Certified Yin Yoga Teachers

Master Zink’s Alumni
: in the old days Paulie taught semi-private classes from his home for many years. These classes were held on Thursdays and Saturdays starting at 8:00pm and running until somewhere between 2am and 4am. Over the years there were numerous students who came to these classes briefly or sporadically. However, Master Zink had a small group of deeply devoted students who attended his classes on a semi-weekly basis for several years. Students practiced in the garage on a cement floor. (And before Maria came along they had no heater.) These students are certified Yin yoga teachers.

Yin yoga teachers 
Maria in the old garage 

Alumni possessing a minimum three years of committed study with Master Zink in his semi-private classes. The following students are certified by Paulie Zink to teach his Taoist art of Yin Yoga:
Students are listed in order of chronological seniority

Lloyd Tamanaha
Jim Muse Furtado
Craig Balcom
Anita Klinger
Dr. Elba Serrano
Jeannine Warren
Heather Baefsky
Diane Silva, L.Ac.
Scott Conley, L.Ac.
Don Hart
Damon Honeycutt
Russell Morgan
Phillip Williams
Stan Corzine, L.Ac.
Patty Lum
Al Wolf, L.Ac.
Joel Dunning, L.Ac.
Cindy Fraser
Tom Schauer

Alumni who have completed or exceeded all qualifications

for Paulie Zink’s Yin Yoga Teachers Certification course:


Amy Jill Hardiek 100 hrs
Art Damitz 100 hrs
Berra Sertel 200 hrs
Brianna Rezendes 100 hrs
Carol Olson 100 hrs
Celeste Hay 200 hrs
Deborah Parrish 100 hrs
Dennis Daniel 100 hrs
Emma Korkola 200 hrs
Erika Cooper 200 hrs
Gary Jaster 100 hrs
Gideon Enz 100 hrs

Izabel Olson 100 hrs
Jacky (Lok Ka) Kuo 100 hrs
Joan Harris 100 hrs
Karen Burhans 100 hrs
Kevin Spillman 100 hrs
Kristiana Daugava 200 hrs
Linda Karl 100 hrs
Lisa Michelle McGalliard 100 hrs
Lisa Picerne 100 hrs
Lynda Artesani 100 hrs
Michael Finney 200 hrs
Milica Zegarac 200 hrs
Molly Ho 200 hrs
Nora Reda 100 hrs
Nya Patrinos 100 hrs
Oceana Bjerke 300 hrs
Peter Backaitis 100 hrs
Petra Strand 100 hrs
Rebecca Bayes 100 hrs
Sherry Peterson 100 hrs
Steve Carcamo 100 hrs
Susan Cheatham 100 hrs





Andrea Burton 500 hrs

Bob Arbeitman 300 hrs

Cheryl Gojko 500 hrs

Christine Baade 200 hrs

Daniel Thatcher 300 hrs

Debra LaMantia 500 hrs

Eileen Kragie 1000 hrs

John Sweeney 300 hrs

Kate Dolben 100 hrs

Kerri Mersereau 1,000 hrs

Lee Carsley 200 hrs

Nancy Harmon 500 hrs

Nina Yau 500 hrs


The following students are recipients of Master Paulie Zink’s Tai Shing Pek Kwar Student Certificate of Honor awarded in recognition of their years of loyalty, dedication, and excellent attendance:

Lloyd Tamanaha
Jim Muse Furtado
Craig Balcom
Jeannine Warren
Heather Baefsky
Diane Silva
Scott Conley
Damon Honeycutt

Russell Morgan
Tom Schauer

yin yoga pose
Michael Hedges: guitarist & composer extraordinaire. Michael was brilliant and had a great sense of humor. He was very stiff when he began his private instruction with Paulie. But he was a devoted student and excelled in his practice.
Photo provided by Michael Hedges
His untimely death Dec 2, 1997 was a great loss
for all of us who admired him.

Celebrity Students

David Lee Roth
Master Zink privately instructed rock star David Lee Roth for extended periods of time over the course of twenty years. Master Zink also choreographed routines for David’s performances with Van Halen and music videos.

Michael Hedges
Master Zink privately instructed musician Michael Hedges in Yin yoga for six years in the 1990’s. Master Zink performed live with Michael on numerous occasions, including at Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California, and at The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles opening for Crosby, Stills and Nash.


Joe Walsh
Steve Vai


Joan Chen
Julie Christi
Ali McGraw
Maud Adams

Paulie Zink Yin Yoga Founder

For information about
Paulie Zink’s Yin Yoga Teacher Training workshops, Yin Yoga Certification Courses, Yin Yoga DVDs, and other inquiries, please contact Maria Zink at
[email protected]