Staff

Bir Jiwan Kaur (Amy Kayden)

Bir Jiwan has been practicing yoga and healing work for over 20 years healing herself of anxiety, insomnia and panic she specializes in these fields. During her twenty years of practicing yoga, Amy has become a therapist, Yoga Teacher, Usuii Reiki Master, Holistic Wellness practitioner. She believes in lineage and has traveled to India and Japan to find the energies of yoga and reiki at the age of 18.  She studied under Krishna Kaur at 10th Gate Yoga who worked directly with Yogi Bhajan for decades starting in the 1970’s.  Amy believes in the positive impact and the healing experience from practicing yoga as well as the creative potential to grow. Her teaching is an amalgamation of being a practicing yogi, artist, healer and academic.

She specializes in a mind/body approach including Somatic Experiencing, Educational Therapy, Guided Imagery work, Shamanic Drum journey and Kundalini Yoga  to relieve stress, anxiety and depression, maximize relaxation, wellness and productivity in emotional, academic, creative and many other areas of life.

She is affiliated with many organizations such as St. Joseph Center in Venice, Montefiore Hospital in New York,  Private and public schools throughout LA, Santa Monica and Malibu, the LGBT community at the LA Gay and Lesbian Center in Los Angeles, Learning with A Difference in Malibu.

She has experience in treating a variety of issues including depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder in adults and children and school problems such as learning disorders, separation anxiety, shyness and behavioral issues in children.  Bir Jiwan sees her purpose in life to facilitate your way in finding the best you!

Certifications and Training:

  • Boston University, BFA
  • Ryokan University, MA Counseling
  • Ryokan University, Psy D Psychology
  • Usui Reiki Master, Level 3
  • Yoga for Youth Teaching Certificate
  • KRI Kundalini Yoga Teacher 1 training, 400+ hours
  • Somatic Experiencing, Level 1 Certificate

JENNI GREEN

Jenni first practiced yoga as a teenager with her Mom in the dining room.  It didn't really mean much to her at the time....but as with many yogis, some twenty some years later after the birth of her second child, she found her way back to the mat.  After years of different classes with increasing levels of commitment and curiosity she entered a Cloud Nine Teacher Training Program.  She recently completed that course and is very excited about her path.  Jenni says, "Yoga has helped me so much with increasing flexibility and strength, managing pain, and improving overall health and well-being!"  She believes that yoga should be more accessible to a wide range of students and that most people could benefit from a yoga practice which meets them where they are.


Linda Ananda

Linda has a lengthy spiritual background practicing Kundalini Yoga in 2001-2007, primarily involved in training priestesses and her spiritual healing work and asana practice at some point disappeared from her life . The Essence and Heart of Yoga remained with her.

In 2012, after becoming the student of Advaita master Francis Lucille, Yoga came back into Linda's life in a very strong and undeniable way, shining with authenticity and openness and purity of heart and being. The truth of what Yoga means: a coming together, to Unite.... It all came together once the Asana practice was actualized for Linda, knowing in her Heart she had to teach Yoga, integrate, incorporate and most importantly to SHARE all that had been experienced prior so as to be of the greatest service to all. So at 51 years young, she was destined to find the Cloud Nine website, reach out to Crystal Rios about the YTT class; she started the very next day. Linda became an RYT-200 level Certified Yoga Instructor under the luminous wings and unwavering support of two amazing teachers in the Cloud Nine Family: Arezo Tehranirad and Crystal Dawn Rios. Linda also did her mentoring hours under Crystal's experienced guidance and open-hearted style of teaching throughout the Cloud Nine teacher-training process, which was immensely beneficial in offering the right feedback and experience to spread her wings on her own after completing the training. Linda's style could be called bhakti-hatha; eclectic with a spiritual vibe, classes are open, light-hearted and fun. While the yogic focus is on our breath and movement, there is always space for laughter and inner exploration is always encouraged, invited and celebrated! Linda teaches flow yoga, beginner series, spiritually-oriented yoga, specialty yoga and therapeutic yoga.


