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Daily LIVE Video Classes Are Here! Meet Your Instructors

Updated: 3 days ago

Yoga Wake Up is taking things to the next level by offering daily LIVE video-guided sessions that are taught by seasoned yogis. Each class perfectly complements every stage of the week – from Monday through Sunday – and it’s a must-watch whenever you’re in the mood to feed your flow.

Learn more about each class and get to know each instructor below.

Mindful Monday

Instructor: Laurel Erilane, @laurelerilane

Try It If ... You’re craving more balance and mindfulness at the start of your week. Flow into a cooler, calmer, and more collected you with Laurel Erilane.

About Laurel Erilane

How many years’ experience do you have? I have been practicing yoga consistently for 18 years and teaching for over a decade. I found the practice during my teenage years as physical therapy from repeated sports injuries. I return to practice daily for mental stability and spiritual growth. 

Why are you excited about partnering up with Yoga Wake Up? When I am acting in the service of others, I feel most connected to my life's purpose. This is what has guided me toward the path of teaching. I'm excited to help create a weekly Sadhana for the Yoga Wake Up community. This term comes from the Sanskrit root, sadhu, meaning "go straight to a goal." Begining each week with a Mindful Monday morning will routinely apply mind, body, and spiritual teachings in the pursuit of an intentional goal or sankalpa. This is the most natural and efficient way to surrender the ego, accept life's circustances and find relief from suffering to attain personal peace.  

What do you hope people take away from your live class? A well-balanced flow to jumpstart your week with awareness and resolution setting. The goal will be simply to relax the body enough that you can relax the mind and reset for the next weekly cycle. We will begin with a grounding meditation followed by an approachable sequence, accessible to any level yoga practicioner, that will uplift your energy and inspire your day.

Tune-Up Tuesday

Instructor: Vance Vlasek, @vancevlasek

Try It If … You’re seeking an energizing flow that puts the focus back on positivity and liveliness. And believe us, Vance Vlasek embodies both traits!

About Vance Vlasek

How many years’ experience do you have? I’ve been teaching for 6 years.

Why are you excited about partnering up with Yoga Wake Up? I’m excited because I get to utilize the music of incredibly talented artists to help people dive deep into their healing.

What do you hope people take away from your live class? I want people to receive love, not only from what I have to offer but from themselves.

Warrior Wednesday

Instructor: Derek Beres, @derekberes

Try It If … You want to dig deeper, from the inside-out. Derek Beres empowers you with soulful, dynamic movements that also help to combat that dreaded “It’s only Wednesday?” feeling.

About Derek Beres

How many years’ experience do you have? I began teaching in January, 2004.

Why are you excited about partnering up with Yoga Wake Up? At a time when we need to be physically apart, at least we have platforms that allow us to stay connected. Yoga Wake Up has been one of my favorite apps since its launch, so I’m excited to offer live-streaming classes to add to the classes I already have hosted here.

What do you hope people take away from your live class? Forty-five minutes a week where we can get creative and flow together. Hopefully, your day gets a little more focused and less tense when we’re done.

Balanced Thursday

Instructor: Niki Saccareccia, @lightinsideyoga

Try It If … You’re looking to boost your rest day. Niki Saccareccia offers a precise and mindful approach to recovery. It’s a must-try for beginners.


About Niki Saccareccia

How many years’ experience do you have? 12 down, a lifetime to go! Why are you excited about partnering up with Yoga Wake Up? You know a great invention when you learn about it and your first reaction is, "Oh my God! Yes! This should have existed all along." That's Yoga Wake Up. It first started as the sweetest way to wake up into a wellness lifestyle and has become a true lifeline of support and community when we're all codependent with our phones but also need a visual break from digital.

What do you hope people take away from your live class? Support and embodiment with a sure-fire dose of high vibe consciousness.

Fri-YAY Friday

Instructor: Lindsey Valdez, @lvlyoga

Try It If … You’re all about that Fri-YAY feeling! Lindsey Valdez helps guide you through a beginner-friendly flow that’ll playfully inspire you to embrace and reflect on the past week.


About Lindsey Valdez

How many years’ experience do you have? I’ve been teaching yoga full-time since 2012 in NYC and now LA.

Why are you excited about partnering up with Yoga Wake Up? I love YWU's unique offerings of "Bed Yoga" at the start and end of your day! The content through the app is high quality, & its global reach is an eclectic community of teachers, musicians, and students from all walks of life that I love being a part of!

What do you hope people take away from your live class? I hope that people come off the mat with me feeling enlivened, connected, and vibrant as they move into the rest of their day!

Spotlight Saturday

Instructor: New instructor every week!

Try It If … Surprises make your heart happy. Because the weekend should always start off with a bang! We dedicate Saturdays to showcasing a range of unique and amazing talent. We like to call it our wild-card day. Stay tuned!

Self-Care Sunday

Instructor: Jen Smith, @retreatyourselfwell

Try It If ... You’re allergic to #SundayScaries (who isn’t?) and have been searching for a sweet remedy. Think of Self-Care Sunday as your time to let go and truly focus on your healing journey. Jen Smith’s soothing mantras will get you there.

About Jen Smith

How many years’ experience do you have? I have been studying wellness for 25 years with the privilege of 19 years of teaching yoga. Why are you excited about partnering up with Yoga Wake Up? Yoga Wake Up is such a quality home for me as a yoga teacher and practitioner as the programming is so well thought out for all levels of practice. I love that the live classes work together as a program. As a practitioner, I can take any of the live classes at any time and know that it fits together with the prior practice I took on the app. The teachers on here are not only friends of mine, but they are so soulful in their approach and so relevant to today's practicing needs, I just love it. Not a sell-out in the bunch.

What do you hope people take away from your live class? I am hoping that my class provides a place where all the misfits, gypsies and vagabonds of the world can come together and accept each other for all their perfect flaws and sparkle. I want to help clear away spiritual, mental and physical debris so your purpose, your grounded nature and your visions come into focus.

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