Teachers

 

Our teachers are certified, which means they’ve been trained with asana alignment, movement anatomy, and methodical sequencing. They have experienced the benefits of yoga and are eager to meet you where you are at on your journey.

 
 

Aileen

Specializations
Yin Yoga

I began my Yoga journey over ten years ago as way to challenge myself physically and get into better physical health. It has taken some time, but what began as a physical routine slowly evolved into a practice of patience, self acceptance, and healing. After experiencing the gifts of Yoga and Mediation I felt compelled to share it with others, so I decided to try another path along my journey, teaching. I can wait to practice with you. Just follow your breath, your rhythm and let go.

Favorite Yoga Pose…

When I’m not doing yoga…

Class vibes…

Jenny

Specializations
Meditation
Teacher Education

I began my journey over ten years ago. In the Fall of 2015, I decided to leave my corporate career to rediscover myself and pursue my passion as a blogger. I wanted to slow down, take a breath and find myself and my purpose in this life. After graduating college, I spent my career focused on working around the clock and less on taking care of my holistic health. I was stubborn and valued career success over my own health, and at the end, I realized that this path was more destructive than good. It wasn't an easy decision to leave everything I knew behind but it was a necessary move to guide me into a new stage of life. Slowing down the first year was not easy for me. I didn't know what I was going to do next or how but I started with practicing yoga and meditation daily. I felt lost and frustrated, but thankfully, through time I learned patience, compassion to oneself and the strength it takes for us to surrender our mind, body and spirit so that we may begin to heal, let go and move forward. The positive impact yoga has made in my life is the reason why I became a yoga teacher. It has helped me through the most difficult transitions in my life while giving back my inner peace, balance and happiness. 

Favorite yoga pose…                 Camel pose. While I do not indulge in its discomfort, the release of a deep heart opener feels liberating.

When I'm not doing yoga....       You can find me in the kitchen baking and cooking up a storm! So don't be surprised if I bring treats to class after a meditative vinyasa flow! So good for fueling your body after restoring your mind and body

Class vibes…

 

Sandra

Specializations
Holy Yoga
Personal Training

I’ve been practicing yoga for the past 10 years. I began my yogic journey at the gym. As an unknowing student, I simply hoped to achieve a handstand without a wall. But over time I came to discover that yoga was an opportunity to reconnect with the mind, body, and soul, a real sense of wholeness that I had never experienced before. I wanted to learn more about yoga and decided to become a certified teacher in 2013. Once I started teaching yoga, I realized that I had a true passion for teaching. As a leap of faith, I left my corporate job and continued to pursue a teaching career. Currently, I am in the process of completing my Teaching Credential in Physical Education. As a new mother, teacher, and student, I use yoga to relieve stress and to restore my sense of being. I truly enjoy teaching yoga - it’s invigorating postures, deep breath work, and the richness of meditation. I hope to share the enriching and transformative experience that yoga has to offer with you. I look forward to meeting you!

Favorite Yoga Pose…

Pigeon

When I’m not doing yoga…

Playing with my family, cooking, or cleaning

Class vibes…

Relaxed, slow easy-going pace - a safe, welcoming space to experience yoga!

Michelle

Specializations
Corrective Yoga
Smart Sequencing
Prenatal & Mama+Me

My yoga journey began over a decade ago when I became a member of my local gym. Drawn to all the group fitness classes, I decided to give yoga a try. My curiosity and competitive spirit kept bringing me back as I learned to tackle the more advanced postures. What began as a physical practice transformed into a mental, emotional, & spiritual practice stirring me towards stillness, peace, self-acceptance, and compassion towards others. Completely inspired, I became a teacher with a desire to share my passion for yoga to others with a personal mission to educate, encourage, and empower the heart, mind, & body leading to the opening of this very studio. Forever changed & grateful to God my hope is that you will experience the many gifts that yoga has to offer. 

My favorite yoga pose is...

