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Yoga and movement classes are the core of Luma's offerings.

We are a bustling and alive studio with a variety of classes each week catered to the needs of busy parents and curious kids.

At Luma you'll find seasoned and diverse instructors, a dynamic daily schedule, ongoing workshops, and simultaneous programming for kids and adults.

 

Class Schedule

  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
  • Saturday
  • Sunday

Scheduling Notices:

Front Desk Hours of Operation

Mon: 9:00a-7:00p

Tues: 8:30a-7:00p

Wed: 9:00a-7:00p

Thurs: 8:30a-7:00p

Fri: 9:00a-5:30p

Sat: 8:30a- 1:00p

Sun: 9:00a-5:00p

  • Birthing From Within® Childbirth Education

    Birthing From Within® classes offer a balance of practical information and creative exploration for childbirth preparation. Through group discussion, breathing and mindfulness practice, videos, and sample scenarios, the class will prepare you with both technical information and the mindset necessary to allow your unique labor experience to unfold. The approach of recognizing that we can influence, but not totally control, how birth happens offers parents the tools necessary to handle pain and intensity as well as to approach birth mindfully.

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  • Breath, Form, and Flow

    This is a medium-hard class with a focus on breath (beyond just the mention of it), integrity of form (posture), and flow (transitions) - all in order to develop an awareness of purpose that then informs our practice, and by association, our lives off the mat. Let's make each practice count, while maintaining a strong sense of humor/wonder. Students should have at least one year of prior yoga experience.

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  • Yoga + Mindfulness for Cancer

    Sponsored by Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF), Tuesday is a women-only class while Saturday is for all survivors. Whether you’re newly diagnosed, receiving treatment, in remission, or cured, we invite you to join us. The goal of the class is to provide an opportunity for all participants to feel a sense of peace, power, and strength. The class features a healing combination of yoga postures, deep breathing, and meditation designed to enhance both physical and emotional wellness.

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  • Childcare

    We invite your child to a yoga playdate! Recognizing the importance of play in the life of every child, Luma is thrilled to offer lightly structured childcare for ages 6 months - 6 years. The childcare is designed to support those parents wishing to take advantage of other services offered at Luma. We are a license-exempt childcare center, meaning that parents of those children in childcare must be on site at all times. Our childcare philosophy is play-based, honoring the child's need to explore their environment, engage with other children, and develop trusting relationships with adults outside of their family.

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  • Crawler & Me

    Is your baby on the move? Take advantage of this unique opportunity to keep your yoga practice going and engage your little mover. Crawler + Me yoga class enables the parent or childcare provider to practice yoga in a supportive environment. Squirmy, exploring babies are incorporated into the class through interactive exercises and songs. It only sounds impossible, we promise! This 50-minute class is appropriate for any level of yoga experience. Beginners welcome!

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  • Family Yoga Pop-Up

    Luma's Family Yoga Pop-Up is an experience you won't want to miss! Each special event will combine a love + laughter-filled yoga class for families while also featuring local artists, crafts, games, bites and more! Open to families with kids of all ages, we invite you to a playful afternoon by blending yoga and family bonding. Stay tuned for our next event!

  • New Mom + Baby Connection

    Get together with other new moms in a group setting facilitated by our lactation specialists to explore and discuss the tips and tricks of successful breastfeeding and much more. Everyone is welcome no matter how you feed your baby. Our weekly meetings on Thursday from 1:30 - 2:30 pm are fun and interactive and offer a great opportunity for new moms to build lasting relationships. Our facilitators are Virginia and Vanessa, two mothers, lactation specialists, doulas, and active peer counselors with the Nursing Mothers Counsel.

  • MELT®

    This class is open to everyone and will integrate Melt Method® techniques to work with the fascia and nervous system to gain greater stability, flexibility and mobility in our yoga postures. The pace is medium slow to invite awareness of body and breath and to encourage a deep sense of calm for the mind and nervous system. This class is a great fit for individuals with chronic pain, injuries or just who want to enhance their sense of ease and wellbeing. Click here to learn more about the Melt Method®.

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  • MELT & Restore

    Bring balance to your hectic week with this soothing class. We'll practice a blend of myofascial release using the MELT® balls and rollers for 30 minutes, followed by 50 minutes of blissful restorative poses done primarily on the floor to help release the effects of daily stress. Areas where the body normally holds tension, including the neck, shoulders, and hips, will be given particular attention. Come away feeling relaxed, recharged, and renewed. This combination class is a great fit for individuals with chronic pain, injuries, or for those who simply want to enhance their sense of ease and well-being as they transition into the weekend. Click here to learn more about the Melt Method®.

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  • Flow & Yin

    Part Flow, part Yin, this class will begin with breath-initiated movement and asana with an emphasis on ways of establishing steadiness, building strength, moving energy and efficient use of breath. Transitioning from the flow practice, you will ease into the passive Yin portion, holding supported postures for 3-5 minutes and accessing the deeper tissues, such as fascia, joints, ligaments and connective tissue. Each restful Yin pose is an opportunity to go inward and find an appropriate balance of effort and ease, allowing you to gently transition into evening. This class is suitable for all levels of experience and stages of flexibility as modifications will be provided.

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  • Postnatal Yoga

    Tailored for mothers who have recently given birth, this class is appropriate for women with all levels of yoga experience, including beginners. Babies who are not yet crawling are welcome in the room with you. This is a time to come together with other mothers, bond with your baby, and sneak in a little yoga too. We invite you to feed, soothe, and change your baby as needed during class.

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  • Prenatal Yoga

    Prenatal yoga focuses on developing strength and flexibility, learning how to relax, and increasing breath awareness in order to experience a comfortable pregnancy, and prepare for birth and recovery. Moms-to-be with little or no yoga experience as well as those with an existing yoga practice are equally welcome. Many of the teachers at Luma have experience teaching pregnant women and will accommodate expecting mothers in any class. The prenatal classes, however, are specifically designed to address the unique physical and energetic needs of women who are either trying to conceive or currently pregnant.

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  • Strong Playful Flow

    Begin your Sunday morning with this community-oriented flow class, where you'll have the opportunity to play your edge in a safe, supportive, and curious environment. Emily encourages an awareness of breath, and technical precision through alignment instruction, coupled with heartfelt intention. Students are invited to practice intermediate postures at their own pace, such as inversions, backbends and arm balances. Emily's aim is to encourage students to maintain awareness of the breath and the internal experience while moving through challenging standing sequences as well as long, deep stretching postures at the conclusion of class. Join Emily for Strong Playful Flow to warm up your body and set new intentions before you begin the week!

