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.

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.

Emma Scott
Emma is a native of and currently resides in Los Angeles, California. Growing up, she was a dancer and loved to sing and perform. In college she began working as a personal trainer, which is where she fell in love with helping her clients transform their health and lives. She is and has been a practicing student of yoga for 15 years. Emma now holds her YTT 200-hour certification with Yoga Alliance, as well as Yin Certification. Emma is continuing her yoga education and is currently enrolled in a YTT 300-hour training program.

Emma is extremely passionate about yoga and the profound healing she has experienced through this practice. Her goal as a teacher is to help guide & support others through their own journeys. She believes that yoga, breathwork, meditation, and other somatic practices are powerful tools in deepening the connection of mind, body, and soul. Her passion for music is put into curated playlists designed to weave a deeper connection and inner awareness in each class.