Andy Totman

Andy Totman, co-creator and owner of Vinyasa Arts with his wife Tamara Lafferty-Totman, first fell in love with yoga in 2005. Since then he has combined his personal yoga practice with his commitment to the Martial Arts. He has been practicing Wushu (KungFu), TiChi and Chi Gong since 2007. With his commitment to excellence, high standards, belief in his students, and great sense of humor, Andy guides his students in a challenging, yet accessible, Vinyasa flow. His classes maximizes every minute building the strength needed to reach your goals. He actively works the room providing adjustments, ensuring safety, and proper alignment. His Vinyasa flow includes fun transitions, arm balances, handstands, flexibility, and mindful meditation. Andy's teaching makes the seemingly "impossible" possible as you'll leave his classes with a strong body and a clear mind.


Marci Kawar

When Marci first found yoga in 1994, she was immediately intrigued by the dichotomy of how something something so physical and challenging, could bring such a sense of calm and peace. After studying many different schools of yoga including Ashtanga, Hatha, Iyengar, Yin, Restorative and Anahata, she discovered her love for SUP (stand up paddleboard) Yoga! Her journey with yoga took her from teaching language in an elementary school, to teaching yoga to kids. Marci teaches kids of all ages - both regularly developing and special needs! She has worked in both public & private schools, preschools, and teaches privately as well. Marci's goal is it to give kids the tools they'll need to lead a healthy and balanced life!

Tamara Totman

Tamara Lafferty-Totman, (ERYT 500), Co-creator and owner of Vinyasa Arts with her husband Andy Totman, has taught yoga in San Diego County for nearly 16 years. Her style of teaching is lighthearted, versatile and creative. Her background is in Ashtanga Yoga and the style she teaches now is Vinyasa Flow yoga level 2/3 and 3/4 (a vinyasa flow that includes arm balances and handstands). Tamara’s classes are a great fusion of powerful Vinyasa Flow with an entrancing mix of contemporary music. Her classes are physically challenging; however, proper alignment, modifications and plenty of hands-on adjustments are essential in her classes. The focal point is exclusively on alignment, movement with breath, core, strength and balance.... and of course a sense of humor!

 


Dylan Jones

Dylan began practicing yoga in 2001 under the guidance of David Romanelli, Aaron King and Ian Lopitan in Phoenix, Arizona. She began yoga as a physical practice but was immediately inspired by the emotional, mental, and spiritual benefits. The transformation from the physical to the spiritual set Dylan on a path of yoga discovery. With a strong desire to share the benefits of yoga with others she completed her RYT 200 teacher training in 2012.

Dylan blends fun music, vigorous postures, teaches her students to embrace yoga as a vehicle to reduce stress, find happiness, and a clear mind. Her practice is designed to ease her students into a transformative space where she lovingly encourages and guides them through breath and movement.


Elena Hullis

Since Elena was a child she was in awe of movement and finding ways to "fly", go fast, or bend in some kind of crazy way. As an angsty teen she found skateboarding and fell in love instantly. It was an escape from a rough childhood and a way to quiet her mind and escape. In her early 20's it had started to take a serious toll on her body. She was in the the process of recovering from ACL replacement and was going crazy from pain and having to "sit still" and not skate. She decided to try yoga as a way to speed the recovery process and after her first class she was hooked. It became so much more than a physical practice and for the first time in her life she had found some quiet time in her own head.
Elena has had the honor of teaching yoga to the best action sports athletes in the world and has helped many of them recover from injuries and remain active in their sport, pain free and with more strength and flexibility. A class with Elena is fun with a lot of hands on adjustments and a healthy dose of laughter.
 

Holly Gastil

Holly's nurturing and light hearted teaching style reflects the flexibility she has gained, both mentally and physically, through the practice of Ashtanga yoga. She began the practice in 1994, and felt the call to begin teaching in 2002. Holly's first teacher, Alison Lewis, encouraged her to study with Tim Miller at the Ashtanga Yoga Center, where she continues to be challenged and inspired in her yoga practice on a daily basis.

