• Liz Rusnak

    Liz has been blessed with gifted teachers and cites Chad Hamrin, Bianca Fearon and Tony Giuliano as her mentors; who have inspired her to carry the tradition forward.  If one sees the act of teaching as the act of translating, then her translation includes an emphasis on the healing nature of yoga, the expansive qualities of yoga, and the undeniable comedy of yoga. Liz practices and teaches yoga simply because she loves it!

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    Lisa Larson

    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.

  • Tracy Erikson

    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.

  • Christopher Quain

    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.

  • headshot Melanie Shatto

    Melanie Shatto

    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.


  • Grace Lovelace

    Grace holds a PhD in literature from UC Irvine, and worked in academia for over a decade. These days she is more interested in yoga modalities, such as kundalini, that expand awareness from the mind into body and soul. Appropriate for all levels and physical abilities, join Grace for this relaxing Sunday afternoon mix of movement, directed breath work, and mind-calming meditation: the perfect way to ease into your week.

  • Silvia Peluso – Tara Nishan Kaur

    A native of Germany, Tara Nishan is a KRI Certified Kundalini Yoga Instructor who has been practicing Yoga since 2000.
    Her practice has helped her grow stronger, more flexible and fearless both on and off the mat. Kundalini Yoga, the practice of mediation, pranayama, chanting mantras, and yoga asana, inspires her to live with conscious awareness each and every day.
    There is no end to learning and growing for Tara Nishan. She continues to explore the depths of Yogi Bhajan’s teachings on a daily basis.
    To be in Tara Nishan’s presence is very uplifting. Her energy can be both intense and serene. She is very passionate and educated about the teachings. She is a dynamic light force. Her energy will inspire you to be better. Kundalini Yoga is her element.
    Her spiritual name “Tara Nishan Kaur” means the Princess/Lioness who, like the shining stars, is a powerful representation of God’s celestial light on Earth. She is ready to illuminate your minds and hearts sharing the amazing life enhancing technology of Kundalini Yoga. – Sat Nam!

  • 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.

  • Josie Kramer

    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.

  • Hia Phua

    Hia Phua is a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher who has been practicing yoga since 2004. What began as a fun way to exercise 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, discipline and compassion to her practice and daily life. Her teaching, combining detailed instructions with humor and kindness, strives to convey the sense of discovery and awareness of our selves and how we can be in this world.

  • 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.

  • Carrie Bravick

    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.”

  • Candis Berens

    After practicing yoga for 15 years, Candis left her full-time teaching job with the Santa Monica-Malibu School District, and now teaches yoga and mindfulness to children and adults. Through careful alignment, sequencing, and the use of props, Candis embraces the fact that yoga can benefit all ages and abilities. Her classes not only bring health and equanimity to her students, but they are a lab for learning about your body and penetrating deeply into your mind. When she isn’t in the yoga studio, Candis is an Educational Specialist, working one-on-one with children/young adults to address learning differences and executive functioning.
    She currently studies with Iyengar senior teacher Carolyn Belko in Encinitas and locally with Keri Lee.

  • Nicole Fagone, Sukhmani

    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 Holisova

    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

    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. 

  • Chanahira Elias

    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.