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Lisa began her study of Yoga in San Francisco in 1994 and has been teaching since 2003 in the US and New Zealand. Her practice began in the tradition of Ashtanga vinyasa, and she is also educated in the Iyengar method, Yin and integral anatomy with innovative and international teachers. In 2008, Lisa founded Smiling Dog Yoga. Lisa's teaching style is intellectually curious and emotionally nurturing with an emphasis on self-inquiry, somatic awareness and sustaining a Yoga practice through all stages of life. Her classes will leave you feeling well-grounded and psychologically ready for whatever your day brings.
Suzanne Sage is a vibrant yoga instructor who brings her expertise and love of yoga to her classes. She has been practicing yoga since 2000 and received her formal teacher training through Shoshoni’s Shambava School of Yoga. She was initially interested in yoga as a form of exercise but soon came to the realization that the practice of yoga is an incredible journey to inner-peace and balance. She enjoys teaching from the heart, with an emphasis on alignment, and concentrates on using the breath to cultivate mindfulness and connection to ourselves and others.
I began practicing yoga in 1999 as an alternative way to rehabilitate from multiple sports injuries. Early on in my practice I realized the major benefits of the breath alone and became very enthusiastic in taking all styles of yoga. The connection of mind/body with the breathing benefit not only my physical and mental practice but my daily life. Growing up with my Grandmother who has been practicing Zazen for over 40 years, has trickled down Zen philosophy, these ideals she has always opened me up to started coming to life with the calming of the mind/body with yoga and meditation. My father being a black belt in Karate, gave me the passion for the physical discipline which also uses the mental body and breathing methods. Experiencing these radical awakenings inspired me to deepen my own practice with yoga and meditation. I also enjoy learning healing Massage, even though I am not a certified practitioner I have been practicing this art for over a decade. In 2008 I attended the White Lotus Hatha teacher training in Santa Barbara, CA and finished my 200 hours in San Luis Obispo county. I have been teaching privately and am subbing and teaching classes at multiple yoga centers in the area. Along with ongoing future teacher training I have a very strong at home study to further my knowledge with yoga and Zen philosophy. I will be forever riding the wave of yoga... PEACE.
Roxy is a former owner of Smiling Dog and currently teaches a variety of classes and workshops at the studio and on the central coast. It is her passion to help people become healthier, happier versions of themselves in all ways and she hopes to meet you on the mat soon!
Her students usually call her classes strong and yummy. She teaches a variety of classes, from Hatha Yoga to Vinyasa Yoga to YOBarre.
Roxy's been teaching yoga since 2008. She has trained with Iyengar Yoga, Baptiste Power Yoga, and is a certified Prana Flow Yoga instructor (E-RYT 200) which is where she's been spending most of her time studying and practicing since 2009. She's currently working on her RYT 500 hour yoga teacher training certification with Prana Flow Yoga and Shiva Rea.
In addition to her work as an instructor, Roxy works as a Consultant & Public Speaker in the wellness industry. Roxy loves spreadsheets and teaching. She has experience in management, event planning, customer service, database programming, and lecturing at the university level. She grew up in Detroit, Michigan and loves using her hand as a map whenever she gets the chance. Just ask. Check out her blog for yoga inspired rants.
Growing up in Thousand Oaks, California Sara was constantly running around, riding bikes, swimming and climbing trees. Seeking out adventures in her backyard, on the beach, or on a snowy mountain, she always thrived in the outdoors, connecting physical activity and mindfulness with happiness. As an enthusiast for knowledge and an advocate for a healthy body and mind, Sara believes an honest yoga practice will translate into positive changes both on and off the mat. She enjoys cooking and loves discovering and sharing yummy recipes that nourish the body. “I look at a cooking recipe and a yoga practice the same way—as a road map, not an instruction manual. If you listen to your instincts and are not afraid to make modifications, you’re bound to come up with something delicious,” she says. Coming from an asana-based training with a strong emphasis in human anatomy and Ashtanga influences, Sara’s priority in the classroom is sequencing smart classes, safety, proper alignment, breath, focused effort and release, and of course, enjoyment. Sara completed her 200 hour training with YogaPoser, Venice Beach, CA in 2011.
