Clifftop Yoga

Meet Your Instructors

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Sarah Sawyer

Owner & Instructor

In 2020, life changed for us all and I created Yoga Stream.  A way for us to connect as we move and flow through life.

 

Growing up, much of my life centered around sports and competition: gymnastics, dance, collegiate cheerleading, running, and weight training.   After college, my sports activities had ended, and I began searching for a new venture where I could focus my interests, hoping to sustain my strength and flexibility.   I took a studio yoga class in 2005 and found yoga to be more than an activity but a life-long passion that has provided support through life’s struggles and successes.
Based in Fontana, California, I have completed my 500-hour vinyasa instructor certification (300-Hours with Jason Crandell and 200-Hours with Monica Mathews) and my 100-hour yin certification. I am an E-RYT 200-hour and RYT 500-hour yoga instructor who also has a certification in prenatal yoga and is a Yoga Alliance Certified Education Provider.
Over a span of 16 years, I have explored various yoga traditions (Iyengar, Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Power, Aerial, Fertility, Prenatal, Yin, Restorative, and Kundalini) and have discovered that yoga can benefit anyone at any time in life. My perspective is there is a yoga style uniquely suited for each individual, and as one’s life evolves so may one’s preferred and needed yoga style. Each day of your life can be fed, guided, healed or driven by a different type of yoga, and is one of its beauties. My yoga practice has changed my life profoundly, and I want to support you through your own personal yoga journey. I hope to see you in a class soon! Namaste.

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Sonya Reddell

Yoga Instructor

Sonya started doing yoga over 20 years ago with her mom.  At that time, her daughter was very young and it was a way for her to get in a bit of physical activity and some time with her mom. Over the years, her love for yoga grew and she became a 200-hour certified yoga instructor. Upon her graduation, she immediately started teaching yoga 3 times a week at her family's indoor cycling studio. With a thirst to expand her yoga knowledge and a desire to help her clients, she went back and received her 100-hour Yin Yoga certification.  She has also been able to continue to expand her yoga knowledge through Yoga Alliance Zoom courses. 

She believes yoga is for everyone: small to tall, young to old, thin to full-figured. Everyone! Yoga has extreme and amazing benefits for all, which she has seen first-hand. She does understand that some people feel nervous or anxious to join a class, maybe due to a previous bad experience or a preconceived notion, but she  says try it and you might just fall in love and have some fun in the process! 

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Zelynda Hardy

Pilates & Strength Instructor

Zelynda is an enthusiast of all things HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training). She is a 250 hour Inferno Hot/HIIT Pilates instructor, and a 150 hour Russian Kettlebell instructor. Her love for fitness and wellness stemmed from her Contemporary and Polynesian dance history, and Yoga roots. She has been practicing Bikram yoga/Yin/Vinyasa flow for 8 years. Through her journey, she's discovered wellness and strength through consistency and perseverance,  and would love the opportunity to be a part of your personal fitness journey as well!

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Victoria Balfour

Yoga Instructor

Victoria has been practicing yoga ever since she spent some time at the Sivananda Ashram in India back in 2004. She finally realized her dream and graduated with a 200 hour Teaching Certificate, a 100 hour Yin Specialty and Certificates in Chair Yoga and Restorative. Victoria loves to guide people on their personal yoga journeys - whether it be the path of classic yin, restorative, myofascial release, or ying & yang.  Victoria believes yoga should be accessible to everyone and she strives to make her sessions completely inclusive with lots of variations. As a runner/spin class enthusiast, she also like helping athletes wring themselves out after a long run or ride.  She believes yoga is not about being good at something. It's about being good to yourself.

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Dane Sawyer

Meditation & Fitness Instructor

Growing up, Dane played just about every sport he could—basketball, soccer, baseball, gymnastics, cross-country, and track. He played high school and college basketball, and continues to be physically active. His interest in fitness and athletic performance has been a significant part of his life.

In addition, Dane also has cared for academic pursuits. He received his BA in Philosophy and Religion at the University of La Verne, and his PhD in Philosophy of Religion and Theology at Claremont Graduate University. He’s been a college professor for over 13 years and has taught, published, and presented on topics covering Buddhism, meditation, existentialism, and philosophy of mind.

It was Dane’s academic pursuits in Eastern Philosophy that led him to discover the wonderful art and practice of meditation. Dane has a decade of experience with meditation, and has trained and learned various styles and methods but has focused within the Buddhist tradition. His experiences with and familiarity of mediation practices include insight (vipassana) meditation, concentration practices (samadhi), natural awareness practices, Dzochen, effortless mindfulness, and Zen. Dane incorporates his eclectic experience and interests into his meditation instructions, which focus on incorporating a variety of techniques and skills to meet any meditator’s individual needs and preferences. Dane offers guided meditations focusing on the breath, the four foundations of mindfulness, concentration, choiceless awareness, visualizations, loving-kindness, dealing with emotions, and developing calm, ease, relaxation and rejuvenation. For Dane, meditation helps offer people skillful methods and strategies to meet life’s various challenges, difficulties, setbacks, and hardships, as well as cultivation of healthy emotions, joy, gratitude, and appreciation for life and its possibilities.