is to take the journey within so that we can shine our light brighter. 

I have been certified since 2010 and specialize in Vinyasa Flow and Yin Yoga. My flow style of yoga is grounding, awakening, and emphasizes the energetic and alignment principals of the practice. I am a mother, fiancée, certified massage therapist, gardener, and chicken keeper. 

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Abbey Leigh, Teacher

For me, the practice of yoga and meditation has been a viable pathway to remembering and celebrating one's own true nature. In my classes I weave yogic philosophy, asana, and exploration to bring vitality and restoration to the body and mind. (I found yoga as my spiritual path through dance movement 16 years ago.) Since then I have taught hatha yoga in New York and Mexico. I moved to Nevada City to deepen my studies in Ayurveda (a sister science to yoga) at the California College of Ayruveda, where I currently study and practice. I am an Ayurvedic Pancha Karma Therapist with a previous practice in Polarity Therapy.

Usha Avallone, Teacher

Curiosity and a touch of fate led me to my first yoga class in 1999.  The feeling of bliss and peace in my heart that I walked away with after that first class was profound and memorable.   I knew I would be in love with this practice for the rest of my life.  I felt a strong calling to share this yogic path of healing and wellness with others and began teaching in 2005 after I completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training at Ashtanga of New Paltz in upstate New York.  Fueled by my fascination of the human body I continued my education the following year with a 1000-hour massage therapy certification, which significantly increased my knowledge and understanding of yoga and the body.  Since then I have continued to practice, study and teach a variety of yoga styles, such as Vinyasa Flow, Forrest, Anusara, Prenatal and Restorative.



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Mandy Lucchese, Teacher

I teach because it feels natural.  Being at the front of the room is comfortable because it allows me to create. I am recognized for my love of sequencing and creativity designed within the framework of a class. There is nothing flashy, trendy, or incredibly innovative about it, except that I am constantly present with what I am teaching, constantly looking at my own practice and seeking out what is valuable and potent and offering that out. My teachings may stretch beyond traditional yoga with the influence of other forms I study which inspire me; sculpture, poetry, therapeutic body work, pilates, travel, and so much more. Regardless of what I teach, what style, level, or form, I am always trying it on , questioning, learning what is working, what is skillful, and what can be let go of.  This organic approach to my teaching is accessible and welcoming.  

Mandy is the founder of Kinfolk Yoga Studio in Northern California. She has taught at yoga festivals such as Wanderlust, California Spirit Festival, and Honey Root. She facilitates teacher trainings, teaches workshops and retreats. She has completed teacher trainings in Astanga, Anusara, Restorative and Therapeutics, and Tantric Hatha Yoga. She has a Master's Degree in Art and sculpts life-size figures in clay.  Her life of art touches all aspects of her practice and teaching.

Latima Good, Teacher

In 2009, while living in New York City,  I decided to enroll in a 200 hour Teacher Training through YogaWorks.  What I discovered was a true love of yoga. I decided to further my studies and enrolled in the 300 hour Teacher Training. I graduated in 2010 from YogaWorks with my 500 hour Teaching Certification. Since then I have taught in NY, VA and CA.  My classes are based upon the Ashtanga and Iyengar methods, with strong emphasis on deepening each student's experience of their practice through the cultivation of self-awareness, using precise technique and alignment instruction. My relationship with yoga continues to deepen and evolve. It has been instrumental in my path of self-discovery. 


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Lisa Deniz, Teacher

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Yoga connects me to my truth. My mat is mirror of reflection that reveals today's flavor, feelings, and creative inspirations. Through the integration of breath and movement, this poetic practice deepens my connection to spirit and community, softening the chatter of the mind so I can hear the gentle winds of my spirit and authentic self. A fourth generation native of Nevada City, I've returned home, bringing my passion for Yoga and Art with me. I completed my 200 hour Teacher Empowerment Program at Spotted Dog Yoga of Folsom, a Baptiste Affiliate Studio. Come experience a grounded, full throttle, get big, and light it up empowerment practice. My classes weave intentional movement with sweat and play, supported by gentle assists, alignment focus, and self awareness. Founder of the YogArt Experience, I also provide retreat and workshop offerings that ignite the creative spirit. A guided journey that combines breath, meditation, inquiry, and yoga to unleash the power of creativity. 

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Ashton Szabo, Teacher

I’m a yoga teacher, an educator, a story teller, full blown anatomy geek,  a podcaster and I want to help spread the transformative powers of yoga and self exploration.

I have been studying and practicing yoga for more than twenty years, having first been introduced to yoga when I was twelve years old by my Japanese Ju Jitsu Sensei, Steve Copping. I have taken teacher trainings with Peri Ness (Synergy Yoga), David Goulet (Chakra Yoga), and Leeann Carey (Leeann Carey Yoga), as well having studied with numerous other teachers and guides. I am a 200hr E-RYT through Yoga Alliance, and an LMT (having studied massage for the same two decades).


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Alaina Rose, Teacher

I am deeply inspired by the teachings of  Anusara yoga and I teach from the heart. My classes are Vinyasa style with a focus on breath, alignment, music, poetry, and play. My approach is supportive, loving, nurturing, and grounding. I completed my first 200 hour YTT at Yandara Yoga Institute in Baja, Mexico in 2009. My second 200 hour YTT was completed at The Yoga Dive in Nevada City, CA in 2018. Most recently I have studied with Emily Burton, Kenny Graham, and Siri Peterson Cavanna. My highest intention as a yoga teacher is to assist students in discovering the light within themselves and to share that light joyously with the world.

Shambhavi Fitzpatrick, Massage Therapist

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Mother, Wife, Massage Therapist, Meditator, Student of Life. My winding journey includes 25 years of intense studies in movement, dance, and theater. Fascinated with Anatomy, Physiology and the study of movement I dove into deep studies of many Massage and Healing modalities, collecting an array of training such as Deep Tissue, Swedish, Pregnancy Massage, Myofascial release, Sports Massage, Thai Yoga Massage, and Energy work techniques. After years of offering massage/bodywork to my clients, many questions about healing came up in me. How to calm the mind? What is the Body-Mind connection? How to transcend Suffering? Existence offered me a path to Mother India, and I stayed in the foothills of the Himalayas in Sikkim, India and absorbed many teachings in Vajrayana Tantra, Buddhist and Yogic traditions immersing my self in Hatha, Ashtanga, Ayurveda, and Tantric teachings. I discovered Breath, Meditation and observation of self is key to our individual, universal and transcendental healing. Weaving all my training and life’s experiences together I offer to you a grounded, healing environment to facilitate a space for deep relaxation and connection with self.  Visit my website to read more or make an appointment: MaitriBodyWorks.