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Instructors

Adrea Reed

Mat Pilates, Vinyasa Flow 1/2, Strength Yoga

Adrea's Bio
Yoga & Pilates teacher, Adrea has been practicing yoga for about 13 years and Pilates for 6. She received her 200-hour certification from the Deeper Than Asana program in the Spring of 2016. After that, she went on to complete three additional yoga certification programs: Yin Yoga with Melissa Christensen, Kids & Family Yoga with Rainbow Yoga, and Trauma-Informed Yoga with Zabie Yamasaki. Adrea also completed an in-depth yoga anatomy-training course with Tiffany Cruikshank of Yoga Medicine. In 2017 she began a one-on-one mentorship with Lisa Schlaeger to become certified to teach Mat Pilates and plans to become certified to teach Reformer Pilates in the near future.
Ali Rumani

Vinyasa Flow 2

Ali's Bio
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 Vasquez

Vinyasa 1/2, Arm Balances, Core Class, TRX

Alisha's Bio
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
Jessica Gong

Vinyasa Flow 1, Move and Meditate

Jessica's Bio
Jessica discovered yoga in 2015, and hasn’t stopped immersing herself in it since then. Yoga not only brought her physical health, but mental clarity (sattva) as well, so it was only natural that she wants to share her passion with others to help enrich individuals and the community. Jessica completed her 200-hr certification in May 2016 and has taught in a variety of settings, including yoga studios, corporate offices, gyms, personal development retreats, and assisted in 200-hr teacher training. She is currently working on her 300-hr certification with the goal of completing the 850-hr Yoga Therapist certification. Her hobbies include spending time outdoors going on hikes, backpacking/camping, and slacklining.
Laura Horvath

Vinyasa Flow 1/2

Laura's Bio
Having grown up in Huntington Beach, Laura has always been able to take advantage of outdoor as well as indoor activities. Sailing, ballet, gymnastics, backpacking, and surfing has kept her busy throughout her youth. In 2010 Laura began taking yoga classes beginning with Bikram Yoga. Then through a random Groupon was introduced to Vinyasa Yoga. The Vinyasa style of yoga offered a fluid flow along with the option to step-it-up with the more powerful strength moves. Besides improving the athletic aspects of life such as surfing (balance), sailing (strength) and backpacking (breath control /stamina), yoga provided an inner contentment, patience, and bliss. In 2012 she decided that she needed to share that joy with others and received her 200Hr. certification along with the extensions program, and level 2 teacher training. “Yoga can open up a whole new world in which patience, strength, and balance live in harmony.” By teaching yoga Laura has been able to see that path open for others and watch that joy blossom within their lives.
Margie Wang

Vinyasa Flow 1

Margie's Bio
Margie was inspired to become a yoga instructor after discovering the practice of physical yoga helped her with relieving tension, building strength and flexibility, and improving posture. She holds certifications in 200 hour Power Yoga and 200-hour SmartFlow Yoga. Margie believes yoga can be accessible to everybody. She teaches alignment-based flow yoga and encourages students to explore yoga poses that fit her students’ individual bodies through the use of props and modifications.
Melanie Cherney

Vinyasa Flow 2, Move and Meditate

Melanie's Bio
Melanie Cherney is a passionate Yoga Instructor, fitness lover, outdoor enthusiast and the Founder of Devata Active. She leads Yoga Teacher Trainings and Retreats around the world, in addition to her weekly classes and local workshops. She has the highest Yoga Teacher designation from Yoga Alliance,  E-RTY500, and continues to be a student of the practice finding teachers to learn from wherever she goes. In addition to her Yoga training, Melanie has a Master’s in Clinical Psychology and Art Therapy and is trained in a wide range of holistic healthcare practices.  During her time working as a psychotherapist, Melanie worked in a variety of treatment settings, including community mental health clinics, substance abuse and eating disorder treatment centers, within the public school system and private practice. As a teacher, Melanie draws from her background in mindfulness, yoga, psychology, energy medicine practices, creative expression and healthful living. Melanie is inspired by the role that movement plays in personal growth and self-awareness. Her diverse background gives her a unique perspective on the mind-body connection and the value of an embodied practice to create a clearer vision of one’s path and greater empowerment to achieve it.
Melody Vo

