Juliana Trejo

East & West Studio

Juliana was raised in Caracas Venezuela. She has been a student of yoga since 1981. Founder and light of the Yoga 4 Life Studios. Owner and designer of Drop of Spirit Apparel, a yoga clothing line created by her and her daughter in 2013.

She is a vessel of light, her healing presence is felt the moment you connect with her. Intuitive and deeply connected to the source, healer of the mind and body, motivator and awakener.

She moved to the United States in 1985, where soon she found herself teaching Yoga to groups and private sessions. She furthered her knowledge in the philosophy of yoga through the studies of Self Realization Fellowship Founded by Paramahansa Yogananda in California. In the early 90’s she attended The Shivananda Yoga Vedanta Center where she received an International Yoga Certification. Her love for yoga inspired her to further her studies in Kundalini yoga and receive a second International Certification from The Kundalini Research Institute.

In 1995 she founded Juliana’s Art of Yoga school. Her teaching is ideal for training and harmonizing the physical, mental, and spiritual natures through the principles of love, forgiveness, honesty, sincerity, tolerance, and faith. She has been able to develop will power, self­ confidence, and self­ reliance on herself and others through the practice of Meditation and Yoga. Bringing a deep respect to her teaching for the healing and calming effects of yoga. Her classes are healing, engaging and fun. Focusing on the flow of breath, steady movement and the feeling of completeness that can be cultivated through a lasting practice.

Kayla Trejo Pope

East & West Studio

Kayla Trejo Pope is the daughter of Juliana Trejo. Yogini since birth. Her kind and healing spirit is influenced by her mother, nature, natural medicine, and yoga.

She is a registered RYT200 yoga teacher, a Reverend in Ayurveda, a gifted writer, and artist. Co-owner and designer of Drop of Spirit Apparel, a yoga clothing line created by her mother and herself.

She takes her practice with her in daily life and every class.

When taking a class with Kayla, you will experience her intuitive healing touch alongside her use of essential oils. Her creative movements synchronized with breath from asana to asana will leave you feeling refreshed, balanced, and grounded.

Cristina Holtz

West Studio

Cristina’s Love for Yoga started 10 years ago on the beautiful island of Jamaica. Her realization that there is so much more to the Yoga practice than just the physical asana came soon after. During her travels throughout different countries she had the opportunity to practice with a multitude of teachers all the while embracing the many styles of yoga and continuously learning what the practice revealed.

While growing in the practice, her yearning for spiritual growth, knowledge and understanding became stronger and the call for teaching beckoned. After completing a 200 hour RYT course with Juliana Trejo, her passion for the Yin style, the dynamic Hatha flow, Vinyasa flow and Anusara Yoga has only deepened. Cristina has found teaching a humbling and natural experience and is grateful for every day that she is able to share her knowledge with practitioners of Yoga, new and experienced alike.

Tamara Fayad

West Studio

Tamara took her first yoga class at the young age of 16. After she found Yoga 4 Life studios in 2013 she knew she wanted to be certified to teach and share her love of yoga with others. Tamara teaches multiple styles of yoga to all levels. Her favorite part of teaching is giving hands on assistance and watching her students grow in their practice, both physically, and mentally. Her students will tell you she has a kindhearted and laid back personality. You can learn more about Tamara on her website: www.tamarafayad.yoga

Amelia Maynard

West Studio

Amelia has been a disciplined practitioner of yoga for over 16 years and became a certified Yoga Alliance teacher in 2011. Her passion extends far beyond the traditional; she is a dedicated Akashic Record keeper/ soul reader and counselor, Reiki Master/Teacher, Integrated Energy therapy practitioner, and an intuitive. These modalities are unified into her yoga classes to offer her students a truly one of a kind yogic experience. Amelia guides her students to find their spiritual, mental, and physical balance through a strong, conscious flow. Her unique light­hearted approach and time honored teaching style lend itself easily to new and seasoned practitioners alike. You will learn, sweat, and smile your way through inspiring and rejuvenating classes, which are filled with good vibrations of strength and peace.