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  • Tall Toddler & Me

    This class is designed for parents and their little ones ages 2-3. Tall Toddler & Me classes combine toddler-friendly yoga poses, songs, stories, and games to create an enriching experience for both parents and kids. Each class is designed to create a comfortable and inviting environment for your child to engage in social interaction, move their body, and play! Parents also get to do a little yoga. No yoga experience required.

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  • Tiny Toddler & Me

    This class is designed for parents and their little ones ages 1 - 2. Here's a great opportunity to have fun with your energetic toddler! These classes offer tot-centric songs, poses and activities that enhance a fun-loving relationship. Parents model the use of music with movement which encourages and supports toddlers' mobility and exploration. During class, early walkers playfully practice yoga postures while sitting, standing, crawling, walking, and jumping. Parents also get to do a little yoga. No yoga experience required.

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  • Tumbling Tutor®: 2-6 years

    Tumbling Tutor® is a fun and exciting gymnastics-based movement experience for ages 2-6. Children are encouraged to explore, enjoy, and excel in this supportive learning environment. These Wed/Fri classes run in 6-week workshop series format. Registration Required.

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  • Yin Yoga

    This class is open to everyone and offers slow, therapeutic holds in poses targeting the low back and hips. Poses are practiced on the floor and held for longer periods of time (usually 3-5 minutes). Props are often used to support the body in various positions. This class is a great complimentary practice to those who are accustomed to faster-paced (yang) classes as well as for students who want to enhance their sense of ease and wellbeing. We also recommend it for students with chronic back pain and injuries.

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  • Kids Yoga: 3-5 years

    These classes are based upon the comprehensive Kids Yoga™ program created by childrens' yoga pioneer, Marsha Wenig. Each class offers a creative mix of yoga, music, art, literature, non-competitive games, and appreciation of nature. Classes are age-appropriate and encourage the development of the whole child. Classes include guided visualizations and deep relaxation to promote a sense of calm and well-being. By learning how to use yoga to both relax and energize themselves, students gain a sense of empowerment in their bodies.

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  • After School Yoga

    Our after-school yoga classes for ages 6-9 blend a creative mix of yoga, mindfulness, music, art, literature, non-competitive games, and appreciation of nature. Classes are age-appropriate and encourage the development of the whole child. Our teachers include guided visualizations and deep relaxation to promote a sense of calm and well-being. By learning how to use yoga to both relax and energize themselves, students gain a sense of empowerment in their bodies.

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  • Kids Yoga: Ages 3-7

    These classes are based upon the comprehensive Kids Yoga™ program created by childrens' yoga pioneer, Marsha Wenig. Each class offers a creative mix of yoga, music, art, literature, non-competitive games, and appreciation of nature. Classes are age-appropriate and encourage the development of the whole child. Classes include guided visualizations and deep relaxation to promote a sense of calm and well-being. By learning how to use yoga to both relax and energize themselves, students gain a sense of empowerment in their bodies.

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  • Kids Yoga: Ages 6+

    These classes are based upon the comprehensive Kids Yoga™ program created by childrens' yoga pioneer, Marsha Wenig. Each class offers a creative mix of yoga, music, art, literature, non-competitive games, and appreciation of nature. Classes are age-appropriate and encourage the development of the whole child. Classes include guided visualizations and deep relaxation to promote a sense of calm and well-being. By learning how to use yoga to both relax and energize themselves, students gain a sense of empowerment in their bodies.

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  • Teen Yoga: 13-17 years

    In this class, teens explore yoga poses, breathing techniques, meditation, and relaxation so as to develop strength and flexibility in their mind and body. Teens will learn about the physical and philosophical practice of traditional yoga through journaling, group discussions, and activities. These classes are designed to create an optimal environment to support the development of positive self-esteem, body awareness, and stress management skills.

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  • Creative Yoga for Kids (3-7 yrs.)

    Based on the Luma Kids Yoga Teacher Training model, each class offers age appropriate yoga, music and exploration of movement. Classes will have consistent themes each month and will also include activities such as literature, non-competitive games, dance, art and appreciation of nature. Guided visualizations, breath work and deep relaxation will be offered to promote a sense of calmness and well-being. By learning how to use their bodies and their breath to both relax and energize themselves, students gain a sense of empowerment in their bodies and life.

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  • Yoga - Level 1/2

    Hatha Yoga is the traditional form of yoga in which postures are practiced to align, strengthen, and promote flexibility in the body. Breathing techniques and meditation are also commonly practiced. All classes on the Luma schedule are hatha yoga in nature, and each of our instructors shape the focus, pace, and structure of the practice with their unique teaching style.

    Level 1/2 is a beginner-intermediate class. Those students brand new to yoga are welcome, as are those with a regular practice.

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  • Vinyasa Yoga- All Levels

    Vinyasa yoga is the traditional form of yoga in which the coordination of movement with breath is integral. Postures are practiced to align, strengthen, and promote flexibility in the body. Additional breathing techniques and meditation are also commonly practiced. Luma's Vinyasa classes are taught for All Levels - at an beginning to intermediate pace that is appropriate for students who have been practicing for at least one year. Alternative poses will be suggested during class so that students can tailor the practice to match their comfort and level of experience. Each of our instructors shape the focus, pace, and structure of the practice with their unique teaching style.

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  • Classes

    Yoga and movement classes are the core of Luma's offerings.

    We are a bustling and alive studio with a variety of classes each week catered to the needs of busy parents and curious kids.

    At Luma you'll find seasoned and diverse instructors, a dynamic daily schedule, ongoing workshops, and simultaneous programming for kids and adults.

  • Tummy Time™

    This is a special light-hearted and relaxed series of classes for parents and infants (4 weeks - 4 months). Tummy Time™ classes are designed to teach parents hands-on skills they can use at home. Classes incorporate infant massage and baby yoga as a way to help babies explore movement and get comfortable being on their belly. Rest assured that all parent/child duos move at their own pace, and breaks are welcome and encouraged for feeding, changing, and resting.

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  • Playgroup

    Drop in or reserve space in advance for our Luma Playgroup sessions. Parents are invited to join their children in the childcare room for lightly structured fun with other parents and their little ones. Possible activities include daily art projects, puzzle work, play with wooden toys, number/color/word games, song & dance time with musical instruments, reading, circle time, and creative movement. Babies and Children Crawling up to 3 years of age are welcome. Parents stay with children to enjoy bonding through play, model healthy interactions, and to get to know the childcare staff.

