Victor Barbetti, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist and Co-Founder of the Village Center for Holistic Therapy
As a psychologist and yoga practitioner who sees the value of a regular yoga practice to support treatment and a healthy lifestyle, I highly recommend my clients to Francesca. In addition to helping to grow our yoga therapy program, she supported clients who were suffering from depression, anxiety, restlessness or substance use. Francesca has a unique combination of training and knowledge of psychology, yoga and other healing modalities to support clients undergoing psychotherapy and who may be seeking a holistic approach to wellness.
Tara Friedensohn, Licensed Massage Therapist, Owner at Radiant Body Massage & A Woman Awake
Francesca is one of those rare and wonderful people who is ever-evolving. She is playful and positive, but does not shy away from digging deep and doing the work. These qualities are reflected in both her personal and professional life. In our one and one yoga session I was struck by her ability to listen deeply and work the session specifically around what I was feeling that day. It is clear she has a profound understanding of the mind and body connection. This is reflected in the depth of her sessions.
Diane, 50 , Physician
I have been taking classes with Francesca at the Himalayan Institute for several months. I was nervous about returning to yoga in a group setting, after my lengthy hiatus from exercise. I was delighted to find her class to be designed to meet the needs of students at several levels of ability. She is extremely intuitive and very attuned to the individuals who comprise the whole of a class. I was immediately drawn to Francesca’s warm, kind and nurturing spirit. She is the reason I keep coming back to class. I am so glad I found her.
Jamie Capozzoli, 25, Consultant; Yoga Therapy Client
I would highly recommend working with Francesca, as her passion for yoga and her personable nature are extremely helpful when it comes to being a new and growing student trying to build a fun, safe and effective practice. I had been interested in yoga for some time, but was never sure where or how to start and did not want to walk into a class knowing nothing and risk injuring myself. I decided it would be beneficial to start private sessions to ensure I would learn poses in the correct way and have the freedom to ask questions. Francesca made me feel comfortable with myself and my new practice, encouraging me to ask questions and showing me proper technique so I felt confident practicing at home. It didn't take long for me to gain the confidence I needed to start attending yoga classes on my own. It has now been about 5 months since I started working with Francesca and I not only go to yoga classes on my own, but I have continued to build my practice with her help in private sessions, constantly learning and challenging myself with new and more difficult poses.
Jacob Schlang, 28, Life Coach; Yoga Client
Francesca teaches a practical straightforward approach to asana and meditation. Her sessions are calm and deep, getting into the places of habitual tightness and gently peeling back the layers to reveal the oceans of subtle feelings that lurk beneath. I heartily recommend her to anyone looking to get a taste of what yoga has to offer!
Jill, 42; Private Yoga Client
Francesca started coming to my home for personal yoga sessions when was under a lot of stress and it was manifesting itself in very visible ways externally and internally. Francesca took a lot of time to listen to my issues, and design a yoga plan just for ME. I was not in the right frame of mind to attend a class, and I really liked the serenity and privacy of my back yard. Many people have commented on the changes they have seen in my overall manner, my outlook, and even my shape. I feel stronger, body and soul. I am so very happy I chose Francesca to help me learn the practice of yoga – and I am still only at the beginning! I look forward to each lesson as I achieve new things each time she teaches me. Her relaxation techniques help me long after my session is over.
Janine Pursel; Yoga Student
Truly as good as it gets - and then some! Francesca is amazing. She has the rare gift of making her group classes seem like private classes. She has a keen sense of her students needs, and addresses them beautifully with warmth and humor. I highly recommend her. Bottom line: if you want to feel REALLY good. She's the girl for the job!!!
I contacted Francesca at the last moment for a private couples yoga experience (my girlfriend is an experienced yogi... I’m a newbie). Not only was Francesca extremely quick with confirming the appointment, but she set-up a lovely experience (location, plan, mats, props, etc.), which turned out to be a highlight for our Ojai weekend. Highly recommend for a private yoga class.
