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."
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
Teaching yoga since 2011, I have taught classes in the yoga studio and gyms, at resorts, in corporate offices, juvenile centers and country clubs. I have taught to at-risk youth, celebrities, varying kinds of athletes, individual’s suffering with physical and psychological illness and to advanced and beginning yogis. Recognized by lululemon athletica as an exceptional yoga instructor, I have been a lulu ambassador since March of 2016. I combine nearly twenty years of practice and studies in several varying modalities to create the unique form of yoga I teach: Ki Yoga. With the intent of creating physiological and psychological wellbeing, Ki Yoga is based upon a keen understanding of functional anatomy and subtle energy to holistically address the overall person. In addition to working with private clients and group classes, I’m also co-founder and Lead Instructor of Satyam Yoga Teacher Training. A 200-hour training program aimed at bringing unique, informed new teachers into the world.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kate
Yoga Instructor
Kate started her yoga journey in Philadelphia over ten years ago, where she first came to know and love the sacred space and community that yoga creates. After completing her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, she spent time living abroad in Spain, deepening her love of culture and travel. Understanding the underlying unity pulsing through our planet, she has dedicated her life to service, spending over seven years working for non-profit organizations. While living in LA, Kate completed her Holistic Health Certification through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. It was then that she took the leap of faith and booked a flight to India, completing her 200-Hour Yoga Alliance Teacher Certification through the Vinyasa Yoga School in Rishikesh, India. She has been trained in Hatha and Vinyasa yoga- asana, pranayama, meditation, philosophy, and yoga therapy. While in India, she also studied Reiki with a powerful teacher named Maayaa. Kate’s unique training in India allows for her teaching to combine ancient yogic technique with modern understanding, creating a felt energetic experience of alignment and balance. She currently teaches all over Monterey & Carmel, California. Stay up to date on upcoming posts, classes & retreats at www.yogarise.org.
Jill
Yoga Instructor
Jill Willett is an experienced yoga instructor and holistic fitness coach. She completed her 200hr Prana Vinyasa Flow Teacher Training with Coral Brown in 2012 and holds advanced certificates in Prenatal Yoga. Her teaching style is a blend of many influential yoga styles; it is also shaped by her background in education and other movement modalities, most specifically Foundation Training. She is also a mother, wife, traveler, athlete, coach and student of life. Jill is an open, thoughtful and joyful teacher who pulls from the sutras and yoga philosophy as well as seasonal and lunar energy to design her classes. She views her students holistically; she encourages each one to see class as an opportunity to embrace themselves as they are, while moving within a practice that is supportive of the transformation they desire. During classes students are challenged to be dedicated to physical alignment, transformative breath, as well as exploration and self-love through kinesthetic expression.
Krista
Yoga Instructor
Krista's yoga journey began in 2011 when she moved across country from Idaho to Florida. As a member of the military, she turned to yoga as a form of exercise and mental cleansing that she could take with her on deployments and while stationed on the ship. Through the years, she has continued to practice and her love of yoga has grown. She completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training here at Om Studios in March 2017. Her classes are a perfect mix of heat, power, flexibility and focus.