A note from the founders
Our mission is to provide you with world-class yoga in a warm and friendly environment. The Yoga Dive provides a beautiful, boutique studio space that supports community, connection, and personal well-being. In addition to our daily classes, we offer weekend workshops for deepening your practice and bringing more joy to your life. Classes are 70 minutes long and designed to challenge and nurture your body, open your heart, and quiet your mind. You deserve it!
~ Emily & Laura
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
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.
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.
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.
Chelsea Very, Teacher
My yoga classes are an offering from my heart, inspired by my own personal practice, and an honoring of the ancient traditions of yoga. I strive to be an open vessel for the teachings to pour through me, so that you may have a safe, sacred space for your own experience to unfold on your mat. In my class you can expect a flow with an emphasis on alignment and sequencing, inspired by Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Anusara, and Bikram yoga.
The feeling of bliss, clarity, and focus I felt after my first yoga class in Chicago in 2008 was transformative, and I knew I had found a practice that would be with me for life. After dedicating 6 days a week to my practice for the next two years, I felt a strong urge to share my experience with others. I took my 200 and 500 hour teacher trainings over the next year, as well as various retreats and workshops, and began teaching public and private classes. In 2011, I went on a retreat in Mexico with my teachers that brought me to the realization that I had to get out of the city! So I relocated to a yoga farm in Costa Rica, and lived in the jungle for the next six years where I integrated my experience by teaching public and private classes at yoga and retreat centers and assisting in 200 and 500 hour teacher trainings. I recently relocated to Nevada City in 2017 with my two daughters, who inspire, challenge and shape me on a daily basis.
Lisa Deniz, Teacher
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.
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). http://yogawithashton.com/
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.
Hayley Ebersole, Teacher
My life is a laboratory for experimenting with technologies of human liberation. On this journey, my greatest teacher continues to be my body and breath. When bringing that experiment to the yoga classroom, I aspire to impart an attitude of compassion, curiosity, and playfulness. As a body nerd, wisdom collector, and philosophy student, I’m passionate about intelligent movement, radical self-care, and living in harmony with the cycles of the natural world.
Translating my experience as a massage therapist and wellness coach, I aspire to create a joyful environment where we can (re)learn healthy movement patterns and how to correct personal imbalances through the vast reservoir of mind-body therapeutics that yoga offers. I believe that curiosity on the mat can be the beginning of a deep intimacy with our inner body-mind, which translates as not only to more fluidity and ease in our movement, but to greater well-being in our lives. In addition to being inspired by myofascial and neuroscience, I'm interested in exploring the intersections of yoga with Tantric Buddhism, Ayurveda, Chinese Medicine, earth wisdom, archetypal mythology, guided visualization, and somatic psychology.
Shambhavi Fitzpatrick, Massage Therapist
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.