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Derek Beres is an LA-based yoga/fitness instructor, multi-faceted author and music producer. He is ACE and AFAA certified and has been featured in the NY Times, LA Times, People, Self, Shape, Fitness, Glamour, NBC Weekend Today, ABC Eyewitness News, MTV, NPR, BBC and more. He is the creator of Mosaic Method and Flow Play, an innovative program that fuses yoga, music and neuroscience, offered nationally at Equinox Fitness. Derek has published eight books and written for magazines and websites including Yoga Journal, National Geographic and Rolling Stone Middle East. He is on the teacher training faculty at Yogis Anonymous, Strala Yoga and Buddhi Yoga, where he teaches modules on yoga philosophy and music and neuroscience.
My name is Maria & I love asking provocative questions.
Raised by two scientists & a religious institution, the paradox of my childhood laid a foundation for curiosity. I desperately wanted to know the meaning of life, why humans behave the way they do, and why this is "right" and that is "wrong."
I reached a point in my life where I felt suspended between two seemingly opposite ways of viewing the world - science & spirituality. In order to deal with the overwhelming contradictions, as well as feelings of anger & resentment, my mind wrote elaborate stories of discomfort and loneliness.
Nichol started practicing yoga at a very pivotal moment in her life. She was pursuing a career as an Opera Singer, and had even planned on attending San Francisco Conservatory for graduate studies in vocal performance. About a month before she was set to move to San Francisco, she came to the painstaking realization that this was not what she wanted to do with her life. Ironically, she had not been in touch with her own desires; her own voice. Feeling lost and searching for answers, she came to yoga. The more she practiced yoga, the more empowered she felt. Gradually, practice by practice, she began to hear her own voice. Which is why Nichol wants nothing more than to inspire and empower others through teaching them yoga. Nichol's classes are well informed, intuitive, precise and fun! Nichol is a certified YOGAMAZÉ teacher. Her yoga influences are vast and eclectic. She has extensive experience with Hatha, Vinyasa, Ashtanga, and Bikram yoga, and has studied with many teachers including Darren Rhodes, Christina Sell and Noah Mazé. Nichol also leads Kirtan in the Los Angeles area, and if you come to one of her yoga classes you will get a little taste of this in Savasana. She hopes to see you on the mat soon.
Born and raised in his families yoga ashram in Hawaii and teaching yoga since childhood, Tamal is the founder of Yoga Salt (one of the most popular yoga centers in Los Angeles) and has been featured in Time Magazine, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Reuters, CSNBC, Self Magazine, Yogi Times, Better Homes and Gardens, Martha Stewart Living radio, Fit TV and numerous other publications nationally and internationally.
Tamal has several best selling yoga DVD’s entitled “Hatha and Flow Yoga for Beginners,” “Yoga for Energy and Relaxation” and “Intro to Yoga,” all of which are currently sold worldwide. Tamal also tours the country teaching workshops, seminars, conferences and yoga teacher trainings to the masses. Tamal’s goal is to help people be “in the world but not of the world,” to become truly peaceful and happy and to make yoga a lifestyle.
Nicole Doherty is an E-RYT 200, RYT 500 Yoga Teacher and Educator, Shamanic Reiki Healer, Life and Wellness Coach, Singer and Writer. Through the study of various healing arts and a disciplined yoga practice, Nicole spent most of her adult life on an extensive spiritual inquiry that empowered her to overcome multiple traumas in her life ultimately finding love, light and sustained joy. What she discovered on this path to wholeness fuels her passion to inspire others to heal and find their highest potential. Committed to embodying her truth in service, Nicole encourages others to do the same with her contagious laughter, endearing smile and lightness of being.
Marielle Ebersol, 200 RYT, is a Yoga Alliance certified yoga instructor based in Venice, California. She has been practicing yoga for the last 7 years and it has become an integral part of her life. She challenged herself over three years ago to get on her mat every single day and it has become a daily practice which continuously teaches her new things. She teaches an all levels vinyasa flow which can be geared towards beginner and experienced practitioners alike. She is qualified in yin, restorative, pranayama, meditation, and vinyasa flow. As well as teaching public classes she is also available for private instruction.
