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Claremont, CA 91711
Melissa was introduced to yoga 9 years ago after attending physical therapy for a back injury. She returned to yoga while attending Fullerton College. Her father was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2012 and Melissa was his caregiver until his death in 2013. Getting back into yoga and being part of the community and the CYTT Graduating Class of 2014-2015 really helped her move towards healing the recurring depression she was suffering. . Melissa found that honoring our body’s requests and developing our own personal practice lets us heal from the inside out. Melissa fell in love with the art of Restorative yoga and believes that we need to give ourselves permission to unplug and renew. Outside of yoga, Melissa loves hiking, traveling and riding horses. She also enjoys teaching riding lessons. Melissa wants everyone to be strong enough to let go and patient enough to wait for what you deserve. Yoga meditation has brought her flexibility of body and mind. She loves making yoga accessible so that students will have a pleasant experience and will continue their beautiful, never-ending journey of self-discovery.
Bonnie Busenberg, a longtime Claremont resident and retired college administrator, is a level II Stott Pilates Instructor who has been teaching group exercise classes at The Claremont Club for 9 years and offers private, equipment-based Pilates sessions, with a special emphasis on rehabilitative and therapeutic uses of the Pilates methodology, at her home studio. A devoted practitioner of yoga for 15 years, she completed the Claremont Yoga teacher training program in 2015, and is a certified and registered 200 Yoga teacher through Yoga Alliance. Her teaching is heavily influenced by Iyengar principles of alignment, which she finds to be highly synergistic with her Pilates work. With undergraduate and masters degrees in the biological sciences, and a doctorate in Education, Bonnie is passionate both about anatomy and about teaching. Convinced that yoga can benefit any body, irrespective of age or physical ability, she enjoys introducing body awareness into the lives of others, particularly those facing physical challenges brought about by illness or injury. She believes in using the physical practice of asana as both a metaphor and motivation for the pursuit of yoga’s spiritual aspects. She currently teaches hatha yoga, gentle yoga, and yoga fusion (with Pilates) in group and private sessions, as she attends workshops and trainings to advance both her own practice and her teaching skills.
Growing up in Austin Texas, yoga has been a part of Rachel’s life for 15 years. She completed her yoga teacher training in the summer of 2015 in Austin with Black Swan Yoga. Rachel currently is studying dance and environmental science at Scripps College. She is also a classically trained dancer and a member of the LA based modern dance company, Project 21. Movement has always been central to who she is. As her yoga practice matured she began to experiment with not only using her practice as a physical, fun way of stretching and strengthening, but also as a means for internal reflection and development. Rachel focuses on consciously using breath as a tool for centering and expanding both on and off the mat, in dance, and in life. She enjoys blending her dance background into her yoga classes, experimenting with creative movement combinations and stretches. She loves yoga and teaching and can’t wait to flow with you!
Caitlin’s yoga journey began in 2008 when she took classes offered on her college campus. After graduation, she moved to Portland, OR and began practicing in a studio. Caitlin is currently a medical student at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, CA. Upon moving to California, she found her “yoga home” at Claremont Yoga and recently completed the studio’s RYT-200 teacher training. For Caitlin, yoga has been a much-needed source of joy and community and a way to practice mindfulness, relieve stress, and cultivate strength and flexibility. Her classes are energetic and upbeat, but also offer time for reflection. She feels grateful for any opportunity to share the practice of yoga with others.
Emily first attended a yoga class to relive chronic shoulder pain. It worked, and quickly began to transform her life, both mentally and physically. Yoga helps her feel connected to herself, strong and beautiful. She is YogaWorks trained (eRYT-200 certified) and implements a well rounded practice, by applying principles of alignment and philosophy to each class. Emily spends time traveling to workshops and classes, working to improve her instructing techniques and personal practice. She believes that yoga offers meaningful benefits for every person, from every walk of life, and that the more we practice, the more we can improve our lives. Emily is excited to share her love of yoga and expertise with the Claremont community. Emily's vinyasa is a powerful, energetic sequence, where students fluidly move from one pose to the next, while connecting their breath to their movements. Strength, flexibility and balance are incorporated into each class.
Brad took his first yoga class in 1998 and discovered a path of lifelong learning. Since then, Yoga has become the foundation of his day-to-day life, enriching his life in every way. Brad is a Certified Iyengar Yoga instructor at the Intermediate Junior 1 level and has been teaching since 2005. He spent two months studying yoga with the Iyengar family in India in 2006 and returned for further studies in November, 2011. He teaches yoga at several studios in the greater San Gabriel Valley as well as at Kaiser Permanente and the City of Alhambra.
