ABOUT OUR INSTRUCTORS


RYAN BESLER

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 BESLER

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 challenging 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


MADELEINE FOSTER

Madeleine was introduced to yoga when she was very young- when śavāsana was embodying a piece of cooked spaghetti. Throughout her life, the yoga practice has been a safe place for her to play and to find comfort and renewal. She has studied Eastern religion and philosophy extensively and feels blessed to be able to share the transformative, healing strength of āsana, knowing that the physical practice is a gateway to all eight limbs of yoga.

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KARA OSBORN

Though yoga started as a supplement to dance, gymnastics and running, Kara is compelled to practice yoga for its healing and balancing power. As a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in depression and early childhood trauma, she believes that cultivating a yoga practice that expands beyond the asanas to include all 8 limbs of yoga developes a resilient psyche and healthy interpersonal relationships. She hopes her classes will stimulate curiosity, acceptance, and balance within the hearts and minds of her students. Namaste.

 

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MICHAEL OSBORN

Michael appreciates the subtle energetic benefits of a regular yoga practice. Having an athletic background that began with football and progressed through powerlifting and then into endurance sports and triathlons, he found himself gravitating toward yoga more and more to calm his mind, strengthen and balance his body, open his heart and energize his spirit. Michael also really enjoys working with others and contributing to the wellness of his community which lead him to deepen his understanding of yogic philosophy, forms, language, and the essential elements of instructing others.

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JESSICA COSBIE

Jessica was first drawn to yoga for its ability to challenge the body while quieting the mind. She enjoys how it provides an opportunity to take a time-out and release from the stresses of everyday life, escaping to a place of pure bliss. Jessica is also a registered nurse specializing in Neonatal Intensive Care, and enjoys drawing from her nursing background to enhance her yoga practice, and vice-versa. She hopes to provide an opportunity for her students to learn, grow and challenge themselves in body, mind and spirit.

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ABBY HINSMAN

As a yoga student, Abby’s practice really took hold when she discovered David Swenson’s Aṣṭāṅga yoga practice manual in 2004. She immediately fell in love with the idea of svādhyāya, self-study, and the portability of a personal practice, which she carried with her from New York City, to Vermont, to Philadelphia, and finally to Santa Barbara. Since coming to Yasa Yoga, she has developed a deep appreciation for conscientious classroom instruction, cultivating metaphysical and physical alignments, and the therapeutic aspects of practicing alongside others. Her classes are strongly informed by the Aṣṭāṅga style as well as hatha yoga philosophy and history. Abby is completing her PhD in Film and Media Studies and she brings a love of teaching and learning to her classes.

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