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Meet The Team

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Co-Owner and Teacher

Paula Rasmussen

I have been practicing yoga on and off for over 20 years. I am a certified instructor in IMX Pilates, Spin and Beginning Yoga and taught at IMX Pilates in Fremont before my husband and I moved to Morgan Hill in 2019. Professionally I have been a trial lawyer for the past 14 years. In 2021, after COVID restrictions lifted a bit, I re-started my yoga practice and met Jen Carrubba and was introduced to Hot Yoga. Her classes really saved me from the anxiety and stress of that uncertain time and I began to truly rely on those hot yoga sessions. I met some wonderful people who also loved and needed her classes and our "yoga collective" was formed. I look forward to retirement from the legal profession and to dedicating myself to MHYC and to continuing to learn and grow my own practice with our great teachers. See you on the mat!

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Teacher

Liz Falvey

Hi I’m Liz and I have been teaching and practicing Yoga for over 25 years. I earned my Master of Fine Arts Degree in Dance and I am currently an associate Professor of Dance at Evergreen Valley College. I love teaching others about movement of the body, whether the focus is on Yoga, Pilates, Dance or Fitness. I’m so excited to work at Morgan Hill Yoga Collective and create a community where people can learn, grow and practice new skills for a more balanced and peaceful life. Yoga is a daily practice in my life as it is a physical, mental and spiritual practice. This ancient practice helps to keep me grounded and living in gratitude and my hope is to share with others all that I have learned. I’m also looking forward to learning and growing myself in this new beautiful community and space. Namaste.

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Teacher

Jessica

Hi, I am Jessica and I am so excited to be part of this collective. I have taught yoga and embodiment practices for over 15 years. I bring a playful and grounded awareness to my classes while emphasizing presence and curiosity. I teach an alignment based flow class for all levels and encourage all students to tune into what they need in the moment. I believe that our yoga practice is “practice for real life” and the choices we make on our mat prepare us for all the choices we make off of our mat. I also believe that life is better when we do it together. Our shared experience feeds the core of who we are. While not teaching yoga, I am a mother of 3, wife, circle leader and artist. I aim to curate experience for humans to embody, create and connect. I look forward to practicing with you.

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Teacher

Debbie Stocksick

Hi, I’m Debbie and I have been teaching yoga for over 20 years. My love of yoga started when
my crew at El Monte Fire Station wanted to take yoga for flexibility and I wanted to take it to
build strength. We started practicing yoga as a crew and found out it did both, but also brought
calmness to the emergencies and chaos we found ourselves in each shift. After being featured
in Yoga Journal Magazine, we were asked to share our yoga story on Oprah and how Yoga reset
our muscles, posture, energy and brought us closer together as a crew. I want to share my love
of yoga and the benefits with anyone who wants to learn so you have the same success as my
crew did. With each class you take at Yoga Collective, you will build stamina, strength, and
flexibility while at the same time building friendships. I can’t wait to meet you!

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Teacher

Sheila French

Greetings! My name is Sheila. I’m thrilled to be a part of the Morgan Hill Yoga Collective. I have practiced and taught yoga since 1997. I love to say “YOGA SAVED MY LIFE.” It’s true in so many ways. For years, I struggled with back pain and depression and yoga has been instrumental in helping me physically and mentally. In addition to those benefits, I have also met friends for life which I like to call my yoga family. I am a 200 hour certified YTT instructor who started teaching yoga for kids. This has grown into teaching adults, seniors, colleagues, family and friends. I absolutely love, love, love to share my passion for yoga with everyone. My motto in class is: BE SAFE and HAVE FUN. I teach vinyasa flow, slow flow, hot yoga, yoga sculpt and restorative yoga. 

 

In my personal practice I enjoy inversions and arm balances because they give me a feeling of flight, empowerment and extreme joy. I have boy-girl twins who were born in 1995. They both live locally and will occasionally come to class. My partner, Dave, and I  moved to Morgan Hill in September of 2022. We live with our mini schnauzer Cowboy just a few minutes away from the yoga studio. I recently retired from a 30+ year career as an elementary school teacher…now it’s time to continue teaching….YOGA!

 

Please come and join me in class, ask questions, and let’s practice!

