Instructors

  • Abigail Ready

    Abigail Ready

    Abby recently completed her 250 hour RYT CorePower Yoga Teacher Training in Boulder, Colorado before moving west to Santa Cruz. She put her faith in vinyasa yoga five years ago when it was able to heal her chronic sciatic pain and has been practicing ever since. She believes that yoga is the gateway to bringing more peace and stability into our lives, whether that be in our home, work, relationships, or in our minds. Her classes place emphasis on mindful breath, core strength, self-love, and having fun!

  • 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 has extensive training and experience in the fields of yoga and holistic medicine. She is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT 500) classically trained in Asthanga and Hatha Yoga. Bridget’s life’s work is in assisting others to find thriving health by offering her expertise in yoga and holistic medicine. She is a licensed primary healthcare provider in California with a four-year Masters degree in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine and a two-year Ayurvedic Medicine training.

    Bridget's enthusiastic and full-spectrum classes include attention to the breath, movement, and focus on alignment. She blends a complimentary ratio of flexibility, strength, and balance while encouraging students to exercise their inner intuition and breath to guide the practice. Each class is appropriately adjusted to natural forces such as season, time of day, and current atmosphere. Bridget's intention in her classes is to reveal the myriad ways in which yoga is a tool for personal wellness. Students can expect detailed verbal cues, demonstration of poses, and hands-on adjustments. Practice often includes: gentle warm-ups with qi gong exercises, sun or moon salutations, sound anatomical alignment refinement using props, chakra and channel alignment, gentle breath work and meditation.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Chelsea Curtin

    Chelsea Curtin

    Chelsea believes yoga is medicine for the body, mind and soul. She is passionate about sharing yoga with all ages and abilities. Here at Luma she teaches kids, teens, and adults. No matter the age she works with, her focus is on breath, mindful movement, balance, strength and alignment. Her classes are light-hearted, creative, energizing and inspire connection to ourselves, one another, and the natural world. She completed a 200-hour certification training in Costa Rica in 2010 and a 500-hour certification training here in Santa Cruz in 2014.

  • David Shulkin

    David Schulkin

    David is a father and experienced therapist who has the natural ability to make almost anybody feel comfortable. His compassionate and relaxed personal style means that he is a good fit for therapeutic work with people of any age and background, including individuals, couples and families. David views himself as an experienced guide, walking with his clients in their world in order to understand and support them to move in the directions that they want to go. He believes that we are all doing the best we can with what we have. We develop skills that help us function in life, and when life situations change, it is often a time to learn new skills. To find out more about David, go to www.davidschulkin.com.

  • Deshika Parera

    Bio coming soon!

  • Emily Rosenberger

    Bio coming soon!

  • Genine Leighton, LMFT

    Genine Leighton, LMFT

    Genine is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) who specializes in working with perinatal and postpartum women and their families. She received her Master’s Degree in Counseling in 1997 and holds a Bachelors in Psychology. Genine works with individuals and couples and has provided therapeutic services for a wide range of clients in clinics, schools, hospitals, agencies, and private practice. She currently has a private practice in Santa Cruz, works with Monarch Services, and facilitates Postpartum Wellness Groups at Luma and Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center. As a mother herself, Genine is passionate about supporting women and their families through the many challenges that occur during the perinatal and postpartum period and has extensive training and certification in the area of postpartum mood and anxiety disorders. In addition, Genine has extensive experience in trauma and trauma recovery and supports clients with issues ranging from perinatal and postpartum struggles, infertility, depression, anxiety, blended families, parenting, eating disorders, stress management, and life transitions.

  • Ian Chambers

    Dr. Ian Chambers

    Dr. Ian Chambers is a network chiropractor and expert in spinal health and the mind-body connection. Ian has the keen ability to see a person or situation, understand the complex set of factors involved and the relationships affecting a person’s body, health and happiness. He is a master at being able to comprehend the various influences that make up a crisis or opportunity, and address the core issues through working with the body and mind in a way that creates an instant, palpable shift. His warm, direct, personal style produces a high level of trust and depth with his clients, which makes creating positive shifts and breakthroughs easeful and effortless.

    After receiving a B.A in History and Sociology, Ian continued to study approaches in cognitive behavioral therapy, meditation, kinesiology and whole-brain, whole-body integration. He then went on to pursue his passion in studying the brain-body connection, and received a Doctor of Chiropractic degree Magna Cum Laude from New York Chiropractic College in 1998. Over the last 15 years, Ian has continued to study, train and teach extensively with world-renowned masters in chiropractic, meditation, homeopathy and somatic psychology. He sees clients at Healing Waves Wellness Center here in Santa Cruz, which he owns and operates with his wife. Dr. Pamela Chambers.

  • Jacquelyne Pedersen

    Instructor bio coming soon!

