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.
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.
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.
Maryam considers the power of our mind our greatest resource, using asana and breath to focus and still the mind. As she says: “where our thoughts go, our energy flows.” This is the heart of the Iyengar yoga system. 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.
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.
Born and raised in England, Claire moved to Santa Monica, California where she began to deepen her yoga practice. With world renowned studios and retreats at her fingertips Claire immersed herself in the Southern California yoga lifestyle.
As her practice grew, Claire soon realized that she wanted to fully explore the depths of yoga by furthering her journey through a teacher training program with Yoga Linda, Barcelona. It was there that she found her lifelong love for yogic philosophy and the mind/body/spirit connection. Although Claire credits much of what she has learnt to her time in the US, she truly feels that the European influence encouraged her to flourish as a teacher.
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.
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.
Johanna began practicing yoga in her hometown of South Beach at the age of 16. In 2010 she took her first 50 hour Kids yoga training and 200 hour teacher certification with Paul Toliusziz from Green Monkey, Miami. She moved to Los Angeles in 2015 and completed her second teacher training in the Bhakti Yoga path of 300 hours with Govindas from the Bhakti Yoga Shala. She’s now completing her third training to become a cosmic priestess with Amita Stark.
She continues to study and fuel her passion for spirituality, holistic wellness, and fitness with senior teachers in workshops and conferences. She’s also certified in Prenatal yoga and Vedic Thai Yoga Massage.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Alexander Amato is a high energy alchemist of sound, vibrational and nutritional healing. He is a producer for AZ I AM's monthly First Friday Flash DJ yoga dance experiences.
Alex's love for Fitness is contagious. He is an advocate of holistic plant based nutrition and when he's not producing incredible events or teaching wellness he is traveling the world as a model to the world's most popular brands.
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.
Gene Leonard is a 200 Hour Vinyasa Yoga Teacher, NASM Certified Personal Trainer and Sound Healer. Gene is all about allowing, showing, and teaching people to reach their highest potentials in life while Feeling Damn Good about themselves! He loves any and everything to do with movement. He finds it and the human body very fascinating. Through his classes you will be Inspired, Motivated, and get Stronger not only Physically, but through your Mind and Soul too! He’s excited to meet you, bust out a smile and laugh and have a ton of Fun!
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 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 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.
Keith Munay is a dynamic combination of Shaman, Mystic, Yogi, Seer, and Medicine Man, serving as a bridge to unify ancient spiritual wisdom with modern science, assisting others to live more connected, richer, fuller lives.