Yoga feeds my hunger for a more intimate relationship with the universe and provides me with an immeasurable feeling of peace, joy, and gratitude. I am a native to the Central Coast, spending the majority of my childhood expressing my thoughts and emotions through dance. After graduating from Templeton High School, I decided to take my passion for dance to the Disneyland Resort. For about four years I performed in many parades and shows creating some very fond memories. After leaving Disney, I began to focus my energy on teaching and became a certified Barre Fitness instructor while finishing my prerequisites for nursing school. It was shortly after my barre certification that I was introduced to the wonderful world of yoga. This inspired me to leave the city and journey back home to the central coast where I could reconnect with nature and surround myself with positive energy. Since then, I have received my 200 hour Yoga Alliance certification and haven’t looked back! I look forward to continue learning and sharing the gift of yoga, both as a teacher and student, with others and dedicating this journey to growing stronger spiritually and physically through my practice.
Seeking to nurture a wounded spirit and find mental clarity, Alan journeyed to his first yoga studio. Unknowingly walking into a traditional Mysore Ashtanga room, he immediately became immersed in a dynamic, vigorous, and demanding physical self-led style of yoga. Over time, with daily dedicated and consistent practice, Alan began to feel better in his body, gradually reconnecting to an inner passion for growth and self-discovery. With a quickly developing fire for everything Yoga, he received his certifications for Power Yoga and Yoga Sculpt from Brittni Soo.
Constantly seeking out new styles of practice, Alan stumbled upon Rocket Yoga. “The Rocket”, born in San Francisco in the 1980s by local badass Larry Schultz, is a modified Ashtanga based practice best explained by Schultz: “The Rocket is designed to wake up the nervous system…while promoting a spirit of change and freedom in the practice.” After completing the Rocket teacher training at Asta Yoga SF under Larry’s student, Steven Pyka, he became reconnected to the internal beauty of a consistent self-practice and the purity of Yoga Asana as simply Breath, Bandha, and Dhristi.
He is committed to supporting his students push past their comfort zones and develop their own self-practice that fits their own unique and special constitution. He believes Yoga is key to liberation from our everyday “monkey mind” so that we may confidently walk our own authentic path towards being our best Self. He would like pay homage to the teachers that have transmitted their beautiful teachings to him: Brittni Soo, Steven Pyka, and Khristine Jones.
I was first exposed to yoga at the age of six at the Montessori School where I grew up in Scottsdale AZ. What fun I had! Throughout my young adult life, I continued to be exposed to yoga and it seemed that yoga was always manifesting stability and joy. After injuring my back on the Fire Department when I was 23, I found healing, grounding, and strength through my daily practice. I found a teacher that inspired me to learn more and I focused my training on Kripalu and Iyengar yoga. Through this fullness and healing I continued my yogic journey seeking out workshops throughout Arizona and California where I was able to gain a depth of understanding and experience that I live for sharing now. I completed my 200 hour RYT with YogaWorks here at the Yoga Center in San Luis Obispo with Malachi Melville and Greville Henwood in 2010. I completed my 300 hour training with James Bailey with Sevanti Institute and Peter Sterios at Levity Yoga in 2016. I traveled to India and experienced the healing art of Ayurvedic Medicine along with a life changing trip on the sacred Ganges.
I was naturally drawn to yoga for the sense of peace, calming, healing and belonging it brought to my spirit since childhood. I enjoy teaching and practicing strong, vinyasa flow style classes as well as blissful restorative ones. I’m a passionate and loving person who believes in the healing benefits of a daily yoga practice and the nourishing benefits of Ayurveda and want to share these gifts with my students. Come play, fall, breathe, restore, and nourish yourself with me.
Robyn comes to us all the way from the East Coast! Right outside her hometown of Boston she managed a 2-studio yoga center while also getting her 200 hr RYT in Vinyasa. Her love for yoga started her freshman year of college when she luckily chose a school that still had a gym requirement. Being someone who continuously works to overcome anxieties has made yoga something not only she lives for but something she wants to bring to others who face similar hardships. Her goal is to make sure each student she encounters both gets what they need every day from their practice while also doing it with a smile.
