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All Santa Barbara Yoga Center instructors, unless stated otherwise, offer private yoga instruction upon request. Please call the Santa Barbara Yoga Center at 805.965.6045.

Emma Spencer
Vanessa has been classically trained in the methods of Iyengar yoga, for over a decade. She has followed the teachings of the foremost yoga teacher in the world, with over 75 years experience. B.K.S. Iyengar has refined the art of teaching yoga, with emphasis on alignment of the body with the use of props, unique sequencing and timing of poses, and brilliance in his clarity of teaching.

Vanessa has gained a strong understanding of the many uses of props in her classes to allow all walks of life to approach yoga. She has made numerous trips to India to study right at the heart of the yoga lineage, studying extensively at the base of the Himalayas with Rajiv and Swati Chanchani, the authors of: Yoga For Children.
She has had the fortunate opportunity to assist them in their medical classes, learning how to apply yoga's curative abilities to practitioners with ailments ranging from MS, Cancer, sciatica, depression, scoliosis, and much more.
She is currently attending her 3rd year in the Iyengar Yoga Teacher Training of Los Angeles with over 500 hours teacher training. She has attended countless workshops with many of the Iyengar Senior teachers throughout the world and continues attending workshops regularly to deepen her knowledge of the broad subject of yoga. Her teachers are Richard McLaughlin, Manouso Manos, Gloria Goldberg, Marla Apt and Diane Gysbers.

Vanessa's classes are always unique and different from one another, catering each class to the individual's needs. She provides a keen sense of detail to each yoga pose. By dissecting the poses on a cellular level, students can begin to restore the many ailments that may plague them and build a solid foundation in their yoga practice. Students looking to refine their yoga practice and advance their knowledge of yoga will benefit from Vanessa's classes.
Level 1-2: Mon 6:30-7:55 pm
All Levels: Sat 10:30am-12pm


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Leigh Aschoff
Cheri Clampett, E-RYT 500 is founder and director of the Therapeutic Yoga Training Program and co-author of the Therapeutic Yoga Kit. Cheri has co-led the Integrative Yoga Therapy Teacher Trainings and has presented her special style of Therapeutic Yoga at the White Lotus Foundation Teacher Training, Southwest Yoga Conference, Integral Yoga Institute, Himalayan Institute, Beth Israel Medical Center, and the Rusk Institute at NYU Medical Center. Cheri also teaches at the Cancer Center of Santa Barbara, and leads our Therapeutic Yoga Teacher Training course. As a certified Yoga Therapist, Cheri focuses on the healing aspects of yoga; freeing the body, breath and flow of energy through practicing with awareness and love.

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Kat's great JOY is to invite her students to live more fully in their bodies and in their lives; cultivating a connection to their unique inner wisdom. She is deeply committed to enhancing the lives of her students through a mindful, dynamic approach to yoga, integrating mind, body and spirit. Kat has been practicing Hatha yoga since 1992, teaching since July 1999 and is a Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher E-RYT 500 since January 2007 with over 15,000 hours of teaching experience. She was first inspired to teach by Ana Forrest, who imparted the fundamentals of Forrest Yoga - encouraging honesty, integrity, strength, embodiment of spirit and the healing process.

Kat has completed teacher training's with Ana Forrest, Donna Farhi, Judith Lasater, Cheri Clampett, Sarah Powers, Erich Schifmann and Lisa Walford. In addition to teaching at the Santa Barbara Yoga Center, she also conducts therapeutic yoga classes at the Cancer Center of Santa Barbara with Sansum Clinic. Kat is devoted to an evolutionary path of self discovery and personal self growth that includes Yoga, Reiki (healing touch), The Hoffman Process and working with a Life coach. For more information about Kat, Please visit her website at

Kat's class style: Kat provides a safe, compassionate and inviting environment. Her emphasis is on breath, alignment, strength, rejuvenation and connection to dynamic internal stillness. Students create a connection to their core and build a strong foundation to deepen their yoga practice. Each student's individual needs are addressed, which allows them to heal both physical and emotional injuries while creating space to deepen a relationship with their authentic selves.
Yoga for Healing:
Tues & Thurs, 5:00-6:25pm

A blend of Gentle, Restorative and Yin yoga focusing on the healing aspects of yoga.

