Michelle Ely found her personal practice in 2005 & immediately fell in love with the yogic traditions. She traveled along her path practicing throughout the years while studying for her Economics degree that she earned in 2009 from Texas A&M. Desiring to immerse herself deeper she earned both 200hour & 300hour RYT teaching certificates. Having taken several classes in the Hawaiian islands, she implements the spirit of Aloha & her Jivamukti lineage background by welcoming all levels to class.
Crystal’s yoga exploration began in San Francisco where she discovered how to restore vitality to her body after years of back pain. Passion for the practice led her to build community yoga classes in Northern California & Southern Oregon. Now, Crystal is ready for more adventures in SoCal. She is thrilled to serve & learn from a new community of students on this sunny side of the world. Classes revolve around alignment, mindfulness meditation, pranayama, classical & tantric yoga philosophy.
Carrie Reeves is an Anusara yoga instructor, actor and general innerpreneur. Passionate about making a positive impact on her community she has discovered the best feeling in the world is a blissed out student. Her classes are powerful, playful and heartfelt. She continues to pursue education in yoga and the healing arts. You can expect to leave feeling a deep and refreshed connection to your creative side and to life.
Michele began her yoga journey in her living room doing yoga DVDs & found that practicing in the morning made her feel amazing all day. She chased that feeling to a studio where she furthered her love of learning & practicing yoga. Years later, in 2010 she earned her 200 hour teaching credentials, had a baby & decided to commit herself fully to yoga. She now has her 300 hour graduate degree & is teaching full time. Embodied awareness, alignment & heartfelt intention are the core of her teaching.
As one might expect from a seasoned dancer, Nikki places emphasis on the warmup, with special attention to body placement to prevent injury. Her class includes the full range of Pilates exercises, but Nikki punctuates the traditional movements with a great deal of stretch exercises, and even some basic ballet that focuses on the alignment and elongating of the spine, as well as overall strengthening and toning. The result gives the feeling that one’s whole body has been exercised, head to toe.
Janine's challenging and inspirational classes reflect her passion for yoga and desire to share principles that support students in their practice on and off the mat. Her knowledge of alignment and therapeutics mixed with her down to earth nature and humor create a fun and nurturing environment.
Roger S. Nolan, M.A. has been practicing yoga and meditation since 1973, and has been teaching since 1995. In addition to teaching in yoga centers & corporate settings in LA, he also leads retreats and workshops nationwide, and in 2006, his meditation classes were named “Best for Beginners” by Los Angeles Magazine. Roger is also a psychotherapist in private practice specializing in adapting mindfulness meditation for the treatment of addiction, depression, stress, and anxiety.
Jose Alvarado is an Anusara Inspired Yoga teacher. His joy for yoga and teaching is his life’s passion. He has been studying Anusara since 2002 with hundreds of hours of study with Anusara founder John Friend and Anusara Seniors teachers Desirée Rumbaugh, Noah Mazé and philosophy teacher Douglas Brooks and weaves these deep teachings into his classes. Jose's heart, humor and devotion to his own practice set the tone for his classes which are filled with love, laughter and a depth of knowledge.
Everyone has a unique and beautiful individual practice. We can grow and become inspired by other yogis, but must honor ourselves, quirks and all. 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.
Jenny's deep love of yoga has taken her on a journey from working in corporate America to in-depth study in India & has now returned to LA to share what she has learned. Her classes focus on building a strong foundation of empowering self-awareness, understanding of mind & how we create limitations, & unleashing creativity through a variety of methods. Pranayama (breath work), asana (yoga postures), meditation (mastery of mind & being in the present) & movement are at the core of her teachings.
Over the past 30 years Tatiana has received Classical and Tantric Yoga training in philosophy, meditation, pranayama and asana from her excellent teachers and friends, Eric Small, Dona Holleman, Mukunda Stiles, John Friend, Douglas Brooks, Carlos Pomeda and Sally Kempton. Using a variety of healing modalities towards an integrative body therapy, she specializes in yoga therapy, using movement, breath and sound to produce growth, insight, healing and transformation.
Chelsea Debo is from a large family in Ohio. She is one of six siblings and has always been extremely athletic, like her four brothers. She was a synchronized swimmer and competitive swimmer for many years. Chelsea found yoga when she injured her shoulder from swimming, at 16 years old. Yoga began as a way to strengthen her shoulder again without causing injury but Chelsea soon fell in love with the way yoga made her feel. She received her 200-hour yoga teaching certificate in Goa, India in 2018
Anna Inuzuka has always had a passion for movement and fitness which lead her to Pilates in 2004. She loves the control, precision, and integrated mind body practice of Pilates and hopes to share her passion and knowledge with all her students. Anna's classes are always fun and challenging, offering classical mat Pilates repertoire with lots of variations and additions. Her classes will always have you moving in all directions resulting in a balanced body and strong core.
Winston has been teaching yoga since 2016 & is a graduate of Noah Maze’s 200-hour teacher training at Wanderlust Hollywood. Winston’s classes cultivate strength & encourage a sense of peace. He teaches a challenging vinyasa based yoga class led with music that is designed to inspire others to look deep within themselves to aspire to be their best selves. Winston draws from a variety of yoga styles including Hatha & Yin yoga to create dynamic yoga classes that push the limits in body & mind.
The level of Yoga instruction offered at Mission Street Yoga is unparalleled and our teachers' experience, passion for Yoga and love of teaching is reflected in each and every class offered at our studio.
All of our teachers are highly trained and credentialed in Yoga and as diversified as the practice of Yoga itself. They continuously study Yoga above and beyond their certifications and are happy to share their love of Yoga with you.
Yoga is a personal practice, and your teacher is your guide on this journey. Our instructors are inspired to instill the pivotal idea that when led by the mind, the body's natural strength, flexibility, and balance, can begin to open and grow well beyond what the beginning Yoga student believed possible.