Ali has been teaching yoga since she graduated from the Worlds Arts & Cultures Program at UCLA. A native of Arizona, she first moved to California to pursue her education and study dance. It was during her undergraduate years when she discovered yoga and became hooked on all the benefits of the practice. Since then she has taught at numerous studios around Los Angeles and travelled internationally as an ambassador for Ocean Yoga.
Her classes are taught in a Vinyasa flow, uniting each movement with the breath in a continuous sequence. This allows the breath to release tight muscles as well as stretch and strengthen areas of your body for greater health and mobility. The intention of each class is to bring you more present and into the moment. Her classes are heavily influenced by her extensive dance training and other accredited instructors in the community.
More information is available at www.AliOwens.com
“Ali’s class is well balanced with thoughtful sequencing. The poses and counter-poses are perfect as she prepares your body for peak poses masterfully. She is able to find the exact words to help you approach your edge while keeping you safe with proper form and alignment. She is a warm, intelligent and friendly teacher with original insight into how yoga can work for you.” – Dean Miya, student
Born in the magical land of Colombia, Andres Salcedo is an accomplished yoga teacher, retreat facilitator and Kirtan leader worldwide based in Los Angeles, CA.
Andres is the founder of Power Soul Yoga, a dynamic, soulful and well rounded approach into the science of Yoga. His teaching style promotes equanimity traveling through the principles of Yoga as a therapy, empowering students to trust their own experience with sensitivity and intimacy, merging the ancient and sacred with the contemporary. Power Soul Yoga emphasizes the most natural tools of enhancing personal and global union with the Supreme. Seeking to reestablish planetary balance and facilitating the way back into the place that we all truly belong, the sacredness of our own hearts.
Brian believes in the ancient wisdom of Larry David. “Whatever works.”
“If your practice helps you create great outcomes in the real world, off your cushion, off your mat, then keep doing it.”
Born in Boston, Brian discovered both yoga asana and sitting meditation in his early 20s, and has been practicing both ever since. Brian first moved to LA in 2003. And his very first yoga class in LA was at the Power Yoga West Studio.
“I’ve heard it said many times, and it’s true, everyone’s first stop in LA is to go see Bryan Kest…and in one 90 minute class my perception of LA completely shifted… After having lived in several different big cities, I finally felt like I was home.”
In 2007 Brian sat the 10-day Silent Vipassana in Chennai, India. After that he immediately began teaching yoga to children at a Primary School outside Pondicherry. After five months in India, he returned home to teach children’s yoga as a volunteer in Santa Monica.
Besides meditation, Brian is a certified yoga teacher and a practitioner of evolved-NLP. He also runs an Investment Fund and credits his meditation practice as the primary driver of it’s success.
His main influences are Bryan Kest, Saul David Raye, Shiva Rea, Govindas, Steve Ross and far too many great teachers to mention.
He is beyond stoked to be sitting with you and back home at Santa Monica Power Yoga.
Born and raised on a ranch in Oklahoma, I was raised to believe that simplicity is a key component of happiness. After losing my father at age 17 and experiencing a traumatic spiral of events during my adolescent years, I was introduced to yoga through a friend. It immediately spoke to my physical nature and after only a few classes I felt a strong and deep spiritual connection. I had found my therapy and church.
After practicing a number of years with Bryan Kest and teaching informally, I decided to enroll in a 200 hour Power Yoga Alliance Teacher Training. The Vinyasa class I teach is dynamic and physically rigorous. Although the nature of my classes are physically demanding, my greatest focus is the safety and well being of my students. The four major points I stress in class are proper alignment, mindfulness of physical limits, deepness of breath, and calmness of mind.
After having taught at the YMCA, and teaching classes through my nutrition club, I have developed my classes to suit all levels of practitioners, offering modifications for newcomers and including advanced instruction for the seasoned yogi.
Yoga has dramatically improved my physical wellness and has helped me develop a strong mental and emotional stability. Anyone coming in to practice will experience an increase mental and physical awareness and well-being. Practitioners will also slow the process of aging by increasing their cardiovascular health, decreasing toxicity and stagnation in the body and improving the functions of the 5 major systems of the body.