As a mama of 3 little ones it definitely is savasana! But it's even better with a block under my head and under my shoulder blades (aka supported fish pose).

When I'm not doing yoga... 

I like to eat yummy food whether it's home cooked meals with my family or dining at a foodie restaurant with my friends. There's nothing like communing around a table!

Class vibes…

I'm all about balance. I like to be challenged but I also have learned how to honor my body. I like to have fun but I also have had the most sacred moments on my mat. So expect all of the above in my class. Expect to move a lot and be still. Expect to laugh and maybe cry. Expect to receive modifications and options to up-level. My class is for every body. So, expect the unexpected while being confident that I will guide you through a methodical & themed sequence focused on alignment to build you a sustainable practice. 

Peggy

Specializations
Vinyasa

I’ve been practicing Yoga on and off for the past 10 years but I didn’t fall in love with Yoga until I completed my teacher training. I signed up for the training because I wanted to shift my focus away from a demanding full-time job; to my surprise, the training did much more than that. Prior to the training, I thought Yoga was just another form of exercise to relieve stress. Now, I firmly believe Yoga is a way of life that aligns the body and mind. Through Yoga, I've learned to take on life’s challenges with a little more grace and let go of anything that doesn’t serve me well. In my classes, I focus on proper alignment and breathing. I emphasize that the time you spend on the mat is yours, and self-care is equally important as caring for others. My goal is to help the students feel refreshed, relaxed, and balanced after they step off the mat.

Favorite Yoga Pose…

Supine Knees-to-Chest

When I’m not doing yoga…

I'm helping clients with their finance and accounting operations

Class vibes…

Loving, Accepting, and Relaxed (I encourage everyone to focus on the mind and body connection and cultivate self-love and self-acceptance)

Nicole

Specializations
Meditation

Favorite Yoga Pose…

When I’m not doing yoga…

Class vibes…

Ashley

Specializations
Rhythm & Dance

I began my yoga journey over 5 years ago when I walked into my local gyms' group yoga class. As a professional dancer, I was drawn to the connection of movement, stretching, and overall promotion of wellness that yoga provides. What began as a new way to work out became so much more meaningful to me as the years went by. Yes, yoga challenged me physically but more importantly, it challenged me mentally and spiritually. The connection of mind, body, and spirit that yoga provided was something that I never found anywhere else. Through yoga I have been able to find a deep sense of understanding and peace, an eagerness to learn, endless potential for growth, and a stronger sense of connection with myself, others, and my Creator. Now, I encourage everyone and anyone to practice yoga because, well, it truly is for everyone and anyone! Come join me in the beautiful and fulfilling journey towards peace, healing, empowerment.

Favorite Yoga Pose…

Crow. I love to fly! 

When I’m not doing yoga…

My first love and passion is dancing! I also enjoy rock climbing, reading, and grabbing coffee with friends. 

Class vibes…

Students in my class can expect a fun, lighthearted, but challenging environment. I’m passionate about empowering and equipping others to realize their greatness, whether that means finding a sustainable and solid practice through correct alignment and foundation, nailing a challenging asana they have been working on, or finally feeling comfortable and at peace in their savasana. Let’s flow together to some great beats, face our fears, and create a community of compassion without comparison!

Hannah

Specializations
Strength training
Vinyasa flow
Inversions & backbends

I started practicing yoga at 14 because of an injury. I found it soothing and I liked how sweaty I could get by “simply stretching” plus it helped my back heal and get stronger. After 10 years of practice I discovered that yoga is so much more than stretching. In 2015 I decided I wanted to pursue teaching yoga because of the impact my teachers had on me. I bring a fun and lightheartedness to my classes. I believe that yoga should be fun and challenging at the same time. I invite you to flow with me, get a little sweaty, and laugh during the practice! 

Favorite Yoga Pose…

I can’t just pick one! bakasana (crow pose) and sirsasana (headstand). 

When I’m not doing yoga…

I’m an assistant to a wedding photographer, I love baking cakes, getting sweaty at the gym, or doing something crafty (painting, macrame, etc)!!

