Alex Benfarhat 

Alex's class is inspired by his travels to the Himalayas where he lived at an Ashram studying the classical forms of Yoga. He implements asana, pranayama and meditation techniques which have been intelligently designed to vitalize and harmonize the functions of the body-mind. With a specific emphasis on being gentle with oneself, his class leaves you feeling deeply connected to your own source of nourishment. This class is great for those who are looking to explore some of the deeper aspects of Yoga and who are interested in self-healing techniques. 


Christopher Stockdill

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,


Chris Roberts
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. 

Lynn Sparkes

Lynn focuses on being her yoga practice in every moment both off and on the mat. She discovered yoga in 2007 and it was love with the first asana. The relief from chronic neck pain, the increased strength and flexibility and the quieting of the mind captured her heart from the very first class. She began sharing her love for yoga in 2009 after completing her first 200 hour teacher certification with Shivashakti School in 2009. She completed  her 2nd 200 hour teacher certification with Earthheart Yoga in 2011. Lynn has also completed numerous Iyengar style teacher training intensives as well as anatomy, philosophy, alignment based teacher workshops, Yin workshops, Ayurvedic workshops and restorative intensives.
Lynn’s career as an audiologist has provided her with the opportunity to help people communicate better with the outside world. Her path as a yogini assists people in yoking their outer mind with their highest inner self and soul.
She is delighted to be a snow bird, summering in Maine and building a nest the rest of the year in Ventura.
Join Lynn for a gentle yoga class that is suitable for beginners and for people wanting to focus on their alignment and on refreshing their techniques.

Lys Martin

Lys teaches Restorative Yoga Fridays at 5:30 p.m.

"When the student is ready, the teacher appears"


Laura Bepko

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 masters 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 will 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. .

Victoria Addamo
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.

Jai Jot
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.

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.

(no class the 2nd Sat of the month)

Farion Pearce
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.

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Liz Little

Liz discovered the healing powers of yoga in 2004, when she was seeking an outlet to release stress from her fast-paced corporate marketing role. She fell in love with yoga immediately, as it cleared her mind and helped bring her over-exercised body back in balance. Liz decided to pursue teaching to share the many benefits of yoga with adults who suffer from stress, anxiety, and restless sleep. She is a 500-Hour Certified Yoga Teacher trained through YogaWorks under the mentorship of Jennifer Elliott, and holds a BS in Exercise Science from The Ohio State University. Liz specializes in alignment-based Vinyasa Flow and Yin led with thorough instruction that allows you feel the subtle nuances of each asana.

Dina Gricenko

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.

Deni Jones

"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.

Tina Chappel
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
teach there.
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.

Shanti Rae
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.

Nicole Sandoval

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 bodies natural healing abilities, and improves and maintains health.

Yoga Classes in Ventura

Maria Vences

Maria teaches Kundalini Yoga in Spanish, Fridays at 6:30 p.m.

Mas Vidal
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

Sabine Coble
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.


Camila Guzman
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.

Sevina Altanova

Born in Bulgaria, Sevina Altanova 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.
We are so happy that Sevina is offering her amazing Yoga Relax class the second Saturday of each month at Yoga Jones.

Heather Stone

Heather has been practicing yoga asana since she was a teenager & became a certified instructor in March 2017.  Her teaching style is simple, fun & 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.

Lida Martin

Lida teaches Kundalini Yoga, rotating with a group of Kundalini teachers. Tuesdays at 6:30 and Thursdays at 5:30 on a donation basis and Saturdays at 10:45 a.m.

Paisley O'Shea

Paisley teaches Hatha yoga, earning her yoga teaching certification in order to expand her own practice and teaching. Having trained in Hatha yoga in Thailand, Paisley leans toward more of a vinyasa flow vibe. She is all about creating a vibatious playlist as well to connect the flow of the music to the flow of the class

Alison Perks

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.