UY Teacher Trainers

Your 3 lead teachers differentiate from other TT leads because beyond their wealth of knowledge, education, & experience they understand what it takes to work together to create harmony in creating a safe space for people to be their authentic selves through the process of physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual growth. For the last 9 years, we, Michelle, Marina and Heather have not only Masterminded weekly together but have organized several women's events and coached multiple Mastermind groups. We are passionate about creating a legacy of wholehearted people who dare to live out their dream life. 

Michelle Pasos

I, along with my husband, am the proud owner of United Yoga. I’ve been practicing yoga for over 10 years and received my 200 hour YTT through YogaWorks. As an E-RYT, I have over 3,500 hours of teaching experience including Iyengar, Vinyasa, kids yoga, mama and me, prenatal and advanced power flow. The settings I've taught in range from yoga studios in the SGV to a non-profit focusing on juvenile hall boys and teen moms to local universities.

In 2011, I received my master's in Kinesiology and have been teaching as a professor in the Exercise Science department at Azusa Pacific University for the last 4 years. I had the privilege of proposing and being granted Fitness for Life Yoga class which now serves over 50 students every semester. I’m passionate about student development and curriculum design.

Teaching Prenatal special series and Arm Balancing workshops was the start of creating my own yoga curriculum. In addition to my human anatomy & exercise physiology background, this led to guest teaching in fellow yoga teacher training programs. My ultimate goal has always been to lead future yoga teacher trainings and I am beyond excited to be on this journey with you.

Marina Belmonte

I am a certified E-RYT with over 4000 classes under my teaching belt. I specialize in teaching Vinyasa, Sculpt and Barre, and enjoy teaching prenatal and Yin classes. 

Each year I have the opportunity to co-lead international yoga retreats, women's events and co-created a children's Yoga Summer Camp. I love leading workshops infusing mindful yoga with essential oils and relaxing meditation.

Along with sharing Yoga with the world, I am a holistic health coach certified through The Institute of Integrative Nutrition. David Wolfe, Deepak Chopra, Bernie Siegel and Joshua Rosenthal are some of my favorite health professionals that I have had the opportunity to study under. Because of my passion for food as medicine, cooking and fitness I am the owner of a health coaching company that ties together Yoga, Nutrition and overall Wellness. I designed an original and unique Corporate Wellness Program coaching groups across Orange County to take their health back into their own hands. 

I found my calling to teach the yogic lifestyle to those on their health journey to find balance in all aspects of their lives physically, emotionally, spiritually and mentally. 

Heather Thomas

I am a licensed physical therapist that has been fascinated by the intricacies of the human body since youth. I grew up playing basketball, softball and volleyball and went on to play basketball in college. I attended the University of Redlands graduating magna cum laude with a major in Biology and minor in Psychology. My passion for helping people and studying the human body and movement lead me to Azusa Pacific University where I received my Doctorate in Physical Therapy.

I completed my post-doctoral residency program at Kaiser Permanente, which included one on one mentoring in clinical reasoning and hands on skills. As a Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist, I am passion about providing evidence based, patient focused care that considers the whole individual’s well being. My hope is to empower each person to gain understanding of their symptoms, have increased awareness to their unique movement patterns, and take control of their wellness. I whole heartedly support the APTA vision statement to “transform society by optimizing movement to improve the human experience.”