Class vibes…

Fun— expect to laugh with me and challenge you physically and mentally.

Katherine

Specializations
Vinyasa Flow
Mama & Me

My yoga journey began in 2001 when I stepped into an old historic walk-up building that housed a small yoga studio on the second floor. Rays of sunlight illuminated the room through the open windows and I felt, for the first time, the collective positive energy and focus that engulfed the space. Yoga would come in and out of my life over the years that followed. During my second pregnancy, I began taking prenatal yoga classes which re-ignited my passion for the practice. Three months after my son was born, I began my transformative YTT. I truly believe that yoga can play a vital role in a person’s mental, physical and emotional well being. It’s a tool for strength building, reflection, focus, self-healing and builds community. I am so excited to share my passion and knowledge of yoga with people of all ages as we learn, heal and grow together.

Favorite Yoga Pose…

When I’m not doing yoga…

Class vibes…

Sarah

Specializations
Vinyasa
Philosophy

I originally fell in love with yoga on the ocean bluffs of Long Beach. I became an enthusiastic supporter of the “free yoga” movement. With a classical training my approach to teaching yoga asana is one that focuses on allowing the student to experience a practice in a way that serves him or her most.  I strives to guide without interfering letting the magic of yoga transform and heal. I have a passion for studying the sutras and sharing yoga philosophy. 

Favorite Yoga Pose…

When I’m not doing yoga…

Class vibes…

Christine

Specializations
Vinyasa 2

I’ve been practicing Yoga on and off for the past 10 years but I didn’t fall in love with Yoga until I completed my teacher training. I signed up for the training because I wanted to shift my focus away from a demanding full-time job; to my surprise, the training did much more than that. Prior to the training, I thought Yoga was just another form of exercise to relieve stress. Now, I firmly believe Yoga is a way of life that aligns the body and mind. Through Yoga, I've learned to take on life’s challenges with a little more grace and let go of anything that doesn’t serve me well. In my classes, I focus on proper alignment and breathing. I emphasize that the time you spend on the mat is yours, and self-care is equally important as caring for others. My goal is to help the students feel refreshed, relaxed, and balanced after they step off the mat.

Favorite Yoga Pose…

When I’m not doing yoga…

Class vibes…

Alexandra

Specializations
Gentle Yoga

I fell in love with yoga during the summer of 2012, when I took my first yoga class for credit during college. I was on my mat 5 days a week for two and a half hours for a total of 6 weeks. I had an achy right knee from being an ex-hurdler, and my wrists were weak and prone to dislocation as a result of a childhood injury. Not even steroid shots could get rid of the pain in my wrists. However, the more I practiced, the less pain I experienced. One day, it finally occurred to me that my knee my pain had completely subsided, and I could no longer tell the weather based on whether my knee was irritated, or not! It’s been over five years since my last wrist injury. Why? Yoga healed and strengthened my body.

I became a teacher to deepen my practice, to prevent further injury, and to connect with my body and its needs on an even deeper level. I became a teacher to share this passion with others, because I believe that yoga is for everyone, regardless of age, body type, or weight.

My favorite yoga pose is ...

definitely savasana, because I love to sleep, and I take naps whenever I get the chance. If only I had listened to my parents when they told me to take a nap or go to bed at night! Besides, what’s better than rewarding one’s self after an amazing practice, than a nice, long, relaxing savasana?

When I'm not doing yoga...

I love the Lord, I love the law, I love coffee, and I love to travel. I’m an active member at my church, a lawyer-in-the-making (so, I obviously have to love coffee), and I truly enjoy experiencing new cultures, exploring, and discovering all of God’s wonders on this Earth.

Class Vibes...

Expect to be greeted by a warm smile, and to experience an organic sequence that both challenges and grows them based on their specific needs and goals. Students can expect to feel both relaxed and accomplished. They can expect to laugh, to be encouraged, and to leave looking forward to our next journey together on our mats.

