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Carol Yin 2017“Enjoy the journey!”

Meet Carol
Meet Yogi
Meet Tina
Meet Amy
Meet Lorianna
Meet Megan
Meet SaTara
Meet Stephanie
Meet Maddy
Meet Christina
Meet Ashley
Meet Jill
Meet Debbie
Meet Rachael
Meet Melissa
Meet Sydney


Meet Carol
I have a background in dance, aerobics, personal training, Pilates, and yoga. I am certified through Yoga Alliance, Stott Mat Pilates trained, and AFAA personal trainer and group fitness certified. I have been in the fitness industry since 1995, and have been teaching yoga since 1997. Yoga, Pilates, and overall fitness have been the driving force and passion in my life.

I realized that by balancing my body through yoga, I was better able to achieve the right balance in my life, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. My outlook on life was more positive, became simpler and less stressful. My overall health and relationships improved, and I stressed the little things less and less. I found that when life seems to pull me in many directions, this reminds me of the simplicity of life. Just take a few deep breaths and cherish living in the moment.

It has always been my passion to share my love of fitness with others, and opening my own studio is a dream realized in achieving this personal and professional goal. Thank you for coming and sharing this special moment with me!

Credentials:

  • Certified Yoga Teacher (Yoga Alliance)
  • Certified Balanced Body Pilates Reformer Instructor
  • Stott Trained Mat Pilates Instructor
  • AFAA Certified Personal Trainer
  • AFAA Certified Group Exercise Instructor
  • CPR and First Aid Certified
  • USF Dance Training
  • USF Business Marketing Degree
  • USF Elementary Education Master’s Degree
  • Has been in the fitness industry since 1995
  • Has been teaching yoga since 1997
  • Aerial Yoga Certified

Yogi

Meet Yogi
Since I was a young puppy, I have always been a natural yoga enthusiast. Through my years, I have practiced and perfected many yoga poses. I have been told that I display a wonderfully natural downdog and updog. My long legs and big ears help me with my balance postures and flexibility. I am a small dog, weighing only 3 pounds, so I feel more secure when I’m with others. I really enjoy coming to the studio with my mommy Carol. I sincerely believe in the yoga saying, “namaste”. I always try to appreciate and respect myself and those around me. That’s why I enjoy sniffing and greeting students when they arrive. I also believe silence is a virtue. So, I quietly and gladly go into my doggy cage during each class. I have made so many good friends at Yoga Core Fit and I look forward to meeting many more. I’m looking forward to sniffing and greeting you soon.

Credentials:

  • Potty Trained
  • Professional Greeter
  • Practicing Yoga Since 2010
  • Highly Trained In Loyalty And Love

Tina

Meet Tina
Namaste! I am honored to have the opportunity to share my love for yoga with you. After completing my college education, I was on a different career path. But then yoga came into my life like an unexpected gift. What began as a gentle regular practice has grown into a strong vibrant force that I rely on daily for strength, comfort and guidance. I credit my yoga practice for helping me cope with the depression I was experiencing. Turning my attention inward and learning how to connect with my breath, gave me the ability to find some freedom in (and from) my mind. I realized that I could choose my responses to situations. I was able to create some space between the triggers that were occurring outside and my internal experience or perceptions of them.Today, yoga helps me create and maintain balance in my life. The postures certainly help keep my body healthy but off my mat, yoga helps me stay grounded to the inner landscape of my being. The flexibility that comes from the physical practice includes the mind. I am more open to ideas, criticisms, and life in general. The practice reminds me daily that life is unfolding in every minute and that I am at my best when I am fully present in that moment.

Credentials:

  • Certified Yoga Teacher through Yoga Alliance
  • Certified AFAA Primary Group Exercise Instructor
  • Certified in CPR and First Aid
  • Teaching yoga since 2004
  • Bachelor’s Degree In Health Promotion and Exercise Science
  • Bachelor’s Degree In Psychology
  • Master’s Degree In Counseling
  • Aerial Yoga Certified



Meet Amy
In 2012, I moved to California from the East coast and began a love affair with yoga. While I had dabbled in different styles of yoga several times over the years, I had never experienced the connection of breath and movement that I found while practicing Vinyasa. The joy and release that came through the postures and pranayama was so great that I wanted to share it!

