Vanessa is originally from Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. She believes that yoga should be lived on and off the mat. Over the last ten years she has been studying and experimenting with a diverse range of teachers and styles of yoga. For the last eight years her teaching focus has been Vinyasa and Hatha Flow. Currently, she is inspired to deepen her 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 her 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
Her passion in life is making people feel happy healthy! She has been a Massage Therapist since October 2010. In October of 2015 she completed her Yoga teacher training at the Davanna Yoga studio in Puerto Vallarta. She loves to explore all types of yoga, but the Vinyasa style practice is what really makes her soul spark! Combining all of the elements of a healthy body–movement, strength, flexibility and awareness–she finds this practice to be like a massage for the body and soul. Her goal in the 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 her 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.
Andrea Villarrubia teaches Hatha Vinyasa Yoga with an emphasis on mindful movement and playful exploration. Andrea’s Yoga practice began in 2002 in the SF Bay Area and has deepened and grown in her 13+ years living full-time in Sayulita. Her primary teaching influences include Jennifer Isaacson, Narayani Cassini, and Vanessa Morrett.
Andrea completed Yoga Alliance’s RYS 200-hour Teaching Certification at Paraiso Yoga in 2018 and has since been leading studio classes and privates in Sayulita. Andrea incorporates meditation, breath awareness, and conscious movement to her asana classes for an accessible, holistic approach to the practice of yoga.
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**
Asana needs to be comfortable and enjoyable at every moment. Melissa loves to bring awareness in every move but most importantly to let people listen carefully to their body to guide their practice. After reading a lot about yoga, she decided to step on the Mat and practice a lot before teaching. She finally completed her teacher training in 2010 (power yoga vinyasa). While teaching, she found out that many people’s practice can be affected by different circumstances, other people will be afraid of yoga because is only for “pretzel people”. She started to incorporate modifications and letting people move with freedom, even to freelance an asana so they can feel and move at their own pace.
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.