The founder of Jai Rhythm, Colin Brightfield started the studio by leading donation yoga classes in Marina Park in Pierpont every morning for over a year. Colin is a leader, artist and entrepreneur with a mission to build community based on conscious creative expression. He emphasizes creative pursuits to promote freedom, challenge what’s possible, and expand awareness. These pursuits take the form of yoga, art, music, festivals, events, and adventure retreats. Colin’s first experience with yoga was with his mother. She suggested he join her for a yoga class while in high school, then after playing rugby in college, he turned to yoga to heal his body.
He quickly realized that there was something deeper happening in yoga class. As a student of philosophy, he began to delve into the theory beyond the physical practice of yoga. In 2008, he earned his initial teaching certification with Rolf Gates, and has enjoyed studying and teaching yoga ever since.
Colin leads classes that are dynamic and soulful, combining his passion for yogic wisdom and flowing movement to create experiences that inspire, energize and awaken. Colin celebrates his students for who they are while challenging them to rise to their potential and dream even bigger.
Rebecca has been enjoying the practice of yoga for eight years, and was certified in Hatha yoga five years ago. She understands how yoga can heal both body and mind if practiced regularly because she has witnessed it firsthand through her own practice.
She was introduced to yoga through Bikram Yoga by a close friend in hopes of getting her body back into her varsity college lacrosse shape. After taking a few yoga classes she was hooked, realizing not only was it a great physical “work out” but mentally she began to gain a sense of clarity while struggling with clinical depression. Yoga became much more than the physical practice she once believed it was as she continued to heal herself through the practice. Yoga has now expanded into her life’s passion, and she is grateful for the opportunity to share her experience.
Rebecca has studied many forms of Hatha yoga and meditation and is currently studying how to teach yoga to children. She has a passion for alignment and sensitivity for the movement of energy(prana). She combines her skills as a teacher with her sense of humor and openness for a truly heartfelt yoga experience. Rebecca nurtures each student to help them reach their potential in their practice and is a seasoned beginner’s teacher.
A passion for teaching drew Pixie all over the globe, and into the most vibrant realms of yoga. A mother, activist and lover of life she has brought the rhythms of nature onto the mat with a dynamic practice that follows the lunar cycle. Pixie believes yoga is a perfect reflection of the cycles of life and matches each day’s practice to the energy of the seasons. No two classes are the same, which adds to the sacredness and awesome sense of fun.
Pixie’s yoga style is a powerful blend of vinyasa and prana flow that taps deep into inner strength and fluidity. The challenging practice is drenched in a sense of lightness, renewal and joy. Pixie has lived and studied yoga in India where she received a certificate in yoga therapy. She has a degree in Kinesiology, has worked as a private wellness coach and currently studies with yoga masters Shiva Rea, Mark Whitewall and Guru Singh. Pixie leads private, group and intensive classes abroad. She completed her first 200 hrs in Northern California in 2002, another 500 hrs in 2014. And continues to seek paths to learn & explore the embodiment of yoga always.
At the age of 19, Maxwell Miller found yoga as a way to complement his athletic lifestyle and to improve flexibility. Shortly thereafter it became an integral part of his life. Maxwell continued to evolve his practice for the next two years and then met his Guru, Yogi Hari. Maxwell went on to study at Yogi Hari’s Ashram in Mirimar Florida and completed his 200 hr yoga teacher training. He was then initiated as Yogi Hari’s disciple at the end of his stay at the ashram. Maxwell then went on to complete his 500 hr yoga teacher training with Yogi Hari. Maxwell received the title Yoga Acharya (Professor of Yoga). Maxwell teaches a traditional style of yoga that evolved from the Sivananda school.
Maxwell’s classes are designed to guide students to use their mental focus to come into harmony with the breath and flow from pose to pose. The class begins with a strengthening and heating series with a rigorous vinyasa flow, linked with various poses. After, this heat is applied to help to stretch the body deeply into more advanced asanas. As the body cools, the class concludes with a deep meditation/relaxation followed by chanting designed to purify and harmonize the body to increase radiant health and well-being. Maxwell is incredibly passionate about yoga and strives to make every class a unique and enlightening experience for each one of his students.
Through yoga Brenda has found a genuine sense of calm, balance and an opening of heart, allowing for deeper relationships and more present living. Her fascination with human anatomy and physiology led her to earn an undergraduate and graduate degree in Exercise Physiology. As a passionate learner, she has completed several teacher trainings, which have included the guidance from Eddie Modestini and Nicki Doane.
