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Jenny began practicing yoga on and off nearly 10 years ago. But it wasn’t until her second knee surgery in 2004 that she got serious about her practice. She had found an amazing teacher who poured her heart into her teaching and made classes much more than stretching....
Jessi is a teacher for The Self Awareness Institute, an organization dedicated to bringing about an Enlightened Global Society. She began her journey into yoga 13 years ago, has an 8 year old son, loves to surf and has a lot of real life experience to draw upon in her teaching...
Alisha has long been interested in health and fitness and views yoga as the perfect form of exercise, providing not only flexibility, but also strength and cardiovascular fitness. Initially drawn to the practice because of these physical benefits, she has come to appreciate yoga...
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Sarah Foster's Classes
Sarah began her yoga journey as soon as her life as a soccer player ended. After playing soccer at a very competitive levels for most her life she needed a new passion. Yoga allowed her passion for physical movement to move deeper, incorporating mind, body and spirit. Sarah has...
Catherine began teaching in 2007 at Truman University in Missouri, at which she also taught cardio and strength-based group fitness classes. Her first training with YogaFit sparked a passion for yoga and its lifestyle. Since then, she has received Yoga Alliance certifications...
Nicolas Puglisi's Classes
    Nicolas is a professional sports massage therapist and yoga instructor. After graduating from Western Institute of Neuromuscular (W.I.N) Therapy in 2001 Nicolas went and traveled through Mexico, Central American,and South American.... He is a versatile therapist who specializes...
    Sonya Canto's Classes
      Sonya started her yoga journey ten years ago in Northern California. Through yoga she discovered the union of body, mind and spirit. After completing her 200-hr Yoga Alliance Certification in 2009 in Vinyasa Flow, she began crafting creative and inspiring yoga classes for...
      Amanda Martinez's Classes
        Amanda has been a yoga practitioner since 2002. Her introduction to yoga came in the form of a Rodney Yee tape her sister gave her, and then by fate, a Bikram Studio opening up across the street from her work in Texas. She was in love. Fast forward to 2005, when a career in...
        Joey completed his YTT from Corewpower in 2010. When he's not teaching his high energy, pumped up classes, you can find him riding his bike across the county, dueling out in intergalactic star fights, and traveling the world searching for the best house music for his classes,...
        Sarah believes that yoga is about tapping into your body’s wisdom and taking care of yourself. She earned her yoga certification through Corepower Yoga; although, she credits the shaping of her practice to a variety of teachers and classes she has experienced around the...
        Stephanie Rafferty's Classes
        I grew up in the Orange County area and have raised my 2 adult children here. Most of my extended family still lives in the area. I was trained almost 9 years ago in a 90 minute hot series. I completed a 200 hour certification program and am managing a workable balance between...
        Yoga quickly became a way of life for Melissa when she noticed that the most significant impact of her practice was happening off the mat. With a strong desire to find a deeper meaning and more balanced way of life, she delved into the authentic teachings and philosophy behind...
        Chris Hoff's Classes
          Meditation Practice is led by ChrisHoff, M.A., LMFT. Chris is currently a Novice Priest in the Five Mountain Zen Order. Chris began meditative practices in the Vedanta Tradition more than 20 years ago. Having studied with a variety of teachers he is currently engaged in practice...
          Michaela Miller's Classes
            I found yoga about 6 years when my best friend dragged me to her class kicking and screaming! I had this notion that yoga was not a "workout" or would not be for me. But man was I wrong. After looking like a complete fool and having no idea what I was doing I was 100% hooked and...
            Emily M McClain's Classes
            Emily has been practicing Bikram Yoga since her senior year in College way back in the Spring of 2002 and started teaching in Laguna Beach during the Fall of 2002. Yoga started as her part time career, a night job and passion of sorts, then in 2006 it became her full time job...
            Upon returning home to Orange County in 2009 following a 10 year span in Northern California, Jason attended his first yoga class with one of his siblings. Though he began this experience with little to no knowledge or expectations, he emerged with a sense that he had found...
            Judi began studying yoga over 15 years ago, and has studied under master teachers such as Max Strom, Bryan Kest, Rod Stryker, and Shiva Rea. Judi’s work in the field of Physical Therapy influences her thoughtfully safe sequences. She currently works in this field. Her...
            I started my yoga journey with Rodney Yee VHS tapes in 1999 but didn’t get serious about my practice until I got sober in 2006. Yoga helped me find peace at a time when peace didn’t come easy and it helped me to challenge myself when I needed the push. In 2007 did my...
            Jaime Clark's Classes
            Jaime has always had a passion for health awareness and physical well-being. Throughout her youth, she was introduced to various forms of creative movement and conditioning including dance, Pilates, and eventually Yoga. It was her realization in the healing affects that Yoga...
            Kaitlin Honeycutt's Classes
              Kaitlin began practicing yoga in college at Ohio University 5 years ago, having had a sports background her whole life. After moving to California, she continued to venture down her new found yoga path practicing on and off, doing the free-week yoga hop from studio to studio....
