Robbie Fichtel- Saffron Studio Owner & Instructor (Yoga Alliance 200 hr RYT, Yoga Alliance Yin Yoga level 1, ACSM Certified Personal Trainer, NASM Fitness Nutrition Specialist, SilverSneakers/FLEX Certified Group Fitness Instructor, Certified Corebar Instructor) I am a proud US Navy veteran and the wife of a 26 year retired Navy veteran, mom to two sons, and animal lover. I have been a fitness and nutrition enthusiast for over 23 years and began practicing yoga in 2005 while living in Japan; I immediately recognized the multifaceted health benefits of the practice and have been sharing it with others ever since. I am grateful to be able to work doing what I love in the health and fitness industry and believe that self care through exercise, good nutrition and mindfulness are key to longevity and quality of life. My passion is helping others discover and reach their healthiest life through fitness and wellness.
Raven - The lovely and talented Saffron Studio Office Manager. I have worked in the fitness industry for over two years now. I am originally from the Seattle, Washington area but, after moving here I fell in love with a sweet Yuma boy and the city. Fast forwarding 8 years, we have a wonderful family of four. On top of my family, I’ve been blessed to be involved in the fitness community here in Yuma! Which, has shown how much I love helping people start their fitness journey as they walk in and experience such positive impacts that the healthy living here has to offer.
Joan - Licensed Zumba Instructor, Certified Group Fitness InstructorYMCA ACE, Certified SilverSneakers Instructor. I became a fitness instructor at the Yuma YMCA shortly after moving here over 12 years ago. I taught various fitness classes, but, after getting licensed in Zumba fitness in 2009, I dropped everything to hone my Zumba skills. I am licensed to teach Zumba basic, Z toning, Z step and Z gold. It has been my addiction and medicine! I get to be a DJ, choreographer, dance instructor and a fitness coach all in one class! I am a mom to a teenage son, and a wife to a semi retired spouse. My experience in the health care system as an RN gives me an understanding and deep appreciation for the importance of optimal health. I have been fortunate enough to find the key to my happiness, and to be able to share it with others gives it even more meaning. There are two rules in Zumba: have fun and keep moving!
Juda - Namaste (from my heart to yours), I have been a Qigong practitioner for 23 years and first learned Qigong as a student of Acupressure and Chinese Medicine. Each class began with 20 minutes of Qigong and I felt called to learn more and in time to teach. Over the past 22 years I’ve had many teachers both male and female from age 30 to 97. For 4 years my husband and I lived full time in our RV with our two senior cats. I’ve taught in California, New Mexico, Utah, Texas and Arizona. We are now Rounders in Yuma and I’ve been teaching in the Foothills for 9 years. It is with great joy that I share this beautiful practice with my students and enjoy learning from them as well. My background is in both Western and Eastern Medicine:
*Qigong certification at UC San Diego through the Supreme Science Foundation.
*Certification in Reiki & Massage in San Diego from Mueller College of Holistic Studies,
*Certified SilverSneakers Instructor
*4 years of Nursing School at the University of Colorado.
Michele - (200 hr Yoga Alliance RYT, Yoga Alliance Yin Yoga Level 1 Certification) I grew up in California and have moved across the country twice but have been in Yuma for 12 years. I am a mom to three beautiful kids and have been a hairstylist for 18 years. I enjoy yoga, chanting, cooking, hiking, and anything creative.
Sharon - CIYT, Jr. Intermediate II Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher, and IAYT certified International Association of Yoga Therapists. I have been teaching the art and science of Yoga as taught by Yoga Master B.K.S. Iyengar for over 25 years and have traveled to India four times to study with him and his family at his Institute. In an Iyengar Yoga class we often use props such as blocks, blankets, straps, chairs etc. so students of all ages or with special circumstances such as illness or injury can derive the maximum benefit from each posture. As we practice, we strive to create and maintain awareness of alignment of the limbs, spine and muscle fibers and correct breathing habits both in and out of class. The muscles become toned and stronger, the hormones balanced and the mind becomes quiet with a feeling of overall mental and physical wellbeing. I am pleased to be able to teach here in Yuma throughout the year. I also dabble in silversmithing and lapidary (rock hunting and polishing), as well as my continuing study of yoga in all its aspects.
Sarah - What I'm really about is significance through contribution. What I can put into the lives of others. What I can do to make this world a better place, to leave a lasting impact; a legacy. This is the mindset that I approach everything in my life: my relationship with my husband of 18 years, my three children, and the classes that I teach. The years of experience teaching (22, if you add it all up) have been a magnificent privilege to me; from the very first children's Jazz class I taught at age 16, to my disastrous first Step class; I have received more from teaching than I could ever give back. I am certified in AFAA group exercise, Pilates, and Yoga as well as SilverSneakers Classic and Cardio. All of the certifications were earned during either morning sickness, children's feeding schedules, children's school schedules, or at the end of a long day when the last little one was tucked into bed, and I wouldn't change it for the world! I love being a wife and a mom, but without teaching a whole part of me would be missing. Come take my class; I would consider it an absolute privilege to make your day a little better!