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.
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 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!
Being told from a young age that she was "an old soul", Kelly has demonstrated an inner wisdom and light that is bright enough to feel from within a simple smile and warm hug. Her desire to help others lead her to obtain a bachelor of science degree within the field of physical therapy from CSULB. Upon gaining experience in western medicine, Kelly used her foundation of knowledge, to heal the human body in a more dynamic energetic way, rather the way of yoga. The enriching experience to train under the teachings of Aubrey Hackman solidified that Kelly had found her calling. The yogic lifestyle has been running though her veins since she was a child, whether sitting in lotus, or playing with shoulder stand she demonstrated a natural affinity to movements of that of a yogi. Thriving to enhance everyone's experience of yoga while incorporating proper bio-mechanics, Kelly captivates your energy and gets it flowing through her use of Tibetian singing bowls and her healing touch.
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, and the 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.
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.
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
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...
Lexi Marquardt was born and raised in North County San Diego. She enrolled in her first yoga class at Mira Costa College in 2008 and has been hooked ever since. After years of practicing and exploring what yoga had to offer, she found Vinyasa style and fell in love. Linking the breath to the movement allowed an awareness in herself that she had never experienced before.
In 2013, she decided it was time to take the next step in her journey and enrolled in a 200 hour YTT at Bird Rock Yoga in Pacific Beach, CA. Studying under Heather Grisco and Luke Wientzen was a life changing experience and allowed her to connect deeper into her own practice, as well as guiding others!
Since graduating, Lexi has taught at Bird Rock Yoga and The Little Yoga Studio in downtown San Diego. She also enjoys giving park classes and teaching in the sunshine! Her classes are creative and combine her love for movement with fun, colorful music.
She is forever a student of yoga and is constantly evolving in her mental and physical practice. Her long term goal is to find ways of integrating her teachings into her BA degree in Human Development. She looks forward to continuing to connect with others through her flows and creating a fun loving environment for others!
Rooted in the sand of the San Diego beaches and raised under the California sunshine, Cheyenne Giesecke is nothing fancier than a free spirited beach bum. In constant strive of personal growth, she opted to step (way) outside of her comfort zone and move to Forth Worth, Texas for
college! Paradoxically enough, it was there where the deepest connection with her innate hippie nature blossomed into existence.
Yoga is Cheyenne’s passion and a part of her daily life. In addition to yoga, Cheyenne is a Reiki
energy healer, student of Buddhism, Hinduism, Mysticism, people, and life, crystal enthusiast, lover of nature, believer in the power of the Universe, and zealous wanderluster. After graduating Cum Laude from Texas Christian University with a BS in Communication Studies
and a minor in Social Work, her wanderlust spirit led her to Bali, Indonesia, where she spent
almost six weeks to become a certified yoga instructor (RYT 200). In Bali, Cheyenne was
surrounded by incredible people and intensely powerful healers. She traveled deeper into her
own spirituality than ever before, and as a result many shifts happened within her. What she
honors most as a yoga instructor is being a living example of Yoga. Live yoga; be
light. Cheyenne’s hope is that her words, encouragement, guidance, and instruction of asana will
help her students recognize the light within themselves, and that WHO she is always remains her
greatest teaching. Cheyenne’s classes encourage her students to shine the light of their highest
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, 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 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.
Discover the connection between your breath and your physical movements as you’re guided from one posture to the next throughout this flow. Learn how to find stillness and calm the mind while building that inner heat through various standing, seated and balancing postures. The class will emphasize your mind-body connection through meditative and breathing techniques as well as instruction on alignment and physical adjustments. I always offer modifications for beginners and advanced students and I like to create a light environment where everyone can have fun with their practice.
Rhiannon fell in love with yoga when she received her first VHS copy of Bryan Kest’s Power
Yoga in the nineties.
She chuckled at his jean shorts, but the emotional and physical transformation was undeniable
and it set her on a path that changed her life.
Since then she has been a dedicated practitioner and finally decided to become a teacher
under Tamal Dodge’s training in 2015.
Rhiannon encourages laughs, falls and grunts as she moves her students through a powerful
vinyasa that will open their hearts and challenge their bodies.
