who we are

Jane Bartolomei

Jane has been practicing yoga for over 20 years and teaching since opening Bending Oak Yoga in 2001.  In addition, Jane is a Registered Nurse and holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration.

Jane’s teaching is primarily focused on cultivating mindfulness and presence.  Her aim is to help students strengthen their capacity to be curious, open, accepting and loving (kind) amidst the inherent challenges and joys of living life fully.

Jane began her studies within the Iyengar tradition. She was later drawn to Anusara Yoga with its emphasis on both alignment and a connection to the deeper aspects of the practice beyond the practice of asana.  “Why are we doing this practice and what impact is it having in my life?”  

Deep gratitude goes out to a host of teachers who have influenced Jane’s teaching.   These include Barbara Benagh, Doug Keller, Shari Friedrichsen, Rodney Yee, Erich Schiffman, Patricia Walden, John Friend, Todd Norian, Deb Neubauer and Judith Lasater.

In addition to teaching yoga, Jane has been a practitioner of Vipassana Meditation (Insight Meditation Center in Barre, Massachusetts) and a long time student of Jack Kornfield.  Jane recently completed a two year program in Spiritual Mentoring at the Haden Institute in North Carolina.  This program provided an opportunity to delve deeper into Jungian thought and dream work.  Jane continues to integrate the teachings of Eckhart Tolle (Presence), Richard Miller (Yoga Nidra), Sally Kempton (Tantra), Rod Stryker (power of intention) and Adashanti (open meditation).

In everything that Jane practices and teaches, Silence becomes the backdrop, the space from which everything arises and then dissolves back into.  The ocean of awareness within the unique manifestation of the wave….realizing they are One.

Jane conveys her love of the “path” through her personal dedication, practice, curiosity, warmth, enthusiasm and her sincere caring for her students. Our spiritual life is not about achieving or competing, but about finding that eternally quiet space within ourselves that then becomes the conduit to connecting to something much greater than ourselves.

Rebecca Tay

Rebecca entered a San Diego Iyengar yoga studio nearly ten years ago in search of a way to calm down and strengthen her hip.  After a year of Iyengar yoga, a few months of prenatal yoga, and time away from the mat as she began a family, she found a teacher in Mississippi who helped her find her priorities.  In the spring of 2013 in Austin, she completed her 200-hour hatha/vinyasa training at Dharma Yoga of Austin, a studio whose lineage traces to Jivamukhti, Anusara, and Buddhist traditions.   Rebecca also has a background in teaching middle and high school English and has a Master of Theological Studies degree in Southeast Asian Religions and Literature to complement undergraduate work in English Literature, Sociology, and Anthropology.
Rebecca has also been trained in Principle-based Partner Yoga, deepening connections and support through yoga practice, and Mindful Yoga Therapy for Trauma Recovery, a Veteran’s Yoga Project training that will help Rebecca serve the military community that is a part of her life.
Rebecca teaches yoga with a focus on presence of mind, alignment, the beauty of asana, and the connection between breath and movement.  Visit edges and habits: find them, recognize them, and question whether they serve.  
When Rebecca learned she would be moving to the Seacoast Area, she began to search for a new yoga home.  Bending Oak Yoga called out, and Jane was so very welcoming.  Rebecca is looking forward to meeting everyone in the Bending Oak community.
Yoga with soul?  Yes, please!  Yoga with a sangha?  Absolutely.