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Christine Burke
Co-Owner/Director Liberation Yoga

At the age of 8 Christine remembers remember thinking that the "now" was very important. That each moment was a tiny universe and would never happen again. Throughout her life she has been searching and has always felt most comfortable when asking the big questions of life while fully immersed in the small moments of existence. Yoga is a practice that allows her to live life as a quest, a magical journey and the gift of sharing that with others is Christine's eternal good fortune. 
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Jocelyn Arete

Jocelyn was introduced to yoga as a child through her training as an actress and a dancer, and her consistent practice grew out of the desire to create a healthy connection with herself and others.   [Read More]


Pia Artesona

Pia is originally from The Bronx, New York.  She was introduced to yoga over 15 years ago and was drawn to the safe space it allowed her to create. She has practiced many forms of yoga. It was through her study of Bhakti Yoga, that she learned to meld all of these practices into her own unique style of teaching. [Read More]




Noelle Beaugureau

With over a decade of yoga practice Noelle Beaugureau views yoga as a journey of understanding the connection to the true self within. As a heart based teacher, she believes that the yoga practice should help one release layers of the ego to find a more authentic place internally, while cultivating strength in the body to calm the mind.
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Pat Sperry

“We are ever presently creating the world around us. The practice of Hatha Yoga allows us to create that world intentionally, beautifully, and in a way that honors our highest selves, our planet, and our ancestors. The heart is the instrument we use to experience the truth that is the all-pervading cosmic reality of Love. When the mind is still, the heart will guide us home…”  [Read More]



Jamie Bechtold

Jamie's intention is to help people experience more joy in their lives and she does this through her passion for sound and yoga.Jamie plays Paiste Planetary Gongs and crystal singing bowls, and has been healing with sound for over 8 years. [Read More]


Cassie Cherney

Cassie began practicing yoga 10 years ago looking for a physical challenge until she lifted her heart toward the sky in revolved warrior and realized there was so much more to it. She believes in making yoga accessible to everyone and uses her sassy southern humor to do just that.  [Read More]

Antonia Dernosch

Antonia received her yoga works teacher training certification in May of 2011. Additionally she has extensive training through diverse yoga training styles and workshops, from Vinyasa flow, Iyengar, Pranayama, Ashtanga, YogaWorks technique to Acro yoga. 
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Mark DeWhitt

Mark found the light of yoga in 1998 after 10 years of working a desk job and dealing with chronic back problems and repetitive stress arm injuries. Amazed by it's restorative capabilities, he continued to deepen his practice, receiving certification through The Center for Yoga in Los Angeles in 2003 and a national registration through Yoga Alliance.
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Will Duprey

Will has provided traditional teachings and practices of yogic philosophy in a clear, concise and humorous manner to thousands of students from beginner practitioners all the way to advanced teachers and everyone in between for over 10 years. Growing up in Vermont steeped in a native spiritual culture, WIll learned at a young age to listen to the land, meditate with the mountain and breathe with the wind. 
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Feri Ebrahimi

Feri Ebrahimi has been an avid yogini for the last 10 years. In July 2012, Feri started Yoga Teacher Training at Liberation Yoga.  She spent 7 weeks in teacher training during which time she learned about the larger scope and significance of yoga...not just as a physical exercise...but as a way of life. The more she learned about the philosophy of yoga, the more she understood why she had always felt such a deep connection to this field. By the time teacher training ended in August 2012, she knew that this was the field and path that she had been searching for all her life. [Read More]

Joella Enderes

Joella teaches a heart centered alignment based Hatha Yoga class. With emphasis on guiding the breath consciously through asana practice, her classes seek to bring the individual into a deeper sense of balance and harmony. With a focus on creating strength and flexibility, mindfulness in movement, and intelligence in action, Joella intends to create a space where all students feel safe and supported in their practice.  [Read More]

Mary Fanto

When it comes to Yoga, I am, and   always will be a student first and a teacher second. My joy is sharing what I've learned from some pretty phenomenal people in the Yoga world.
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Steven Espinosa

A former professional dancer, Steven has been teaching yoga since 1991. Having received his training at City Yoga in Los Angeles from Sue Elkind, Naime Jezzeny and Anthony Benenati. He has also taught both nationally and internationally.  
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Steven Freedman

Had first started my journey into yoga studying with Ganga White, and Anna Forrest, at the White Lotus in the hills of Ojai. I was lucky in that I found some of the finest teachers in Los Angles at the time. All formes of yoga were being taught. Hatha, Ashtanga, Sivananda, and Iyengar style. A true learning experience. [Read More]


Adam Gericke

I was some what forced into my first yoga class when I was teaching dance abroad in Canada several years ago. At the beginning of the class the teacher instructed to lay down on your back or in child's pose if rest was needed, and I layed on my back most of the class, getting up every once in a while to attempt a few poses. After returning 3 days in a row, something started happening to me.
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Carrie Hammer

Carrie fell in love on the mat after taking her 1irst 1low class at Sonic Yoga NYC. While working as a professional dancer, singer, actor and struggling to 1ind her own balance in health, Carrie found the link between Yoga and Ayurveda, a complete integral practice and lifestyle that has given her a sense of empowerment daily.
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Constance Hart

