Deb has been practicing since the early 1990’s. Deb opened Now and Zen Yoga Studio in 2004. She is a E-RYT500 teacher with Yoga Alliance, which means she has completed the requirements to be registered as an Experienced Registered Teacher with 500 hours or more of training. Deb is also a certified Yoga Therapist with International Association of Yoga Therapist. She completed her Yoga Therapy certification with Dr. Ganesh Mohan of Svastha Yoga in 2014. Deb continues to study with Dr. Mohan and will begin teaching for the Svastha Yoga Therapy program in 2017. Now and Zen is a registered yoga school with Yoga Alliance. Deb teaches with the intent of Svastha (The word Svastha in Sanskrit refers to the state of complete health and balance.), making sure that each student is working within their ability even if it means expressing the pose differently or even finding a different pose to get the same benefit. Her classes are a mixed style, concentrating on moving within the breath but also offering enhancements or modifications using props (chairs, blocks, bolsters, etc.) to make sure students have proper alignment and ease in their poses. Her gentle and therapeutic yoga classes do not have the vinyasa flow element and we stay away from poses that put pressure on the joints of the wrists and knees.
Deb feels that yoga can be for every body, and enjoys teaching specialty classes to meet the needs of those who traditional classes are not beneficial.
Deb resides in Woodbridge, CA and she is happily married to Bill Marweg and they have two grown children.
My yoga journey has evolved through the years. I started yoga in the early 1990s as my wife Deb Marweg’s first student. As my interest in yoga grew I went through the 200-hour teacher training at Now and Zen. I then decided to deepen my practice by studying with Dr. Ganesh Mohan in his Svastha Yoga Therapy program, which I completed in 2014. I am a certified Yoga Therapist with International Association of Yoga Therapists. I continue to study with Dr. Mohan and am honored to be a part of his teachings in the United States. I enjoy teaching classes that are fundamentally basic so that students can focus on their breath and have the opportunity to find steadiness in their bodies and minds. I love teaching the free Sunrise Yoga class because the early morning is such a great part of the day and yoga is a great way to start the day! I also enjoy being a part of the Now and Zen Teacher Training program because I feel that my philosophy about making yoga accessible and logical is important for teachers to hear and experience.
Amanda has been helping at Now and Zen since she was in high school. She started to become more involved after college and decided that she wanted to take the 200-hour Teacher Training at Now and Zen. In September of 2016, she began teaching the Yin/Yang Yoga class on Tuesday evenings. “I enjoy teaching the Yin/Yang yoga class because it gives students the opportunity to find a quiet space in their day. The balance of the quiet stretches of Yin and the strength and stability of the Yang poses resonates with me. I love the business aspect of Now and Zen and now being able to teach yoga just makes it even more meaningful.” Amanda resides in Galt.
Fitness Philosophy…Showing my clients that fitness can be fun is a passion of mine. I believe that fitness is a way of life and should be a routine just like waking up in the morning. I believe keeping your mind and body in sync is the most important factor in having good health. Physical activity can help clear your mind and improve your ability to tackle everyday challenges. I feel that it is my job in life to encourage people to take those steps necessary to lead a long healthy life.
Education and Qualifications:
A.F.A.A Personal trainer certification
Certified Massage Therapy 500 hours
A.C.E. Group Exercise Certification
I have been in the fitness industry since 1987, working with all types of people with a variety of goals. Being evolved in the health and fitness is my passion. Within my career I was a swimmer, spring board diver, I taught Hi/low aerobics, step aerobics, cardio kick boxing, water aerobics, body sculpting, TRX training, Pilates on the stability ball and……. I ran my first 1/2 marathon in 2016!
Specialties: Personal training, Educating a healthy lifestyle, body awareness, weight training, mat Pilates, TRX training
Massage therapy: deep tissue, sports massage, pregnancy and therapeutic.
True enjoyment comes from activity of the mind and exercise of the body…The two are united
My yoga journey began over 10 years ago as something to add to my exercise program. Having always exercised in the early morning adding yoga a few mornings a week became something that I looked forward to. I loved the way I felt afterwards and for the rest of my day. I came to Now and Zen to expand my practice and knowledge and the more I practiced the more I wanted to learn and share what I was learning with others. In 2009 I completed my 200 hour RYT training. Over the years my practice has changed but my love of yoga and desire to share that with others has stayed strong. Yoga truly is for everybody and I love sharing that with my students.