Barre classes have become such an integral and important part of my life. Dance has always been a huge passion of mine, starting with ballet, gymnastics and tap at age 3 I studied all three seriously until the age of 14 when the competitive nature of my Ballet school and teachers began to deter me from pursuing them further. However, I loved dance so much that I decided to find alternative methods of continuing my practice. I continued dance classes recreationally and through my High School programs. After graduating High School and leaving the Bay Area to study at Cal Poly, without a regular exercise routine and practice I not only saw the effects physically ( Freshman 20 anyone?) but I also felt the effects mentally and emotionally. I slowly but surely began long distance running, and loved it, but unfortunately repeated injuries forced me to scale back. After graduating and working for a few years sitting stagnant at a desk full time I began to explore other avenues of exercise- spin, yoga, weight lifting and barre. From my first barre class I was completely hooked! I loved the marriage of ballet, yoga and pilates in each class and the change I saw in my body was fast and exactly what I was looking for! My overall strength, attitude and flexibility changed tremendously as I continued to make my practice a priority. After a few years of barre classes I thought it would be a great idea to try and share my passion for barre with people and decided to become a certified barre instructor. My goal as an instructor is to instill my passion and love for barre in every client, challenge what people perceive to be their physical and mental limitations in regards to exercise and leave people with an overall sense of well-being and accomplishment that makes them desire not only to come back for more classes but to LOVE doing so! I feel so grateful to have the opportunity to share my passion with as many people as possible in this beautiful place we all get to call SLO-me :)
Being born and raised in beautiful San Luis Obispo, Carly grew up embracing the outdoors and taking in all the Central Coast has to offer. She began competitive swimming at a young age and continued to branch out into anything and everything fitness from water polo to soccer to gymnastics, never staying stagnant in one realm to increasingly challenge her body and mind. After graduating from San Diego State University, Carly returned back to her native grounds and discovered a new avenue in yoga and pilates. Yoga found her when she needed something unfamiliar, challenging, and unbroken. Her first Bikram class was the most challenging experience of her life, and it was exactly what she needed. Yoga began to heal her tremendous back pain, where she tended to carry the weight of life. Her spirit blossomed and she was buzzing from the inside-out. She wanted to deepen her practice and share her dedication, which led her to teacher training. Immediately she felt an overwhelming passion and drive, not only in the practice, but in the community.
Before teaching, her practice was one hundred percent hers. As a teacher, she is now able to serve her students and give one hundred percent to them. The two combined are pure bliss. Yoga has taught her that she is powerful and able, something she had never felt before. The strength, energy, stillness of the mind, and flexibility rediscovered in each class allows her to restore every ounce of her being. Yoga allowed her to connect with herself and others in a way she never thought possible. She motivates her students through encouragement, love, and having fun, with a constant reminder to honor their bodies.
When flexibility became the forefront of her practice she knew she had to balance her body with high intensity interval training (HIIT) to balance her dominating flexibility with strength training to deminish the chance of injury and in return enhance her yoga practice. Her love for everything fitness continues to grow through her exploration of all types of fitness. Yoga and pilates has made her grateful for her body and what it is capable of doing. With a calmer mind she is more present and consistently transfers what she learns from working hard in her practice to the outside world. Every day is a new day, and she can't wait to share it and continuously embrace it.
Being raised in Santa Barbara by a family of fitness enthusiasts Brooke was destined to be active. Exercise and sport was mandatory in her household. In high school and college she ran track and cross country. After graduating from Cal Poly with a degree in business and pursuing a stressful job in mortgage banking. She found her heart and focus were still in health and fitness. Besides spending countless hours at the gym, you could find her working out before, at lunch, and after work.
Brooke become a champion of health and fitness at work, an ambassador of sweat. She started a wellness group at Morgan Stanley and Santa Barbara Bank & Trust helping to start the fitness lifestyle with her coworkers. From organizing group runs to train for events, to getting rid of the unhealthy vending machine food. There even became a saying at the bank, what would Brooke do, when an unhealthy food or fitness dilemma came up. Brooke decided to pursue more knowledge in nutrition and complete precision nutritions program in 2014.
In 2008 Brooke became more active in competitive sport and started training for the LA Marathon. Since then she has become known as that crazy running girl, having competed in over 30 races. You can often find Brooke downtown running. From half marathons to triathlons, to ultra trail races locally and abroad. She has found that competitive sport and training gives her incredible satisfaction and purpose.
In 2007 Brooke started practicing Bikram yoga to try and prevent injuries from the long hours of running and lifting. Although flexibility was never her strength she loved the feeling of opening up her body. Earlier this year she starting teaching inferno hot pilates and found a new passion. Inspiring others though fitness. A spark had been lit when she started teaching the high intensity class combining pilates principles with tabata training in a heated room. It gives her great satisfaction to share with others the deep love of health and fitness.