 


Jano Galindo

About Jano

From my early childhood as far back as I can remember, I always had a strong spiritual upbringing. When I started studying music in my early teens it enhanced a deep connection to the divine. It was through music my first introduction to meditation began to take shape.

When I would play music, I was completely present, completely lost in the moment.

From music came meditation, and from meditation came the desire to study yoga. My first introduction was found in a small book that had various postures that I would practice daily. It wasn't until a few years later when I took my first "real" yoga class.

After that first class, I had never felt anything like that before.

II went back everyday that week, and by the third class I knew my calling was to teach. I signed up for the very next teacher training program, moved to Los Angeles, and immersed myself in a vigorous nine week schedule that tested every fiber of my being. Upon graduating top of my class I made sure to teach my first class the very next day.

I have been truly blessed to be able to share the gift of yoga to the world.

I am happy to call San Diego my home where my wife Lorraine and I are raising our two beautiful children Azlan and Anaya. I have a regular schedule teaching all throughout San Diego. My amazing journey with yoga has led me all over the world teaching workshops, retreats, and teacher training programs.

Yoga has truly changed my life for the best, and my goal is to serve you in which ever way I can.


Andy and Tamara Totman

Andy and Tamara Totman — Teachers, Founders and Owners at Vinyasa Arts Yoga

Kelli Russell

When you attend a Kelli Russell yoga class, you will discover that you have superpowers. Kelli will inspire you to explore and to push yourself out of your comfort zone; to believe that you can attempt poses you never thought possible. In her class, you will be empowered- you will be encouraged and supported and cared for. As a former counselor, Kelli has the intuition and the sensitivity to make everyone, from the beginning practitioner to the most advanced student, feel comfortable and challenged. Through her YogaBoost business, Kelli inspires companies to offer opportunities for their employees to move and to reduce stress, providing tools to combat the effects of sitting at a desk during the work day.
Kelli has dedicated herself to her training and has achieved the highest level of credential offered by Yoga Alliance (E-RYT 500) and is a designated Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider. Whether you are a beginning yoga student or an experienced yoga teacher in need of CEUs, Kelli has the experience, knowledge and expertise to provide you with what you are seeking on your mat. Come play...

Janet or Sharon Isherwood

Janet and Sharon Isherwood - 200 Hour Registered Yoga Teachers 

Join us for Vinyasa Flow with the affectionately nicknamed "Twinsies"! Sharon and Janet have a passion for yoga and love to share the benefits of that practice with others.

These local Cardiff surfing sisters bring in a special combination of support, community, strong work ethic, energy, humor, and a sense of adventure to take you on your yoga journey. Together they create a high energy and dynamic yoga experience that is full of fun, challenge and support. After focusing on strength, flexibility, and balance you will leave their class feeling empowered and clear minded which you can carry into your daily life on and off the mat. Oh... and you'll likely be smiling and laughing a lot on that journey too!

Jonathan Richard

Jonathan Richard, RYT 500, started his yoga journey in 2007. Drawn not only to the physical challenge and the fun that provided, but also to the sense of calm and the ease of meditation after practice, Jonathan dedicated to a daily practice in 2012. He completed his 200 hour training through Roots and Wings in 2013 and his 500 hour training through Vinyasa Arts in 2015. He enjoys creative flows guided by the breath, balancing strength, flexibility, and personal integrity; on and off the mat. Whether through a strong vinyasa flow or a gentle restorative practice, Jonathan wants every one of his students to feel better leaving their practice than when they walked in; feeling free and open, both empowered and relaxed.

