Victor Dubin

Victor Dubin

Victor, NOURISH's most experienced yoga teacher and co-owner, has been teaching yoga in Santa Cruz since 1996. Influenced by Hatha, Iyengar, and Vinyasa styles of yoga, Victor believes that "yoga is not about attempting to fit people into particular models of practice, but creating space for people to discover themselves."

He has worked with thousands of students and is adept at introducing yoga beginners to the fundamentals of a healthy yoga practice and helping more experienced students advance their yoga techniques. Victor has also assisted athletes, pregnant women, new mothers, surfers, dancers, and other individuals in Santa Cruz looking to support health and wellness.

One student says of Victor's classes, "his challenging yet humorous teaching style fosters both rigorous study in the yogic tradition as well as self exploration. His expertise in anatomy, the art of adjustments and his comprehensive understanding of the asanas compliment yogic philosophy." For many students it's this combination of taking his work seriously while NOT taking himself too seriously that keeps them coming back.

Additionally, Victor is the director of and primary yoga instructor for the NOURISH Yoga Teacher Training Program, voted the Best Yoga Teacher Training Program in Santa Cruz. He develops and teaches classes in anatomy, physiology, in depth posture exploration, meditation, philosophy and history. He also teaches How to Teach Yoga and guides student-teachers in the art and science of class development and instruction.

Victor is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (ERYT 500) with Yoga Alliance and is also a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists. He has been voted the Best Yoga Instructor in Santa Cruz in both the Good Times and Santa Cruz Weekly. Victor lives with his wife and co-owner, Jocelyn Dubin, and their daughter in Santa Cruz.

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  • Roxanne Gingery

    Roxanne teaches Hatha Yoga, focusing on the breath and being present. "Yoga is not just on the mat or in the class, it's a way of living, being fully present in each moment and being gentle with yourself and others. It's about thinking less and feeling more." She has been teaching in Santa Cruz for more than five years and has been with NOURISH since it opened in 2009.

    In addition to teaching 5 Hatha Yoga classes each week, Roxanne also teaches two Core Yoga classes which incorporate yoga postures that focus on strengthening the core with Pilates and toning exercises, giving it the fun and excitement of a cardio class, the strengthening challenge of a Pilates class, and the clarity and peace of a yoga class.

    Roxanne has a background in gymnastics, both competing and as an instructor. She calls on this knowledge of the body and movement in her classes, providing a calming and measured experience where she encourages students to be aware of how the body and mind feel, tuning inward and listening and seeing from the inside.

    In 2007 she completed an intensive year-long yoga apprenticeship with Victor Dubin, becoming a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT200) with Yoga Alliance. Originally from Hawaii, Roxanne lives in Santa Cruz with her husband and daughter. Besides teaching and practicing yoga, she loves zumba, roller-skating, and baking with her daughter.

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    Taylor Manning

    Yoga first came to Taylor in High School as a way to help a sports related injury. After immersing herself in the physical practice, yoga soon became a way for her to connect her body, mind, and spirit. Taylor began teaching in 2015 and ever since she has traveled the world in pursuit of further learning, experiences, and education.

    Taylor combines both Vinyasa and Hatha principles and teaches with an emphasis on alignment, physical adjustments, breath work, personal measure, patterns, and knowing ones framework. Her classes are more than just the physical asana; they incorporate pranayama, meditation, yogic philosophy and are sure to nourish, strengthen and align body and mind.

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    Kat Burke

    Kat began practicing yoga as a way to connect more deeply with herself and her community. She loves to share this mind-body integration with others. In addition to teaching at Nourish, Kat has taught yoga to youth and adults at Los Gatos Parks and Recreation, Stonehaven Wellness Adventures, Corazon de Vida Foundation, and Growing Social.

    Her yoga teacher training at NOURISH is complemented by her Mindful Schools training and Reiki level 3 certification from Santa Cruz Reiki Works. Additionally, Kat holds a Master's degree from the Monterey Institute of International Studies and has served as a K-12 and community college educator for more than 20 years.

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    Emily Cervantes

    Emily has been practicing Hatha Yoga since 2011. Her philosophy is that Yoga can help to let go of one's ego and expectations in order to create space and opportunities for growth. Emily teaches Hatha Yoga, with influences of Iyengar, Ashtanga and Vinyasa styles. In each class she emphasizes breath awareness, strength, mobility, flexibility and endurance. She encourages students to access the strength of all of their muscles as they practice. Her classes utilize the whole body's power, helping students find their inner strength and capabilities. Emily understands that each student experiences Yoga in their own way and so she teaches with kindness that every body is unique and should be treated with this awareness. Emily completed the NOURISH Yoga Teacher Training Program and is a Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance at the 200 Hour level.

