Instructors

  • Adrienne Harrell

    Adrienne Harrell

    Adrienne is a licensed Zumba and Zumba Gold Fitness Instructor and member of the Zumba Instructor Network (ZIN). A long-time educator, Adrienne has led dance and movement classes for kids and adults for over 25 years. Prior to discovering Zumba, she offered her own fitness program, "Soul-Aerobics" (low-impact aerobics coupled with strength and relaxation training) through Santa Cruz Parks and Recreation and UC Santa Cruz.

    Adrienne loves sharing the joy of Zumba with students of all ages and fitness levels. After completing her first Zumba course in September 2010, Adrienne fell in love with the music, movement, and philosophy and became licensed to teach the following year. Since that time, Adrienne has taught Zumba and Zumba Gold classes through Capitola Parks and Recreation, the 418 Project, and in local health clubs.

  • Amy Rawlings

    Amy Rawlings

    Amy took her first yoga class at Cabrillo College in 1997, and has been an avid student ever since. Over the years, her practice has led her to dabble in different styles and explore different teachers, allowing for a broadband of abundant knowledge and wisdom to resonate and hone her understanding of yoga. In 2008, Amy completed her 200-hour training with Mark Stephens, and in 2010, she completed a childrens' yoga training with 'It's Yoga Kids' in San Francisco. Before becoming a mother herself, Amy was a preschool teacher for many years in the Santa Cruz area. She has been teaching yoga to children in Santa Cruz for the past four years at pre-schools, elementary schools, and beyond! Amy is deeply grateful for her yoga practice and for the chance to work with children. To be able to put the two together is pure joy!

  • Angela Rocchio

    Angela Rocchio

    Angela is a yoga instructor and Certified Health Coach and Empowerment Mentor who specializes in helping women who are stressed, overwhelmed, and unfulfilled to find clarity, balance and purpose. She knows firsthand how stress can impact one's physical health, one's energy, and one's happiness. Through her guidance and proven techniques, Angela helps women get from where they are now to where they want to be, in order to live the life they truly desire and deserve.

  • Barry Brooks

    Barry Brooks

    Barry Brooks, a world-renowned acrobat, created Tumbling Tutor® in 2002. Serving Santa Cruz County and surrounding areas, Tumbling Tutor® is a mobile program that focuses on physically engaging pre-school age children. Over the past 10 years, Barry has taught countless gymnastics classes and skill-building workshops for children in schools, daycare centers, homes, and fitness centers. Barry is thrilled to offer his gymnastics expertise and excitement to children and families. By offering a positive, safe, and fun tumbling experience, Barry's goal is to help children develop a sense of fitness and health to build upon as they grow.

  • Bridget Puchalsky

    Bridget Puchalsky

    Bridget's mindful yoga teaching is rooted in the reintegration of body, mind, and breath to promote the health and happiness of her students. A practitioner of movement sciences for many years, Bridget began teaching as Registered Yoga Instructor in 2007 and is currently completing a 500-hour Yoga Teacher Training. Her classes are a creative and inspirational combination of physical alignment, therapeutic principles, and energetic balance.

    Extensive experience and coursework in mind-body-spirit medicines informs both her yoga instruction and life. Bridget is a Certified Ayurveda Practitioner from the Mount Madonna Institute, and has a private practice in Ayurveda. She is also a Five Branches University Intern in Classical Chinese Medicine with expected graduation in 2013.

  • Brittanny Caesar

    Brittany Caesar

    Brittany began practicing yoga in 1995. She has been teaching Hatha Vinyasa yoga for five years. Her classes are challenging, but also introduce different levels of poses with variations, clear guidance, and cues for alignment. Brittany places emphasis on breath and encourages students to stay at a level that is appropriate for their experience, practice, and body. Her influences include Ashtanga, Kundalini, and Vinyasa flow yoga. She is grateful for the teachers that have inspired her along the way: Sharre Young, Belinda Clements, Michael McEvoy, and Shiva Rea. She believes yoga has a way of healing the body and easing the mind through meditative breath and invigorating practice.