  • 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 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

    Jessie Marks has been a part of the Luma family since the first day it opened working in childcare, teaching Kids Yoga, and offering her smile at the Front Desk. She recently completed her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training program in May 2014 and is loving integrating herself as a newly established yoga teacher in the Santa Cruz community. Jessie's practice has made a significant and wonderful impact on her life and her mission is to share that with others who are seeking the benefits of yoga for themselves. Her classes provide a calm, meditative atmosphere that integrates both heating and cooling poses which are harmonized by a vinyasa flow. Jessie believes the importance of connecting the mind with body through yogic movement and breath is to then serve others in the world from a place of peace, awareness, and compassion.

  • 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.

  • Jill Clifton

    Jill Clifton

    Jill facilitates paradigm-shifting discussions based on Whole Body Wisdom to locate and reinvigorate the cellular level harmony and equilibrium needed for hormone balance. Her clients experience greater ease with PMS symptoms, cycle changes, digestion, and irritability. Jill studied biology and ecology before coming to her holistic understanding of well-being through Bioenergy Balancing, Her current work unites her love of science with the intuitive search for harmony and grounding through life’s transition times.

  • Kaili Reynolds

    Kaili Reynolds

    Kaili Reynolds is a Certified Childbirth Educator through CAPPA and a DONA International trained Birth Doula. With a B.A. in Community Studies, Kaili's hope is to contribute to a better society by facilitating healthy relationships between parents and their children through natural childbirth education including an emphasis on the importance of bonding with your new baby. Kaili's childbirth education approach is based on incorporating the many learning styles of adults so that everyone has the opportunity to retain the learning objectives. Parents will be encouraged to seek out all of their choices as well as their local resources so they can feel empowered to make their own decisions and have satisfaction with any kind of birth outcome. Kaili Reynolds is a mother of three children and enjoys living in beautiful Santa Cruz with her husband.

  • 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.

  • Kaysi Contreras

    Kaysi Contreras

    Kaysi is an aromatherapist and essential oils educator. With a background in commercial organic agriculture, she managed two small farms with gourmet salad operations. Edible flowers and the healing aroma of rich humus literally inspired her intrigue with natural healing. To her, essential oils are a beautifully complex alchemical synergy of botany, chemistry, and medicine. She believes using essential oils therapeutically is an integral part of changing paradigms in modern medicine, wherein people must empower themselves when it comes to their own physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual wellbeing. As a mother, she is poignantly aware that she is leading by example, and thus, seeks to thrive more and survive less. She regularly teaches in schools, consults one-on-one with clients, and is the blender and creator of Luma's custom blends. She is the co-author of E-book, Smell Good, Feel Better, due out in 2015.

  • Kymm Ann Wallin

    Kymm Ann Wallin

    In her work with pregnancy, birth, and postpartum, Kymm Ann draws upon a wealth of experience, having served hundreds of families as they journey in to parenthood. She enjoys bringing her skills as a Birth Doula, Postpartum Doula, Massage Practitioner, Infant Massage Instructor, and Childbirth Educator together to serve families in this special time. Her approach is compassionate, genuine, and wise. Kymm Ann has worked with birth in various settings (hospital, home, and birth center) for over 17 years, and serves as a board member for Birth Network of Santa Cruz County. Kymm Ann is the proud mother of a 12 year old son.

  • Leanna Immel

    Leanna Immel

    Leanna's two great passions in life are teaching kids and practicing yoga. She has been working with children since 2005 and currently teaches 3rd grade at Montclaire Elementary in the Cupertino Union School District. Her greatest joy is watching students develop socially, emotionally, and academically and she takes great pride in providing a nurturing environment for each and every child. Leanna completed the YogaKids Foundations Training under the direction of Judy Brennan. She is thrilled at the opportunity to blend her knowledge of education with her love of yoga at Luma.

  • Lisa Piediscalzi

    Lisa Piediscalzi, L.Ac., RCST®, IBCLC

    The mother of two teenaged boys, Lisa has worked as a licensed acupuncturist since 1994. In 2006 she completed a 2-year, 700-hour foundational training in Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy, and has subsequently participated in several hundred hours of seminars focusing specifically on the treatment of newborns and infants. In 2010 she became credentialed as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). When working with babies and moms, Lisa draws upon her knowledge of craniosacral therapy, feeding issues and alternative medicine to create an integrative treatment plan that addresses each patient’s unique needs. Lisa also teaches TummyTime!™ at Luma, as well as breastfeeding classes for expectant parents.

  • 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.

  • Mandie Caroll

    Mandie Caroll

    Mandie is a mom, yoga teacher, writer, social justice educator, and student affairs professional. She earned her 200-hour Curvy Yoga Teacher certification with Anna Guest-Jelley of Curvy Yoga Nashville. Curvy Yoga is a Hatha-based, prop supported practice aimed at making yoga poses work for all bodies. Mandie is deeply interested in the connections between social justice and yoga, and strives to make yoga accessible to people of all shapes, sizes, race and ethnicities, genders (or no gender at all), sexual orientations, and economic backgrounds.

