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I fell in love with Yoga the first time I stepped onto a mat in 1993 and have been voraciously studying ever since. Passionate about Restorative Yoga and all of its benefits, I became certified in 2009 after completing my first Yoga Teacher Training at The Yoga Tree in San Francisco with Judith Hanson Lasater. One year later, I founded and operated Grass Valley Yoga Studio, and began to share my love of this beautiful practice. I successfully completed the Foundations of Svaroopa Yoga teacher training in 2012. I received my most recent Yoga Alliance certification through The Yoga Shack in Nipomo, CA. My family and I relocated to the Central Coast in 2014 and I am grateful to have found the incredible community of Yoga Village which has welcomed me with open arms as the owner / director, since March 2016.
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I began teaching yoga in 1981. As an ERYT and an AFFA consultant I have been teaching classes plus nationally training and helping certify other instructors for over 35 years and added the 500 E-RYT certification with Yoga Alliance.
In 2003 I moved to the Central Coast to be closer to my daughter, April, and my grand children. Having successfully started and run several businesses (BS in Finance) April and I decided to join our love of yoga and give back to the community by opening a yoga studio on the Central Coast. In 2008 we started Yoga Village.
In 2016 I sold the studio to a beautiful Yogini Annie Hopper.
I hope to bring my love of yoga and all that it encompasses to my students. Yoga means union, and in my classes we bring together our minds, bodies and spirits, opening our hearts and giving ourselves a gift of health and love.
OM Shanti Shanti Shanti
In love and light,
connie
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“Holly” Jackson- Sigman 500 ERYT * Master Teacher Mary T. Jackson, MD FACOG was born in Hollywood, CA and has gone by the nickname "Holly" ever since. She learned her first seated asana long before she entered medical school and feels that it was one of the most important things she ever learned. As a graduate of Loma Linda University School of Medicine, Dr. Jackson was well grounded in the practice of holistic medicine with emphasis on nutrition. After graduating from medical school, and finishing her Internship at the University of Hawaii, she spent several years practicing general medicine in Korea. Here she developed an appreciation for the traditional alternative therapies so prevalent in Asian countries. Holly has delivered over 2,000 babies under all sorts of circumstances. Between 1988 and 1998, Dr. Jackson was on the staff of Straub Clinic, Honolulu, where she practiced high risk obstetrics and gynecology. As an associate clinical professor of OBGYN with the University Of Hawaii School Of Medicine she enjoyed teaching medical students and residents at Kapiolani Women and Children's Medical Center in Honolulu. Today she practices yoga and office gynecology in Central California. Holly believes that yoga can help bring ease and joy back into what has become a high tech and often frightening process: The womanly art of birthing. Holly developed the very first Prenatal Teacher Training System manual for YogaFit® in 1999 and later the PranaMama Prenatal/Postpartum Training System® with the goal of integrating superficially opposing worlds: The world of ancient inherent yogic wisdom, the complex world we humans now live in, and the practical world of modern evidence- based scientific knowledge. She has blended these world views into a coherent, and well balanced system of modified classical yoga which will suit the needs of many including and especially pregnant women. Holly's yoga training includes certificate level work with London’s Oxford University through their “Centre for Hindu Studies”. This enables her to provide authentic instruction in the History and Philosophy of Yoga to our teacher training students. Working with our wonderful local teacher of Sanskrit, Kamala Knowlton, has opened a whole new realm of insight into Yoga’s great Sacred Writings, for example the Bhagavad Gita, which she also shares during the Yoga Village teacher trainings. Among the many teachers she honors for helping her find this path are: Richard Freeman, Judith Lasater, Michael Lee, Patricia Walden, Richard Price, MD, Shiva Rea, Gary Kraftsow, Dr. Shanti Shanti Kaur Khalsa, and Dhrama Mittra. Honor especially to Krishnamacharya for sending Yogacharya BKS Iyengar and Sri K. Pattabhi Jois to the west so that the rest could follow.
 
