Juliana Trejo

Founder and Owner

East & West Studio

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.

Juliana was raised in Caracas Venezuela. She has been a student of yoga since 1981.

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 Pope

East & West Studio

Kayla Trejo Pope is the daughter of Juliana Trejo. Kayla has been a 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.

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.

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.

Camilla Tolly

West Studio

Camilla is a motivated yoga enthusiast with a goal to further advance her training and understanding of yoga. Camilla was fortunate enough to discover the healing aspects of the yogic practice at a very early age. Every day her fascination and eagerness to learn more expands. She loves to share her experience with other people, enjoy inspiring others to improve wellness and commit to long-term health and fitness goals.

Professional Courses and Certifications

  • Advanced Teacher Training | July 16th, 2017 | The Yoga Joint – Ft. Lauderdale, Fl
  • 50 Hr Ryt Yoga Alliance Advanced Teacher Training
  • Advanced Training Techniques
  • Certified Yoga Instructor | July 3rd, 2014 | The Yoga Joint – Ft. Lauderdale, Fl
  • 200 Hr Ryt Yoga Alliance Certified Training
  • Hot Vinyasa Flow Training
  • Teacher Training Program | December 8th, 2014 | Ishta Yoga – Nyc, Ny
  • Yin Yoga Module 1 (25 Hr)
  • Yin Yoga RYT Yoga Alliance Certification
  • Yoga Instructor Certification | March 27th, 2014 | Global Yoga – Stockholm, Sweden

Gina Gentile

West Studio

When Gina’s years of competitive dancing came to an end at the age of 18, her yoga journey began. She started doing yoga just as another way to move her body and “get in shape” but she soon realized there was so much more to yoga than meets the eye. In the early days of her practice, she still had the mind of a dancer, trying to execute each pose perfectly, making sure it looked good in the mirror, still feeling like she was in a ballet class. But the more Gina practiced, the more she began to really feel the mental and spiritual effects of yoga and realized the physical benefits were an added bonus. Passion began to ignite within Gina, and the anxiety and depression she had struggled with her entire life began to fade.

Gina’s favorite part of practicing yoga is applying the lessons she learns on the mat to her life off the mat. Yoga has helped Gina breathe through and make the best of challenging times, find balance and focus in unsteady times, and express joy and gratitude in the good times. Gina’s favorite part of teaching is giving hands on touch and Reiki to her students. She’s incredibly grateful and happy to be part of the Yoga for Life family and hopes to ignite the same passion in her students that was ignited in her through the power of yoga. When she’s not doing yoga, she enjoys time working at a local animal hospital, eating vegan food, and spending time with her husband and 3 rescue pets.

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.

Caroline Ubrig

West Studio

Caroline‘s yoga journey begins with the breath.

As a yoga enthusiast beginner, Caroline often felt intimidated by stepping into a yoga class without knowing how to breath.

Even after discussing anxiety levels about breathing with Yoga Teachers, the only advice she was given was to “Just Breathe”.

For a new student this concept can however be hard to grasp. Caroline’s intuition was telling her that there is more to it than “just breath” and Caroline was eager to discover what “it” was.

After moving to Florida, Caroline was ready to give Asana another try, to help release tension and join the yoga community and she was startled to find out that most of the yoga classes taught here were so breath focused.

Teachers were not teaching “just breath”, but explained in detail how to connect with the in & exhale, focusing on different parts of the body while breathing.

From pranayama breathing, kumbhaka, breath of fire to alternate Nostril, 4 part breath, the bandhas and ujjayi pranayama; Caroline was blown away by all that she has learned.

Caroline was especially grateful to the teachers that taught her the power of pranayama, our life force, our compass.

Those special teaching techniques made it possible for Caroline to tackle the asana practice and consequently awaken to the spiritual teachings of Yoga.

Caroline is now able to share these teachings with others and excited to follow her parents footsteps as professional teachers themselves.

Making the connection of both her longlife admiration for teachers and her love of Yoga,

Caroline has realized her passion by learning how to “Just Breathe”.

As a yoga teacher Caroline’s goal is to put emphasis on the breath and share the values of authenticity, non-judgmental and compassion to inspire others to listen to their breath and use it as compass both in Yoga class and in life.