I hope to heal you soon.
talking about one’s self in 3rd person GO!
dan ward was born in evanston, illinois and grew up in libertyville, a verdant suburb about an hour north of chicago. in his youth, he loved running in a pack in the neighborhood, playing free the tree, ghost in the graveyard and, above all, football. he also ran in a bmx gang whose main goal, aside from shredding the trails behind the high school, was to hit the white hen for candy and soda.
in high school, he suffered a severe reaction when bitten by the acting bug and was confused for awhile, thinking he was deniro or something. this reaction persisted and he subsequently matriculated to the theatre school at depaul university ultimately earning a BFA in acting.
the first class on the very first day of college was, drum roll plz, YOGA! and he hated it. well, actually, the reaction was a bit more mixed than that. perhaps the challenges were a bit too intense for him at the time. but the seed was planted.
after graduating from school, dan moved to santa monica californina with his then girlfriend, now wife, lesley. it wasn’t but a few weeks into residing oceanside that dan discovered bryan kest’s poweryoga class. it was what he likes to call a lifequake. bryan’s intense style of vinyasa yoga freaking blew his mind.
four beautiful daughters and 10,000 hugs later, dan realized that teaching yoga would effing rock! which brings us to today.
music swells as lights dim.
lights up on a yoga class where people are having a blast getting stronger, healthier and dare i say, happier?
join him in writing the next chapter in this journey… get your butt to class!
I was born and raised a midwestern girl from Indiana and moved to the City of Angels after graduating college. Dance brought me to yoga but I never dreamed it would set me on what is now a life long journey to learn and share all that I can.
I began practicing yoga over 5 years ago when I found a kind of peace and joy that brought me back to the mat over and over again. Asana and meditation became a constant source of regeneration and personal growth for me over the years and my practice became a bigger and bigger part of my life until it became clear to me that I needed explore it on a deeper level and share my experiences with others. So here I am on this life long journey of exploration, self study, and the constant devotion to learning and sharing.
The class will be both challenging and nurturing, encouraging students to find there edge while always listening to their body and cultivating acceptance and love in each and every moment. I would like to facilitate and create an environment where people can come to challenge themselves, learn about themselves, and experience the communal energy of being a part of something that is perhaps greater than the sum of it’s parts. All levels welcome. Bangarang!
Practicing yoga helps to bring me into a vibrational wave of free flowing joy, fun loving exhilaration and delicious excitement for life…
I consider teaching yoga as part of my yoga practice where I serve and share the yoga experience with you!! I consider all people and animals my sisters and brothers, we are all one, and our true deepest energy is love. Love is our highest vibration and when you’re in love with life you can’t help but be joyous and happy.
We are always transforming and transcending throughout life and continue to evolve as human beings. Yoga is an amazing tool to help bring light intoevery new second of our amazing existence on this planet. See you on the mat!
Kyoko Iwama is a wonderfully talented Yoga teacher who is rapidly amassing a rabid fan base in Santa Monica.
Kyoko obtained a 4 year university degree in Nutrition and Dietician Studies at Heian College in Kyoto, Japan. (2003 – 2007).
She also studied and graduated in Swimming Instruction.
Kyoko moved from Japan to the United States to further her education, studying both Yoga and English.
Since graduating from the Yoga Alliance, Kyoko has been teaching several classes a week since January 2013 at the Santa Monica YMCA.( Sometimes she teaches several classes per day.)
She continues to sharpen her skills and expand her Yogic Knowledge by taking several classes a week, and is enrolled at the Iyengar Yoga Institute and also at Santa Monica College.
Thanks to her deep knowledge of the human body, and her desire and love to spread the joy of Yoga to the masses, it’s no surprise that Kyoko is a fast rising star in the Yoga world.
Should any student wish to take private classes by donation, Kyoko is very happy to provide instruction.
She can teach in both English or Japanese.
Kyoko teaches yoga every Monday night from 8 pm to 9.30 pm at :
Santa Monica Power Yoga
1410 2nd Street, Studio B
Classes are by donation only and no amount is too small.
