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

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. 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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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.

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Sound Healer

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 Therapist + Instructor

Jillian Wintersteen

E-RYT500

I started my journey in yoga to heal chronic neck pain.  This sent me down a path of discovery of my own body through many different styles of yoga. I used yoga first to heal myself, experimenting with my numerous injuries and now I apply what I learned from my “lab” and my various studies to give my students the tools to heal themselves.

 

I competed many trainings on my path, all which helped me evolve and grow as a healer. My Forrest yoga training gave me a glimpse of the powerful psychosomatic connection and furthered my curiosity of yoga as a healing agent. I went on to study with the amazing anatomist and bodyworker Ellen Head, where I learned Chinese medicine, myofascial release, the connection between pain and nutrition and psychological components of pain. This led me to Jill Miller, the creator of Yoga Tune Up ®, where I honed my skills as a yoga therapist.

 

I work with clients of all levels with an array of goals. My specialty though is shoulder rehabilitation and alignment. I have rehabbed many shoulders and taught clients proper alignment in common poses that cause repetitive stress on the shoulder.  I then guide my clients back into regular yoga classes if that’s their desire. My experience with shoulder injuries comes through in my group classes, where I teach to prevent injuries from occurring in the first place.

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

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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

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.
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Yoga Therapist +

Ayurvedic Specialist

Kathy Cass

E-RYT500, CYT, 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

Lulu Berton

ERYT-200

I received my first initiation into yoga over fifteen years ago in my home-country, Italy. It was during a week-long workshop in Tuscany with Ashtanga master, Lino Miele, that I felt yoga was going to stick with me for the rest of my life. After moving to Los Angeles I became certified in 2008 through City Yoga. I have completed teacher trainings in Hatha/Anusara with Noah Maze, in Vinyasa Flow with Shiva Rea, in Restorative Yoga with Sharon Skok and continued my education under the wings of world renowned yogis such as Saul David Raye, Dharma Mittra and Mas Vidal.

 

My fascination with the concept of subtle body awakening drew me into studying Kundalini Yoga with Tej Kaur Khalsa and the science of breath control, Pranayama, according to lineages of Pattabi Jois, B.K.S. Yiengar, Yogi Bajan and Qi Gong master, Jeff Primack. I teach a holistic approach bringing together the rivers of Hatha, Vinyasa, Kundalini, Qi Gong, Pranayama, Meditation, Mantra and Kirtan. I also have extensive practice and training in the art of Meditation with masters such as Thom Knoles (Vedic Meditation), Sogyal Rinpoche (Tibetan Buddhism) and Goenka (Vipassana).

 

My background includes many years as a writer and storyteller with two published books and more on the way. As an act of Seva (selfless service), for over eight  years I have been teaching Yoga to the Blind at the Braille Institute of Los Angeles where I have created a program specifically devoted to visually impaired students.
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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 Therapist +

TRE® Provider

Sharon Holly

YTRx-800c

My journey began over 15 years ago when I discovered yoga to be a comfort and aid in healing from several traumatic events in my life.  My first passion in teaching was working with children as I wished I had been taught the tools of yoga when I was a child.  My focus has always been teaching them self-confidence, breath and body awareness in a fun, nurturing, non-competitive environment.

 

In 2011 a breast cancer diagnosis opened up a whole new world of yoga that I never imagined.  After finding yoga to be a tremendous part of my healing process, I became a Certified Yoga Therapist in August 2012 through Loyola Marymount University. In 2014 I completed all four levels of the program.  This provided me with an 800-hour certification (YTRx-800c), which required me to be an Intern at the Venice Family Clinic Simms/Mann Health & Wellness Center where I taught yoga therapy one-on-one in the chronic pain clinic.  For the past two years I continue to support the Level IV students as the Senior Mentor of the program.

 

In addition to teaching privately, at physical therapy offices, yoga studios, schools and various cancer centers, I am blessed to teach at retreats for women going through cancer to help empower them with tools so they can participate in the healing of their own bodies.  Every day I feel that I am able to give back the gifts of yoga that were so readily given to me and continue to help me on my journey of health and wellness.

 

Certifications and trainings include: Yoga Therapy (YTRx-800c), Yoga Therapy Clinical Practicum, TRE®, IRest Level I, Y4C (Yoga for Cancer), Soft Tissue Assessment and Massage, Reflexology, Aqua Krya Yoga, mini yogis ® Foundation and Advanced, Yoga Education for Autism Spectrum, Zenergy Yoga Therapy for Kids. Member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT).