Can we please change Adrea Reeds bio to: As a former dancer and cheerleader, Adrea has long known the value of movement for maintaining the body’s health and the mind’s well-being. A longtime practitioner of yoga and pilates, Adrea has been teaching yoga since Spring 2016 and Pilates since Fall 2017. Adrea is a graduate of the 200-hour Deeper Than Asana program, where she studied under Rebecca Fink and Erika Burkhalter. Her additional yoga certifications include: Yin Yoga with Melissa Christensen, Trauma Informed Yoga with Zabie Yamasaki, Kids & Family Yoga with Rainbow Yoga, and Yoga Anatomy with Tiffany Cruikshank of Yoga Medicine. Adrea was certified in Mat Pilates by Lisa Schlaeger of YogaWorks/StudioEight in the Spring of 2018 and will be certified by her in Reformer in 2019.
Curiosity led Ali to his first yoga class on a cold, wet February afternoon in London. He had heard stories of yoga’s ability to improve physical health but had not expected to discover a complete, integrated system for not only physical but also mental and spiritual health – the benefits of which continue to motivate and inspire his teaching today. Ali practiced with some of the UK’s finest instructors, experimented with varying styles and in a short time, achieved the goals that had eluded him in the gym: weight loss, increased strength, and stamina; these benefits, however, were just an added bonus to the remarkable positive effect that yoga was having on his general well-being and outlook both on the mat and in his everyday life. Ali moved to Los Angeles in 2015 where the natural progression of his journey led him to complete his 200hr teacher training. He went on to complete his 500hr certification in 2018 and will be an IAYT certified Yoga Therapist in 2020. His zest for yoga and light-hearted teaching style will have you smiling (and of course, mindfully breathing) through his challenging, dynamic classes while his experience as a club and radio DJ ensure an eclectic soundtrack.
Alisha fell in love with yoga at age 19 and started teaching soon afterward. She specializes in strong and athletic Vinyasa flow and hopes to empower her students through the practice of challenging postures (especially inversions)! With creative sequences and dance-like transitions, her classes invite students to challenge their self-limiting beliefs and explore their untapped potential. Alisha balances the fiery aspects of her classes with the centering practices of pranayama and meditation. You can practice with her in yoga studios throughout Orange County and study in depth in her Cloud Nine Yoga teacher training. www.yogawithalisha.com
Catherine fell into yoga when she hit a mental and physical dead end in 2016. She had suffered a slipped disc during a deadlift workout. A spinal specialist told her she needed surgery. She was also working 70 hours a week in Finance on Wall Street in NYC. Yoga was instrumental in transforming her mind and body. Within two months of practicing yoga, Catherine’s chronic sciatica pain disappeared, and she went from being unable to walk without pain to hiking and traversing all over NYC. She also lost 25 pounds in the process. Yoga has also inspired her to devote her work to health and wellness in service to others. Catherine teaches meditative, fun, and funky flows. Each class includes a healthy dose of core work. She specializes in inversions, arm balances, and accessing deep backbends. She focuses on creative transitions and linking breath to movement to cultivate a moving meditation. Off the mat, you can find Catherine hiking, doing acro yoga, climbing, meditating, planning yoga retreats, devouring books, and hunting for new specialty coffee shops. Catherine is a 200-Hour Certified Teacher. She will be completing her 500-Hour Certification with Steph Gongora and Erin Kelly in Costa Rica in May of 2019. She has a B.S. in Hospitality Business Management from Cornell University. You can follow her journey on Instagram @hiiicattt.
One eventful day in 2012, Jacky was strolling through a park when he suddenly saw a girl perched rather precariously upside down on her partner’s hands. Concerned at her predicament, Jacky went over to offer his assistance, only to discover that she was actually doing it on purpose, and apparently for fun. That was how he discovered the curious sport of acro yoga and has been an avid practitioner ever since, continuing the tradition of confusing onlookers in parks with his wild antics. With his background in gymnastics, parkour, and martial arts, Jacky took to the sport quickly, as both a base and a flyer. Acroyoga quickly became one of his life’s passions, and he has been teaching and sharing this passion with others since 2014. His classes and teaching style focuses on technique, body mechanics, and fall safety. He enjoys breaking down complex movement patterns into their component parts and making acro skills accessible to everyone of all body types and experience levels.
When not tossing people around on his feet, Jacky also moonlights as a Ph.D. neuroscience student and works as a personal trainer. He looks forward to seeing you in class and earnestly wishes to watch you succeed and perform skills you previously may never have imagined. Feel free to check out his personal practice on Instagram: