Hatha


This class is taught by:

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.

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).

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.
Great for anybody and everybody, beginners to seasoned yogis, Hatha is the best place to start and is the perfect balance of strengthening and stretching. It blends standing poses, seated/floor poses, meditation, and breath exercises. This class may also include some active flow or sun salutations, but will be minimal.

Upcoming classes:

  • Sun Aug 19 9:45 am - 10:45 am with Alexis King
  • Tue Aug 21 10:30 am - 11:45 am with Sera Melini
  • Wed Aug 22 9:00 am - 10:15 am with Deborah Light-Pacheco
  • Thu Aug 23 9:00 am - 10:15 am with Deborah Light-Pacheco
  • Fri Aug 24 10:30 am - 11:45 am with Sera Melini
  • Sun Aug 26 9:45 am - 10:45 am with Alexis King
  • Tue Aug 28 10:30 am - 11:45 am with Sera Melini
  • Wed Aug 29 9:00 am - 10:15 am with Deborah Light-Pacheco
  • Thu Aug 30 9:00 am - 10:15 am with Deborah Light-Pacheco
  • Fri Aug 31 10:30 am - 11:45 am with Sera Melini
  • Sun Sep 02 9:45 am - 10:45 am with Alexis King
  • Tue Sep 04 10:30 am - 11:45 am with Sera Melini
  • Wed Sep 05 9:00 am - 10:15 am with Deborah Light-Pacheco
  • Thu Sep 06 9:00 am - 10:15 am with Deborah Light-Pacheco
  • Fri Sep 07 10:30 am - 11:45 am with Sera Melini
  • Sun Sep 09 9:45 am - 10:45 am with Roxy Borger
  • Tue Sep 11 10:30 am - 11:45 am with Sera Melini
  • Wed Sep 12 9:00 am - 10:15 am with Deborah Light-Pacheco
  • Thu Sep 13 9:00 am - 10:15 am with Deborah Light-Pacheco
  • Fri Sep 14 10:30 am - 11:45 am with Sera Melini