About Ma Yoga Teachers

About Ma Yoga Teachers
About Ma Yoga Teachers 2019-08-01T20:07:54+00:00

Ma Yoga teachers got together to offer Prenatal Yoga and Mom Yoga in Los Angeles and Orange County out of a desire to support women on their exciting and sometimes isolating and stressful journey to motherhood and beyond.  They are some of the most dedicated and experienced Prenatal Yoga teachers anywhere.

In addition to their 200-hour teacher training, they all have taken the Ma Yoga® Yoga of Pregnancy training, which includes therapeutic alignment; common physical and psychological issues that arise during each trimester; labor preparation and support; and lifestyle changes in preparation for motherhood. Certified Ma Yoga® Instructors have completed the entire Ma Yoga® Certification Program.

Amanda Castilone, Certified Ma Yoga® Instructor Ma Yoga – Redondo Beach

Ma Yoga instructor AmandaI believe that true wellness involves creating balance in the body and the mind. In my own practice, I found that yoga offered the perfect way to find this balance. In early 2018, I completed my 200-hour training and immediately felt called to share what I had learned. I also work as a Holistic Health Coach, Pregnancy Health Coach and Postpartum Doula and am so passionate about the entire motherhood journey. I love helping pregnant mamas find balance, trust and strength during this beautiful time in their lives. I’m so happy to be a part of your prenatal experience! – amanda@amandacastilone.com.

Julita Cinga, Certified Ma Yoga® Instructor Ma Yoga – Redondo Beach

Ma Yoga instructor JulitaMy yoga journey began in 2010 and I discovered how much of a positive impact yoga practice had on my life, both physically and mentally, as it helped me get through many difficult times. I realized I wanted to share my passion and practice with others and I eagerly continued my journey by completing 200-hour teacher training and prenatal teacher training. I’m passionate about sharing yoga love with mamas and I am thankful to be part of the Ma Yoga prenatal journey in celebrating new beginnings. – julitacinga@gmail.com.

Elizabeth Clark, Certified Ma Yoga® Instructor Ma Yoga – Long Beach

I discovered yoga when I was in college. It quickly developed into a passion when I studied abroad in Bali. When I was pregnant, prenatal yoga was a lifesaver from the aches and pains and kept me fit. Postpartum, the physical and emotional benefits of yoga helped me adjust to mamahood that much easier. I started teaching yoga that same year I became a mama – to other mamas, hoping to help them connect to their own natural intuition and wisdom. I am now a doula and so happy to be part of the Ma Yoga community. – GraceandGratitudeLife@gmail.com

Linda Eifer, Certified Ma Yoga® Instructor Ma Yoga – Beverly Hills

LindaEiferFaceI’m a native of Los Angeles, mother of two, and more recently, a yogi. I joined the Anusara community in 2000, began teaching yoga in 2004, prenatal yoga in 2007. I draw on experiences, family, my students, and the natural world for inspiration to find parallels between ancient yoga teachings and contemporary life. I am especially thankful to be teaching moms with Ma Yoga where we find infinite ways to joyfully celebrate new beginnings. – simchayoga@gmail.com

Liza Esayian, Certified Ma Yoga® Instructor Ma Yoga – Costa Mesa

Liza prenatal instructor I had dabbled in different styles of yoga for many years. It wasn’t until I was pregnant with my second baby that I truly found, felt and understood the many benefits of Anusara Yoga. The first Ma Yoga class I took I was hooked! I felt profoundly different in my body after each class. I gained strength both physically and mentally as well as enjoyed the deeper connection with my baby. The mom and baby classes became a weekly necessity for me to successfully journey into being a mother of two. I was so inspired by my experience, and my teacher, I completed a 200 hour yoga teacher training followed by the Ma Yoga teacher training. I feel honored to hold space, inspire and connect with this amazing community of Mama’s.  -miraclesinmind@gmail.com

Jamie Hanson, Certified Ma Yoga® Instructor Ma Yoga – San Juan Capistrano

jamie-croppedI found yoga in 2004. In addition to healing my body, yoga has completely transformed the way that I relate to others and most importantly how I relate to myself.   I became a registered yoga instructor in 2009 because I wanted to support others in this journey towards healing.  I believe motherhood is one of the most important jobs in the world and feel strongly that Ma Yoga classes are a vital tool to help support women during this time.- jamie@jamiehansonyoga.com

