IMG_2049Meet Dawn Adams, a member of our teaching team who leads weekly Beginning/Intermediate Yoga classes, Yoga Tune Up® classes and weekend workshops on a variety of topics in the Bay Area.

How did you discover Yoga Tune Up® and why did you decide to become a teacher?

I discovered YTU  in 2011 when I was researching low back pain relief. I wanted to find a way to more effectively help my students who suffered from this condition. My search led me to Jill’s QuickFix Rx videos, which I found absolutely brilliant. I took the first training I could (The Roll Model® Method: The Science of Rolling) and fell in love. Since 2011, I have taken every YTU training and immersion that I could (some of them twice), which has completely changed the way that I teach.

What advice would you give a new student just starting a YTU practice?

It may sound trite, but to really take to heart that every pose is an assessment pose. YTU is not necessarily about doing everything “right”; it’s more about your journey of self-discovery so that you can design your own personal practice. Ultimately you want to address your particular issues to help you regain flexibility, strength, and awareness, not just on the mat, but also in daily life.

Dawn helps students map their sacrums while leading a TRM: The Science of Rolling training.

Dawn helps students map their sacrums while leading a TRM: The Science of Rolling training.

The Yoga Tune Up motto is “Live better in your body”. What does that mean to you?

First of all, I believe that we all need to first be in the bodies that we have, and the YTU approach helps us to identify our unique strengths and our personal blind spots rather than emphasizing the achievement of a classical asana shape. Only by knowing what our issues are, can we begin to resolve them, so that we start to undo years of compensation patterns. Second, the YTU focus on self-care has empowered me to be my own health care provider — I have the tools and body knowledge that I need to be able to soothe almost all of my aches and pains, and then I can share those discoveries with my classes and help them toward being more at ease in their bodies.

If you could only choose one YTU movement or therapy ball technique to take with you on a desert island, what would it be? 

That is a nearly impossible question to answer, because there is so much variety in the YTU repertoire. For a static pose, Leg Stretch #3; for a dynamic pose, Half Happy Baby Minivini; for a therapy ball technique, Coregeous ball abdominal massage or the ALPHA ball infraspinatus massage.

Here’s a video of Jill demonstrating the Half Happy Baby Minivini

More information on Dawn Adams and her teaching schedule can be found here.

Dawn Adams

Dawn has been practicing yoga since the mid-1990s. She took her first class at the Alameda Yoga Station in 1996 and has since studied under experienced teachers such as Sandy Blaine, JoAnn Lyons, and Donald Moyer. Dawn graduated from the Advanced Studies Program at the Yoga Room in Berkeley in 2009 and she continues to deepen her personal practice. Yoga has become an integral part of her life, especially because of its nurturing and centering aspects. Through practicing yoga, she has found that undoing is just as important as doing. In her teaching, she hopes to instill a sense of adventure and exploration of yoga, with a focus on finding balance and joy through practice. Most recently, Dawn found Yoga Tune Up and, fascinated by the functional approach to movement, completed the YTU Level 1 Certification. She is excited to share her unique approach to practice.

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Edwina Ferro

Thank you for your beautiful sharing! I didn’t know what I was really getting myself into but it literally changed my life! Yes, every pose is an assessment pose, great reminder!! This is journey of self-discovery, who better to get to know than yourself and your magical body. I love how you stated that self-care empowers us to be our own health care provider. I have the tools and body knowledge I gained in the training to explore and soothe the aches and pains I feel too! Amazing and healing! I am excited about this life-long journey of discovery. I… Read more »


Hi Dawn, I had fell in love with RMM after just few weeks of taking twice a week class regularly at Yogatree. Taking RMM training had been on my mind for a while, but after finishing Yoga Tune Up Level 1 training, I was so overwhelmed. But now I am so glad that I had taken YTU Level 1 training just few weeks before RMM, It really made sense to learn in that order. I can appreciate both methods working and helping each other in such way. Your teaching style is nurturing and so supportive. Thank you very much for… Read more »

Janine Watson

You have such a wonderful teaching style, obviously knowledgeable but not pedantic. In fact, your humor is so delightful– laughing with you takes away some of the stress of the packed Yoga Tune-up days. Your empathetic style is empowering.

Donna Burch

Thank you Dawn! I really enjoy your teaching style and look forward to transforming my own.
You will always be my first YTU experience! I loved that workshop in Oakland in May and am
absorbing all I can in Level 1. Mahalo!

Gretchen Corbin


I am so glad you found Yoga Tune Up and dove right in. My first exposure to it was through you and it has transformed my personal practice and my teaching. Thank you!