Constance Hart is a nationally-recognized, certified color therapist, sound healer and yogi with over 18 years teaching experience. A visionary with energy balancing and healing, she has created the Conscious Colors® restorative yoga program and Color Aromas™ chakra-balancing aromatherapy line.
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Megan Harvey

Born and raised in Western Montana, Megan’s father hoped she would take to working on the family organic dairy farm, but Megan spent the majority of her childhood putting on ballet recitals in her beloved pink sequined tutu. 
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Ellen Heed

Ellen teaches Sexological Bodywork, Scar Tissue Remediation, Anatomy & Physiology, Pain & Orthopedic Evaluation, and Craniosacral Therapy worldwide. She also loves teaching workshops about nutrition, human energetic and sexual empowerment, and self-help approaches to healing. She has taught Functional Anatomy for Yoga Teachers for the Forrest Yoga Foundation Level Teacher Training since the year 2000.
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Sarah Hemphill

I discovered yoga in 1995 when I walked by Integral Yoga, which was located just a couple blocks from my apartment in Greenwich Village, and decided to try a class. I fell in love immediately - the chanting, the incense, the breathing. It was a respite from the asphalt jungle and my high-stress job as a book publicist.  It also began to alleviate the low-back pain that I had since adolescence.  
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Karin Hoffman

YTRx, RYT 500. After feeling like her life was derailed by a cancer diagnosis, she immersed herself in the gift of yoga therapy. This practice enabled her to take back control of her life by being an active participant in her own healing process. She developed a new and better relationship with her body and mind.
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Sarah Rachel Isenberg

Sarah teaches a vinyasa flow style class. Sarah has been a yoga practitioner for over sixteen years and is a second generation yoga instructor. She first began studying yoga underneath the strong teachings of her mother Esther, a TriYoga Instructor. Like any mother’s daughter, she then set out to find her own path.  
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Ellina Kim

Ellina is an LA native, born and raised, that loves to practice yoga. A Typical Southern Californian. But before being introduced to the fabulous world of yoga, her life was as a Hip-Hop dancer. 
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Jeanne T. Korn

“Our bodies are vessels for spirit.  My intention is to support my students to release tension, replenish their natural life force and re-align with their true selves.”

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Eben Oroz

My yoga is symbolic and in that drenched with personal meaning. It is a constellation of recovered understandings.  [Read More]

Yvonne Papanek


Yvonne (Siva Kami) Papanek teaches Hatha, Restorative and Yoga Nidra at Yogi Civilian Studio,LA. An Integral Yoga instructor with an extensive background in Dance, she began teaching Hatha Yoga in 1996, was twice in the residency program at Sri Swami Satchidananda Ashram in Virginia.  
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Taj Paxton


Taj’s classes give students a feeling of power, ease and grace. Both lyrical and strong, her teaching is rooted in her Kripalu and Primal Core training. She specializes in helping people at all levels use their body as a tool to get present and know their greatness.  
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Emilie Perz

Chicago native and now Los Angeles-based Emilie Perz has been making her mark on the city’s yoga scene for nearly a decade. With a firm hand, keen eye for alignment and playful sense of humor, she leads both seasoned and beginning yogis through vigorous flows centered around intention and Svadhyaya (self-study). [Read More]


Heather Purple

Heather Purple took yoga in college years ago and has been practicing various forms, studying and teaching it ever since. She decided to take it to the next level and take teacher training at Liberation in January of 2012. She then apprenticed under the teachings of Pagan George to deepen her skills and understanding to enable her make yoga more available for everyone! [Read More]

Beth Polito

Beth comes to LA from NYC where she enjoyed performing in musicals on Broadway, across the US, and across the globe. Her dance training made Yoga a natural fit, and she fell in love when she first encountered Yoga back in a college acting class. She was amazed at how dramatically her energy state shifted after asana and how quickly Yoga helped to calm her nerves before auditions or performances. The breath had the ability to change everything! [Read More]



I'm Quinn. I'm a graduate of the Liberation Yoga Teacher Training program, and I love it here. I lead a physically challenging Level 1 class, built on alignment, philosophy, and fun. My class is all about shaking off old patterns to realize what matters right now.
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Kathleen Ross-Allee

Kathleen Ross-Allee is the co-founder and co-creator (with Alison Crowley) of The Yoga Prescription TM and of the yoga therapy programs at Cedars-Sinai’s Tower Hematology Oncology Medical Group and The Center for Radiation Therapy of Beverly Hills. 
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Sasha Stone

Sasha’s yoga journey began in Toronto, Canada, with a weekly Hatha class at a local community center. Though health and fitness were always a huge priority in her life, her practice allowed her to access her body and quiet her mind in a way she had not yet realized. After moving to Los Angeles, she became an avid practitioner at Center for Yoga, where she completed her Yoga Works teacher training in 2008, 
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Lynn Taylor

Lynn has been teaching Hatha yoga for over a decade and has been a serious student for over 20 years. Although she first experienced yoga at the tender age of 12, she really began her in depth studies after moving to Los Angeles and becoming a television executive. 
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