AZ I AM® Founder Alanna Zabel brings over 25 years of fitness/wellness experience, with a passion for helping others connect with their organic self. She is the creator of Yoga Barre®, a registered ERYT-500 yoga instructor, Pilates and fitness instructor. In 2000, she founded her own unique YogaDance company based on combining the essential movements of yoga with modern dance. Her first performance was choreographed for a private party at Michael Jackson's home and performed at Neverland. Her performances have been requested at fashion shows, conferences and private parties.
With a flare for style and design, Alanna launched the premium AZ I AM® Active Wear collections. Beyond her accomplishments as an instructor, performer, program director, writer, and designer, Alanna is a creative force and a teacher with a passion for kids. In addition to fourteen children's books with yoga and wellness themes, she single-handed created The World's First Yoga Doll® and Soul Model collections.
Voted "Best Yoga Instructor in Los Angeles" in 2011 by LA Family Magazine and one of "Hollywood's Hottest Trainers" by Shape Magazine in 2014, Alanna is passionate about teaching yoga through her classes, life and writing. She is the author of As I Am: Where Spirituality Meets Reality and Meaningful Coincidence: Synchronistic Stories of the Soul. Her children's book titles include The Seven Doors, a children's version of Deepak Chopra's best selling The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success. Alanna stars in five fitness DVDs: Yoga Total Body Makeover and Pilates Yoga Fusion, as well as Beginner Level Yoga for Toning, Flexibility + Stress Relief, Cardio + Conditioning Yoga, and Beginner Level Yoga which became a nationally bestselling fitness DVD in 2016.
Megan views yoga as a transformational tool to help not only expand our bodies limitations but also open the heart and discover truth. She believes that her biggest asset as a teacher is her own devotion to her personal practice. This gives her an intimate understanding of how postures develop and how to help students move through their internal practice to come back home to themselves. Megan is an advanced ashtanga practitioner and uses the foundational components of the Asthanga practice in her classes. She enjoys teaching difficult postures but emphasizes breath, bandha, and gaze to achieve instead of force. Her classes our accessible to all levels providing challenge for both the seasoned practitioner and the beginner.
Noelle Maremont attended the very first Yogaworks teacher training in the early 90’s. This training was led by Chuck Miller, Maty Ezraty and Lisa Walford. The classical Yogaworks teaching style, a combination of ashtanga and Iyengar, is deeply ingrained in her teaching. Since then, Noelle has continued teaching and practicing but she still feel as though she is just getting started, a forever student lucky enough to share what decades of great teachers, students and practice have taught her. All of her classes are multi level, always offering options within a full body flow based in meditation on the breath.
Doug is best known for playing the handpan and captivating students with live music for breathwork and blissful shavasanas . He has been teaching yoga since 2018 after leaving the corporate world as a risk manager in the aerospace engineering industry. Yoga empowered him to heal and to find roots within himself. Doug brings his engineering background to his approach as a teacher, and he has had a diversity of training including Yin, Restorative, Bhakti Vinyasa, Kirtan, and Asthanga Vinyasa styles of Yoga. He developed himself as a teacher living, studying, and teaching yoga in the beautiful yoga retreat center vortex of Lake Atitlan, Guatemala.
Matty has been teaching yoga and training for 20 years here in Los Angeles. He has studied under Alexandria Crow, Maria Villella, James Brown, Steve Ross.
Matty was also a fan-favorite finalist on the popular TV show Survivor. He's got ENERGY! 😛
Matty teaches his own raja flow of yoga, with music being the foundation. He likes to say everything is a suggestion, but do what you want, as long as you are having fun. The key is to not take yourself seriously. He loves what he does more than anything, and he wants you to love it just as much.
The mind heals with laughter, the body heals with play and the spirit heals with joy. This is Adam's approach to yoga and spirituality in general. He started teaching yoga back in 2010. He studied Ayurveda with Master Teacher and Author Myra Lewin in Anahola Kauai and he is also trained in Body Work, and as a Certified Reiki Practitioner. Get the vibes!