  • 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.

  • Megan Byers

    Megan Byers

    Megan has extensive experience as a nanny for children ages 4 months to 10 years. Working with kids as a nanny or babysitter for the past 6 years, I have grown to love creative play and interaction. I also have experience caring for children with severe health conditions and food allergies. Working with kids at Luma is a delight! I love playing with children in such a caring, nurturing environment where their imaginations can blossom.

  • Meghan Neeley

    Meghan Neeley

    Meghan (eRYT 500) is The Manifestress. She coaches yoga practitioners who are committed to creating reality from their wildest dreams of what’s possible in relationship, work and life. She is devoted to teaching yoga as a path of transformation on and off the mat. Meghan blends over 1200 hours of yoga teacher training (ERYT 500) with Shiva Rea and Janet Stone, over 1000 hours of life coach training with Grace Clayton and role as a Desire Map Facilitator into her transformational coaching and yoga classes. She lives the life of her dreams in Santa Cruz, California with her husband, son, and fur baby Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, offering private sessions and workshops for clients internationally.

  • Mariam Gates

    Mariam Gates, ME.d

    Mariam is a passionate and inspiring teacher with more than 20 years of experience nurturing young people. Through Kid Power Yoga, she has combined her dedication to teaching yoga with her skills as an educator to guide children in accessing their own inner source of strength, confidence, problem solving, and creativity. She has a master’s degree in education from Harvard University and years of experience in the classroom. Mariam and her work have been featured in Yoga Journal, Boston magazine, the Boston Herald, Alternative Health Magazine, and on television and presented at Esalen Institute, Big Sur CA and YogaJournalLive! + Wanderlust Festivals in the US. Child magazine described Mariam as a “central figure” in the children’s yoga movement.

  • Mireille Cervelli

    Mireille Cervelli

    Mireille Cervelli has been serving the local birth community for over nine years as a birth and postpartum doula, pre and postnatal yoga instructor and student midwife. She is also a birth educator and offers placenta encapsulation services. Her life mission is to provide the support, information and empowerment needed for families to transition smoothly through the transformative experience of becoming parents. Her trainings include DONA International Doula training, Whole Birth Yoga teacher training, and a 200 hour Vinyasa Flow Yoga Teacher training with Santa Cruz Yoga. She is currently a student at the National Midwifery Institute and working towards her midwifery licensure. Mireille has previously taught Pre and Postnatal yoga at the Pacific Cultural Center, Santa Cruz Chi Center, and Harmony Birth in Campbell. She’s also a life coach specializing in working with women, mothers, and couples during the early childbearing years around the issues of birth, trauma, sexuality and relationships. When she’s not working with new families she enjoys time in the garden at home with her three children, ecstatic dance, journaling and hiking.

  • Nadeeka Wijesingha

    Bio coming soon!

  • Rachael McCrady

    Rachael McCrady

    Rachael is a recent graduate of Western Washington University. She is a former kids' sailing instructor who enjoys hiking, sailing, cooking, reading, and playing with little people at Luma!

  • 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.

  • Tamara Juel

    Tamara Juel

    Tamara Juel is a trained and certified therapeutic yoga teacher & Yoga/Movement Therapist. She received her training through Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy, in Bristol, Vermont, as well as Pre-natal and Post-partum yoga training through Niroga Institute in Oakland, CA. Her lineage comes from Tantric Yoga, rooted in Bhakti (Devotion); she teaches, lives, and breathes from the heart. Tamara offers Hatha, Vinyasa, Restorative, Yoga Movement©, and Prenatal & Postpartum yoga classes. She believes in the wisdom of the body, and assisting others in drawing out their inner teacher. Tamara pulls from her experience as a massage therapist, Yoga/Movement Therapist, birth doula, midwives assistant, yogi, mother, and lifelong dancer to bring a depth and passion to her classes.

  • Valerie Moselle

    Valerie Moselle

    Valerie began teaching yoga in 2001 and has been a devoted student of the practice for over 20 years. She is an Experienced Yoga Alliance Registered Teacher (E-RYT500) with an additional emphasis in Prenatal Yoga (RPYT). Her classes are thoughtfully designed, and encourage an individualized exploration of yoga postures with breath awareness as the primary focus. Valerie has lived and studied yoga in Southern California, India, and San Francisco. She now lives in Santa Cruz with her husband Nick, and daughters Poppy and Amma, where she co-founded Luma. Her idea for the center sprang from her desire to integrate family life with personal health and wellbeing. The center serves individuals of all ages and honors that the peace and wellbeing we seek through yoga can be accessed through quiet and solitude, but also through a vibrant and diverse community. Prior to opening Luma, Valerie taught in Santa Monica, San Francisco, Berkeley, and at Nourish in Santa Cruz.