Life can busy and hectic in this city. We can easily be pulled in many different directions and feel overwhelmed. All of this invokes stress on the body. This stress can manifest itself into different mental and physical ailments. Learning to slow ourselves down through breath and movement can help bring us into the present moment, helping you find some ease and dare I say....clarity. Whatever brings you to yoga is fine with me. Whether you have been practicing for years or have never practice before, I welcome you to class. There is something for everyone. I look forward to seeing you on the mat.
April is a California native and was always active in sports. She has been doing yoga for about 12 years and teaching for 10. She has practiced many different types of yoga, but settled mostly into an Ashtanga practice. She is a lover of the outdoors and the feeling it invokes. April holds a B.A. in psychology from the University of Hawaii at Hilo where she attended on a full volleyball scholarship. She is a 500 hour certified yoga instructor from Yogaposer and has 2 spinning certifications from Schwinn and YAS.
Ashley James' journey with yoga began in a recreational yoga class meant to complement her running practice. Breathing upside down in standing forward fold, Ashley drifted into a state she had never experienced before and was able to see the world from a new view, literally.
Yoga has helped Ashley move through divorce and breast cancer with grace and determination. She teaches to inspire students to move and live in a more mindful and intentional way. Students can effortlessly challenge their boundaries and leave with a renewed feeling of invigoration, awareness, and belonging.
Ashley James holds a 200hr YTT certification from True Flow Yoga in alignment based vinyasa and 200hr YTT certification from The Kundalini Research Institute in Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan. When she's not practicing yoga, you can find Ashley eating vegan donuts, hanging with her two dogs, Baloo and Roo or waving to the moon.
I was called to the sacred practice of yoga to find the inner peace and fulfillment I had been longing for. After a decade of practicing and teaching Vinyasana, Kundalini, Hatha, Hot yoga, dance, and a multitude of meditation practices, I made it official and received my teaching certification from Yogaworks. I love integrating upbeat playlists, breath work, and meditation into classes as a reminder that while we sweat, stretch, and strengthen the body, we must also do so with our mind and spirit. My intention is to hold space for your own unique journey into your soul. May your practice light you up and bring you peace. Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu.
Daphne is an LA based professional dancer and yoga teacher. Her yoga journey began about 8 years ago taking a "yoga for dancers" class in college. She fell in love with the benefits of the practice and found that after class she felt a sense of clarity, confidence, and empowerment. Daphne holds a 200hr YTT certification that she received from Red Diamond Yoga in Los Angeles, CA with Liz Arch. Her classes are inspired by fluid movement, connection to the breath, with an emphasis on alignment and playfulness. You'll leave her class feeling at home with yourself.
I have always been drawn to the power of yoga and movement. From a young age, exploring my limits and capabilities has been of great joy, expressing myself through cheerleading, dance, and yoga. As a classroom teacher and living as an adult, I’ve seen first hand how impactful practicing mindfulness and yoga philosophy can affect one’s life.
In the middle of this on-the-go, busy day-to-day society, yoga has opened space to find stillness and peace amidst the seeming chaos.
Creating connection between mind, body, and soul, I hope to guide you in finding this capacity within yourself. Our bodies are powerful beings and it’s on us to find understanding, healing, and love for it.
Julia Planine-Troiani (E-RYT500) has been studying movement methods for over 20 years: Dance, Pilates, Gaga, Gyrokinesis, Feldenkrais, Thai Massage. She began practicing yoga as a movement method in 2006, but over the years has become more interested in yoga as a stillness method. She has been lucky enough to sustain a daily Mysore style Astanga practice over the past four years, and has spent time studying in India. She is very influenced and inspired by her body. It has proven, time and time again, to be a fantastic tool for self inquiry. Her desire is that yoga unleashes for us the love, the power and the knowledge to move in the right direction.
I want my body to do the most it can. I want to live fully, and that means moving fully.
Spatial awareness has a profound impact on not only how we relate to others, but how we relate to ourselves and anything we touch. I teach to give people a sense of their parameters. So they know how to push their limits and move efficiently with and around others. We can all be better for it.
Originally from Indiana, I got my first certification in Chicago in 2010. In 2011, I moved to Boston and continued to learn and teach. I relocated to Los Angeles in September 2017 for sun and adventures, and so much yoga.
Previously an ACSM-accredited personal trainer, I am currently a Yoga Alliance RYT-200 teaching mostly Power Vinyasa, with additional certifications in Yoga Sculpt, Hip Hop Yoga, and Hot Power Fusion.
Laetitia received her 200-hours Yoga Alliance certification in Venice Beach, California, including prenatal, therapeutic and restorative yoga.
She started practicing yoga to heal and relax her own body from Martial arts competitions. She immediately fell in love, decided to give more space to yoga in her life and eventually became a teacher!
Laetitia later decided to deepen her knowledge in therapeutic yoga and obtain a ‘Yoga for Cancer’ certification in New York allowing her to work with cancer patients and survivors.
She teaches to share a passion and help people to find their inner peace and joy.
