Our Team

Staff retreat, Lake Tahoe, August 2019

Staff retreat, Lake Tahoe, August 2019


Katy Cryer, Founder & Director

Katy is the founder and director of Square One Yoga. She offers her students a welcoming, inclusive approach to studying and practicing yoga. She believes that just as every body and every life experience is unique, so is every yoga practice and every path of wellness and healing. Katy invites her students to continually explore what is most useful and beneficial to them on the mat and beyond. Katy is grateful to her primary yoga teachers Judith Hanson Lasater and Jason Crandell, whose teachings complement each other beautifully. Judith taught her ease, and Jason taught her stability. She is also grateful to the countless other teachers she’s had along the way.

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Vanessa Barbour, Emeryville & Temescal Studio Lead

Vanessa is a South Jersey native and recent Bay Area transplant. After teaching at Square One for a year, she was happy to join the management team and be able to further serve the Square One community. As a yoga teacher and wellness professional, Vanessa focuses on creating accessible health and wellness practices. Her work emphasizes the importance of safe and inclusive spaces for all bodies, levels, and abilities.

Beyond teaching classes and managing, you can stay current with Vanessa’s offerings and plant-based adventures via her website—nomaste.me—a health & wellness initiative making nom and namaste accessible.

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Lorene Charles, El Cerrito Studio Lead

Lorene moved to the East Bay in 2016 and found Square One Yoga to be the welcoming yoga space she'd been looking for! Beginning as a studio assistant and now as the El Cerrito Manager she tries to create a safe environment for everyone to feel comfortable exploring yoga at any level of experience, age, gender or bodyshape. With a love of all things Yin she believes in the power of mindfulness, meditation and the healing that comes from being able to slow down and focus inward. Lorene just completed the Square One Yoga 200 hr Teacher Training program to deepen her yoga studies and use in conjunction with her mental health education. Lorene is a recent graduate of The Wright Institute clinical counseling program and hopes to help heal the East Bay with yoga and empathy!


Christine Mania, Program Director

Christine fell in love with yoga 24 years ago and has been practicing ever since. She became a teacher in 2008, and while she enjoyed teaching, she found that practicing was more her thing and working behind the scenes was just as rewarding. She enjoys supporting the Square One community from afar. Christine recently moved to the Sierra Foothills and works remotely. She looks forward to her visits to the East Bay when she can spend time with her colleagues and the Square One community. In her spare time, Christine spends an enormous amount of time in the kitchen—cooking up vegan recipes as a way of practicing the first limb in yoga, ahimsa. You can learn more on her website: itseasybeingvegan.com.


Sarah Jones, San Leandro Studio Lead

After years of treating my body as a means of carrying around my brain, I discovered a desire to integrate my mind with my body. Shortly thereafter, Square One Yoga opened a studio in my neighborhood. Talk about a sign from the universe! Coming from a law background, treating my body as being just as important as my mind was a true human revolution, one which I am so happy to have had! Square One Yoga’s philosophy of ‘Every Body is a Yoga Body’ means that I can celebrate and love my body just as it is, as I continue my explore my whole person advancement with yoga. It is a community that I am very happy and proud to be a member of.