Our Tribe

Alex Joy

Alex Joy

Alex Joy is a Los Angeles based yoga instructor who believes that yoga has the capacity to heal just about anyone, regardless of how they arrive on the mat. Her classes are thoughtfully sequenced with a foundation in anatomy and self-exploration, yet always leave room for playfulness. She fosters a non-dogmatic approach to both movement and stillness, providing tools and space for each student to find his or her own ideal practice. She encourages students to live in the present moment, guided by intuition and rooted in compassion. 

Growing up as a dancer, Alex always appreciated the self-expression and discipline of movement. However, in high school, complications from a peripheral neuropathy made an aggressive approach to movement unsuccessful. Heartbroken, she gave up dance and spent years searching for a new form of expression. When she discovered yoga, she was surprised that her body was receptive and the poses offered the mental freedom that dance once had. Breath work eased tension on her nerves, and practicing non-attachment taught her to seek something deeper than results. Yoga helped her let go of the fear of falling and the need to be perfect, ultimately inspiring her to support others in working through their own challenges on and off the mat. 

Alex is an RYT 500, E-RYT 200 Yoga Alliance certified teacher and has been pursuing her passion for teaching since 2011. She has completed over 1000 hours of training in yoga and related movement with incredible teachers, including Annie Carpenter (SmartFLOW® Yoga) and Liz Arch. In addition to teaching classes and private lessons, Alex leads workshops, teacher training seminars, and retreats. 

For more information on Alex, visit www.alexjoyyoga.com

Brittany Rouse

Brittany Rouse is a yoga and meditation instructor based in Redondo Beach. She takes a holistic approach to teaching, focusing on creative, intelligent sequencing while integrating pranayama, meditation, intention setting and inspiring themes. Brittany specializes in teaching physically challenging Power Vinyasa Flow classes, in addition to nourishing Restorative, Yin & Gentle Yoga practices. She also teaches Guided Visualization Meditation, Moving Meditation, Body Scan Meditation & Pranayama techniques. Her intention, as an instructor, is to guide her students through safe and fun alignment-based classes with the intention of cultivating peace, happiness and balance. We all have a beautiful light within us – Brittany strives to share her light with the world and encourages others to do the same.

https://beautifullyawakening.com/

Charley Alexandria

Charley Alexandria, a Los Angeles native, received her 200 HR YTT certificate in 2016 under the guidance of Ella Cojocaru. She has been a student of yoga since 2009 when she took her first Iyengar class at Los Angeles Valley College. Since the start of her journey, she has credited yoga with elevating her life through the strength, flexibility and discipline learned from consistent practice. Charley is currently studying Yoga Therapy at Loyola Marymount University and Somatic Psychology at Antioch University. She offers guidance through the practice of Yin, Restorative, Gentle and Kundalini yoga infused with pranayama and meditation.

Chelsea Rothert

Chelsea Rothert is a DONA certified Birth Doula, Childbirth Educator and Yoga Teacher who specializes in Pre/Postnatal and Fertility Yoga.

Combining her calming breath oriented yoga background with her passion for empowering women throughout their pregnancies and deliveries is what makes her a strong co-partner for birth and education.

She has well over 500+ hours of training with The Mukti School of Yoga. In 2010 she completed Gurmukh’s Prenatal Khalsa Way Program and Yoga Works Postnatal and Baby & Me certifications. She also co-created Mukti Yoga School’s very own 100 Hour Pre/Postnatal Yoga Teacher training.

Her yoga classes offer a safe space to strengthen, lengthen and prepare the body and mind for birth. She believes that a regular yoga practice will teach women the tools they need to breath and honor movement; ultimately allowing them to become more in tune with the natural process of labor itself. Her knowledge as a birth doula really brings a new dynamic to her yoga classes.