Teaching others how to live healthfully has been part of my career as a Registered Dietitian. So, becoming a yoga teacher, seemed like a natural extension of helping others how to nourish their bodies.

When not teaching nutrition or yoga, you might find me walking or hiking with my dog and husband, cooking from the garden, spinning wool, weaving or knitting.

Credentials:

  • 200 hr RYT through Yoga Alliance (BEND Yoga Teacher Training)
  • Registered Dietitian, Commission on Dietetic Registration
  • Bachelor of Science in Nutrition, University of CT
  • CPR certified from American Heart Association
  • Practicing Yoga since 2012

 

Lorianna Aguilar

Meet Lorianna
I am passionate about how yoga can affect change throughout the body and mind. I have seen its benefits firsthand in my own life, which inspired me to complete a 200-hour yoga certification in Power Flow, an additional certification in Unata-inspired Aerial Yoga, and become a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) with Yoga Alliance. Using playful elements, upbeat music, and a good sense of humor, I enjoy creating a relaxing and inviting atmosphere to explore and recall the natural freedom we experienced in ourselves as a child. I enjoy the combination of the strengthening/conditioning, and stretching/restorative physical nature of yoga poses. Taking into consideration personal fitness levels, injuries, or problem areas and goals, my simple back-to-basics approach aims to provide subtle adjustments and encouragement to help you create a solid (and playful) foundation for your yoga practice.

Credentials:

  • CPR certified
  • Yoga Alliance Approved 200 Hour Power Yoga Certification
  • Unata-inspired Aerial Yoga Certification
  • Practicing yoga since 1995
  • Teaching yoga since 2008

 

Megan Kramer

Meet Megan
I grew up in Colorado where my love for fitness and a healthy lifestyle began. I started teaching yoga in 1999 after the birth of my second son in order to balance my fitness routines, which included teaching cycling, aerobics, and H20 classes. I am committed to instructing yoga with an emphasis on the expression of truth, love, and relief. I believe yoga harmonizes you, forcing you to be in the present moment with peace of mind, uncovering the ultimate source of light within you that’s always been there! As a wife and mother of three, (2 boys and a girl) I know that balance is a moving target and one must constantly be evolving. “If you’re not evolving you’re decaying” I continue to explore many yoga styles and practices to ensure creativity and growth in my teaching. In 2015, after teaching yoga for 13yrs, I went back for a 200Hr RYT teacher training to become a certified Wanderlust teacher. I recently finished a 9 month Living Ayurveda course with Kate Stillman at Yoga Healer; and can’t wait to share the science of life with my students, friends, and family on and off the mat. Outside of the studio I love running, hiking, cryotherapy, and green drinks!

Credentials:

  • Certified Yoga Teacher (Yoga Alliance 200RYT)
  • Certified Wanderlust Yoga Teacher
  • Certified Group Exercise Instructor
  • Professionally Trained Ayurveda Specialist
  • CPR and First Aid Certified
  • Instructing Yoga since 1999

Satara Brown

Meet SaTara
I’m a wife and mom of two sweet boys. A SoCal native, but I LOVE living here near The Bay!
I’ve had the pleasure of teaching group fitness since 2012. I so much love the healing community and opportunity for growth that comes when friends sweat together. Though I’ve been active since childhood (through sports, performing arts and cheerleading), my group fitness journey began when my sister invited me to a cardio kickboxing class. I was mesmerized by the instructor and the participants. The energy! The fun! The opportunity to get better at each move and combination! Life called, but finally, one Master’s Degree, mom life, and two military moves later, I went after my certification to become a fitness instructor. Since then, I’ve taught various formats and have met some amazing fitness family. I initially began teaching Pilates to get a good stretch and to strengthen my core. Over time, I’ve learned that Pilates offers so much more! Toning, increased flexibility, injury prevention, stress relief, and the fusion of mind and body. Come join me for Ballet Barre Pilates! It’s a fun fusion of Barre and principles of traditional Mat Pilates. My goal is that each member gets sweaty and has some fun. Leaving feeling accomplished and refreshed.

