Mandala is home to some of the most recognized teachers in the world, for regular weekly classes, workshops and trainings. Each member of our teaching roster has dedicated their lives to consciousness and are highly respected in their field. We felt the Los Angeles yoga community’s needed to gather these respected teachers in one home, and for the community that naturally arises where there is heart, where there is presence.
Blake Abramovitz has been practicing Vinyasa Flow Yoga since 2005, and Buddhist mindfulness meditation since 2010. Humbled and inspired by his practice experiences and by his teachers, he began to re-envision his life as a Hollywood actor, and ultimately began teaching yoga and meditation about five years ago.
In yoga he has trained extensively with Hala Khouri and Julian Walker in their psychology-informed Awakened Heart Embodied Mind training; with Saul David Raye in his devotional Atma Yoga style; and with Matthew Cohen, Brad Keimach and Jason Frahm. He has also practiced vipassana meditation for seven years and attended over twenty silent retreats with George Haas, Shinzen Young, Jack Kornfield, Noah Levine, Wes Nisker and Trudy Goodman. He has trained closely for six years with Dharma teacher George Haas, and is currently honored to be teaching alongside him and working as a meditation mentor under his supervision.
Blake believes passionately in the transformative power of spiritual practice. As a longtime poet, playwright and actor, he also remains fiercely devoted to creativity as a spiritual path, and always fascinated by the places where contemplative practices intersect with art.
Seda Aksut, is a Psychologist, Public Speaker/Motivational Coach, E-RYT Yoga & Meditation Teacher, and Reiki Master Teacher. Her background in Psychology, Kundalini Yoga, and Reiki promote classes and workshops with a focus on healing, emotional balance, physical & mental well-being. In addition to teaching regular classes at Lyfe Yoga in Hermosa Beach and at her Home Studio in Redondo Beach, Seda is an experienced Workshop and Training Facilitator.
Seda’s workshops are renowned for positive & powerful transformations. They’re dedicated to touching the heart and lifting the soul through Sacred Sound, Chanting, Breath and Sacred Movement.
Born in New York, educated in Paris and Switzerland, surrounded by eclectic diplomats and artists. Bea was an editor for Life Magazine and Harper’s Bazaar, journalist with the LA Times, publicist for MGM Studios. She enrolled in Peace Corps volunteer training . Inspired by her neighbor Norman Cousins she founded and directed HumoRx –Laugh Wagons a program dedicated to the healing effects of affirmative emotions on the immune system at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles.
.While traveling abroad, she suffered severe injuries in a head-on auto collision that killed her fiancé.
From the demands of learning once again to function physically through four years of major rehabilitation processes, she developed a form of Yoga for her healing. The YogAbility Institute, her second nonprofit corporation offers yoga therapeutics to people with physical or mental challenges. Yoga for Special Needs DVD with Bea Ammidown instructing is selling worldwide. This DVD offers a compassionate professional approach by introducing the first of a series of 60 minute Special Needs Yoga sessions instructing patient tested exercises for Cerebral palsy, heart and stroke recovery, hip and knee replacement and Macular degeneration.
Fluent in French and Spanish she is a member of the International Assoc. of Yoga Therapists; Yoga Alliance. Yoga for the Special Child” trained and a Phoenix Rising Yoga Facilitator. Mother of two actresses, one social worker and wild grandmother of six little girls.
Artist, yogini, polyglot and social entrepreneur, Micheline is known for her warm, humorous and empowering teaching style. She infuses her life long study of somatics, world art and culture into her unique synthesis of vinyasa yoga, buddhist meditation and creative process. Her trainings and retreats are internationally renowned for catalyzing personal empowerment, leadership, community building and authentic creative expression in communities all around the world.
Sharon Brock is a 500-hour certified yoga teacher with a specialty in Kids Yoga. She earned her 300-hour training with YogaWorks. Sharon taught full-time as a Kids Yoga teacher at an elementary school in Encinitas, California where she helped to create the Yoga/Character Education curriculum. Sharon also has a Master’s Degree in Education and six years of experience as a classroom teacher. Sharon teaches her students ways to reduce stress and increase confidence, as well as brings creativity and storytelling into her Kids Yoga classes.
