Divinitree’s Yoga Teachers

Practice and learn with some of Santa Barbara's best yoga teachers.

 
Rachel Wilkins  ⊹ Vinyasa  Rachel’s unique and creative classes weave together the core centered refinement of Pilates, the intuitive movement of dance and the vigor of Ashtanga with the nurturing and healing energy of restorative and Thai massage. Through thoughtfully choreographed sequencing, meditation and powerful breath work, she creates an open practice space that nurtures organic, spontaneous movement, somatic awareness and blissful embodiment.  Inspired by her studies in philosophy and religion, dance and fine art, Rachel holds an accessible practice space that is at once meditative, invigorating, ecstatic and deeply transformative. Let yourself be moved.

Rachel Wilkins ⊹ Vinyasa

Rachel’s unique and creative classes weave together the core centered refinement of Pilates, the intuitive movement of dance and the vigor of Ashtanga with the nurturing and healing energy of restorative and Thai massage. Through thoughtfully choreographed sequencing, meditation and powerful breath work, she creates an open practice space that nurtures organic, spontaneous movement, somatic awareness and blissful embodiment.

Inspired by her studies in philosophy and religion, dance and fine art, Rachel holds an accessible practice space that is at once meditative, invigorating, ecstatic and deeply transformative. Let yourself be moved.

Mitsuko Conner-Newlan  ⊹ Kundalini  Mitsuko Conner Newlan is a KRI certified Kundalini Yoga Instructor. She has been teaching since 2011. The personal growth that she has experienced through her daily practice is what motivates and inspires her to share this amazing spiritual practice with others.The students in her class gain a deeper connection and awareness of themselves physically, spiritually and emotionally.  This multi-talented lady harnesses her hands-on and intuitive approach in class to guide the students into becoming aware of themselves personally and socially. She creates a layered musical environment with verbal guidance to support the student in building their personal awareness.

Mitsuko Conner-Newlan ⊹ Kundalini

Mitsuko Conner Newlan is a KRI certified Kundalini Yoga Instructor. She has been teaching since 2011. The personal growth that she has experienced through her daily practice is what motivates and inspires her to share this amazing spiritual practice with others.The students in her class gain a deeper connection and awareness of themselves physically, spiritually and emotionally.

This multi-talented lady harnesses her hands-on and intuitive approach in class to guide the students into becoming aware of themselves personally and socially. She creates a layered musical environment with verbal guidance to support the student in building their personal awareness.

Elyse Grossman  ⊹ Vinyasa  I found my way into my first yoga class in Santa Cruz in 1995. Yoga has ignited the essence of my spiritual life- allowing me to experience stillness, stability and strength while bringing the subtle energies of my body into harmony.  My hope is to create a class atmosphere where my students are able to explore new challenges in a safe environment while promoting an experience on the mat that challenges the body, quiets the mind, awakens the heart and inspires the soul.  One of my favorite things about being a teacher is that it requires me to continually and simultaneously be a student and to make valuable and meaningful connections. When I am not on my yoga mat, you can find me hiking or running on one of the many amazing trails or beaches, reading, or spending time with my beloved family and friends.

Elyse Grossman ⊹ Vinyasa

I found my way into my first yoga class in Santa Cruz in 1995. Yoga has ignited the essence of my spiritual life- allowing me to experience stillness, stability and strength while bringing the subtle energies of my body into harmony.

My hope is to create a class atmosphere where my students are able to explore new challenges in a safe environment while promoting an experience on the mat that challenges the body, quiets the mind, awakens the heart and inspires the soul.

One of my favorite things about being a teacher is that it requires me to continually and simultaneously be a student and to make valuable and meaningful connections. When I am not on my yoga mat, you can find me hiking or running on one of the many amazing trails or beaches, reading, or spending time with my beloved family and friends.

