Santa Monica
Santa Monica Blvd / Third Street

Carter Gaffney

CrossFit Santa Monica

Carter is a former Navy SEAL and long time CrossFitter. He began CrossFit in the early 2000’s along with other members of the SEAL community. He has been a CrossFit athlete and coach in the Los Angeles area since 2011. When it comes to CrossFit and fitness overall Carter believes in accessibility and broad adoption of high intensity training. Too many people believe that CrossFit or other forms or high intensity training is not for them and miss out on all the health and fitness benefits they has to offer. To try and bring his fitness philosophy to as many people as possible Carter opened CrossFit Santa Monica is 2013 along with his best friend from the Navy. They bring intensity and benefits of CrossFit and SEAL training to a broad audience that includes both highly competitive... Read the profile >>

Danny Lesslie

Functional Fitness on the Bluffs

I grew up in the Midwest (KC), graduated from the University of Kansas with a Business Degree. My first job out of school was a Financial Advisor. After 3 unfulfilling years here I decided to make a move to the world of human movement. I wanted to help people move better and be stronger. I started out as a trainer at a local health club, with the dream of opening a gym of my own some day. I figured while I was dreaming, may as well make it in California, a place I knew I wanted to live. Fast forward 6 years later, a couple great decisions, and some driving, I made it. I just had my 3rd year here and am loving every minute of it. Since moving here, I have a established and maintained a private training clientele, started and grown a Santa Monica based outdoor fitness school... Read the profile >>

Elise Joan

Equinox Santa Monica

An Innovative and Inspiring Mind/Body Professional, Ms. Joan is the creator of the best selling DVDs “element: ballet conditioning”, “Ultimate Body: Yoga Fitness”, and “SHAPE: 20-Minute Makeover”. Elise has been a top Celebrity Trainer with Exercise TV, for whom she has created over 12 of their most popular fitness programs. An Ambassador and community activist for lululemon athletica, ZICO coconut water, Manduka, and Yoga Earth, Elise holds multiple fitness certifications, and is a Celebrity Trainer and contributing host with Lifetime Television, TV Guide Channel, and Better TV. Elise has been featured as a health and fitness expert on ABC News, E! News, EXTRA, CBS News,, and GAIAM among others. She has been published in such magazines as ALLURE, ELLE, GLAMOUR,... Read the profile >>

Gina Heekin


Gina brings her energetic Soul to SoulCycle. A Cincinnati native, Gina moved to Los Angeles in 1996 to pursue a career in acting, but found her true passion in fitness. She tried her first cycling class in 2001 and the rest is history. Rocking out to artists like Dave Matthews, Rage Against the Machine, and Fleetwood Mac, Gina strives to enrich lives one pedal stroke at a time! Read the profile >>


Bhakti Yoga Shala

Govindas (Ira Jeffrey Rosen) first came to yoga while living in Los Angeles in 1994 because of health concerns- specifically ulcerative colitis/crohn's/inflammatory bowel disease... After years of many different practices with the intention of healing(hatha yoga, ayurveda, buddhist meditation etc), Ira Rosen found his yogic "home' in the path of Bhakti Yoga... the aspect of yoga frequently described as the "yoga of the heart" or "the yoga of love and devotion". Not by avoiding or denying our life and health challenges, but only by accepting and courageously moving through and forward, the flower of our full appreciation and devotion to Life blooms. It is in this tradition of "Bhakti/Devotion" where Ira was given his spiritual name- Govind Das or simply "Govindas" which means "servant of... Read the profile >>

Katherine Ryan

Revolution Fitness/HOT 8 YOGA

Katherine began her journey into teaching at the young age of fourteen. Gymnastics was her first love but it came with many injuries. She started coaching in Michigan and it became a solid base for her to build her life around. After a motorcycle accident left her body chronically aching she journeyed down the yoga path. She moved out to Venice, CA and started doing Hot Yoga everyday. This eventually led her into Yoga Barre. Loving the intensity of the core workout and the stretching she was hooked from day one. Katherine developed a strong practice and started teaching under the guidance of Nancy Norby. She saw how her pain and struggle could inspire others to a happier, better life. Her passion for Yoga had never died and her practice only grew stronger as time went on. Her mentor and... Read the profile >>

Rachelle Tratt

The Neshama Project & The Yoga Collective

I embarked on my yogic journey eight years ago. Upon taking my first yoga class, I felt at peace and at home. Intuitively I knew that yoga was destined to be a prominent element in my life’s journey Impacted by multiple tragic experiences from my childhood, it is the pursuit of yoga that continues to provide healing to my heart, body and soul. I try to keep classes light, playful, rooted in spirituality and a whole lotta soulful sweat. I love playing music with great beats from various dj’s that ,well, you could find me dancing to in my own backyard!. Always seeking to provide the best experience for students, I continue to expand my knowledge and understanding of yoga through personal practice, literature, workshops, teacher trainings, and music festivals too, because dancing is... Read the profile >>

Sarah Tiefenthaler


Sarah completed her first 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training in the tropical jungles of Costa Rica where she focused intensely on the philosophy of Yoga as well as meditation practices. When she returned to Los Angeles, she completed her second Teacher Training certification, in Hollywood, at Earth's Power Yoga where she was able to expand her knowledge of human anatomy and alignment in relation to Yoga. It was also during this time that Sarah first discovered her passion for Stand Up Paddle (SUP) Boarding. After spending day after day in the magnificence of the Costa Rican jungle practicing Yoga and in her spare time, hiking, swimming, and exploring everything the tropical jungle had to offer, Sarah was still thirsty for any activity in which she could maintain a consistent presence in... Read the profile >>