T E A C H E R S

Our teachers maintain their own deep consistent personal practices and are in service to share and guide.  Read more below.


Staci Bina
Currently Teaching Vinyasa / Intro to Ashtanga: Tuesdays at 11am

Staci stepped onto her mat for the first time in 2003 and the journey instantly began. Knowing that there was a place where the mind, body and spirit can come together changed it all. A place where she could be present in this very perfect moment without fear or judgement. She wanted more and wanted to share her passion with others.

Staci has over 500 hours of teacher training for all ages including:

  • Hatha Yoga Teacher Training- Institute of Progressive Therapies
  • Ashtanga Primary Series Teacher Training - Ashtanga Yoga Center
  • Ashtanga Second Series Teacher Training - Ashtanga Yoga Center
  • Kids Yoga Teacher Training - Karma Kids Yoga
  • Teen Yoga Teacher Training - Karma Kids Yoga

She has been teaching adults since 2007 and children since 2011. Staci owns Bala Shala, a yoga studio just for kids, which also happens to be located right next door to us! 

Staci lives in Laguna Beach with her husband Tim and their children, Baylie and Cash.


Tiffanie Bederman
Currently Teaching Vinyasa (with Pratita): Thursdays at 11am

When Tiffanie first started practicing yoga over a decade ago she was hoping for a fun workout that would help to overcome snowboarding injuries and joint problems stemming from years of dance. Somehow along the way the practice unexpectedly taught her patience, persistence, and acceptance as well.

Tiffanie’s teaching style is an Ashtanga-based vinyasa with elements of Iyengar; she enjoys teaching energetic flows with options for all levels. She teaches with the belief that yoga is about the journey; poses are tools to cultivate a mindset. That being said, Tiffanie was raised under the premise that “if you aren’t falling (or failing), you aren’t trying” and enjoys helping those around her to take risks and achieve success - however they choose to define it - both on and off the mat.

A native of Colorado and a recent transplant to Laguna Beach, Tiffanie received her teacher training at Yoga Vida in New York. She is tremendously grateful to have the opportunity to share the benefits and teachings of Yoga with others.

  • 13 years practicing yoga, including Vinyasa, Iyengar, and Ashtanga
  • 200-hour teacher training from Yoga Vida, NYC
  • Studied under the close guidance and mentorship of Kat Fowler (senior Yoga Medicine teacher), Heather Lilleston (cofounder of Yoga for Bad People), Chloe Kernaghan (cofounder of Sky Ting Yoga), and Domenic Savino (cofounder of The Living Project)
  • Serves on the board of the Foundation for Independent Living, a nonprofit organization benefiting mentally handicapped adults
  • MBA, Carnegie Mellon--Dean's Scholar and Forte Fellow (a program recognizing women who have shown leadership and excellence in business)
  • Worked 7 years on Wall Street and maintained a consistent practice throughout those years.
  • Worked as a Theater Technician, Stunt Driver, and Pyrotechnician.
  • Interests and personal hobbies include: snowboarding, skiing, scuba diving, golf and surfing
  • Rescue-certified scuba diver
  • Also teaches at YAS and 3x30

Pratita Anindita
Currently Teaching Vinyasa (with Tiffanie): Thursdays at 11am
Soon to be offering a Yin (gentle/restorative) class

I Gusti Pratita has been practicing since she was 16 and has a diverse mix of experience, including teaching at the Ko Chang Buddhist Center and Samui Prisons in Thailand.  She received her 200hr Ashtanga Teacher Training with Trupteesh Nagaraj H, Samyak Yoga France, Bali (including prenatal and yoga for back pain).  She believes that yoga brings us all to the real nature of ourselves, which is to be healthy, kind and accepting.

Pratita believes that yoga brings us all to the real nature of ourselves, which is to be healthy, kind and accepting.  She expresses deep gratitude for her teachers who have all inspired her to share this practice: "my life teacher: my mother, a long dedicated practitioner of Iyengar yoga who introduced and taught me that yoga is not only asana but a way of life, all my teachers at the Bihar School of yoga and Sanna Kokonen for her guidance in my Ashtanga vinyasa practice."  She goes on to say, "My yoga practice can be easily applied to life and I want to share this in the my class.  The practice should align our heart, mind and actions."