A gifted physical therapist, author, (Walk Yourself Well ), Sherry Brourman is also a yoga teacher, teacher trainer and yoga therapist. As a PT, it began with understanding injury, pain and structural rehabilitation and there has always been a total infatuation with graceful movement and it’s roots. She is excited by the collaboration of her two fields in her upcoming book, Using Yoga Therapeutically, Sherry teaches yoga, teacher trainings, yoga therapy certification programs and physical therapy seminars internationally.
Jody Van Brunt
Jody’s yoga journey began during a trip to India where she first began her practice, and later returned to study, live and teach in India. Her teacher, Lilate, gave her the honor of running his studio & teaching there while he taught in Europe. Returning to New York, she took her first American teacher training at New York Yoga. After moving to LA in 2008, she continued to develop her personal practice while undergoing trainings at City Yoga and Exhale. She delved deeply into training with her teachers Saul David Raye, Aaron Reid, Karen Russell & all the teachers at Naam. Jody learned all about restorative from Aaron and Sharon, and loves restorative yoga for its healing and restoring the body its peaceful state. It is a great complement to a strong, active yoga practice. Jody incorporates aromatherapy, head massage and light adjustments to deepen poses. Jody has also taught children’s yoga since 2008 and loves sharing yoga with kids and likes how it brings out the child in herself. She also loves to teach Yin, gentle & heart opening vinyasa classes. Teaching her students to breath deeply into their true essence, knowing it starts with the breath!
Seane Corn is an internationally celebrated yoga teacher known for her impassioned activism, unique self-expression, and inspirational style of teaching that incorporates both the physical and mystical aspects of the practice of yoga. Her classes integrate dynamic vinyasa flow asana (linking movement with breath) with the application of precise alignment, meditation, visualization, intention and prayer to create an inner journey towards healing and empowerment.
Since the beginning of her teaching career in 1994, many yoga, health and wellness sources have sought her insight and expertise. Having appeared on over twenty magazine covers, featured in over thirty magazine publications, Seane was a featured yoga contributor for Oprah.com’s ‘Spirit’ section and was seen on The Today Show with Matt Lauer. Over the course of her career, Seane has created four yoga DVD’s and one audio CD (see Products page) produced by Gaiam, Sounds True and Yoga Journal and has a new DVD on the chakras and the mind/body connection coming out in 2014.
Phoebe’s classes are deeply rejuvenating, stress reducing and focus on opening the movement of energy thru the body to facilitate healing. She brings her vast experience as a Thai Yoga Massage teacher and practitioner into the yoga room in both her adjustments and ability to guide the class with humor and individual attention.
For over 20 years, Grace has been dedicated to the practice of movement and evolution. Yoga has been a loyal companion, creating and sustaining a platform for Grace to delve further into advanced studies of Meditation, Buddhist Psychology, Pre & Postnatal Yoga, Chakra Theory and application, Pranayama, Anatomy, and Yin Yoga. She is a devout student exploring the path of Reiki as an ancient healing art of spiritually guided universal life force energy. Grace’s practice and offerings are informed by her deep connection to the abundant richness of Nature, the innate wisdom of the human body, a wise receptivity cultivated by a profound practice of discernment, and the art of leaning into Mystery.
Grace has a warm and approachable style of holding space that encourages artistic exploration and mastery through movement, often encouraging students to dive in deep, beyond asana, and truly cultivate moment by moment awareness. She is skilled in her ability to guide practitioners into experiencing a richer connection with themselves and encourages exploring the ever-changing nature of Consciousness and Truth, while beautifully weaving in elements from her own practice and experience with Life itself.
Infinite blessings to all…
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Based in Southern California, Jason Frahm has been a life guide, meditation-yoga teacher & healing practitioner for 15 years. He currently guides yoga and meditation at Mandala Yoga, The Ashram & AJa~Malibu
In addition to meditation, mindfulness & yoga, his private practice also includes International retreats & workshops,life guidance, shamanic wellness tools, chi-kung and cranial sacral energy work. Jason integrates these energy tools into a unique pranic cultivation practice assisting one to strengthen their body and still their mind.
Jason lives in the majestic valley of Ojai integrating the teachings of masters from an ancient yoga-meditation lineage of the Himalayas and the high shaman of the Peruvian Andes (Altomisayocs). He has been encouraged to share the wisdom teachings of these rare traditions with students in the west.
