Gilbert 

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Gilbert Naungayan has been the president of Underground Yoga in Huntington Beach, Ca since 2012 and has been the ambassador of the brand since its early days. As a 500 E-RYT Yoga Alliance registered teacher, he has completed in over 800 hours in Yoga Teacher Trainings, and has over 15,000 hours in teaching experience. Currently he is furthering his education in an apprenticeship/certification with his teacher Noah Maze. Gilbert has been physically active his whole life, growing up playing baseball, basketball, skateboarding, snowboarding and surfing. It wasn’t until he was 25 when he was introduced to yoga. Months later he was given his foundational learnings to begin to teach vinyasa yoga classes. He then found a love for the precision of alignment in disciplined yoga like Hatha, Iyengar, and Ashtanga. In 2013, he started to study under his teacher Noah Maze who then empowered him to intelligently combine all of his favorite yoga styles and his jovial personality for a lively upbeat class. Gilbert now teaches a strong yet accessible class fusing together a multitude of alignment techniques, drawing from Iyengar with Hatha and vinyasa yoga influences. Using his ability to relate the body to things the non-anatomy major can understand and be stern with direction while remaining lighthearted, he facilitates a playful yet educational expansive experience.

 

Ashley 

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Ashley’s love for yoga started in 2009 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, and is currently in her advance 300hr yoga training. She has studied various yoga courses with Yogamazè, and completed courses in prenatal yoga under MaYoga, with Jessica Jennings. When she’s off the mat; Ashley enjoys connecting with nature, traveling, snuggling with her pups, gardening, designing, and sharing holistic health and wellness tips. Ashley is a holistic educator, inspiring people to find a more natural approach to caring for themselves and their families. She teaches classes on how reduce our toxic load and how to use essential oils and plant medicine to heal naturally. As for yoga, she believes we reveal our true selves in our practice and our practice will pour into our everyday life. Ashley strives for a more therapeutic approach when teaching yoga. She designs her classes with alignment techniques to help enhance poses, she uses props to make the seemingly undoable completely accessible for anyone. She loves to share yogic philosophy, and reminds her students to stay connected with their breath, tune into their bodies, and reconnect with their heart, ultimately to find our true self.

 

Meghan

RTW_0481Meghan grew up in Texas, she worked in the medical field & with holistic medicine for over 10 years as certified medical assistant. Drawn to yoga though the mind body soul connection she began her yoga practice in 2011. Meg completed her alignment based Hatha yoga training under Gilbert Naungayan in 2014 where she learned to teach various types of yoga. Her light heartedness, positive, outgoing personality makes her classes fun loving, energy enhancing, and physically stimulating as she fuses together Vinyasa & Hatha/Iyengar yoga principles. Meg is a level 2 Reiki certified energy healer and keeps a blissed out spiritual attitude about life. She enjoys staying active outside, whenever she has free time she is at the beach or hiking, soaking up her love for the outdoors. She is a doterra essential oils educator who loves to help people on their path to holistic health and she wants to share her love of yoga with the world.

 

Kim

RTW_1299Kim lives in Huntington Beach with her husband and dog, Ike. She loves spending time at the beach, surfing with her husband, tending to her garden, and playing with Ikey boy. She is a special Education teacher in the local school district; where she enjoys working with students who require extra support. Kim graduated from Underground Yoga’s 200TT in August. Kim found yoga two years ago and it changed her world. It became a practice near and dear to her heart–not only on the mat, but off the mat as well. She has always been a runner and soccer player, but shares that even with years of regular fitness she has never felt as strong as she does as a result of consistent yoga practice. Yoga has transformed Kim into a more mindful, calm, and present individual. She looks forward to sharing these aspects of yoga with her students.

 

Jennifer

RTW_1454Jennifer grew up in Hawaii where she studied traditional Hawaiian hula dance and Hawaiian language. She discovered yoga 3 years ago when she moved to Long Beach and instantly fell in love with it. Her yoga practice has helped her grow more grounded and strong, both on and off her mat. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, creating art, and spending time with her husband and their cat Melvin.

 

 

 

Angela Samuels

IMG_8078Growing up in southern California, Angela was no stranger to an active lifestyle. After seventeen years of competitive swimming, she was looking for a new physical exercise to engage her body and mind. As a college senior, she decided to try her hand at yoga. After three years of going through the motions and struggling to find joy, peace and breath in her practice, she found growth and engagement studying under Gilbert Naungayan. During her time at Underground, her physical practice blossomed as did her interested in a cleaner, more holistic life. Four years later, Angela left her corporate job and completed the Underground Yoga teacher training. When she is not spending time practicing or teaching, she enjoys her food business, home garden and her adopted cat Junior.

