In 2018, a shift in life and career paths prompted Carmen’s adventure into teaching yoga. After 20 years in the beauty industry styling hair, Carmen was burnt out and settling into a life of chronic pain. A longtime student of yoga, Carmen finally found her calling after a weekend workshop with Ana Forrest. Once she began practicing Forrest Yoga, years of neck, shoulder, low back and plantar fasciitis pain began to dissipate from her body.
Forrest Yoga not only healed Carmen’s physical body but also her internal makeup. She has experienced reduced anxiety and heightened self-esteem.
Carmen hopes to be an inspiration for anyone facing mental and physical limitations and body image issues. Forrest Yoga is inclusive and perfect for Any Body!
Carmen is a Level 2 Certified Reiki Therapist, a graduate of Forrest Yoga Teacher Training and has completed her Mentorship with Forrest Yoga Guardian, Brian Campbell.
She is a homegrown girl and is proud to give back to the community that has served her so well over the years!
A Ventura County native, Camila enjoys being inspired by the Southern California lifestyle. While attending university, Camila found the benefits of yoga and meditation to be extremely helpful in managing stress. In 2012, Camila received her 200 hour RYT certification from Yandara Yoga Institute in Baja California, Mexico. From there, she discovered a new way to create a healthy balance between yoga, surfing and art. In 2013, Camila became a Reiki I practitioner and plans to continue exploring the energy work field. Camila spent six months in Morocco as a yoga and surf instructor at Mint Surf Camp. She believes everyone is a creative being and yoga can act as a tool to tap into the creative source.
Andrea “Mustang” Martinez
A Ventura local, born and raised, Andrea “Mustang” Martinez is a lifetime athlete with experience as a personal trainer and Aerial Arts performer and instructor, teaching summer camps for kids and aerial silks classes for all ages. She is currently working toward earning a doctorate in Functional Medicine & Dietetics..
(L-R): Farion, Tracey, Lida & Anna
"When the student is ready, the teacher appears"
Besides 20 years of yoga practice, Chris Roberts' background includes modern dance and competitive athletics.
He has practiced many forms of yoga since the 1990’s and is interested in maximizing the fitness of seniors and people with back or joint injuries.
His Gentle Yoga classes focus on a flow of poses and transitions that improve flexibility and balance. The intention is improved mobility and reduced anxiety. Chris is a licensed RYT 200 and is working toward a 500 hour licensure.
Nicole leads Reiki Share, the 1st Wednesday of each month, from 4-6 p.m., by donation.
Reiki healing is a natural therapy that gently balances life energies and brings health and well-being to the recipient. This simple, non-invasive healing system works with the Higher Self of the Receiver to promote health and well-being of the entire physical, emotional and psychic body. Therefore it is truly a system of attaining and promoting wholeness of Mind, Body and Spirit.
One of the greatest Reiki healing health benefits is stress reduction and relaxation, which triggers the body's natural healing abilities and improves and maintains health.
Susan began practicing yoga in 2009 after her lung randomly collapsed. She used it as a way to heal and strengthen her body. "I wanted to be able to take a full breath again and not move like a robot. I consider my personal practice to be playful with strong determination. That comes across in my teaching as well. I feel it is a great honor to be able to share this wonderful gift with others. I look forward to seeing you on your mat!"
Dina came to yoga through dance. She found so much more through the WHY Power teacher training at West Hartford Yoga in Connecticut. Well into the intensive portion of the training, Dina was nearly killed in a bike accident. This seeming interruption turned out to be her most impactful lesson in understanding and teaching yoga. She has since completed a Yoga Tune Up® intensive with Jill Miller, a Therapeutic Yoga certification with Cheri Clampett and Arturo Peal, a Yin Yoga & Meditation training with Heather Tiddens, and the Advanced Yoga Teacher Training with Ana Forrest. Her classes are built on the WHY Power foundation of purification, designed to burn away the clutter in our physical, mental and emotional body. She believes in hands-on connection and keeps things playful so that you might also laugh at the illusions and tap into your deepest wisdom, beyond habit and thought.
