CARL DAWSON ERYT-500
Carl has studied Yoga for 36 years and has held class for 31 years. Carl began his teaching journey in 1983 with a Teacher training with Ganga White and the White Lotus staff and repeated the training with Ganga the following year. He started holding class at “The Center for Yoga” in late 1984 and is still teaching and learning! Carl studied and held class at The Iyengar institute from 1987-1991 and has held workshops and teacher trainings in California and Oregon. Carl’s Senior instructors include: Scott Hobbs, Mary Dunn, Dona Holleman, John Schumacher, Ramanand Patel, John Friend, Aadil Palkhivala, Ganga White. His teaching style is described in the introduction to “Light On Yoga,” B.K.S. Iyengar says: “Perform your asana with the heart of a child.”
NIKI SACCERACCIA ERYT-500
Niki Saccareccia is the founder of Light Inside Yoga – a resource for those looking to live healthier, creative lives. Niki teaches breath-driven, mindful movement to reconnect you to the ultimate source of well-being through the method of hatha yoga. Niki is 500RYT, a published author and Behavior Therapist. Her classes focus on the marriage of awareness in mind and body. Niki’s practice is influenced by the likes of her parents, her students, Sigrid Matthews, Mark Whitwell, Leslie Kaminoff, T. Krishnamacharya, J. Krishnamurti and Patanjali.
Her intention is to guide you to discover your own inner healer – the light inside that allows for love, health and resiliency. Learn more at LightInsideYoga.com
ELAINE McCOY RYT-500
Elaine discovered yoga in 2001 while studying Thai Massage in Chiang Mai. By experiencing the benefits of hatha yoga, she left Thai Massage behind and began practicing yoga at an Iyengar based studio where she received her 200 and 300 certification. She has been teaching since 2011. She also has her certification in Yoga Tune Up® and Therapeutic Yoga.
ALEX ELLIS ERYT-500
Led by her desire to help others take control of their health, Alex began teaching after completing a Bachelor’s of Science in Exercise Biology at UC Davis. With a strong background in anatomy and physiology, Alex strives to empower people to improve their health and well being through a personal movement practice and enhanced body awareness. She is an Integrated Yoga Tune Up® instructor and specializes in injury prevention and rehabilitation. A self-professed body nerd, Alex is an Integral Anatomy student of Gil Hedley’s. Alex’s classes combine her knowledge of the body in a fun and practical way to allow clients to develop a better sense of themselves. When not playing with her therapy puggle, Alex is constantly working on becoming a Supple Leopard.
After taking my first yoga class, I had a thirst for more. I wanted to conquer those balancing poses, but mostly, I craved that miraculous feeling of relaxation and energy combined. Anusara really clicked with its heart-felt themes, which connected my practice to the world around me. It made the practice bigger and more significant than I had realized. The connected nature of yoga gave me the confidence to explore my True Self, meaning, my own body, mind, and spirit. Everyone has a unique and beautiful individual practice. We can grow and become inspired by other yogis, but must honor ourselves, quirks and all. My classes are arranged in a way that allows me to share all of this mind-blowing truth with my students. Everything I learn as I try new styles of yoga, every piece of information I read or learn from another teacher, and every philosophical realization that clicks is my opportunity to offer my students something new, something bigger, something extraordinary. That’s what yoga can be for you, and I only hope I can take you a step closer to that place. I studied 200 hours of Anusara in an Immersion with Maria Cristina Jimenez and Keric Morinaga and in a teacher training with Noah Maze and Tony Giuliano, completed an additional 100 hours of teacher training with Tony Giuliano. I have completed a Restorative Yoga Teacher Training with Jillian Pransky, studied Restorative under Maria Cristina and have taught the style for 2+ years.
Originally from London, Helen is a Los Angeles based Vinyasa Flow teacher. Yoga has been part of Helen’s life in varying amounts from day one! Her grandmother was a practitioner of Kriya yoga and is responsible for getting Helen into her first headstand as a child! In 2011 Helen travelled to Goa, India and completed the Yoga Alliance Teacher Training course with Yogachara Lalit Kumar at the Himalaya Yoga Valley Centre. On returning to London Helen taught Ashtanga and Hatha yoga to a wide range of students. Helen made Los Angeles her home in September 2012 and currently teaches privately and in locations across Los Angeles, CA. As someone with scoliosis, Helen understands that yoga is completely unique for everyone so she offers modifications throughout the class encouraging students to discover their own practice.
Born and raised in Chicago, IL, Lewis stumbled into yoga desperately in need of positive change in his wild and unfocused life. Lewis says, “Through yoga, I became more physically aware and mentally grounded; which all led to a new sense of peace, contentment, control, and reserve in all regards.” In the Summer of 2000, he found Moksha Yoga Center in Chicago where he diligently studied with master teachers, which eventually led to the completion of Moksha’s 200 hour CYT Teacher Training Program under the leadership of Daren Friesen in 2006. Once he completed the training, Daren took on Lewis as his personal assistant and apprentice; touring across the country for workshops and intensives and helping Daren train new teachers at Moksha for the next 3 years. Lewis went on to become a top teacher at various Chicago studios before relocating to Los Angeles in 2009, where he continued to do the same.
Lewis is a strong believer of mind before body. His classes initially focus on the balance of one’s breath, alignment, energy, and concentration while engaging in a satisfyingly complete yoga experience.
REBECCA STANLEY TRAIN
Rebecca Stanley Train has been studying and practicing yoga and meditation officially since 2007. Along with Tibetan Buddhism from the lineage of the Dalai Lamas, she is always exploring new perspectives and pathways to increase compassion and interconnectedness in the world. Her classes are focused towards opening up the physical and energetic body to create balance and space using asana, pranayama, anatomic alignment, and philosophy.
Yoga has always been my sanctuary. While working as a Physician’s Aide, Nutrition and Exercise Consultant, Physical Therapy Aide, Personal Trainer, Performing Artist and an Athlete, my practice has enhanced my journey. My hope is that sharing my experience may enhance your journey. I aim to teach classes that are challenging, restorative and inspirational, leaving you feeling physically fulfilled with a renewed sense of peace and joy.