Costa Mesa
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Alum Ambassador Angela Leigh


Angela Leigh found yoga four years ago and has not looked back, she experienced an instantaneous affinity and connection to the practice of yoga on and off the mat. Angela received her 200 Hour Certification in 2009 and then went on to attain her 500 Hour Certification under her mentor Kia Miller. Angela is an athlete who's grown to love and respect the physical and spiritual influences yoga has provided her. An innate teachers' teacher, Angela loves being a part of her students' journey as they embark upon their path and guiding them through their practice individually and compassionately. Angela is a part of the PURE YOGA Teacher Training team. She also teaches indoor cycling and is in the process of becoming a Schwinn Master Trainer. Angela is NASM certified and also certified in TRX... Read the profile >>

Alum Ambassador Debra Hayburn

Fixed Gear

Debra was born in Montreal and moved to Laguna Beach 14 years ago. As an avid runner she is right at home in the active Southern Californian lifestyle. Debra used to teach a run class for 6 years and teaches spin classes at Fixed Gear for over 10 years. Spinning is great cross training for building both cardio and stamina. Fixed gear has some incredible athletics that share the same opinion. I have also coached many friends through their first race, as I am passionate about helping other reach their goal. Debra’s ultimate goal is to combine her passion for running with different charity organizations, using these accomplishments as a way to effect lives of other people more in need. Debra has run a Marathon and several half marathons for friends with cancer whenever I could so... Read the profile >>

Alum Ambassador John Garey

John Garey Fitness & Pilates

John Garey is the President and Founder of John Garey Fitness and Pilates. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through NSCA and earned his MA in Adult Fitness from New York University. As a Master Instructor Trainer for Merrithew Health & Fitness, John is an integral part of the programming team specializing in STOTT PILATES® and Athletic Conditioning and has starred in over 60 Fitness and Pilates DVDs. John is a certified Personal Trainer (American Council on Exercise) and Fully Certified Pilates Instructor (STOTT PILATES®). He is an International Pilates and Fitness Presenter and has presented workshops and lectures in more than 14 countries and throughout the USA. He has contributed to and appeared in many international publications, including Men's Fitness,... Read the profile >>

Alum Ambassador Kelly Paul

Om My Soul and Pure Barre

Born and raised in sunny Southern California, Kelly is a graduate of the California State University of Fullerton and has had an extensive history working within the community. A true philanthropist, Kelly has been involved in local charities, as well as in aiding young professionals pursue their career. A yoga practitioner for over 10 years, Kelly's love for fitness led her to turn a passion into a career. The founder and creative visionary behind Om My Soul, Kelly creates a fun-loving, personal yogic experience. With a YogaWorks 500-Hour Certification and special training in Pure Barre P1, Kelly has taken Om My Soul to the next level; creating the ultimate yoga/surf experience with Newport Surf Camp. Currently collaborating with other sports she hopes to bring yoga into every... Read the profile >>

Alum Ambassador Michelle McKay


Michelle came to yoga to relieve job related stress. As a result it changed her life and her career. Yoga put her on a journey in which she was compelled to go. Her yoga education began at Yogaworks in which she completed both the 200 and 300 hour programs. She is a certified yoga teacher and as a result a YogaWorks teacher trainer. Her style is influenced by both the ashtanga and Iyengar traditions and she teaches a vinyasa flow practice. Her classes are focused on breath linked with detailed movement in which the body is placed in a very specific way to allow the prana to move in it's fullest capacity. Michelle loves to teach a well rounded class in which you can find movement and stability all the while finding joy in the present moment. Read the profile >>

Alum Ambassador Nicolette David

CorePower Yoga

Nicolette is originally from Catalina Island, attended Pepperdine University, taught high school for several years, created a dance program for kids (with an absence of technical training, but brimming with sheer passion and intuition of movement), and most recently returned from serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Bulgaria. Nicolette's yoga journey started not long ago, but feeling like there was lost time to make up for, as she'd never experienced anything as kinesthetically & metaphysically familiar, she began taking several classes a week until she just knew, inherently, that yoga was her soul mate and would be an essential part of her life. Diving into teacher training, Nicolette has completed CorePower Yoga 200-hr certifications in Power Vinyasa, Hot, and Hot Power... Read the profile >>

Alum Ambassador Pamela George

Pure Barre

Passionate about the correlation between exercise and one’s overall physical and mental wellness, Pamela is excited to share her energy and her love for the Pure Barre technique with the students in Costa Mesa and Newport Beach. Pamela fell in love with the Pure Barre technique because it consistently provides challenge, regardless of fitness level. Whether you’re a long time athlete, dancer, or you’ve never picked up a weight in your life, Pamela believes Pure Barre is a fantastic ritual to incorporate into your life in order achieve a balanced body of both strength and flexibility. It combines elements of grace and control with an intense, yet low impact workout focusing on building core strength...a body discipline that teaches how to be calm and serene on the surface, while... Read the profile >>