Level 1/2:
Sun, 10:30-11:55am
Intermediate Beginning level Hatha Yoga class grounded in the fundamentals of breath and alignment. Appropriate for students with very little yoga experience, those who have completed the Intro to Yoga course, and for students who want a slower paced class. Basic alignment and correct body positioning in the poses is covered, with emphasis on connecting in feeling to your body, deep breathing, and how to combine breath and movement. Attention is also given to modifying and safely tailoring poses for injuries and health conditions, as well as developing the skill of mindfulness – staying present and alert during practice. Room is moderately heated (70-74 degrees).
Healthy Happy Back:
Wed 10:30-11:55am
Sun 4:30-5:55pm
Intro to Yoga, Workshops &
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Leigh Aschoff
Melanee is a certified 500 RYT yoga and meditation instructor. Practicing yoga since the late 90's, her journey down
the yoga path began when she met her guru Ruzicka Weisen, a disciple of Iyengar and of the Kripalu Ashram, with whom she studied for seven years. Melanee received her certification from the Nosara Institute in Costa Rica, lead by Amba and Don Stapleton, PhD.

As a yoga instructor, Melanee's intention is to create a safe space and inspire her students by weaving a tapestry of breath awareness, meditation, alignment and creative asana in addition to yoga and Buddhist philosophy. By using yoga as an inquiry, she helps her students develop the ability to strengthen and transform the body, mind and spirit for a more balanced state of being. Melanee has over 1,500 hours of yoga trainings and workshops with master teachers including: Erich Schiffman, Aadhil Palkavala, Gary Kraftsow, Sianna Sherman, Sean Corne, Gabriel Halpern and more.

A passionate student, Melanee has trained in many yoga styles including Hatha, Vinyasa, Iyengar, Anusura, Restorative and Pre-natal. She is immensely grateful to all of the teachers she has studied with throughout the journey. Seva has also been an important part of Melanee's life practice. She has volunteered in India, Africa and China teaching children English and yoga. She has taught yoga at Children's Memorial Hospital and Sara's Homeless Shelter in Chicago and looks forward to more service in the Santa Barbara community. One of her highlights of her volunteer work was meeting the Dalai Lama while helping organize his visit to Chicago in 2011.

Melanee was a former gallery owner in the contemporary art world in downtown Chicago. After two decades, she decided to transform her gallery into a yoga studio, called Yogahouse. Melanee later received her certification as a holistic health coach from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. Find out more about private yoga and health coaching sessions at
Mindful Yoga/Level 1-2:
Wed & Fri, 10:30-11:55am


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Romi is deeply committed to spiritual transformation, and creates a nurturing space for her students to get in touch with innate body wisdom. She is the founder of Transformative Healing Arts, which offers professional yoga instruction, therapeutic bodywork, yoga/movement workshops, performance art, and international retreats. Romi's style is eclectic and creative. She weaves therapeutic yoga and strength-building sequences, with movement and somatic healing modalities. Each class is unique and draws from a mix of Hatha Yoga styles. She has been influenced by: Ashtanga, Therapeutics, Anusara, Vinyasa, and Forrest yoga.

Romi draws from fifteen years of bodywork, yoga, and dance study to offer eclectic classes and workshops. She is also a registered Marriage and Family Therapist intern and offers somatic (body-centered) counseling via private practice in Santa Barbara, Romi received her Bachelors in Environmental Studies from the University of California at Santa Cruz, and her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy, with an emphasis on Somatic Psychology, from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She has been a certified yoga instructor since 1998 through the White Lotus Foundation.

