Director of Yoga Program
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.
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.
Director of Kids Yoga Program
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.
Manager of Marketing + Outreach
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.
Former Director of Outreach
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.