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.
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.
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.
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.
Carissa Brones is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor, and Fitness Nutrition Specialist. Her classes combine upbeat modern music with challenging, yet effective exercises for all levels. She hopes to inspire health and happiness and believes that you will never regret a workout!
Shawn is a master at helping people to lose weight and get fit. His HIIT Fit class doesn't need any equipment. You will get stronger and leaner using your own body's resistance.
High Intensity Interval Training sessions are commonly called HIIT workouts. This type of training involves repeated bouts of high intensity effort followed by varied recovery times. This type of training can be accomplished using body weight, resistance bands, free weights, medicine balls or weight machines.
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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!
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.
Meet Melissa, creator of CARDIO DanceFIT⚡️. She’s been dancing for as long as she can remember! From jazz and ballet to salsa and hip hop, she’s got you covered. Melissa’s firm belief is that there is nothing more wonderful in the world than helping people achieve what they thought was impossible- and having FUN while doing it! Her boundless positive energy is contagious, takes the “work” out of working out, and pours her heart and soul into every movement. Melissa’s aim is to inspire the amateur, challenge the expert, and unite all through an energetic cardio dance + toning workout that transforms you from the inside out!
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.
Thomas Taubman has a deep passion for movement. He is the founder of Yo-Box® and a Yogaworks Master Trainer. He trained under Maty Ezraty and Lisa Walford. He has also worked with several amazing Physical Therapists and Sports Kinesiologist such as Gary Gray, Stuart Macgill, and Gray Cook.
Tom focuses on alignment and proper mechanics so that our bodies and energy can move in the most efficient way. Each class has a Yin and Yang combination, which reflects my experience in dancing and boxing. I love teaching yoga for its ability to create strength and flexibility, while calming the mind and spirit.
He is grateful to share the gift of yoga with so many of students and future teachers from all over the world and looks forward to seeing you on the mat!
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Tracey Goldman has been teaching Yoga for over 10 years to all types of people and experience levels. Tracey’s Vinyasa classes are all inclusive and suitable for anyone who wants to tune in to the vastness within, while creating a little distance from the ever changing external world. With Tracey’s gentle words of encouragement, she teaches you how to remain calm and peaceful internally, so that you can gracefully and compassionately handle any challenge you meet on your mat, and even in your external life. You will learn how to calm your mind and body with breathing and mindfulness techniques, and how to safely align your body, breath and mind. Come as you are, walk away feeling a profound sense of inner strength, calm and peace.
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.
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.
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!