OUR TEAM

 

Rest assured that all of our therapists and instructors are highly experienced with advanced training. Most importantly, each team member is genuinely dedicated to your health and well being and will help encourage you to stay committed to your practice and health goals! You will be known by name, and your conditions and needs will be considered during every single session so that you get the most out of your time, money, and energy!

May Che, Yoga Therapist + Instructor, Founder

Certified Yoga Therapist +

Instructor

May Che, Founder

C-IAYT, E-RYT500

Yoga is so rich in tradition and science that I’ve spent over a decade practicing, studying, and sharing its philosophies. With a one-way ticket, I journeyed 2 years internationally through several countries including many parts of India, living and learning in ashrams and training centers. It also brought me to Thailand, Spain, and Singapore to further study and teach.

 

Because of my diverse training and integrative approach, sessions with me may incorporate conditioning exercises, assisted stretching, myofascial release through bodywork and/or therapy balls, and breathing and guided meditation to manage stress. I’ve been fortunate enough to teach in a variety of settings including private lessons, group classes, rehabilitation centers, doctor’s offices, corporate wellness seminars, university classrooms, and community centers and organizations.

 

I believe in the therapeutic benefits of yoga so much that re:YOGA Therapy + Wellness was founded. My goal is simply to never stop exploring the therapeutic effects of yoga and share what I’ve discovered along the way.

 

To learn more about me and my experiences, please visit my personal page at www.mayamindbody.com.

Certifications and trainings include: Yoga Therapy, Prime of Life Yoga (for seniors), Thai Yoga Massage and Reflexology, Sound Healing, Power Yoga, Vinyasa Flow, Hot Yoga, Yoga Pilates, Tantra, Iyengar, Yin, Prenatal Yoga, and Restorative Yoga. (Note: The yoga therapy components of my teaching are based on my IAYT accreditation, not derived from my status as an E-RYT with Yoga Alliance Registry.)

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Yoga Instructor +

Certified

Personal Trainer

Amy Bishop

E-RYT500, CPT

I am a multiple certified yoga teacher, personal trainer and former professional dancer with an international career. Around the time my performing career was ending, I was dealing with a lot of back pain and a friend of mine suggested I try a yoga class. I found that yoga helped me manage my pain while realigning my imbalances and strengthening my body. I also discovered more than just physical benefits. The work on my mat was evident in my life off the mat.

 

I completed the 500-hour teacher training with the Nosara Yoga Institute and have been registered with the Yoga Alliance as an E-RYT 500 since 2005. I’ve co-led and assisted in several Yoga Teacher Trainings in NYC and Costa Rica. I hold Personal Training and Group Exercise certifications with the National Academy of Sports Medicine, the American Council on Exercise and the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America. Additionally, I am certified in both pre-natal yoga and personal training and hold specialist certifications in flexibility, postural alignment, and Pranassage, a blend of yoga, assisted stretching and massage. I am also certified to teach BarWorks and SculptWorks through YogaWorks.

 

My classes are experiential, creative, challenging and playful, and I encourage students to tune into their present experience in every style class. Whether personal training or teaching yoga, my intention is to listen to my client and to work together to create what is needed for that particular session.

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Certified Yoga Therapist +

Instructor

Evon Rubenstein

E-RYT500, YTRx500, C-IAYT

My yoga journey started as a teenager when I was unable to land a jump in my professional dance class in Los Angeles. I was diagnosed with a hip malfunction and after many sports medicine professionals could not help me, I found yoga. Yoga saved me from an eventual outcome of life in a wheelchair.

 

After many years of practicing and sharing yoga with others, I discovered the teachings of Krishnamacharya and the benefits of the more advanced healing practice of Yoga Therapy. I graduated from the Loyola Marymount University Advanced Yoga Therapy Program including 150 hours of clinical practicum training with Amy Wheeler, Ph.D.

 

With this advanced knowledge, I educate students with chronic pain and conditions how to bring their body back into balance and improve their quality of life. I adapt yoga practices and philosophies to provide specific regimens of postures, breathing exercises, and relaxation techniques for each individual’s health care needs. My disciplined and systematic methods create a safe place for learning and healing. I take a results oriented approach to resolving their health issues and develop a daily self-care practice for each student to empower them to take part in their own wellness.

 

Note: The yoga therapy components of my teaching are based on my IAYT accreditation, not derived from my status as an E-RYT with Yoga Alliance Registry.

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Yoga +

Guided Meditation Instructor

Gabrielle Lewis

RYT200

A native of England, I gained my Bachelor of Science with honors in Applied Psychology from the University of Durham, an Ivy League school in England, where I explored different disorders in depth such as anxiety, depression, addiction, child development, PTSD, to name a few.

