Mod Plank

After graduating from UC Berkeley with a degree in Economics, I spun my wheels in corporate America until I rather sanely decided to trade my cubicle for a yoga mat. I took my first yoga teacher training in the Anusara style in 2008, and I’ve been teaching ever since. Along my journey, I’ve become a Certified AIReal YogaTM Instructor and a performance acrobat. I like to think that my classes are playful yet still focused on alignment, proper body mechanics, and making deeper connections, as well as lots of handstand-y postures and cheesy jokes.

I’m a performer at heart and cirque is my passion. I’ve had the opportunity to perform at many venues across southern California, as well as on reality television. If you want to catch me on the small screen, I can be found on Season 2 of truTV’s “Fake Off,” performing alongside members of Astra Dance Theatre while wearing very big hair and gobs of makeup.

I consider yoga to be a central element of my wellbeing. I’ve used my practice to help piece myself back together after a moderate lumbar injury and, in a separate incident, a serious neck fracture. I find yoga to be a multifaceted package of awesome, and I love the opportunity to share the practice’s many benefits with my students, and quite frankly, anyone willing to give me an ear.

When I’m not teaching yoga or performing circus arts on stage, I’m working on my urban farmstead. Together with my husband (acro and life partner), I grow my own veggies, raise livestock, preserves foods, brew kombucha, sew, and make almost every meal mostly from scratch. I am the proud mama of two turkeys, too many chickens to count, 3 pygmy goats, and two very spoiled cats. I may have left college with a mundane bachelor’s degree, but Berkeley, known for its books and Birkenstocks, definitely planted a seed. It just took a few years and a whole lot of yoga to help me discover my inner granola-eating-greens-sprouting-animal-rescuing-organics-promoting-asana-practicing-tree-hugging-hippie. 

Mod Plank instructs the following:
  • Vinyasa 60
  • For students of all levels. A vinyasa flow of dynamic movement linked with breath. This class focuses on the fundamentals of basic to intermediate poses with an emphasis on safe alignment, mindful breathing, and assists in the gradual development of greater flexibility, strength and balance.

    Level: All Level (beginner-intermediate-advanced)
    Duration: 60 minutes
    Temperature: 78-82 degrees
    Music: yes


  • Warm Vinyasa 75
  • A more challenging intense flow of dynamic movement linked with breath in a warm room to encourage detoxification through sweat and enhance muscle and joint opening. This is an intermediate to advanced class that focuses on transitions and poses that help to develop greater strength, flexibility and balance with an emphasis on safe alignment and mindful breathing. Be prepared to work hard, let go, and sweat!

    Level: intermediate to advanced
    Duration: 75 minutes
    Temperature: 80°-85°
    Music: yes

  • Intro to Vinyasa 60
  • A class for the experienced beginner who wants a more challenging practice. Postures will be linked
    with breath and movement in a dynamic flow. Students will build strength, heat,  endurance and body awareness through this cardio flow.
    Duration: 60 minutes
    Temperature: 78-82 degrees
    Music: yes

  • Warm Vinyasa 90

  • Beginning Yoga 60
  • This class is perfect for the beginning yoga student with no experience or for those looking to revisit a slower paced class focusing on proper alignment. Our experienced teachers will guide you safely through transitions and the fundamentals of basic yoga poses to help create a solid foundation for your practice. We will teach you how to breath mindfully to reduce stress levels, to create better body awareness for a healthier body, and help you to enhance your self-confidence in each pose. You are always encouraged you to go at your own pace.

    Level: 0-1 (beginner)

  • AcroYoga Play
  • Learn the basics of acro while working with fellow yogis in a supportive environment of play. Delve into partner balancing, assisted inversions, strengthening drills, and groovy stretches on and above the mat. No partner is necessary. Basic body awareness and/or a basic yoga practice are suggested, but not required - we love beginners! Just bring an open heart and a willingness to try new things.

    All levels welcome

    • Duration: 90 minutes
    • Temperature: 78 degrees
    • Music: yes
    • Age limit: 16+