Michael has been teaching Yoga since 2000. As a Certified Iyengar Teacher, Michael has instructed professional athletes, children with special needs, and adults suffering from physical and emotional issues. The founder of LYFE Yoga, Michael uses humor to integrate his Iyengar Yoga training into an effective balanced practice bringing a union to body and mind.
When Michael isn’t practicing or teaching yoga he is working towards a Master’s Degree at Loyola Marymount University focusing on Comparative Theology. With an emphasis in eastern scriptures, Michael integrates his studies in theology, Iyengar Yoga training and unconventional humor into an effective, fun and balanced class. Through a regular practice, every student will learn how to take control of their body, increase strength, reduce stress and develop a greater sense of awareness that will begin to appear in everyday life.
Profound gratitude for the grace of Yoga and a heart-felt desire to share its holistic wisdom is what motivated me to teach. I received my first certification from Center for Yoga in 2004 and earned my BA from Naropa Univeristy in 2007. My major was a 1,000 hour Yoga Teacher Training, my minor was Somatic Psychology. In 2008, I graduated from The Institute of Psycho Structural Balancing with a 550 hour Massage Certification. In Auroville, India, I taught Yoga and dance. As a Yoga Instructor and Massage Therapist, it’s my passion and joy to support and enhance the empowerment of others through the provision of embodied education in mind-body-spirit union. My personal practice is a system for the harmonious development of my entire being and for the task of conscious evolution.
Seda Aksut, Psychologist M.A. is a Kundalini Yoga & Meditation Teacher, Workshop and Training Leader, Spiritual Counselor and Reiki Master Teacher (Usui Lineage, 12th from Usui Sensei)
Seda’s classes & workshops are renowned for positive & powerful transformations. She is dedicated to touching the heart and lifting the soul through Yoga, Meditation, Breath, and Chanting.
Relatively new to the Western Hemisphere, Kundalini, “the yoga of awareness,” opens your heart, builds strength and releases the energy located at the base of your spine. Kundalini is without a doubt one of the more spiritual styles of yoga. Kundalini yoga focuses on breath and movement and challenges its students both physically and mentally.
Kundalini is great for beginners as it has the flexibility to push past your comfort zone as well as offering the ability to go at your own pace. There might be a bit of shock factor: no doubt, Kundalini is much different than other forms of yoga. Expect to dance, jump, hold long poses, and breathe deeply and repeatedly – no two classes are the same!
Currently teaches gentle yoga and relax and renew, reflecting her belief that our fast paced society benefits from a meditative yoga practice. Lisa’s classes blend various yoga styles, incorporating her diverse studies. Erich Schiffman influenced her approach to yoga as he emphasizes a balance between effort and ease as well as encourages students to develop a mindful practice. Lisa is certified by Cloud Nine Yoga, Planet Yoga, Supported Yoga Therapy and Relax and Renew Restorative Yoga Training with Judith Lasater and the Physiology of Relaxation with Roger Cole, PhD.
Natalé discovered yoga in London, England in the late 1990s, and in 2002 was inspired to leave everything behind to journey to India to devote herself completely to the practice and spend lengthy periods on retreat in the Himalaya. She lived in Asia for several years, studying and teaching yoga asana, meditation and pranayama in Nepal, India, Indonesia, Thailand and Taiwan. She began teaching in Los Angeles in late 2007, shortly after her arrival. She has great faith in the tradition of ashtanga yoga and does her best to stay connected to the lineage by studying with Sharath Jois whenever she can. Natalé is a registered, experienced teacher (E-RYT) and is the only KPJAYI authorized Ashtanga teacher in the South Bay.
Sonia Shaeri is a certified Iyengar Yoga teacher and has been teaching since 2004. She feels fortunate to have had the opportunity to study with Shri BKS Iyengar and his family in India and at conventions in the US and abroad. Her education is ongoing with some of the finest senior teachers in the world. In her classes, she aims to share the wisdom and joy that she finds in this transformative practice. She leads our Yoga for Beginners and Iyengar Level 1/2 classes.
Having studied Iyengar Yoga for over fourteen years, Tracy values the opportunity to share her experience and passion. She is able to bring a depth of professional experience to her yoga practice that that is both accessible and fun. In addition to her teaching, she is a licensed practitioner of Nutrition Response Testing, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and Acupuncture.
Open and engaging, Christopher embraces the world and makes all feel welcome. Well trained by world-class teachers in aspects of alignment, physiology and bio-mechanics his instruction is also steeped in philosophy and theory. Thus employing both science and empathy he is able to deliver much more than just a work-out. What he does falls nothing short of re-introducing you to the best version of your essential self.
Greville has been teaching adults and kids since 1997 and studying yoga himself since 1985.
His studies include training and apprenticing with Maty Ezraty, Lisa Walford, and Annie Carpenter. This followed a long and mazy path through numerous styles of yoga including the Bikram, Kundalini, and Sivananda yoga traditions before finding a home amongst the Iyengar and Ashtanga lineage.
He was previously a Senior Teacher Trainer at Yoga Works and Senior Faculty at the American Yoga School. Greville offers workshops globally, most recently in the UAE and Norway.
With clients ranging from 3 years old to 88 years young, Greville believes that yoga helps everyone.
Melanie is a certified Iyengar Teacher whose precise instructions and sequences seek to relieve old injuries, quiet the mind and refresh the body.
Originally trained in dance and the visual arts, Melanie believes yoga is the highest art form; one which has the capacity to heal as well as inspire. She loves sharing this divine art with new students, challenging them to leave their comfort zone and learn the poses in a progressive manner, step by step.
Sukhmani (Nicole Fagone)
Sukhmani (aka Nicole), has been practicing yoga for over 18 years. Her passion for yoga grew exponentially when she began practicing Kundalini Yoga. Sukhmani is a musician and LOVES music (she studied at Berklee College of Music and has been singing since before she could walk). Instantly she was hooked by the rhythms and energy of the postures, music, and mantras used in classes. As she went deeper into the practice, she realized that Kundalini Yoga and Meditation is a powerful and often a life-changing experience and sharing the teachings with others seemed like the natural thing to do!
Sukhmani utilizes sound and the sound current by incorporating mantra and chanting meditation in her classes (often with her band, Sukha) as well as the use of instruments such as gongs and tibetan and quartz bowls to help restore the intrinsic state of balance in the body. She is based in Southern California and teaches many workshops and classes.
Sukhmani is always humbled by the blessings of the yogic life and continues to study Kundalini Yoga and Meditation at the advanced levels (Level 2 Practitioner studies) with master teachers Guru Singh, Tej, Harijiwan, Gurmukh and Nirvair Singh so that she may share this love with students. She holds an E-RYT, YACEP with the Yoga Alliance, and is a member of IKTYA (International Kundalini Yoga Teachers Association).
Radka teaches a gentle, restorative style of yoga emphasizing asana (physical practice), pranayama (lengthening of breath), and dharana (mental tranquility), and incorporating Iyengar-style props for a safe, supportive experience for students of all levels of health and skill. Radka currently teaches the Donation Community Gentle Yoga class.