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.
“I know how lucky I am now to get to work alongside some of the great teachers at the studio who have come to hold space for a little while longer.”
Cullen’s classes tend to be slower and more meditative, though not necessarily easier. His background includes YTT Siddhi Yoga and teacher assistant training in Siddhi Yoga. “I’m grateful to be teaching at YNG studios because it was the first yoga studio that I devoted any significant amount of time to.” Before devoting himself to yoga, Cullen was a Classics Major in college with plans on becoming a Classics Professor.
“Kundalini Yoga is the journey of awareness and I feel so blessed to introduce this art and share it with others supporting their personal healing and transformation.”
Prakash is a Kundalini and Hatha yogi, world traveler, gong and sound player, shaman, and Usui/Tibetan/Karuna® Reiki Master, inspired to share the teachings of her personal healing journey with others. Prakash’s training includes YogaWorks; Wanderlust Advanced Teacher Training; and KRI Level 1 and Level 2 Aquarian Teacher Training Program (Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan®). Prakash is a chocoholic. When she travels, the best impression she gets is by the quality of the chocolate!
“Make your own magic and embrace your inner light. You are the catalyst, feel the flow and find your glow!”
Chrystie is a registered yoga teacher and Reike Level 2. “The students at YNG are some of the most amazing, authentic, passionate souls that I have ever had the pleasure of teaching. I smile each and every time I walk in to YNG to teach these beautiful souls.” When Chrystie’s not teaching, she can be found on slip-n-slides, dunk tanks, trampolines and rolling down large grassy hills.
“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.
“It’s a challenging and unique practice incorporating movement, stillness, breath, dance, chant; and grace.”
- Om Shanti
Nancy trained as a yoga teacher at Atma Vikasa Center of Yogic Sciences; Archarya Sri Venkatesha; Mysore, India Yoga Research Institute; Archaya Sri Pattabhi Jois and Saraswati Jois Goklem, India Patanjala Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Shala; and Archarya Sri Sheshadr, Mysore, India. “I’m passionate about working at YNG because of the community beach town vibe!”
“Travel light. Live light. Spread the light. Be the light.” - Yogi Bhajan
Heidi is a certified yoga instructor through the California School of Hot Yoga. Heidi guides a hot fusion practice that combines Bikram postures with powerful Vinyasa Flow. In her class, Heidi creates a space where one can experience a complete mind and body escape that will both challenge and inspire. Heidi was playfully given the nickname “Heidikrishna” by her fellow teacher trainees!