Mystical shamanic studies and travels through the Americas and Africa have led Romi to explore the sacred connection between movement, nature, healing, rhythm and spirituality. Her intention is to help people live more freely in their bodies, so they may heal and embody their creative Spirit. Her classes and workshops support expansion, fitness, healing, spiritual well-being, personal growth and fun. For more information, please visit her website and blog at: Facebook Group "Transformative Healing Arts".
Level 1-2:
Mon & Wed 5:00-6:25pm

Romi integrates focused, mindful sequences with compassionate healing awareness to provide a transformative and practical Yoga session. Her style is both dynamic and supportive of the needs of each individual. She emphasizes breath and core strengthening to help build a student's inner foundation. Romi offers healing touch and a loving, grounded space for one to actively work on their healing process.

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Jim first learned about Yoga in the latter part of the 1980's from a co-worker that lived at the White Lotus Foundation in the mountains above Santa Barbara. He began taking asana and pranayama classes there, and along with friends began a daily practice. A few years later, Jim left the area and started a new phase in life, that of parenting. His practice became nearly non-existent for 18 years.

In 2009, Jim began the process of rediscovering his practice and started attending classes at the Santa Barbara Yoga Center. In 2012, he returned to White Lotus for an immersive 16-day residential teacher's training with Ganga White and Tracey Rich. This training resulted in him becoming a Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher RYT 200 in 2013.

Following that training, Jim began taking courses in the SBYC 300-hour bridge program, working towards his RYT 500. He holds a certificate in Therapeutic Yoga from Cheri Clampett and the SBYC. During the daytime, he plays with computers, managing servers and networks for SaaS applications. His yoga practice helps him to find balance in life.
Yin & Therapeutic:
Mon & Wed 7:00-8:25pm

A restorative yoga class incorporating Yin style yoga poses and Therapeutic Yoga to release the stress of the day, and prepare for a restful evening. Appropriate for all levels.

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Emma Spencer
Julia Djeke, MA RYT Julia incorporates life experiences into her yoga teaching. She infuses classes with an authentic voice, recognizing the joys and challenges that comprise everyday living. With skillful instruction, a compassionate attitude and a sprinkle of humor, Julia encourages each of her practitioners to honor their physical abilities and boundaries. Julia currently serves as Director of Donor Relations at UCSB and holds an M.A. in English from Simmons College. She is YogaWorks certified under the tutelage of Natasha Rizopoulos and has completed Anusara Immersion 1 with Marc St. Pierre and Nikki Jacobs.
Graceful Flow:
Sun 12:00-1:30pm

This class embraces the idea that we must create stability in order to experience greater freedom. On the mat, this translates into mindful movement, an awareness that informs each and every one of our yogic postures. Graceful Flow allows us to experience optimal alignment while also giving ourselves permission to explore and create.

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Simone Duffett
Simone approaches the world with loving friendliness, a quality of great compassionate generosity that, in yoga is known as Metta. She is imbued with a scientific fascination of and spiritual devotion to the human body in all of its stages and forms. With these qualities of kind generosity, fascination and devotion, she moves forward. Introduced to yoga by her mother, an Integral Yoga Institute trained teacher, she benefited from the prenatal classes taken by her mother and began learning asana as a young child.

Simone's personal practice really took off when she began taking classes in studios around Santa Barbara after she moved here in 2007. She is grateful to Jennifer Steinwurtzel who first encouraged her to train as a teacher and to Cheri Clampett whose recommendation to the Santa Barbara Yoga Center landed Simone her position as a Therapeutic Yoga Teacher.
Therapeutic & Restorative
Sat. 4:30-6:00pm

In Simone's class, students nurture and cultivate a reserve of well being. She encourages her students to practice deliberate stillness. Most of our days are spent in movement, having been trained from an early age to get more done faster, but Simone believes life is better when to take time to care for yourself.

She leads her students into an easeful state with soft light and music, guided imagery, and with gentle, intelligent manual adjustments. Layers of tension melt away and the nervous system quiets. Quietly becoming attentive to the body's natural rhythms begins to take precedence over thoughts and other mental chatter. The student is able to relax and release so that they may be restored to a natural state of vibrancy.

