All of our instructors are certified and as a group have many years of experience and training. We have an eclectic group of instructors. This gives you many choices for styles of yoga and personalities. You will find that they all have one goal in mind, to make people's lives a little better.
After moving to California from Japan in 1999, Asako began her yoga practice in 2001. After 3 years of dedicated practice, she became a Bikram certified teacher. She then completed teacher training at Yogaworks, Dharma Mittra yoga and Vinyasa Flow teacher training with Annie Carpenter, Vinnie Marino and Seane Corn, as well as workshops with Anna Forest, Leslie Kaminoff, Chad Hamrin, Alexandria Crow and more great teachers. She is constantly learning and sharing the great benefit of yoga practice with her students, family and friends. Her classes are challenging and focus on alignment and breathing to stay in the present moment.
Asako is our Senior Teacher and owner of Santosa Yoga Teacher Training. Asako leads our teacher training department in certifying instructors. YogaFunk is proud to have her training new teachers.
Asako believes yoga is a gift from God as it has changed her life in many wonderful ways. She said, “Through a regular yoga practice, I believe, we will all find peace within and share our love and compassion to all beings.”
After practicing 14 years, Seanah designed her own signature flow that works every muscle, joint, ligament, tendon, organ, gland, tissue, fiber and cell of the body. Her holistic approach to mind, body, spirit connection is what makes her a great yoga instructor. Seanah is known for getting new yoga students to a high level of mind/body connection in a very short time. New students will benefit greatly from her knowledge, form and alignment. She strives to get you to a level of strength and endurance where you can feel comfortable in any yoga class and level.
Be prepared to work hard, learn to breathe properly and do some INTENSE core work, as Seanah believes everything starts and ends with the core. Seanah’s classes are one hour of fun and include a wind down, spiritual trance at the end via guided meditation. Ages 13-75 will benefit immensely from these classes.
Yu Chiu is a proud wife and mother originally from Taipei, Taiwan. Her passion for teaching and other fitness disciplines began in 2006 after spending several decades in her previous career.
She is an avid practitioner and teacher of Vinyasa Yoga. Additionally, she is a cerified Pilates, PiYo, and Senior Fitness instructor. She also teaches Ashtanga and Bikram Yoga. Her philosophy as a teacher is that each student must be attuned to their own mind and body so they can build confidence and guage the best way to challenge themselves.
Following years of hard, dedicated work in her previous career, including bouts with health concerns, yoga, primarily Vinyasa Yoga, was a first step in Yu's commitment to live a healthier more active lifestyle. Teaching Vinyasa Yoga exercises, among other fitness disciplines, brings great pleasure to Yu.
Alex Ornelas started teaching yoga in July 2009 after practicing for 3 1/2 years. She knew she wanted to teach yoga after her first year of practicing because she was so inspired by the teachers, how they motivated people to love themselves and wanted to be up there, teaching as well. Alex has found that yoga helps you become one with yourself as the practice centers your concentration on the breath to move you through class. The postures are a tool to help you move into stillness and once there, you can find peace in a difficult posture. The pose can yield a great benefit. Yoga helps you find balance, strength, and flexibility, as well as the quieting of the mind. Many people find it very helpful in relieving stress. Alex enjoys the feeling she gets after completing the class and enjoys the pure serenity and stillness. While she practices yoga she feels balanced, strong and confident. Alex practices all kinds of yoga, but Bikram Yoga will always be her favorite.
Alex has been certified by the Bikram Yoga College of India. She graduated in the Spring of 2009. Outside of class, Alex is a huge movie buff and considers herself an avid gamer. She is also an exceptional chef which was a career she considered, before she decided on yoga instructor.
Li has been consistently practicing yoga since 2008 and it was her love for yoga that motivated her to complete a 200-hour Ashtanga yoga teacher training course in 2013.
As part of her groundwork to become a better yoga instructor and mentor, Li has attended various workshops from some of the most reputed Ashtanga Yoga Masters such as David Swenson’s 40-hour certificate course of intensive study in the foundations and teaching techniques of the primary series of Ashtanga; Doug Swenson’s balancing strength and softness, hands-on adjustments, and Yin yoga through gentle Vinyasa flow; as well as Kino Mcgregor’s workshops on arm balance, back-bends, breath, and bandhas.
Li’s classes incorporate both the Ashtanga and Vinyasa flow styles, and a blend of physical alignment with core strengthening in a fluid rhythm. She emphasizes breath awareness and conscious intention to promote ease and stability in each pose while helping students to find and maintain a peaceful mind and body experience.
Li challenges herself to make each class enjoyable, energetic and fun and enjoys supporting her students as they grow in their yoga practice.
After losing his wife of 59 years, 1 month and 27 days, Harold became depressed. He knew if he continued to mope around the house, he would soon be joining his beloved wife. He knew he was still here for a reason and he finally found out why. He saw a new gym opening, up the street from his house and decided to join. He then became really good at the mind/body exercises and began helping people to learn as he did.
He then decided to get his certification in senior mobility training and has become a professional senior teacher. We are proud to offer senior mobility classes and proud to have Harold. He gives new meaning to our "Senior Teacher"
Anyone in a wheelchair or with severe arthritis, disabilities and those who like gentle exercising will most benefit from this class. Come and see why Harold is well loved.
Yoga became a part of my life in 2004 as a way to deal with stress and I have been practicing ever since. My interest has evolved over the years to include Bikram, Ashtanga, Anusara, Vinyasa Flow and Restorative styles. However, it was not until 2012 that I completed my 200 hours of yoga teacher training at the American Fitness and Nutrition Academy in Pasadena, California, registered with Yoga Alliance and started teaching.
I truly believe that we have lessons to learn from all of our experiences in this lifetime and yoga gives us the tools to ride the waves with grace and peace. As a yoga teacher, my goal is to offer a space in which students feel supported and safe to explore these experiences in their own little Universe. I try to teach as I like to be taught – with kindness, patience, optimism and encouragement to trust in one’s self and instill all of what yoga has to offer in mind, body, and spirit.
Jamie SulloJamie Sullo has been teaching yoga for 20 years. He has lived in India as a student of Patavi Jois (Ashtanga Yoga). Other training includes Forest Yoga Circle in Santa Monica.
Inspired by a reflexology treatment to become a professional masseuse in 1985, Jamie worked at Glen Ivy Hot Springs and Wild Oats Market for 14 years before moving permanently to Wrightwood, where he currently performs chair massage at The Pacific Crest Health Food Store.
As well as private yoga and massage clients, Jamie teaches at JPL and holds corporate yoga classes at 505 N. Brand in Glendale and The Claremont Club.