Sam is an L.A. native with the nature of a wanderlust. When she’s not traveling, camping or weaving her way through a crowd at some local concert or music festival, you can probably find her sitting somewhere crying about how beautiful the sunset is with a smile on her face. Sam is a lover of life, food, beer and the outdoors mixed with adventure, people and furry animals. She is also extremely passionate about yoga and it’s ability to increase not only our physical strength and flexibility, but also its ability to deepen our connection to ourselves and the world around us. Coming from an athletic background she focuses heavily on alignment while offering a space for every student to co-participate in both the flow of the class and their own breath & movement. Sam has been practicing yoga for 12 years, teaching since 2010, and has 2 teacher trainings under her belt. Since she began bouldering in 2006 she’s always felt inspired to bring yoga to the climbing community and couldn’t be more psyched to be teaching at LAB.
Imported from the French Alps, aged in the Southern Sierras. If you’ve ever met Sonia, you may have noticed she loves life outside and upside down. She grew up as a gymnast whose mom introduced yoga to the family when she was in high school. Since 2007, yoga and AcroYoga have shaped her life in many ways. These practices gave her a home, friendships around the world, and tools to live her life to the fullest. Sonia loves to cultivate community through playful acrobatics and the healing dance of Thai massage. In her free time, She takes every chance to be outdoors: hiking, biking, camping, climbing, swimming in the ocean, and anything else that connects her to nature. Sonia is based in LA and offers weekly classes as well as adventure retreats in nature, AcroYoga immersions and teacher trainings, handstand workshops, and Thai massage trainings. Come say hello!
In early 2002, Keric sustained a shoulder injury in the gym. As an alternative to lifting weights, he decided to try yoga for the first time. After one class, Keric realized that yoga offered much more than just a great workout. He migrated out of the gym and into local yoga studios. Yoga quickly became Keric’s primary training for body, mind, and spirit. He has studied a variety of yoga styles and respects all of them for their diverse offerings. Keric’s ongoing practice, training, and teaching is dedicated to the Anusara style of yoga, a heart opening practice that focuses on alignment. When he teaches, Keric strives to be creative and fun, helping students to take their practices off the mat and into their daily lives.
Jackelyn Ho has been teaching fun and sweaty fitness classes since 2009, specializing in high-intensity, yoga, and cardio kickboxing classes. She’s the founder of Arrival Fitness, a corporate wellness company that brings fitness experiences to the workplace. She started climbing in 2013 after being accepted to compete on American Ninja Warrior (a.k.a. the fastest way to build serious grip strength). Although the obstacle course thing didn’t stick, her love for scaling rocks became an obsession. Her stoke level for training climbers is very high. Like, multi-pitch high. She loves nothing more than working with climbers on their endurance, flexibility, and mental game off the wall so that their crag performance can skyrocket! Whoo!
RileyMuay Thai Instructor
Riley is a native of Seattle, where he studied under Khun Kru Tirrell Kamara of United Source Muay Thai (one of the few Thai Boxing Association-sanctioned schools in the greater NW) for over six years. Since relocating to Los Angeles in 2014, Riley has had the unique privilege of studying with some of the greatest martial arts masters of our time, including Grandmaster Richard Bustillo of the IMB Academy in Torrance and Martin Wheeler of the Systema/Brazilian Jujitsu Academy in Beverly Hills. Riley’s background in various disciplines of self defense and martial arts as well as his love for performance art and movement give each a class a unique feel, suitable for all levels.
CatAcroYoga and Thai Massage Instructor
Cat grew up in the San Fernando Valley playing tons of sports, but, due to a chronic joint instability, high-impact traditional sports left her with recurring tendonitis that made even walking a painful challenge without the help of supportive braces (think Forrest Gump). Following a surgery that helped her walk without braces in college, Cat decided to start practicing yoga to improve her balance and mobility during her recovery. The mindful movement practice allowed her to build strength and get in touch with an inner stillness in a way that she had never experienced before. It didn’t come naturally, but she practiced consistently and soon came to love it. She wants to share with others what she had found in yoga through teaching.
When completing her 200-hr teacher training for Vinyasa Yoga in 2013, one of the other teacher trainers introduced her to AcroYoga and she fell in love all over again. It was all she wanted to do! Since completing her AcroYoga International teacher training in Rio De Janeiro in 2018, Cat has been teaching classes and workshops all over the world. When she’s not sharing the practice internationally, she’s here at Touchstone offering instruction in AcroYoga and Thai Massage.
Mike is a former Division I athlete, having played rugby for one of the top collegiate teams in the country, as well as abroad in New Zealand and in age grade representation sides in the States. He continued his study and practice of power and olympic lifting after hanging up the cleats, building on the foundation he received while playing rugby. He now holds a training certificate from the National Academy of Sports Medicine as well as a Level 2 CrossFit coaching certificate. His classes are for all skill levels and focus on technically proficient movement as well as strength building and cardiovascular endurance.
ToddAcroYoga and Thai Massage Instructor
Todd is a charismatic and eccentric extrovert with contagious optimism. Originally from Tasmania, he is now living a dream in the United States. He first tried Acroyoga & Thai massage at LA Boulders and was instantly hooked. After completing AcroYoga teacher training, he now loves helping people increase the range of their acrobatic comfort zone. When not doing Acro, Todd spends time cycle touring, camping, and climbing—basically any adventure in mother nature or the concrete jungles of Los Angeles.
SarahAcroYoga and Thai Massage Instructor
Sarah Yovovich has been teaching formally since she was 12 years old! She learns most deeply by teaching, and she loves to learn—so she teaches a lot. She’s been a massage therapist and yogi since 2004, when she started a healing journey after a reconstructive knee surgery that ended her 17 years as a gymnast. In 2008, she fell in love with the playful and healing practice of AcroYoga. It was through AcroYoga that she discovered Thai massage, and was blown away by its profound efficiency and gentleness, and its unique design to be healing for the giver, too. She loves sharing this meditative dance whenever she can, and believes world peace would manifest if everyone practiced Thai massage! Since 2011, Sarah has been studying and practicing Chinese medicine’s Five Element Theory—a potent holistic method for illuminating the connections between “mysterious symptoms,” emotions, exercise, diet, relationships, and the seasons. She weaves nuggets of this ancient wisdom into all of her Thai and AcroYoga offerings, whether you come to a weekly class, a workshop, a training, or an immersion. You can visit her website at www.sarahpeutics.org.