Yoga Instructor Claremont, CA


Alan Alcid ______

Yoga Instructor Claremont

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. I first unrolled my mat in 2007 and, in that moment, the course of my life was changed for the better. The practice and philosophy of yoga resonated immediately. With regular practice and study, it is woven into the fiber of my daily life. I have practiced Hot/Bikram Yoga for about 6 years now and have built a solid foundation of yoga postures through Tony Sanchez Training. I’m Core 26 and Core 40 certified instructor using the Bishnu Ghosh Lineage. I recently trained with Tymi Howard in Vinyasa and Yin Yoga. My practice has been influenced by Kia Miller, Shiva Rae, Dharma Mitra, David Saul Raye and great artists like Krishna Das, MC Yogi, Jai Uttal, Jaya Lakshmi, Ananda, and Johanna Beekman. I’ve been involved and participated in Yoga Festivals such as, Sedona Yoga Festival, ShaktiFest, BhaktiFest and Telluride Yoga Festival and others. I’m currently finishing up an Ayurveda certification under Mas Vidal (Dancing Shiva). Peace and love, Alan

Bianca Whaley ______

Bianca Whaley Yoga Instructor

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.

Brie Ochoa ______

Brie Ochoa Yoga Instructor

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 May (Kartar Kaur) ______

Karen May Yoga Instructor

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 Mathews ______

Monica Matthews Yoga Instructor

I am a registered EYRT 500 Yoga Instructor, receiving my first 200 hours of teacher training with Yoga Works. I also provide continuing education credits (YACEP) for Yin, Myofascial release and other specialties. I am also a certified aerobics and step instructor with AFAA, and personal trainer. Located in Southern California, I am the Lead Instructor for Teacher Training courses at the Yoga Unit, Claremont. I am an adjunct professor for the University of La Verne. I specialize in yoga for seniors and modifications for special populations. My published yoga practice manual “Yoga Wherever You Are” and companion DVD is available on my website: I am a certified Myofascial release practitioner with Erik Dalton. With 35 years’ experience teaching, I continue 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. I am committed to advancement of holistic health in the general population. Through my classes and workshops, I promote optimal health through the combination of practical, scientific, and yogic principles.

Sherylle White ______

Sherylle Tan White Yoga Instructor

I began her yoga journey in 2001 where I found much needed sense of peace and harmony in an often chaotic and stressful world. Quickly I 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. I decided to deepen her yoga practice by completing The Yoga Unit’s first teacher training. I then began sharing my love and appreciation of yoga with my students as a RYT 200 Yoga Instructor in 2014. My passion to teach yoga stems from my belief that yoga is for everyone. I share the beauty and benefits of yoga with others so that they can find balance and health through their own yoga practice. I teach restorative, yin, and vinyasa yoga for The Yoga Unit and Pitzer College. Sherylle also has a Ph.D. in psychology and my “day job” is as a research director at Claremont McKenna College where I do research and writes about women and leadership.

Yvette Baker______

Yvette Baker Yoga Instructor

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.

Joel ______

Joel Yoga Instructor

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 Armbruster______

Nora Armbruster Yoga Instructor

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.

Anna Gallahan______

Anna Gallahan Yoga Instructor

I have practiced yoga for over 10 years, beginning with Monica Mathews way back in the LA Fitness days. In 2017, after several years of toying with the idea of teaching, I decided to take the plunge into Teacher Training. Graduating in 2017 with my 200 hour Vinyasa certification through Monica and the Yoga Unit, I am now a Yoga Alliance certified Vinyasa instructor. Since graduation I have been teaching Vinyasa, Restorative and Flow classes for the Yoga Unit. In my own practice, I gravitate toward a challenging power vinyasa that includes inversions and balance postures. My teaching style is a bit more mellow and grounded. My Flow and Restore class melds a moderately challenging flow with an extended, relaxing restorative cool down. You can also find me subbing a variety of other classes including: Vinyasa, Mindful Flow and Restorative.

Diane Flowers______

Diane Flowers Yoga Instructor

After 25 years, I left full-time work in 2014 and haven’t looked back. I’ve always lived an active lifestyle and found movement is healing and necessary daily. After careers that required being physically fit and active daily, she found it hard to slow down: in stepped yoga.I had practiced yoga in support of my other activities for several years and now find yoga as a great means of transitioning to a new lifestyle. In 2016, I furthered my practice, completing my 200hr Teaching Training with Monica Mathews. My love of yoga brings depth to my life. It is very enjoyable seeing how yoga changes people’s lives for the better. I’m also a US Army veteran and completed the Warriors at Ease Level 1 Certification which focuses on yoga and meditation to support the health and healing of service members, veterans and their families. In 2018, 3 wonderful women partners and myself founded the non-profit Humble Warrior Wellness & Yoga, Inc which provides Wellness and Yoga Retreats for women veterans. Women Serving Women Who Served.