Catherine Valadez, E-RYT-200
Catherine’s teaching focuses on detail—clear cuing of alignment and engagement, while encouraging mindful playfulness during practice. In her classes, you will enjoy an eclectic, thoughtful playlist to accompany a balanced sequence that is never the same. She has great respect for yoga, but doesn’t take herself too seriously, and will frequently remind students that the purpose of asana practice is ultimately to learn more about ourselves, not get stuck on the shapes we make. Her emphasis is on personalizing the practice, trusting that yoga will meet you where you are to give you exactly what you need.
Her goal is to empower students with the tools to heal themselves through yoga’s method of self-inquiry, and ultimately improve their lives. She is deeply inspired by the all students who show up for themselves on their mat despite whatever personal challenges they may be facing, and is humbled to be witness to their journey.
Desiree is a ERYT200/RYT500 practitioner and she began her journey unknowingly in her twenties, dabbling in some yoga but never anticipating becoming a yoga practitioner both off and on the mat. However, in 2011 she decided to dive into her yoga education by enrolling at Yoga Well in San Diego and studying Hatha Yoga. Upon receiving her certification at the end of 2011, Des travelled in Asia, Bali and move to the Phillippines in 2013 to teach and learn from teachers from all over the world. Diversity is what she wanted.
Upon her return to the US in late 2013, Desiree taught Dynamic Hatha, JOGA, Slow Flow, and Vinyasa. In July 2014, she also became certified in Joga – Yoga for athletes. She then obtained her 300 hours in Rishikesh, India for yoga therapy, and she trained alongside Veer Rana. When she left India, Desiree traveled to Thailand where she lived for few months teaching and gaining her Thai Yoga Massage Teacher Training certification at ITM in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Having taught in the Philippines, Jamaica, Thailand, and Netherlands, she’s back in San Diego excited to be apart of Vinyasa Arts. Desiree’s style combines elements of teaching Sukshma Vyama – Upa Yoga, Yin, Hatha, Hatha Vinyasa, Pranayama, Sivananda, Joga – Yoga for Athletes, Power Yoga, and Beginners. She’s also blind in her left eye.
Shibana grew up in the country that gave birth to yoga. From an early age, she was drawn to the mystical aspects of life. Meditation, prayer and ritual were a part of her life growing up and while pursuing her masters degree in Nutrition. After getting her masters degree, she continued to gain more knowledge of yoga and Ayurveda. She has over 500 hours in the formal study of yoga and Ayurveda. She considers her life's path to be one of a "Kalyan Mitra," a spiritual friend who is encouraged by the upliftment of others in all aspects of life. She is known to inspire and touch people in her workshops with her authenticity, expertise and pure passion. She considers herself a lifelong seeker and continues to study the practice of Asana, Ayurveda and other esoteric eastern practices.
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.
Erinn began practicing yoga in 2010. Soon after she began to peal back the layers of herself and her practice she knew she wanted to learn more.
She completed Teacher Training in 2012 and soon after slowly began to slide into the teacher seat.
She wants her students to get the most out of their practice while she is teaching.
She focuses on proper alignment and offers challenging sequences, but also makes them fun and creative.
Her goal is that students will leave her class feeling like they have grown and learned something new about themselves and their practice.
The mood in her class is always fun and light-hearted with laughter and smiles.
Her music is thoughtfully put together and is a exciting compliment to her thoughtful class.
Karen started practicing yoga in 1999 in Los Angeles with Anthony Benenati at City Yoga in Los Angeles to find greater peace and respite from the Los Angeles bustle. She developed a home practice very early on, inspired by Eric Schiffman's book, "Moving Into Stillness." She became interested in Ashtanga Yoga and studied with Sharon Lape (Yoga Works-Mill Valley), who brought her to SF Ashtanga. It was there, under the tutelage of Lape and Meir Leshem (whom she considers her primary teacher), that she developed a strong foundation. She completed her formal 200-hour Ashtanga Vinyasa Teacher Training at It's Yoga in San Francisco in 2003. Karen has taken countless workshops over the years, the most notable and impressive with Sarah Powers. She has taught in the Pacific Northwest, San Francisco, and for several years in North County San Diego.
Karen's classes are constantly evolving to reflect her ever-changing creativity and passion for the practice. Being connected to the present moment informs her teaching. Her classes are guided by a strong anatomic focus, intermingled with a light-hearted spirit and playfulness. They can range from deep and slow to restorative and nurturing to advanced and highly challenging.
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.
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 Hoffman 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.