Niccola is honored to be a student and teacher of the Ashtanga Yoga method as taught to her by the late Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in Mysore, India. She has been studying and practicing in this tradition since 2004 and is excited to bring her love of Ashtanga to the Central Coast of California! Niccola is a passionate teacher who approaches and introduces the series in a fun, unique and non-competitive way. She firmly believes in the benefits of a committed, daily yoga practice and hopes to inspire you to find your own path.
Not exactly from a young age, Michelle took up dancing at Santa Barbara City College. Quickly enticed by the ecstatic euphoria of modern dance, she began a path of exploration. Beginning in modern, ballet and ballroom, the drive to perform was a natural next step out of the classroom. From SBCC to San Diego Mesa College, she delved further into the complex inner workings of movement. Beyond the technical application of steps, she explored history, choreography, music in relation to dance and found this new world quite enrapturing. Following study at Cal Poly, she has had the pleasure of performing professionally with Variable Velocity, but focuses most importantly on just how elated dance makes her feel on the day to day.
Along with dance, practicing yoga from the age of 17 has been an integral part of her physical and mental wellness. Continuing to mix it up with fitness activities for the sake of variety and sanity, she trained in Muay Thai and Krav Maga at Budo Ryu Martial Arts Gym. There, she was introduced and began to study the functional fitness program developed by Jon Hinds - Monkey Bar Gym. After a year of training and testing, she began to instruct small classes and privates through functional training, restoration yoga, and high-energy nutrition plans. Taking some time away from the fitness world since, she has now happily begun to explore the world of Barre!
She continuously works to expand her education and looks forward to sharing that pleasure of practice through Spark.
KJ (short for Kristen Joy) started her yoga practice while pregnant with her 1st daughter in 2002. She practiced a bit in her 3rd pregnancy in 2007, but it was not until she tore her ACL and meniscus twice on the same knee she knew yoga was needed to rehabilitate from 2 surgeries. As a mom to 3 daughters and owner of an organic aloe vera skin care franchise she is passionate about health and wellness in all aspects of her life. KJ completed her 200 hour YTT through Yoga Mazé at SLO Yoga Center under the instruction of Rocky Heron. She believes it does not matter how old you are, what body type you are, or how active you are; anyone can practice yoga. She believes yoga is truly a journey and a lifelong practice. KJ will always share the true yoga happens off the mat when you take your practice into everyday life situations. She can not wait to have you in one of your classes!
I was born and raised on the central coast and grew up in a family with three brothers! My family has always been very adventurous and apt to trying new things. I remember when I was about 13 years old my mom would take me to the hot yoga studio down the street from us and she would be back 90 minutes later to pick me up. At a very young age I was already so health conscious and had a drive for pushing my self to my limits. One of my many goals in life is to become a Nurse Practitioner, so most of my time goes into my studies. However, when I get a free moment I enjoy mountain biking, fishing and doing most anything that involves being outdoors and having a good time. A little over a year ago I found my self in Stephanie's Barre class and absolutely fell in love with it. I felt my body changing and having more endurance for all the day to day things and activities I do. Not too long after that I saw that she was going to be doing a Barre Training. I got on board as quickly as I could and haven't turned back since! I feel so blessed to be able to instruct and help motivate people to find their limits and grow stronger.
Brooke embarked on her yoga journey in late 2015 with the intention of relieving back pain & an injured hamstring. The practice of yoga went beyond healing her physical ailments—and catalyzed an introduction to self-discovery, mindfulness, & full body awareness. She is trained under Noah Mazé & Rocky Heron of Yogamazé, & received her 200 Hour RYT certification in February of 2017. Brooke’s philosophy of yoga is seen as a Moving Meditation by sharing an equal exchange & reciprocity with Mother Earth. By practicing the sacred dance of yoga asana, it is inherently a wonderful way to give back and share gratitude for your temple.
What you can expect in her classes: An overall full body expansive experience, with guided transitions into structurally safe, integral postures paired with pranayama + breathwork exercises. Brooke encourages her yogis to treat their practice as a creative expression of their highest self & encourages you to breath your intuitive breath.
I have an overwhelming sense of gratitude and passion for yoga. As a teenager it saved my life! Always an extremely active person, you name it…I played it. Life as I knew it was altered at the age of 16 by a severe back surgery. Seeking relief from the constant pain, dealing with the effects of a large disfiguring scar, mourning the loss of mobility and flexibility, and seeking a balm for a broken Spirit, I turned to yoga. Through my 10 years of yoga practice I discovered pain relief, self-acceptance, peace of mind, and the knowing I am not just my physical body but truly a spark of love. Perfect, whole and complete just as I am right now. My desire is to nurture that inner knowing with all whom I share the beautiful practice of yoga. I graduated from Cal Poly with a degree in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism and completed my 200-hour Teacher Training program through the San Luis Obispo Yoga Center in 2012. I currently work as an E-RYT, Certified SUP Yoga Teacher, and Registered Massage Therapist on the Central Coast. I look forward to sharing this journey of self-discovery as we learn and grow together.
