Jen Muller is the owner of Arrow Heart Yoga. She was born and raised in Ojai but life after high school took her north to Santa Cruz. She took her first yoga class over 17 years ago while pregnant with her first child and fell in love with the creativity that you can express through movement.
Jen moved back to Ojai with her 2 amazing teenagers in 2016 and decided to take the next step to deepen her practice. In January of 2018, she received her RYT 200 HR teaching certification from Divintree Yoga in Santa Barbara and started teaching teenagers at a local private school immediately after.
Jen leads an extremely active lifestyle and understands that yoga balances out her body, adds to her training, and ultimately relives aches and pains that she acquires while running, road cycling, mountain biking, rock climbing, crossfitting, hiking, backpacking and dancing.
Jen loves music of all types and incorporates it in all of her classes so be prepared to flow to the sounds of the music and to the beat of your own drum.
Lyz Merola was living in Meiners Oaks when Arrow Heart Yoga opened up in 2015. She was there on day one as an enthusiastic & regular practitioner. Between a physically demanding job and lots of desk time while in college, a regular yoga practice was an easy choice to find balance. She was so inspired by the practice that she took the steps to become a teacher in order to share this joy with others. She trained with Shivakali Yoga and received her 200 hour RYT certification in 2017. She instructs a spirited alignment-based vinyasa class and enjoys pairing the flow with beats to inspire movement.
Sat Puran has been a long time student of Kundalini Yoga and is a KRI/ 200 hour RYT/YA certified Level 1 Kundalini Yoga Instructor since 2000. She has worked with Gurmukh Khalsa and Golden Bridge Yoga for 15 years coordinating their student trips to India and their International Teacher Training program guiding the students through to their certification to become teachers.
Along with living in the yoga world, SP is a photographer, baker, and traveler. SP has a great love for India, going there at least once a year to soak in the colors, beauty, and amazing culture.
Sat Puran truly enjoys sharing the teachings of Kundalini Yoga. This shines through in her heartfelt, uplifting, and challenging classes. All are welcome.
Lori Hansen started taking classes once a week at the age of 16 to complement her competitive and recreational hobby of baton twirling. After finishing her endeavors as a featured baton twirler in college, she committed herself to a regular yoga practice when she moved to Boston in 2013. As her involvement with yoga grew, the constricting nature of working in the healthcare system also began to set in. Wanderlust took hold, and Lori spent time diving into self-exploration and expanding her horizons throughout Central America, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, and finally on the southern coast of Morocco, where she completed Yoga Teacher Trainings in early 2017. It was in Morocco that she began her yoga teaching career – sharing awareness and insights with her students who mostly came to ride the waves, while vacationing at local surf camps.
Trained in vinyasa, restorative, and yin yoga, as well as self-myofascial release, Lori has developed a tenacious passion for holistic health, wellness, and preventative medicine. Her approach to yoga, both personally and for her students, is to cultivate awareness and presence through meditation, conscious movement, mindful alignment, and pranayama, bringing clarity and balance to the mind. Currently living in Ojai, Lori works both as an Occupational Therapist and Yoga Instructor throughout Ventura County.
Kiki Schwartz has lived her entire life in New England, having grown up on the south shore of Boston, spending her college years in Vermont, and moving back to Boston after graduation. She recently moved to Southern California with her husband and is excited to be part of the Arrow Heart team!
She was first introduced to yoga and meditation by her father, who took her to both her first yoga class in 2005 and to see the Dalai Lama speak in 2007. It wasn’t until entering college that Kiki developed a regular yoga practice, and became more acutely aware of the mental and spiritual benefits of these efforts. She completed her 200 hr teacher training at an Ashtanga studio in Burlington, VT and feels immense gratitude for her teachers that helped expand her knowledge and appreciation of the 8-limbs of Ashtanga Yoga.
