Our Yogi Tribe

Ahmed Elaasar

Ahmed developed his love and passion for yoga while reconnecting to his roots on a trip to Cairo, Egypt. It was the challenging physical practice that first attracted him to yoga; yet it was amidst the noise and chaos of Cairo where Ahmed fell in love with yoga as each guiding breath helped center him and calm his mind.

Living an active lifestyle has resulted in some nagging injuries such as tennis elbow and an inflamed Achilles tendon. Ahmed discovered that his yoga practice doubled as physical therapy and helped speed his recovery. The flexibility and strength gains helped reduce injuries as he worked sports back into his daily life.

In Ahmed’s Yin Yoga class you will increase your range of motion, calm your mind and heal your body, as you balance out your active yang pursuits. In his Vinyasa Flow and Power Yoga classes, you will build strength, improve your balance, focus and flexibility while having a few laughs along the way. Ahmed’s classes are open to beginners, athletes, executives and anyone who is curious about yoga.

Brit Rose

With 10+ years of deep study & practice within the yoga community, Brittney felt it was time to put her focus entirely on teaching in 2016. Only then did she realize that to be a teacher, you will forever be a student and yoga is a learning experience that can last a life time. Brittney believes that by cultivating a sense of awareness through breath & physical movement, self love is inevitable. She is inspired by her students' willingness to show up and allow their ever changing nature to be revealed. With a focus on alignment and mind body connection, you will leave her class feeling balanced, revitalized & inspired.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Jamie Wirht

Jamie is a Yoga Alliance certified instructor based in Venice, CA. She loves to create and hold space for others to learn, grow, and transform. Jamie encourages students to find strength through their untapped potential while being compassionate and accepting of the growth process. Her classes are centered around the breath, connection, quieting the mind, and learning what you are truly capable of. She uses flows to get the energy moving, and to get you out of your head and into your body.

After leaving a career in the fashion industry to follow her dream of empowering and healing others, Jamie completed a 200-hour Holistic Yoga Flow training under Travis Eliot and Lauren Eckstrom.

Jamie is also a Life Coach and has a certificate in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica. She has a passion for helping others and volunteers as a Love4Life teacher, a program that teaches mindfulness to teens.

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Kelly Merydith

Kelly has been practicing yoga on and off since 2004, and began practicing regularly in 2008 when she had an internship at a financial company in downtown Chicago. During lunch and after work, she took yoga classes and discovered that yoga was a way to reduce stress and find mental clarity. While earning her degree in Finance and Marketing at Northeastern University, she realized she wanted to make a career out of sharing yoga.

In 2010, Kelly completed the 200-hour Teacher Training with YogaWorks in Santa Monica, CA with Kia Miller and Sonya Cottle. In 2012 she completed Moksha's 500-hr training program. Through yoga Kelly discovered her true passion - sharing the joy and practice of yoga with others.

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

Valerie Vieira

Born and raised in New York City, Valerie moved to Los Angeles in 2014 to pursue a career in Media Technology. Her interest in health and wellness lead her to yoga, which soon turned into a passion and a calling. Val fell in love with a little boutique yoga studio called Yoga Vista and started practicing there regularly. And in 2017 she completed her 200-hr yoga teacher training through YogaWorks. When Yoga Vista changed ownership in 2017 and became Mind Body & Soul, Val jumped on the opportunity to become part of the yogi tribe. She currently teaches the Beginner Yoga class every Sunday at 11am and the Vinyasa Flow class every Sunday at 4:30pm.