In Buddhism and Sanskrit, Sangha means community.
Sangha believes strongly in the healing powers created from practicing yoga, movement, and mindfulness together in community. Practicing in community creates accountability, connection, deep understanding and respect.
My name is Clarissa Cota, or you can call me Clair. I am the co-founder and co-owner of Sangha. Constantly, I'm amazed by all the wonderful things that have happened in my life since I opened the doors to yoga. I specifically have a passion for working with children of all ages, developmental stages and diagnoses. I have been working with children in many capacities for 15 years. I received a B.S. in Psychology with an emphasis in Child Development from California State University of Fullerton and I earned my masters in Psychology from Pepperdine University. I received my 200 hour yoga teacher training from Stella Luna Yoga and have received a specialty certification with Yoga for the Special Child. Now with an immense passion and appreciation for yoga, I have found a way to combine yoga techniques and philosophies in the work I do with children. I am committed to learning techniques that can help make yoga approachable and accessible to any age, disability, or diagnosis.
My name is Jesse Schiffmacher and I am the co-founder and co-owner of Sangha. I became immersed in the yoga world while in middle school, and kept returning to the practice after discovering how much it helped me manage and deal with my depression and anxiety. I received my 200 teacher training from The Yoga Mat in Orange County as well as a Yin Yoga training from Spectra Yoga in Costa Mesa. The more time I invest into my practice, the more joy and peace I find in life. I am dedicated to self love, self care, and the healing powers of yoga, movement and meditation, especially for those who deal with mental health issues. I am passionate about vinyasa flow, yin yoga, meditation, and incorporating breath work, and mental health into my classes.