Alum Ambassador Valentina Khan

Dance Barre at Primal Energy

Valentina Khan is the creator and founder of Dance Barre. She has been a lover of dance since childhood and has been exposed to traditional dance forms such as ballet, tap, jazz, classical Indian, and other forms of Middl...e Eastern and Ballroom dance techniques. She completed a 200 hour teacher training program at Yogaworks, Costa Mesa in 2008, and has been teaching ever since. The calling to learn about the body, and how one could use their own body to achieve optimal results instead of relying on machines or other external forces was what fascinated her to learn more about the mystery of Yoga. She found that the stretching and breathing techniques of yoga blended with any type of dance movement is highly effective, in particular for the female body. Valentina's passion for movement... Read the profile >>

Alum Ambassador Wes Pedersen

Equinox Newport Beach and Irvine

Wes Pedersen is a local running coach and personal trainer at Equinox Newport Beach. Wes created and is the lead coach for the Equinox Road Runners Club (EQRRC) at Newport Beach where the goal is to build a running community while training for local races ranging from 5k to the full marathon. Wes has been running for 15 years and has trained and raced for every distance from 400 meters to the full marathon. He has completed over a dozen half marathons (1:26 personal best) and three full marathons. His next challenge is to requalify for the Boston Marathon when running the 2013 Surf City Marathon. Wes has loved living in Southern California for the past seven years with his wonderful wife Hayley. In the past two years they have been overjoyed (and maybe a little exhausted) while... Read the profile >>

Ambassador Aileen Pham

Ra Yoga

In the early summer of 2003, Aileen began her Hot Yoga practice after strong recommendations by her Aunt Ann. Initially her yoga practice was intended as a solution for the infamous “Freshman 10” she gained at the University of Southern California. Yet soon thereafter through an intense and dedicated practice, the fat shed and Aileen discovered that yoga's benefits offered much more than losing weight. Since childhood, Aileen suffered from acute eczema, asthma, and allergies. In fact, the allergies were quite severe and she resorted to allergen immunotherapy. Enduring the allergy shot regimen for six years, she finally stopped after developing an on going yoga practice. She soon noticed that her allergy, asthma, and eczema symptoms were beginning to slowly disappear a year... Read the profile >>

Ambassador Jenny Vande Hei

Ra Yoga

Jenny began practicing yoga on and off nearly 10 years ago. But it wasn’t until her second knee surgery in 2004 that she got serious about her practice. She had found an amazing teacher who poured her heart into her teaching and made classes much more than stretching. Jenny aspires to offer her students this same kind of inspiration. In 2006 she began teaching yoga only because she was living in East Africa and had a yoga mat. Upon moving to Tanzania she started a small class at her language school just to get some exercise. She began teaching with no formal training and never imagined that teaching would become her path. For two years her students were the children who were part of the center where she worked and the relief workers that served them. This yoga class is still carrying on... Read the profile >>

Ambassador Lindsay Nash Schuil

Crossfit Costa Mesa

Lindsay Schuil or “Linds” as she’s known in the gym has been working in the fitness industry for a number of years and has always loved being active (mostly running). She started CrossFitting in February of 2009, back when CrossFit Costa Mesa was nothing more than a gathering of like-minded people in a two car garage. Since then, CrossFit has changed her life in more ways than one. Linds is an ACE certified personal trainer and holds a Level 1 CrossFit Certification. Along with her passion for all things CrossFit she also works as the coordinator of a program called Glucofit at the YMCA for people with diabetes. She loves encouraging others in the gym to push harder and reach for higher goals. Read the profile >>

Ambassador Natalie Gattrell


Natalie is passionate about running, fitness, nutrition and everything that helps her shine bright and share positivity with others. Natalie has always been involved with sports since she was a child. As her running talents developed she often found herself in positions of leadership on teams. She graduated with a degree in business marketing as a scholar athlete at Concordia University, Irvine, where her Cross Country team held a combined team National Championship and she achieved the title of All-American in the Marathon with her PR of 3:04. Since college she has managed to combine her passion for health and fitness into a career. She also makes time to teaching spin classes at Bike2theBeat and she assisted in creating and leading the CrossFit Newport Beach’s Run Team. Her... Read the profile >>

Ambassador Tim Senesi

YogaWorks and Equinox

Tim was born as a hopeless romantic in Southern California near the ocean. Currently teaching in Orange County, he is in the business of helping others find inner joy and strength one class at a time. He is deeply motivated by his curiosity in exploring consciousness, and philosphy surrounding the idea. Tim began practicing yoga at the age of eighteen. He incorporates his personal experience with authenticity and a playful sense of humor in his classes. Read the profile >>