Vinyasa Flow 1/2

Melody's Bio
Melody is one of those crazy people who believe everyone should do yoga. However, she also believes in customizing yoga to be what you need most, whether it’s for mental clarity, physical conditioning, rehabilitating injuries, or all of the above. Her goal is to create a safe environment where students can explore and perhaps surprise themselves with their amazing capabilities. Mel completed her 200 hr Yoga Teacher Training with Corepower Yoga in 2012 and has been teaching since. As a side job, Mel works as a Powertrain Engineer for an automotive company, which is why she will often talk about “fulcrum points,” and “torque,” during class. Come to find your cool on the mat so you can crush on the wall!
Molly Embrador

Hatha Yoga 2

Molly's Bio
Molly Embrador was born and raised in Whittier, Calif. As a young girl, her parents put her through dance lessons, which she enjoyed, and continued dancing all throughout high school and college. After spending years of competing, she finally took a break and focused more on something new.

She completed her Yoga Teacher Training at Purple Yoga in 2015, and has been teaching ever since! Her mission is to inspire and motivate students to help them connect with their inner self, find self-love, and explore their true potential through the Power of Yoga.

Molly is constantly on the hunt for new ways to be physically active. You will find her climbing rocks, snowboarding, or even in the water. When adventure calls, she always answers.

Morgan Sander-Proschold

Aerial I, Aerial II, All-Level Aerial, Youth Aerial

Morgan's Bio
Nicola Strother

Yoga/Fitness Director, HIIT

Nicola's Bio
In addition to training the HIIT class, Nicola Strother is the fitness director at Sender One Climbing. She has had a B.A. from UCLA, a current CPR certification and is also a Certified Nutrition Coach. As a teenager, she was a competitive gymnast training 6 days a week, 5 hours a day. Being in peak condition was critical. She has continued along the path of strength training and cardiovascular workouts and eventually parlayed her athleticism into a successful career as a stuntwoman in Los Angeles. Being in great shape, and knowing her muscle strengths and limitations helped her succeed in this competitive field. After moving to Orange County, she has transitioned from stunt work to training to help adults, kids and elite athletes attain their goals in all areas of fitness. Current fitness certifications: Biomechanics Specialist, NESTA Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Nutrition Coach and a Pat Etcheberry Certified Trainer. This certification focuses on speed, agility, quickness, and fitness for tennis players. I work with my clients on strength and balance with a focus on rehabilitation exercises to prevent injuries.
Pantea Mohajer

Vinyasa Flow 2/3, Yin Yang, Restorative

Pantea's Bio
Pantea began her yoga practice as a way to de-stress while she was in school. Her practice inspired her to write a thesis on the effects of yoga on creativity. She practiced off and on for the next several years. Pantea was inspired to take a teacher training course in the same way many of us have our greatest idea – by reading a sign in the bathroom stall of her yoga studio. Pantea believes yoga allows us to live in a limitless world – where thoughts and preconceptions of our bodies and capabilities can be laid to rest – and our minds can start fresh. Her style is focused on open-heartedness and compassion for self and community; from this place, we are able to grow whichever way we choose.
Rebecca Fink

Vinyasa Flow 2/3, Yin Yang 2

Rebecca's Bio
Rebecca Fink is E-RYT 500 Yoga Alliance certified and teaches at Sender One Climbing and various Yoga studios in Orange County, California. She has studied under Master teachers Erika Burkhalter, YogaWorks Costa Mesa, CA; Tim Miller, Ashtanga Yoga Center, Carlsbad CA and Maty Ezraty; Judith Hanson Lasater and Vinay Kumar, Mysore, India. These authentic teachers have influenced her teaching and practice greatly; learning from instructors with 20+ years of experience equips her with a well-rounded knowledge of yoga, its impact on the body and the practice as a science of the mind. Rebecca takes a DEEPER THAN ASANA approach to her teaching, being influenced by her travels and study in India, she views asana as only one of the eight limbs of yoga. Her ultimate goal is to provide her students with an educated approach to asana, aiding them to begin to understand the deeper roots of yoga. Making a full circle connection to the practice allows the student to safely begin to unravel the deeper meaning of life, its purpose, and ultimate happiness. Rebecca is in the process of completing her Certification in Yoga Studies through LMU.
Rocky Russo

Vinyasa Flow 2

Rocky's Bio
As the creator of wellness coaching company “Elevated Being,” Rocky thrives in sipping from the most potent seas of life. He fills his cup with ancient wisdom and shares it with the world: as a yoga teacher (Blissology Method, Yoga Alliance 500 Hr (c)), Mindfulness coach and published writer, Rocky is eager to share his practice with all who are ready for it. Rocky also breathes deeply in the breeze of Western education, as he conducts his integrated health coaching and personal training practice while collecting his Master’s degree in Kinesiology- Integrated Wellness. He has flourished with the abundance of knowledge he has gathered through countless Personal Training certifications, a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology, and years of cultivating elevated beings in a process of self-love. The message he aims to permeate is one of love beginning from within, as he resolves that “You were already beautiful and perfect; let’s strip away the pieces of your life that have kept you from fully realizing this.”
Royaha Esa

