Our Teachers

JEANNE STONE

Rancho Bernardo Yoga - Jeanne StoneI have deep love and respect for the practice of Yoga as a path of awakening and it is an honor to be able to offer Yoga to the community. While training for a marathon in 1998 I took my first Hatha Yoga class, which led me to complete the first of many Teacher Training programs beginning in 2002. The personal transformation I received -and continue to receive – from this practice is the gateway to share this amazing practice with others and in March of 2005 I opened the doors of Rancho Bernardo Yoga. With almost 2000 hours of formal Yoga training and having the great honor to study in depth with several master Yoga teachers I followed the inner call to travel and study in India. I am dedicated to being of service and to the healing and transformative power of Yoga as a life practice. My classes and workshops range from basic to advanced to therapeutic and I enjoy working with practitioners of all levels. My classes emphasize precise alignment and weave inspiring Yoga philosophy that celebrates life and honors the light of the individual heart and the heart of the community. My sincere intention is for every pose, every breath to be an offering to the highest and to take the revelations and transformations we receive on our Yoga mats back into our lives. I am humbly grateful to the wisdom, grace and technical knowledge I have received from my teachers. My anchor on the path of awakening comes from a non-dualistic perspective of Yoga that embraces life as a wondrous and precious gift. With a full and grateful heart, I share my life with my beloved husband of 15 years and two big hearted, slobbering Newfoundlands.


LORI COTA

Yoga has been a part of my life for 13 years. It was through my own heart awakenings as a result of this practice that sparked my desire to share my passion for Yoga with others. To assist and guide others to open to grace and connect to a deeper part of themselves. I am a student and teacher of Hatha yoga and through the skillful teaching and guidance of Jeanne Stone my knowledge of both Hatha and Therapeutic yoga has lead me to share this practice with a full heart and complete joy. I completed my first 200 hour training at Sundara Yoga College in Encinitas and my second 200 hour training at Rancho Bernardo Yoga.


TERRI ROBERTS

I have a deep love and respect for the practice of yoga and a genuine commitment to my yoga home at RB Yoga. I have flowed in and out of yoga practice since my college days, but I guess you could call me a yoga late bloomer! In my 50’s I decided to get serious. It started with a personal goal in 2013 to fully integrate the practice into my life and go to class at least 5 times a week! Mission accomplished, I thrived in 2013 and realized the amazing mental, physical and spiritual benefits to a dedicated yoga practice. The teachers at RB Yoga equally instruct and inspire. I decided in 2014 to complete the 200 hour teacher training at the seat of the remarkable Jeanne Stone. I am now so excited and honored to share my practice and the lessons I continue to learn daily from my beloved RB Yoga teachers with my own students.


  BECKY MACBAIN

Greetings beautiful Yogis and Yoginis! I am so honored to be a teacher here at Rancho Bernardo Yoga and blessed that I get to practice and work amongst you all. I have lived in Rancho Bernardo for the past four years with my loving husband Chris, beautiful daughter Kelly, and super dog Marco. When not yoking at the studio, you will find me volunteering at my daughter’s school, Westwood Elementary, and giving monthly seva classes down at Olivewood Learning Center in National City. If not there, check the surf report because I might be out on the waves! I fell head over heels in love with yoga about six years ago after going through a significant weight loss. I had lost myself for many years. We all have daily struggles, whether it be our weight, our patience, or our ability to find peace. I have gone through moments of clarity and moments of cloudiness, but the one thing that stayed true and lifted me through it all was my yoga practice and my devotion to its vedic wisdom. I teach from the heart, trying to make your practice the most blissful part of your day. If I can help you see the beauty of your asana, the power of your breath, and the radiance that is you, then I know I have done my job! Namaste`.


MARY BETH SCHREPFERMAN

Mary Beth Schrepferman has been blessed to have yoga in her life since she was 14. Her background includes a practice in Vinyasa, Bikram, Hatha, Iyengar and some Astanga. She is pleased to be teaching a high energy class, “Divine Play”, which meets on Monday evenings at 5:15 PM. This class is a level 2 with a strong emphasis on developing the core while learning techniques to safely protect the body. The class includes strong ab work, some traditional yoga flow and standing postures, arm balances, some inversions, gentle seated and reclined stretching to meditation. Come prepared to sweat during the first half of class and to feel terrific when you leave. A yoga background will be quite helpful, but if students are fit and have only practiced a few months, Mary Beth always offers modifications to those seeking an alternative to a pose. Her classes are usually theme based, often times including quotes from the Dali Lama, the Sutras, Rumi, poets and inspirational writers. Mary Beth completed her first 200 hour training through Anusara in 2011; and completed her second 200 hour training with Jeanne Stone. As Mary Beth continues to open her mind and heart to the world and knowledge of yoga, she hopes to be an encouraging instructor to help others find the pleasure and peace she has found.