Laurel Brooke Erilane is an LA native Yoga Instructor who understands that consciousness is a daily practice of setting positive global intentions. Growing up as a competitive athlete, she constantly pushed her body to its limit. She first discovered yoga in her adolescence as alternative therapy when several injuries prevented her from playing with such intensity.
In addition to teaching Yoga, she is also an inspired graphic artist, event producer, and adventure lover. She recognizes the yogic path as a life-long journey, which has guided her to travel, live, co-create, and teach internationally. Her goal is to facilitate unity by promoting self-awareness as a means to uplift everyone around us.
Barb has been practicing Yoga since she was pregnant with her first child over 12 years ago. She started with Iyengar. She's tried Bikram, Kundalini and Hot Yoga, but her favorite style is Vinyasa Flow, which is all about movement with breath.
The benefits of yoga are both for the mind and the body which is why she loves it so much and why she completed my 200 hour teacher training at the end of last year. So, come meditate with her.
Sophie is a Los Angeles-based health and wellness expert, and is certified as a raw food chef and yoga teacher. Sophie founded her wellness brand, Philosophie, with the goal of making it easier, more inspiring, and more delicious to attain optimal health and radiant wellness. She has taught yoga for 10 years in the Los Angeles community, has led yoga retreats and yoga workshops all over the world, and has trained with top yoga leaders including Baron Baptiste, Jill Miller and Tamal Dodge. When Sophie isn’t developing revolutionary products from the world’s most potent superfoods, she is sharing her insights on the Philosophie blog and savoring every moment with her two beautiful children and loving husband.
Maeve McCaffrey was born at home on her family’s small organic farm in Vermont, the youngest child of three older brothers. She was raised in an environment of health and wellness, music and creativity. Their farm also housed a natural food store and her father bought and sold rare books. This eclectic upbringing is how Maeve was first introduced to yoga. Her mother, a former ballerina, practiced and taught yoga in her circle of friends.
While in college for Marketing Communications, Maeve began teaching a robust schedule of fitness classes which began to take a toll on her body. One of the clubs at which she was teaching added a yoga class after her last class of the evening. She decided to stay one day and it became part of her weekly routine. A few years later she began an Ashtanga practice and soon after took her first teacher training.
Maeve has worked in many facets of health and fitness for some of the most elite brands in the industry, e.g., Public Relations for IHRSA; top tier Private Trainer, master trainer and group yoga/fitness instructor for the Sports Club/LA; Yoga and Fitness Instructor, Teacher Trainer and National Director of Teachers and Programming at YogaWorks; and Yoga and Group Fitness instructor Equinox.
Arielle's journey with yoga began over 15 years ago in her first power yoga class with Mark Blanchard. Instantly, she felt the intense connection of my mind, body, and spirit: and couldn’t get enough. Throughout college, she practiced religiously through Santa Monica Power Yoga. The donation-style teaching allowed her to learn so much, on a college-student budget.
After graduating from UCLA, she backpacked through South East Asia for 5 weeks: Exploring the world, and various temples inspired her to return home and begin her teacher training. She received her Yoga Alliance Certification with Tamal Dodge in 2009.
She has taught all over Los Angeles, is the official yoga instructor for the company HEADSPACE, and trains some of Hollywood's biggest names. She has also had the honor of teaching the team at The Zoe Report, and The Body Book!
Arielle says for her "the real accomplishments and successes are the humbling moments when people come up to me and tell me how I have positively touched and changed their lives".
Fern Olivia Langham, founder of Ajai Alchemy and Thyroid Yoga™, a thyroid health expert, energy worker, and renowned yoga and meditation teacher. As an advocate and passionate crusader for radical self-love and luxurious self-care, Fern Olivia works with men and women to create daily rituals to accelerate healing, build strength, and find joy in relationships, career, and all aspects of life.
In addition to her Thyroid.Yoga™ practice available internationally, Fern Olivia teaches meditation and yoga retreats and experiences and speaks on the topics of natural beauty, self-love, meditation, and healing at events around the world. Her Ajai organic beauty & healing alchemy is available online at www.ajaialchemy.com and can also be found in a variety of boutiques and apothecaries across the country.