Ally Hamilton is the mother of two amazing kids and one crazy Labradoodle, and the co-founder of YogisAnonymous.com an online yoga studio with a global community. She is a popular international yoga teacher and life coach whose passion is to empower everyone to live their best lives. Ally is the best-selling author of “Yoga’s Healing Power:Looking Inward for Change, Growth and Peace,” and “Open Randomly:Fortune Cookies for the Soul,”and her work has also appeared in the Huffington Post, MindbodyGreen, LA Yoga Magazine, and Belief.net
Ally’s Classes are a mix of dynamic vinyasa flow (you’ll sweat and have the chance to play with arm balances and inversions if you want to, but it’s never about the pose, it’s about your process!), mixed with yogic philosophy for our modern lives, and ending with seated meditation. If you like to move, breathe, heal, open, and sometimes laugh, this is probably a good fit
Leslie Kazadi, C-IAYT, E-RYT500. Certified as a yoga therapist and known as a prop wizard, Leslie loves making yoga accessible to every body. She has had the honor of designing yoga programs for physical therapy clinics and in medical research studies. Her research experience gave her the opportunity to contribute to articles in peer-reviewed medical journals. She collaborated with Sherry Brourman in the co-creation of a year-long internship program for new yoga therapists. Her yoga school, Alchemy Yoga Therapy, has 200-hr and 300-hr Teacher Training Programs registered with Yoga Alliance.
Leslie has faith in Da Vinci’s code that “simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” Her intention is to teach with clarity & kindness, in an inclusive and approachable way. Believing in laughter as medicine, Leslie balances the depth of her knowledge with the lightness of her humor. This empowers her students to trust their intrinsic wisdom, shine their inner light, and dwell in their possibilities.
Normandie Keith has always been a seeker. After studying many of the world’s theologies and ancient spiritual traditions, she found her home in Kundalini yoga and meditation as taught by Yogi Bhajan. A KRI certified Kundalini yoga and meditation teacher, she also has done teacher trainings in Khalsa Way Prenatal yoga and Mommy and Me yoga. Her workshops focus on breaking the masks of illusion, allowing women to step into their radiance and grace by finding radical self-love and acceptance. With an open heart and mind, she wishes to create a connection of love that weaves through all beings. She is passionate about bringing the extraordinary technology of Kundalini yoga to all.
Kris Kelkar’s journey to awakening has been in letting go of control and anxiety he used to cling to, when dealing with the unknown, and instead reveling in the ecstatic mystery that life has to offer. Kris has been meditating for over 10 years, trained in a diverse set of practices from ancient traditions like Tibetan Samatha to cutting edge techniques such as Orgasmic Meditation. His current explorations in his meditation practice include harnessing the power of breath and attention, combined with neuro-hacking techniques such as binaural beats and lucid dreaming, to achieve mystical experiences in his everyday life
Beyond meditation, his extensive training includes sacred sexuality, mindfulness and conscious communication practices including SkyDancing Tantra, Flesh & Spirit, Non-Violent Communication, and Conscious Loving. Kris and his wife of 30 years teach and privately coach people to create the types of relationships that they want – alive, vibrant and ecstatic.
Mahankirn Kaur Khalsa
Mahankirn, also knows as Mahani, was born and raised in a Kundalini Yoga ashram doing yoga at 3 am before she could walk. She served as Yogi Bhajan’s assistant and personal healer for 10 years. She left her CPA job and is a leading innovator and expert in Kundalini yoga and meditation and healing. For the past 20 years she has dedicated her life to teaching, and has combined her passion of yoga with her corporate experience and consults with a vast and far-reaching clientele.
Bringing a deep silence and inspiration to her classes, she instills the value that healing on all levels is not only possible, but also a reality. At the age of 25 she healed herself from leg paralysis with a single yoga posture known as Mah Bound Lotus. She has taught tens of thousands of students all over the world. She has authored 2 Yoga books and various Yoga Apps and has a private healing practice in Los Angeles.
Zoë Kors is a sought-after thought leader in women’s sexuality. She is committed to transforming the way we hold our sexuality—both individually and culturally—and to creating a compassionate, loving world through the cultivation of a sisterhood of wildly-expressed women. A native New Yorker, she has a way of throwing down the truth, though living in LA since 1991 has softened her delivery. Zoë is a Certified Co-Active Coach, writer, yogi, cancer-survivor, mother, and former Managing Editor of LA Yoga Magazine. Her work reflects her deep practice of Tantra (Sri Vidya lineage), Zen Buddhism, Meditation, Yoga, Breathwork, and other Eastern disciplines.