              Madison Canary's Classes
                Madison came to yoga after 10 years as a ballerina left her body injured and unable to move. It was yoga that brought her body and spirit back to life! It was out of a deep appreciation and love for the practice that she started teacher training; the first day of class, she knew...
                Emily Laine's Classes
                  There's no other way to describe how Emily came to yoga than that it was through a distinct calling in her early 20's, and she's been on the path ever since. After several years of yoga practice, Emily completed her first 200 hour teacher training with Marni Taski, a senior...
                  Travis has a passion for self-expression through movement. He likes to think of the yoga practice as a moving meditation - an opportunity to "dance" through the physical postures, exploring how movement translates internally by using the breath as a channel between the physical...
                  Jennifer Balalis's Classes
                    I began yoga in 2011 and fell in love with it in my first class. I completed my 200-hour RYT teacher training through Cloud Nine Yoga in the summer of 2012. I am soft-spoken and overcame my fear of public speaking to share my love of yoga with others. I always knew that my love...
                    My yoga practice began in 2010 with much resistance and persistence. During many classes, my body felt a little sick, sticky, and sweaty--- but it was my mind that felt a quiet sensation of stillness, a reservoir of grace and patience that slowly leaked through the walls of my...
                    Bethany Lincoln's Classes
                      Known for her high energy and enthusiasm, Bethany combines her love of yoga and people with a knowledge of alignment and body mechanics. Her classes are fun and playful, encouraging students of all levels to work deeply while honoring their bodies. She hopes that the dedication...
                      Michelle August's Classes
                        I was born in the San Francisco Bay Area and have been in Orange County for about 10 years. I began practicing yoga when I was 20 and fell in love immediately. I have scoliosis and found the practice has really helped me manage it. I started teaching 3 years ago and love to...
                        Abigail Tyler's Classes
                          I started practicing yoga regularly in 2010. My love for yoga began at first Savasana. A couple of years into my yoga practice I signed up for Yoga Teacher Training, committing myself to my true authentic calling. I received my Yoga Alliance RYT-200 from Cloud Nine Yoga. My...
                          Diane Kazer's Classes
                          Diane has been a consistent yogi for 15 years, even while playing pro soccer in Germany & travelling the world! Diane is a former National bodybuilding competitor, turned financial planner, now Functional Diagnostic Nutritionist, aspiring to integrate Eastern & Western...
                          Christina Ballew's Classes
                            After living in Australia and obtaining a Master's Degree in Sustainability, Christina came to the OC looking for community and health. She found it at RA Yoga in early 2014, beginning her dedicated yoga practice and new found love for teaching the Hot Ra class. Due to the many...
                            Lyn Dienhart's Classes
                              After a couple of knee surgeries, many friends practically begging me to do yoga, and a stress-related breakdown I knew I had to do something different with my life. I tried a few yoga classes without understanding why everyone I knew had spoken of it so highly. Once I found the...
                              Kim Tollman's Classes
                                Yoga to me is therapy on several levels. My background is as a licensed Marriage Family Therapist, mainly working with severely mentally ill and emotionally disturbed patients. Although I love and deeply believe in the benefits of traditional mental health therapy, nothing has...
                                Jona Genova's Classes
                                Jona Genova has practiced meditations from Tibetan traditions for fifteen years. A gifted healer, Reiki Master and the Founder of Samadhi for Peace, she is developing new ways of integrating these practices with creative development, pain management, peak performance, and energy...
                                Nichole started her yoga journey in 2008 and her passion for the art keeps growing. Her initial reason for starting yoga was for the physical aspect but as she kept practicing she realized it was so much more and started to understand that life was meant to be lead, in union -...
                                Stacey Fetterman's Classes
                                  Stacey's love for yoga began over a decade ago. Being diagnosed with ADHD at a young age (blah!), her refusal of meds led her and her parents to the exploration for alternative methods to channel her exuberance of energy. Soccer, basketball and lacrosse helped but something was...
                                  Jessica Greene's Classes
                                    I am very competitive and love to be challenged. I thrive off of people saying you can’t do something and then proving everyone wrong. I grew up playing soccer even through college and got the opportunity to play semi-pro out in Arizona. After soccer ended I found out I...
                                    Maryann Mancini's Classes
                                      Maryanne has been an athlete her whole life. A Yoga practitioner since 1989 in the Hatha Yoga Tradition, the Bikram Yoga Series since 2007, and most recently incorporating Vinyasa Power Yoga, since 2013.Maryanne became Certified in the 300 hour Teacher Training Program through...
                                      Ibok Ibokulus's Classes
                                        Ibok Ibokulus calls himself a master of Yang as he has trained every martial art and played pro football. He knows first hand how an imbalance of Yang can damage the body and came to Yoga to find balance and heal from the many injuries related to a 'full contact life'. Ibok...