Lynn Carmichael

If you are interested in making a lifestyle change, deepen your Yoga practice, or learn how to make healthy & delicious meals in minutes, meet Lynn! With a background in dance, yoga therapy, Thai massage, meditation and personal fitness training, Lynn fell in love with yoga in 1999. After becoming certified, she has taught yoga in a variety of settings such as corporate on site yoga classes as well as specialty workshops at yoga studios across the US and Australia. She safely supports each student to realize their own unlimited potential. Lynn specializes in Hatha yoga, balance of strength, breathing exercises, meditation and flexibility.  She completed studies in naturopathy (herbal medicine and nutrition) in Sydney, Australia. She assists clients in creating simple lifestyle changes to strengthen the mind and body. . Her philosophy is to make wellness a lifestyle!


Maureen Davis

Maureen Davis is a highly trained and skilled practitioner, working in a wide variety of healing modalities. She is a yoga teacher with an RYT 200 certification from Yoga Alliance, & has been a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists since 2005. In addition, Maureen is a certified YTRX-C 800 graduate of Loyola Marymount University. She has been a pioneer of Yoga Therapy since its inception, participating in LMU’s first Yoga Therapy Certification Program. Maureen worked 3 years in an Integrated Wellness Clinic as a Yoga Therapist, collaborating with other healthcare practitioners in the treatment of individual patients, & contributing to the development of treatment plan protocols within the clinic. In 2007, Maureen developed her own Yoga DVD through her company Makara Yoga. She has recorded a Yoga Nidra DVD, a powerful tool in the treatment & healing of patients suffering from PTSD, Migraines, Hypertension & Stress.

In 2009 Maureen opened her own studio, teaching classes primarily in Hatha Yoga. She has created & developed specific Yoga Therapeutics classes &programs for a wide variety of injuries & taught at studios all over the South Bay area of Los Angeles. 

Maureen is a practitioner of Aware-apy, a technique created by Dr. Bernard Gunther, PhD. Dr. Gunther a pioneer & a seminal influence in the ‘new age movement’, working in the early days at Esalen, & created the renowned “Esalen Massage”. Maureen studied with Dr. Gunther for 21 years, as he developed ‘Aware-apy’ process, becoming his protégé. Now Maureen consults with many of his clients, continuing this valuable & ground breaking work.

In 2012, at the request of Dr. Anne Peters, Director of the USC Clinical Diabetes Program, Maureen created a ‘Chair Yoga’ DVD which brought Yoga to patients suffering from diabetes, unable to perform standard yoga asanas due to physical limitations. The program is hugely successful. The DVD was used in the ‘LookAHEAD’ research for the National Association of Diabetes, distributed worldwide.

Following in the footsteps of her mentor, Dr. Gunther, Maureen has published articles in IAYT Journal & Yoga Journal. Maureen received the “Outstanding Achievement Award” at Loyola Marymount’s 10 Year YOGA RX Anniversary event.


REBECCA TORTORICE

Becky received her yoga teacher training RYT 200 certification from Rosie Good at Yoga Bindu studio in San Pedro in 2007.  For the next few years she subbed pranayama, all levels, and gentle classes when needed. In 2013, she was deeply honored when Rosie allowed her to take over the Gentle Beginning hatha yoga class, which she continued to teach every Wednesday until the studio closed its doors in 2017.

Along the way, she also received training by Leann Carey and is certified to teach Yapana yoga, a very restorative form of yoga using props to "bring the pose" to the student.

Becky's yoga practice began when, at the age of 49, she decided it was time to learn yoga if she was going to reach her goal of being a spry old lady at 80. That was fourteen years ago and she's still on that path. As she's gotten older, her practice has evolved into a more relaxed phase. For that reason, she likes teaching a slower stretch class, moving the body gently in all directions, concentrating on calming the breath and the mind, and achieving deep relaxation.