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  • Gentle Flow

    Promoting the profound benefits of breath-linked movement, Gentle Flow will integrate slow sun salutations with postures that encourage ease, balance, and stability. This class is well suited for those students who are looking for a slower practice, new to yoga, moving through injury, or looking to develop a deeper breath/body connection.

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  • Core Vinyasa Yoga

    Get ready to sweat! This class will challenge your strength and have you moving, breathing, and sweating. We will focus on building and engaging our core strength to support more advanced postures. Set to energizing music, these 50 minutes will strengthen, balance, and detoxify your body and mind and set you on a path for a clear and steady day ahead.

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  • Tween Yoga

    In this class, kids in Grades 5-7 are invited into the enchanting world of yoga through inspired age-appropriate themes. Tweens will practice poses, play, and delve into relaxation and meditation. Come discover how yoga can connect you to peace, play, healthy living, and supportive communities.

  • Candlelight Yin

    Under the soothing glow of candles, this Candlelight Yin class is designed to open the heart and ground the soul. This class is open to everyone and offers long, passive holds (usually 3-5 minutes) in poses that are practiced on the floor. Props are often used to support the body in various positions. This class is a great complimentary practice to those who are accustomed to faster-paced (yang) classes as well as for students who want to enhance their sense of ease and wellbeing. We also recommend it for students with chronic back pain and injuries. Each class will include pranayama (breath work) and will fully support the dynamics between movement, stillness, and acceptance as a gateway to releasing tension and stress.

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  • Friday Night Flow

    Clear your body of the week's stress and tension with this playful Friday evening class. We will begin with a heating, invigorating flow followed by a final deep cool down designed to facilitate relaxation and help you unwind. Breathing practice, playful and creative sequencing, and a deep Savasana will leave you feeling rejuvenated, and ready to take on the weekend.

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  • Inner Fire Flow

    Inner Fire Flow is an all-levels vinyasa flow practice that will help you to build heat from the inside out through breathe work and a strong flow. Classes are inventive and thoughtful sequences of sun salutations, standing & seated postures, core work (there's that fire!), back bending and inversions – guided by a steady breath to tone and calm the mind. Repeating shapes and skill builders will lead up to a peak posture (with lots of options and stages to practice), all anchored in alignment work that will help grow your overall yoga practice. Wind down with some stretchy goodness and a great savasana (final relaxation), and leave with a deep connection to your own interior landscape. Challenging, yet easeful, this practice will get your day started with inner awareness and outer glow!

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  • Kids' Lounge

    Kids Lounge Now Open! Do your kids love drinking tea, chatting and hanging out in the Luma Lounge as much as you do? Well, they can finally have their own time with friends during Kids Lounge! While parents are taking a 50 min. yoga class in the main studio, kids age 6+ will get reign over the lounge + kids studio to read, chat with friends, do guided art projects, listen to music, play games, drink tea, and have fun! Socializing, connecting + developing independence is essential to everyone's well being and it's time we pass those benefits on to all members of our Luma Family! Kids Lounge is open Thursdays from 4:30 - 5:20 pm. Inquire about pricing.

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  • Align & Shine

    This exciting and fun-filled All Levels yoga class offers an opportunity for new and experienced yogis to challenge bodies and uplift spirits. Students will practice energizing sun salutations and breath work with an emphasis on proper alignment. Modifications are offered as well as variations for encouraging student growth and self confidence. Accompanied by fun music and a light hearted spirit, this class is a great way to start your day!

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  • Gentle Yoga

    Enjoy a gentle yoga practice suitable for beginners as well as seasoned yogis, that will include breathing, movement, and relaxation techniques. Experience how moving slowly can help to facilitate a deeply beneficial yoga practice by balancing the nervous system and carefully introducing the body to postures.

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  • Vinyasa Yoga - Level 2

    Vinyasa yoga is the traditional form of yoga in which the coordination of movement with breath is integral. Postures are practiced to align, strengthen, and promote flexibility in the body. Additional breathing techniques and meditation are also commonly practiced. Each of our instructors shapes the focus, pace, and structure of the practice with their unique teaching style.

    Level 2 is an intermediate class. This class is not appropriate for beginners.

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  • Mindful Artists After School

    We're thrilled partner with Wisdom Way Mindful Creativity to bring art to Luma for kids ages 6 and up!

    Children get present with artful creativity in this heart-centered, hands-on 6-week series! Each session includes arts, movement, engaging dialogue, and self-reflection. Kids come away more emotionally and socially resourced, with self-made tools for continuing their mindfulness practice at home.

  • Advanced Group Practice

    This Level 2/3 practice is open to experienced practitioners who want to practice with a group of their peers in a collegial, rigorous environment. The practice will revolve around a more-or-less set vinyasa flow sequence that incorporates familiar and more challenging postures. The instructor will be calling out instructions and practicing with the class. The practice assumes basic knowledge of pose names and general form of the postures. Itʼs a do-what-you-can kind of practice with lots of options to take it down or up. The sequence is designed to build strength, remove toxins, and develop a deep level of flexibility. Watch your practice grow over time!! Students should have at least one year of prior yoga experience.

  • Breath & Flow (Level 1/2)

    Awaken your Sunday morning with the synchronization of breath and movement! The first 20-30 minutes of class are spent gently waking up the body before moving onto the foundations of asana + flowing postures that integrate breath work, strength, balance and awareness. This class is best for students who are new to yoga, moving through injury, or looking to develop a more mindful connection between breath and body.

  • Pre-Tween Yoga

    In this class, kids in Grades 3 & 4 are invited into the enchanting world of yoga through inspired age-appropriate themes. Pre-tweens will practice poses, play, and delve into relaxation and meditation. Come discover how yoga can connect you to peace, play, healthy living, and supportive communities.

  • Yoga Chill

    Come stretch and relax after busy days at school, the beach or in the redwoods! Yoga Chill will offer a playful and relaxing class for children to explore asana, mindfulness, and breath work. Students will learn how the integration of these three elements of yoga can help energize or relax their bodies and minds. Classes will conclude with deep relaxation to set the tone for a calm and tranquil evening ahead.

