Alan loves yoga for who it has helped him become and for how it has transformed others. For a long time, he just dabbled in yoga and would fit it in where he could, given a super busy schedule as a professional photographer, web programmer and a family man. He first unrolled his mat in 2007 and, in that moment, the course of his life was changed for the better. The practice and philosophy of yoga resonated immediately and, with regular practice and study, has been woven into the fiber of his day to day life. Now, because of his daily practice, Alan is a stronger, better, truer person in both subtle and obvious ways. These impacts compelled him to share the practice and become an instructor. As an avid yoga practitioner and teacher at work, Alan strives to create an open and safe environment in which new and experienced students can comfortably practice. He has been practicing Hot/Bikram Yoga for about 6 years now and has been in yoga training for about 3 years, getting versed in Hatha and Hot Yoga using the Bishnu Ghosh Lineage. Alan has built an expertise in yoga postures through Tony Sanchez Training using the Bishnu Ghosh Lineage. This art has helped him stay fit and healthy. Alan is now a Core 26 and Core 40 instructor, a yoga method derived from the Bishnu Ghosh Lineage and Tony Sanchez. “Thank you to all for your love, patience, and support. I look forward to being of service to each one of you in the future! Peace and Love, Alan.”
Bianca is a 200hr certified yoga instructor. She was trained in Vinyasa Flow by Katie Brauer and Danny Arguetty in San Diego, CA. Bianca is extremely passionate about yoga and she believes if you can breathe, then you can do yoga! She sees yoga as a beautiful practice that helps people become in tune with their bodies which helps them become more aware and mindful on and off that mat. Bianca offers a unique experience in her classes paired with dynamic sequencing that nourishes people’s being. She helps people make that leap from thinking about what they are doing in their practice to feeling what they are doing.
Elana was a 16 year old rebel who needed a change of direction from the path she was on. Due to universal chance and guidance from her Mother and loved ones she was given a choice of rehab or Yoga, she chose Yoga. Her first class was a power basics class at Cleveland Yoga where she instantly fell in love and never looked back. An Ohio native, she loved the hot Vinyasa classes during those cold negative degree Cleveland days where she would sweat from every inch of her physical body. She immediately ingrained yoga into her life practicing 5-6 times a week doing 90 minute hot classes, she was a Yoga addict now. From age 16-18 the practice stayed relevant in her life and continued to uncover parts of herself that she never knew existed. She found sanity, love, healing, and grounding in the practice and loved the external and internal manifestations.The second semester of her senior year, Elana decided to embark on the 200 Hour Teacher Training Program from Chagrin Yoga in Cleveland Ohio. The training further provoked her love and started her on a spiritual quest that she can now never look back on. Now a freshman at Pitzer College, age 19, she is a young but scholarly yogi who is grateful to share and further her knowledge with The Yoga Unit community. Educated in Baptiste Power Vynasa, Restorative, Slow Flow, Meditation, hands-on Assists, Pranyama, Reiki, Crystal Healing, and other energy practices that she incorporates into her classes. She emphasizes the Mind-Body connection from awareness and presence on the breath giving students an opportunity for spiritual Class Descriptionsovery and exploration. Her classes are mentally challenging but available and welcomed to all.
One of Brie's favorite quotes is, ‘If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.’ As a Group Exercise instructor and Personal Trainer, Brie's purpose is to challenge you to go farther than you think possible. She has been certified since 1996 with AFAA and challenges herself to learn and grow every day. She is committed to a healthy lifestyle through clean eating and exercise. Brie is very energetic and tends to be a bit of a perfectionist, especially with regards to proper form. She is a Libra so she finds harmony in balance. Come and join Brie for a Total Body class and see how a mix of balance, functional weight training, and fun go together. Challenge yourself!
Karen's spiritual name is Kartar Kaur, translated as "Lioness/Princess of God's deeds"- an active creative principle, applicable to her life, work and spiritual practice. She took her first Kundalini yoga class in 1987, and has been teaching since 2004 as a K.R.I. certified instructor, honoring the tradition of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan. Each class offers insight to a particular theme, connecting, the body, mind and spirit, and linking the finite with the infinite. She has taught in various states and several other countries, providing public and private classes as well as workshops on various topics related to yoga, healing, and yogic philosophy. She completed her two year certificate course in the ancient Indian healing modality called "Ayurveda", and often integrates these healing principles into classes. She enjoys dialogue with students, who have the opportunity to participate in deciding upon future class themes, depending on local, global or astrological events, physical and personal growth goals. She is committed to sharing the ancient technology- the art and the science- of Kundalini Yoga in classes designed for all levels and abilities.
