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The Teachers of Ventura Yoga Studio

We have some of the most highly trained yoga teachers in Ventura County!

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Jeneth Rundle, CIYT

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Director of  Ventura Yoga Studio, Jeneth is...

...a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher, an E-RYT 500 and YACEP (continuing education provider) with the Yoga Alliance and is Accredited to teach and train teachers in both T’ai Chi Chih® and its advanced form, Seijaku®. It has been her great fortune in life to have studied Yoga directly under B.K.S., Geeta and Prashant Iyengar, and T’ai Chi Chih® with Justin Stone (Originator of T’ai Chi Chih® & Seijaku®) and Carmen Brocklehurst of Albuquerque. Jeneth moved to the Ventura area in 2001 and began to teach at VYS. In 2013 she bought the studio from Bryan Legere, its original founder. It is her mission to continue to create the opportunity for individuals to learn, practice and teach these practices. Ventura Yoga Studio is the means.

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Anna Spanopolous, CIYT

Anna is a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher...

 

...She began her yoga study in the early 1970s and teacher training in Hatha yoga and Asthanga yoga in 1994. She began teaching in 1995. Since then she has been a student of the Iyengar yoga system, including Iyengar teacher training and therapy workshops. ​​

The improvement of her health and asthma drew Anna to her yoga practice which gives her internal quiet and external strength. Teaching yoga to others is one of her greatest joys in life. Anna encourages her students to “Live Better in Your Body.” Focused on Anatomy, Biochemistry, and Nutrition, Anna has a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology.

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Anthony Lorenzana, CIYT

Anthony has been a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher since 2017...

 

...He has been under the mentorship of Christine Stein and Scott Hobbs who are also in the Ventura Yoga Studio family. Anthony was introduced to Iyengar Yoga in 2006 with Bryan Legere. He completed his teacher training with Audrey Waltzer at Camarillo Yoga Center.  

Anthony began his journey in yoga after undergoing spinal fusion after many years of pain and discomfort with severe scoliosis. Yoga has allowed him to remain pain free and retain strength and flexibility after surgery. He has learned how to be more in tune with his body and recognize the effects of everyday life.

Anthony believes that everybody can do and benefit from yoga, it is not only for flexible people.

Anthony also enjoys playing symphonic music with the Ventura College Symphony, currently the principal clarinetist.

He also is a practicing pharmacist and believes that yoga can also be used as medicine for body and soul.

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Terry Badar

Terry began her journey into yoga in 1999...

 

...after suddenly going deaf in one ear. She continues to use her practice to help her slow down, listen to her body, and find balance in life. A yoga instructor since 2005, she provides a safe, inviting, compassionate environment (mixed in with a sense of humor!), which allows her students to gain a sharpening of awareness that strengthens them physically, intellectually, and emotionally. 

Terry enjoys sharing what she’s learned with her students so they can experience an increase in vitality, be challenged, and yet become quiet and centered. Terry also teaches yoga to the elementary and junior high school students she tutors after school and finds that the yoga keeps them active and focused (and it’s fun)!

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Sally McNally, RN,

Certifed Nurse Midwife,

Certified Hypnotherapist, 

Certified Yoga Instructor

Sally was certified as a yoga instructor by the...

 

...Santa Barbara Yoga Studio in 1996 and did advanced training with Bryan Legere at Ventura Yoga Studio. Her zest for life and affection for her students inspires those in her classes to push a little further and work a little harder, overcoming obstacles all along the way. Everybody leaves smiling with a feeling of new accomplishment. 

Sally is also an RN, Certified Nurse Midwife and Certified Hypnotherapist. She works as a Labor and Delivery RN at CMH and teaches prenatal yoga there and in private practice.

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Linda Sackett

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Linda was diagnosed with severe scoliosis as a young teen...

 

...Choosing not to have surgery, she has explored multiple non-surgical methods of living with scoliosis over the years, and ultimately found that practicing Iyengar yoga has been the most therapeutic and life-changing for her. Yoga has empowered her sense of well being, given her stronger alignment, and served as a powerful tool for pain management in dealing with her scoliosis.


Yoga remains a center-piece of Linda's life, and has given her a sense of ease, calm and balance/centering in her busy family life bringing up three boys in Ventura.


She is dedicated in her own yoga practice by continuing to take workshops and teacher trainings with Certified Iyengar teachers including Chris Stein, Marla Apt & Ann Delury. She is passionate to share her knowledge of Yoga and to empower her students to develop their own love for Yoga so they too can also reap the many gifts of mind, body and sprit it has to offer. She also offer both group and private sessions on Yoga's application to scoliosis. 


Linda earned her RYT 200 and Yoga Wall training with Iyengar teacher Bryan Legere. Linda has also completed Yoga for Scoliosis I & 2 with Iyengar teacher Elise Miller.

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Monica Cavazos

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Monica found Yoga during a chaotic time in her life...

 

...when everything seemed to be falling apart. The practice of Yoga gave her a feeling of balance and peace and after practicing for just a few months, she began to feel deeply connected to its profound effects and healing properties. Monica is a Registered Yoga Teacher with the Yoga Alliance and completed her 200 hour training with Jennifer Elliott. She continues to be inspired by the teachings of B.K.S. Iyengar and has been studying Iyengar Yoga with Vanessa Bacher, CIYT, since 2013. She also completed a 6 month advanced course with Jeneth Rundle, E-RYT 500 & CIYT. She continues to deepen her studies through a monthly Teacher's Workshop series with Senior Iyengar Yoga Teacher Anna Delury and takes yearly workshops with senior teachers Eddy Marks, Mary Obendorfer, and Linda DiCarlo. In addition, she also enjoys taking workshops with various Iyengar Yoga Teachers when she can. Monica is honored to share the practice of Yoga with others and finds inspiration as she shares her passion and knowledge passed on from her teachers, so that they too may find balance and peace.