  • Brooke March

    Brooke March

    Brooke is the mother of two children and a life coach. Originally from Canada, she has travelled the world, sharing her experience with people from different cultures and lifestyles. Brooke was introduced to Parenting by Connection after the birth of her first child. Life as a parent had become very challenging. After recovering from a traumatic delivery Brooke was left feeling isolated and with little support. When she began practicing Parenting by Connection, "everything changed" says Brooke. "The terrible twos became the terrific twos and I went from being woken up 8 times a night to having a child sleep 10-12 hours straight." Now, as an instructor, Brooke is committed to sharing these invaluable tools with parents everywhere.

  • Brynne Flidais

    Brynne Flidais

    Brynne is a freelance dancer, performance artist, and movement educator. She has been creating innovative dance happenings for studios, stages, dance companies, festivals, flash mobs, and major events throughout the West Coast since 2004. She studied movement science at the university level and earned a degree in Kinesiology. She passionately teaches creative movement, modern dance, hoopdance, contact improvisation, hip hop, sacred dance, African dance, ballet, jazz, and tap to students of all ages and experience levels.

  • Daniela Kosmalski

    Daniela Kosmalski

    Daniela started practicing yoga in 1996 in her hometown of Sao Paulo, Brazil, initially looking for more relaxation and spirituality in her life. She pursued training in Vinyasa and Ashtanga Yoga with her teacher Edi Lisboa in 2005, participating also in numerous workshops in Brazil with Pedro Kupfer, Gustavo Ponce, Lino Miele, and began teaching yoga in Rio de Janeiro. In 2006, Daniela moved to Santa Cruz where she completed a Vinyasa Flow Teacher Training Program. In 2010, she traveled to India to deepen her experience of yoga, study Indian philosophy, and complete a teacher training in Iyengar-style yoga. During her 16 years of practice, her studies and teaching have been influenced by many, including Edi Lisboa, Pedro Kupfer, Dharma Mittra, K. Pattabhi Jois, Seane Corn, and Nanda Kumar.

    In her class, Daniela tries to create a stimulating, challenging and relaxed learning environment where the practitioner is able to experience the literal meaning of yoga: to join or unite the physical, mental, and spiritual self and thus attaining a spiritual insight and tranquility. Daniela is a very happy and fulfilled mother of two beautiful boys!

  • Elizabeth Borelli

    Elizabeth Borelli

    Elizabeth Borelli is a certified plant based nutrition expert, award-winning author, mother-of-two, blogger, yogi, plant-strong eating advocate, and enthusiastic home chef. She enjoys connecting with her local community and online tribe, and sharing her passion for simple, delicious meal preparation using healthy whole foods at workshops and speaking events.

  • Garry Crummer, MD

    Garry Crummer, MD

    Originally from Santa Monica, Garry spent seven years in New York studying music performance, music education, auditory neurophysiology, and music cognition. The question, "How does music heal people?" lead him to medical school at UC Davis. He went on to train in Pediatrics at UC San Diego and completed a fellowship in Community Pediatrics. His research and service focus was Native American health with an emphasis on wellness, nutrition, and traditions. After the birth of their first child, he and his wife moved to Santa Cruz to be closer to family. He now works for Dignity Health Medical Group practicing General Pediatrics. Garry believes in the practice of Functional Medicine, a holistic and integrative approach to health care. He lives on the West side with his wife Elizabeth, son Gabriel, and daughter Delphine. Garry enjoys music, biking, surfing, Qi Gong , yoga, and most of all - time spent with his family.

