The leap of faith, love, and adventure we took became Yoga Roots in August 2014.  Our studio is located in the heart of Manzanita on the 2nd floor of Howells Plaza.  Come practice your yoga in this warm and comfortable space with the support of our teachers and fellow yogis.


Co-owner Charlene Gernert is a 200 hour RYT and has been a yoga practitioner since 1999 and an active yoga instructor since 2005. Charlene has a solid base rooted in the breath and the alignment of the asanas that she has gained with years of practice in the Hatha Tradition with Lorraine Ortiz.  Certified in Power Vinyasa, with Tiffany Cruickshank and Dena Zimbel she also holds a strong connection within the Ashtanga Tradition and Vinyasa Flow.  Charlene’s classes are a unique mix of Hatha and Ashtanga Flow with a bit of lighthearted simplicity.  

“When we are able to align our breath and our movement together within the yoga practice, we begin to find a sense of grace and focus that allows for strength and healing on so many levels.”


Photo credit: Justin Bailie

Co-owner Subhadra (Katie) is a 500 hour RYT. She studied under her beloved guru Yogrishi Vishvketu in Rishikesh, India and was trained in the Akhanda (holistic) lineage. Each class is inspired by the many facets of yogic wisdom tradition; asana, pranayama, chanting, visualization and meditation and incorporates an undertone of playfulness and fun.   Through a deep love of yogic philosophy and history she truly believes that everything we experience on the mat is a metaphor and a practice for how we can better live off our mat.

“The beauty of yoga is that each time we step into it’s essence we are presented with a moment of truth and honesty. Staying within that truth and honesty, no matter how comfortable or uncomfortable, allows us the opportunity to learn, grow and ultimately know our true selves. And as my guru always says our true nature is fearless, playful, blissful and expansive.”


Photo credit: katyanova.com & brokenbanjo.net




"Be congruent. Be authentic. Be your true self."  
Mahatma Gandhi


"Your body is precious It is our vehicle for awakening. Treat it with care." Buddha


"Yoga is the perfect opportunity to be curious about who you are." Jason Candrell


"Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured."
BKS Iyengar