I began my yoga practice in 2003 while living in Chico California. I was exposed to several amazing teachers who inspired my body, heart, and spirit. I found that I could not get enough yoga, that it made me a better wife, mother, friend, and human being. Yoga changed the way I look at myself, and at life. With my practice I found an amazing connection with the divine, and with my own heart. My love of yoga was enhanced further when I moved to Galt in 2007 and began practicing at Now and Zen. Deb Marweg helped me start teaching in 2008, and I completed my 200 hour RYT in 2009 with Stuart Rice of Bhakti Warrior Yoga. Bhakti is the yoga of love and devotion. I am blessed to share this love with every student who shares their practice with me. My classes are Hatha style, inspired by my roots of Anusara, Ashtanga, and especially Vinyasa flow yoga. Regardless of the style I am teaching, my classes are woven with intent to provoke the heart and the mind. My desire is that each student who comes to my classes, loves themselves more when they leave. It is my belief that yoga is a way of living, loving, and being. Yoga is so much more than the poses. Blessings and Namaste.
I enjoy teaching Hatha style Yoga with a well-rounded approach: Mixed Level classes with an emphasis on alignment and safety, rigorous Flow Vinyasa classes to purify the body, and restorative classes such as Gentle Yoga and Yoga for Flexibility. I believe anyone can find a suitable class for their level. I use props and modifications or enhancements to tailor each pose to your practice. I also offer Western style Personal Training and Pilates classes. I integrate therapeutic sounds into most of my classes, playing the Native American style flute in class is my favorite way to share my Lakota heritage.
I believe in multiple approaches to healing, my massage techniques are tailored to suit your needs and goals. Techniques integrated include Swedish, Deep Tissue, Sports Massage (recent or chronic injuries), Cranials, and Passive Range-of-Motion/Stretching.
Yoga Instructor -200 Hour Certification
Personal Trainer -A.F.A.A Certified
Massage Technician -500 Hours
AcryoYoga International Instructor
Yoga is my way of life! I started practicing 15 years ago to find peace from stress and so my journey began. I wanted to teach the world what I had discovered. I received my teaching certifications from YogaFit and Loyola Marymount University. I started teaching in 2006. I had the privilege of participating in the first Green Yoga Conference in 2005. I had the honor of studying under Dr. Yoga Shwari Laura Cornell. In 2011 my heart lead me to Now and Zen where I studied under the fabulous Deb Marweg and received my 200hr. certification. I love teaching private clients and classes in Lodi and Stockton! I am most grateful for my 3 sons and loving mate for they inspire me daily!
I came to yoga in 2003 with a rich background in both formal and informal personal development training. As a student and facilitator, my focus has consistently been on bringing out each person’s personal power and uniqueness.
I was and continue to be drawn to yoga for its profound integration of the heart, soul, mind and body. The initial appeal of yoga was my desire to “slow the clock.” While I accomplished that, I found so much more. I discovered my calm, my center and the place where I am unique, powerful and “special enough.’
As a yoga instructor my goal is that each person in class experiences their uniqueness and finds the place inside where they are special and powerful – where being who they are is “enough.”
Personal practice since 2003
200-hour Teacher Training with Deb Marweg
I have been practicing yoga on & off since the early 80’s with videos and Lilia’s Yoga on PBS!
As a Physical Therapist by profession, making movement and activity safe and accessible to people of all abilities has been a continual goal. In 2001, while undergoing treatment for, and recovery from, breast cancer I developed a regular yoga practice. I found it to be the most accessible form of exercise then, as I do now–not only the asanas (poses) for movement but the practice of turning inward to find awareness and contentment.
I found my way to Now & Zen in 2010. It has been such a welcoming, nurturing environment that I knew it was time to learn more. There is a saying that the right teacher arrives when the student is ready and that has been Deb! I earned my RYT 200 hour certificate as part of the 2012 class and have been enjoying teaching Beginner Yoga. It’s an honor to be helpful in making yoga accessible, in its many forms, to anyone at any age.
