204 N. Yale Ave.,  2nd Floor     Claremont, CA 91711                        
(909) 267-4541    claremontyoga@yahoo.com

Instructor Bios

Tracy Brennan

Tracy is the co-owner/director of Claremont Yoga and is a Certified Iyengar Yoga Instructor.  She continues to study with her teachers Paul Cabanis and Carolyn Belko. Tracy enjoys sharing the healthy benefits of yoga and having a family.  She is a Mom and loves learning the joys of life from her daughter.  She also teaches yoga classes at The Claremont Colleges in the Physical Education Department.  She is honored and thankful to be part of a deeply inspiring yoga tradition.

Nicole Schwander Riel

Nicole is the co-owner/director of Claremont Yoga. She has been practicing yoga since 2000, and initially sought out the practice to help her deal with intense lower back pain and sciatica. To her delight she found that her back issues were completely healed with a regular, committed practice. Today she studies with teachers Noah Maze, Christina Sell and Alma White. Her classes range from deeply restorative, to a strong, flowing practice. She infuses the Anusara Principles of Alignment into her teachings, along with playful movement and flow, pranayama, and application of yoga into daily life. Nicole also teaches Restorative Yoga at the Casa Colina Rehabilitation Center in Pomona, for the Fibromyalgia Care Program. She has experienced the profound healing that yoga has brought into her life: physically, emotionally and spiritually. Nicole is an Certified and Registered Yoga Teacher and loves to share the joys and benefits of yoga with you!

Marie Jean   

Marie Jean has a flow style, using, alignment, pranayama, yoga nidra and the therapeutic effects of yoga to create healthy energy, body, mind and spirit.  MJ's lineage of yoga is from Sivananda Yoga and Vedanta Center and has studied and certified in Vinyasa with Atmanada Yoga in NYC. She is a mother of two and has completed her studies to be a RN. She loves to laugh and play and is dedicated to the discipline of yoga. Marie has been teaching for 18 years and is known as an energetic, inspiring and balanced teacher. Her personal connection and warmth toward her students has created a comfortable and welcoming atmosphere, no matter what level she is teaching. Her students often say one of her greatest gifts is her ability to keep us in the present moment. RN, ERYT, Certified Prenatal Yoga Instructor, Certified Sports Massage Therapist.

William “Beau” Keen, M. Ed., RYT-200

Beau Keen, although a dabbler of the yoga for some time, became more dedicated in the last 8 years as a way to address depression, low back pain, and a general sense of craziness and disconnection so common in busy professional lifestyles. When yoga wasn’t fitting in to his schedule, he was encouraged to attend teacher training in the ViniyogaÔ tradition by his teacher Summer Cushman. Now yoga is a lived experience for which he is very much grateful. The ‘Vini’ in ViniyogaÔ implies from Sanskrit differentiation, adaptation, and appropriate application. Beau is passionate and committed to a practice of yoga that is accessible to all and empowers the student in their own understanding.

Kurt Bumiller

Kurt has been a student of Yoga for 10 years. He has studied with many teachers and has attended intensives in many different styles of Yoga. He has been studying Iyengar yoga for the last 6 years. He came to Iyengar Yoga after a serious back injury in a Yoga class in order to re-learn the Asanas in a way that would put less stress on the body/mind. Kurt's special interest in Yoga is its restoratives powers for people with injuries and physical limitations.

Marta Jasberg

Certified Iyengar instructor Marta Jasberg relocated to Southern California in fall, 2007, from Cleveland, Ohio, where she owned and operated her own yoga studio. She now teaches in Pasadena, Studio City, Los Angeles, as well as at Claremont YOGA. Marta has studied extensively with Senior Iyengar teachers Laurie Blakeney and Manouso Manos and in June, 2008, made her first trip to Pune, India to study with Geeta & Prashant Iyengar at RIMYI.

Michelle Dowd

"Yoga is a powerful vehicle for change. As you build strength, you start to believe in your own potential."
T. Cruikshank

Michelle is a certified yoga teacher who came to yoga reluctantly, after giving birth to four children and struggling with the fatigue of balancing, children's, activities and nearly insurmountable back pain, she credits yoga and her gifted yoga teacher for healing not only her back but, for providing the strength and resiliency to juggle the multiple goals, and transitions that befriended each of us as we age.  She is deeply honored to participate in a community of yogis who share her love of learning, joy in movement and the perpetual desire to energetically balance a full life with a measure of grace.

Suanne Kooba

Suzanne has practiced yoga for over 15 years and has been trained/certified by Yoga Fit. Her personal practice is Vinyasa Flow. She continues to practice and study yoga in a variety of different styles. Yoga has opened a peaceful, yet positive path in her busy life as a mom and enjoys sharing the energy that yoga creates. "It is my honor to bring ourselves to let go, enjoy the moment of today. Love your body, mind, and soul."

Lynn Hasel RYT-500

Moved to Claremont in July 2013 from Stillwater, Minnesota where she recently earned a degree in Anthropology from the University of Minnesota. She is RYT-500 with training in Anusara and Hatha yoga.  In addition, she has had training in pranayama from the Himalayan Institute, and is now a student of Ayurvedic Medicine at the American University of Complementary Medicine. Lynn enjoys her family, which includes six beautiful grandchildren.  Lynn’s classes are fun and appropriate for beginners as well as more experienced students.

Jennifer Stark

Jennifer has been teaching yoga since 2002 and is an ERYT-500 teacher. She has studied and practiced with some of the world’s most accomplished yoga teachers. It is her greatest joy to enthusiastically share her understanding of yoga with her students.

