Winter Brown, Ph.D., C-IAYT, E-RYT 500, and RPYT, combines movement, breath, and mindfulness in order to unleash and empower the healer within you. Winter strives to create inclusive and safe spaces that offer precise cueing, minimal hands-on adjustments, and choices and modifications that bring yoga to life in your body and mind.

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Are you seeking yoga in a vibrant, communal environment; in a small, focused and individual session; or in a workshop that concentrates on certain elements of yoga, life, and your body? I offer numerous ways for you to tap into your yoga groove and enhance your wellbeing. Please consider my offerings in yoga therapy, workshops, and group classes.

Current group class schedule: 

  • Mondays:
    • 1:30 pm: ARISE: Road to Recovery (Persistent Pain & Dizziness) at Stanford Health Care – ValleyCare
  • Tuesdays:
    • 8 am: Yoga Flow 1/2 at Dragonfly Yoga + Wellness, Livermore
    • 1:30 pm: Mindful Movements for Health & Resilience at Stanford Health Care – ValleyCare
  •  Wednesdays:
    • 10:30 am: ARISE: Road to Recovery (Persistent Pain & Dizziness) at Stanford Health Care – ValleyCare
    • 1:30 pm: Chair Yoga for Pulmonary Rehab at Stanford Health Care – ValleyCare
  • Thursdays:
    • 8 am: Yoga Flow 1/2 at Dragonfly Yoga + Wellness, Livermore
    • 12 pm: Yoga for Cancer at Stanford Health Care – ValleyCare
  • Fridays:
    • 1:30 pm: Mindful Movements for Health & Resilience at Stanford Health Care – ValleyCare

Ready to work with me one on one? Download my New Client Form and we’ll get started!

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photo by Laurie Gallagher

Winter Brown, Ph.D., C-IAYT, E-RYT 500, RPYT

I found yoga in 2002 and have been addicted since. It keeps me strong, helps me stay mindful, and encourages me to stay supple physically, mentally, and emotionally. After a move to Durham, NC for graduate school my yoga practice flourished in its newfound home, Blue Point Yoga, and I was encouraged to move into teaching. I took the plunge and haven’t regretted the decision since. My practice deepened, meditation became an ongoing pursuit, and I regularly interact with caring, vibrant, and dynamic individuals who grow on their yoga mats. I feel fortunate to have strong yogi mentors and friends across the country, and I regularly draw on them for inspiration and support.

I hold a Ph.D. in political theory from Duke University. I find that motherhood provides its own practice for staying centered and present, especially when home practice occurs among the legs and limbs of young dogs and children. I enjoy impromptu dance sessions with my kiddos, singing silly songs, laughing with my husband, wrestling with texts, and generally exploring the notion of moderation in life’s charming excesses.

Please click on my yoga resume if you’d like more details on my training and experience.


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“I especially appreciated the consistency in you on the mat…your gentle consistent guidance in the simplest of movements stays with me to this day. The protective, supportive and free of judgments style kept me striving to learn and grow. I always felt the most sincere form of respect from you and always felt welcome in your classes.” – S.

“If Winter is teaching a class, I know that I will take it. She truly cares about her students and checks-in about injuries or aches before beginning each session. Even in a large class, Winter makes me feel like she’s tailoring the class just for me. If I say that my hamstrings and calves are tight, she manages to work in some poses that address those areas. Winter encourages her students to respect and listen to the needs of their bodies and offers options and modifications if a pose isn’t working for someone. I took a “gentle yoga” class with her until I was 39 weeks pregnant, and even though it wasn’t a prenatal yoga class, she helped me modify poses so that I could still fully participate. She is a thoughtful teacher who manages to challenge her students while still asking them to be respectful of their bodies. Whenever someone asks me where I take yoga classes, I don’t refer them to a specific studio – I refer them to wherever Winter is teaching.” – L.

“I’ve been practicing yoga for many years, and while you learn something from every teacher, there are those special one’s that exemplify what a rich yoga experience is all about – Winter is one of these teachers.

My top 10 list on what makes Winter special:

  1. A treasure trove of deceptively simple poses that can really make you work; those poses and practices that sneak up on you
  2. Deep knowledge of anatomy, healing, and alternative options
  3. Wide variety of poses; Winter’s practices never gets routine or boring
  4. Focus on a holistic practice – body, mind and breath – practices that work for all levels, ages, and abilities
  5. Great play lists that pull from all genres
  6. Melodic and soothing voice guiding you through the practice
  7. Sharing words of wisdom as part of the practice
  8. Serious about her teaching, yet doesn’t take herself too seriously – willing to laugh and see the humor in everything
  9. Her ending salutation: “May all beings have happiness and the causes of happiness. May all beings be free from suffering and the causes of suffering. May all beings never be parted from freedom’s true joy. May all beings dwell in equanimity, free from attachment and aversion.”
  10. · Bikes to class with her beautiful family” – T.


photo by Steve Clarke
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