Becky's favorite pose is viparita karani (legs up the wall), but she also love twists and all reclining poses. She believes that being able to just stop, breathe, stretch, and find your center for an hour is invaluable to our overall health and well being.


Shar Shoraka

Shar was born in Hawaii, and has lived most of her life in the South Bay Area. She studied Philosophy at UC Berkeley, and got her degree in International Development and Iranian studies from UCLA. Shar is a passionate Yoga teacher, who is dedicated to sharing the Yogic practice and lifestyle. She has over 15 years experience practicing Yoga and meditation. She is knowledgeable in all levels of Vinyasa, Restorative, Hatha, and Therapeutic Yoga. She has attended many workshops across the world and has extensive experience in teaching Yoga to all levels. Yoga and meditation has been a life changing experience for her. It has been a means through which she has made positive choices in her life, and it is something she would like to share with others. She seeks to help others gain more strength, stamina, and peace of mind through Yoga and meditation.


Stefanosis Singh

Stefanosis discovered yoga in 2008 while going to the gym with his wife. He didn’t care for the workout machines, but he loved the yoga class and developed a home-practice.

In 2014, he completed his 200-hour yoga teacher training in Culver City, California with renowned Laughing-Lotus teacher Kate Duyn Cariati at GODA Yoga studio. His preferred teaching style is Yin yoga, which is slow, deep stretching with breath and contemplation. He also considers himself a Naad (sound) yogi. As a percussionist, his teaching style is very rhythmic oriented, combining meditative music and movement, influenced by Kundalini-style. When not doing yoga, he enjoys playing various instruments, including harmonium, percussion, and his collection of Himalayan singing bowls. Stefanosis is a level 2 sound-healer under Master Satya Brat from India, and the west coast coordinator for Satya's sound-healing workshops. 

Registered Yoga Teacher—Yoga Alliance, RYT 200
YogaEd- Childrens Yoga w. Brynne Caleda, 32 hrs
Yin Yoga with eRYT Melissa Christensen, 10 hrs
IASH - Certified Sound Healer, level 2


Sukhmani (Nicole Fagone)

Known by her spiritual name, Sukhmani Kaur, has been practicing yoga for 18 years. Her passion for yoga grew exponentially when she began practicing Kundalini Yoga in 2007. Being an accomplished singer and songwriter who studied at Berklee College of Music, Nicole was hooked by the rhythms and energy of the postures, music, and mantras used in classes. As she went deeper into the practice, she realized that Kundalini Yoga and Meditation is a transformational experience and sharing the teachings with others seemed like the natural thing to do. She and her husband formed the mantra band, Sukha and will be touring the US in 2016. She studies Kundalini Yoga and Meditation at the advanced levels with renowned Kundalini Yoga teachers Gurmukh, Guru Singh, Tej, Harijiwan, and Nirvair Singh and currently holds an E-RYT with the Yoga Alliance, and is a member of IKTYA (International Kundalini Yoga Teachers Association).


Tracy Learned

Yoga and the harmony of movement joined with conscious breath embodies Tracy's passion for serving others while creating opportunities for self-awareness through embodiment and introspection as well as self-expression through movement and personal growth. She enjoys mindful connection which is the essence of yoga with diverse, fun, unique and an anatomically intelligent and challenging practice that results in physical and emotional balance. Tracy loves and celebrates uniqueness and creativity and loves exposing the soulful essence of yoga in its many forms and its power to transform people with an egoless invisible cape of strength and confidence. 