DEBRA LOGAN

I practice yoga for the openness it creates in my body, my heart, and my mind. I love the continuous self-study of yoga and the emphasis it places on integrity and compassion. I feel honored to share this practice with the community, and to show people how they can live with more freedom and peace as well.


SARAH GUTZ

Sarah Gutz has been practicing Yoga for more than 20 years and her teaching is clear and insightful. Her attention to detail and ability to help students access the subtle movements of the body encourages students to move slowly and mindfully. Class with Sarah leaves you feeling grounded and clear. Sarah is dedicated to helping students of any lineage experience the joy of Yoga on every level – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.


THERESA BRENNAN

As a long time runner and cyclist I was looking for a way to stay injury free and was immediately drawn to yoga initially for its physical benefits but then realized the spiritual benefits of yoga as well. I have been practicing yoga for over 13 years and received my RYT-200 hour certification from Jeanne Stone at Rancho Bernardo Yoga. I continue to study and draw inspiration from all of the amazing yoga teachers in the San Diego yoga community and continue to deepen my yoga practice and education by attending yoga workshops and training. My classes are laced with a sense of humor. With a great sense of joy and full commitment to teaching yoga, I offer a practice that is safe, nurturing and inspirational — whether you are a true beginner or a seasoned practitioner. I hope to see you on your mat soon at Rancho Bernardo Yoga!


ERIN VANDENBERGH

Growing up in Chicago, I was a very active kid. I was a swimmer, volleyball player, runner and raced mountain bikes. In 2003 I started having severe back pain. Luckily, I work for a sports team and was able to utilize our trainers and team doctors. They informed me of some serious news, inevitably I would need back surgery due to a condition called Spondylolisthesis. It was time to have surgery or I may end up in a wheelchair so in October of 2004, I had an anterior/posterior fusion done on L5/S1. I was in physical therapy for two years after surgery, which only gave me temporary relief. Three years ago, my boyfriend introduced me to yoga. I was nervous about the wild asanas (poses) and twisting I would see in yoga magazines…saying to myself I can’t do this kinda stuff. But after reading more about the benefits of yoga I went for it. I will try anything to help my back pain. After my first class, I haven’t been the same. Yoga gave me my quality of life back and I could not believe all the benefits this practice was giving me. I am more aware and mindful of my body throughout my day. When people ask me about yoga, I inform them that this is a lifestyle which takes discipline. I explain discipline as meaning love and devotion. Practicing or teaching the art and beauty of yoga is expressing and exploring the innerplay within ourselves through meditation and awareness. We are faced with many temptations and stresses; if we remain present and are able to pause and notice, we can make better decisions and react in a way that will benefit our being and others. I received my RYT-200 hour training at YogaWell in San Diego, CA. I’m certified in Pre/Postnatal and Hatha Fusion.


JIM OAKES

I began practicing Hatha yoga in 2010 to deal with health issues related to stress and overtraining and was immeditately impressed by the sense of balance and awareness that this practice brought to my life. Drawing upon my love of coaching, I started teaching Hatha yoga in 2013 after completing the 200 hour Teacher Training Program at RB Yoga under the skilled instruction of Jeanne Stone. Practicing and teaching yoga helps me continually re-commit to my life’s purpose – To live with love, integrity, joy, continuously learning, listening, coaching and teaching. I teach beginners, all levels, and more advanced Hatha classes inspired by the alignment principles of B.K.S. Iyengar to provide a safe, mindful, and healthy environment fostering greater awareness of breath, body, mind, and spirit. I listen to, nurture, and challenge practitioners to support their overall health, recognizing we practice for many different reasons. I also teach iRest© Yoga Nidra – based on ancient yogic teachings and adapted for the western mind and culture, iRest is both an educational process that focuses on physical, psychological and spiritual well-being and a meditative path to awakening. I am blessed to be married to my best friend, Lisa, since 1989, and am the proud father of our daughter Megan, and our son Will. When not at work or on the mat, you may find me at the beach surfing and bodysurfing, or running and playing with my family. Peace.