    Jeremy Lampel

    Jeremy Lampel RD, CLC

    Originally from New York, Jeremy moved to Santa Cruz 14 years ago and quickly got involved in the farming community. This ignited a passion for nutrition and led him to pursue an MA in Nutritional Science at San Jose State University. In 2008, he completed his dietetic internship at Watsonville Community Hospital and began working as a clinical dietitian. One year later, he signed on with the Community Bridges WIC program in Watsonville as a Supervising Nutritionist. His focus is on training staff, connecting WIC to sustainable food sources, and promoting paternal family involvement. He also works alongside his wife Erin at Companion Bakeshop in Santa Cruz, their family business. Perhaps most importantly, Jeremy is the proud father of an amazing little girl named Annie Rye.

  • Hannah Muse

    Hannah Muse

    Hannah loves to share the transformative powers of yoga with students of all ages and experiences, and feels especially blessed to teach parents. She believes yoga is one of the most wonderful ways to empower parents to trust their innate wisdom to birth and raise their children consciously.

    Hannah completed her 200-hour training at Mount Madonna Institute, where she is currently finishing her Advanced 500 hour training. She has also completed Jane Austin's Prenatal/Postnatal training and a Birth Arts International Doula training. She is eternally grateful to Baba Hari Dass as well as the countless other inspiring teachers she encountered on her yogic path in the Ashtanga, Anusara, Vinyasa, Iyengar and Hatha traditions. Hannah's teaching style uniquely blends therapeutic physical alignment, creative movement, and conscious awareness of breath in a meditative setting where students can quiet their minds and surrender to the flow. More than just a practice on the mat, Hannah believes yoga is the practice of becoming attuned to ourselves, our families, nature, and the surrounding world.

  • Jada Giberson

    Jada Giberson

    Jada began her yoga practice in an effort to address chronic debilitating back pain. As her practice strengthened, so did her back and along the way she discovered the countless benefits of yoga. In 2009, Jada completed her yoga teacher training at Mount Madonna Center under the guidance of Baba Hari Dass and has enjoyed teaching ever since. Guided by her own experience with yoga, Jada accepts each student where they are. She offers the space and flexibility to practice at one's own pace, encouraging students to listen to their body and honor what they find there. Her classes are flowing and meditative as she guides students from asana to asana with a focus on breath and mindfulness.

  • Jeanne Feeney

    Jeanne Feeney

    Brand new to Santa Cruz, Jeanne Feeney is a certified master practitioner of Body-Mind Centering™, a professional movement teacher, and a Waldorf early childhood teacher. Her expertise in the care and movement of children in the first year of life has helped hundreds of families discover the importance of crawling and other early childhood movement patterns to ensure a future of healthy, coordinated movement for their child from the very start.

  • Jessica Damon

    Jessica Damon

    Jessica discovered the magic of Pilates in 2006, when a herniated disc struck just weeks before her audition for a masters program in dance. Through Pilates and bodywork alone Jessica sailed through this injury in time to pursue her MFA just 8 months later. She trained with Nora St. Jean and Naomi Leiserson at Turning Point Studios and has also completed trainings in Pilates for Scoliosis with Karen Clippinger and Preggo Pilates with Stephanie Forster. Jessica specializes in working with dancers, triathletes, and new mamas, as well as those recovering from musculoskeletal injury. Jessica recently relocated to Santa Cruz from Oakland where she previously ran a small somatic arts studio. In addition to teaching Pilates she is an independent dance artist and new(ish) mama.

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    Jessica Zovar

    Jessica began exploring the yogic path as a teenager at Mount Madonna Center, in the tradition of master yogi, Baba Hari Dass. Since completing her Ashtanga teacher training at Mount Madonna in 2003, Jessica has taught general practioners as well as at-risk and incarcerated youth and individuals with injuries. Her passion for healing and transformation inspires her work as a yoga teacher and therapist. Jessica views the science and spirituality of yoga as a path to explore our inner selves and create a counter-balance for the stresses of modern life. Her style is influenced by multiple yogic traditions including vinyasa, kundalini, yin and hatha. Jessica’s classes encourage an awareness of breath, technical precision through alignment instruction, coupled with heartfelt devotion, or bhakti. By aligning movement, breath and concentration, practioners are brought into a deep state of awareness. Jessica’s mission as a yoga teacher is to inspire greater health, self-love, community and play.

