Yoga & Fitness Instructors

Parinaz Ghavami, RYT

Pure Prenatal Yoga
Yoga for Moms

Parinaz is a warm and radiant instructor who leads a lovely, supportive Vinyasa Flow class for pregnant mamas, with an emphasis on building strength, relaxation, and providing a calming space to step away from the stresses of life and pregnancy.
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She took her first yoga class in 2002 and immediately fell in love with yoga. Since then, yoga has been a part of her life.

In 2010, she decided to pursue her dream of teaching yoga to share the joy and peace that she feels through yoga with other people. She received her 200 hr teacher training at Avalon Arts and Yoga Studio in Palo Alto, CA with mentorship of Louis Jackson, and has been teaching since then.

Her style of teaching is alignment based, mindful with a lot of focus on breath. She is passionate about supporting moms through pregnancy and she is currently going through the same journey as a yoga student at Harmony, expecting her first baby in May 2013.

What students have said:

“I really enjoyed [her class]!! Would love to have more classes from her.”

“I thought she was absolutely wonderful. I rarely compliment a teacher, but at the end of class I told her how much I enjoyed her class. She’s much more yoga-based, with some great relaxation techniques, and just the right amount of move your body while doing things that are only right for being pregnant. I’d love to attend more of her classes.”

Lorena Michel Martinez, RYT

Whole Birth Prenatal Yoga
Pure Prenatal Yoga
Playful Yoga w/Baby

Lorena has always been passionate about yoga, and has grown into a deep connection to pregnancy and parenting support over recent years, bringing her to Harmony.
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Her classes are fun, dynamic, and focused on alignment, meditation and pranayama. Her practice is highly influenced by Anusara and Vinyasa styles.

She first explored teaching yoga with a 200 hour Teacher Training at Avalon Yoga Center in Palo Alto. She soon knew she wanted to develop her teaching further, and attained her first Prenatal Yoga Certification at the Santa Barbara Yoga Center, followed by a Whole Birth Yoga Teacher Training with Robin Sale.

Lorena has deepened her foundation in pregnancy, birth, and early parenting through the Birthing From Within professional training, which further enhances her ability to support and inform women in finding their path through pregnancy and parenting.

Her drive to deepen the expertise she offers her students led her to expand her yoga studies and complete a 108-hour Anusara Immersion with Kenneth Graham at Yoga of Los Altos followed by the 100 hour Anusara Teacher Training.

After the birth of her son, Diego, her passion for leading Mom & Baby classes was ignited, and she completed the Mom & Baby Pi-Yo Play Teacher Training and apprenticed for mom & baby yoga under Julianne Rice, the South Bay’s most experienced Mom & Baby instructor (who now retired from Harmony).

Lorena is passionate about integrating her yoga training to empower women and share with them the gift of yoga for a more fulfilling pregnancy, birth, and motherhood experience. Her own pregnancy and birth experiences served to deepen her understanding of how yoga can support and enrich that journey.

Amy Moreland, RYT

Pure Prenatal Yoga
Yoga for Moms

Amy took her first yoga class 11 years ago because someone told her it would be a tough workout. The class lived up to the physical challenge she was hoping for and she was hooked!
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She realized that she was drawn to a personal practice that didn’t involve competition, providing a freedom to simply love to move, and to do so at her own healthy pace.

In her classes, Amy seeks to make the experience of yoga freeing, refreshing, and fun for her students.

Amy is moved by what a truly remarkable time pregnancy is in a woman’s life — exciting, challenging, and confusing as the body changes through each stage. In her own pregnancy, she found that practicing yoga offered balance and helped her body feel stronger, more relaxed, and rejuvenated, and her intention is to help other women find their own strength and calm to help them through their own process.

Her classes also seek to support pregnant and new mamas in making peace with their changing body, in connecting with their growing baby and other moms, and in connecting with their own instincts, power, and balance.

Whether the goal is to start yoga as a beginner to support a healthy pregnancy, to modify a personal practice to safely continue to enjoy yoga during pregnancy, or to specifically prepare the body for childbirth, prenatal yoga with Amy provides an experience that will enhance this incredible journey.

She feels blessed to have studied with phenomenal teachers throughout her journey, including Kimberley Dashiell Danza in LA in ’03, Jillian Glikbarg, and Mark Stephens for both her Vinyasa Flow certification and prenatal training.

As a dancer, she was drawn to the Vinyasa Flow yoga style, a flowing and creative style of yoga, to which she brings a foundation in anatomy and alignment to further ensure safety and precision. In her teaching, she prioritizes mindful sequencing – building a path that moves the body from one asana to another in a safe and fluid way.

Finally, as a mother, Amy is well aware of the pressures expectant and new moms face around pregnancy and parenting decisions, and seeks to offer unbiased support, resources, and a fully open heart to the women with whom she works.

For more about Amy, see her website

Lori Petropoulos, CMT, PRYT

Pure Prenatal Yoga

As both a massage therapist and yoga teacher, Lori’s mission is to facilitate joyful healing and the awakening of both inner peace and inner strength. Lori is known for her grounded and energetic classes that invite you to explore your edge mindfully and cultivate a meaningful dialogue with the breath and the body. She hopes to invoke in all of her students a sense of compassion, curiosity, and creativity. In her massage sessions, she creates a sacred space so that you may move towards healing and wholeness, find peace, and reconnect with your own self. Two lively little ones call her mama; she is deeply passionate about supporting women through the journey of pregnancy and early motherhood.

