Anita Head Web BW 2013ANITA BAGHOMIAN, RYT-200
Anita began practicing yoga eight years ago with absolutely no prior knowledge about it at all. During her first year of practice at Yoga at the Village she noticed dramatic changes in herself, both physically and emotionally. Anita knew she needed and desired to learn…MORE. To that end, with hard work and a lot of determination, Anita completed her 200-Hour Hatha Yoga teacher training at Yoga at the Village, is registered with Yoga Alliance and is now teaching others to care enough to take care of themselves.

Lucy has been committed to bringing physical strength and flexibility to her students as an exercise instructor for 25 years. When the practice of yoga entered her life 8 years ago there was an instant love!!  It was only natural that a desire to teach and guide others along the path of yoga practice would emerge. Lucy received her 200 hour training at Yoga At The Village in April of 2013 and is currently working toward completion of her 500 hour status. Lucy feels honored and privileged to be teaching today.

Catrina has been practicing yoga and meditation for 10 years. One of her greatest passions in life is teaching others life techniques necessary for them to feel safe, happy and at peace with themselves.


Elyse is Nationally Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, a Licensed Massage Therapist, a registered THAI Therapist and a certified and nationally registered teacher of both massage and yoga therapies with a private practice in Glendale, CA.  Click here for a private session. By appointment only.
Elyse is also the author of the DVD series, Stretch In Time® to help seniors improve the health of their spines and to stretch major joints and muscles with 5 simple exercises. This motivational DVD for seniors who are both Hearing and Deaf or Hard of Hearing emphasizes the importance of building strength and endurance as people age. Click here for Hamstrings tips from Elyse.

-BW-Matthew head 2014 MATTHEW CLARK, RYT-200
Matthew has been studying yoga since 1997.  He has completed two 200 Hour Teacher Training courses: Yoga at the Village in 2011 and The Yoga Training Center in Varunasi, India in 1999. His classes stress the importance of connecting the breath to the body’s movement in the practice to encourage staying present in the mind and body.  Matthew has been practicing Transcendental Meditation since 1997 and draws a lot of inspiration from nature and hiking in the wilderness.  He is also a professional drummer and prefers to keep classes lighthearted and fun while remaining focused, safe, and informative.

Carl DawsonCARL DAWSON, ERYT-500
Carl practiced Yoga for more than 30 years, and taught for 30 years. Trainings include:  Center For Yoga (White Lotus) Teacher Trainings 1983 & 1984. IYILA  ongoing Teacher training 1987-1992. Held public class at: The Center For Yoga 1985-2004. IYILA 1988-2002. Yoga Body & Spirit 2002-2008, Yoga At The Village 2005-Present.  Attended workshops with the following Senior Yoga Instructors: Ganga White, John Schumacher, Mary Dunn, Dona Holleman, Maty Ezraty, John Friend, and others. Click image for a Sciatica tip from Carl.

Alexandra EllisALEXANDRA ELLIS, RYT-500
Led by her desire to help others take control of their health, Alex began teaching after completing a Bachelor’s of Science in Exercise Biology at UC Davis. With a strong background in anatomy and physiology, Alex strives to empower people to improve their health and well being through a personal movement practice and enhanced body awareness. She is an Integrated Yoga Tune Up® instructor and specializes in injury prevention and rehabilitation. A self-professed body nerd, Alex is an Integral Anatomy student of Gil Hedley’s. Alex’s classes combine her knowledge of the body in a fun and practical way to allow clients to develop a better sense of themselves. When not playing with her therapy puggle, Alex is constantly working on becoming a Supple Leopard.

Scott Hobbs founded the Iyengar Yoga Institute of Los Angeles in 1984. He first started practicing yoga in 1977 and has been teaching Iyengar Yoga since 1981, after completing Iyengar teacher training with the legendary Martyn Jackson. Scott has studied yoga with B.K.S. Iyengar in India and his senior teachers in the US and around the world.  Scott’s classes not only feature his many years of expertise but a healthy dose of humor as well.

Lindsey began practicing yoga out of curiosity.  She continues to practice because she loves the challenge and the bonus of self-discovery. After witnessing first hand, how a dedicated practice can transform the body, mind, and soul, she realized the need to share this gift of yoga with others. While her practice is mostly in Bikram yoga, Lindsey completed her Hatha yoga teacher training at Yoga at the Village to expand her options, through this training, became registered with Yoga Alliance.

Brenda-Head-BW BRENDA LAUE, D.C., RYT-200
Brenda first came to yoga over 7 years ago looking for a way to continue exercising while healing from a dance injury.  What she found is increased body-mind awareness and the benefits of conscious movement with breath.  In addition to studying yoga and music as a Celtic harpist, she is a licensed chiropractor with a private practice in Glendale, CA for over 20 years.  Brenda completed her 200-Hour Hatha Yoga teacher training at Yoga at the Village.  She is a co-author of the book, Creating Your Ultimate Self: The Body. Brenda loves teaching and helping others improve their strength, flexibility, overall health and body awareness.

Elaine McCoyELAINE McCOY, RYT-500
Elaine’s  passion for yoga came as a result of Thai Massage treatments that helped her  broken body heal.  In 2001 she traveled to Chiang Mai, Thailand to study  Thai Massage and received 60 hours of training.  She learned that Thai  Massage was “lazy man’s yoga” and that attending yoga classes would accomplish the same thing.  Thus began her years as a dedicated practitioner. Inspired by her healed body she became an RYT-500 and has received her certification in Therapeutic Yoga.  Elaine’s goal is to serve others and teaching yoga helps her achieve that goal.

Armine-Nazarian_BWARMINE NAZARIAN, RYT-200
Arminé’s interest in yoga began in 1994. She completed her 200-Hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training at Yoga at the Village and is registered with Yoga Alliance. Because her daily, personal practice gives her physical and mental balance, she is determined to teach youngsters so they can benefit from yoga early in the life process.  Arminé keeps classes fun, informative and safe for growing bodies. She is a strong believer that yoga enhances body awareness, and that when practiced at a young age, helps develop strength, flexibility, coordination and focus. Although she loves her profession as a dentist, she looks forward to teaching her young yogis every week.

Frances holds a degree in Kinesiology from U.C.L.A. and is a registered ultrasound technologist at Cedars Sinai Medical Center. Having worked with patients for 25 years, she truly believes in an integrative medical approach to the care and maintenance of our bodies. She has been practicing yoga for 13 years, and teaching has helped her to continue to learn from both her teachers and students. She strongly believes that to experience our lives to the fullest, our bodies were meant to move, and her teaching style reflects an emphasis on breathing and movement to maintain a healthy mind-body connection.

Kris SandersKRIS SANDERS, ERYT-500
Kris loves teaching yoga because it’s accessible to everyone regardless of age and ability. She completed her teacher training program at Yoga at the Village, received her certification in Hatha yoga and is registered with Yoga Alliance at the Experienced 500-Hour level. In 1997, while working in the entertainment industry, she first turned to yoga to build strength and flexibility. Partnering with Elyse Briggs, together they produced the award winning DVD, Stretch In Time®.  She along with her husband Jim, have a media production business serving large corporations.