Since leading her first class in 2012, Kiki has sought to teach classes that honor the roots of traditional yoga practices, while offering varied and accessible sequences for students of all experience levels. To Kiki, yoga is about honest observation and acceptance of the present moment, and she works to support students to be attuned to their own responses to limitations, abilities and challenges that arise throughout class. Her goal in teaching vinyasa yoga is to create a space for students to connect their breath with their movements safely in order to promote mental clarity and overall wellness.
Outside of teaching yoga, Kiki is an Independent Clinical Social Worker specializing in trauma treatment for adolescents and children. She loves animals, dancing, music and and spending time in nature. Kiki is excited to explore the West Coast in the months and years ahead.
Cheryl Arends has been teaching yoga from the DC area to Chicago and now here in Ojai. First led to the practice 19 years ago upon experiencing postpartum depression, she knew immediately yoga would change her life. She found in yoga a way to connect with the self through breath and mindful movement and has been dedicated to the pursuit ever since.
Cheryl brings an intentional style of yoga based on function and therapeutic value. She has hundreds of hours of studying and teaching special conditions and believes that yoga is for everybody. She developed the prenatal program for Baltimore Washington Medical Center and has seen firsthand the benefit of yoga before, during, and after pregnancy.
In the words of T.K.V. Desikachar “There are no prerequisites in yoga. We begin where we are and how we are, and whatever happens, happens.”
Cheryl considers it an honor and a privilege to share the teachings of yoga with you.
Whitney Carver was first drawn to yoga as a means of dealing with the stresses of working in an office and going to college. As an asthmatic, she was attracted to the idea of linking breath with movement through a physical yoga practice. In 2015, she dedicated herself to a daily yoga practice and was amazed by the physical and psychological transformation she experienced. Not only could she feel her body getting stronger on a daily basis, but her asthma virtually disappeared and she noticed a profound change in her emotional well-being.
Whitney obtained her 200hr Yoga Teacher Certification from Jai Rhythm Yoga in February 2018 and has been teaching ever since. She teaches a powerful vinyasa style flow, yin, and senior yoga. Her class is flowy, fun, intention based, and always features some great music! Whitney draws inspiration from a regular meditation practice and often focuses her classes on mindfulness and breath. When she's not at the studio you can find her at the beach, on a hike, or hanging out with her dog.
Lauren Harris leads a poetic, articulate and intelligently-sequenced yoga asana practice. Having unrolled her mat in Alaska, Spain, Nepal, Costa Rica, Thailand and coast to coast across the continental US, she finds the practice of yoga to be a journey home.
She draws upon her extensive massage therapy training and her professional bodywork experience to instruct each pose and sequence with an attention to anatomical alignment and ease. From her perspective, an alignment based practice not only clears the mind, but helps us to practice refining our attention, intention and actions in our daily life.
She hopes to lead you inward with a compassionate and loving presence to remember the wisdom that resides within.
Belinda Hill discovered yoga over 15 years ago and quietly began down its path. Drawn ever more deeply into the practice and its’ ability to shape her life in a profoundly positive way, she attained her AIReal Yoga teacher training certificate in 2013 and immediately began teaching. She has found what makes her most happy is helping others and uplifting everyone she comes into contact with to reach their highest potential.
Belinda’s background as a gymnast, dancer, actress, runner, and mother infuses each and every class that she teaches. She lives in Ventura, California with her husband, four children, and mother. She continues to be a student of Carmen Curtis, founder of AIReal Yoga and looks forward to expanding her education. Seeing the amazing changes and opportunities that opened in her life from the practice, she became a teacher so that she could share the same treasures and wisdom with others. Belinda feels blessed to share the platform of the ancient wisdom of yoga while using a hammock as a prop with her students. Her classes are intuitive, heart opening, uplifting and challenging. She encourages students to re-discover the power within by connecting to their breath, body, mind and soul. Belinda is delighted to be a part of the first and only AIReal Yoga approved by the Yoga Alliance. All are welcome, her classes are a refreshing way to prepare and support the body for a strong yoga practice.
