Sweet 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).

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.

Roxy Borger

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.
Our vinyasa classes are generally more active. Expect to sweat to a faster paced class that connects movement with breath. This class will energize, challenge, and inspire you. Expect to build strength, flexibility, mobility, and core integration. This class is for all levels, and we try to offer plenty of options for the beginner or advanced yogi so it's a healthy challenge. For those who like more of a workout, this class will focus on challenging standing poses, basic arm balances, and inversions.

Upcoming classes:

  • Tue Oct 16 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm with Danyelle Forbes
  • Thu Oct 18 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm with Deborah Light-Pacheco
  • Fri Oct 19 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm with Ahmed Fahmy
  • Sun Oct 21 11:00 am - 12:15 pm with Deborah Light-Pacheco
  • Tue Oct 23 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm with Danyelle Forbes
  • Thu Oct 25 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm with Deborah Light-Pacheco
  • Fri Oct 26 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm with Ahmed Fahmy
  • Sun Oct 28 11:00 am - 12:15 pm with Deborah Light-Pacheco
  • Tue Oct 30 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm with Danyelle Forbes
  • Thu Nov 01 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm with Deborah Light-Pacheco
  • Fri Nov 02 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm with Ahmed Fahmy
  • Sun Nov 04 11:00 am - 12:15 pm with Roxy Borger
  • Tue Nov 06 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm with Danyelle Forbes
  • Thu Nov 08 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm with Deborah Light-Pacheco
  • Fri Nov 09 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm with Ahmed Fahmy
  • Sun Nov 11 11:00 am - 12:15 pm with Roxy Borger