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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.
Mackenzie recently returned from two years working, volunteering, and traveling the European Union where she found homes in Germany, France, Italy and Portugal. While abroad she worked as a yoga instructor and holistic health coach at the Moinhos Velhos Detox Retreat in Portugal and loved having the opportunity to build intimate relationships with her clients. She graduated from the University of California Irvine in 2012 with degrees in cognitive psychology and sociology and since then has dedicated her energy toward advancing in the fields of holistic medicine, ayurveda, yoga, meditation and alternative healing. She has combined these interests to work with the mind-body-spirit connection, focusing on bringing these interrelated networks into a harmonious whole for a vibrant and fulfilling experience of life. She is passionate about traveling, expressing herself creatively, and assisting others in their pursuit of health and happiness.
Susan’s love for yoga began several years ago, but it was in 2012, when she discovered yoga as a great tool to relieve/manage chronic pain from tendonitis, among many other wonderful benefits. In 2013, she completed a 200 hour teachers training course with Bryan Legere to deepen her knowledge and understanding of yoga. She’s passionate about teaching yoga to family, friends, and the community. Susan provides a safe, nurturing environment with beginners in mind. Her teaching style is filled with lots of patience and compassion. She is very grateful to have had the opportunity to learn from amazing Iyengar teachers such as Bryan Legere, Tal Messica, Marla Apt and Chris Stein and continues her studies through workshops and her personal practice. Susan comes from a large supportive family. She has two adult children and a grandson who is the delight of her heart. An L.A. transplant, she’s been in the Ventura area since 1998.
Tina Chappel is Yoga Jones’s mama. She and her husband, Tom Lane, have been directing this beautiful downtown Ventura haven since its inception in 2003. Tina has been studying yoga and meditation for more than 25 years. Her own practice incorporates several different styles and influences, including Ashtanga, Iyengar, Vinyasa Flow, Vipassana meditation and more recently Ayurveda, yoga’s sister science. Certified as a yoga instructor by eminent yogi Ana Forrest of the Forrest Yoga Circle. Her classes emphasize realization of yoga’s potential for unlocking each student’s physical, mental, and spiritual capacities.
Michael Gray (aka Instrutor Caicara) has been dedicated to capoeira since 2000. First having trained in Capoeira in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Michael moved back to California under the teachings of Contra-Mastre Chin and the Capoeira group, Sul da Bahia, in Santa Barbara. Now teaching in Ventura, Michael shares his love of Capoeira. Come play, learn, sweat, smile, and recharge yourself with a beautiful martial art made up of music, dance, rhythm , tradition, and culture. In class, you can expect a dynamic, high energy workout that involves constant motion and flow. It is both physically and mentally challenging, yet beautiful, soulful, and spiritual.
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.
Lore Coudert has over 10 years educating and enjoying the world of children’s yoga. Her love in life is to enlighten children with the color, tools and expression of yoga. Lore’s fondness for children extends beyond her experience with yoga into the world of special needs education and behavior modification. She derives true joy and fulfillment from observing the natural progression of each child’s spirit growing and loving the practice of YOGA! Her classes focus on breathing, growing, sharing and loving while having FUN!
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.
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.
Rob’s teaching has evolved and has come a long way from where he began practicing in Cleveland, Ohio, to his days teaching in Washington, DC, to now living in Southern California, from 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. While Rob’s style is ever-evolving, Rob’s teaching is rooted in Prana Flow: a synthesis-oriented approach to living the art of yoga created by his primary 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 has traveled all over assisting Shiva’s workshops and teacher trainings. And through her guidance he loves to share with others all that he has come to know and hold dear to his heart. 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. Rob has found that through his own sadhana yoga can free the body and mind from the self-limitations we impose on ourselves and that through practice we are able to get in touch with the very essence of who we are. His goal as a teacher is to help students uncover their own personal truth and live a life that is empowered.
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.
Sopurkh Kaur has been practicing and studying Kundalini Yoga and meditation since 1990 with beloved teachers, Guru Singh and Yogi Bhajan. She is certified by the International Kundalini Yoga Teachers Association (IKYTA) and the Kundalini Research Institute (KRI). She completed her teacher training at Yoga West in Los Angeles and has received intensive cross instruction from many of Yogi Bhagan’s senior instructors. In addition to teaching yoga, Sopurkh is a musician, artist and mother.
Tom has been practicing Buddhist mindfulness meditation since 1990. His teachers have included Shinzen Young, Ken McLeod, Joseph Goldstein, and Ajahn Pasanno. He has been authorized to teach by Spirit Rock Meditation Center, and was a member of its first Community Dharma Leaders program. He and his wife, Tina Chappel, opened Yoga Jones in 2003.
Ana was born and raised on the Southern Pacific Coastal town of Zihuatanejo. At the age of 18, Ana moved to the Big Island of Hawaii to pursue her passion for surfing and her Massage Therapy License, and discovered The Mysore style of Ashtanga Yoga under Norman Allen. Since then Ana has been mostly drawn to classical styles of Yoga such as Iyengar and Ashtanga. She has done several Teacher Training's and years of practice with Bhavani Maki from Yoga Hanalei on the island of Kauai where the 8 limbs and the Yoga Sutra are a main focus. Ana was on the National Surf Team in Mexico and was fortunate to travel the world and practice, teach and surf in many beautiful places. Her surfing and athletic endeavors commit her to a deep understanding of alignment based yoga styles that focus on anatomy and phisiology to help heal sports related injuries. In 2009 Ana travelled to India and studied at an Iyengar Center at the foothills of the Himalayas where she was deeply humbled by the practice of this ancient science in its birthplace. She is drawn to the Yoga of Sound, loves Chanting, and believes the fast paced world needs Yoga, especially one of her favorite practices, Yoga Nidra! In her classes her goal is to help guide you into a place where you are deeply connected to your breath and your inner teacher and learn to practice discernment and self love.