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My love for yoga started while I was attending college at Cal Poly University. I took my first yoga class with Holly Jackson-Sigman at Pismo Beach Athletic Club. I knew I was on to something when I came out of my first savasana with tears rolling down my face. My soul wanted to connect with a much deeper and meaningful way of life. Something had sparked a fire inside of me.
Years later, the call to share my love for yoga with others began to blossom. I began to explore other healing modalities such as Reiki, reflexology and massage. All of which opened doors that would eventually lead me to the completion of my 200-hour yoga teacher training at Yoga Village in 2015.
Yoga has changed my life in so many ways. It has helped me face fears and obstacles with courage and grace. Maintaining a nourishing and well balanced yoga practice has helped with my overall health and wellbeing. I’ve also gained a deeper connection with Mother Nature and the sense of oneness that unites us all.
Through the practice of yoga we can begin to cultivate mindful body movement, breath awareness and stillness of the mind. Remaining humble in my yoga path helps me to embrace changes with love and gratitude and to release what is no longer serving me.
The mind, body and soul connection that yoga has taught me helps me to live a more truly meaningful and blissful life! I enjoy all different styles of yoga, but feel a special resonance with the yin/restorative and gentle flow practices. I hope to share my love for yoga and life with my students and help them find their own true path on and off the mat.
Namaste!
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Lindsay is a central coast native. She has 22 years of dance technique and training and has been teaching since she was 18. After graduating from UCSB with a degree in Anthropology, she moved to Los Angeles and managed a successful dance studio. After a few years she knew she needed to make a change and start living a life that focused on her passions- music and yoga! Now, back on the central coast and certified to teach yoga, through the amazing program at Yoga Village, she is excited to share her passion for all things positive, creative and healing!
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I attended Cal Poly as a gymnast and graduated with an accounting degree. I am a licensed massage therapist and find joy in helping others heal. I was inspired to teach yoga by my grandmother who was a teacher. Having finished my 500 hour Yoga Alliance teacher training here at Yoga Village I hope to bring my love for yoga and healing to my classes. My teaching is dedicated to the memory of my grandmother.
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Luana Knowlton (ERYT500) literally stumbled into yoga in 2008 when she stepped onto a eucalyptus acorn and fell, injuring her ankle, knee and shoulder – and her pride. As she struggled to come to terms with her overweight body and long-term deep depression, an inner voice whispered “YOGA”. Within six months, she lost 60 pounds and found strength, flexibility, balance, and peace. She began teaching in 2010 with Vinyasa Flow, and has completed training in Restorative Yoga, Gentle Yoga, and Integral Hatha Yoga. Luana’s upbeat personality, calming presence, and kindness will encourage you to listen to the subtle messages of your body as you safely work the edges of your strength, flexibility, and energy, deepening your sense of peace and balance. Her classes are suitable for practitioners of all levels, providing detailed instruction and modifications where needed.
 
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Lynn took her first yoga class in 1968 with Swami Satchitananda and has been practicing ever since. She has taught yoga in San Francisco, Los Angeles and now in San Luis Obispo County. She finally got her 200 hour Yoga Teacher certificate from Yoga Village in 2009. Along with giving her the opportunity to register with Yoga Alliance, the certification has given Lynn credibility to incorporate yoga into her psychotherapy practice (Lynn Swanson, LMFT). She now offers Yoga Group Therapy for individuals interested in a mind-body approach to addressing psychological and developmental issues.

Sharing her love of yoga, and sometimes her voice, is her passion and joy!

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Lynne's first experience with yoga was 30 years ago, and began teaching 12 years ago. Her passion for yoga began when she was a Registered Nurse and working in a fast paced Emergency Department and seeing the need not only to find a balance for her own mind/body health but saw the need to integrate into patient care.
After completing her studies and years of practice she has found her passion in Bhakti Yoga, which is reflected in her teaching style using the principles of Hatha Yoga, while bringing in the devotion of the Devine and a Bhakti Heart.
She brings to her classes the love of Kirtan by playing the harmonium and chanting before and after class so that her students can bring off the mat a heart filled awareness of all that is good and lovely.
She loves to see her students grow and when a new student appears she is in tune with their needs and can integrate the new with the old so all can feel the movement, breath and the transformation that occurs in the mind/body/spirit.
Lynne believes in the importance of service to others, so she offers through teaching classes for free scholarship's for those who are unable to afford the beauty of yoga.
As Lynne continues on this life long journey she finds great joy in sharing and seeing the transformation not only her life but those of her students.
In the Lightness of Being...Om

