Teachers And Staff

 

Founder And Manager Of Greenleaf Yoga Studio, Whittier 

Frank Magana KRT. RYT.

Spiritually Namend Paviter Singh which means the Lion of God who is pure through and through. Pronounced PA- VIT- ER.

I was inspired as a child by the book, The Complete Illustrated Book of Yoga, by Swami Vishnudevananda. I remember I would flip through the pages and laugh at all the asanas and still do today at times.

As a child I began practicing with no intention. I just knew it felt good and well, that was enough for me. My Yoga practice has taken me to some amazing and still unbelievable heights that I will always cherish. I value and respect my practice out of sheer gratitude for all that it has given me.

I’ve practiced, studied and have been trained in many types of Yoga and have learned they are all great and are packed filled with endless benefits. To me, Yoga is the only one true action that gives back equally “what you put in is what you get out”.

On a sabbatical  is  where I am today managing my studio expanding and evolving . .

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Sarandeep Singh

My Yoga journey began over 10 Years ago in 110 degree room in Los Angeles Ca. After my first Bikram Yoga Class I knew Yoga was for me. I soon found myself practicing several styles of Yoga Bikram, Hatha, Ashtanga and Iyengar. I soon realized it does not matter what style of Yoga you practice as long as you practice.

Throughout my Yoga journey I have studied and met some wonderful instructors that have helped me expand my Yoga practice. My strongest influences have been Max Strom who has such a gift for teaching Yoga and a wonderful heart and Bikram Choudhury and the 26 hot and strong Yoga Asanas. I still continue cultivating and deepening my daily Yoga practice.

 

 

 

 

Stephanie Cauffman RYT

My yoga journey began in the spring of 2009 here at Greenleaf Yoga Studio. I knew immediately following that first class that yoga would become an important part of my life. I love how yoga creates strength and flexibility in both body and mind, while simultaneously calming the mind and touching the spirit. Now that I have become a certified instructor, I am excited to begin teaching at the very place that ignited my passion for yoga.

 

 

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 James Dixon RYT

Hi fellow yogis, i love to ride my bicycle, camp, surf, read, slackline, yoga, get dirty, and God. My hope and goal is to help and support others on how to use yoga to improve their overall health and well-being. Yoga has taught me so much and is continually teaching me things about others and myself. Through the knowledge and experience I have, I hope to help guide others on their own journey’s of stepping up to their next level and to become a contributor to peoples lives in a positive way. Through difficult postures and calm breathing I think a lot of people can find their happy place. I will never say I am a master at this profession, but I will continue to always look at yoga as a student. I will persist to learn things everyday about this art and would love to pass it on to anyone who wants to listen.

 

 

 profile picLisa Friesen RYT

Ever since my initial introduction to yoga I fell in love with the practice.  My thirst as a student of yoga led me to receive my first 200 hr. teaching certificate.  I have also completed an advanced 100 hr. teacher training. I aspire to enlarge my understanding and application of yoga through trainings, workshops, and further education.  Exploration of my personal practice provides me with an inspiration that I enjoy sharing with others through my teaching.

As a wife and mother of two boys, a dog, and a cat, I endeavor to press onward and upward toward who I am supposed to be and leave a legacy of love in my wake.  Yoga is my “magic” place, surfing is my “happy” place, and breathing is my “still” place.

 

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 Mark Magana RYT

Yoga found its way into my life when I tore my ACL playing soccer. Yoga had a profound restorative effect, which helped me recover far more than physical therapy. The effects of yoga were also mental, allowing me to quiet and calm my mind. Becoming a certified yoga instructor (200-RYT) has allowed me to spread the experience of practicing yoga, and helps me learn more everyday! See you on the mat!

 

 

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  Daniel Strain RYT 

Daniel is a singer-song writer and yoga teacher. Credentialed through Yoga Alliance, Daniel completed his 200 level training at Purple Yoga. Complementing his yoga experience, Daniel is trained in Mixed Martial Arts and has taught youth kickboxing. He started his journey in the world of yoga with a desire for better breath control, as well as being able to emerge himself in a new way of exercise. In practicing yoga he has found out more about himself then he ever imagined. His goal in teaching is to teach smart strong yoga classes that emphasize building strength, creating flexibility, and cultivating mind-body awareness. Daniel’s classes incorporate a fluid mix of longer holds and crafty flows that forge a deep mind-body connection. “I try to provide an intelligent teaching style that makes yoga relatable and fun for all levels of modern-day student