Yoga Instructor

An equal integration of body, breath, and mind

What is Yoga?

A system of physical, mental, and spiritual disciplines

Mangala integrates aspects of devotional intention, anatomical reference, and subtle body physiology into classical methods of traditional asana (yogic postures), pranayama (breathing techniques), and meditation practice.

Yoga is classically practiced as a holistic system of comprehensive healing through the equal integration of body, breath, and mind. The aim is to build and thoroughly distribute our life energy (prana) throughout our being. This system of practices connects us to the highest qualities that are inherent in our nature, and immediately translates into stability and ease in our daily life experiences, whether physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual.

Ayurvedic Yoga

Ayurvedic Yoga for your Body Type

Duration: One session / 90 minutes

Practice of yoga in accordance with Ayurvedic precepts of living in harmony with nature. Practice varies according to season, climate, time of day, stage of life, specific condition, and body type. See below for additional options.

Traditional Yoga

Traditional and Devotional Yoga Series

Duration: One session / 90 minutes

Sun Salutation, Moon Salutation, Forgiveness Series, Shoulderstand Series, and/or other sequences as taught by Baba Hari Dass. See below for additional options.

Yoga Therapy

Therapeutic Yoga monitoring vital signs

Duration: One session / 90 minutes

Careful yoga guidance and instruction while collecting diagnostic data in relation to practice. Blood pressure, heart rate and rhythm, oxygen saturation, lung sounds, circulation, sensation, and movement, fluid balance, pH, as well as Ayurvedic pulse and tongue analysis before, during, and after session per practitioner discretion. Data collected is utilized to assess status and modify practice accordingly.

Kids Yoga

Fun Kids Yoga Class

Duration: One session / 90 minutes

Doing yoga, children exercise, play, connect more deeply with the inner self, and develop an intimate relationship with the natural world that surrounds them. Classes are intended to be fun and may include age-appropriate games, animal sounds and creative names for poses.

Yoga Philosophy

Ashtanga Yoga Theory Classes

Duration: One session / 90 minutes

Yoga philoshophy and theory classes referenced to classical texts, such as the 8 limbed system, Hatha Yoga 7 limbed system, Samkhya, Tantra, Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, and various yogas. See below for additional options.

Meditation Practice

Breathwork and Guided Meditation

Duration: One session / 90 minutes

Expansion and control of life force energy by way of breathing practices followed by methods of bringing the mind to a steady one-pointed focus.

Yogic Cleansing Techniques

Kriyas: The Cleansing Techniques of Yoga

Duration: One session / 90 minutes

An elaborate array of yogic preparatory and purificatory techniques, such as nasal, chest, and intestinal cleansing, and gazing, both for daily maintenance and as needed for elemental balance. See below for additional options.

Subtle Body Physiology

The Psycho-Spiritual Constituents

Duration: One session / 90 minutes

Learn the mappings of energetics and life force pathways as described in Yogic and Ayurvedic Sciences. See below for additional options.

Sacred Sound Immersions

The Power of Mantras

Duration: One session / 90 minutes

Absorption in resonant and significant repetitve sounds of the Sanskrit language for the purpose of healing, concentration, and transcendence. See below for additional options.


Personalized Practice

One can experience a classical approach to this time tested system, including a mindful opening of practice, breathing, meditation, and postures, presented with a specific emphasis according to client needs.

Multiple Sessions

You can also explore the possibilities of practice with guidance through multiple sessions in a scheduled interval or develop a regular practice and support a specific goal with an established yoga schedule.

Private Yoga Instruction

Private Yoga Instruction, Individual & Group Packages, Programs and Workshops are available. Please inquire about individual classes, 3 or 5 class packages, the 8 and 12 week practice programs, and specialized workshops.

Weekly Yoga Classes

Pacific Cultural Center & Yoga Institute

Duration: 90 minutes

Gentle Yoga / Monday / 9:30 – 11:00 am
Level 1 / Monday / 5:30 – 7:00 pm

Why Yoga?

Reduce your risk for injury

Each yoga pose targets specific muscles. This helps you increase your flexibility and reduce your risk for injury.


Yoga can help soothe the mind and lower stress levels. It does this by focusing the mind on the moment and the movements.

Improved Concentration

A main part of yoga is rhythmic, focused breathing. This can help you focus.

Mind & Body Connection

Yoga requires you to focus all your energy on each movement or pose exactly. This can help you feel the mind and body work together.

Improved Posture

Yoga poses strengthen and open tight areas of the body like the shoulders and muscles of the upper back. This can help you keep good posture.

Body Awareness

Yoga requires you to contract or relax specific muscles as you stretch into each pose. This can help you become more aware of your body’s strengths and weaknesses.


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(831) 566 7818

343 Soquel Avenue, Suite 511 Santa Cruz, CA 95062 USA