Support Staff


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Events Manager, Laura Eckhoff  found yoga in 2009 as a way to get into “wedding shape”. What started as a purely physical practice started evolving into a deeper-rooted growth in the mind and spirit. Her practices started leaving her feeling alive and free and at peace. That is when she realized she wanted to share and spread this joy and freedom with others through teaching. Laura completed her Hatha based 200-hour teacher training at Nature’s Whisper Yoga in San Diego, CA with Jolie Cash. Laura has since founded Harsha Roots Yoga and is thrilled to be on the mat teaching.  Laura wholeheartedly believes in the change yoga can have on someone who chooses to receive and chooses to let go; someone who wants to connect, create balance and radiate energy both on and off the mat.

 When she isn’t teaching you can find her working for Nature’s Whisper Yoga as the events manager, entertaining family and friends, volunteering at her daughter’s school, enjoying nature, cooking with her family and experiencing the life her Creator has blessed her with.



IrinaStudio Manager, Irina Kucherenko has been a part of Natures Whisper Yoga Studio for over 4 years. She has a Bachelors degree in Business Management and an extensive background in working with children, including work she has done at an alternative Sudbury school. Originally from Russia, Irina has lived in several states in the US and finds San Diego to be a paradise. An avid traveler (if only in her dreams currently), yoga practitioner and dancer, Irina is delighted to be a part of the Nature’s Whisper Yoga Studio and meeting various people and especially little people. 🙂 Irina’s main focus in life is her family and she loves spending time with her husband, two kids, and two dogs, exploring all that beautiful San Diego has to offer! She welcomes you to the Natures Whisper community and can’t wait to meet you and your family!

krystah-smithBirthing Coordinator, Krystah Smith after completing her military career Krystah became a wife and mom to two little babes that changed her life. With the exception of her love of cookies, fitness has been a big part of her and her families lifestyle. Receiving her education in Alternative and Complimentary Health she piqued her interest in the birth field with the pregnancy and delivery of her second child. Krystah received training as a doula and has since continued her advancement towards becoming a midwife. With over 60 births in attendance, various friends and family reaching out and her own personal desire, Krystah received training and licensing in Mamalates. A core restoration method allowing moms to connect with their bodies and babies directly following birth. Recently completing her training in Hot Mama Prenatal Yoga, she truly loves helping women achieve their desired optimal health.



Audrey ThifaultOffice & Sales Assistant, Audrey Thifault  was a bookkeeper and owner/operator of a mixed martial arts gym in San Diego. Coming across many different disciplines at the training center, it was yoga that called to her the most. Eventually she completed yoga teacher training, and began teaching yoga to professional and amateur MMA fighters. The experience of teacher training changed the direction of her life, and the joy of sharing yoga with others was so much more fulfilling than sitting behind a desk. After the birth of her daughter, Audrey left her bookkeeping career. She currently nannies and feels blessed to be able to raise her daughter herself. She tries to incorporate as much yoga as she can into their lives and as a single mother she is so grateful for finding Nature’s Whisper.


IMG_5671Asst. Studio Manager, Eric Applegarth found yoga over four years ago in San Francisco. Life took a turn for the best as he was sprung in to a lifestyle of happy and healthy living. The passion and drive to become his best self was so consuming that he knew this feeling should be shared with everyone. He figured out that everyone is capable of authentic connection, and he was excited to be a part of that. Eric is 300 hour certified, specializing in hatha and prenatal yoga. His alignment focused classes and warm spirit will uplift and revitalize. His intention is to provide friendship, guidance, stability, and strength to both the physical and emotional realms of the human experience. Come share your practice and connect with your best self.

You can also find Eric in the studio as a kids space provider and yoga instructor.