MEET OUR TEAM


 

Certified Yoga Instructor  
 
A London Native, Alex came to yoga because it helped slow the constant inner chatter in her mind. Through the power of linking movement with breath, and the many tools that yoga offers Alex was able to gain personal space that translated to peace throughout her life. With that peace and love for yoga and 17 years of practice, Alex has found a passion to share and teach throughout the So-Cal area. We are delighted to have her as part of Team Align.

Certified Yoga Instructor

Ashly took her first hot yoga class in 2004, but it wasn’t until 2009 after noticing the remarkable shift a consistent practice was creating within her, that she stepped on her mat for good. Managing stress, reacting less, making more mindful choices, youthful energy, a clear mind, and healing past trauma are just some of the benefits Ashly gained from her practice. Inspired by the way yoga was changing her life, Ashly began researching everything yoga and practicing every style she could find. She has been blessed to have had the opportunity to be inspired, practice, and study with Seane Corn, Suzanne Sterling, Sienna Sherman and Ashley Turner. Ashly completed her 200HR trauma informed teacher training through Jamie Hanson’s Empowered Yoga Teacher Training, her Y12SR certification with Nikki Meyers and her prenatal teacher training with Jessica Jennings through MaYoga. It has become Ashly’s passion to guide and share with people this practice that has been so healing for her.

Pilates/Yoga Certified
 
Jennifer from a young age was an innate mover, by the age of 5 she was dancing and performing. Later she entered into the fitness arena. At her very first fitness competition she placed 1st Runner up at Ms. National Fitness. In 2003 she was introduced to Pilates. Being an avid mover, she continued on to receive her certification in Pilates through the world renowned- Body Arts and Science International (BASI), under the direction of Rael Isacowitz. The “breath to movement” concept found in Pilates and yoga intrigued her to further her knowledge in what is known as conscious breathing, also gain a certifications in Kunlun Nei Gung Tao Meditation, and become a yoga practitioner with Larry Payne Relax the Back. Her vast qualifications allows her to help guide others to release trauma, negative emotions, and blocks in the body to heal and bring positive self-awareness. She is the author of "Your Breath Heals" 6 Simple Tools for Stress Reduction and Managing Pain. She is the founder of "Awaken Your Inner Feline" Women's Empowerment through Finding your Authentic Voice with Passion and Purpose- As she guides others through breath work, movement, yoga, and meditation. She can be found teaching private sessions, classes and workshops in Pilates, breath work, and yoga at Align.
Aerial Fitness Instructor

Emyli’s love of aerial fitness was born when she began taking Pole Fitness classes, Acro and Aerial yoga, almost a decade ago. It was there that her journey truly began and she experienced the beauty of movement and flow that is found in dance fitness, and the yoga arts. She knew that aerial fitness was the perfect blend of all three of her passions, and so began her drive to become an instructor! Emyli is a Certified Level 5 Aerial Yoga Fitness Instructor and also holds a certification as a Pole Fitness Instructor. You will often find Emyli in her aerial classes, fusing these art forms together in a fun and creative way!
Certified Pilates and Yoga
 
Laura has spent the most enjoyable hours of her life moving..... dance, hike, bike, swim, climb or tumble! So, she became a teacher- of movement. Her dance background led to teaching kids classical ballet in her 20s and 30s. In 2001 she began practicing yoga and it led to teaching in 2005. Laura has studied multiple modalities of yoga including Vinyasa, Hatha, Yin and Viniyoga (yoga therapy) with master teachers Shiva Rae, Gary Kraftsow, Sarah Powers and Stuart Rice. In 2006 she studied the mat Pilates repertoire with Body Arts and Science International (BASI.) In 2012, she decided to continue her education in Pilates and began the comprehensive course to obtain certification on all the Pilates apparatus. Having completed the certification she looks forward to using all of her training and 10+ years of experience teaching yoga to assist clients achieve their health and fitness goals.
Certified Yoga Instructor

