Instructors

 
 NATASHA NELSON    I have been teaching yoga and healing modalities for close to two  decades. Most recently, I developed ELEVATE: HIIT and Flow, an integrative fitness method that joins High Intensity Interval Training with Vinyasa Yoga. I built MADRE Fitness + Wellness to provide a space for transformative practices that encourage personal empowerment.   When I am not teaching or running the show at Madre, you'll most likely find me: spending time with my family, eating good food, or in the bathtub.  Dogs/Cats: Baller, pointer mix; Strummer and Cassius RIP  To me, Madre means: coming home.  Currently playing: Prince, Chance the Rapper, Lady Gaga, The Killers      

NATASHA NELSON  

I have been teaching yoga and healing modalities for close to two  decades. Most recently, I developed ELEVATE: HIIT and Flow, an integrative fitness method that joins High Intensity Interval Training with Vinyasa Yoga. I built MADRE Fitness + Wellness to provide a space for transformative practices that encourage personal empowerment. 

When I am not teaching or running the show at Madre, you'll most likely find me: spending time with my family, eating good food, or in the bathtub.

Dogs/Cats: Baller, pointer mix; Strummer and Cassius RIP

To me, Madre means: coming home.

Currently playing: Prince, Chance the Rapper, Lady Gaga, The Killers

 

 

 HELENE SANDI  I first stepped on the Mat as a way to heal my body. Yoga helped me to realize the perfection in this moment and to love myself just as I am.  Later, I met my most influential teachers Katiza Satya and Kevin Sahaj while traveling in Bali in 2013. They helped me to connect with the spiritual and philosophical aspect of my yoga practice.  Yoga means to me, to peel away the layers to come back Home, to myself. I find Yoga a blessing, and I wish to spread this blessing to others.  When I'm not teaching yoga, you'll most likely find me: dancing!  Dogs/Cats: Dogs. Especially ones with little squished faces.  To me, Madre means: stepping back into our Feminine wisdom    Currently Playing: Nicolas Jaar - Let's Live for Today

HELENE SANDI

I first stepped on the Mat as a way to heal my body. Yoga helped me to realize the perfection in this moment and to love myself just as I am.

Later, I met my most influential teachers Katiza Satya and Kevin Sahaj while traveling in Bali in 2013. They helped me to connect with the spiritual and philosophical aspect of my yoga practice.

Yoga means to me, to peel away the layers to come back Home, to myself. I find Yoga a blessing, and I wish to spread this blessing to others.

When I'm not teaching yoga, you'll most likely find me: dancing!

Dogs/Cats: Dogs. Especially ones with little squished faces.

To me, Madre means: stepping back into our Feminine wisdom 

 Currently Playing: Nicolas Jaar - Let's Live for Today

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 LIZ RUZNAK  I love the practice of yoga, and have been blessed to study with many influential teachers. My own style prioritizes alignment, focus on the breath, and remembering to keep a sense of humor. I am Registered at the RYT- 500 level (certified by Chad Hamrin and Yogaworks) and have logged an additional 150 + hours of professional training. Most recently I trained with the Prison Yoga Project for Trauma-Informed teaching.  When I'm not teaching you'll find me: practicing, studying, and cooking unnecessarily elaborate meals  Dogs/Cats: Dog, Harvard aka Harvey aka Monkey aka scoob nugget etc etc  To me, Madre means: Home  Currently playing: Outkast, Chet Faker, Brian Eno

LIZ RUZNAK

I love the practice of yoga, and have been blessed to study with many influential teachers. My own style prioritizes alignment, focus on the breath, and remembering to keep a sense of humor. I am Registered at the RYT- 500 level (certified by Chad Hamrin and Yogaworks) and have logged an additional 150 + hours of professional training. Most recently I trained with the Prison Yoga Project for Trauma-Informed teaching.

When I'm not teaching you'll find me: practicing, studying, and cooking unnecessarily elaborate meals

Dogs/Cats: Dog, Harvard aka Harvey aka Monkey aka scoob nugget etc etc

To me, Madre means: Home

Currently playing: Outkast, Chet Faker, Brian Eno

 SHALENA OXLEY-BUTLER  I began practicing Ashtanga, Vinyasa and Hatha yoga almost 20 years ago in Berkeley. Since that time, I’ve discovered many teachings and teachers that have kept me inspired to keep learning and growing with my practice. In 2005, I discovered Kundalini yoga while experiencing the demands of grad school. This practice taught me about the concept of a householder’s yoga and the magic of mediation. I believe that if we carve out a moment for ourselves every day, we will clarify our needs, find contentment, and experience joy.  When I’m not teaching yoga, you’ll most likely find me: Hanging out with my toddler, baking, reading sci-fi, or loom weaving.  Dogs/Cats: Both are rad! We are currently enjoying the snuggles of our 2 kitties.  To me, Madre means: Remembering the balance of giving and receiving.  Currently Playing: Iasos, Nicola Cruz and Sampa the Great.   