Currently residing in Manhattan Beach, California, she offers weekly prenatal & postnatal classes and private lessons.
Also available are her Childbirth Education and Doula Services.

https://empowered-pregnancy.com/

Denise Antoine

Denise grew up in south central L.A. Her natural talent of movement manifested through classical dance. Early on, her identify became greatly associated with this art form. Dance became her deepest expression of self and her perceived lifeline out of an impoverished and marginalized circumstance. To Denise, dance wasn’t just a potential career path, it became her savior.

Through a few unexpected twists and turns of life, including physical and emotional traumas, she lost hope, faith and eventually, her adapted identity of dance.

She existed with a broken heart and devised a plan to use romantic relationships as her new vice. Her substitute for self love became the elusive pursuit of "Happily Ever After."

Spoiler alert...that didn't work out either. Years and many emotional casualties later, she was ready to seek the truth of who she is and what she's purposed to do.

Her practice had been beckoning her for years and she was ready to listen. She completed an internship with a local church, became a children's pastor, worked as a sex industry outreach leader and obtained her 200HR Yoga (Holistic Yoga Flow) and Trauma Informed Yoga (Uprising Yoga) Certifications.

Denise invites her students to rest in the truth who they are - A unique being who is Loved, Valued and Purposed.

"Rest in the truth of who you are lovelies, love. And you are enough!"

Denise Marie Antoine

Devorah Kosman

As a native of Santa Monica, California, I grew up in a large family just a mile from the beach. In a household of 9 brothers and sisters, I strived to find balance amidst all the chaos of living so closely with so many people under one roof. At the age of 18, I discovered the practice of yoga and immediately connected to the serenity and peacefulness of the practice. Through synchronicity of breath and flow movement in the vinyassa style, I found a deep sense of peace and freedom to express my unique individuality. My mission as a teacher is to help every type of person harness his or her own strength and unique ability. The focus of my lessons is to find levity and joy while staying grounded and aligned. My teaching style incorporates music, advanced stretching, and a sensitivity to students of all levels. By using sequences of traditional Sun Salutations combined with standing postures and engaging of breath in sync with movement, I will challenge students to flow to their edge and always modify to how they feel on that particular day. I am happy to check in and make personal adjustments to ensure that each student has the best possible experience in their own practice.

Elizabeth Flynn

Elizabeth is a LA based yoga teacher, mindfulness coach and new mama to Earth. Originally from the UK, Elizabeth discovered yoga on a freezing winter whilst living in Paris. Her yoga journey took her to Thailand, India and Iceland before she found her way to LA in 2013. Elizabeth enjoys using yoga as a tool for creative expression, healing and liberation. Recently Elizabeth founded www.wildwmn.com and is combining her love for creativity, yoga and motherhood to empower women in all stages of living through the WILD WMN podcast, collaborations, events and classes.

Grace Lorenzo

Grace is a Yoga Alliance certified instructor (RYT-500) who came to yoga over 10 years ago. She took up the practice to shake up her exercise routine, but it wouldn't be until years later that she realized the emotional impact it would have on her life. As her practice developed she embraced yoga as a way to ground and self-regulate while dealing with unresolved trauma. She has studied under the guidance of influential teachers, including Mia Togo, Lisa Walford & Hala Khouri. She continues her education through workshops & trainings, just recently completing coursework in teaching Trauma-Informed Yoga. Grace teaches Vinyasa Flow, linking breath with movement and a dash of humor. Through smart sequencing she guides her students to find their own full expression of their practice.

A UCI grad, Grace lives in Los Angeles where she actively seeks out dogs to pet.

Greta Recinto

Greta grew up an active girl playing team sports; basketball, volleyball, track and tennis. She went through knee surgeries which led to her first yoga class in Houston, TX. But, it was a life changing move to Southern California where she found a deep connection to the practice of yoga.

In 2010, Greta started her yoga teaching journey and became a certified instructor. She quickly felt the benefits of aligning the mind with the breath and body. Yoga has been instrumental with helping her harness the power to stay grounded and uplifted while using the body and mind to understand emotional and physical awareness as a tool towards happiness.

