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Drorit RudinDrorit Rudin

Drorit started Agoura Power of Yoga because she loves yoga and all that it adds to one's life. It brings peace and harmony, clarity of mind as well as a physically fit body. Her class is geared toward new yogis as well as long time practicing yogis who will enjoy the challenge of power yoga and the music her class has to offer.

Drorit's training was an intensive one in Yoga Therapy by the incredible Gabriela Hansen in Ojai California. Through her training with Gabriela as well her life experience, she combines a very challenging music filled class with the traditional principles of hatha yoga focusing especially on the therapeutic aspects of the breath and the power of the mind.

It is very important to her that she helps guide both old and new into a deep meditation after a tough class that opens the body and prepares the mind to a place of nothingness. This is how true peace is achieved.

 

 




Kari OstrovskyKari Ostrovsky

I started my yoga journey January of 2013 in Cleveland Ohio, after a bad breakup. At the time, I was a single mom to my beautiful daughter Teagan, managing a Starbucks downtown and decided it was time to do something for myself. A year later I found myself in stunning southern California and married. What better time to pursue my passion? I became a certified 200 RYT and pregnant with my son right around the time I graduated. July 3rd, Lincoln graced the world with his presence. Now a wife and mother of two, I still carve out the time to make it to my mat and will hopefully motivate you to do the same.

I have a history and training in gymnastics, classical ballet and even cheerleading. I love to teach flow style yoga to fun upbeat music. I tell my students their breath is their tempo. My goal is for you to leave class sweaty, relaxed and enthusiastic for more. I like to keep class challenging with a laid back vibe, always giving options for modifications or progression.



 



Natasha MellmanNatasha Mellman

Natasha is a passionate, life-loving yogi with a sense of adventure on and off the mat. She sees yoga as a journey of transformation, exploration and celebration with benefits that reach far beyond the mat. Or as she puts it in simpler terms: "Learn about yourself, feel great doing it, stress less and love more!"

She is grateful to have had amazing teachers and profound experiences that have inspired her passion and deep appreciation for the physical and spiritual practice of Yoga and is excited to share her love for this amazing, healing and all-encompassing practice.

An eternal student of life, Natasha is committed to new and fresh ways to inspire and engage those around her to have their own experience of yoga and be hooked on all the wonders the practice has to offer. With attention to alignment and an awareness of subtle energies, her intention is to facilitate an experience on the mat that challenges the body, quiets the mind, awakens the heart and inspires the soul.



 



 

Natalie BackmanNatalie Backman

Originally from Washington State, Natalie has explored her yoga practice coast to coast from Seattle to New York to LA. Having settled here in the summer of 2013, Natalie turned her decade long practice into a career which she is entirely devoted to. She became a 200RYT through Inner Power Yoga in Woodland Hills, and immediately dove into teaching. She is currently working toward becoming a 500RYT in Sankalpa Shakti Vinyasa with Tracee Stanley. In addition to teaching for several local studios, Natalie also works with several private clients, including the Calabasas High School Boys Soccer team.

Natalie teaches a powerful, flow oriented class with an emphasis on strength and alignment. She is committed to empowering her students through increased self-awareness, which she believes firmly will ultimately lead to self-love. A consistent practice with Natalie will provide you with a strong foundation in yoga principles, increased strength and flexibility, a quieter mind and a deeper appreciation for your Self and your life. Be prepared to laugh and sweat and come back for more! Natalie is also the founder of IMAGINE Fest, a community oriented yoga and live music festival which raises funds and awareness in support of Unlikely Heroes, a local non-profit rescuing and rehabilitating child victims of sex trafficking.






 

 

Natalie MacamNatalie Macam

Natalie has spent years spanning the globe immersed in the quest for deep connection and radically fun living. She loves to share her direct experience of healing her body and spirit with others. She is delighted to land in LA after her eight-year stint in Asia and deeply immersing herself in the Bhakti Yoga traditions, to be closer to her teachers, including Shiva Rea and the beloved Sangha. Natalie's resident yoga schedule is in Los Angeles, but she also travels within South East Asia as a guest teacher. She is honored to be part of Samudra School of Living Vinyasa and grateful for studying with Shiva Rea and for the support and friendship of the Prana Vinyasa tribe.