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Siddhi Ellinghoven
Siddhi studied with Yogi Bhajan, is a certified Kundalini Yoga Teacher, and has facilitated meditation classes for over 20 years. She is a published author with a book on adolescent sexuality, and certified Tantric Shiatsu practicioner. Siddhi holds a degree in social-pedagogy. Siddhi is ERYT with yoga Alliances, KRI certified Kundalini Yoga Teacher Naam Yoga Teacher and Teacher Trainer. Siddhi teaches Prenatal at Golden Bridge Yoga in Hollywood where she also got certified in the Khalsa Prenatal Teachings with Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa. For more information, visit Siddhi's website at
Prenatal Yoga:
Tues & Thurs 5:15-6:25pm

In her pregnancy yoga class, Siddhi shares her wisdom, joy and love for the becoming mothers and their unborn babies. Through gentle and powerful yoga she prepares the becoming mothers physically and emotionally for the time of birth and motherhood. Siddhi uses advanced Naam yoga meditations which consist of unique attributes as: specific breath patterns, exact positioning of hands and fingers; particular mantras; consisting of distinct, vibratory sounds; and mental concentration to support each mother on her path through pregnancy and childbirth. Each woman gets in touch with her courage, acceptance, mental and spiritual strength.

Also teaches her "Yogi Cleanse" (seasonally) and other Workshops, and Teacher Training Module.  
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Jivana Heyman, eRYT500, is an Integral Yoga Minister and Manager of the Integral Yoga Institute of San Francisco. Jivana has focused on teaching yoga philosophy and sharing yoga for people with disabilities. In 2007 he created the Accessible Yoga Teacher Training program to train people with disabilities to become Yoga teachers. For more information visit

Accessible Yoga:
Thurs 10:30 am -12:15 pm

Yoga Philosophy:
Tues 3:30-4:30 pm

A gentle class designed for people with disabilities, chronic illness, seniors, or anyone focused on healing and stress reduction. We'll explore the depth of Yoga practice with extra time for guided deep realization, breathing practices, meditation, and discussion of yoga philosophy. 

Join us for a discussion of Yoga Philosophy as found in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. This ancient text forms the foundation of our Yoga practice and guides us in bringing Yoga into every aspect of our lives. No experience necessary.

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Rachel found yoga as a college athlete after suffering a shoulder injury and continues to use her practice to help her slow down and find balance between her swimming, cycling and running routines. A yoga teacher for over five years, Rachel completed her yoga certification with Mia Togo and Greville Henwood at YogaWorks in Los Angeles, as well as a Therapeutic Yoga Certification with Cheri Clampett at Santa Barbara Yoga Center.

Level 1:
Tuesdays & Thursdays
6:30-7:55 pm

Rachel's beginner-friendly teaching style combines the graceful flow of an Ashtanga sequence with the careful alignment of an Iyengar practice for a well-rounded class that is accessible to everyone. She encourages the use of modifications and props to make every student feel safe and comfortable in every pose.

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Alejandra Juarez

Ana began her discovery of yoga in 1999 when she moved to Minnesota. After a life of constant relocation, the years spent in Minnesota offered the opportunity to study yoga and develop a steady practice. There she met Momi Jhung and Matthew Sanford, two of her dearest teachers who nurtured her in different ways and encouraged her to teach. She assisted them for years in regular studio classes and at a rehabilitation center for people with physical disabilities. She also was a student of William Protengeier during this period. In 2004 Ana became a Yoga Alliance teacher RYT 200. She has also completed workshops with numerous teachers over the years, among them: Jo Zukevich, Manouso Manos, Judith Lasater and Jaki Nett. Yoga continues to bring her joy, contentment, grounding and resilience. Since moving to Santa Barbara in the Fall of 2013 Ana has been a student of Richard McLaughlin at IYSSB and of Sarah Tuttle at SBYC.