Rooted in gratitude and steeped in compassion Raechal’s passion for the practice of yoga is infectious! As a yoga student, practitioner and guide, Raechal offers thoughtfully sequenced classes to ground and center you in the heart, challenge your body and quiet your mind. Her background in Reiki and Pranic Healing come out in her loving and nurturing hands on adjustments, it doesn’t need to be 100 degrees to melt into this kind of support!
Raechal is Registered E-RYT200 through Yoga Alliance. Her first teacher training was through Anahata Yoga, a deeply heart centered practice that transubstantiated her life forever! She has supplemented that instruction with many advanced teaching immersions with Ashton Szabo formerly of Virajati Yoga Thailand, and Shiva Rea and Chris Tompkins’ in their Roots and Evolution of Vinyasa. Raechal is currently participating in a 150 hr Yoga Philosophy teacher training course with Christopher Hareesh Wallis PHD.
“Yoga at its roots is a highly therapeutic tradition, that can enliven, enrich, and transform peoples lives! Grateful am I for the opportunity to be a part of it in some small way! As a practitioner, yoga has helped me in more ways than I can even begin to count, to de-stress, re-energize, and to cope with the obligations of motherhood. As a teacher, yoga has given me the gift of a healthy body and mind that I can count on to support me through this journey of life. When I’m not teaching yoga, I’m usually practicing some form of it, i.e.. meditation, mantra, bhakti, jnana yoga, beach yoga, or trying to get my two beautiful children “play” yoga with me!
Katrina's positive attitude inspires others to find their own path of what yoga means to them. In addition to being a Yoga Instructor, Katrina is a Speech Language Pathologist, who has a general love of teaching and seeing others grow to their own unique potential. She has taken yoga classes for many years and found a deeper personal connection with yoga thru her travels and connecting with others. Her classes offer a fun, creative flow matched by music and a loving spirit.
Katrina completed her RYT 200 training at Vinyasa Arts and has gone on to teach kid's yoga classes for all ages and beginner yoga classes.
*Vinyasa Arts Yoga Instructor in Training* offering discounted classes to the public for only $7 and free to members.
Traci McKnight (CYT-500) began her Yoga journey in 2009 after a lifelong career in dance had left her body injured and misinformed. She sought out yoga for its physical healing benefits, and soon discovered a depth of movement and body connectivity that dance had never before offered. After inviting a daily practice into her life, Traci was able to begin dancing again with tenacity, and has since begun dancing professionally. Her personal practice is a fusion of rhythmic dancing and yoga asana, all guided by breath, focus and flow. Her teaching style has become an expression of this fusion, as well, which creatively brings students into deep physical awareness and peak shape by offering a fun, creative mix of flowing movement and endurance building postures. Her goal is to openly and effectively share this movement practice of heightened self awareness, and to help students open up to the possibilities of their own radiant bodies and minds; creating a vibrant community of deep-looking, full-feeling individuals that have capable and thriving bodies to match.
Marie is interested in sharing the sense of wholeness that a consistent yoga practice has brought to her life. Marie's yogic journey began as a young child through meditation and expanded into asana, where she has explored various styles of yoga over the years (Bikram, Ashtanga, Vinyasa). She completed her 200 Hour Vinyasa Teacher Training, further unleashing her hunger for a deeper understanding of the human body, mind, and spirit... accepting this as an infinite pursuit. Join Marie for a comprehensive yoga journey, to discover the balance between discipline and lightheartedness
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.
Mari’s yoga journey began in 2012 when she took her first class. In 2013 she completed a teacher’s training course in Hatha Yoga and Meditation in San Juan, Cosa Rica. It was this experience that provided her new direction in life. She moved to California in 2015 and completed a 200 HR Teacher Training Course at Vinyasa Arts.
Mari loves the energy and challenges of yoga, as well as the quiet and introspection that yoga brings her. It is in these qualities that she finds the balance in every practice. She considers herself a passionate person and brings this passion to her teaching. Being a native of Colombia, she can also offer instruction in Spanish.
Her classes are very creative and she always tries to instill mindfulness in her students. As a teacher, she helps everyone in her class to be present, confident and strong, and gives them compassionate, playful and loving nurturance.
Angela began her consistent and committed practice of yoga a little over 5 years ago. The most fulfilling parts of her life journey are attributed to her dedication to the practice. No matter what happens or where she is yoga has been an anchor and provided a guiding light to help ensure peace, love and clarity through the ever changing tides of life. She has attended classes, workshops and retreats in different parts of the U.S. as well as in Southeast Asia (Thailand, Bali and Cambodia).
