• First yoga studio in
    San Diego to offer childcare!

Yoga Instructors

Catie shot of meJolie Cash is the founder of Nature’s Whisper School of Yoga, Nature’s Whisper Natural Herb products and Hot Mama Yoga. She is committed to the empowerment of all beings through the teachings of authenticity and using all of life’s lessons & pleasures for spiritual growth.  Jolie’s teaching focus is on the integration of wisdom and intuition, in order to release the old to make room for the new. She teaches a fluid style creating a garland of asana (postures), pranayama (breathing) and kriyas(cleansings). She also teaches a restorative (spinal) style of Bliss Yoga offering balance to a regular practice. When Jolie isn’t teaching Yoga, she is training others how to teach yoga.She is a natural birth advocate, an author, inspirational speaker of empowering women and all around baby lover. Jolie also teaches regular workshops, Teacher Training’s and retreats throughout the United States. Her teachings rarely end at the mat.


Marcia Pistotti, M.A., is a dancer, yogini and mother of a beautiful baby girl.  She is a freelance peace activist who believes in working for a more just and peaceful world through creative expression, compassionate social action, and cultivating a conscious community.   She has completed over 300 hours of yoga teacher training, including prenatal, postnatal, and yoga for at-risk youth.  Marcia began teaching yoga at an after-school program for children in low-income housing, and at a charter school for youth in foster care.   She continued her teacher training at Nature’s Whisper while expecting her first child, and was thrilled to discover such a vibrant community of inspiring mothers and yogi(ni)s.   She has experienced firsthand the healing and revitalizing power of yoga, and hopes to share this with her students.  When she is not teaching yoga, surfing, rock climbing with her husband, or taking her daughter on adventures, Marcia teaches peace studies at San Diego City College.  She looks forward to sharing her practice with you and cultivating peace in the world, beginning in our own hearts.


maritesMarites Hoyla is a mom of two boys (9 months and 12 years old), wife, sister, daughter, and friend.  Her first yoga teacher is her eldest son.  He first learned yoga when he was in preschool. Excited about his practice, he would come home and share his knowledge about yoga and meditation with her.  Inspired by her eldest, Marites started exploring her own yoga practice and in 2010 decided to take her practice to another level by completing 300 hours of teacher trainings. Marites decided to expand her knowledge even further and attended the Unconventional Yogini (100 hours) and Hot Mama Prenatal Yoga (100 hours) Teacher Trainings at Nature’s Whisper School of Yoga while she was pregnant with her youngest.  She has transitioned from working in the corporate world to caring for her family full time and teaching yoga.Marites believes that it takes a village to raise children and loves to connect with like minded parents. She also likes to hike, spend time outdoors, travel, and give back to the community.




Emily Ruth  feels teaching is what has helped her the most. So, she teaches a commitment to self, commitment to breath, and commitment to reconnect to the body. Her background is very analytical, journalism, but practicing and teaching yoga has allowed her body to heal itself and has reignited her creative self. Emily teaches Yin to hopefully assist others in their reconnection to their body or to a meditation on the mat. Emily uses aromatherapy and plays singing bowls during class to further the opening of the class experience. Se has a 200 RYT with Yoga Alliance and a 100 hr Yoga Therapy Certification. Emily has also worked as an energy healer for 5 years having trained at Psychic Horizons in San Francisco.

krystah-smithKrystah 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 40 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. She strongly believes in healing your body before moving onto more rigorous routines and truly loves helping women achieve their desired optimal health.

Erin Lynch_yogabeach042Erin Lynch has dedicated herself to the journey, practice, study and teaching of yoga since discovering its joys and benefits in 2001 while living in Boston. She has her Master’s degree in Public Health with a focus in Health Promotion and Behavioral Analysis and has trained over the years in an eclectic blend of yoga disciples, including Ashtanga (Kathy Kappmeier, BNS Iyengar), Power Yoga (Baron Baptiste), Iyengar (Roger Cole),Anusara (Michael Fukumara), Gentle and Restorative Yoga (Yoga Well), Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga (Nature’s Whisper Hot Mama Yoga), and Kid’s Yoga (HAPA Yoga). She combines the elements of these styles and her academic work into all of her classes. She focuses on moving deeper into fundamental postures of yoga through proper alignment, breath work and slow conscious movement, hoping each student gains deeper awareness of themselves.

