Upama Yoga: Comparative Yoga Studies

Program Director and Lead Instructor: Adri Frick, E-RYT200, RPYT, MA

Adri Frick in Upavista Konasana

Adri Frick designed the Comparative Yoga Studies program by drawing on her experiences in yoga, teaching, and comparative studies. Her complete Curriculum Vitae is available here. In 2003, Adri Frick left high tech to go back to school. While working on transfer requirements she took classes in Early Childhood Education and yoga. As she continued in her studies in Comparative Literature and higher education, she continually recognized the connections and complementary elements of yoga, education, and comparatism.

Adri began practicing Iyengar-influenced Hatha yoga in 2003 under Wanda Bishop, who was also one of her Early Childhood Education instructors. After years of doing, assisting, and occasionally teaching yoga, she completed her yoga teacher training at Yoga Movement Center in Walnut Creek. She received certification in children's yoga from It's Yoga Kids (IYKC) and is a certified Relax and Renew TrainerĀ®, studying under Judith Lasater in Restorative Yoga. She is also certified in prenatal and postnatal yoga, having completed her 85 hour Yoga Alliance Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher (RPYT) certification at Yoga Garden SF. She also completed an 8 week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course based on Jon Kabat-Zinn's clinical mindfulness work and is a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT).

In addition to her yoga practice and yoga teaching practice, she has extensive experience in teaching to variety of ages and subjects. Over the last decade, she tutored college students, taught a K-6 afterschool program for four years, volunteered in a local alternative education high school for several months, and from time to time substitute taught in a local preschool. She also worked for two years teaching a variety of classes in Business, Humanities, and Technology for Heald College.

She holds a Bachelor's and a Master's from SFSU in Comparative Literature, which also informs her yoga teaching practice. As a comparatist and independent scholar, she has published essays in several literary journals and one book, and presented at national conferences. Recently she was selected to present a paper on the teaching foundation of the Upama Program at a national conference in November of 2013.

Additional Faculty: Anatomy & Physiology

Skeletal models

Skelly Skellington: Lead skeletal structure instructor

Skelly and Adri began working together in the fall of 2011 at Type A Yoga illustrating skeletal function in asana. Skelly struggles with pelvic alignment which has resulted in a herniated disk in his lumbar spine. He frequently teaches spine and pelvic alignment to prevent these kinds of injuries in future yoga students.

Clayton Skellington: Lead muscular structure instructor

This summer Skelly's cousin Clayton (seen here with iliopsoas, quadratus lumborum, quads, and hamstrings) joined the team. Where Skelly excels in showing spinal movement, injury, and nerves, Clayton takes challenging concepts like muscle attachment, fibers, and muscle groups that work together and makes them clear, concrete, and easy to remember and apply to the asana practice.

Plushy Neurons

Guest Neurology Lecturers

The pictured guest instructors provide additional information during the brain-based learning section and more data on the nervous system generally.

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