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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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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.  
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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]

 


Carrie Hammer

arrie 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

After feeling like her body and life had been hijacked by cancer, she immersed herself in Yoga. She watched in awe, as her body got stronger and her zest for life reappeared. Karin finds immense empowerment through her yoga practice. It was this very excitement that drew her to become a teacher. 
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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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Rebecca Klingler

Rebecca Klingler began practicing Iyengar Yoga in 1997. As an actress, vocalist, and dancer, she began to notice that not only did her voice become stronger through her yoga practice, but her carriage became more graceful, her focus sharper, and her nerves more calm. In 2006 Rebecca became certified to teach children and adults through Yoga Angels, an Iyengar-based teachersʼ training, and later apprenticed with Pagan at Liberation.
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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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Jennifer Long

Jennifer's classes resonate with breath and alignment in vinyasa flow designed to open, stretch and relax the body creating a greater sense of well being and consciousness. Her classes help the students open to the subtle body, their heart and revelation, while focusing on breath, intentions and alignment to create strong healthy bodies and flexible quiet minds.  [Read More]



Bianca Mcclellan

Bianca is originally from England and first explored meditation yoga at the age of 16. Yoga became a way in to the way out of many emotional battles with her biological mother. She began exploring Asana yoga when she was 18, introduced by an amazing movement teacher she was lucky to have crossed paths with.
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Yvonne Papanek

Yvonne Papanek is a Hatha Yoga instructor with a background in Dance and Art. She has performed and led numerous workshops in the US, Europe, Japan, Mexico, Bali and Belize. Yvonne, began teaching 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]


 


Quinn

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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Brittany Wilkerson

Brittany Wilkerson (RYT 500), discovered yoga for the first time at Laughing Lotus Yoga Center in New York City. The practice of yoga provided healing on all levels and she was most astounded by it's power to calm and steady the mind. Upon moving to Los Angeles in 2006, she stumbled upon a magical little studio called Liberation Yoga, where she completed the 200-hour Yoga teacher training with Christine Burke, Will Duprey, and Steven Espinosa in 2009.  
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