Jenni Fox and Paul Gould are co-owners of NamaStay™ Retreat near Santa Cruz, California and of NamaStay™ Adventures offering yoga and meditation workshops, retreats and teacher trainings. Their combined over fifty years of experience includes extensive background of studies including Iyengar®, Anusara®, Yoga Therapy, Restorative Yoga as well as Zen Buddhist Meditation, the Nia ® Technique, Brad Bartenen’s elite training, Hakomi and Trauma therapy and their own ongoing Yoga practice.
Their new Evolutionary Yoga approach recognizes the ever changing process we all go through in body, mind and spirit and offers a contemporary yoga approach that deconstructs classical yoga poses, reconstructing them to provide strong aligned and sustainable function and movement, full breath, and a grounded and centered foundation.
They have appeared in Yoga Journal, The New York Times, and Shape magazine and for three years their yoga articles were featured in Healthy Living magazine where they were on the Board of Advisors. They were co-creators of Pura Vida yoga center in Costa Rica where they lived and taught for almost a year.
Past presenters for IDEA and Omega, they are frequent special presenters at Rancho La Puerta where they were formerly on full-time staff. They have been guest teachers at many spas including Red Mountain and Lake Austin Spa. Husband and wife, they live at NamaStay™ in Felton, California.
We try to live and communicate yoga in a joyful, down-to-earth way. We’re lucky. We’re both over sixty and each year we feel stronger, more flexible and lighter. We have each other and we often teach together on retreat as well as separately in our home studio. We practice because nothing else quite does it for us; yoga is the anchor for everything else we do, Meditation gives us quiet time to listen to our bodies and hearts and to see the sacred around us and in us.
Our NamaStay Adventure weeks provide a sense of kula or community. We call ours, our “Pod”. We invite you to be part of our Pod by joining us for retreat or classes at NamaStay™, for our yearly adventures in the Yucatan, or for workshops or trainings in your studio or city. (Visit our schedule of events or contact us to host us for an event at your center.)
What we do
When asked what type of yoga we teach, we like to say, “yoga for life.” Philosophically we strive to look for the good in all people and all things. We see Yoga as a means of connecting ourselves with our highest potential to live life mindfully, compassionately and with heart. While we respect the many systems of yoga we have studied and practiced, we focus primarily on the student–who you are, where you are in your life, what you need.
From there we focus on awareness of habit patterns, strength and proper movement mechanics. Physically we value working efficiently in correct alignment, breathing fully, resting sufficiently and enjoying the process as hallmarks of intelligent yoga practice. We believe flexibility comes from balanced strength.
In group classes and private sessions, we explore and create postures that require balancing, rotational action and extension to help us build a stronger foundation and core. We often use a variety of tools including balls, foam rollers, bands, poles, sticks, massagers, anything that can engage the full body functionally, help stimulate circulation and release and mobilize connective tissue.
Our yoga continues to evolve as we search for what keeps us healthy, strong, athletic, centered and at peace with ourselves, hence, Evolutionary Yoga. Students of all levels of ability and yoga experience are welcome and honored for their unique differences, limitations and talents.
We are grateful for and bring to our teaching our eclectic background and we are grateful to many master teachers with whom we have studied.