Brenda’s teaching is a confluence of her light-hearted and sprightly approach to life united with a deep respect for the tradition. Her teaching style enables her to offer classes that provide a dynamic interplay of movement and stillness cultivating an environment for each to develop their personal practice. Brenda’s classes continue to evolve reflecting her creativity, personal growth and continued learning. She remains grateful for her teachers who continue to share their knowledge and wisdom.
April finds balance in her life on her yoga mat and is eager to share this with her students. She has a passionate dedication to the practice and finds healing in strength and movement. April started practicing yoga in 2004 after learning she had scoliosis. Soon afterwards she earned a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) certificate and began teaching. Currently April is a Yoga Medicine Teacher working towards a 500hr certificate in Yoga Medicine under the direction of founder and visionary Tiffany Cruikshank.
Yoga Medicine is a thorough, anatomically based training system that trains teachers all over the world to work more powerfully with their students. Yoga Medicine is a community of teachers who excel in their training and their ability to understand the body from an eastern & western perspective enabling them to work more effectively with other healthcare practitioners. Yoga Medicine is not a style of yoga, but rather a training that educates the teacher to understand the body and create individualized yoga prescriptions for the student.
Citrine has been infatuated with yoga ever since she first stepped onto her mat in 2009. The process of linking breath, movement, meditation, and mindfulness together is a concoction that is unique and healing. After years of a dedicated practice, yoga gifted her with a profound wave of gratitude and contentment. Citrine discovered she could contribute to the happiness of others by sharing this practice. In 2013, she completed her teacher training with an experienced Yoga Works Instructor, Gigi Snyder.
Citrine holds a comfortable atmosphere for students to enjoy moving the body. Her class aims at purifying and cleansing the body to give the mind a safe space to reside in. Citrine’s passion is to inspire others to take yoga off the mat and into an authentic life.
Why do I teach yoga? Facilitating someone else’s transformation is awe inspiring and humbling! I love to observe their breath becoming deeper and the face softening, the heart opening and the mind focusing. These shifts are powerful, and playing a role in this shift by holding the space for each student to embrace, expand, and enjoy their own journey is truly amazing.
Xuan is certified as a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-500) with Yoga Alliance, completing his 500-hour professional teacher training program at YogaWorks Westlake Village Studio with his teacher/mentor Lainie Devina.
Adam teaches ashtanga yoga how he learned it, with curiosity, devotion, and ever-deepening compassion for himself and others. He has been practicing meditation since the age of 16, and yoga since the age 18. He has sustained a daily Ashtanga practice since 2007, and is currently studying the Advanced A (Third) Series under Steve Dwelley in Santa Barbara.
He is the founder of Ashtanga Yoga Ojai and Executive Director of The Ojai Foundation, an organization that works to awaken connection with self, others, and the natural world through various traditions.
Andrea was brought up in Ventura and has been teaching yoga the last 17 years in Hawaii, California and Mexico. Along with her yoga practice she has deeply immersed herself in her passion for healing arts and health and has a professional background and certifications in Pilates, personal training and exercise science, thai massage therapy, Ayurvedic nutrition and therapies, and a BA in biological anthropology from UCSD and a masters in Asian studies with a focus in health and ecology from Univ of Hawai’i. She has spent over a decade guiding international surf, yoga and fitness retreats and working as a senior yoga teacher, body worker, and nutritional guide and chef guiding wellness and healing experiences in world renowned retreat centers with groups and private clients.
She has recently returned to her hometown of Ventura and is inspired to connect and give back to the community where she is grateful to have established her roots. Her classes are fluid and dynamic and will offer the practitioner of any level the chance to challenge themselves physically and mentally while at the same time bringing a sense of restoration, ease, strength and balance. Group classes are suited for beginners and advanced practitioners.
Andrea’s paractice and teachings are informed by her love of and connection with the ocean and nature. Her main influence and form of personal practice is a unique form of yoga called Shadow Yoga founded by Zhander Remete, in which she will incorporate elements of into her group classes. Her main teacher is Matt Pesendian and she feels blessed to have had the opportunity to study and practice under many other wonderful and influential teachers throughout the years.
Monica began her yogic journey in 2006 when she experienced relief in her low back and profound peace in her very first class.
The path of yoga continued to allow her to heal her body, release old patterns, increase her level of joy and slow down the chatter of the mind.
She continued to fall more in love with yoga and what it can offer her body and spirit, which eventually led her to enroll in and complete Jai Rhythm’s 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training with the wonderful and inspiring (teachers) Colin Brightfield and Rob Hess.
Monica is passionate about teaching and bringing joy into the lives of others. She is so grateful for the Jai Rhythm community and excited to share her love of yoga and her personal practice with you.
