Instructors

 

Carol Morrell

Carol has been practicing for 32 years, teaching for 27 years, and still considers herself a beginner. She has taught in ashrams, meditation centers, retreat sites and studios in New York, California, and India. Ten years of that span she taught yoga to seniors at Del Webb's Sun City, Palm Desert, CA. Align, pose. Realign, repose. Use your muscles and your mind. Awareness in every pore of the skin. "Yoga is a journey - a path that never ends - that's why we call it practice!"

Class: Yoga for Stiff People, Mondays @ 10:45am, Wednesdays @ 9:15am and @ 10:45am

Dana Patterson / Nirmaljeet Kaur

Dana Patterson is a sound-healing practitioner and certified Kundalini Yoga teacher who has been working in the field of education and healing for over 20 years. Dana has a masters degree in education, a bachelors in psychology and over 18 years of working with children and families within the home, yogic settings, psychiatric hospitals, drug rehabs, group homes and day programs. Specializing for over a decade with children with autism and ADHD. Dana is guided by the intention and desire to empower individuals to move forward to a healthier happier life.

Class: Kundalini + Sound Bath on Sundays @ 4:30pm

David Turner

David began using some yoga postures to stretch before sporting activities like, mountain biking, hiking, skiing or playing ball. In 2006, he took his first yoga class at a studio and loved it. Over the next few years he noticed as have others, how doing and practicing yoga seemed to bring him much more pleasure than work in the IT field which he was in. He talked about wanting to teach for a while and finally decided, after having hip surgery (2008), and with a lot of loving support, to move forward to take and complete his 200-hour certification in 2012 and subsequently completing his 300-hour certification in 2015 at the Yoga Bungalow. When guiding, a yoga practice David always feels hopeful, because he believes that all changes begin with the smallest of movements or steps and that anyone who decides to undertake any form of yoga practice is open to and looking for some form of positive change in his or her life. David loves the fact that whenever someone takes part in the practice of yoga no matter the level or the type of practice they get to enjoy all of the benefits of yoga. He is currently studying Yoga Therapy with Amy Wheeler, Ph.D.

Class: Active Beginner on Mondays @ 9:15am

Deb Coats

Deb is passionate about the yoga path.  It has brought a sense of peace to her mind, body, and soul that she searched for most of her life.  She found yoga at the age of 40.  Since then she’s had an active yoga, meditation, and self-care practice.  She was originally drawn to yoga through meditation and a more mindful path. Deb believes the first step in yoga is to simply be present, move with the breath, and surrender.  Breathe first, listen to the body, never force any movement, have no competition, and create a safe place to land. She hopes to bring love, light, and peace to her classes. Sharing the complete journey of yoga is her passion.  Deb received her 200 hour yoga certification with Yoga Bungalow in 2014.  She is also a Certified Usui Reiki Healer level 1 and 2 as well as a Certified Yoga Tune Up® 2016 teacher.  She continues to study many paths of yoga each year to offer the best for her clients.  To read more about Deb, www.yogadebcoats.com

Class: Gentle Beginners on Wednesdays @ 4:30pm, 6:30pm and Sundays @ 10:45am

Elyse Froehlich

With a long history of service, Elyse Froehlich was destined to teach yoga to those seeking a healthier lifestyle. After graduating from Los Angeles County/USC School of Nursing, she became the head nurse for a pilot project at USC School of Medicine. This project gave students their first clinical experience.

 

Subsequently, Elyse returned to school to obtain a degree in Social Sciences from Chapman University with concentrations in Sociology, Psychology, and History. She graduated with Departmental Honors in Academics and Achievement while continuing on at Chapman’s School of Education. Elyse obtained her Master’s degree and teaching credentials in multiple subjects.

 

Elyse’s teaching philosophy is firmly grounded in the idea of democratic education. This was the topic of her Master’s thesis, which earned her a distinctive honor. She received the Paolo Friere Award, which is given each year to one student for contributions in that field. For eight years, she taught social studies, as well as supervising and coordinating the classroom instruction and curriculum for a local middle school.

 

Elyse has studied yoga for twelve years. She is registered with the Yoga Alliance at the 500 hour level. She is an Anusara-inspired teacher and teaches heart themes linked to strong alignment principles. Her classes are playful, yet challenging. Her intention is to empower students and encourage self expression both on and off the mat. Come and enjoy Elyse’s openness and knowledge. Walk away feeling resilient to anything that comes your way!

