Our Teachers

Allison Pals

Allison Pals

Allison’s love for creativity and spontaneity shines through in her classes. She strives to create a meditative experience that allows people to go within while moving in a flowing dynamic way that balances strength with flexibility. Her classes are a fusion of Tantra yoga as influenced by John Friend’s Anusara and vinyasa style. Allison started teaching yoga in 2002. Her love for the practice and to dive deeper has brought her all over the world. Recently she spent time in India and Thailand studying Tantra with her teachers Manu Akshoba and Monika Nataraj. Allison has over 500 hours of yoga training, works as Registered Nurse, and is trained in women’s mystical dance instruction.

Sunday
10:30am - 12:00am Vinyasa Flow I/II

Chelsea Dove

Chelsea Dove

Coming Soon!

Sunday
9:00am - 10:20am willPower & grace® All Levels

David  Sandercott

David Sandercott

David Sandercott is a Meditation Teacher and Spiritual Coach trained by Steven S. Sadleir founder of the Self Awareness Institute. David has been training at the Self Awareness institute since 2006. In 2012 David officially started teaching Shaktipat and Kundalini Meditation and in April 2015 received Advanced Yoga Teacher recognition and honors.

Monday
5:45pm - 6:45pm Shaktipat Meditation
Sunday
6:00pm - 7:00pm Meditation

Emily Beltz

Emily Beltz

coming soon!

Tuesday
4:00pm - 5:15pm Community Class

Emily Trutt

Emily Trutt

Emily has been practicing Yoga since 2002 and is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) with National Yoga Alliance. She completed her yoga certification program at It’s Yoga in San Francisco with Larry Schultz, a student of Pattabhi Jois and the creator of Rocket Yoga. Emily's vinyasa flow classes are guided by the slow rhythm of the inhalation and exhalation in such a way to inspire a meditation in motion. She encourages her students to go inside themselves to observe and explore the energy that is available there, being mindful to honor the uniqueness of the present moment. She is always amazed at how, through the practice of yoga, the ever-changing impermanence of ourselves and nature is revealed to us. As we observe the subtle changes of our body and mind through this practice, the way we perceive ourselves and the world around us begins to expand. As we step out of our old body and into a new one, we realize we can step out of the old world and into a new one. Emily invites you to take a pause from your busy life, quiet the thinking mind and wake up the feeling body.

Monday
9:00am - 10:30am Hatha Flow
Wednesday
9:00am - 10:30am Hatha Flow

Erica  Haines

Erica Haines

My first yoga class ever was in a glass-walled fitness studio aboard the Princess Dawn. Which at that moment was anchored at Glacier Bay, Alaska. My first yoga teacher training, shortly thereafter, was with Yogi Hari, a guru from India of Sivananda lineage. I’ve had the opportunity to train with, experience and learn from amazing teachers and leaders in the the western expansion of yoga. Baron Baptiste, Sadie Nardini, Peggy Profant, Naveena Bird, Sean Bertsch, April Martin, Sasha Elizabeth, Janine, and the list keeps growing. I’m honored and humbled to be a part of the amazing phenomenon of yoga in Humboldt county.

Tuesday
7:00pm - 8:30pm Core Strength Vinyasa
Thursday
7:00pm - 8:30pm Core Strength Vinyasa I/II
Sunday
5:00pm - 6:20pm Core Strength Vinyasa I/II

Heather Woodman

Heather Woodman

Heather began on the path of Yoga,12 years ago, in the mountains of New Mexico. She has completed teacher trainings with Max Strom: Vinyasa Yoga, Robyn Smith: Anusara Yoga, and Baron Baptiste: Power Vinyasa Yoga. She spends her free time practicing Yoga at home next to a hot wood stove.

Monday
5:30pm - 6:55pm Power Vinyasa All Levels
Wednesday
5:30pm - 6:55pm Power Vinyasa All Levels
Friday
5:30pm - 7:00pm Power Vinyasa I/II

Janine  Melzer

Janine Melzer

Janine Melzer teaches Forrest Yoga as a way to support and inspire students to become their most genuine selves. She is passionately committed to getting people turned on to embodying spirit in their yoga practice and in their lives. Janine asks her students to bring a willingness to work honestly at their edges without struggling, clearing the way to find delight in every breath

Wednesday
11:00am - 12:30am Forrest Yoga All Levels
Saturday
9:00am - 10:20am Forrest Yoga All Levels

Jodie DiMinno

Jodie DiMinno

Jodie DiMinno is a certified instructor of Kripalu Yoga and has been a student of yoga for more than ten years. She spent three years as a resident staff member and facilitator of yoga and self-discovery programs at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Massachusetts, one of the premier centers for yoga in the country. Through the practice of yoga, Jodie has found a deep sense of peace and grace within; it is one of her greatest joys to share this gift with others.

