About Doron Yoga

Mission Statement

Doron Yoga is devoted to guiding people into holistic health and happiness through yoga, meditation, pranayama, and nutrition, creating a stress-free, calm and focused mind in a strong and supple body. We specialize in creating a toolbox of practical life skills, blending ancient wisdom with current trends, promoting a compassionate international community guided by authenticity, service, awareness and joyfulness.

Why Doron Yoga?

There is a great need for yoga, and even more so for the Doron Yoga holistic approach. Life today is very fast, technical, and stressful, with lots of expectations and distractions. Doron Yoga seeks to help people find balance in a practical way, using the foundations of Zen, ashtanga vinyasa and Ayurveda blended with the most advanced contemporary research and knowledge of nutrition, health, anatomy and breath work, and mind training.

Doron Yoga follows the flexitarian method, which really takes into consideration the specific needs of each individual within their specific circumstances. The Yoga Lifestyle book, dives deeper into these concepts and practices.

The Doron Yoga sequences are masterfully crafted so you both stretch and activate every part of your body in every class. The sequences make sure you leave class balanced, powerful and high on life.

The Founder: Doron Hanoch

Doron is a Certified 550 hour Yoga Teacher (ERYT), Director of Hanoch Headshot.jpgthe Doron Yoga School (RYS 200 and 500), and Founder and CEO of the Doron Yoga & Zen Center at Lake Atitlan, Guatemala. He was introduced to Yoga and Meditation in 1992 while traveling and studying in the Far East for 2 years. During that time, Doron has studied at the Osho Ashram, with the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala, in Thailand doing Vipassana retreats, and in Japan living and working with a Buddhist priest.

Since then Doron has returned to India many times to deepen his spiritual and Asana Practice and has practiced under the guidance of Pattabhi Jois and his family. He is fortunate to have studied with some other great teachers such as Richard Freeman (teacher training, advanced trainings and assisting), Rolf and Marci, Tim Miller (3rd Series teacher training), Adarsh, Shashadri,  Cidananda, and a Vinyasa teacher training, as well as continuing studies and mentoring, with Mark Stephens.

Doron’s teachings are based on the foundation of tradition with a practical and non-dogmatic way. His classes are strong, but go at a pace that allows lots of awareness and focus. He teaches with extreme detail, shares a lot of informative tips both for body and mind, and keeps the class flowing with a fun energy infused with humor.

He came from the business world, running his own photography studio, and understands the demands of a fast pace life. He seeks to help people make real change and improvement that is lasting. Not band aids, but rather sustainable health and happiness in all levels of life, starting at the physical, through the emotional and into the spiritual. Practicing with Doron is a no-nonsense practice, yet still infused with humor and compassion.

Doron is a trained chef, a certified nutrition consultant (registered with the AADP), an artist and a long time Zen student. He uses all his skills to share a holistic experience. You may learn about Ayurveda, a new mind focusing technique or simply how to get that head stand with ease. He is observant and compassionate at the same time.

Doron works towards bringing the experience of yoga on the mat onto all levels of life. All of these components and approaches are now more easily available to the general public with the release of his book, The Yoga Lifestyle: Using the Flexitarian Method to Ease Stress, Find Balance, and Create a Healthy Life. Doron is a teacher of the full spectrum of yoga, creating a healthy sustainable bliss onto all layers of life.

Doron Yoga Teachers 

Lauren Anas (RYT 500)

Lauren is a Doron Yoga Teacher at the Yoga Alliance 500 hour level. Her love for movement began at a young age, eventually being trained as a classical ballet dancer. She found yoga in college as a way to keep the body healthy, strong and flexible and recognized the benefits yoga has on all aspects of life, not just the body but as a means to transform the way we behave in our every day imageactivities and relationships.

She has studied with a variety of renown teachers including Ben Thomas, Richard Freeman, Max Strom and continues to study with her most prominent teacher, Doron Hanoch. She assisted both the Doron Yoga Teacher Training 2012 and 2013.
Each class is designed to leave you feeling energized and rejuvenated.

To contact Lauren, email her at Lauren.anas@gmail.com.

Sarah Sykes (RYT 200)


imageSarah started practicing yoga in 1992 while she was in college. As an athlete who enjoys swimming, cycling and hiking regularly, Sarah first loved the physically challenging aspects of yoga – however she has found that a focus on the breath and slow, conscious movement has allowed for much greater awareness and a deeper sense of balance and stability. She finds moments of real peace and tranquility through her practice, and has come to appreciate the absolute magic of a quiet mind. She completed her 200-hour Ashtanga-vinyasa teacher training with Bay Area teacher Doron Hanoch and is currently a student of Sarah Powers’ Insight Yoga Institute working towards her 500-hour certification.

Fascinated with the intersections of life, Sarah is especially interested in discovering more about those places where seemingly divergent paths cross, and she finds yoga to provide a perfect vehicle for this discovery. Sarah’s classes combine a physically challenging practice with conscious attention to and awareness of the breath, alignment, and the subtle flow of energy in and around us. It is her goal that everyone leaves class a little taller, lighter and happier than when they arrived.  www.sarahsykes.com

Annetta McCarty (RYT 500)

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Annetta is a Bay Area Yoga teacher (RYT 500) specializing in alignment based Vinyasa Flow, Yin yoga and Restorative yoga. She began practicing yoga in 1999, after some years away from the ballet barre, and she was immediately hooked due to the grounding, healing and transformative effect yoga had on her life. Throughout her yoga journey she has studied and practiced: Bikram, Hatha, Iyengar, Ashtanga Vinyasa, Yin and Restorative yoga, in studios, workshops and colleges around Northern California.

Annetta completed her first 200-Hour Ashtanga Vinyasa Teacher Training on the Peninsula with Doron Hanoch. A year later she completed her 500-Hour Professional Teacher Training Program with YogaWorks. As a life-long learner, Annetta continued on to receive additional training and certifications in: Yin yoga, Restorative yoga, Senior yoga, Y12SR, and Ayurvedic Wellness Counseling, totaling over 1000 hours of training, and growing.

Annetta’s private, corporate and public classes are fun, intuitive, thoughtfully sequenced and well balanced. She emphasises breath and alignment to encourage students to develop a safe, sustainable and transformative practice. She teaches challenging Vinyasa flow, healing Hatha, nourishing Restorative & Yin yoga classes to all levels and ages. Her teaching is inspired by her own therapeutic practice, which she uses to build energy and restore balance.

Her goal as a teacher is to SEE her students and perceive and teach what they really need. Yoga is much more than just exercise (asana) to Annetta. It is a complete lifestyle, that includes all 8 limbs, which lead her daily to greater self-love, awareness, health, happiness, peace, and bliss.

For more info. Please go to: www.annettamccartyyoga.com

LaChelle Amos (RYT 200)

LaChelle Amos Ashtanga Vinyasa 200hr Yoga Teacher Training Nepal 2016LaChelle Amos completed her 200 hour Yoga Alliance certification with Doron Hanoch in Nepal. Her yoga practice quickly became her saving grace while she was working in various conflict zones around the world. Experiencing the transformational power of yoga, she now teaches Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga, based upon the Doron Yoga system with building blocks that holistically combine asana, meditation, pranayama, Ayurveda, and philosophy. With keen interest in the subtle flow of energy and vibrations, LaChelle also incorporates her Tibetan singing bowl practice. She is currently teaching in Guatemala and can be reached via email at info@doronyoga.com.