Jean is a powerful teacher; she hits people right at that sweet spot - which varies for everyone - and facilitates their awakening to something more... I love her!

Loren Crawford, Certified ParaYoga Instructor

Student Testimonials

"Jean Mazzei is the best yoga instructor on the Peninsula. Jean provides a rigorous class that literally and metaphorically stretches students of all levels from first-time beginner to advanced practitioner. Jean adds a joyful spiritual and motivational component to every class that makes each session more like a celebration of life and the human body than a workout. Jean takes the time to know each of her students individually and develops a comfortable, professional rapport with her classes."
--Michael Andrews, Senior Tech Writer VMware, yoga student

 "When I started practicing yoga with Jean Mazzei, I was in constant pain. I have a herniated disk in my lower back, and at the time it was putting pressure on my sciatic nerve. Jean taught me how to build muscles deep in my core, to flex muscles that I didn't even know I had, through easy exercises and stretching. Now I am pain free almost all the time, and if do something to aggravate my back, I know how to fix it. Just a few years ago, I couldn't sit, stand, or lie down without being in pain. Now I am able to go on extended backpacking trips, rock climb, run, and swim without any restrictions. Practicing yoga with Jean gave me my body back, and I am very grateful."
----Elizabeth Terzakis., yoga student, Planet Granite Belmont

"Jean Mazzei goes against the mainstream grain, incorporating not-so–mainstream techniques into mainstream classes. Whether the class is full of fancy poses or the "simplest" sequences (simple perhaps to the on-looker, but threaded with extremely effective and result bearing nuances), I leave feeling more than greatly satisfied--I feel grateful."
---Keith Reuben, yoga student, Planet Granite Belmont

"She has inspired, encouraged, coached and mentored me like no other instructor before."
--Melanie Quinlan, national marketing director La Mer Skincare

"Jean puts the "rock star" in Rock Star yoga! She blends her deep knowledge of yoga with creativity and fun in sequences that leave you feeling refreshed, rejuvenated and grounded. Her personable, interactive teaching style is accessible to yoga students of all levels - from beginner to advanced."
---Michael Schilling, student, interior designer



SYTT Testimonials

“The decision to enroll in Jean and Brenna's Sri Yoga Teacher Training was the best decision I've ever made in my life. Though I couldn't tell you exactly why I was drawn to their course, it didn't take more than ten minutes of our first class to convince me that I was exactly where I needed to be. To be in the room with Jean and Brenna is to feel the depths of your soul awaken, and to follow their direction is to realize the strength and grace that soul provides. It was truly a pleasure to witness the growth of my classmates over our month together, and the class's impact on my life has been profound. Words cannot express the respect and gratitude I hold for Jean and Brenna, two women unparalleled in their wisdom and intuition. Come to the training with an honest intention to learn about yoga and yourself, and you'll discover so much more.”

-Morgan Webb, 200 Hr SYTT program

 "Jean and Brenna give you all of the tools you need to live a more fearless and more joyous life. These tools come from the most ancient teachings, but are broken down in a way that anyone and everyone can understand. You will leave the training with some aspect of your life completely altered, and because of this you will be motivated to continue with your practice of shaping your beautiful life with the most supreme sense of joy. Once you've been exposed to these teachings, you will not be able to go back to old patterns of thinking and being that don't serve you--your only choice will be to move forward and evolve.

You become solid and confident in who you are and the clarity you gain will be evident to your students every time you teach. You come out of this training as the shining example for not only your students, but everyone that you come across in life--and for that, thank you.”

--Gina Rodondi, graduate, 200 and 500 hr SYTT program

The Sri yoga training literally changed my life. It brought me into balance so that I could create the space in my life for positive change. Before the thining I was very unhappy with my job and personal life. Now, not even 3 full months afterwards, all of this has changed - I have a new boyfriend, new job and time to focus on my personal goals and discover what truly makes me happy in this life. Jean's mantra's  are infectious (everything is perfect, no judgement, if it isn't fun, don't do it) and with repetition become stronger and stronger, creating new thoughts in the brain. These thoughts create new energy in the body, and lead to more prana and ultimately bring out your Big S self to share with the world.

