Our Team​​​​

Vivian Blanco​​
I was inspired by yoga and Ayurveda to open Casa Ayurveda and Yoga as a space to share my knowledge with our community. I have become a Certified Ayurveda Practitioner, so that I could support those interested in having a healthier lifestyle. I want to spread the knowledge of this amazing science that uses food, diet and lifestyle to create wellness by having a better understanding of what works for your body type so that you can begin to make better health choices. 
Life is always about new paths, choices, and action; whether you are proactive or just go with the flow you will still create results. It is much better to know what works for you and that is what Ayurveda teaches us, that each one of us is unique. With Ayurveda, we get to the root cause of the body’s imbalance to help promote wellness. Here at Casa Ayurveda and Yoga, we are committed to education and sharing that knowledge. We want to teach people how you can avoid imbalances, which later lead to the pathology of disease.
We also provide yoga classes here at Casa Ayurveda and Yoga.  Yoga supports Ayurveda through its mind, body, and spirit connection. My goal is to guide you in this journey to learning a new but ancient science that promotes wellness. Ayurveda promotes preventative care and we want to help you before you get the signs and symptoms of dis-ease in the body. At Casa Ayurveda and Yoga, we are pleased to share what health benefits we can offer to provide  guidance on your transformation to your best self. We invite you to join us in this journey of wellness and see what you can learn and discover.
Founder, Ayurvedic Practitioner, Yoga Instructor
Michelle Settergren​​
Michelle Settergren studied Ayurveda and Massage Therapy at Southern California University of Health Sciences under the guidance and clinical instruction of doctors in various medical backgrounds including Chiropractic, Acupuncture, Massage, Yoga, Nutrition and Ayurvedic Medicine directly from India. Trained as an Ayurvedic Practitioner directly from classical Indian texts, Michelle believes that health and happiness stem from a balance of mind, body and spirit and should be evaluated on an individualized basis. With a B.A. in Psychology and over 12 years of professional training and teaching experience, she leads our Ayurveda 101 workshop by making the foundations of holistic health fun and easy to adapt into your daily life. The healing aspect she loves most is working with the body through massage and bodywork. Some modalities she specializes in are Ayurvedic Abhyanga, Swedish, Deep Tissue and Aromatherapy massage.
  
Ayurvedic Practitioner, Ayurvedic Wellness Educator, Massage Therapist, Reiki Healer
​Victoria Valdez 
Victoria loves to travel and explore all Mother Earth has to offer. She completed her studies in Ayurveda & Yoga at the Southern California University of Health Sciences after being completely taken with this new but ancient medical science. She hopes to spread health and happiness in the Southbay, by sharing and inspiring others with these ancient teachings!
Ayurvedic Practioner, Yoga Instructor
Lorrie Denning
Lorrie began practicing Yoga over 10 years ago on the recommendation of a neurologist to help with chronic pain. As her body began to respond to the Yoga practice, she became interested in becoming a Yoga instructor.  She received her 200 hr. Yoga certification from YogaWorks in 2015.
With her passion to teach yoga to the “Baby Boomer” and midlife population, she continued her studies at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, CA.  In March 2016, she received her credential to teach Prime of Life Yoga™ (POLY). POLY is a specialty Yoga class with a specific focus on midlife and beyond. Postures are adapted to meet the needs of each student. Her classes offer self-care techniques in a slow, mindful way to help relieve stress, common aches and pains, and to safely bring the body and mind back into balance. 
Lorrie is currently working on her YTRX-500 in Yoga Therapy at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, CA. She is also a Certified Chair Yoga instructor. She offers small group and private lessons. Her passion is to bring the healing side of Yoga to her students.
Yoga Instructor
Sylvia Duran
Certified to teach Hatha Yoga by Kofi Busia; by Cloud Nine Teacher Trainings and by YOGA ed.;by Hala Khouri, for teaching at-risk youth; practiced Tai Chi with master Chungliang Huang, and Kundalini yoga with Viriam Kaur since 2004. Completed 9 months of Kundalini Teacher Training at Yoga West LA; received the Three Jewels and the Five Mindfulness Trainings from Thich Nhat Hanh,Zen Buddhist Master,at Deer Park Monastery. At Level 1,she incorporates Reiki healing into her yoga practice. She has grown by teaching this yoga to the homeless in Santa Monia. Sylvia is a grateful 43-year cancer survivor. In August 2012 she retired from a 40-year career as an oncology RN (specializing in Bone Marrow Transplantation) at UCLA. She loves hiking, white-water rafting, traveling, and is a joyful singer with Zhena Folk Chorus,a womens’ acapella group based in San Pedro.            

