About Us


WYC is more than a place to practice yoga poses. It’s a place where we all share yoga on a teacher-level. That’s also what makes it a college. We help everyone who loves yoga share what they love. So the yoga happens as a two-way teaching process even for beginners. All it takes is love. Everyone who loves yoga, or feels like they have the potential to love yoga is welcome at WYC. Unlike regular yoga studios, however, we do hold to some publicly stated political positions. Check out the WHAT WE BELIEVE link for more on that, but our beliefs are consistent with yoga. If the yogic love is there, a person connects with social justice and religious understanding. That’s why we can still say that WYC is for everyone who loves yoga.

We call ourselves a college to emphasize what we do most: run Teacher Training Programs. In fact, WYC’s founder and director, Scott Miller, conducted the first studio Teacher Training Programs in the Inland Empire.  That was back when he was also running the largest non-coastal yoga studio in California. The studio (Inland Yoga) no longer exists, and WYC is not a studio. It’s a college where everyone is taught to do yoga on a teacher-level.

That also goes for our Open Regular Sessions. They are open to drop-ins, and beginners are welcome, but there is a prerequisite. It’s the aforementioned sense of love. Before coming to WYC, you should either already love yoga or have a strong sense that it could happen.  (Students who are less sure of how they feel can attend studio yoga classes and Anam Cara yoga studio. They happen at night at 3870 Lemon St, downtown Riverside, CA.

MEET SCOTT & LAURA unnamed

Scott Miller has been Director of Western Yoga College since he founded it in 2008. He has been conducting teacher training programs since before the turn of the century. Throughout the 90’s, he studied extensively with numerous world class teachers, including the founder of Yoga Works, Maty Ezraty. Scott also learned Yin Yoga directly from years of study with its founder, Paul Grilley. Scott continues to practice and teach those two Hatha-yogic styles. His additional training with Iyengar senior teacher, Lisa Walford, adds technical depth to his teacher training pose instruction, as well as his daily Ashtanga teaching and practice. Scott owned the largest non-coastal yoga studio in California for ten years and has certified and employed a very high percentage of the instructors currently teaching in the Inland Empire. Drawing from his days as a science fiction television writer, Scott has written three wildly creative, albeit eccentric, yoga books—one called Yogic Love: An Alternative to Our Crap. His degree in Studio Art from UCSB also continues to be applied to helping his students express themselves yogically not just through painting and sculpture, but through music, dance, film, and poetry.
Laura Cueva Miller is a licensed psychologist and a one time Fourth Series Ashtanga practitioner. Laura teaches the early morning Sunday 7:30 Second Series Ashtanga class at WYC, and helps out with teacher training as well. Laura plays harmonium and sings with the WYC kirtan band, and basically, nothing at WYC would happen without her amazingly generous help.

MEET RICO ZAMORA

He can introduce himself: “Hi, my name is Rico. I love yoga! I love the practice of it and I love the sharing of it. I’ve been practicing, teaching at WYC for four years. I’ve assisted Scott with the Teacher Training program each of those years.
I want to continue to share and facilitate the practice of yoga on all levels. Come! Come for the breathing. Come for the relaxation. Come for the peace. It’s here and now. Namaste.

MEET JOHNNY ARIAS 

We call him Johnny Meditation. That’s because Johnny’s meditation practice is so inspiring. Johnny has studied with renown dharma teachers like Bhante Saddhajeewa and Noah Levine. And it shows. Meditation has become as important at WYC as yoga. Johnny has made that possible. We are so grateful for what he has brought into our community. His presence has changed everything. Come in and see for yourself.

 

WHAT MAKES US SO DIFFERENT

Our ideas conflict with western society’s fantasy image of yoga.  It’s an elitist fantasy.  It makes yoga out to be something that only rich, superficially satisfied people do, and that idea serves society’s commercial interest in yoga.  WYC is involved in commerce too, but we want to serve the interests of yoga lovers in a way that at least threatens society’s ruling class on some level. In India, where yoga was born, a Hindu Orthodoxy has run society for several thousand years. But the priests never loved yoga. A long, long time ago, they appropriated a lot of old yogic ideas, but the fully developed Hindu Orthodoxy never loved yoga. It didn’t even like yoga. It rightfully saw yoga as a threat and never embraced it. That was actually good for yogis. People who really love yoga don’t trust society, which is why it’s confusing to live in a society that merely likes yoga.

But here we are. We live in the first yoga-liking society in history. And even at WYC, things are challenging. We love yoga, but sometimes we fall prey to the foibles of our culture. That’s the truth, and we try to be truthful. We recognize that all yogic institutions have issues. We’re not practicing yoga in a cave like the ancients. We’re part of society, and we know that affects us, so we try to have a sense of humor about it. That’s why our college logo is a funny twist on a well-known cartoon college logo.

WYC in FT. BRAGG-MENDOCINA 

It is WYC’s great fortune to have Justine Lemos as an administrative faculty member. Justine conducts her own WYC Teacher Training Programs in the Ft. Bragg-Mendocino area. Far from just being a Yoga Alliance-registered Teacher – E-RYT – Justine holds a PhD in Cultural Anthropology with an emphasis in Indian dance and South Asian embodied philosophy, as well as Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in other areas of dance and anthropology. She has extensively studied anatomy and kinesiology as the subjects apply to dance and yoga, has received training from Guru Ranjanaa Devi in classical Indian Odissi dance since 1996, and has performed as a principle dancer with the Nataraj Dance Company in the United States, India, Japan, and elsewhere.

Justine’s training and studies both in the U.S. and abroad also include Mohinniyattam classical dance, Belly Dance, Balinese Legong dance, Chauu dance, modern dance, and ballet; guided interpretation of classic yoga texts; and, most recently, intensive yogic instruction from her five-year-old son.