Shanti is the student and protege of world-renowned Grand Master Paulie Zink. Professionally trained as a contortionist and dancer, Shanti accepted Taoist Yoga as a holistic path to retain superior flexibility, strength and vitality.
Having studied exclusively with Master Paulie Zink, Shanti teaches the pure art of Taoist yoga. This unadulterated style is the "flow" yoga that was originally developed by Taoist priests in northern China and directly passed onto Master Paulie Zink.
Jai Jot has been a licensed massage therapist for more than 20 years. Always drawn to the healing arts, she loved working with clients but couldn't shake the feeling there was more to do. She then discovered Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan. The more she practiced, the more she experienced healing and clarity at an entirely new level. She enrolled in teacher training and became a Kundalini Yoga teacher. She was given the spiritual name Jai Jot: the lioness with the victory of God's light. She is thrilled to have the privilege of sharing this beautiful work.
Laura has been teaching yoga since 2016, after traveling and studying in Peru. Along with teaching yoga, Laura has a bachelor's degree in Sports Medicine and a master's degree in Kinesiology. She completed research in how to retrain dysfunctional breathing and how to move with breath. Laura practices her skills in injury rehabilitation, breathing and sports medicine at Two Trees Physical Therapy in Ventura and the Thacher School in Ojai. She has experience working with populations from athletes to seniors to stroke survivors.
In her flow class, students focus on moving with breath. Many times in life we are taught that more is better. But life is a balance. Here we will find the flow of gentle movement through postures and how the breath moves through the postures. We will practice steadiness, ease and a presence of mind through the contrast of stillness and flow. We will practice listening to the body and breath to tell us when it is appropriate to dive deeper and when to rest in the space we have created. .
Ebeth started her aerial journey in the late 80s after stumbling upon a backyard high flying trapeze while attending college at Indiana University. She quickly became addicted to flying trapeze, and in a series of one thing leads to another, ran away and joined a circus where she performed high flying trapeze, web rope, aerial silks and hula hoops in the U.S., Puerto Rico and Japan. With an extensive background in strength training, biomechanics, personal fitness training and injury recovery, Ebeth practices aerial arts and flying trapeze and coaches all levels using progressive functional strength techniques.
Certified in Kundalini Yoga, Lida teaches with a dedicated core group of Kundalini teachers. Classes are Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:30 on a donation basis and Saturdays at 10:45 a.m.
Bevin Duncan is a seasoned yoga instructor with a psychology background. Her classes focus on spinal health, core training and mindfulness.
A true athlete, Alison's background includes includes dance, surfing, snowboarding, swimming, soccer and cycling. In 2004. she started yoga with Danielle Gruzas Ibarra, in the YogaWorks Teacher Training. Alison's passion is to impart comfort and regeneration through teaching people the benefits of restorative flow classes and through the use of props to assist them with their needs. Her specialties include Slow Flow, Vinyasa Flow, Pre- and Post-Natal and Restorative Yoga classes. Having experience taking yoga during pregnancy, Alison also taught classes during her second pregnancy! She aims to bring the things she's learned to others through her teaching.
Lindsay discovered her practice in a friend’s living room in 2015. From then she began a weekly practice and started to crave more and more of what for her was such an emotionally enriching experience. With the beginning of a daily practice her curiosity turned into an all-out passion for yoga and the ability for it to be whatever you choose it to be. Her belief is that yoga can provide anyone a structure to obtain their own unique path in healing.
In 2019, Lindsay travelled to Rishikesh, India to obtain her 200 YTT. Lindsay is an avid traveler and from those experiences has learned so much about our human connection and the ability to heal. Lindsay is looking to further her career in yoga with an emphasis on its therapeutic value.
“Be strong, be fearless, be beautiful. And believe anything is possible when you have the right people there to support you” —Misty Copeland
Kirsten “KMac” McLaughlin
KMac took her first teacher training with Mas Vidal. She teaches an integral yoga practice Mondays 12pm-1pm. Get your lunch time fix with this donation-based class.
