I currently live in San Diego, CA and am excited to get fit with you! I have taught group fitness classes regularly when I resided in Colorado Springs, CO. As a military spouse it is hard to settle in one place, but I have found that the fitness community is one that always feels like family no matter where you are. I love being able to motivate and empower people through fitness and dance, and I most especially love being able to build a family with my class members. It doesn't matter whether you have walked into class for the first time or the 50th time...I am there for you, and I want you to walk away with a great workout and a huge smile on your face!
I was born in Asia, at the feet of Tien Shan Mountains but study in Europe, and return to Asia from time to time as it is my home. I have been a certified Yoga and Reiki teacher while living and teaching in USA for the past twenty years. I am also a poet and artist, making short films-poetry to aid visually meditation and relaxation.
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Shannon obtained her RYT 200 in Portland, OR where she is experienced in many different yoga practices and is, more classically, a Hatha instructor..opting for longer holds and the opportunity to play within the shape of the body. She enjoys sprinkling in some flow and gentle sequences when called for in her classes. It is her goal that each of her students gain ease in tapping into the experience of the personal practice within their mat.
I began formal movement training with competitive team sports in grade school and high school. After several years of a sedentary lifestyle, albeit traveling all over, I began mindful movement again as an adult. In 2012, I began my journey into yoga and competitive dance and aerial arts. I am an animal lover, a slow eater, and a firm believer in the Oxford comma.
I have been doing yoga for over 15 years now, I have over 4 years of experience teaching in the yoga community. I am certified IYT (Integrative Yoga Therapy) 200 hr. instructor, and other trainings pertaining to teaching yoga. I have built up my classes through self promotion and word of mouth. It is essential to me, as an instructor, to lead a well organized and all around soothing class. I have also lead my own workshops in various areas of yoga. I have a strong passion for yoga which I enjoy sharing with my students. Namaste Heidi
Amara Carrera started as a fitness instructor in 1983. She has taught all modalities such as zumba, spinning, sculpt classes, aqua aerobics, core training, yoga and mat pilates. She is a Certified Fitness Instructor, Certified Personal Trainer through AFAA, and a Registered RYT 200 Yoga Teacher.
Her early introduction to yoga began at age 12, when her father, a Transcendental meditation teacher, taught by the Maharishi Mahesh yogi, introduced her to healing Hatha. Amara has an eclectic and multi-discipline training. She studied Interior design, is a Certified Professional makeup artist and has owned various businesses such as Scarlet Production which partnered with her father's non-profit organization CACN (California Asian Communications Network) to produce Miss Asia of San Diego City and County and Mr. Asia of San Diego City and County. Her love of life, learning and quest for soul evolution also led her to Latin dancing. She teaches salsa, bachata, cumbia and cha-cha. Amara also has a Bachelor's degree in Marketing from National University. She studied one year of post graduate International Business major in the Pacific Rim.
As a mother of two, and grandmother of three, she continues to study philosophy, arts, music, sound healing, soul evolution, and many other topics that interest her. Along with her husband, Chris, they bought a home in National City and soon after, opened the city's first and only yoga center in February of 2016. She is allowing herself to live and experience the present moment, the only place where life exists. Her most sincere hope is for all living beings to be free from pain and suffering and for all living creatures to live in peace, love and utmost joy!
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With over 15 years of experience as an educator and practitioner of Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Anusara, and Hatha yoga, I am a Yoga Alliance Certified Yoga Teacher of Vinyasa and incredibly passionate about sharing yoga, mindfulness, and wellbeing with others. My focus lies in creating a kind space for students to work their bodies and relax their minds, with an emphasis on proper alignment, personalized instruction, self-compassion, and mindfulness. My passion for uplifting people developed from a career at the San Diego Zoo, where I worked with rural communities in Latin America, in support of wildlife conservation. There, I developed programs to facilitate sustainable and mindful behavioral change. This led me to see that humans are deeply interwoven with this planet. This love of supporting humanity and nature has encouraged me to become a fast learner, a compassionate facilitator, an innovative problem solver, and increasingly sympathetic towards alternative contexts.
All of my diverse backgrounds inform my practice. Having joined the army at the age of 18, I was exposed to many different people and backgrounds. Some of those exposures led to my love of philosophy (eastern and western), Indian culture, and working in the medical field. After the Army, I moved back to San Diego and continued working in the operating room, where I gained a deep understanding of human anatomy and physiology. Being in health care drove me to take care of myself so I could help others. That is where I found yoga. It opened the doors to so much more of a heart driven life. Soon, I was coaching track and field (pole vaulting) and resumed my training in Japanese martial arts.
It was very easy after to ten years of my own yoga practice to step on the other side and become a yoga teacher. My style is a fun, practical, down to earth, approach that will always challenge and inspire growth.
Amara P. Carrera