Kasey Kelly, yoga instructor by day & radio personality by night, was born and raised in Ventura, California. In 2006, Kasey took her first yoga class at Ventura College. Her seed of love for yoga was planted but wouldn’t come to bloom till later in 2014 when she found Jai Rhythm and its inviting community. In January 2015, Kasey enrolled in Jai Rhythm’s 200 hr VinyasaFlow Teacher Training, under her deeply revered teachers Colin Brightfield and Rob Hess.
Kasey has a deep passion for sharing her yoga with others and hopes to help facilitate people’s transformation both physicallyand spiritually in each one of her classes. Her goal is to leave everyone feeling rejuvenated, full of love and passionate about life. Kasey’s down to earth and sincere enthusiasm for life parlays into the classroom in hopes to inspire those she meets.
“I teach yoga because I believe I have the duty to share the infinite gifts Yoga has given and continues to give me. I share Yoga in a light-hearted, fun and passionate way accompanied with eclectic music. I simply share what is dear to my heart and only hope that in some way I help make your life a little more beautiful, enhance your awareness or invigorate your passion for living an authentic life. I look forward to joining you on our Yogic journey. I see you and I love you. Namaste!”
Ulrika moved from Sweden to California in 2009, to pursue her passions in surfing and yoga. Her passion now is to share these experiences with others. Ulrika believes that practicing yoga will give you a healthier and happier life.
Ulrika has a bachelor’s degree in holistic health and nutrition from the University of Halmstad in Sweden. She is all about bringing health and joy into other people’s lives. Ulrika believes that yoga is a gift to life, a gift to herself and a gift that she loves to share with others.
After seeing more and more changes in her soul and mind from practicing yoga for 6 years, she decided to become a yoga teacher. She considers herself lucky to have been able to participate in Jai Rhythm’s 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training Course in 2015, with outstanding teachers Colin Brightfield and Rob Hess.
Brooke began practicing yoga in the Iyengar tradition while studying for her BA in psychology at UCSD. She then discovered vinyasa yoga and fell in love with flowing to the beat of one’s breath. As a lifelong music aficionado, combining music with yoga has always been one of her favorite parts of being an instructor. She strives to always learn more about the mind/body connection. In wanting to learn more about the Union of matter and spirit, she studied Jungian psychology and earned her master’s degree in Counseling at Pacifica Graduate Institute in May 2015.
Lisa is a long time lover of yoga. In college, she enjoyed the peace and joy it brought her, on and off the mat. Her background in education and her experience working with preschool children served well as a precursor to starting her own family. Her parenting philosophy of making life fun and teaching from the heart spills over to her playful, nurturing style of teaching yoga. She is grateful for the inspiration and guidance she received from Carmen Curtis and the yoga community throughout her 200 hour certification program for Aireal and Hatha yoga, and looks forward to her continued growth and learning from her fellow instructors. Lisa’s goal is to share her love of yoga with people of all ages, and serve as an inspiration for future yoga lovers.
Yoga found Kat in San Diego in 2011 when she bartered her web design skills for free yoga lessons from her friend. After her first Vinyasa flow class she instantly fell in love with the practice. It wasn’t until moving to Ventura in 2014 that she began practicing regularly at Jai Rhythm. Learning from the amazing teachers there inspired her to enroll and complete the 2016 Jai Rhythm 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training Program. She learned how the practice of yoga can heal your body, mind and soul. Through the experience of teacher training she has become immersed in the Jai Community, and is excited to give back by sharing her knowledge and love of Yoga.
Mariah discovered her first yoga class over 20 years ago as a teenager and enjoyed the body, mind, spirit wholeness it brought into her life and felt a spiritual and healing energy when moving her body. After a back injury in 1997, which caused her constant chronic pain, Mariah decided it was a time for change and made body health and wellness her profession of passion. She received her first certification as a fitness trainer in 2004, and then in 2006 she received her certification as an aesthetician and massage therapist. Mariah continues to challenge herself and has received several certifications including Oriental Studies, Level 1 Olympic Weightlifting, and Level 1 Crossfit certifications.
Mariah found that Yoga incorporates all of what she’s most passionate about, growing spiritually, helping others, and taking care of our body and mind so that we can live a long and energetic life. Seeking a deeper practice Mariah received her Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) Certification in early 2016 and she is excited and dedicated to share the joy she has found in life and in yoga with others. Mariah has spent many years on a path of healing, and as she continues to grow, and move forward, she is grateful to her teachers, spiritual advisors, mentors, family and friends. She is determined to always remain a student and continue to learn from those around her and ultimately the teacher that lies within.