Years teaching: 15
Power animal: Wolf
Why I am a yoga and pilates guy: Yoga and pilates are two of the greatest tools to tame the ego
What gives my life meaning: All aspects of understanding, kindness and compassion.
Heroes: Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King
Favorite yoga pose: Lotus
Favorite pilates exercise: Open Leg Rocker
Musical influence: Gil Scott Heron, Saul Williams, Bob Marley and Matt Pszonak
Carlos Yapura RYT 500
Years teaching: 15
Power animal: Falcon
Why I am a yoga guy: Yoga is a great path to developing self-mastery.
What gives my life meaning: All life experiences lead to understandings.
Hero: Dharma Mittra
Favorite yoga pose: Eka Pada Bakasana
Musical influence: Wah!, MC Yogi, and Krishna Das
Donna Martin: RYT200
Years teaching: 7
Power animal: Red Fox
Why I am a yoga girl: It drives my journey towards clarity. I know when I can see all that truly is, I will find the compassion this world needs.
What gives my life meaning: Yoga is one of many paths to clarity. It is the path I have actively chosen to cultivate and share my experience.
Hero: My 5-year-old son, Noa. His name is Hawaiian and means freedom. Noa believes that, just like Kung Fu Panda, there is no secret ingredient—it’s just you
Favorite yoga pose: Eka Pada Koundinyasana
Musical influences: Michael Franti, Sting, and John Lennon
Years teaching: 2
Years as a Therapist: 15
Power animal: White Tiger Angel
Why I am a yoga girl: I believe in the healing that yoga teaches us. The purity, stillness, strength, power, calmness within ourselves. To me, yoga is balance. The alignment of yoga empowers one to embrace life to its fullest.
What gives my life meaning: Love! To embrace every moment; to hold, comfort, and teach others to be free and live life to its fullest; to shine and help others do the same.
Hero: God and all who stand for the good of mankind.
Favorite yoga pose: Warrior III
Musical influence: Deva Premal
Sabina Broadhead RYT 200
Years teaching: 2
Power animal: Butterfly
Why I am a yogi: I believe that yoga is an immensely powerful healing modality and a profoundly wise practice that can help people attain an astonishingly high level of physical, mental as well as spiritual health. And it's FUN, too!
What gives my life meaning: Assisting my patients and students in their journey toward ever-improving well-being and wholeness.
Heroes: Close to home: my husband, a deeply committed and compassionate physician who works incredibly hard every single day to make the life of his patients and their families better in every way he possibly can. Not so close to home: Nelson Mandela, who, despite 27 years of harsh imprisonment, was able to stay free within and not lose hope and faith and strength in himself and others.
My favorite yoga pose: Tree Pose
Musical influences: Talking Heads, Pink Floyd, and W. A. Mozart
Leila Navab RYT 200
Years teaching: 1
Power animal: Eagle
Why I am a yoga girl: Yoga makes me comfortable with who I am. I love me when I practice yoga.
What gives my life meaning: Sharing my heart with others
Heroes: Omar Khayam and Shannon Sharma
Favorite yoga pose: Royal Dancer
Musical influences: Niyaz, Freddy Mercury, and Azam Ali
Kevin Platt RYT 200
Years teaching: 5
Power animal: treefrog, spider monkey
Why I am a yoga teacher: I was diagnosed with a spinal infection when I was 19, turning my life upside down. Everything about my life changed and I had to slow way down. My main medium for doing so was yoga and mindfulness. Yoga offered healing and mindfulness offered new support/coping. I decided the next best thing was to teach and help offer this gift to the world.
What gives my life meaning: love, community, play, belief, creation, being a child of the universe
Heroes: MLK, my grandfather, Amma among others.
Favorite yoga pose: Grasshopper (at the moment)
Favorite pilates exercise: Rollup
Musical influences: Trevor Hall, Emancipator, Nahko
Years as a Therapist: 15 years of experience working as a Massage Therapist / Thai Yoga Therapist
Power animal: The Eagle
What gives my life meaning: I love helping people, especially my Mom who has a sciatic nerve pain. My family and friends because friends are very important to me.
My heroes: My King (Rama 9th) (thailand king)
Favorite Yoga Sequence: Suriya Namaskar
Favorite music: Donna De Lory, Sting, Phra Mae Thorani
Wassakanit Lakkham RYT 500
Years teaching: 3
Years as a Therapist: 5 years of experience working as a Massage Therapist / Thai Yoga Therapist
Power animal: Tiger
Why I am a yoga girl and therapist: Loving, sharing, healing and empowering ourselves and the others
What gives my life meaning: Spreading love and generosity.
Favorite yoga pose: Natarajasana ( Lord of Dancer pose)
Musical influences: Mc Yogi, Cheb i Sabbah, Jai Uttal
Marnee Bloomfield RYT 500
Years teaching: 2.5
Years as a Personal Trainer: 25 years
Power animal: Lion
Why I am a yoga girl and therapist: It's a path to learn self love and acceptance, and it's fun!
What gives my life meaning: My family, and making a positive difference in other people's lives.
Heroes: People who show up authentically in their own life, show kindness and compassion to others.
Favorite yoga pose: Warrior II
Musical influences: I love classic rock as well as music with a message.
Lisa Johnson E-RYT 500, C-IAYT
Teaching yoga: 18
Teaching pilates: 7
Power animal: Horse
Heroes: My husband
Favorite yoga pose: Compass
Favorite pilates exercise: Teaser
Musical influences: Phillip Glass, Leo Kottke, Ricky Lee Jones, Mickey Hart
Why I am a yoga teacher: As a modern dancer, I discovered yoga and pilates early on as therapeutically essential for my body's health and grew to love the mental and emotional benefits of pranayama and meditation.
What gives my life meaning: Movement is my medicine and dance feeds my soul.
Heroes: My husband, children and grandchild are the most precious gifts in my life.