meet the team

anna guhin.

anna is the founder and chief joy instigator of three dog yoga. she has been teaching at three dog since we opened in 2009. she is the director of our California Power Yoga Teacher Training Program and is a 200-hour RYT with Baptiste Power Yoga.

hometown: stafford, virginia.
sun sign: libra.
pets: pebbles, the three dog mascot.
go-to comfort food: hot sauce.
go-to "dance-it-out" song: “everything is everything" - lauryn hill.
favorite local escape: learning to fly at trapezepro in sonoma.
what you love most about teaching: the smile on a students' faces when they drop into their body...and when they float out of class.
what you love most about practicing yoga: there's always something new to learn.
when you're not doing yoga you can be found: thinking up ways to do more yoga.
the pose that challenges you the most: savasana...just can't keep still.
the best advice you've ever gotten: keep it simple.
words to live by: "life is short, break the rules, forgive quickly, kiss slowly, love truly, laugh uncontrollably, and never regret anything that made you smile." - mark twain


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lisa alban ellisen.

lisa has been teaching at three dog since we opened in 2009. she completed level 1 and level 2 training with Baron Baptiste in 2001.

hometown: santa rosa
sun sign: aries
pets: thor, the protective schnauzer, and tule, the sweet paralyzed yellow lab
go-to comfort food: three twins vanilla ice cream with nutella and cinnamon
go-to "dance-it-out" song: “hot in herre” - nelly
favorite local escape: annadel state park, can’t get enough of that place
what you love most about teaching: being barefoot, wearing comfy clothes, watching people breathe and sweat and finally find comfort in downward facing dog, and being able to speak from my heart every day.
what you love most about practicing yoga: having permission to feel what i feel and be present and not have to worry about all the other stuff for those few precious minutes.
when you're not doing yoga you can be found: trying to keep up with my 2 kids or graphic designing.
the pose that challenges you most: twisting triangle.
the best advice you've ever gotten: don’t try and be somebody you’re not
words to live by: “our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. it is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. we ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? actually, who are you not to be? you are a child of god. your playing small does not serve the world. there is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. we are all meant to shine, as children do. we were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. it’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. as we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” —marianne williamson


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lucie white.

lucie is our hospitality manager. she’s here to ensure that everyone who walks through our door has a great time from start to finish. she began teaching at three dog in september 2013 and completed training with California Power Yoga in 2013 and Baptiste Power Yoga Level 1 training in 2011.

hometown: sonoma county.
sun sign: cancer.
pets: niña, the mini wooki, eddie, the amazing wiener dog, sammy, the tuxedo cat, atticus, the tabby, + joe and squirrel, the love birds.
go-to comfort food: white rice and pho.
go-to "dance-it-out" song: "do the pigeon" by pigeon john
favorite local escape: whistle stop antiques, i can hit it with a latte and browse for hours.
what you love most about teaching: helping students connect with their bodies.
what you love most about practicing yoga: yoga helps me focus on what's happening right now. it helps me curb my tendency to look too far ahead or give too much importance on what's already passed.
when you're not doing yoga you can be found: hanging out with my family, cycling, making food or being outside.
the pose that challenges you the most: crow, handstand, headstand.
the best advice you've ever gotten: this too shall pass.
words to live by: "unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing's going to get better it's not." -- dr. suess


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brian love.

brian has been teaching at three dog since 2012. he was certified by California Power Yoga in 2012 and holds a 200-hour RYT certificate.

hometown: philadelphia.
sun sign: gemini.
go-to comfort food: a big plate of french fries.
go-to "dance-it-out" song: music sounds better with you by stardust.
favorite local escape: taking a dip in the russian river.
what you love most about teaching: the happiness on students’ faces after a class.
what you love most about practicing yoga: using what i learn about myself on the mat in my life off the mat.
when you're not doing yoga you can be found: in front of a canvas or an adobe program.
the pose that challenges you most: triangle.
the best advice you've ever gotten: don’t be afraid to use all of the colors in the crayon box.
words to live by: “he can who thinks he can, and he can't who thinks he can't.” -- pablo picasso


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sara rathbun.

sara has been teaching at three dog since 2012. she was certified by California Power Yoga in 2012 and holds a 200-hour RYT certificate.