 

After graduating, I moved to Los Angeles, where I applied the study of people to a career in the entertainment industry, managing the careers of A-list actors. It was at this time that through Kundalini yoga, my soul’s purpose was ignited; to serve others in finding their inner peace, compassion, and tolerance in order to create outer peace, compassion, and tolerance. I decided to leave my career in entertainment behind to instead embark on an extensive yoga training program.

 

I studied under world renowned yoga teachers such as Guru Singh, Krishna Kaur, GuruMeher Singh, Kia Miller, Nirvair Singh, and Guruprem Khalsa, and underwent further training in pre-natal and post-natal yoga, as well as certified in level 2 training of mind and meditation, and vitality and stress.

 

Having experienced first hand the stresses of the corporate world, I now specialize in stress management, offering workplaces ways for employees to deal with stress and increase productivity. I also work with a special forces unit, who serves all over the world, by providing them with tools to help them be more effective, as well as coping strategies for PTSD.

 

As well as teaching in the workplace and working with individuals in a private setting, my love of sharing the teachings with all ages has led me to teach at schools to children as young as two, rehab facilities to teenagers who are in recovery from drug addiction, Mount Saint Mary’s University to young adults – teaching two accredited classes, and Brookdale Assistant Living Home to seniors. Since 2014, I have also been teaching at Yoga West – the first Kundalini Yoga studio in the West, and leading a teacher training tea to serve as a mentor to students.

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Sound Therapist + Energy Worker

Grace Oh

This chapter of my journey into sound therapy started in 2010, with one crystal singing bowl and the intent for personal healing.

 

My studies started with the dedicated teachers and steadfast yogi’s of Los Angeles, CA since 1999. As I explored the classics to the California fusions of Asana, Kriya, and Kundalini Yoga’s, the time spent practicing Karma Yoga and receiving decades of various healing modalities from gifted lightworkers, created a foundation and essence of home within myself to access the gifts of Sound Therapy. The light of Reiki and balance of Polarity are integrated in the practice as well.

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Yoga Instructor

Julie Giordano

RYT500

I have spent the past 15 years practicing and studying yoga both on and off the mat. My in-depth knowledge and understanding of the traditions of yoga are reflected in my gentle yet challenging approach to teaching and helping people to experience a deeper awareness of wellness, peace and happiness.

 

I am an advanced certified yoga instructor, RYT500, and also successfully owned Yoga for You in Edmonds, WA, an individual & small group private yoga instruction business of 11 years. I created the business after recognizing students’ needs of understanding and embodying yoga uniquely and individually. I organize and conduct biannual international yoga retreats around the world and am also an Ayurvedic specialist and advanced meditation guide.

 

My extensive training of over 13 years of yoga teaching experience is offered in each and every class, workshop, and retreat. My style of teaching offers a fusion of Vinyasa, Iyengar, Power, Hatha, Yin, and Restorative yoga traditions. Classes are infused with my vast background as a leader and passion for life and yoga. I always try to lead classes from a place of support, compassion, and encouragement to dig deep into internal resources and find what is available in the moment. It is my belief that being fully present and finding a “steady and comfortable seat” in practice and in life is the key to health, happiness, and contentment.

Helane Anderson, Massage Therapist and Sound Healer

Certified

Massage Therapist, Sound Therapist + Energy Worker

Helane Anderson

CMT

My healing journey began around the age of 12 when I was taught shiatsu massage techniques by Hajime O’hara, a friend of my family from Japan who moved into our house to learn her father’s business. I was trained as a classical pianist and me strong fingers made me the resident massage therapist in my family as I not only could work out tough muscle knots, I knew right where to find them through intuition and was known throughout my formative years as someone who could get rid of headaches through acupressure/shiatsu techniques.

 

After spending many years in the classical music industry while continuing to work as a performing arts consultant, I decided it was time to give back and now work as an Integrative CranioSacral Therapy Practitioner, Sound Healer and Certified Massage Therapist. I studied CranioSacral Therapy and Polarity Therapy through the Life Energy Institute with further studies at the Milne Institute in CranioSacral work. I also studied at I.P.S.B, the Institute for Psycho-Structural Balancing in Culver City, CA receiving training in Circulatory/Deep Tissue Massage, Acupressure, Pregnancy and Oncology Massage and hold a certificate in Sound Healing and Therapy from the Globe Institute in San Francisco, CA.

 

I love working with people to help them connect with the deepest parts of who they are and hold space for their healing. My intention with my practice is to offer a wide variety of modalities and tailor each session to what works best for the individual present at that moment, enabling each person to access their own abilities to heal and relax.
Kathy Cass

Certified Yoga Therapist +

Ayurvedic Specialist

Kathy Cass

E-RYT500, C-IAYT, MA, BC-DMT, NCC

I am grateful that Yoga has been a part of my life since my early twenties. In my 30’s after the birth of my daughter I suffered severe back issues. It was my therapeutic Yoga practice they saved me from surgery and gave me a deeper appreciation of all the tools of Yoga and its power to heal and transform.

