Steve Ross has practiced various styles of yoga for almost thirty years and has been an instructor for over twenty years. He has explored the physical aspects of yoga as well as the philosophical and spiritual roots of yoga. He spent four years as a monk in the Vedic tradition, and since that time, he has ceaselessly sought out and reveled in the presence of some of the most notable masters of our time – in India and elsewhere. He is honored to have the opportunity to share his knowledge and experience with other spiritual seekers. Steve combines upbeat, inspirational music with a relaxed, easy spirituality that make his classes at Maha Yoga some of the most popular in Los Angeles. His events are ecstatic. His sold out retreats are well known to produce a blissful state of being.
Amy Rose was first introduced to yoga nearly 7 years ago, through the Kundalini teachings of Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa. In addition, she was trained and certified by James Brown and Alexandria Crow. After being introduced to Maha Yoga, Amy came upon a new perspective of happy yoga, bringing great light and love into her practice. She will encourage you to have fun, challenge yourself, while honoring your individual needs. Her classes focus on building endurance and strength, while, at the same time, respecting the connection between the body and the mind. Come and explore her vinyasa flow, with music and movements which will inspire the soul and invigorate the senses. .
Ashika has been practicing yoga for over ten years. With her background as a dancer and Indian heritage, she was naturally drawn to yoga. Ashika has completed trainings with Steve Ross, Tom Morley and Annie Carpenter. She has completed Annie’s mentorship program and assists weekly during her classes. Ashika is also a certified Yin Yoga teacher. She continues to deepen her spiritual and physical practice studying with a variety of world re-known teachers. In addition to teaching, Ashika has organized and assisted yoga retreats. Ashika brings her bright, infectious energy to her classes where you can expect upbeat music and a strong flow. Her classes are fun, calm your mind and get you sweaty all while keeping your body safe.
Brianna Falcone spent her first three years of yoga practicing Anusara with Lauren Peterson. As a long-time student of Maha Yoga, Brianna was inspired to teach yoga after completing two separate yoga teacher trainings totaling 300 hours led by Steve Ross. She has spent the last two years teaching yoga in Malibu and Santa Monica at 5 Point Yoga and Yoga Collective. Brianna offers a physically challenging class infused with a refreshing sense of humor and sweet energy.
Yoga is a celebration of vinyasa flow, technique, adjustment and massage. Music infuses the practice to ignite “shakti” (spontaneous, blissful & energetic movement). To be effective requires a deep understanding of what inspires people to move. Reading the crowd and being intuitive of energy fluctuations are key. Brigitte’s teaching revolves around inspiring people that may be stuck in a groove – often unconscious negative patterns that block prana or creative life-force energy. Discovering the joy within movement and breath is essential in establishing a self practice – the benefits of which can then spill into daily life. Brigitte has tremendous empathy with beginners that are inflexible and apprehensive. She welcomes everybody to class and teaches with enthusiasm and humor. She creates unique mixes from evolving playlists. For many years, Brigitte has traveled the country studying yoga and follows the teachings of Steve Ross’ “Happy Yoga”. She has been teaching in Los Angeles for the last nine years. Her inspiration is drawn from her East Indian background. Her family is from Punjab India, and her energy and teachings, and beliefs are based in her heritage.
Diane Magnette hails originally from Brussels, Belgium and grew up in Switzerland snowboarding during the winter and swimming in the summer. Her Music: Music with a strong beat and music you can sing along to. New and old school hip hop, pop, dance and more…Her Sports: She was a professional swimmer (swam for the Swiss National Team.) and has snowboarded all her life. Diane is a runner and has practiced yoga since the age of 16.
Diane teaches yoga and spinning and has her 200-Hour Yoga Alliance Teacher Training Certificate.
Paul teaches a vinyasa flow class with emphasis on alignment and breath. His classes include variations for students of all levels. Uplifting music keeps the class fun & challenging. After experiencing the powerful benefit of yoga in all areas of his life including managing his battle with depression, Paul completed his 200 hr. certification at YogaWorks. He has also been mentored for the past four years by Maha Yoga alum Sara Ivanhoe. Paul believes yoga is all about joy…and joy cannot be achieved, it can only be experienced right here and right now.
Ish Moran teaches a flow yoga class set to world beat music with an emphasis on alignment. Teaching yoga is the yin to his “day” job as a probation officer. As a result of sports injuries, Ish began practicing Iyengar yoga to strengthen muscles and focus mentally. After dedicating his first six years of study with Iyengar instructor Judy Narvid, Ish happened on Steve Ross’s class. Ish practiced for another six years with Steve Ross before becoming certified through a Teacher Training program with renown yoga teacher, Rod Stryker.
