Owner

  • Michael Ruccolo

    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.

  • Natalé Ferreira

    I founded Ashtanga Yoga South Bay (AYSB) after receiving the blessing from my teacher Sharath Jois to share this system of Yoga.  Multiple trips to India have instilled in me the importance of lineage (paramparā) in the yoga tradition, which is why being hosted by LYFE Yoga, where authenticity is valued, feels so appropriate.  Daily sadhana over the past two decades have revealed to me the bountiful rewards of this practice when it is treated with reverence.  Ashtanga yoga welcomes practioners of all ages, conditions and abilities, yet requires dedication, discipline, devotion and determination.   After 14 years of teaching yoga, 9 of which have been spent in the South Bay, I am excited by the potential for the Ashtanga community to flourish in our new home.

  • Hia Phua

    Hia Phua, our dedicated Studio Manager, 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 to share her organizational development and operations expertise. 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. The journey continues to bring a transformative clarity and discipline 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 how the practice of asana can heal and be a vehicle for the integration of the other limbs of Yoga.

    Hia has been a global nomad, spending her childhood in the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand, before coming to the US to obtain her Bachelor of Architecture and Masters in International Development. Hia was a member of the inaugural Americorps class, working with crime victims and child abuse awareness, and has volunteered with LGBTQ organizations, recently incarcerated women, and cats… lots of cats.

    She is deeply grateful to her many mentors and teachers, including Michael Ruccolo, Dora Hasenbein, Suzanne Simon, and Jaki Nett.

  • Natalé Ferreira

    I founded Ashtanga Yoga South Bay (AYSB) after receiving the blessing from my teacher Sharath Jois to share this system of Yoga.  Multiple trips to India have instilled in me the importance of lineage (paramparā) in the yoga tradition, which is why being hosted by LYFE Yoga, where authenticity is valued, feels so appropriate.  Daily sadhana over the past two decades have revealed to me the bountiful rewards of this practice when it is treated with reverence.  Ashtanga yoga welcomes practioners of all ages, conditions and abilities, yet requires dedication, discipline, devotion and determination.   After 14 years of teaching yoga, 9 of which have been spent in the South Bay, I am excited by the potential for the Ashtanga community to flourish in our new home.

  • Crista Riccio

    Crista has been practicing yoga since she fell asleep in her first savasana during a yoga class at Penn State in 1987. Not until she found LYFE did she begin to discover the true potential of the practice. As Creative Director of LYFE Yoga, Crista is always finding inspiration in the most unexpected places.