Credentials:

  • Certified AFAA Group Exercise Instructor
  • Certified POP Pilates Instructor
  • Certified AFAA Yoga Instructor
  • Certified AFAA Strength Training Specialist
  • CPR and First Aid Certified

Stephanie Workman

Meet Stephanie
I have spent over 5 years supporting people in actualizing their fitness goals and achieving them, not only physically but mentally as well. I first gained interest in Pilates in high school when I stumbled upon a Winsor Pilates video tape. It ignited a spark and from that point on; and that spark turned in to a fire. Through many years of being a wife and a mother, I found myself facing some serious health issues of my own. That became my motivation to become the best version of myself. I strive to incorporate that type of support, inspiration, and enthusiasm into my classes and my daily life. Fitness is a journey, and I love helping people find the spark that lit my fire, so they can achieve more than they thought was possible. I look forward to sharing my passion for health and happiness with you.

Credentials:

  • Certified SCW Mat Pilates Instructor
  • Certified AFAA Pilates Instructor
  • Certified AFAA Certified Group Fitness Instructor
  • CPR and First Aid Certified

Maddy Lime

Meet Maddy
My passion for fitness started just after high school. I fell in love with group exercise classes right away and was always the front row student. I became fast friends with the instructor at the time and she convinced me to become group fitness certified. That was over 25 years ago. To this very day, I am still very passionate and fortunate to have such a great opportunity to share fitness with members, family and friends. I have devoted my livelihood to motivating and educating members to live happier and healthier lives; and feel so very blessed to be able to call this the best job ever. I am constantly seeking new information and continuing my education to bring to all. I enjoy keeping programs challenging and fun at the same time. Setting both short and long-term goals helps members to make continuous progress. My area of specialty is Pilates. I enjoy all formats including Mat, Barre and Reformer Training. I also enjoy private and small group training with emphasis on core, posture, flexibility and balance for a full body workout. As a certified personal trainer, I specialize in injury prevention and functional training, guiding a variety of clients, novice to elite and youth to aging, to obtain their own personal goals through a safe effective workout. I enjoy helping clients learn to love exercise and obtain the benefits of a healthy and active lifestyle. Keep Moving!

Credentials:

  • Certified POWERHOUSE Pilates Mat
  • Certified POWERHOUSE Pilates Reformer I
  • Certified BALANCE BODY Reformer II
  • Certified NASM Personal Trainer
  • Certified AFFA Group Exercise Instructor
  • Certified NASM Senior Specialist
  • Certified Sports Nutrition Counselor
  • CPR and First Aid Certified
  • Western Institute of Science and Health, Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant
  • Merced College, AA Degree Physical Education

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Meet Christina
I have been a certified personal trainer and fitness instructor since 1992. I have taught a variety of classes in Washington DC, Virginia, Washington State and California. I am enjoy teaching Yoga, Mat Pilates, and Reformer Pilates the most. I am constantly pursuing additional training to enhance my expertise.

My yoga journey began with a simple New Year’s resolution back in 1998. After years of teaching fitness classes, I realized my body is a temple and it was time to treat it with respect and kindness. I quickly realized that through my yoga practice I found balance both physically and spiritually in my life. From this process of self-acceptance and spiritual growth grew a desire to share yoga with others, and I pursed my yoga certification.

With over 200 hours of intensive yoga training, I and have been greatly inspired by Seane Corne, Baron Baptiste, Janet Stone, and Shiva Rea. When not instructing, I gladly embrace the role of a student realizing that there is always much to be learned from others. Although experienced in many styles of yoga, my passion is athletic based Vinyasa Flow. I enjoy bringing my fitness background into my yoga classes. I encourage students to establish the physical intention of each pose by connecting the breath with proper alignment.