 

My rekindled passion led me to the LMU Yoga therapy program. Upon graduation, I continued my studies within the lineage of T.Krishnamacharaya which teaches that Yoga should always be adapted to the needs, circumstances and goals of each student, never should the student change to fit the yoga. My continued commitment to more sustained joy and a balanced lifestyle deepened with my study of Ayurveda, the sister science of Yoga.   These Ayurvedic Skills for Living employ foods, herbs, oils, and life style practices to achieve optimal physical/ psychological health and vitality individualized to one’s unique constitution or body type. Together, Yoga and Ayurveda encompass a complete approach to well-being.

 

As an Ayurvedic Yoga therapist and a part-time faculty member at UCLArts and Healing, Santa Monica College, El Camino Community College, and Center for Movement Education. I am constantly inspired by my students and interns. My passion is to teach practical skills infused with ancient wisdom as students rediscover their true nature in a supportive and creative way.

 

Note: The yoga therapy components of my teaching are based on my IAYT accreditation, not derived from my status as an E-RYT with Yoga Alliance Registry.

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Yoga Instructor

Katie Stone

RYT200

I initially became interested in yoga in high school as a competitive athlete. I found practicing yoga to be incredibly beneficial for healing my mind and body throughout the stress of competing. I later re-ignited my passion for yoga while pursuing my Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy at Pepperdine University.

 

Through my studies, I learned about the psychological and physiological health benefits of practicing mindfulness, yoga, and meditation. I also began to see these incredible benefits with my clients in therapy, which inspired me to pursue my 200 Hour Teacher Training Certification.

 

After completing my teacher training, I began teaching private yoga lessons and at rehabilitation centers while I continue to practice yoga and mindfulness on a regular basis. I also created and led mindfulness group involving yoga and meditation at Pepperdine University in order to help students become more self-aware and learn how to cope with stress.

 

I am passionate about helping others learn to connect the mind and body and discover the therapeutic benefits of practicing yoga.

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Yoga Instructor +

Accessible Yoga Ambassador

Sarah Helt

ERYT-200

My yoga journey began at 18 when a friend suggested I try a class at the local gym. It happened to be an Ashtanga primary series and from that day forward I was hooked! However, it wasn’t until my last year of college, when my clowning and movement studies professor suggested I assist his summer yoga intensive, that I started to consider teaching.

 

My initial 200 hour yoga training was in Canggu, Bali, Indonesia in multi-style vinyasa, viniyoga, and incorporated thai massage. I began my yoga career in Chicago, Illinois where, in my first two years, I was lucky enough to help open five different boutique yoga spaces, one of which was a collaboration I lead. Primarily a power vinyasa teacher who occasionally taught restorative-yin yoga with meditation, my life changed compeletley when I was contacted by a high profile triathlon coach to work with her disabled athletes. I was introduced to the true therapeutic benefits of yoga for recovery, pain management, and trauma. I worked with students who have, and have had, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injuries, amputations, visual impairments, spinal chord injury, chronic pain, and/or nerve damage. This work became my true dharma and I have recently partnered with Accessible Yoga in Santa Barbara to become one of the organization’s first Accessible Yoga Ambassadors.

 

I approach my yoga career with an open heart and zero expectations; as I believe you should approach life, and every yoga class. I have had the great fortune to learn from Gabriel Halpern, Bernie Clark, Janice Clarfield, Matthew Sanford, Noah Maze, and many other incredible modern yoga teachers. I am overjoyed to share my practice with you.
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Yoga +

Guided Meditation Instructor

Shaw McPherson

RYT200

Yoga and meditation have provided a way for me to deepen my self-awareness and become present in life.  In teaching yoga, I am able to share my knowledge and belief in the powers of yoga with others.  I have been practicing many different yoga styles since 1995 and guiding students through Meditation, Trauma Informed, Restorative and Vinyasa Flow Yoga since 2011.   Using the tools of meditation, I lead dynamic Mindfulness Workshops which guide each participant to make authentic choices for their unique life.  I have participated in Yoga Teacher Trainings in 2011 and 2013, in addition to numerous workshops on yoga, meditation and mindfulness.

 

In each class, students are guided through flow movement using one of 12 specific sequences focused on healing for detox/metabolism, depression, self-acceptance, back strengthening and guided meditations with an instruction on breath work and asanas.  These classes are woven with themes such as Empowerment, Love, Compassion, Gratitude and Personal Values to name a few.  These themes become new mantras and tools for living life.  My classes and workshops are a restorative journey from within so each yogi leaves feeling refreshed and committed to enter the world.