Instructors

  • Arwen Brooke

    Arwen Brooke

    Arwen began her Pilates journey back in 2002. As with many people, too much time spent commuting to a cubicle lead her to try Pilates as a form of stress relief. The positive benefits of Pilates on her body and mind exceeded her expectations and transformed her life. She is now a Senior Certified Pilates Instructor, CoreAlign Instructor, and Balanced Body Faculty member who teaches group classes and private clients at Agile Monkey Pilates Studio in Santa Cruz. As an instructor, Arwen is dedicated to the Pilates Method but is always adapting her teaching to her clients’ needs. Her teaching style is one of empowerment, encouraging students to learn their way into better fitness and an overall better life experience. Arwen has had an active life from childhood (playing soccer, climbing mountains, snowboarding, etc), so she is able to work and teach the fit in focused, dynamic, sports specific ways. In addition she had great success with training post-rehab clients and has developed a passion for the healing process. Arwen enjoys motivating and encouraging confidence in all of her clients by helping them to develop efficient, healthy movement patterns.

  • Arwen Brooke

    Aura Wilson

    Inspired by the way yoga gently guides us inward to a broader and more enjoyable experience of body, mind, and breath, Aura has been enthusiastically practicing and teaching yoga since 2008. Her excitement about anatomy and holistic wellness prompted her to complete extensive formal training in Swedish, Prenatal and Thai Massage, and on from there she has become an instructor of Swedish and Thai Massage. Recently, she has taught individualized yoga sessions to clients who struggle with low-back injuries and discomfort, prompting her to design yoga classes that focus on keeping the core and postural muscles strong and balanced as well as promoting overall flexibility and stress relief. Aura teaches yoga, offers massage, and leads partnered Thai Massage workshops with a passion for helping people find and enjoy the self-care practices that bring them a deep sense of calm, strength, ease, and connection.

  • 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.

  • 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, the mind and the soul. She began practicing yoga her freshman year at UC Santa Cruz in 2005. She was fascinated by how much she could learn about anatomy and physiology through the practice and appreciated the many physical benefits that came along as well. In 2010 Chelsea completed her 200 hour teacher training at Samasati in Costa Rica at the Marianne Wells Yoga Alliance School. Her focus is on breath, balance, mindful movement and alignment.

    Chelsea specializes in teaching kids yoga. She believes classes should be fun, creative, and inspire connection and compassion for one another. She completed the YogaKids Foundation Training with Lynda Meeder in October 2012 and is excited for the opportunity to teach the Santa Cruz youth.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

    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

    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.

  • Ky Carnell Russell

    Ky Carnell Russell

    Ky loves sharing Pilates with people in all stages of life and well-being and fervently believes that the road to health and wellness begins with a balance of mind and body. A former professional ballet dancer and circus performer, she has taught Pilates since 2002 and worked as a Pilates-based rehabilitation specialist at the world-renowned St. Francis Hospital’s Center for Sports and Dance Medicine for several years. She is passionate about empowering women through all stages of life and well-being, with an emphasis on pre and post-natal fitness. She shares this philosophy with other Pilates instructors as a teacher trainer for the Center for Women's Fitness Pre/Post Natal Pilates Specialist Training Program. She also teaches Pilates instructor training programs and experiential anatomy courses locally and across the U.S. for Balanced Body. Ky is currently pursuing her Masters degree in Kinesiology at San Jose State University, researching mind-body fitness from a feminist perspective in post-natal populations. She is the delighted mother of a toddler and feels blessed to get to experience the journey of parenting in this amazing Santa Cruz community.

  • 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.

  • Lirio Ohlson

    Lirio Ohlson

    Lirio began teaching yoga in her late teens and has taught yoga for more than 20 years. She teaches pranayama, meditation, and yoga asana. She enjoys making yoga accessible and safe for all levels of students and she seeks to develop an even ratio of flexibility, strength, and balance skills in all of her classes. She believes in stress reduction through humor and therefore enjoys approaching the practice with a lighthearted and carefree attitude.

  • Lisa Piediscalzi

    Lisa Piediscalzi

    Lisa is an acupuncturist, craniosacral therapist, and lactation consultant who has a passion for working with new moms and babies.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • Rhiannon Saunders

    Rhiannon Saunders

    A Motion Pacific dance instructor, Rhiannon Saunders first found love in a ballet class at the age of 2. Since then she has found joy in jazz, modern, contemporary, tap, acrobatics, as well as Latin and ballroom dancing. Her love of movement provided her with the opportunity to find her second love, working with young children, first as a dance instructor and then as a preschool teacher. For the past 15 years she has enjoyed guiding young movers to fall deeply in love with movement and music.

  • 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.

  • 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.