204 N. Yale Ave.,  2nd Floor     Claremont, CA 91711     
(909) 267-4541    claremontyoga1@gmail.com

Instructor Bios
Tracy Brennan

Tracy is the co-owner/director of Claremont Yoga and is a Certified Iyengar Yoga Instructor.   Tracy enjoys sharing the healthy benefits of yoga.  She teaches weekly all levels classes and private sessions.  She enjoys having a family and being a Mom.  She also teaches yoga classes at Pomona College in the Physical Education Department for students, faculty and staff.  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 is a labor and delivery nurse. She loves to laugh and play and is dedicated to the discipline of yoga. Marie has been teaching for almost 20 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. 

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." 

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.

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

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.

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.

Mari Gamans

Mari, a former professional dancer, has been teaching Pilates for 16 years. She began studying the Pilates technique while earning her B.A. Degree in Dance at the University of California at Irvine. Very quickly her body transformed, improving her dancing as well. It was these exciting personal developments that inspired her to share what she had learned with others. Mari attended the teacher training program at Studio Du Corps led by her former UCI professor, and esteemed member of the Pilates community, Diane Diefenderfer. Soon after, she began working at The Ron Fletcher Company in Los Angeles, where she was awarded an additional certification. Since then, she has worked at many L.A area studios such as Mind/Body Fitness, Center Studio, Integration Arts, and Core Conditioning Physical Therapy. Mari is also a certified Gyrotonic instructor, and has been practicing yoga since 2000, both of which have furthered her experience as a teacher and deepened her understanding of the body.

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.

Anne Harsch, RYT

By fostering joy, balance and serenity of the mind-body, Anne believes in making yoga accessible to every level of student. Her energetic classes are accompanied by rejuvenating music, candlelight and lavender, and empower 
students to push physical limits and connect flowing movements with breath. Students experience a cultivation of vivacity and well-being. By the end of the practice, students return to a natural state of serenity and empowerment.
Anne’s formal study of the mind-body began at Dartmouth College where she earned her degree in Psychological and Brain Sciences. Throughout her yoga journey, Anne has trained in the Baptiste lineage of power vinyasa with 
Lori Burgwyn, Matthew Reyes of YogaHop, and Kathryn Budig of Aim True Yoga.

Bianca Whaley, 200 RYT

Bianca was trained in Vinyasa Flow by Katie Brauer and Danny Arguetty in San Diego, CA. Bianca is extremely passionate about yoga and she believes if you can breath, than you can do yoga! She sees yoga as a beautiful practice that helps people become more in tune with their bodies which facilitates mindfulness and awareness  on and off that mat. Bianca offers a unique experience in her classes paired with dynamic sequencing that nourishes people’s being. She helps people make that leap from thinking about what their doing in their practice to feeling what their doing.

Michael Masterson

After experiencing firsthand Yoga's marvelous ability to transform the body, mind and spirit, Michael began his journey to further understand Yoga and its ability to spark a fire within people. Yoga quickly became a huge part of Michael's life and it seemed only natural for him to want to give back and share it with others. Michael received his 200hr Yoga Alliance Certification in 2013. His classes aim to develop balance and harmony within each individual by creating a practice that is both physical and meditative. Every class is music lead with the use of essential oils that will cleanse, calm and rejuvenate the mind and the body. "Yoga is not a religion. It is a science, science of well-being, science of youthfulness, science of integrating body, mind and soul." - Amit Ray. Michael's goal is to embrace every individual's search for personal growth and well being, by inspiring and nurturing the body, mind and soul.