Lisa Meronchuk

West Studio

Lisa credits her mother, with giving her the gift of Yoga, by teaching her how to meditate, by focusing on the breath as a young child. She began taking Yoga classes regularly in 2007, and it immediately became a moving meditation, uniting the body, mind, and spirit. Her passion for yoga continued to deepen, and through the encouragement of several of her teachers, she decided to get certified to teach. She continued to follow her bliss, and was guided to Juliana’s Studio, Yoga 4 Life, where she has found her voice. As her spiritual journey continues, Yoga has empowered her to let go of Fear, cultivate Self Love, Confidence, and Awareness into every area of her life. It has deepened her relationship to Divine Wisdom, and she is committed to shine her light, and teach each one of her students, how to bring stillness to the mind, be in the present moment, and experience Peace found within, through the gift of Yoga.

Michelle Cash

West Studio

Michelle Cash is a passionate yogi who loves to encourage others to join the fun. Michelle stumbled upon yoga in early 2000 and since then she has devoted herself to learning the ancient teachings and knowledge that yoga has to offer. Michelle’s passion has guided her path to teach others the joy, peace and health she has found through her practice.

Michelle was born and raised in beautiful South Florida and resides there now with her loving family. Michelle was an avid runner and trained in Jiu-Jitsu in the early years of her yoga practice. At this time, she was diagnosed with a debilitating auto immune disorder. Michelle endured multiple surgeries and medications and became determined to find an alternate method. With a dedicated yoga practice and a lifestyle change of veganism, she is now pain free, healthy and strong.

Michelle has found her niche and specializes in Suspension Yoga, teaching yogis how to trust, let go and be play

Christy Biggs

West Studio

Christy Biggs, MS, RMT, RYT200 is the creator of the Practical Magic series of meditations for private & group practices. Her Heal the Healer Program has been called one of the “Best nuts and bolts deliveries of how Science meets Spirit” that is being taught today. She’s given lessons around the country and has received accolades from movie stars to corporate CEOs. Christy is a co-producer and instructor for the ‘Discover the Gift’ Personal Coach Certification Program in Ft Lauderdale coming in October 2016.

She is currently offering open group classes in Gentle Hatha, Yin and Restorative Yoga at Juliana’s Art of Yoga in Coral Springs & Pompano Beach under the tutelage of Julian Trejo. Her private sessions there include Customized Yoga, Reiki and Meditation. She also offers Neuro Linguistic Programming, Meditation and EFT for Trauma Relief to everyone from single parents to law enforcement. Her gentle blend of ancient tradition and cutting edge science is sure to leave you coming back for more.

Christine Perez- Gray

West Studio

Christine found yoga in late 2005 when doing a self discovery of her spirit & seeking out life’s purpose.

It wasn’t until 2011 that she gave herself fully to what the practice of yoga & life style could do and allowed it to completely change her life.

Soon after Christine decided to follow her passion, become a yoga teacher, and help others transform their lives.

She received her 200RYT from Impower Yoga School/Yoga Factory & Fitness Studio in early 2017.

Christine teaches a variety of yoga styles and offers a class full of energy & spirit.

Helene Kopel

West Studio

In early 2013, a friend recommended yoga to Helene as a path to healing and quieting the ongoing chatter in her mind. Her very first class was Juliana’s Healing Slow Flow, and through the slow meditative practice she found a stillness never before experienced. Helene soon discovered yoga to be a powerful instrument that transcends the physical and supports our entire being – body, mind, and spirit. Guided to share this with others, Helene is now a Yoga Alliance RYT200 instructor teaching gentle, restorative, and yin classes for all body sizes, types, and levels. In her free time, you’ll catch her on-stage doing stand-up comedy and community theater.

Ileana Claffey

West Studio

Ileana was searching for a natural path to wellness, when she experienced a glimpse of stillness during her first yoga class, twenty years ago.  Her practice, coupled with her desire to deepen her knowledge inspired her to become a certified yoga teacher in 2007.
She is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT) and a Continuing Education Provider (YACEP) with Yoga Alliance and Reiki Practitioner.
She continues to evolve her yoga practice and teaching through self study, classes and workshops with an array of incredibly inspiring teachers which have all helped to influence her unique style of teaching. Her goal is to create a compassionate, heart centered class, where each student can reach beyond their perceived limitations.  She brings a unique awareness of body alignment and movement, with clear instructions and humor.  Always reminding you to stay present and breathe…

Norma Steele

West Studio

Norma Steel was introduced to yoga by Juliana Trejo in 1995. She is a certified teacher since 1996 through Body Works: certification for yoga for youth and RYT­ 200 with instructor Baron Baptist. She spends free time­ traveling­, horseback riding and teaching yoga to her grandchildren. She encourages her students to honor themselves by making their practice their own and to be grateful each day, as life is a great gift.

