Gilbert has combined his knowledge of anatomy and an extensive love of music with his passion for yoga to create a more modern, unique, and ever changing approach to yoga. Although Gilbert is continuously challenging himself and enhancing his teachings, he offers classes designed for all levels. His classes focus on alignment, strong yet basic postures and he adds some classical advanced postures as well. Gilbert’s kind and humbling spirit make classes light hearted, fun, and challenging to both the mind and spirit. Gilbert found yoga to be energizing both mentally and physically and he has made yoga an essential part of his life. When Gilbert is not in the yoga studio he enjoys traveling, art, live music, surfing, snowboarding, hiking, camping, and spending time with friends and family. Gilbert says, “Yoga has given me the perfect balance between physical activities and mental rejuvenation, I have better body awareness and it has helped me to become a better surfer, but really yoga has helped grow through all aspects of life.”
Ashley’s love for yoga started years ago with a desire to start meditating. Ashley feels yoga has given her the tools for self-discovery, personal growth, acceptance, & mostly a connection to a more conscious way of living. Ashley’s completed her 200 hour teacher training under, world renowned Noah Mazé, in April 2013, along with various yoga courses with yogamazè. When she’s off the mat; Ashley enjoys connecting with nature, traveling, snuggling with her dogs, gardening, making jewelry, Acro yoga and sharing holistic health and wellness tips. She believes we reveal our true selves in our practice and our practice will pour into our everyday life. Ashley strives for a therapeutic approach to her classes. She loves the use of props, and reminds her students to stay connected with their breath, tune into their bodies, and reconnect with their heart, true self.
Shannon found yoga over 9 years ago in New York City and has grown to love every part of it. She teaches because it has helped her on her path so much that she can’t help but share the many benefits with others. Yoga is a way to freedom in the body and in thought, it is simple and available to everyone. Her classes focus on steadily progressing, being gentle in our thoughts, and strong in our intentions. Shannon lives a yogic lifestyle and loves to help people transition to healthy eating.
Her Favorite Pose Is: Adho Mukha Vrksasana (Handstand) This pose is my favorite because you literally can’t think about anything else or you will fall. It helps me be in the now and breathe. Oh and it improves your complexion.
Favorite Activities: Hiking, contortion, and making up raw food dishes. And frisbee, can’t forget frisbee.
Her Teaching Style: Uplifting, motivating, rejuvenating, educational, new
What she loves about yoga: Yoga gives me energy, removes body aches, and empowers me to be an observer of my thoughts so I can steer my life in positive directions. Yoga provides a community of amazing friends and helps me embrace challenging situations by taking the practice off the mat.
Lexie Dorren has been practicing yoga on and off for 2 years, but her journey really began in 2012. An aspiring singer and songwriter, Lexie surrounded herself with music and books growing up and never participated in anything physical. “I was the kid who hid or sat on the field picking grass during P.E.” she says. She had wrongfully accepted that she could never get fit and would be forever battling grueling diets in order to stay at a desired weight. When she suddenly dove into her yoga practice in May 2012, she was so inspired by the results that she couldn’t stop. Lexie decided to participate in the 200-Hour Teacher Training Program at CorePower and continued with Extensions. “I want to show people who feel the way I used to that anyone can do it. You don’t have to run, play sports, or lift weights to get fit and you don’t have to be flexible, skinny, or vegan to do yoga,” she says, “I’ve never loved myself and my body more than I have since I found yoga.” Lexie received her Associate of Arts, but is taking a break from school to pursue her dreams in music and teaching yoga. When she’s not teaching or practicing yoga, Lexie is singing with cover bands at local clubs.
Carmen Davalos spiritual name: Jot Nirjan Kaur is a certified Kundalini Yoga teacher through KRI. Her passion for healing and higher levels of consciousness lead her to Kundalini Yoga. She holds the space for her students and clients to feel safe and comfortable through the process of connecting mind, body, and soul. She Also loves teaching, and is passionately devoted to expanding the awareness of compassion for all through expressive and healing arts. Developing the neutral mind is of great importance to her teachings and practice. Guiding students by intuition and facilitating soft yet very grounded classes. She is also a Master Level Reiki Practitioner. Through years of practicing and seeing transformation in her own life she has a great desire to share this technology.
After watching hoop dancers at various music festivals, Melissa decided to purchase a plain black hoop in November 2011 to try it out. After one week of constant frustration on trying to keep the hoop up at the waist, something finally clicked. Joy and Happiness, and the determination to learn new tricks began to grow exponentially each day. Five years prior, Melissa had been in three car accidents which resulted in chronic back pain and muscle spasms. For the longest time, certain physical activities seemed far fetched, but when hooping was introduced it became really apparent. There were no more back pain and no more muscle spasms!! Hooping two (2) hours a day, every day for one whole year and completely self-taught, learning everything she knows on YouTube; Melissa began to teach her co-workers how to hoop and now finally teaching private lessons, hosting hoop jams at the park and teaching regularly at Underground Yoga. In early February 2013, Hoop Dimensions was formed. Melissa created this website to share all things hooping related. Inspiring hooping YouTube videos, a shop to buy uniquely designed hoops and LED hoops, and a schedule of hoop workshops. This website is constantly growing, and soon hoop tutorials will be added to help you progress. Hooping definitely is a fun and exciting way to strengthen your body, loose weight, and it gives you the freedom to let go and express yourself in dance. So come join us in this magical experience and give it a spin.