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I began my yoga practice here at Spark back in 2014. Like many others, Yoga has offered me healing and new challenges to take on in every aspect of my life. Since then I have become certified in a number of different styles of yoga, personal training, and massage. I hold a passion for all things health and wellness, and am on the pursuit of discovering the truth of universal health and the way in which every being translates it into their own body and experiences. I taught yoga and other classes in Santa Barbara for several years before coming back to SLO. Now that I am back, I am working to finish my undergraduate and master’s degree at Cal Poly and will continue with my yoga journey here in the Spark community. Striving for balance in all aspects of life, you can catch me drinking green things in the morning, while making a homemade vegan pizza, and cinnamon roles baking in the oven (with extra butter). Come breathe with me!
I was originally introduced to yoga after sustaining an injury while running and it quickly become part of my weekly exercise routine. After practicing regularly for many years I felt compelled to take my practice even further, which led me to complete my 200-hour teacher training in 2015. Today, I am constantly seeking out new classes, workshops, and additional training opportunities as my hope is to always be deepening my practice and finding new things to share with my students. My classes are energetic and lighthearted and typically include strengthening poses, balance work, and creative transitions. I feel that being able to see and feel the shifts that takes place in my students from when they walk into the room to when they leave is the greatest gift. For my practice and my students, I am exceedingly grateful and humbled.
Marty has trained in Martial Arts for over 10 years and recently found his way to yoga. He initially saw yoga as a short-term strategy to increase his flexibility and further his martial arts training but quickly became hooked on the mental benefits as well as the physical. Marty's initial 200hr certification was Baptiste inspired and he is nearly finished with his 500hr certification in Universal Yoga. He teaches power vinyasa classes with an eye towards safe alignment and fun transitions. Marty has a passion for strong classes as well as arm balances and inversions. If you want to build strength, expand your abilities, and don't mind getting a little sweaty in the process, come take a class from Marty!
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My yoga journey began in 2010 and I naturally devoted myself to a daily practice. In 2012 I enrolled in a teacher training to deepen my personal practice. I feel so blessed for the time to connect within, where I reunited with my authentic being. My yoga practice allows me to live fully in the now, where there is peace in my heart - to experience the physical joys of dancing, hiking, and playing with ease. I taught yoga here on the central coast from 2013-2015. I then followed my highest excitement - to travel the west coast and land in Northern California where I was cultivating organic gardens, living off-grid at a conscious eco-community, dancing my ecstatic heart out, guiding yoga, wandering the forest with my wolf pack, and helping build infrastructure for an upcoming retreat center. I felt the pull back to the ocean and here I am! I am so grateful to continue flourishing on this path with you all at Spark!
I was first introduced to yoga by my mother in the 1970s when I was a little girl (we wore leotards to class!), but I didn’t really begin my own yoga practice and exploration until I was 30 in 1995. I turned 51 this year and I have more vitality and happiness than I’ve ever had – and yoga is a big part of that! Yoga is a place I always go to – my home - in times of joy and high energy but also in times of struggle, stress and exhaustion. Yoga has helped me get through difficult times – it’s my therapy and safe place. I’m just beginning my yoga teaching journey with Sculpt at Spark, and I’m so grateful for the opportunity. I have so much to learn – I always feel like a beginner when I step on my mat! I’m committed to teaching classes that are safe, sustainable and transformational. My purpose as a yoga teacher is this: to guide and inspire you in your personal practice so you can continue practicing throughout your life guided by the best teacher you will ever have – the one right inside you. Namaste!
Born and raised in Southern California, Tara graduated from Cal State Long Beach with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Political Science. While completing her Bachelor’s degree, Tara worked part-time as a Power Player for the NHL Anaheim Ducks, which required her to skate in an arena full of 17,000 fans. Upon completing her BA and finishing out her tenure with the Ducks, Tara moved to SLO to pursue a career in Marketing. Without a nearby ice rink, Tara pursued fitness avenues such as yoga, barre and pilates to mix in with her active lifestyle.