Nanci Shakthi Nardona E-RYT 500, RPYT, YACEP, CMT

Nanci’s energy, joy, passion, and experience are a real gift to Harmony and the students.  This comes across clearly as her classes are in high demand, full of variety and fun,
with focus on safe alignment and the therapeutic applications of yoga. Building community and support is something she cherished during her own pregnancy while practicing Whole Birth Yoga, which is one of the many reasons she loves teaching Harmony mamas and families.
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She was introduced to yoga in 1990 while on a meditation retreat and has been passionate about it ever since. Her yoga studies begin in Los Angeles with world-renowned teachers Shiva Rea, Ana Forrest, and especially, Bryan Kest. After moving to San Jose in 1998, her studies continued with Kent Bond, Joyce Anue, Robin Sale, Scott Blossom, Paul Grilley, Cheri Clampett and Arturo Peal, Samantha Shakti Matthews and Kenny Graham.  Nanci holds an advanced certification in Hatha yoga, focusing on breath awareness, structural alignment and relaxation.  She instructs all ages and stages of life ~ Prenatal Yoga,  Mommy & Baby Yoga, Mom’s Yoga, Prenatal Couples Yoga & Massage, Partner Yoga & Massage, Gentle Yoga, Alignment-Based Hatha, and Restorative Yoga.  Nanci teaches weekly yoga classes in San Jose and leads workshops in the Bay Area.   She travels and studies with Vaidyaji Priyanka, an Ayurvedic practitioner from a 722-year old lineage of Ayurvedic experts, to teach yoga and meditation.  Nanci is currently studying the Vedic healing art of Marma.  In 2016, Nanci completed a doula training to further support her pregnant mamas.  In 2017, she co-created IN HARMONY Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training with Lorena Martinez Michel, 500-Hour E-RYT. Together they share their collective wisdom and experience in training and mentoring new prenatal yoga teachers. Their prenatal yoga school is registered with Yoga Alliance.

While pregnant in 2001, she attended her first Whole Birth yoga class and found her true calling. During her pregnancy, she became certified in Whole Birth Yoga, specializing in prenatal and postnatal yoga with Robin Sale. Continuing her yoga studies with Joyce Anue in 2003-2004, Nanci completed the Y.E.S. teacher training and became a Registered Yoga Teacher (200-Hour RYT) with Yoga Alliance. In 2009, she added a certification in Therapeutic Yoga with Cheri Clampett and Arturo Peal. Nanci completed an Anusara Immersion with Samantha Shakti Matthews and Kenny Graham in 2012, followed by her advanced 300-hour training with Anusara-trained teachers Samantha and Kenny, Siri Peterson, Alice Kennedy and Kelly Blazer, who collectively formed the Balanced Action Yoga (BAY) School. In 2015, Nanci achieved her 500-Hour E-RYT certification through Yoga Alliance.

In addition to yoga, she is one of our massage practitioners here at Harmony, supporting new mamas and mamas-to-be.

Nanci is a member of BABI (Bay Area Birth Information), a certified massage practitioner with California Massage Therapy Council, a Reiki practitioner, and a life-long student of Ayurveda. Besides yoga and meditation, she especially enjoys music, international travel, hikes and walks in nature, spending time with friends and family, and being with her teenage daughter, Gia.

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Barb Silvester, CMT, RYT

Pure Prenatal Yoga

Barb began practicing ashtanga yoga in New York City in 1995, around the same time she decided to give up her career in investment banking to pursue her passion and become a massage therapist.
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Barbara moved to Sydney, Australia to attend Nature Care College where she acquired two diplomas in massage (massage and lymphatic drainage). She also did a pregnancy massage training there that ignited her interest in using massage and yoga to support women before, during, and after pregnancy. While in Australia, Barb practiced a variety of different styles of yoga including Qi yoga, anusara, restorative and vinyasa.

Within several months of returning to the States, she opened Bodhi Bliss, a center for yoga and massage, in Milford, PA. Barb completed her first 200 hour yoga teacher training at Atmananda in New York City in 2005. Within her first year of business, she also completed her 500 hour yoga teacher training also at Atmananda.

In its seven years of business, Bodhi Bliss offered yoga to an array of students ranging from beginners to experienced yogis, and including pre and postnatal yoga mamas. She was also massaging up to 30 clients a week, using Swedish massage and Lymphatic Drainage.
Barb has led more than a dozen 200 hour yoga teacher trainings, several workshops ranging from “Yoga and Essential Oils” to “Yoga for Bad Backs” and taught private clients-both pregnant and not.
After the birth of her son, she found a new appreciation for yoga because of how helpful it was with her own pregnancy, the process of birth, and bouncing back after birth. Barb has long been passionate about the wonders and challenges of pregnancy, and going through the process herself clarified her resolve to help other women develop and benefit from yoga practice throughout their parenting years.
Her yoga classes will ignite and inspire you. They offer a fun, nurturing, informative, and peaceful experience that will feed your body and soul!