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.
Sim is a yoga teacher with a passion for sharing the profound lessons and benefits of Yoga with her students. Growing up in India surrounded by a spiritual community, she was inspired to explore the philosophy of yoga. Sim completed her teacher training in both Mysore, India and at AZ I AM. She specializes in vinyasa flow classes, and enjoys incorporating arm balances and inversions into her practices. Sim creates a safe and welcoming environment for all of her students, regardless of their level of experience. Her teaching approach emphasizes the importance of connecting the mind, body, and breath in each practice. Sim hopes to inspire her students to live a healthier, more balanced lifestyle through the practice of yoga.
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.”
Shannon McInteer is an absolute angel on earth! She is an Ayruvedic practitioner, Reiki healer, Sound Healer and teaches Yin Yoga and Meditation.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Alfie Lewis (otherwise known as Al Boogie) has danced his way through Hollywood since the age of 5. His multifaceted professional career in performing, choreography, film, television, and commercials started in 1990 which allowed him to tour around the world and achieve great successes.
Alfie was an original SOUL TRAIN dancer, and he currently teaches dance to all ages as well as athletic training as a Cardio Instructor. Come check out his fabulous Dance Synergy classes and join the Groovement!
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Mike has been a student of many of the city’s top yoga instructors for nearly two decades. Mike has always been a seeker and expanded his perspective during a year-long backpacking trip in 2018. He spent seven months of the journey in the Himalayas where he studied Tibetan Buddhism, sat on silent meditation retreats, and completed his 200-hour yoga teacher training certification in Rishikesh, India. Mike teaches vinyasa, yin, and restorative yoga with the belief that our practice on the mat prepares us for all aspects of life. Through movement, breath, and meditation, Mike’s classes are designed to cultivate a deeper sense of awareness and achieve greater equanimity from moment to moment. Off the mat, Mike is a Vipassana meditator, nature lover, and owner of BHANTI, an ethical apparel brand that partners with artisans across the Himalayas.
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.