Yoga Teachers

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For me, yoga means moving consciously through life, and making decisions that are evolutionary. It means dancing through every element of life, and recognizing every event as your teacher. I have been practicing yoga for over 15 years and have been teaching for more than 10. I have studied Bikram, Ashtanga, Kundalini and Bhakti yoga, and combine some these styles in my practice. My style of power yoga combines intensively physical, psychological and spiritual elements.


Dan Ward

The first class on my first day of college, drum roll please, YOGA! and I hated it. Well, actually, my reaction was a bit more mixed.

Perhaps the challenges were a bit too intense for me at the time. But the seed was planted. After graduating, I moved to Santa Monica with my girlfriend, now my wife, Lesley. It wasn't but a few weeks after that I discovered Bryan Kest's Power Yoga Class. It was what I liked to a "LIFEQUAKE."

Bryan's intense style of Vinyasa changed my life. Now with four beautiful daughters and 10,000 hugs later, I realized teaching yoga is a dream!


Jay Co

I've been teaching yoga for about 25 years and martial arts for another 7 years beyond that. I have a biology degree from Georgetown with minors in fine arts and eastern philosophy. I hold a martial arts instructorship in Jeet Kune Do, two yoga certifications, and two personal training certifications, and I am honored to be a brand ambassador for Manduka and a legacy brand ambassador for lululemon.
With the help of Bryan Kest, Jerome Mercier and many other really amazing teachers over the years I have found that nothing is a bigger catalyst for positive change than the committed, regular practice of sitting at the center of your own undivided attention. This experience, more than anything, is what I hope to share with you.


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I have been practicing yoga for over 20 years and teaching movement for the last 15 years to youth and adults. I teach with compassion and kindness and look to connect with my students. Practicing and teaching yoga brings me a sense of stability, grounding, strength and release. I ask my students to show up with an open mind, with willingness to practice awareness, challenge themselves and be accepting. When teaching yoga my strength training background highlights the value of building a strong foundation to which build upon.  I encourage my students to slow down, feel more and listen to their bodies.



Rudy’s intelligent sequencing and unique transitions create an ever-changing experience through the most basic of postures. Each practice with Rudy is an adventure but the result is always the same, elation from meeting a challenge head-on that helps create a strong and resilient physique and mind. Armed with a huge heart, wicked sense of humor, and fierce belief in the practice, Rudy’s enthusiasm for yoga shines through in every class helping each of his students to become a yoga warrior themselves. Rudy Mettia has ascended from teaching yoga in an abandoned back room of a church nestled at the foot of the Hollywood Hills, to claim his place among the top tier of yoga teachers in the hyper competitive mecca of the American yoga scene, Santa Monica, California, thereby the country.


Jerome Mercier

I design my classes with intention to create strength, focus and proper alignment of postures while building confidence to perform the asana. Each session contains a rigorous flow sequence and is suitable for all levels of ability and expertise. My classes are challenging and every individual's experience is so unique that, I recommend letting go of all self-judgement, thus allowing yourself the freedom to grow through yoga at your own pace. I trained with Jorgen Christiansson and have been teaching now for 20 years.



My vinyasa flow style classes are strong and demanding linking breath and movement through a dexterous sequence of sun salutations and postures. The continuous flow deepens breathing, increases endurance, and will allow you to test the edge of your balance and flexibility. I often include advanced postures such as handstands, arm balances, or backbends.

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I started teaching at Power Yoga East in 1997. (Then called SMPY) Having been trained by such yoga luminaries as Bryan Kest, Many Ezrati, and Chuck Miller.
My classes are challenging and sweaty yet accessible. Non-dogmatic and intimate, I  challenge my students to take what they learn on the mat into the world.



Yoga started for me when my brother sent himself a picture in plow pose and I thought it would be hilarious to send one back to him. Before starting yoga I was perpetually depressed but through the physical, mental, and spiritual practice of yoga I have been able to get to know myself while finding relative peace in life's oscillations. The class I teach is power yoga that gives space for physical awareness with breath emphasized. Yoga that gets you out of your head and into your body.



I make an effort to teach every yoga session with enough care and compassion so that everyone gets something out of each class. I also try to be as informative and articulate as possible during the entire session so people with a developed practice as well as beginners all receive something positive and beneficial. My overall goal in Yoga is to help everyone to love and accept who he or she is, which is very challenging in this western society we live in today.