Sarah Hathaway  ⊹ Ashtanga & Vinyasa  Sarah Hathaway has been practicing yoga since 2002 and teaching since 2007. As a dancer, she was instantly drawn to the fluidity of Ashtanga yoga and the focused alignment of Iyengar yoga. Sarah has studied extensively with Richard Freeman, Mary Taylor, Tim Miller, and senior Iyengar teacher Faeq Biria.  Sarah guides her students toward subtle body awakening and transformation. Weaving yogic philosophy with asana, her classes explore breath and internal sensation patterns as meditation. She is deeply grateful to her teachers and hopes to share their sacred insights.

Sarah Hathaway ⊹ Ashtanga & Vinyasa

Sarah Hathaway has been practicing yoga since 2002 and teaching since 2007. As a dancer, she was instantly drawn to the fluidity of Ashtanga yoga and the focused alignment of Iyengar yoga. Sarah has studied extensively with Richard Freeman, Mary Taylor, Tim Miller, and senior Iyengar teacher Faeq Biria.

Sarah guides her students toward subtle body awakening and transformation. Weaving yogic philosophy with asana, her classes explore breath and internal sensation patterns as meditation. She is deeply grateful to her teachers and hopes to share their sacred insights.

Nicole Inglish  ⊹ Vinyasa & Restorative  Founder of Source Yoga in Santa Barbara Ca, Nicole Inglish; teacher in the 8 limbs of Yoga and trainer RYT 500, E-RYT 200, loves to share the freedom and ease that a daily yoga practice brings. Her 20 year practice is a safe, spirited, naturally therapeutic atmosphere, emphasizing the use of breath, long slow stretches, self-massage and bio-dynamic alignment. We play, investigate, allow space, challenge edges, and learn to listen; caring for and creating the unfolding of our body’s specific needs. Nicole is best known for supporting folks in listening to their own inner cues as their ultimate authority in well-being.

Nicole Inglish ⊹ Vinyasa & Restorative

Founder of Source Yoga in Santa Barbara Ca, Nicole Inglish; teacher in the 8 limbs of Yoga and trainer RYT 500, E-RYT 200, loves to share the freedom and ease that a daily yoga practice brings. Her 20 year practice is a safe, spirited, naturally therapeutic atmosphere, emphasizing the use of breath, long slow stretches, self-massage and bio-dynamic alignment. We play, investigate, allow space, challenge edges, and learn to listen; caring for and creating the unfolding of our body’s specific needs. Nicole is best known for supporting folks in listening to their own inner cues as their ultimate authority in well-being.

Jill Agonias  ⊹ Vinyasa & AcroYoga  Jill’s playful and dynamic teaching style keeps her classes fun and light, while offering an empowering experience. With an emphasis on alignment and creative sequencing, she encourages her students to push through challenges to learn to cultivate softness and non-attachment in strong poses.  Jill's constantly inspired by movement, the human form, and seemingly impossible challenges, which have fueled her passion for yoga, partner acrobatics, rock climbing, traveling the world, and now owning and operating Divinitree.

Jill Agonias ⊹ Vinyasa & AcroYoga

Jill’s playful and dynamic teaching style keeps her classes fun and light, while offering an empowering experience. With an emphasis on alignment and creative sequencing, she encourages her students to push through challenges to learn to cultivate softness and non-attachment in strong poses.

Jill's constantly inspired by movement, the human form, and seemingly impossible challenges, which have fueled her passion for yoga, partner acrobatics, rock climbing, traveling the world, and now owning and operating Divinitree.

Autumn Adams  ⊹ Vinyasa & Restorative  Yoga has been a part of Autumn’s life since 2001. Teaching yoga allows her to actively share her passion for well-being and balanced living, all while actively creating a life that she loves. Her yoga practice keeps her centered and grateful through all of life's adventures and misadventures. Her hope is to empower you to be courageous (to take those big leaps of faith), to handle life’s challenges with grace, uncover your life’s dharma (an intention that guides you in all aspects of your life) and have a whole lot of fun along the way! Her vinyasa classes are playful and her yin classes are sweet and grounding. When she’s not on my mat you can find her cuddling my fur-babies, hiking nearby trails, paddle boarding, or traveling the world.  Autumn completed her 200 hr. yoga teacher training with Jeanne Laslo-Douglas in Bend, Oregon and her 300 hr. with Zuna Yoga in Bali.

