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.
Lindy Ker, RYT-500, has been dedicated to the study and practice of yoga since 2008. My very first teacher was an Ashtanga method teacher at 24-hour fitness. In 2009, my first 200-hour training was lead by Kim Haegele Labidi and Kori Strobl from Yogaworks Costa Mesa. Inspired by my life long mentor, Erika Burkhalter, I completed my 300-hour training and have been teaching ever since. I am also inspired by Master Teachers, Maty Erzaty, David Swenson, Tim Miller, Richard Freeman, Manju Jois and last but not least, my teacher, David Miliotis. As a third-generation florist, I truly believe flowers, as well as all of nature are the direct expressions of love and creativity. I teach to help others find joy through diligent self-unconditional love and to facilitate the experience of interconnection to all things through the holistic, 8-limb path of yoga on the mat and in life.
Meghan grew up in Texas where she worked in the medical field specializing in Holistic Medicine. Born with a love of helping others and leading a conscious lifestyle she was drawn to yoga. Interested in the mind, body, soul connection she began her practice regularly in 2010 and completed 200 hour teacher training in 2014. Her light-hearted, positive, personality brings fun-loving energy to her classes, she fuses together an alignment based class with a Vinyasa flow. She brings spirituality, pranayama & a mild meditation for a well-rounded practice. She enjoys the outdoors, biking, hiking swimming, beach, and spending time with family and friends. Dedicated to help people on their path to holistic health she wants to share her love for yoga and peace with the world.
Combining his dynamic sequences and insightful sense of humor Cole has molded a unique teaching style that mirrors the vastness of his experiences. Spanning from California to the foothills of the Himalayas, Cole’s travels have led to inspiration as he has become a spiritual powerhouse. Cole’s flows are intuitive, focusing on exploration of the body, gracefully holding postures for an undetermined time, focusing on alignment while interweaving breath with somatic movement. His diverse repertoire is advanced with techniques pulled from an eclectic backdrop of training programs ranging from Power Yoga, Hatha Raj, to Yoga Therapy. This kind of utility has turned Cole into a teaching Chameleon, enabling him to adjust to the needs of all that walk through the door.
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.
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.
Drew fell in love with yoga in 2010 under the tutelage of Dharma Shakti and Stella Tryon. Yoga woke Drew up to the mind-body connection and emotional healing through movement, and he decided to teach so he could lead others into that healing. Drew is a proud father of one wee lass and the facilitator of Ruach Yogachurch in Long Beach. His main influences as a teacher are Jesus, Brian Kestrel and Julian Walker.
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.