Class: Align, Refine and Shine on Wednesdays @ 7:45am and Saturdays @ 9:15am

Jay Davis

J. Davis is a yoga practitioner on the long “road to find out.” I am passionate and grateful about sharing that journey with everyone I meet. After being a student of yoga for over 10 years and witnessing the peace and well being that it brought to me, I deepened my practice by completing a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training at Yoga Bungalow. I am now honored to be one of the wonderful teachers there. In addition to Yoga Bungalow, I teach at various other venues in South Orange County, at Assisted Living Facilities, Recovery Homes & Programs, as well as doing private sessions. Yoga is for everyBODY because it transcends the BODY. More information can be found on the J. Davis Atha Bhava Yoga (@athabhavayoga) Facebook page.

Class: Yoga for Stiff People/Chair Adaptable on Fridays @ 10:45am

Julie Seals

Julie received her 200 hour certification with Yoga Bungalow in 2014.  She has been practicing yoga for three years now.  Julie has lived with general anxiety most of her life and started having panic attacks.  She found herself in a yoga studio looking for something natural to help her heal.  Yoga has taught her to be in the present moment and how being aware of the breath can bring balance to the body and mind.  She love yoga and is so passionate about it that it will always be a part of her life.  She has received so much from yoga that she wants others to experience it as well.    She believes that once you start challenging yourself on the mat and getting out of your comfort zone then you will do it off of the mat as well.  Teaching yoga has helped in her own emotional healing.  Julie trained with Yogafit in 2013 and started teaching yoga at the studio she started her journey with.  She volunteered at her son's school and has taught yoga to children and staff.  She is also a TFT (Thought Field Therapy) practitioner.  She believes in having natural tools to help yourself live a peaceful life that everyone deserves and wants to share this with others.  Come be inspired and guided in a loving atmosphere!

Class: Beginners on Fridays @ 9:15am

Sandra Nix

Sandra initially trained with Ananda Expanding Light in the Paramahansa Yogananda tradition. Then she trained with Master Yoga (Rama Berch) in the Svaroopa tradition. More recently, she completed her training at the Yoga Bungalow, where she received certification in both the 200 hour Foundations and 300 hour Therapeutic Yoga programs, that included an in-depth Ayurvedic Immersion with Arun Deva. She teaches beginners and gentle therapeutics classes at the Yoga Bungalow. Her philosophy includes mindfulness, meditation and celebrating the moment in every activity. Using her soothing voice she infuses her classes with yoga philosophy, mythology, alignment, functional anatomy, meditation and pranayama. She is also a successful psychotherapist in private practice in San Juan Capistrano.

Class: Gentle Beginners on Tuesdays @ 10:45am and Saturdays @ 7:45am

Tam Nguyen

Tam and her husband Steve opened the Yoga Bungalow in January 2004. She has studied with Erich Schiffmann, Tracey Rich and Ganga White at the White Lotus Foundation, Arun Deva, Nischala Joy Devi, Jill Miller (Yoga Tune Up® certification ), Rolf Sovik (Himalayan Institute), Jack Kornfield (Spirit Rock). She is currently studying with yoga therapist, Amy Wheeler, Ph.D. She strives to be of service, continues to learn and share the delight and healing magic of yoga. She mixes an interesting blend of alignment, therapeutic flow, and mindfulness. Tam's classes are eclectic and light hearted in nature, where you'll unwind the body, rest the mind and re-connect with your divine spirit.  She is a certified Yoga Tune Up®  instructor. She is a Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) with the International Association of Yoga Therapists and is registered with the Yoga Alliance at the E-RYT 500 hour level. She is a Reiki master.  In her free time she loves to garden, read and go on long hikes.

Tracy Perry

As a native Californian, Tracy has always enjoyed running around outside in the sun being active. She was first introduced to Yoga after competing in and bringing home a 1st place trophy at Jr. Novice bodybuilding in show in San Diego. At the suggestion of a friend, Tracy began taking yoga classes and discovered that her over trained muscles became more lean and flexible and her strength and range of motion improved. From this moment on Tracy was hooked and wanted to dive deeper into, and share the practice of yoga.  She completed her 200 hr yoga teacher training in 2016.  She brings her love of movement, passion for proper alignment and breath control to her teaching to lead fun and informative asana classes. Tracy is skilled at meeting students where they are regardless of age, experience level or injury and creates a safe space in which to practice.  Her classes provide safe and practical yoga instruction emphasizing awareness, breath control and postural alignment. 

Class: Slow Flow on Fridays @ 7:45am

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Amy has studied Yoga and Yoga Therapy in India, Europe and the United States.  During the past 18 years, Amy studied extensively in the T. Krishnamacharya Tradition.  On numerous extended trips, she studied at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram (KYM) in Chennai, India.  Amy has been certified as a Yoga Teacher, Yoga Teacher Trainer and Yoga Therapist Trainer in this tradition, and has completed 2 comprehensive yoga therapy internships at the KYM.  Prior to this, Amy completed teacher training certifications in several internationally popular styles of Yoga and Yoga Therapy.

