Elisabeth Schwarz
Owner & Instructor

Elisabeth became the owner of The Little Yoga Studio in November 2018.

Dominique De La Rocha

It is while attending her first restorative yoga class that Dominique felt the powerful and wonderful release that she needed at that time in her life when she was suffering from chronic pain.

From that moment she became more and more involved in the practice and study of yoga and in 2005 she enrolled in a teacher-training program to become a certified yoga teacher (RYT200).
Her sweet, friendly and caring personality is a powerful positive energy that can be distinctly felt in her classes.

The restorative yoga class she teaches helps connect body and mind in a very nurturing, gentle, and relaxing atmosphere.

As a former registered nurse and a massage therapist, she integrates her medical and holistic background by infusing her sessions with Reiki, massage, and essential oils.
Based on her own journey she strongly believes that self-love and self-care are essential to our health and happiness, and her goal is to teach other how to achieve it.

Sarah Deakin

Sara has been practicing yoga since 1999. Like so many people, she began yoga for physical benefits. With numerous knee and shoulder injuries from competitive tennis and running, she turned to yoga for rehabilitation. The therapy went far beyond her joints, and started to resonate in her mind and spirit. From surfing, to traveling, to being a student of natural medicine, she has been able to integrate yoga philosophy into all aspects of her life.

Sara received her 200hr certification from White Lotus Foundation in 2006. She has been blessed to study under many renowned teachers including Ganga White, Tracey Rich, and Gerhard Gessner. This stylistically diverse group of teachers has allowed Sara to find her own unique heart-centered and down-to-earth approach to teaching. Her alignment based vinyasa flow classes emphasize the synergistic effects of connecting the body and breath. In addition to completing the 300hr Yoga Works training in 2010, she also received her Masters in Business Administration.

Paulina Kayachaninan

Paulina came to her yoga mat about 8 years ago and started her teacher training the year of 2014.  After a 200hr RYT teacher training teaching something she knew she wanted to do so she could share her practice but also share the practice of yoga with others. Yoga found Paulina at a time were she was going through a lot of physical recovery from other sports she played. With time, practice and patience she began to see improving results and recovery. She then knew that yoga was something she would always be doing for the rest of her life. She is always learning new material, is a part of the San Diego acrobatic community in San Diego, and assisting trainings to bring new flows to her classes. If you haven’t had the chance to take her class. Defiantly stop in your in for a sweet ride on your yoga mat.

Stacey Filice

Stacey A. Filice, E-RYT200, RYT-500, teaches various styles of yoga including Vinyasa, Hatha and Yin/Restorative Yoga, meditation and sound healing. She is also a Reiki Master, is certified in mat pilates and is currently pursuing her Yoga Therapy certification at the Soul of Yoga in Encinitas. She is YogaWorks certified and trained in San Diego under Gerhard Gessner, Sara Deakin and Shauna Mackay. Her years of teaching have included many studios throughout San Diego, full-time staff instruction at Rancho La Puerta in Tecate, BC, Mexico, and working with students one-on-one. Stacey enjoys empowering her students to go inward and connect to the state of calm that exists within them.

Dorothy Guthrie

Dorothy earned her 200 hr yoga teacher training at The Little Yoga Studio in 2012. Since then she has earned two Restorative Yoga Teacher Training Certifications and holds certification in Reiki and Sound Healing. In 2015, Dorothy became the Yoga Teacher for the San Diego County Recreation Department at Waterfront Park. Dorothy is currently attending Yoga Therapy Teacher Training at Loyola Marymount and is finishing up her certification in Tibetan Bowl Sound Healing. You can experience the vibration of the Tibetan Singing Bowls during her Yoga Classes where she plays them on and off the body during Savasana.

She has a Bachelor of Music degree in Global Music Composition from San Diego State University where she discovered her calling to blend the modalities of sound and yoga. You can listen to her music compositions designed for deep rest and relaxation on her album titled: Music for Restorative Yoga. In addition, Dorothy has over 300 free original guided meditations available on her youtube channel: 365DaysofMeditation.

