The more we practice, the more our five promises come to life, and we begin to realize our fullest and finest potential!
1. Self Awareness. Yoga has the power to heal. With patience, peace and perseverance, all things are possible.
2. Mindfulness. Be here, right now. Be present, with acceptance, no judgment and no competition. Through physical strength, we achieve inner peace.
3. Community. We are stronger, together, encouraging growth, friendship and community. It’s never how we fall, it’s how we rise.
4. Self-advocacy. We believe in honoring choices, tapping into our inner wisdom, listening to our body to build confidence and courage.
5. Yoga is a journey first a journey inward, then a journey outward. As we heal ourselves, we heal others through modeling positivity. Shine bright so those around you are encouraged to shine as well and make a better world.
Owner and Teacher
“When we connect our bodies, our minds, and our worlds, the little “aha!” moments take root, paving the way for healthy thoughts, healthy words and healthy actions.”
Deborah was actively involved in competitive sports throughout college and beyond, and after multiple injuries, looked to yoga to self-heal. Deborah was also looking to prepare herself physically for a missionary trip to Africa.
Discovering a love for the natural rhythms of yoga — and hot yoga in particular — Deborah began to heal from the inside out. The rediscovery and healing of her own body sparked a passion to help others in the same journey. Deborah quickly became a qualified instructor, working to gain additional certifications as a registered yoga teacher, Reiki Certified and 500 E-RYT, YACEP (continuing education provider in the yoga community).
Deborah’s passion for teaching is apparent in her dynamic energy and creative vinyasa flows. She encourages yogis of all skill levels to tap into their potential through breath and proper alignment. “Yoga is not only for the body, but also for the mind, the Yamas and the Niyamas.”
Strong, playful, and mindful, Sonny’s classes seek to bridge the gaps between the body, mind, and spirit with humor, style, and grace. He has over 200 hours with corepower and over 500 hours with smartFlow. For him, to live a richer more connected life is a worthy goal for each student. Always listening, reading, and studying how people move and relate to their surroundings and to themselves, he pours everything he learns back into his classes. Sonny loves a good cheesy song to hum along with.
“Sail the soul with indigenous sounds and healing techniques accompanied by deep body openers and strong/gentle movements. Discovering your truest nature.”
Nicole is a registered yoga teacher with Jaime Hanson Empowered YOGA. Her emphasis is on embodying social justice, embodied healing and transforming trauma. She is also Reiki Master Certified. “I’m passionate about teaching at YNG because not only does YNG continuously and proactively find innovative ways to encompass yoga in a modern world, but it also stays true to its yogic origins.” Nicole feels at home wherever she goes. She loves adapting and learning about new cultures and tribes.
“I have a disciplined practice of love and devotion connected with all that is good, positive and divine, applying my practice in this reality, every moment of my life.”
Ana is passionate about YNG students’ enthusiasm and desire to get to the next level and walk the “path of evolution.” Ana trained at YogaWorks and Astangha Sangha Community (Brazil). When she’s not working with YNG, Ana hones her skills as a singer and musician.
“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” ― Anais Nin
This quote exemplifies the trajectory Debbie’s life took on her path towards becoming a yoga teacher. Divorce, cancer, bankruptcy, depression & anxiety almost got the best of her, but a month-long stay at Hoag Hospital undergoing high-dose chemotherapy gave her plenty of time to contemplate life. When she was strong enough, she started practicing yoga - all different styles - and after almost 7 years of practice, she found Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. She has a varied practice, but Ashtanga will always be her home.
Highlights of Debbie’s extensive education include her 200h Hatha/Vinyasa teacher training with Cloud Nine Yoga, 100h Ashtanga Primary teacher training and 100h Ashtanga Intermediate with Tim Miller of the Ashtanga Yoga Center, her 300h Advanced teacher training with Erika Faith of Cloud Nine Yoga, and multiple 100h advanced trainings, as well as 1000+ additional hours with master teachers.
Her classes are centered around breath, aligned movement, intelligent sequencing, and sustainability. Her intention is that each student has an experience that is enjoyable and leaves them feeling centered, balanced, and happy!
“I am passionate about sharing my love of all things fitness and spiritual.”
Debby is E-RYT 500 — she successfully completed a 500-hour yoga teacher training registered with Yoga Alliance. Debbie teaches classes that are centered and grounded, yet have an element of fun that help you go deeper than you ever imagined. Debbie has a love of travel but never flies without bringing enough chocolate to last the whole trip. She’s always on the never-ending hunt for that perfect bar.
“A time and place for you to self study and create your research.”
Josh is constantly evolving through his own practice. He is 500 E-RYT Certified (Experienced Yoga Teacher) with training at YogaWorks. Josh especially appreciates YNG students’ passion to show up and practice. On his birthday, Josh prefers berry pie, not traditional birthday cake!
“Quiet the mind and the soul will speak.” - Ma Jaya Bhagavati
Brenda is passionate about teaching at YNG because when she walks in the room, she gets this unexplainable energy that allows her to let go. Brenda studied yoga at the Yoga Alliance in Saddleback College and in Shiva Yoga Peeth in India. Prior to yoga, Brenda was an elementary school teacher. “I feel like I’m born to teach and my path has led me to yoga, a new way of life.”
Lisa is certified in Yoga Therapy Training. Lisa’s yoga journey started over 15 years ago and believes that yoga is medicine. Lisa is a heart-centered teacher supporting others in using yoga as a part of self-care and healing plan. Some of her favorite classes to teach are Restorative/Yin, Yoga Nidra, Sculpt and Power Vinyasa Flow. Lisa is currently working on her Masters in Clinical Psychology.
Let’s dive deep and repattern stress so you're feeling light and you have a well designed inner state. Core power Level 1 2009, Asanafit 200 hour 2011 200 hour EYRT – Over ten years of teaching experience at our studio. I’m passionate about teaching at YNG studios because I believe in the classes that we offer and the gifted teachers there. I feel like the vibe in the studio is loving and I’m honored to both teach and practice there. Something you may not know about me ...... I studied theater in college and wanted to be an actress on Broadway.