Tommy Antoon - Teacher/Owner
"Falling is not failing, do the best you can, this is your practice, give it 100% and when you need a break, lie down" are some of the inspiring words Tommy uses to motivate his students while he is teaching.They are more than just phrases, but rather lessons Tommy has acquired throughout his colorful past. Tommy's yoga journey started in 2011. At the time, Tommy had diabetes, he was overweight, and was on 12 different prescription drugs and 2 anti depressants. After suffering a heart attack, Tommy knew he had to change his lifestyle or he would potentially lose his life.
With the encouragement of his best friend and mentor, Mike Gumucio, Tommy took his first Bikram yoga class in December of 2011. It was the beginning of a life changing transformation that he discovered through his yoga practice. The initial class led Tommy to Manhattan, NY, where he took part in a 30 day yoga challenge . When he completed it, the teachers were inspired by Tommy’s story and urged him to become a hot yoga instructor. With the help, love and support of family, friends and extended family to include countless hours of mentoring from Jami Bailey now PBY's Lead Teacher, Tommy attended at least 1 hot yoga class everyday for 377 days through his hot yoga training.
Tommy has taught more than 5,000 hot yoga classes. He lost over 100 pounds, overcame diabetes, is no longer on any prescription drugs, and overall has a dramatically improved lifestyle. The improvements that resulted from his practice were not only on a physical level, but also emotional and spiritual. In November 2012, Tommy came to Pacifica for the week and never left. Tommy and his mentor, Mike, purchased the former Pacifica Yoga a month later and started creating our Pacifica Beach Yoga. He is passionate about having a positive impact on the community by providing others with the same opportunity that saved his life. He believes yoga is for everyone, any size, any age- if you really want it, do what you need to do to make it happen! His studio is unique to others because it encourages a humble, supportive, motivating and real atmosphere, for real people. Tommy does not claim to be a yoga guru, for him yoga isn’t about strict rules, and heavily enforced boundaries. It’s not about believing in a specific set of values but rather letting the yoga help guide you to wherever you want to go and become whoever you want to be. Everyone’s path is different. He brings to his classes the lessons he has learned through his experiences to inspire his students. He is living proof that anything is possible.
Tommy teaches a highly energized, focused hot yoga class. His organic dialog and east coast twang are one of a kind.
Jami Bailey - Lead Teacher
Jami’s raw love and appreciation for people emanates from her in her practice and teaching methods. She believes the most powerful aspect of yoga is the connection of body to breath and that one's practice can be as simple or as complex depending on what each student seeks to gain from their time on and off the mat. There is no right or wrong way, and she assures her students that the level they are at is the level they are supposed to be but motivates them to find their edge and push themselves to the max. In the studio, Jami leads a stimulating, revitalizing, and therapeutic class. She goes above and beyond to create a comfortable space for everyone in the room.
Jami took her first yoga class in 2000. Her love for people and movement inspired her to begin teaching soon after finding her own practice. In 2005, Jami started working part time for Yoga to the People and began an apprenticeship in 2006 mentored by Greg Gumucio. Through Yoga to the People, she completed the 200 hour Power Vinyasa Certification and 100 hour Traditional Hot Apprenticeship, and has been teaching full time since 2008.
She also facilitated the first nine 200 hour teacher trainings at Yoga to the People in New York. She moved to San Francisco in 2011 where she began teaching and managing the Yoga to the People Hot Berkeley Studio for 3 years. She continued to facilitate and lead several teacher training programs for YTTP in both Hot and Vinyasa at the Berkeley location where two of Pacifica Beach Yoga instructors were trained, Kimberly and Ryan.
A little known PBY fact: When Tommy began his teacher training, Jami was his teacher.
Many students she’s mentored refer to her as the “mama-bear” due to her considerate nature and nurturing, candid spirit. She has inspired many to pursue a deeper level in their practice. Jami has taught over 10,000 classes and completed over 500 hours of training, additionally she is certified in Thai Yoga Massage, and is currently in the process of completing certification for Yin Yoga.
She is a believer that yoga poses, breath techniques, and meditation are an important and effective means to maintain overall health and wellness while offering each of us the opportunity to cultivate physical, mental, emotional and spiritual awareness and mindfulness. When she’s on the mat or teaching, her mantra is always to be present in each posture simply as an opportunity to learn, to make intelligent and sensitive choices, to keep what’s useful and let of go what's not.
Lisa Kenyon - Teacher/ Studio Manager
“Yoga is far more for her than the practice of Asana – it is a way of life and a prescription to better overall health.” Lisa has been practicing yoga for 18 years, “and I am still stiff!,” jokes Lisa Kenyon, a self described unconventional” mother, wife, yogi, playwright, teacher who found freedom from fear, depression and grief through yoga and brings the joy it has brought her into the studio to share with others.
“I believe yoga’s gentle discipline can help us regain the ability to trust ourselves on and off the mat,” she said. A natural-born teacher who holds multiple academic degrees including a multiple-subject credential, Lisa taught in both public and Catholic elementary schools before becoming a yoga teacher while raising three children, Camille, Kurt and Henry. She earned a Yoga Alliance E-RYT (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher) 200-hour certification in power and hot yoga and has acquired a yoga repertoire that includes Power Yoga, Hot Power Yoga, Hot Yoga, Yinyasa, Vinyasa, Kids, Tweens, Teens and Family Yoga, and Yin Yoga. She also brings her teaching background together with her belief in the value of yoga as she works with the San Francisco Unified School District to bring yoga into the curriculums of schools around the Bay Area. What can you expect from a Lisa Kenyon class? “Expect to breathe, sweat, discover, learn and understand your path into yoga,” she said. Lisa knows that it takes time to be comfortable and says that, “a sense of humor goes a long way as you discover the relationship between mind, body and spirit.”