Angela is passionate about sharing yoga with you because she believes that cultivating deeper states of presence and connection through yoga can help elevate all areas of your life. She teaches classes that contain a mix of the asana (physical) practice along with breathwork and meditation, for a well rounded class. It is her hope that you will take away some tools that you can use in your everyday life to ease up almost any challenge that arises and to experience greater states of love.
*Vinyasa Arts Yoga Instructor In Training offering discounted classes to the public for only $7 and free to members.
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.
Mistianna Stromatt is a yoga teacher based in beautiful San Diego, CA and her ultimate goal is to create a safe space for you to strengthen mind and body through yogic breathe and movement.
She promises that you will leave your mat with more peace and greater awareness than when you showed up. Her connection with others is key to her success. She is able to connect with different personality types and make your feel like you've known her for years.
She hones in on your strengths and notes things you'd like to improve on; whether it be physical strength, flexibility, peace of mind, lowering anxiety, improving overall health, or even opening your mind to yoga for the first time.
She really takes the time to get to know you.
"It's my passion.. PEOPLE. I absolutely love helping people!"
Vinyasa and Yin are the styles she brings to your practice, along with meditation.
*Vinyasa Arts Yoga Instructor In Training offering discounted classes to the public for only $7 and free to members.
Lexi Beal (RYT 200 hr) just received her Yoga Alliance Certification this past September 2016. Although she may be new to yoga specifically she has a 20 year gymnastics background both as a competitor and coach! She will forever be a lover of gymnastics but found that there was something missing in her life. That’s when she decided to take her focus elsewhere that seemed similar, but still very different and new. During her teacher training at True FLOW Yoga in Orange County she realized that yoga was so much more than just "a workout" and was immediately hooked! It really open her eyes to this new life of stillness, sense of self worth and non competitiveness which was such a huge change than what she was used too. She plans on sharing and growing her love for yoga both as a teacher and student with any and everyone she can. Attending one of her classes will keep you on your toes with her fun hybrid of yoga and gymnastics but in a way that is attainable to any yogi of any level!
Sophia's introduction to yoga began 10 years ago. The combination of balance, strength, flexibility, mindfulness and patience that she experienced in the practice lead to the path of completing the 200 hour Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training with Jano Galindo at the Chula Vista Yoga Center. Sophia's vinyasa classes offer a challenging but accessible alignment based flow that promotes harmony between the breath, the body and the mind.
Monique was introduced to Ashtanga Yoga in 2001 and fell in love with the physical rewards, reduced stress and mental clarity that resulted from the practice. Over time, Monique began exploring other styles of yoga and fell in love with Vinyasa flow. In 2016, she completed her 200 hour teacher training at Vinyasa Arts. Monique maintains a strong personal practice so that she is in tune to alignment issues that students may face as they move through asanas. Having experienced her own fair share of injuries, she encourages her students to listen carefully to their body in order to minimize risk of injury. Her goal is to create a positive and lighthearted space so students can explore their practice, find the right balance between effort and ease, deepen their breath, and leave the mat feeling happy and relaxed.
Anna took her first yoga class in 2009 in the basement of a college gym in New Jersey. She hated it.
But if yoga teaches us anything, it’s that we can grow in profound ways.
Since then, she’s become a Reiki master, meditation guide, and has received her RYT 200 at Vinyasa Arts, all of which you’ll find integrated into her classes.
Anna believes that transforming our lives really does begin with transforming ourselves, and that yoga doesn’t require perfectly patterned pants or a propensity for veganism. (Even if she happens to fit that bill herself.)
Her teaching style strives to be both challenging and nurturing, with a good bit of light-heartedness for good measure.
You’ll leave feeling rewarded for your efforts, revived in your spirit, and more sure than ever that there’s something to this “yoga thing.”
I enjoy helping others learn to challenge themselves on the mat with love, compassion, and awareness. I believe Yoga provides a platform to rehearse for the dance recital called "Life."
My classes are infused with dharma, pranayama, meditation, creativity, and laughter. I am an energy sensitive instructor and create a class experience supportive of the individual needs of students while holding a container for the collective.
I first got into yoga in college. Since I was 8, I had an eating disorder. On my own journey, yoga gave me the insight and strength to develop a healthy relationship with my body and soul and overcome a lifelong eating disorder. Yoga awakened me to my own inner light, and as a teacher, I strive to awaken that light in others.