This class is taught by:

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.

Kevin Hauber

Kevin came to yoga in 1999 as a result of a chronic pain condition and and grew to understand yoga as a practice that contributes to overall health. He has studied closely with Peter Sterios. His teaching style is compassionate and meditative with an emphasis on deep releases and openings of the body. He encourages students to find the areas of resistance in their bodies and use breath and patience as tools for healing. For more info on Kevin check out his website:  http://www.kevinhauber.com/. 

Tonya Holmes-Cusick

Tonya was touched by the beauty and grace of Yoga from her very first Yoga class many years ago. Over the past few years she's been dedicated to the practice, study and teachings of yoga since her discovery of all the joys and benefits it brings. She had the wonderful opportunity of continuing her Yoga journey in beautiful British Columbia where she completed her 200RYT with Bernie Clark, Dan Clement, Eion Finn and Insiya Rasiwala-Finn.

Alexis King

Alexis is an Oklahoma native who travelled to California in search of art, nature, and adventure. She graduated from Cal Poly in 2012 with a degree in Art and Design. Her love of art guided her towards the practice of yoga as a means of personal expression, stress relief and inner peace. Alexis studied under Roxy Borger and Jonathan Gabriel in the Smiling Dog Yoga teacher training class of 2015/2016, earning her RYC 200 hour certification. Her teaching style combines fluid movement, connection with breath, mindfulness, and acceptance of self. Alexis believes that yoga is a means for deepening respect and love of the body, mind and spirit by embracing and celebrating all shapes, sizes, and abilities in her classes. Aside from yoga, Alexis works in social services at a non-profit organization and as a tattoo artist specializing in custom, hand-poked designs.

Leslie St. John

An Arkansas native, Leslie came to yoga through competitive figure skating and modern dance. Before attending graduate school at Purdue, where she earned an MFA in creative writing, she immersed herself in the practice of dynamic yoga with Matthew Kreps. She continued her training with Tias Little, whose methods synthesize the safety and stability of Iyengar with the strength and mobility of ashtanga. Leslie currently dances with Variable Velocity and teaches English at Cuesta and Cal Poly. Her yoga classes emphasize practicing “right effort”—finding the balance between exertion and surrender.

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.

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).
Good for anybody and everybody, beginners to seasoned yogis, these classes are the best place to start and are the perfect balance of strengthening and stretching. These classes blend standing poses, seated/floor poses, meditation, and breath exercises. This class may also include some active flow or sun salutations but this component will be minimal.

Upcoming classes:

  • Fri Sep 22 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Ahmed Fahmy
  • Sat Sep 23 9:30 am - 10:45 am with Kevin Hauber
  • Sun Sep 24 9:45 am - 10:45 am with Tonya Holmes-Cusick
  • Mon Sep 25 9:00 am - 10:15 am with Alexis King
  • Mon Sep 25 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm with Leslie St. John
  • Tue Sep 26 10:30 am - 11:45 am with Sera Melini
  • Wed Sep 27 9:00 am - 10:15 am with Deborah Light-Pacheco
  • Thu Sep 28 9:00 am - 10:15 am with Deborah Light-Pacheco
  • Fri Sep 29 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Ahmed Fahmy
  • Sat Sep 30 9:30 am - 10:45 am with Kevin Hauber
  • Sun Oct 01 9:45 am - 10:45 am with Tonya Holmes-Cusick
  • Mon Oct 02 9:00 am - 10:15 am with Kevin Hauber
  • Mon Oct 02 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm with Deborah Light-Pacheco
  • Tue Oct 03 10:30 am - 11:45 am with Sera Melini
  • Wed Oct 04 9:00 am - 10:15 am with Deborah Light-Pacheco
  • Thu Oct 05 9:00 am - 10:15 am with Deborah Light-Pacheco
  • Fri Oct 06 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Ahmed Fahmy
  • Sat Oct 07 9:30 am - 10:45 am with Kevin Hauber
  • Sun Oct 08 9:45 am - 10:45 am with Tonya Holmes-Cusick
  • Mon Oct 09 9:00 am - 10:15 am with Alexis King