SHALENA OXLEY-BUTLER

I began practicing Ashtanga, Vinyasa and Hatha yoga almost 20 years ago in Berkeley. Since that time, I’ve discovered many teachings and teachers that have kept me inspired to keep learning and growing with my practice. In 2005, I discovered Kundalini yoga while experiencing the demands of grad school. This practice taught me about the concept of a householder’s yoga and the magic of mediation. I believe that if we carve out a moment for ourselves every day, we will clarify our needs, find contentment, and experience joy.

When I’m not teaching yoga, you’ll most likely find me: Hanging out with my toddler, baking, reading sci-fi, or loom weaving.

Dogs/Cats: Both are rad! We are currently enjoying the snuggles of our 2 kitties.

To me, Madre means: Remembering the balance of giving and receiving.

Currently Playing: Iasos, Nicola Cruz and Sampa the Great.

 

 KATHLEEN CRUGER  I originally came to yoga as an additional form of exercise. After practicing for a few weeks, I noticed a mental and emotional shift in my life, and a positive change in the way I interacted with the world around me. Yoga quickly became part of my lifestyle, and I am grateful for the ability to share my passion and knowledge as an instructor. I recognize the tremendous benefits that a regular yoga practice brings into one's life - I encourage everyone to give it a try. My focus while teaching is to provide a safe, judgement-free zone where both new and seasoned yogis, alike, may develop a stronger connection with their mind, body, and spirit -on and off the mat. In addition to yoga, I am a certified Reiki practitioner, Vibrational Sound Therapist, lover of nature and music.  When I’m not teaching yoga, you’ll most likely find me: playing guitar  Dogs/Cats: are both amazing!  To me, Madre means: connecting with your true self  Currently playing: Sun Spiller

KATHLEEN CRUGER

I originally came to yoga as an additional form of exercise. After practicing for a few weeks, I noticed a mental and emotional shift in my life, and a positive change in the way I interacted with the world around me. Yoga quickly became part of my lifestyle, and I am grateful for the ability to share my passion and knowledge as an instructor. I recognize the tremendous benefits that a regular yoga practice brings into one's life - I encourage everyone to give it a try. My focus while teaching is to provide a safe, judgement-free zone where both new and seasoned yogis, alike, may develop a stronger connection with their mind, body, and spirit -on and off the mat. In addition to yoga, I am a certified Reiki practitioner, Vibrational Sound Therapist, lover of nature and music.

When I’m not teaching yoga, you’ll most likely find me: playing guitar

Dogs/Cats: are both amazing!

To me, Madre means: connecting with your true self

Currently playing: Sun Spiller

 ASHLEY JOSHUA   I began my yoga practice at the age of 9 and quickly learned to love anything related to movement and asanas. I teach a variety of movement modalities from Power Vinyasa Flow to Yin/ Restorative; and Bounce and Flow. I'm also a certified personal trainer and nutrition specialist. I enjoy making people feel good and guiding people to a healthier way of life.  When I’m not teaching yoga, I am most likely: At the gym lifting weights, playing with my 2 little dachshunds, cooking something yummy, and exploring nature!  Dogs/Cats: I Have two little Dachshunds Rosy and Roxy  To me Madre means: A happy home away from home, a place where you can go to be fulfilled with essential goodness for your healthy soul.  Currently playing: Beyonce, Run the World

ASHLEY JOSHUA 

I began my yoga practice at the age of 9 and quickly learned to love anything related to movement and asanas. I teach a variety of movement modalities from Power Vinyasa Flow to Yin/ Restorative; and Bounce and Flow.
I'm also a certified personal trainer and nutrition specialist.
I enjoy making people feel good and guiding people to a healthier way of life.

When I’m not teaching yoga, I am most likely: At the gym lifting weights, playing with my 2 little dachshunds, cooking something yummy, and exploring nature!

Dogs/Cats: I Have two little Dachshunds Rosy and Roxy

To me Madre means: A happy home away from home, a place where you can go to be fulfilled with essential goodness for your healthy soul.

