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200 hr Certified
Abbie credits yoga to saving her--body and mind. In a time of struggle, yoga became her escape, her oasis. Abbie became certified in 2015 through Ra, acknowledging this to be one of the greatest decisions in her life thus far. Abbie strives for her...
500hr Certified
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,...
500 hr Certified
Alysa's teaching style is simple and effective; encouraging students to discover their own 'alone time' on the mat. Intelligent sequences physically realign the body, she articulates clearly to help refocus the mind, and holds a safe space for her...
500 hr Certified | 545hrs Continued Education
Amanda first started practicing yoga to gain flexibility and strength for her dance career. What began as a physical practice, soon transformed into a very meditative and healing practice for her mind and soul that captivated her interest. Amanda...
200hr Certified | 26hr continued education
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...
500 hr Certified
Bree VanZutphen began her yoga journey after her life as a professional dancer. After dancing with Ballet Arizona, she had to give up dancing due to injury. Turning to yoga allowed her to cultivate a heightened awareness of the body and mind. She...
200 hr Certified
Bridget was fortunate to become a student of yoga in January 2013. Like many others, Bridget’s relationship with yoga began with curiosity; it started to heal her body of physical injury and damage from activities she participated in in her...
400hr Certified | 60hr continued education
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...
200hr Certified | 40hr continued education
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...
200hr Certified
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...
200hr Certified | 180hr continued education
Chelsey grew up in Yorba Linda, California where she competed in all types of sports. Her main sport was volleyball, where she continued on to play at UC Santa Barbara. While at UCSB, her coach made her try yoga. Physically, it helped her volleyball...
200 hour Certified | 500 hours continued education
Chris Henry is a certified yoga instructor and health-fitness coach for all levels of athletes seeking natural relief from daily stress and pain of injuries. The years of experience in athletics, playing through injuries and recovery has led him to...
200hr Certified | 20hr continued education
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...
200hr Certified
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...
500hr Certified | 375hr Continued Education
Colleen first started taking yoga as a way to heal her body and mind from the rigors of a professional dance career. She was introduced to Anusara yoga through her main choreographer and fellow dancers and fell in love with the elegant system of...
200hr Certified | 240hr continued education
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...
500 hr Certified
David took his first yoga class looking for change. Ten years later he is continuing the journey. He is trained in both traditional hot yoga and vinyasa, as well as currently completing his 500 hour teacher training with Sri Dharma Mittra.David...
500 hr Certified
Debbie Zan was born in Scotland, has lived in Australia & Maui, considers So Cal her home & has taught mindful movement for over 3 decades. Completed teacher trainings, intensives & advanced workshops in USA, Australia, New Zealand, Bali...
200hr Certified | 60hr continued education
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...
500 hr Certified
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...
400hr Certified | 600hr continued education
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...
200hr Certified
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...
200hr Certified | 10hr continued education
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...
200hr Certified
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...
200 hour certified | 220 hours continued education
Jackie began her journey as a teacher when she completed training in Ashtanga yoga in 2009, and Hot Style yoga in 2010. She continued her yoga education by completing the Balance Yoga Teacher Training Program at KC Fitness Link, a 200 hour teacher...
500hr Certified | 300hr Continued Education
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...
200hr Certified | 16hr continued education
Jenn is a teacher who strives to motivate and inspire others through a delicate interweaving of strength and heart. Igniting words, philosophy, feeling, humor, and movement, Jenn encourages her students to “lighten up,” tapping into...
200 hour certified | 30 hours continued education
Jennifer’s yoga journey began in 2010. Through consistent practice, she was amazed by how much yoga has transformed her mind, body and soul. She looked for ways to deepen her practice and that search for knowledge and growth led her to the...
400 hr Certified
Jennifer Balalis-Torres completed her first 200 hour teacher training through Cloud Nine Yoga in 2012. She began working with seniors teaching chair yoga, as well as working with students with limited mobility. Soon after, she began teaching...
650 ERYT | Ayurvedic Therapist
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...
200hr Certified | 110hr continued education
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...
200hr Certified | 1030hr continued education
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...
200hr Certified
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...
FAC Meditation Teacher | Reiki Master
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...
200hr Certified | 145hr continued education
Judi Smolker came to yoga as a child in Santa Monica, CA. At the age of 12, her mother took her to one of her all time favorite teachers, and so began a life long journey to the self through the self, known as yoga. Judi continued to practice yoga...
200hr Certified | 50hr continued education
Kaitlyn 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...
200hr Certified | 20hr continued education
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...
200hr Certified | 16hr continued education
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...
200hr Certified
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...
200hr Certified
Kirsten grew up in Ojai, where she took her very first yoga class with her Mom upon graduating high school. It was not until graduate school where she became an avid yogi- she loved how at ease she felt on her mat and the stress relieving benefits...
200hr Certified | 200hr continued education
Kyle is a student of yoga and gymnastics, with a passion for showing people that they are far stronger than they think. Not just a little stronger, but like a "Holy crap, I can't believe I just did that!" kind of stronger. Getting people to...
200hr Certified | 70hr continued education
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...
200hr Certified | 110hr continued education
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...
200hr Certified | 40hr continued education
Lisa has always had a passion for health, interest in the human body, and a love for movement. Growing up, she was an active participant in several sports activities ranging from soccer, gymnastics, dance, basketball, and cheerleading. She began...
300hr Certified | 50hr Continued Education
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;...
400 hr Certified | 100hr continued education
"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...
200 hr Certified
As soon as Mark Akoubian discovered yoga and its benefits in his own life, he knew he had found his passion. In addition to running his family auto parts store, Mark is dedicated to serving veterans. His OC Warriors are committed to reducing the...
200hr Certified | 50hr continued education
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...
500hr Certified | 90hr Continued Education
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...
200hr Certified
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...
200hr Certified | 500hr continued education
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...
400 hr Certified | 200hr continued education
MJ is from Australia and has had such an amazing life already. Having worked in many different fields including Genetics, Music Management, Tour Management and as a busy Personal Assistant, MJ's heart now lies in the amazing field of Yoga. The...
200hr Certified | 110hr continued education
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...
I started practicing yoga as a way to heal my body, mind and spirit. I became a student of Kundalini yoga in 2011 and was hooked by my first savasana, but it wasn't until I started practicing in the hot room that I discovered I wanted to teach. I...
200hr Certified
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,...
200hr Certified | Reiki Certified level 1&2 | 1000 hr Sports massage therapist
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...
200 hr certified
Raquel has been involved in the fitness and wellness industry for over 30 years. She has been a practitioner of yoga for 20, and a teacher of yoga for over 12 years. Her energy and spirit combine to make each student feel aware of their bodies in...
500hr Certified | 300hr Continued Education
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...
200 hr Certified
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...
200 hr certified
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...
200hr Certified
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...
200hr Certified | 120hr continued education
I began my yoga journey shortly after I finished my soccer career at UCI. Being an athlete my entire life, maintaining an active lifestyle was very important to me. I initially resisted the thought of going to yoga because I didn't think it would be...
500 hr Certified
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...