Teacher Profiles

Sarah
Yoga & Pilates Instructor, Holistic Nutritionist, Om Studios Owner
I teach a Power Vinyasa style Yoga class with influences coming from teachers that I have studied with; Rusty Wells, Shiva Rea, Coral Brown & Steve Ross. My classes tend to be a bit challenging, and humbling for most people. I like to motivate people to come out of their comfort zone and explore challenging postures and evoke a bit of sweat. I truly believe that Yoga, both on and off the mat, has the power to change people lives. When you roll up your yoga mat at the end of class, that is when our real practice starts! "Let the Beauty you Love be what you do" - Rumi
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Lindsay
Yoga & Pilates Instructor / Om Studios Owner
Lindsay offers a dynamic and empowering approach to her teaching. She presents a balanced practice that addresses both the strengthening and stretching components that yoga offers. With roots in Vinyasa Flow you can expect to move with the breath and a wide array of upbeat music. Lindsay has also taken prenatal teacher trainings with Ana Davis and Mark Stephens, allowing her to safely guide all stages of pregnancy, as well as confidently guide post-partum women. Most importantly, she believes yoga is a journey. This journey allows all of us to live and practice our yoga on and off the mat daily.
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Katie
Yoga, Barre & Pilates Instructor
Katie is a yoga instructor trained by Coral Brown in the Prana Flow style of Vinyasa yoga. She believes yoga to be a powerful vehicle for change and personal evolution both on and off the mat. Katie shares her passion for yoga by providing students with the opportunity to challenge themselves while embodying postures that energetically align the breath, body and mind. Katie is a certified Balanced Body Pilates instructor and leads private and group reformer sessions. With a chronic history of sciatica, Katie has been working towards a body that functions in balance and has found Pilates to be the perfect complement to her practice. She shares the excitement she has experienced from this healing movement practice with others as an instructor. As a certified Burn at the Barre instructor, Katie is able to express her childhood love for dance while teaching this ballet-based exercise. Her classes emphasize small isometric movements targeting each muscle group, which will have your hips moving and legs shaking. She creates a fun and playful environment for you to cultivate a stronger and leaner physique. When Katie is not instructing, she manages both the Carmel and Monterey Om Studio locations. She spends a great deal of time with her family and friends, and enjoys running and hiking along the beautiful Central Coast.
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Michael
Yoga Instructor
Michael began practicing yoga in 2003 and developed a deep connection to the practice. She completed her first Yoga Teacher Training in the Vinyasa Flow style of yoga in 2008. Since her initial certification, Michael has continued her yoga studies through numerous workshops and additional teacher trainings and continues to be inspired by her many teachers. Michael's yoga classes are a blend of the many styles she has studied. She places an emphasis on knowing and honoring one's own limitations, while at the same time encouraging growth through mindfulness and balanced effort. "Yoga is not about a destination, but a journey. Along the way we meet obstacles but we continue to strive to reveal our own inner light through a deep connection to our true selves."
Jill
Personal Trainer & Yoga Instructor
Jill Willett is an experienced instructor and holistic fitness trainer; she has been with OM since 2011. She currently teaches Prana Vinyasa Flow Yoga, Barre, TRX on our schedule. She sees students holistically; she encourages each one to see every class as opportunity to embrace themselves as they while their actions support their body's transformation. During classes students are challenged to be dedicated to good form, transformative breath, as well as exploration and self love through kinesthetic expression. Students of all levels are joyfully welcomed. Jill is also available for fitness evaluations, goal setting, personal training sessions, private yoga sessions, and small group classes.
Julia
Barre & Yoga Instructor
Julia is a certified Booty Barre Teacher and Prana Vinyasa Flow certified yoga instructor at the 200 hour level. She is currently a Senior level Kinesiology student at CSUMB, concentrating on Exercise Science. She is in the process of getting her personal training certification, giving her more hands on skills to meet the needs of her students. Julia enthusiastically welcomes students of all levels to her classes where the emphasis is on self improvement and having fun at the same time.
