Meet our teachers, leaders, and guides

PAMELA MALDONADO

Renew Yoga Owner and Teacher, E-RYT200 YACEP

Pamela has been on a spiritual journey since she was a child questioning the ways of the universe. She believes that her decades long journey of self-realization has been in preparation for her current role as yogi, teacher and business owner.

With a background in ballet and a professional career in jazz dance, a national sport aerobic title coupled with numerous years of all varieties of fitness instructing,

and directing three of her own dance companies, a deep, deep love of teaching was evolving throughout the journey. The natural progression in 2000 towards yoga has been life altering.

Renew Yoga studio, founded in 2001 is a thriving, Vinyasa-centered studio with a vibrant community of dedicated followers. Pamela has taught over 10,000 hours of heart-centered, spirit-driven classes, and co-facilitates the 200Hour Yoga Teacher Training with Amy Wolff which was implemented in 2013 sanctioned by Yoga Alliance.

The concept of “Be Love, Do Love,” is the heart of Renew Yoga and is found at the core of every practice as she guides students towards softening into their hearts and awakening to the magnificence of their True Self.

In addition to leading a weekly schedule of group classes, Pamela offers private lessons, master classes, workshops and retreats. She also serves as a licensed minister at wedding ceremonies and is available for spiritual inquiry/healing sessions.

PAMELA MALDONADO

Renew Yoga Owner and Teacher, E-RYT200

Pamela has been on a spiritual journey since she was a child questioning the ways of the universe. She believes that her decades long journey of self-realization has been in preparation for her current role as yogi, teacher and business owner.

With a background in ballet and a professional career in jazz dance, a national sport aerobic title coupled with numerous years of all varieties of fitness instructing, and directing three of her own dance companies, a deep, deep love of teaching was evolving throughout the journey. The natural progression in 2000 towards yoga has been life altering.

Renew Yoga studio, founded in 2001 is a thriving, Vinyasa-centered studio with a vibrant community of dedicated followers. Pamela has taught over 10,000 hours of heart-centered, spirit-driven classes, and co-facilitates the 200Hour Yoga Teacher Training with Amy Wolff which was implemented in 2013 sanctioned by Yoga Alliance. The concept of “Be Love, Do Love,” is the heart of Renew Yoga and is found at the core of every practice as she guides students towards softening into their hearts and awakening to the magnificence of their True Self.

In addition to leading a weekly schedule of group classes, Pamela offers private lessons, master classes, workshops and retreats. She also serves as a licensed minister at wedding ceremonies and is available for spiritual inquiry/healing sessions.

Heather Zeeb

Owner
RYT200

The practice of Yoga carries Heather home— to the real, to the Truth, to the now. To the part of herself that she had long forgotten. Renew has been a place of deep surrender, renewal, and refuge for Heather. This level of healing infused a great knowing and Truth within her, which has allowed her to trust the beautiful unfoldment of life.
When Heather looks back on her first class at Renew, she never would have imagined what was to come. Now Heather will carry the ancient wisdom and sacred practice where it all began, Renew.

From a tender heart, Heather creates a healing space that allows her students to turn towards the deeper layers of themselves and embrace their inner Truth. She teaches from a place of sincere gratitude and loving compassion. Heather will lead you back to the sweetness and innocence of your innermost Being.

David McGuire

RYT500

David’s method of teaching is a simple one – to walk in love and encourage all those around him to see themselves as they truly are – their inner light, their shine, their amazing gifts. With over 20 years of experience as a personal trainer and a background in professional ballet and competitive gymnastics, David took his first yoga class and knew he had found a place to call home. David sees yoga as a way of being – to love, to serve, and to step into a softness with ourselves that can only lead to a radiant openness of heart. David’s classes focus on releasing self-judgment and an acceptance of all pieces of who we are. By doing this we create the most spectacular garden of compassion within us and our yoga practice becomes a lifestyle that simply cannot be contained within the four corners of our mat.

SHANE DAVIS

RYT200

While enjoying a career in cardiac technology and studies in classical piano, Shane was introduced to yoga at the age of 30. While he was about to sit for his stock brokers exam, Shane found that the Tantric yoga philosophy embodied many of his deeply held beliefs. He followed his intuition, left the stock market behind and immersed himself in the practices that lead to yoga. Shane brings years of musical and harmonium meditative experience to teaching a harmony filled, bhakti based flow. While teaching classes overflowing with vinyasa flow, meditation and kirtan, Shane offers classes devoted to revealing your own inner truth, joy and love.

Mary Billings

RYT500

Mary teaches from her heart and creates a flow that is pure and true. She trusts that when we continually return to our mats to find ourselves rounded and stable, we develop the tools to return to our breath during those times when life hits us hard. The effect of this on ourselves and within the world is huge. As a mother of five and a grandmother of eleven, she believes that for everyone’s unique qualities, in our truest light, we are all the same.

Pamela Maldonado

Former owner of Renew Yoga
E-RYT200 YACEP

Pamela has a long history of teaching Vinyasa Yoga which has flowed over the past 20 years here at Renew Yoga. Her classes are Spirit driven, heart centered practices which encompass some of the incredible history of this ancient wisdom practice. Come to your mat and feel your vitality and the potency of your Inner Most Being. You can find Pamela on our Virtual platform and in the studio.

