Jeff Bass is a Hatha yoga teacher who has taught internationally—leading workshops and classes throughout Australia, Indonesia, and Europe. He is known for his eclectic, dynamic and sensitive guidance as a teacher using clear physical alignment, breath awareness, energy focus, curiosity, and spirit. His classes integrate stillness with strength, refinement with expansion, and subtlety with focus as a way for students to access their fullest potential through the eyes of clarity and attention. Drawing from his trainings and studies in Anusara Yoga, classical hatha yoga, vinyasa flow, and Reiki, Jeff will offer you an elegant framework — guiding you through an organic heart-opening journey toward more freedom and healing in body/mind/spirit.
My love of being a yoga student drives me to teach. When I discovered yoga at Jivamukti NYC in 1996, it was like a life-long prayer answered. It brought together my loves of movement, beauty and inquiry. I took my first teacher training at Yoga Works in 1998 and began teaching in 2000. With lots of flow and Iyengar classes along the way, I was certified in Anusara in 2007. Now my teaching is a blend of multiple disciplines, including the one of being mama to two young boys!
Jenny is not your ordinary yoga teacher. Her classes will make you sweat up a storm and laugh out loud at the same time. An LA native, Jenny discovered yoga years ago after a painful breakup and has remained faithful to its transformative power ever since. Jenny’s authenticity, her energy, and her mastery of fine-tuning alignment has created a strong community of devoted and fearless yogis. Her most meaningful teachers include Naime Jezzeny, Desiree Rumbaugh and her students.
Born in Santa Monica and raised in West L.A., Anne Clendening (ERYT-500) has been practicing yoga for over 18 years. In the Spring of 2007 Anne completed her first 200 hour yoga teacher training at YogaWorks on Larchmont. She continued her training in San Francisco at her favorite studio, Yoga Tree Castro, in a workshop with Janet Stone, well known for her Radiant Vinyasa Flow style. Summer 2010 was spent in a second 200 hour teacher training at Black Dog Yoga in Sherman Oaks, where she also completed a 300 hour advanced studies training under the mentorship of Jenny Brill and Peter Barnett in 2013. The training included an intense 128-hour anatomy program with Leslie Kaminoff and Amy Matthews, and a deeper dive into Wisdom Healing Qi Gong, known as Zhineng Qi Gong with Master Mingtong Gu, which has enormously influenced her teaching style. Anne has taught Hatha Yoga and Vinyasa Flow classes since 2008 in studios, private settings and in high-end residential drug and alcohol treatment facilities in and around Los Angeles and Malibu.
Konstantin has been a dedicated student of yoga since 2000, and began teaching in 2007 . He is enthusiastic in sharing what he has learned from the devotional culture of India, spiritual teachers, inspiring yoga instructors, physical therapists and his own experience. Konstantin at the age fourteen joined bhakti yoga ashram in Russia where he started to study Vedic texts in the Gaudiya Vaishnava tradition-(Bhakti yoga). After he graduated from high school he moved to India to immerse himself in culture, deeper studies of yoga philosophy, and mantra meditation in Vrindavan, Mayapur, and Allahabad. From 2004-2007 he was living and serving under the guidance of Radhanath Swami’s disciples at Radha Gopinath Temple, Mumbai-where he received initiation and was named Gaura Prem das. From 2007 to 2014 Konstantin was studying Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga, Iyengar yoga, Anusara yoga, Acro yoga, Thai Massage and Reiki in India, Thailand, Indonesia and China. Konstantin’s home base is now in Los Angeles with his wife and two French bulldogs. bladeofgrassyoga.com
Shari has been an avid student of Anusara since January 2000, when she attended her first yoga teacher training at the Center for Yoga. Her subsequent Anusara training includes Levels 1 & 2 and yoga therapeutics with the style’s Founder John Friend, as well as with senior Certified Teachers Desirée Rumbaugh, Naime Jezzeny, Sue Elkind, Noah Mazé and Anthony Benenati. Shari’s also been a passionate student of yoga philosophy with Dr. Douglas Brooks, meditation with Sally Kempton (Durgananda), and Sanskrit with Dr. Marcy Braverman Goldstein. At the same time, Shari’s continued her previous career as a film and television writer. Her scripts have been honored with nominations for industry awards three times; once by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and twice by the Writers Guild of America. Shari’s teaching authentically connects her thematic story-telling expertise with the profound joy of living a conscious, Tantric life.
