Nancy is a full time yoga & meditation teacher whose personal practice was founded in Zen earlier in life, and her discovery of yoga brought forth this practice in an accessible and deep way which Nancy loves to share. Nancy has over 10,000 hours of training and teaching experience and specializes in guiding gentle yoga as a form of meditation in motion. As a meditation teacher, Nancy is experienced in both monastic and contemporary approaches, having spent 5 years living and practicing in Buddhist monasteries, and now translating and evolving the language of meditation to benefit modern meditators.

Nancy is a Certified Yoga Therapist as recognized by the International Association of Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) and also holds a Therapeutic Yoga for Seniors certificate from Duke Integrative Medicine, a Mindful Yoga for Chronic Pain certificate from OHSU, and has served on the assistant faculty for Kripalu’s yoga teacher training program.  Nancy is also a Certified Meditation Coach. Nancy teaches in a gentle and meditative style open to all levels of experience.

Yoga Training & Education

  • Certified Meditation Teacher, 500hr / Instinctive Meditation with Lorin Roche, Ph.D and Camille Maurine.
  • Certified Yoga Therapist / International Association of Yoga Therapists
  • Certified Mindful Yoga 8-week Program, Level 1-3, 300hr / Mindful Yoga Works, Portland Oregon
  • Mindful Yoga for Chronic Pain Certificate, 50hr/ Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, Oregon
  • Yin Yoga Teacher Training, 30hr / Journey into Yoga, Berkeley, California
  • Assistant Faculty for Pranayama and Meditation/ Nosara Yoga Institute, Costa Rica
  • Assistant Faculty for 200hr Yoga Teacher Training / Kripalu School of Yoga and Ayurvedic Studies, Massachusetts
  • Kripalu Yoga Teacher Training, 200hr / Kripalu School of Yoga and Ayurvedic Studies, Berkeley, California
  • Therapeutic Yoga for Seniors Certificate, 50hr / Duke Integrative Medicine, Durham, North Carolina
  • Avalon Yoga Teacher Training, 200hr / Avalon Yoga and Art Center, Palo Alto, California



Nancy has been practicing yoga since 1992 and is a Registered Yoga Alliance Teacher

Member of International Association of Yoga Therapists

Insured, CPR Certified


What students have to say…

“There are few times in our everyday lives when we get to experience a union of body, mind and spirit. Yoga with Nancy is one of those special times.”  –  Karen D., Santa Rosa

“Nancy is a caring, gentle being.  This was a safe, warm, comfortable and mindful practice.  Thank you.”  – Toby F., Santa Rosa

“Her soft voice, and the thoughtful words of guidance she uses, such as ‘affectionate curiosity’, are aimed at the heart.”  – Shirley J., Santa Rosa

“I started practicing yoga about one year ago.  I’d taken classes over the years but at this point I began to seriously include yoga in my daily life.  Without knowing why, I felt the benefits.  Nancy’s workshop put words to and effortlessly explained why a yoga practice was bringing peace to my life.  Thank you Miss Nancy!” – Sarah G., Kenwood

“I wish Nancy was my first teacher!! Focus on breath is most important!! 🙂 ”  – Melissa M., Kenwood

“Her class makes me calm down and relax and concentrate on being myself.  I recommend to everyone.”  – Masako P., Santa Rosa

“Nancy has been a wonderful addition to the studio.  She teaches with Heart and reaches out to all those that attend her class with kindness and transformational healing.”  – Nadra McAuliffe, Lion Heart Yoga, Kenwood


Connect with Nancy:


telephone:  707.646.YOGA

facebook: nancygaedenyoga