Yoga has been a beautiful transformational journey. Through my practice I have gained tools to observe myself more honestly and have formed improved discipline to let go of old thought patterns, habits and emotions that no longer serve my connection to the greatest good.
I was called to serve my community with the founding of YogaBody studios during the summer of 2011. Today, I enjoy teaching weekly classes to an evolving community of amazing human beings from all walks of life. Yoga has taught me that community is no doubt our greatest currency and I stand humbled by the wealth that surrounds me. Please join me in class soon and let's gratefully celebrate our prosperity together.
My yoga journey began in 2011. Upon taking my first yoga class I knew I would be a lifelong yogi. I immediately enrolled in teacher training and received my certification a few months after my first class! I quit my job as an HR Director and began a fast track journey into full-time yogi, teaching several classes a day. It was a very scary transition but my practice allowed me to recognize my fears, overcome them, and empowered me to follow my heart. Yoga has given me the tools to begin unpeeling the layers of subconscious thoughts that do not serve me so that I may embrace life more fully with an abundance of love, compassion, and joy. When we deepen our breath and quiet our mind, we can accept and love ourselves just as we are. The people I cross paths with on a daily basis are the reason I'm on this journey. To be able to share my passion with beautiful souls every day is a dream come true. I am beyond blessed to be a part of this community and I look forward to sharing space with you. Love and blessings!
After graduating from UC Berkeley with a degree in Economics, I spun my wheels in corporate America until I rather sanely decided to trade my cubicle for a yoga mat. I took my first yoga teacher training in the Anusara style in 2008, and I’ve been teaching ever since. Along my journey, I’ve become a Certified AIReal YogaTM Instructor and a performance acrobat. I like to think that my classes are playful yet still focused on alignment, proper body mechanics, and making deeper connections, as well as lots of handstand-y postures and cheesy jokes.
I’m a performer at heart and cirque is my passion. I’ve had the opportunity to perform at many venues across southern California, as well as on reality television. If you want to catch me on the small screen, I can be found on Season 2 of truTV’s “Fake Off,” performing alongside members of Astra Dance Theatre while wearing very big hair and gobs of makeup.
I consider yoga to be a central element of my wellbeing. I’ve used my practice to help piece myself back together after a moderate lumbar injury and, in a separate incident, a serious neck fracture. I find yoga to be a multifaceted package of awesome, and I love the opportunity to share the practice’s many benefits with my students, and quite frankly, anyone willing to give me an ear.
When I’m not teaching yoga or performing circus arts on stage, I’m working on my urban farmstead. Together with my husband (acro and life partner), I grow my own veggies, raise livestock, preserves foods, brew kombucha, sew, and make almost every meal mostly from scratch. I am the proud mama of two turkeys, too many chickens to count, 3 pygmy goats, and two very spoiled cats. I may have left college with a mundane bachelor’s degree, but Berkeley, known for its books and Birkenstocks, definitely planted a seed. It just took a few years and a whole lot of yoga to help me discover my inner granola-eating-greens-sprouting-animal-rescuing-organics-promoting-asana-practicing-tree-hugging-hippie.
Devoted to the Greater Good, I center my practices around holistic wellness and helping others meet their full, pure potential. Halfway through my last year of high school in 2009, I took my first yoga class. Without a doubt, yoga united my mind, body, and spirit creating the strongest of unions. After about 5 years of practice, progress, and growing passion, I delved even deeper into my journey and completed my 200 hour vinyasa yoga teacher training mid-2014.
Cultivating mindfulness through movement, quieting the mind, and freeing the spirit through my teachings are my passions. I teach an array of yoga forms—from gentle, feel-good flows and slow-paced, beginner flows to fiery, power vinyasa and yin style, restorative yoga—to amazing human Beings of all walks of life. My heart warms at the thought of sharing space and creating magic with you!
Love, Light + Wealth in Health,
Through years of subtle life reflection, I've noticed that compassion toward others has always been of great importance to me. I enjoy listening to people. Not specifically the words that are uttered, though "I do" enjoy a good conversation. Rather I like to read the messages we are sending through "all" of our many various forms of communication (more excitingly, that great, and unspoken Energy Exchange).It can be more accurately described, then, that I love "experiencing" people. And experiences are the best teachers... Here are some of mine.
Being the son of a professional athlete, I myself remained active in competitive sports throughout my youth, collecting knowledges of the body in motion (kinesiology/ proprioception). Running, Hiking, Surfing, and Rock Climbing also occupied my time.
