Instructor Bios

Alice

Alice has been practicing yoga since 2001 in her Native Malaysia. Her mother first brought her into Hatha and she began to get into yoga and learn the benefits of it. Later she was introduced to Ashtanga and realized not only it helped balance her physical well-being but also develop mental endurance and strength. Eager to pass on her knowledge and wisdom into people who need support and guidance, Alice chose to quit her day job and devote her full time into helping others find growth of the physical and spiritual self.

Alice is known for her characteristic, non-judgmental guidance. Her style combines Vinyasa and Ashtanga to make it a more challenging and enjoying journey. With a continuous transition flow into various poses, Alice will ultimately guide you to a process of building harmony with your own body through strength, discipline and self-confidence.

Cara

In 2008, Cara started taking yoga classes at the YMCA, where she worked as the Controller. As a former gymnast and dancer, she was initially drawn to the movement of the practice; however, she soon began to notice that the focus on the physical practice helped to bring mental focus and reduce stress. She began to take the principles she learned in yoga class and weave them into her life. Her love for the practice made her want to share it with others. Not only does she find joy in seeing her students progress physically, she also loves seeing their self-confidence grow. She is a 500-hour certified instructor, receiving her 200-hour certification through Yoga Works Costa Mesa and her 300-hour certification through Bryce Yoga in Thailand


 

 

Corey

At age 12, Corey procured his first computer. A sedentary lifestyle ensued for nearly 2 decades. It wasn’t until his mid twenties he vanquished video games from his life and began his physical journey. He discovered sports for the first time, Indoor Rock Climbing and Racquetball. Meditation and calming effects came from these discoveries, but not without a reality check that he has the flexibility of a steel bar. This led him to yoga. For many sun orbits he was shy and inflexible hiding in the back corner of the studio. Yoga almost veered from his path when a teacher ridiculed his inflexibility over the microphone. All fear and judgment has since been expelled from his being. He has learned to laugh at and love his body as is. Corey is absolutely infatuated with the breath and what it can do for the mind, body and soul. The dance we call yoga is part of his daily practice for the rest of his life. This makes future Corey beyond delighted.
True power resides within. Harness this and become infinite.

 

 Greg

Gregory McNamara began his path into yoga  in his sophomore year of high school when he was finding the sports he grew up playing were not what was calling to him anymore. His mother, grandmother, and grandfather have all been practicing yoga longer than his lifetime where they were the first to encourage him to take a leap into this direction. After he had been practicing for about a year, he came to the decision he wanted to pursue teacher training. Greg became certified through Shanti Shanti Yoga School in Tustin, through the 200 Hour RYT program.

Each class he strides to find a consistent rhythm in breath and movement intelligently linking the two together.  Working with his students to help them find their deeper space. His classes are austere, just as yoga is an uneasy practice, motivating his students to breathe through the more difficult postures where in the end, they will be able to receive benefits from this ancient practice. Greg is here to serve students and arrive them at the best possible position within their mind and body, so that one day you may experience a true connection with the omnipresent self.

 

 Heather T
Out of her friends and family, Jen was always known as the “healthy” one who loved taking fitness classes at the gym and eating her favorite bowl of greens. After receiving a B.A. in Psychology from UCLA, she went to Korea to teach as an English teacher where she again found yoga to be her comfort. Yoga not only taught her to honor her physical body but to also nurture her mind and soul. It made her truly understand the value of connecting with her inner self and learning to just let go. In 2013, she completed her 200-hour teacher training program through Shanti Shanti Yoga School with Samantha Gallo and Alexis Kemp. She is excited to share her experience and to help bring a little part of yoga to her students’ everyday lives.

 

Heather M

In an effort to slow down and enjoy the vitality of living life in the present I found yoga, and knew very quickly that I wanted to share this with as many people as possible. Most of us are looking to strengthen our bodies, relive our stressed out brains and nurture our inner being. With focus on lower back strengthening, hip flexor lengthening, steady and varied breath work, and full upper body toning we can move through the poses towards a healthier body and mind.  I love to be a guide through this process using yoga as our vehicle. Starting with basic postures with an emphasis on alignment and breath work, I strive to be a teacher that is warm and encouraging. When we slow down and enjoy the asana and embrace the physical challenges our bodies thank us by feeling better and more focused.

I was introduced to yoga through my dad in grade school, and have always come back to it as a steady safe place to find my center. I received my 200 hr. teacher training through Essential Yoga School and have since enjoyed the instruction of wonderful teachers such as Maty Ezraty, Amy Ippoliti, Jason Crandall, and Sarahjoy Marsh. My personal philosophy of the importance of having a beginners mind and always remaining a student drives me to never stop learning, so that I can share and grow with my students. I maintain a registration through Yoga Alliance and am an RYT200 instructor.  When I’m not practicing yoga or teaching I enjoy my family, friends, rescue pups, beach days and moon lit hikes.