Claudia Regan

East & West Studio

Hatha Yoga Teacher / E­RYT Certified is renowned teacher Claudia Regan. After losing almost 100 pounds Claudia came to yoga thinking that it would be a good addition to her fitness program. What she found completely changed her life. After being a yoga student for over 13 years Claudia decided to follow her passion and become a yoga teacher. She completed the 200 hour yoga teacher training with Juliana Trejo and became certified by The Yoga Alliance. Claudia teaches a challenging yet gentle style of yoga with attention to body alignment and breath awareness in a way that makes yoga available to everyone.

Alan Pagán

East & West Studio

Alan Pagán’s journey with yoga began as a desire to live life pain free and overcome the need for a prescribed lumbar fusion. Through private lessons in ashtanga yoga, and a home practice rooted in the sun salutation sequence, he experienced a transformation which included weight loss, engagement with his core, and body awareness resulting in newfound strength and regained flexibility and balance. Through goal setting, patience, and discipline Alan practiced privately for two years. He successfully overcame the need for surgery, and learned to move with breath and grace. Feeling empowered by the connection between body & breath, Alan began incorporating artistic asana expression into his practice, leading to the unfurling of a creative and graceful flow. Alan’s experience compelled him to join a studio in 2012 where he discovered his affinity for Vinyasa Yoga. Soon after, he became clear of his life calling as a teacher and a healer.

Alan received his certificate in Vinyasa Yoga in 2015 from West End Yoga in Allentown, PA, and was trained in Dynamic Gentle Yoga with Rudy Pierce from the Kripalu Center in 2016. He is also a certified Stand Up Paddle Board Yoga Instructor. Alan’s newfound ability to live life pain free led him to his passion for introducing people to yoga in a way that is safe and creative. His teaching philosophy revolves around his desire to help people FEEL WELL. His teaching style aims to provide space for creating alignment with the body and energy through breath and movement, which he advocates as fundamental to living one’s best life and inspiring others to do the same. Alan’s yogic journey is fueled by his mantra “Let Your Movement Be Your Medicine”. His classes offer a feel good practice designed to extend range of motion, strengthen core, and bring practitioners closer to calm.

Jodi Weiner

Jodi is a “yogi” by birth, although doesn’t LOVE labels.

Jodi’s desire to make a difference has led her down numerous paths of service and exploration. She explored countless ways in how NOT to live life and landed in this beautiful expression of love, as a yoga teacher to the masses. She has been practicing more than half her life , meditation, self-inquiry, Hatha, Vinyasa, Raja, Karma yoga, Advanced Leadership with Off the Mat Into the World, transformational practices and more with internationally acclaimed teachers.

Her heart is open, her teaching is grounded, alignment minded and accessible for all levels; empowered by 2000+ hours of education through numerous forms of yoga and just completed her 500hr training designation. During your class time she focuses on your breath, safety, and presence to awaken and inquire within. Jodi has been uplifted by yoga through depression, addictions, stories and choices that have prepared her to be of service to this incredible community on the path to unity and peace. Her teachings inspire students to dive deeper into all vibrations so they can embrace the whole of their humanity and show up feeling balanced, happy and live from the heart both on and off the mat.

She is also the Executive Director and national trainer for Connection Coalition(formerly Yoga Gangsters), a non-profit bringing yoga to youth in jails, shelters and underserved communities, in 22 states. Jodi is also an Embody Love facilitator providing trainings to empower women of all ages and a lover of all sentient beings…except mosquitos.

She has led many 200+ hour Yoga Alliance accredited training programs in the area with graduates gaining access to career paths previously unknown as well as studio ownership!

When she is not on the yoga mat, traveling or teaching workshops and retreats, she is guiding her twin teenagers through this beautiful world of chaos and mystery, infusing them with love and strength.