Vinyasa Flow 2

Rohaya's Bio
Rohaya has extensive experience in the health and fitness industry including competition with a variety of formal training and certifications under her belt. Yoga and health and fitness have come in and out of her life and did not become a permanent dedication until after 1996; culminating in formal classes and training at various cities throughout the world. Rohaya started teaching Yoga thereafter at a well-known health and fitness center in Asia Pacific. Rohaya has been teaching yoga and cycling since 2001. She has taught and donated her time and experience throughout the world, as she traveled at various established health and fitness centers, including facilities throughout Asia Pacific, Europe, and USA. She is certified in various programs which include: E-RYT500 Yoga Alliance, Yoga Anatomy thru Yoga Medicine by Tiffany Cruikshank 2018, 200RYT YogaFit International since July 2009, 300 RYT YogaWorks teacher training with Master teacher Erika Burkhalter since 2011, 500RYT Yoga Alliance since 2011, AFFA Certified Fitness Group Instructor in yoga & cycling (Aerobics and Fitness Association of America) from 2009 to 2014. She has also studied intensive immersion teaching technique primary series of Ashtanga yoga with Master teacher David Swenson, who is one of the world’s foremost Ashtanga Yoga teacher in Hong Kong October 2008, and she became a lifetime MADDOG Athletic spinning certified instructor in April 2006. Coming from a very athletic background where she competed in equestrian, fitness competitions and a few full and half marathons, Rohaya brings a vinyasa-flow vigorous and fun style of yoga linking breath and moment, with an established nimble sequence of sun salutation and numerous poses that catered to all levels. Her passion for teaching gives her the feeling of fulfillment and purpose. She loves helping others strengthen their physical, mental, and spiritual body.

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Alexandra Boggio

Yoga and Mat Pilates

Alexandra's Bio
Alexandra Boggio is a Certified RYT 500 ERYT 500 Yoga Instructor, CNC – Certified Nutritional Consultant and IFHI- Fellow of the Institute for Human Individuality, Reiki Master Teacher, Energy Healer & Meditation Instructor, Aromatherapist and Lifestyle Coach. Alexandra has been completing her final internships in an intensive two and a half year Yoga Therapist Certification (C-IAYT) working with special medical populations and in clinical environments. She holds specialized training to work with veterans and trauma-sensitive populations suffering from depression, anxiety to PTSD as well as traumatic brain and cognitive impairment. Alexandra has many years of extensive support facilitating workshops and training, mentorships and advising new yoga teachers. Alexandra has owned an IT Consulting business working with Fortune 500 companies throughout the world. Requiring her to work 16 hour days often and travel constantly. She came to yoga over 25 years ago to help manage the mental stress and physical fatigue of her corporate job and to provide tools that can bring peace and ease in the midst of daily chaos. “Yoga is universal. You can breathe, move and meditate at any time and anywhere. That is what is so beautiful about the practice. It frees you at the moment allowing you to regain your physical and mental balance. Anyone can do yoga. “ Alexandra’s focus is on growth, progress, self-healing and on using yoga to maintain balance in one’s life. Alexandra believes that each person can take responsibility for his or her own wellness. Her job is to help increase awareness of the body, assist, guide, and provide tools to aid each person’s unique wellness journey.
Catherine Chiu

Yoga

Catherine's Bio
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.
Katie Marshal

Yoga

Katie's Bio
I’m Katie Marshall, a 500hRYT through YogaWorks. I’ve been practicing yoga for 6 years and teaching for 2. I found yoga while I was playing soccer in college and fell in love with the numerous physical, and mental benefits the practice brought into my life. I studied and received my B.A. in psychology and have always had an interest in holding space for and helping others. I also had ambitions to become a physical therapist and worked in a few offices, but I decided to become a yoga teacher instead! I love guiding and supporting my students through their practice using my passion for sports and rehab as well as psychology and the benefits of mindfulness to give my students a very well rounded and fun, but safe experience. I intend to guide students through poses that can bring them ease and richness in their life on and off the mat.
Laura Adona