Level 1-2:
Monday 9:00-10:25am

In this class students will practice a variety of poses, developing strength, flexibility and balance. Through attention to detail, with focus on correct alignment and the breath, students will develop and sharpen their awareness and intelligence of the body.
Accessible Yoga:
Tuesday 10:30-12:00pm

A gentle class designed for people with disabilities, chronic illness, seniors, or anyone focused on healing and stress reduction. Breathing exercises, deep relaxation and meditation are incorporated into this class.
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Lea Longley was born and raised in Santa Barbara, California. She has always enjoyed an active lifestyle and was thrilled to find Pilates because she felt that the discipline promoted both mental and physical health. She was immediately fascinated by the rich history of Pilates and the many examples of people who have been doing Pilates for much of their lives. Through these living examples we are able to see the lucid minds and strong yet supple forms that these individuals have created through their Pilates practice, and aspire to that same brilliance as we move through our lives.
One of her main goals as a teacher is to impart these benefits to her clients. Lea strives to create an environment that is open, light and accepting of everyone who wants to be there, while also honoring the needs of each individual participant and progressing towards their goals.
Lea's study began in late 2003 when she entered into a teacher training program with Core Conditioning in Studio City, California. After completing their rigorous and comprehensive curriculum she began to teach at CenterPoint Pilates in Santa Barbara, California. As she began to teach she realized that her education had only just begun and has avidly pursued her personal and professional practice.
She continues to study under CenterPoint owner Amy Havens and guest faculty member Pat Guyton. She has been richly influenced by Rael Isacowitz, Karen Clippinger, Brent Anderson, Elizabeth Larkham, Lolita San Miguel, Sheri Betz, and Diane Diefenderfer to name a few. As her practice evolves and grows she is reminded that there is always an opportunity to learn more. Each time we move with purpose we are altering the landscape of our minds and bodies and inviting a chance to look at ourselves and our world with fresh and open eyes.
Tues & Thurs 8:30-9:30am

Pilates MAT is a system of exercises designed to strengthen, stretch, tone, improve posture, provide flexibility and balance, and unite the body and mind. This class will "awaken" the postural muscles that support the core. It is suitable for all levels and is a great compliment to other athletic and yoga classes and life movement.

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Gina McCotter, RYT-200, has studied over 20 years with a variety of excellent hatha yoga teachers in the Iyengar and Anusara yoga traditions. Several years of focused practice and teacher training followed. She has been teaching since 2005, sharing heart-centered, body-positive yoga classes with students of all ages and abilities. Classes include precise alignment and breath instruction, the use of props, and an invitation to slow down and pay attention to both the joys AND the challenges of regular yoga and meditation practice.
A California native, gina lived in the Northwest for many years before happily relocating to Santa Barbara in 2012. She is married with four children in high school and college. She loves to cook and hike and read about Julia Child.
gina McCotter teaches Gentle Yoga on Monday's at 3:30 at Santa Barbara Yoga Center.
Private instruction and other classes are always available upon request.

Gentle Yoga:
Mon 3:30-4:45pm

A mindful exploration of basic yoga poses with special emphasis on alignment and breath to facilitate a softer approach to strength and flexibility. Modifications with simple props and encouragement to find your own optimal and accessible alignment will be offered. Absolute beginners and returning yoga students are welcome. Extra time for both centering and renewal are included in each class.

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Alejandra Juarez

Mitsuko is a vivacious Kundalini Yoga teacher who encourages and supports others trying new things and moving toward the manifestation of their divine nature.
The personal growth and development she has gained through her daily personal practice of integrating her mind, body and spirit, and the Kundalini Research Institute (KRI) Teacher Training, which is based on the teachings of Yogi Bhajan she received in 2011, drives her interest in helping others to build their own individual practices.
Mitsuko is an artist at heart. Past activities for this Santa Barbara Native, ranging from world travel to surfing and acting, have given way to marriage, raising children and the occasional modeling and Middle Eastern dance performance.

People who participate regularly in Mitsuko's classes find that they are more present and self-aware. Those that develop their own personal practice, in addition, report a sense of clarity, calmness, and self-acceptance. Regular engagement with Kundalini Yoga leads to personal growth, connection to and acceptance of others for who they are, and the strength to make changes. Over time, Kundalini Yoga practitioners, like Mitsuko and her students, find they that have the focus, energy and drive to achieve their goals and the capacity to support others to do the same.

"Be the Lighthouse." ~ Yogi Bhajan

Sat Nam.

Kundalini Yoga:
M, W, F, 7:00-8:25am
Each Kundalini Yoga class involves a dynamic combination of physical poses and exercises, breathing techniques, mudra, mantra, and meditation to build physical and mental strength, stamina, fliexibility and balance. A consistent and committed practice of Kundalini Yoga can assist in the release of patters of anxiety, anger, fear and insecurity held in the muscles and nervous system to improve health, mental calm and clarity, and enhance spiritual connection.


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Barbara's yoga teaching style is insightful, inspiring and dynamic. Wth her vibrant energy she shares the teachings and traditions of yoga to create a powerful and holistic healing experience for her students.

Barbara is the co-author of Yoga for the Joy of It!, a book guiding college classes and individuals across the US through the physiological and psychological benefits of yoga. She has facilitated twenty-three yoga/meditation retreats in Montecito and two yoga/meditation/hiking retreats in Italy. She offers private sessions, and especially enjoys working with women during their times of recuperation and transition.

Barbara is a Yoga Alliance E-RYT-500 certified instructor grounded in the teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda. She is a devoted practitioner of yoga and has trained with Eric Shiffmann, Lisa Walford, Ganga White, Tracy Rich, and completed Cheri Clampett's Therapeutic Yoga Teacher Training. She taught Hatha Yoga and Restorative Yoga at the Westlake Yoga Center for twelve years before moving to Santa Barbara.

She combines the scientific with the metaphysical in her classes and healing workshops, including Women's Health and Healing, read testamonials, The Science of Sleep—Pajama Yoga, and Meditate, Pray, Heal. She has presented health and wellness seminars in colleges, health clubs and corporations. From working with special needs children to CEO's, Barbara's compassion and dedication to her work and to her students are clearly evident.

Barbara led a Red Cross Yoga Benefit after 911, taught yoga to the athletes of the Special Olympics, and helped the dental needs of indigent children of Isla Vista, CA through Direct Relief International. Yoga Journal Magazine featured Barbara in an article aptly titled, Open Wide and Say Om, for her use of yoga relaxation techniques in dentistry. Barbara participates in the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles Little Stars Program which benefits sick children of low income families.

Barbara earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Southern California. As a wedding officiate, she creates and conducts beautiful spiritual marriage ceremonies. She has generated four websites and written two educational films. She loves spending time with her husband, Stu, and with her family, and enjoys hiking in the foothills of Santa Barbara.

Please visit her website: for information on private yoga instruction and for upcoming workshops and retreats.

Her classes: Barbara teaches from her heart, incorporating the principles of alignment, core strength and balance which reveal the beauty and power of asana and meditation. Her classes mix strengthening and relaxation poses weaved together with insights and a loving presence.

"Your classes have been so meaningful and powerful to my physical, spiritual, mental, and emotional well being. Each Saturday I leave your class with a stunning rejuvenation like no other." ~O.G
Deep Relaxation & Healing:
Fri, 5:00 - 6:25pm
Level 1-2:
Sat 9:00 - 10:25am
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Holly first discovered Hatha yoga in a community class in 2002, and enjoyed her introduction and incorporating bits of it into her life. In 2010, however, everything changed when she walked into a Power Vinyasa flow heated studio. Dancing through the flowing asanas, linking her breath to her movement, and finding the stillness of mind that comes with that union spoke to her like nothing had before. Yoga became an inspiration towards health and happiness, and her sanctuary from the daily stresses of her corporate 9 to 5 job.