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  • MELT, Move & Meditate

    This class we will begin with rehydrating the connective tissue in the feet to increase an over all sense of being grounded, flexible and balanced. From this new state, we will move into a flow of postures combined with breath awareness that will release stress, stimulate the movement of energy in the body and calm the mind. MELT rollers will be used to bring the neuro-fascial system of our bodies back into balance before we drop into a long guided relaxation.

  • Natural Labor: Comfort Express

    In this express workshop, parents will experience each phase of labor through movement, breath-awareness, massage, and partner support. You will learn how your baby, your pelvis, your mind, and a support partner can work together in bringing your baby earth-side.

    Our 2-day workshop is designed for:

    • parents who want more exposure to tricks and tools that can support natural childbirth after taking a hospital class, but do not have the time for an additional full series

    as well as

    • parents who are birthing and want a chance to connect with this pregnancy in preparation for growing your family

    Registration for this class includes a free birth rebozo to be used in pregnancy, labor and the 4th trimester. A rebozo is a long, woven fabric used for comfort in pregnancy, progress in labor, and baby wearing.

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    Barry Brooks

    Barry Brooks, a world-renowned acrobat, created Tumbling Tutor® in 2002. Serving Santa Cruz County and surrounding areas, Tumbling Tutor® is a mobile program that focuses on physically engaging pre-school age children. Over the past 10 years, Barry has taught countless gymnastics classes and skill-building workshops for children in schools, daycare centers, homes, and fitness centers. Barry is thrilled to offer his gymnastics expertise and excitement to children and families. By offering a positive, safe, and fun tumbling experience, Barry's goal is to help children develop a sense of fitness and health to build upon as they grow.

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    Bridget Puchalsky

    Bridget has extensive training and experience in the fields of yoga and holistic medicine. She is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT 500) classically trained in Asthanga and Hatha Yoga. Bridget’s life’s work is in assisting others to find thriving health by offering her expertise in yoga and holistic medicine. She is a licensed primary healthcare provider in California with a four-year Masters degree in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine and a two-year Ayurvedic Medicine training.

    Bridget's enthusiastic and full-spectrum classes include attention to the breath, movement, and focus on alignment. She blends a complimentary ratio of flexibility, strength, and balance while encouraging students to exercise their inner intuition and breath to guide the practice. Students can expect detailed verbal cues, demonstration of poses, and hands-on adjustments. Practice often includes: gentle warm-ups with qi gong exercises, sun or moon salutations, anatomical refinement using props, chakra and channel alignment, gentle breath work, and meditation.

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    Brittany Caesar

    Brittany began practicing yoga in 1995. She has been teaching Hatha Vinyasa yoga for five years. Her classes are challenging, but also introduce different levels of poses with variations, clear guidance, and cues for alignment. Brittany places emphasis on breath and encourages students to stay at a level that is appropriate for their experience, practice, and body. Her influences include Ashtanga, Kundalini, and Vinyasa flow yoga. She is grateful for the teachers that have inspired her along the way: Sharre Young, Belinda Clements, Michael McEvoy, and Shiva Rea. She believes yoga has a way of healing the body and easing the mind through meditative breath and invigorating practice.

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    Chelsea Brady

    Chelsea believes yoga is medicine for the body, mind and soul. She is passionate about sharing yoga with all ages and abilities. At Luma she teaches kids, teens, and adults. No matter the age she works with, Chelsea's focus is on breath, mindful movement, balance, strength and alignment. Her classes are light-hearted, creative, energizing and inspire connection to ourselves, one another, and the natural world. She completed a 200-hour certification training in Costa Rica in 2010 and a 500-hour certification training here in Santa Cruz in 2014.

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    Jeanne Feeney

    Jeanne Feeney is a bodyworker and movement therapist who has been a Certified Practitioner of Body-Mind Centering ® since 1989. She brings her creativity as a dancer and choreographer to her work with clients of all ages, encouraging and facilitating their individual paths to health through the lens of movement repatterning and awareness. Jeanne is also attuned to the subtle energetic healing of cranio-sacral therapy as a hands-on way of integrating the fluidity of a renewed and healthier adult, child, or infant.

    She directs the Movement Laboratory where she has a private practice and teaches movement and yoga classes and workshops at Luma. At the Santa Cruz Waldorf School, Jeanne leads classes for parents and toddlers. Jeanne also teaches parenting workshops with Inspired Family Life, together with local Santa Cruz parenting experts Cindy Brooks MFT and Joya Birns.

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    Jessie Marks

    Jessie completed her 200-hour yoga certification in 2014 and has since been teaching in Santa Cruz, Big Sur and the Bay area. Her classes provide a calm, meditative atmosphere that integrate both heating and cooling poses, harmonized with a vinyasa flow. Jessie believes in the importance of connecting the mind and body through yogic movement and breath consciousness. She recently completed her massage certification through Esalen Institute and plans to integrate both modalities to enrich and empower peoples lives towards their own happiness and wellbeing.

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    Journey Talkovic

    Journey has committed her professional life to supporting women and their families through the childbearing process. She has attended hundreds of births, first as a Doula, and for the last four years as a Certified Nurse Midwife. Journey is also a certified prenatal and postpartum massage therapist, lactation educator, childbirth educator and infant massage educator. She is currently practicing Midwifery at Aptos Women's Health, a dedicated private OB/GYN practice in Santa Cruz.

    Journey believes that the practice of yoga during pregnancy is key to a woman's process as she embodies and empowers herself as a mother. Journey has taught prenatal and postpartum yoga since 2004. Her classes are inspired by her teacher trainings with Ana Forrest, Janet Stone, Jennifer More, and Robin Sale. Journey brings her extensive knowledge and experience of pregnancy and childbirth to her classes, ensuring that they are safe for all mothers, regardless of experience. Her classes offer women a fun and challenging physical experience, as well as a time to sit in a supportive circle with other women. She delights in her students leaving class feeling empowered, educated, supported, and strengthened.

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    Kaysi Contreras

    Kaysi is an aromatherapist and essential oils educator. With a background in commercial organic agriculture, she managed two small farms with gourmet salad operations. Edible flowers and the healing aroma of rich humus literally inspired her intrigue with natural healing. To her, essential oils are a beautifully complex alchemical synergy of botany, chemistry, and medicine. She believes using essential oils therapeutically is an integral part of changing paradigms in modern medicine, wherein people must empower themselves when it comes to their own physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual wellbeing. As a mother, she is poignantly aware that she is leading by example, and thus, seeks to thrive more and survive less. She regularly teaches in schools, consults one-on-one with clients, and is the blender and creator of Luma's custom blends. She is the co-author of E-book, Smell Good, Feel Better.

