Ryan Besler was raised in Alberta, Canada and lived the life of an active small town boy with a big imagination, full of curiosity and sense of adventure. When he wasn’t playing sports he was riding his motorbike or the family snowmobile. Ryan began practicing at Hot House Yoga in Virginia Beach and found At One Yoga once moving to Phoenix in 2006. There, he studied under Dave Oliver and Cheryl Hall, as well as many other inspirational instructors. Throughout his yoga practice and in his life, he has found ‘mastering the breath’ to be a powerful tool for managing stress, breaking mental barriers and embracing change. Ryan’s challenging power, core, and flow classes embody his belief that it is only from a strong center, (mentally, physically and spiritually) that we can move effortlessly through life. He intends to create opportunities in his classes for students to explore, play and grow. Ryan Besler is an RYT 500, E-RYT 500 with the Yoga Alliance and is a lululemon ambassador with his wife Stephanie.
Stephanie fell in love with the practice of yoga as a means to calm the mind and heal the body. With a background in dance, she was immediately drawn to yoga. When Stephanie took her first yoga class in 1999 in Santa Barbara, she knew she had tapped into something that would be a part of her life forever. Upon moving to Scottsdale, Arizona in 2006, Stephanie pursued her career as a yoga instructor with At One Yoga. She studied with inspirational instructors such as Alex Austin, Jenn Chiarelli, Vanessa Lee, Ian Lopatin and John Salisbury. After completing her RYT-200, she realized her spiritual journey was just beginning. Stephanie continued to study Hot Yoga with Cintra Brown and complete her RYT-500 with Dave and Cheryl Oliver. Outside of the many inspirational instructors she studied with at At One Yoga, Stephanie attributes her practice and teaching style to be strongly influenced by Brock and Krista Cahill and Dave and Cheryl Oliver. Stephanie teaches dynamic and stimulating vinyasa flow, power and core classes. Her classes are filled with opportunities to explore the core, play with arm balances and inversions and connect to a deeper sense of self. She inspires her students to move mindfully and to transcend their practice on the mat, off the mat. Stephanie’s classes leave you feeling calm, grounded and blissful. Stephanie is a RYT 500, E-RYT 500 with the Yoga Alliance. She is a Manduka Ambassador and a lululemon Ambassador with her husband, Ryan.
Stephanie was raised in Lake Arrowhead, Ca and began her yoga practice while attending community college in 2009. After completing her RYT 200 at Inner Evolution yoga in Redlands, Ca. Stephanie moved to Santa Barbara to complete her degree as a registered nurse. Stephanie began teaching at Yasa yoga in 2014, and has continued as a student expanding her knowledge on yoga philosophy, language, alignment and sequencing with Stephanie and Ryan Besler. Stephanie believes practice is deeply personal and the asana should be modified for the individual. Listen to your body, but test yourself with wisdom and most importantly love. She enjoys teaching both vinyasa classes that focus on the breath and challenging students, and the softer candlelight classes that offer relaxation and stillness of the mind.
Discovering your own creativity starts with an authentic intention to be mindful. Amelia takes this to heart. Her classes weave together intense physical challenges with lightheartedness and complete surrender. Throughout her many travels and living abroad, coming back to her mat was always the one constant for Amelia. She cultivated a deeper personal yoga practice as a way to deal, both physically and emotionally, with the intensity of the situations around her. In 2015, she completed her 200 hour teacher training with Ryan and Stephanie Besler. Amelia hopes to share the empowerment and healing she found in yoga with her students. She loves all aspects of yoga, including the philosophy, language, and asana practice. Amelia makes her classes powerful yet therapeutic while working proper alignment, so that students leave feeling good physically and mentally.
Melissa took her first yoga class with the amazing Alexandria Crow while visiting Santa Monica in 2010 but she didn't realize yoga was her calling until she suffered from a running injury that inspired her to take the yoga path of healing. She became a devout yogini from that point forward and credits her yoga practice for shaving 4 minutes off of her marathon PR. Melissa continued to deepen her practice over the next few years and completed her 200 hour teacher training in 2014 with Yoga Six in St. Louis, MO. She is honored to be able to share the transformative effects of yoga, and her mission is for all students to feel supported while exploring their physical edge and discovering their inner strengths. Melissa's classes are energetic and fun with a different genre of great music and a lot of laughter!
Jordie believes in the power to live simply and love deeply. Aspiring to Ghandi’s words of “be the change you wish to see,” she approaches yoga as a venue to cultivate balance and creativity. For her, yoga is an opportunity to deepen the connections with ourselves, the people around us, and the natural world we are a part of. A writer, traveler, and environmentalist, Jordie has been exploring yoga both on and of the mat for over 10 years. When she moved to Santa Barbara in 2013, she found herself smitten with Yasa Yoga, and in 2015 completed her training under the tutelage of Ryan and Stephanie Besler. Recent explorations in psycho-physical therapy have also led her to become certified in Therapy Ball Rolling, which she employs to encourage myofascial release and a deeper sense of surrender. When she isn’t in the studio, Jordie is interlacing yogic principles into her passions for wine, gardening, and writing. At YASA, Jordie teaches steady, inspired flow classes. With a focus on alignment, she creates space for openness and play that balances strength and control with complete surrender. Her mindful teaching style naturally weaves breath and energetics into fluid sequences, motivating an inner exploration of the body, mind and spirit. Each class seeks to inspire students to be the change they wish to see, one asana at a time.
Cecily Stewart grew up in Santa Barbara. She began practicing yoga while training to be a ballet dancer in San Francisco. After dancing professionally in San Francisco, Richmond, Virginia, and New York City, Cecily feels lucky to be back in Santa Barbara, dancing with State Street Ballet. After ten years of practicing yoga all over the country, Cecily did her 200 hour teacher training with Stephanie and Ryan Besler, and began teaching at Yasa Yoga. Cecily enjoys creating a supportive, playful atmosphere in her classes, creating a space for people to clear their minds, strengthen their bodies, and develop practices that serve their individual needs.
Cherilyn has been on the yoga path for 30 years, taking a ten year detour to train, test and earn a Black Belt in Hapkido Martial Arts. She finds it delightfully interesting that Yoga and Martial Arts have similar philosophies, engaging mindfulness, integrity, peacefulness, indomitable spirit and gentle kindness toward all creatures. Yoga is a wonderful way to connect with others and our inner selves at a meaningful level that continues to grow and deepen over time. The practice creates a quiet confidence and a stillness which helps balance busy lives.
Originally from the northwest, Cherilyn found her way to Santa Barbara in 1985 and knew she was home. When not practicing, or instructing Yoga, she is busy as a General Contractor, hiking, gardening and loving her husband, family (including the 4-legged furry ones) and friends!
Kara first started practicing yoga in 2007 while attending Santa Barbara City College. She fell in love instantly with the way she felt on her mat and the positivity it had in her life. She found yoga to be a calming influence that helped her to find balance through stressful times.
Kara is a high school counselor and after her first year working in the field, she felt a strong desire to share yoga with others and its positive effects to reduce stress and anxiety. She did studied her 200 Hour Teacher training with Ryan and Stephanie Besler. Which was an eye opening experience that helped her not only grow in her practice, but also gain new insights and perspectives on life. Kara enjoys having her classes be a playful and relaxing space for people to build strength, stretch out, and practice self-care."