Sharing Yoga with my students has been the most rewarding aspect in my over 20 years of instructing. Realizing that there are many reasons we practice yoga, I am passionate about embracing THEIR journey with each of my students. Yoga is part of who I am and the one New Year’s Resolution I am proud to say I have kept!

Credentials:

  • Yoga Fit Levels I & II, 2000
  • AFAA Yoga Certification, 2003
  • Powerhouse Pilates Mat I, 2001
  • Powerhouse Reformer, 2005
  • Pilates Coach Reformer, 2003
  • AFAA Group Fitness Certification, 1992
  • CPR/AED/First Aid Certified
  • University of Arizona, Bachelor of Arts in Communication
  • Been in Fitness Industry since 1992
  • Instructing Yoga since 2000
  • Yoga Alliance Certified E-RTY 200
  • Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider-YACEP
  • Co-Founder of BEND Yoga Teaching Training-Registered Yoga Alliance School
  • Aerial Yoga Certified

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Meet Ashley
I have been teaching group fitness since 2004, and have loved it ever since. I fell in love with Pilates years before becoming an instructor, and noticed quickly the positive changes to my body. I am passionate about the philosophy behind Pilates, and creating workouts that are functional for our everyday living. After having my first child I found a passion for teaching Moms, and helping them stay healthy with their little ones. I started a Mommy and Me fitness group called FitMoms and have been teaching weekly since 2011. I feel so blessed to be able to teach and meet such wonderful people! I hope you can make it to one of my classes soon!

Credentials:

  • SCW Pilates Matwork Specialty Certificate
  • Phi Pilates Reformer foundations 1 and 2 training
  • AFAA Group Exercise Instructor
  • AFAA Pilates certification
  • Balanced body pilates 1 & 2 training
  • CPR certified
  • Owner of FitMoms

 

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Meet Jill
I am a mother, meditation junkie, yoga addict, wild woman, and whole-hearted living ambassador. I live as an advocate for change through self-discovery, empowerment, and the ultimate golden jewel of self-worth and confidence.

I believe in self-care, whether that is through practicing yoga, going for a hike outdoors, meditating, nourishing your body with whole foods, soaking in hot springs, or whatever your soul is craving and desiring. I want to inspire and cultivate the intuitive nature and deep well of creativity every human has within themselves.

One of my favorite ways to share the gift of self-discovery and intuition is through holding space for others by teaching yoga. I started out years ago teaching a very powerful vinyasa flow style of yoga. Over the years I have added many other gifts to my yoga teaching basket. Now that I have spent thousands of hours teaching yoga, attending and pursuing workshops, trainings and certifications in the healing arts, my love for the body, human anatomy and functional movement pave the way for mindfully crafted and designed classes. With my own experiences with personal injury, my son’s diagnosis of the auto immune disease type one diabetes, and working with clients, I have a unique approach to yoga practice. Through my experiences with clients with arthritis, brain and spinal injuries, visual impairment, joint mobility issues, grief, loss, and depression, I shape the way I co-create my classes and workshops. You will find the space I create to be warm, inviting, and approachable.

Credentials:

  • Certified 200 Hr Yoga Teacher (Yoga Alliance)
  • Registered Yin Yoga Teacher with Bernie Clark (Semperviva Yoga, Vancouver Canada)
  • Certified Barre Pilates Teacher (Energy & Body Worker)
  • CPR Certified
  • Teaching Yoga since 2012

 

Meet Debbie

Prior to yoga, I often found myself bouncing from one workout to the next. From Zumba, running, to powerlifting, I feel like I have tried it all! Yoga was the first one to stick. As I continued to explore the time and space on my yoga mat, I learned that along with the physical challenge, my practice started to morph into a mental and often times emotional exploration. For once in my life, I finally felt moments of peace!
The confidence, strength, and courage I have learned from my yoga practice is exactly why I choose to teach. No matter your reason to practice yoga, I am here to help guide you through the physical and spiritual flow that is yoga. I truly believe a yoga practice is for everyone and everybody regardless of background, body type, flexibility and fitness level.