  • Jessie Marks

    Jessie Marks

    As a childcare provider and kids yoga instructor, Jessie enjoys integrating her love for music, creative movement, and artistic expression. She believes in supporting each child's imagination by providing a fun, loving, and creative atmosphere. Jessie has worked with children from birth to adolescence in after-school programs, pre-schools, learning centers, summer camps, and humanitarian counseling programs. She is currently enrolled in a 200 hr. yoga teacher program and has completed a YogaKids Foundations training.

  • Journey Talkorie

    Journey Talkorie

    Journey has dedicated the last 12 years to supporting women and their families through the childbearing process. In that time, she has attended hundreds of births, first as a Doula, and for the last four years as a Certified Nurse Midwife. Journey is also a certified prenatal and postpartum massage therapist, lactation educator, childbirth educator and infant massage educator. Journey is currently practicing Midwifery at Aptos Women's Health, a dedicated private OB/GYN practice in Santa Cruz.

    Journey began her personal yoga practice at the age of 14, avidly studying Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Yin and Forrest yoga over the years. She has learned that the practice of yoga during pregnancy is key to a woman's process as she embodies and empowers herself as a mother. Journey has taught prenatal and postpartum yoga since 2004. Her classes are inspired by her teacher trainings with Ana Forrest, Janet Stone, Jennifer More, and Robin Sale.

    Journey brings her extensive knowledge and experience of pregnancy and childbirth to her classes, ensuring that they are safe for all mothers, regardless of their experience or trimester. Her classes offer women a fun and challenging physical experience, as well as a time to sit in a supportive circle with other women. She delights in her students leaving class feeling empowered, educated, supported, and strengthened.

  • Kate Tripp

    Kate Tripp

    Kate took her first yoga class in 1996 and has been in love with the practice ever since. Her fascination with yoga has led her to explore a variety of Hatha yoga traditions over the years, including Ashtanga, Kundalini, and Vinyasa. In 2012, Kate completed her 200-hour teacher training at Mount Madonna Institute. Her classes emphasize uniting movement with breath and healthy, individualized physical alignment. Kate is particularly inspired by, and attuned to, the ways yoga can nurture, support, and balance the lives of busy parents. As the mother of three young children, Kate deeply values the sacred space that is her yoga practice, and is grateful for the opportunity to help create this space for others.

  • Katie Groark

    Teacher bio coming soon.

  • Kymm Ann Wallin

    Kymm Ann Wallin

    Kymm Ann Wallin, certified through the International Association of Infant Massage, has been joyfully working with families in the childbearing year for 17 years. She is a Birth Doula, Postpartum Doula, and Massage Therapist specializing in massage for the childbearing year. Kymm Ann is an active member of the local birth community, a Birth Network board member, and the proud mother of an 11-year-old son.

  • Layla

    Instructor bio coming soon!

  • Lynda Meeder

    Lynda Meeder

    An international yoga trainer and mentor, Lynda is an Experienced Yoga Alliance Registered Teacher at the 500-hour level (E-RYT500), and an Integrated Movement Therapy® certified therapist. Her insights about teaching yoga have appeared in Yoga Journal. She holds a Masters Degree in Mental Health Counseling, and she completed post-graduate training in Gestalt psychology and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy treatment of trauma. Her adult yoga classes are influenced by her 500+ hours of training with teachers from the Anusara Yoga community. Lynda has developed and delivered custom yoga trainings for corporations, schools and educational conferences. From 2009-2012, she served as Director of Training for YogaKids® and has taught programs throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe.

    Lynda's fun-filled, creatively themed children's classes explore yoga poses as pathways to nourish the whole child. Her adult classes blend the alignment principles of Anusara with heart-centered Vinyasa flow. She weaves her love for play, pleasure, and embodied presence into every class.

