Alexander Wolski RYT 200
Alex has had a relationship with Yoga since a very early age. In his earliest years he was
an observer of his mother’s yoga classes. Alex would watch and learn, quietly absorbing
all of the information. Once he discovered sports ,mainly tennis, in his early teens, Alex approached a more active lifestyle. Workouts and healthier eating were naturally supplemented with regular yoga classes and eventually yoga studies. Immediately, he could feel the change that yoga was bringing about in his life. When he was eighteen,
Alex attained a certification in personal training. Currently, the young 20 year old has 3 years teaching experience. After completing his 200 hour Certification, Alex has decided that yoga would be a wonderful environment to stay in for the rest of his life and hopes
to make a career in the fitness industry.
Mj Misailidis RYT 200
As a 17 year practitioner of Aikido (meaning the Path where Energy Blends), she received her San Dan; 3rd degree Black Belt and Teaching Certificate with New School Aikido and Open Circle Aikido. She started Yoga 3 years ago and was drawn to the parallels between Aikido and Yoga. Both allow peace, harmony and ability to quiet the thinking mind of an individual if one is open to this wonderful path. The body receives health by doing both arts. She says
“"I am lucky to be a part of Village Yoga Center and teach Aikido with Yoga sprinkled in on Tuesday evenings @ 7:30 pm.“
Jan Smith RYT 500
Jan began practicing yoga in 2010 in order to gain flexibility and relief from knee pain due to a skiing injury. She noticed marked improvement in her symptoms after taking a weekly yoga class, so began practicing yoga more frequently. This eventually led to her completing the 200 hour Advanced Studies Teacher Training Program at Village Yoga in 2012. In addition to the physical benefits, Jan finds that yoga brings mindfulness and harmony to her everyday life. Currently, she is pursuing her 500 hour Advanced Certification at Village Yoga. She believes that yoga is beneficial for every person, offering a stronger mind-body connection and improved strength and flexibility to practitioners. Jan holds a Master of International Management degree and has recently retired from public education. She is grateful to be part of the local yoga community and feels fortunate to have made many friends through yoga. Away from the studio, Jan enjoys dancing and traveling both locally and internationally. In January, she spent three weeks in Bali, and integrates the peaceful energy of the Balinese culture into her yoga classes.
Barbara Gill Salerno RYT 200
Barbara Gill Salerno has been an enthusiastic participant at the Village Yoga Center since it opened in 2000. She studied with Debbie Wolski and Dorothy Sturtevant before starting her teacher training. She completed her 200-hour RYT training in May 2012 at “The Gift of Yoga” school in Sonora, operated by Dorothy Sturtevant. Barbara is a member of Yoga Alliance, and she substitutes frequently for local yoga instructors. She is also a watercolor artist and teaches painting in the Modesto area. “Strength and Flexibility” is a beginning to intermediate class that focuses on attaching the breath to the movement. The class begins with deep stretching and bringing flexibility to the spine and lower body. Core strengthening progresses with seated and standing poses. Barbara cues on positioning the body in the pose and explains the benefits to the body.
Victoria Martell RYT 200
Victoria first fell in love with yoga through the art of meditation which she discovered during her third hospitalization for anorexia nervosa. As she continued her journey through recovery she found that yoga was the key to fulfilling her wish of helping others who struggle with similar difficulties. After joining the teacher training at Village Yoga Center she realized that her passion of helping others and her yoga practice made a greater impact than any therapy session she had attended before. The 20 year old has been trained specially for kids yoga and restorative yoga. Her true love of yoga however is yin and strongly believes in mind over matter. Victoria currently teaches the kids classes and a yoga lite class here at Village.
"Be the change you wish to see in the world." -Gandhi
Originally a ballet dancer for a professionally trained ballet company and training in the art for over twenty years. Ballet mistress, head of the ballet program and instructor of the higher ballet levels at a local top competition dance studio in Modesto. Although ballet has always been a passion, yoga has been a part of Brittnie's training since she was very young. Because of her constant practice of yoga, it improved her as a ballet dancer and a professional, physically and spiritually. She also worked as a vision therapist,working with children ages 3 to 18, creating neurological pathways to the brain with vision therapy exercises weekly.Brittnie has a vast knowledge of the power of mind, body and mastery. When her time to retire as a ballet dancer started to draw closer,she knew she needed an outlet to feed her love to move. That is when she decided to devote the time to become a yoga instructor, teaching vinyasa flow similar to the rhythm and movement of dance. She also enjoys yin, which she believe is necessary to compliment the practice in vinyasa flow. Iyengar is another practice Brittnie enjoys,to pursue her studies,as it involves much commitment and structure, as does the commitment of studying the art of ballet. Brittnie understands the journey and passion of having a consistent connection with the mind, body and spirit.