Meet Our Team
Director & Teacher Mentor
Amazed by a sense of peace and well-being after taking her first Hatha Yoga class in 1990's NYC, ML was hooked! Upon moving to Sacramento in 2005, her journey as a teacher with a soft spot for beginners and those who felt "rejected" by Yoga began. An Integral Yoga San Francisco graduate, she was a Teacher Mentor for Jivana Heyman's original Accessible Yoga Teacher Training in Berkeley, 2013. She is one of the initial driving forces and collaborators in creating the Accessible Yoga Conference 2015, 2016 and 2017. ML is the Founder, Director and Teacher Mentor for Accessible Yoga Sacramento. Maitreyi (my-tray-ee), her Sanskrit name, means "friendly".
Co-Director & Teacher Mentor
Whitney practices Yoga each day in new and different ways, and guides her students in approaching their practice through a lens of curiosity. Through breath work, movement, stillness, kindness, self-study and more, she meets the student right where they are and co-creates a practice that feels like medicine. She is committed to a trauma-informed teaching style and maintaining a culture of consent and permission. Through building community within her classes, her students are invested in their own wellness as well as the health of other students and the greater community we live in. Whitney is a graduate of the former Yoga Seed's 200-hour Teacher Training. Whitney has been volunteering with Accessible Yoga Sacramento since 2015, and is serving as Co-Director and Teacher Mentor.
Sade is a Sacramento native. Over five years of her own personal Yoga journey, she decided she wanted to dig deeper and learn more about the philosophy of Yoga. She has been mentoring and volunteering with Accessible Yoga Sacramento since 2018. Sade is a 200-hour certified Yoga instructor and has completed the Accessible Yoga Online Training with Jivana Heyman. With her mellow and mindful attitude, Sade is a very relatable and compassionate teacher.
Judy is a senior, caregiver, and knee-replacement thriver living with chronic illness. A faithful Yoga student, she began mentoring with and volunteering for Accessible Yoga Sacramento in 2015. She is a graduate of the Accessible Yoga Training and has attended several Accessible Yoga Conferences. Judy is known as a loving Karma Yogi who enjoys making birthday cakes and throwing elaborate pot lucks for the students. She is the Co-Founder and Director of the Karma Sandwich Program. Her Sanskrit name "Jaya" translates in to "Victory".
Kirsten began Yoga in 2012 to help mitigate arthritis and spinal issues. Her regular practice led her to complete a 200-hour teacher training, becoming a certified Yoga instructor in 2017. Kirsten has also completed the Curvy Yoga and Accessible Yoga trainings. She is the president of Yoga Moves Us, a non-profit which offers free community Yoga classes in the Sacramento area. Kirsten's mission is to make Yoga accessible, inviting and inclusive for everybody.
Carla has been practicing Yoga for the last twelve years and teaching for two. Her background is in Vinyasa, but she loves Hatha, Yin, Restorative, meditation and many other forms Yoga. Meditation and breath are ritual practices for Carla that declutter her mind and reconnect her. She believes in modifying her life (including Yoga) to accommodate our current needs and situations. She brings this adaptive mindset to her personal practice as well as to her classes, which she describes as "Yoga for EveryBody". Carla is a two-time graduate of the Accessible Yoga Training. She hopes that her students will be able to find some peace and acceptance through these Pathways called Yoga.
Danielle first discovered Yoga at a gym in Natomas where she met her mentors and friends, Sethyne and ML Maitreyi. She quickly realized that Yoga was the key to connecting her heart and body, and credits Yoga for “bringing her back to herself” and helping her fully access breath and feelings again. After being a student for eight years, she decided to start her journey to become a facilitator of Yoga classes. Since that time, Danielle has completed 500 hours of Certified Yoga Instructor Training, the Accessible Yoga Training, Cuban Teacher Mentoring, and Trauma-informed Yoga Training. Danielle’s passion is in bringing Yoga to all members of the community in a format that is accessible and welcoming, and one that also empowers everyone to find their individual practice and share together as both teachers and students of Yoga.
Sethyne is a Hatha Yoga teacher (RYT 500), iRest® Teacher-in-Training and Mindful Self Compassion Teacher. Her teaching of these ancient techniques is from the bones to the brain and back. Keeping the nervous system disengaged during practice is the way she feels most safe, and she teaches from this foundation. Her own learning informs her teaching and these days it’s identifying subtle and gross anatomy and working one's way toward easeful movement. Sethyne considers herself an anatomist and overall body "geek", has two degrees in Ayurvedic Medicine and is working through her first internship. She has attended both the Accessible Yoga Conference and Teacher Training. Please visit her at Sethynegavin.com
Lenka is a Hatha Yoga teacher (RYT-200) and an occupational therapist. She is a graduate of the Accessible Yoga Training, and is qualified in Lakshmi Volker Chair Yoga, mindfulness and chronic pain. She loves learning, sharing her knowledge, and is amazed by the complexity of the mind and the body. She brings a holistic and a trauma-informed approach to her teaching. She has experience working with different populations, abilities, disabilities and cultures. Lenka is from Belgium and has trained, volunteered, and worked in many countries. She truly believes in the benefits of Yoga as it heals and supports herself as well. Please visit her on Facebook at Light You Up and Instagram @lightyouupofficial.