Marilyn Hefferen fell in love with yoga at the Kripalu Center of Yoga and realized yoga was way more than just asana practice. Since 1994 Marilyn has practiced and studied restorative yoga, chakra yoga, and Iyengar yoga at the NY Institute of B.K.S.Iyengar Yoga. She became a certified Kripalu yoga teacher in 2004 and holds a certificate in Yoga for Osteoporosis from the Sivananda Society of Yoga. In January 2015, Marilyn moved to Ventura, a longtime dream of hers, transitioning from NYC. Marilyn teaches Gentle Yoga and Restorative Yoga through the practice of Kripalu Yoga and combined practices she has studied over the years emphasizing alignment, strength, flexibility and balance. Kripalu yoga is a yoga of compassion with emphasis on breath, relaxation, feeling, witnessing and allowing within yourself to transform your body/mind connection.
Alison has a varied athletic background, including 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 specailties are in Slow Flow, Vinyasa Flow, Pre-Natal and Post-Natal Yoga classes, with experience taking classes through her pregnancy in 2009/2010. She even taught during her recent second pregnancy! She wants to bring the things she's learned to others through her teaching.
Anna Soberanis- Kundalini
After practicing various systems of yoga since 2005, Victoria stumbled upon Ashtanga in 2010 during her teacher training in Honolulu, Hawaii. After one month, the impact and differences in body and mind were clear and revelatory. After one year of intense six day-a-week Mysore style practices with level 2 authorized teacher Aliya Weise, she made the first of trek over to Mysore, India to practice at the source with the Main Man, R. Sharath Jois. It was there that she caught the bug called Mysore Magic and became a hopeless ashtanga addict. Victoria has spent a total of nine months since 2011 as a student in India and plans to continue making yearly pilgrimages to connect to the source furthering her learning and getting deeper into the practice. She is dedicated to faithfully presenting traditional Ashtanga Yoga as it is and as she has been taught to those who wish to learn this rigorously physical and spiritual practice.
Dina came to yoga through dance. She found so much more through the WHY Power teacher training at West Hartford Yoga, CT. 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 & 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.
"When the student is ready, the teacher appears"
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.
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.He is interested in maximizing the fitness of seniors & people with back or joint injuries.
Gentle yoga focuses 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.
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. Recently, 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.
Ann Burns- Kundalini
Mas Vidal is the Director and Founder of Dancing Shiva Yoga and Ayurveda (DSYA) in Los Angeles, California, the original center dedicated to the practice, education and lifestyle of the great Vedic sciences of Yoga and Ayurveda.Under Mas Vidal’s direction DSYA has been recognized internationally for developing a strong balance between the mind-body relationship and the spiritual principles emphasized in both yoga and ayurveda. Mas Vidal strongly encourages education in a practical sense and as a way of life in his dynamic yoga classes (see schedule). The center is aligned with various notable institutions of health and wellness, spirituality and higher learning throughout the United States, Europe and India and maintains interaction in the areas of consulting, research and providing educational materials.For more information about his work go to www.dancingshiva.com
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, and has maintained a personal daily practice since then.
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 all those years ago, and found this Yoga of Awareness to be the fulfillment of her life-time spiritual longing . It is her experience t hat 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.
Thank you so very much for the opportunity to offer this service!! with much love, Farion
Rob’s teaching has evolved from where he began practicing in Cleveland, Ohio, to his days teaching in Washington, DC, to where he travels to teach throughout the world. What drew him to the practice of yoga was the physical part, but after years of study and devotion it’s the spiritual part of the practice that feed his soul. And through this amazing journey he found his home in the Prana Flow community with his teacher Shiva Rea. Born from the traditions of classical yoga, Bhakti, Tantra and Ayurveda, Prana Flow integrates various forms of spiritual embodiment practice to reveal yoga as a flow of unity consciousness. Rob’s style of teaching is fun, challenging, and lighthearted as he tries not to take life too seriously. He encourages students to enjoy the journey rather than fighting to get to the destination. Rob has been leading workshops and training all over the U.S. and loves how the power of yoga is universal: No matter where he goes you can feel an amazing sense of community and love.
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
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.
Sabine is the owner and director of Ojai Shakti Healing Arts in Ojai, CA. She came in the late '90s from Germany to Ojai as a massage therapist, nutritionist, personal trainer and athlete (martial arts, cycling). Since then she has studied yoga, meditation, Thai massage, Kalari massage, Ayurveda, and a variety of alternative medicine in India and the US. Her specialties are bodywork, psychology, nutrition & 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.
Christopher Stockdill- Thursday Slow Flow
'Yoga is a science of life and is as clever as it gets!"
Deni completed Teacher Training Course with The British Wheel of Yoga in (1991) and with Jenny Beeken’s ‘Inner Yoga Trust’ (1994). Upon moving back to the USA, Deni further certified with Bryan Legere (Ventura Yoga Studio). Deni’s practice and teaching are’ Eclectic’; Deni believes a firm structure and alignment is needed in asana practice and draws largely from BKS Iyengar, Pranayama, Hatha and Meditation techniques. She also teaches Yoga Philoshphy and Meditation.
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Ilse Oliver is a registered Hatha Yoga Teacher with the International Yoga Alliance, an RYT 200 in Yoga and Ayurveda, an Ayurvedic Counselor. After studying a variety of yoga styles and the ancient Vedic Scriptures over the last two decades, her focus is on Raja and Kriya Yoga. Ilse’s approach is very traditional, with an emphasis on Ayurveda. In her yoga room you are encouraged to use your inner intelligence in performing the asanas, while you have the opportunity to challenge yourself, reflect, relax and rejuvenate.