At Orange County Yoga Studio (OCYS) our teachers are passionate about yoga and love what they do. More importantly, they enroll themselves in regular study and training to deepen their knowledge and hone their teaching skills. Friendly, engaging and compassionate, our teachers strive to guide you in a well-rounded practice that is safe, dynamic and intentional. Each teacher brings their own unique personality to the teachings. We feel blessed to offer classes with these amazing and talented yogis.
Megan Bello is the studio owner and a full-time yoga teacher. She holds a B.S. in Divinity from the Nizhoni School for Global Consciousness. Before she became a full-time yoga teacher, she was a personal counselor and traveled throughout the U.S. and Europe giving workshops on spirituality and personal growth.
Megan took a keen interest in the human condition at an early age. At 14 she began practicing yoga asanas and pranayama and found that a regular practice led her to experience greater health, well-being, self-confidence and self-awareness. In 1996, she began teaching regularly at her college and discovered her life's work of sharing yoga's benefits with others.
Megan is deeply grateful to have found her current teachers Geeta S. Iyengar and Manouso Manos. She has also studied in depth with Anna Delury, Sri H.S. Arun, Karin O'Bannon, Faeq Biria, Gabriella Giubilaro, Carolyn Belko, Paul Cabanis and many other gifted Iyengar yoga instructors.
Megan has traveled to Pune, India two times where she has studied with B.K.S. Iyengar, Geeta S. Iyengar and Prashant S. Iyengar.
Megan is E-RYT 500 certified through Yoga Alliance and has over 40,000 hrs of teaching experience. Megan's classes emphasize dynamic precision in bodily alignment. In her teaching, she strives to be clear and to inspire students to move beyond self-imposed limitations and discover greater awareness and joy in their lives.
Megan currently teaches yoga at Orange County Yoga Studio, Better Living Yoga, and Yoga Works Laguna Beach. She is part of the Teacher Training at OCYS and the Advanced Teacher Training through Better Living Yoga.
John Manacmul is the co-owner and yoga teacher at OCYS. He has been practicing yoga for over eight years. Following his initial teacher training at CorePower Yoga, he ventured out from the vinyasa style and explored a more alignment-based approach with Megan Bello at Orange County Yoga Studio. He completed a 300 Hour Advanced Training with Bello in 2013 to further his studies of the asana practice.
The rigor and physicality of vinyasa yoga along with the authenticity, integrity and alignment of Iyengar yoga has strongly influenced John's personal yoga practice and teaching style. Committed to always staying curious and being a student, he has studied with a wide range of yoga teachers including Jason Crandell, Dice Ida-Klein and Kathryn Budig. In 2015, he completed his 500 Hour SmartFLOW teacher training certification under the guidance of his teacher Tiffany Russo and teacher’s teacher Annie Carpenter.
John’s classes are described as energizing, challenging and playful, with a focus on alignment and breath. He is a firm believer that a steady practice leads to transformation and growth - cultivating physical, mental and emotional well-being both on and off the mat.
Joan Chavez has been a dedicated student of Megan Bello for 10 years. She is 500 hour certified and has been teaching yoga for over 5 years. In her classes, she promotes a positive atmosphere while focusing on alignment, building strength and improving flexibility.
Joan truly loves teaching, especially introducing newcomers to the physical and mental benefits of a yoga practice. As a yoga teacher, Joan does what she does best: connect with people and create positive energy.
As a committed student of the yoga practice, Christy fuels her classes with a passion to guide practitioners on a journey of discovery and inquiry. She offers exploration to the edges of awareness in order to find moments of pause, while making authentic connections to self and others. She creates space and time for practitioners of all levels to learn, apply, and absorb the endless benefits of the yoga practice on and off the mat. Certified through Yoga Alliance 200-hr teacher training, Annie Carpenter 300-hr SmartFlow, and multiple workshops from various instructors, she has guided practitioners in studio, private, and corporate sessions as well as being a presenter at Wanderlust Aspen-Snowmass. Christy’s classes offer edge, insight, and smiles to remind us that life is captured by how we live each moment on and off the mat.
Additionally, her love of teaching extends into the high school classroom. As a public school educator since 2001, Christy’s has been witness to the rise of stress, trauma, and disconnection in teens and adults. This prompted her advocacy to teach yoga and mindfulness in the public school system in Orange County, CA. Christy is a meditation guide and mindfulness coach, on the mindfulness based stress reduction (MBSR) Teacher Training Pathway, and is a certified Yoga Nidra teacher. Since 2009, she has shared the gifts of meditation and mindfulness in workshops, classes, and retreats with thousands of individuals including: children and youth, college students, working adults, educators, parents, elderly, and professional athletes.
As a mindfulness educator, Christy creates an opportunity for individuals to unlock personal doors for healing and self-awareness. Sharing the practice of mindfulness comes from a place of heartfelt intentions to create access of happiness, compassion, and connection for all to experience.
Please join Denise Kirkpatrick in her favorite space: teaching, encouraging, inspiring, and transforming. Denise brings over 18 years of teaching holistic yoga. Her yoga practice has taken her to India, Italy, Spain, Argentina, Germany and Greece. She has taught workshops in the United States and South America. Her teacher training includes White Lotus, Erich Schiffman, David Swenson, Yoga Works with Matty Ezraty and Lisa Walford, Gurmuk, Megan Bello and Carolyn Belko.
She has stayed with the Aboriginals in Australia in their sacred land, ministered to the children of Kenya with HIV, taught and played with the youth of both North and South Korea, walked the streets of Damascus and been in the house of Ananius. She has studied Kabbalah, more than 20 hours of TaiChi-Qigong, Silot, and Tai Chi. She brings a blend of all these modalities to her teaching.
In 2013 Denise completed Megan Bello’s Year long Teacher Training at OC Yoga Studio. The course is fashioned after Iyengar Yoga.
In December 2014, Denise traveled to India and participated in Geeta Iyengar’s “10 Day Intensive in Pune.”, where Geeta shared her 70 years of yoga wisdom that her father B.K.S. Iyengar imparted to her throughout his life. There were over 1,200 participants representing 57 countries at this birthday celebration. Yoga & pranayama were practiced every day.
Each year Denise continues her personal Yoga education by participating in workshops with other Senior Iyengar Teachers such as H.S. Arun, Neeta Datta and Birjoo Mehta.
To deepen her own practice, Denise has built her own Yoga Kurunta (rope wall) in her home studio. She has enhanced her “yoga rope” knowledge by studying with her accomplished Iyengar teacher, Lori McIntosh, whom she met in India.
Currently Denise is in her second year of the Iyengar Teacher Training Program with Carolyn Belko at the Iyengar Yoga Center, Encinitas.
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Jacinthe Mitchell has been practicing yoga for nine years and has completed the challenging Fourth Series in Ashtanga and is now learning the Fifth Series. Without any background in dance or gymnastics, Jacinthe tried her first Yoga class (Ashtanga Prep at Yoga Works) and was hooked and became a dedicated Ashtanga and Vinyasa Flow practitioner ever since. She credits her accelerated training to her principal teacher Itay Dollinger in combination with her training's with Yoga Works, Tim Miller and True Flow Yoga. She has a great love for her students and is always working hard to keep her students challenged while having fun in her Vinyasa Flow classes.
Tim Senesi is a yogaworks teacher trainer, and hosts a weekly online classes via his YouTube channel, "Yoga With Tim". His flow sequences are an intelligent blend of precision and alignment. His love for his students and yoga shines through each class he teaches.