Nina Kaiser, Ph.D.
Nina is a licensed psychologist (CA PSY 22555) with over 15 years of experience in working with children and families. She specializes in evidence-based behavioral, cognitive-behavioral, and mindfulness-based strategies to help kids, teens, and parents effectively cope with stress, worry, and emotion. Over the course of time, it became clear to Nina that these are key life skills that everyone needs to learn and practice. She founded PRACTICE San Francisco with the goal of building a community to support all children, teenagers, and parents in learning and applying these research-based strategies in order to live more peaceful and joyful lives.
Nina obtained both her master’s and doctorate in clinical psychology from Purdue University (Indiana) before completing her clinical internship and post-doctoral training from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She remained on at UCSF as a staff psychologist for several years before transitioning to private practice, and still serves as volunteer clinical faculty at UCSF. Nina has received additional training from the Beck Institute, Mindful Schools, the Spirit Rock-affiliated Marin Mindfulness Institute, Little Flower Yoga for Kids, Dr. Amy Saltzman/Still Quiet Place, and Next Generation Yoga. After over a decade of living in the city, she now lives in Marin with her husband and toddler son.
Brenna has a diverse teaching background both in the US and overseas through her undergraduate years at Santa Clara University, elementary teacher credential program, classroom teaching, and abroad experiences. While teaching, she took a particular interest in the social-emotional elements of working with children and witnessed the powerful effects of incorporating mindfulness to the school day, which was supported through her training with Mindful Schools. She is currently studying Depth Psychology with a specialization in Somatic Studies at Pacifica Graduate Institute to continue exploring the interconnected relationship between the mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical self. Brenna is thrilled to be at Practice San Francisco to help support its meaningful programs!
Instructor: Prenatal & Family Yoga
Krystal is a prenatal yoga instructor and Registered Nurse with 11 years of experience. She sees the prenatal yoga practice as an opportunity to combine her nursing and yoga education. Drawing from her own pregnancy experience, she designs her classes to support mommas-to-be by blending gentle Hatha flow and restorative yoga. Her classes are slower paced, focusing on connecting movement to breath in a way that is safe for the prenatal student. Poses may be held for a few breaths, allowing students to cultivate strength and openness in the body.
Instructor: Mindful Flow & Postnatal Yoga
Born and raised in Cape Town South Africa, Kari turned to yoga in 2001 to heal a knee injury. With a background in dance she was drawn to the vigorous, flowing movements of Vinyasa, but kept coming back for the transformative, inner journey that yoga took her on. As a teacher, Kari draws from Vinyasa but also Hatha and Yin Yoga for the balance that they bring to a practice. Through her prenatal and postnatal training, she loves to pass on to new moms the gift of support that yoga was to her, during her own path to motherhood. Karen’s classes are flowing and soulful, with room to be as strong or gentle as you may need to be. She is passionate about yoga being for all bodies and finding ways for everyone to enjoy the benefits of this ancient source of healing and wholeness.
Karen trained with Nubia Teixeira’s Bhakti Nova school of Yoga and lives in Marin County, where she grows vegetables, hikes, teaches yoga, makes art and is mom to two middle school sons.
Instructor: Teen Yoga
Raquel discovered yoga as a teen over 10 years ago in Salt Lake City, Utah. A physical therapist suggested taking classes to regain range-of-motion after an elbow dislocation in gymnastics. She quickly saw the benefits yoga contributed to her healing process and returned to full strength within just a few months. It was the acrobatic arm balances and inversions that motivated her to further develop a yoga practice and eventually begin teaching to share her passion with others. Raquel leads a vigorous vinyasa flow incorporating balances, inversions, and deep stretches moving to the beat of her playlist. Yoga helps her feel stronger, healthier, and all around happier which she promotes in her teachings.
Instructor: Mindfulness and Parenting
Sarah Carr, M.A., provides individual therapy and intensive outpatient services to adolescents and adults struggling with anxiety, OCD, and related disorders. Sarah’s approach to therapy incorporates Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Sarah has taught in the Marriage and Family Therapy Graduate Program at the University of San Francisco, and is also a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher. Sarah is passionate about her work with individuals and families and about expanding her knowledge of scientifically supported mental health practices. Sarah currently offers treatment in both Nob Hill and Noe Valley.
Instructor: Prenatal & Family Yoga
Erynn specializes in family yoga with an emphasis in breath, movement, meditation and philosophy. Family yoga is a unique format where parents and kids join together for fun and imaginative yoga play. Erynn believes it’s important for parents and kids to learn how to breathe and move mindfully, slow down, and understand and connect with their emotions. Her mission is to teach and inspire parents and kids to experience yoga and enjoy its many benefits together.
Erynn was certified (RYT-200) at Namaste Yoga & Wellness in Berkeley and also completed children’s yoga training at Yoga Garden in San Francisco.
