Amanda HammYoga Instructor
Amanda is a Southern California native and grew up playing in the sunshine. Movement, exploration, and connection have been at the heart of her life. Whether spending time in nature and with animals, or expressing herself and enjoying movement through dance and sports, these guiding principles have shaped Amanda’s life and in turn she has created a life around them.
After years of dancing professionally, Amanda took her first yoga class at the local YMCA in 2005. She was instantly hooked. Intrigued by the practice, she dove in because it asked her to become more aware of herself, and more importantly, more conscious of how she reacted to and viewed the world. Amanda found her teacher, Tony G, in 2008 and completed her first teacher training with him in 2011. In 2012, she was initiated into a meditation practice with Paul Muller Ortega.
Amanda sees yoga as an invitation for us to become more mindful and connected to our bodies, to others, and to the world. Expect well-sequenced classes that weave awareness of breath, exploration of alignment and movement, threads of philosophy, and space to be. Amanda is a Yoga Alliance E-RYT 200 and RYT 500 registered yoga teacher and lululemon athletica ambassador.
Medvis’ background in athletics goes back to the age of five, when he started playing basketball competitively for various youth leagues. 15 years later he fell in love with parkour for its mental challenges and the freedom it allowed him to have with his training. When he got into climbing a few years later, he was happy to realize that the skills he learned while training parkour helped tremendously. His fitness class is ultimately inspired by the movements he learned practicing parkour, along with a desire to expose people to the sport in a friendlier, risk-free environment. Medvis studied kinesiology at Cal State Fullerton with an emphasis in strength and conditioning, which gave him the biomechanical knowledge necessary to be able to safely guide people of all ability levels through these movements.
First led to yoga through her college meditation studies, almost two decades later Joanna still finds yoga to be the best way to understand one’s true self. She urges the use of breath as a guide to finding softness within our poses and our thoughts, and as a pathway toward a deeper connection to ourselves, our world, and each other. She strives to offer fun, accessible, and challenging classes, and hopes to encourage others to enjoy and appreciate the gift of yoga in our pursuits of self-knowledge and self-love. Joanna began teaching yoga in 2009 after completing her 200-hour training through Core Power Yoga in Boulder, Colorado. She recently moved to Los Angeles from her hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and spends her time rock climbing, paddle boarding, and hiking with her dog, Mabel.
Andrea ValenciaYoga Instructor
Andrea is an acupuncturist and herbalist as well as a yoga instructor. She weaves her love of earthly and somatic sciences into a unique self-cultivating style that bridges East Asian philosophy into her movement classes.