Jamie, a life-long athlete, found yoga while living in Guatemala. For many years Jamie resisted yoga because as a marathon runner she felt she needed the rush of more rigorous exercise. But, as her body continued to tighten and stiffen and after battling many injuries she gave it a try. Yoga soon became a regular practice and brought a new freedom to Jamie’s body. Many of the aches and pains started to alleviate and to her surprise she became much stronger. But, the freedom yoga brought was not only in the body. It allowed Jamie space to slow down her overly active mind and lifestyle. Yoga completely transformed the way that she related to others and most importantly how she related to herself. After feeling all of these benefits in her own life Jamie knew she needed to share yoga with others Jamie became a registered yoga teacher in 2009 and since then has studied with many different teachers including Seane Corn, Hala Khouri, and Julian Walker. She considers herself a life-long student and craves learning in all areas of her life.Jamie’s classes focus on safety and alignment, but also allow people to release and surrender into each posture as they flow and connect each movement with breath. She believes in an integrative practice connecting the mind and the body. Students leave her class feeling strong, invigorated, and restored.

Certified Yoga Instructor

Sheila is a teacher, an artist, a traveler, and a benefit-of-the-doubt-giver who genuinely feels yoga is for everyone– even for those who can’t touch their toes. Those who say “I can’t do yoga– I’m not flexible” are basically saying: "I cant drink any water– I’m too thirsty" or "I can’t take a shower– I’m too dirty."

Living in a state of presence, open-mindedness and integrity with both herself and her relationships with others, Sheila has found the recipe for happiness. This has been 8 years in the making since her first introduction to yoga.

Sheila believes in teaching with a down-to-earth approach, seeking the fundamentals of a yoga practice: proper alignment, steady sequence of breath, patience and, most importantly, the state of presence. Once a strong foundation is built, there are endless possibilities to grow. Although, she has an interest in capturing the basics, her classes challenge your patience as well as integrity in both the mental and physical aspects.

Certified Yoga Instructor
As a native Californian, Tracy has always enjoyed running around outside in the sun being active. She was first introduced to Yoga after competing in and bringing home a 1st place trophy at Jr. Novice bodybuilding in show in San Diego. At the suggestion of a friend, Tracy began taking yoga classes and discovered that her over trained muscles became more lean and flexible. In addition, her strength and range of motion improved. From this moment on Tracy was hooked and wanted to dive deeper into, and share the practice of yoga. Tracy earned her RYT200 Yoga Teaching certificate with Jamie Hanson and actively pursues continuing education courses to deepen her understanding of yoga, anatomy and alignment. She brings her love of movement, passion for proper alignment and breath control to her teaching to lead fun and informative asana classes. Tracy is skilled at meeting students where they are regardless of age, experience level or injury and creates a safe space in which to practice.
Pethrena works in the field of self development, using the most effective tools and modalities she has learned and developed, to assist clients to harmonize their lives for optimal wellbeing. She is also a passionate well being speaker, and teaches a diverse array of fitness, and well being classes throughout Southern California and internationally. Her style of teaching is upbeat, fun, creative, inspiring, uplifting, motivating, enriching, educational, and empowering. Also, Pethrena, holds a Bachelor Of Science Degree in Applied Kinesiology - Exercise and Nutritional Sciences, from San Diego State University, and she is a certified hatha yoga teacher, certified active isolated stretching and strengthening specialist, certified group fitness instructor, and certified mind-body specialist.   In addition, Pethrena has training in modern dance, tai chi, qi-gong, Ayurveda, mat pilates, energy medicine, and the gentle practice of somatic movement.   She has also studied the art of mindfulness living, with celebrated Buddhist Monk, Thich Nhat Hanh, at Deer Park Monastery, and she is a practicing vipassana meditator.   She has also studied, and completed advanced courses in the art of mindfulness living, in Bangalore, India.
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