Autumn Adams ⊹ Vinyasa & Restorative

Yoga has been a part of Autumn’s life since 2001. Teaching yoga allows her to actively share her passion for well-being and balanced living, all while actively creating a life that she loves. Her yoga practice keeps her centered and grateful through all of life's adventures and misadventures. Her hope is to empower you to be courageous (to take those big leaps of faith), to handle life’s challenges with grace, uncover your life’s dharma (an intention that guides you in all aspects of your life) and have a whole lot of fun along the way! Her vinyasa classes are playful and her yin classes are sweet and grounding. When she’s not on my mat you can find her cuddling my fur-babies, hiking nearby trails, paddle boarding, or traveling the world.

Autumn completed her 200 hr. yoga teacher training with Jeanne Laslo-Douglas in Bend, Oregon and her 300 hr. with Zuna Yoga in Bali.

MarQ Taylor  ⊹ Vinyasa  MarQ's yoga journey started in 2001 in the San Francisco Bay Area. He became certified with White Lotus Yoga Foundation as a RYT-200 after graduating from White Lotus Yoga Foundation Teacher Training program in 2012. He has assisted well known local Santa Barbara yoga teacher Dorothea Lasswell for 5yrs gaining very valuble teaching experience.  He uses bits and pieces of other traditions to keep his classes creative and fun. MarQ strives to create a light-hearted positive atmosphere in which students can learn and enjoy together. His ultimate goal is that we all leave practice knowing ourselves a little more. He invites you to embrace your radiant energy, health, and abundance as you deepen your practice and your connection with your true Self.

MarQ Taylor ⊹ Vinyasa

MarQ's yoga journey started in 2001 in the San Francisco Bay Area. He became certified with White Lotus Yoga Foundation as a RYT-200 after graduating from White Lotus Yoga Foundation Teacher Training program in 2012. He has assisted well known local Santa Barbara yoga teacher Dorothea Lasswell for 5yrs gaining very valuble teaching experience.

He uses bits and pieces of other traditions to keep his classes creative and fun. MarQ strives to create a light-hearted positive atmosphere in which students can learn and enjoy together. His ultimate goal is that we all leave practice knowing ourselves a little more. He invites you to embrace your radiant energy, health, and abundance as you deepen your practice and your connection with your true Self.

Natalie Dawn Sampila  ⊹ Vinyasa  Natalie remembers starting her yoga path through being inspired by her mother who taught her movement and meditation at a young age. She became certified as a teacher in 2000 in various trainings. These included Hatha Yoga with Eric Schiffman, an Ashtanga training in Thailand with Paul Dellaghan, and YogaWorks 500hr program with Lisa Walford and Jasmine Lieb focusing on Iyengar, Therapeutic and Restorative, Prana Flow with Shiva Rea and today teaches all levels interweaving Tantric yoga with her Ayurvedic teachings she received from Kerela Academy of Ayurvedic Medicine.  Her classes are inspired by life and cultivate a safe place to explore challenges in the body to create space in our lives.

Natalie Dawn Sampila ⊹ Vinyasa

Natalie remembers starting her yoga path through being inspired by her mother who taught her movement and meditation at a young age. She became certified as a teacher in 2000 in various trainings. These included Hatha Yoga with Eric Schiffman, an Ashtanga training in Thailand with Paul Dellaghan, and YogaWorks 500hr program with Lisa Walford and Jasmine Lieb focusing on Iyengar, Therapeutic and Restorative, Prana Flow with Shiva Rea and today teaches all levels interweaving Tantric yoga with her Ayurvedic teachings she received from Kerela Academy of Ayurvedic Medicine.

Her classes are inspired by life and cultivate a safe place to explore challenges in the body to create space in our lives.

