Marcella Bottero, MA, RCST®, is a body and movement educator. She has been in private practice for over 20 years exploring and incorporating different somatic approaches and how they bring forth one's greatest potential.
Marcella has a diverse pallet of skills including Fitness Trainer, Yoga Teacher, Continuum Movement Teacher authorized by Emilie Conrad, Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist, and Meditator.
Her yoga training includes: Ana Forrest in 2000; Viniyoga withj Gary Kraftsow, 2001-2003, 500 hours and Kaustub Desikachar; Ashtanga: in-depth training with Chuck Miller; and ongoing trainings with teachers from India and the US. Marcella teaches inquiry in a supportive, dynamic and effective way cultivating and encouraging each student's potential to be realized and expressed.
Claudia began practicing yoga while studying Psychology and Theater at New York University. An avid lover of the arts who found that yoga supported her creative pursuits, she went on to earn her certification from the Benares School of Yoga.
While in India, she practiced Sri K Patthabhi Jois’ system of Ashtanga in Mysore and worked for a children's shelter home in New Delhi. After receiving her certification through Sonic Yoga and Karma Kids Yoga in New York, she finally landed in beautiful Southern California where she teaches and runs Inspired Yoga Retreats, an international retreat service that combines the best in yoga, the arts and destination travel.
When not barefoot in a yoga studio you can find her writing stories, reading a good book, on a film set or editing bay, planting vegetables, riding horses or (most likely) barefoot in Ojai.
E-RYT 500 & RYCT
Jules Hogan brings a strong foundation of play and creativity to her teaching of both children and adults. Emphasizing individual attention, she easily accommodates a variety of levels and ages in all of her classes. Each week she incorporates a self-study 'svadhyaya' into her classes so her students can continue their yogic journey 'off the mat'.
Jules' Adult Yoga Teacher Trainings included both a 200-hour RYT and 500-hour RYT through Black Dog Yoga as well as many workshops. A trained actress, former nanny and performing arts teacher, her extensive experience with children informs her highly original, UPDOGS and DOWNDOGS kids yoga program.
Jules has completed The Radiant Child and Mini Yogi's Teacher Trainings and now teaches her own UPDOGdowndogYOGA Teacher Training to aspiring kids yoga instructors.
Yoga has helped Vikki through some of the most challenging times in her life bringing calm, clarity and inner peace. She began practicing when GODA first opened and it has been her yoga home ever since. Jumping at the chance to take GODA's first ever teacher training and receiving her 200-hour RYT certification under the guidance of Claudia Fucigna, Kate Duyn Cariati and Cheryl Moss, Vikki has continued her yoga education with a 50-hour sequencing training with Laughing Lotus NYC in April 2014.
Vikki loves the rich history of yoga and tries to weave into her classes the lessons of the ancient scriptures, bringing both physical and spiritual benefit to her students. She is so honored to be able to share these gifts now as a teacher at the studio where her journey began. Vikki's eternal gratitude and love goes to Cheryl as her teacher and mentor.
Vladimir has studied with the Iyengar family in India and continues his education in the field of yoga therapy by mentoring with some of the best yoga teachers in the country, including Manouso Manos.
After a comprehensive 3 years training and apprenticeship with Chris Stein and teacher training with senior teacher Karin O’Bannon, Vlad was certified in the Iyengar method of teaching, which has influenced millions of people around the world. Iyengar Yoga is known for it’s highly sophisticated, intelligent sequencing and ever-evolving method of using props for enabling an individual to benefit by practicing yoga regardless of their age, health, shape or fitness level. The Iyengar method of teaching is known for it’s widely documented therapeutic effects on medical patients. Vlad works with yoga therapy students, students with scoliosis and other spinal ailment issues on a regular basis.
Vlad is a caring and capable teacher who has been teaching in Los Angeles since 2002. He also leads workshops and retreats annually abroad as well as locally.
After 11 years of practice in the field of Sports Medicine, Lloyd decided to answer the call he had felt for a while, magnetizing him toward the art of Natural Healing, Holistic and Shamanic Practices. In heeding the call, a profound awakening began.