Sara began formal dance training at age 4 gaining a deep understanding of movement at a young age. As a child the Florida native was always found outdoors, swimming, biking, creating dance routines, or climbing trees often without shoes. Her years of formal dance and natural island girl nature laid down the foundation that fitness should be FUN, and shoes are not always needed.
Sara established her love for Yoga at age 13. In her early 20’s she went on an esoteric journey, on which she became a Certified Yoga Instructor, Reiki Master, and Pranic healer. This journey landed her in Hawaii, where she felt a deep earth energy connection, and started her own Yoga and Fitness companies. Sara left the island to continue her studies in Los Angeles, training with some of the top teachers in the yoga community such as Shiva Rea, Annie Carpenter, and Saul David Raye.
Although Yoga has been her main focus, fitness and health have always come naturally. With an energetic, positive, and motivational personality Sara is a natural instructor. Creating a fun uplifting atmosphere in all of her classes. She has taught Yoga in: California, New York, Florida, Hawaii, Germany and even India. Now she is back on the Westside of Los Angeles delighted to be part of Mandala as Asst. Manager as well as Teacher.
Josie received her 200 hour Certification from Center for Yoga in 2004, participated in the Work-scholar Program at Esalen Institute in 2006, and earned my B.A. from Naropa University in 2007. Her Major was Traditional Eastern Arts with a 1,000 hour Yoga Teacher Training Concentration with a Minor in Somatic Psychology. In 2008 Josie graduated from The Institute of Psycho Structural Balancing with a 550 hour Massage Certification, where she taught yoga and dance in India. In 2010 Josie received professional training to practice Holistic Health Coaching from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. She graduated from Sofia University in 2013 with a M.A. in Transpersonal Psychology and a Specialization in Transpersonal Life Coaching. In 2014, Josie produced a yoga DVD titled The Yoga of Food: A Whole Person Approach to Eating and in 2016, produced a meditation CD titled Body Love, Soul Purpose. In 2017 she went on to co-found Body Love, Soul Purpose as a community organization. She currently practice and teach in Los Angeles and lead retreats worldwide.
Zach is the host of both the “It’s All Happening with Zach Leary” podcast and “The MAPS Podcast.” They have helped to cement him as one of the most thought provoking podcasters in the cultural philosophy genre of podcasting. He’s also a blogger/writer, a futurist, spiritualist, a technology consultant and socio-cultural theorist.
In all of Zach’s work he blends his roles as a spiritual aspirant and a futurist into a unique identity all his own. His spiritual background has it’s roots in being a practitioner of bhakti yoga as taught through many of the vedantic systems of Northern India, in particular Neem Karoli Baba as taught by Ram Dass. Through the practice of bhakti yoga he has found keys that unlock doorways that allow the soul to experience it’s true nature of being eternal, full of knowledge and full of bliss. In addition to bhakti yoga, Zach is influenced by many different methods and traditions of consciousness exploration ranging from trans-humanism to buddhism and clinical psychology. Zach is also a frequent pundit on the political systems that are fueling todays economic and cultural structures. At the core of all of Zach’s work is the belief that we have been fused together by the collective practice of using technology to expand our species imagination with spirituality and mysticism to define the very nature of who we are.
Celebrated teacher Kia Miller has an ability to translate the subtle teachings of Kundalini Yoga in a highly accessible way. She is certified in both Hatha and Kundalini Yoga and teaches workshops, retreats and teacher trainings throughout the world. Kia’s classes are a powerful mix of asana, breath, meditation and chanting that will leave you feeling uplifted and empowered.
Guru Mitar has a multifaceted background studying in the US, India and Asia. She has her Master’s Degree in Spiritual Psychology, she is certified as a Coach, educating from the HEART, she is certified in both the Hatha & Kundalini yoga traditions, and has learned in-depths Meditation, Breathwork, and SoundHealing practices, she is also certified in the Reiki healing technique.
Guru Mitar has dedicated her life to increasing Love and Happiness in the world leading workshops, retreats and teaching yoga full time. She is grateful to have had the opportunity to study with so many great teachers and as a way of giving back she teaches yoga within the Federal Prison system. She is also Director of a service project “Beyond Prison Walls”, a program which brings mindful teaching into Federal Prisons.
Guru Mitar infusing all she has learned in her classes and encourages her students to go beyond the comfort zone into the transformation zone where the real magic happens. She empowers her students to listen within and follow the voice of love. She often shares nuggets of spiritual psychology in class to support students in living a more awakened and joy filled life.