Melissa Gottschalk

Melissa started practicing yoga over 10 years ago and found an even deeper love for yoga after her mom started teaching yoga. She graduated from her 200-hour Yoga Alliance Certification from The Little Yoga Studio and teaches Vinyasa-flow classes throughout San Diego.Melissa has had the pleasure to study under great teachers such as Teresa Austin, Philip Fulton, Dharma Mittra, and Tiffany Cruikshank. Her goal in teaching is to guide her students to find strength and patience in their practice and to laugh and have fun along the way.

Alex Pogeler

Alex is a long-time Yoga student who recently made the transition to teaching. He completed the training program at Vinyasa Arts in October of 2015 and is excited to share his knowledge with the world. As an avid surfer and cyclist, he has seen how Yoga can be a powerful tool to overcome injuries and improve strength and balance. His classes feature upbeat music, creative sequences and a good dose of humor.

Sara Deakin

Sara has been practicing Yoga since 1999. Like so many people Sara began Yoga for physical benefits. With numerous knee and shoulder injuries from competitive tennis and running, she turned to Yoga for rehabilitation. The therapy went far beyond her joints, and started to resonate in her mind and spirit. From surfing, to traveling, to being a student of natural medicine, she has been able to integrate yoga philosophy into all aspects of her life.
Sara received her 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training certification from White Lotus Foundation in Santa Barbara, CA.
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This stylistically diverse group of teachers has allowed Sara to find her own heart-centered approach to teaching. Her alignment based Vinyasa Flow classes emphasize the synergistic effects of connecting the body and breath. She creates energetic classes by balancing strength, flexibility, and enjoyment and challenges her students with vigorous flow sequences, breath work and core strengthening. Sara enjoys teaching practical uses of pranayama because she believes that breath is a great teacher and a great healer. Her classes leave you strong, calm and ready to deal with daily stress.
In addition to completing her 500-Hour certification through the Professional YogaWorks Program in 2010, Sara also received her Masters in Business Administration.

Ahlia Biondi (Hoffman)

Ahlia Biondi found yoga in high school and began teaching in 2009. Ahlia's classes are light hearted and joyful, as well as accessible for all levels. Ahlia teaches in a way that both challenges and uplifts you with her intelligent sequences and dynamic transitions. A lover of movement, nature, community, and inspiration - Ahlia infuses her classes with meaning by adding themes and positive affirmations to her teachings. Ahlia is also a professional tandem surfer and loves bridging the gap between the practice on the mat with life and practice off the mat. Please join Ahlia as she is honored to be offering classes for you at Vinyasa Arts in Cardiff.

Leila Currah

Leila discovered yoga in college in 1998 and has been dedicated to her own practice ever since. In 2011, she pursued teacher training through the Awakened Heart Embodied Mind school of yoga at Exhale in Venice, California, taught by Julian Walker and Hala Khouri, also co-founder of Off the Mat, Into the World.

Her own approach as a teacher is rooted in mindfulness, bringing a loving awareness to body and breath. She delivers a gentle, restorative practice for beginners, and a deep vinyasa flow for more experienced yogis, creating space for everyone to find the inner rhythms to guide their practice. She is also an avid dancer and enthusiastic about welcoming ecstatic movement into or after a more structured practice.


Walter Thomas

Walter grew up in North Carolina has been all about participating in sports, of all types for most of his life. Walter's yoga journey started in 2011 while rehabbing a torn achilles. The rehab quickly turned into a passion.
He has made lots of friends and has felt right at home in the welcoming arms of the yoga community. While practicing daily provided tons of joy and fulfillment, Walter craved more and got his 200hr teacher training in fall of 2013. Since then he is enthusiastic about sharing the many joys and benefits, both physical and mental, as well as his experiences both on and off the mat.

Malin Hornkvist

Growing up in a little town on the north east coast of Sweden, the outdoors and being active was a natural part of my upbringing and life. During the long, dark and cold winters we skated on frozen lakes or went downhill or cross-country skiing. In the fall we roamed the forests for all kinds of wild berries and other goodies and during the short summer with the wonderful never ending daylight we spent most of the time swimming in the sea.

