Holly’s nurturing and light hearted teaching style reflects the flexibility she has gained, both mentally and physically, through the practice of Ashtanga yoga. She began the practice 16 years ago, and felt the call to begin teaching in 2002. Holly’s first teacher, Alison Lewis, encouraged her to study with Tim Miller at the Ashtanga Yoga Center, where she continues to be challenged and inspired in her yoga practice on a daily basis.
Growing up in South America, Natasha developed and nurtured a passion for fitness, health and well-being at an early age. Her devotion to continual growth and improvement led her to explore personal training and nutrition while at the same time embarking upon a successful career in tap dancing. Upon coming to the United States, she discovered her path to yoga. In 2003, she began studying with Tim Miller, where she teaches now. Natasha incorporates the lessons she learns from her own rigorous daily practice into her classes: her oft-repeated mantra is “Practice, practice, practice!” Her classes themselves are an invigorating combination of discipline and fun which focus on proper alignment, the building of strength, and individual improvement.
Susan began her yoga practice in 1995 and tried out many styles of yoga before finding Ashtanga yoga. Finally meeting Tim Miller in 1996, she found a true love for practice. Her studies were mainly with Tim and his student Christina Allen, who she apprenticed with in 1998, and has been teaching ever since. She is certified in many different modalities of movement and body work, however, her passion remains true to Ashtanga yoga. She has found that the key to a long lasting relationship with your practice is a good sense of humor. Because of that, Susan feels that a yoga class should be orchestrated in a fun, energetic, and light-hearted way. She believes yoga should be a celebration of life, a way to express your unique self, and a time to enjoy connecting with mind, body, and spirit.
Kiran feels fortunate to have studied directly with Tim Miller since 2000. In addition to a daily Mysore practice with Tim she has also attended numerous teacher trainings and workshops with him. His dedication and passion for the practice is an inspiration. Kiran has practiced with Pattabhi Jois on his last three trips to Encinitas, as well as Alison Lewis, Noah and Kimberly Williams, Dominic Corigiliano and Cathy Louise Broida, who have all given her great insight into the practice and teaching of ashtanga yoga. Kiran has been teaching yoga in the Encinitas area since 2002 and has assisted Tim in classes at the Ashtanga Yoga Center since 2003. She also stays busy with her three beautiful and very active children Emma, Jake and Zoe.
Chungsue has been studying and practicing Ashtanga Yoga since 2006 at the Ashtanga Yoga Center. She has completed Primary Series and Second Series Teacher Training with Tim Miller and continues to take various workshops to further her knowledge. In her yoga classes she emphasizes the link between breathing, alignment and movement in order to deepen the experience. She encourages her students to try more challenging postures as they gain flexibility and confidence while offering options for beginning students so that everyone can have a full and enjoyable experience. She was encourage by Holly Gastil to teach yoga and is very thankful for Holly’s guidance and friendship.
Jen René has been teaching Ashtanga yoga for 15 years. Her practice and teaching are mainly influenced by Tim Miller, who has been her teacher for the past decade. Other sources of inspiration in Jen’s teaching and practice include Richard Freeman and Mary Taylor and David Garrigues – all of whom she’s logged hundreds of hours of study with.
Jen built and continues to direct a Mysore program she started seven years ago in Washington, DC. The thriving program sees about forty students a morning in all their sweaty glory. A team of teachers trained by Jen lead the program in her absence. Jen has taught students all of the Primary, Intermediate and Advanced A asana. But beyond asana, her biggest goal (and greatest reward) is to instill in students a devotion, faith and enthusiasm for the practice. Jen believes wholeheartedly that Ashtanga Yoga is for everyone – it can be beautiful, but usually it’s much more of a beautiful mess.
As a recent transplant to laidback Encinitas, Adam has a relaxed approach to yoga and life that is a natural fit. For the last 20 years, his life has been balance of teaching and continuing his education in Ashtanga and Jivamukti. Having completed trainings in the First, Second and Third series with Tim Miller/Ashtanga Yoga Center, he’s no stranger to the commitment to the ever evolving practice. Known for his intuitive adjustments, depth of yogic knowledge and occasional bad joke, Adam has a style that is all his own.
Amy’s passion for yoga is contagious. She has been a long time student of yoga and grateful for the opportunity to have taken Tim Miller’s teacher training in 2015. She enjoys learning and studying yoga…mentally & physically. Her philosophy of “everyday yoga” finds the opportunities & inspiration everyday to practice yoga on & off the mat…from raising a family to life’s everyday adventures.
Photos of Susan Taylor and Holly Gastil: courtesy of Michelle Haymoz Photography