Classes are led by Bhakti Flow certified instructors and are flow-based (Vinyasa). Most classes are in a heated (not stifling) room, with varied and hip music. We use a state of the art sound system.
Rusty Wells is a yogic messenger in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. He infuses his joyful, energetic, and often mind-blowing classes with his belief that we can best serve others and heal ourselves - through unconditional love and devotion. To this end, he passes along his profound gratitude for breath, body, and mind through yoga's time-honored practices. An experienced instructor and humble student, Rusty teaches free and donation-based classes around San Francisco, and leads teacher trainings, retreats and workshops around the world. His classes are an experiential explosion of music, sweat, stillness, and energy that will open your heart and leave you overflowing with bliss.
Website: Bhakti Flow with Rusty Wells
Andrea Maltzer has been guiding students in movement and dance for over 20 years. In 2000 she became a certified Yoga instructor. She then traveled to Mysore India for a 2 month immersion with Ashtanga Master Pattabhi Jois. The principals of the Ashtanga system, her passion and love of music, and the wisdom and lessons from teachers including Bryan Kest, John Friend, Judith Lasater, Shiva Rea and of course her current teacher Rusty Wells, serve as a springboard for her creative, joyful, style of teaching. She has been studying and working along side her teacher Rusty Wells for over 8 years.
It's all about love, Ahimsa baby. Ahimsa, a Sanskrit word, literal translation is do no harm. When Yoga first found me I was unconsciously living in patterns of harm, which I believe many of us continue to do, cue the Yoga. Yoga didn't have this automatic transformative effect the first time I practiced, actually quite the opposite. It wasn't till moving to SF and practicing Yoga with such powerful instructors that I had an "AHA" moment. What was this "AHA"? It was the realization that we have the ability to stop clasping, grasping and struggling to the idea of a perfect life and instead use that energy to start living a joyful and powerful life. How So? By learning to LET GO of our idea of perfection. When we're in the studio together I am conscious to create a space of compassion and love. This love based environment creates an opportunity for all to explore beyond the idea of perfection. Your body will be vigorously encouraged, your mind will be lovingly pushed and you're heart just might expand... that part is up to you! I, myself, am encourage and pushed to expand by Gopa Rusty Wells.
Brad Brockbank practices and teaches Bhakti Flow, and has over 500 hours of teacher training. He began practicing Bikram in order to heal injuries, then got hooked on feeling better. After a couple of years, he discovered Bhakti Flow with Rusty Wells. He studied Rusty's vigorous style of Vinyasa for two years before beginning to assist him in classes, workshops, retreats and teacher trainings, locally and internationally, from 2004 to today. His classes are rooted in the concept of doing less harm - ahimsa. Every class is different, but all are intense, playful, and challenging.
Website: Brad Brockbank
Eric's first yoga class was with Rusty Wells. He realized during this first practice that Bhakti Yoga was, for him, the perfect blend and culmination of many years of flamenco dance and athletic training. Completing his first Bhakti Flow Teacher Training in 2008, Eric now has over 500 hours of training under Rusty. Also a history teacher at Sequoia High School, Eric started a successful yoga program for teens that has been running strong since 2009.
Tom's love affair with yoga began more than a decade ago. He discovered Bhakti Flow with Rusty Wells in 2003, and has continued to be inspired by Rusty to this day. Tom's classes are rooted in the concept of Ahimsa (non-harming), and he encourages his students to strive for joy, and equanimity, on and off the mat. Tom has been teaching yoga full time since 2002, and has completed teacher training programs with Bikram Chroudhury, Baron Baptise, and his current teacher Rusty Wells.
Stephanie is the creator of the Yoga Journal DVD, Yoga for Strength and Toning and she is known for her inspirational teaching style. Students appreciate Stephanie’s unique ability to infuse her playful and flowing Vinyasa classes with yoga philosophy, concise technical alignment, and heart-felt humor. Her commitment to breath, movement, happiness, and prayer make Stephanie one of the country’s most sought after teachers.
Rachel Meyer's heart beats to the rhythm of Bhakti flow. She's an RYT who has written for Yoga Journal,trained with Rusty Wells and Bikram Choudhury, and studied for an M.A. in Systematic Theology. Rachel came to yoga in 2003 from a background in musical theater and dance, having performed in Scotland before moving to San Francisco. She teaches vinyasa classes throughout the Bay Area and feels endlessly blessed to practice with and assist Rusty Wells at Urban Flow. Her classes are a music-infused blend of athleticism, dance, philosophy, rhythm, and spirit. She hopes you'll laugh as much as you sweat, and walk out feeling a little stronger, a little softer, and a lot more balanced.
Neil Wadhawan discovered Yoga through sound. As a professional musician Neil first met Rusty when he found himself playing and singing along side him. After practicing in Rusty's class Neil quickly fell in love with Bhakti Flow and soon after, he enrolled in his first teacher training. Neil continues to learn from Rusty and he assists Rusty locally and all over the world. Neil believes that in any art or discipline, one can only be a great student and never a master. There is always something new to learn and the only way to continue to grow is to remain a student. Through music, sweat, laughter and flow Neil's playful and challenging classes will help inspire you to find the beautiful rhythm of Bhakti Flow.
Urban Flow Yoga
1543 Mission Street at South Van Ness, San Francisco