Adam loves teaching Yin, Restorative and Vinyasa flow. His classes are typically guided with a theme or what he calls a Dharma Dialogue. Something to guide the practice so that it's more than just physical stretches and exercises. His hope is that when you leave class, you feel uplifted, joyful and more connected to yourself.
Sally has been teaching yoga for 20 years here on the westside both in the studio and in-home private sessions. A retired modern dancer, she brings the joy of movement to her vinyasa flow practice with a focus on the spaces in between the poses. Her music driven class strikes the balance of strength and flexibility and is dedicated to celebrating life - the journey over the destination.
Blake employs vinyasa flow yoga, mindfulness, neuroscience, psychology, and the power of poetry to help galvanize healing and personal development. The space he creates is intended for sincere seekers who are tired of surface approaches and grandiose promises. This is an invitation into a deep, skills-based training, not a guarantee of overnight transformation. It's about patience and painstaking kindness. It's about the courage to feel. In dynamic motion or in reverent stillness, it's about turning toward tender, vulnerable dimensions of our humanity and learning to love them. Carl Jung put it this way: “One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.”
After 16 years in New York City, Caroline returned to the warmth of sunny California and reconnected with her love of movement. This former professional ballerina is now a graduate of the AZ I AM Yoga Barre®, Core Vinyasa & Sculpt teacher training program with Alanna Zabel. She considers herself as a forever student and practices regularly at AZ I AM. Get moving to her energizing playlists and leave feeling connected to your body and with a smile on your face.
Health and fitness have always been an integral part of Sam's life. After trying a variety of workout routines & practices, she finally found her "home" on the yoga mat. Connecting breathe to movement, yoga brought the inner expansion and connectivity Sam was looking for. As a certified Yoga Barre® Sculpt instructor, Sam combines her CrossFit and dance backgrounds into a class that will challenge you to push past what you think you can, and allow your body to guide you through what it knows that it is capable of.
Seven years ago Zachary walked into his first yoga class a complete beginner - stiff, nervous, and a bit uncertain about his direction in life. Since that first class, a beautiful story has unfolded with various yoga and meditation practices being the guiding force. Zachary completed his teacher training in February of 2018 under Byron De Marse and Paul Teodo in Ubud, Bali. Since then, he has taken his practice and teaching all over the world. He has been teaching yoga full time the last few years in Cologne, Germany and stoked to be back in Los Angeles where it all started. You can expect a strong power/vinyasa yoga class laced with practical spirituality that you can apply to your daily life.
Kyle Cassidy is a personal trainer, inspirational coach and yoga instructor. His education and training gives you the tools and methods tgat you need to achieve your goals. He is a 200-hr certified yoga instructor recognized by the Yoga Alliance, and he has NASM certifications for personal training.
Lucas Varella is a movement healer specializing in Modern Hatha Yoga, with international experience in the health and fitness field. Beyond his yoga practice, rock climbing, capoeira, mountain biking and Brazilian Jiu-jitsu are some of the activities he practices. As a seasoned professional in the Personal Training world, Lucas has trained a variety of athletes including Olympic gold medalists, professional athletes, and Broadway performers. Among his extensive credentials and certifications, Lucas completed over 800 hours of Yoga training after earning his master’s degree in Exercise Science & Health Promotion (emphasis in Rehab Sciences) from CALU. He holds advanced health & fitness credentials which has helped him develop a unique approach to optimize client’s experiences and results. Lucas’s passion in helping people become the best version of themselves is truly a special gift.
Hello everyone! My name is Katie. As a professional dancer, movement has always been essential to my everyday life. I love teaching group fitness classes and the energy we create together. I have been teaching Cardio Sculpt & Yoga Sculpt classes for the last few years and am so happy to join the AZ I AM community. I also offer personal training and nutrition coaching as a NASM certified trainer - so let's focus on your fitness and wellness! I can’t wait to see you in class!