Noel has been teaching yoga since 2005 up in the mountains of western Montana. She's thrilled to have recently arrived in sunny central California--sun salutations feel a lot better actually in the sun. As an E-RYT, Noel has taught yoga to the newbie, the experienced, the young and the old throughout the years. She loves making yoga more approachable for people. Her classes are taught in English, rather than Sanskrit with an emphasis on listening to one's body, letting go of expectations, and forgetting about competition. She encourages questions and not taking oneself so seriously. Her attention to form and one-on-one attention have helped people further their yoga practice and heal from injuries they thought would be with them forever. Yoga is a journey and Noel loves being a small part of that journey for her students.
Lauren’s style of teaching yoga emphasizes the value of each individual’s unique sensitivities & perspective. Her yogini Sanskrit name, Liilavati, sums up her philosophy of yoga and life; the expression of the cosmic dance or simply stated as divine play. With her background in running at the collegiate level, she has a strong understanding of overall health, fitness and body awareness. It was through running where she first discovered her love of yoga for the physical support and balance it provided to an active lifestyle along with the philosophy and spirituality that seemed to keep providing gems of knowledge and clarity.
She received her 200hr Yoga Teacher Certification through Yoga Alliance in 2011 in Eugene Oregon where she studied through the Tai Chi Yoga Center, focusing primarily on Ananda Marga ‘Path of Bliss’ Meditation & Hatha Yoga. Incorporating breath, restorative asanas and subtle body adjustments in her classes she invites and inspires you to play, move and express a practice as unique as you are, uplifting your mind, body and spirit. She has a diverse background teaching children’s yoga and fitness classes as well as all level, adult yoga, meditation & fitness classes. When not found on the mat you can find Lauren exploring, running, hiking or creating artwork and jewelry, which are all a constant source of inspiration and flow in her life.
Britt Migrated from Orange County six years ago and now lives in lovely little Morro Bay. She always maintained a pretty active lifestyle and spent most of her adolescent and teen years swimming, running, and golfing. About seven years ago she was experiencing severe neck and back pain from a car accident and was drawn to a restorative yoga class as way to help ease her pain. As she got deeper into her practice she had the privilege to get to know so many wonderful yogis within the yoga community which eventually inspired her to obtain her 200-hour teacher training certification through our very own, Smiling Dog Yoga. Britt's focus is offering a practice that is welcoming to all levels. Britt is excited to be apart of the community and delighted to share her experience with others.
Deborah has always been a fan of movement. She began ballet and tap dancing as a child, and continued her interest in dance with course work in modern dance while attending California State University at Northridge where she received a degree in psychology. She briefly considered becoming a dance and movement therapist, but once she completed her psychology degree, shifted her interests to politics and attended law school. Recognizing early on that this shift in interest was not her true dharma, she re-entered the fitness field managing a health and fitness center in Los Angeles and becoming an ACE certified personal trainer. Shortly after certifying as a trainer, she found Yoga and found her home. Yoga has transformed Deborah’s life in so many ways, bringing a peace and tranquility to her that she loves to share with her students. She loves to share her story of “trying” a class one day and walking out feeling as though she were a completely different and whole person for the first time in years. The ability of a practice to bring such contentment and peace was just short of a miracle for Deborah who is a single parent of two special needs children. Deborah loves to share her Yoga experience with others as they journey on their own quest for calm, peace and fulfillment. She also loves to work with “mama’s to be” on their journey through the pregnancy process…a very special time in a woman’s life, by bringing a sense of community and love to women as their bodies change in the creation of a new life and spirit. To that end, she received her prenatal/postnatal yoga certification through the Yoga Alliance. Deborah has studied Yoga with many of today’s well-known and sought after yogi’s including James Brown, Alexandria Crow, Kathryn Budig and Chrissy Canning. She studied pranayama with Peter Sterios and mediation with Rolf Gates. She is certified as an E-RYT200 and RPYT with the Yoga Alliance. She also has earned a B.A. in psychology (emphasis on special needs children and personality disorders).
Yoga’s flowing movements help tone and stimulate muscles and bones in a gentle and relaxing manner. The breathing exercises help to calm the nervous system and encourage deep relaxation. A Yoga practice during pregnancy may help create a more positive pregnancy experience and aid in labor and delivery. During the prenatal Yoga series, mama’s will be encouraged to create a small supportive community with each other as they practice Yoga sequences aimed at creating space within their bodies for their growing babies.
Price: $85 (hosting up to 20 moms to be)