Teachers

Our Hatha Yoga Teachers wish to acknowledge all of those teachers who have come before us and who graciously shared their knowledge of the traditional teachings of Yoga. Each of our teachers has a unique gift and approach, linking mind, body and spirit through the practice of breathing exercises and asanas (postures). A Hatha Yoga practice involves asanas that reinforce the body’s inherent wisdom, while respecting the emotional, physical, mental and energetic needs that are unique to each person. Students are encouraged to honor their limitations and to work at their own pace. Breathing techniques heighten the awareness of the body and provide tools to support moods and energy levels. While the body stretches and strengthens, physical and emotional tension is released. Each class ends with a deep relaxation, integrating a freshly energized self. At THE YOGA LOFT we are committed to share these teachings to the best of our understanding with all those who pass through our doors.
 Victoria Nichols, M.S., RYT
Victoria began practicing Hatha Yoga in 1974 and has been teaching Yoga since 1985. She has studied and taught in the USA, U.K., Europe, and with the Iyengars in India. Her interest in health and well-being began in 1969 when she connected the cause of dis-ease with an imbalance in the whole person. Since that time she has explored into the realms of what it is to be human and the relationship of the mind, body and spirit to restore wholeness. She has additional training in nutrition, meditation, breathing, metaphysics, non-violent communication, movement and art therapy. She has a Masters of Science degree in Recreation Therapy and has worked with many special needs populations. Victoria brings to her teaching an understanding of the philosophical teachings of Yoga and the techniques of B.K.S. Iyengar. She also enjoys traveling, cooking and gardening. She opened the YOGA LOFT in 1999. 

Natalie Schwartz
Natalie began practicing yoga & meditation 17 years ago to help heal her body after a life threatening illness. Since becoming a certified teacher 10 years ago she continues to attend workshops and retreats to deepen her practice. Her teaching reflects the wisdom of yoga, mindfulness and meditation which has become a way of living for her. She finds great joy in watching her students improve body awareness and flexibility as well as reducing stress and tension. Natalie believes that going inward and focusing on the breath, one can achieve stillness & peace. She has B. A. in English. In her spare time she enjoys gardening, classical music & spending time with her grandchildren. 

Diego Gesualdi
Diego is a Health and Wellness Instructor who graduated from The Chopra Center (Carlsbad, CA) as a Vedic Educator with an emphasis in Meditation, Yoga, and Ayurveda. He studied with leading teachers in the field, such as Deepak Chopra and others in the field. Diego’s 30 year yoga, meditation and Ayurveda journey, has led him into diverse locations, such as prisons, rehabilitation programs, health organizations, and community centers. .

Elisa Barretta, E-RYT 500, Teacher Trainer (YACEP & RYS-300) 
Elisa believes Yoga has the capacity to challenge and stimulate any and every student.  She is inspired by and experienced with yogis of all levels and she is honored to share the transformative power of yoga with anyone who is eager to discover the joy and peace of practice.  Her classes combine creative sequencing, and attention to alignment and safety with a relaxing touch of inspiration to guide you deeper into the moment, cultivating the unity of body, mind and spirit, with the end result being that the student steps off the mat feeling relaxed, realigned, and revitalized.​

Yogiji Siri Shiva Singh
Driven by a passion for assisting others in taking control of their own healing, Yogiji Siri Shiva Singh (Yogi) has served as a devoted yoga instructor for the past 20 years. It was in 1993 that he initially leaned into studying the art and science of yoga. After having success as an, actor, dancer, and competitive gymnast he required surgical repair of his knee and in 2002 he realized his life’s purpose was to serve as a source of inspiration for the healing of others and he is now a dedicated teacher and trainer. Yogi comes certified in a variety of relevant disciplines, including Personal Training, Yin Yoga, Reiki, and Reconnective Healing. His education in the industry came from renowned spiritual teachers and masters from all across the world. Moreover, he received a thorough education in Iyengar-inspired Hatha yoga and is a certified Kundalini Yoga instructor. Yogi is equipped with a variety of tools and comprehensive knowledge about how to lead his students to achieve their physical, mental, and spiritual health goals. With every student Yogi encounters, he considers it his ongoing mission to help them achieve more flexibility and strength, successful stress management strategies, better flexibility, and a heightened sense of calmness and resiliency. Notably, Yogi enjoys volunteering his time at the local animal shelter and contributing his assistance to help recovering addicts.

Danijela Zakic
Danijela’s journey with yoga began 20 years ago attending a class in Santa Monica where for the first time, she experienced her movement and breathing connect.  Through continued practice she has found greater alignment within herself, with the world around her.  Experiencing an enthusiasm for life that continues to grow and a gift she is eager to share with others. She continues to be a student of the Hatha yoga practice that she shares in class. Her intention is to introduce  the wisdom of the profound teachings that she learned and continue to learn, and share its benefits with students in a very tangible and measurable ways. To promote balance and harmony. To inspire and empower as many people as she can to live their best life. Yoga is a life long journey. Care, kindness and connection is where she begins teaching, along with the belief that yoga is for everyone. She is a guide for students with a focus on breath supported by alignment cues, to find ease in the physical poses. Supporting each student in finding a sense of “effortlessness” where mind, body and breath are one.   Students will have fun in this ever-evolving practice as they learn and grow. They will enjoy her positive instruction in a welcoming environment that provides the tools to balance work and personal growth.