hometown: healdsburg, ca
sun sign: virgo.
pets: honey, the dog.
go-to comfort food: gluten-free oreos.
go-to "dance-it-out" song: "call me" by blondie.
favorite local escape: the beach in the town of mendocino.
what you love most about teaching: helping people find a way to feel good in their bodies and their mind.
what you love most about practicing yoga: turning my brain off and being present in the moment.
when you're not doing yoga you can be found: spending as much time as possible with my husband and daughter or at my day job.
the pose that challenges you the most: triangle.
the best advice you've ever gotten: take a deep breath.
words to live by: "forever trusting who we are, and nothing else matters" - metallica


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erica bosque.

erica has been teaching at three dog since 2012. she was certified by California Power Yoga in 2012 and holds a 200-hour RYT certificate.

hometown: santa rosa.
sun sign: gemini.
pets: princess leia, the dog.
go-to comfort food: a burrito.
go-to "dance-it-out" song: respect - aretha franklin.
favorite local escape: jogging around spring lake.
what you love most about teaching: watching students discover breath in their body.
what you love most about practicing yoga: being out of my head and in my body
when you're not doing yoga you can be found: spending time with youth in the community as a school social worker and laughing with my husband, family and friends!
the pose that challenges you the most: triangle + wheel
the best advice you've ever gotten: trust yourself + if you can't be good, be safe.
words to live by: "don't worry...about a thing...’cause every little thing...gonna be alright" -- bob marley


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sarah wilson.

sarah has been teaching at three dog since 2012. she completed California Power Yoga training in 2012 and Yogafit in 2009.

hometown: santa rosa,
sun sign: capricorn
pets: ender, the dog, and john wayne gacy, the clown fish.
go-to comfort food: stovetop popcorn
go-to "dance-it-out" song: hypnotize by the notorious b.i.g.
favorite local escape: bodega bay.
what you love most about teaching: offering students new possibilities.
what you love most about practicing yoga: being present in my body.
when you're not doing yoga you can be found: playing with a toddler.
the pose that challenges you the most: mentally...wheel. physically...wheel.
the best advice you've ever gotten: we need to make messes in order to figure out who we are and why we are here.
words to live by: be the change you wish to see in the world. - mahatma ghandi


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vanessa metcalf.

vanessa has been assising at three dog since 2012. she completed California Power Yoga Teacher Training in 2012 and Baptiste Power Yoga Level 1 Traning in 2011.

hometown: lafayette, california.
sun sign: aquarius.
pets: Cleo (sweet and beautiful) and Loki (friendly and adventurous), the cats.
go-to comfort food: mexican and anything crunchy
go-to "dance-it-out" song: “firework” by katy perry and “titanium” by david guetta and sia.
favorite local escape: the ocean and the redwoods.
what you love most about teaching: connecting with people in a supportive and inspiring way. helping people feel good in their bodies.
what you love most about practicing yoga: getting grounded in my body and opening up to possibility in body, mind, and spirit.
when you're not doing yoga you can be found: working as an intuitive counselor and transformation coach, facilitating personal development work, and chatting or collaborating with bright and interesting people in the "transformation industry" (yogis included!); reading, writing, and talking about astrology; connecting with friends for deep talks and lots of laughter; or taking some time alone to "drop in" and relax.
the pose that challenges you the most: arm balances and headstand.
the best advice you've ever gotten: it's ok to be messy. you are not responsible for everything. don't take on other people's experience. live from your heart.
words to live by: "to be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment"-- ralph waldo emerson


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jennifer larocque.

jennifer has been teaching at three dog since september 2013. she completed California Power Yoga Teacher Training in june 2013.

hometown: santa rosa, ca.
sun sign: virgo.
go-to comfort food: baked mac and cheese.
go-to "dance-it-out" song: "it happens" - sugarland.
favorite local escape: the russian river.
what you love most about teaching: leading a practice that brings people to a place where they are empowered with their body and connected to who they are.
what you love most about practicing yoga: getting back to who i am at my core.
when you're not doing yoga you can be found: get outside - either on land or in the water, cook a fresh meal, build connections within my community.
the pose that challenges you the most: double pigeon.
the best advice you've ever gotten:. be whoever you want to be right now. start this minute.
words to live by: "the time is always right to do what is right." -- mlk


