Tracy Brennan


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.


INSTRUCTOR BIOS​

Nicole Schwander Riel


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. 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 a Certified and Registered Yoga Teacher and loves to share the joys and benefits of yoga with you!


Lynette Milakovich


I found yoga at a time when I was at a crossroads emotionally and spiritually.  I was always very driven in physical activities, school, and work until life was not going as I had thought it was supposed to go.  I began taking yoga classes in 2001 and felt freedom of my soul like I had never felt.  In 2006 I spent a year studying yoga through Green Tara Yoga School.   In 2011 I became a Registered Yoga Teacher 500 specializing in yin yoga, yoga for athletes, and meditation.  I have been a full-time court reporter in Superior Court working in mostly criminal court for 34 years.  I continued my education at University of La Verne studying Eastern Religions and Sociology.  As a child I spent many periods in Mexico in the poorest areas helping others and learning the culture.  I have also traveled to Canada and Europe.  I am so grateful to our Universe for my two children and the love of my life.  My most cherished feelings come from helping others find peace in life.


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 restorative 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, 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 befriend 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.

Sarah Little


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.

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 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 Pasos


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 RYT-200-Hour yoga teacher training was obtained through Yoga Works and she is currently working on her 500-RYT with Shiva Rea. Along with vinyasa, she teaches prenatal, restorative, kids yoga, and 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 of mental, spiritual and physical growth. Most importantly she aims to make her class a safe and 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's first experience on the yoga mat was the perfect union of her two love; 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


Karen May (Kartar Kaur)


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.


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.


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.


Anne Harsch


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.


Bianca Whaley


Bianca, 200-RYT, was trained in Vinyasa Flow by Katie Brauer and Danny Arguetty in San Diego, CA. Bianca is extremely passionate about yoga and believes if you can breathe, 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  both on and off the 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 they are doing in their practice to feeling what they are doing.


Michael Masterson


After experiencing first hand 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 200-hour 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.


204 N. Yale Ave., 2nd Floor
Claremont, CA 91711

Lynn Hasel 


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.


Juanita Rivas-Raymer


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.

Brad Smith


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.


Emily Lavender-Vanderburgh


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.