Please visit her website www.yogabykyoko.com
Michelle is known for her strong, creative yoga flow sequences, dynamic breath-work and powerfully inspiring backdrops of music. Approaching instruction with a deep spiritual reverence for the sacredness of yoga coupled with a joyous playful sense of humor, Michelle’s classes offer a safe, nurturing and challenging environment for students to come and explore their mental and physical boundaries. Michelle has studied with many inspiring teachers, among them Max Strom, Erich Schiffman, Bryan Kest, Matthew Cohen and Claire Hartley.
Molly grew up on the East Coast with a background in gymnastics and dance. Molly’s yogic journey took her to India where she trained with Swami Santhiprasad. There she learned various forms of yoga, but most importantly, how to live a meditative, yogic lifestyle. Her goal is to carry the torch, exemplifying this way of life through her practice each and every day.
I love yoga. I teach a power-vinyasa flow class with emphasis on alignment and breath, with variations for students at all levels. During the class, we work on mindfulness as well as physical asana. I play uplifing music and keep the class fun and challenging. Yoga has improved every aspect of my life, and it has helped me overcome issues with depression and anxiety. Being more awake is a gift that this practice gives us, and I try to pass on all I have learned along my path to my students.
I got my 200 hr. certification at YogaWorks, under senior trainers David Kim and Jesse Schein. I have been a student at Power Yoga for 6 years, studying mostly with Vytas and Rudy. This studio is an amazing place, and I am so honored to be teaching here.
Thanks Vytas, Rudy, Travis, Bryan, Vinnie, Jesse, David, and a special thanks to my main mentor Sara Ivanhoe. I am constantly inspired and humbled by all of you.
Keep doing yoga. Get out of your own way. Enjoy life. Smile. Breathe.
My students are indeed YogaWarriors and I am honored and blessed to be able to lead them in their practice when they choose to study with me. I coined the name “Yoga Warriors” as a basis to the philosophy I try to practice in my day to day life and in the teaching of my classes. As with all great warrior traditions from the Samurai, to the Sioux, to the mythical Amazon women warriors, we also have a cause. Ours is the great battle for the liberation of our minds. A victory in this battle must be assured if we are to obtain our goals of a liberated mind and a disease and stress free body. However, to achieve this goal will take a bit of suffering (tapas) and perhaps many years (even lives) of a consistent, dedicated, and pious practice. Or as written in the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, “Success in yoga follows he who practices, not he who practices not.”
As Yoga Warriors on our journey we will undoubtedly cross paths with many formidable enemies that must be eradicated. These obstacles include a sick and weak body, a weak and distracted mind, a lack of discipline and enthusiasm, self defeating doubts and fears, laziness, ignorance, cowardice, envy, greed, jealously, desire, aversion, attachment, perhaps an overindulgent diet and lifestyle, expectations rooted in ego. These are just a few of the enemies of your practice that lay in wait for you. (And all of these are just for the experienced yogis, Lord help the beginners!) Fear not Yogis, for as a warrior tempers his steel we can also strengthen ourselves for this struggle. Our minds and bodies are our weapons and just as a sword is thrust into the fire and heated for shaping and strengthening we also can use our breath to stoke the furnace that heats, shapes, and strengthens our bodies. We can use the anvil of our Asanas and the hammer of our will to defeat and eradicate these enemies while purifying and cleansing our minds and bodies. However, that’s just the beginning. Afterwards, meditation waits.
Born and raised in England, I started travelling at an early age. My Yoga journey began in a temple in Northern Thailand studying Vipassana Meditation. The peace and calm I experienced by simply observing my breath was life changing.
Soon afterwards I went to my first Power Yoga class with Bryan Kest. Through all of the sweating and struggling and trying to stay focused on my breath, I walked out of there feeling the same sense of peace and calm, but also really
energized. I couldn’t wait to go back to another class and before long I was practicing every day, feeling healthier and stronger than I’d ever felt before. I wanted to go deeper into the practice so I decided to go to India. I spent a year studying the many layers of Yoga including Asana, Pranayama and Meditation.