Julian Hayes  ⊹ Vinyasa  Julian first came to Santa Barbara in 2016 after playing his first professional football season in the midwest. Originally from MIddletown, Connecticut, Julian excelled in school and athletics where he earned a full scholarship to play football at Monmouth University in New Jersey.  It was through football that Julian first sought out yoga, both as a means to heal his body and mind. He traveled the country playing professional arena football after his last year of college, and connected to new regions of the country and the local people through nature and yoga. Although Julian did not plan to drive across the country in search of better opportunities and adventures, he still credits his unpredictable journey and his arrival on the west coast to the balance of the universe and manifestation.  Along with teaching yoga, Julian is a certified personal trainer and NFL free agent running back. When he isn't advocating health or pursuing his football career, you can expect to find him in nature, active, or simply being present in the moment. No two classes will be the same, but the honest energy will be.

Julian Hayes ⊹ Vinyasa

Julian first came to Santa Barbara in 2016 after playing his first professional football season in the midwest. Originally from MIddletown, Connecticut, Julian excelled in school and athletics where he earned a full scholarship to play football at Monmouth University in New Jersey.

It was through football that Julian first sought out yoga, both as a means to heal his body and mind. He traveled the country playing professional arena football after his last year of college, and connected to new regions of the country and the local people through nature and yoga. Although Julian did not plan to drive across the country in search of better opportunities and adventures, he still credits his unpredictable journey and his arrival on the west coast to the balance of the universe and manifestation.

Along with teaching yoga, Julian is a certified personal trainer and NFL free agent running back. When he isn't advocating health or pursuing his football career, you can expect to find him in nature, active, or simply being present in the moment. No two classes will be the same, but the honest energy will be.

Hilary Kleger  ⊹ Vinyasa & Gentle Flow  Bio coming soon!

Hilary Kleger ⊹ Vinyasa & Gentle Flow

Bio coming soon!


Kirsten Andereck  ⊹ Vinyasa  Kirsten moved to Santa Barbara in Early 2018 from San Francisco. She started practicing yoga rigorously about five years ago and obtained her 200 hour teacher training through Yoga Tree SF and continued on to study with Pete Guinosso through a series of advanced trainings working towards her 500-hour teaching certificate.  After teaching yoga at various studios in San Francisco, Kirsten moved to Santa Barbara to continue her career. A former elementary school teacher, she also began a "Yoga for Kids" program at the Boys and Girls Club in SF. Besides teaching yoga, she coaches the Track and Cross Country teams at Santa Barbara High School.

Kirsten Andereck ⊹ Vinyasa

Kirsten moved to Santa Barbara in Early 2018 from San Francisco. She started practicing yoga rigorously about five years ago and obtained her 200 hour teacher training through Yoga Tree SF and continued on to study with Pete Guinosso through a series of advanced trainings working towards her 500-hour teaching certificate.

After teaching yoga at various studios in San Francisco, Kirsten moved to Santa Barbara to continue her career. A former elementary school teacher, she also began a "Yoga for Kids" program at the Boys and Girls Club in SF. Besides teaching yoga, she coaches the Track and Cross Country teams at Santa Barbara High School.

Samantha Gecolea  ⊹ Vinyasa & Restorative  Gecolea grew up on the beaches swimming and surfing in Ventura, CA. She graduated from UCLA with a B.S. in Psychobiology with a strong interest in Integrative Medicine. After graduating, she traveled and lived abroad in Costa Rica and India and found her roots here in beautiful Santa Barbara. Gecolea completed an immersive yoga teacher training program in Rishikesh, India, the holy city of yoga at the foot of the Himalayas. She delved deep into the heart of yoga, ayurveda, massage, sound healing and meditation.  This experience helped her forge connections with people from all across the world, and deepened the compassionate practice that she feel is so essential to teaching yoga. She returned to Santa Barbara and reached out to yoga students coming from many paths of life whether beginners, experts, old, young, trauma recovery and healing. She currently specializes in therapeutic yoga-centered on healing, balance, and stillness. Her expertise lies in providing a space for people to feel connected to their body, breath, and vibrations as well as connecting with each other.