My yoga journey began at Washington Sports Club in D.C. where I was working and training for the Marine Corps marathon. I found that yoga helped in my long run recovery time but then there was an element that I hadn't experienced in any other capacity of breath and mind work that captured me and fostered new introspection and soul connection I didn't know I needed. Fast forward years, states and countries later, landing in L.A. and an opportunity to take over a class I was taking at a gym led me to a weekend training with Yoga Fit, getting out of my shy and introverted comfort zone I loved  and was honored to have the opportunity to be a choice that students made for an hour+ of their day. Went on to Yoga Works 200 hour teacher training, Cloud 9 500 hour teacher training, 2 teacher trainings at Core Power Yoga and Level One Teacher Training with Yoga Tune Up, as well as several other Yoga Tune  Up trainings and workshops,   my current major influence in teaching style. Up trainings and workshops, my current major influence  in teaching style.     My new  personal movement is multi-dimentional, foundational, primal, fun and sustainable in a quest for longevity and bodylove. I am a student of my body.


Associates

Bennie Mayberry

Bennie Mayberry is a Los Angeles based Numerologist. Since 2011, he's performed hundreds of intuitive Numerology charts readings across the nation and actively teaches Numerology through the Los Angeles Numerology Society. He specializes in Predictive & Pythagorean Numerology. He has been featured on many podcasts, blogs, spiritual centers and actively coaches and mentors people using Numerology. His book “The Numerology Planner” is slated for release in November 2016 and will help people tap into the knowledge of Predictive Numerology for achieving your dreams.


Chris Balzano

Chris Balzano is a sound creator/healer working with various modalities and instruments, ranging from Gongs, Singing Bowls, Tuning Forks, Drumming/Rattling, plus many other unique instruments from all over the world designed to help open & release blocks, patterns, or anything stuck energetically.


Claudia Bumuller

Claudia Bumuller’s journey of self-discovery started many years ago when I was a teenager living in Germany exploring a deeper meaning in her life and passion. As a child she always observing and studies people’s behavior. She studied psychology and human behavior and alldi-eases and energy of people.
Her life changed when she started taking Yoga classes and become a Yoga teacher in 2006 and starting teaching at different locations in the South Beach Cities. She extended her knowledge with becoming a Reiki Master-Teacher and integrating it with her yoga classes.
Claudia strongly believes that individuals and society need to live in balance and harmony. The many challenges and experiences she has been presented with, both personally and professionally, have given her an inner strength and beauty. Her sessions and teachings are granted to initiate your own quest toward self-realization, encouraging you to move through limited beliefs. I am extended my knowledge with Reiki in Hospice, Cancer and in Hospitals. She witnesses the shift in our health care system with integration of Yoga, Reiki and Essential Oils.
As Claudia says “my purpose is to use my gifts and make an impact in somebody’s life journey.”


Parameshwari (Deanna Galkin-Doran)

Parameshwari (Deanna Galkin-Doran), CYT, YTRX-800C, E-RYT 500, has practiced Yoga since 1991. After completing her first teacher certification (200 hour) in 1995, she has taught classes, courses, and workshops on Hatha Yoga, Pranayama (breathing) and Meditation at the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center in Marina del Rey. In addition, she is a graduate of the Prime of Life® and Yoga Therapy Rx Program including two clinical internship levels (2010 & 2014) at Loyola Marymount University. In 2011 she completed an internship at Tensegrity Yoga Therapy under the tutelage of Sherry Brourman, E-RYT and Physical Therapist. In 2012, Parameshwari became certified as a Yoga of Recovery® counselor and completed her 500 hour advanced teacher training. In the summer of 2013 she completed her Silver Age Yoga® certification and became certified as an Ayurvedic Lifestyle Counselor®. 

Prior to moving into teaching Yoga and Yoga Therapeutics full time, Parameshwari (Deanna) worked at Verizon corporation for over 30 years, earning two business degrees while working full–time in a high stress environment doing project management, systems analysis, training, support and implementation. She has a well-founded understanding of the importance and benefits that stress management, mindfulness and yoga can bring both on and off the mat. Her passion is to use the healing techniques and principles of Yoga and Ayurveda to improve the well-being, body, mind, and spirit to anyone seeking relief from the human condition.