Within her classes she creates a vortex of pure sonic healing waves using a multitude of healing instruments from drums to Tibetan/Quartz crystal sing bowls, and gongs you can find in studios all across Los Angeles and leading retreats around the world. To see her full bio www.GuruMitar.com
Dr. Azita Nahai is a Kundalini Yogi, speaker and therapist. As a domestic abuse survivor turned thriver Azita experienced a piece missing in her own recovery, and so, she created it. She is the founder of Trauma to Dharma™ ~ an experiential methodology that integrates a mind, body, spirit approach to healing trauma and transforming one’s pain into purpose.
Through an integration of human development, neuropsychology, spirituality and the science of yoga and meditation, Azita specializes in a practical and holistic approach to navigating through life’s crises and disruptions. As a whole-hearted change agent and trauma specialist, she is fueled by her passion to awaken and empower others to become conscious and active participants in their own healing.
Come meet her on the yoga mat and step into a compassionate space that is infused with humor and spirited playfulness- beckoning you to uncover the joy hidden in every moment. With every sequence of breath, asana, mudra and mantra, her intention is to guide you back to your own inner wisdom and to living a life in harmony with your Soul.
I have been teaching Yoga + Meditation in the Los Angeles area since 1998. I am a California girl raised in Colombia and Miami with a lifelong passion for teaching. As a child, I sought out moments to express myself and find magic through movement, dance, music and quiet spaces of stillness and reflection. I connected with others through teaching and practicing what I would later discover as Yoga and Meditation. After completing my Masters in Education at the University of Miami, I moved back to Los Angeles to teach Kindergarten. It was there that I discovered the importance of bringing Yoga and Meditation into my students’ lives.
I began working with Mothers and specializing in Pre + Post Natal yoga during my first pregnancy in 2003. My practice and teaching became the greatest tools for me to embrace this powerful metamorphosis. They taught me to tune into myself, listen to my body and trust this humbling and magnificent process.
I studied the Japanese martial art of aikido and Zen meditation from 1998 to 2007. My passion for Yoga developed during a 5-year work assignment in India. I certified as Yoga instructor from YogaLife (India -2007), from Inspya (Australia – 2008) and from Yogayantra (China – 2010). I was a student of the German Indologist Georg Feuerstein from 2009 to 2012 studying the history, literature and philosophy of Yoga with emphasis on the Patanjali Yoga Sutra and the Bhagavad Gita. For 2 years I studied Ayurveda with the American Institute of Vedic studies, under the guidance of Dr. David Frawley, where I qualified as “Yoga and Ayurveda Health Educator”. I am a certified PEAT processor, a powerful self-development technique developed by Serbian clinical psychologist Zivorad M. Slavinski. Finally, yet importantly, I am empowered by Swami Vivekananda Sarasvati, the spiritual head of Agama Yoga, to teach traditional Tantra. In 2014, I was hired by Agama Yoga to coordinate the production of course materials for the school’s Tantra teacher trainings.
Saul David Raye
Saul David Raye is an internationally acclaimed teacher, healer and spiritual activist known for his empowering and transformational approach to yoga, healing and spirituality. Saul’s teaching draws on the depth of the Yoga tradition, Bhakti, Tantra and all forms of universal light, love and wisdom. Through the grace of his teachers and guides he is able to bring alive the ancient wisdom teachings for modern seekers. The depth of Saul’s teaching allows students to connect deeply with their own authentic power, spirit and truth.
A pioneering and inspiring presence in Yoga’s evolution in the west, Saul’s authentic and heart-centered teaching has influenced thousands of students and teachers around the world. He holds certifications in Yoga, bodywork and energy healing and is an ordained minister and musician who infuses his classes with healing music and chants. He has been on the faculty of International and National conferences and festivals for years, and has presented alongside many luminaries in the Spiritual world. Saul shares this work through teacher trainings, workshops, classes, sacred journey’s to ancient power sites and sacred music.
Shiva Rea is a global Prana Vinyasa teacher, yogadventurer, energy activist, & movement alchemist dedicated to the roots & evolution of yoga for all.
Tabitha is a yoga and wellness expert who brings sincerity to all she encounters. Her spirit is a true blessing and is felt through her yoga institutions, community and healthy cooking. She lives life based on what feeds her sprint and along the way brings joy and encouragement to all those around her. Her classes fit all levels and will leave you feeling a well-rounded connection to your mind, body and breath.
