1310 Pacific Coast Hwy
2nd Floor – at Pier Ave and 14th Street
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
Our aim at LYFE is to provide each student with an individualized practice and to reveal their true potential. With practice, we develop strength and confidence, opening to new levels of joy and well-being. Through mastery of asana (postures), pranayama (breathing) and kriyas (acts), we undertake a powerful, transformative journey. Experience LYFE to the fullest.
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, 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.