In addition to helping as a substitute teacher at our studio, Parameshwari hosts our Positive Thinking Workshop. 


Jayden

Jayden is a Psychic-Medium and the founder of The Alternative Healer. Jayden can contact your loved ones, animal friends, angels and guides in the spirit world. This helps heal and give you closure with your loved ones who have transitioned. He can also read your past, past lives, present and future. 

As a Massage Therapist, Intuitive, Crystal Healer & Shaman of “Ascended Masters Ancient Healing Techniques” he will work with you at a cellular level. His guide Lord Ganesha has allowed and guided Jayden in unlocking energy blockages while re-balancing souls. He works with people from all over the globe who have illnesses including MS, Chronic Fatigue, Depression, Cystic Fibrosis, Insomnia, Cancer, HIV or even illnesses that cannot be diagnosed. His use of Crystals allow him to gather even more detailed information needed to help with your healing process and/or guidance in life.

Jayden has traveled to over 96 Countries experiencing and learning many different techniques and rituals to heal and guide other souls. 

His many testimonials help describe his empathy, ability, and sensitivity. He promises to guide and help you with each of your issues to the best of his powers. Universal guides will allow and help you understand and develop your own abilities (if the root is there and if the universal guides allow). It is important you acknowledge your feelings. This is the first step to take the necessary actions you need to take back control of your life.

Spiritual Life Coach, teacher & motivational speaker, Jayden can help you make the life changes you need to make in order to bring love, peace, joy, harmony & abundance into your life. Are you ready to make changes? Call Jayden and ask him about his spiritual mentor-ship programs that will allow you to reach and unlock your next step on the ladder in spiritual growth.

In addition to hosting our Introduction to Crystals Workshop, Jayden is available for 30 and 60 minute private readings. Please contact the studio for details and appointments. 


Laura Weintraub

Laura Weintraub is an Intuitive Entrepreneur, Published Author, Speaker, Angel Therapy Practitioner and Passion Mentor. Her work has been published in Angel Visions II and Saved by an Angel by Doreen Virtue a leader in the self-help industry.  She is also the founder of the "Live Your Best Life Speaker Series" hosted at the Quiet Mind Bookstore at the Agape International Spiritual Center.


Linda Salazar

Linda Salazar is an in-demand speaker, author, and Certified Relationship Coach who specializes in helping women succeed in both their personal and professional lives through mastering the art of highly effective communications.

With her unique approach to uncovering clients’ personal relationship and communication styles, Linda helps open the door to understanding personal strengths and weaknesses in communication with others, an offers practical advice and direction on how to maximize strengths and approach areas of growth in a head-on way that is nothing short of transformative.

Linda’s deep knowledge of communication styles comes from years of experience using scientific hand analysis to solver her clients’ life and relationship issues, giving her a unique perspective that audiences find both refreshing and riveting.

Linda is the author of Awaken the Genie with in and Parents in Love: Reclaiming Intimacy After Your Child is Born. She has been featured on KCAL Channel 9 News, Parent Magazine, Women’s Faith and Spirit Magazine and the LA Times. 


Paul Fetler

Paul Fetler offers inspiring and multi-faceted workshops and classes that combine spiritually focused asana, energy exercises, and meditation. A gifted storyteller, he often interweaves with these modalities healing affirmations and yogic wisdom teachings.

Since 2005, he has been offering yoga classes weekly at the Ananda Meditation Center in Torrance. In addition, Paul also has been serving as an instructor of asana, meditation, and more recently yoga philosophy at Ananda LA since 2007. He's facilitated Learn to Meditate evening courses at Los Angeles Valley College and teaches ongoing asana flow classes at various gyms in the Hollywood area. A certified 200 Hours Ananda Yoga and Meditation instructor, he was in 2013 ordained an Ananda Minister by Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi Novak.

