hollyHolly Gastil
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.

susanimageSusan Taylor
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.


Chungsue Bacigalupi
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
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.

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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.

_DSC7699dAmy Willett
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



Thirty-five years ago I was visiting Mysore for the first time. I arrived in early January when the weather was still relatively cool, but with the arrival of February it began to get quite warm, and by the beginning of March the heat was becoming nearly unbearable. I was staying... [...]