Abby Tucker is a dedicated yoga student, teacher, and lover of life. Passionate and down-to-earth, Abby’s bohemian heart radiates through her life in all its aspects — at home, as a student and as a teacher. She doesn’t differentiate between the practice of yoga and the practice of life, believing that yoga is how you do something, not something you do.
As a teacher, Abby creates an atmosphere of keeping it real while challenging students to their highest potential in the moment. She speaks from the authentic place of her own heart’s experience and is renowned for her unique ability to make the practices of yoga pertinent to the full spectrum of life experiences. Her classes are a profound and authentic offering of dynamic alignment, embodied flow, and skillful refinement. Students are encouraged to work diligently while honoring their own boundaries. Abby believes in empowering students through deep inquiry and skillful application of a pulsation of dynamic alignment principles. Each asana class also includes the essential grounding practices of pranayama and meditation.
Abby spent much of her childhood in a mystical field behind her home in Tennessee. It was there that she first learned that all of nature—including our own human nature—had a pulse, a rhythm and a cycle. She became enchanted by yoga at the age of 10, and began exploring Eastern religions and philosophies in high school and college. It was in 1998 that she finally came to the practices of yoga and, finding her entire life transformed by its alchemy, she left her full-time career in public relations and in 1999 turned her life over to yoga, becoming a full-time yoga student for the next four years. She began teaching in 2002, earned her Anusara certification in 2005, and now holds an E-RYT 500 with the Yoga Alliance. Abby is deeply appreciative of all her teachers, past and present. She studied and apprenticed with Anusara founder John Friend, from whom she learned the beauty and art of teaching and the importance of opening to what the Universe serves up in every moment. She has studied tantric yoga in the Rajanaka lineage with yoga scholar Dr. Douglas Brooks for many years. Above all, Abby is a student of the Divine MahaShakti, the highest flow of life and Consciousness and with complete devotion she continues to fully immerse herself in her yoga studies and in the essential practices of asana, mantra, pranayama, and meditation.
Beyond the “yoga” world, Abby has many delights, interests, and courses of study. In particular, Abby aligns and follows the druidic and shamanic traditions of many cultures, particularly those of her heritage, which includes Native American and Celtic blood. She is deeply moved by the poetry of Walt Whitman and John O’Donohue and is no less moved by the poetry of a baseball game, a thoughtful meal, or skiing down a mountain with her beloved family. You’ll often find her under a redwood tree in the Berkeley hills or up the plum tree in her backyard.
Abby lives in Berkeley, CA, and teaches public classes, workshops, as well as advanced studies programs in the Bay Area, nationally and internationally.