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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 Spanopoulos, 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 and Anna Delury 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, DNP, CNM, WHNP
Certified Yoga Instructor

 

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

 

..Santa Barbara Yoga Center 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 has dedicated her life to improving women’s health, she works as a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner and Certified Nurse Midwife at Women’s Health Partnership in Ventura, CA. She earned her Doctorate in Nursing through Frontier Nursing University. Sally is a Certified Hypnotherapist through HMI and she is a certified Hypnobirthing Childbirth Educator. Sally teaches weekly childbirth classes, hypnobirthing classes and prenatal yoga at Community Memorial Hospital and Ventura Yoga Studio in Ventura. She continues her own study of Iyengar Yoga with Senior Iyengar Yoga Teacher Anna Delury.

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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 time in her life when...

 

...everything seemed to be falling apart. The practice gave her a feeling of balance and peace during a difficult time. Monica is a Registered Yoga Teacher with the Yoga Alliance and completed her 200 hour training with Jennifer Elliott. She is inspired by the teachings of B.K.S. Iyengar and is currently working toward Level 1 certification with her Mentor Vanessa Bacher, CIYT. She also continues her studies with Senior Iyenger Yoga Teacher Anna Delury. 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. 

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Zane Ferris
Certified Yoga Teacher

Zane has been teaching yoga since 1997 and as a full time career...

 

...since 2001. 

Zane is a certified Sivananda Yoga teacher and attained that credential in 1998 during a very memorable training at the ashram in Neyyar Dam, India.

However, a 200 hour Iyengar-based training with Judy Flannery in 2001 and an Alignment Exercise training with Katy Bowman from 2008-2010 have been the most influential with Zane’s points of reference.

Zane enjoys ongoing inspiration by playing violin, listening to classical music, skateboarding and Irish dancing. 

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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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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.