Being active was second nature and led me to gymnastics, specifically to Rhythmic Gymnastics and an opportunity to represent Team Sweden in my late teens.

Having lost touch with my active upbringing while working in the corporate world and having lived in cities across Sweden and England I found my way back to an active lifestyle after relocating to Chicago and working as a certified personal trainer. Passionate about helping people feel better and a healthier lifestyle there was something still missing.

I had stumbled upon yoga in my early twenties but in 2012 we were re-introduced and I fell head over heels in love with the practice and found the missing link. There is something truly magical about breath to movement. My hope for students who attend my class is to be challenged physically, mentally and surrender to the practice as we dance to the beat of the breath. You will leave the class feeling a little lighter, stronger, more present and hopefully with a smile on your face.


Claire Petretti-Marti

Claire Petretti Marti, E-RYT 500, has been practicing, studying, and teaching yoga since 1999. Like many fitness enthusiasts, she was initially drawn to yoga for its physical benefits of strength, balance, and flexibility. Once Claire realized that serenity, peace of mind, and true happiness were predominant results of the practice, she was hooked.

She teaches a dynamic Vinyasa flow, combined with fun, upbeat music, and loves to encourage students to find the lightness and the joy in their own practice. She’s also a Reiki Level 2 Practitioner and a certified Pilates instructor. Claire beat Stage 2 breast cancer in 2010 and credits yoga and meditation for her return to radiant health and works with others living with cancer on a private basis.

 

Adam Polhemus

Taking a class with Adam is a unique experience as he bridges the gap between east coast and west coast yoga. Adams class is vinyasa based with roots in ashtanga and Jivamukti. Expect the classics, arm balances, inversions and a good time. Adjustments are given through out class along with alignment through cues. Prepare to learn and be challenged!


Torry Chamberlayne

I first found yoga 13 years ago during my second pregnancy as a way to bring mindful movement to my body and connect with the life growing inside. It was the first time I was able to truly understand how the breath could guide and calm from within. It wasn’t until years later and after tremendous life changes that I remembered that magic felt on the mat and longed for that self-connection and a way to “Yogas Citta Vritti Nirodhah” calm the fluctuations of the mind.
Yoga provided me a sanctuary from the busy-ness of life and a place where my mind can be still and where I found a sort of moving meditation. I fell in love once again with Yoga. After practicing consistently for nearly 4 years, I decided to deepen my practice and follow my passion by completing my 200HR Teacher Training in 2015. I am now taking my study further by going through my 500HR Advanced Teacher Training. I draw my inspiration from many different styles of yoga, specifically Yin Yoga, Ashtanga and Vinyasa Flow combining this with a focus on mindful movement and inner stillness.
Come and play!! Expect to have fun, a deeper inner focus and overall connection to an incredible community!!

 


Melinda Quesenberry

Melinda is compassionate, lighthearted and genuine; attributes that truly shine through in her classes.Through her personal journey of self-healing and self-inquiry Melinda has acquired the knowledge and tools to safely guide her clients through their own journey of self-discovery and inner peace. Melinda creates an environment in which her students feel secure and genuinely cared for, while encouraging exploration to deeper levels of the self.

Armani Aburto

Bio coming soon

Jessica Thompson

I took my first yoga class in college in 2001. Since then, I’ve practiced all over the world in many different styles of yoga, including Bikram and Vinyasa. I maintained a daily practice throughout my pregnancy and even did handstands in the hospital during a sonogram in an attempt to get my son, Bodhi, to face toward the camera. Maybe that’s why at 3 years old, he’s already an avid yogi!

I bring a background of coaching competitive gymnastics with me to the mat, and as a result, I particularly love inversions – and teaching others to feel comfortable upside-down. Beyond the physical asana practice, yoga has given me the spiritual and emotional strength to persevere through hundreds of challenges - from SoCal traffic to trauma. I believe the beauty of yoga is that we are always a student, regardless of age, mobility, experience or expertise.

