The Teachers of Ventura Yoga Studio
|We have some of the most highly trained yoga teachers in the Ventura County!
|Jeneth Rundle, Director of the Ventura Yoga Studio, is a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher and E-RYT 500 with the Yoga Alliance. She began practicing in the tradition of Indra Devi in 1970 and in1995 she began Iyengar Yoga classes with Barbara Kaufman. The following year, Barbara referred her to Bonnie Anthony for further training. Jeneth became devoted to the yoga of B.K.S. Iyengar. In 1998 Bonnie encouraged Jeneth to go to Pune, India for study with the Iyengar family and to participate in Guruji’s 80th birthday celebration. There she studied under B.K.S Iyengar as well as Geeta & Prashant Iyengar. Upon her return she was invited to join the private teachers’ group which met weekly in Bonnie’s home. It was a small and inspired group consisting of Bonnie, Barbara, Valerie Read, Margie Rosenblum, Linda Nishio and Linda DiCarlo. Jeneth began subbing for Bonnie and the others, and then founded the Open Your Heart…YOGA program at the Eagle Rock Cultural Center. In 2001 Jeneth moved to the Ventura area and began teaching at the studio. She purchased the studio from Bryan Legere in 2013.
Jeneth's teaching of asana (the poses) includes inversions (headstand and shoulderstand.) She also teaches Pranayama (yogic breathing practices), aspects of Meditation and integrates the Yoga Sutras (spiritual philosophy of Patanjali) into her classes. Her teaching flows from her love and daily personal practice of yoga as well as her genuine interest in each student.
Jeneth holds the highest level of registration through the Yoga Alliance, E-RYT 500. She is qualified to train teachers and offers Continuing Education for Yoga Alliance registered RYTs in both the 200 and 500-hour categories. Jeneth continues her education by attending Iyengar Yoga Workshops and Conventions. She has studied with many renowned Certified Iyengar Yoga Teachers including Marla Apt, Anna Delury, Linda DiCarlo, Mary Dunn, Gloria Goldberg, Felicity Green, Manouso Manos, Eddy Marks, Birjoo Mehta, Linda Nishio, Karin O’Bannon, Mary Obendorfer, George Purvis, John Schumacher, Eric Small, Christine Stein, Patricia Walden, Lisa Walford, and Joan White. Her studies continue.
Jeneth is also an accredited teacher of T'ai Chi Chih®, Joy Thru Movement. She came upon this moving meditation practice in 2010 and felt the power and beauty of the movements from her very first class. Practicing daily, she became determined to become an accredited teacher so that she could bring this gift to others. Jeneth was trained locally by Lisa Otero and travels to Albuquerque, NM on retreat to continue her studies with renowned teacher Carmen Brocklehurst. It was her great fortune to have met and studied with the originator of the practice, Justin Stone, before his passing at the age of 95. This unique practice, which works with the same life-force energy as yoga, but in a completely different way, is easy to learn and can be adapted for those with physical challenges. Various poses by Jeneth
|Suza Francina is a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher and a graduate of the Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco. A yoga teacher since 1972, Suza has taught at the Omega Institute, Yoga Journal Conferences, and other venues, nationally and internationally. She is the author of six books, including four popular books on yoga for people at midlife and older, translated in many languages: Yoga for People Over 50 (Devin Adair, 1977); The New Yoga for People Over 50 (Health Communications, Inc., 1997); Yoga and the Wisdom of Menopause (HCI, 2003); and The New Yoga for Healthy Aging (HCI 2007).
B.K.S. Iyengar wrote in his foreword to The New Yoga for People Over 50 , "Suza Francina presents yoga in a way that creates confidence in readers to be independent and strong." Likewise, in her classes Suza aims to instill confidence in her students of all ages --- and especially the older practitioners.
Suza lives in Ojai, California, where she is a former mayor and long-time community activist and animal advocate. She is a mother of two and a grandmother. Her family also includes several dogs and cats.
