Co-founder / co-owner
Co-founder of Rising Lotus Yoga, British born Yoga teacher, Claire Hartley, is known for bringing the deeper layers and meaning of Yoga and Yoga philosophy through all of her classes and workshop experiences, leaving the practitioners with an experience of the authentic joyful Self. She always does this with a healthy dose of her Brit wit and sensibility! She teaches weekly at both of the studios she co-owns Rising Lotus Yoga, sherman Oaks and Santa Clarita, as well as trainings, workshops and conferences.
Her journey begin when she was fortunate enough to stumble into the beginning of the western Yoga revolution in New York city in the early 90s. The east village was still known as Alphabet City and it was here she found her healing and passion for Yoga at the Jivamukti Yoga Center. A deeply spiritual center led by Sharon Gannon and David Life who were intimidating, wild and incredibly uncompromising in their conviction that Yoga was a path to Self-Realization.
She moved to Los Angeles in 2001 where she continued her practice and trained with some of the best teachers in the world including an apprenticeship with Senior Iyengar teacher Lisa Walford. This training along with other studies informed her vinyasa flow style with a deep love of alignment and functional movement, that if yoga is about relationships then building a more healthy and sustainable and joyful one with the body and movement can lead to a deeper inquiry into the self.
In April 2006 she opened and co-founded Rising Lotus Yoga, a busy and thriving studio in Los Angeles, attracting practitioners seeking alignment based Vinyasa Yoga classes with healthy doses of dharma talks, chanting and joyful community.
In 2008 she created the popular Rising Lotus Teacher Training Program, along with Daniel Stewart, which teaches trainees how to bring intelligent alignment and sequencing to students as well as bringing real meaning back to the yoga practice with dharma talks, self-reflection and a commitment to stay constantly curious to the path of becoming a teacher of yoga, which ultimately is a teacher of the heart.
2018 brought the beautiful expansion of Rising Lotus Yoga and the vision for Yoga with heart and intelligence to Santa Clarita Valley and her partnership with Heather Riggen. She looks forward to nurturing this new community and for how Rising Lotus Yoga can bring healing and change to more people in the future.
CO-Owner Rising Lotus Yoga SCV
Santa Clarita Native, Heather Riggen has long dreamed of bringing the community practice of yoga to her hometown in a space she could share with others and provide warmth, love, and acceptance. Now her commitment to her practice along with a dedication to her dreams has turned thoughts into reality as she embarks on this journey to build not just a yoga space but a community center at Rising Lotus Yoga SCV. Heather studied under Claire Hartley and Daniel Stewart and completed her 200hr RYT from Rising Lotus Yoga in 2012.Since then she has continued to deepen her knowledge and has studied world wide attending various trainings and workshops. She has taught yoga in the Santa Clarita Valley both privately and publicly at crossfit gyms, barre studios,yoga studios, children's centers, senior centers,and her personal favorite, yoga in the park. She has experience with students from all ages and stages of life and always aims to meet her students where they are at. She believes yoga is much more than a physical practice,and that through practicing yoga we learn how to take control over our thoughts and actions in the world. She found yoga to be an invaluable tool to help her cope with her own struggles with anxiety and is passionate about spreading that knowledge to others. She enjoys teaching her students how to connect with their breath, body, and minds and hopes to empower people to believe in themselves and live their best lives.
Annette Allen has been a certified instructor and sports medicine certified trainer for almost 3 decades. Teaching yoga over 5 years. I’m a 500 hour YW certified yoga teacher and level 1 Yoga Tune Up instructor, and been certified through Disabled Sports USA and American College of Sports Medicine to name a few. I am currently becoming a certified holistic nutritionist through NCEP. When teaching I am passionate about injury prevention and body alignment. I strive to empower and inspire others to live their best and healthiest lives. I have been married 20 years and have 2 teenage sons and my whole family practices yoga and craves outdoor adventures.
I love to hike, paddle, bike and travel. I have been to almost 30 national parks and been fortunate enough to travel to over so far to 20 different countries like Thailand, India, Norway, Peru, Laos, Bali, Tahiti, Italy, Greece, Turkey, and Belize to name a few.
I love to garden, read, and laugh.