Apply for her upcoming Thyroid Yoga™ training immersion to learn how to radically improve your health and gain the confidence and tools to share the powerful healing wisdom in a major way.
You can also receive guidance from Fern Olivia on instagram @fernolivia and Facebook at http://facebook.com/yogawithfern
Ali Owens developed a passion for yoga during her time studying dance at the World Arts + Cultures Program at UCLA. After her first few sessions, she was hooked and ended up completing a teacher training with Jay Co at the Yoga Collective. During the Summer of 2012, she took a life-changing retreat in Thailand with world-renown instructors Briohny Smith and Dice lida-Klien. Upon return home, Ali decided to leave her corporate jobto complete a 500 hour Mentorship with Mia Toga at YogaWorks.
Ali has since led classes in Vinyasa, Restorative, Hatha and Meditation. Her signature classes are led with the intention of guiding you through a practice that helps you to shed the outer layers of stress while also giving you the confidence to live your life with more love and gratitude. She believes in using the yoga practice to cultivate a more harmonious relationship with yourself and showing up authentically for others.
Emilie’s strong vinyasa inspired teachings allow her students to develop a deeper connection to their personal health and wellbeing. Voted one of Los Angeles best yoga instructors, Emilie offers her students a rigorous and refined practice that offers an educational understanding of the physical body through anatomical focal points and precision alignment. Known as a straightforward and disciplined teacher, Emilie uses a very hands-on approach and practical application of muscular components needed to create asana as it relates to sports, exercise and therapeutics. She encourages her students to develop a deeper dialogue with themselves, helping them to strengthen their bodies, rehabilitate from injuries and achieve an overall greater awareness of themselves.
Teaching yoga classes since her early twenties, Jen has been participating in and teaching teacher trainings, workshops and retreats for nearly 20 years. Jen runs Retreat Yourself Well, a high end yoga retreat company that specializes in quality not quantity in addition to teaching yoga exclusively for Equinox throughout the city of Los Angeles.
Jen has planned over 150 retreats for herself and countless other teachers. Her approach to her career is come loving or go home. She recognizes that you are what you are willing to give, not what you have.
Rachelle Tratt is a Los Angeles based yoga instructor, community leader, and soulful entrepreneur who created The Neshama Project, a yoga inspired, socially conscious jewelry company that gives back. Rachelle teaches from a very intentional place and truly offers her students an opportunity to fall back in love with their body and their life though her unique style of teaching yoga.
Rachelle is also known for her thoughtfully curated playlists, full of various DJ's, soulful beats with a whole lot of rhythm to make her yoga classes a true experience for the mind, body and soul. With a constant appetite for travel and meaningful experiences, Rachelle leads workshops and international yoga retreats & adventures around the world.
In 2012, Zooga Yoga® opened as the only yoga studio in the Los Angeles area dedicated to babies, kids, teens, expecting moms, parents and families. Zooga Yoga is a playful and unique approach to yoga. It couples traditional yoga poses and elements with fun themes that include animal poses, challenging and partner poses, games and props to create a specialized brand of ‘YogaPlay™’. This approach is designed to foster confidence, creativity and imagination while keeping true to the goal of whole mind and body health that is inherent in the practice of yoga.
Zooga is a bright, fun and creative studio, dedicated to introducing kids and families to a one-of-a-kind, branded yoga experience called Zooga Yoga. The pressures of today’s fast-paced, social media, digital bombardment, stress filled world, create particularly difficult challenges for children.
Zooga Yoga combines the most current mind and body wellness techniques with traditional yoga poses, dance, props, original kids music, and laugh-out-loud games to create interactive animal adventures that are nothing short of the future of fitness of kids. Zooga classes are developed to create not only a deeper sense of strength and focus for kids of all ages, but also to encourage bonding and togetherness for mommies, daddies and their little ones.
Guided by yoga principles and designed for maximum entertainment, Zooga is good fun for kids and parents.