Michael, 65, Screenplay Writer
I attended three of Francesca’s yoga classes in Ojai, California this May. One of her gifts is that she has the uncanny ability to read the level, from advanced to beginner, of her participants in these classes. She makes you feel comfortable even when you are not easily getting the poses and breathing techniques right away. Francesca is a natural yoga teacher.
Linda Beebe, 55, Elementary School Teacher; Private Yoga Client
Initially, I was very hesitant to begin yoga due to some weight and health issues. Not only is Francesca’s skill level and knowledge apparent when you begin to work with her but she also displays a tremendous capacity to listen and adapt her lessons to fit the needs and abilities of her student. Francesca is very accommodating and has worked around my schedule, and we have worked together as often as 3 times a week and as few as twice a month. It is without reservation that I recommend Francesca as a yoga instructor.
Linda Cammack; Yoga Student
I have been struggling with sciatica-like pain for at least 5 months. I started yoga with another instructor in hopes of finding relief, but without success and the pain still lingered. I would experience temporary relief, but the pain always returned by nightfall. It was difficult and painful to ride in the car for any length of time or even stay seated for more than 30 minutes. I began yoga with Francesca 6 weeks ago and have found significant relief which is longer lasting. My pain decreases with each yoga session. It is not 100 percent resolved, but I would estimate 90 percent! Thank you!
Debbie Vignovic; Yoga Studio Owner & Yoga Teacher
I watched Francesca as she grew into an accomplished teacher with a gift for both language and sequencing. Whether it was her brilliant way of teaching yoga to children, the way she learned to teach the Ashtanga yoga primary series, or the fact that she got up super early to teach early morning yoga, we are extremely grateful that she shared her practice and teaching skills with us at our studio. She flowered quickly into one the studio’s most valuable teachers and a favorite with the students.
Matt Ramsa, Yoga Student
Francesca is a wonderful yoga instructor and I feel very fortunate I have had the opportunity to attend some of her classes. I am fairly new to yoga, so I really appreciate her thorough explanation and demonstration of each pose. She has a very warm and gentle nature, which will make you feel welcome and comfortable in her class.
You can tell she is very passionate about her yoga practice and wants to share the benefits of yoga with each and every student, whether the student is a beginner like me or more advanced. I know you will benefit greatly by attending one of her classes or hiring her as an instructor.
Allison Arellanes; Yoga Student
The thing that impressed me most about Francesca is how she reiterates each and every time I have practiced with her that "this is your practice," get to know your body, know what feels good, and is right for YOU! This is so important to remember! She truly loves what she does and it shows!
Allison Connorton; Ollie Ollie Press
I contacted Francesca about leading a morning yoga class for women in town for a girl’s weekend/baby celebration. Our group consisted of 1 nearly full-term mama and 5 other moms of varying yoga experience and skill.
Francesca masterfully lead our group on a restorative yoga journey. She was able to meet each of us at our skill level and guide us through poses, at the end, we all felt relaxed and invigorated. It didn’t hurt that she set the class up on the lawn overlooking the beautiful Ojai Valley; the warm sun and bird’s chirping through the session was an added bonus.
Francesca was a joy to work with; easy to book, knowledgable about managing different skill levels, on time, and she has a delightful personality. Next time we’re in town for a retreat (we’re doing this again for sure) we’ll be calling her up!
We had Francesca teach us a private yoga session at our property for a girls weekend in Ojai. She was exactly what we were looking for and her practice was spot on. Her practice was a perfect balance of working our minds and bodies and was relaxing and strengthening. We could not be happier with our decision to work with Francesca and share our morning with her!
My wife and I had a beautiful private session with Francesca at the Ojai Sanctuary. It was our first time doing Yoga outdoors-- wonderful experience! Francesca is great!
Kelly B. from Rancho Cucamonga, CA
What a perfect class! My husband and I had a private class from Francesca at The Ojai Retreat. The level was the perfect blend of relaxing and challenging. I was able to breathe deeper and saw a vast difference in my body's comfort level after the session compared to the start. 5 stars!!