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Stephanie Moran is the owner of Smiling Dog Yoga and the creator of our exclusive Barre Fusion Program, YOBarre. She is a Certified Group Fitness instructor that has been teaching for 13 years. She received her very first group fitness certification from Les Mills International in 2003 where she started her career in fitness as a Body Pump instructor. She continued on in certifications in Body Attack, Body Flow, Body Combat and Body Jam where she learned fitness formats involving kickboxing, high-low cardio aerobics, yoga, pilates, thai-chi and even dance based aerobics for those that really wanted to boogie! In addition to her extensive training from Les Mills, she is also certified by AFFA in Primary Group, Indoor Cycling, On the Mat training ans last but not least Zumba! Teaching fitness and educating on health and wellness is her favorite thing to do and a huge passion for her. And as each new trend awakens in this industry she is always ready to try it and when she falls in love - gets certified! Her newly discovered passion for barre is energizing her creativity with fitness and discovering new ways to lead, teach and discover fitness with her students.
Stephanie is also Senior Vice President of Sales at MINDBODY and brings her passion and drive to our humble space! Aside from teaching, owning the studio, and leading an amazing sales team at MINDBODY Stephanie spends her time with her four beautiful children and her amazing husband.  She loves to travel and shop and loves to do the two together.  Favorite city to travel to and shop - London!
Andres Moran, our co-owner has over 15 years experience in the industry of Yoga, Pilates, Fitness and Wellness.  As an early employee of MINDBODY Andres was able to oversee various department such as Support, Sales, Business Development, and MINDBODY University where we he worked closely with successful studio owners.  In 2015 Andres started his own technology company, iKizmet a business intelligence tool for the yoga, fitness and wellness space, www.ikizmet.com. Andres oversees all technology and operations of Smiling Dog Yoga and his favorite class to take is Pilates since it makes him work muscles he does not know exist!
The daughter of a self-taught, nationally ranked cheerleading coach mother, and a state wrestling champion father, one of Chandra’s earliest memories is of stretching and exercising. She spent time in gymnastics, figure skating, and track and field, before ultimately falling in love with ballet for it’s unique combination of athleticism and art.

 

After an early career as a professional dancer, teacher, and choreographer with several Bay Area based companies, an injury led Chandra down a different path. Frustrations with her own physical limitations caused her to walk away from the passionate life she loved. Years later, seeking relief from the chronic pain that shadowed her, she discovered yoga & had an unexpected moment of mental clarity on the mat that led her to hang up her corporate leadership hat on the spot. She rediscovered her true passion for coaching and motivating people, with her immense drive to inspire others thru the science of health and fitness.

 

Chandra found yoga as an effective tool for healing old injuries & restoring full functionality back to her body. After having experienced the immense benefits of yoga first hand, she was inspired to attain her 500-ERYT. Chandra holds additional certifications in Primary Group Fitness thru AFAA, Barre, Pilates, Yoga Sculpt, Jillian Michael's BodyShred, and is an ACE CPT. Chandra’s personal experiences & time spent as the former Studio Director of Smiling Dog Yoga, Barre, and Fitness, have directly shaped her teaching style, & she strives to create a safe, form focused class environment full of learning, fun, uniquely balanced sequencing, and killer playlists designed to distract you from just how hard you are actually working (#thesneakysoremethod). Her students call her classes energizing, uplifting, and dynamic. When not at the studio, Chandra can be found reading anatomy books on the beach, binge watching mindless Bravo TV shows while working out, DIYing various arts & crafts, or feeding her retail addiction. She is fluent in Sarcasm. She looks forward to welcoming you to The Dog, and can't wait to show you all our amazing community has to offer!

Kate Cowell is a member of the Client Success Team at Smiling Dog. Kate is originally from the Bay Area, but is currently attending Cal Poly as a third year Animal Science Student. Aside from hanging out with animals all day, Kate enjoys staying active by going to all styles of workout classes such as Vinyasa, Barre, and Spin. Her other passions include surfing, hiking with her dog, roller skating, and exploring the California Coast!
Natasha Donaghy has lived on the central coast all of her life.  When she is not helping clients at The Dog she has a full time job at iKizmet as a Onboarding and Support Specialist. Outside of work she loves to stay physically active.  You can catch her in class, on a hike or taking a kickboxing class. Her other passions include animals, plants and books.  It is her goal to learn everyone's name at The Dog so the next time you see her at the desk be sure to tell her your name! 
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 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).
My first Bikram Yoga class was in 2007 and although I didn't fall instantly in love, there was something about it that stuck with me. My second class was in November 2012 at Bikram Yoga Chelmsford and I've never looked back. After having gone through minor back surgery after my first child and struggling with pain again after my second child, I knew I needed something stronger than what the doctors were prescribing. Pain medications were only masking the problem, but Bikram Yoga was fixing it. Not to mention all the additional side affects like better overall health, increased energy and strength, less stress and more confidence.

I quickly fast-tracked my practice by taking a private lesson, began training and competed in my first competition in October 2013 and left for teacher training in April 2014!

I love that I can share this incredible "medicine" through teaching. I am inspired everyday by the changes, struggles and progress I see my students make.

In 2014, I found myself coaching students for both the New England Regional Yoga Asana Championships and National Championships and it has become another amazing step in my career as a Bikram Yoga teacher.

I had another new journey begin in 2015 when I took my first Yoga Sculpt class followed shortly by my first Inferno Hot Pilates class. I fell immediately in love with the blend of yoga, weight training and cardio and found myself back in teacher training mode. Today I am a certified instructor of both Yoga Sculpt and Inferno Hot Pilates.

Although my formal background is in marketing, I'm happy to say today that I am a wife, full-time mom of two, yoga & fitness instructor and lifetime student!

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