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    Mel Defe

    "Mel started practicing yoga in 2010 when she moved to Santa Cruz from Los Gatos after retiring from a demanding career. The opportunity to practice on a consistent basis took her practice from a purely physical workout to a way of life. Seeing life through the eyes of yoga is seeing a much richer, fulfilling life. From rushing around all the time, mostly unconscious, to slowing down and becoming more mindful, the practice of yoga was a life changing experience for Mel. She is very aware as a senior citizen that aging presents challenges of flexibility, balance and strength. However, that's exactly what they are challenges and challenges provide opportunities. The opportunities to stay fit, strong and healthy are available with yoga. Mel hopes that anyone, of any ability, join her in the practice of a lifetime."

    Leslie Goodfriend

    Leslie has been practicing yoga since 2003. She practiced at Om Room on Santa Cruz's Westside and has been a member of NOURISH since its first day open. She graduated from the NOURISH Yoga Teacher Training Program and teaches a semi-regular class for employees of the County of Santa Cruz. Leslie is a thoughtful, intentional, straightforward teacher. She says, "Yoga has helped me in so many ways both physically and emotionally and I hope to share that with others by teaching and bringing that sense of peace and balance to others."

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    Zoe Williams

    Zoe was born and raised here in Santa Cruz and began her practice of yoga more than ten years ago, as a way to exercise and relieve stress. She completed the NOURISH Yoga Teacher Training Program and received her 200 Yoga Alliance certification in June 2012.

    “The classes I teach are Hatha Yoga based, including breath work, some flow, balance, strengthening, stretching, relaxing and restorative poses. I enjoy using the earth to help ground, and the sky and space to grow upward and outward. So I guess I'm into nature and natural elements too!”

    Zoe also holds an AS in Early Childhood Education from Cabrillo College and is a certified Montessori Teacher. When not practicing yoga, she can be found enjoying time with her husband of 15 years and their two beautiful children.

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    Treea Clements

    For the past twelve years Treea has been teaching yoga to a diverse population of students, ranging in age from six weeks to ninety one. She has delighted in sharing yoga with babies, children, pregnant women, new moms, and the elderly, along with the general population of yoga enthusiasts in Santa Cruz.

    Her style is a blend of classical Ashtanga, Iyengar, Yoga Therapy, Anusara Yoga, and of course, her own insights gleaned from eighteen years of personal yoga practice. Treea encourages students to "find their own peaceful center through the breath, and then to align the physical body, mind, and emotional heart with that center, thus building and sustaining the practice from the inside out." She emphasizes alignment and muscular actions which heal and prevent injury, along with a positive, playful attitude on the mat, which in turn brings more joy, contentment, and service off the mat.

    Treea completed her yoga teacher training through the Integrative Yoga Therapy, Mt. Madonna Center, 108 hour anusara yoga immersion with Sianna Sherman, anusara prenatal yoga teacher training with Jessica Jennings and Erich Schiffman. In addition to teaching at Nourish, Treea currently offers yoga classes in Santa Cruz for pregnant women and moms with new babies at the Pacific Cultural Center.

    She lives with her husband and their two daughters in Ben Lomond, where she enjoys yoga, family, building good soil, and preparing to grow lots of food and green her home and life with the principles of permaculture.

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    Sara Kaiser

    Sara designs engaging classes as she weaves together stories, yoga philosophy, and asanas by drawing on her understanding of human diversities and commonalities. Her teaching style welcomes the variety of interpretations and understandings such engagement may invoke. "Mild curiosity brought me to my first yoga class. Halfway through, it dawned on me that the body and mind require consistent, comprehensive care, and I suspected I had discovered a lifelong practice."

    Sara's yoga practice and teaching are influenced by her experiences slacklining, an activity akin to tightrope walking, taking from those experiences of balancing at great heights and over long distances a strong awareness of the ongoing interplay of the mental and the physical. She brings this ever-evolving awareness to her teaching to support her students in their explorations of mind and body. Sara teaches yoga the same way she slacklines and the same way she studies: with focus, openness, presence, and delight. She is unwavering in her love of yoga and in her dedication to the well-being of every student.

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    Merete Christiansen

    Merete is a graduate of the NOURISH Yoga Teacher Training Program and is a regular substitute teacher at NOURISH. She is a strong, independent, and thoughtful yoga practitioner and teacher. Merete is well adept at guiding beginners to move mindfully. She is also skilled at turning up the challenge when student needs demand it.

    Lindsay Andrews

    Lindsay unintentionally began practicing yoga in 2005 because of a P.E. requirement in college. Yoga gradually became a significant and meaningful part of her life, ultimately leading to her graduation from the Nourish Yoga Teacher Training Program. Lindsay enjoys a yoga practice that encourages growth and trying new things, whether that means incorporating more challenging poses or exercising deep relaxation. She views yoga as an opportunity to strengthen skills like mindfulness and self-awareness that can be used off the mat to more positively engage the world. Lindsay values justice, inclusion and vibrancy, and sees yoga as a practice of building these qualities in oneself, for the benefit of all.

