These yoga teachers are part of Tony's Advanced Mentorship group, assist his public classes, and substitute teach for him as well. If you are currently certified as a yoga teacher and are interested in becoming a part of the mentorship group, contact Tony for more information. 

Tony Briggs Yoga | Heidi Manly

Heidi Manly

Heidi had the privilege of completing her 200-hour yoga teacher training under the guidance of Tony Briggs, Anne O'Brien, Richard Rosen, and Ulrika Engman, among others. Inspired by the Krishnamacharya lineage, Heidi's classes emphasize alignment, strength, and breath awareness, encouraging students to move beyond what they think is possible. A graduate of the New Mexico Academy of Healing Arts and Nationally Board Certified in Therapeutic Massage since 1995, Heidi also brings her hands-on knowledge of anatomy to her yoga teaching. Heidi has been assisting Tony since 2014 and is honored to be part of his team. Heidi offers private yoga classes and body work sessions in Sonoma and Marin County. 

Tony Briggs Yoga | Leah Kaplan

Leah Kaplan

Leah Kaplan is a 500-hour certified yoga teacher, having completed her training with YogaWorks in Santa Monica, CA, and New York City under senior teacher Jenny Aurthur. Her classes combine precise alignment cues with playful sequencing to provide a safe, therapeutic atmosphere in which students can experiment, learn, and work inwardly. It is her honor to call Tony her teacher and her privilege to assist him at his public classes. Leah is also a Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist and runs Thunderbolt Ayurveda, a private-practice Ayurvedic counseling business, where she supports clients to integrate the ancient healing science of Ayurveda into their modern lives. Find out more at

Tony Briggs Yoga | Melissa McLaughlin

Melissa McLaughlin

Melissa McLaughlin is a San Francisco Bay Area 500-hour certified yoga teacher and ACSM certified personal trainer. Melissa's study of yoga began in 2008 in the Sivananda yoga lineage. She completed her first yoga teacher training at The Mindful Body in San Francisco with teachers Maile Sivert and Caroline Kelley.  She regularly assists international yoga teachers MC YOGI and Amanda Giacomini and continues her personal yoga study with her teachers Peggy Orr and Tony Briggs, as well as attending trainings with Chuck Miller, Tim Miller, Rod Stryker, Tiffany Cruikshank, Jason Crandell, and more. For more info about Melissa, visit her website: 

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