Akiko Oi has been practicing yoga for fifteen years since it was introduced to her by her mother. She has recently relocated to Mariposa, from Santa Barbara CA. She extended her practice and completed the 200 RYT, Hatha / Vinyasa yoga teacher training program through the Balanced Rock Foundation.
She sees yoga now as a natural way of self expression and a tool to transform the ideas, perceptions and physical abilities to the next level. She is continuously fascinated by the diversity of yoga practice and how much yoga can control and branch out an individuals interest and possibilities. On or off the mat, she enjoys practicing inversions, arm balances, building strength and being complete savasana. Her style is based on vinyasa flow by harmonizing breath with asana flow through one's own meditative mind.
Akiko has practiced Fine Arts in mix media and focused on textile dye processing. Additional studies included small business and entrepreneurship. She holds a BA from Antioch University Santa Barbara.
Audrey Davis has been enjoying Yoga for over 10 years.
Her introduction to Yoga began with a Rodney Yee DVD, in her living room, but over the years learned that the power of Yoga lies not only in its training for physical strength and flexibility, but also in its ability to fortify the mind and spirit.
Audrey's practice tries to incorporate mindfulness, meditation, breathing, postures, and philosophy in order to experience Yoga in its full force.
Cassidy Engfer, RYT 200, is a long-term Sierra Nevada habitant; growing up in this area has created an inseparable bond between her and nature. This connection with the natural world led her to Lake Tahoe in 2012, where she began taking an introduction to Hatha Yoga course in college. Six years later, Cassidy decided to further her love of yoga and attend an intensive and immersive 200HR teacher training in Costa Rica. This immersion course changed her life and her definition of yoga, she felt the union of mind, body, and soul.
Cassidy has always thought of herself as a life-long learner, feeling fulfillment when increasing her knowledge. She is excited to be currently continuing her yoga education and participating in a 300HR certification in 2018-2019. She wants to build a strong yogic foundation in which she will continue to grow and share all that she is learning with her current and future students.
CLARA BAENA CASTANO
Clara Baena Castano, 200 RYT was born in Colombia South America and currently lives in California. She has a degree in science and environmental education. She was a natural science teacher and an instructor of Karate for children. Since 2007 she has devoted herself to the study of Yoga and Reiki, its philosophies, techniques, and spirituality. In Colombia Clara shared her love of Yoga as an instructor for six years.
After living in Colombia for 35 years she arrived in the United States to start a new life with her husband and daughter.
“Today I have to opportunity of living in a new place, with new people, a new language, a different climate and a new culture. There have been many difficulties but thanks to my yoga practice I was prepared for the challenges I faced. Yoga shows me how to face the changes of life, to live in the present and to be happy where ever I may go. After three years of living the yoga practice of motherhood I had the opportunity of completing my 200 hour Wild Yoga Teacher course with Balanced Rock. I feel blessed and am grateful, I want to share with others through my service all these blessings and lessons.”
My name is Heather Bromberg. I started my yogic journey 10 years ago as a senior in college. I found that yoga helped my concentration and focus on studies. After graduation I moved to the West (from NY) and found Yoga was the most reliable at home practice out there. I created a small community from it and furthered my practice by becoming an instructor through Balanced Rock out of Yosemite National Park. Since March of 2019 I have been teaching at Studio M and doing freelance work throughout the region. I further my practice through teaching as often as I can.