I live in Encinitas with Bodhi, 2 pups, and a bearded dragon named Tofurkey. In addition to teaching yoga, I work in international development, creating partnerships with governments across the globe to ensure every child has access to a good education.


Lisa Autrey

Lisa is a Florida Native who finds her deepest passions in surfing and yoga. Surfing was her first love since she was just a toddler but once her yoga practice was found in early adulthood an inner excitement and engagement sparked. Her connection to the practice and wanting to share the jewels she had discovered led her to complete her 500 hr teacher training along with several AcroYoga immersions and continued study for the past six years with an intimate Bhagavad Gita study group.
Her kind and compassionate spirit brings a breath of fresh air to the classroom meeting each student where they are at in their practice; offering more challenge or modification to cater to their level of experience.
Her thoughtful and mindfully sequenced vinyasa flow classes are accompanied by groovy music sure to give you the perfect beginning or ending to your day.
On her days off you can find Lisa surfing, hanging with her husband and dog Ripple at the beach, hiking, doing handstands or chanting with her harmonium.

Regina Villano

I am 200 RYT certified teacher through vinyasa arts. I teach a a fun and dynamic blend of ashtanga and vinyasa flow that emphasizes on holding poses to develop strength and deep stretching to increase flexibility. I welcome students of all levels to come open their hearts and let the positive energy flow!

Carolina Lorenzo

Carolina Grace Lorenzo is a song bird, handstand enthusiast, and spiritual seeker, who holds a deep reverence for the medicine that yoga infuses in her life everyday. She feels so lucky to share this ancient practice with others, a medicine that brings her back home to her heart each new day. She is humbled by her commitment to life long learning on this path. She enjoys lifting the vibration of the room with her songs, her stories, the practice itself, and the invitation for each student to deeply explore their own edges with kindness and grace. She is committed to bringing playful and inspired flows to her students, and enjoys bringing community together through the breath.

She was first certified in 2005 in Rishikesh, India, where she connected closely with the roots of yoga, since then she has continued to advance her study of the practice of yoga, mindfulness, yoga therapy, the deities and Kirtan leading and chanting. She brings her studies as a Somatic Therapist and Mindfulness researcher into her classes by adding in therapeutic findings and poses to inspire and transform her students’ left and right brain connection and neuroplasticity. She loves how the practice transforms and inspires growth and self love and acceptance. Together we rise, opening our hearts and awakening to our highest potential.

In her Psychotherapy practice The Return, she shares her full tool belt of knowledge and her deep intuitive guidance to support the transformation of each individual; she works with building presence, integrating trauma, releasing negative beliefs and habits and finding one’s voice, power, and purpose.


Katie Bush

Bio:
A yogini for over a decade, Katie has personally experienced the transformative power of a yoga practice. She completed her teacher training at the Lakshmi Rising School of Yoga and Wellness in Costa Rica and is currently working on her 300 hour certification through Laughing Lotus. Her yoga classes are challenging but fun, giving students of all levels options to deepen their practices and learn something new in the process. Katie is drawn to both the spiritual and physical aspects of yoga and hopes to impart these gifts to her students. When off the mat, Katie is a muralist and loves to cook vegan food.

Amanda Rodriguez

Amanda Rodriguez started practicing yoga in college in 2010 to supplement her athletic career in Division 1 athletics. Seeing how her yoga practice improved other aspects of her training and life she continued down the yogi path. She started teaching yoga in 2013 alongside personal training, coaching and energy healing. She recently moved to San Diego to pursue a degree in Naturopathic Medicine and Acupuncture. Her style is predominantly vinyasa power flow. With her healing background she blends physical health and mental health into her yoga practices. She encourages flow between effort and ease while focusing on breath to movement in all level classes. These classes will aim at building balance, stability and core strength all while grounding you to the present moment through a themed intentional class. Students of all levels are welcome to come open their body, minds and hearts together in this dynamic flow.