Colleen Hieber, Certified Ma Yoga® Instructor Ma Yoga – Costa Mesa

Colleen Headshot Cert PageI first started taking yoga as a way to heal my body and mind from the rigors of a professional dance career. I was introduced to Anusara yoga (a type of alignment-based Hatha yoga) through my main choreographer and fellow dancers and fell in love with the elegant system of alignment and the philosophy of inherent goodness. I regularly study with notable leaders in the alignment-based yoga community including Jessica Jennings and Ma Yoga. I hope to be able to inspire students to safely and courageously honor their own hearts; to hold space for them in class to push their edge, respect their limits, and align themselves with their true nature. Let’s enjoy the ride! – colleenhieber@gmail.com

Victoria Ingram, Certified Ma Yoga® Instructor Ma Yoga – Lomita

Prenatal instructor VictoriaI found yoga in 2014 and I loved it so much that I started my first teacher training a few months later…while 3 months pregnant with my first child! When there weren’t too many convenient prenatal yoga options at that time, I knew I wanted to teach prenatal yoga one day. As a yogi and as a mom, my practice helps me trust myself, helps me let go of perfection, and gives me tools navigate the ups and downs of life with more ease and gratitude. I look forward to sharing this path with you. – victoriaingramyoga@gmail.com

Jessica Jennings MS, Founder Ma Yoga® Ma Yoga – Los Angeles

jess fbI started teaching Prenatal Yoga right after my first yoga teacher training in 2000, and fell in love with this transformative time in women’s lives. Thanks to my amazing teachers, I had all the therapeutic alignment knowledge and philosophy I needed to dive into the potent, co-creative journey to motherhood and beyond.  But it wasn’t until I became a mom that I fully realized how much the yoga changes – and must change – when we become moms.  I realized we need our yoga to get right to support us more than ever: heal our aches and pains, give us inner and outer strength, and connect us to a support system. So I gathered a bunch of teachers who had taken my Ma Yoga trainings, and we began creating “Mama Circles” in our own neighborhoods.  We all share the intention of helping moms-to-be and moms to become the Divine MAma’s we all want to be.

Rachelle Luczynski, Certified Ma Yoga® Instructor Ma Yoga – Beverly Hills

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I am honored to be an Inspired Anusara therapeutics, prenatal and postnatal yoga instructor, and Doula. I do private lessons and public classes and workshops in Los Angeles, CA.

Jessica Jennings’ Ma Yoga Prenatal Teacher Trainings have empowered me to be a part of this Kula (community of the heart) for women. I am so thankful for her powerful transmission of her expansive knowledge.

Alignment-based yoga and the amazing journey of women during pregnancy is a wondrous joy in my life.
Looking forward to being a part of Ma Yoga year after year.

– rachellel@me.com

Andrea Myers, Certified Ma Yoga® Instructor Ma Yoga – Culver City

I come from an athletic running background, and yoga kept me flexible and centered during my training years. When I became pregnant, my experience with Ma Yoga went far beyond the physical experience. A new path opened up to show me that the power of women in a group is unbreakable. I was able to find my new self, the mother in me, the woman, the instructor, and the friend.

What better place for my heart to be than in class guiding and supporting new mamas, honoring our amazing bodies and walking together through the journey of motherhood.

Chelsey Stuart, Certified Ma Yoga® Instructor Ma Yoga – Pasadena

Prenatal Yoga instructorYoga in many forms has been a big part of my life for the last 17 years, since my freshman year in
college. In 2016 I became a mama and yoga gave me so much relief and strength in pregnancy and brought me back to myself in postpartum. Sharing yoga with my daughter has been one of my biggest joys and motivated me to become a certified yoga instructor in 2017. I want to help other mamas to feel empowered, physically well, peaceful, and supported during their pre and post natal journey.

Melanie Wachsman, Certified Ma Yoga® Instructor Ma Yoga – Culver City

I came to yoga in 2000 from a dance background, I have always been athletic. I quickly learned the powerful healing powers of yoga, especially from Anusara Yoga.  As a birth and postpartum Doula I see yoga as an essential part of the birth process. My knowledge as a Doula influences how I teach my prenatal classes. My goal as a Ma Yoga teacher and doula is to empower women and give them the skills to manage pregnancy and labor. It is an honor to be part of a woman’s birth journey. – doulamellie@earthlink.net

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