Cara developed a passion for yoga in her late teens. It arrived as a grounding pathway to lead her out of anxiety and into the souls continuous journey of becoming loving acceptance. The deep healing that took place sparked her passion to assist others in their relationship with self through yoga and love. Her will is to hold a nurturing and intentional space where others feel safe to shed, grow, and transform through the healing power of yoga.
Cara is currently practicing yoga therapy as a student at the Soul of Yoga. In 2003 she completed her 200-hr training with senior teachers Patti Quintero and John Gaydos through YogaWorks, and later continued on to complete her 300-hr studies in India at Rishikesh Yog Peeth. The foundation of her teaching is vinyasa, the connection of breath to slow intentional flow.
Outside of the studio Cara works privately with individuals practicing yoga therapy, as well as healing work on the body and energy systems, assimilated from a variety of modalities and teachers. In her spare time she enjoys attempting to climb large rocks, watching Moana, and connecting with her family and the Universe.
Jessica is a 500 RYT and also an Urban Zen Integrative Therapist (UZIT) with an additional 500 hours training in therapy and working with patients at UCLA Ronald Reagan Hospital and Motion Picture Television Fund. Jessica's UZIT classes combine 5 core healing modalities: yoga therapy, Reiki, essential oils, breathwork and meditation. UZIT addresses the symptoms of pain, anxiety, nausea, insomnia, constipation (PANIC) and exhaustion. When our bodies are stressed, the symptoms of PANIC can occur, making healing difficult. UZIT is now offered at both UCLA hospitals in Westwood and Santa Monica and the Motion Picture Television Fund in Woodland Hills. The patients are now being treated by a system where Eastern healing techniques support Western medicine in a holistic approach to patient care. The UZIT program for patients includes: yoga therapy, essential oil therapy, Reiki, nutrition and contemplative care.
Jessica has been practicing yoga for almost 20 years, and in that time, it has become an integrated part of her life. As a teacher she has witnessed amazing healing and transformations in others and herself and is constantly amazed by what our bodies and our minds are capable of. She attributes the health of her mind, heart and body to her steady yoga practice and cannot wait to share these gifts with her future students!
Yoga came into Patty’s life when she needed it the most. While working in a high-stress environment in Human Resources, her yoga practice helped her realize what was most important to her - her health and helping others in a way she had never dreamed before. With over 400 hours of Vinyasa flow yoga training, Patty completed her first teacher training in 2008 with Devin Morgan of the Rishi Yoga Institute and her second in 2011with Ganga White and Tracy Rich at the White Lotus Foundation in Santa Barbara, CA. Her passion for yoga grew and in 2011 she changed paths to pursue teaching yoga full-time. She immediately went into the Thai Yoga Massage Practitioner training with Phoebe Diftler at White Lotus, followed by the Restorative Yoga teacher training with Phoebe Diftler and Aaron Reed.
Patty’s classes have a stress-reducing and restorative focus with the underlying theme that everyone can do yoga! She has studied Chair Yoga, gentle yoga, and wall yoga in order to offer her students a multitude of ways to bring movement into their lifestyle. She most recently became an Aromatherapist and uses essential oils with her students and in her classes to further encourage a deeper mind/body connection in order for the mind and body to relax and heal on many layers. Patty’s heart seeks, above all else, to inspire everyone to find their own yogic path toward healing and joy!
Nearly twenty years ago, Tammy began her relationship with Yoga. Immediately, she fell in love with this soulful practice. From the very first moment, she stepped on her mat in a yoga class; it was like coming home and arriving inward to her own self. The light from within had sparked and she knew right then, that she had to share this practice with others.
Tammy’s classes incorporate alignment, philosophy and breath. She offers a knowledgeable and heart centered approach to her teaching. Throughout each class, the philosophy of yoga or a thought provoking theme is interwoven. Tammy holds a safe and loving space for students to explore, learn and grown in their own personal practice. The goal is to ensure, at the end of each class, that each student feel energized, yet calm with a little more sense of peace and gratitude. She Allows her passion and love for this practice to be felt in each class.