Juanita started her journey many years ago with her dad who introduced her to yoga in the 70's, When she became a Birth Doula 14 years ago she encouraged her clients to practice yoga through their pregnancy after seeing how much it helped with labor. Many years later Juanita studied to become a prenatal yoga teacher and combined her years of experience with her yoga practice to help women through this amazing rite of passage. She recieved her prenatal yoga certification through Bini Birth Studio and also studied with the yoga master teachers at Green Tara Yoga. Juanita loves sharing my practice with people and showing them that Yoga is for everyone at all levels of fitness.
Lynn 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.
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.
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 E-RYT 200 and RYT 500 level through Yoga Alliance. 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's spiritual name is Kartar Kaur, which translates 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.
Karen completed a two-year certificate course in the ancient Indian healing modality called Ayurveda, and often integrates these healing principles into classes. She is committed to sharing the ancient technology — the art and the science — of Kundalini yoga in classes designed for all levels and abilities.
Michelle received her bachelor's and master's of science in Kinesiology at California State University, Fullerton. Her emphasis is in anatomy, exercise physiology, nutrition, and sport psychology. Michelle is a professor in the Applied Exercise Science department at APU. Her RYT-200-Hour yoga teacher training was obtained through Yoga Works, with a Pregnancy of Yoga certification through Ma Yoga, and workshops & specialty classes under Kathryn Budig, Seane Corn, Shiva Rea, & Dice Iida-Klein. Along with vinyasa, she teaches prenatal, restorative, kids yoga, baby & me and sculpt. Michelle's passion is to inspire students to become self-aware not just physically, but mentally and spiritually. She is convinced that practicing gratitude & setting intentions are vital to taking your practice to another level. She aims to have a theme, peak pose, and take home message for every class. Michelle pushes you to be bold and overcome your fears in your practice while making class fun and providing a safe environment.
Denise 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.
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.
Sarah Little has been practicing yoga for 12 years and teaching for two and a half. Her teaching and practice are founded in gratitude, truthfulness, physical and spiritual alignment and lightheartedness. Sarah teaches Vinayasa Flow, Gentle, Hatha, Restorative and Kundalini yogas. Yoga has carried Sarah into marriage, a career change, two pregnancies, and the raising of three children. Her personal practice has helped her manage her asthma, postpartum depression and general stinkin' thinkin'. Sarah believes that yoga can lead us to a more graceful life. Come and bask in your strength, challenges and beauty through the practice of yoga.
"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 and creative writing professor who believes in the power of art to liberate our minds, bodies and spirits. In her classes, she works to creatively engage your imagination and energize you to cultivate a deeply personal and fiercely authentic practice. She is 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.
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.
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Susan completed the 200 hour yoga alliance teacher certification offered by Claremont Yoga in 2014-2015 after retiring from a 35+ year career as a health care provider. She has studied Iyengar yoga for 15 years and has personally experienced the improvements it brought in strength, balance, and relief of chronic muscle pain due to postural misalignment as well as the joy of the practice. She teaches alignment-based yoga with the use of props and modifications because she appreciates the accessibility this brings to yoga practitioners of all ages and abilities. When Susan isn’t practicing in the welcoming community of Claremont yoga, she enjoys playing in a handbell choir , hiking in the local hills, cycling, and raising her own fruit and vegetables in her backyard garden.
Jenna Mann (RYT-200) came to the practice of yoga after the death of a dear friend. She found that the focus on mindfulness and breath practice offered a strategy to deal with sorrow and anxiety. As she continued in the practice, she grew to love the rhythmic, steady matching of breath to movement offered in yoga and especially grew to love the Vinyasa Flow style. She found that yoga uniquely offered a holistic process to engage the mind, body, and spirit. It is this balanced, energizing approach of strengthening and empowering the whole person that Jenna endeavors to share in her yoga classes
Stephen Moore came to yoga for fitness in 2012 but immediately found the practice to be so much more than just physical. Yoga invigorated him mentally, spiritually, and emotionally in a way nothing had in many years. Claremont Yoga also introduced him to a wonderful community of like-minded, positive individuals coming together in the practice. In 2014, an article about the growing use of yoga and other mind-body medicine techniques to treat post-traumatic stress in veterans inspired Stephen to earn his RYT-200 certification through the Claremont Yoga teacher training program. As the son of a Vietnam veteran and the relative of many other veterans, he saw yoga as his way to give back. Stephen now enjoys teaching vinyasa flow at Claremont Yoga, as well as teaching yoga to veterans through both Claremont Yoga and his non-profit organization, Warrior One Foundation.
Maddie has practiced and taught various styles of yoga. She originally turned to yoga to help recover from injuries, which inspired her to complete her RYT-200 hour teacher training through Yoga District in Washington, D.C. in 2013. Maddie attributes much of her physical as well as emotional recovery to yoga, and finds great fulfillment in helping others heal through yoga. She hopes to work personally with as many students as possible to achieve their personal goals in and outside of class. Maddie was trained in Dharma Yoga, but enjoys teaching various styles of Vinyasa to students of all ages. Maddie also enjoys hiking, swimming, skiing, and traveling.
