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Our Team

Erin Ayres

Co-Founder/Instructor

Erin Ayres—a native of Coronado—has spent the last ten years teaching and studying the finer points of Vinyasa Yoga and Yin Yoga. She brings a mastery of the popular forms of yoga on the market today mixed with her unmatched skill for the art of sequencing; a talent which is further enhanced by the fact that she is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer. This means that at Yoga on C, you will frequently experience a different, highly innovative and invigorating flow.

Dr. Darren Iammarino

Co-Founder/Instructor

Darren Iammarino, the other co-founder, came to yoga from a very different road. After completing his Ph.D. in religion from Claremont Graduate University in May of 2010, Darren spent the next decade teaching religious studies and philosophy in the academic realm at San Diego State University, Claremont School of Theology, Miracosta, and Mesa College. Darren and Erin teamed up and the result of this coming together is Yoga on C

Kaitlyn Moore

Instructor

In 2017, Kaitlyn was looking for a positive outlet, and stumbled into a yoga class. She walked into an Erin Ayres class thinking, “yoga will be easy” and was instantly drawn to the movement and wisdom. Little did she know the impact yoga would have on her life, although she shouldn’t have been too surprised. Growing up, Kaitlyn danced competitively. She practiced dance multiple hours a week ranging across numerous styles varying from: tap, jazz, ballet, and tumbling. Kaitlyn greatly values what yoga has taught her, and she wants to share her knowledge and experience in mindful movement with her students through creative flows that help build strength and stability.

Lauren Alarie

Instructor

Lauren has maintained an active lifestyle since childhood through soccer, softball, gymnastics and dance.  She discovered yoga in 2005 as a means of stress relief and maintaining physical fitness while working towards her degree in Mechanical Engineering at UCSD. Lauren went on to receive her 200-hour RYT certification in 2016, where she was able to dive deeper into the philosophy and lifestyle of yoga. Her engineering background focuses her interests and teaching style on the mechanics of the human body and the science of yoga, as well as the mindful benefits of the practice. Lauren firmly believes that yoga is for every body and that every body can (and should!) practice yoga regularly for healthy minds and bodies. Lauren’s other active hobbies currently include barre, mountain biking, and skiing. She also enjoys reading, road trips, and volunteering.

Rachel Max

Instructor

Rachel has been teaching yoga in San Diego since 2015, Yoga Alliance RYT-200, and has completed several trainings in hands on assists/adjustments as well as yin yoga. She is passionate about making yoga accessible to all bodies and strives to find joy and playfulness in every class. As a clinical social worker in the mental health field, Rachel geeks out over the integration of yogic practices and neuroscience, which informs her approach to both yoga and social work. Rachel is ecstatic to be joining the OG team at Yoga on C!! 

Nazli Takesh

Instructor

Nazli grew up in a home that encouraged active living and healthy eating. Fast forward to summer of 2013, when after a few years of practice, she decided to participate in a 200 hour yoga teacher training. Today, she now has over 500 hours of Advanced Teacher Training, as well as being a Reiki Practitioner, and Nutrition Consultant. Nazli places a heavy emphasis on conscious breathing patterns, and she ties that in with physical explorations of what the human body can do. Expect classes that promote structure to safely work through the physical practice, but also offer guidance and space to explore on your own. Nazli’s classes tend towards a slow and strong vinyasa practice. Additionally, Nazli encourages a light-hearted vibe where as a community people can connect with each other. Each flow will offer some inspiration to link the physical practice with a greater intention that can seep off of the mat. Aside from her involvement in the yoga world, you can usually find Nazli hiking up mountains, swimming and (trying to) surf in oceans, cooking, and hanging with her partner.

Mike Flynn

Instructor

Mike took his first Yoga class in 2003 and in 2011 completed his teacher training at the Chula Vista Yoga Center. He has continued his education with certifications in Yoga for Veterans with PTSD, Restorative/Yin Yoga and classes at Loyola Marymount University. Mike’s classes are demanding and kind. They are intended to help others shift and change perspective of their physical and internal worlds. Beyond the mat Mike is a graduate of the University of San Diego. He is an avid traveler and songwriter.

Kristie Lyons

Instructor

Like many, Kristie was first drawn to yoga for it’s physical benefits. She started practicing in 2003 when looking to integrate something more low impact into her regular workout routine. It quickly became clear that yoga had so much more to offer! She began to feel a sense of ease, patience and confidence that she’d never experienced, and as Kristie’s love of the practice developed, she felt compelled to share it with others. In 2010 Kristie completed her 200 hour certification through Corepower Yoga and began teaching almost immediately. Since then, Kristie has led many teacher trainings, as well as continued her own education. One of her favorite things about teaching yoga is that there’s always something new to learn and share with her students! Kristie went on to study Yoga Therapy with Larry Payne at Loyola Marymount University and continues to seek out workshops and opportunities to learn and grow as an instructor. Kristie’s style of teaching aims to be very inclusive while still offering plenty physical challenge. Her hope is to provide a space where students feel empowered to hone in on intuition and individuality. She welcomes all of her students to get curious, to customize, and to explore so that they can lean in to what they love about yoga, too!