Giselle is an accomplished gong player and sound artist, with many years of experience in the field of Sound Therapy. Her first encounter with sound vibration was in a Kundalini Yoga class. There she first heard the intrinsic sounds of the gong and was hooked. Enchanted with sound vibration paired with the science of yoga and meditation she immersed herself with Kundalini Yoga, Bhakti yoga and Tantra, unfolding before her a path of devotion to unleash that which is hidden. Like the lotus flower emerging from the deep mud, sound vibration, meditation, and devotional chanting is a powerful way to connect with the light inside to illuminate your entire being.
Lauren’s yoga therapy journey began in 2010 when she left her advertising career to become her mother’s primary caregiver as she battled cancer. Lauren is now a Registered Yoga Therapist completing her therapy coursework through the Yoga Therapy RX program at Loyola Marymount University. Prior to LMU Lauren completed a 300-HR children’s yoga certification through YogaKids International and 200-HR yoga teaching certification through True Flow Yoga. Lauren has completed numerous therapeutic yoga workshops and extended study programs including “Yoga for Cancer” and “Yoga for Recovery.” When not in a studio teaching you can find Lauren working on other yoga programs. In 2015 she organized a yoga program for cancer patients and survivors on retreat in Hawaii. Currently she teaches gentle yoga at CHOC Hospital, volunteers for VITAS Healthcare, and teaches privately for Pacific Hospice & Palliative Care Foundation.
Helena has taught Yoga for over 44 years, training initially in London, England with various teachers then completing her Teacher training course in Val Morin, Canada at Sivananda Yoga Ashram. Since moving to US in 1979 she has continued her yoga education with many courses through varied trainings. In recent years she focuses on the benefits of a slow conscious practice, using the breath and geared to individual needs to release stress and bring healing and ease to body, mind and soul.
I teach because I love the body. I went to school for physical therapy and fell in love with the body then, and when I started yoga it only made sense to combine my knowledge of the human body and movement to a yoga practice. I love how intricate the humane body is and how much power it potentially has. I feel like yoga can unlock so much and helps the body heal in so many ways. I constantly learn in each class I take and am inspired to bring that to students who take my classes. My class is for anyone who likes a challenge and is open to learning about them self both physically and mentally.
Rachel Murray is a licensed Marriage family therapist and 500 hr Registered Yoga Teacher who has been teaching yoga for over 15 years and practicing for almost 20. While working on a graduate degree and licensure, she discovered and started to immerse herself in the practice of yoga and began to learn first hand what a healing and empowering a practice it is. She did her first training with Erich Schiffman in 1992 and went on to train with Tim Miller in 2003. She did her 200 and 300 HR trainings with Yogaworks, a method that seeks to blend Ashtanga, Iyengar and Viniyoga traditions. Her personal style has been described as a precision flow imparted with energy and passion. As a psychotherapist, she is also cognizant of the psychological and emotional benefits being had and tends to impart that to students.
My love for health and well-being was sparked while taking prenatal yoga classes during my pregnancy with my first son. After a career in marketing and sales, I decided to re-enter the working world, and turned my passion for mind-body movement into a career. First, I completed my AFAA Personal Training Certification and 24 Hour Group Fitness Instructor Certification. While teaching group classes, I realized the importance of teaching how to move intelligently. I decided to pursue my Pilates certification through STOTT PILATES® Reformer Certification and Power Pilates Comprehensive Certification.
My classes incorporate my passion for movement, concentration and laughter to help you find a space within your own body to call home.
Kori Strobl is a teacher and co-owner of HB Yoga Collective. She has been teaching yoga since 2003. As a passionate student of yoga philosophy, her teaching incorporates yoga’s sensible philosophy into the physical practice to support and enrich her student’s lives. Kori has a knack for making complex and esoteric concepts approachable, interesting and practical. She values humor and depth in her teaching and in her life, which naturally comes through in her teaching. Kori has led teacher trainings, workshops, and retreats internationally and at home. She lives in Costa Mesa, on a small urban farm with her handsome husband, two adorable children, two dogs, two goats and a small flock of chickens. Her family is passionate about eating clean and eating well, which was the inspiration for including Rasa Eats as an important element of the Collective.
Erica Villalpando has been teaching dance and Pilates professionally for over 15 years. She is Rehearsal Director, choreographer and dancer for Nannette Brodie Dance Theatre, a professional modern dance company based in Long Beach. Erica earned her A.A degree in Humanities and Dance from Riverside Community College. She graduated Summa Cum Laude, earning a B.A in Dance and Theatre with an emphasis in dance education, from Chapman University. She is Pilates certified through Aline Conditioning and Barre works certified through Yogaworks.
Erica loves the outdoors, baking, Mexican cuisine, classical music, visiting museums and is a history nerd! She loves being a mom and spending time with her husband, son and daughter. She is passionate about serving her community and those in need.
Suzanne Yeo has been teaching early morning classes in this spot on Main St. since 2001. She has a B.S. in Physical Education from Cal Poly SLO and has been in the fitness industry since 1981, teaching numerous formats along the way, and has been teaching yoga since 2000.
She is trained through YogaWorks, CorePower, YogaFit, and Les Mills Body Flow.
She is available for group and private sessions, fitness and yoga, inside, outside, and on the water (SUP).
She is involved with Stand Up for the Cure (raises money for underinsured breast cancer patients), We Are Ocean (provides empowering camps for cancer patients and survivors), and Pipeline to a Cure (raises money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation).
She can be contacted at fitnessyogini.com or via Facebook.
I have been practicing Tai Chi Chuan under the guidance of Master Bing Luh of OC Tai Chi Studio since 2011 and practicing yoga since 2002. I believe these two kinds of ancient meditative and physical traditions compliment one another beautifully and I just love sharing my practice and experience with students and witnessing their progress. My emphasis in teaching is in developing a deep sensitivity of our energetic bodies, and translating that awareness into our everyday lives and experiences with others.
Tai Chi Chuan is a moving meditation practice. Tai Chi Chuan help the practitioner find his/her center and to ultimately penetrate the dualistic appearances in nature. We will be learning a specific lineage of Yang Style 24 forms in this class, as well as some complimentary Qi Gong exercises for flexibility and health.