                                        Laurie Koss's Classes
                                          Laurie completed her 200 hour Yoga Alliance certification in April 2015 through Ra and has been a firm practitioner for the past 5 years. Coming from a dance background growing up, Laurie has always loved any form of movement, but yoga has brought her mind, body, and spirit to a...
                                          Hallee Caron's Classes
                                            Hallee went to her first Bikram yoga class as a junior in high school and has been hooked ever since. After practicing yoga for over a decade, she completed a 200-hour teacher training through Corepower Yoga, and has been teaching since 2011 in Minneapolis, and now Orange County...
                                            Giselle Abadie's Classes
                                              Giselle's (Deva Ragini) passion for Beauty, Balance and Harmony within all things brought her to become a Kundalini Yoga teacher (as taught by Yogi Bhajan); she loves to share these sacred teachings. She is a Gongmaster (as taught by Gongmaster Sotantar Suraj), working with the...
                                              Kimberly Tarnowski's Classes
                                                I found yoga after leaving treatment in September 2013. I was in desperate need of healing. My body took a severe beating after my accident and needed to heal. My mind was scattered, and my soul was broken.I walked into the rooms of Ra and never left. I received my 200 HR...
                                                Cassie Wierenga's Classes
                                                  Cassie has always been an intellectual and spiritual seeker. At a very early age she began asking deep questions about the nature of the universe and the purpose of life. Cassie was unable to find literature or community that aligned with her thoughts to support her pursuit,...
                                                  Carlos Martinez's Classes
                                                    As a swimmer, rock wall climber, weightlifter, acro yogi, yogi and water polo player, Carlos enjoys staying active. A good friend of Carlos introduced him to yoga when he learned about her trauma informed yoga classes, specifically for sexual assault survivors. Carlos decided to...
                                                    Mandy Marie's Classes
                                                      "Born a Texas girl grew up Boston Strong, but a Cali girl at heart <3I have a bachelors degree from UMass Amherst in Communications (whichjust may help in my already natural people skills :)). I was acompetitive cheerleader for half of my life with a gymnasticsrequirement and...
                                                      Denise Stanek's Classes
                                                        Denise started taking Bikram yoga over 15 years ago and loved the heat, strength and discipline of the practice. She continued to do various yoga classes over the years here and there, but got back to yoga seriously in 2010 during some difficult transitions in her life. It...
                                                        Lauren Ramsey's Classes
                                                          Lauren first started her yoga journey in 2007 after the end of a long term relationship. After experiencing the challenges of yoga in her first class she was immediately hooked! Throughout the years she was able to build self-confidence, mindfulness, and strength with a regular...
                                                          Angel Montague's Classes
                                                            Angel Montague is a certified yoga instructor, educator for Special needs students and a mother of two vibrant boys. Her classes benefit all levels of students while encompassing postures from the hot series, vinyasa and yin. She adds a unique element to her teaching style by...
                                                            Hanna Owens's Classes
                                                              Hanna Mae Owens was first drawn to the grounding and introspective aspects of yoga. Through her travels to Mysore, India she deepened her understanding and kindled passion for her personal yoga practice, finding heightened self-compassion and understanding. Upon moving to...
                                                              Kim Guse's Classes
                                                                After being told for years that she was a yogi who just hadn’t found her practice yet (and not even knowing what that even meant), Kim finally decided to supplement her gym-rat lifestyle with a trial membership at Ra Yoga. Day one, she felt she had found home.That was...
                                                                Roxy Mares's Classes
                                                                  Roxana started her journey into ‘spirituality through movement’ at the age of seven, by studying martial arts. Breathing exercises, katas, inner power exercises, all taught her an awareness of life energy (qi, prana, etc.). This resonated with Roxy from such an early...
                                                                  Christine Rolfe's Classes
                                                                    Christine started to meditate when she was around 6 years old, staring at a Holly Hobby picture on the wall to settle her mind at night. Only decades later did she learn she was practicing Trataka, the meditative practice of gazing at an external object. Perhaps it is no...
                                                                    Natalie Bailey's Classes
                                                                      Natalie Bailey grew up in State College, Pennsylvania but knew there was more to the world than the small college town that raised her. She attended Purdue University where she studied Social Studies Education, excited to inspire her students through the stories of history! Her...
                                                                      Jessica J. Jure's Classes
                                                                        My journey into yoga began while studying at the University of Hawaii over 10 years ago. My first love was Hatha; I appreciated holding each pose and really allowing my body to open and discover the purpose behind each asana. It was a small donation based studio in Berkeley that...
                                                                        Jill Grogg's Classes
                                                                          Jill has always loved being active, whether it was running, indoor cycle, or kickboxing- it was when she discovered yoga and Pilates she found her passion. After years of group exercise Jill found energy and balance both mentally and physically in yoga and Pilates, it is a place...
                                                                          Nate Awdykowyz's Classes
                                                                            As Nate was training for a half marathon he began to practice yoga at the gym purely to further train his body, but in practicing he found the benefits of yoga reached far beyond improved running times. Since walking into his first class in 2010, the continued practice has...