In a fast-paced world, through a dynamic Vinyasa flow, she invites her students to practice compassion, stillness and to focus on breathing. Vinyasa means "breath-synchronized movement," and Vinyasa yoga is a series of poses that will move you through the power of inhaling and exhaling. Vinyasa movements are smoothly flowing and almost dance-like. As a martial artist you will sometimes see her adding a little bit of it into her classes!
Originally from Iowa, Laura began her yoga journey in her home city, Ames, in 2006. Like many practitioners, Laura's yoga practice began with physical curiosity and injury management. As the practice deepened she found the mental clarity, spiritual, and emotional growth that grounded her into developing a life long love for yoga. After receiving a BFA from the University of Illinois, Laura moved to Los Angeles and began her yoga teacher trainings. She received her 200 hour certification from Yogaworks in 2013 studying under the mentorship of Carolina Goldberg and Jeanne Heileman. After this transformative experience, she began teaching publicly and privately throughout Los Angeles. Laura continued her teaching education and received her 300 hours through Yogaworks, studying again with Carolina Goldberg. Laura teaches yoga to help each person learn, live, and fully encompass their own element. When the body, mind, and heart are balanced, aligned, and open we can recognize and begin to live our truth and our fullest potential--our element.
Leeron is an LA native, born and raised, who really began her love affair with yoga in high school for the sheer reason of being able to exercise barefoot. Before she knew it she was hooked. Not just because of the physical benefits of the practice, but because of the deeper mental connection it was providing her in her day to day life. Having dealt with body issues growing up, she believes that by listening to our bodies yoga is a safe space to connect to your true authentic self. She received her 200 hour RYT certification via Tamal Dodge in Los Angeles for vinyasa flow and is also certified in Ananda meditation. She has been teaching and learning for the past 10 years and completed one year of Yoga Therapy studies at Loyola Marymount University, as well as numerous Restorative Yoga workshops and more recently a prenatal/postantal, fertility and mommy and baby certification. She is also a new doula and mother of one, plus one brewing in the oven and loves to offer words of wisdom and insight into the world of motherhood. Leeron believes that we all have the ability to connect to ourselves on a deeper level allowing us to find the space to let go of fear, judgement and anxiety and reminding ourselves that where you are in your practice is right where you should be.
She teaches at various studios around LA and works with private clients of all ages and physical and health backgrounds. Using light humor and insight she will guide students to let go of judgement and find that a blissful mind is a blissful heart.
Samara Zelniker is a transformational leadership coach, 500 RYT yoga teacher and founder of Mindfulness Matters, a health and wellness company that helps leaders reach their maximum potential.
Through a curated and personalized program, Samara works with people to free themselves from doubt, worry and fears that get in the way of their success. She helps people strip away non-essential behaviours that get in the way of reaching full potential by focusing on mindset, movement, relationship building and diet. She does this in organizations and through one on one coaching.
Samara loves being alive and especially loves being in nature, holding fabulous dinner parties and playing with her adorable dog Frankie. To find out more check out http://www.mindfulnessmatters.ca
Sara Schwartz discovered her love for yoga in India, 2008. The breath and meditation techniques showed her a newfound level of peace! Back in San Francisco she started practicing at Yoga to the People. At YTTP she found that strengthening her body strengthened her sense of self. She became 200 hour certified through YTTP in 2010. She and her husband Yancy Schwartz moved to New York and became 500 hour Dharma Yoga Certified in 2012. Sri Dharma Mittra taught her more pranayama and meditation techniques, along with a few of his 1,350 postures.
She likes to sequence classes that are about building strength and moving the spine. She hopes to connect the student to the teacher inside of themselves. Your intuition always points to the right answer!
I am the founder of Red Diamond Yoga and I believe in the power of transformation through yoga because I experienced it myself. I know that the key to prosperity in life is to build a strong and healthy relationship with yourself. Your relationship with yourself is the mirror for all other things that happen in your life and I when I began my yoga journey I was not in a great place. When I committed to my yoga practice I learned first-hand that practicing yoga provides the tools to heal, physically and emotionally. With commitment and consistency this practice can transform you by showing you that we have the power of choice to change our way of thinking, to grow and let go of our own obstacles. During this self-work, layers of attachments and distractions can be released and the authentic self can be revealed. The body gets stronger and so does the mind.
Through many years of practice and my own healing journey grew compassion for others and the desire to share the powerful gifts of yoga with as many people as I could. In 2012 I began teaching and in 2013 I founded Red Diamond Yoga with my mom, Arlene, to be a place where everyone can practice finding their full potential. Red Diamond Yoga was born from an open heart and a genuine desire to share what I truly believe in and inspire others.
My classes are always different but often include strong, dynamic and intelligently sequenced vinyasa flow to build heat, build strength, open pathways for healing, quiet the mind, and learn how to let go. Conscious breath work is always a key element in my teaching and my classes are designed to take students on an inner journey of self-awareness, focus and purification while creating balance in the body and the mind. Expect to sweat!
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