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.
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. .
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 her first trek 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.
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.
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
Christopher teaches Slow Flow Yoga, Thursdays at 9 a.m. He believes to have a healthy body is a way to honor God and that your body is a temple. His all-level classes incorporate music and philosophy.
Heather has been practicing yoga asana since she was a teenager and became a certified instructor in March 2017. Her teaching style is simple, fun and engaging; merging palatable yoga philosophy with attainable asana, while being adaptable to the needs of her students wherever they are. Her enthusiasm for individual growth makes her an inspiring teacher, who will continue to invite you to reimagine what yoga can mean to you.
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.
Certified in Kundalini Yoga, Lida teaches with a dedicated core group of Kundalini teachers. Classes are Tuesdays at 6:30 and Thursdays at 5:30 on a donation basis and Saturdays at 10:45 a.m.
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.
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.
"When the student is ready, the teacher appears"
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.
Maria is certified in Kundalini Yoga and Gong Therapy. She teaches Kundalini Yoga in Spanish, Fridays at 6:30 p.m.
Born in Bulgaria, Sevina is an actress and writer who moved to the U.S. in 1998. She provides stress management through her unique relaxation program, “Easy Relax.”
Her program combines yoga, dancing, progressive muscle relaxation and meditation to keep the body and mind healthy. A certified Reiki master, certified personal trainer and yoga and meditation instructor, Sevina works with a wide range of clients, from big corporations to local yoga studios and individuals.
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.
“Slow is smooth. Smooth is fast”. Every day we come to the mat, we meet ourselves where we’re at. A longtime practitioner of martial arts, Bryna teaches us that “We practice to defeat our greatest enemy: ourselves and to discover our greatest master: ourselves.” Finding yoga nearly 10 years ago, she immediately took to the artful philosophy as a way of life and has been teaching ever since. A student of Ashtanga with Victoria Tibbals of Ventura Mysore, Bryna is dedicated to continually growing her practice, studying yogic philosophy and showing up for her community. “Slow is smooth. Smooth is fast”. Every day we come to the mat, we meet ourselves where we’re at. A longtime practitioner of martial arts, Bryna teaches us that “We practice to defeat our greatest enemy: ourselves and to discover our greatest master: ourselves.” Finding yoga nearly 10 years ago, she immediately took to the artful philosophy as a way of life and has been teaching ever since. A student of Ashtanga with Victoria Tibbals of Ventura Mysore, Bryna is dedicated to continually growing her practice, studying yogic philosophy and showing up for her community. She teaches Mysore-style Ashtanga M-F, 6-8:30 a.m.!
Lee Ann McGuire
It all began for instructor Lee Ann McGuire in the martial arts arena. Training since 1995, yoga has been a natural progression. Her classes focus on healing, meditation and playful vinyasa. Be prepared to breathe deeper, focus your mind and move your body.~ Saturdays @ 9:30 a.m.
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.
"Yoga is a science of life and is as clever as it gets!"
Deni completed a Teacher Training Course with The British Wheel of Yoga in 1991 and with Jenny Beeken’s Inner Yoga Trust in 1994. Upon moving back to the U.S., Deni further certified with Bryan Legere (Ventura Yoga Studio). Deni describes her practice and teaching style as "eclectic" and believes a firm structure and alignment is needed in asana practice. She draws largely from BKS Iyengar, Pranayama, Hatha and Meditation techniques. She also teaches Alexander Technique, Yoga Philosophy and Meditation.