“Peace. It is does not mean to be in a place, where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.” (unknown)
Jacqueline McIntosh finds true inspiration in the mind-body connection. After practicing yoga and meditation for several years on and off again basis, she travelled to Rishikesh, India and earned her certification in Hatha Yoga from Yoga Peeth.
Through yoga, Jacqueline has experienced a life transformation. She strives to structure her classes and life around the five R’s of yoga: rest, rhythm, repair, rejuvenation and reprogramming. She sees every class as an opportunity for further growth and inspiration. She invites people with all interest and experience levels to join in an open, warm and welcoming environment. She thrives in tailoring her yoga classes to her students aspirations in their practice. Her passion in the mind-body connection has lead her to pursue a career in occupational therapy and she is currently working on her doctorate at the University of Southern California. She is also a certified Thai massage therapist and is always looking for new ways to expand her knowledge about the somatic system. She feels extremely fortunate to live in Ojai and is awed by the beauty of the environment and the community on a regular basis.
Liz Little discovered the healing powers of yoga in 2004, when it was recommended to release stress experienced in her fast-paced corporate management role. She was quickly captivated by the way yoga strengthened her body, calmed her mind, and helped her feel more balanced.
She teaches Vinyasa Flow to beginners though advanced students, and her style incorporates the principles of Ashtanga Vinyasa and Iyengar. Liz's creative sequencing and alignment-based instructions help students develop a deeper understanding of their bodies and the asanas. She moves slowly into and out of poses to protect the joints and allow practitioners to feel empowered. She also teaches Yin Yoga, a slow, still, and stationary practice.
Liz is a 500-Hour Certified Yoga Teacher trained through YogaWorks, founded in 1987 in Santa Monica. The year-long program included a 6-month apprenticeship under Jennifer Elliott, who is a Master Teacher, functional anatomy expert, and Certified Yoga Therapist.
She also holds a BS of Exercise Science from The Ohio State University, and is a Master Certified Health & Wellness Coach.
Maka Fouchi teaches Evening Flow on Tuesdays at 5:30pm.
Emma Patrick’s birth roots are in Michigan but has spent the past 6 years growing roots deep in California. She lives in Santa Barbara and spends days in Meiners Oaks working at Steel Acres Farm. Ojai holds such a special place in her heart as it is where she landed an internship after graduation and has since then become another hOMe. She is grateful to be spreading her offerings in this magical valley.
Movement has always been a main component of Emma’s life from being a gymnast at a young age and then evolving into an avid runner through track and cross country. With such a strong passion for movement she went on to study Exercise Science, with an emphasis in Health & Fitness Instruction at Grand Valley State University. She is also a certified Health Coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.
Since then she has spent her professional career as a Personal Trainer & Group Fitness Instructor as well as a Holistic Health Coach. Leading hikes, teaching outdoor movement & corporate wellness classes, one-on-one coaching, cooking classes and private cheffing.
Emma embodies a mindful approach to movement, integrating a dynamic science background with a balanced meditative spirit to create a wholesome, nourishing experience in her classes. She has been a student of yoga for 10 years and loves weaving the threads of movement modalities.
Lisa Feeney has completed her RYT 200-hour teacher training and is certified by the Yoga Alliance to teach Hatha Yoga and AIReal Yoga. She recently completed her Accessible Yoga certification and is currently completing her certification in Curvy Yoga in order to expand her ability to offer the benefits of regular yoga practice to a wider range of students. She is passionate about helping students discover the benefits of developing a personal yoga practice regardless of age, size, ability, or fitness level.
JOIN THE ARROW HEART FAMILY!
Are you interested in becoming a part of the Arrow Heart Family? Apply to our Karma Yoga Program!
Karma Yogis at Arrow Heart help us care for the studio in exchange for an unlimited membership. They assist in keeping the studio clean, tidy and welcoming. You are expected to work 3-4 hours weekly, and the commitment is 3 months. After your commitment ends, you are welcome to apply again.
Send us an email if you are interested, and please answer the following questions: What does yoga mean to you? Why do you think you would be a good fit at Arrow Heart?
We look forward to hearing from you!