Paul’s practice and way of teaching hatha yoga is both inwardly joyful and physically exhilarating- the goal is to awaken an uplifted spaciousness in body and mind. He can then guide students to go deeper still into the spiritual power of meditation. Paul respects each student’s needs, assisting them to find freedom in their inner and outer body. With caring support, he uses a flexible, individualized approach to help release tension, increase energy, tap into a childlike sense of exploration, and experience luminous beauty within.


Stephanie Harris

Stephanie Harris is a psychic/medium, professional Akashic Records Practitioner and a Spiritual Wellness Counselor, specializing in Akashic Records and Past Life Completion readings. Stephanie is also proficient in the use of Tarot. 

Accessing information on an energetic level, sessions with Stephanie facilitate a shift, and the release of energetic blocks, resulting in peace and solution with chronic, current life challenges. Sessions with Stephanie also allow the releasing of inherited dysfunctional/, detrimental or sabotaging patterns of consciousness that developed over previous lifetimes and no longer serve the individual in this life time.

She has been involved in Spiritual Studies and the Human Potential Movement for the past 30 years and is a California State Accredited Clairvoyant through the Clearsight Clairvoyant Training program, a Certified Advanced Akashic Records Practitioner through the Center for Akashic Studies and a California Certified Substance Abuse Counselor through CSUDH. Stephanie is also a Facilitator for the “Embracing Your Power Woman” course.

Stephanie has trained extensively with the following individuals; Hollister Rand, Lisa Williams, James Van Praagh and Robert Brown; all four world renowned Psychic/Mediums. Barbara Schiffman; Certified Akashic Records Teacher and Advanced Practitioner. Shawn Randall; Internationally known Channel and Teacher. Carol Gurney; Professional Pet Communicator. Judy Nelson and Levanah Shell Bdolak; Instructors at Clearsight. Carrie Brooks; Creative Director at True Insight. Cody Edner; Owner of Intuitive Vision. Barbara Wilder; Acclaimed author of “Embracing Your Power Woman”.

Stephanie hosts Spirit Circles at the Garden! 


Sukhmani & SUKHMAN 

Sukhmani (Nicole Fagone) utilizes sound and the sound current by incorporating mantra and chanting meditation in her classes and Sound Bliss events (often with her band, Sukha) as well as the use of instruments such as gongs and crystal and quartz bowls to help restore the intrinsic state of balance in the body. Nicole also leads Kundalini at our studio.
With the release of their first mantra-inspired album “Rise” in March of 2016, the rock band Sukha pioneered a new form of rock music that is inspired by Kundalini yoga .  “Rise” has become a creative and commercial success in yoga communities as well as with music lovers who enjoy lush, soaring vocals enriched by beautiful instrumentals.  Sukha is a husband and wife team, Sukhmani and Sukhman, that has performed for more than 300 yoga events and classes in the last year alone!  Sukha is often a unique part of Sukhmani's many Kundalini Yoga classes she teaches in Los Angeles and beyond.  Sukha formed officially in 2011, however, they have been playing music together in different settings since they met in 1998.  Their music has not only helped countless listeners enjoy and embrace Kundalini yoga, but has also earned acclaim from important yoga figures and music critics.


Valinda Cochella

Valinda Cochella MA, E-RYT has been teaching Yoga in the South Bay of Los Angeles (www.SouthBayYoginis.com) for over 16 years and practicing for 22.
She is certified at the advanced levels in Hatha and Kundalini Yoga and led 3 teacher trainings through Cloud Nine Yoga South Bay Branch.
She has a Master’s degree in Dance/Movement Therapy from UCLA and worked as a therapist for years.
She recently completed her 5th year of Level 2 Kundalini Yoga Transformation Series in Conscious Communication, Stress & Vitality, Mind & Meditation, Authentic Relationships & Life styles and Life cycles and presented for 3 years in a row at the South Bay Yoga Conference.
She can’t wait to share this life changing information with YOU!