Our Team

Bethany Henderson Eanes, Owner & Teacher

Ten years ago, my practice was a comfortable home where there were no limits. Then, something changed. In 2012, I was diagnosed with Graves' Disease, a hyperactive thyroid auto-immune disease. Through several remissions, relapses, and courses of radiation, I found yoga much less comfortable.

Struggling helped me engage more honestly with myself and the world. I use this every time I teach, and my wish is always to break down yoga as ''perfection'' or ''bliss'' and instead aim for honesty and self-growth. I'm known for a down-to-Earth approach to the practice; you won't find many platitudes here, and the practice I lead may be anything but typical. Through creative prop work and innovative sequencing, I aim to keep you interested by bringing you to your mat in continually new ways. I am sincerely unafraid to make you uncomfortable. Through this, I hope you will feel empowered to engage honestly not just with all the ''love and light'' in the world but with the struggles and hard work that make you human.

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500-Hour E-RYT, Trauma-Informed Teacher

Victoria Postigo Palting, Teacher

Hi! I’m Victoria, former yoga skeptic turned full-on yoga teacher. I love to teach students lessons on the mat that they can use in everyday life.

I earned my B.S., Honors in Chemistry from University of California, Berkeley, where I focused on pre-health classes to attend professional medical school. After earning my way into a top physician assistant program, I decided to re-evaluate how exactly I wanted to craft my career and what my goals were in working with people.

My philosophy on teaching is this: we don’t do yoga for the sake of getting better at yoga; we do yoga to get better at life. When you practice with me, you can be sure that everything we do, from the postures to the breathing, has an intended purpose. The goal is to live a full life; strength and flexibility are the side effects. Let me worry about how the science, anatomy, and physiology weave together to form a practice that achieves real results; you just need to show up.

www.noyonlyayogi.com * facebook.com/notonlyayogi

200-Hour RYT Mukti Yoga School

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Lisa Menard Schmahl, Teacher

Twenty years ago I chose meditation over anxiety medication. Yoga is a choice I still make daily. My journey of self discovery and healing greatly inform my teaching, as does my love of hard work and play. To me, class should be filled with fun, focus and learning. I’ve been teaching classes for 10 years, logged over 1,000 hours of training, and am 13th in the world to be YOGAMAZÉ Certified. I have a trained eye for alignment, a love of adjustments, and a passion for the practice. This is all evident in my classes. The only thing I love as much as my baby’s giggle, or husband’s smile, is the moment when I see a student truly get their worth.

I spent years living from a place of lack, and it was the strength I cultivated on my mat that lifted me out of that space. I will challenge, support, and honor you in whatever place you are, in hopes that you will see and honor your strength, beauty, and grace.

LisaMenardSchmahl.com * Facebook@LMSYoga * Instagram@LMSYoga

500-Hour E-RYT, YOGAMAZÉ

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Lauren Ikeda, Teacher

I never thought in a million years I would be a yoga teacher, but here I am! I am in love with yoga and everything that comes along with it - from the stretchy yoga pants to feeling connected to the best version of myself. This love affair sparked my interest to teach. I now share that love with my students so you can explore you own journey through yoga on and off the mat

I believe yoga is for everyone and every body. I have a passion for working with students recovering from or living with injuries, body stiffness caused by stress, or conditions that affect your wellbeing. I also offer various ways for you to deepen your practice through special classes, workshops, and retreats.

My mission is to hold a space for my students to connect: to awareness in the physical body, to find mental clarity, to the quality of breath, to those around you, and to the most authentic version of yourself. The possibilities are limitless. My classes are fun, creative, and challenging while remaining accessible for students of all-levels.

www.laurenikeda.com * @laurenikeda

200-Hour E-RYT Corepower Yoga, YACEP

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Roxan Kruse, Teacher

The first time I stepped onto my yoga mat, I didn't know what to expect. I enjoyed the workout, and that's what kept me coming back, but through the years something shifted. I have found my mat to be where I find the truest form of "me." When I'm practicing yoga, I can leave the chaos of today''s world to the side and find a profound sense of grace, peace, and calm. Through my teaching I hope to share my experience and help you find a truer sense of "you".