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    Kymm Ann Wallin

    In her work with pregnancy, birth, and postpartum, Kymm Ann draws upon a wealth of experience, having served hundreds of families as they journey in to parenthood. She enjoys bringing her skills as a Birth Doula, Postpartum Doula, Massage Practitioner, Infant Massage Instructor, and Childbirth Educator together to serve families in this special time. Her approach is compassionate, genuine, and wise. Kymm Ann has worked with birth in various settings (hospital, home, and birth center) for over 17 years, and serves as a board member for Birth Network of Santa Cruz County. Kymm Ann is the proud mother of a 12 year old son.

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    Leanna Immel

    Leanna (RYT-200) rediscovered her love of yoga in 2011 when she attended an Aerial Yoga class, incorporating the fluidity of dance with the disciplined art of yoga. After a couple of years 'in the air', she transitioned to the mat where she developed regularity in both flowing + stillness practices. As an elementary school teacher, Leanna wanted to further her yoga education so as to bring the teachings alive for her students. By attending the YogaKids Inc. Foundations Training, she has been able to provide a playful and nurturing practice to children in classroom, camp, and studio settings.

    Upon seeing the transformation yoga was making in her personal life and the benefits it was bringing her students, Leanna pursued and completed the 200-hour Luma Yoga Teacher Training. Drawing inspiration from local and international yoga teachers such as Valerie Moselle, Matthew Remski, Jenni Rawlings, Lisa Garrido, Diane Bruni, Bridget Puchalsky and others, her classes are created with thoughtful intention and inclusivity. Leanna's current interests include seeing yoga through a modern lens based on inquiry and dialogue, discovering the power of uniting movement with breath, and cultivating a mindful practice both on and off the mat.

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    Lisa Piediscalzi, L.Ac., RCST®, IBCLC

    The mother of two teenaged boys, Lisa has worked as a licensed acupuncturist since 1994. In 2006 she completed a 2-year, 700-hour foundational training in Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy, and has subsequently participated in several hundred hours of seminars focusing specifically on the treatment of newborns and infants. In 2010 she became credentialed as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). When working with babies and moms, Lisa draws upon her knowledge of craniosacral therapy, feeding issues and alternative medicine to create an integrative treatment plan that addresses each patient’s unique needs. Lisa also teaches TummyTime!™ at Luma, as well as breastfeeding classes for expectant parents.

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    Lynda Meeder

    An international yoga trainer and mentor, Lynda is an Experienced Yoga Alliance Registered Teacher at the 500-hour level (E-RYT500), a MELT® instructor, and an Integrated Movement Therapy® certified therapist. Her adult yoga classes are influenced by her 500+ hours of training with teachers from the Anusara Yoga community. Lynda has developed and delivered custom yoga trainings for corporations, schools and educational conferences. Lynda's fun-filled, creatively themed children's classes explore yoga poses as pathways to nourish the whole child. Her adult classes blend the alignment principles of Anusara with heart-centered Vinyasa flow. She weaves her love for play, pleasure, and embodied presence into every class.

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    Megan Hawk

    Megan considers teaching prenatal yoga a great joy and loves sharing the nurturing gifts of yoga with blossoming mothers. Megan is herself a mother of two with a background in dance and drama. She has been teaching ViniYoga since 2002 and prenatal yoga since 2010. She is also trained in Calm Birth techniques, which she blends into her yoga instruction. Megan's prenatal class is Vini style and includes gentle postures guided by breath and adapted to each student's body and capacity. She also incorporates elements of belly dance, to strengthen the abdominals and open the hips.

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    Valerie Moselle

    Valerie began teaching yoga in 2001 and has been a devoted student of the practice for over 20 years. She is an Experienced Yoga Alliance Registered Teacher (E-RYT500) with an additional emphasis in Prenatal Yoga (RPYT). In addition to creating and leading Luma's 200-hour Teacher Training Program, Valerie offers regular, thoughtfully designed public classes that encourage an individualized exploration of yoga postures with breath awareness as the primary focus.

    Valerie has lived and studied yoga in Southern California, India, and San Francisco. She now resides in Santa Cruz with her husband Nick, and daughters Poppy and Amma, and where she founded Luma in 2012. Her idea for the center sprang from her desire to integrate family life with personal health and wellbeing. The center serves individuals of all ages and honors that the peace and wellbeing we seek through yoga can be accessed through quiet and solitude, but also through a vibrant and diverse community. Prior to opening Luma, Valerie taught in Santa Monica, San Francisco, Berkeley, and at Nourish in Santa Cruz.

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    Gemma Depolo

    Gemma has been a dedicated massage therapist in Santa Cruz since 2001. After earning her Bachelor's degree in Psychology at UCSC, she completed post graduate education at Twin Lakes College of the Healing Arts and became a certified bodyworker trained in Acupressure, Shiatsu, Traditional Table Massage, Thai Massage, Pre-Natal Swedish Massage, Reflexology, and Intrinsic Touch.

    As a mother, Gemma recognizes the importance of making time for self-care and wellness. It is her practice is to listen to the specific goals of her clients for each session, and to intuitively blend modalities, creating a personalized, custom massage. Whether you would like a nurturing, relaxing massage - or focused attention on specific areas of the body - Gemma will strive to create a therapeutic, healing space to address your unique needs.

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    Kate Wilson, M.S, L.Ac.

    Kate is a co-founder of The Birth Point Acupuncture Group of Santa Cruz, a collaboration of acupuncturists with specialized training in pregnancy care offering comprehensive support for the Santa Cruz Birth community for the last eight years. Licensed at both the state and national level, Kate has been supporting women and their families for over a decade in this community. She has received extensive training in Women's Health, including an internship with Raven Lang, OMD. Kate holds an M.S. in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) from Five Branches Institute. As an Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist, Kate formed a National Association of Detoxification Acupuncture (NADA) protocol clinic to help the women of Siena House Maternity Home here in Santa Cruz. Kate is a member of the Birth Network of Santa Cruz and has trusted relationships with many of the midwives (home and hospital) and OB/GYNs in Santa Cruz.

    Having worked as a doula and been on-call for Birth Point, Kate has attended many births and has developed a deep respect for the uniquely profound birth process. Kate is a mother of two children, both delivered in Santa Cruz (one via Cesarean section, the other by un-medicated VBAC).