Currently playing: Beyonce, Run the World

 AJEET DHYAN  KAUR  (Lindsey) I am a native Texan who just relocated to sunny southern Calfornia spring of 2017. I am currently a software builder with Cedars-Sinai and have been fully immersed in the healthcare industry for the past 10+ years. I love reading (and writing book reviews), hiking, scuba diving new sites, redecorating my home, and learning more about the depths of Kundalini yoga and the healing benefits of the gong.  When I'm not teaching yoga, you'll most likely find me: Planning my beach wedding that is happening March 2018!  Dogs/Cats: None yet, but we hope to get one soon! My family has a beloved 17 year old chihuahua, Cody, and a bright and busy mini Aussie, Tenley, that keeps us laughing!  To me, Madre means: Madre is an opportunity to heal and take time for self-care and self-love. "When you don't go within, you go without." - Yogi Bhajan  Currently Playing: Julien Baker: Turn Out the Lights 

AJEET DHYAN  KAUR  (Lindsey)
I am a native Texan who just relocated to sunny southern Calfornia spring of 2017. I am currently a software builder with Cedars-Sinai and have been fully immersed in the healthcare industry for the past 10+ years. I love reading (and writing book reviews), hiking, scuba diving new sites, redecorating my home, and learning more about the depths of Kundalini yoga and the healing benefits of the gong.

When I'm not teaching yoga, you'll most likely find me: Planning my beach wedding that is happening March 2018!

Dogs/Cats: None yet, but we hope to get one soon! My family has a beloved 17 year old chihuahua, Cody, and a bright and busy mini Aussie, Tenley, that keeps us laughing!

To me, Madre means: Madre is an opportunity to heal and take time for self-care and self-love. "When you don't go within, you go without." - Yogi Bhajan

Currently Playing: Julien Baker: Turn Out the Lights 

 ANNA CANTWELL  The quiet solitude of yoga enthralled me from a young age, and I celebrate and explore many kinds of yoga. While teaching high school in Houston and receiving my Master’s degree, I fell in love with Baptiste yoga and practiced daily to relieve mental stress and physical tension. Forrest yoga was my next discovery, and it provided immense physical and emotional healing for me. Through a connection at my school, I discovered a yoga teacher training specifically catered to school teachers, and with that came a radical shift.  I relocated to Los Angeles to teach yoga and bring the joy and peace of yoga to local schools, offices, communities.   When I'm not teaching yoga, you'll most likely find me: writing poetry or listening to music—outside  Dogs!  To me, Madre means: the embodiment of the balance of grace and strength, and a sacred space to explore that balance  Currently playing: Tom Misch, Rhye, Maxwell

ANNA CANTWELL

The quiet solitude of yoga enthralled me from a young age, and I celebrate and explore many kinds of yoga. While teaching high school in Houston and receiving my Master’s degree, I fell in love with Baptiste yoga and practiced daily to relieve mental stress and physical tension. Forrest yoga was my next discovery, and it provided immense physical and emotional healing for me. Through a connection at my school, I discovered a yoga teacher training specifically catered to school teachers, and with that came a radical shift.  I relocated to Los Angeles to teach yoga and bring the joy and peace of yoga to local schools, offices, communities. 

When I'm not teaching yoga, you'll most likely find me: writing poetry or listening to music—outside

Dogs!

To me, Madre means: the embodiment of the balance of grace and strength, and a sacred space to explore that balance

Currently playing: Tom Misch, Rhye, Maxwell

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 KAI REGAN  In 2011, yoga found me when I was lost and confused about my career as a personal trainer, and it began answering a lot of questions I didn’t know I was asking. It surfaced new questions about myself and life as I knew it. To me, yoga is more than a physical exercise, it’s a lifestyle. It’s about balancing mind, body and spirit in any given moment, no matter what I’m doing. My goal as a teacher is to create a space where people can move freely without judgement or hesitation and share with them everything I’ve learned.   When I’m not teaching, you’ll find me: rock climbing, hiking and exploring the outdoors with my dogs, running, and being a wild child of Planet Earth.   Dogs/Cats: All animals! Though, I have two dogs: Ares and Mouse.   To me, Madre means: connecting with our feminine energy, freedom, and community.   Currently Playing: Thunder by Imagine Dragons

KAI REGAN

In 2011, yoga found me when I was lost and confused about my career as a personal trainer, and it began answering a lot of questions I didn’t know I was asking. It surfaced new questions about myself and life as I knew it. To me, yoga is more than a physical exercise, it’s a lifestyle. It’s about balancing mind, body and spirit in any given moment, no matter what I’m doing. My goal as a teacher is to create a space where people can move freely without judgement or hesitation and share with them everything I’ve learned. 

When I’m not teaching, you’ll find me: rock climbing, hiking and exploring the outdoors with my dogs, running, and being a wild child of Planet Earth. 

Dogs/Cats: All animals! Though, I have two dogs: Ares and Mouse. 

To me, Madre means: connecting with our feminine energy, freedom, and community. 

Currently Playing: Thunder by Imagine Dragons