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Tina Renda

Tina began studying yoga in 2001 in her home state of New Jersey...

 

...She moved to California in 2003 and took her first yoga class at Ventura Yoga Studio in 2004, thanks to a $5.00 coupon! She became a student of Jeneth’s and then later completed the 200 hour Yoga Alliance Teacher Training with Bryan Legere including his Yoga Wall Training, and taught at the Studio for the next 2 years. She has continued her studies with Senior Certified Iyengar Yoga Teachers  in Los Angeles, Ojai and Santa Barbara. In 2019 the studio welcomed her return to the teaching staff.


“The self discovery of ones own imperfections is the best part of my Yoga experience. I will always be grateful for the journey my practice has brought me.”

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Lisa Otero

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Lisa is a registered yoga teacher and accredited instructor of...

 

...T'ai Chi Chih®. She has been practicing yoga, TCC and Buddhist mindfulness meditation since 1992. Registered with the Yoga Alliance (RYT-200), Lisa completed her yoga training with Maribeth Hammond at the Yoga Channel Yoga Studio in Oxnard, California in 2011. 

While Lisa has been exposed to many styles of yoga practice over the years, she is particularly drawn to the teachings and practice of B.K.S. Iyengar. Lisa was introduced to Iyengar Yoga by Jeneth Rundle and Bryan Legere and is grateful to be able to continue to study with Jeneth. She also studies with long time VYS teacher Terry Badar. She has attended workshops with Senior Iyengar teachers Christine Stein, Scott Hobbs, Anna Delury, Mary Obendorfer, Eddy Marks, and Linda DeCarlo.

Lisa believes that asana practice is for everyone and works with her students to achieve their individual goals of increasing strength and flexibility, improving posture, balance and mind-body connection. Her clear, gentle instruction guides students to renewed awareness of their alignment and to further development of their mental focus, while exploring the full, natural range of motion of the joints and cultivating inherent physical strength. Her classes have a slow, gentle pace and meditative quality, highlighting the spiritual aspect of yoga. Her specialty is teaching active seniors.

A graduate of Mount Holyoke College and Harvard Law School, Lisa is a retired civil rights attorney. Lisa is also a caretaker-member of the Friendship Sangha of the Heart, a mindfulness meditation group that meets weekly in Ventura to practice in the tradition of the venerable Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh.

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Weihsi Riefler, CIYT

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Weihsi is a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher (CIYT)...

 

Weihsi has been a yoga teacher since 2013.  She began her practice following her rotator cuff surgeries in 2010.  She was fortunate to be introduced to the Iyengar Yoga Method by Jeneth Rundle at the very beginning of her yoga journey.  Weihsi completed the 200 hour Yoga  Alliance Teacher Training with Bryan Legere along with the Wall Training in 2013.  In 2018, Weihsi was certified as an Iyengar Yoga Teacher after going through Marla Apt’s One Year Yoga Teacher Training and Carolyn Belko’s two year YogaTeacher Training in San Diego County, CA.  To further improve her yoga knowledge and skills, Weihsi continues to study with Tal Messica, Carolyn Belko and Jehangir Palkhivala, taking classes regularly, and attending Iyengar National Conventions, Intensive Workshops, Retreats as well as Iyengar Therapeutic Workshop Series.

Weihsi believes that we have the ability to grow from our challenges through yoga asana, breath and meditation.  Weihsi was in a debilitating automobile accident in 2011.  Through yoga she was able to recondition herself physically, mentally and spiritually.  She is grateful, and as a retired elementary school teacher of 32 years, Weihsi is compelled to teach, to help others, and to give back.  In her class students will not only have “fun”, they will focus on the fundamentals of proper alignment and be in tune with their inner-selves and physical bodies in every aspect.

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Tami Robinson

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Tami is a Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT)...

 

Tami was born to help people reconnect with their bodies, discover deeper levels of joy, and lead more inspired, purposeful lives. Tami has been practicing yoga and meditation since she was a child and credits the Great Yoga Wall® for inspiring her to start teaching in 2006. After taking the Great Yoga Wall® Level 1 and 2 trainings with Bryan Legere, she moved across the country to apprentice with and earn 200 and 500-hour teacher training certificates from him. She assisted Bryan in the Great Yoga Wall® intensives numerous times, and now carries on his legacy as a lead instructor for Great Yoga Wall® training. For three years, Tami also studied with and assisted Gabriel Halpern, who Yoga Journal named one of the most influential teachers in the U.S. for his hands-on yoga therapy program, modeled after the Iyengar therapeutic classes in Pune, India. In addition, Tami learns annually from Jehangir Palkhivala, and aspires to pass on the depth of yoga that he embodies.

 

Tami holds the highest certification from Yoga Alliance (E-RYT 500), as well as certification from the International Association of Yoga Therapists (C-IAYT). Whether students seek to build strength and confidence, relieve stress, work on a therapeutic issue, or embody yoga philosophy, Tami’s heart-centered approach will leave them feeling grounded, balanced, joyful, and full of light.