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    Julie Gallant

    Julie is a state certified massage therapist who has been practicing bodywork for more than 10 years. Having recently relocated to Santa Cruz from the Bay Area, Julie is delighted to join the Luma community. A mother herself, she knows first-hand how vital it is that parents and parents-to-be take the time to recharge and reset. Julie specializes in acupressure and perinatal massage. She holds a Master's Degree in Holistic Health Education and has trained as a postpartum doula with Tracy Massillon. With a nurturing combination of Swedish strokes, shiatsu, deep tissue and cranial sacral therapy, Julie's bodywork addresses your whole being - leaving you revitalized and peaceful.

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    Shannon Jenkins

    Shannon has been offering massage in the Bay Area for more than 20 years. She completed her massage training in 1994 at Twin Lakes College of the Healing Arts. She also received a Bachelors Degree in Kinesiology from San Jose State University, and has worked in several Chiropractic and Physical Therapy clinics in both Santa Cruz and Santa Clara. After becoming a mother, Shannon felt called to pursue training in prenatal massage as well as doula work. Her 20+ years of experience as a massage therapist enables her to guide clients through the healing process while offering exceptional treatment delivered with the utmost compassion and respect.

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    Kaili Reynolds

    Kaili Reynolds is a Certified Childbirth Educator through CAPPA, a DONA Int’l trained Birth Doula, and she holds a B.A. in Community Studies. She teaches ongoing Natural Childbirth Prep classes at Luma, and is a member of the Luma Doula Team offering prenatal, birth, and postpartum support. As a Birth Doula, Kaili takes pride in her ability to serve as a model of patience. She is uniquely talented at calming mothers and putting birth partners at ease by teaching them a variety of ways to support and enhance the birth process.

    Kaili's goal is to facilitate connection, mental awareness, and self compassion for her clients. Parents in her Natural Childbirth Prep. classes are encouraged to consider all of the birth choices and resources available so they can feel empowered to make their own decisions and feel satisfied with any kind of birth outcome. Kaili is a mother of three children and enjoys living in beautiful Santa Cruz with her husband.

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    Tamara Juel

    Tamara offers mindful therapeutic massage therapy for the childbearing year and beyond. She believes deeply in the benefits of offering present moment awareness to her clients. Tamara draws on her experience as a yoga/movement therapist, teacher, mother, doula/midwives' assistant, as well as her comprehensive massage therapy training to bring both an informed and intuitive approach to massage therapy. She received her training from The Pittsburgh School of Massage Therapy (500 hours) in 2004.

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    ​Mireille Gale

    Mireille has been serving the local birth community for more than a decade as a birth and postpartum doula, pre and postnatal yoga instructor, birth educator, and student midwife. Her life mission is to provide the support, information, and empowerment needed for families to transition smoothly through the transformative experience of becoming parents. Her trainings include DONA International Doula training, Whole Birth Yoga teacher training, and a 200 hour Vinyasa Flow Yoga Teacher training. She is currently a student at the National Midwifery Institute and working toward her midwifery licensure. Prior to joining the Luma team, Mireille taught pre and postnatal yoga at the Pacific Cultural Center, Santa Cruz Chi Center, and Harmony Birth in Campbell. When she’s not working with new families, Mireille enjoys time in the garden at home with her three children, ecstatic dance, journaling, and hiking.

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    Jackie Powell

    Jackie first encountered yoga ten years ago while traveling in Central America. Since then, yoga has served as her compass and helps her stay present in a busy world. Jackie’s specialties include children's yoga in both Spanish and English, All Levels Vinyasa, and yoga in non-traditional settings. Jackie’s calming presence inspires her students to tune in to their bodies through breath and movement. She leads her class through a journey of self-discovery and power. Her passion is contagious, and you can expect to feel renewed and motivated both on and off the mat after a session with her. Jackie has completed 400 hours of teacher training with teachers in Washington, DC and Santa Cruz, CA.

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    Valerie Moselle, Co-Founder

    Valerie's vision to create Luma sprang from her desire to integrate family life with personal health and wellbeing. The Center is the direct result of countless musings and dreamings of such a place with the other parents in her life. The desire was for a refuge for individuals of all ages — one that honors that the peace and wellbeing we seek through yoga can be accessed through quiet and solitude, but also through a vibrant and diverse community.

    Valerie began teaching yoga in 2001 and has been a devoted student of the practice for over 20 years. She is an Experienced Yoga Alliance Registered Teacher (E-RYT500) with an additional emphasis in Prenatal Yoga (RPYT). In addition to creating and leading Luma's 200-Hour Teacher Training Program, Valerie offers regular, thoughtfully designed public classes that encourage an individualized exploration of yoga postures with breath awareness as the primary focus.

    Valerie has lived and studied yoga in Southern California, India, and San Francisco. Prior to opening Luma, Valerie taught in Santa Monica, San Francisco, Berkeley, and locally, at Nourish. Valerie lives in Santa Cruz with her husband Nick, and daughters Poppy and Amma.

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    Lynda Meeder, Co-Founder

    An international yoga trainer and mentor, Lynda is an Experienced Yoga Alliance Registered Teacher at the 500-hour level (E-RYT500) and an Integrated Movement Therapy® certified therapist. She is an accomplished certified Level Two teacher in the MELT® method. Her insights about teaching yoga have appeared in Yoga Journal. She holds a Masters Degree in Mental Health Counseling, and has completed post-graduate training in Gestalt psychology and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy treatment of trauma. Lynda has developed and delivered custom yoga trainings for corporations, schools, and educational conferences. From 2009-2012, she served as Director of Training for YogaKids® and has taught programs throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe.

    In her work, Lynda strives to enable students to embrace creativity, confidence, and compassion. She has a special passion for working with children and supporting the adults who influence their lives. Lynda, mother of four and grandmother of two, lives in Santa Cruz.

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    Kate Green Tripp, Co-Founder

    Kate is a writer, yoga teacher, and mother who strongly believes in the capacity of well-designed and socially aware community resources to bolster our connection with self and others. In addition to her work co-creating and continually breathing life into Luma, Kate is the Managing Editor of 1440 Multiversity.