View Suza's pose.
|Anna Spanopoulos is a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher. She began her yoga study in the early 1970s and teacher training in Hatha yoga and Asthanga yoga in 1994. She began teaching in 1995. Since then she has been a student of the Iyengar yoga system including Iyengar teacher training and therapy workshops.
The improvement of her health and asthma drew Anna to her yoga practice which gives her internal quiet and external strength. Teaching yoga to others is one of her greatest joys in life. Anna encourages her students to “Live Better in Your Body.” Focused on Anatomy, Biochemistry, and Nutrition, Anna has a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology.
|Terry Badar began her journey into yoga in 1999 after suddenly going deaf in one ear. She continues to use her practice to help her slow down, listen to her body, and find balance in life.
A yoga instructor since 2005, she provides a safe, inviting, compassionate environment (mixed in with a sense of humor!), which allows her students to gain a sharpening of awareness that strengthens them physically, intellectually, and emotionally.
Terry enjoys sharing what she’s learned with her students so they can experience an increase in vitality, be challenged, and yet become quiet and centered. Terry also teaches yoga to the elementary and junior high school students she tutors after school and finds that the yoga keeps them active and focused
(and it’s fun!).
|Bernie Conrad’s first exposure to yoga came in the early 80s with Beverly Graves and her dedication to Iyengar yoga. After ten or fifteen years of her classes and many opportunities to attend workshops with national teachers, he started taking teacher training with Bryan Legere, and started teaching about ten years ago. A job move to El Paso gave him the opportunity to teach in a new community, and now since returning to California is ready to share yoga again.|
|Pamela Leonard began her path in yoga at the Ventura Yoga Studio over 15 years ago and continues her study there today. Her study under several remarkable teachers and completion of the 200-hours teacher training with Bryan in 2012 has made it possible for her to share yoga with students. She feels the profound impact yoga has made in her life and finds satisfaction in bringing that potential to students.|
|Sally McNally was certified as a yoga instructor by The Santa Barbara Yoga Studio in 1996 and she continues her training with Bryan Legere in Ventura. Her zest for life and affection for her students inspires those in her classes to push a little further and work a little harder, overcoming obstacles all along the way. Everybody leaves smiling with a feeling of new accomplishment.
Sally also works as a Labor and Delivery RN at CMH and teaches prenatal yoga there as well.
|Jane Sievert was introduced Hatha Yoga as a child by her mother. She moved to Ventura over 25 years ago and was one of Bryan Legere’s earliest students. Ultimately Bryan inspired her and passed on the skills to teach. Jane helped to start the studio’s first, Older and Wiser (Senior’s) Class, almost 10 years ago; the class continues to thrive.
Jane is also the managing photo editor at Patagonia, and has a daughter in college.
|Rachel Calabrese is a native Californian and currently resides in Ventura with her husband and son. Rachel faced many challenges with fibromyalgia, tendonitis, and allergies over the last ten years which led her to alternative and holistic medicines, and eventually to Yoga. After a couple of years of dedicated practice and immersing herself in the 200-hour teachers training course with Bryan Legere, she began to experience the healing benefits that yoga offers. As she witnessed her own body heal and restore through her practice, she became inspired to share what she’s learned with others in need of relief.
Rachel offers a patient, gentle and compassionate approach in her teaching style. Her intent as a yoga teacher is to show people how to regain control over their health and well-being through the practice of yoga with hopes to improve the quality of their lives.
Linda was diagnosed with severe scoliosis as a young teen. Choosing not to have surgery, she has explored multiple non-surgical methods of living with scoliosis over the years, and ultimately found that practicing Iyengar yoga has been the most therapeutic and life-changing for her. Yoga has empowered her sense of well being, given her stronger alignment, and served as a powerful tool for pain management in dealing with her scoliosis.
Yoga remains a center-piece of Linda's life, and has given her a sense of ease, calm and balance/centering in her busy family life bringing up three boys here in Ventura.
