Gabriella Yates

About The Teacher

Gabby is known as a teacher that creates a supportive, insightful class environment where challenging, alignment-based yoga and clear, precise instruction coalesce to foster growth and learning. Gabby’s teaching style is primarily informed by years of study with her Iyengar teacher Anne Saliou and the intelligent sequencing of Noah Maze. She’s been a yoga student for almost 25 years and began teaching in 2000. Gabby holds undergraduate degrees in Political Science and French and, after serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mali, West Africa, she earned a master’s degree in conflict transformation. While working in Kosovo as a consultant, she facilitated reconciliation and dialogue workshops with local leaders that integrated yoga as mindfulness tool. She strongly believes that yogis have an incredible set of tools to not only build peace in their own lives but to also build peace in their communities and beyond. To support this vision of wellness equity and social justice, Gabby launched Stay Engaged- The Institute for Yoga and Peacebuilding in 2016. She lives with her family in San Francisco and teaches both in the Bay Area and internationally. You can find her at the Yoga Tree in Potrero Hill or at Homeless Prenatal Program.


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