Teaching the physical practice of Yoga (Asana) was a way to merge his background of Sports Medicine and Spiritual Healing into one. Lloyd was guided to Loyola Marymount University and graduated their ‘YOGA & Healing Sciences’ accredited program in 2013, the same year he finished the Hatha program at Hot 8 Yoga. Lloyd’s enthusiasm for healing infuses his Yoga teachings.
He teaches Hatha based classes focused on foundational alignment. His classes are designed to not only advance your practice physically, but to tap into the emotional, mental and energetic bodies. He completes his classes with sound healings and meditation techniques. Lloyd’s classes have been described as, “healings… sprinkled with yoga”. Lloyd’s certifications are: 200-RYT from Loyola Marymount University and 200-RYT Hatha Yoga through Hot 8 Yoga.
An old soul with a young spirit, Alex believes in living life in the moment, guided by intuition and rooted in compassion. She fosters a non-dogmatic approach to yoga, movement, and life. Her classes are creative, mindfully sequenced, and always allow space for personal exploration and limitations. You can expect to challenge your mental and physical barriers, smile, and walk away feeling harmonized.
Growing up as a jazz and ballet dancer, Alex always appreciated the self-expression and discipline of movement. Though she noticed many athletes, especially dancers, were injured, even immobilized, she accepted pain as a natural component of sport. However, in high school, complications from a peripheral neuropathy made an aggressive approach to movement unsuccessful. Heartbroken, she gave up dance and spent years searching for a new form of expression. When she discovered yoga, she was surprised that her body was receptive and the poses offered the mental freedom that dance once had. Breath work eased tension on her nerves, and practicing non-attachment taught her to seek something deeper than results. Yoga helped her let go of the fear of falling and the need to be perfect, ultimately inspiring her to help others overcome their own fears and weaknesses, on and off the mat.
Alex began teaching in 2011 and has been blessed to study with incredible teachers, including Bianca Fearon and Liz Arch. She is an EYT200 and is currently working toward her 300HR advanced certification under Annie Carpenter (SmartFLOW® Yoga). More importantly, considers herself a lifelong learner. For her, yoga is about more than handstands and putting your feet on your head; It is about connecting mind and body, and that is unique to each individual. We all come to the mat with different challenges, and by honoring where we are each day, we grow stronger.
E-RYT 200 & RPYT
After meeting a 75-year-old yogi and seeing how joyous and full of life she was after a life full of yoga, Erin Haynes was led to leave her super stressful job and make the huge life change she needed to truly improve her health and quality of life. This incredible five year journey of taking classes, researching yoga philosophy, training and teaching has blossomed into a satisfying and delightfully rewarding life. Erin received her 200-Hour Yoga Certification from Christy Marsden at Yoga Blend, has obtained her Prenatal Certification from Silverlake Yoga, and studied Yoga Therapy at Loyola Marymount University with Larry Payne. She has taught yoga at The Oprah Winfrey Network, NATPE, Lululemon and Athleta.
Helping a woman feel stronger and more confident in her ever changing body is what Erin strives for. Each trimester offers it's ups and downs; whatever you’re going through, Erin will offer movement to ease any discomfort. You will get a work out, in this class you’ll prepare for labor and after birth care by strengthening your back, shoulder, butt, pelvic-floor and leg muscles. Erin’s prenatal yoga class is safe for any stage in your pregnancy, however it’s suggested to come after 13 weeks gestation. For postnatal classes, come when you’re ready, although most come back around 5-7 weeks post, or more after a Cesarian birth.
Erin inspires confidence, strength, self-awareness and well deserved self-love. Whether you’re new to yoga, recovering from an injury, a fitness pro, Erin’s goal to make everyone feel both challenged and safe with modifications for every individual’s needs. In Erin’s class you’ll be grooving along to current tunes and flowing through yoga poses that will expand and brighten your energy, open your heart, relax your mind and keep you present with your practice.