In 1976 Kamala Nellen began studying yoga and meditation under the strict supervision of a yoga master from India. She lived in an ashram and served as staff for her teacher and later, for his successor from 1977-1994, in the United States, India and around the world. During that time, Kamala practiced a rigorous daily schedule of meditation, chanting, and selfless service to her teachers as well as studying yoga texts and practicing hatha yoga asanas and pranayama.
In 1994, Kamala left ashram life and completed 800 hours of teacher training with certified teachers from the Iyengar system, which is known for the therapeutic application of poses. Through her own choice, she is not a certified Iyengar teacher but is certified with Yoga alliance E-RYT 500. Kamala has taught yoga classes and workshops since 1995 and maintains a daily practice of meditation, pranayama, asana, chanting and she continues to offer selfless service to her spiritual tradition. She is also a credentialed life coach and a practitioner of nonviolent communication. Author of the book, Working IN: The Elite Athlete’s Guide to Working Out from the Inside , Kamala is the founder and owner of Coaching for Champions, a consulting firm offering elite athletes skills for champion performance and resilience.
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.
Mimi Nelson Oliver
Mimi Nelson Oliver is a certified yoga instructor who works with people of all ages. She has taught yoga, movement, mindfulness, and meditation to groups of all ages – from prenatal, postpartum, toddlers and preschoolers, throughout the lifespan to seniors. Mimi is also a somatic practitioner, social worker, and biodynamic craniosacral/polarity therapist. She also loves to teach baby massage to caregivers, and has specialized training and expertise in pre- and perinatal, birth and early attachment! Mimi creatively integrates her diverse background within her joyful and compassionate teaching.
Alison Perks has a varied athletic background, including dance, surfing, snowboarding, swimming, soccer, and cycling. In 2004. she started yoga with Danielle Gruzas Ibarra, who would gradually come to be her mentor over the years, and instructor 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. She also has a strong interest in Slow Flow, Vinyasa Flow and Pre-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. Click for Facebook Page
Heather is a firm believer that yoga should be accessible to everyone. She wishes to meet the needs of all her students by encouraging them to discover "their own yoga". Heather's classes blend Vinyasa flow and movement-meditation with breathing techniques and conscious alignment in each pose. Her style pulls from a variety of yogic branches and she shares beliefs and wisdom from all of them. Heather believes yoga is meant to be joyful and empowering yet calming in body, mind and spirit and she strives to leave her students with these feelings after each class. She has found that what we learn on our mats can be applied positively and directly to our lives off the mat; it is her hope to pass this on. Heather is a 200 hour certified yoga instructor through Yoga Fit Worldwide Inc. and CPR/AED certified through Red Cross.
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.
Weihsi is a retired elementary teacher of 32 years. She and her husband moved to the area nearly 17 years ago. They enjoy living in this beautiful coastal community immensely. They have a son, a daughter and 5 grand children. Besides being with her grand children, Weihsi enjoys traveling, chorus singing, quilting, scuba diving and underwater photography. Weihsi was introduced to Hatha Yoga five years ago following her rotator cuff surgeries. A year later, she was involved in a debilitating automobile accident. Seeking relief for her physical pain, she discovered Iyengar Yoga. Weihsi fell in love with Iyengar style Yoga immediately. Weihsi has studied under several outstanding teachers. In 2012 she took her 200 hour Teacher Training under Bryan Legere and is registered RYT200 through Yoga Alliance. At the present time, she continues her study with a certified Iyengar instructor, Tal Mesika and is also enrolled in Iyengar Teacher Training Workshops under Marla Apt.
Besides 20 years of yoga practice, Chris Roberts' background includes modern dance and competitive athletics. He is interested in maximizing the fitness of seniors & people with back or joint injuries. He has 8 years of teaching and coaching experience.
Anna Spanopoulos is a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher who began her yoga study in the early 1970s and teacher training in Hatha yoga and Ashtanga yoga in 1994. She began teaching in 1995. Since then she has been a student of the Iyengar yoga system including Iyengar teacher training and therapy workshops. The improvement of her health and asthma drew Anna to her daily yoga practice which grants her internal quiet and external strength. Teaching yoga to others is one of her greatest joys in life. Anna encourages her students to “Live Better in Your Body.” Focused on Anatomy, Biochemistry, and Nutrition, Anna has a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology.
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. Since its opening in 2001 the center has been committed to teaching an integral form of yoga that combines the classical yoga system of Patanjali, integrated with Ayurveda’s science of Tri-dosha. 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
Kira began her yogic journey as a small child, practicing with her mom in the living room of their home. As an adult, the enticement of breath with movement and the resulting inner peace lured her back onto the mat. As her practice deepened, she has been inspired to bring a greater level of love and dedication to, not only her own journey, but to her fellow students as well. Kira began sharing her yoga practices in 2004 while living in a small community of Costa Rica. Upon returning to her native California, she completed formal training as a Prana Flow Yoga instructor and has been leading classes ever since. Kira has a passion for wellness and helping others to live life to their greatest potential. She has worked as a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator for over 10 years and recently completed training with Gary Kraftsow leading to certification as a Viniyoga Yoga Therapist. Kira is currently working towards a Master’s Degree in Ayurvedic Medicine with a vision of helping others achieve vitality in their lives through a holistic approach. Look forward to a lighthearted, musically inspired practice for any body!
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