Valerie Moselle, Co-Founder & Director

Director of Adult Yoga + Teacher Training

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 well-being 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.

Lynda Meeder, Co-Founder & Director

Director of Kids' Yoga + Teacher Training

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.

Kate Tripp, Co-Founder

Former Director of Marketing & 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.

Your Luma Yoga Management Team