In 2012 she felt called to go deeper with her practice and to share this sanctuary with others. She studied with Katie Brauer and Danny Arguetty in the first half of 2012, and received her Yoga Alliance RYT 200hr certification. Her Vinyasa flow classes reflect her commitment to alignment principles and to the union of breath and movement for facilitating a peaceful mind. She seeks to be a powerful agent for positive change in her students' lives by crafting for them a caring and safe space in which to challenge themselves, grow, heal and integrate.

Gentle Flow:
Tues & Thurs 3:30-4:55pm
A Gentle Vinyasa Flow class that begins with moving meditation, centering, and gentle pratapana (exercises to warm the core) and flows into carefully constructed sequences of asanas to tone and strengthen the body. This is a slower paced class based in alignment principles. The pacing of this class allows for an exploration of pranayama (breath techniques) as well as plenty of time for modifications and the use of props to create ease in the postures.
Lunchtime Flow:
Tues & Thurs 12:15-1:15 pm
Move with your breath and work up a sweat in this 60 minute vinyasa flow class. Modifications and variations are offered, making this all levels class perfect for a lunchtime break from your daily routine. Spend some time checking in with your body and breath so that you can tackle the rest of your day energized and rejuvenated!
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Robin Schievink

Robin Schievink has been studying and practicing many different styles of yoga since 1997. She is certified in Kundalini Yoga & Meditation (as taught by Yogi Bhajan) and Khalsa Way Pregnancy Yoga. She has been teaching in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara since 2009. Robin loves sharing Kundalini Yoga with students so they can feel better, have more energy, and enjoy restful sleep.

Kundalini Yoga & Meditation:
Tues & Thurs 7:00-8:25am

Kundalini yoga uses physical exercises, breathing techniques, chanting, and meditation to stimulate the proper functioning of the body and mind. A consistent and regular practice of Kundalini Yoga benefits health and happiness, and improves strength, flexibility, stamina, and endurance. Robin's classes are open to all levels and include modifications for students dealing with physical challenges.

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Silla Siebert
Silla is a Certified Anusara Inspired yoga teacher with a bachelor's degree in Psychology. Born and raised in Denmark, she moved, after finishing university, from London to Malibu in 2001 and has been teaching hundreds of yoga classes to students in Malibu, Westlake Village, Silverlake and West Hollywood since 2004.

She has been a student of Lauren Peterson's since 2002 and also studied with master teachers Erich Schiffmann, Anthony Benenati, Camilla Bergman, Noah Maze', Tiffany Frazer and John Friend. Her teaching focuses on healthy alignment and on creating a deep yet uplifting practice with emphasis on deeply connecting breath, mind, and body. She aims to inspire students to be passionate and dedicated about their yoga practice as well as their daily lives and draws inspiration for her teaching from her daily life and her many interest such as reading, science, philosophy, gardening, cooking, travelling, music and much more. She lives in Santa Barbara with her husband and son
Level 1-2:
Wed 6:30-7:55pm


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Silla Siebert
Vikki Taylor is a practicing yogi of eight years and a KRI certified Kundalini Yoga Teacher. She focuses on creating a comfortable and nurturing environment, guiding and empowering her students to dive deeply into their own journey of healing and self discovery. With incredible clarity and devotion to her practice, Vikki is known for her unique ability to reach and connect with students of all levels, and for providing insight and inspiration during every class.
Restorative Kundalini Yoga & Meditation:
Tues 6:45-8:15pm

In this restorative class, we begin with calming breath to quiet the mind and soothe the nervous system. Moving into a gentle posture sequence, we synchronize our breath and movement, dissolving the deeply held tension in the body. From this open and relaxed space, we flow into extended mantra and meditation, followed by a delicious deep relaxation. Body, mind and spirit will be touched, loved and deeply nourished.
This class is open and suitable for all fitness levels.

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Sarah Tuttle began her study of yoga and meditation in 1980. In 1992, she began teaching in a rural corner of the Northwest. Though the population there was not typically the type to seek yoga, Sarah's passionate yet practical approach drew students from every age and walk of life. This quickly led to the opening of her studio.