Karen Voskanian started her yoga practice 10 years ago when she started teaching elementary school in the inner city of L.A. She used it as a way to deal with the stress of her job, keep her grounded and her energy positive.
Yoga became a way of life for her when she started noticing the changes in her body, mind, and spirit. Yoga helped her deal with life in a positive and productive way, reminding her to let go and flow with life. Karen loves exploring new movements and asanas that make her body feel energized and fluid!
Karen keeps her classes light, fun, non-dogmatic, positive, and creative. Her classes focus on alignment, endurance, strength, and flexibility within a fun, free, energetic, and supportive atmosphere. Karen teaches at various studios, schools, and corporate offices around L.A, and has been published in Elephant Journal. Karen received her 200 hr. training through the White Lotus Foundation under the guidance of master teachers Tracy Rich and Ganga White.
Amy Loftus (E-RYT) has been an avid practitioner of yoga since 1997. She studied Ashtanga Yoga with Diane Avice du buisson at Yoga Source in Nashville, where she became certified to teach Vinyasa Flow in 2003. She has also studied with Erich Schiffman (conscious adjusting) and Jill Miller (Yoga Tune Up) among others.
She has been a certified Yoga Tune Up teacher since 2010 and became a teacher trainer for Pure Yoga in 2011. A former player at Chicago’s Second City Improvisational Theatre, Amy brings a sense of humor to class: “the most spiritual and revered Tibetan Lama (high priest) I ever met was super silly and hilarious. That changed me. While my practice is imperative, I can’t take it too seriously.”
A former Equinox teacher, for several years Amy’s classes were filled with people who appreciated her lighthearted, lifelong approach to the practice, allowing everyone to feel relaxed and at ease. She considers herself a student first and simply shares her practice. Amy is also a singer/songwriter with several albums on i-tunes to date and numerous Film/TV placements. Her playlists are as integral to the class as creative asana, and Amy brings her guitar, singing to her students during savasana.
Tammy Minton Gitter
Tammy initially came to yoga in her twenties to find peace of mind. Along with that, she found inner and outer strength and the courage to take life and her Self head on. She has found yoga to be a true alchemical practice that has completely transformed her from the inside out and she loves to share this aspect of the practice with her students.
After receiving her 200HR RYT with Yoga Alliance in Vinyasa, Tammy traveled for seven months with her husband through India, Thailand and Indonesia all the while practicing Ashtanga Yoga with Senior teachers and studying Yogic Philosophy, Meditation, Pranayama and Energetic Healing with Swamis.
She is also a Reiki 2 practitioner, certified Spiritual Emergence Peer Counselor through Dr. Emma Bragdon at IMHU( Integrative Mental Health University) and is a graduate of the Urban Priestess Mystery School with Ashley Turner and Sianna Sherman. Tammy also studies meditation techniques with Sally Kempton. Expect a challenging class that is fun, nonjudgemental, interactive and open to exploring the myriad of ways we show up on our mats.
E-RYT 200, LMFT
Cheryl has been an avid practitioner for 23 years. Fifteen years ago Cheryl founded the boutique, community based yoga studio, GODA Yoga in downtown Culver City. She is an E-RYT 200 and has been teaching group and private yoga classes for 15 years.
Cheryl's classes are compassionate, strong, breath and alignment based to create a meaningful experience where wisdom, growth, and healing unfold over time. She's passionate about assisting students to use asana as a mindful movement practice, cultivating flexibility and strength as well as developing deep listening skills, paying attention to body and breath for what is needed in the moment.
Cheryl incorporates her understanding of the mind and behavior into her classes, encouraging her students to break free of their rigid, self- defeating patterns and habits making room inside to heal physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. She's skilled at working with all ages, levels, and shapes of practitioner and has expertise in working asanas for injuries, chronic pain, and the 'changing' body. With intelligent asana practice she helps students, release and relieve pain patterns, to feel open, stronger, healthier. She has completed the foundation, advanced and continuing education teacher trainings with Ana Forrest and two 50 hour trainings with Erich Schiffman. In her 23 years on the mat she has had the privilege to study with several Los Angeles based senior teachers ; Catherine McNamara, Shiva Rae, Saul David Ray, and Julian Walker, to name a few.