Guest Instructor: Mindfulness, Art, & Yoga
Ilana received her master’s in Art and Art Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, and has been certified to teach yoga by YogaWorks and Little Flower Yoga for Children. She has taught at the Guggenheim, Santa Cruz School, and Success Academy acting as their Art Content Lead, providing professional development for 30 art teachers. Ilana is passionate about nature, art, yoga, and mindfulness. She specializes in social-emotional learning and infuses themes such as self-love, compassion, collaboration, growth mindset, positive self-talk, courage, risk-taking, and gratitude into all of her lessons. She is the founder of the Happy HeART Studio, based in Santa Cruz.
Instructor: Prenatal/Postnatal Yoga
Sophie Lizeray is a yogini, dancer, author-illustrator, woman and mother. She has been practicing, learning and teaching movement and healing arts for over 20 years. She draws her inspiration from yoga (in Iyengar, Sivananda, Kundalini and Astanga traditions), meditation, martial arts, dance and reiki. And from her students and community who make sure she keeps learning and staying in awe of the transformational power of yoga and self-development.
Sophie travels, lives, learns and teaches yoga in Asia, Europe and California, with compassion, humor and precision. She strives to honor her students’ very own lights and paths to be the best that they can be.
Guest Instructor: Mental Strength Training for Athletic Performance
Ashley coaches individual clients as well as high school, club, college, corporate, and professional-level teams in both mental strength training and athletic performance. Ashley studied how to increase performance at John F. Kennedy University and San Francisco State University. She holds an MA in Sport Psychology, a BA in Communication Studies, and a Certificate in Exercise & Sport Performance. In addition, Ashley lives the program every day both as a coach and as an athlete, and understands first-hand the rigors of physical training to reach higher levels of performance and the psychological challenges of working through the extreme demands of competition.
Instructor: Prenatal Yoga
Bryant discovered yoga over 10 years ago while living in Charlotte, North Carolina. Bryant was an avid cyclist, runner, and lover of all things fitness, but was looking for something a little more strengthening and relaxing. Bryant continued to practice after moving to San Francisco in 2005, but her practice really took off when she became pregnant with her first child in 2009, and she has a special fondness for teaching mamas-to-be. Bryant received her RYT 200 with Dana Damara, studied under Michelle Wing with It’s Yoga Kids, and with Erin Lila Wilson with RISE Yoga for Youth. Bryant is certified to teach yoga to ages 0 to 200 and loves teaching every age! Bryant’s classes are both challenging and invigorating; they link breath and movement and are set to an upbeat and fun playlist. She connects with her students on a deeper level by helping them get out of their minds and into their bodies while not taking herself too seriously. Bryant is also a mom of two little ones, and is passionate about bringing yoga into her children’s everyday lives through music, games, and playful movement. Teaching yoga to children and teens brings Bryant such joy as she sees kids learn to connect to their minds and bodies.
Bryant has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of North Carolina and is a certified integrative health coach through The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Her love of fitness, yoga, and overall wellness help her support others through their own personal health and wellness journeys.
Instructor: Mindfulness and Parenting
Jacquelyn Richards, MA, MFT is a licensed psychotherapist who works with teens, adults and couples to relieve anxiety, depression and navigate life transitions. Over the past ten years, she has supported youth ages 9-18 to address a wide range of social-emotional needs and currently works with middle school youth and families as the Upper School Counselor at San Francisco Day School. Her approach is strength-based and draws heavily from restorative justice, mindfulness and somatic (mind-body) practices.
Instructor: Yoga & Mindfulness
Alexandra is a French native who became a yoga instructor in 2010 after practicing yoga for a decade, with the goal of sharing her passion with women and children. Alexandra specializes in pre and postnatal yoga (ERYT500), and also is a mindfulness educator (ME, MBSR) and a doula (DTI). She has a background in early childhood education and a love for mindfulness and neuroscience, and has taught mindfulness and yoga to children and families in schools across the Bay Area. Alexandra’s classes all incorporate some mindfulness and a focus on relaxing in the present moment.
Instructor: Kids’ Yoga
Melanie re-discovered yoga in 2009 while healing from a running injury. She was so inspired by her body’s ability to heal itself from the inside out, she decided to get certified as an instructor so she could share her love of yoga with others. Melanie recently completed her yoga kids teaching certification through It’s Yoga Kids in San Francisco. Melanie has been teaching yoga since 2010 when she received her 200 hour RYT from Chesapeake Hot Yoga in Virginia and an additional 50 hour vinyasa sequencing certification from Yax Yoga Concepts (Hot House Yoga) also in Virginia. In San Francisco, Melanie teaches regularly at Crunch Fitness and subs at Planet Granite and other local studios. Melanie is a certified health coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. She continues to refine her teaching practice in various workshops and continuing education opportunities. When not practicing or teaching yoga, you can find Melanie reporting around the Bay Area.
Therapists presenting at our weekly Parenting Peacefully workshops include (but are not limited to!): Ann Arora, Wynn Burkett, Betsy Corrin, Samantha Fordwood, Sarah Forsberg, Cara Frankel, Christine Frazita, Anya Ho, Morgan Howson, Mojgan Jelveh, Kathryn Kimball, Daniela Owen, Elizabeth Reichert, Esme Shaller, Barbara Stuart, Mairin Weiner, and Susan Wilkens.
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