 

 
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Mary Sage Sennewald is an advocate for empowerment, self-awareness, and collaboration. Through her co-creative livelihood and worldview as a yoga teacher, mama, essential oils distributor, birth doula, HypnoBirthing® Childbirth Educator, and founder of Sukha Wellness Center, she strives to create connection and build potential for healing birth and beyond. She holds a BA in Liberal Arts from the U of MN and has extensive continuing education in healing modalities. Visit Sage Wellbeing on Facebook to learn more or connect ok person marysage108@gmail.com or 805-801-5781.
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Palaka Das 200 RYT

University of Porto Alegre ..Brazil Physical education degree - 5 yrs
specialty: swimming, weight loss, aerobics

24 years of Bhakti yoga practice
teaches: Bhagavad Gita / Upanishads / Srmiat Baglavatan

School teacher at Ashram for Bhakti yoga / Jhana yoga / Karma Yoga

100 hours study Seminar School at Mayapur India on Bhagavad Gita / Upanishads / Yoga Sutras

15 years cooking chef in the principles of Ayurveda

50 hours study at Sivananda Ashram

200 hours Yoga Teacher Training at Yoga Village School of Teacher Training

3+ years practice and teaching at Yoga Village

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Ramjoti has been teaching yoga, working as a Thai Yoga therapist, energy healer and doula since 2004. She graduated from the The Yoga Lofts' 200 hour teacher training program in Nov., 2004, completed an Ashtanga Yoga teacher training with David Swenson in August, 2004, Pranamama Prenatal/Postpartum yoga program in Sept. 2008 and also in 2008 she completed the Yoganasha Kids Yoga teacher training at the Santa Barbara Yoga Center. She recently graduated from the 500hr Advanced Yoga Teacher Training with Moonyeen Park in August of 2010. She continues to deepen her practice and studies with a variety of master teachers.

She holds a BA in Communication Arts, English and Theatre Education K-12. As a former public school teacher, Ramjoti's passion is sharing her love of learning with others, especially promoting self-healing and self-discovery. Her teaching style reflects a loving and therapeutic touch and an adventuresome spirit within each class.

In addition to her love of yoga, Ramjoti is a professional tribal bellydancer, specializing in sacred music & dance, something she experiences as meditative, "flow activity." Ramjoti is deeply grateful to her students for all they share with her, and wishes to thank her teachers and mentors who have illuminated her path, especially Mary Beth Nehl, Ann Van De Water and Moonyeen Park . Her life as a teacher and an artist has been profoundly influenced from the start by her parents who taught her by their example the joy of living in service to others. Ramjoti lives in Grover Beach in a petite beach retreat with her beloved companions on the journey, husband, Patrick and feline children, Puck and Oberon.
"Any body can do yoga. It is my intention to empower the individual to enjoy a life in the limitless benefits that yoga has to offer. Finding freedom in my physical body as well as my relationship to thoughts, emotions, and the breath continues to create an experience life beyond my wildest dreams. A freedom that I wish for all, to reveal the teacher within and learn how to work with that."

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Years Practicing: Ten years.
(Began +,- 2004)
Certification: 200 hours.
(Completed at Yoga Village, Arroyo Grande, CA).

I started practicing yoga about ten years ago when I needed to switch away from running. I hadn't ran for a couple of years due to back problems. I was fearful of reinjury if I continued. Although I remained active physically in that two years, it was never at a level that was satisfying. I came to yoga by accident.

I tried some classes. I liked those classes. I went more regularly. Then I didn't go regularly. I found it deceptively difficult. To me there were aspects of yoga that related to running though... an ineffable physical and mental experience. From those on-again/off-again beginnings, I slowly became more consistent in practice.

I am grateful for the diverse set of instructors and teachers I have had at Yoga Village and elsewhere. As I practice, I grow.
I hope to share the experience of yoga with others; the physical and mental benefits, the positive focus, and the general well being that yoga brings to me.

Namaste.

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