Yoga

Laura's Bio
Laura is a certified 200-hour RYT and holds a Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering. She has been practicing yoga for 12 years and continues her yogic studies on sojourns through India, Southeast Asia, and Europe. Her classes are suitable for all types and levels, offering challenging poses and their modifications to suit one’s anatomy and physical capacity. Students are encouraged to focus on their breath in order to find peace of mind.
Mehrnoush Zare

Yoga

Mehrnoush's Bio
Mehrnoush Zare, RYT® 200, has been dedicated to the study and practice of yoga since 2008. She received her certification to teach, at Deeper than Asana with mentors, Rebecca Fink and Erika Burkhalter and began teaching in 2017. She continues to mentor and practices daily Mysore Ashtanga with Level 2 authorized teacher, David Miliotis. Mehrnoush is devoted to helping people on their path to inner peace and tranquility through the practice of yoga and meditation. Her classes help you to be present at the moment and observing the nature of the mind by focusing on the breath and inner body sensations.
Stephen Aldaco

Yoga

Stephen's Bio
Stephen started his movement career when he studied dance in college with dance teachers such as Marie Del La Palme, Raul Cruz, Miriam & Leonardo to name a few. He found himself in his first yoga class for the mobility yoga offered and stayed after he fell in love with the spiritual, calming and meditative aspect of yoga. He completed his 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training at Corepoweryoga in Tustin. Stephen quickly made a name for himself in the O.C. area teaching Acroyoga & compassionate, fun yoga classes. His passion for movement allows him to teach from a place of deep understand and tradition while making the classes fun & challenging for all levels. His classes are fun, light-hearted guiding each student to advance within their own body, mentally, and spiritually. FAVORITE YOGA MOVE: Revolved Big Toe Pose (Parivrtta Hasta Padangusthasana) HOW HAS YOGA BENEFITED YOU THE MOST: Yoga was the reason I quit a life style of partying and drinking. (It’s hard to do yoga when your hung over!) yoga has allowed me to fully accept love the person that I am in the body I am in. It has also allowed me to see the good in everyone I meet & understand that at some level we are all deeply connected. REASON STARTED DOING YOGA: I wanted to be more flexible in dance this practice started solely physical for me. Over the years of practice yoga turned into medicine to keep my mind & body in shape to live a life of service & happiness. 5 WORDS THAT DESCRIBE YOUR TEACHING STYLE: Goofy. Happy. Unique. Empowering. Uplifting
Angela Nunes

Mat Pilates

Angela's Bio
Angela has been dancing her entire life, with an emphasis on classical ballet. Being in the dance world, she was exposed to many exercises and strength-training programs, including yoga and pilates. After high school, Angela auditioned and was accepted into the BA Dance program at UC Irvine. During her time there, she began an internship in a physical therapy office and also gained the mentorship of ballet professor and pilates instructor Diane Diefenderfer. Once she graduated, she continued practicing Pilates with Diane at her private studio, Studio Du Corps in Costa Mesa, where she eventually received her Teacher Training Certification. She is now a certified instructor with Club Pilates in Orange County and works as a Physical Therapy Aide at Impact Rehabilitation in Orange, where she first began as an intern. Outside of work, she is continuing her education and will be applying to physical therapy school with hopes of becoming a Doctor of Physical Therapy in the near future.
Lindy Ker

Yoga

Lindy's Bio
Lindy’s passion is to provide holistic guidance, encourage self-study, support self-care, and nurture self-empowerment for physical, mental, emotional, spiritual health through the lens of yoga therapy and the application of Ashtanga Yoga as written in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.  Lindy’s playful and creative classes incorporate the tools of pranayama (mindful breathing), Ashtanga postures, restorative postures, mantra (sacred sound), and meditation to open and strengthen the mind-body connection.  She is also a devoted wife, mother, and mama of sweet kitty boys. Her greatest joy is to share her love for all things and to help others awaken joy within themselves.

ADDRESS

Sender One Yoga Fitness, Orange County
1431 S. Village Way
Santa Ana, CA 92705

HOURS

Climbing Gym
Mon – Fri : 6 am - 11 pm
Sat : 8 am - 10 pm
Sun : 8 am - 8 pm

Sender City
Mon - Fri : 10:30 am - 8 pm
Sat : 9 am - 8 pm
Sun : 9 am - 7 pm

CONTACT

Sender One & Sender City
(714) 881-3456
[email protected]

Special Events
(714) 752-3452
(Events Line Hours: 10 am - 6 pm, M-F)
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