Terren holds over 700hrs of certified yoga trainings, her teaching has been influenced by many incredible teachers from her mentors Dani Ibarra, Annie Carpenter, and Jeanne Heileman, to teachers that she has studied and practiced with such as Tiffany Cruikshank, Alex Crow, Tara Judelle, and Elena Brower. Her classes have evolved into a mindful blend of athletic Vinyasa flow, clear and precise anatomy & alignment principles, Subtle Body (energy) awareness, and mindful breathing practices. As a Reiki Master teacher and certified crystal healer she weaves energy principles and meditation techniques into each class. Stemming from her studies with one of her energy & crystal healing mentors, Naisha Ahsian, she specializes in the use of the elements (Earth, Fire, Water, Wind, Storm) as they pertain to yoga, wellness, and life. Working with the elements in a yoga practice can instill an overall sense of balance and harmony to the physical, spiritual, and energetic bodies. Terren's deepest intention as a teacher is to inspire her students to go beyond what we can see with our eyes and FEEL more. One of her favorite mottos as heard from one of her favorite teachers, Chelsey Korus, is "Lean into the simplicity....rather than chasing the complexity." This is how she seeks to teach her classes as well as live her life. There is great beauty in the simplicity.
When Terren is not teaching yoga she is a mommy to two beautiful children, she runs her online shop called Light The Way Malas selling her beautiful & metaphysically healing handmade gemstone mala bead necklaces and bracelets.
MS, E-RYT, CPT, is a yoga and wellness entrepreneur. Wendy is the founder of Vayu Yoga®, an aerial yoga practice. She is originally from West Palm Beach, Florida, and has resided in Santa Clarita, California since 2001. Wendy has over 28 years of experience teaching dance, yoga, Pilates, fitness and somatic (mind-body) practices to students of all ages in private and public sectors. She is a certified personal trainer, holistic nutritionist, E-RYT200 and certified Pilates teacher. Wendy studied under Sven Halcomb, Kent Bond, Ganga White & Tracey Rich at White Lotus Yoga Foundation for her initial 200-hour certification, and went on to complete the 300-hour program with YogaWorks. She has been a professor in the kinesiology department at California State University, Northridge, since 2009, as well as the dance department at College of the Canyons. When she is not in the yoga studio, she is out on her mountain bike or playing with her dog Tala. Wendy assists others in finding their true potential by consciously and consistently becoming better versions of themselves, each and every day.
Early on in her nursing career, Cassidy realized that healing is a lifelong practice, notsimply accomplished by medicine alone. She began incorporating forms of holistic healthand yogic tools in her patient care-essential oils, meditation, & breathwork. In 2017,abirth to twins would gift her one of the most important lessons of her life,Faith. An unconditional belief that you are perfectand whole while ever-changing and growing.She completed her 200 hour trainingwith Yogaworks senior teachers Alicia Cheung &Oliver Reinsch in Bali, Indonesia and went on to study prenatal and postpartum yoga with doula and French-American woman’s advocate, Alexandra Rossi in San Francisco, CA. Through the lens of motherhood,Cassidy hasdeveloped a deep understanding of compassion, love, and the value of living our full expression. Herclasses incorporatethought-provoking themes, intuitive healing,and empowering flow. She wholeheartedly invites you to come as you are...
Johnna is a Florida native currently residing in Santa Clarita since 2015. She has been a yoga practitioner for over 7 years and holds her RYT-200 through Rising Lotus Yoga. She enjoys hiking, dancing, yoga, hanging out with her family, the color pink, and anything that sparkles.
Her passion for sharing yoga with kids stems from her love of practicing yoga with her own children. From downward facing dog, to happy baby, to handstand she has been playing yoga with her kids since they were babies. She loves to help children with their focus and balance through fun based movement and skill building games. In her class your kids can expect to learn calming breathing exercises, confidence building poses, fun games, and of course some self love.
She loves to play and teach wonderful, creative little ones and is super excited to be a part of the crew of teachers at Rising Lotus Yoga!.
Kenya’s teaching style is gentle and restorative. She is warm, friendly and demonstrates an exuberance for life that is infectious. Her classes embrace the interconnectedness of body, mind and breath (prana) in an uplifting and safe environment. She was led to become a yoga teacher from the sense of connection, balance, self-awareness and peace she found in her own yoga practice during her healing journey as a breast cancer survivor-thriver. Her passion is to share the life-affirming benefits of yoga with as many people she can.