Kiara
Yoga Instructor
I was introduced to yoga nearly 15 years ago. I could tell the story like a romance novel, but the truth is, I detested yoga when I began. When I arrived on my mat everyday I was forced to meet myself; and who I met was my impatience, my frustrations, my intolerances. One day, after a few months of practicing, I found myself in a most challenging pose I never thought I could get my body into, followed by a savasana where all the lights went out...pure silence. Needless to say, I fell in love with yoga that day. Since that time, I've been hooked. My mat is my place where I get to love myself. My mat is a refuge and a practice zone—for my body, my mind, my heart and my spirit. From my years of practice, I have created a style of asana that mirrors who I am and takes what I appreciate most from the styles I have been blessed to practice—we open our bodies gradually by beginning slowly with gentler poses, building to greater and greater intensity to eventually bring each of us to our edge and to play at that place together. Safety and breath are of the utmost importance to me in all my classes.
Lynn
Yoga Instructor
Lynn Cordell discovered the beauty of the yoga practice in 2000 and has been teaching yoga since the spring of 2006. She is registered with Yoga Alliance at the E-200 RYT level. Over the years, Lynn has taught various styles of yoga classes as well as having lead 200 hr teacher training programs. Lynn believes in delivering a yoga practice that meets the needs of the students on many levels. She enjoys rigorous, athletic movement that strengthens the body and challenges the mind while bringing students to their edge. She truly believes a student must understand the "why" of the practice to get through the "how" of the practice. Lynn uses humor, music, and information to keep students motivated, interested, and engaged while challenging them physically and mentally. She enjoys making hands on adjustments as well as specific verbal cues for alignment. Lynn leads yoga classes that can leave you both elated and exhausted.
Kelli
Yoga Instructor
I took my first yoga class over 15 years ago in Seattle and felt completely awkward, but also immediately fell in love with it. I continued to explore many varieties of yoga, mostly in New York, and it wasn't until I was living in Connecticut 7 years ago that I found Alignment based Vinyasa. I joke that it has my church, therapy and gym workout in one hour. I can walk on my yoga mat frazzled or feeling heavy and always step off feeling grounded and light hearted and with greater clarity than two hours earlier. Yoga restores my humor, helps me sleep better and allows me to physically and emotionally move gracefully through my days. My teaching style is playful, supportive and challenging. To do this, we start by embracing our body in the condition it is in and celebrate whatever space is available to move. What I strive to do as a teacher is help you reveal and remove those obstacles that might be getting in the way of you living a healthy, wonderful life. I believe that the best version of yourself already exists inside of you.
Megan
Yoga Instructor
I grew up in the beautiful Monterey area and at a young age discovered how passionate I am about stretching the limits of the body and the mind. When yoga was introduced to me in my teens I knew it was a pivotal moment in my life that would lead to a lifelong practice. My mat has served as a spiritual sanctuary and I enjoy guiding others to challenge themselves but also unwind and experience a deep sense of letting go. I believe that yoga is for everyone, we all need to reconnect with our breath, bodies and our authentic sense of purpose in this world. As teacher I enjoy the connections I am able to make with people around me and find joy helping others create balance and awareness into their lives. Recently I relocated from Los Angeles where I received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and my 200-hour Yoga Alliance Certification. I teach a Vinyasa and Hatha style yoga, which emphasizes a constant mediation of breath, linked to movement. Passionate about living a healthy and mindful lifestyle I am sensitive to those around me and am eager to give back to the world.
Ariel
Yoga Instructor
Ariel is a Vinyasa Yoga certified instructor at the 200-hour level. She teaches a wide variety of yoga, barre, and other fitness classes throughout Monterey Bay, and draws on her extensive formal training in ballet, group exercise, and private personal training (NASM, CPT). Whether in a group setting or private session, she aims to offer safe, precise instruction and an authentic message—show up for your practice, be yourself, and enjoy the journey."
Tayler
Barre and TRX Instructor
Tayler is finishing her degree in exercise physiology at CSUMB. She has a passion for fitness and loves helping others reach their fitness goals. Her love of barre lead her to start teaching barre along with various forms of group exercise. She also studied prana vinyasa flow with coral brown and enjoys integrating aspects of yoga into all of her classes and life. When she is not in school or teaching she enjoys hiking, kayaking, cooking and reading.
