Meet Your Dedicated Teachers
Yoga Oceanside teachers teach from their dedicated study and personal practice. They seek to embrace the rich history of the Yoga tradition while seeing the value in the diverse contemporary styles and approaches. With respect to the ancient Yoga teachings, they experiment, innovate, and share what they discover remaining open to the evolution of practice and new understanding.
Melanie Wassman Danielle Osicki
Yoga Oceanside Weekly Teachers
Maria Anderson, RYT 200
After working in the medical field, Maria immersed herself in the health and fitness industry focusing on disease and injury prevention eventually becoming a certified Personal Trainer. Although she was headed in the right direction, she felt she was missing something. When her sister introduced her to Yoga, " . . .it was as if I found that missing piece. Yoga introduced me to the merging of body and mind through my breath. Yoga literally and figuratively opened me up. It taught me how to use my breath to overcome my fears and anxiety. It opened my mind, opened my heart, and taught me gratitude and forgiveness. The practice opens us up to our strengths and the goodness we already have." As Maria practiced regularly, new doors started opening and past experience started making sense. For example after teaching a group fitness class back in 2000, an older (wise) woman handed her the book "Light on Yoga" by B.K.S. Iyengar. She had left a note on the book to return it when finished, no rush. Having only seen her around the club a couple of times then never again, the book was forgotten, until it showed up during her Yoga Teacher Training. In 2012, Maria completed her 200 Hour Training through True Nature School of Yoga. She hopes to share the amazing benefits and beauty that Yoga has to offer.
Leslie Denny, E-RYT 500
Leslie Denny is a yoga instructor in Oceanside, California and E-RYT 500 registered through the Yoga Alliance. In her previous role as a Master Instructor with 24 Hour Fitness, she developed yoga workshops implemented successfully nationwide. She has brought yoga to many diverse groups: cancer patients at Scripps in La Jolla, California, struggling teens at the YMCA, the Wounded Warriors Battalion West and Marines at Camp Pendleton. Leslie is a member of the Advisory Committee for Standards with Yoga Alliance. She also co-developed the KOCT series, "Health and Harmony Yoga" which can be seen on Oceanside community channel. She is a strong believer that through meditation and yoga, we can all find peace where we least expect it.
Lise Marshall, RYT 500
In 2008 Lise discovered yoga as an alternative to running after developing chronic knee pain. On a students budget at the time, she began to create her own sequences using video clips and books. Coming to yoga through a personal practice & with chronic pain gave her the advantage of learning quickly to listen to her body. She learned the value of developing a sequence appropriate for that day rather than simply following a generic flow of poses and postures. Lise brings this approach to her classes and feels each time you come to your mat it should be a unique and personal experience. As a serious believer in the value of communication, Lise received her BA in Mass Comm. from Boise State University in 2009. However, it wasn't until she began to deepen her yoga practice that she realized the most important communication is the kind you have with yourself. Lise completed her 500-hour YTT through True Nature School of Yoga under Danielle Osicki. Yoga has brought peace and joy to Lise's life and she is excited to share this with anyone who will listen.
Faye McGarry, RYT 500
McGarry found Yoga in 1999 and fell in love at first Asana! In 2003 Faye &
her husband moved to the wild pacific coast of Costa Rica & she
found herself surrounded by lush rainforest & wild animals...& not much
else! Yoga became a very important part of
her life as she met & practiced with the many teachers that
passed through the area. Faye also deepened her spiritual connection by
participating in meditation groups and becoming a Reiki practitioner in 2007.
After moving back to Oceanside in 2011 her path led to Yoga Oceanside & it
was time to dive in fully & become a Yoga Teacher! She recently completed
her 500 hour YTT under Danielle Osicki & the True Nature School of Yoga. In her classes Faye loves weaving in
elements of nature & yogic philosophy, exploring the chakra system, and
using mantra and mudra to deepen our spiritual connection to our practice. She
believes that Yoga has something for everyone & can be a beautiful form of
creative expression, powerful yet graceful, a moving meditation and a path
towards self realization. She encourages her students to move with intention
and grace while at the same time not taking themselves too seriously, bringing
laughter, joy and a funky beat to her classes!
"Every time we step onto our mats we are giving ourselves a sacred gift. We have a chance to grown stronger, to turn inward, to release that which no longer serves us, creating space for our best & highest good to come flooding in. Every time we practice yoga we are better for it.
Jon Mize, RYT 500
Five years ago Jon plunged head first into Yoga. After establishing a consistent yoga practice he attended and graduated in the first class of the True Nature School of Yoga. After graduation, Jon spent a year in self-reflection and dedicating time to studying the Yoga scriptures. He has a dedicated meditation practice and his teaching style is a blend of movement and meditation, with an emphasis on Mindfulness. Jon attended the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program at the UCSD Center for Mindfulness. He is also a graduate of the True Nature School of Yoga 500 Hour Advanced Teacher Training Program.
Denny Stoufer, RYT 500
Denny was born at a very early age in Anaheim, California, and soon escaped to find his way to the Pacific Ocean. His fondness for salt water & surfing led him to a forty-one year career with California State Parks as a beach lifeguard, Lifeguard Lieutenant, then Captain, and finally as a Park Superintendent. He retired from public service in 2007. His interest in Eastern Philosophies came early in his life as a practitioner of Transcendental Meditation beginning around 1969. The asana part of his practice came much later in life; beginning around 2001. He resonates with the teachings of Ram Das and Alan Watts; the writings of Carlos Castaneda, Herman Hess, Kurt Vonnegut, and Mark Twain; the poetry of Walt Whitman and Billy Collins, and others of that ilk. He studied Cultural Anthropology at San Diego State University. The sacred art of mandala is his most recent expression of the Yogic lifestyle. Some of his acrylic paintings may be seen at Yoga Oceanside from time to time. He is currently exploring the mandala form in the medium of mosaics.
A few years ago, I was waiting at a car wash enjoying some sunshine while flipping through a local community paper. The feature story was a comparative of all of the many yoga studios in Sacramento, CA. Of course, I was only focused on the one studio that offered the non-yoga class! The next day, I showed up at the studio only to find out that class was no longer offered. The smiling face, and now dear friend, encouraged me to stay for the yoga class and promised I would not be disappointed. This is the day yoga changed my life. A beautiful poem was read at the end of Savasana and tears began to flow from my eyes. This was a new experience since “I don’t cry”, or didn’t until this day. My life at the time was completely focused on my career and all of the stresses that accompany typical Corporate America. My life was consumed with active physical workouts, weekly business travel and poor sleep. I had no time or energy left for connection. Deep in my soul I was longing for an inward focus, something I could connect with, a broader meaning. Yoga changed my life in a way I could have never imagined. I became a certified yoga instructor in 2009 with a focus on sharing the therapeutic aspects of stress relief, emotional health and self-awareness. My passion for teaching comes from my own experience of personal growth by offering the space for others to connect with their innate sense of wisdom and joy. My teaching focus is to provide balance and mind body awareness through flow sequences and yin studies. Off the mat I enjoy being at the beach, cycling, hiking, dog walking and mindful meditation.
Robin finds yoga to be the cornerstone of her happy, healthy whole life-plan. A student of yoga since 1985, with a consistent, active practice for the last 15 years, and her recent 200-hour Yoga Certification through True Nature School of Yoga, it is with huge delight that she enlivens her passion for yoga by teaching, sharing, studying, and practicing yoga with others. Robin is currently pursuing her 500-hour Yoga Certification and will begin Kundalini Teacher Training in the summer of 2014.