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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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.


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.


Maryam Askari

Maryam Askari began yoga studies in 1991 and after several years of Astanga she chose to deepen and establish herself in the Iyengar yoga system. She was certified by the Iyengar Institute of Pune, India in 2005.
Her sensitive and intuitive teaching approach is immediately captivating and adapted to practitioners of all levels.

Maryam constantly reminds her students that strength and flexibility are nothing without proper alignment - and believes it is within that precision of the alignment that the healing powers of our breath are revealed.
Maryam co-founded the yoga studio Anjaliom in Paris and is also the initiator of the world-renowned Yogaworks teacher training in France.


Tulsi Bagnoli

Weaving the alchemy of her own 30 year practice and experience as a student, Tulsi creates endless space for authenticity and deep healing. She is passionate about the practice of living yoga and helping people awaken to the untapped energy that flows within us all.

Tulsi Bagnoli, M.A. is a second generation vedic astrologer and meditation teacher who has been practicing yoga and meditation since the age of four and teaching professionally throughout the US and India for the past 15 years.


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.


Alex Cooley

Alex is a LA-based fitness instructor and has been in the fitness world for almost 10 years. She teaches Barre, Sculpt, and Yoga and loves inspiring others to get moving! Her workouts are for everybody and every body, no matter where you are in your fitness journey. Not only will you get a kick-ass workout but you'll have fun doing it too!

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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.


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!


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.


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.


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.


Austyn Infinity

Austyn believes the path to enlightenment is endarkenment, and he is thankful for every step of his journey. He speaks from pillars of truth to be a resource for others. Every adversity has a hidden gift for us to uncover. Everything is a gift. Austyn is a Yin Yoga certified instructor in addition to his 200 hr certification and Reiki training.

He is professional, supportive, playful and versatile. Austyn teaches yin and yang yoga, and psychic development. His classes incorporate the ten yogic bodies and the six healing sounds. He feels it is a special honor to offer the personal practice of yoga.

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Caleb Asch

Caleb started his yoga journey with Bryan Kest, studying and then participating in Bryan’s first teacher training in 1995, Caleb became Bryan’s protege, teaching all of Bryan’s classes when he was on the road.
Having an extensive Martial Arts background, Caleb felt the need for a more structured systematic approach to teaching yoga and participated in one of the first Yogaworks teacher trainings with legendary teachers; Matt Ezraty, Chuck Miller and Lisa Walford.
They say that it takes 10,000 hours to master any craft, it’s estimated that Caleb has logged more that twice that in his 25 years of teaching experience.
Caleb encourages his students to take what they learn and achieve on their mat into their lives and the world.
When not teaching, Caleb is a husband, father, and professional photographer.


Kristy Briggs

Kristy's favorite format to teach is a high energy Vinyasa Flow - she plays great, upbeat music and loves incorporating handstands and arm balances.

When leading a class, her mission is to align the breath with every movement, helping her class to grow more present and get lost in the fluidity of class.

Outside of yoga, you will find Kristy soaking up the sun on the beach, rock climbing, traveling to new places, hitting the gym, or watching football on Sundays.

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Michael Bradley

Michael is a NASM certified trainer, and holds certifications in Yoga, P90X, Boxing, and Gymnastics. He is a Breatheology Master-Trainer and holds a 2nd-degree black belt in mixed martial arts, teaching not only martial arts, but also parkour, gymnastics, group fitness, and power tumbling. He focuses on many diverse areas of fitness including, functional training, athletic performance, injury prevention and rehabilitation, CrossFit, powerlifting, Ninja Warrior training, primal movements, and kickboxing.

Michael’s desire is to help people understand that connection to one’s true-self or others, to nature or to the present moment, is what enables progress and fosters happiness.

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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Haley Kiss

Haley is a high energy, cardio & sculpt loving fitness enthusiast and instructor who is passionate about living a healthy lifestyle through yoga, fitness, and proper nutrition.

Haley works full time marketing global lifestyle brands, so you can only catch her early mornings, evenings, and weekends!


Krista Allen

Krista Allen is a stand-up comedian and actress turned yogi on the side. Her fierce ability to be authentic, to look at all angels of light translate into her powerful breath work and Kundalini yoga classes. She is certified to work with and dismantle trauma recovery and she applies this level of transformation into her work as a yogi.

You will laugh, you will be challenged and you will likely look at things from different perspectives than before taking class with Krista.


Barbara Scheidegger

Barbara Scheidegger is the brainchild of Let it Go Hypnosis. She is a passionate and forward thinking certified clinical Hypnotherapist based in Beverly Hills, California. Barbara is also a NLP, Reiki practitioner, and life coach. She co-created HypnoYoga™ with AZ I AM.