I specialize in vinyasa flow, using the breath as a means to turn focus inward. I feel most connected as a teacher when I'm encouraging you to approach yoga with a sense of curiosity and self exploration rather than didactic instruction. In my classes, you can expect to flow, stretch out, and connect to your breath - but most importantly you will have the freedom to explore, be creative, and make the practice truly your own.

roxanyoga.com * @roxan_k

200-Hour RYT, Harmony Yoga

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Karon Wilmoth, Teacher

I am an authentic Southern Californian at heart and love the active lifestyle of the South Bay. Working as a CPA for a number of years, I experienced the stress of balancing a corporate job while raising a family. Looking to find balance in my life, I fell in love with practicing Vinyasa flow yoga and was hooked on the healing qualities of the yogic lifestyle. Initially, teacher training was a way to immerse myself in my practice. Drawing inspiration from the people around me, I studied pranayama and meditation with Ramaswami at Loyola Marymount University, advanced teaching techniques with Yoga Mittra, Advanced Vinyasa Krama and Ayurveda with Lotus Flow, and am always looking to add more dimension to my practice and teaching.

I used the power of the breath, focus of the mind, inner peace and patience through my journey as a breast cancer survivor. I aim to approach my practice and life with a true sense of compassion and share that compassion with the world.

200-Hour RYT, Mukti Yoga School * pursuing 500-hour RYT

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Ashley-Marie Olgado, Teacher

I stumbled onto yoga more than a decade ago and found that it stayed with me, shifting with the changing tides of my life. Yoga came to me as a physical exercise after years of competitive dancing but transformed into a practice of finding balance in breath and body: strength & flexibility, groundedness & fluidity, intensity & softness.

After starting with Iyengar-inspired hatha yoga, my love for movement led me to vinyasa flow. I teach vinyasa flow with attention to alignment to help others move safely and with purpose. Yoga has helped me tap into her own strength, but it’s also brought joy and laughter. I encourage others to cultivate that playfulness and light hearted attitude in class.

200-Hour RYT, Yoga Medicine with Tiffany Cruikshank
300-Hour RYT, Fit Flow Fly with Briohny Kate Smyth & Dice Iida-Klein

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Claire Dews Sribour, Teacher

I was born to dance, move and teach; I trained fiercely in all styles of dance growing up.  I was first exposed to yoga at age 15 and didn't like it ... I realize now it made me uncomfortable because it brought out my weaknesses.  Those weaknesses caught up with me when I studied Dance at UCLA, leading to a stress fracture in my spine. I couldn't dance anymore. Though heartbreaking, my injury led me to Pilates, and then eventually back to the yoga mat, a journey I am extremely grateful for.

Over the next decade, I studied anatomy, explored alternative healing, and used meditative and breathing techniques to heal my own poor, neglected body. Not only do I love what yoga does for my body, but it fills a space in my soul that was left when I retired my dance shoes.

Over the years I've spent teaching, I have learned how closely connected our bodies are to our souls, our emotions, and our experience of life. This is why I take a very gentle and restorative approach to yoga.  I recognize how important it is to celebrate our bodies, invest our time and attention in them, and treat them as something of great value. Yoga, for me, is the very best way to do this.

200-Hour RYT, Mukti Yoga School
additionally certified in Pilates, Long Beach Dance Conditioning with Marie Jose Blom

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Jodene Sasine, Teacher

I'm a native Southern Californian who found yoga in the "corporate world" in 2002. I was working in Information Technology as a project manager at the time and was so stressed out. I didn’t know if I was coming or going! A co-worker of mine told me about this class where you got to take a nap at the very end – yes, that was how she described yoga.