    Kate took her first yoga class nearly 20 years ago and has been in love with the practice ever since. In 2012, she completed her 200-hr yoga teacher training with Mount Madonna Institute and is currently pursuing her advanced training. In her lifetime before kids, Kate worked for a variety of advocacy organizations in the U.S. and abroad. In 2005, she dropped out of law school to focus on raising her children. Kate's practice and devotion to yoga sustained that complicated choice and has guided her through the eternally evolving journey of parenthood. Kate is an avid reader, writer, traveler, tea drinker, and devotee of Montessori philosophy who admires creative risk-takers, sea turtles, and her three children: Amelia, Eli, and Noah.

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    Jen Holz

    Jen first stepped on to the mat in 2003 and it was love at first Savasana. A dancer for most of her years, she felt a deep connection to the organic movement, rhythmic fluidity, and moving meditation of Vinyasa Flow. What she didn’t realize was the awareness and deep transformation that yoga would bring to her life. In 2010 Jen embarked on a journey to become a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) through CorePower Yoga so that she could share her knowledge and love for yoga with others. Pulling from the energy flows in Power Yoga and the connection to the breath in Vinyasa, Jen’s intention is to create a playful safe space for her students, free from judgment and expectation. She will challenge you to go beyond your self-imposed limitations while exploring your own unique possibilities. Jen also supports new mamas and mamas-to-be through prenatal and postnatal yoga.

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    Amy Rawlings

    Amy found yoga at the age of 21 with her first class at Cabrillo College. Ever since, yoga has been an integral part of Amy's adult life. She remains a devoted student with an open heart to different styles and teachers. Amy completed her 200 hr Teacher Training in 2008. Recently, she received Kids Yoga Teacher Training certificates from 'It's Yoga Kids' in San Francisco and from YogaKids, Inc. in Santa Cruz.

    Amy has worked with kids her whole life. Before having her own children, she taught preschool and kindergarten age kids for many years. Amy teaches yoga to kids in the Santa Cruz community in a wide range of settings including camps, studios, classrooms, and more recently to kids with special needs in local public schools. Both yoga and teaching kids are passions of Amy's and it brings her such joy to link them together. Amy hopes to ignite her love of yoga in every child in her class.

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    Robin Penney

    Robin Penney teaches alignment-based Vinyasa Flow, and is known for her clarity in verbal instruction, smart, creative sequencing, and attention to the cadence and rhythm of the breath. Her classes are steeped in choreography and often feature a “ladder flow” structure so that students learn a sequence of poses and then repeat variations on that flow to practice it and find further refinement and openness as the class progresses. Students will enjoy Robin’s detailed alignment cues that encourage a balance of flexibility and stability in the body. Strength building and core work are used to help students continually progress in their practice.

    Robin uses the asana practice as a training ground for exploring mental and emotional patterns and behaviors within the self and with others off the mat. She incorporates the rich traditions of yoga philosophy through story, mantra, and breath work into her classes. Robin has studied many traditions, and is first and foremost a dedicated yoga practitioner and student herself. Among the styles she has studied and practiced are Anusara, Iyengar, Vinyasa, Yin, Kula Flow, Moksha, and Ashtanga. Her teachers include Christina Sell, Schuyler Grant, Giocanda Parker, Samantha Shakti Brown, Kenny Graham, Darren Rhoades, Cate Stillman, Neesha Zollinger, Meaghan Currie, and many others. An enthusiastic teacher since 2011, she is currently working on her 500-hour RYT certification.

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    Anna Landauer

    Anna is a licensed acupuncturist/herbalist and certified massage and yoga therapist with a Master’s degree in Chinese Medicine and a Bachelor’s in Outdoor Education and Social Environmental Issues. Anna's massage is unique blend of modalities based on extensive training and experience with Swedish, Deep Tissue, Sports/Injury, Shiatsu, Tui Na and Prenatal massage. Her approach to bodywork is an intuitive and grounded response to each individual at the time of treatment.

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    Sarah Brown

    Sarah Brown experienced the life changing gift of yoga when she began taking prenatal yoga classes at Golden Bridge twelve years ago. She was captivated by the feeling of peace and the sweet time to slow down and tune into her body and the baby growing inside. At the end of every class mamas would wrap their arms around their wombs and sing “Long Time Sun” to the babes. It was then that a sweet seed of devotion was planted in Sarah’s heart. For over ten years, she was dedicated to growing her personal practice, exploring different teachers and styles of yoga. In 2015, she completed a 200-hour Teacher Training with DiviniTree Yoga and is currently working towards a 500-hour certification.

    Sarah encourages her students to nourish themselves first and foremost. She is passionate about self care, Ayurvedic nutrition, and meditation. Her classes incorporate conscious breath, Pranayama, and movement with alignment to bring a greater awareness to the connection of body, mind, and spirit. Her peaceful presence is helpful to those seeking refuge from daily stress. Sarah is grateful for her teachers Hannah Muse, Kenny Graham, and Kofi Busia who inspire her to offer her intuitive heart to others.

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    Brandi Brewer

    Having given birth to three children in three very different ways herself, Brandi recognizes first-hand the questions and concerns that a woman may have during her pregnancy and birthing journey. She is a DONA Int’l trained Birth Doula, and a member of the Luma Doula Team offering prenatal, birth, and postpartum support. Brandi has supported all types of births while offering an engaged presence to empower every family through their transition into parenthood. Brandi lives in Ben Lomond with her adorable children, supportive husband, and dog. She is also passionate about experiencing new places, playing in the kitchen, homeschooling, and volunteering at the local children and family center.

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    Sarah Graff

    Sarah is a recent graduate of the Cypress Health Institute massage program in Santa Cruz where she studied Swedish massage, polarity therapy and craniosacral therapy. A long time student of yoga and an outdoor enthusiast, Sarah is passionate about wellbeing and the connection between mind, body, and spirit. After working and traveling extensively, she is excited to be back in her hometown of Santa Cruz. In her work, Sarah focuses on creating a relaxing and therapeutic experience for her clients, using primarily Swedish techniques tailored to each individual and their specific needs. She is dedicated to learning and expanding her practice as a therapist through ongoing education in modalities such as prenatal and deep tissue massage.

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    Mandy Lariz

    Birthing my two children in 1998 and 2004 taught me so much about what families need and want as children are born and grow. My journey of birth and postpartum doula work started in 2007 and I've been serving birthing and brand new families ever since. I've emerged from many respected doula, midwifery, and holistic care trainings/certifications with the skills and positive mindset to offer clients a full circle of prenatal, birth, and postpartum support. I have learned an incredible amount about family, life, courage, strength, love, and fear; and I take these lessons very seriously. I'm happy to lend all the wisdom I've learned as a doula and as a mother to fully support your wishes and intentions as your family is born and grows. I am honored to be a part of the Luma Doula Team, offering prenatal, birth, and postpartum support.