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Co-Owner and Teacher

Jen Carrubba

My name is Jen Carrubba and I am 52 years old. I am a married mother of 2 and I've lived in Morgan Hill for 27 years. I've been practicing yoga for 12 years and teaching for 5. I practice yoga for my mind, body and spirit. I practice yoga for the community. This community has loved and supported me through tough times. MHYC studio is a dream come true. It is a way for me to give back to a community that I am forever grateful for. My intention is to create a space where people feel safe, acknowledged, appreciated and loved. I am looking forward to seeing students become stronger mentally and physically. To make connections with each other. We are all the same. Human❤

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Teacher

Stefani Clark

I'm Stefani and I have been practicing yoga for over 20 years now. I started yoga as a kid when I was a dancer. Yoga became the calm I needed to tame the crazy!! I'm grateful everyday that I get to make it to my mat for practice, and I love to share yoga with everyone. I feel blessed to be part of our always growing community here in Morgan Hill. I have two wonderful kiddos and the most wonderful husband. Yin Yoga is my passion because with its long holds and breathing techniques, it helps everyone work through so much, inside and out, on and off the mat.

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Teacher

Dolores Kent

Dolores has been in the fitness and health industry since 1989. In the early 90’s, she had been having challenges with her health and needed to focus on her lifestyle when she discovered yoga in 1994. Dolores found healing in the practice and decided she wanted to share this art with others. Dolores has trained with teachers from all different backgrounds such as Vinyasa, Iyengar, Ashtanga, Yin and Anusara yoga. Her mission in her yoga classes is to create a peaceful, safe and healing environment so students of all ages and abilities can have fun, feel good and cultivate self-awareness. Dolores's classes integrate body movement with breath awareness, flexibility with strength, and relaxing into the moment. She brings profound enthusiasm and knowledge into her teaching. Dolores earned her yoga teaching credentials through Anusara School of Hatha Yoga. She is a graduate from Bauman College with a Clinical Nutrition Degree and earned a Plant-Base Nutrition Certification from Cornell University. She also leads "Plant-Power" nutrition classes and
PotLucks, detoxification workshops and "Vivid Women"/"Vivid Menopause" retreats. She is a facilitator for HealingStrong (HealingStrong.org) an online group for managing and preventing Cancer
with nutrition.

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Kayla Lyn

Hi, I’m Kayla and I have been practicing yoga for over ten years and have been teaching for about seven years. My teaching style is a fun Vinyasa flow that will challenge you! In my spare time, I like to hang out with my dogs, go hiking, paddle boarding and hang out at the beach. I am so excited to teach at Morgan Hill Yoga Collective and can't wait to meet all of you!

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Teacher

Christene Joy

Dearest Sibling, Hello! My name is Christene Joy and I am excited to be a part of the Morgan Hill Yoga Collective! I was first invited to the practice in my early twenties when my mom told me to try it, especially because of my scoliosis (I had surgery for it when I was 10). But for many reasons, I resisted the invitation for a few years until I took a class at CorePower Yoga in 2015. Yoga was the first thing that gave me a whole body cathartic release - by moving my body, resting from my responsibilities, and focusing on just myself, I cracked open. This is when I knew I wanted to become a student of yoga; and in 2018, I officially became a teacher. I received training and my yoga certifications from CorePower Yoga for Yoga Sculpt; Ignite: Institute for Yogic Leadership and Social Change for connecting to the depth of Yoga’s roots; and Soul of Yoga for Yin Yoga. Off the mat, I am the CEO (Courageous Equanimous Officer) of Lead with JOY, LLC who guides overwhelmed Multifaceted and Ambitious Leaders back to their inner compass to reclaim, express, and savor joy. I express this gift by holding compassionate space as a Trauma-Informed Life and Leadership Coach and Holistic Yoga Instructor in private sessions and in group, community settings. I am also a mama to my energetic 4 year old son, married to my fun-loving husband, the first-born daughter to my Filipino parents, and eldest sibling to two younger brothers. I know how overwhelm can feel like when it takes over our minds and bodies, which is why as you and I practice together, you will be gently reminded to connect back to YOU. I am so grateful for this practice and look forward to the growth we’ll experience together and meeting you!

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