TruYoga & Massage
Isolated from the excitement of the rest of the gym, the tranquil atmosphere of TruYoga invites you to indulge in a massage in one of our relaxing massage studios and exercise your mind and body through yoga and meditation. Complementing the beautiful 1000 square foot yoga studio is our tea lounge, retail boutique, and private shower for our massage clients.
Ahmed developed his love and passion for yoga while reconnecting with his roots on a trip to Cairo, Egypt. It was the strong physical practice that first attracted him to yoga; yet it was amidst the noise and chaos of Cairo where Ahmed fell in love with yoga as each guiding breath helped center him and calm his mind.
Living an active lifestyle has resulted in some nagging injuries such as tennis elbow and an inflamed Achilles tendon. Ahmed discovered that his yoga practice doubled as physical therapy and helped speed his recovery. The flexibility and strength gains helped reduce injuries as he worked sports back into his daily life.
In Ahmed’s Power Vinyasa Flow class you’ll build strength, improve your balance, focus and flexibility, all while having a few laughs along the way. Ahmed’s classes are open to beginners, athletes, executives and anyone who is curious about yoga.
Alyson is back in Los Angeles after having lived and taught yoga in Amsterdam and India the past 7 years. It was in India where she met her teachers: Josta Van Dam and Patrick Vermeulen of Svaha Yoga Amsterdam. Her experiences in India along with her teachers brought her closer to the devotional part of Yoga. Known as “Bhakti”, singing the Divine names and connecting with an inner-most joy, bliss and love, which is our own true nature. Her love for travel, different cultures, yoga and music take her back to India every year where she continues to give retreats in South India. In class, Alyson brings together Bhakti Yoga combined with a dynamic flow of Asanas, vinyasa and detailed alignment. Be prepared to breathe, sweat, laugh and let it all go.
Also known as “The Feisty Yogi”, Amanda is an LA-based yoga and meditation teacher, a writer, and most importantly – a happy human being. After struggling for years with severe body dysmorphia, anxiety, and eating disorders, she found a home in yoga and holistic wellness. Her core mission is to shatter the notion of “perfection”, and use her story to inspire others to see the real, raw, authentic beauty within… with a lot of fun (and a lot of sweat!) along the way.
Enthusiastic, motivated and passionate about yoga, Carrie works to instill compassion, acceptance and patience in both herself and her students alike. Always vigilant about safety, alignment and the breath, Carrie’s focus is to guide her students through their practice toward self-acceptance and awareness, with goals of living a healthier, happier and balanced life. She encourages students to go past their mental resistance, trusting in the process of yoga, to create growth and change both on and off the mat.
First off, you should know that Dan is very into yoga. He likes it quite a lot.. and even though he can’t put his foot behind his head, he’s found a nice practice of his very own. It all started when he walked into Gabriel Halpern’s Iyengar class on his first day of college. Intrigued and overwhelmed, Dan spent half the time loving it and the other half wishing he could roll up his mat and head for the hills. After graduating, Dan moved to Santa Monica Californina with his then girlfriend, now wife, Lesley. It wasn’t but a few weeks into residing oceanside that Dan discovered Bryan Kest’s poweryoga class. It was what he likes to call a lifequake. Bryan’s intense style of vinyasa yoga freaking blew his mind. Somewhere in there, an idea sprouted: maybe he could spread his love for yoga through teaching. Dan hooked up with a long haired Hawaiian maniac named Tamal Dodge and received his teaching certification from the Tamal Yoga School not too long ago. His classes are nurturing, challenging, fast moving, and hopefully, a little fun. www.danwardyoga.com
“Raising vibrations one downward dog at a time!”
Danielle was born and raised in Queens, NY. Sunny Venice, CA has been her home for 13 years. She found yoga in her early 30’s, and her love for the practice sparked a transformation in her career path. Building on her previous experience of helping others find outer beauty in the makeup industry, Danielle now guides students in finding and allowing their inner beauty to shine.
She is now a 200 RYT, Yoga Alliance Certified instructor and is currently working on her 300 RYT. Danielle teaches public classes, music festivals, offers private instruction and leads an all women’s yoga group in Venice once a week.
Danielle teaches a strong all levels Vinyasa flow that is accessible to all practitioners. She is also qualified in Yin, Gentle, and Restorative Yoga. She invites playfulness and laughter along with a carefully selected playlist to take you on a mindful journey from start to finish. Her sequencing is intelligently and creatively crafted. She offers each class with intention and purpose and holds space to rest and reflect. Breathe and body alignment are a priority.