Credentials:

• 200 RYT through Yoga Alliance (Bend Yoga Teacher Training)
• CPR and First Aid Certified
• Music Playlist Aficionado

 

Meet Rachael

I’m an easy-going mom, wife, and friend who enjoys outdoor adventures like camping, hiking, biking, beach days, and exploring new places. Yoga found me at the age of 18 when I struggled with anxiety and depression. I used yoga as a tool to breathe through the hard times and found that as I practiced, the anxiety and depression faded. Yoga gave me the space to breathe and reconnect with my heart. 

As my yoga practice became deeper and more consist, I got my 200-hour Yoga Teaching Training certification.  I made the decision to start sharing this beautiful practice. I met in parks for yoga play dates which eventually led me to teaching yoga classes in studios. I’m excited to be a part of the Yoga Core Fit community.  In my classes, I try to create an atmosphere that is fun, easy-going, and judgement-free, warm, and inviting. You will often hear me reminding everyone, “A flower does not compete with the flower next to it … it just blooms.”

Credentials:
• CPR and First Aid Certified
• 200 Hr Yoga Certification (Bend Yoga Teacher Training)
• Certified Personal Trainer (NCCPT)
• Reiki Certified
• 1 Day to Wellness Coach (through Bruce and Mindy’s Wellness Education Movement)
• Certified Medical Assistant (California College of Technology)
• studied Early Childhood Education (Solano Community College)
• practicing yoga since 1999

 

Meet Melissa

I stepped onto my yoga mat to balance out my fitness routine. It only took a short time for me to discover that the practice of yoga was so much more than just another form of exercise to add to my workout schedule.
Through years of practice, I learned that yoga is a discipline for the body and mind designed to nourish it both physically and spiritually. It is an unfolding process of physical healing and spiritual rebalancing. The greatest gift of the practice is that there are no short cuts and no mastery, only dedication to the practice. Sometimes the practice is challenging and sometimes it’s effortless, but most of the time it’s rewarding. I often feel grounded and restored to balance as I step off my yoga mat.
It is my wish, as a yoga teacher, to inspire others to roll out their mats and join me in this experience of boundless connection. It is my mission to empower students through the practice of yoga and its teachings and to discover for themselves a natural state of harmony and well-being.

Credentials:
• Yoga Alliance Certified 200RYT (Bend Yoga Teacher Training)
• CPR and First Aid Certified
• BFA in Design (CSULB)
• Practicing yoga since 2012

 

Meet Sydney

When found Yoga Core Fit, after my first few weeks of taking classes, I knew this was a special place! The instruction is excellent and the sense of community is amazing – it’s like a family.
As a yoga student, I am grateful to have learned from all of the teachers here at the studio. Practicing yoga has helped me in many ways. It gives me time to find space for self-awareness and self-acceptance. I love that being on my yoga mat always provides more learning. Yoga helps me stay balanced – in my body and mind.
Inspired by all of the teachers at YCF, I began to think that I would love to be able to help others learn how beneficial a yoga practice can be. (I was the kid that would come home from ballet lessons and teach my neighborhood friends…lol.) So, when Christina Rairdan and Tina Clay announced that they would have their Bend Yoga Teacher Training, I was fortunate to be able to enroll and learn from these inspiring teachers.
As a teacher, I hope to create a space for self-discovery where students can uncover their own potential and feel empowered by all of the benefits that a yoga practice brings.

Credentials:
• 200 Hour Yoga Certified (Bend Yoga Teacher Training)
• CPR and First Aid Certified
• studied dance (Cornish College of Arts)
• practicing yoga since 2015

 

 

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