She is dedicated in her own yoga journey and practice by continuing to take classes, workshops and teacher trainings with Certified Iyengar teachers like Chris Stein, Marla Apt and Tal Messica. She is passionate to share her knowledge of both Yoga and Yoga's application to scoliosis through her teaching, seeking to empower her students to develop their own love for Yoga so they too can also reap the many gifts of mind, body and sprit it has to offer.
Linda earned her RYT 200 and Yoga Wall training with Iyengar teacher Bryan Legere.
Anthony Lorenzana has just recently passed his accreditation exams and is now a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher. He has been under the mentorship of Christine Stein and Scott Hobbs who are also in the Ventura Yoga Studio family. Anthony was introduced to Iyengar Yoga in 2006 with Bryan Legere. He completed his teacher training with Audrey Waltzer at Camarillo Yoga Center.
Anthony was introduced to yoga after undergoing spinal fusion after many years of pain and discomfort with severe scoliosis. Yoga has allowed him to remain pain free and retain strength and flexibility after surgery. He has learned how to be more in tune with his body and recognize the effects of every day life.
Anthony believes that everybody can do and benefit from yoga, it is not only for flexible people.
Anthony also enjoys playing symphonic music with the Ventura College Symphony, currently the principal clarinetist.
He also is a practicing pharmacist and believes that yoga can also be used as medicine for body and soul.
Susan’s love for yoga began several years ago. As so many others, she found
that yoga was a valuable tool to relieve and manage many chronic pain issues and
also has many other benefits.
Susan is passionate about teaching yoga to family, friends and the community. She provides a safe environment with beginners in mind; her teaching style is filled with lots of patience and compassion.
Susan completed her 200 hour teachers training with Bryan Legere in 2013 and is registered with Yoga Alliance. She is very grateful to have had the opportunity to learn from amazing Iyengar teachers such as Bryan Legere, Tal Messica, Marla Apt and Chris Stein. Her studies continue attending Iyengar classes, workshops and in her personal practice.
Susan comes from a large supportive family. She has two adult children and a grandson who is the delight of her heart. An L.A. transplant, she’s been in the Ventura area since 1998.
|Mimi Nelson Oliver
Mimi Nelson Oliver began practicing yoga in the mid-1980s. After years of teaching movement, exercise, and dance classes, she met her friend and primary yoga teacher Elizabeth O’Shea Sullivan, who has studied and taught with Patricia Walden and studied with B.K.S. Iyengar in India. Mimi has been an avid yoga practitioner ever since.
In 2014, she completed her 200 hr yoga teacher certification with Elizabeth through Yoga Bodhi. Mimi has found all aspects of yoga to be a deep source of personal healing, embodiment, relaxation and enlightenment. She has taught yoga and is a clinical social worker, biodynamic craniosacral and polarity therapist with people of all ages, from pre and post natal to Seniors. Mimi has also trained, interned with and facilitated Mind Body Resiliency groups affiliated with the Benson Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine, teaching mindfulness meditation, stress reduction and healthy lifestyle skills.
Mimi moved to Ventura from Massachusetts, and has brought her joy, compassion and enthusiasm to share with this vibrant yoga community.
Monica began practicing yoga shortly after her father passed away from pancreatic cancer. The practice of yoga gave her balance and peace during a difficult time in her life. After practicing for a short time, she began to feel deeply connected to its healing properties and has been practicing ever since.
Monica is a Registered Yoga Teacher with the Yoga Alliance and completed her training through YogaWorks with Jennifer Elliott. She continues to be inspired by the teachings of B.K.S. Iyengar and has studied Iyengar Yoga with Vanessa Bacher, CIYT, for 5 years. In addition, she also completed a 6 month advanced course with Jeneth Rundle, E-RYT 500 & CIYT. She continues to deepen her studies through workshops with Senior Iyenger teachers such as Scott Hobbs, Marla Apt, Christine Stein, and Anna Delury. Monica’s classes have a meditative quality and focus on balancing effort with ease (Sthira and Sukha).Classes move at a slower pace to allow time to connect with your breath and to feel the subtle sensations in each posture.
Monica also shares her talents with 8th graders as she teaches Science.