 

Kristiana

Kristiana found yoga at a crucial time in her life when she needed yoga to heal her mind, body, and soul amidst tragedy. Through dedicating her time to developing a physical yoga practice, and learning to be content with stillness in her mind, this helped her overcome life challenges. She decided to get certified to teach in hopes to inspire others, as well as continue to inspire herself. In turn she now is able to offer her teachings with the goal to lead her students into a place of peace and healing while sharing her passions in an authentic way. Being a Kinesiology student at Cal State Fullerton she is constantly inspired by the all-encompassing aspects health, yoga and fitness has to offer ones mind body connection, and pursuit of happiness. One of the main things that attracted Kristiana to her love of yoga was the calming of the mind through the breath. Living in a society that is always on the go, she likes to emphasize breath, and mental calmness in her teachings. She resonates with a Hatha flow style teaching, as well as getting into more gentle, longer holds on the other spectrum of her teaching style. She finds it important to offer modifications to suit all levels in a safe way, attempting to meet the desires of everyone in the room. She looks forward to you joining her classes, for a healing, strengthening practice filled with music and inspiration while connecting with the breath .

 

 Lula

Lula is a natural born healer and yoga teacher based in California. Her spiritual journey began as a child riding horses, playing in the dirt, and spending time in the woods of New Jersey.

Lula maintains her connection with nature by taking backpacking trips, hiking and exploring the outdoors. She has completed a 200 hour Vinyasa training at Laughing Lotus NYC in 2007 and a 200 hour Anusara training at Abhaya Yoga in Brooklyn, NY in 2010, many years of meditation and training, and received her Reiki Master certificate.

Combining yoga and meditation with outdoor exploration has profoundly shifted Lula’s relationship with her mind and body to conquer addiction, depression, and patterns of negative thinking.

Lula’s mission is to creatively help others transform from the inside out using many methods of healing. It is her intention to bring out and create more beauty in the world through the art of transformation.

Maxine

Maxine’s desire to teach yoga came about through her own discoveries in her personal practice. Her personal practice with yoga began after a devastating knee injury in high school that ultimately led to two reconstructive knee surgeries, four years of physical rehab, and the end of her then lifelong dedication to basketball. Scarred from years of competitive sports, illnesses, depression, injuries and anxiety she was in search for a healthy way to connect back to her body. Maxine began a self practice of hatha yoga, attempting to get her body back into shape the least traumatic way she knew how. She came to yoga in the beginning for the physical benefits. What followed was the beginning of a ten year journey into the heart of her Self and the true nature of Yoga. She studied whatever she could get her hands on. Developing asthma as a kid she struggled with breathing everyday; with yoga Maxine began exploring the power of her body when combined with conscious breath. She began noticing the peace that came with silencing her mind and connecting into the movement of her body and the present moment. Maxine found the connection reminiscent of what athletes refer to as “being in the zone” and what she herself had experienced with basketball. What originally had brought her to yoga for the physical benefits evolved into a complete mind, body, and spirit connection.

Overtime her practice began focusing on Vinyasa, linking breath to movement, she started feeling the magic that arose with this relationship, and how the world around her became a little quieter, her pains a little more bearable. Throughout Maxine’s 10 year self-taught personal practice she has explored multiple styles of yoga, breath and energy work, meditations, and self-healing, and draws on all of these backgrounds as she guides her students into deeper levels of self-awareness.

Maxine completed her 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training through Cloud Nine Yoga at Stella Luna’s Yoga Studio. She considers herself a forever student and is blessed to share her passions with fellow seeker

 

Mercedes

Mercedes began her personal practice over 4 years ago, and instantly
fell in love with yoga. In the fall of 2012 she enrolled in yoga
teacher training because she wanted to start building her own
sequences to share her passion for yoga with others. Mercedes
completed her 200 hour teacher training at Purple Yoga and is
registered through Yoga Alliance. She hopes to help her students with
their injuries and to prevent injuries as well. Mercedes is an all
around nature enthusiast. Her other passions are rock climbing, back packing, trail running,

 

Melody

Melody took her first yoga class in 2005, without having any intention of becoming a devoted practitioner. Within the first few minutes of class, she knew she found the keystone to her life right on her yoga mat. After dedicating years of practice, she became 200-hour certified to teach yoga in 2010 and is in the process of pursuing her 500-hour. She currently dedicates much of her life to teaching yoga in studios throughout Orange County, and considers her greatest achievement is the ability to inspire others in their yoga practice.

 Maureen

Maureen originally discovered yoga through her local gym and immediately fell in love with the practice.  She took her first training through Yoga Fit and started teaching at the same gym.  Wanting to deepen her practice, she completed her 200 hour training at Yoga Works and later completed her additional 300 hour advanced training at Soul at Home.  She is also a KRI certified Kundalini teacher.  Maureen incorporates alignment and connecting to the breath to help guide her students to find their own practice.  Her goal is to always grow and learn as a teacher and as a student so she can be her highest self both on and off the mat

Susan

E-RYT 500-Devoted to health and happiness Susan became certified as a yoga teacher through Cloud Nine yoga School.  After furthering her studies through Sundara Yoga Shala for an additional 200 hr certification she sought out new adventures.  Being an outdoor enthusiast has led Susan to also get certified to teach stand up paddle board yoga.  She regularly practices yoga at home and attends workshops to continue her education.

