Strong Hatha


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.

Kristy Zoshak

An ex-Brooklynite relocated to the central coast, Kristy combines east coast attitude with west coast chill. She believes that developing a personal practice (whether it's yoga, fitness, a combination of the two, or something else entirely) is more important now than ever. The idea of helping others develop their own practice is what lead her to complete her 200-hour teacher certification at Smiling Dog Yoga, Barre, and Fitness. Kristy loves to flow to hip hop and EDM and you're likely to hear one or both in her classes. Her alter ego is a mermaid.

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.

This multi-leveled class is slightly more advanced than Hatha, but still accessible to all ranges of experience from beginners to seasoned yogis. The class will integrate a blend of standing poses, seated/floor poses, breathing exercises, meditation, core strengthening, arm balances and stretching. While this class will warm up with sun salutations, vinyasa flows will be kept to a minimum.

Upcoming classes:

  • Wed Oct 17 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm with Sera Melini
  • Mon Oct 22 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm with Sera Melini
  • Wed Oct 24 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm with Sera Melini
  • Mon Oct 29 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm with Sera Melini
  • Wed Oct 31 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm with Sera Melini
  • Mon Nov 05 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm with Sera Melini
  • Wed Nov 07 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm with Sera Melini
  • Mon Nov 12 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm with Sera Melini
  • Wed Nov 14 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm with Sera Melini
  • Mon Nov 19 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm with Sera Melini
  • Wed Nov 21 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm with Sera Melini
  • Mon Nov 26 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm with Kristy Zoshak
  • Wed Nov 28 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm with Danyelle Forbes
  • Mon Dec 03 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm with Jessica Friedland
  • Wed Dec 05 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm with Jessica Friedland
  • Mon Dec 10 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm with Jessica Friedland
  • Wed Dec 12 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm with Jessica Friedland
  • Mon Dec 17 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm with Jessica Friedland
  • Wed Dec 19 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm with Jessica Friedland
  • Mon Dec 24 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm with Jessica Friedland