Melanie is newly transplanted from Austin, Texas to the great and beautiful state of California. After traveling the country in an ‘83 VW Vanagon, and only knowing Ojai from a magical dream 10 years ago, she finally decided to make Ojai her forever home and open her dream Yoga studio. Melanie loves teaching Yoga and is passionate about a healthy body and an open mind to circulate a positive vibration throughout your whole life.
"I have learned that having an active body can allow the mind to rest. After years of experience I am in a position to help lead others in this practice of body control, breath movement, and mind clearing by strengthening, lengthening, energizing, and meditating. Yoga is not only a mental and physical exercise, but also an exercise that permeates into other parts of your life."
Francesca has over 800 hours of professional yoga training, has earned the highest level of recognition by Yoga Alliance, is a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists, and is a qualified yoga teacher trainer. She holds a degree in Psychology and studies at Loyola Marymount University in their Yoga Therapy Rx program. She trained with and received certification to teach through the Himalayan Institute of Yoga Science and Philosophy and honors this lineage in both her personal practice and as a teacher.
Océane fell in love with movement at Idyllwild Arts Academy, followed by receiving a B.F.A. in Dance at Cornish College of the Arts. She moved to NYC in 2004 where she danced with Shen Wei Dance Arts, Pucci Plus Dancers, AMDaT and others touring nationally and internationally. She was certified in Pilates at the Kane School of Core Integration in NYC under the direction of Kelly Kane and Teri Steele. In 2010 she moved to Paris to teach Pilates and study sculpture. She is happy to share her wide range of movement practice to Arrow Heart.
Lauren 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.
Jebrahn likes to teach playful, dynamic, challenging yoga classes that pull from various styles of yoga asana, pranayama, somatics, martial arts, dance and embodiment technique. The wonder of how to draw nourishing integration from deep soul roots while exploring our highest possibilities is boundlessly inspiring! Teaching group yoga classes brings her so much joy! She sees class as a way of supporting each other in community to promote peace, loving kindness, positive relationships, uplifting intentions, and well-being. Jebrahn's classes focus on carrying light, toning the core, embodying the rhythm and pulse of Prana Shakti, expanding the breath, and removing obstacles of habitual patterns in the body-mind.
"I aim truly to teach like a warm-hearted all-loving mother of galaxies, a compassionate artist, an artist of healing, and a student of the infinite: for these have been my own wise teachers."
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.
Gina has been teaching yoga and meditation for 11 years. She started practicing while living in New York in her early twenties. Immediately, yoga offered Gina access to life and to wellbeing in a way that had eluded her until that point. After returning from an ashram in Argentina, she completed her first teacher training, and then moved to LA in 2003. Gina teaches in a way that is deep and transformative: she is known for her capacity to shift a student’s practice with her subtle articulation and attention to detail. In addition to studio and private classes, Gina leads international and local retreats and workshops. Gina is a devoted student of meditation and yoga philosophy, as well as subtle anatomy and body wisdom. She offers sincere gratitude to all of her teachers, as it is in becoming a true student that she can fully embody her roll as teacher. Especially high regards are given to Paul Muller-Ortega (teacher of Blue Throat Yoga), who has shown her how to sit for meditation; how to place the mind on the seat of the heart, and to live from that place.
Gina now lives in Ojai with her husband and baby boy; the practice continues.
Brooke began practicing yoga in the Iyengar tradition while studying for her BA in psychology at UCSD. She then discovered vinyasa yoga and fell in love with flowing to the beat of one's breath. Brooke began teaching yoga in April, 2011, after learning from a broken wrist that her yoga practice had become an integral and irreplaceable part of her well being. As a lifelong music aficionado, combining music with yoga has always been one of her favorite parts of being an instructor. She strives to always learn more about the mind/body connection. She recently finished her master's degree in Depth Psychology Counseling at Pacifica Graduate Institute.
Ria got hooked on asanas in Charleston, South Carolina as a college freshman in 2009. With a background in classical ballet, she found that yoga served as an outlet for physical creativity as well as an exercise for mental attunement. In February 2015 Ria completed the 200 hour Ashtanga and Hatha Yoga Teacher training at the Association for Yoga and Meditation in Rishikesh, India. While her classes may vary stylistically, they will always emphasize alignment, juicy asanas, and the integrity of the pose as it fits to the individual. Highlights include personal adjustments and a sense of humor!
Fay grew up in the mountains of West Virginia on an organic homesteading farm where yoga was always in the background. While there was rarely an organized class, the basic principles and philosophy were a constant undercurrent.
In 2013 Fay and her husband moved to Ojai and shortly thereafter she completed her 200 hour Yoga Alliance Certification at Corepower Yoga in Santa Barbara. Fay’s classes combine a down-to-earth approach with upbeat world music and a combination of different yoga styles. They are challenging, always changing, and modifications and compassionate encouragement make them accessible for all ages and levels. Her goal is to help her students discover themselves and come to understand the magnificence that they are capable of.
Belinda 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)
Meredith’s approach to yoga is creative and ayuvedic. She emphasizes yoga as a consciousness practice, a place for deep self-study. She has been using seasonal sequencing techniques in classes including pranayama, mudra, mantra since her first year-long ayurvedic training in 2012. her interest in yoga and creativity is rooted in her past as a sustainable design lecturer in england as well as her own creative work.
She completed her 200-hour at yogaworks in Los Angeles in 2009, 500-hr at lulu bandha in ojai in 2015 and has a masters in design futures from Goldsmiths, University of London. When she’s not teaching yoga, she’s sewing in her ojai kitchen for her cottage clothing company, writing, playing the drums, or savoring any time on her own as introverts do. She’s turning her creative self drop-in classes into a workshop series and plans to lecture on ayurveda after completing her professional practitioner training in 2016. She also plans on writing a creative ayurvedic cookbook one day and is currently collecting and writing recipes.