About TaranehFor the last 4 years, Taraneh Sarrafzadeh has served as the owner and director of Be the Change Yoga & Wellness (BTC), a donation-based yoga studio in San Jose, which seeks to make yoga & wellness accessible & inclusive. Beyond studio classes, BTC’s non-profit outreach brings accessible community wellness programs to public spaces such as parks, as well as trauma-informed yoga to underrepresented young people in San Jose. Raised all over the Bay, Taraneh’s mother migrated from Philippines at 14 and her father from Iran at 20, giving Taraneh the gift of adaptability as her experience places her on a bridge of many identities. Taraneh calls upon her unique experiences and identities to carry compassion forth in her work to teach practices of healing & transformation.
From her studio classes, corporate offerings, private instruction, to community classes serving young people in a variety of contexts, Taraneh seeks to respond to the space she enters by offering thoughtful classes that respond to the needs of the group she is working with. In Rev. Angel Kyodo Williams’ words, Taraneh believes “Without inner change there can be no outer change. Without collective change, no change matters.”
Taraneh's Yoga Classes
Taraneh became serious about yoga in 2008, in a prime time of self-discovery in her final years of college. Since she has used yoga as a tool of balance and soul alignment, completing her 200 RYT teacher training with Angie Poon & Noell Clark in 2014. Since then Taraneh has studied and drawn inspiration from a wide variety of teachers including Charanpal Kaur, Mark Tanaka, Ramaswami Srivatsa, Tias Little, Alejandro Rivas, Jason Crandell, and many others, and has completed training in Kundalini Technologies, Trauma-Informed yoga, Vinyasa Krama, Energy Body healing and more. Her classes bring together intelligent Vinyasa sequencing with a slowed approach to attune to alignment and energetic flow in each asana.
Taraneh seeks to provide an empowering and harmonizing practice for the body, mind, and spirit--to nurture each student’s OWN practice of yoga as a tool of self discovery. I aim to maintain a safe space in each class for people to exist exactly as they are. Through the process of self discovery, yoga allows you to deepen your relationship with your Self and have a more honest relationship both within and with the universe around you. With this clarity, one is able to live a more authentic and fulfilling life.