Yoga has inspired me in unexpected ways over the last 12 plus years. Walking out of my first class I felt taller and more invigorated. Time after time, I have found myself using yoga breath to manage the stress of work and family life. When my children started commenting on my positive mood after a class, I knew I was onto something! I have spent many years exploring a variety of yoga studios and I have always been drawn back to Claremont Yoga. After graduating from Claremont Yoga's first teacher training I have found a strong desire to remain a lifetime student of yoga!
Melissa Jackson has been practicing yoga for over 15 years and teaching elementary school for 17. It seemed only natural for her to marry her love of teaching and her love of yoga. Melissa completed her 200-hour teacher training through Claremont Yoga’s inagural teacher training program in 2015. Melissa has enjoyed teaching flow based yoga to athletes and instructing special classes for kids, as well. Melissa enjoys documenting her love of travel, yoga, running, hiking, gardening and cooking through her writing in her blog www.livpcfl.com.
Kristia Oney is an Oklahoma transplant now living in Claremont, CA. Kristia’s 200hr teacher training is in vinyasa flow and as she says, “The breath linked with the movement is like dancing with your soul.” Kristia has a huge heart and a passion for helping people find their inward beauty, truly love their bodies and live from the strength of their true core. Kristia came to yoga during her own battle with an eating disorder; Kristia says, “When I came to yoga, I came to recovery and I owe so much of my successful recovery to my yoga practice. Yoga, along with proper treatment from health care professionals, has allowed me find inner strength, peace and self-acceptance that in many ways have saved my life. It is my heart’s greatest desire to share this healing and creative practice with others!” Kristia taught in many locations in the Oklahoma area, including teaching yoga as therapy for eating disorder recovery at Laureate Eating Recovery Center in Tulsa, she is grateful and excited to be a part of the Claremont Yoga community! Kristia is now enrolled in the Yoga Therapy Rx program at LMU in Los Angeles where she is working toward becoming a Certified Yoga Therapist (CYT) following her deepest passion of participating in the treatment of eating disorders, meanwhile learning even more to offer her students and yoga community. Her classes ranging from strong and powerful vinyasa flow to gentle, restorative (in body, mind and spirit) yoga are sure to leave you feeling empowered, energized and at peace.
I have been practicing yoga since 1998 with an appreciation for the flexibility and strengthening aspects of the practice. In recent years yoga became a much deeper form of practice for me -offering an opportunity for healing trauma and grief through improved mind, body connection, breath work and the pure joy generated through invigorating physical movement. I completed the RYT-200 training through the Claremont Yoga teacher training program and am ecstatic to have the opportunity to share my love of yoga practice with the community.
I began Yoga journey in my twenties after reading a book, moving away from Yoga into Judo & Karate. I loved the outdoors so I did water skiing, snow skiing, baseball & various sports I was game for it all, I even took up golf. Than one day running with my dogs, one of them cut in front of me, as I flew over and landed on the pavement I realized “I broke my Knee Cap”. This changed my life & gave me a new respect for my body I had taken for granted for so very many years. Several years passed I nor my leg was ever the same, I came back to yoga to get myself back, that is exactly what Yoga did for me, the daily pain in my leg & dragging of my Leg disappeared. To my surprise I fell in love with Yoga and all its aspects, breathing, chanting, meditation, the physical practice, and the community. I am a 500 RYT and Yin Yoga certified. I was trained and certified at Green Tara Yoga, Upland. My passion is to pass on my love of Yoga to others so they can benefit from this wonderful practice as I had and continue to everyday.
Sarah Natalia Simatupang was born in Indonesia and has lived in 3 different countries. She studied Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts and studied abroad in Spain to deepen her Spanish. Natalia loves to travel and learn new cultures and languages. Her love of activity brought her to yoga in Jan 2010…it was love at first Savasana. She completed a Power Teacher Training with the desire to teach and practice yoga for the rest her life. The benefits of yoga bring such deep connection and healing of mind and body in which she learned the qualities of acceptance, patience, self-control and letting go. It is the perfect unity of the Western and Eastern modalities that creates balance in her life to grow..
By fostering joy, balance and serenity of the mind-body, Anne, RYT-500, 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.
Tracy is the co-owner/director of both Claremont Yoga and the CY Teacher Training Program. She is a Certified Iyengar Yoga Instructor. Tracy enjoys sharing the healthy benefits of yoga. She teaches all levels of classes and private sessions weekly. 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 is the co-owner/director of both Claremont Yoga and the CY Teacher Training Program. 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. She has studied with teachers Noah Maze and Christina Sell. Her classes range from deeply restorative, to a strong, flowing practice. She infuses smart aliignment 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 a Certified and Registered Yoga Teacher and loves to share the joys and benefits of yoga with you! Her newest teacher is her 2 year old son, Blake, who inspires her everyday!
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 restorative powers for people with injuries and physical limitations.