-Eileen Gulik, graduate SYTT 500 Hr

“The Sri Yoga 200 Hour Teacher Training was awesome! Not only was it a journey of self-discovery, I feel prepared to teach yoga in a way that helps my students experience the subtle aspects of the practice. Brenna and Jean are amazing teachers with valuable skills, insight, and grace and I feel extremely fortunate to have found them. They offer a great blend of training with a focus on the energetic qualities of asana, pranayama, and meditation. I think this focus really makes the training unique as well as valuable for teaching. I feel prepared to take my students on a journey in which they gain an awareness of their energy and how they can practice yoga as a way to manage it so they can live more joyfully and in tune with their true selves. I just can’t say enough about how this training has changed my understanding of yoga and influenced how I view my personal practice. Brenna and Jean are true lights in this world!”

-Danae Zytkoskee, 200 Hr SYTT program

“Jean and Brenna are true teaching professionals, inspirational educators and devotional practitioners of yoga.  Their passion for yoga is infectious and whether you just want to deepen your practice or if you are intending to teach upon completion of the program. The Sri Yoga Teacher Training Program allows you to rekindle that "Sri" - your natural radiant light - so that you can be the best you can be on and off the mat.”

--K.T., 200 Hr SYTT program graduate


“Brenna and Jean have a connection and a true passion for the all the subject matter we covered. They inspired me to find my passion and helped me to see my true self and inner light!  I went into the course, looking to expand myself, knowing I would not apply for a teaching position. However, I have learned so much and found it so valuable, it would be a disservice not to share it with others. Without a doubt, I recommended the Sri Yoga Teacher Training program!”

--Andrea Cavallo, 200 Hr SYTT program graduate


In a yoga world dominated by sweat and fitness, it was so refreshing to find a training program that focused on spirituality without being dogmatic.   I am so glad that I made the trek from Arkansas to learn from Brenna and Jean.  It was truly transformational and I hope that many more can share in this experience in the future.

--Lydia Jane Michaels, yoga, PiYo, Children’s Fitness, Sri Yoga 200 Hr graduate

Sri Yoga Retreats Testimonials

“Take yourself to anything Jean Mazzei – Sri retreat, training, yoga class. Jean knows what she teaches, practices what she preaches and you will be transformed.”
-- Margery Zirin, San Mateo

Jean is the best. Full of it – prana, shakti, energy galore! The practice was bliss every time and the spaces between were vitalized by the after glow. Anyone who is considering this could be missing out on the experience of a lifetime. I’m grateful to have made this journey part of my new reality.
----Rhonda Travis, Alberta, Canada

This was my second year at Jean’s retreat and I plan to return because no person has been as effective and deeply helpful to me as she has been. Jean is trustworthy, hilarious, profoundly insightful, and inspires positive changes with such humility and grace.
----Dr. Malika Burman, Dallas, TX

The week-long yoga retreat has gone by so fast.  The moment I arrived at Prana del Mar, I felt tremendously at peace. It has been absolutely amazing and certainly an experience I will never forget. Our teacher was fantastic; she really does not only work your body, but your mind as well. I feel cleansed, purified, filled with vitality, and now have a better understanding of how yoga leads to happiness and a peaceful state of mind. I loved the yoga, community fellowship and wonderful food. Thanks so much for making my experience so memorable.
---- Akiko Ko 

The Sri Yoga Retreat has been a phenomenal experience for me; it's build awareness and a path for me to go forward into my life and integrate the yogi style into my life and create more fullness for myself.
MARY-LEA, Alberta, Canada

It was an absolutely brilliant experience. I would encourage anybody to come out and try.
ROB, Alberta, Canada

“What is most amazing is to drink in the absolute stillness and rest of this place, knowing that your only obligation is to breathe and move…and eat! The food is incredible. Add to this the opportunity to work closely with Jean Mazzei. An amazingly real vacation from reality.”
TOM, San Francisco, CA








Employer Recommendations

 Jean Mazzei is one of my most senior instructors; having worked at Planet Granite Belmont since we opened in 2002. I’ve had the privilege of personally working with her for the last 3 years and found that she is a remarkable teacher who has helped grow and flourish our yoga program immensely. She has had continual success maxing out her class attendance (20+ students every class), getting rave reviews from both experienced and beginner students, and frequently bringing in new clientele through our doors. She is an integral part of my yoga program’s success due to her extensive knowledge, care, and experience within the yoga community. I would highly recommend Jean to any studio that is lucky to acquire her peppy personality and widespread teaching abilities.

– Lauren Sah, Planet Granite Belmont LLC., Yoga & fitness program director