I received my 200 hour Certification from Center for Yoga in 2004, participated in the Work-Scholar Program at Esalen Institute in 2006, and earned my B.A. from Naropa University in 2007. My Major was Traditional Eastern Arts, with a 1,000 hour Yoga Teacher Training Concentration; my Minor was Somatic Psychology. In 2008 I graduated from The Institute of Psycho Structural Balancing with a 550 hour Massage Certification. That same year I lived at a wellness center in Auroville, India where I taught yoga and dance. In 2010 I received my professional training to practice Holistic Health Coaching from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. I graduated from Sofia University in 2013 with my M.A. in Transpersonal Psychology and a Specialization in Transpersonal Life Coaching. In 2014 I produced a yoga DVD titled The Yoga of Food: A Whole Person Approach to Eating and in 2016 I produced a meditation CD titled Body Love, Soul Purpose. In 2017 I went on to co-found Body Love, Soul Purpose as a community organization with my good friend Rachel.
I currently practice and teach in Los Angeles and lead retreats worldwide. I love the LA beach community and live in El Segundo with my partner Josh.
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.
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.
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.
Veronica has been teaching yoga since 2008. She trained with Yogaworks and continues to study at the Iyengar Institute of Los Angeles. Her students range from librarians and musicians to firefighters and first graders. She brings a lighthearted and friendly approach to the practice making it accessible to all ages and abilities. When she’s not teaching or practicing, she’s walking along South Bay beaches with the dog she adopted from spcaLA.
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.
Hia Phua is a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher who has been practicing yoga since 2004. She began her Iyengar yoga journey in 2011 when she joined the board of the Iyengar Yoga Association of Northern California. What began as a curiosity grew into a passion for a path that enabled her to be more fully present in her body and mind, managing physical injuries as well as anxiety and depression. The journey continues to bring a transformative clarity, discipline and compassion to her physical, mental, energetic and spiritual practice. Hia joined the LYFE community in 2013 and has since been inspired to teach and to serve the community. Her teaching strives to convey the sense of discovery and awareness of our selves and how the practice of asana can be a vehicle for the integration of the other limbs of Yoga.
Carrie began her Yoga journey at the University of California, Santa Cruz in 1998 where she completed a BA in Religion and Visual Culture. She has since earned her Advanced Teaching Certification through Cloud Nine Yoga. She is always learning and loves to share with her students. Carrie is a firm believer that yoga is not something we do, but something we live. “Your yoga mat is a place of discovery, it is where we relearn how to breath, move, and be playful. Our practice is where we learn to focus on what is important and leave everything else behind.”
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.
Cindy Cirlincione (Hari Prem Kaur) has been teaching Kundalini since she finished her first teacher training in 2004. She completed her Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training Level 1 and Kundalini Yoga and 12-Steps certificate program in 2007; all at Golden Bridge Yoga in West Hollywood. She has completed four of the five kundalini yoga and meditation Level 2 courses at Yoga West, Golden Bridge and Tenth Gate studios, gong training at Seventh Chakra and Clear Light Healing with healer Julia Moton. She has taught Kundalini Yoga and meditation classes (Gnostic, Christian, Buddhist, Hindu, Kaballah and Dream Yoga) at a federal prison until her retirement in 2015; and has been teaching at several local studios since 2010. In her spare time she enjoys participating in yoga workshops, classes and festivals while getting to know her students on a personal basis. She enjoys being of service to others and lives by the quote of Yogi Bhajan: “Be like a forklift. Lift somebody up, anybody, with no obligation. Put somebody on the trail. Let somebody move. Let things move. Feel happy about it. That is your happiness.” During her yoga classes, she enjoys dancing, chanting and creating classes that are fun.
Senior Kundalini Yoga Teacher and Assistant Teacher Trainer, Premdev Kaur has almost 20 years of experience “arranging my life around studying and teaching Kundalini Yoga.” Premdev studied Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan, with Isa Love and Murshida Rudi Kadre. And then in 2008, she was trained by Harijiwan and Tej Kaur. She is also a certified Prenatal Teacher and talented Doula. In addition, she sells gongs for Meditation. She uses every element of her life as a context for waking up to the infinite Light within and loves having the opportunity to help others develop and grow, with the technology of Kundalini Yoga and Gong.
Brenda began her study of yoga in 1998. She practiced Bikram Yoga, Power Yoga and Hatha Yoga in various gyms, studios and at home. She has always been athletic and competed in marathons and cycling but found herself more and more drawn to the discipline of yoga. In 2007 she decided to take a teacher training to deepen her understanding and knowledge of yoga. She completed the Yoga Works 200 Hour Teacher Training with Jeanne Heileman and Carmen Fitzgibbon as her mentors. Although she loved the course, she was not ready to teach and continued at her corporate job. The long hours and poor posture that came from a desk job finally caught up with her. Her cervical spine was collapsing and doctors told her she would need surgery. She had limited movement of her neck and reduced use of her arms and hands. She turned to yoga. In 4 years of serious practice the vertebrae in her neck became realigned and she regained all of the function in her neck, arms and hands. It was during her recovery she knew she would become a teacher.
After giving birth to my second son in Brazil, I was looking for something that could get me out of the daily routine of the gym, running and spinning …. and decided to try hatha yoga. I immediately fell in love with the practice for the excellent physical challenge.
By 2001 I was introduced to Swasthya Yoga, with Nina de Holanda and Mestre DeRose, and from there I completely surrendered to all that Yoga could offer me. Inspired by the teachings, I took my first teacher training (200hrs), under the watchful eyes of Nina de Holanda. By September 2007 I had the opportunity to move to Manhattan Beach, California to study English for 5 months. While in CA, I took my second teacher training (200hrs) with my beloved teachers Jeanne Heileman and Joan Hyman and began to teach Vinyasa Flow. After a few years, I completed 500hrs of teacher training with Malachi Melville.