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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.  [Read More]


Maya Ashley

I was a classically trained ballerina living, working (and struggling) in NYC. I turned to yoga to help with recovery of an injury, and as a way to “get my mind to shut off.” I very quickly realized that those themes would follow me through the next chapter of my life and eventually, to a career. [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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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]

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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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]

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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 Anna Maria Giambianco DiPietro

Anna Maria is a native New Yorker who found yoga back in 1999. She now lives in LA with her husband Grady where she shares her love of all things wellness with her students. [Read More] 






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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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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 Terasa Livingstone

Terasa Livingstone is a 500ERYT Hatha Yoga Teacher.
With an extensive, professional background in dance and movement, it seemed a natural progression to move into the art of Yoga, which she has been teaching for the past 8 years. Terasa’s teaching style is very heavily influenced and based on the early Hatha Yoga style with a focus on breath work & finding clarity & peace of mind [Read More] 



 Joe Love

A former UCLA gymnast, Joe brings 18 years experience as an athlete as well as a natural creativity to the practice. Having worked through various difficulties and injuries in gymnastics, he believes that when it comes to our practice balance on and off the mat is key.

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Stephanie Morrell

Stephanie practiced transpersonal psychotherapy in London for 15 years before returning to her native USA in 2007. The meeting point of the body and the psyche is the subtle body, and Stephanie’s passion for promoting health and balance led her to a 300-hour yoga teacher training in Tibetan Heart Yoga  with Geshe Michael Roach   [Read More]


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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Mindy Parker

Mindy is deeply devoted to spreading and living a life full of joy, love, and compassion, all of which she has learned on her journey through yogic practices. Her naturally inquisitive and free-spirited nature is what lead her into the world of yoga and holistic living at the age of 19.  [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]


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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Radha Ruiz

Radha Ruiz is a professional Dancer and Hatha yoga teacher of thirteen years. Her yoga practice began at the age of 5 with her parents, both yoga instructors, and Sue Garfeild at the BKS Iyengar Yoga Institute of Los Angeles. She also majored in Performance and Choreography at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts. [Read More]




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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