Nora Studholme

Nora followed her longtime passion for yoga and completed her 200-hour certification at Charlottesville Yoga School in her home state of Virginia in January of 2010.  Since the day of her graduation she has been teaching nonstop, and has worked at six different studios. Although her personal practice is Mysore Ashtanga, Nora loves teaching a wide variety of styles, and thinks that any yoga that brings practitioners joy and light is the perfect type of yoga. Currently, Nora attends Claremont McKenna College as a journalism major.

Denise Zondervan

Denise Zondervan has been part of the yoga community for over 10 years.  Since completing the 200 Yoga Alliance certification she has taught young children through older adults.  She has been a student of Tracy Brennan and Nicole Riel for years as well as Sandra Carden from Michigan. Yoga is not only a practice on the mat but a life practice as well.  Finding strength, flexibility and joy in her classes with beginning students and those with a regular practice is important to her.  Another key element she teaches students is the awareness of the breath in movement and stillness.

Michelle Fernandez
M.S., RYT-200

Michelle received her bachelor's and master's of science in Kinesiology at California State University, Fullerton. Her studies included strength and conditioning, nutrition, sport psychology, sport sociology, and pedagogy. Her 200-Hour yoga teacher training was obtained through Yoga Works and is currently working on her 500 RYT with Shiva Rea. Along with vinyasa, she teaches prenatal, restorative, kids yoga, & sculpt. She teaches at her home, Yellow Yoga Studio, 24 Hour Fitness, and the Sean O'Shea Foundation.  Michelle's passion is to inspire students through self-awareness, self-practice, and the development mental, spiritual and physical growth. Most importantly she aims to make her class a safe & fun environment. 

Lauren Znachko 

Lauren completed her 200 hour teacher training through CorePower Yoga in 2008. Since then she has taught in a variety of spaces including studios and retreat centers in Costa Rica. As an athlete and a writer, Lauren't first experience on the yoga mat was the perfect union of her two loves. The art of combining sensations in the body and creative use of words has fueled her own sense of well-being and creativity. She hopes to ignite the same union of physical challenge and creativity in her students. Her classes integrate dynamic flow and artful language to sculpt classes that nurture strength and self love in her students

Lizzie Koehler,

Lizzie is a certified RYT 200 instructor through Core Power Yoga. She has been practicing for 10 years and reaped incredible physical and spiritual benefits that she looks forward to sharing with her students. Lizzie’s classes are challenging, but centering – with a keen focus on alignment and strength-building coupled with guidance to aid in student discovery of their own emotional connections to the body and the practice. 

Rhonda Quinn

Rhonda began practicing Yoga 13 years ago and it immediately became her passion.  She wanted to share this passion and decided to study to become a yoga teacher.  She studied Iyengar Yoga through a program at the University of Riverside Extension Course and received certificates in Fundamentals of Yoga and Yoga Theory and Practice.  Rhonda continued her studies at Green Tara Yoga where she completed her 200 hour certification of Yoga Studies and Teacher Foundations.  She also received certification for Yin Yoga and is presently enrolled in the level 2 Professional Yoga Certification Program 500 hours.  Rhonda teaches at various locations in the area and her classes include gentle yoga, yoga for seniors, chair yoga, Yin Yoga, restorative yoga, beginning yoga, and yoga for golfers.


Maddie Davidson

Maddie has enjoyed practicing all types of yoga since 2009. Initially, she sought yoga to aid her recovery from several hip surgeries, but soon discovered the countless benefits of the practice and her passion to teach. She completed her 200-hour RYT in-class training through Yoga District in Washington, D.C., and she specializes in Dharma, Power, and Restorative Yoga as well as Yoga Nidra. Maddie is a sophomore at Claremont McKenna College as a Government/International Relations dual major. She also plays for her college’s varsity lacrosse team and loves to ski and travel.

Shannon Casey

Shannon has been practicing yoga for 9 years. She was certified RYT 200 by Prana Yoga Center in La Jolla, California and is a member of the National Yoga Alliance. From Kundalini to Bikram, Shannon has explored a variety of types of yoga. Her personal practice and favorite type to teach is vinyasa flow/ power flow.  Shannon is currently working on her certifications in ariel yoga, partner yoga, and laughing yoga. She will be certified RYT 500 by the end of this year. It is her passion to help  people achieve their personal yoga goals through mindfulness, progressive asanas, and meditation.

"Best to keep your body clean and bright, you are the window through which you see the world."
 --George Bernard Shaw

Karen May (Kartar Kaur) 

Karen's spiritual name is Kartar Kaur, translated as "Lioness/Princess of God's deeds" — an active, creative principle, applicable to her life, work, and spiritual practice. She took her first Kundalini Yoga class in 1989, and has been teaching since 2004 as a K.R.I. certified instructor, honoring the tradition of Kundalini Yoga as Taught by Yogi Bhajan®. Each class offers insight into a particular theme, connecting the body, mind, and spirit, and linking the finite with the infinite.

 She has taught in various states and several other countries, providing public and private classes as well as workshops on various topics related to yoga, healing, and yogic philosophy. She completed a two year certificate course in the ancient Indian healing modality called Ayurveda, and often integrates these healing principles into classes. She enjoys dialogue with students, who have the opportunity to participate in deciding upon future class themes, depending on local, global, or astrological events, physical and personal growth goals. She is committed to sharing the ancient technology — the art and the science — of Kundalini yoga in classes designed for all levels and abilities.