Strong Vinyasa


This class is taught by:

Jessica Friedland

An avid student of the power of intention, consciousness and the relationship between body, mind and spirit, Jessica has witnessed the trans-formative power of Yoga in her life firsthand. After a terrible car accident in 2009 that almost cost her a leg and her life, she spent over a year off her feet and had to teach herself how to walk all over again, simply grateful just to be alive. When she truly discovered Yoga in 2017, it completely revolutionized her thinking, bringing relief from the pain she had accepted as an inescapable reality for so many years and healing the injuries of the body and of the heart.

A graduate from the 2018 Smiling Dog 200 hour yoga teacher training with Sera Melini, she feels driven to try to help others receive some of the same amazing benefits a consistent practice has bestowed upon her life, and open minds to the possibility of change.

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).

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.

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:

  • Sat Oct 20 11:00 am - 12:15 pm with Jessica Friedland
  • Mon Oct 22 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm with Deborah Light-Pacheco
  • Sat Oct 27 11:00 am - 12:15 pm with Sera Melini
  • Mon Oct 29 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm with Deborah Light-Pacheco
  • Sat Nov 03 11:00 am - 12:15 pm with Sera Melini
  • Mon Nov 05 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm with Deborah Light-Pacheco
  • Sat Nov 10 11:00 am - 12:15 pm with Sera Melini
  • Mon Nov 12 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm with Deborah Light-Pacheco
  • Sat Nov 17 11:00 am - 12:15 pm with Sera Melini
  • Mon Nov 19 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm with Deborah Light-Pacheco
  • Sat Nov 24 11:00 am - 12:15 pm with Jessica Friedland
  • Mon Nov 26 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm with Deborah Light-Pacheco
  • Sat Dec 01 11:00 am - 12:15 pm with Jessica Friedland
  • Mon Dec 03 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm with Deborah Light-Pacheco