    Amie O'Donovan

    Yoga came into Amie's life after the birth of her second child. She found yoga to be the perfect way to care for herself while practicing mindfulness. She enjoys both vigorous vinyasa classes and gentle meditative practices. A graduate of the Nourish Teacher Training program, Amie uses her knowledge of the eight limbs of yoga to influence her teaching. Her approach to yoga is to practice with curiosity and and wonder. "Be open to change. You never know what can happen when you get out of your mind and allow yourself to be fully present in the moment."

    Brenna Rodriguez

    Brenna brings a clear and conscious approach to teaching yoga. She completed her Hatha Yoga Teacher training at NOURISH under the guidance of Victor Dubin. Classes with Brenna are influenced by her vinyasa flow experience, readings of yoga texts, love of learning, and her diverse, active lifestyle. During classes, Brenna creates a story line through the flow of asanas, which makes for a beautiful practice. Her work as a middle school teacher provides her with the ability to have a calm, caring presence, excellent speaking voice, and ability to provide attention for all students. You'll come away from class with Brenna feeling energized and refreshed.

    Talya Lutzker

    Talya Lutzker, owner of Talya's Kitchen, author, Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner and Certified Yoga Teacher, discovered her first love - yoga - in 1993. With a background steeped in holistic health and self-care, she offers Iyengar-inspired yoga classes that focus on anatomical alignment, deep muscular engagement, pranayama and the use of props that protect and deepen your yoga practice.

    Talya has studied Iyengar Yoga at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute in Pune, India, the Iyengar Institute in San Francisco, and has practiced under the tutelage of senior and master Iyengar teachers Kofi Busia, Maya Lev and Linda Bonney for the past 12 years. Talya is a certified Pilates instructor and has also studied Yin, Anusara and Ashtanga Yoga. Her clear, enthusiastic teaching style attracts and inspires students of all levels.

    Jessica Zovar

    Jessica Zovar completed her yoga teacher training at the Ashtanga Yoga Institute in Santa Cruz and began teaching in 2003. Building on this initial foundation, she studied under Sara Ivanhoe and other teachers at Yoga Works in Los Angeles. Jessica's style draws from multiple yogic disciplines, incorporating a focus on breath, alignment, and the interconnection between mind, body and spirit, allowing students to work at their own pace. She views yoga as a path to relieve stress, build strength and emerge feeling inspired and refreshed. Jessica's mission as a yoga teacher is to inspire greater health, self-love, community and play.

    Alice Kennedy

    Alice Kennedy is an alignment based Hatha yoga teacher. Known for her light-hearted playful approach, Alice's classes bring a sense of fun and community to the practice of yoga. Grounded in a strong heart-body foundation, her students are surprised at how they can begin to do things they didn't think possible, leading to more beauty and confidence on and off their mats. Alice has learned a unique blend of care and therapeutics to help heal the body and mend the heart. When she isn't studying yoga, she can be found hiking the Santa Cruz mountains, nestled at home with a book, or plotting her next big adventure!

    Allison Dunham

    Allison came to yoga searching for relief for chronic back pain and stayed for the peace of mind. With a background in anatomy, she worked as a medical assistant and then completed her 200 RYT in 2012. She taught classes in Syracuse, New York, and now lives in Santa Cruz, California. She teaches an upbeat vinyasa style with modifications for everyone. "I believe in eating veggies, laughing everyday, and not taking yourself too seriously."

    Sarah Joy Zell

    Sarah completed the NOURISH Yoga Teacher Training Program and did her student teaching in both Beginning and Intermediate classes. She has a background in bodywork and a keen ability to help individual students even in the context of a group class. Sarah brings joy and vitality to the practice of hatha yoga.

    Autumn Edgar

    The Nourish teacher training was a great experience. The entire course takes 8 months which allowed me time to understand and integrate the knowledge I learned. At times, the amount of information was overwhelming and having time to understand the concepts was very important to me. My relationship to yoga and my personal practice evolved throughout the months of the training. By the end, I felt more confident in what I wanted to teach, what my experience with yoga has been and what I want to create for others. The curriculum is comprehensive including anatomy, physiology, history, philosophy, in-depth study of yoga postures, and ethics. Victor's teaching style is interactive and I allows for ample opportunities to ask questions, explore ideas, and express doubts. After completing the six months of course work, I completed 8 weeks of student teaching. Although this was very challenging, it was the best way to practice teaching. I was guided and mentored along the way and, by the end, capable of teaching a full-length yoga class. I highly recommend the Nourish teacher training as a quality program that supports each participant on their individual path as a yoga teacher.

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    • Best Yoga Studio in Santa Cruz
    • Best Yoga Teacher Training in Santa Cruz

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