Throughout years of practice, Maire-Rose has witnessed yoga's ability to heal on many levels, from strained ankles to broken hearts. Incorporating wisdom from the yoga sutras and other sacred texts, Maire's classes are upbeat, poetic, and musical, while emphasizing conscious breath and movement.
Her goal as a teacher is to help people cultivate a deeper relationship with themselves so that they can live better in the world, making it a more peaceful, vibrant, and harmonious place to be. Maire-Rose received her 200-hr. teacher training in 2010 from Laughing Lotus NYC under the guidance of Dana Flynn, Sheri Celantano, Alison Cramer, and Mary Dana Abbott.
She has also completed training in Restorative Yoga under Jamie Lyn Skolnick. After teaching at studios and gyms all over NYC, she has relocated to LA, where she is honored to share yoga with this beautiful community. She invites you to come play, sing, move, breathe, and explore both inner and outer space.
During her first yoga class, Callan fainted. She had locked her knees during a Bikram session, and had to be carried out for a blast of smelling salts. Thus began a decade-long journey of unearthing herself from a dance movement background, and into a place of listening to the body and learning to move organically.
Callan’s vinyasa classes emphasize individual expression, constant creativity, and innovation. Her technique is greatly influenced by her training at the Laughing Lotus in New York City. Breathwork and ease of flow are two hallmarks of this practice, while at the same time being mindful of each person’s alignment, structure, and comfort level.
Callan offers alternative postures and encourages listening to the changing needs of your body, while emphasizing that yoga should be fun, fun, fun! Deep pranams to all of her teachers who have shared and inspired along the way, in particular Dana Trixie Flynn, Ali Cramer, and Dechen Thurman.
Katie Sinnott is a visual artist and yogi who has practiced and studied both Hatha and Kundalini yoga for the past sixteen years. Yoga came into Katie’s life just as she took her first step on the path of the artist, and has become an invaluable source of inspiration and balance in her life and art. It is exploring the element of akash, or space, that guides Katie’s practice, as she is interested in our empowered ability to use breath, meditation and the physical postures to clear and create space within the body and mind, and allow access to our intuition and unique gifts. Katie’s classes emphasize cultivating a balance of ease and focus, strength and flexibility, with a deep connection to breath, and joyful experience of the inner self.
Drawn to Southern California in 2011 to participate in the Los Angeles art scene, Katie received her MFA from UCLA in Sculpture in 2013, while religiously practicing with Annie Carpenter and many other inspiring yogis at Exhale Studio in Venice. Katie has since received her 200 hr training from GODA Yoga, under the guidance of Cheryl Moss and Kate Duyn Cariati. She has also completed a 30hr Lotus Flow Sequencing Training led by Kate Duyn Cariati and Mary Dana Abbott, as well as additional trainings with Shiva Rea, and Guru Jagat of RAMA Institute.
Coming from a background in bodybuilding and circuit training, Nathania stumbled into yoga by accident in 2009 and what started as a purely physical adventure became a journey towards healing old traumas and experiencing a profound personal transformation.
Through a dedicated yoga practice and a Master’s degree in Psychology, Nat unearthed a passion for helping others transform their lives, free themselves from negative behavior patterns and dare to be unapologetically real. She believes that yoga - and a healthy mind-body connection - is a gateway to self-love.
Her classes are strong and fluid, creatively sequenced and sprinkled with playful arm balances and transitions. Expect to be inspired and to learn to laugh at yourself. Expect to discover how your time on the mat is a mirror for your life and an invaluable tool to help you become your own best supporter. Nathania currently leads international yoga retreats and runs & operates GODA Yoga.