“Named “Guru of LA” by Vanity Fair, Steve Ross has practiced and taught various styles of yoga and meditation for over thirty years. Host of the wildly popular yoga show on the Oxygen network, Inhale, Steve is also the author of the best selling book Happy Yoga: 7 Reasons Why There’s Nothing to Worry About and founder and owner of one of LA’s most popular yoga studios, Maha Yoga.
His diverse and unique background as having been both a vedic monk and professional rock musician, brings an authenticity and fun filled atmosphere to his classes, meditations and workshops.”
An LA lover and native, Courtney Russell leads yoga classes and retreats locally and around the world. With a deep compassion for her spiritual practice and community, Courtney’s classes are heart-centered and grounding, giving students the opportunity to explore their limits and possibilities. She strives to make every yoga class work for every unique individual on a physical, mental and emotional level. Her classes carry the energy of vinyasa flow while emphasizing the principles of body alignment. In her personal life, whether Courtney is meditating, cooking, singing, or adventuring through nature, she believes there are tools for opening and deepening our connection to spirit, and strives to express and explore these with her students in many dynamic ways.
Karen Russell started her movement career at the age of six in Erie, Pennsylvania. By the time she was in her early twenties she performed professionally on stage, in feature films and on television. She has worked with legends such as; Michael Jackson, Madonna, Bette Midler, Kenny Chesney and Alice Cooper. Karen started her passion for yoga in 1997 while studying Iyengar in NYC, but it was a dance injury in 2000 that guided her to a professional yoga career. Since 2005, Karen has been an active teacher, producer, and ambassador for many wellness brands. She created the Yoga Groove Studio, and then offered her yoga management skills for Corepower Yoga, Naam Yoga LA, and Tantris Center. Enjoy Karen’s many educational offerings such as; the Yoga Groove DVD, Stress Relief Introduction to Meditation, 200 Hour Hatha Teacher Training Course, Restorative Yoga Training Course, and the In the Heart of Yoga educational series that was shot in India. She is thrilled to be part of the Mandala team as an assistant manager and teacher, collaborating with amazing people to inspire others through the philosophy of yoga.
John Sahakian is a practicing Clinical Hypnotherapist & counselor who treats every issue under the sun. He enthusiastically incorporates meditation & mindfulness into the work he does with all his clients. In his words, “Meditation sharpens our listening skills and enables us to realize we have all the answers within.” John loves sharing meditation & mindfulness with a slew of corporate entities through several formal workplace friendly programs. By learning John’s methods for responding to life’s challenges in a healthy, more productive manner, employees learn to incorporate mindfulness & meditation into their lives, and lower stress levels. John has been practicing meditation for over two decades, has trained extensively in breathwork & yoga, and has been a guest expert on Dr. Phil, CNN, & CBS.
After years of competitive sports and physical training, Charlie took his first yoga class in 1995, hoping to increase his flexibility and balance. What he found was both a passion and a practice, where he could create strength and experience physical and psychospiritual openness in a serene, non-competitive environment. For over a decade Charlie practiced and studied variously under Maty Ezraty, Lisa Walford, Heather Duplex, Malachi Melville, and Julie Kleinman.
He began teaching in 2005, emphasizing (though not limited to) Ashtanga and Iyenger methods. His teaching style focuses on mindfulness and presence, attention to breath, alignment, and movement/flow, all leading to stillness.
As his many students will attest, Charlie has a natural talent to create a peaceful environment where ego release, mental calmness and emotional openness naturally lead to self-acceptance and growth. When Charlie is not in the yoga studio, you’ll find him rock climbing, hiking, and mountain unicycling.
Sianna received one of her first initiations into yoga in 1989 during an evening vigil and meditation campaign to Free Mandela. The experience of thousands of University students in meditation and prayer for a greater cause ignited a profound revolutionary force inside of Sianna and awakened a tipping point she could not deny. Within a few months, she left the path of medicine for the unknown and mysterious path of yoga. With determination, surrender and fierce dedication, Sianna began multiple sojourns and pilgrimages throughout the world including several trips to India to fully immerse in the studies and practices of yoga.