  • Maria Jackson

    Maria Jackson

    Maria had her first taste of yoga in her early teens during ballet class. It is no wonder that now she enjoys teaching a combination of yoga and dance to kids! Maria adores integrating lessons on breath and peaceful living with fun and whimsical play. She finds that the creativity of dance and the peaceful elements of yoga compliment each other perfectly. Drawing on her background in psychology, Maria uses positive behavioral feedback to keep kids engaged and enthusiastic about their experience. Maria first discovered the joy of teaching yoga to kids as a volunteer with Yoga Benefits Kids in South Carolina. After training with and shadowing the program's director, Maria became a committed volunteer, teaching yoga during gym classes at low income public elementary schools. Maria has also worked as an afterschool program teacher, dance teacher, nanny, swim teacher, tutor, and as a volunteer in Guatemalan preschools.

  • Maria Jackson

    Max Strom

    Max Strom is a global teacher, speaker, author, and trainer, and is known for profoundly inspiring and impacting the lives of his students for nearly two decades. Many of you know him from his inspiring book, A Life Worth Breathing, which is now published in six languages, and his recent book, There is No APP for Happiness. In 2006, the increasing demand for his work caused him to take his method beyond his center in Los Angeles, and he now takes his message around the world to people of many faiths and nationalities every year. As a result, Max Strom has become a new voice of personal transformation. His method, Inner Axis, is a system of field-tested skills and techniques that get immediate results. It includes a philosophy for real world living, breath-work, yoga movement, and meditation. A dynamic speaker, he has presented two TEDx events, and a keynote speech on ethics in business at a Fortune 500 Corporation, and a talk at The Singularity University. You can see more of Max Strom's work on his DVDs, Learn to Breathe, to heal yourself and your relationships, and Max Strom Yoga – Strength, Grace, Healing. Max has been leading teacher trainings since 1999.

  • Megan Hawk

    Megan Hawk

    Megan considers teaching prenatal yoga a great joy and loves sharing the nurturing gifts of yoga with blossoming mothers. Megan is herself a mother of two with a background in dance and drama. She has been teaching ViniYoga since 2002 and prenatal yoga since 2010. She is also trained in Calm Birth techniques, which she blends into her yoga instruction. Megan's prenatal class is Vini style and includes gentle postures guided by breath and adapted to each student's body and capacity. She also incorporates elements of belly dance, to strengthen the abdominals and open the hips.

  • Olivia Lehrman

    Olivia Lehrman

    Acrobat, comedienne, and Circus Arts instructor Olivia Hallie Lehrman enjoys creating original circus theatre pieces, both solo and ensemble. As a teacher, she has taught all ages, from Brooklyn to China to Haiti. Her pedagogy focuses on finding the most alive parts of each participant, and allowing that passion to clear out any obstacles in its way. Her work integrates physicality, communication, and relationships between partners. Swinging from Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus flying trapezes to character work with Naropa University Masters students, she has trained within a tight community of friends in Colorado, California, and New York. Her most inspirational teachers, Giovanni Fusetti and Marshall Rosenberg, both see each student as a whole person with countless stories within them. Olivia has attended Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theatre and Vassar College.

  • Rachel Sattinger

    Rachel Sattinger

    Rachel began her yoga practice as a college freshman. Her love for yoga philosophy influenced her choice of college degree (Religious Studies) and prompted a subsequent trip to India to participate in a 9-week teacher training program. Upon returning, Rachel felt called to become a teacher and completed her Master's of Education. Rachel has YogaKids Training and CircusYoga Training as well as the Mindful Schools Curriculum Training. She has (mostly) completed the 200 hour Joy of Yoga TT at Breathe in Los Gatos. She teaches first grade at Gateway School in Santa Cruz, has taught Yoga for Kids for a number of years, and became a mother herself in 2013. Her classes are creative, full of movement, mindfully crafted, and fun!