A native of Ukraine, Oleg has been practicing and teaching yoga since 1992. He began as a child, taking classes from his mother. He has completed internationally in swimming, judo, and taekwondo. He received his first yoga certificate from Yoga Federation of USSR. Since 1993 he has been a certified yoga teacher of TriYoga International, teaching yoga at International Yoga conferences and conventions, giving private and group classes in countries across the globe including Spain, Israel, China, Austria, Italy, Great Britain, Turkey, Egypt and Russia..
With a lifetime dedication, Flow has developed a perfect balance to empower ones self physically, mentally and spiritually. Oleg Flow is the founder of Kurma Yoga (Turtle Yoga). Emphasizing breathing and gentle flowing movements to help restore connective tissue, key elements include: grace, elasticity, strengthen, balance, awareness and endurance which leads to a healthier, more fulfilling life.
Vance Vlasek is practicing yoga right now. He wants to remind you that you are as well. He's proud of you for that. He values the practice highly and loves sharing the yogic principles he's learned with his students. He completed his 200hr teacher training at 305 Yoga in Miami in May 2014. Although his practice is only a few years old, his passion for the yogic arts is palpable. He finds great joy in exploring movements, mindsets, and mental manifestations (obviously a fan of alliteration as well).
Joy is key to his teaching style. He loves to infuse it into his classes while still presenting an impactful, safe practice with intelligent alignment, marked mindfulness, and interesting sequencing. Dharma is very present in his class and is reflected through his musical choices and sequencing. Students can expect to hear an array of musical stylings supporting their journey through class. When Vance is not teaching yoga, he is a full time entrepreneur providing performing arts services. He is a trained actor, singer, and dancer. He has performed in feature films, plays, musicals, commercials, dance tours, and is grateful to no longer be dancing on the sidewalk, costumed as a bodybuilding dog.
He believes yoga and the performing arts are innately connected. Both help us to understand ourselves more authentically through human characteristics: movement (asana and dance), vocalization (mantra and singing), and empathy (mindfulness and character study). The pathways are just different. Yoga journeys through the self, to the self and the performing arts travel through others, to the self. Both disciplines lead us to a fuller human experience. It has been a long strange trip for him so far, and he hopes you'll join him somewhere along the way. Namaste.
I grew up in Culver City from the age of three, leaving for both college and graduate school, returning to finally then serendipitously discover Goda and it's true open Yoga heart. What was a dulled home-town now shone with this bright landmark, a space where somehow my interests and pursuits in psychology and the arts coalesced, and after completing a 200RYT Teacher Training under Cheryl Moss, and Kate Cariati, Goda became my Yoga home.
The Beginning is given to each and every one of us with the rise of the sun overhead, everyday. Everyday an opportunity to awaken something new, to learn, to give, to grow, to be present. My keen interest in the foundations of Yoga: the Breath, creating space, alignment, and finding a balance between pushing and letting go, have made Beginning Yoga seem to me a vast ocean of endless opportunities, the ever grounding shore being the beginning to a new connection between your 'self' and your body.
Yoga might suddenly become for you, a necessary touch stone in the endless rushing flow of your everyday life. My intention is to create a space where beginner minds, and bodies, and all, can hone in focus, and for 90 minutes experience the deeply satisfying benefits of Yoga, while integrating its foundational elements.
In 2005 Shauna began her transformative journey with world renowned founder of Yoga for the Special Child, Sonia Sumar. As a licensed, senior practitioner of Yoga for the Special Child, and drawing on her experience as a professional Occupational Therapist as well, Shauna brings over 2 decades of experience working with children and adults with special needs.
These classes are taught in a fun and playful manner with clear and steady instructions that are tailored specifically to the needs of the child. There is a strong focus on proper breathing which improves mood and stability, as well as building a “soul to soul” connection with each student and for their optimal personal development. With a calm and steady approach Shauna brings lighthearted enthusiasm to her classes.
Born in Toronto, Ontario, Shauna received her BSc in Occupational Therapy from McGill University in Montreal and an MA in Occupational Therapy for Developmental Disabilities at NYU. Since moving to Culver City in 2010 Shauna is grateful every day for the clear skies and bright sun. Please contact the studio for more information about this class. More about Shauna's training at www.specialyoga.com