Her heart-based joyful classes offer an opportunity for students to experience and deepen their own yoga practice and come home to themselves. Her classes are often marked by opening and closing the class with her harmonium and essential oils. Natalie loves chanting, often sings to her students in Savasana, and leads Kirtans. She strives to best serve the community by cultivating and embodying calm, kindness and compassion so her students can sense their highest state of peace. Natalie finds inspiration from all her teachers and students to live life with spontaneity, to remain close to the source and to move deeply in tune with the pulse of the universe. She is excited to heal, evolve, and transcend through Yoga and other conscious thoughts and actions.




 

Dawn StilloDawn Stillo

Dawn is the passionate founder of Rock It 2 the Core - check out www.rockit2thecore.org. Originally from Issaquah, Washington, Dawn moved to LA on a jazz dance scholarship, and soon was dancing internationally. Dawn is most known as an enthusiastic yoga instructor, humanitarian, activist and competitive tennis player. —Infused with yoga and a 30 year Buddhist chanting practice, Dawn teaches a strong alignment based class, keeping her students in safe form no matter what the level. Her style allows students to expand their self-imposed limitations physically, mentally, and spiritually. She has studied in India with Lisa Walford, and completed 200 hours with Maty Ezraty (2014-2015). Dawn also completed Master Subtle Body Training with Jeanne Heilleman. She is a legacy ambassador for Lululemon Calabasas and has earned E-500RYT with Yoga Alliance, with over 1000 hours of training overall. She is a certified Yogaworks teacher and teacher trainer (having assistant lead two Yogaworks 200 hour teacher trainings in 2015). Dawn currently teaches at Yoga Works (Westlake Village, Woodland Hills), Agoura Power of Yoga, Equinox (Westlake Village, Woodland Hills) and The Ranch at Live Oak Malibu, and The Ranch 4.0.

 

 


 

Tiffany Howard
Tiffany Howard

I am a hatha yoga teacher, passionate and energetic about sharing this practice we call yoga.. I draw from my life experiences as a criminal trial attorney, mediator, wife and mother. I teach because when I found yoga, the seductress that she is, what began as another form of “working out” quickly became a form of “working in” and changed my life. I discovered the road to my SELF. I knew it was a great excuse to spend my days in my favorite space, sharing that journey with others.

My classes are fun! I strive to have you feel like you hit the trifecta of mind, body and spiritual work. There’s breath work, sankulpa (intention setting), and mediation all while moving and grooving and flowing to great tunes. You might even laugh! All you need is a 5x2 mat, and you can let go, get happy, minimize life’s stresses and find resolution and peace within the smallest of spaces. One thing’s certain, you’ll leave feeling better than when you walked in the door.



 


 

Alison BristowAlison Bristow

Alison Bristow has been a Yoga practitioner for over a decade and a spiritual seeker all her life. Her practice began in the sweaty rooms of a Bikram Yoga studio in New York City where she had the first glimpses of how the benefits of yoga extend far beyond the mat. She draws from a variety of Yoga traditions including Iyengar, Anusara, Ashtanga, and Vinyasa. Integrating breath awareness and a mindful asana practice, Alison sees Yoga as a gateway leading each student to a tangible experience of the divinity within. In her classes, she incorporates subtle metaphors that encourage students to take the deeper lessons of their practice beyond the studio door and apply them in everyday life.

 

 

 



Julie KundertJulie Kundert

Julie Kundert has been inspired by the power and grace of yoga sense 1998. She was introduced to the practice during a much needed time for healing and self empowerment. As her journey continued to unfold she discovered a great love for teaching. She has received her 500 hour yoga alliance certification from yoga works. She has studied with some of the finest teachers such as Kia Miller, Lisa Walford and Jennifer Elliott to name a few.