Maria
Yoga Instructor
Maria is a 200hr certified yoga instructor and current graduate student at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey. These two worlds bring together her values for global community, compassion and serenity. While Maria began her practice in her teens in Santa Barbara, she did not discover the true value of the practice until she suffered a knee injury after running a marathon, ultimately resulting in surgery. Always pushing the limits of the body through gymnastics, dance, running, spin, hiking, surfing, boot camp, etc. - she was stunned to discover that she was powerless over her injury. After months of physical therapy, yoga presented itself again. This time the practice became about listening to the body, finding compassion and harnessing the power of the mind. Maria believes the practice of yoga is about finding balance and union in the body. We work on the mat to remove physical blocks, which teaches us to how to move past mental blocks and ultimately be more present in our daily lives. Trained in Vinyasa flow, Maria’s classes are both soothing and heating. She values both strength and flexibility with the ultimate goal of helping her students find mental clarity and bliss.
Rebekah
Yoga Instructor
Rebekah, AKA Yogi Bekah, started practicing yoga in 2000. She has explored all types of yoga and has traveled all over the US and internationally attending classes, retreats and workshops from well known yoga teachers, i.e. Jai Uttal, Coral Brown, and Girish. Yogi Bekah's philosophy is you start your yoga where you are; yoga is a way of life and the best present you can give anyone is your presence. 2007 was a pivotal year where she was introduced to Bhakti (chanting and singing) and meditation. Her classes have been known to be called Happy flow, yoga for the soul, and yoga at your own pace. The flow is often energetic and uplifting that includes music from all genres because music and yoga really unites all. Rebekah ends class with her angelic voice and harmonium.
Eliza
Barre and Yoga Instructor
Eliza is a certified barre teacher from the International Ballet Barre Fitness Association. She grew up with a love of dance and specifically ballet, which she practiced since she was a little girl and up into her high school years. Eliza is fascinated by the mind-body connection and pursued this in college by studying psychobiology. It was in college when she was introduced to group exercise classes and loved the atmosphere and support it brings to people in their pursuit of leading an active and healthy life. Eliza firmly believes that exercise is one of the best ways for people to let go, have fun, and relieve stress and other wide-stretching emotional benefits. Her belief in the mind-body connection drives her to bring that passion and energy to each of her barre classes by providing students with a shared space to break through, laugh, connect, and enjoy what their body can do.
Samantha
Aerial Silks Instructor
Samantha Melendy still remembers her first aerial silks class back in 2012. She was out of shape and had next to nothing in terms of body strength. But she was beyond fascinated by an aerialist putting on a show at a festival she attended one summer. A week later, a friend coincidentally invited her to an aerial silks class. As soon as she got on the silks, she was instantly motivated to become stronger, healthier and more flexible. It was not long until her body, mind, and spirit were transformed. After 3 years of intense training across the US, Samantha began to master the silks and began teaching others the art of aerial. It became her passion, guiding people on similar journeys of transformation. When she moved to Monterey in 2014, she began teaching at Sanctuary Rock Gym and then expanded her teachings to Om Studios in Carmel. Aside from teaching and training on the silks with her parrot, she also performs locally in Monterey Bay and throughout California. Check her out on Instagram @ms.ladyjane and feel free to send her an email at SamanthaMelendy@gmail.com
Trudy
Pilates Instructor
Trudy is a PMA® Certified Pilates Teacher, and currently teaches Private Sessions and Group classes around the Monterey Peninsula. Trudy trained at a local studio that follows the PMA certified teaching program. In addition to the formal training program, Trudy has mentored under prominent local and San Francisco-based Pilates instructors and feels fortunate to be teaching in her hometown of Monterey. She believes Pilates is the perfect platform for obtaining overall health and vitality through developing a strong connection between mind and body and to further this objective; Trudy is currently enrolled in the Satyam Yoga Teacher Training here at Om Studios. She anticipates receiving her Yoga Alliance certification in March 2017. Trudy is passionate about sharing a supportive and challenging workout with her clients. On weekends, she loves to stretch beyond the studio and explore the hiking trails of Carmel Valley and Big Sur, or take her Maltese, KC, to Carmel Beach.