Vicki Yeung

West Studio

Vicki grew up in Coral Springs, Florida and graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2007.  After moving to Santa Barbara, California in 2010, she sought out Yoga as a form of stress relief.  With a history of Dance and Gymnastics at a young age, Yoga felt really natural in her body- and she was hooked.  Making time to connect the mind and body, she also began to realize the physical benefits of a regular yoga practice. As an avid runner, she feels that Yoga is a great compliment to many other types of workouts as it builds strength and flexibility which can help prevent injury. After discovering her passion for Yoga, she decided to commit to a Teacher Training program.  In 2013 Vicki received her 200 Hr Power Style Certification through CorePower Yoga, and began teaching in March of 2014. Her sequences are challenging and fun, creating an environment where her students feel encouraged, supported, and empowered.

Jennifer Radnay

West Studio
Jennifer is a passionate Yogi & Holistic Doula. She is certified from Anuttara in Raja and Advanced Vinyasa and is also a certified Labor & Holistic Doula. She fulfills her purpose through supporting & empowering others.
About 7 years ago when she discovered Yoga as a way of uniting the mind, body and soul, it profoundly shifted her life. She now in return has decided to dedicate her life to inspiring others to live an authentic lifestyle focused on gratitude. It goes beyond just the physical practice and is her grounding source of connection to her true higher self. Through this connection she learned how to manifest a life full of joy and inspires others to live a healthy, happy and balanced lifestyle.
Her creative yoga flows are a reflection of this. She will challenge you to deeply explore your true self on and off the mat.

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.

Dawn Viehe

East Studio

Dawn first began her yoga journey in a gym 20 years ago.  Little did she know the impact just those few moments of peace and serenity would have on her life.  Fast forward 10 years to where life showed up in a difficult way; thankfully she knew where to turn (her yoga mat). Dawn got the calling to share the gift she received and thus commenced on her path of learning to teach and teaching to learn.

Certifications:

  • 2015 RYT 200
  • 2016 Certified Vedic Thai Bodywork Practitioner
  • 2013 Studied Occupational Therapy Assistant/with a focus on anatomy and physiology

Melody Burdusi

East Studio

As a young child Melody was brought up in a very active lifestyle, taking ballet, dance, gymnastics and volleyball. As an adult, she continued her active life by going to the gym and keeping active.  

When Melody’s father passed away she needed something more fulfilling and meaningful. That’s when she found a beautiful cozy yoga studio in the area.  Melody found peace and healing during a sad and difficult time, while falling in love with yoga. 

After many years of consistent yoga practice, she decided to deepen her training and follow her passion.  Melody decided to commit to yoga and complete her 200-hour certification under the Aananda School of Yoga. Melody is Yoga Alliance Certified (RYT200) and continues to take workshops, classes, and seminars to expand her knowledge of her skills but mostly to share with her students.

She believes and teaches that yoga is more than just movement and exercise for her yoga is a way of life, on and off the mat. Trying to connect the body, mind and spirit is a constant practice and a very difficult one that’s why she believes practice is very important.  She’s also a certified Reiki Master. Her love for people and desire to help others keeps her searching for ways to expand her knowledge.

In her yoga class, Melody begins with simple pranayama (breathing exercises) to cleanse the body and calm the mind.

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.

 

Tara Jeffers

East Studio

Tara has a passport full of stamps, a mind full of stories, and a heart full of love. She completed her 500 hour RYT at Jeevmoksha Yoga Gurukul in Rishikesh, India and is so grateful to have the opportunity to share what she learned there with her local community. She believes that by implementing the various aspects of yoga into our daily lives we can heal ourselves both physically and mentally. Her intention is to guide others to follow their hearts, discover their desires, and learn to listen to their inner voices. She has a special interest in teaching children and the elderly, and is a big fan of forward bending.

Marcelo Trindade

East Studio

Originally from Brazil, Marcelo’s yoga journey has led him all over the world. He has practiced on 5 continents and thus, is very cultured as a person and as a teacher. He completed his 200 hour YTT at Anand Prakash Yoga Ashram in Rishikesh, India.

Post completion he stayed living in the ashram for 7 months to immerse himself in the yogic lifestyle and teach students from all around the world, guiding them with his traditional and holistic approach to yoga.

Marcelo’s message is one of balance. He believes yoga includes discipline, surrender, effort, and fun. In his class you experience many of the various aspects of yoga: Asana, pranayama, mudra, meditation, philosophy, and Vedic chanting. He also provides live music for meditation and relaxation! He finds inspiration in helping others learn to tap into the grace in their lives and guiding them along their journey to becoming physically and emotionally healthy.

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