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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Gina holds a Masters of Education with a Human Sexuality focus from Widener University (Phildelphia, PA), and a BA in Psychology from UC Santa Cruz. She has over 20 years’ experience in reproductive and sexual health, with a background in community health care, program evaluation, curriculum development, research, education, and training. She is committed to promoting the development of healthy sexuality for people of all ages and to increasing awareness and acceptance of all types of diversity in her work. Gina currently divides her professional time between her roles as a researcher and trainer, gynecological teaching associate, and sex educator. As a mother of two young people ages 14 and 17, she is well versed in conversations about sex with her own children and their friends, as well as her friends’ children.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kyra Haglund, ACSW, SEP, E-RYT, is a Clinical Social Worker, Somatic Experiencing practitioner, and Yoga Teacher. She is an integrative therapist that draws on traditional psychodynamic and cognitive interventions, mindfulness practices, and somatic psychotherapy informed by the intersection of current neuroscience and trauma research.
Kyra lived and studied holistic arts & cultural anthropology extensively in India and Nepal and completed her graduate studies in social work from the University of Southern California, focusing on mental health, military social work, family systems, and public policy.
Believing that yoga creates a positive ripple effect of healing and growth, she has been integral in developing trauma-informed yoga programs and trainings throughout Los Angeles. She has worked with combat veterans, LAUSD, recovery centers, survivors of human trafficking, and the homeless veteran community in Skid Row. Kyra also co-created the Santa Monica Yoga teacher training program.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mora is a yoga teacher, outdoor guide and sustainable business consultant. She muses with the written word when not outside exploring mother nature's bounty in the surf or on land. California is her chosen home with a shared passion for healthy eating, wellness and building strong communities. She teaches vinyasa flow and restorative yoga with a strong connection to the breath and attention to a safe practice! For Mora, yoga is a way to stay harmoniously in touch with the rhythms of life and of the self. It is a true gift!
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.
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.
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.
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.