Alex Benfarhat

E-RYT500

Alex was always very interested in meditation as a child. Music and nature were his refuge. However, like many find, this refuge was not enough and he found himself amidst some rather dark and depressing influences. Fearing for his future, one day his parents decided to send him on a community service trip to Thailand where he would come to the gates of a Buddhist monastery, an encounter that would alter the course of his life forever. He stayed with a monk who taught him the practice of meditation. Very fortunate indeed was he to find such a teacher. It was not until years later, in the midst of a life shattering event, that he truly felt the need to commit to the daily practice of meditation. Not long after making this commitment to himself did he wind up in a vinyasa yoga class with Pamela Maldonado. He was convinced! Yoga and meditation became his life. He dropped out of college as an environmental studies major to live in an ashram in Nepal, studying yoga in its traditional form. His studies brought him to many teachers across the world, from sages in the Himalayas to shamans in Mexico and Thailand to an Ayurvedic doctor in Los Angeles. If there is one thing he has learned that is most valuable to him it is to honor his home, the land, and the people and to understand that the true teacher is within the one heart we share as a community, something that is shared with all beings. He is devoted to bridging the wisdom of the ancient traditions to our modern world and does so through the study and practice of yoga and Ayurveda. He is deeply grateful for the opportunity to be of service at this time and hopes to share many moments in awe and wonder for this beautiful gift of the spirit, body and mind.

HELAINE E. SHEIAS PhD

E-RYT500

Helaine’s Yin Yoga classes invite you into a deep, slow and calm connection to breath and body. Her Yoga is an exploratory journey of self acceptance, searching to bridge together a sense of truth, trust and integrity. A believer in the Yogic “my body is my temple” philosophy, Helaine is passionate about helping her students use yoga to awaken the physical body and find a greater sense of spiritual consciousness. She holds a PhD in Human Sciences and is the originator of Yingenuity, a tapestry of somatic release, intuitive awakening, and the cultivation of radical presence.

APRIL MITCHELL

RYT300

A So Cal native, April started her yoga journey in 2002 and hasn’t looked back. For April, yoga has always been a perfect fit, a coming home. April spent many years as a ballet dancer and soccer player. So, the asana practice felt so natural and so healing. After graduating college in San Diego she completed one of many teacher trainings. April believes we are all students and teachers.
April holds the space for breath, body awareness, being and connection. Her classes are fun, challenging and always evolving. April passionately shares the benefits and gifts yoga has to offer.

Nicole Pryke

E-RYT200

Nicole graduated from Baking School in 2012 and states that her love of yoga is similar to her love of baking: both rely on structure and are a practice to be honored, while offering a delicious and fun end result. As a new mother, she has continued to expand her sense of patience and allowing—which is also integral to her teaching style. Nicole holds space for all to fully embrace and accept where they are in their personal practice, in each pose, in each moment and in life.

JENSEN CURTIS

RYT300

Jensen is a Sonoma County native and seventh generation Californian. With a background in weight loss and personal training, Jenson has worked in health and fitness since 2006. His classes, retreats and workshops draw upon the traditions of vinyasa, hatha, restorative, yoga nidra and Buddhist meditation—incorporating all into an understandable, but continually changing and widely inspired practice. Jenson leads and participates in yoga teacher training programs, meditation programs and wilderness fasts. He has traveled in India, Japan, Peru, and Europe studying yoga and meditation.

MIKI ROMO

RYT200

Miki leads her class with clarity and connection. She encourages her students to find meaning and presence in the practice of yoga. As a long time occupational therapist and yoga practitioner, Miki has worked with people of diverse ages and abilities, and at various stages of health. She began the journey of yoga in 1992 at Sonoma State University and is a 2018 graduate of the Renew Yoga Teacher Training program. Her warm teaching style balances fun and fluidity with vigor and vibrance. Miki’s class is spirited and wholehearted.

Eleanor McCall

E-RYT500

“Practice presence and come home to your Self” is a mantra that Eleanor weaves into all of her classes. Her ultimate goal is to create a heart-centered, soul-sanctifying container that allows for the authentic unfolding of the individual human experience. Eleanor’s intention is to invigorate the love and passion for ‘BEing in the body’ out into the community as a way to heal disembodiment and hone our innate intuitive wisdom. Quote–“All the answers you seek dwell within your sacred heart-space, in the NOW-ness of your BEing.”

APRIL MITCHELL

RYT300

A So Cal native, April started her yoga journey in 2002 and hasn’t looked back. For April, yoga has always been a perfect fit, a coming home. April spent many years as a ballet dancer and soccer player. So, the asana practice felt so natural and so healing. After graduating college in San Diego she completed one of many teacher trainings. April believes we are all students and teachers.
April holds the space for breath, body awareness, being and connection. Her classes are fun, challenging and always evolving. April passionately shares the benefits and gifts yoga has to offer.

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now?”

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    MIKI ROMO

    RYT200

    Miki leads her class with clarity and connection. She encourages her students to find meaning and presence in the practice of yoga. As a long time occupational therapist and yoga practitioner, Miki has worked with people of diverse ages and abilities, and at various stages of health. She began the journey of yoga in 1992 at Sonoma State University and is a 2018 graduate of the Renew Yoga Teacher Training program. Her warm teaching style balances fun and fluidity with vigor and vibrance. Miki’s class is spirited and wholehearted.

    “What
    would
    Love do
    now?”

    Sign up for our Newsletter
    and find out.

    Stay current with Renew Yoga events, new classes, and workshops in support of a meaningful life-long practice.

      MIKI ROMO

      RYT200

      Miki leads her class with clarity and connection. She encourages her students to find meaning and presence in the practice of yoga. As a long time occupational therapist and yoga practitioner, Miki has worked with people of diverse ages and abilities, and at various stages of health. She began the journey of yoga in 1992 at Sonoma State University and is a 2018 graduate of the Renew Yoga Teacher Training program. Her warm teaching style balances fun and fluidity with vigor and vibrance. Miki’s class is spirited and wholehearted.

      “What would love do now?”

      Sign up for our Newsletter and find out.

      Stay current with Renew Yoga events, new classes, and workshops in support of a meaningful life-long practice.