Erica Espitia______

Erica Espitia Yoga Instructor

Over a decade ago I was introduced to in my first year of college. It has helped me grow stronger, more flexible and fearless, both on and off the mat. Yoga inspires me to live each day serving others. I completed myr 200 RYT hot vinyasa certification with Core Power Yoga in 2013 and have been sharing the practice with others ever since. An interest in Ayurveda, the sister science of life, led me on a path of self-study and a health transformation. I continue to incorporate Ayurveda, nutrition and exercise into my daily life. Understanding that yoga is much more than a physical practice, I became a certified power, yin, restorative, prenatal, and chair yoga instructor. I have also completed a certification from Loyola Marymount with a focus in yoga, mindfulness and social change. When not in the studio, I may be enjoying a cup of tea, a new book, or enjoying true connectedness with nature on a hike. In my classes you will experience mindfulness and modifications to honor your body as it is. It brings me joy to serve others by providing a safe space where breath and movement are used to create balance and restoration.

Jorgelina Chaig______

Jorgelina Chaig Yoga Instructor

I began my yoga journey in 2004 after the birth of my second daughter. Having always been athletic, and active, I felt I needed something else, which led me to yoga. The first time I took a yoga class I had an internal shift, everything changed, filling my heart with joy. I knew I had found my calling. My goal is to bring that transformation and illumination to my students. A true believer that yoga is “an internal approach”, bringing together the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. I completed my 200 hour Holistic Yoga Flow training with Travis Eliot, and faculty at Kripalu Institute and Daniel Head Instructor and owner of The Yoga Room Redlands. I am a Yoga Alliance registered RYT 200, Certified Yin with Travis Eliot, Yoga medicine 500 in progress with Tiffany Cruikshank, and a Reiki practitioner trained by Christie M. Smirl. I continue my education through attending and completing related workshops such as primal movements, yoga for arthritis, and intro to Ayurvedic as well as training with renowned teachers such as, Kino McGregor, Tiffany Cruikshank Yoga Medicine, Brian Kest, Deepak Chopra, and Dalai Lama.

Kelly Pellizon______

Kelly Pellizon Yoga Instructor

I am a 200 hour Vinyasa Flow certified yoga teacher. I also have a 100 hour Yin yoga certification. My training was completed with Monica Mathews right here at The Yoga Unit. I began taking yoga as a way to relieve anxiety and stress and became hooked when I participated in a 30 day challenge. That deepened my practice and changed my mindset about yoga. Realizing that some of the poses that seemed too advanced could become accessible through patience, proper progression and practice. Changing my mindset to “why not me” enabled me to enjoy practicing in a whole new way. My favorite classes are flow with challenging poses, but I also love a Yin class and soaking poses. Watching and assisting a student try something new and see their surprise at with what they are capable of, is one of my favorite things about teaching.

Michael Llanera______

Michael Llanera Yoga Instructor

I am a graduate from our very own 200- Hour Teacher Training Program and have additional trainings in Yin Yoga and Wanderlust-Style Vinyasa. I teach Kula-inspired Flow classes. I focus on alignment, with creative and efficient sequencing. I aim to inspire creativity in your own practice by using props in a variety of unique and effective ways. I am invested in being a devoted and ever-evolving student of the practice. I love to study and introduce different influences in class and personalize the practice with Taoism, Sacred Geometry and Universal Magic. Come with an open heart and a willingness to explore and reformat old patterns in the body, and leave feeling reinvigorated.

Shay Domer______

Shay Domer Yoga Instructor

I am a 200hr certified yoga instructor. I was trained in Ashtanga Yoga but have a background and love for Vinyasa and Restorative practices. All people can do yoga, because breath is the key component in yoga. I am passionate about bringing yoga and its restoration to all walks of life, no matter how young or old. Showing up on your mat allows not only for transformation in your yoga practice but throughout your life; allowing you to become more mindful and in tune with yourself and your surroundings. Off the mat, I am a middle school teacher and absolutely loves kids. At The Yoga Unit, I teach our kids yoga class and love teaching our students to become more mindful early on in life.

Tonya Morton ______

Tonya Morton Yoga Instructor

I am a 200 hour certified yoga instructor that earned my Yoga Alliance certification hours from Monica Mathews at The Yoga Unit. I am also a certified Lotte Berk Method barre instructor. I have been practicing yoga for over 15 years and have a love for all things fitness. My love for fitness started at an early age and I thrive on activity that is fun, challenging and fulfilling. In addition to yoga, I also have a passion for weight training, hiking and any activity that will push my limits. When I am not in the studio, I am keeping my 3 energetic bulldog pups in shape with daily walks and hikes. I’ve created a Barre Fusion Yoga Flow and also teach Vinyasa Flow. Come prepared to break a sweat and have fun in the process!