I have been studying Yoga and Tantra since 1995. My introduction to yoga was through the practice of Kundalini Yoga where I was fortunate enough to practice with Yogi Bhajan on several of his visits to Yoga West in Los Angeles. Being in the presence of this great teacher gave me a glimpse into the true power of Yoga. Soon after I was introduced to the practice of Hatha yoga and became passionate about sharing how yoga had changed my life with anyone who would listen. At the time I was a high level executive in the film industry and my practice provided the balance, clarity and perspective that I needed to stay calm in the midst of chaos. After reading a translation of the Yoga Sutra’s, I went on a quest for a teacher who could impart the deeper teachings and the promise of Yoga. It was then that I met my teacher Yogarupa Rod Stryker and was initiated into the lineage of Sri Vidya.
Daniel Stewart is an holistic mind/body psychotherapist and the co-owner of Rising Lotus Yoga, in Sherman Oaks, CA. Daniel is dedicated to studying and teaching yoga as a mindful, embodied practice of Self discovery, and conscious. soulful, awakening. He believes that all psycho/spiritual teachings lead to one truth — our authentic inner life is waiting to be lived, passionately, creatively, open heartedly, NOW, and that true freedom and happiness is achieved only in this way. In dynamic flow classes, workshops and retreats, Daniel integrates music, eastern philosophy, depth psychology, poetry and laughter to create healing environments where students can quiet their minds, release physically, and rediscover a deep sense of wellbeing and joy.
Daniel shares his love of music and its healing and transformational power through the art and practice of Kirtan.
Karly began her journey into yoga nearly 2 decades ago. She first began yoga as a means of stretching for marathons. As yoga does, ultimately “it got her” and she fell in love with the practice. Karly has been practicing and teaching movement for 20+ years. She is a certified SmartFLOW instructor by her teacher and mentor Annie Carpenter. Prior to SmartFLOW, Karly received a YogaWorks Certification with Natasha Rizopolous while she lived in Boston. Karly knows that the lessons she learns on the mat directly translate into navigating life off of the mat. A mother of 3, Karly relies on her yoga and meditation practices to return to her breath, connect to her Self and to create strength and balance in the body. Karly teaches a vigorous, vinyasa flow with strength building holds. Her classes are influenced by her studies in anatomy, yoga, Buddhist meditation, pilates and Lotte berk barre method
In addition to her teaching certificates, Karly has a Bachelor of Science in Human Development from Arizona State University.
Ashley founded Yoga Psychology a 300hr. Advanced Teacher Training system (online and live) fusing yoga, meditation, depth psychology, neuroscience and shadow work. She is co-founder of Urban Priestess – a 13 Moon Mystery School for modern women, creator of 9 best-selling yoga dvds and co-author of Aroma Yoga Guide: Using Essential Oils in Yoga.
Ashley has graced such lists as:
– 100 Women in Wellness to Watch ~ MindBodyGreen
– 100 Most Influential Yoga Teachers in the US ~ Sonima
– Top 6 Trainers in the US ~ DETAILS magazine
Known for her charisma, depth, authenticity and accessibility, Ashley is a sought after speaker, facilitator and presenter. She is devoted to helping yoga become a mainstream therapy used in integrative medicine, works with clients worldwide via Skype and leads transformative events to power points around the globe.
Ashley lives by the ocean in Marina del Rey, CA. www.AshleyTurner.org
Yogi, mystic, and practitioner of Ayurveda, Mas has become one of the most influential yoga and Ayurveda teachers in the world and offers unique certification training programs throughout the USA, Asia, and India. Mas enjoys teaching integral yoga classes, offering health and wellness lectures and giving workshops that embrace core Ayurvedic principles.
Richard brings a holistic approach to the practice, uniting body, mind and breath.
This union brings strength, concentration, meditation, and overall peacefulness. He helps to create joy, lower our stress, increase our intelligence and improve our health through the practice. It is a practice for living life in a joyful relaxed manner. Educated here and in India with some senior Teachers; Saul David Raye, Erich Schiffmann, and Mark Whitwell and Raghavan. 30 years practicing, 20 years teaching. Pending RYT500E. You will come out of this class feeling alive and happy.
Mark has taught yoga for over twenty years throughout the US, Asia, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand, and was the editor and contributor to TKV Desikachar’s book The Heart of Yoga.
Kumi Yogini (a former freelance graphic designer) now yoga instructor and teacher training lead has been teaching since 2003. The powerful nature of the practice compelled her not only to change her life but also share the gift with others in a fun, spiritual and accessible way. After a decade of teaching and managing at CorePower Yoga she was inspired to open her own studio (Veda Yoga) where she continues to serve the community by spreading the science and practices yoga.