The active lifestyle carried over into my career as a Certified Personal Fitness Trainer. My fascination with the human form, accompanied by my philosophical spirit (which I accredit to my Native American and Japanese ancestry) deepened my curiosities into the mind/body/spirit realm of Yoga.
I have been vigorously trained in the vinyasa stylings of Ashtanga Yoga (Hatha/Raja/Pranayama) and have travelled the world to countries such as Thailand, Jamaica, and Belize teaching others through Yoga/Meditation Retreats as well as advancing my own practice and studies.
I also carry a background in "Northern Style Thai Yoga Massage Therapy", and enjoy in the sharing/teaching of various styles of meditation I have also been trained in, which include 2 forms of ancient India's Anapana Sati & Vippasana.
I hope to recreate my abounding experiences with you and many others, while most definitely discovering new ones along the way.
Seek refuge in light. Find comfort in change. Expose positivity. We stand in love.
Susan has been teaching since 2012 and practicing for over 10 years. She’s an E-RYT 200 (Experience Registered Yoga Teacher) with well over 2,000 hours of teaching experience. Although she’s been practicing for such a long time and has trained with some well known people in the yoga community, she believes in being a student first.
Susan’s classes are light hearted and brings a bit of levity and playfulness into her classes. She teaches Vinyasa flow based classes with an emphasis on alignment for the development of a safe practice and has a bit of an Ashtanga influence. She likes to challenge students but most of all, she wants them to have a positive attitude, have FUN, and walk away being proud of what they’ve accomplished. She’s there to support you on your journey and hopes you find the amazing strength, joy and healing not only physically but mentally that she’s found on her own journey.
Audrey Rey Espinosa
I was drawn to my first yoga class in my early 20's looking for relief for my achy body from a physically demanding job. Suffering from tendinitis, back and joint pains, all the poses didn't come easy to my stiff body! It took me a long time to just touch my toes and I'm still find it a challenge to balance on one foot let alone both my hands!
Stress is the leading factor keeping me on the mat, so much it inspired me to become certified RYT-200 in 2013. Since then I've taken a number of intensive workshops with Ana Forrest, Yoga Medicine, Annie Carpenter, and Prenatal Yoga with Ma yoga. In my free time you will find me in the garden with my succulents and cacti! Or traveling with my husband!
Expect my class to be vinyasa flow based, sweaty, stretchy and hands on! Every class is sequenced to create an atmosphere of stillness in movement. Where strength, stamina and flexibility gracefully meet. My mission is to help my students find that mind body connection through proper alignment, breath work, and hopefully a smile or giggle here and there!
Yoga is not only breathing through difficult poses but what you learn about yourself in these moments on your mat. What goes through your mind. The conversation with yourself. Sometimes positive, sometimes negative. This is when your practice begins! This is how release and progress happens, when you find patience with your body and stillness in your mind. That is yoga to me!
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For years, I'd consciously seek opportunities to witness the peace that was calling from my heart. In 2013 I was at a crossroads in my life and instantly felt called to the wisdom of yoga, a practice that shed light on an opportunity to release my ego from its fear of truly being happy. Having powered through physical, hormonal, emotional, and other neurological healing, I signed up for my first yoga class and surrendered to my life's practice seconds before I took my leap of faith through the doors to my first studio. What followed to this day was pure ecstasy.
Yoga has helped me cultivate and radiate healing and growth from the inside-out. Yoga has provided me with the passion for welcoming life's joys and, even more-so, its sufferings as the gifts that they are that allow me to become a better me, providing space for others who share my path to do the same. With breath as my guide, I emphasize a mindful approach to the subtle mind and body, providing practical opportunities for students like myself to purify through awareness, acceptance, and purpose on their mats, taking their wisdom where it matters most, allowing others to do the same. I look forward to sharing space with you. Namaste.
In 2010, during a stressful period in my life, I decided to try yoga. After attending my first class I was hooked! Yoga became an essential part of my life. This practice instantaneously gave me a level of calmness I never thought was possible. Over time I found myself getting more involved in the yoga community, not only by attending classes, but by making a complete lifestyle change. Yoga has given me the tools to become a healthier individual, physically, spiritually and mentally.
In May of 2015, I completed my 200-hour teacher training with Cloud Nine Yoga and received my certification in Prenatal Yoga with Jennifer More. I discovered an ability to listen to my body and spirit with an open heart. It’s helped me to become more aware of my breath on my mat but most importantly off of my mat, in the real world, where it matters most. Yoga instilled a peacefulness in me that compelled me to pass it on to others. Although yoga has been in my life for 5 years I feel this journey has only just begun.