Surf, Spanish & Yoga School

  Our Team    


Owner / Yoga Teacher

Vanessa Lavigne

Vanessa has been teaching yoga classes for ten years and practicing yoga for more than 17 years. She studied under the guidance of Yogi Vishvketu in the style of Akhanda yoga in Canada. Akhanda yoga is intended to offer holistic, integrated yoga. It is balance in a sequencing of asana, pranayama, relaxation, and meditation. This integral approach is intended to give students access to more diverse teaching and techniques that yoga has to offer.

In 2012 she began teaching Yoga Teacher Trainings in the style of Ashtanga Vinyasa Flow and Hatha. Her practise includes more than 4500 hours teaching students from around the world.  An accomplished surfer, Vanessa incorporates many poses for surfers that focus on improving balance and toning the body. She integrates philosophical teachings with a balanced asana class allowing students to take their practice to a deeper level.

Vanessa Lavigne
surf instructor heading out for surf class

Owner / Surf Instructor

Ryan Lavigne


Ryan grew up snowboarding and skateboarding; it was only natural for him to take to surfing. It has been said Ryan is more comfortable on a board then on the ground. He has taught snowboarding for years and found the transition to teaching surf a smooth one. He has a natural ability of understanding the technique of surfing and explaining it to others.   As much as he loves to be out in the surf, he finds so much satisfaction is teaching others. 


Ryan loves to be outside, whether surfing, skating, playing with his two children, fixing surf boards or working in the garden, if you pass by Otra Ola you will most likely see him.  Ryan speaks both English and Spanish fluently.  Whether you are looking for a surf class or just someone to surf with Ryan is always eager to get into the water. 


Administrator / Yoga Teacher


Lucile worked in the film industry for 12 years before hitting the reboot button and starting again as a yoga teacher 6 years ago. Lucile is now working as a Yoga teacher and Manager at Otra Ola to bring new activities, workshops and events to life in Ayampe.

She is a certified Vinyasa and modified ashtanga yoga teacher with experience in Yin, Vinyasa, Hatha and power yoga. She has studied with many teacher and worked in many studios around the world including London, Tanzania, Colombia, Ecuador and Morocco.

 Lucile creates an environment that is both relaxed and relaxing that help condition the body for surfing and stretch post surf.Her classes incorporate breath work, meditation, and asanas with maximum hands on assists and modifications to accommodate different levels. Lucile’s classes are both fun and relaxing with an emphasis on the breath and movement to steady the mind and achieve a stronger, happier body.  



Surf Instructor

Camilo Suarez Velando


Hi I’m Camilo from Uruguay! I’ve been living and surfing in Ayampe for 6 years. I love the

lifestyle in this beautiful town. For me, the simplicity and nature are very important to be in

balance. When I’m not surfing, normally I’m playing guitar or cooking. I love to meet people

from all around the world and try to share my passion for surf and the experience to flow with the waves! I hope we can have fun together!!

Spanish Teacher

Margarita Rivadeneira

Margarita was born and raised in the beautiful province of Manabi. She trained for her teaching degree at " Eugenio Espejo" Chone, Manabi Institute of Education.  She originally taught education to children but soon realized it was not her calling. Once she began teaching Spanish Classes at Otra Ola in July of 2011, she realized the satisfaction of seeing the progression of her students she knew this is what she wanted to do.

 Along with teaching her students Spanish she loves learning about different cultures and ways of life. Although she has never left Ecuador Margarita feels like she has traveled all over the world.

When Margarita is not teaching she enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She feels so blessed to call Ecuador her home.  Every opportunity she has, Margarita is by the sea, she finds it so relaxing.

Spanish Teacher

Vanessa Lucas

Vanessa was born in the big city of Guayaquil but grew up in the small coastal town of Salango, Manabi. She studied elementary, junior high and high school in Salango and then finished her degree in food technology in Jipijapa. 

After finishing her degree she realized her love to teach and began teaching children the basic skills of reading and writing in the Salango area. As the years went on she continued to teach kids and heard about Otra Ola and to this day teaches tourists Spanish classes in the beautiful coastal town of Ayampe.

She loves teaching and working with tourists from all over the world, learning lots about her self and other cultures and languages to keep growing as a person.

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Yoga Teacher

Julia Rojas

Julia. Colombian yoga teacher and yogatherapist. In a journey of over 11 years of self study and self healing, she's found powerful tools for spiritual transformation, such as the purpose to serve, accompany and inspire others, truly believing in the infinite creative and curative power that we all have as human beings. Join her in a healing journey with her gentle vinyasa sessions.



Yoga Teacher / Essencial Oil Guru

Stine Graubaek

My name is Stine, I am from Denmark, but live here in beautiful Ayampe with my husband and our son.

I fell in love with yoga years ago. It started as a refuge from a stressfull life and stressfull mind. Slowly, as I went deeper into my yoga practice, I realised that it is also a journey deeper into my own core of being. Yoga is so much more than how we move on the mat. Yoga begins when we step off the mat, yoga is a way of being in this world. The more I learned, the more I felt that the world expanded - both my own inner world but also the world around me. I felt a huge desire to share with others what yoga had done (and keeps doing) for me. This broad me to my first teacher training in 2014 and my second in 2019. I teach a mix of hatha and flow, and pranayama and meditation is always a part of the practice. I can’t wait to share this journey with you