Yoga provides me with a framework to continue to study and increase my understanding of the intelligence behind the science of the human form, and how when we align it according to the laws of nature, we create more beauty both inside and out. I started teaching yoga in 2000, after taking my first Yoga teacher training. In following years I experimented with various yoga styles, until I happily found Anusara Yoga. My greatest joy in teaching is seeing a student discover that how through yoga we can unlock the key to a door that reveals a healthy mind, an energetic body and a warm, open heart.
I am a passionate Social Worker with the intention to spread the gift of yoga to cultivate healthy communities. My conviction to create supportive environments that foster change is the foundation for my yoga teaching. This is inspired by my own yoga practice and teacher trainings in Ashtanga Vinyasa and Anusara.
I am a strong fiercely independent woman with fire in her belly that lives to travel and enjoys moving through the world savoring new delights on each adventure. In 2006 I found my home at City Yoga and embarked on a training with Noah Maze and Anthony Benenati. It was during my apprenticeship with Anthony that I discovered my real interest was the power of touch and the healing aspects of yoga. Since that time I have trained extensively with Judith Hanson Lasater in both Restorative Yoga and Yoga Therapy and have studied Thai Yoga Massage with Saul David Raye. I am a certified Restorative Yoga teacher. I feel crazy blessed every day to have found something that lights me up from within and makes me all shiny and bright. I love to teach, to travel, to write and to play. My philosophy is simple: life is meant to be savored. I say savor away…
I first discovered yoga during my theatre training at Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. At the time, I don’t think I even realized that I was doing yoga, but gradually became more and more aware of the connection between the mind, the body, the breath and eventually the Self. After moving to Chicago in 2003, I began practicing Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga with a wonderful teacher and soon became enthralled with the process of Yoga. In my classes, I tend to focus on breath as an avenue to the deeper layers of being and the fact that yoga is a process of transformation, reminding students frequently that in order to transform, we must first come to realize that we are beginning from somewhere. I strive for a fun and relaxed atmosphere while inspiring a passionate approach to this ancient and sacred art.
I began practicing yoga in my hometown of New York City when a friend invited me to a class at Alan Finger’s studio “Be Yoga” in 2000. There and then, I began a dedicated practice of ISHTA yoga. I was an eager and avid student and my passion for the practice of yoga developed quickly. A 2004 relocation to the West Coast brought the Anusara practice into my life. Since then, I have studied with a number of world-renowned teachers of Anusara Yoga including its founder, John Friend, and other established teachers including Desiree Rumbaugh, Ross Rayburn, Tiffany Fraser and Douglass Brooks among others. I found my first Anusara home at Yoga Inside Out, where I practiced and taught until the merger with Bala Yoga. Since the close of both those studios, I have had the opportunity to teach at the some of the best studios in town including Liberation Yoga, Black Dog Yoga, Center For Yoga-Yogaworks, Exhale, Mission Street Yoga and now Urth Yoga. I am a caring teacher with an inspiring energy that is matched only by my infectiously playful spirit. I look forward to seeing you in class.
In early 2002, I sustained a shoulder injury in the gym. As an alternative to lifting weights, I decided to try yoga for the first time. After one class, I realized that yoga offered much more than just a great workout. I migrated out of the gym and into local yoga studios. Yoga quickly became my primary training for body, mind, and spirit. I have studied a variety of yoga styles and respect all of them for their diverse offerings. My ongoing practice, training, and teaching is dedicated to the Anusara style, a heart opening practice that focuses on alignment. In my teaching, I strive to be creative and fun, helping students to take their practices off the mat and into their daily lives.
When yoga class is fun and you spend time laughing, learning, and sharing, the other benefits – a really incredible workout, getting fit, being healthy – come easily. This is what I learned as a student of yoga and this is what I want to share with my students. I want to help bring the joy of the practice to my students, to help them make art with their bodies, and deepen their relationship with their heart.
I am a Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher (ERYT200) and have been teaching yoga since 2010. I continue to study and train with incredible teachers such as Darren Rhodes, Christina Sell, Noah Mazé, Chris Chavez and in Los Angeles with Tony Giuliano, Keric Morinaga, Hagar Harpak and Scott Lewicki.
Mackie is filled with gratitude for this wonderful practice and to her many teachers and friends, especially Chloë Chung Misner, Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, Gil Hedley, Tiffany Fraser, Noah Maze, and Darren Rhodes. For her Yoga is so much more than just an exercise, it is a profound spiritual journey. She is a “somanaut”, a dedicated explorer of inner space, investigating the experience of human embodiment. Mackie is excited and passionate about yoga and strives to make her classes practical and accessible to anyone looking to create transformation in their lives, whether their desire is to open their minds and hearts or their hamstrings… She believes that the end result of either intention brings us closer to achieving both. She lives in Laurel Canyon with her husband and their furry friends.
Joy moved to Los Angeles from Seattle in 2004 and quickly found herself immersed in the yoga community; which inspired and encouraged her to take her first teacher training. Although she has studied an eclectic mix of styles and traditions it is in and through the Anusara community and teachings where she found her heart and joy. Joy is passionate and creative and continues to be a devoted student and teacher. She loves to study with, and is inspired by, her teachers including John Friend, founder of Anusara Yoga. Joy encourages her students to find the truth that already lives in them as she playfully guides them through the physical, mental and spiritual qualities of a balanced yoga practice. Joy would be delighted and honored to see you in class!
I came to yoga out of a desire to exercise and reduce stress. What I found was a newly inspired spirit and profound connection to community. I started with yoga DVDs during a winter in Boston and took my first real class in Los Angeles. The vibrancy of the class setting blew me away and I felt as though yoga helped me align with my life’s purpose. I saw how the teacher acts as an inspiring presence, seeing the highest potential in every student. I soon found myself diving into two teacher trainings. My classes are dynamic and challenging, with the intention to laugh, sweat, and connect to one’s true self. I am grateful for the calming and empowering effect of yoga and strive to give this gift to my students. I hold gratitude to my many teachers, including Anthony Benenati, Tiffany Fraser, Hagar Harpak, Jessica Jennings, and Tara Judelle.
My yoga trip started in 2004. I loved the way it made me feel: heightened awareness in my body and easier access to the joy inside. When I took my first class with Keric Morinaga, I knew that it would be a part of me forever. It makes my life worth living, more meaningful. I continue to experience moodiness, fear, anger, and sorrow. But the yoga practice encourages me to become more conscious of my moodiness. It reminds me that I am not alone, and that we are all on the path to finding true happiness. A huge thank you to my extraordinary teachers (Keric, Doug John, Jenny Brill, Maria Cristina Jimenez, Noah Maze, Jessica Jennings, Rusty Wells, Scott Lewicki, Darren Rhodes, Christina Sell) and the Urth yogis for showing me how to practice yoga and for changing my life.
I enjoy teaching people of all levels, ages and conditions, building on what works to develop a yoga practice that serves their body and settles their hearts and minds. Growing up back East I was always a dancer, and trained seriously as an adult in the early 1970′s in California; focused on modern movement. Yoga was included in those studies. By the mid 1980′s I felt finished with dance and ran away to the film industry; yoga continued to be a part of my life. At 50 I explored yoga more seriously, from gym classes to Iyengar and other studios. In 2010, in celebration of my 60th birthday, I completed City Yoga’s teacher training. Then 2011, a certificate in the yoga therapy program at Loyola Marymount University and 2012, a one year clinical internship with Sherry Brourman in her yoga therapy/physical therapy practice. Member of Yoga Alliance and International Association of Yoga Therapists.