Alanna Zabel

 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 SoulHer 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 ReliefCardio + Conditioning Yoga, and Beginner Level Yoga which became a nationally bestselling fitness DVD in 2016.​

Our Teachers

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Ryan Blowers

Ryan is known for teaching a nonjudgmental and authentic power Vinyasa flow with creative core work mixed with focus on breath from the soul, fun balance poses and next level flexibility. Ryan has been in yoga and fitness Los Angeles for over 10 years. With an extensive training in Spinning and fitness coaching, he always assumed that yoga would be easy and fun. After my first class I discovered it was NOT as easy as imagined, but the true surprise was the sense of PEACE and JOY that he found. Extending this energy, Ryan gives back by volunteering at a local kindergarten farm to table program in Venice. If you can't give back to someone else, at least with yoga you can always give back to yourself!!

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Noelle Maremont

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.

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Zachary Winberg

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.

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Maeve McCaffrey

Maeve McCaffrey is a Yoga, Sculpt, Barre & Fitness instructor. She has worked in many facets of health and fitness for some of the most elite brands in the industry, she has been top tier Private Trainer, Master Trainer and Group Yoga/Fitness instructor for the Sports Club/LA; Yoga and Fitness Instructor, Teacher Trainer and National Director of Teachers and Programming at YogaWorks; and Yoga and Group Fitness instructor at Equinox.

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Brent Laffoon

As a teacher, Brent strives to give back to others as much of what yoga has given to him. Sometimes that means guiding people through various breath and/or movement practices. Sometimes it means teaching anatomy or leading discussions about yogic philosophy. Other times it means telling a relevant story, or recommending a good book… or maybe going for a walk. As any yogi will tell you, there are as many ways to practice yoga as there are people on Earth.

The classes he teaches tend to be on the athletic side. Some people have gone so far as to call them intense. 🙂 But rest assured that he balances the rigor with a healthy sense of play.

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Sally Turner

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.

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Doug Duchon

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.

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Megan Winberg

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.

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Caroline Gow

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.

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Lucas Varella

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.

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Christina Lim

“I have always believed that music could heal the human soul, and bring joy to the human spirit.” Christina S. Lim is a certified Sound and Energy Healer who has always believed that music could lead the way to deeper, more authentic and healing human connection.
While attending Hamilton Music Academy as a Vocal Major, she spent many years volunteering at Shriners Hospitals for Children singing and playing music for the children and volunteering and caroling at homeless shelters during the holidays.
After graduating, she was a part of Peace Quest Musical Theater Company, whose goal was to bring awareness to abuse victims and mental health issues through music and storytelling. Christina graduated from the AZ I AM Sound & Energy Healer Teacher Training. She hopes her music and her own personal stories of struggle and hardship can help others who are looking connect, heal, and bring more joy and harmony in to their lives.
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Kinjal Patel, MD

Kinjal is a yoga teacher based in Venice, CA, who has studied classical hatha, ashtanga influenced vinyasa, and Vedic philosophy. Kinjal is also a physician and she blends depth of Western allopathic medicine with the wisdom of yoga to explore happy ways to be healthy. She shares her experience with clients to help them use yoga and meditation to find more joy, health and confidence.

Kinjal’s first 200 hours of training was done with Yogi Charu and Kay Kay Clivio, at Pure Yoga in New York, NY. She then studied for 300 hours of advanced training with Yogi Charu. She further continued studies with her mentor Barbara Ruzansky at West Hartford Yoga in West Hartford, CT.  Kinjal received her M.D. from Columbia University, and holds a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from Brown University.  

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Aurea Lara

Aurea is an Intuitive, certified Reiki Master and energy healer, well versed in Chinese energy healing and quantum healing modalities. She blends her gifts as a Sound Healer with meditation and visualization, creating a healing experience for the mind and spirit.
After having worked in corporate for 10+ years she decided to take a sabbatical to focus on her health and well-being, which led to her reconnecting with her innate healing abilities and passion for supporting others on their personal journeys of growth and healing. Her role is to hold a sacred container for the cosmic healing energies to flow through her and activate the inherent wisdom and innate healing abilities of our bodies possess. Aurea offers private 1:1 work as well as group experiences.
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Samantha Schierl

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.

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Katie McCluskey

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!

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Marisa Cavinder

Marisa fuses together fun, energy, and power in her class, while strengthening the entire body and encouraging you to push beyond your limitations. With over 20 years of experience performing on stage in musicals across the country, combined with a love of fitness and engaging the body in dynamic, healthy ways, she brings a playful focus and wide range of knowledge to her class. Marisa is certified in Sculpt, Yoga Barre® and Core Vinyasa from AZ I AM. She fuses together cardio, yoga, sculpt, and pilates with an upbeat and energetic playlist that will leave you sweating, grooving, and releasing toxins.