Dava Schatz
Serving as Advisor and Substitute Teacher for Yoga, and Assistant Instructor for Taekwondo

In Dava's teaching, he works to keep a steadfast connection to traditional Yoga principles while seamlessly translating the “traditional” into a language accessible in modern times.  He sees any art form that leads the Aspirant to Connection as an authentic “Yoga” practice.  To summarize the ultimate goal of his teaching: “We must learn to dissolve our Addict, strengthen our Aspirant, and cultivate our Observer.  Herein lies the essence of all Perennial Wisdom, herein lies the Path to Connection.

  • Master's of Arts in Yoga Studies from Loyola Marymount University
  • Yoga instructor for Long Beach State Men's Basketball
  • Yoga instructor for nationally ranked J Serra HS football team
  • Yoga instructor for Loyola Marymount University's men's & women's soccer, and men's tennis teams
  • On tour yoga instructor for Billboard busting group LMFAO
  • Lululemon Irvine ambassador for yoga
  • Over 2000 hrs of teaching experience with CorePower Yoga
  • Tae Kwon Do and Hapkido black belt

Cher Mang
Currently Teaching Kundalini: Tuesdays & Thursdays at 915am, the first Saturday of each month at 9am and Gong Baths in sync with moon dates.

Cher is a practitioner of the Healing Arts, a KRI Certified Instructor of Kundalini Yoga, as Taught by Yogi Bhajan, and a Reiki Master Teacher.  She has practiced yoga for over 20 years and several years ago she became acquainted with the ancient instrument, the Gong.  Ever since, she has shared the gift of love of her gong in live meditations and baths throughout Orange County.  Cher also spent 37 years working in the health field as a registered nurse, which has given her extensive experience in helping and healing her patients, as well as a deep sense of compassion and connection to the human spirit.  Her desire now is to help others connect with the Divine being that they truly are so that they may live their life in truth, light and love.

She uses those gifts now as she weaves the tapestry of dance between the human mind, body & soul through her work in teaching and helping others awaken to their higher consciousness, encouraging the natural process of growth and increased awareness.  It is through this elevated awareness that one can tap into the Divinity that exists within, bringing about beneficial lifestyle changes that encourage the natural flow of energy.

Cher accomplishes this through her passion to serve the universe as a teacher of Kundalini Yoga, sharing the vibrations of the sacred Gong, and working with the healing energies of Reiki.  Her other services include spirit readings, chakra balancing and house blessings.  She also carries within her a feeling of deep concert with Mother Earth.

Cher is dedicated in her work and connection to spirit, thereby bringing peace and healing to her clients, their families and the entire planet.

Learn more about Cher Mang by visiting her Website.


Laura Rea
Teaches Breathe-Balance-Dance - On hold until 2017

Laura holds a Masters in clinical social work from Hunter Graduate School of Social Work, NYC, a Bachelor's of Science from The College of the Ozarks, Point Lookout , MO and trained in classical dance at the Centre de Danse Internationale-Rosella Hightower and the National Academy of Arts, Champaign, Illinois. 

Her performing career includes The Goodman Theater in Chicago in Sir Gawain & the Green Knight, Giselle with Southwest Ballet Company and at Lincoln Center and Dance Theater Workshop with Johanna Boyce and the Calf Women.

Laura has been ballet faculty for Orange County Song and Dance Company for 13 years, has choreographed extensively for dancers and non-dancers in 3 Penny Opera, The Wizard of Oz, and The Peoria Illinois Theater of the Deaf.  In Laguna Beach, Laura choreographed "Happy" a flash mob of Laguna residents for the 2014 Christmas Hospitality Night.


DONATIONS
Most classes are donation-based, meaning you may participate by donating any monetary amount that you can afford and believe to be a fair exchange.  Donation proceeds are split equally with teachers, the academy and a variety of charitable organizations carefully selected through our in-house community Youth Outreach Initiative. 
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We are grateful to be in service, sharing this powerful practice, helping to guide and share peace one breath at a time.  We encourage you to practice and look forward to sharing ours with you.