Cindy

Specializations
Meditation

I became curious about yoga after a breast cancer diagnosis in 2004. My personal journey was guided by the determination to empower myself to be my own best advocate during treatment and beyond breast cancer. I have always been physically active with sports, dance and gym work outs. I knew my physical and emotional well being needed a more holistic approach and I discovered the healing benefits of yoga! Yoga and meditation facilitate the mind, body, and spirit connection, are an antidote to stress, and help me find my voice. I am a life-long learner and it's important to me to continue to grow and evolve. Even as a teacher, I am a student of yoga. I want to share the gift of yoga and it's healing practice. Yoga is for everyone and promotes courage on and off the mat! My hope is that my students feel welcome and supported in a nourishing community. Together, we will learn to pause, practice self care, be present, mindful and BREATHE.

Favorite Yoga Pose…

When I’m not doing yoga…

Class vibes…

Jordan

Specializations
Self-development
Chakras 

I started taking yoga while I was pregnant with my second son. It was one of the best decisions for my pregnancy and life! I was so moved by what yoga did for me I decided I wanted to teach and share that same power with everyone. I love to break the stereotypes of who can do yoga, because frankly we all could use yoga, there is no one perfect "body" for yoga. Not to mention the wonderful community I have gained and the spiritual healing of yoga. Yoga has helped me through many stressful and dark times and I hope to bring that peace to my students! See you on the mat. Namaste

Favorite Yoga Pose…

When I’m not doing yoga…

Class vibes…

Katie

Specializations
Therapeutic Yoga
Restorative Yoga

It wasn’t until I found myself in a deep and dire need for healing, did I realize the importance of my yoga practice. Initially attracted to the practice through its connection to dance and movement, I soon realized it offered so much more. After being hospitalized for 2 months due to severe burns and losing my mother during that hospital stay, I found myself in a deep state of grief, but also needing real physical results as far as my scars healing was concerned. I found that yoga offered a soft place to land despite whatever emotions I was feeling. It both calmed my nervous system, while also increasing my range of motion at rates even my PT’s were amazed by. As soon as I was feeling well enough, I found myself at studying for my first teacher training and then again for a therapeutic yoga. It is within this practice that I found my true passion for teaching and I feel so honored to be a new addition to United Yoga Studios community.

Favorite Yoga Pose...

legs up the wall! My life is so active and busy that resting my legs and flipping my body upside down in such a relaxed manner feels sooooo good every time. It also allows our perspective to literally change and I really enjoy this aspect of it as well.


When I'm not doing yoga...

I love being outdoors either hiking with my dogs or spending time gardening at home. I'm obsessed with plants and have a huge collection of house and outdoor plants! I live a very active lifestyle and yoga really gives me a way to slow down, calm down and settle my nervous system, but I am also really creative and love spending time playing guitar and writing songs, painting, and crafting.

Class vibes:

Students can expect from my class a genuine interest and knowledge in using yoga to heal our own individual bodies (including our mental, emotional and spiritual bodies) as I often encourage students to do what their body is telling them they need in that moment, of that day, as what we need often changes with our lives and lifestyles. Expect me to arrive to class with an open heart and pure intentions to share the beauty and healing I've found in yoga with them for their own healing. 

Serene

Specializations
Yin

I started my yoga journey in 2014. My initial exploration of the realm of yoga was motivated by a desire to become grounded and to add dimension to my spirituality. My practice served as a means to ease anxiety and stress, and I found that I could deal more effectively with stressors and situations in the non-yoga world, by applying principles that I had learned on the mat. I chose the teaching path because I love yoga and everything my practice has done for me. Becoming a teacher was the natural progression for my life, to give back what I have received.

My favorite yoga pose…

is single pigeon. Apart from yoga, I enjoy being in nature. I teach a class that is alignment based.

Class vibes…

My goal for my students is to develop, through the simplicity of mindful movement, an awareness of not just their physical bodies, but their full existences.