Milena is originally from Belgrade, Serbia. She moved to the U.S. in September of 2009. This monumental life change came with an emotional price. After a few months here, Milena was introduced to Yoga and since then her love for the practice has not stopped growing. Milena has found her true calling as a yoga teacher. She enjoys teaching as much as she enjoys practicing, thrilled to wake up each day and go to the studio.
Allison is a Los Angeles-based Yoga teacher and Feldenkrais practitioner. She is inspired by the innate intelligence of the human anatomy and its capacity to realize full potential. Allison emphasizes postural awareness and the benefits of slowing down. She leads a nurturing somatic practice that fuses functional anatomy with spiritual principles. Her teaching helps students cultivate inner strength and poise. Allison received her BFA in Dance Performance from The Ohio State University. In New York City, she performed with various modern dance companies and studied Dance Therapy at NYU. After suffering a performance-related injury, Allison discovered yoga as a pathway to healing. Since then, she has devoted her life to helping others overcome pain. Allison leads a yoga teacher training and anatomy and therapeutic workshops year-round. As a Feldenkrais practitioner, she facilitates Awareness Through Movement classes and gives private Functional Integration lessons. Allison is deeply committed to educating students and providing a space for self-exploration and growth.
In early 2002, I sustained a shoulder injury in the gym. As an alternative to lifting weights, I decided to try yoga for the first time. After one class, I realized that yoga offered much more than just a great workout. I migrated out of the gym and into local yoga studios. Yoga quickly became my primary training for body, mind, and spirit. I have studied a variety of yoga styles and respect all of them for their diverse offerings. My ongoing practice, training, and teaching is dedicated to the Anusara style, a heart opening practice that focuses on alignment. In my teaching, I strive to be creative and fun, helping students to take their practices off the mat and into their daily lives.
Melissa first discovered yoga in 1999 searching for a better way to breather. Little did she know it would change her life and become an important part of her existence. She has been teaching since 2004. Melissa teaches Restorative Yoga as well as Gentle and Yin Yoga styles. Her influences are Judith Laseter and Desiree Rumbaugh. If she had to pick just one, her favorite pose is ARDA CHANDRASANA (HALF MOON).
E.J. is a yoga unicorn: she is strong, balanced, inventive, has a horn on her head, and the body of a horse. Growing up as a short Jewish girl in the deep American South, E.J. often struggled to feel comfortable in her own body. While she initially sought out yoga as a way to reduce stress, what she found was a whole-body wellness and a community she didn’t know she was looking for. Yoga has given E.J. the mental strength to maintain her sanity during life’s difficult obstacles and the physical strength to think that she can beat anyone in an arm wrestling match. E.J.’s objective as a teacher is to guide her students into feeling at home with themselves. Trained in the Anusara method under the guidance of Keric Morinaga, every E.J. class consists of precise alignment instructions, creative sequencing always leading from the heart, and between 2 and 37 references to ice cream.
Traveling, rock climbing, camping, music, and fitness are my hobbies. Yoga is my home base. I began my journey with yoga in 2002, as an oblivious teenager shaking up her athletic routine. Yoga has given me an awareness beyond my body and connected me to the world in ways that have changed every part of my life for the better. My practice evolved into a desire to teach. Teaching inspired me to learn from other studios and teachers - which brought me to Urth Yoga. It is an honor to teach alongside my teachers and peers, in the place that brought years of practice into focus and which I consider to be my home. You can also find me teaching yoga at LA Boulders in the Arts District of Downtown LA. My intention, as a teacher, is to remind each student to play and have fun, while simultaneously giving them the tools to connect the practice to everyday life.
My yoga trip started in 2004. I loved the way it made me feel: heightened awareness in my body and easier access to the joy inside. When I took my first class with Keric Morinaga, I knew that it would be a part of me forever. It makes my life worth living, more meaningful. I continue to experience moodiness, fear, anger, and sorrow. But the yoga practice encourages me to become more conscious of my moodiness. It reminds me that I am not alone, and that we are all on the path to finding true happiness. A huge thank you to my extraordinary teachers (Keric, Doug John, Jenny Brill, Maria Cristina Jimenez, Noah Maze, Jessica Jennings, Rusty Wells, Scott Lewicki, Darren Rhodes, Christina Sell) and the Urth yogis for showing me how to practice yoga and for changing my life.