After my first class I couldn’t move my arms for 4 days, but I was hooked. I've taught yoga to people just like me - stressed out corporate employees - for the past eight years. I focus on alignment, breath, and building strength by holding asanas. I understand the physical and mental challenges of working in front of a computer most of the day and tailor my classes to open up those areas of the body and mind that are screaming for attention.

500-Hour RYT, Mukti Yoga School

Erica Osburn, Teacher

I'm a South Bay native who discovered yoga in 2010 as a way to unwind and de-stress after long days at my office job. I suffered from anxiety and panic attacks since childhood and realized that my yoga practice provided me with relief. Yoga became more than just a daily exercise, as it brought positive changes to my life physically, mentally, and spiritually.

My classes focus on linking the breath to movement, cultivating a good sweat, and allowing a space for personal growth and exploration.

200-hour RYT, Yoga Mittra

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Alissa Nelson, Guest Teacher

I found yoga over a decade ago and first started teaching in 2014. Yoga and meditation have helped me to find balance between my type A overachiever personality and my desire to build a more inclusive society where all can achieve. I am deeply committed to ensuring the accessibility of yoga as a healing practice for all communities and strive to hold space that welcomes all bodies regardless of gender identity, body shape, ability, trauma history, or race.
I enjoy exploring poses and the different paths we can take to reach our expression of asana, making ample use of props to help the poses fit your body. Yoga initially helped me find relief from the stress of grad school, and I continued and deepened my practice after experiencing the power of yoga to help reintegrate my mind and body following trauma. I completed Yoga Tree's 200-hour certification program in San Francisco and trained with teachers including Darren Main, Kerri Kelly, Dianne Bondy, Sean Haleen, Dina Amsterdam, and Rebecca Rogers. More than anything I learn from other students of this beautiful discipline.

alissanelson.com * @blackmetalyogi

500-hour RYT, Mukti Yoga School

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Taylor Epstein, Guest Teacher

I sought my teacher training in order to connect my formal, clinical training as a Registered Nurse with the mind, body and health benefits of yoga. My goal is to use a calm and confident teaching style safe for both beginners and advanced yogis; and, I always guide breath work to help you feel truly grounded in class.

I'm a firm believer that there is an inner-child and healer in each of us. I aim to create an environment that allows you to be playful in your approach to the practice while encouraging you to develop your own sense of spirituality in movement.

200-hour RYT Mukti Yoga School

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Ariel Perkins, Student Support Lead

I fell in love with yoga the moment that yoga taught me to fall in love with myself. I learned to love everything my body is capable of and that I am enough. I love yoga for making me into a happier and stronger version of myself.

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Sharon Mettler, Student Support

My initial experience with yoga had been very limited; I had only ever tried to follow, along with 20 other rowdy teenagers, a yoga video tape in my required P.E. movement class.  I found my way back to yoga 10 years later when I took my first live yoga class. As challenging as the class was, I didn''t truly feel the benefits of the practice until savasana.  In those few minutes we all laid on the floor, I felt peaceful and clear. I went to yoga for the workout and left in love with the lifestyle.

200-hour RYT, Mukti Yoga School

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Faye Raton, Student Support

I fell in love with yoga when I started to recognize the infinite layers I have within myself that I keep discovering every time I practice.

RYT 200, Mukti Yoga School

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Reid & Flapjack Eanes, Co-Owners, Insurance Broker & Moral Support

Reid and I met while studying at Washington University in St. Louis. He convinced me to leave the comforts of small-town, Midwestern America and ship out to Los Angeles. Reid works as a corporate insurance broker specializing in Corporate Governance Risk, so we feel pretty darn good about our claims coverage. Despite how it may sound based on our careers, he is actually the Yin to my Yang. He offers sound business advice and reminds me to keep my head in the same place as my feet. While Reid does not claim to be a ''yogi,'' his lotus pose has always been better than mine, and his chill is on a whole ''nother level.

Flapjack is my service dog & best friend (it's okay, Reid understands). For Flapjack's part, he is a total natural with Up Dog and Frog Pose, and his ability to stay in the moment is something only a dog can achieve.

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