“We are not human beings seeking a spiritual experience, rather, souls seeking a human experience”
Yogi Bhajan, quoting Teilhard de Chardin
Kundalini Yoga Instructor
Cynthia Conant
Cynthia Conant teaches Finding Beauty Inside and Out with a natural, holistic approach by using tools and techniques from the ancient teachings of ayurveda, which means “the science of life.” Cynthia is an ayurvedic practitioner, Yoga instructor, licensed esthetician (skincare specialist) and reiki energy healer. She has studied Ayurveda at SCUHS with professors directly from India, using the classical texts and principles. She has done research and work in the motherland of Southern India with Ayurvedic Practitioners, Yogis and Reiki Healers. Cynthia believes that beauty starts within and is part of the mind, body, and spirit connection. She brings her knowledge to others with her Yoga classes, Workshops and one-on-one Consultations. She enjoys sharing her wisdom and loves giving people simple and easy to use tools, techniques, and remedies that are effective as well as economical.
Ayurvedic Practitioner, Yoga Instructor, Licensed Esthetician, Reiki
Healer
Mehrnoush Zare​​
Mehrnoush Zare, RYT® 200, has been dedicated to the study and practice of yoga since 2008. She received her certification to teach, at Deeper than Asana with mentors, Rebecca Fink and Erika Burkhalter, and began teaching in 2017. She continues to mentor and practices daily Mysore Ashtanga with Level 2 authorized teacher, David Miliotis.
Mehrnoush is devoted to help people on their path to inner peace and tranquility through the practice of yoga and meditation. Her classes help you to be present at the moment and observing the nature of the mind by focusing on the breath and inner body sensations.
  
Yoga Instructor
Ashlee Blosser​​
Ashlee Blosser teaches a wide-range of yoga styles, with an emphasis on healing, somatic techniques, and Integral yoga principles. She has been practicing yoga for several years and teaching since 2017. She is a 200-RYT with Yoga Alliance after receiving her training at Long Beach School of Yoga from Ram Bhakt in 2017. Since achieving her yoga instructor certification, Blosser is pursuing a yoga teaching career specifically aimed towards holistic and restoring practices that include asanas, meditation, pranayama, adjustments, and somatic techniques for students of all skill level. Her classes consist of Gentle Flow/Hatha practices to focus on finding space and stillness, providing the body an opportunity to unwind, heal, and restore. She aspires to travel through yoga teaching opportunities, and share the joy and serenity yoga has brought her through teaching.
Yoga Instructor
Angie Soriano​​
Guest Teacher Angie Soriano, RN has a passion for the Healing Arts.  She believes in the human body’s natural ability to heal itself. Her aspiration is to share her knowledge of the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda and Yoga to help others tap into their own innate power to achieve health and wellness.
  
RN, Yoga Instructor, Ayurveda Practioner
 Sasy Cacace​​​​
Sasy, a buddhist yoga teacher (500 Hours Registered Yoga Alliance Teacher), will lead a Yoga Class to experience Asana, Mudra, Mantra and Pranayama. A journey to your insight to develop your awareness.
Yoga Instructor
Marcel Nagy​​​
Marcel has been practicing yoga since 1982. She received her 200 RYT training with YogaFit, and holds a 500 YTRx, in yoga therapy through Loyola Marymount. Marcel is a certified yoga therapist (C-IAYT), and teaches her classes with a focus on breath-centered intelligent movement for each individual. Marcel has trained in kundalini, yoga philosophy, and pranayama, and is currently in the process of becoming a Buteyko Method Breath educator.
Yoga Instructor
Mollie B. Warren​​​
I grew up along the cliffs in Point Fermin, here in San Pedro. The magnificence of the Pacific Ocean in my childhood neighborhood sparked in me a lifelong passion for nature and the interconnectedness of all living things. For me, yoga is about exploring the universe inside, a spiritual expression of devotion - "bhakti" - for the awesome oneness of which we are all a part.
After years of yoga practice, I earned my 200-hr yoga certification during a month-long intensive on the beach in Baja California, Mexico. I have since continued my journey, teaching yoga in places as far flung as Guatemala and Sweden. I am so pleased to share the practice of yoga in my hometown and contribute to a thriving San Pedro community. 
Yoga Instructor
Killian Vonrettberg​​​
I have been exposed to different yogic practices my entire life. In the beginning unknowingly, but when I learned of all the benefits yoga brings to ones life I became obsessed. After practicing for some time, I attended my first teacher training at Yoga Salt. The training was 200 hours. In this training learned intricate alignment of asana(posture), and was exposed to anatomy(western and eastern), physiology, breath work, yogic philosophy, therapeutic applications, ethics, and healthy eating. Once I had been fortified with this knowledge I have ventured to learn more, feeling I had only scratched the surface. I continued practicing and visiting workshops and I remain absolutely fascinated with the mental, physical, and spiritual benefits this practice brings. As time goes on, I realize my practice grows like a sprouting seed. The more I water it, give it sunlight, feed it nutrients, the deeper the roots get, and the more it manifests to its full expression. Yoga has given me a humble path toward health, love, happiness, and I feel a profound responsibility to share this amazing gift with others in the hopes that it helps people as it has helped me. To me there is no greater gift than the gift of yoga and I am forever thankful to those who have helped me on this path. Namaste.
Yoga Instructor