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Stephanie Moran is the owner of Smiling Dog Yoga and the creator of our exclusive Barre Fusion Program, YOBarre. She is a Certified Group Fitness instructor that has been teaching for 13 years. She received her very first group fitness certification from Les Mills International in 2003 where she started her career in fitness as a Body Pump instructor. She continued on in certifications in Body Attack, Body Flow, Body Combat and Body Jam where she learned fitness formats involving kickboxing, high-low cardio aerobics, yoga, pilates, thai-chi and even dance based aerobics for those that really wanted to boogie! In addition to her extensive training from Les Mills, she is also certified by AFFA in Primary Group, Indoor Cycling, On the Mat training ans last but not least Zumba! Teaching fitness and educating on health and wellness is her favorite thing to do and a huge passion for her. And as each new trend awakens in this industry she is always ready to try it and when she falls in love - gets certified! Her newly discovered passion for barre is energizing her creativity with fitness and discovering new ways to lead, teach and discover fitness with her students.
Stephanie is also Senior Vice President of Sales at MINDBODY and brings her passion and drive to our humble space! Aside from teaching, owning the studio, and leading an amazing sales team at MINDBODY Stephanie spends her time with her four beautiful children and her amazing husband.  She loves to travel and shop and loves to do the two together.  Favorite city to travel to and shop - London!
Ally is a San Diego local who grew up an avid athlete, raised by her Yogi dad and Zumba loving mom. Her love for health and wellness brought her to the Central Coast where she graduated with a Kinesiology degree from Cal Poly SLO with an emphasis on Exercise Science and Health Promotion. After college she moved to Perth, Western Australia for 2 years to work, travel, and expand her mind. She returned to SLO to work for the health and wellness hub MINDBODY and through their employee wellness program she fell in love with Barre. She has been a barre instructor for the last 4 years at multiple studios on the central coast and is always excited to share her passion with others. In her free time you can find her Stand Up Paddleboarding, hiking, and camping with her fiancé and their 2 French bulldogs.
Roxy is a former owner of Smiling Dog and currently teaches a variety of classes and workshops at the studio and on the central coast.  It is her passion to help people become healthier, happier versions of themselves in all ways and she hopes to meet you on the mat soon!
 
Her students usually call her classes strong and yummy.  She teaches a variety of classes, from Hatha Yoga to Vinyasa Yoga to YOBarre.   
 
Roxy's been teaching yoga since 2008.  She has trained with Iyengar Yoga, Baptiste Power Yoga, and is a certified Prana Flow Yoga instructor (E-RYT 200) which is where she's been spending most of her time studying and practicing since 2009.  She's currently working on her RYT 500 hour yoga teacher training certification with Prana Flow Yoga and Shiva Rea.
 
