Bela has been teaching Yoga since 1996. Born in the Philippines, and raised in San Francisco, California, Bela was introduced to Yoga, Vedanta and Buddhist practices in her childhood by her mother. She practiced Sivananda Yoga for 10years and tried other styles as well until she found Ashtanga Yoga, which transformed her life. In 2004, she started going to Mysore to study with Shri K. Pattabhi Jois and his grandson Sharath Rangaswamy Jois and is Authorized to teach the Primary Series by Sharath R. Jois. Bela is dedicated to Ashtanga Yoga’s traditional style as taught by Guruji and Sharath. She follows the firm belief that the method is actually the "teacher" and the best teacher is one who inspires students to "practice, practice, practice." She has unequivocal faith in the Magic that is in Mysore at the Feet of the Guru.
Bela is also a 500-ERYT Yoga Alliance Certified Teacher. Her additional studies in the Ashtanga tradition includes 200hour/500hour certification with Centered Yoga (2003/2004-05), under Paul Dallaghan, which included Pranayama training with Sri. O. P. Tiwari, from the Kaivalyadham Institute, and a 200hour certification with Stillpoint Yoga under John and Lucy Scott (2009-10). She has studied extensively in India, Nepal, and Thailand, with various teachers and attends workshops and yoga conferences, and continues to refine her practice with Sharath R. Jois at the KPJAYI in Mysore, South India.