Sabine is the owner and director of Ojai Shakti Healing Arts in Ojai. Moving from Germany to Ojai in the late '90s as a massage therapist, nutritionist, personal trainer and athlete (martial arts, cycling), Sabine has studied yoga, meditation, Thai massage, Kalari massage, Ayurveda and a variety of alternative medicine in India and the U.S. Her specialties are bodywork, psychology, nutrition and digestion, pancha karma, marma therapy, yoga therapy, mantras and meditation. Her teachers include Kira Sloan Ryder, Patricia Sullivan, Dana Flynn, Dr. Ravi Ravindra, Dr. Barry Kerzin, Joel Kramer, Paul Grilley, Sarah Powers, Eric Schiffmann, Edward Espe Braun, Dharma Mitra, Saul David Raye, Dr. David Frawley, Yogini Shambavi, Dr. Vasant Lad, Dr. Subhash Ranade, Dr. Anil Kumar, Dr. Manmohan, Dr. Suhas Kshiraga, Dr. Manisha Kshirsaga, Dr. Ajeeb, Dr. Geetha and Dr. Geoffrey Pfeiffer.
Farion (Mahan Adi Kaur) has been committed to the path of yoga since 1971, when she met her Raja Yoga teacher, Helene Vreeland, who was a disciple of Mataji Indra Devi, who along with Sivananda and Iyengar were disciples of Krishnamacharya. She studied with her for 34 years, maintaining a personal daily practice ever since. A few years ago, when she started wanting to do yoga in a class setting again, she re-discovered Kundalini Yoga, which she had also been exposed to many years ago; she found this Yoga of Awareness to be the fulfillment of her lifetime spiritual longing.
It is her experience that the claim that Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan is a science in which every aspect of its practice is aimed at awakening and expanding our consciousness is truly fulfilled. At 71 years of age, she has never felt as healthy, alive, loving and intuitive as she has since she started her regular practice of Kundalini.
Lys teaches Restorative Yoga Friday evenings from 5:30-7 p.m. She combines Therapeutic Yoga poses, guided meditation and hands on healing accompanied by her Metta (Loving Kindness) Mandalas to set the intention for each class.
Lys certified with Cheri Clampett and Arturo Peal in Therapeutic Yoga (Level 1) in 2018 and in Yin Yoga & Meditation with Heather Tiddens at the Santa Barbara Yoga Center. She joined the Yoga Jones family in November 2018. Lys began studying Yoga (Sivananda) in the early '90s in Chicago, where she was trained in the fine arts at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has studied Meditation with Jim Willems and Yoga with Ingrid Boulting at Sacred Space and is certified as a Yoga instructor with Eric Schiffman (Ashtanga) and Lisa Wolford (Iyengar) at SBYC. She is also certified in Therapeutic Massage, Reiki (Levels 1 & 2) and Ortho-Bionomy. Her private practice, Touch of Light, includes sacred fine art, healing arts and Yoga.
Tina has been studying yoga and meditation for more than 25 years. Trained as an actress, she was
certified as a yoga instructor in 1998 by eminent yogi Ana Forrest of the Forrest Yoga Circle and has
been teaching ever since. In 2003, she founded Yoga Jones in Ventura, California, the first studio in the area to offer a variety of yoga styles. She owned and operated the studio until 2016, and continues to be one of our favorite teachers!
Tina’s teaching incorporates several different styles and influences, including Iyengar, Vinyasa Flow,
Ashtanga, Ayurveda and Buddhist mindfulness meditation, which she has been practicing since 1990. Her classes focus on both the physical (soma) and energy (prana) bodies and are laced with humor and insight. Her classes emphasize realization of yoga’s potential for unlocking each student’s physical, mental and spiritual capacities.
Nancy creates a sanctuary for awakening your ever-blossoming soul. A respite for your mind, body, spirit. In her classes, you are acknowledged, accepted and nurtured just as you are. No need for concern about the appropriateness of the human condition. All are invited. All are welcome. All that is needed is a desire to surrender.
Lay down your armor... come inside! Nancy is an intuitive healer, spiritual teacher, and a master energy worker. She combines a wealth of knowledge, training and experience to best serve her clients. She is a Reiki Master, a Licensed Massage Therapist, Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher with the Yoga Alliance for 200 hours, a Sound Therapist, and Spiritual Mentor.
Nancy brings the healing arts of energy, touch and sound to complement her yoga classes.