Biographical Info

Kate Holcombe is a Yoga Teacher, and Founder and Executive Director of Healing Yoga Foundation (HYF) in San Francisco, California. Kate has studied with Mr. TKV Desikachar since 1991. Kate is a KHYF certified Yoga Teacher Trainer and continues to study regularly with her teacher. In conjunction with her studies in India, Kate studied Sanskrit at UC Berkeley.



Lizzie Nichols is Program Director of the Healing Yoga Foundation. A founding team member, she's worked at HYF since the fall of 2006. Prior to the HYF, she owned and operated Open Door Yoga studio in the Noe Valley neighborhood of San Francisco.

In 2003, a few years after founding the Open Door Yoga studio (and years of daily practice) she was inspired to study the Yogasutras more deeply and found Kate Holcombe. The power of the teachings as taught by Kate in the tradition of TKV Desikachar had an enormous impact on her daily life and business.

When Kate Holcombe described her vision for the Healing Yoga Foundation, Lizzie wanted to contribute. Having been part of the Yoga business community, she was especially excited by the unique vision of a non-profit supporting the healing power of yoga in the tradition of TKV Desikachar

Before Open Door Yoga, Lizzie was the Director of Marketing for Sparks.com, an e-tailer.. She managed all marketing initiatives, including marketing communications, customer loyalty and public relations; and also played a role in product and business development.



TKV Desikachar, son and student of the legendary Yoga master, T Krishnamacharya, is one of the most respected Yoga teachers and healers of our time. Over the course of his thirty years of study with his teacher, Mr. Desikachar learned the complete practice and application of the tools of Yoga, as well as the classical Yoga texts, including Yoga Sutra-s of Patanjali, Yoga Rahasya of Nathamuni, Yoga Yajnavalkya Samhita, HathaYoga Pradipika, Siva Samhita, Gheranda Samhita and many others. He also studied Vedanta Philosophy, Ayurveda, Sanskrit, Mimamsa, and many other teachings with his father, who, in addition to being a master of Yoga, was also a renowned expert in the six Indian philosophical schools and other Indian healing and teaching traditions.

Mr. Desikachar is the author of several chanting CDs, as well as books on Yoga and allied subjects, including The Heart of Yoga, Health Healing and Beyond, and Reflections on the Yoga Sutra-s of Patanjali. He lives in Chennai, India with his family.



Amy Wheeler, PhD has been studying Yoga since 1992. She is a student of Kausthub Desikachar of the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram and Krishnamacharya Healing Yoga Foundation. Amy works at California State University San Bernardino and conducts research on Yoga and healing. She is interested in studying the link between Yoga, stress levels, and chronic disease. Amy has also worked as a Sport Psychology Consultant and Yoga Teacher to many elite-level athletes, including the Los Angeles Lakers and U.S. Olympic/ National Teams. Currently, Amy resides in Lake Arrowhead, CA with her husband and their two dogs.



Pam Breithaupt, has taught yoga in the tradition of Krishnamacharya for over 15 years. She is a certified teacher for the Krishnamacharya Healing and Yoga Foundation and continues regular study with her teacher, Chase Bossart. Pam teaches regular classes at the San Francisco VA Hospital for persons with PTSD, anxiety, anger/addiction issues and chronic pain. At Healing Yoga Foundation, Pam helps clients to develop and sustain a personal yoga practice that respects their needs, capabilities, and personal beliefs. She also assists in training teachers for Healing Yoga Foundation's education program. Her primary personal focus of study is vedic chanting and she is also available for private chanting appointments at HYF.



Madge Gahagan studied and practiced various approaches to yoga for many years before becoming a student of Kate Holcombe in 2000. She is a graduate of the Healing Yoga Foundation Teacher Training program and has studied at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram in India. Madge teaches the Community Class, the Yoga for Anxiety class, and teaches students individually. Having found support and increased ease with physical limitations and life's challenges, madge wants to share the personal and holistic tools of this yoga tradition she's found so valuable.



Norma Hoshide has taught yoga for more than ten years and has been working with the therapeutic application of yoga for healing for over four years. She is a certified yoga teacher by the Krishnamacharya Healing and Yoga Foundation (KHYF) in Chennai, India, and the American Viniyoga Institute, and is in the final year of the four-year KHYF Yoga Therapist certification program. Norma studies with Kate Holcombe and conducts Individual Therapy work at the Healing Yoga Foundation.