Cristina Bonilla

Cristina began practicing yoga as a means to manage the stress she was experiencing in her career as well as the chronic pain she had been struggling with since childhood. Meditation, pranayama (breath control), acupuncture & Reiki were introduced to her at a time when she needed it most and realized the importance of taking the time to nourish the body, mind and spirit in order to achieve optimum health and wellbeing. After taking a Yinki® class (yin yoga with Reiki energy healing) one evening, she instantly felt the healing benefits of her practice- physically, mentally, and emotionally. Cristina felt inspired to deepen her understanding of yoga and decided to take a 600hr Hatha yoga therapy program through Shafa Yoga.

She then did further training as an integrative healer, Yinki®yoga teacher and mentor through Tranquility Wellness Center. Cristina is also the founder of Sacred Balance Integrative Healing haring the therapeutic benefits of yoga, meditation and integrative healing has truly been a life changing and humbling experience for Cristina. Her mission is to inspire others to bring balance to their lives- physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually so that they may realize their full potential.

Danielle Wolcott

Danielle originally found the way to her mat as a means to create a more balanced and healthy lifestyle. It was love at first breath and she quickly realized that when she kept a regular practice that other aspects of her life felt more balanced as a result. Danielle believes yoga is truly for everyone and creates a safe and welcoming environment to students of all levels. She teaches a grounded, and well-balanced class with a focused attention on alignment and breath control. Her classes can be described with a sense of calm endurance, inviting students to take their practice a little deeper with the use of movement and breath.

Zaquia Salinas

Zaquia Mahler Salinas (RYT500/MFA Dance: Creative Practice) began a yoga practice in 2007 and her love of movement led her to develop a passion for flow. She completed her 200-hour teacher training through CorePower Yoga in 2012, and her 300-hour advanced training with Yoga One San Diego in 2019. Zaquia has also completed trainings for yoga at the wall, yin, and restorative yoga to compliment and balance her vinyasa-based foundation. Zaquia enjoys learning alongside her students while they share the experience of practice together. Her mission is to engage others in a relationship with movement and inspire a deeper sense of confidence in their physical experience as human beings.

Irene Encarnacion

Irene began practicing yoga in 2006.  After leaving an accounting career that required long hours of sitting and hunching at a desk and computer, she was intrigued by yoga’s rehabilitating effects on her aching low back and stress level.  Irene’s yoga teaching influences are YogaWorks’ Kori Flechtner Strobl, Miramar College’s Jessica Matthews, and MiraCosta College’s Stacy McCarthy.  Irene enjoys introducing yoga to new students and inspiring them in a safe and thoughtful manner.  In addition to keeping up with her own yoga practice, Irene is a Jazzercise aficionado, San Diego City College senior tutor, and doggie mom to three rescued Chihuahua mixes.

Ariana Torres

As a former professional NFL and NBA dancer, Ariana found yoga during a search for a restorative practice that would cultivate more body awareness and heal her severe anxiety. Since 2009, she has experienced the intangible benefits of yoga through conscious breath work and movement meditation. During her yoga classes, Ariana offers creative sequences suitable for all levels. Her intention is to help build strength while focusing on alignment and creating space within the body. Students can expect to leave her classes feeling empowered, supported and with a new sense of presence!

Ali Calvaruso

Ali started teaching yoga in 2010 on the East Coast. Ali’s light-hearted approach to life brings seamless ease and grace to her yoga classes. She is known for her creatively sequenced Vinyasa classes and extensive knowledge and training in using yoga to heal injuries and discomfort in the body. Her varied training with teachers with different backgrounds such as Pranakriya, Liquid Flow and Katonah Yoga, have refined her teaching skills. Whether in a beginner’s class or advanced Vinyasa, you can expect to be challenged with alignment cues for your body and playful sequencing to allow students to drop-in, link breath with movement and focus the mind. It is Ali’s goal to create a space for students to find comfort and yet step outside their comfort zones to learn more about themselves.