The Instructors at Maiden Lane Studios

E-RYT-200 Yoga instructor in San Francisco


Yoga Instructor, E-RYT 200

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Monika embraces living in the present, unconditional love, humor, empathy, forgiveness, and gratitude. It is these characteristics that she strives to bring out in her students, both on the mat and off. Hailing from the music industry, Monika brings her ear for music and her everlasting energy to class. Her classes are thoughtful, fun at heart and heart opening, energetic and challenging; connecting mind, body and breath with thoughtful sequencing and attention to alignment.
Monika graduated from the University of Colorado in Boulder with bachelors degrees in Psychology and Education. She is E-RYT certified with the Yoga Alliance, having taught close to 2000 classes. Monika received her 200 hour yoga training certificate from the Yoga Fountain in San Francisco, studying under the late, Bija ‘Pretzel’ Frances, and more recently, has earned a 100 hour certificate in Yoga Therapeutics with Harvey Deutch. Her studies continue in a 500 hour training program with an emphasis on therapeutic yoga.

Why I Teach

I’ve always liked to make people feel good! I first discovered this in my 20’s when I delved into the hotel
industry, falling in love with all things related to customer service. In addition to teaching yoga full time, I operate an events and promotion company in SF (Blasthaus). We put on concerts both big and small. I find the greatest pleasure hiding behind the stage curtain, watching concert goers have the time of their lives, knowing that I played a small part in their joy. Teaching yoga gives me just the same pleasure. There is nothing better to me than to have a student tell me how good they feel after class – pure joy to my heart!!

My Style of Teaching Yoga

I teach mainly teach Vinyasa yoga. There is always a strong focus on core in my classes, so you might expect to work up a little sweat. My classes get you moving after we spend ample time working on alignment, then it’s all about a steady cadence of breath linked to the transition of each pose, followed by a yummy cool down with back bends and restorative poses.
With private sessions, I hone in on my therapeutic yoga training to address any issues or injuries a client may have. Sometimes, I will work in conjunction with a client’s physical therapist. My private clients range in all levels, all sizes, and all ages. Sessions are catered to a clients needs, levels (physically, mentally, and in yoga experience), limitations, expectations, and goals. Expect to feel good afterwards!
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Fact. I'm obsessed with Maiden Lane Studios. Not in the creepy, restraining order type of way...but in the go 6-times a week type of way. I'll be honest, I never truly got the whole barre craze...until coming here. The classes are amazing (to the credit of the kick-ass instructors), and the studio is absolutely beautiful.


Maiden Lane Studios is the absolute best for Pilates and Barre Classes in San Francisco. I was introduced to the studio last year through lululemon and so glad I found my go-to place for an incredible strength training workout. It's like you're in someone's living room as the decor and feel of the place is so gorgeous and inviting.


I've tried other barre classes in the city and felt bored because they seemed the same, class after class. Not here. Every class challenges you and each instructor has something great to offer. I also LOVE that they offer more than just barre. Yoga, check. Pilates, check. It's a dream studio come true.


Beautiful, uber clean and most importantly an amazing talented and caring staff to make your every goal a reality. I have some very specific needs and have been challenged and accommodated beyond my expectations. Would never consider anywhere else...They create a supportive and positive environment unlike any other studio I've tried. Love it here!


Wow. I'm *STILL* feeling pumped 4 hours after my frist Booty Barre class this morning! This studio is fantastic and booty barre is seriously fun. I'd definitely recommend taking the 8:30am class with Naimah. She's an awesome teacher and totally kept me motivated throughout the class (even when it was kicking my ass). Excited to make visits here a regular part of my workout week!


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