Instructors 

 

 
 
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Jena Baird  Yoga

teacher & Owner 

I enjoy life and all it has to offer. I am a mother of 3 daughters, a yoga instructor and retreat coordinator. I enjoy spending time outdoors, surfing, sup boarding, hiking, mineral hot tub soaking, art, culture, travel, learning new things, and spending time with family and being with friends are a few of my favorite things. Although I took a few yoga classes at a nearby gym when I was in high school… I really discovered yoga in college in 2001 where I was instantly hooked. So it is through personal extensive studies, certification, and personal experiences that I feel inspired to teach as a profession. I love teaching and sharing my passion for yoga. Yoga has greatly impacted my life and I love seeing the transformation it makes in the lives of my students. I am passionate about teaching the science of yoga and the ancient wisdom through yoga classes, wellness programs, and retreats. As the creator of Adventure packages, Be Totally Fit Yoga boot camp and Birthing with yoga educator, I love to see the positive impact theses programs can bring to real life experiences.

 

Anita Speciale 

 

Anita Speciale began practicing yoga in 2005 during her long career in investment management. Captured by the joys and challenges within yoga, she completed the YogaWorks Teacher Training in Walnut Creek, CA, led by Mynx Inatsugu and Melanie Salvatore-August. She has also completed workshops in the traditions of Ashtanga, (led by Angie Norwood), Shadow Yoga, (Catherine Halcombe), and Ayurveda, (Scott Blossom). She offers her students a welcoming, safe environment in which to explore clear alignment, a flowing practice, and the interaction of breath, body, and mind. She pursues her home practice and teaches private and group sessions in Paso Robles, CA.

 

 

Anita Teaches Friday 8:30 am class and is on the rotation for some Saturday classes. 

 
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Betsy Oltmann 

200 RYT; Sports Performance Yoga Certification I walk into every class feeling a tremendous sense of gratitude as take the seat of teacher. I am inspired by my students and support them in their practices with the intention of bringing each one of them more strength, openness, equanimity, peace, illumination, and health in body, mind and spirit. Mindfulness is always at the heart of the practice, cultivating an awareness of the present; allowing the mind to rest and the body to relax; and developing greater insight to our best selves. I bring with my teaching experience, a 200-hour Yoga Alliance teacher certification and additional certification in sports performance yoga. I have a B.S. in Nutritional Science, hence a lifelong passion for all things nutritious and delicious. Improved posture and strength, increased flexibility, respiration, and vitality, and a sense of peace and relaxation are just a few of the physical benefits of yoga. Beyond the physical benefits of yoga, I hope that all my students take time to see their own greatness and magnificence when they spend time on the mat and carry that forth into world with unabashed brilliance! Namaste!   Betsy teaches Monday/Wednesday 9 am and occasional Saturday at 8:30 am for the rotation 

 

 

 

Lauren Shannon

Lauren Narayani is a Holistic Health Practitioner and Wellness Expert, E-RYT yogini, Pilates and Reformer instructor, Western Herbalist. She is honored to mentor those seeking training, health coaching, and outdoor endurance training- including Stand Up Paddle Yoga! During these transitions with the modern practitioner, Lauren uses RootsFlow Vinyasa, her lineage of Swami Sivenanda's teachings, and a Universal Quantum approach to the body. She is known to bring a playful mix of therapeutics, mixed martial arts sacred movement for her students to absorb. Visit  www.RootsFlowYoga.com for classes and retreats.   

Lauren Shannon Teaches Tuesday at 7:30 am, Friday at noon and occasional 8:30 am on the weekends. 

 

 

Lauren Harvey Udsen 

Lauren’s style to teaching yoga emphasizes the value of each individual’s unique sensitivities & perspective. Her yogini Sanskrit name, Liilavati sums up her philosophy of yoga and life; the expression of the cosmic dance or simply stated as divine play.
With her background in running, she has a strong understanding of overall health, fitness and body awareness. It was through running where she first discovered her love of yoga for the physical support and balance it provided to an active lifestyle along with the philosophy and spirituality that seemed to keep providing gems of knowledge and clarity.
She received her 200hr Yoga Teacher Certification through Yoga Alliance in 2011 in Eugene Oregon where she studied through the Tai Chi Yoga Center, focusing primarily on Ananda Marga ‘Path of Bliss’ Meditation & Hatha Yoga. Incorporating breath, restorative asanas and subtle body adjustments in her classes she invites and inspires you to play, move and express a practice as unique as you are, uplifting your mind, body and spirit. She currently teaches all over the central coast and has a diverse background teaching a broad spectrum of styles including, hatha, vinyasa flow, yin, restorative & meditation classes.
When not found on the matt you can find Lauren exploring, running, hiking or creating artwork and jewelry, which are all a constant source of inspiration and flow in her life. “Life should be lived as play!” — Love, Lauren   Join her class Monday 6:15 pm 

 

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WENDY STRESHENKOFF

Wendy began her love affair with yoga in 2002 in New Orleans. After suffering whiplash in a car accident, she had been unable to find a way to alleviate her constant tension and pain. Searching for a way to relieve this pain, she encountered her first yoga class. The effects of the practice on her condition were amazing. Seeking out and finding a wonderful teacher, Elaine Orr, Wendy was able to develop her own practice into a formidable habit, one that she hopes to share with many others.

Since she moved to the Central Coast in 2008, Wendy continued her practice, but as a home practice since there were not many options for North County residents. It became her goal to bring yoga and its wonderful effects to the residents of Paso Robles. She successfully completed the 200-hour teacher training certification through Yoga Works and in 2010 opened Dharma Yoga Studio. Since opening the doors to the studio she has realized her dream of creating a community of yogis that continue to grow and develop together.

 

Join Wendy Class on Sunday at 9 am 

 

Jane is a certified pilates instructor with a background in dance and yoga. She has been teaching pilates for more than seven years in Missouri and California. Jane is interested in working with individuals of every fitness level and offers modification throughout class that allow each students to maximize the benefits of their workout. 

 

Join Jane Class Monday 4:00-5:00 pm