When she’s not on the mat she enjoys cooking, farmer’s markets, climbing, trail runs, and playing in nature with her two little ones. She lives with her husband and two children in the North Park neighborhood of San Diego.
Cintia Tavares 3

Cintia Tavares has been teaching Yoga for about 8 years. Her first specialization was on prenatal yoga @ YogaWell in San Diego CA. In 2010 she did her 200hYTT @ CorePowerYoga and moved back to Rio de Janeiro- Brazil where she worked in a center, called “Bella Gestante” a place only for pregnant women. Then she got really envolved with this enviroment and took other specializations as Doula, Baby & Mom yoga, Kids Yoga using the animals as reference for movement, meditation and Reiki. In 2012 she went to Rishikesh- India for volunteer work, teaching Yoga for kids after school and took part of a YTT in the ashram she was staying…
When she came back from this trip she decided to have her own studio:
“Om SatNam Yoga Studio” where she had many co- partners with lots of workshops; Ayurveda/ AcroYoga/ lyengar/ Row Food/ Natural Cosmetic/ Bioenergy/ Chakras/ AyurYoga- Elka and others… And now she’s back to San Diego helping others find the release and freedom that Yoga brings to their lives so that they can comfortably and competently move their bodies through life.


 0246-betwixt-studio (1)Renee Gauthier I’ve been on my yoga path for 20+ years! I’d have to say my biggest yoga lesson has been learning to be present for the full experience of life; joy, pain, contentment, frustration, boredom, passion – you name it! And the second biggest lesson is that mindfulness and the other principles of yoga are a daily practice. Yoga is really a way of moving through life more awake & aware, more present, and more at ease.

As for credentials, I’m a certified E-RYT 200 yoga teacher, trained in hatha, vinyasa, restorative & prenatal yoga (with Jolie!). I also have a degree in counseling which has been so essential to helping me understand how to infuse yoga off the mat in daily life.

I’m also a proud mama, love to dance & be outdoors, and live with my hubby & daughter Ruby.



Chantelle Van ArsdaleChantelle Van Arsdale While being a mom to my baby daughter is my number one passion and love in my life, teaching and practicing yoga comes in right behind at number two. I’ve been practicing yoga for over 10 years, and teaching it for over 8 years. Yoga for me is connecting to self-love and inner peace, and this is what I want to share with my students. My yoga practice has always been my sacred space to find that loving connection to myself. I’ve learned that without this connection to myself, other aspects of my life suffer. It’s this connection to self-love which I cherish most about my yoga.

I have a background in Early Childhood Education and my first yoga students were my young preschoolers who were just 2 years old! After moving to San Diego from the east coast in 2007, I quickly pursued a teaching career in yoga and have completed over 300 hours in yoga trainings including Nature’s Whisper’s 100-hr HOT MAMA Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga, CorePower Yoga’s 200-hr Power Vinyasa Yoga, Yin Yoga, Kids Yoga for ages 2-13, and Yoga for Children with Special Needs. I’ve been teaching yoga to both children and adults since 2009, and in 2012 I completed my certification in massage therapy which I practice part time. My appreciation for yoga continues to grow and evolve through my life journey, and I’m now so grateful to be sharing this appreciation with my daughter. I’m excited to share my love and passion with you and your loved ones here at Nature’s Whisper.


Maggie Townsley was born and raised in San Diego. She graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in World Religions in 2013. Maggie completed her
200Hr training in 2014, and has been instructing and gathering
further credentials ever since. Yoga has changed her entire life; and she
cannot imagine one without it. After giving birth to her daughter she
completed her pre and postnatal training, and now can’t wait to share her
knowledge with a new group of students.