Tara incorporated barre classes into her schedule, because it helped strengthen her muscles without the impact, which has helped her in other activities such as running, hiking and snowboarding. Tara is grateful for the opportunity to pursue a certification in Barre Fitness. While always a student at heart, Tara is enjoying furthering her practice, and learning more about the fitness community.
Nan Cole is a devoted teacher of the yoga of BEING. Her classes are a balance of stillness and slow-flowing movements with long-held postures. She combines silence and sound that will open your heart and leave you restored and ready to manifest more positive DOING. She is RYT-200-certified with Yoga Alliance and has studied under Kate Saal, Kelly Metcalf, Rod Stryker, Sarah Powers, Bernie Clark and Rocky Heron. She is interested in how to influence the subtle energetic body through postural yoga, breathwork and meditation. Nan holds advanced degrees in Renewable Energy and Urban Planning. She has studied, lived and worked in those fields all over the world: Germany, France, Denmark, and Brazil. When she is not practicing or teaching yoga, you can find her cooking vegan food, or out leading hikes for the local chapter of the Sierra Club.
Growing up I was a competitive gymnast, runner, and diver. I always loved sports and fitness and learning about how the body and mind worked. In college I dove for the University of Arizona. In 2015 I graduated with a degree in Nutrition and took a leap of faith and moved away from home to San Luis Obispo. I became the diving coach at Cal Poly where I had the opportunity to grow as a leader and mentor to an amazing group of college student-athletes. Teaching me so much about patience, perseverance, commitment, community, and so much more. After a year of coaching, I had a calling to go back to school. Always being interested in the sciences, loving people, and wanting to make a difference (and wanting to stay in SLO:)) I applied for nursing school at Cuesta and thankfully got in. That is when I began my journey at Spark! Between classes and continuing to coach full-time I found myself taking Spark classes almost everyday of the week. It was the BEST de-stressor, energizer, and challenger. After spending almost three years practicing at Spark as a student, I was ready for a new challenge. I had graduated from nursing school and began working full-time locally at a hospital. Getting myself out of my comfort zone and wanting to share my passion, I took Steph's Sculpt training, and I am so glad I did! Sculpt and Spark in general has taught me about self-love, balance, given me mental clarity, and pushed me physically and mentally. My goal is to push every person to their own personal limits in a positive, encouraging and open environment. I want to give back what I have gotten from this amazing community. I so look forward to continuing learning and growing as an instructor and can't wait to meet everyone in my class!
Hello beautiful peeps! My name is Sam and I can’t get enough of Spark Yoga. I started practicing here 3 years ago, started working the desk a year ago, and now here I am starting to TEACH . I have enjoyed the fitness world since I was a kid, growing up I lived a very active lifestyle. I grew up in Orange County and moved to the stunning central coast five years ago to attend Cal Poly. I have now graduated with a B.S. in Environmental Management and Protection with a minor in both Biology and Indigenous Studies. When I am not at the studio, you might see me at any of the local California State Parks where I work as well. In my free time. I have also picked up a few things that fill my heart with so much love along the way...my dog Myles and my cat Maya. They keep me active and always ALWAYS smiling... I can’t wait to see you all on your mat soon.
Kristen Yogi glows with passion for yoga and thinks of it as a healing moving meditation. Kristen began practicing in 2013, attending community classes held in the park in her home town of Orange County, CA. Ever since, yoga has been by her side through the many changes in life and supports her in her self-discovery journey. She believes there is innate wholeness and happiness within each individual, and through yoga, we work to uncover our most authentic and highest selves. Kristen completed her RYT 200 HR teacher training lead by Megan Whitney and Terry Hooker in December of 2018. As a teacher, she aspires to cultivate a loving, accepting, safe, and positive environment to inspire and empower each individual to turn inward, honor their intuition, and creatively explore in their practice. In class, expect to calm your mind, move with intention, and flow with conscious breath to refreshing and groovy tunes. Let’s bring awareness to mind, body and soul!
I grew up in Berkeley, California and have always had a passion for moving my body, especially in the outdoors! If you couldn't find me playing beach volleyball, hiking or at the beach in college, I was most likely at Spark, trying classes and learning more about ways to push myself physically and mentally. Fast forward to graduating Cal Poly with a degree in Business Administration concentrating in Marketing and a minor in ethnic studies, I knew my next step had to be starting my journey of sharing my love for movement with my community. By moving our bodies we can continuously discover new limits for ourselves, set goals and become much more in tune with what we truly are capable of. In turn, I hope to help others find their own way to this conclusion through creating workouts meant to consistently challenge and strengthen the body - while also enjoying the added benefit of becoming an amateur dj in the process.