Nicole Samanez

West Studio

Nicole Samanez is a devoted yoga practitioner and has been consistently practicing for 4 years. She teaches yoga in order to share what she has learned through this spiritual practice with the rest of the community. This spiritual journey has been and continues to be an incredible learning experience for her. Yoga has given her a sense of presence and liberation, where she feels very much connected with the power of now. Yoga helps her stay centered and at ease with the world around her. She hopes that she can bring these redeeming qualities into other people’s lives. In her classes, she strives to educate her students on alignment, presence, and of course the importance of returning the attention to the breath. She is certified RYT-200 HR Raja, RYT-100 HR Vinyasa, and is currently attending her third consecutive training program. She hopes to move your bodies and illuminate your minds with the ancient & spiritual system that is yoga.

Monalisa Trejo

East Studio

Monalisa, was born in Chicago Illinois. But was raised and educated in Caracas, Venezuela. At the age of 16 in 1985 she tried her first yoga class and it wasn’t until 1989 that she starter a daily practice. She received yoga teaching certification from the Sivananda Yoga Vendata Center at Yogi Hari Ashram in Fort Lauderdale FL, in 1995. Other teachers that she has studied with include: Juliana Trejo her sister and present teacher. Brian Kuest from Santa Monica California (power yoga), Dean Lerner ( Iyengar yoga). Work shop with Deepak Chopra MD. Education of Spirit, held n Sandiego, California practice with Carol Del Mul from Jivamukti in N.Y. City, Ducan who studie with: Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in India (Ashtanga yoga) and Katchie who studied and teaches at the yoga works with Yoga Master Richard Freeman.

…Yoga is a complete science of Self Discipline. It balance, harmonizes , purifies and strengthens the body, mind and soul of the practitioner.

Monalisa is very thankful to her parents and her sister Juliana Trejo for the many gifts and the knowledge obtained while studying Yoga.

Gabriella Arbesu

East Studio

Yoga found Gabriella when she was 15 years old. Just after finishing up her competitive travel soccer career she sought out for a workout to maintain her health. After a few months of weekly visits to studios in the area she experienced a mind/body connection. Her weekly visits to studios turned into daily ones.
7 years later Gabriella decided this was her calling and her passion. She received her 200 hr training with Yoga Journey. Attending workshops and keeping up with her daily practice to always better her teaching.
Gabriella’s classes are a vigorous vinyasa with a light hearted, creative twist while focused on alignment with precise and clear cuing. She keeps the integrity of the practice and believes poses should be held for a certain amount of breaths to create the mind/body connection.
She hopes to bring the same gift of love, health, and happiness that yoga has brought her to her students.

Emily Samide

East Studio

After graduating with a degree in Political Science from FAU, Emily backpacked through Europe with her yoga mat. She was inspired to complete a 200 hour Vinyasa teacher training as her practice evolved from primarily physical to something spiritually encompassing.

Through her training and teaching, Emily is motivated by the desire to spread her love for yoga practice, and the knowledge that every person has the ability to achieve peace, utilizing pranayama and mindfulness, delving into yin classes as well as faster paced vinyasa flows. Emily works to connect students to themselves, each other, and the love dormant within, as well as the natural world that parallels our physical and mental presences.

She is an eternal student, and is grateful for her lifelong yoga journey.

Christine Marinella

East Studio

Christine completed her yoga teacher training at Aananda Inc. led by Surendran Pandaran so that she could help others experience the profound difference that yoga can make in their lives. She believes that yoga should and can be made accessible to all.
Christine is a 200 hour certified Hatha yoga teacher. She also holds certification as a Y4C (yoga 4 cancer) teacher.

Catherine Letynevez

East Studio

Catherine moved from Lyon, France to Florida in 2015. She discovered Mindfulness in France in 2013 during a stay at the hospital, reading Jon Kabat-Zinn and David Servan-Schreiber’s books. Then she followed the Jon Kabat-Zinn’s 8-week program with Nathalie Bonhouvrier, certified MBSR Instructor. At that time, she was practicing Yoga too, Mindful Yoga.

Ever since, she’s been practicing Body Scan 45mn daily.

Her philosophy is « Where ever you are, be there ».

RYT 200 hour certification with Juliana Trejo and Radiant Child Yoga’s Approved Teacher with Izabela Piazecka, it became an evidence for her that she would be teaching kids how they can feel better, be focused, be mindful in the moment, by themselves. With mindful breathing. With their five senses.

She loves to mix mindful breathing, postures, games, meditation and relaxation to practice a fun and peaceful Kids Yoga. With self-esteem. With respect of each other.

 

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