Adrienne initially began her serious practice of yoga to help with the stress and physical pain from the long hours hunched over a computer. Sound familiar? She quickly felt a freedom both physically and mentally that was both transformative and invigorating - she was compelled to share this power of yoga with others.
Adrienne is a ray of sunshine, through her classes, she combines playfulness and humor with concentration on alignment and awareness. As a certified Yoga Therapist, she believes that yoga can be beneficial for everybody, no matter what age or fitness level. Adrienne, named one of the 30 Best Yoga Teacher of 2012 by RateYourBurn.com, hopes to inspire others to find the joys in daily life.
RYT - 500; Yoga Therapy; Loyola Marymount University
Alissa, part of the original Derby Doll team, was known as Kammi Kazi for years. After experiencing a number of injuries from her days with LA Derby Dolls, taking Crossfit classes, and swimming with the US Masters Swim Team, she began to practice yoga seriously.
She developed a special class for extreme athletes, like the Derby Dolls, and now teaches yoga to all kinds of tough guys and gals. Her eclectic style and great adaptability will charm you - according to Alissa, being able to touch your toes is not a pre-requisite for taking yoga!
RYT - 500; 200hr - Karuna Yoga; 300hr - Yoga at the Village
Amy is a avid kombucha maker and a yoga teacher. In her classes she will take you on a journey to explore your body and visualize your inner vitality. She believes that whether you practice everyday or are new to yoga, an individual recipe that works best for your body is essential.
Amy will guide you through the class emphasizing proper breathing, active stillness with a strong postural alignment. Her sessions will challenge you, whether we navigate through restorative asanas or a Vinyasa Flow class.
RYT - 200; YogaWorks
Arpan is a fan of flow, power flow, and vinyasa styles. In class, he strives to reach a state of clarity with his students through a purifying high-energy practice that includes arm balances, inversions, and lush, pranic breathing. Apart from asana practice, Arpan has been a student of Indian philosophy for over 10 years, with particular interest in Patañjali's Yoga Sutras, Yogācāra, and the Upanishads, both through svadhyaya 'self-study' and in university courses.
Arpan teaches yoga in English, Spanish, and Indian languages. At NHP you will find him at the front desk on Wednesday evenings or substituting regularly scheduled teachers in class.
RYT- 200, Ashatnga Yoga, Mysore, India
Bethany discovered true health and deep peace when she opened the door to yoga. As a high-energy former collegiate athlete who spent 20 years on a soccer field in her class she honors her roots with an athletic-inspired yoga style with a blend of newfound stillness of heart. As part of her comprehensive yoga training, Bethany studied pre-natal yoga as a gateway to a happy, healthy pregnancy and labor from a certified birth doula.
Other than living yoga, Bethany and her college sweetheart, best friend and now husband, Reid live in Pasadena with their two snuggly cats, one scruffy dog, a well-used kitchen and a mountain of hiking equipment. In the fall, you'll find Bethany coaching soccer and cheering her hometown Pittsburgh Steelers.
RYT - 500; Mukti Yoga School;
With a life motto of 'Being~Loving~Living’ Diana is committed to journeying with life, ever growing, offering the best self she can be to every moment. She leads a ceremonial life, loves dancing, singing, being creative and mysticism. Focused on Ashtanga Yoga she has lovingly explored Vinyasa Flow, Kundalini, Agama, Hridaya & Anaswara and in her own words "the unique wisdom that every teacher offers”.
Currently studying plant medicine and exploring ancestral healing ways, Diana is in love with Mother Earth and committed to honor the Sacredness that the gift of life is. She can see there is light in each and everyone of us; and it is her honor to be able assist all beings in the ways she can to bring this light to it's most powerful radiance.
Hannah is a tea enthusiast and yoga teacher. She has adopted Voltaire's famous "Follow your bliss!" as her life's motto. A native of Colorado, the love for movement and the outdoors circulates in her blood - she encourages everyone to give yoga a shot.
With her background in acting and dance, she will gracefully guide you through a Power Yoga class that will build fitness, cultivate health, and she will make sure you will have fun doing it! Expect abs work, deep core strenghtening and spinal twists in her class.
RYT - 200, CorePower Yoga
Hollye likes to make things, eat whole foods and go on adventures. She is a graphic designer, aspiring yogi, sewing and block printing instructor, hiker, rock climber, photography enthusiast and paint dabbler, creature lover, kombucha brewer, and mostly gluten-free vegan eater with a passion for nutrient-rich foods.
Raised in the forests of Oregon, Hollye presently resides in Los Angeles with her favorite little fuzzy beast, Grey. You will find her at front desk on Monday evening or teaching workshops at our studio.
Krysten studied and trained in Dance, Gymnastics, Aerial Arts, and Mixed Martial Arts before finding her way to the Yoga mat. Yoga has brought her closer to herself as she learned to let go, heal, and live her intention to be in the present that inevitably leads to freedom. She advocates that meaningful yoga practice can be the vehicle to finding the truest forms of the matters of the heart while uniting the mind, body, and spirit seamlessly.
