“A fulfilling experience”

Dawn is a truly gifted teacher! She brings a depth of knowledge to her yoga practice, which she shares freely in her classes. The supportive environment she creates, with her clear instructions and modifications for each pose, leave her students with a fulfilling experience that is tailored to their needs. I feel more centered and connected after every class!

— V.B.

“Extensive knowledge of yoga & human anatomy”

Dawn is deeply sensitive to the physical and spiritual needs of her students. When I began studying with Dawn 4 years ago, I had physical injuries that prevented me from deepening my practice. With her extensive knowledge of yoga and human anatomy, she was able to suggest modifications to help me move beyond my physical limitations and become strong, healthy, and grounded.

— D.M.

“Beautiful ability to create a safe and playful container for inquiry”

Dawn Hayes has been my primary teacher since I moved to Santa Cruz seven years ago. I can definitively say I have never met a more erudite, thoughtful and intellectually curious yoga instructor.  Dawn’s perpetual studentship and love of yoga shines in her group classes and one on one teaching. Her use of props and purposeful sequencing has dramatically transformed my physical practice and the way I view it.  Dawn has a beautiful ability to create a safe and playful container for yoga asana and somatic inquiry regardless of context. Her infectious sense of humor, humility, and innate kindness help facilitate an enjoyable learning experience that is highly accessible to students of all levels.

— G.A.B

“Thank you for your dedication”

I want to thank you for your dedication and love you bring to every class. You are thoughtful in your teachings as well as in your social interactions. I am grateful for you. 

— D.M.

“You utilize props so well”

I thought the retreat sequences were brilliant. You utilized props so well and that really shined through in our longer practices. 

— M.T.


The retreat topics and sequences were thoughtfully arranged. I loved the varied postures and the full exploration of many important muscle groups/alignment of the body.

— K.W.