Lindsay

Specializations
Vinyasa

I began yoga four years ago in search of both enlightening my mind and strengthening my body.
I fell in love with the practice quickly and it became a routine part of my life which consistently
brought me feelings of peace, serenity, and happiness. I have always been a natural teacher with
the drive to share my knowledge and passions with others, so this is what brought me to go
through the training to become a certified yoga instructor. Through my training experience, I was
able to learn so much about yoga, teaching, and myself, and I am truly excited to share these
wisdoms with others who share the same love and passion for yoga as I do. 

Favorite Yoga Pose…

When I’m not doing yoga…

Class vibes…

Karleen

Specializations
Gentle Yoga

I’ve been practicing Yoga on and off for the past 10 years but I didn’t fall in love with Yoga until I completed my teacher training. I signed up for the training because I wanted to shift my focus away from a demanding full-time job; to my surprise, the training did much more than that. Prior to the training, I thought Yoga was just another form of exercise to relieve stress. Now, I firmly believe Yoga is a way of life that aligns the body and mind. Through Yoga, I've learned to take on life’s challenges with a little more grace and let go of anything that doesn’t serve me well. In my classes, I focus on proper alignment and breathing. I emphasize that the time you spend on the mat is yours, and self-care is equally important as caring for others. My goal is to help the students feel refreshed, relaxed, and balanced after they step off the mat.

Favorite Yoga Pose…

Savasana

When I’m not doing yoga…

I’m probably hiking or reading

Class vibes…

Slow and relaxed

Diana

Specializations
Strength Training

I have always realized the importance of physical activity in my life but it was only after stress and anxiety attacks began to take over my life that I truly found myself in yoga. By reconnecting to my practice a little over four years ago, I quickly learned the amazing healing effects that yoga has on my mind and body. With that I was able to release a lot of the stress and anxiety to make space for the peace and courage I needed. I truly feel that yoga changed my life and I now want to share that same experience with others. In my classes, I offer students a safe space to explore and discover that healing awareness while always maintaining a fun and light hearted atmosphere as well.

Favorite Yoga Pose…

When I’m not doing yoga…

Class vibes…

Juanita

Specializations
Prenatal
Labor Prep
Lactation Education

As a young girl, my dad introduced me to yoga. He would take us to the park and practice yoga while we played. I came into my own practice as an adult
to reduce stress and keep fit. When I became a birth doula I noticed how helpful breathing, meditating and stretching was for my clients so I decided to go through the teacher training. I'm contantly amazed at how yoga can help people with many ailments. I love teaching my students how to support themselves through many phases of their lives whether it's going through stressful times or having their babies.

Favorite Yoga Pose…

When I’m not doing yoga…

Class vibes…

Marina

Specializations
Philosophy & Meditation
Ayurveda
Strength training

I began practicing yoga in 2004, Bikram, hot yoga, called my name for all the physical reasons of detoxing and getting fit! I had my first child 2 years later and was drawn back to my mat for the mental and emotional benefits of breathing, building my patience, and learned very quickly that taking care of myself must be a priority. Taking time on my mat supported me in being a better Mama and human being. I took my first teacher training in 2011 and began teaching right away with a passion to teach yoga to anyone I could. I enjoy teaching creative vinyasa flows to fun music to both energize and ground the class. Also a lover of sculpt yoga to create a fun safe environment for people craving a little more sweat and toning. But even when teaching knowing that I am first a student, I love learning and engaging with my class enjoying the journey and every step of the way.

Favorite Yoga Pose…

When I’m not doing yoga…

Class vibes…

Rozanne

Specializations
Alignment
Hatha/Vinyasa

When I learned I had osteoarthritis in my knee, I had to stop doing what I truly love the most, and that was my passion for running. Yoga was a way to manage osteoarthritis and the pain that goes along with it. I have been my own advocate for my body and health. I am always a student of my body. Becoming a yoga instructor was a natural and transitional path for me, and it has opened my heart to another level of mind, body experience. I am reminded everyday of gratitude for my health! I am thankful for yoga and the relief I have received from the pain and discomfort I experienced. I am passionate about teaching students to move in their own practice with breath, ease, confidence, and patience. Yoga has taught me these things that I can fully apply to my everyday life. I am excited for students to allow me to teach with compassion in a nurturing, safe way. I really am passionate about what yoga can do for you!

