Our Team

Your friends at yoga+

We are 5 friends, all with the same passion for yoga. Unique as we may be from one another, we discovered that we are all driven by the desire to become better as we challenge ourselves physically, mentally and emotionally through the practice of yoga. yoga+ was conceived and created out of our longing to share not only this love of yoga with others, but also the many benefits that the practice has brought to our lives as well.

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Dinah Salonga

Managing Director

 

Dinah started her career in Information Technology after graduating with a degree of B. S. Statistics cum laude from the University of the Philippines at Los Baños. She worked in the IT industry from 1979 until 2013 when she decided to focus on yoga.

Dinah discovered yoga in 2005 and became one of the founders of Yogaplus, Inc. She completed the 200-hour Hot Yoga Teacher Training with Absolute Yoga Academy in October 2010 and the 100-hour Yin Yoga Teacher Training with Victor Chng in December 2013.

In 2015, she became a facilitator for TeamUp, a company that developed a mindfulness-based personal transformation program. Since then, she has been conducting seminars, workshops and talks on how mindfulness and yoga can be used in the workplace.

Dinah was chosen as one of Ten Outstanding Entrepreneurs for 2007 by the Entrepreneur Magazine of Summit Publishing. This award is given annually to founders or heads of SME companies and is based on the company’s financial performance, mission and vision, employee policies and organizational structure as well as the awardee’s capabilities.

As the Managing Director of Yogaplus, Inc., she is responsible for the company’s over-all strategies, sales, marketing and operations.

Aisa Locsin-Winternitz

Aisa Locsin-Winternitz

Director

Aisa Locsin - Winternitz graduated in 2004, from the De La Salle University - College of St. Benilde, with a degree in Bachelor of Science in Hotel, Restaurant and Institution Management. She worked as a Sales and Marketing manager at Fraser Place Manila, and at the same time, helped out in the family’s jewelry business.

In 2007, she left the hotel industry and took her Graduate Gemology course at the Gemological Institute of America, in Carlsbad, California. She completed her post-graduate studies in 2009 and she co-managed Play of Color, Inc., the family’s jewelry retail and design business. She also worked as their designer and gem grader.

Aisa started her yoga practice in 2008 and is one of the founders of Yogaplus, Inc. She completed her 200-hour Hot Yoga Teacher Training in 2011 and 200-hour Vinyasa Flow Teacher Training with Briohny Smyth and Dice Iida-Klein in 2013, both from the Absolute Yoga Academy in KohSamui, Thailand. She is currently teaching Vinyasa Flow classes at yoga+ and is part of the faculty of the yoga+ 200-hour Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training.

Penny Laperal

Penny Laperal

Finance Director

Penny graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the College of the Holy Spirit. Although she did not pursue her career in fine arts, she joined the family corporation right after graduation. She is currently the treasurer and a director of Republic Glass Holdings Corporation (RGHC), a publicly-listed company in the Philippine Stock Exchange. She is also treasurer of Gervel, Inc., a family corporation that owns office buildings, industrial and commercial property, residential homes and condominium units. Penny is also the treasurer of Cambridge Child Development Center, a Singaporean International Pre-School that currently operates 8 company-owned schools.

Penny has been practicing yoga regularly since 2006. She is one of the founders of Yogaplus, Inc. and currently serves as Finance Director/Treasurer of the company.

Dina Salang

Dina Salang

Corporate Secretary

 

Dina graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science Major in Information Technology degree at De La Salle University in 1991.  With her Information Technology background, she worked in Pre-Sales and Sales for local and global IT companies like Ayala Systems Technology, Inc, Unisys Philippines, Compaq Computer, HP Philippines and SAS Philippines.  She is currently working for IBM Philippines.

Dina started her yoga asana practice in 2006 and is one of the founders of Yogaplus, Inc., where she currently serves as Corporate Secretary.  She is also a member of the Self-Realization Fellowship Organization.

Ryan Chester

Ryan Chester

Head Instructor and Director

 

Born and raised in the UK, Ryan has always had the desire to explore the world. Getting a travel bug in his 20’s, Ryan left his native UK behind and went off to travel. He lived in Asia, Australia and Canada for several years. While living in Canada, he discovered yoga. He had been practicing Muay Thai kickboxing for many years and was looking for a cross-training alternative. In early 2007, he went to his first yoga class at a Bikram Yoga studio in Victoria BC, Canada. After realizing that the potential benefits of yoga were way beyond the stretching he was initially looking for, he took the 9-week Bikram Yoga Teacher Training program in Honolulu, Hawaii in June 2007. Immediately after graduation, he taught a minimum of 10 yoga classes per week at a studio in Canada, gaining valuable experience in the process.

Ryan moved to the Philippines in late 2007 for a one-year yoga teaching contract. Three years later he became a co-founder of Yogaplus, Inc. In 2013, Ryan also completed a 200-hour Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training under Living Yoga. He teaches Hot B and Vinyasa Flow classes in all our three studios. To date, Ryan has over 5,000 hours of yoga teaching experience.

Ryan is currently the Head Instructor of yoga+ and is responsible for teacher development as well as recruiting, evaluating and mentoring new teachers. He teaches Hot B and Flow classes at yoga. He is also part of the faculty of the Hot Yoga Teacher Training and Vinyasa Flow Teacher Training programs of yoga+.

Manila, , Philippines - Yoga+ company shoot of staff, instructors and board members; shot at Bulb Studio, Makati.

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