Kenya holds a B.A. degree in Environmental Studies from California State University, Hayward in Northern California and completed a nine-month Teacher Training Certification Program at Antelope Valley College and a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT®200) with Yoga Alliance. She teaches Hatha Yoga, Restorative, Gentle Vinyasa Flow, Yin Yoga and Chair Yoga. She also has advanced training in Yoga Nidra from Amrit Yoga Institute in Salt Springs, Florida. Yoga Nidra is a specialized guided meditation technique, often called ‘yogic sleep’, that produces deep relaxation of the body and mind. It has been shown to reduce stress, ease insomnia and decrease depression and anxiety, to name a few. Many people find it to be the easiest type of meditation because anyone can do it and you cannot do it wrong. As you lie down comfortably in Savasana, all you have to do is follow the voice that is guiding you. And if you do dose off, your body still reaps the benefits!
Kenya’s classes offer a welcoming space to soften, become present and explore. She crafts asana (poses) sequences, pranayama (breathwork) and meditation that respects students’ needs. The use of props is encouraged, and support and modifications are offered to individuals experiencing limited mobility. Her foremost desire is to share the practice in a way that is accessible to all: to meet people where they are, as they are.
Currently, Kenya is studying for the 500 RYT and works privately outside the studio with clients who wish to harness the transformational power that a personalized Yoga Nidra practice can provide. She considers herself a lifelong learner and finds joy in laughter, spending time with family and friends, experiencing new adventures and other cultures through food, reading and travel. She shares life with her talented husband and furry baby, Martha the Maltipoo.
Tamara first discovered her love for the practices of Yoga over 13 years ago where she felt a shift – a shift big enough to want to know more about this practice that had brought a sense of rawness, truth and calm in that time on the mat. Super excited, bursting with energy and love for the practice Tam has great passion for both teaching and continuing to be a student. She feels passionate about how individual we all are, how we all need to listen to our bodies and ensure we have a safe practice that supports us throughout our life. “Yoga to me is a practice of Self-love in every moment. Challenge yourself…modify if you need to but make sure you look after yourself…and no matter what stay connected with the breath.” Through a challenging yet playful & dynamic Yoga practice, we can sync the mind and body through movement with breath. Breath by breath we move to open, release, strengthen & balance in a fun & safe environment.
Tamara has studied with teachers worldwide, most frequently Les Leventhal (Author and world known yoga teacher) who has had influential forces in her life over the past years. In addition to a life of yoga, she had been traveling the world following her dream of becoming a yoga teacher and learning from some of the most inspirational teachers she has come to know. In 2014 Tam completed 200 hours of yoga alliance certified teacher training in the technique of Vinyasa Yoga in Ubud, Bali at the Yoga Barn with Les Leventhal. She has also completed the 200 hour Hatha RYT - Yoga Instructor Certificate Program at Antelope Valley College with Kathy Bingham. Additionally, Tam has experience teaching various styles of workshops and classes ranging from Yin Yoga to Breathwork focused workshops. She has experience teaching internationally in Bali, Australia, Thailand, and Cambodia. Through a variety of poses, and conscious sequencing, her classes build strength, flexibility, and balance through stability, as well as provide the space to discover the truth in transition, healing the body, and the sense of lightness you're looking for in your practice. Tamara’s desire is to support first-time yogis and help advanced yogis kick-off their yoga journeys through cultivating clarity, fascination, and confidence. She can also be found singing, dancing, writing, reading, and eating chocolate.
Yoga has been a transitional and life saving experience for Michelina. It is Michelina’s passion
to share the gift of yoga with you. She aspires for it to be a time to search, reach, and find
whatever it is you are looking for. She hopes for yoga to be a time to unite with yourself in the
connection of breath to movement, discovering mind body awareness, becoming physically
stronger, mentally focus, balanced, and restored. Michelina guides all levels with many
variations, but always likes to offer challenges. She likes to share messages, stories, and
knowledge in class that you may take beyond the mat.
Michelina is a certified yoga teacher via yoga alliance: E-RYT 200, RYT 500.
Michelina holds a BS in Kinesiology: double focus, and a k-12 physical education teaching