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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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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Susie Frank

Susie is a natural yoga teacher with a passion for the practice, which comes out in her teachings where she adds a fun-loving element and humor to lighten the energy in the room. She is known for having strong vinyasa flow classes, adding inversions and arm balances, without losing focus of alignment and safety. Be prepared to sweat, grow, breathe and fly. You will be right side up and upside down during the practice. Her approach is very hands on, as well as giving personalized adjustments to each student. Experiencing more than just a yoga class, students leave the room feeling invigorated, empowered, and craving the next chance to get on their mat.

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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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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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Alexis Bethel

Alexis has a love for various styles and lineages of yoga and her curiosity of the ancient traditions has led her to study Dharma Yoga, Yoga Nidra, Vinyasa, Yin and Traditional Tantric Hatha.

She believes yoga is a way of life, rooted deeply in compassion and a desire for inner freedom, and sees the practices as a way to access our innate inner wisdom and the truth that lives within each of us.

With a love for both the traditional and creative sides yoga has to offer, her asana classes are challenging and well-rounded, often incorporating options for arm balances & inversions as well as elements of breathwork, meditation and mantra. Her Yoga Nidra classes are infused with sound, spiritual elements, and unearthing stuck emotions & energy.

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Christina Scavuzzo

Christina is a 200-hr Yogaworks certified yoga instructor and model.
She found home inside through the yoga community and would like to share this practice, to help guide others on their journey back towards wholeness. Her classes create an open environment where people can connect, express and free their minds. She leads with love, she is Dharma focused, is deeply connected to music and sound while healing through movement, breath work & meditation. Catch her amazing Yin + Tuning Fork Therapy class Tuesday and Thursday evenings at AZ I AM!

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Marisa Moonbeamz

Marisa is a powerful yet spiritual Vinyasa and Yin instructor, combining dharma with cinematic music and creative sequencing. Coming from a family of yogis in Texas she has been practicing for over 20 years and was certified to teach in India in 2018. Marisa utilizes music, yogic philosophy, hands-on adjustments, and options for inversions in every practice - always with a focus on drishti, bandhas, and the breath.

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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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Charlie Samos

Charlie Samos is a revered teacher with a dedicated, global following. He has been teaching at Los Angeles's famed Westside YogaWorks, and leading Teacher Training and Retreats for decades.​

His teaching style focuses on mindfulness and presence, attention to breath, alignment, and movement/flow, all leading to stillness.

As his many students will attest, Charlie has a natural talent to create a peaceful environment where ego release, mental calmness and emotional openness naturally lead to self-acceptance and growth. When Charlie is not in the yoga studio, you’ll find him rock climbing, hiking, and the mountain unicycle.

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Rima Thierry

Rima believes in moving and breathing the body as a way to uncover our own unique nature, to feel connected and grounded, and to step into our radiance and grace through unconditional love and acceptance. She has been practicing for over 20 years, and has trained and is certified in both the Kundalini and the Hatha lineages under the guidance of yoga masters including Gurmukth, Guru Singh and Saul David Raye. She has a passion for women’s work, and is also a birth doula and lactation counselor. When she is not on her yoga mat, she can be found running after her 4 little boys.

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Carrie Costello

Carrie has been teaching for over 14 years. Her roots are in Hatha, Ashtanga and Iyengar yoga. Her thirst for knowledge is what fuels her enthusiastic manner. She views yoga as a continual journey that influences her approach to teaching. She believes yoga shines a light and connects us with our true nature.

Carrie prides herself in her attentiveness to proper alignment, safety and breath. She has an exuberant spirit and encourages a balance between working hard and joyfully exploring one's own practice, stepping into the light of consciousness and familiarity with one's unique and special spirit.

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Shira Shares

Shira is a certified yoga instructor and has her Master’s Degree in Social Work. She loves combining her two modes of healing arts to guide her students through a personal journey of self-discovery that takes place both mentally and physically. Shira is also a former rhythmic gymnast ranked 14th in the United States and has extensive knowledge on the body, sports psychology, and nutrition and enjoys sprinkling this insight into her classes.

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Christopher Hawley

As Christopher's yoga practice deepened, he began slowly sharing it with others as a teacher. After about 22 years of practice, he completed a training with Bryan Kest and began teaching at Power Yoga in Santa Monica.

Being a teacher his entire life, first through music, and more recently, as a ski instructor, soccer coach, and surf instructor, Christopher feels that it’s even more important now to share the benefits of breathing and stretching with more people.

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Laine Baumgarten

Laine is a registered Vinyasa yoga teacher through the University of Washington Athletics, a Sculpt instructor, NASM certified personal trainer, certified nutrition coach, and Reiki healer. As a personal trainer she has a passion for both the spiritual and the physical elements of yoga and fitness. Come ready to flow with a combination of Vinyasa sequencing and healing breath work/meditation, plus a fitness flare of fiery sculpt movements and core work for a full body workout. Laine’s classes offer modifications and options suitable for all levels, with a focus on holding space for each student to listen to their inner voice and unique body during practice.

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Lane Jaffe

Lane first stepped on his mat over 20 years ago while training at a wrestling camp with Olympic gold medalist Chris Campbell. Soon after graduating, Lane moved from New Jersey out to California and kicked his yoga practice into high gear practicing with well-known teachers, Bryan Kest and Govindas. ”Yoga began to permeate my whole life. From strengthening my body to calming my mind, to stoking my spirit, Yoga and the awareness derived from it has really played the largest role in who I am today.” After 15 years of consistent practice, Lane decided he needed to share this gift with anyone who would listen. He went on to earn his Masters degree in Psychology and completed his 200 hr teacher training with Yoga Mittra.

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Ish Moran

Ish Moran teaches a flow yoga class set to world beat music with an emphasis on alignment. As a result of sports injuries, Ish began practicing Iyengar yoga to strengthen muscles and focus mentally. After dedicating his first six years of study with Iyengar instructor Judy Narvid, Ish happened on Steve Ross's class. Ish practiced for another six years with Steve Ross before becoming certified through a Teacher Training program with renown yoga teacher, Rod Stryker.

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Soul Lorain

Soul is a dancer, performing artist and certified Yoga teacher. Her mission is wellness on all levels while assisting others to be their truest and most expressed self. Her class is invigorating as it is healing, guiding her students to look within while taking time for necessary recharge.

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Gene Leonard

Gene Leonard is a 250 Hour Vinyasa Yoga Teacher, Sound Healer and NASM Certified Personal Trainer. He loves sharing the practice of Yoga because he believes it allows us to be in the present moment of life, guided by our breath. In Gene's classes expect to gently warm-up, be challenged, push yourself, have fun, and enjoy a nice restorative closing sequence. He is really looking forward to meeting you, moving together, and showing you that you are capable of achieving anything that you set your mind to!

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Shane Thunder

Shane is a California-based Master Sound Alchemist residing in Santa Barbara, CA. After self-inducing a kundalini awakening in Dec. 2011, he has traveled throughout the country for the last 8 years offering his 432hz Spirit Metacine in the passionate belief of unifying the body, mind, and spirit thru the healing arts. He has held space for workshops, instructional classes, and ceremonies guided by his Higher-Self to share his musical gifts with the crystal Gemstone singing bowls and many more instruments.

Shane is currently on tour with national and international events, festivals, retreats, and studios for 2020 and beyond! He looks forward to sharing a unique experience to release what no longer serves you and will align you with Spirit!