  • Rita Rivera

    Rita Rivera

    Rita Rivera has a varied background in the performing arts, the healing arts, entrepreneurship and is the author of Milks Alive, 140 Recipes for vegan milks made from a variety of nuts and seeds. She is an advocate of a plant-strong diet and is now writing her second book on "plant protein". She teaches privately and leads classes and workshops in the preparation of vegan milks, vegetarian cooking, dance/movement awareness, and the body/mind connection.

  • Romy Narayan

    Romy Narayan

    Romy has been studying and practicing yoga since 2001, and has been blown away by the benefits it has brought to her life. Since an early age, Romy was fascinated by body movement. A lifelong athlete, Romy was a competitive gymnast until the age of 13, she played soccer and volleyball throughout her teens, and earned her first degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do in her early twenties. More recently, Romy explores her love of movement through dance and yoga. When she began studying yoga, Romy noticed an immediate increase in the level of comfort she felt in her body. This discovery led her to delve deeper into the practice under the guidance of her highly appreciated teachers Baba Hari Das, Kofi Busia, Annica Rose, Vannessa Ewing, and Steve Zlatunich.

    In February 2012, Romy completed her 200-hour teaching training at Mount Madonna Institute. She is delighted to continue her yoga education through teaching. She volunteers as an assistant teacher in the Adaptive Yoga Project under Founder Annica Rose, where she continues to learn that yoga truly is adaptable and beneficial to every body.

  • Roxanne Cummings

    Roxanne Cummings

    Roxanne Cummings, CNM, is a Nurse Midwife and Childbirth Educator since 1978. She has attended professional trainings in Mindfulness Education with Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D. and Nancy Bardecke, CNM. This community course offering is inspired by Roxanne's "empty nest" and combines her life loves: Birth, Mindfulness, and Parenting.

  • Selena Howard

    Teacher bio coming soon.

  • Shannon Martinez

    Shannon Martinez

    Shannon has spent most of her life in the worlds of gymnastics and dance. She brings more than a decade of experience with children and young people to her work at Luma. In years past, Shannon has worked as a nanny, gymnastics coach, and preschool teacher. Her greatest joy is assisting young children and encouraging them through fitness to build self-esteem and confidence. Shannon's interests inspired her to pursue a BA in Kinesiology at California State University Monterey Bay. She brings a patient, energetic, and joyful personality to the Tumbling Tutor team and believes deeply in the program's mission: to offer a positive, safe, and fun tumbling experience to help children develop a sense of fitness and health to build upon as they grow.

  • Valerie Moselle

    Valerie Moselle

    Valerie began teaching yoga in 2001 and has been a devoted student of the practice for 20 years. Valerie is an Experienced Yoga Alliance Registered Teacher at the 500-hour level (E-RYT500) with an additional emphasis in Prenatal Yoga (RPYT). Her most influential teachers include Pulak Ranjan Shukla, Max Strom, Colette Crawford, and Paul Grilley. Valerie holds advanced certification from the Interdisciplinary Yoga Institute in Costa Rica, and has trained with Chuck Miller and Maty Ezraty at Yoga Works in Santa Monica. Prior to opening Luma, Valerie taught classes in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and most recently at Nourish in Santa Cruz.

    Valerie offers an invigorating and challenging practice with an emphasis on personal awakening and transformation. Her thoughtfully designed classes encourage an individualized exploration of yoga postures with breath awareness as the primary focus.

  • Willow Brown

    Willow Brown

    Willow is a highly skilled acupuncturist, bodyworker, and cranial sacral therapist. She has been practicing Taoist Sexual Cultivation since 2001 and has over a decade of experience teaching Yoga, Qi Gong and Pilates. During the last four years of her practice as an acupuncturist, she has treated many women for hormonal imbalances, including infertility, menstrual disorders, and emotional highs and lows.