My name is Guillermo Abarca. I am 52 years old and started the practice and study of Yoga in the year of 1979 when I was 14 years old in the city of Morelia, my birth city in Mexico. Since I started the practice, my teachers noticed dedication and devotion to the practice and studies of yoga and I was invited to attend the Yoga teacher training program of the Yoga school, called Universal Great Brotherhood. Since 1980 I have taught the practice of asanas. My experience as a yoga teacher is based in two main aspects: my very own personal practice and the sincere interest in the philosophy of Yoga as a way of living. Teaching yoga to me is essential part of the Karma yoga: to be able to help others realize we can become healthy cells within our community, society and environment. I am proud to share a unique session as a culmination of 35 years of study in a smart practice that incorporates spiritually and powerful aspects for an outstanding outcome. I am a Yoga Allience Certified yoga teacher.
I am the Coordinator of the Yoga Los Sueños Program. I am originally from Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico and believe that yoga should be lived, on and off, the mat. Over the last ten years I have been studying and experimenting with a diverse range of teachers and styles of yoga. For the last six years my teaching focus has been Vinyasa and Hatha Flow. Currently, I am inspired to deepen my practice with advanced studies in Shadow Yoga working with the energetic system of the human body and the sister science of Yoga, the study of Ayurveda, which has prompted me to also teach Restorative Yoga. It is a joy to study and share these ancient practices! “Be true, Yogis and Yoginis. We have to trust in the pure essence of the heart. Thinking only about asanas (poses) to make you stronger is not the achievement. It is the pure love of breathing into them.”
Jessica Christen Lusk
My passion in life is making people feel happy healthy! I have been a Massage Therapist since October 2010. In October of 2015 I completed my Yoga teacher training at the Davanna Yoga studio in Puerto Vallarta. I love to explore all types of yoga, but the Vinyasa style practice is what really makes my soul spark! Combining all of the elements of a healthy body–movement, strength, flexibility and awareness–I find this practice to be like a massage for the body and soul. My goal in my classes is to make the Vinyasa practice accessible and enjoyable for all levels of yogis by giving specific cues on muscle engagement and breathing. You will hear me say often “Sthira-sukham ?sanam”, this Sanskrit proverb comes from the Yoga Sutras (II.46) and translates to “The yoga asana should be steady and comfortable”. Whether we are practicing our handstands or we are in our sukhasana (easy pose) the goal is to find the joy and comfort in the pose! Jessica is also our Acroyoga teacher, certified by Acroyoga Vancouver.
For Sylvie, yoga has been a journey of healing. Having practiced before, during, and after recovery from illness has endowed her with an intimate understanding of the body and a spiritual understanding of the connection between body, mind, and spirit.
Drawing on over 6 years experience in such diverse yoga styles as Ashtanga, Hatha, Vinyasa, Restorative, and Yin, she crafts her classes for a wide range of participant abilities, offering variations and making all feel included. With an expanded knowledge of meditation techniques and refined empathy, Sylvie offers her students the opportunity to embark on a journey of physical and spiritual growth.
Andrea has been a healer for over 15 years. Putting together learned modalities of massage, reiki, polarity and more, can result in a better sense of well-being and balance.
10 years of teaching yoga and dance her classes bring a soulful mix of yoga, dance, meditation and fun into my classes to a mix of world music.
Also leading beautiful retreats down to Mexico and Costa Rica(see Destination page). A week of yoga, sun, reiki, dance, meditation and more.
**I do what I love and I love what I do**
Marea works on retreats, studio classes individuals and specialist groups such as sports teams, children 8+ and Seniors and develops yoga programs to practionioners’s needs and goals.Her classes draw on her vinyasa background, focusing on correct alignment, breath connection,strength, balance and flexibility. Her yoga practice began in 2001 during the University years she found Ashtanga and Vinyasa. Yoga offered her a practical path for finding easein the now. She has completed trainings, workshops and immersions in Cuernavaca, Mexico City, Playa del Carmen, Puerto Vallarta. Undertaking 200 HR RYT with Davannayoga.
Audra Rose Stanley
Audra’s teaching career began in 2009 within the Power Yoga community. After years of teaching on the Carolina Coast, Audra relocated to Los Angeles to further her training under the renowned guidance of Annie Carpenter and Maty Ezraty focusing on Smart Flow Yoga. Now traveling between LA and her quaint home in Sayulita, Mexico, Audra is blessed to share her love of practice with an array of yogis from advanced old school practioners to new curious friends. Audra’s classes embody playfulness and core strength, while kicking judgment out the door and celebrating who we are at our center. In her experience, the more we connect to our bodies, the more space and openness we will have in our hearts and minds. Expect to be challenged, explore alignment, to flow, and to get inspired to try the unknown.
I began this journey almost ten years ago, since then, my practice, expectations and mind had change a lot. Hatha yoga brought me into the path that I had decided to take. Ashtanga yoga (mysore practice) had been my process of learning for almost six years and in those years my life had taken me to teachers and places that I treasure in my heart.
Started my formal practice in 2007 in Vancouver, B.C. with a 500 hours teacher training, moving to a vinyasa practice a few years and a few journeys later I met the practice that suit my spirit and my self- discovery process. Since then I been taking classes and teaching different styles of yoga for different population. From mom and babies, kids to adults; from restorative yoga to a powerful yoga practice.
Believe there is not a right and wrong path to follow, none a better practice than the other one. Everyone experiments the process of self-discovery with the best intention of becoming a live peace of art in constant transformation.