A certified Iyengar teacher, Sarah is attentive to her student's individual needs and capabilities. She inspires them to work deeply, fostering a self-awareness that is relative to every area of life.

As BKS Iyengar says, "Asana is perfect firmness of body, steadiness of intelligence, and benevolence in spirit." Sarah's many years of applied experience and her love of yoga guides her students on this path.

Sarah is Executive Director of Santa Barbara Yoga Center, a certified Iyengar teacher and has been a registered yoga teacher through Yoga Alliance (RYT-500) since 2002. She was the original co-owner and founder of Bheka Yoga Supplies Company. Sarah's teachers are Richard McLaughlin, Marla Apt & Manouso Manos.
Iyengar, Level 1-2:
Tues, Thur, Sun

Students are taught a wide array of poses that develop stamina, flexibility, balance, and concentration. They become educated about the benefits of the poses and how to practice them correctly.

Due to the great attention to detail, students gain a sharpening of awareness that strengthens them physically, intellectually, and psycho-emotionally. They experience an increase in vitality as they develop methods for relieving stress.

Props are used to aid in correct structural alignment as well as safely modifying poses for students who have limited mobility due to injury or illness.

Beginning level students build an excellent foundation for years to come. Experienced practitioners appreciate the depth and comprehensiveness of every class.

Students of all levels and abilities are progressively challenged while gaining a personal understanding of how to continue on this path of lasting and therapeutic change.

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Anne Van De Water
Anne Van de Water has been practicing yoga informally since she was four years old. Her dedicated, formal training began in 1992 and she has been a devoted practitioner ever since. Anne loves yoga so much that she became a teacher of this ancient art and science in 1994 so that she could be in the yoga zone all day long and share yoga's gifts with the greater public. Anne has studied and practices Ashtanga, Iyengar, Flow, Sivananda, Yin, Restorative, Hatha, Partner, Therapeutic and Kundalini yoga and Buddhist, Transcendental and Sound meditation.

She received her first yoga teacher's training certification from the White Lotus in 1994 and continued her studies of Iyengar and Sivananda yoga in India. She received her Integrative Yoga teacher's training certificate in 1996 and trained with Sarah Powers and Paul Grilley in 2002. In 2007 she was given Yoga Alliance's Experienced Registered Yoga teacher accredidation with nearly 10,000 hours of yoga taught as of 2010.

Anne has traveled the world teaching yoga in California, Arizona, Hawaii, New York City, Indonesia, Thailand, India, London, Amsterdam, and Brazil. She has taught in yoga centers, gyms, hospitals, schools, offices, AIDS recovery homes, cancer centers, retreat centers and at yoga teacher trainings. In 2000 Anne created a yoga program for students and teachers in the public elementary and high schools of Santa Barbara called Yoganesha™ and has been teaching her Yoganesha Teaching Yoga to Children training since 2002. Anne holds a B.A. in Religious Studies from UCSB and has been a certified massage therapist since 1990 and incorporates hands on healing into her yoga classes.

She currently lives in Santa Barbara, CA. where she teaches yoga classes to the public at Santa Barbara Yoga Center, private sessions at people's homes, at the Cancer Center of Santa Barbara, and in the public and private schools of Santa Barbara.
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Megan's classes are a dynamic blend of asana, pranayama, mindfulness and fun. A life long devotee to exploring all possible ways of moving her body, her classes incorporate the lyrical qualities of dance with the strong anatomical and alignment focus of a powerful vinyasa flow. Megan can't wait to share her passions for practicing yoga, teaching yoga, and experiencing life to its fullest with all of you!
Level 2:
Tues & Thurs, 6:45-8:15pm
Lunchtime FLow:
Fri 12:15-1:15pm

Wake up your vitality with a vigorous blend of sun salutations, creatively organized asana, and breath awareness. This hour-long energizing class is made for the yogi on the go who wants a well balanced experience. Open to all levels, with modifications offered to the more advanced yogi and instruction for the curious.

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Santa Barbara Yoga Center

32 East Micheltorena Street — Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Tel: (805) 965-6045

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