Chirayu – Traditional Hatha Yoga
Chirayu was born and raised in India – the birthplace of Yoga. He completed his Medical Degree in Holistic Medicine and Yogic Sciences from Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences(RGUHS), Bangalore, India. Not long before he started his Clinical Practice he realized how effective Yoga and Meditation are to deal with Lifestyle issues – aches and pains, backaches, arthritis, obesity, asthma, hypertension, depression and the likes. He employs his skills in a very basic manner. His approach is very old school yet refined to fit today’s time. He keeps in-depth knowledge of body-mind-spirit complex and emphasizes on seeing the person as a ‘whole’ being. He incorporates aspects from various schools of Yoga to custom make sessions for individuals and groups. His sessions are modified to suit all levels of practitioners from pure beginners to advanced. Students find his style ‘Very Refreshing’.
Hobey – Hot 26
Hobey discovered hot yoga while living in New York City in the wake of 9/11. “After my second class the teacher said, ‘Remember, when you leave here today, if things seem different, it’s not the world that’s changed – it’s you.’ That really resonated with me.” Within a year, Hobey had completed teacher training with Bikram Choudhury and relocated to Los Angeles, where he was soon teaching hundreds of students a week, from skeptical first-timers to pro football players and celebrities, at Bikram studios around the area. Hobey also spent four years studying the Classic 84 Asanas with Yoga College of India Senior Instructors Emmy Cleaves, the late Jason Winn, and Bikram Choudhury himself. “It was a room full of yoga legends, gymnasts and dancers who would all go on to win world yoga championships – and me, this guy with a bad knee, in the back. But when Emmy said, ‘The posture isn’t the object, the body is the object,’ I knew this was once in a lifetime opportunity to learn and absorb this classic hatha yoga series.”
Jennifer – Hot Power Vinyasa
Jennifer is known for her energetic teaching style and openness to new experiences. It was her enthusiastic personality that brought her to discover yoga; she immediately fell in love with practice for the truth and happiness it brought to her life. In 2011 Jennifer began her journey as an instructor and earned her Core Power Yoga Teacher Training Certification. The following year she continued her yoga education as a leader in the Sundara Yoga Shala Teacher Training Program. Jennifer specializes in Vinyasa yoga and brings a warm, positive energy to each class she teaches. She is looking forward to continue to teaching yoga and sharing the gift of flow with her students.
Deidre – Barre
Deidre’s passion for dance began as a young girl when she realized her love of entertaining others. In her pursuit to fulfill this passion she continued her studies through out college graduating from East Carolina University with a B.F.A in Theater and Dance. While at E.C.U she was personally mentored by famed dancer and choreographer Joseph Carrow of the New York City Ballet Company. After graduation she quickly moved to Los Angeles where she started her own company called “New Life Theater and Dance.” In doing so she was able to bring the magical world of Dance to help mentor children in after school programs through “CYFC” Children Youth and Family co opt. Shes taught at several schools and studios through out L.A, Pomona, Compton and Long Beach even co-founding the Ballet Dance program at Arise Dance Studio in Los Angeles. As an advocate for woman’s health and fitness she blended her love of ballet with her love of fitness becoming certified in the Barre Method as well as Pop Physique Barre in 2006. She has taught Barre classes throughout L.A and brings her own personality and style to her classes to keep students having fun and engaged while working their way to a stronger healthier life.
Adrienne – Belly Dance
Adrienne’s zest for movement began at the young age of 3 when she was mystified by her uncle’s Middle Eastern music and his Gypsy Caravan Belly Dance world. She first explored Ballet, Jazz and Tap, but found her free spirit to be confined in the realm of traditional dance. Still searching for the gypsy magic that captivated her from a young age, she explored African Dance, Hip Hop, Latin Dance and Musical Theater. After attending Los Angeles County High School of the Arts, Adrienne went on to study Belly Dance, Samba, Afro Brazilian, Dance Improvisation, Contact Dance, Release Technique, Somatics, Yoga and anything else she could move her body to. She fell in love with Belly Dance and performed professionally for over 10 years. To help keep her body limber and strong, she practiced yoga regularly and incorporated it into her teaching. She also worked with Youth in Arts and Young Imaginations, teaching Creative Movement, Dance Theater and Dance Improvisation to youth throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. She graduated from New College of California with a degree in Arts & Social Change. After years of teaching studio classes and dance in schools, Adrienne was asked to teach a Belly Dance Class at a Fitness Center. It was during this time that she discovered her love of body mechanics. She went on to become a certified fitness instructor, personal trainer, Registered Yoga Teacher and Zumba instructor. Adrienne fuses dance, yoga and fitness in a fun and innovative way. Her classes are inviting and invigorating, infusing the participants with her passion for movement and expression! When Adrienne is not moving and dancing she is writing songs and singing in her band.
Elizabeth – Yin Yoga
I began practicing Kundalini yoga in 1998. After a serious back injury I tried Bikram yoga and Hatha, and over the past 14 years have explored and practiced a wide variety of styles. Based on my intensive teacher training I now enjoy a blend of Iyengar and Ashtanga. I received my teaching certification from the Yoga Alliance Approved 200-hour certification at YogaWorks Studios in Los Angeles.
My teachings are based on an intuitive feeling of the energy of the group or individual. I start with pranayama (breath) and an intention to connect awareness to our bodies. I weave philosophy delicately throughout the session to integrate elements of the eight limb path. I give verbal and physical adjustments when needed and demonstrate poses for clarity. The sequencing of the asanas contributes to a moving meditation to help create stillness of the mind, while building strength and stretching the limits of your body in a harmonious approach. A closing meditation may include flute or a reading to connect to the light within and without.
My favorite teachers are Dina Amsterdam, Gigi Snyder, Paul DaSilva, Kori Fletchner, Suzanne Yeo, Wendy Faith, Shiva Rea, Saul David Raye, Sianna Sherman, Konstantinos and Kia Miller. My favorite pose is Garudasana for its benefits of balancing the yin and yang, strengthening of the legs and opening my tight shoulders.
Laura – Yoga Sculpt
Laura’s introduction to yoga was due to lower back and knee pain caused from long distance running in marathons. After trying just about everything to alleviate the pain she decided to give yoga a try. To her surprise after several Vinyasa classes she realized that not only was the pain and discomfort gone, but she was hooked. Laura loved the healing abilities of yoga. She loved the way it challenged her mentally and physically yet left her feeling peaceful. After years of reaping the rewards of her yoga practice she decided it was time to share this with others. In the summer of 2011 she attended Srivatsa Ramaswami’s 200 hr. yoga teacher training at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Laura offers a class for all experience levels that will challenge you physically and leave you feeling uplifted.