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Dave Caris, Mountain Yogi, has been teaching yoga in this area since 1999. He moved here then, from Ohio, already certified as a yoga teacher. Dave’s teaching goal is to equip others to do yoga on their own and to continue classes, at least weekly, to maintain their proper alignment and focus. Dave stresses quieting the mind and the structure of his classes helps people relax even as they gain flexibility and strength. He is well known in this community.
I received my 200RYT certificate from School Yoga Institute, where I studied the practice of meditation, along with Hatha and Vinyasa style Yoga. Since then, I have taken part in the school's newest location at the Mystical Yoga Retreat, Yosemite. I guide classes of many styles including Restorative, Hatha, Vinyasa and Power Yoga. In addition to Yoga, I received an Herbalist Certificate from East West School of Planetary Herbology which expanded my knowledge and understanding for the way of Ayurveda and other herbal medicine and natural health philosophies, contributing to my practice and guidance of Yoga and a healthy lifestyle.
JP is a resident of Mariposa. Jon-Paul is also a Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist and massage therapist educated at the California College of Ayurveda and Ahern’s Massage School, Heartwood Institute. His hobbies include hiking, backpacking, swimming, jogging, and West African Drumming/Dance. His favorite saying is, “Diligence is the mother of good fortune.” JP has taught workshops for Class and has been with us since our doors opened. JP is an enthusiastic and eclectic yoga instructor, creating accessible and engaging yoga flows for all levels of students.
Justina began dancing ballet at 5 years old. She has since studied Jazz, African, Hip-Hop and most profoundly, Ballroom Dancing. Justina has won national championships around the United States competing in ballroom dancing. In addition to competing, Justina has become a seasoned instructor and choreographer. She primarily trained and taught in Orange County where she was part of the top Studios in the U.S. During which time, she competed and performed with her students, choreographed performances, competed professionally, and trained with the top world champions. Along with her dancing career, Justina attained her B.A. in English Education at California State University, Long Beach. One of her greatest passions is melding the art of teaching and the joy of dancing to help students achieve a better sense of confidence and vibrancy in their lives. Justina is excited to be back home in the mountain community sharing her passion for dance!
Certified by International Fitness Association and Maddog Spinning. I have worked professionally in Oakhurst my entire career of 25 years. I have taught many styles through the years including; step aerobics, aerobic dance, cardio kickboxing, weight lifting, Pilates, interval training, boot camp style classes, Latin style cardio classes, Cardio Cycling and keeping current with new trends. I view fitness as a long term strategy for building and maintaining endurance, strength, agility, and health. Exercise should be fun, a time to play, but work hard. Students should leave class with a smile on their face, and a feeling of accomplishment and being energized.
My name is Lisa and I just moved to Oakhurst in November 2015 from San Diego where I received my Vinyasa Flow Teacher's Certificate in 2012. I love doing yoga both on the mat and off the mat. I backpack in the mountains and surf at the beach, my two favorite places where practicing yoga brings me even more joy and relaxation. I use my practice to both energize my body and soul as well as to calm and reconnect with it. I also have a BA in Psychology, a Certificate in Exercise & Nutrition and my apprenticeship for Healing Touch. I find the combination of all to be a wonderful way to keep my mind, body and spirit healthy and balanced. It will be an honor to share it all with you in 2016!
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Ruth is an energetic advocate for the art of balanced living in a modern world. Through the lens of classical Ayurvedic medicine, she aims to give clients and students a well-rounded experience of good health through the arts of food preparation, self-care practices, Pancha Karma, skin care, cranial sacral, and energetic healing. Ruth also teaches Zumba Fitness Dance and brings fresh and authentic perspective on individualized health and wellness. In practice for over 17 years, she never tires of learning and refining her skills, and is currently studying for a BA in Complementary and Alternative Health.
I started teaching fitness classes in the 80s! I've been married for 18 years and have two daughters in high school. When I'm not teaching I'm watching them play volleyball - a year-round sport! I fell in love with the barre-style class and started teaching it four years ago. I love barre for its wonderful discipline and strength training. I have worked cardio intervals into the class to increase calorie burn. Any fitness level can benefit from the barre cardio class.
Virginia Eaton is the owner of Class, The Body Pastiche, LLC and has a Bachelor of Science in Interpersonal Communication, as well as a Master of Arts in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Exercise Science. Virginia holds an American College of Sports Medicine certification in personal training, a National Academy of Sports Medicine certification as a behavior change specialist and is a Healthy Edge Lifestyle Coach. Class is the fulfillment of a dream to offer education and support for those wanting to move through middle and old age vibrantly.