In addition to her work as an instructor, Roxy works as a Consultant & Public Speaker in the wellness industry.  Roxy loves spreadsheets and teaching.  She has experience in management, event planning, customer service, database programming, and lecturing at the university level.  She grew up in Detroit, Michigan and loves using her hand as a map whenever she gets the chance.  Just ask.  Check out her blog for yoga inspired rants.
Natalee has forever been a sports and fitness fanatic. Her competitive, adventurous spirit has led her down many athletic avenues. From high school varsity basketball and track-and-field, to competing in various Crossfit competitions, she has never been one to back down from a new challenge. Since finding her true passion in cycling in 2016, she has taken hundreds of spin classes as well as earned her Schwinn Indoor Cycling Instructor Certification. Natalee is currently studying Kinesiology with a concentration in Exercise Science at Cal Poly. She enjoys that the nature of her studies revolves around something that she is genuinely interested in and applies her exercise science knowledge to her cycling classes. When she is not on the bike, you can find Natalee exploring SLO with her friends, trying all the local restaurants and enjoying the outdoors. She also loves fun, upbeat music and is always listening for new songs to play in her classes!
Originally from Cairo, Egypt, Ahmed has studied yoga since 2000, both Indian and Egyptian forms. He's trained with Jody Kamator and Next Generation Yoga for Kids and found he was a natural teacher. Ahmed also teaches hatha yoga with a multi-cultural approach. His DVD for children, Storyland Yoga was released in 2010 and has received much recognition, included the Parent's Choice Award for quality educational programming for children.
Alexis is an Oklahoma native who travelled to California in search of art, nature, and adventure. She graduated from Cal Poly in 2012 with a degree in Art and Design. Her love of art guided her towards the practice of yoga as a means of personal expression, stress relief and inner peace. Alexis studied under Roxy Borger and Jonathan Gabriel in the Smiling Dog Yoga teacher training class of 2015/2016, earning her RYC 200 hour certification. Her teaching style combines fluid movement, connection with breath, mindfulness, and acceptance of self. Alexis believes that yoga is a means for deepening respect and love of the body, mind and spirit by embracing and celebrating all shapes, sizes, and abilities in her classes. Aside from yoga, Alexis works in social services at a non-profit organization and as a tattoo artist specializing in custom, hand-poked designs.
Deborah has always been a fan of movement. She began ballet and tap dancing as a child, and continued her interest in dance with course work in modern dance while attending California State University at Northridge where she received a degree in psychology. She briefly considered becoming a dance and movement therapist, but once she completed her psychology degree, shifted her interests to politics and attended law school. Recognizing early on that this shift in interest was not her true dharma, she re-entered the fitness field managing a health and fitness center in Los Angeles and becoming an ACE certified personal trainer. Shortly after certifying as a trainer, she found Yoga and found her home. Yoga has transformed Deborah’s life in so many ways, bringing a peace and tranquility to her that she loves to share with her students. She loves to share her story of “trying” a class one day and walking out feeling as though she were a completely different and whole person for the first time in years. The ability of a practice to bring such contentment and peace was just short of a miracle for Deborah who is a single parent of two special needs children. Deborah loves to share her Yoga experience with others as they journey on their own quest for calm, peace and fulfillment. She also loves to work with “mama’s to be” on their journey through the pregnancy process…a very special time in a woman’s life, by bringing a sense of community and love to women as their bodies change in the creation of a new life and spirit. To that end, she received her prenatal/postnatal yoga certification through the Yoga Alliance. Deborah has studied Yoga with many of today’s well-known and sought after yogi’s including James Brown, Alexandria Crow, Kathryn Budig and Chrissy Canning. She studied pranayama with Peter Sterios and mediation with Rolf Gates. She is certified as an E-RYT200 and RPYT with the Yoga Alliance. She also has earned a B.A. in psychology (emphasis on special needs children and personality disorders).
Sera has been a grateful student of Yoga and Ayurveda for many years. She has been blessed with teachers who have searched classically for the patterns of the Universe and Spirit. Her studies and experiences in the realms of Yoga, Mantra, and Ayurveda all serve to assist in increasing depth, sensitivity, and simplicity in ways that both utilize and increase grace and observation.

Some of her teachers include, Andrey Lappa of Universal Yoga, Kula Yoga Project, Sankalpah College of Yoga (Yoga), Sadhvi Abha Saraswatiji and Raghunath Cappo (Mantra), Vaidya Ravi of Poonthottam Ayurvedasram, the California College of Ayurveda, and BCD (Ayurveda). Her teachers of touch include those at Sunshine School (Chiang Mai, Thailand) and Ohm (Omsala Chiang Mai, Thailand) for the wisdom of Thai Massage and Chi Nei Tsang.

Each of her teachers has forever moved her to be more observant, respectful, humble, and sincere - qualities ever present in yoga and its teachings.

In classes we will focus on the science behind the relationships between the body, the mind, and their bridges . We are concerned with the flow of prana, how and where it moves and does not move in posture, in nadi, with consciousness. Using the paradigms of Ha-tha Yoga and Ayurveda we will explore our capacity to be both strong and flexible, moving and still, Ha and Tha, and of course, migrating in the direction of steady appreciation and awareness.

Britt Migrated from Orange County six years ago and now lives in lovely little Morro Bay. She always maintained a pretty active lifestyle and spent most of her adolescent and teen years swimming, running, and golfing. About seven years ago she was experiencing severe neck and back pain from a car accident and was drawn to a restorative yoga class as way to help ease her pain. As she got deeper into her practice she had the privilege to get to know so many wonderful yogis within the yoga community which eventually inspired her to obtain her 200-hour teacher training certification through our very own, Smiling Dog Yoga. Britt's focus is offering a practice that is welcoming to all levels. Britt is excited to be apart of the community and delighted to share her experience with others.
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