 

 

Karen Moore

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Karen Hilgert Moore is an enthusiastic and energetic fitness instructor committed to bringing her passion for fitness and a healthy lifestyle to others. Born in Lima, Peru, Karen developed an interest in athletics and fitness at a young age. At age 21, she visited the United States and quickly fell in love with the California Coast and established Huntington Beach as her new home. It was discovering yoga that helped Karen reignite her passion for the support and community of group fitness classes. When Karen and her husband had two children, she chose to focus on them for the first few years. With the demands and challenges of motherhood, she found herself experiencing depression and anxiety. She had relied on fitness as her daily dose of healthy medicine and without it, there was an important piece of herself missing. Making time for herself and her health, Karen found she managed the stress in her life much better and felt healthier and more vibrant than she had in years. Karen wanted to find balance in her life and she wanted to share the feelings of health and wellness with other moms just like her, other women and everyone seeking to look and feel better. With that she reestablished herself as a fitness professional and with her work finally aligned with her passions, Karen found the balance and wellness she sought. Karen obtained her Fitness instructor Certification through the American Fitness Aerobics Association( AFAA). She also completed Yoga certification through Yogafit, Barre and sculpt certification through BodybyLauren, PIYO, Zumba, RIPPED, Bootybarre, Treat while you train, Pop Pilates, mat Pilates certification and a 200 Hour Yoga Alliance certificate after teacher training at underground Yoga. With a real passion for fitness comes a commitment to lifelong learning and Karen continues to learn new formats and participate in different trainings and workshops to keep her own fitness routines fresh and flexible.

 

Kelly

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As a teenager, Kelly was introduced to meditation by her dad and began her own meditation practice in 2003 at the age of 18. In 2004, Kelly began practicing yoga and instantly fell in love seeing that she could align her meditation with the postures of asana. In the beginning years of her yoga journey, Kelly explored as many yoga classes and teachers as possible; she would take short trips to cities like Santa Monica, Venice, Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco to try new classes and styles. In 2006, Kelly completed a 200-hour Ashtanga teacher training certification as well as 2 semesters of Intro and Advanced yoga courses that were focused on Iyengar and Ashtanga at Riverside Community College. Since then, Kelly’s yoga practice has become an integrated function of her life and she utilizes aspects of meditation and asana on a daily basis. She maintains a very disciplined yoga practice to help better herself as an individual and she loves teaching others what she has learned in her own yoga journey.

 

Dustin

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Jazmine

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Originally from San Clemente, CA, Jazmine discovered yoga 8 years ago while rehabilitating a low-back injury. Yoga dynamically shifted Jazmine’s life and set her on the path towards self re-discovery, self-healing, and self-love. As a life-long musician, Jazmine incorporates the smooth musical tones and wave-like vibrations of a combination of instruments, including crystal singing bowls, planetary gongs, and tuning forks, into her classes and workshops. If you are looking for a uniquely accessible, alignment based yoga practice that fully integrates pranayama, asana, journeying inward, and music, then let Jazmine be your guide. Jazmine obtained her 200hr-RYT certification in 2015 with Underground Yoga in Huntington Beach, CA. She completed her first teacher training with Bhakti Yoga Shala in Santa Monica, CA and additionally completed the Core Power Yoga Level One online certification. When she’s not teaching and performing Sound Bath’s, Jazmine can be found flying the friendly skies as a flight attendant. Some of her favorite layovers are Cancun for the shimmering sun, Boston for decadent Cannolis, and Austin, TX for some finger-lickin’ good B.B.Q. Jazmine also holds private and group Sound Baths in San Diego and Orange County. To connect and learn more please visit: www.YogatoSound.com

 

Kat

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As a competitive runner in her youth, Kat used yoga to balance the impact of running on her body to achieve flexibility and additional strength. After obtaining her first “real” corporate job in 2013, Kat began practicing yoga more frequently for the mental health benefits of stress relief and to relieve the physical strain from sitting all day at a desk. After finding Underground Yoga in 2014, Kat’s practice began to truly grow under the instruction of Gilbert and Ashley Naungayan. Recognizing and embracing how much her yoga practice was bringing positivity to every aspect of her life, Kat undertook her 200 HR yoga teacher certification through Underground Yoga and graduated in April 2016. In her free time, Kat enjoys spending time in nature, growing her acroyoga practice and championing joy and self-love through yoga instruction.

 

 

Linnie

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Linnie is a kooky quirk-bag. Linnie loves yoga because it humbles Linnie, challenges Linnie, and allows Linnie to eat more baked goods.
If — for some reason! — you’d like to do some more reading about Linnie, go here: www.linkedin.com/in/linnienguyen

 

 

 

 

 

Guest Instructors

nichol chase Nichol Chase

Nichol is a Hatha Yoga teacher and has extensive experience with Vinyasa, Ashtanga, and Bikram yoga. She studied with three of the most accomplished yoga teachers in the field today: Darren Rhodes, Christina Sell and Noah Mazé. She has also collaborated with the yoga photographer Kadri Kurgun.  One of the photographs that came out of this collaboration was used for the 2013 Yoga Journal Conference in San Francisco and was featured in Yoga Journal magazine.  

With over a decade of training in ballet and modern dance and a degree in Opera, she naturally gravitated toward yoga to enhance her skill as a dancer and singer.  Before long yoga became her main passion and focus.  Because of her experience as a musician, dancer and yoga teacher she has developed a unique style of yoga for performers. She has taught Yoga for Performers classes and workshops for the University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music, for YOGAMAZÉand for the Dance Department at CalArts. Nichol teaches weekly classes at Urth Yoga in Silverlake and works for the Yoga Company YOGAMAZÉ.

 

Ellyn HuangEllen Huang

Ellen Huang has been practicing yoga since 2003 and teaching since 2006. Her primary teacher, Alison West, is queen of the props, and has imparted a playful but technical approach to utilizing these invaluable tools. Ellen’s favorite way to practice is to clear wall space for her mat, take out all of her blankets, blocks, straps, tennis balls, foam roller, chair, and sandbag, and with the help of her body and breath, build beautiful architecture.  Visit her online at www.practiceyoga.la