Teachers And Staff

America Gathers

America Gathers

America Gathers first discovered yoga when she was a long-distance runner in 2010. After her first marathon, yoga helped compliment her running and helped cure ailments that she had developed from the long-distance running. She instantly fell in love with...

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Anna Yu

Anna Yu

Anna took her first steps onto a mat back in 2011, when a friend told her to try a Bikram yoga class with her. Her curiosity and adventurous personality always led her to trying new things when given the opportunity....

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Ashley Tarin

Ashley Tarin

Ashley first began her yoga journey in 2012 when she discovered meditation as a means to cope with depression and anxiety. Since then, she has devoted herself to deepening and strengthening her mind, body, and soul through yoga, meditation, and...

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Caitlin Everett

Caitlin Everett

Caitlin first experienced yoga at the age of 16, and immediately fell in love. For the next 10 years, she practiced intermittently while exploring other forms of physical activity. Through her health journey, she always had a curiosity about the...

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Chris Tucker

Chris Tucker

Christopher Tucker believes in empowering patients with the knowledge and confidence necessary to play an active role in their own health care. He has been practicing Chinese medicine and spreading this philosophy since 2001. During his early years, he shared...

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Christina Castro

Christina Castro

After experiencing the loss of her job, the death of a family member and feeling less than confident about the state her life was in, Christina turned to yoga and fitness as a means to cope during this difficult period...

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Darra Baker

Darra Baker

Darra Baker has been in love with yoga since her first university class in 1984. She feels very fortunate that her first two teachers were direct disciples of the “Father of Modern Yoga,” Sri. B.K.S. Iyengar, with one teacher, Karin...

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Diana Marten

Diana Marten

Diana started practicing yoga while she was in college. Although it started as a workout and fun activity to do with her friends, she quickly fell in love with how mindful and accepting this practice was and how embracing the...

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Ds Sun

Ds Sun

Der-shin Sun began practicing Hot Yoga when Santa Anita Hot Yoga Studio opened in 2014. With a consistent practice of 10 classes a week she developed a love for the practice so much that she devoted her time to assisting...

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Eddy Rimada

Eddy Rimada

I acquired my Teacher training 3 years ago and have already taught over 500 hours. I have spent this time deepening my practice while attending various yoga and meditation retreats, right here in Topanga. My style is a strong Ashtanga...

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Eric Ajna

Eric Ajna

Eric is certified with the ICRT International Center for Reiki Healing with a secondary certification in Integrative Shamanic and Shakti Reiki. He is a certified Sound Healer with The Academy of Sound Healing and facilitates sound meditation workshops across Southern...

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Jordan Palacio

Jordan Palacio

Jordan started doing yoga in November 2016 at Santa Anita Hot Yoga Studio. He has always been an active person but wanted to find a new means of exercise and wellness. That’s when he decided to try yoga and found...

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Kayla Stra

Kayla Stra

Born in Australia I was raised in a beautiful part of the world along the coastal town of Aldinga Beach. Horses were everywhere, and I love animals, so I became a thoroughbred jockey and obtained my license to race at...

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Kimi Cantrell

Kimi Cantrell

When Kimi first stepped on the mat in 2011 she immediately fell in love with yoga. The combination of mind and body awareness became a very therapeutic experience for her and she has been practicing ever since. To deepen her...

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Leslie Klipstein

Leslie Klipstein

Leslie’s mother is a yoga instructor and she grew up practicing yoga without even realizing it! She extended this deep connection between body and breath as a young ballerina. As an adult, she practiced kickboxing and long-distance running before returning...

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Melanie Colbrunn

Melanie Colbrunn

Melanie first stepped onto a yoga mat in 2003, in a 6-week Introduction to Yoga course at the renowned Center for Yoga in Los Angeles. The basics she learned in that course still provide an invaluable foundation to her practice...

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Rheza Ollero

Rheza Ollero

Rheza found yoga when she was sixteen while seeking a way to help ease the pain caused by scoliosis. She has practiced yoga regularly for over fifteen years. Her practice includes Hatha, Vinyasa Flow and Iyengar yoga. She received her...

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Shanai Erdem

Shanai Erdem

Shanai started practicing yoga when she was seeking healing for her physical ailments. As she discovered its transformative powers in no time, she knew it would be a part of her life for the rest of her days. She completed...

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Talin Hovnanian

Talin Hovnanian

Talin is a RYT-200 Vinyasa yoga instructor who is passionate about teaching the art of self-care. She discovered Yoga and its expansive ability to heal, through the unity of mind and body, when she was in physical and mental pain....

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Toma Avanessian

Toma Avanessian

Toma was reborn into the path of Yoga, Self-Transformation, Self-Refinement, and Self-Mastery on April Fool’s Day 2011. He began the devotional practice of Bhakti Yoga, followed by the psychospiritual (and physical) practice of Vinyasa Flow at the Bhakti Yoga Shala,...

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