Practicing yoga has given her the wonderful gift of healing from trauma and loss. Greta learns and teaches through yoga to trust in transformation, change and purpose without settling with the easy security blankets of life.

Greta guides with knowledge, passion and dedication in leading Power Flow, Vinyasa Yoga, Yin Yoga, Meditation and private classes in the Los Angeles area.

Greta’s enthusiastic spirit enhances the amazing experience of learning the craft of yoga, and adds a little light into every day.

Hannah Dawe

Hannah Claire Dawe was raised in Laguna Beach, California where she began her dance training at age five. She discovered her love for movement and pursued dance and soccer through high school. In 2012 she completed the renowned 200 hour teacher training program at Yogaworks and is thrilled to be sharing her passion as both a private and group instructor throughout Orange County and Los Angeles. Hannah graduated with honors from Loyola Marymount University’s School of Communication and Fine Arts and has continued her studies at LMU with a Masters degree in Yoga Studies.

Kristy Kelsey

Kristy has been practicing yoga for more than half of her life and began teaching yoga in 2009. She grew up in Hermosa Beach and draws inspiration from her background as an elite dancer. Having completed over 1,000 hours of yoga teacher training under Julie Rader, she specializes in creative sequencing, safe alignment and the breath and body connection. Kristy believes that time on the mat is a form of personal therapy. No matter what is going on in life, when you step onto the mat and tune into your breath, a sense of peace and calm can be achieved. Teaching primarily vinyasa flow classes, Kristy has advanced training in alignment, anatomy, prenatal yoga, yin yoga, therapeutic yoga, meditation and chakra balancing. She is an international traveler, an avid reader, and leads yearly teacher trainings for students who want to become yoga teachers and for students who just want to deepen their yoga practice. For more information on her trainings and retreats, visit her website at www.kristysyoga.com

Laurel Erilane

Laurel grew up as a competitive athlete who constantly pushed her body to its limit. She first discovered yoga in her adolescence as an alternative therapy when several injuries prevented her from playing with such intensity. Laurel completed her teacher training E-RYT 500 training in 2007-09 and continues to educate herself through trainings and workshops to stay inspired. She has been practicing consistently for over half her life and brings an in-depth knowledge of anatomy and kinesiology into her intelligent sequencing. Her teaching style emphasizes proper anatomical alignment through both classical and modern variations, incorporating the union of breath and fluid movement with deep dynamic stretches and guided meditation.

As every day presents new challenges, we must first do the work on ourselves in order to uplift others around us. Laurel believes every time you step on the mat is an opportunity to deepen your sense of self, and learn more about finding your own personal peace. She is a peaceful warrior on a mission to celebrate and appreciate creativity through her passion for mindful living. Laurel recognizes the yogic journey as a life-long practice, which has guided her to travel, live, co-create, and teach internationally. In addition to teaching yoga, she is also an inspired communicator, graphic artist, event producer, entrepreneur and world adventurer. For more information about her teaching, community events, private instruction, and international retreats visit her website, yoginilaurel.com

Shawna Barr

Shawna grew up in sunny Southern California, and after discovering yoga, started practicing more regularly as a way to unwind from a high-stress job. Through experiencing the beneficial effects of a regular yoga practice, she was inspired to learn more about living a healthy lifestyle and building on the mind-body connection.

She obtained a certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition in 2014 and completed her 200-hr Holistic Yoga Flow training under Travis Eliot and Lauren Eckstrom, deepening her passion for wellness and movement. She has also studied under Sesa O’Connor and Chelsea Rothert, and her training includes vinyasa yoga, power yoga, postnatal and mommy & me yoga.

Shawna appreciates the sense of grounding, release, and self-exploration that yoga brings, and shares these aspects with her students. She truly loves teaching and inspiring the practice of yoga. As a mother, Shawna finds joy in practicing with her little yogi and enjoys exploring the parent-baby bond in her classes.

Instagram: @shawna.barr