Samantha Gecolea ⊹ Vinyasa & Restorative

Gecolea grew up on the beaches swimming and surfing in Ventura, CA. She graduated from UCLA with a B.S. in Psychobiology with a strong interest in Integrative Medicine. After graduating, she traveled and lived abroad in Costa Rica and India and found her roots here in beautiful Santa Barbara. Gecolea completed an immersive yoga teacher training program in Rishikesh, India, the holy city of yoga at the foot of the Himalayas. She delved deep into the heart of yoga, ayurveda, massage, sound healing and meditation.

This experience helped her forge connections with people from all across the world, and deepened the compassionate practice that she feel is so essential to teaching yoga. She returned to Santa Barbara and reached out to yoga students coming from many paths of life whether beginners, experts, old, young, trauma recovery and healing. She currently specializes in therapeutic yoga-centered on healing, balance, and stillness. Her expertise lies in providing a space for people to feel connected to their body, breath, and vibrations as well as connecting with each other.

Sierra Noland  ⊹ Vinyasa & Hatha  Laughing at yourself, asking questions, and trying again are all welcomed in Sierra’s classes. Her goal is to remind us all not to take ourselves too seriously—not only in class but also in our lives off the mat. Sierra is a certified Stress Management Teacher through Integral Yoga and took her 200 Hour Hatha and Ashtanga training in Dharamsala, India.  Her classes focus on finding alignment, grounding, and ease in each posture, taking the time to establish stability, even in powerful flows. By offering various modifications, Sierra demonstrates that yoga can be adapted to every body. For her, there’s nothing more rewarding than seeing beginner students who once were anxious about taking a class, later experiencing the healing benefits of yoga. Yoga changed her life, and she believes it can transform yours, too!

Sierra Noland ⊹ Vinyasa & Hatha

Laughing at yourself, asking questions, and trying again are all welcomed in Sierra’s classes. Her goal is to remind us all not to take ourselves too seriously—not only in class but also in our lives off the mat. Sierra is a certified Stress Management Teacher through Integral Yoga and took her 200 Hour Hatha and Ashtanga training in Dharamsala, India.

Her classes focus on finding alignment, grounding, and ease in each posture, taking the time to establish stability, even in powerful flows. By offering various modifications, Sierra demonstrates that yoga can be adapted to every body. For her, there’s nothing more rewarding than seeing beginner students who once were anxious about taking a class, later experiencing the healing benefits of yoga. Yoga changed her life, and she believes it can transform yours, too!

Kristen Hermanson  ⊹ Restorative  Kristen’s thoughtful teaching style keeps her classes challenging and engaging, while promoting a deeper understanding of bodily awareness. Students develop their ability to perceive and track multiple regions of the body simultaneously. Each class is layered with integrative anatomical information. This cohesive approach is a fusion of Foundation Training, bodywork, somatic awareness, and yoga.  Kristen is passionate about health and healing. Working from the mindset that the body, mind, and spirit are interwoven and reflections of each other. Kristen takes a somatic awareness approach to healing by deeply listening to the body and its innate ability to distinguish pain vs optimal functioning/healing.

Kristen Hermanson ⊹ Restorative

Kristen’s thoughtful teaching style keeps her classes challenging and engaging, while promoting a deeper understanding of bodily awareness. Students develop their ability to perceive and track multiple regions of the body simultaneously. Each class is layered with integrative anatomical information. This cohesive approach is a fusion of Foundation Training, bodywork, somatic awareness, and yoga.

Kristen is passionate about health and healing. Working from the mindset that the body, mind, and spirit are interwoven and reflections of each other. Kristen takes a somatic awareness approach to healing by deeply listening to the body and its innate ability to distinguish pain vs optimal functioning/healing.