Amy is President of the Board of Directors to the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT). Prior to this, Amy had served on the Board of Directors as Secretary for IAYT for 3 years.  Additionally, she helped to develop and define standards for Ayurvedic Yoga Therapists in the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA).

Amy is the CEO and founder the Optimal State™ & the Optimal State™ 865 Certified Yoga Therapist Program. She trains yoga teachers and yoga therapists at the 200, 300, 500, 800 and 1000-hour levels.  Amy has authored 14 training manuals, 7 children's books, 3 books of poetry and also 865-hours of curriculum for the Optimal State of Living programs.  She and her husband, George Mantoan, have created hundreds of hours of audio and video courses for health and healing that can be found on www.amywheeler.com.  Amy and George are currently working on a mobile App that they hope will change the future of mental health on a worldwide scale.  Stay tuned for this revolutionary mobile App! 

Amy Wheeler, guest instructor

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Certifications
Arun Deva, DASc, AYT, E-RYT(500), YTRx is a graduate of the American Institute Of Ayurveda; an Ayur*yoga Therapist and a Vinyasa Krama certified yoga teacher.

Biography
The founder of Arunachala Yoga & Ayurveda, Arun has the pleasure of serving both the National & State Ayurvedic Associations: NAMA & CAAM. Currently he heads NAMA’s Committee on creating Standards for Ayurvedic Yoga Therapists.

Arun teaches internationally, lectures at conferences, writes articles for different publications, has been featured on both radio and television, and has a clinic for consultations and various treatments including panchakarma and yoga therapy in Los Angeles/West Hollywood. He also teaches the Ayurveda and Yoga modules for many Teacher Training Programs around the world and is Director of Ayurveda at LMU’s YTRx Program.

Arun Deva, guest instructor

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Jenelle Carberry has been practicing yoga for over 20 years and teaching since 2002.  She began her yoga teaching career working with youth in the public schools, and has since worked with students of all ages and abilities.  She has taught in studios, private homes, corporate offices, parks, colleges, gyms, community centers in Idaho, Colorado, and California. She has studied many different styles of yoga and incorporates them in her classes.  Her classes are a nice balance between strength and softness.  Expect to breath, move, stretch, strengthen, open, rest and ultimately drop into your calm center in meditation. Currently, Jenelle is living in Boise, ID and is leading her students into deeper levels of vitality with her holistic health coaching programs that include integrating the habits of yogis into your daily life.   She can be reached at www.jenellecarberry.com 

Jenelle Carberry, guest instructor

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Back pain brought Josh crawling to his first yoga class in the early 90’s. The physical relief was sweet but he was even more amazed by how relaxed, yet intensely present and whole it made him feel. Since that time, Josh has immersed himself in all facets of the yoga practice, being especially grateful for yoga’s ability to ground you profoundly in the currents of daily life. 

In 2006, Josh received certification in the Anusara Yoga method. Currently, he is registered with Yoga Alliance (as 500-RYT).  Josh’s classes are best described as fun, alignment based, up-tempo, and spiritually inspiring. The primary aim for each of his classes is to draw students deeply into the wild and empowering experience of being human and the recognition that we share so much in this wonderful journey together.

Josh Borella, guest instructor

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Melissa Adylia Calasanz is an IAYT-Certified Yoga Therapist and Movement Educator specializing in the care and prevention of injuries; with a special interest in helping people who are navigating life with stress, chronic pain, and discomforts associated with arthritis and pelvic floor dysfunction.In 2018, Melissa created (and continues to teach) a 12-Week Yoga Therapeutics for Chronic Back Pain program, and is teaching Yoga for Physicians Wellness, at Kaiser Permanente, Downey, CA.In addition to her work with Kaiser Permanente, Melissa enjoys teaching public Therapeutic Inspired Gentle Yoga Classes and Workshops to diverse groups, including people with chronic pain, cancer, arthritis, stress, insomnia, back injuries, total joint replacements, Parkinson’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis, and Compassionate Self-Care classes for patient’s and caregivers.It’s Melissa's passion to help clients to become their best health care advocate by facilitating open lines of communication with their mind, body, spirit, breath, and intention. She encourages people to nurture their inner wisdom, lending to a better mind/body relationship, and improving relationships with friends, coworkers, and loved ones, as well as a person’s integrative health and wellness team.

Melissa Adylia Calasanz, guest instructor