Strong Vinyasa


This class is taught by:

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).

Stephanie Moran

Stephanie Moran is the owner of Smiling Dog Yoga and the creator of our exclusive Barre Fusion Program, YOBarre. She is a Certified Group Fitness instructor that has been teaching for 13 years. She received her very first group fitness certification from Les Mills International in 2003 where she started her career in fitness as a Body Pump instructor. She continued on in certifications in Body Attack, Body Flow, Body Combat and Body Jam where she learned fitness formats involving kickboxing, high-low cardio aerobics, yoga, pilates, thai-chi and even dance based aerobics for those that really wanted to boogie! In addition to her extensive training from Les Mills, she is also certified by AFFA in Primary Group, Indoor Cycling, On the Mat training ans last but not least Zumba! Teaching fitness and educating on health and wellness is her favorite thing to do and a huge passion for her. And as each new trend awakens in this industry she is always ready to try it and when she falls in love - gets certified! Her newly discovered passion for barre is energizing her creativity with fitness and discovering new ways to lead, teach and discover fitness with her students.
Stephanie is also Senior Vice President of Sales at MINDBODY and brings her passion and drive to our humble space! Aside from teaching, owning the studio, and leading an amazing sales team at MINDBODY Stephanie spends her time with her four beautiful children and her amazing husband.  She loves to travel and shop and loves to do the two together.  Favorite city to travel to and shop - London!

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.

Chandra Janae

The daughter of a self-taught, nationally ranked cheerleading coach mother, and a state wrestling champion father, one of Chandra’s earliest memories is of stretching and exercising. She spent time in gymnastics, figure skating, and track and field, before ultimately falling in love with ballet for it’s unique combination of athleticism and art.

 

After an early career as a professional dancer, teacher, and choreographer with several Bay Area based companies, an injury led Chandra down a different path. Frustrations with her own physical limitations caused her to walk away from the passionate life she loved. Years later, seeking relief from the chronic pain that shadowed her, she discovered yoga & had an unexpected moment of mental clarity on the mat that led her to hang up her corporate leadership hat on the spot. She rediscovered her true passion for coaching and motivating people, with her immense drive to inspire others thru the science of health and fitness.

 

Chandra found yoga as an effective tool for healing old injuries & restoring full functionality back to her body. After having experienced the immense benefits of yoga first hand, she was inspired to attain her 500-ERYT. Chandra holds additional certifications in Primary Group Fitness thru AFAA, Barre, Pilates, Yoga Sculpt, Jillian Michael's BodyShred, and is an ACE CPT. Chandra’s personal experiences & time spent as the former Studio Director of Smiling Dog Yoga, Barre, and Fitness, have directly shaped her teaching style, & she strives to create a safe, form focused class environment full of learning, fun, uniquely balanced sequencing, and killer playlists designed to distract you from just how hard you are actually working (#thesneakysoremethod). Her students call her classes energizing, uplifting, and dynamic. When not at the studio, Chandra can be found reading anatomy books on the beach, binge watching mindless Bravo TV shows while working out, DIYing various arts & crafts, or feeding her retail addiction. She is fluent in Sarcasm. She looks forward to welcoming you to The Dog, and can't wait to show you all our amazing community has to offer!

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

Upcoming classes:

  • Mon Aug 20 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm with Deborah Light-Pacheco
  • Tue Aug 21 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm with Deborah Light-Pacheco
  • Fri Aug 24 6:30 am - 7:30 am with Stephanie Moran
  • Sat Aug 25 11:00 am - 12:15 pm with Sera Melini
  • Mon Aug 27 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm with Deborah Light-Pacheco
  • Tue Aug 28 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm with Chandra Janae
  • Fri Aug 31 6:30 am - 7:30 am with Sera Melini
  • Sat Sep 01 11:00 am - 12:15 pm with Sera Melini
  • Tue Sep 04 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm with Danyelle Forbes
  • Fri Sep 07 6:30 am - 7:30 am with Danyelle Forbes
  • Sat Sep 08 11:00 am - 12:15 pm with Sera Melini
  • Mon Sep 10 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm with Deborah Light-Pacheco
  • Tue Sep 11 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm with Danyelle Forbes
  • Fri Sep 14 6:30 am - 7:30 am with Danyelle Forbes
  • Sat Sep 15 11:00 am - 12:15 pm with Sera Melini
  • Mon Sep 17 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm with Deborah Light-Pacheco