Luke Buchanan  ⊹ Restorative  Luke completed his 200 hour intensive in 2014 at the Mount Madonna Center, where he spent much of his childhood. He has since returned to help apprentice and facilitate this same month long course which dives deep into pranayama (breathing practices), asana (poses) and meditation. He teaches classical eight limbed yoga in the lineage of Baba Hari Dass, emphasizing conscious breathing as a path within. Luke has a commitment to daily spiritual practice seeking the settling of awareness from the head into the heart.

Luke Buchanan ⊹ Restorative

Luke completed his 200 hour intensive in 2014 at the Mount Madonna Center, where he spent much of his childhood. He has since returned to help apprentice and facilitate this same month long course which dives deep into pranayama (breathing practices), asana (poses) and meditation. He teaches classical eight limbed yoga in the lineage of Baba Hari Dass, emphasizing conscious breathing as a path within. Luke has a commitment to daily spiritual practice seeking the settling of awareness from the head into the heart.

Jessica Shea  ⊹ Yin & Restorative  Jessica's yoga practice is inspired by her other passions in life: traveling, writing, and spending time in nature. She earned her 200-hour teacher certification while in Costa Rica and soon after quit her day-job and moved to Chile where she taught English and yoga. Three years later, she is happy to join the yoga community here in Santa Barbara  "Though I'm a yoga teacher," says Jessica. "My whole life isn't om and my posture isn't perfect. My monkey-mind yanks at the bars of its self-imposed cage. But I'm figuring out how to jiggle the lock. Break FREE with me!"

Jessica Shea ⊹ Yin & Restorative

Jessica's yoga practice is inspired by her other passions in life: traveling, writing, and spending time in nature. She earned her 200-hour teacher certification while in Costa Rica and soon after quit her day-job and moved to Chile where she taught English and yoga. Three years later, she is happy to join the yoga community here in Santa Barbara

"Though I'm a yoga teacher," says Jessica. "My whole life isn't om and my posture isn't perfect. My monkey-mind yanks at the bars of its self-imposed cage. But I'm figuring out how to jiggle the lock. Break FREE with me!"

Jamie Reese Zimmerman  ⊹ Vinyasa  Jamie discovered the meditation limb of yoga as a teenager through her soccer coach. She loved it so much she borrowed cassette tapes from him to practice! Quickly, meditation became a habit for her, a ritual she practiced to prepare for each game. After Jamie completed her soccer career at The University of Alabama (Roll Tide!) she finally found the remaining 7 limbs of yoga. Yoga became this beautiful piece of her life that made her feel the way she felt when she was dancing on the ball... free, expressive, and whole.  Since beginning her practice, Jamie has completed yoga & meditation training's in the States and in India. In addition, she holds a Master's Degree in Applied Gerontology. No matter where Jamie goes her sense of purpose remains the same: to live with a mindful awareness of her heart’s desires and the courage each day to stand fiercely in her authenticity. If there is one thing she wants her students to get from her classes, it’s that. That our flaws, falls, sparkles, giggles, quirkiness are parts of our authenticity; each aspect of ourselves is worthy of love.

Jamie Reese Zimmerman ⊹ Vinyasa

Jamie discovered the meditation limb of yoga as a teenager through her soccer coach. She loved it so much she borrowed cassette tapes from him to practice! Quickly, meditation became a habit for her, a ritual she practiced to prepare for each game. After Jamie completed her soccer career at The University of Alabama (Roll Tide!) she finally found the remaining 7 limbs of yoga. Yoga became this beautiful piece of her life that made her feel the way she felt when she was dancing on the ball... free, expressive, and whole.

Since beginning her practice, Jamie has completed yoga & meditation training's in the States and in India. In addition, she holds a Master's Degree in Applied Gerontology. No matter where Jamie goes her sense of purpose remains the same: to live with a mindful awareness of her heart’s desires and the courage each day to stand fiercely in her authenticity. If there is one thing she wants her students to get from her classes, it’s that. That our flaws, falls, sparkles, giggles, quirkiness are parts of our authenticity; each aspect of ourselves is worthy of love.