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kelsey metzler.

kelsey has been teaching at three dog since september 2013. she completed California Power Yoga Teacher Training in june 2013.

hometown: pitkin, colorado. population 84.
sun sign: aries.
pets: stanley and jane, the cats.
go-to comfort food: mashed potatoes.
go-to "dance-it-out" song: "rock the casbah" - the clash.
favorite local escape: armstrong woods.
what you love most about teaching: watching students connect to their inner self and power.
what you love most about practicing yoga: finding calm in motion.
when you're not doing yoga you can be found: dancing, snowboarding, engineering, bicycling.
the pose that challenges you the most: warrior 3 and standing split.
the best advice you've ever gotten: live life like a kelsey.
words to live by:"whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you're right." - henry ford.


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veronica bosque.

veronica is one of our hospitality coordinators. she's been practicing yoga at three dog since 2010, and you'll find her at our front desk helping you get set up for class and able to recommend just the right class for you.

hometown: santa rosa, ca.
sun sign: cancer.
pets: princess leia, the dog.
go-to comfort food: chicken tikka masala with garlic naan.
go-to "dance-it-out" song: “get low” by lil jon and the east side boys.
favorite local escape: wine tasting in the healdsburg square.
what you love most about practicing yoga: it's the rare time in my day when nothing can get decided, no lists can get completed, and i can just be in my body…breathing.
when you're not doing yoga you can be found: spending quality time with the family (here or abroad), attending some kind of sporting event (as a fan or an official), or enjoying outdoor music festivals.
the pose that challenges you the most: arm balances.
the best advice you've ever gotten: you’ve got this. you always have.
words to live by: "life is a preparation for the future; and the best preparation for the future, is to live as if there were none." – Albert Einstein.


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erica harriman.

erica is a one of our hospitality coordinators. she's in charge of keeping the facility warm and welcoming for all our members. she completed her teacher training with California Power Yoga in 2013.

hometown: portland, maine.
sun sign: libra.
pets: loki, flint + jezebel the cats.
go-to comfort food: spaghetti with earth balance + nutritional yeast.
go-to "dance-it-out" song: the mummer's dance by lorenna mckennit.
favorite local escape: foothill park in windsor.
what you love most about practicing yoga: finding challenge in poses i've done countless times
when you're not doing yoga you can be found: drawing. painting. reading. watching sci-fi.
the pose that challenges you the most: wheel.
the best advice you've ever gotten: eat dessert first, you may not have room after.
words to live by: "be the change that you wish to see in the world." - mahatma gandhi


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kim purdy.

kim is one of our hospitality coordinators. she's been practicing yoga at three dog since 2011, and you'll find her at our front desk helping you get set up for class and able to recommend just the right class for you.

hometown: sunnyvale, ca.
sun sign: aquarius.
pets: maggie, the dog with an oversized heart.
go-to comfort food: cheesy grits.
go-to "dance-it-out" song: the boy with the arab strap by belle and sebastian.
favorite local escape: flying trapeze in the woods of sonoma.
what you love most about practicing yoga: the strength it has built within my body and mind.
when you're not doing yoga you can be found: hanging with Maggie.
the pose that challenges you the most: wheel.
the best advice you've ever gotten: don't sweat the small stuff, and it's all small stuff.
words to live by: "may you live each day as an instrument that brings more love and truth into this world" -- tolstoy.


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kate graham.

kate is one of our hospitality coordinators. she's been practicing yoga at three dog since 2011, and you'll find her at our front desk helping you get set up for class and able to recommend just the right class for you.

hometown: bethel, maine.
sun sign: leo.
go-to comfort food: peanut butter, lots and lots of peanut butter
go-to "dance-it-out" song: dream machine by mark farina + sean hayes.
favorite local escape: tie - armstrong woods and goat rock beach.
what you love most about practicing yoga: the freedom and clarity that comes when connecting and moving the body + breath.
when you're not doing yoga you can be found: spending time with my husband, working at a sweet outdoor adventure clothing store, and playing with my food dehydrator.
the pose that challenges you the most: half moon.
the best advice you've ever gotten: use common sense.
words to live by: "love everyone and tell the truth." - neem karoli baba.