Kaleigh Lundy’s background and love for dance led her to try her first official yoga class in 2006. She quickly realized the profound physical and mental benefits that could be achieved with a regular practice and became hooked! Since then, she’s immersed herself in studying and practicing the fundamentals of yogic philosophy, in particular power/vinyasa flow and hatha yoga, and enjoys training with a wide variety of instructors including Matthew Reyes, Tom Morley and Annie Carpenter. She completed 200 hours of teacher training with Matthew Reyes and is a registered yoga instructor with Yoga Alliance. Kaleigh blends a mixture of basic yogic fundamentals with creative sequencing and uplifting music to motivate her students to further deepen and develop their own individual practice. You can expect to challenge your strength and balance, develop a deeper mental clarity and experience a newfound sense of achievement and purpose each time you come to class. For more information on Kaleigh, please visit www.kaleighlundy.com.
Jeff received his 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training with Maha Yoga with Steve Ross and Sara Ivanhoe over 10 years ago. He has a BS in kinesiology from UCLA so he definitely knows how to keep your body safe during class. Jeff has done a decade of spiritual work with his teacher Shri Shankaracharya. He loves music, singing, dancing, cooking….he’s a multi-discipline badass. In addition to teaching yoga, Jeff teaches strength training and spinning. His teaching style is athletic, emphasizing strength/core/balance/integration. Jeff has been teaching now for 25 years and he makes a point of cultivating relationships. Jeff’s favorite thing about yoga is its potential to transform humanity and change the world!
Ryan Batiste has been practicing yoga from childhood. His father started taking him to yoga class with Bryan Kest at the age of six. Ryan has completed his 200 hour Yoga Alliance Teacher Training with Rudy Mettia and Travis Elliot. Additionally, Ryan has taken Yin Yoga intensive training with Steve Ross, Inversion training with Liz Arch and studied Anatomy with Jules Mitchell. A devoted Power Yoga practitioner, Ryan’s main teachers are Steve Ross, Bryan Kest, Rudy Mettia and Travis Elliot. When Ryan isn’t practicing and teaching yoga, you can find this Santa Monica native surfing.
Mary Arden shines a light on kids music and movement in the new LoveBug & Me Music series. With guitar in hand, she explores a variety of musical styles & world rhythms. Her love of singing, creative movement and kids, perfectly blend to offer a fun, entertaining, and educational experience. Mary Arden is a music artist, music educator, and yoga instructor with certifications in Kids Yoga, Hatha Yoga and Kundalini Yoga. She is founder of both LoveBug & Me Music and Goddess Mamas Yoga, and mother to a very musical 3 year old boy. Music is in the family, as Mary Arden’s husband, Mark Gorman, plays bass with Steve Ross & Krishna Das.
Ryan completed his Yoga Teacher Training with Steve Ross & Tom Morley. As a former personal trainer and gym owner, Ryan knew the benefit of a healthy physical body. After discovering yoga a few years ago at Maha Yoga, Ryan found the more subtle and powerful value of a healthy mind and spirit.
Stephen’s upbeat and heartfelt studio and audio classes herald a keen focus on alignment specifics. Stephen loves combining an intense yoga practice with awareness of alignment and breathing; this way his students are best equipped to receive the most optimal benefits for the body, mind & soul, which ultimately translates into an experience of true healing, stress relief, and an increase of strength on all levels.
Stephen has studied with some of the most renowned teachers in the country: Brock & Krista Cahil, Vinnie Marino, Saul David Raye, and Steve Ross… to mention a few. Stephen took his 200hr teacher training with Matthew Reyes in 2008, and completed a one on one teacher training with Brock Cahil in 2011-2012, giving him an acute knowledge and in-depth understanding of humanology and the mechanics of yoga.
Stephen’s joy and passion is to provide his students with a light hearted, fun and encouraging environment where you feel supported to challenge yourself and uncover your true potential. “As we practice the art of alignment and breathing through asanas, we learn to stay connected to ourselves, and our personal truth on the yoga mat; and this, of course, can trickle into life off the mat.”
For more information about Stephen, visit his website at thevitalenergysource.com
Tom Morley has been teaching yoga for over 10 years. He was formally trained in Hatha yoga at Yoga Works in Santa Monica, California in 1997. Tom is a devoted meditation practitioner and facilitator drawing from Tibetan Buddhism,Taoism, Tantra and other traditions. Tom has pursued various spiritual teachings and healing modalities his entire life. Tom’s first introduction into spiritual studies was through his father, an avid meditation and tai chi practitioner, reiki healer and spiritual seeker. Tom’s philosophy is “We are all capable of being more fully alive and aware human beings if we are wholeheartedly open and willing.” Tom teaches public classes at Maha Yoga in Brentwood, manages an extensive private practice and leads retreats worldwide. He has been a professional massage therapist and energy healer for over 20 years. You can watch Tom on the nationally syndicated network show Exercise T.V. For more information on Tom, please visit tomsretreats.com.