Julie is also a trained advocate and public speaker on behalf of the Valley Cares Family Justice Center. She teaches yoga and pranayama breathing techniques to the amazing staff that work there. As one of the ambassadors for Lululemon in Calabasas she has been given the opportunity and privilege to teach for her beloved community as well. Julie is also the founder and creator of the Ahimsa Foundation seeking peace and healing for all those that suffer in violent homes. The foundation helps to raise funds and awareness towards self empowerment and transformation through the beauty and power of yoga.

Julies classes are led with compassion, humor and great respect for her students. She emphasizes on the power of the breath and fluid movement of the body. She entices her students to discover deep within themselves for their own strength and authenticity. She believes that yoga is a practice that we continue to experience on our mats as well as into the world.

 



Holly UmannHolly Umann

Holly Umann teaches a style of Hatha Yoga Vinyasa with a blessing of energized peace, and personal rejuvenation to bring the balance of your mind, body, and spirit into a position of attainment.

Through the honor of expert guidance of Paul Grilley and Scott Blossom, she has attained the understanding of the Anatomy of Yoga East-West Physiology. In an effort to always acquire a more in depth balance, and learning, Holly has mastered the Advanced Studies and Freedom Style Yoga with the instruction of Erich Schiffmann (world renown teacher, and author), and has studied The History of Yoga with Paul Muller-Ortega. Her love for Yoga and the personal path it opens to others gave her the calling to become an instructor. She continued in her pursuit of learning, in an effort to bring the transformation of Yoga to others, by training in Iyengar Yoga with Lisa Walford (Studies of Iyengar Yoga in India). Holly continued to further her instruction studies with Heather Tiddens at the Santa Barbara Yoga Center in the Yoga Teacher Training Program Practicum.

Holly comes to you with an open heart, mind, and an amazing energy. Namaste!

 


 

Zach WagnerZach Wagner

Zach’s classes are geared for any student desiring a deep level of physical and mental well-being, while promoting strength, flexibility and relaxation. He creates a safe and inviting environment where the beginning student will feel free to discover their ability, and the advanced yoga practitioner or serious athlete can realize their full potential.

A serious skateboarder since the age of eleven, Zach began his yoga practice in order to improve his physical balance and mental focus. He soon found that yoga had not only transformed his body, but his mind and spirit as well. He began his teacher training at the San Francisco Integral Yoga Institute, living and studying at the ashram. Later, he studied under Swami Asokanda at the Quinta De Calma Yoga Center near Faro, Portugal, expanding his knowledge of yoga philosophy, anatomy and physiology.

Zach teaches a variety of Hatha levels and vinyasa flow, providing students with personal attention and encouragement. He can modify each asana to fit individual needs and skill levels, and also provides instruction in pranayama (breathing practices), deep relaxation and meditation. In each session, Zach attempts to promote the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health of his students, allowing each of them to come in touch with deeper and more subtle aspects of their being.

 


 

Jessica AndersonJessica Anderson

Jessica Anderson, ERYT, found her personal practice of yoga in 1996 and has been a teacher since 2000. Certifications received from Sarah Powers and a 300 hour general and advanced teacher training from The Yoga Tree in her native city Seattle, Washington began her continued commitment as a student of yoga . In 2005, Jessica Co-Directed the first 200 hour yoga alliance registered teacher training held in the Conejo Valley.

As a student, Jessica's practice is rooted in the traditional Buddhist teachings of mindfulness and meditation as well as Patanjali's Ashtanga yoga. Her lifelong investigation of direct experience through svadhaya (self study) is the main support for her path but she continues to draws inspiration from master teachers, a minimum of four retreats a year and her sangha (yoga community). In 2005, Jessica became a second level Reiki energy practitioner to enhance her understanding of the subtle body. To balance the spiritual teachings of the East and develop an understanding of the human mind, she is currently a full-time student of Psychology .

Like a dance, Jessica's group classes blend physical alignment, core strength and mindfulness in a fluid rhythm using breath and intention as the underlying current for the practice. Through metta (loving kindness) and sharing her love of poetry, she encourages and empowers students? inner wisdom to guide them towards the gradual realization of their own inherent nature of body/heart/mind!



 

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