Wednesday
5:40pm - 6:55pm Prenatal Yoga
Sunday
6:30pm - 8:00pm Relax Deeply All Levels

Jody Swan

Jody Swan

coming soon

Wednesday
4:00pm - 5:00pm Kids' Yoga (ages 7-12)

Lexy Cann

Lexy Cann

Practicing, and now, teaching yoga is a joyous part of my life. Breath, wonderment, humor, sweetness, spontaneity--along with the anchoring of safe alignment-- are some of the qualities I enjoy in my practice and attempt to share in my teaching. I am grateful to the many teachers I have had--especially Peggy Profant, from whom I received teacher training, and Amy Weintraub, with whom I studied LifeForce Yoga.

Monday
11:00am - 12:15am Hatha I

Lucy Snow

Lucy Snow

Lucy Snow is a seasoned yoga instructor. She is devoted to a path where she fide the presence of frequent signs of all forms of yoga. She lives in the flow of grace from a widening, branching, living river of teachers. She brings a contemplative awareness and integrated experience to her classes.

Sunday
10:00am - 11:15am Gentle Yoga I

Meka Hunt

Meka Hunt

Meka teaches beginning yoga with an emphasis on alignment. She assists you as you flow through meditation, warm up and gentle postures followed by deep relaxation. Meka's class is great for beginners, people returning to yoga after a break from practice, or those who just want to experience a gentle class with refreshers on the basics. Meka has been teaching at Om Shala Yoga for almost 2 years after studying Anusara yoga with Peggy Profant and Robyn Smith. Meka's love of yoga has been a blessing in her life in many ways thanks to her wonderful teachers and now she is happy to be able to share this passion as a teacher at the beautiful Om Shala!

Monday
7:00pm - 8:15pm Yoga for Beginners I
Wednesday
10:00am - 11:15am Yoga for Beginners I

Michael Furniss

Michael Furniss

Michael has been ecstatic dancing for many years. With 3 others, he founded and co-leads the “Sacred Wave Dance” once a month on Sunday morning in Arcata. He is passionate about mixing musical soundscapes that facilitate dancers in their own journey. Michael is a teacher in the Universal Sufi tradition of Inayat Khan, and has been teaching the Dances of Universal peace for 15 years. He strives for attunement to the mystical traditions of Sufism, Buddhism, and Judaism. Michael is a professional geomorphologist and works nationally and internationally in climate change and water.

Friday
8:00pm - 9:30pm Inside Out Ecstatic Dance Journey
8:00pm - 9:30pm Inside Out Ecstatic Dance Journey

Nita Maddux

Nita Maddux

Nita comes to yoga from a background as an athlete. She found yoga as a place to heal through movement. Her training is in Iyengar, and her focus is on alignment and body mechanics. She encourages her students to become curious about habitual ways of moving, and invites them to move deeper into a connection with their subtle, energetic awareness, while practicing asanas.

Tuesday
11:00am - 12:30am Hatha Flow I/II
Thursday
11:00am - 12:30am Hatha Flow I/II

Peggy Profant

Peggy Profant

Peggy Profant, E-RYT 500, and Certified Anusara Yoga Teacher, Is on a lifelong path of yoga and taking its insightful teachings into all areas of her life. She first discovered the practice in 1980 and began teaching it to others in 1997. Ashtanga, Iyengar and Anusara are the schools in which have influenced her practice. As one who lives courageously from her heart, she passionately teaches her classes with meaningful yogic themes while keeping a keen attention to alignment. In addition to yoga, being in nature and with her family is where she finds her deepest joy and peace. Peggy is owner and director of Om Shala Yoga in Arcata and has been leading workshops, retreats and trainings since 2003.

Tuesday
9:00am - 10:30am Anusara I/II
10:35am - 10:50am Pranayama/Meditation
Thursday
9:00am - 10:30am Anusara I/II
10:35am - 10:50am Pranayama/Meditation
Friday
9:00am - 10:30am Anusara I/II
10:35am - 10:55am Pranayama/Meditation
11:00am - 12:15am Anusara I

Rebecca Harris

Rebecca Harris

Coming Soon!

