Strong Vinyasa

This class is taught by:

Sera Melini

Sera has been a grateful student of Yoga and Ayurveda for many years. She has been blessed with teachers who have searched classically for the patterns of the Universe and Spirit. Her studies and experiences in the realms of Yoga, Mantra, and Ayurveda all serve to assist in increasing depth, sensitivity, and simplicity in ways that both utilize and increase grace and observation.

Some of her teachers include, Andrey Lappa of Universal Yoga, Kula Yoga Project, Sankalpah College of Yoga (Yoga), Sadhvi Abha Saraswatiji and Raghunath Cappo (Mantra), Vaidya Ravi of Poonthottam Ayurvedasram, the California College of Ayurveda, and BCD (Ayurveda). Her teachers of touch include those at Sunshine School (Chiang Mai, Thailand) and Ohm (Omsala Chiang Mai, Thailand) for the wisdom of Thai Massage and Chi Nei Tsang.

Each of her teachers has forever moved her to be more observant, respectful, humble, and sincere - qualities ever present in yoga and its teachings.

In classes we will focus on the science behind the relationships between the body, the mind, and their bridges . We are concerned with the flow of prana, how and where it moves and does not move in posture, in nadi, with consciousness. Using the paradigms of Ha-tha Yoga and Ayurveda we will explore our capacity to be both strong and flexible, moving and still, Ha and Tha, and of course, migrating in the direction of steady appreciation and awareness.

Leslie St. John

LESLIE ST. JOHN is a self-expression muse, helping people get “unstuck.” Using the modalities of yoga, Qoya, and writing, she helps people unshackle creativity, feel their bodies as allies, and cultivate more self-intimacy. She is creator of Prose and Poses and offers yoga and writing retreats (Upcoming retreats at Sagrada and the Mayan Riviera). She holds an MFA in poetry from Purdue University and is author of Beauty Like a Rope. Her writing is published in Elephant Journal, Teach.Yoga, Yoga Revolutionaries, Apersus Quartery, Oxford American, Rebelle Society, and Verse Daily. She teaches Literature at Cal Poly. A 500hr RYT, she has studied with Tias Little, Noah Maze, and Rocky Heron. Her classes have been described as “Sweaty and Spiritual.” Be prepared to move. Deepen your connection to your true self. You can find her writing at a café, hunting vintage shops, or hiking with her beagle Lucy in the hills of San Luis Obispo.

Learn more:

IG: @proseandposes

Marissa Bloom

Marissa Bloom attended her first yoga class in 2006 while completing her undergraduate degree in vocal arts at USC. As a native of San Luis Obispo County, this first foray into the big city of Los Angeles and the overly-competitive life of a performing artist left her completely overwhelmed and searching for something more. Her weekly yoga classes became her safe-haven and grounding support. Since that first class, Marissa has used yoga postures, breathing techniques, and philosophies in her performing life and voice teaching; but, it wasn’t until Marissa returned to the beautiful Central Coast after completing her Master’s degree last year that she became utterly addicted to yoga. In the summer of 2011, Marissa fulfilled her yogic dream by attending Frog Lotus Yoga Immersion Teacher Training in the Berkshires of Massachusetts with an emphasis on Thai Yoga massage and Kirtan chanting. Her teaching style combines a creative and playful flair with strong emphasis on alignment and assists. In addition to teaching yoga classes, Marissa is an opera singer, florist, and voice teacher. You might just hear her soft singing during savasana.
Read more about her singing and yoga on her blog, Ain’t over till the thin lady sings: 
You can also visit her facebook page: 

Ahmed Fahmy

Originally from Cairo, Egypt, Ahmed has studied yoga since 2000, both Indian and Egyptian forms. He's trained with Jody Kamator and Next Generation Yoga for Kids and found he was a natural teacher. Ahmed also teaches hatha yoga with a multi-cultural approach. His DVD for children, Storyland Yoga was released in 2010 and has received much recognition, included the Parent's Choice Award for quality educational programming for children.

Deborah Light-Pacheco

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).
These more advanced and active classes will energize, challenge, and inspire you. For those who like more of a workout, these classes turn on the internal fire and focus on building strength, stamina, and flexibility with lots of standing poses and some inversions. These classes are faster paced and connect movement with breath. Good for those with at least 3-6 months of (sweet) vinyasa yoga experience. Not suitable for beginners.

Upcoming classes:

  • Fri Nov 17 7:00 am - 8:00 am with Sera Melini
  • Sat Nov 18 11:00 am - 12:15 pm with Sera Melini
  • Mon Nov 20 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm with Leslie St. John
  • Wed Nov 22 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm with Marissa Bloom
  • Sat Nov 25 11:00 am - 12:15 pm with Ahmed Fahmy
  • Mon Nov 27 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm with Leslie St. John
  • Wed Nov 29 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm with Marissa Bloom
  • Thu Nov 30 10:30 am - 11:45 am with Deborah Light-Pacheco
  • Fri Dec 01 7:00 am - 8:00 am with SDY Staff
  • Sat Dec 02 11:00 am - 12:15 pm with Ahmed Fahmy
  • Mon Dec 04 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm with Leslie St. John
  • Wed Dec 06 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm with Marissa Bloom
  • Thu Dec 07 10:30 am - 11:45 am with Deborah Light-Pacheco
  • Fri Dec 08 7:00 am - 8:00 am with SDY Staff