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 200 E-RYT and 300 RYT Yoga Alliance registered teacher, he has completed 200 hour teacher trainings with Core Power Yoga and all 500 hours with Noah Maze. Currently he is furthering his education in an apprenticeship/certification with Noah. 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.
Yoga found Katie 10 years ago and she instantly became captivated and inspired by the idea of awareness through movement. A former gymnast, Katie credits yoga to some tremendous life transformations. With that she began her journey a yoga instructor- sharing her deeply personal understanding that the practice of yoga can extend far beyond the physical. Katie has been fortunate enough to take her passion for yoga on the road to teach and deepen her practice in Hong Kong, Singapore, Bangkok, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Canada, and currently to Southern California. Katie’s classes are physically challenging and dynamic, however they are designed to encourage and develop that positive, nurturing communication within. So students leave their mats not only with a renewed sense of physical well-being but also an emotional and spiritual equilibrium.
Michelle began practicing yoga consistently in 2005 while living in bustling Saigon, Vietnam. She received her teaching certification in 2008 at It’s Yoga in San Francisco with Larry Schultz, a charismatic, inspiring and thoughtful practitioner of Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga. Since 2008, she has been teaching yoga in Asia which has included regular group, private and corporate classes, organizing retreats and special events, hosting international instructors and working with resorts in the region. Complementing her yoga practice, Michelle also practices therapeutic massage privately after receiving her 700 hour massage therapy training nestled among the unique beauty of the red rocks at the Sedona School of Massage in Arizona. She is a Licensed Massage Therapist specializing in Deep Tissue, Myofascial Techniques, Neuromuscular Trigger Point, Swedish, Shiatsu and Polarity therapy. Michelle’s classes are geared for all levels. Encouraging a beginner’s mind, focus on breath, safe alignment and modifications, while keeping a playful and curious spirit. Relocating to Huntington Beach at the start of 2015 after a decade living outside of the US has been refreshing and surprisingly exotic for this California native. What better place to land and root down a new home base! Michelle is enjoying getting to know the community, smelling the sea air, getting sand in between her toes and mud under her boots as often as possible. Please feel free to visit Michelle’s website www.michellelloyd.com
Shari grew up surrounded by nature in the foothills of Sequoia National Park. Yoga was sporadically a part of her life since she was young until it became a passion when she was challenged by her first heated Vinyasa class in 2012. Being a diverse athlete of swimming, running, Crossfit, ballet, rock climbing, mountain biking and cycling the initial attraction to yoga was for the physical benefits of flexibility. What made her pursue yoga as a lifestyle and career were the mental benefits she observed off her mat. Shari felt more relaxed, happy, and overall in a more positive mood day to day in addition to physically leaning out and her cardio had noticeably improved in all other sports she participated in. That is when she realized yoga challenges her body in class and has continued effects on her mind that linger after she steps off the mat. She received her 200 hour yoga certification through Corepower Yoga Tustin in April 2013 and has been teaching ever since. Her classes provide a supported and safe space for new and senior students to be challenged physically and mentally and leave class feeling successful.
Meghan 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 1 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.
Carly’s passion for movement and the power of the human body started growing within her from an early age. She spent nearly 20 years of her life studying dance, training in ballet and modern at Cornish College of the Arts preparatory dance program in Seattle, as well as the Royal Academy of Dance, and later through the dance department at the University of Southern California. Yoga seemed like a natural continuation of her dance training, and she began studying it, and the anatomy of human movement while completing her undergraduate studies at USC. She haas studied various forms of yoga in Australia, Seattle, and Los Angeles, and has completed trainings through the Anusara School of Hatha yoga as well as completion of Yoga Alliance 200RYT with Noah Maze (YogaMaze). Her classes focus on alignment, and build off the foundations of the Anusara principles and Iyengar yoga. She hopes to inspire students to think of yoga as transformation–not only in the physical sense, but in every possible way. Yoga helped her body recover from a serious back injury, and working through the healing process affirmed in her that yoga is a life-altering and truly magnificent practice.
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.
Erika first discovered yoga at the age of eight or nine by practicing along with Lilias Folan and her PBS TV series Lilias, Yoga and You, and has been treading the yoga path ever since. Inspired by her travels in India, she bring to her classes Indian folk tales and stories as well as philosophical teachings and pranayama techniques.
Erika completed the Yoga Philosophy Certificate at Loyola Marymount University and the Master’s in Yoga Studies program there with an emphasis on integrating Ancient Wisdom with Modern.
Over the years, Erika has ventured along many divergent and convergent yoga paths, completing 1st and 2nd series ashtanga teacher training programs with Tim Miller. She did her advanced training with Edward Clark of Tripsichore Yoga, as well as completing several other, shorter, trainings along the way with David Swenson, Karin O’Bannon (Iyengar-based program), Erich Schiffman, Andre Lappa and others, and has practiced in India with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and Sharath Rangaswamy. She began teaching yoga in 1999.