I came to yoga for the physical aspect, it was something to practice while my kids were in bed. I fell in love with yoga for the mental aspect. I started to see changes in myself that were directly related to me having a calmer mind and heart. I finished my RYT 200 at Now & Zen earlier this year in hopes that I can pass along what I have learned and love to others. Yoga is truly for everybody, in every stage of life. Life is short, be zen!
Excited about all the benefits yoga brought to her personally Wendy had the opportunity to complete yoga teacher training at Now and Zen with Deb Marweg in 2014. Offering a physical, philosophical and fun practice environment, her passion is making yoga accessible to all regardless of experience or fitness level.
With Wendy’s background as corporate professional she sees the need to find quiet and stillness, bringing your practice off the mat as well as on the mat. As a poet, artist and writer she believes yoga is another way to creatively express ourselves.
After years as an anxiety ridden busy-body and devoted elliptical user, I realized that there must be a better way to live. This idea prompted me to take my very first yoga class at Now & Zen in 2012. Once I stepped on the mat, my life was changed forever. I found that my yoga mat was the only place I could be free of insecurities and self-doubt. Through my practice, I was able to retrain my busy-body self to appreciate the benefits of stillness and honor my well-being without constantly pushing myself to the limits. I believe whole-heartedly in yoga as an essential part of a joyful life and it is my pleasure to be able to spread that belief since completing my 200-hour teaching training with Deb Marweg in 2014. The increased mind-body awareness, inner peace and self-confidence that I have experienced throughout my practice is what I want to share with students. I am constantly striving to be positive, learn more and engage in my yogic practice both on and off the mat, in order to better serve myself & my students.
My name is Sarah Shepherd and my passion is yoga! My yoga journey began just a couple of years ago, I was after physical benefits to compliment my weight lifting lifestyle. What I received when I met my mat was my true self, I was shown and compassionately guided through emotions and life changes, I also found the physical benefits to be above and beyond what I was seeking. I signed up for every workshop, meetup, and class I could take, teacher training popped up and I jumped in with my heart wide open and it was the best decision I have ever made. I was trained at Zuda Yoga in Sacramento, I practice and teach Vinyasa Flow yoga. I have no doubt in my mind that I was intended to be sharing yoga with others, I absolutely love my “job” and appreciate the opportunity to teach at Now and Zen! I have been welcomed with open arms and friendly smiles, I love my new yoga community, thanks for having me!
Yoga landed in my lap the summer of 2012. That June, I took my very first beginner class at Now and Zen as was hooked for life. In the beginning, my yoga practice was purely physical. It turned out to be so much more than that. I didn’t know it then, but in just a few short years, yoga and meditation would prove to be essential tools on my very own healing journey.
Yoga has taught me how to soothe and manage anxiety and panic attacks. Yoga has shown me the value of stillness and calming the mind. My practice has fostered the ability to breathe through hard spaces on my mat, the same hard spaces we so often encounter in everyday life. With time, yoga and meditation enabled me to regain confidence and to better connect with that inner wisdom we all possess.
Having the opportunity to teach yoga at Now and Zen is an absolute dream. I completed my 200-hour teacher training with Deb Marweg in January 2017. She has been a phenomenal mentor from day one. Being able to share yoga with others, especially beginners, brings me so much joy and excites my spirit. I learn so much from the students at Now and Zen. With yoga, we just do life better! For all of this, I am forever grateful.
While spending 25 years as a Registered Dental Hygienist, I was no stranger to chronic pain. Three years into my hygiene practice I began suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome, ending my career with a degenerative disc in my neck, and enduring many aches, pains, and strains along the way. I discovered yoga five years prior to retiring and my life was forever changed.
With an emphasis on physical, emotional and spiritual healing, I have embarked on a journey of personal growth. I spent three years studying meditation and energy work at the Center for Healing and Intuition in Palo Cedro, CA, became a Reiki Master under the instruction of Beverly Farris, of Sacramento, CA, and then completed Yoga Teacher Training at Now and Zen Yoga. This journey has led me on a path of richness greater than I ever imagined. I am honored to share my passion as a yoga instructor and Reiki practitioner/teacher.
With the dream of sharing the knowledge and love of yoga, I hope to help others to discover their own unique ability to heal in a safe, caring environment. I strongly believe Yoga, as well as Reiki, needs to be available to anyone interested.