Dedication. Expertise. Passion.
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.
Simple, approachable, and challenging. In my 20+ years of teaching, this is how I describe my classes today. I believe my style evolves similar to how I evolve - from rigid to flexible. I've discovered this kind of approach allows every individual a unique experience and opportunity to create space, comfort, and confidence within their own body and mind. I like to get creative and mix it up with my sequences through a combination of flow, strength, and pranayama. You can expect to sweat. Expect to enjoy. All are welcome.
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!
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.
In 1999 at the request of Power Yoga founder Bryan Kest, I started teaching yoga. For the next 23 plus years I taught at the Power Yoga studios, Yoga Works, and others. In that timeframe I’ve taught nearly 300 thousand students worldwide and have accumulated over 20 thousand hours teaching yoga.
Since the covid pandemic I’ve invested another 10 thousand hours coaching strength & conditioning at my private gym, SquatBox Gym in Santa Monica. However, now I’m back to yoga and that vast experience combined has helped me master the art of a safe, injury free, fun, yoga practice. I invite you to come practice and find your mental and physical freedom from one breath to the next.
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.
Shirley has been practicing yoga for over 20 years and teaching movement for the last 15 years to youth and adults. She teaches with compassion and kindness and looks to connect with her students. Practicing and teaching yoga brings her a sense of stability, grounding, strength and release. Shirley asks her students to show up with an open mind, with willingness to practice awareness, challenge themselves and be accepting. When teaching yoga her strength training background highlights the value of building a strong foundation to which build upon. She encourages her students to slow down, feel more and listen to their bodies.
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.
Megan enjoys body, mind, soul studies and guiding others to unite with their experience of such. Dance has been a through line in her life and naturally led her to the conscious arts. She has been teaching 17 years. Her offerings are rooted in awareness, connection, and balance. Megan’s classes are physically invigorating - a combination of power holds, flow, and elements of other energy practices. She gives attention to alignment and provides space for feeling. Classes explore intention, pranayama, meditation, and spirituality. Her teachings invite a loving reverence for existence and participation with life.
The class is inspired by my training in Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga, Yin Yoga and meditation with a keen understanding of the sacred space that is being held in practice.
You can expect a physically challenging sequence with an intention to open the body gently towards peace. We will attune to the tightness, stress. and contractions often found in the body that prevent stillness in the mind. My intention is to meet the students as my teachers and offer mindful physical assists when welcomed. Together we will explore what we cannot uncover on our own. My interests include Tea, Buddhism, Thai Chi,, Qi Gong, Kundalini Yoga and Kirtan. My intention is to weave these experiences into the warm and safe container of a yoga class and allow for all students to have their own individual experiences with the support of the collective.
Many call me by my yogic name Sevā which means selfless service. This being a constant reminder to stay in my dharma and light of helping without expectation and letting go the result of my action.
Sarah was a nationally competitive gymnast, All-American springboard diver, and triathlete with 22 years of athletic experience.
Expect physically demanding classes with high attention to detail, arm balances, handstands, and core work, but also empathy that differentiates between acceptance of real limitations and exploration beyond perceived limitations.
She has a Jeet Kune Do approach to movement, inspired by Bruce Lee, believing that there is no one perfect way to move, but that we can learn from many styles of both movement and non-movement based disciplines.
Sarah began her career as an architect before transitioning to a new path as a strength & conditioning coach and yoga teacher, specializing in mobility and breath work, applying the principles of building buildings to building bodies.