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Tracey Plascencia is the owner of Mt. Yoga studio.  Tracey has been practicing yoga for 25 years and teaching for over 20. Her teacher is Swami Maha-tarananda who’s teacher was Sri Goswami Kriyananda , the founder and Spiritual Preceptor of the Temple of Kriya Yoga. He carried the flame of the Kriya Lineage through the mystical Teachings of his Guru, Paramahansa Yogananda.

Tracey is a registered Yoga Teacher, Educator of Yoga Teacher's and Prenatal Yoga Teacher through Yoga Alliance. Additionally, she has two national fitness certifications and is a Certified Tennis Professional with the United States Professional Tennis Association with education in sports specific athletic training.

"My Intention is to foster the desire for students to live their most meaningful and fulfilling lives through transforming their body, mind and spirit. With the practice of yoga you will not only learn the tools to achieve optimal physical health, but techniques for more joy and serenity in your life. With this practice we learn contentful living by opening our heart and connecting with humanity. Yoga teaches and reminds us we are not alone, but part of the greater unity of life."

My journey on the yoga path began after I gave up performing as a professional dancer, which I had done from the age of sixteen. I joined a health club to stay physically fit, and ended up teaching Latin Dance, Belly Dance, Pilates, and other aerobic formats. I’d always found yoga enjoyable, especially the spiritual aspects, but when I discovered the flowing style of Vinyasa Yoga, I knew I’d found my niche. Having a dance background, the rhythmic flow of Vinyasa, synchronizing movement with breath, came naturally to me, and yoga became a moving meditation that left me feeling both invigorated and blissfully calm. I was addicted, and soon enrolled in a yoga teacher training so that I could learn more and become a certified yoga instructor.
My classes are designed with a holistic approach: To heal the body through improving core strength, muscle tone, balance, and flexibility; to heal the spirit through a self-nurturing attitude; and to bring tranquility to the mind through pranayama (breath discipline) and Savasana (guided meditation).
May yoga bring peace, healing, and enlightenment into your life.
Helena has been practicing various styles of Hatha Yoga since 1992. She completed her teacher training in the Indra Devi Style of Hatha Yoga in 2003 and is recognized by Yoga Alliance as a certified yoga instructor and is a member of Y.E.S. (Yoga Education Society). She has had additional training as a Silver Age Yoga Instructor and has completed Levels I and II of Reiki Training. Helena has also studied the Alexander Technique and is the co-creator of Yogazander® which is a practice that applies this technique to classical yoga poses. Helena believes that yoga is for everyone and her teaching style emphasizes body awareness, stress relief and flexibility. Her dream is to someday own and operate a yoga refuge on a tropical island. In the meantime, she wishes to bring a little bit of paradise to her students through the practice of yoga.
Yana (ERYT 500) is recognized by Yoga Alliance as an Experienced Yoga Teacher. She brings to her classes about three decades of yoga background, as well as a strong spiritual and practical influence of Kundalini and Tibetan yoga. During the class you will find a perfect balance between: seriousness and humor; moderate 'all-levels-and-shapes' physical work and deep transformative meditation; the exercise and the reasons behind the practice.
She specializes in *Subtle Energy Yoga, *Eclectic Hatha, *Chair Yoga for Elderly, *Yoga for Emotional Balance.
Yana teaches in fluent English, Russian and Spanish.
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Jill Weigt has been practicing yoga for over 25 years. She is a Yoga Alliance RYT200 certified Kundalini Yoga instructor and studied at the Soul of Yoga with the Mahanrajs Kaur and Singh in Encinitas, CA. She holds a B.A. from UC Davis and a PhD from the University of Oregon, both in Sociology. When not on the mat, she can be found teaching and doing research on families and poverty, driving teenagers, hiking, traveling (or dreaming about traveling), and eating fine food.
When I was 18 after graduating from high school, I was not sure what field I wanted to enter. However, I knew I was looking for something deeper and more meaningful. That summer I had a job offer in Laguna Beach to work in journalismfor a local paper - The Indian Head. That was during the height of the progressive movement in the United States. Moving to Laguna Beach opened many pathways for me. The city was alive with art and music and the people were very open to new ideals and new ways of thinking.What really caught my interest was a meditation group that met weekly. Meditation was a new concept for me. However, I knew about Self Realization, the teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda and the Self Realization Fellowship.I had read a book on meditation called “ The Secret of the Golden Flower.” I also became familiar with spiritual movements like TM and Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Buddhism, and Zen meditation. At age 18 I joined a spiritual meditation group closely related to Indian Hindu tradition. Although mediation was difficult at first, the peace and contentment I gained was immeasurable! Soon someone in our group had gone to India to study yoga. He show us some yoga postures which he held for 3 to 4 minutes as he practiced a breathing technique. When I was firstintroduce to yoga all our poses were held for longer periods of time like Yin Yoga.We practice yoga with the goal of spirituality. We began with meditation, keeping that in mind, as we went through our practice using our inner self and breath to guide us. That was over 30 years ago! I have always kept yoga and meditation close to my heart and part of my life. Even though my life took the path of a mother of 4 children and a dental professional. The time I had taken to read the Vedas and Upanishads in those early days help to guide me through my life. Those teachings have stayed with me through the years.Today I embrace all my teachers and experiences life have given me. I have studied many styles of yoga and received my RYT 200 hours in Hatha. I started practicing a style of yoga called Yin Yoga about four years ago. Although new to some circles, Yin yoga is quite old. It is part of the original Hatha yoga tradition which combines Indian Yoga with Chinese Daoist practice. I was reading and studying all the information that was out there. I came across a website of world educator and author Bernie Clark. After learning so much from his website and his books I decided that I needed to take his certification program. The experience was life changing which brought me to a new level as a Yin yoga teacher. I am so grateful that the universe provided me with this opportunity!!