Becky

Specializations
Mama & Me

Okay here goes: I started my yoga journey a year and a half ago when I became a mom for the first time. I showed up to Mama and Me looking for a workout but more importantly, community. I found exactly that and so I kept coming back every week despite the effort it took to get out the door with a baby and snacks, toys, diapers, etc. I couldn't pass up how good it felt every time I left a class. I fell in love with yoga. With how good I felt mentally and physically. I was never a fitness freak but I was a fan of FEELING good. I did the YTT because I felt it was important to share this love with as many people as I could. I'm so honored to share with others this practice that has taught me so much and kept me sane and healthy this past year and a half.

Favorite Yoga Pose…

When I’m not doing yoga…

Class vibes…

Eva

Specializations
Mama & Me

I’ve been enjoying yoga for quite some time and was practicing some poses and philosophy of yoga itself. After giving birth to my daughter, we started to take yoga classes together and I realized how much I can enjoy it even with the kid. I always liked teaching and sharing my knowledge with others and I think yoga represents the idea of sharing, compassion and love in its best way. When I started to teach my first classes, I realized how much satisfaction I feel after each class and this feeling makes you really really happy.

Favorite yoga pose…

I love all kids of twists and forward bends. Among my absolute
favorites are Marichi’s pose, Revolved Triangle, Great Sage pose 1, Wide-Angle sitted forward bend, Standing forward bend, etc.

When I'm not doing yoga...

I really love to do Ikebana (flower arrangements) as
my hobby, travel and reading.

Class vibes…

You can expect implementation of philosophy, nice and slow work
with each pose (I prefer to spend more time on holding and stretching) with the mix of Russian accent! :)

Bonnie

Specializations
Gentle Yoga
Trauma Informed

I began my Yoga journey over ten years ago as way to challenge myself physically and get into better physical health. It has taken some time, but what began as a physical routine slowly evolved into a practice of patience, self acceptance, and healing. After experiencing the gifts of Yoga and Mediation I felt compelled to share it with others, so I decided to try another path along my journey, teaching. I can wait to practice with you. Just follow your breath, your rhythm and let go.

Favorite Yoga Pose…

When I’m not doing yoga…

Class vibes…

Jasmine

Specializations
Yin Yoga

I started consistently practicing yoga about three years ago when I was too sick to do my usual strength training/HIIT routine but wanted to maintain physical activity. I ended up falling in love with how my body and mind felt after practicing each day, and knew I had to continue. I was reluctant to participate in Teacher Training as I was very insecure about not being flexible enough to get into poses I was flooded with on Instagram. I’ve learned through my amazing teachers and my own practice, however, that flexibility is only one small part of yoga. Teacher training was one of the best decisions I made for myself, and while I still at times feel insecure about my lack of flexibility, I know that modeling self-love through that will only help to break the stereotype that only a certain body or background can and should practice yoga. I hope that one day, everyone everywhere will not just be doing yoga, but practicing yoga - on and off of their mat.


My favorite yoga pose...

used to be those that required power and strength, though now I think I most value viparita karani or legs up the wall. I stay in this pose religiously every night for at least 15 minutes because I know my body and my nervous system need this reset more than anything.

When I’m not doing yoga…

I’m most likely either grading papers, hiking, reading, enjoying a cold beer, or any combination of the two

Class vibes...

When students come to my class they can expect a warm welcome, as well as lots of modifications, whether they’re trying to give their bodies relief, or trying to up-level the intensity. It is my hope that all students - new or seasoned, feel the freedom in my class to own to their practice and honor their bodies.

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