Friday
4:00pm - 5:15pm Community Class

Robyn Smith

Robyn Smith

Robyn has been teaching yoga in Arcata for over 20 years. For her, yoga is not only a physical journey into health and vitality, but a spiritual, mental and emotional experience of harmony, insight and love. She's a certified Anusara yoga Instructor and loves this practice for the it's keen technical alignment that keeps you safe, as well as it's use of heart-felt themes embodied through asana and breath. There's really nothing like it! When you can stay present with your breathing, while exploring a meaningful life message through movement, you are transformed through the experience. In this Anusara Flow class, expect short vinyasa flows with emphasis on alignment and breath, playful explorations of fun poses, and new approaches to familiar poses. Robyn's Background: Robyn is an E-RTY 500, owner of Inner Freedom Yoga in Arcata, a certified Anusara yoga instructor, Hendricks Big Leap Life Coach, Integrative Yoga Therapist and Hanna Somatic Educator (Somatics). She leads local workshops, Immersions and Teacher Trainings and has helped people in pain through Yoga Therapy and Somatics since 1998. She studied extensively with Anusara's founder, John Friend, as well as numerous other top instructors in Iyengar and Anusara Yoga. She's currently building her coaching practice, supporting women with relationship and self esteem issues. Her teachings are inspired by her dedicated meditation practice, studies in Buddhist and Tantric yoga philosophies, poetry, nature, and pertinent life lessons.

Monday
4:00pm - 5:00pm Anusara Flow I/II
Wednesday
4:00pm - 5:00pm Anusara Flow I/II

Sasha Elizabeth

Sasha Elizabeth

Sasha Elizabeth’s exuberant love for yoga shines through in every class she leads. She began her yoga journey in 2004 and in 2012 became a Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher under the direction and teaching of Lori Snyder. Sasha is also an experienced birth doula and holds a B.A. in Wellness and Alternative Medicine. She incorporates her knowledge of holistic health into her classes, as well as into her work assisting babies into the world. She can often be found doing handstands in the redwoods or at the beach. Her Ashtanga-influenced Vinyasa classes are fiery yet grounding, featuring intentional sequencing set to upbeat, joyous playlists carefully mixed to awaken the power of the heart. Appropriate for all levels who enjoy a physical challenge that leaves you feeling whole and alive.

Tuesday
5:30pm - 7:00pm Vinyasa All Levels
Thursday
5:30pm - 7:00pm Vinyasa All Levels

Shemaia

Shemaia "Skywater" Lucas

Shemaia "Skywater" Lucas – Certified yoga teacher/performing artist/
vibrational healer. As a dancer/poet/seeker, Shemaia came to yoga with a curiosity for its beauty and deep mystery. Her practice over more than two decades had a huge impact on her body/mind fitness approach as a trainer/teacher.

Shemaia has been teaching yoga since 1988, and her influences and teachers are wondrously varied; Kundalini, Ashtanga, Iyengar, Taoist yoga and now, especially, Anusara make up the threads of her Yoga tapestry. Widely known teachers she has trained with have been Erich Schiffmann, Shari Friedrichsen, Ana Forrest, Paul Grilley, Judith Lasater, Tim Miller and, most currently, Sarajoy Marsh, Mary Pafford, and Anusara’s founder, John Friend.

Shemaia’s compassionate, supportive teaching reflects her reverence for this practice and its capacity to facilitate awareness, health and the profound recognition that our core essence IS pure luminosity!

Friday
7:30pm - 9:00pm Kirtan: Devotional Singing with Shemaia Skywater
7:30pm - 9:30pm Yoga & Sound Bath by Candlelight

Sierra Simpson

Sierra Simpson

Coming Soon!

Monday
7:00pm - 8:30pm Align and Flow I/II
Wednesday
7:00pm - 8:30pm Align and Flow I/II

Veneta Nikolova

Veneta Nikolova

Veneta Nikolova is a playful teacher who loves to empower the individual and create community. Her hatha inspired yoga classes enchant the hearts of both adults and kids who may be trying yoga for the first time or those who are looking to reconnect to a mindful, balanced practice. Her love for yoga asana started 15 years ago in the perilous pursuit of the “yoga booty.” Yet, life’s curves have blessed her with many deeper lessons in injury, grief, anxiety, depression and countless existential battles with herself and the world. This colorful life journey has allowed her to experience the more profound healing benefits that a yoga practice can offer. She has a degree in Psychology, a Chi Universe Kid’s yoga training, Biofeedback training, over 15 years of on the mat practice, 8 years of a diverse array of yoga and personal development workshops, 3 years of sharing her knowledge as a teacher and most recently, the completion of her 200 hr yoga certification with Saul David Raye. Her intention as a teacher is to guide you to hear the language of your body and to inspire you to listen to the teacher within yourself. Aside from yoga, she is also an artist, spiritual guide, and continuous student of life. She enjoys working with kids, families, couples, women’s empowerment, and reconnecting people to their inner spark. For more info check out her website at: VforVeneta.com

Thursday
4:00pm - 5:15pm Community Class