In her high energy intuitive class, she turns up the tunes, builds heat, helps you find a new connection or awareness within, while physically toning and stretching every major muscle group. Get ready to sweat, break through your boundaries and get lost in the flow!
RYT - 200; CorePower Yoga
Matthew is a professional drummer, yoga instructor, chef, edible gardener and nature enthusiast. He has toured all over the US and Europe with various bands and finds a similar meditative space in music as he finds in yoga.
Trained in India and in the US Matthew combines the two worlds in his classes, the spirual east and the physical west. Matthew often plays records in his class. Come to his hatha yoga class for some good music, a steady, mellow stretch, some core work and detoxifying twists guided by the rhythm of your breath.
RYT - 200, Yoga at the Village
Nora has been practicing yoga and meditation since she was a very young child. Her dad was an avid yogi, introducing her to the sun salutations at the tender age of five. These days, Nora starts every day with a sun salute and credits her dedicated yoga practice with her health and well being. She believes that yoga can instill all of it's practitioners with a flexibility and resilience that they can use both on and off the mat.
Nora has a MA in Eastern philosophy with a specialty in the Upanishads and Brahma Sutras. Her love and knowledge of Sanskrit and the mystical traditions surrounding the Vedic texts guides and deepens her yoga practice. At NHP you will find Nora behind the front desk on Friday evenings and Sunday mornings, or leading Yoga Nidra meditation.
Shoshana will charm you with her free spirit and cheerful soul. She found yoga over 20 years ago when healing a broken vertebrae introduced her to the amazing healing effects of yoga. As a flower child and passionate jewelry maker, she is commited to making this world a beautiful place.
In her class she loves to share her belief that yoga nourishes self acceptance, appreciation and celebration of our true, authentic, free flying selves. You'll find yourself being moved, danced and created through in her Rasa Vinyasa class - you'll seek balance between angular and strength building masculine and fluid, circular and flexibility focused feminine. Her classes are less about perfection, more about self-expression.
RYT - 500, Shiva Rea
Athletic in nature, Victoria's journey to yoga has been driven by the organic progression away from personal competition into personal compassion and humility.
You will find her highly physical Vinyasa Flow class a mix of exploration, acceptance, and rigor. Connecting breath and body, her goal is to facilitate each student in finding the root of their own practice, getting what is needed from every class. By allowing each student to listen to their inner teacher, she hopes to help every person to unlock their intuitive understanding that they are whole, and deserving of all the love they can imagine. Centered in love, her class becomes a practice of kindness and gratitude for the body and soul.
As a teacher Brooke, 500-RYT, loves to share the joy, self-confidence, and compassion that she receives from her practice with her students. Her goal is to share the teachings and space for the individual to cultivate a personal and meaningful relationship with Yoga.
When she is not teaching Brooke is designing jewelry in El Sereno.
RYT - 500, Yoga Blend
Jennifer found her calling at CorePower Yoga, a studio she walked into to finally take a group class after practicing Yoga on DVD for 10 years. After only a few months of studio practice, she was encouraged by several CorePower instructors to participate in their teacher training program.
While Jennifer has always known Yoga integrates the body, mind and soul, she discovered something unexpected in her practice: Transformation. "As a black woman, and especially a Christian black woman, we are not taught to appreciate the variety and uniqueness of our bodies. In fact, we are often taught to either minimize or denigrate them. Yoga has allowed me to open up to discovering my unique self, and to celebrate this each time I come to the mat." Jennifer desires to guide others in finding transformation, connection to their authentic selves, and balance in all parts of their physical and spiritual being.
RYT- 200; CorePower
Laetitia, a grateful mother of two, thinks of yoga as a life saver as yoga sustained her through pregnancy, birth and illness. She has studied many styles over the years and is certified to teach Hatha and Kundalini.
Her class draws from different practices keeping her students safe with a strong emphasis on breath and alignment. While encouraging them to enjoy the process, she guides the practice to become a moving meditation. Lately Laetitia has been taking master classes with Iyengar teacher Scott Hobbs.
Laetitia also loves teaching prenatal yoga to empower women in this beautiful time of their lives and enjoys giving them guidance and adjustments in her regular classes.
Odeya Nini has been a practitioner of yoga for the last 12 years. She received her teaching certification from New York Yoga in 2006 and has been journeying as a teacher since. Her classes draw from Iyengar, Ashtanga, various teachings and mainly life experiences, creating an intuitive and balanced vinyasa flow. As a contemporary vocalist and composer she brings careful orchestration, free improvisation and the healing power of the resonant voice to her class, moving organically through beginning middle and end in ritual form.
"Yoga is a thesaurus experience - through mindfulness, awareness and concentration, we give new definition to ourselves."