Suggested Yoga Teachers

Maggie Norton

Maggie Norton (Co-founder Yoga Mendocino) has studied yoga and meditation in the British Isles, India and the U.S. and has taught yoga since 1983. She offers classes in active and therapeutic yoga, as well as specialized courses and workshops in back care, stress reduction, balance, and deep relaxation. Maggie encourages a practice of focused exploration to allow for the possibilities of expansion and ease of movement in each student. Her strong sense of compassion, warmth, and curiosity infuse her teaching. Originally certified as an Iyengar teacher, she now invites both a mindful and playful yoga practice influenced by the teachings of Angela Farmer and Victor van Kooten, as well as her training in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (with Jon Kabat Zinn) and iRest Yoga Nidra (with Richard Miller, PhD). Voicemail 707.468.4789;

Iris Padgett, LMFT, LPCC

Iris Padgett is currently serving as Managing Director of Yoga Mendocino. She is also a psychotherapist with a practice based in Ukiah. She has been a yoga and mindfulness teacher since 2008, having been originally trained by Ti Harmony in Carrboro, North Carolina (with heavy influences from Sommer and Paul Sobin also of NC). Iris offers occasional workshops and classes, and her Hatha Yoga style is deep and soulful. 

Deborah Phillips

Deborah Phillips was born and raised in northern California where she studied dance and performed professionally in the San Francisco Bay Area for 15 years. She is a certified Ananda Yoga Instructor following the teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda. This practice integrates the use of positive affirmations along with asana practice. Her style of teachings has been heavily influenced by her dance training as well as her study of healing arts. She has been living in the Caribbean for the last 22 years teaching yoga and theater arts to adults and children. She has recently returned to California and is excited to offer classes at Yoga Mendocino.

Amelia Bernard

Yoga came into Amelia’s life at a young age. Growing up in rural Northern California she found yoga in high school after a childhood full of dance. In yoga, she saw the strong link between the body and mind was similar to the way she looked at dance and thus the connection was made. Amelia first training was with Amy Sullivan in her Roots and Wings 200-hour yoga training and is currently training with Pete Guinosso in his Lighting the Path towards a 300-hour training. You can expect a flowing vinyasa class with a gentle pace and longer holds giving you time to explore the body and see how the mind relates. Amelia brings classes focused on breath work and themes to ignite the soul as well as intentional sequencing, hands-on adjustment, a few giggles and lots of love and support.

Genevieve Shouff

Genevieve is Forrest Yoga teacher, social worker, advocate, mediator and more.  She studied in England earning a MSc. Psychology then came home to various case management jobs and children’s mental health. Her first Forrest experience in 2011 with teacher Danielle Kelleher shifted her direction completely. In 2013, she completed her 200hr FY Foundation Teacher Training with Ana Forrest in San Francisco.  In December 2015, she traveled to Hong Kong for the FY Advanced Training with Ana featuring Jambo Truong then followed him to Asheville for a 100-hour anatomy and myo-fascial bodywork training co-taught by Brian Campbell. Genevieve enjoys teaching to a variety people and abilities – teaching teachers, a kick-butt advanced class, yoga with at-risk teens, chronic pain patients at Little Lake Health Clinic, a regular chair class for 90 year olds at Mountain View Assisted Living. Genevieve wishes to inspire you to and use yoga to foster self-acceptance, ease your suffering, and be proud to take up your space in the world.