Instructors

412813_132297786907528_1615946532_oJackie Reeves

Bones, muscles, fluid…the fluid movement of our bodies through space
Height, depth, width….the dimensions of our form, animated with vitality
Inhalation, exhalation….energy ebbing and flowing….prana enlivened by breath
Thought, feeling, emotion
Bliss

Join Jackie Reeves for yoga practice, experiencing your body and breath with awareness.

Jackie has been teaching and practicing yoga for more than 40 years. She sprinkles her own unique teaching style with humor, curiosity, discovery. She is certified in Process Work psychotherapy, massage therapy, and Egoscue Postural Alignment.

Sefi photoSefi Held

Sefi is an energetic and enthusiastic individual who has been teaching fitness and yoga classes since 1983 when she began her fitness career volunteering as an instructor teaching aerobic classes at the local YMCA.

Sefi is a graduate of Seneca College and certified through the American Council on Exercise (ACE),  Physical Mind Institute, OASES, YMCA, RESIST-A-BALL, East to West Yoga and CAN FIT PRO. Yearly fitness conferences, courses and seminars keep her up-to-date with the constantly evolving  fitness industry to better serve her participants and clients. She is very dedicated to providing fitness programs aimed at making permanent lifestyle changes through the basic concept of the more you move, the more you benefit!

Sefi’s motto “Motion is the Potion” is indicative of her passion and motivation to assist individuals in reaching their full potential and long term fitness goals no matter what age through movement.  Her goal is to provide assistance and education to her clients in an effort to achieve greater balance in their lives and to promote a healthy lifestyle at all levels of Mind, Body and Spirit.  Sefi continues to instruct a variety of classes including Pilates, Yoga, Low Impact, Resist-A-Ball, and Senior fitness, as well as Personal Training.

 

MeganOMegan O’Leary

Megan, RYT 200, is a kiteschool owner, retail shop proprietor, yoga instructor, and a coach for both Stand-up Paddleboarding and Kitesurfing. She has been practicing yoga for 15 years with the intention of developing a balance between strength and flexibility and embodying that balance off the mat to improve her other athletic pursuits. With the birth of her first child (and need to slow down) she found a deep passion for yogic philosophy and spirituality in combination with her asana practice.

Megan curates her classes with the purpose to find presence in each moment and joy in the vast interconnectedness of all things. Each class is an offering to develop body awareness, and discover a balance between flexibility and strength. Expect energetic, playful flows, with upbeat music, gently infused with yogic philosophy and poetry.

sue in mexico (1024x1023)Sue Duerksen

Sue has been practicing yoga for the past 15 years. As an athlete and someone who has spent many hours behind a computer screen, Sue practices and teaches yoga as a compliment to our busy and physical lifestyles. Sue completed her 200-hour teacher training at the Namaste Holistic Healing and Yoga Center in Truckee, California, and has taught in Truckee, California and Oakridge, Oregon. As a teacher she aims to helps others gain strength, confidence, and a sense of wellness through yoga. She enjoys making yoga accessible to everyone, and tuning each class to meet the needs and level of her students.

JP Yoga head shotJanet Paulson

For many years, I have been drawn to the transformative power of yoga.

Yoga is a practice that aligns and nourishes the physical body, energizes the mind, soothes the emotions and strengthens the connection to spirit. It is a practice that touches every aspect of our lives.

Yoga meets us where we are regardless of age, physical ability, weight or personal beliefs. The benefits of yoga can be realized from the seat of a chair or from dynamic power classes. It is a life-affirming practice that brings benefits to the individual that ripple out into the world beyond the yoga mat.

After years of practicing yoga, two years ago I completed yoga teacher training through Radiant Health Yoga, a nondenominational hatha yoga that blends ancient yogic practices with contemporary mind-body science. Through my yoga practice and teaching, I want to help others improve quality of life, and by extension, contribute to the health of our planet.

Emily PhilbrickEmily Philbrick

Emily starting traveling to Baja from New Hampshire in 2013 and it didn’t take long before she fell in love with kiteboarding, got a job at Exotikite and knew her life would never be the same.  Her winter seasons are filled with Baja sunshine, wind, the Sea and the wonderful people. Her summer months are enjoyed in the beautiful Columbia River Gorge.

Emily took her first barre class at the Hood River Barre studio during the summer of 2014.  After becoming infatuated with the fitness class, she decided that in order to continue to enjoy the benefits of Barre she had to share it with everyone in La Ventana and Los Barriles! She got certified to teach in 2016 and began teaching in La Ventana of last year.

Emily loves Yoga, mountain biking, kiteboarding, dirt biking, painting, and anything else that brings a smile to her face.

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Hans grew up in Ontario, Canada and became interested in travelling as a teenager, was fortunate to find a life partner in his wife, Sefi. After a successful career in teaching Computer Systems, he followed Sefi and studied to become certified as a Personal Trainer.

More into the Martial Arts style, Hans gravitated toward Tai Chi, but kept up a practice in Yoga, Pilates and Chi Gong. As retirement became an option, and having traveled a lot, both Hans and Sefi eagerly welcomed the climate of the Baja desert and Los Barriles.

The pace of life changed. Hans teaches a Taoist Tai Chi 24 set, and continues to kiteboard into his seventies by cross-training with Yoga, Pilates, cycling and hiking…all of which are available in Los Barriles.

Sara Close photoSara Close

Sara brings a multi-faceted, off-the-mat approach to her yoga classes through playful vinyasa and deep inner work. She finds her teaching flow in catalyzing moments of reconnection, vitality, understanding and curiosity throughout the yoga practice. With a professional background in coaching and a penchant for neuroscience, you’ll very quickly realize what a nerd she is about the brain and the body. When she’s not teaching at Yoga Garden or running women’s retreats for her company, Hello Soul, you’ll find her on, in, or around the Sea of Cortez enjoying the saltwater and sunshine with her family.

Rene mugshotRene Spielmann

Rene went to his first Kundalini yoga class in 1995.  Shortly thereafter, he decided to take teacher training and taught in Vancouver, British Columbia for over 8 years.  He incorporates Kundalini yoga in his own daily practice.  Come experience this unique style of transformational yoga.

 

Kathi RyanKathi Ryan

I stepped into the Nia White Belt training 12 yrs. ago for the intention of personal development and at the end of the 7 day intensive I knew I wanted to share it with others. I have since completed the Green and Blue Belt. Los Barrilles is the third community I have sowed the seed of Nia in and I am thrilled.

 

Sarah VSarah Van Der Stad

Sarah, RYT 200, is a full time resident of Los Barriles, BCS where she offers studio classes and private instruction throughout the community. Sarah has practiced yoga for 15 years and began teaching in June 2016. She believes that the philosophical and physical practice of yoga allows us to move through life’s many challenges with grace, love, and kindness. She has a deep, personal interest in the relationship between yoga and healing from grief or trauma and serves as a peer mentor. She also works privately with individuals recovering from injury or loss of mobility.

Sarah’s studio classes are infused with playfulness and experimentation, ranging from high intensity vinyasa to the soothing, meditative practice of restorative yoga. Her classes offer exploration of pranayama (breath work), mantra, meditation, and asana (poses). Classes explore the balance between quieting the mind while building strength for a healthy body. Sarah’s classes are available to all levels—arrive as you are, and that is perfect.

Jeanette Grittani

Jeanette Grittani

Jeanette is a seasoned singer, musician, performer and music educator, with a profound love of making music and nurturing others in their self-expression. She has been offering music workshops for many decades in Canada, Baja and parts of the US. She performs regularly in Los Barriles.