I am especially thankful for the teaching’s Thich Nhat Hanh. Enjoying each moment and bringing your meditation to whatever you are doing. I want to share with my students the profound experience of body, mind and spirit that yoga has given me. I teach my classes to fit what the student needs, focusing on the alignment, breath and posture. I feel it is important to offer modifications and props for students who need it. I also like to offer some challenging poses for those who want to improve and deepen their practice. Yoga can provide insight to all of us no matter where you are in your practice. My favorite cue to my students is cultivate Sukam (happiness comfortable) Sthira(calm, steady) in your postures. Listening to your body will ensure a safe and beneficial practice.Teaching yoga is my ultimate love and passion and to share it with others brings me great joy! I am so honor to be part of Mt Yoga.
Beth has been practcing yoga for over 15 years and recently became a Kundalini yoga instructor. She is also a certified Healing Touch practitoner and has studied other forms of energy medicine such as Matrix Energetics, Reiki, and Halo Ascension Infusion. She is passionate about connecting with others and facilitating their self-healing. She lives with an open heart and can often be seen “leaking” tears of Love. Beth is excited to be combining Kundalini yoga, energy work and meditation because she knows that all three are paths to self-healing, improved well-being, and living life as our best self
I was born in the French part of Switzerland, but lived most of my life in Milan, Italy where I attended the Scala Theater for four years with the desire of becoming a professional dancer. When I got married, I ended up moving with my husband to the US and, although I have always loved to dance, became passionate about yoga.
I have been practicing yoga since 2009 and completed my teacher training at Mt. Yoga in February of 2017.
My main teacher has been Helena Bray who teaches Yogazander at Mt. Yoga.
I have also taken several workshops with different teachers because
I believe strongly yoga is a never ending learning experience.
In the meantime, I have enjoyed the opportunity to assist Helena in yoga classes for seniors at both the Poway Senior Center and the Scripp's Ranch Library. In May 2017 I completed my Silver Age Yoga Certification program through SAYCO (Silver Age Yoga Community Outreach).
On a personal level, practicing yoga has helped me tremendously in my life.
As a stay at home mom of two very active boys, I have had the privilege to spend much time raising them. Yoga has helped me in the different challenging stages of
their growth. I have learned to be more patient and to love them unconditionally and I am appreciative and grateful to give back through my own teaching.
Amanda has been practicing yoga since 2008, when she took her first class and knew she'd found something special! In 2013 Amanda completed teacher training through Yoga Legacy in Raleigh, North Carolina, and became a Registered Yoga Teacher. Her joy for teaching was noticed immediately, and upon graduation she joined the Yoga Legacy team and began teaching classes and facilitating teacher training. Over the last few years Amanda has taught all kinds of yoga classes; from yoga for people with disabilities, to intense hot yoga programs. Her personal style lies somewhere in between. Amanda has a skill for teaching yoga with precision and intention. "Remembering the teaching of BKS Iyengar, I enjoy guiding students through a deep exploration of the poses, by learning to balance each force in the body during every asana." Amanda's classes also incorporate breathing and meditation practices - mindfulness exercises that can extend present moment awareness of thought, breath, and action beyond the classroom and into daily life. Amanda has a passion for and a lifelong commitment to self betterment. Along with daily yoga and meditation, she uses a plant based diet and essential oil alchemy to pursue a healthy and balanced lifestyle.
Helena spent many years as a stay-at-home mom, practicing yoga at home. Her first formal classes were in 2010 at Toby Wells YMCA. She was fortunate to have excellent teachers who encouraged her to deepen her practice and pursue teaching.
She completed Yoga Teacher Training in 2015 with Manjulali Dasi of San Diego College of Ayurveda and Yin Yoga Teacher Training in 2016 with Sylvi Harwin of Star Song Yoga. Her focus has always been on a greater understanding of the spiritual connection. She is passionate about sharing her knowledge of and experiences with yoga and all aspects of life.
Helena enjoys running and hiking, gardening, long days at the beach, thrift stores and coffee shops. She and her Navy husband are blessed to have four awesome kids and live in Tierrasanta.
I began my Yoga practice in 2002 in a gym. I loved how the movement and breath work made me feel – it felt like a whole new world was opening up for me. Knowing that Yoga was so much more then what I was experiencing in the gym I looked for a studio. When I came to Mt. Yoga and took classes and workshops from so many talented and special teachers I knew I had found my Yoga Home.
I took the step in 2016 to go through teacher training at Mt. Yoga – I loved every minute of the training. Being a teacher here now among so many great teachers is a privilege I appreciate so very much. I am committed to the practice – to continue to grow and to teach.

Mom, business owner, Levels I and II of Reiki Training, Yoga Alliance registered Yoga teacher, Lover of Life.

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