 

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Love only what is beautiful and pure... See, hear, smell, taste, and touch only what is good... Will and feel goodness, and ever seek the sweet nectar of God's presence in meditation. -Paramahansa Yogananda

There are three marks of a superior man: being virtuous, he is free from anxiety; being wise, he is free from perplexity; being brave, he is free from fear. -Confucius

Don't be afraid to be amazing. -Andy Offutt Irwin

Definition of happiness: The full use of your powers along lines of excellence. -John Fitzgerald Kennedy

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Only a life lived for others is worth living. -Albert Einstein

Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions. -Albert Einstein

I want to know God's thoughts... the rest are details. -Albert Einstein

Whatever there is of God and goodness in the universe, it must work itself out and express itself through us. We cannot stand aside and let God do it. -Albert Einstein

It is my view that the vegetarian manner of living by its purely physical effect on the human temperament would most beneficially influence the lot of mankind. -Albert Einstein

Once you can accept the universe as being something expanding into an infinite nothing which is something, wearing stripes with plaid is easy. -Albert Einstein

Everyone who is seriously involved in the pursuit of science becomes convinced that a spirit is manifest in the laws of the Universe - a spirit vastly superior to that of man. -Albert Einstein

We still do not know one-thousandth of one percent of what nature has revealed to us. -Albert Einstein

In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity. -Albert Einstein

If your treat an individual... as if he were what he ought to be and could be, he will become what he ought to be and could be. -Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Curiosity is the wick in the candle of learning. -William A. Word

I never learned anything while talking. -Larry King

Commitment is doing what you said you would do after the feeling you said it in has passed. -St. Camillus de Lellis

Your mental attitude is something you can control outright and you must use self-discipline until you create a Positive Mental Attitude - your mental attitude attracts to you everything that makes you what you are. -Napoleon Hill

Think for yourself and let others enjoy the privilege of doing so too. -Voltaire

You cannot be lonely if you like the person you're alone with. -Wayne W. Dyer

If I can put one touch of rosy sunset into the life of any man or woman, I shall feel that I have worked with God. -G. K. Chesterton

Blessed are the hearts that can bend, they shall never be broken. -Albert Camus

In a gentle way, you can shake the world. -Mahatma Gandhi

You must be the change you wish to see in the world. -Mahatma Gandhi

Prayer is not an old woman's idle amusement. Properly understood and applied, it is the most potent instrument of action. -Mahatma Gandhi

Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever. -Mahatma Gandhi

As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world - that is the myth of the atomic age - as in being able to remake ourselves. -Mahatma Gandhi

The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world's problems. -Mahatma Gandhi

Life is here to enjoy! -Maharishi Yogi

Happiness radiates like the fragrance from a flower, and draws all good things toward you. -Maharishi Yogi

Observe good faith and justice toward all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all. -George Washington

You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him find it within himself. -Galileo

I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice. -Abraham Lincoln

Love is the force that ignites the spirit and binds teams together. -Phil Jackson

In this theater of man's life, it is reserved only for God and angels to be lookers-on. -Pythagoras

There is a magnet in your heart that will attract true friends. That magnet is unselfishness, thinking of others first. When you learn to live for others, they will live for you. -Paramahansa Yogananda

In deep meditation the flow of concentration is continuous like the flow of oil. -Patanjali

If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other. -Mother Teresa

I know God won't give me anything I can't handle; I just wish he didn't trust me so much. -Mother Teresa

That old law about \"an eye for an eye\" leaves everybody blind. The time is always right to do the right thing. -Martin Luther King Jr.

Darkness is only driven out with light, not more darkness. -Martin Luther King Jr.

My life is my message. -Mahatma Gandhi

Be master of mind rather than mastered by mind. -Zen wisdom

Anger has no eyes. -Hindu Proverb

Call on God, but row away from the rocks. -Indian Proverb

The only lasting beauty is the beauty of the heart. -Rumi

Within you there is a stillness and a sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself. -Herman Hesse

There's only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving and that's your own self. -Aldous Huxley

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Art is the elimination of the unnecessary. -Pablo Picasso

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As our case is new, we must think and act anew. -Abraham Lincoln

I have been all things unholy; if God can work through me, he can work through anyone. -St. Francis of Assisi

I may give out - but I will never give up. -Chuckie Mullins

Iron rusts from disuse, stagnant water loses its purity and in cold weather becomes frozen; so does inaction sap the vigors of the mind. -Leonardo Da Vinci

Our bodies are gardens, to which our wills are gardeners. -William Shakespeare

A fall into a ditch makes you wiser. -Chinese Proverb

Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase. -Martin Luther King Jr.

The meaning I picked, the one that changed my life: Overcome fear; behold wonder. -Richard Bach

It is not enough to aim, you must hit. -German Proverb

Give me a lever long enough and a prop strong enough, and I can single-handedly move the world. -Archimedes

I possess the creative power of spirit. The infinite intelligence will guide me and solve every problem. -Paramahansa Yogananda

Losers visualize the penalties of failure. Winners visualize the rewards of success. -Dr. Rob Gilbert

I relax and cast aside all mental burdens, allowing God to express through me His perfect love, peace, and wisdom. -Paramahansa Yogananda