Yoga Instructor Claremont, CA


Sarah Sawyer ______

Sarah Sawyer Yoga Instructor Claremont

Growing up, much of my life centered around sports and competition: gymnastics, dance, collegiate cheerleading, running, and weight training.  After college, my sports activities had ended, and I began searching for a new venture where I could focus my interests, hoping to sustain my strength and flexibility.  I took a studio yoga class in 2005 and found yoga to be more than an activity but a life-long passion that has provided support through life’s struggles and successes. I completed my 200-hour vinyasa instructor certification and 100-hour yin certification through the Yoga Unit’s Teacher Training with Monica Mathews. Over a span of 14 years, I have explored various yoga traditions (Iyengar, Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Power, Fertility, Prenatal, Yin, Restorative, and Kundalini) and have discovered that yoga can benefit anyone at any time in life.  My perspective is there is a yoga style uniquely suited for each individual, and as one’s life evolves so may one’s preferred and needed yoga style. Each day of your life can be fed, guided, healed or driven by a different type of yoga, and is one of its beauties. My yoga practice has changed my life profoundly, and I want to support you through your own personal yoga journey. I hope to see you in a class soon! Namaste.

Amy Reilly ______

Amy Reilly Yoga Instructor Claremont

Since completing the Yoga Unit’s Teacher Training Program with Monica Mathews in 2018, I am so happy to be a Yoga Alliance 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher, and to share my love of the practice. My first yoga class was with Monica in early 2012. Back then I knew yoga was a great form of exercise and stress relief but quickly realized that there are numerous benefits to the practice. One of the many unexpected rewards is an increased ability to focus during my day-to-day tasks. I grew up studying advanced ballet technique, and approach yoga with a dancer’s mindset. I believe that proper and safe body alignment is the foundation of the asanas, and the rest is the icing on the cake. I love all genres of music and enjoy curating playlists to inspire our students. Hit me up, if you have a song request! I look forward to seeing you in class.

Lisa Hof ______

Lisa Hoff Yoga Instructor Claremont

I started practicing yoga over 15 years ago. After years of a strong home practice and attending a variety of classes, in 2012 I attended my Hatha Yoga teacher training from Saint Louis Yoga source. I recently moved from Saint Louis, Missouri, where I taught yoga and worked in a gymnastics center. I like teaching my students that through their breath they can find the balance between effort and ease. I love the exploration of new and challenging poses. I feel grateful to be in Southern California and part of the Yoga Unit Community.

Karen Sanders______

Bianca Whaley Yoga Instructor

Karen began practicing yoga in 1998, a few months after her first child was born. She realized that her body wasn't quite ready to get back to the workouts she had done before pregnancy, so she tried something new: yoga. She found that it not only restored her body, but taught her to center her mind. Yoga gave her the tools to keep her balanced while juggling all the challenges of career and family life. She wanted to share this with others and began teaching yoga in 2004. She works with her husband who is a chiropractor and she passes the knowledge she's gained from yoga to their patients to inform them about posture, core strength, stretching, and stress management. Her yoga classes are heavily influenced by the common physical problems she sees in people every day. These conditions are mostly caused by overuse of muscles in work and exercise, lack of movement, poor posture and stress. In her classes she seeks to undo what's been done to the body during the day and create awareness of the little things that we do that may cause harm or discomfort to all of our many body parts. Karen's goal in teaching is for her students to take their yoga practice and carry it with them throughout the rest of the day for the health and happiness of their mind and body.

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.

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.

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.

Alan Alcid ______

Yoga Instructor Claremont

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.”

Yvette Baker______

Sherylle Tan White 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.

Monica Mathews ______

Monica Matthews Yoga Instructor

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.

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.

Deb Salari ______

Deb Salari Yoga Instructor