Danielle believes yoga is for everybody of all ages and walks of life, it is about discovering your true potential that resides within. Your practice is your own rhythm and is as unique to you as your heart beat. Yoga allows us to come back home to our true Self. As Ram Dass said, “We’re all just walking each other home.”
Jenny has worked with movement her whole life. She began gymnastics and ballet at a young age and learned how the body functions – and also how it can be injured. After her dancing days were over, Jenny discovered yoga and fell in love with being able to move and make her body feel better. After a 10-year yoga practice she landed at Santa Monica Yoga and completed teacher training with Luke Ketterhagen, Nancy Goodstein, and Kyra Haglund. Jenny’s classes combine music and movement with a strong concentration on alignment, while always encouraging students to listen to their own bodies.
Leslie has been exploring movement her entire life. From ballet to boxing, her exploration brought her to yoga 17 years ago. Over that time, she has practiced many different yoga styles and has traveled to India to study with the masters of Ashtanga and Iyengar, Pattabi Jois and BKS Iyengar. She found the practice so transformative that she became a walking billboard for yoga, which inspired her to become a teacher. She did her teacher training at Yoga Works in 2001 and assisted that training in 2003. She has studied and practiced therapeutic yoga for years and has witnessed its healing transformation in her own body and life as well as in her students. In 2009, she completed a two-year certification program in Yoga Therapy through Loyola Marymount University, which deepened her understanding of the body’s systems, what occurs in dis-ease and how yoga can be used safely to effect a greater sense of ease and well being. And she is currently furthering her studies at LMU in the Yoga Philosophy program. Her belief that yoga is a healing art led her to teach a National Institutes of Health funded medical study through UCLA on the benefits of yoga for seniors with hyper kyphosis , a pilot study through the biokinesiology department at USC on the benefits of yoga for people with Parkinson’s Disease , and will be leading another NIH-funded study in conjunction with both UCLA and USC entitled YESS, Yoga Empowers Seniors Study, beginning in January of 2010 at TruYoga. Leslie believes the practice of yoga starts with the breath. By connecting to the breath, you connect to your self. By expanding and freeing the breath, you expand movement and create freedom in the body, in your self and in your life. She infuses her teaching with her joy of life and irreverent sense of humor as she guides students along their personal journey, meeting them wherever they are.
Rudy feels honored when blessed with the opportunity to lead students through their practice. He uses the term “Yoga Warriors” as the basis of his philosophy regarding the teaching of his classes as well as in his everyday life. He uses yoga as a way to conquer life’s many challenges and encourages students to do the same. Rudy’s classes aim to bring out the strength and power from deep within.
Born and raised in England, Steve started travelling at an early age, arriving in Los Angeles over fifteen years ago. His journey into Yoga began with an extended stay at a Buddhist Temple in northern Thailand studying Vipassana meditation. After returning to Los Angeles Steve stumbled upon Bryan Kest Power Yoga and my journey continued from there. Wanting to deepen his practice, Steve decided to go to India where he spent almost a year studying the many layers of yoga before heading back to Thailand to begin teaching.
His classes are intended to be strong, challenging, calm and gentle all at the same time. Focusing on alignment and connecting with our breath to help us find that meditation in motion.
With seemingly infinite approaches to yoga & wellness being shared around the world, Trevor turned nomadic in 2010 and spent 5 of the next 6 years abroad, studying with incredible teachers from diverse backgrounds – immersing into every contemporary method of yoga, meditation, & movement therapy he could find. Now back home in LA, Trevor enjoys sharing this collected knowledge in creative all-level classes set to rhythmic soundtracks, coaching his students through a balanced spectrum of asana ranging from gentle therapeutic postures to invigorating flow.
Wendy Shubin, MSPAS, PA-C, is a yoga teacher and practicing licensed Physician Assistant in OB/GYN & Fertility who has been guiding students through ashtanga and vinyasa flow since 2001. After having completed her 1000-hour teacher training, Wendy combined her passion for medicine and yoga when she received her 500 RYT and C-IAYT in liv-INg-yoga with Jasmine Lieb. Wendy’s yoga teaching is now focused on injury rehabilitation, management and prevention. Wendy combines the knowledge she has gained from her medical training and the liv-INg-yoga method, and continues to study with her teacher Jasmine Lieb and her Osteopathic team. Because no two students have the same alignment, Wendy designs her classes around her students’ needs and injuries. She has a special interest and experience working with athletes, pelvic floor disorders, postnatal pelvic floor strengthening, scoliosis, neck/back pain, infertility, menopause, cardiovascular conditions/stroke, back/neck fusions and orthopedic injuries including shoulder and knee rehabilitation.