Over the years I have spent many hours in Meditation, and many hours on my yoga mat, and to me they are one and the same…being in the present moment. Every time we get on our mat it is an opportunity to be present… to stop dwelling on the past or worrying about a future that hasn’t happened. It is an opportunity to take care of ourselves physically, emotionally and spiritually. I teach a physically demanding class, but I will remind you, and encourage you to be gentle, and to stay connected to your breath throughout… so you walk out feeling calmer, healthier and stronger than when you walked in!
I love yoga! I love how strong and supple the body gets, how calm and centered the mind becomes and the inner peace and awareness that develops from a continued practice. I look at yoga as a moving meditation…quieting the mind while enlivening every muscle and cell in the body. Flowing through the asanas helps us to flow gracefully through the changes in life. Finding our physical and mental edge, we build strength, stamina and endurance. Linking our breath, body and mind helps us remain calm in challenging situations. How we learn to practice yoga carries through to how we operate in our daily lives.
In yoga, we practice becoming more aware of our breath, our bodies, our thoughts, our patterns, ourselves. When our awareness of ourselves deepens, we become more finely attuned to the world around us. We raise our level of consciousness. We learn not to judge, not to compete, not to criticize, to be less bound by our egos. We begin to accept ourselves and others, become better people, more at ease, more peaceful, more powerful, more loving, more compassionate, more present in every moment.
As a native Los Angeleno, I have had the privilege of practicing yoga with Bryan Kest, as well as many other talented teachers for almost 20 years. In my classes, I draw on my wide range of experiences. I teach with love and compassion, anchored with breath, focus and detailed attention to alignment. Expect to challenge yourself, take care of yourself, deepen your practice, and have some fun along the way. Then observe the ripple effect it all has…
Travis began teaching yoga to people all over the world while in Thailand. It was there that he committed his life to the yogic arts. His class is meditative, dynamic, and transforming and will keep you physically resilient, mentally sharp, emotionally balanced, and spiritually charged!! In addition to teaching yoga Travis leads kirtan (devotional chanting).
In 2008 he released his first DVD Yoga Basics and in 2010 his 2nd DVD Yoga Evolution-India became available through major suppliers across North America. Also, he has developed LIVE HD yoga classes to bring a global audience right into the middle of all the action via the internet. He is on the faculty of Kripalu, one of the nation’s premiere yoga institutions and leads yoga retreats and teaches locally and internationally in places like Thailand, Bali, and India.
In addition to instructing at Power Yoga, Travis also teaches at Equinox Fitness also in Santa Monica, CA.
Yoga is a discipline, or even a lifestyle that can, depending upon the desire of the practitioner, combine physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual experiences. A Yoga class is time spent to foster and cultivate a balanced and harmonious relationship of the mind/body. Its simple in nature- use the breath to move with intention. In my classes, I guide you to breathe, exercise, relax, enjoy and meditate with a group of people in the fashion and to the degree that suits you on that given day. I encourage my students to flirt with, but respect their boundaries to facilitate a self-awareness through an Asana practice and, as I can share from my direct experiences, to know that even our injuries can be our best teachers. I began studying the philosophy of Yoga during a college Anthropology course and while still living in my native NYC- I walked into my first Asana class. When I Landed in LA, I went to Bryan’s class and have since appreciated having Power Yoga as a beautiful space to practice. I am grateful to have participated in trainings, retreats and workshops with incredible instructors, mostly from the Santa Monica yoga community and with amazing Yogis all over the world. While the majority of my professional experience has been working with youth in urban settings, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the seven years I spent working in Watts and the impression the people of that community has left on me! It is my goal to replicate that experience, especially the love, trust and gratitude from it, in my present and future endeavors. So join us in a Power Yoga class where strong poses with intense cardio activity that challenge flexibility are suggested. You can heat up the body while you cool down the mind and strengthen while you stretch. I’ll enhance the class with some music as well as some silence, so you can workout while you check-in, and sweat while you chill-out! Then watch when the true power of the class and your practice reveals itself when it transcends the mat!
“The Journey is the Destination” – Dan Eldon