Christie: Christie Hall began studying yoga in 1995 and since 1997 has studied exclusively with Iyengar teachers. She began those studies with Karin O'Bannon in 1997 and with Manouso Manos in 2001, studying consistently with him since then. She bases her instruction on her understanding of their teaching. Her physical issues include degenerating joints and discs, scoliosis and fibromyalgia. She received her master's degree in kinesiology in 2009. Her personal background and studies mean she can work to adapt poses so that truly anybody can do them.
Cory: M.S. in Kinesiology and certified Iyengar teacher. Began practicing and studying yoga in 2005 and has been a student at the UCR extension center in the Iyengar yoga program since 2006 and continues to study with senior Iyengar teachers. Started working at the F.U.N. Yoga Studio in July 2010. He has a high level of enthusiasm as well as a commitment to the study and practice of Iyengar yoga.
David: David’s path in yoga began as marathon running rehabilitation under the Iyengar-style tutelage of Christie Hall. This training expanded to many styles, including two Ashtanga teacher training intensives with in India. David applied this background into the establishment of yoga programs. His F.U.N. yoga classes have a strong foundation in proper alignment and offer freedom to build personalized practices. Each class has a unique flavor with humor and insights shared from experiences as a medical entomologist and ecologist at UC Riverside and more recently as a licensed Respiratory Care Practitioner in acute hospital care settings. He strives to provide a safe, energetic, and friendly yoga environment for all ability and skill levels.
Elena: Elena Carrasco, M.Ed., certified yoga teacher - KRI, has studied kundalini for over 20 years. She studied Ayurveda at the Southern California University of Health Sciences. As a teacher and ayurvedic practitioner, she blends the technology of kundalini with Ayurvedic knowledge of life. This experience has been life transforming and she loves to share this with others.
Kathy: Kathy began her yoga practice when she was 16 - by herself, from a book, in her bedroom. Even from that humble beginning she was able to experience the profound benefits of practicing yoga. Now, many years later, after having studied with a variety of teachers and disciplines, she is a certified instructor through Yoga Alliance. Kathy's classes are shaped by alignment principles, life-affirming philosophy, and heart-oriented teachings. She also practices yoga through sacred chant and leads kirtan regularly in the Inland Empire.
Liz: Liz Gumm began her yogic path in 2002 as a college first year. She discovered that yoga provided a nice balance to her academic pursuits that often left her anxious and lacking in confidence. Yoga encouraged her to take care of herself and find peace in an intellectually high pressure environment. Initially, she fell in love with flow yoga as it helped her to get out of her head and in to her often forgotten body. Since 2007, Liz has developed her practice to include various different styles of yoga, such as Anusara, Hatha, Iyengar, and Yin. Liz sees all yoga as a blessing as it eases the physical pain and emotional discomfort that comes with high stress. She is well acquainted with being "all in your head" and fully believes in the healing and creative power of mind-body connection. In 2013, Liz began her path as a yoga teacher under the instruction of Ashley Fiala and the Sraddha School of Yoga. Liz brings strong alignment principles to all of her classes and teaches that all movement must begin with a strong foundation. As a vinyasa teacher, she believes that breath and movement, anchored in alignment, can provide practitioners with a meditative force of their own creation. She encourages students to find empowerment and wisdom in every pose, no matter how familiar or challenging. Liz believes that teaching is a life-long learning process and so brings creativity and variety to her students to inspire their own discovery. When not on the mat, Liz is a Ph.D. student working on her dissertation in English at UCR, where she also teaches writing and mentors college students.
Marie: Marie Harris began her yoga practice in 2001 while pregnant with her daughter. She has maintained a practice since that time, completing her 200 hour Teacher Training through Western Yoga College in 2009. She continues to practice and study with teachers in a variety of styles which she blends into her unique classes. Marie believes that any Body can do yoga and benefit; she encourages students of varied skill levels to come in to practice with the bodies that they have, and to feel comfortable. She adapts poses to individual needs with extra instruction and props. While slow and careful in pace, the class is not “easy;” students comment that Marie’s classes are invigorating, challenging, and ultimately relaxing.
Sara: Sara: Dr. Sara Sandoval is a certified RYT200 and certified Kids Yoga teacher. She started to study the beneficial aspects of Hatha Yoga in high school. Yoga, tennis, martial arts and competitive water sports accompanied her journey from Europe to the North America, through college and the high demands of careers in architecture, lighting design and academia. Since 2011, she has devoted her yoga studies with teachers of Iyengar Yoga. Sara continues to train and practice yoga under the mentorship of (in chronological order): Christie Hall, Peggy Cleve, Cory Johnston, Manouso Manos, Tammy Gingerella, Sri. H. S. Arun, Lisa Walford, Gloria Goldberg, Tulsi Laher. She is a student at the UCR Extension Center in the Iyengar Yoga program since 2013. In 2015 she started a 3-year Iyengar Yoga Teacher Training Program, San Diego, under the mentorship of Sri Gloria Goldberg. Sara follows an intuitive contemporary yogic lifestyle and expands her knowledge and experience with key human factors: anatomy, ergonomics, and human cognitive behavior. She explores alignment and functional movement systems to help minimize the effects of sports injuries, scoliosis and dedicated office careers.
Sarah: Sarah launched her yoga teaching journey in 2009 after having witnessed how it expanded her own beingness in the world. She shares her love of yoga and other mindfulness techniques with a single goal in mind: she wants to help people feel better. Known for her playfulness, approachability, and kind heart, Sarah welcomes students of all ages and levels. Beyond the yoga studio, Sarah is a Certified Massage Therapist with a B. A. in Philosophy and is pursuing an advanced degree in the field of School Psychology. She resides in Riverside with her feisty Chihuahua “Baby” and enjoys hiking in the surrounding hills, singing, and playing her mridanga.
Shannon: Shannon has been teaching since 2008. As an ecologist, she sees yoga as a tool to explore the laws of nature through the body to help people become more self aware, authentic and relaxed in their own skin. She is known for her intelligent and real-life approach to the practice, which is infused with joyful enthusiasm, optimism and humor so students feel safe when challenged, and empowered on and off the mat. Shannon is most passionate about using biomechanical alignment principals in yoga for therapeutic benefits. Always a student, Shannon has and continues to study extensively with many great teachers, primarily Ashley Fiala, John Friend, Noah Maze, Tara Judelle, Christina Sell and Douglas Brooks. Shannon has a BA in Biology from U.C. Berkeley and in addition to teaching yoga, has been working as a forest pathologist for over ten years in the U.C. system. She lives in Riverside with her husband and chickens and enjoys world travel, backpacking, botanizing, West African drumming and Middle Eastern dance.