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    Joy Pacetti

    Joy's deepest satisfaction in life comes from empowering others to be their best selves. She believes that the body can heal itself given the proper tools to recover. She began her career as a massage therapist in 2004 upon graduating from Rising Spirit Institute of Natural Health in Atlanta, GA with training in Swedish and Deep Tissue massage and Neuromuscular Therapy. In the years following, Joy expanded her skill set to include Prenatal Massage, Craniosacral Therapy, Myofascial Release, Pranic Healing, and Reiki. Throughout her career as a massage therapist, she has partnered with doctors and other healthcare practitioners to provide quality, integrated care. Joy also works as a life coach, a massage instructor, a facilitator of personal development courses, and a student of yoga. Her approach to care involves connecting first with the priorities, goals, and physical condition of each person she treats.

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    Ami Cayton

    Ami has made many meaningful connections with children and their families for over 20+ years. While working at Tara Redwood School, Ami experienced the benefits of inner development as an integral part of classroom education and was inspired to bring the Creating Compassionate Cultures curriculum to the greater community. In 2012 she developed Wisdom Way with co-teacher and collaborator Sage Lampros. It is their wish that Wisdom Way can make mindfulness fun, relevant, and accessible for children and families, leading to happier, more meaningful and enriching lives for all.

    Ami is thrilled to bring her experience with children to the realm of yoga as well. She has participated in Luma’s Kids Yoga Teacher Training with Lynda Meeder, and is inspired with the new ways to integrate children’s minds and bodies. Ami hopes to guide children to feel happy, calm, and connected to themselves, their families, and community through movement.

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    Anne Hogan

    The practice of yoga has been tremendously healing throughout Anne’s life. She first discovered yoga as a way to cope with anxiety and depression in her early 20’s and has been continually amazed by the transformation and healing that comes from her practice. During pregnancy, she found her practice deepening as it provided space to connect more deeply to self and her baby (and to navigate the ups and downs of the perinatal period). She was certified in Classical Ashtanga Yoga and Pre-natal/Post-natal Yoga at Mount Madonna Institute in 2014.

    Anne approaches teaching as she does her personal practice -- with a beginners' mind. Even after 15 years of practice, she feels she is first and foremost a student. There is always something new to discover. Anne's practice includes not only asana, but pranayama, restorative, and yoga nidra as well. When appropriate, she likes to incorporate these different elements into her classes. Her classes are accessible to beginners and experienced yogis alike, but always sensitive to the needs of students individually and collectively. Most importantly, Anne provides a safe space for personal inquiry, inviting students to honor their bodies and find peace within.

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    Leanna Immel

    Leanna (RYT-200) rediscovered her love of yoga in 2011 when she attended an Aerial Yoga class, incorporating the fluidity of dance with the disciplined art of yoga. After a couple of years 'in the air', she transitioned to the mat where she developed regularity in both flowing + stillness practices. As an elementary school teacher, Leanna wanted to further her yoga education so as to bring the teachings alive for her students. By attending the YogaKids Inc. Foundations Training, she has been able to provide a playful and nurturing practice to children in classroom, camp, and studio settings.

    Upon seeing the transformation yoga was making in her personal life and the benefits it was bringing her students, Leanna pursued and completed the 200-hour Luma Yoga Teacher Training. Drawing inspiration from local and international yoga teachers such as Valerie Moselle, Matthew Remski, Jenni Rawlings, Lisa Garrido, Diane Bruni, Bridget Puchalsky and others, her classes are created with thoughtful intention and inclusivity. Leanna's current interests include seeing yoga through a modern lens based on inquiry and dialogue, discovering the power of uniting movement with breath, and cultivating a mindful practice both on and off the mat.

    Leanna has spent over a decade educating children in the Cupertino Union School District. She now resides in Santa Cruz, CA where she grew up.

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    Shannon Jenkins

    Shannon has been offering massage in the Bay Area for more than 20 years. She completed her massage training in 1994 at Twin Lakes College of the Healing Arts. She also received a Bachelors Degree in Kinesiology from San Jose State University, and has worked in several Chiropractic and Physical Therapy clinics in both Santa Cruz and Santa Clara. After becoming a mother, Shannon felt called to pursue training in prenatal massage as well as doula work. Her 20+ years of experience as a massage therapist enables her to guide clients through the healing process while offering exceptional treatment delivered with the utmost compassion and respect.

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    Erin Munning

    Erin's kids yoga classes are playful, energetic, and mindful. She weaves in yoga postures, breath-work, seasonal themes, music and relaxation. Her goal is to help kids and parents connect movement and breath and find a few moments of spiritual nourishment in savasana. Erin teaches because she is inspired to help children find peace, vitality and connection through yoga, and because her heart melts each time she hears a child say namaste.

    Erin has been practicing yoga and using it as her primary healing agent for over 15 years. She is in the final stages of completing her 200 hour teacher training and 100 hour kids teacher training with Luma Yoga under the mentorship of Valerie Moselle and Lynda Meeder.

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    Sasha Neese

    Sasha has been practicing yoga since 2008. She fell in love with Kids Yoga when she started practicing with the Luma community; the light-hearted, creative approach to movement resonated deeply. She completed both her 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training and 95-Hour Kids Yoga Teacher Training here at Luma Yoga, with directors Valerie Moselle and Lynda Meeder. She strives to continually grow and learn along side those she teaches. Her classes use imagination, movement, song and stillness to help kids learn about themselves, communicate with others, and tap into the unique sense of wonder they have for the world around them.

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    Brittany McDermott

    Brittany McDermott is a small town girl who moved to Santa Cruz from Riggins, Idaho to pursue her dream of becoming a yoga teacher--specializing in kid and young adult yoga practices. She is currently attaining her 200 hour and kids yoga training through Luma Yoga, with teachers Valerie Moselle and Lynda Meeder. Brittany was introduced to yoga by her dear friend and teacher Mariah Crump in 2013. She found that through the practice and study of yoga she felt more peaceful, present, and open. With a background in working with students in the public school and privately as a developmental therapist, Brittany could not wait to share this wonderful practice with children and young adults alike; modeling, teaching, and practicing acceptance, calmness, love, non-judgment, and the power of yoga. Brittany believes children will benefit and cultivate a stronger sense of self, purpose, and love for people, places, animals, and the world.