Monica is a registered EYRT 500 Yoga Instructor, receiving her first 200 hrs of teacher training with Yoga Works. She is also a certified aerobics and step instructor with AFAA, and personal trainer. Located in Southern California, she is the instructor for Teacher Training courses at the Yoga Unit, teaches at The University of LaVerne, and the Pilgrim Place Retirement Community where she specializes in yoga for seniors and modifications for special populations. Monica has published a yoga practice manual “Yoga Wherever You Are” and companion DVD. With 25 years experience she continues to be inspired by workshops with gifted master teachers such as David Swenson, Shiva Rea, Sharon Gannon and David Life, Kino MacGregor, Elise Browning Miller (specializing in yoga for scoliosis) and Baron Baptiste. She is committed to advancement of holistic health in the general population. Through her classes and workshops she promotes optimal health through the combination of practical, scientific, and yogic principles.
Sherylle began her yoga journey in 2001 as a source of healing and well-being. Sherylle quickly fell in love with the practice of yoga and its holistic ability to inspire, energize, and center both the mind and body by building flexibility, balance, and strength. Sherylle deepened her yoga practice by completing The Yoga Unit’s first teacher training and began sharing her love and appreciation of yoga with her students as a RYT 200 Yoga Instructor in 2014. Her passion to teach yoga stems from her belief that yoga is for everyone. She shares the beauty and benefits of yoga with others so that they can find balance and health through their own yoga practice. Sherylle teaches restorative and vinyasa yoga for The Yoga Unit and Pitzer College. Sherylle also has a Ph.D. in psychology and she is a research director at Claremont McKenna College. Sherylle enjoys Crossfit and Stand Up Paddleboarding.
Yvette is a 200 hr registered yoga teacher. She graduated from our very own teacher training here at The Yoga Unit. Yvette comes from a background of dance and gymnastics with a passion for many styles of fitness. She has practiced yoga for many years, along with Crossfit, hiking and other outdoor activities. After some traumatic changes in her personal life, Yvette found balance, peace and healing in her own yoga practice. She felt strongly at that point that she needed to share this love with others and made the choice to get certified! Yvette is an amazing yogi, phenomenal Crossfitter and all-around sweet person. She loves a challenge of teaching a level 2 class, but also finds peace of mind in balance in a restorative Or Yin class. She is excited to be a part of The Yoga Unit family and looks forward to sharing your yoga journey with you.
Caught up in the struggle of trying to improve oneself, Kayla's first exposure to yoga in 2011 opened her eyes to the art of self-acceptance. Yoga became the grounding force that compliments her fiery east coast spirit. She sought to deepen her practice in Kaia Yoga's 200-hour Teacher Training. Outside of her YTT certification in 2013, Kayla has formally studied Buddhism as well as Anatomy and Physiology to further her holistic understanding of yoga. She also lived for five months in Nepal in 2016, immersed in the culture of Eastern philosophy to which yoga is tied. Teaching all abilities from hesitant beginners to fellow athletes to practitioners of multiple lifetimes, Kayla strives to help her students cultivate strength, contentment in self, and compassion for others. Off her mat, Kayla studies Politics and Literature at Pitzer College and competes on the Pomona-Pitzer track team.
As a public school educator for over 20 years, Joel knows the importance of creating student-centered yoga classes. Placing the needs of the student is foremost. He brings this philosophy front and center to his asanas with a focal point on technique and pumped-up motivating sequences. Joel completed his teacher training at the Yoga Unit in 2015. His yoga journey has brought him strength, fitness, vitality, health, greater spirituality, and immense joy. Now he wants to share the joy of yoga with as many people as possible.
Nora believes that yoga is not just for yogis who can do beautiful arm balances and inversions, but for every level in between. After years of cardio workouts and weightlifting, she stumbled upon a yoga class and was hooked! She loves the challenging aspects of Vinyasa flow and Ashtanga as well as the gentle poses of Restorative. Nora is a 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher (trained under Monica Mathews), an Assistant Athletic Director for a boarding school, and a Registered Athletic Administrator. She believes that yoga is a journey and the paths taken are different for each yogi. In light, in love, and in happiness…Namaste.