Kelsie
Yoga Instructor
I am yoga. You are yoga. We are all Yoga. The physical practice is our reminder, an access point. In my yoga classes it is my desire to bring together all aspects of a true yoga practice. That divine union in the mind, the body and the soul. To show my students that yoga can be more then a simple workout. As we move together, breathe together, open our minds and hearts together we get to clear space for the mind and body to experience something new and beautiful. That to nurture this body in the asana practice gives more then just strength and flexibility but an opportunity to experience something different from the inside. Let's create together a new kind of light. Building strength in our body, length in our muscles, clarity in our thoughts, and access that power to let go and to receive what serves us best with a pure intention
Sarah-Jane
Yoga Instructor
Sarah-Jane holds a deep curiosity, fascination, and appreciation for the human body. Throughout her life she has continued to find an undeniable connection between thriving health and the interconnectedness of mind, body and soul. Yoga has become one of the beautiful spaces where this interconnectedness occurs and continues to challenge her in all three aspects. Sarah-Jane earned her 200 hour Yoga Alliance Certification here at Om Studios and enjoys teaching various formats of yoga from heated vinyasa to yoga sculpt. Her mission is to offer a space where students can come and experience both challenge and ease, compassion and appreciation, deepened awareness of the self and of others, and ultimately leave class feeling better equipped for life off the mat. Sarah-Jane will be continuing her education to become a Coach for body therapy, which focuses on the nervous system as it relates to stress, anxiety and trauma. She hopes to use this training to deepen and transform her teaching as she learns to intertwine this knowledge of the body and nervous system with the yoga practice.
Gennica
Yoga Instructor
Gennica Cochran 500 HR EYT, began teaching yoga after attending Mount Madonna School of Yoga in 2010, where she was inspired by the teachings of Baba Har Dass to live a life dedicated to service, compassion, and grace. She has completed training in Restorative, Pre-Natal, Classical Ashtanga (Raja) Yoga, and received her 300HR Advanced certification with Jason Crandell in 2016. Gennica’s classes encourage students to explore their practice with intention, focus and humility by combining breath awareness and skillful movement while also drawing on her love of the earth and cosmos. Each class features threads of inspiration cultivated by the wisdom of the seasons and cycles of the moon, creating a greater understanding of the truth of who we are: powerful, connected, intuitive beings. For more information, visit cosmictoro.com.
Sophia
Yoga Instructor
Sophia grew up loving movement. Through the years she danced around in dance classes, gymnastics and competitive cheerleading. She fell in love with aerial arts (aerial silks, lyra, ladder, trapeze) when she was 15 years old, performed for 5 years and taught aerial arts to all ages while also being a gymnastics coach. Years later, she moved to Barcelona, Spain where she continued training in aerial silks and working with individuals who pursued circus arts. She was introduced to yoga through this social circle and maintained a consistent and deep practice. She was most impacted by her mentors who taught Rocket Yoga (a style of Ashtanga Yoga). Coming from a dance and movement culture background, she makes sure to give room for those creative juices to flow for a playful and spiritual experience.
Krystal
Krystle Dawn Truncale, Certified in Hatha, Svaroopa, Vinyasa Yoga, Embodiment Yoga Therapy, Reiki Master Level, Gatekeeper Dance of Liberation and PIPO Dhammakaya Meditation, offers each practice as an opportunity, a gift and a sojourn of awakening of awareness, transformation and the embodiment of bliss. She has been sharing movement, yoga and mindfulness for 13 years. Krystle is committed to a practice with aligned movement from root to crown, conscious breath and a centered personal offering of gratitude to the fierce and humbling life force flowing within and all around. As a student and teacher of life, she is dedicated to co-creating a safe space of true commUnity, honoring the unique expression of all, empowering and holding space for the individual deep awakenings to the eternal state of truth, bliss and power of thy consciousness. Sharing the medicine of movement and music she goes deeper with her students in private sessions, workshops and hosting retreats with her husband, a musician and chef, in California, Costa Rica and New York. Also, founder and creator of The Bliss Vibe™, a deep journey through yoga, dance, meditation and illumination with musical accompaniment.