Coming from a background in fitness, Nathania stumbled into yoga by accident in 2009 and what started as a purely physical adventure became a journey towards learning to slow down, healing old wounds a experiencing profound personal transformation. Through a dedicated yoga practice and a Master’s degree in Psychology, Nat unearthed a passion for helping others believe in themselves, dare to make shifts their lives and be unapologetically real.
She believes that creating a strong mind-body connection with yoga and movement can be a powerful path to self-love and understanding. Learning to explore your limits, learning to lean into instead of away from challenging moments, learning to accept what is but keep working for what you want - the lessons are endless and always applicable to life.
Nat's classes are athletic and fluid, creatively sequenced and sprinkled with playful arm balances and transitions. Expect to be inspired and to learn to laugh at yourself. Expect to discover how your time on the mat is a mirror for your life and an invaluable tool to help you become your own best supporter.
Nathania owns and operates SoulPlay Yoga, and leads international yoga and fitness retreats with SoulPlay Retreats.
E-RYT 200 & LMFT
Cheryl has been an avid practitioner for 23 years. Fifteen years ago Cheryl founded the boutique, community based yoga studio, GODA Yoga in downtown Culver City. She is an E-RYT 200 and has been teaching group and private yoga classes for 15 years.
Cheryl's classes are compassionate, strong, breath and alignment based to create a meaningful experience where wisdom, growth, and healing unfold over time. She's passionate about assisting students to use asana as a mindful movement practice, cultivating flexibility and strength as well as developing deep listening skills, paying attention to body and breath for what is needed in the moment.
Cheryl incorporates her understanding of the mind and behavior into her classes, encouraging her students to break free of their rigid, self- defeating patterns and habits making room inside to heal physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. She's skilled at working with all ages, levels, and shapes of practitioner and has expertise in working asanas for injuries, chronic pain, and the 'changing' body. With intelligent asana practice she helps students, release and relieve pain patterns, to feel open, stronger, healthier. She has completed the foundation, advanced and continuing education teacher trainings with Ana Forrest and two 50 hour trainings with Erich Schiffman. In her 23 years on the mat she has had the privilege to study with several Los Angeles based senior teachers ; Catherine McNamara, Shiva Rae, Saul David Ray, and Julian Walker, to name a few.
Marcella Bottero, MA, RCST®, is a body and movement educator. She has been in private practice for over 20 years exploring and incorporating different somatic approaches and how they bring forth one's greatest potential.
Marcella has a diverse pallet of skills including Fitness Trainer, Yoga Teacher, Continuum Movement Teacher authorized by Emilie Conrad, Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist, and Meditator.
Her yoga training includes: Ana Forrest in 2000; Viniyoga withj Gary Kraftsow, 2001-2003, 500 hours and Kaustub Desikachar; Ashtanga: in-depth training with Chuck Miller; and ongoing trainings with teachers from India and the US. Marcella teaches inquiry in a supportive, dynamic and effective way cultivating and encouraging each student's potential to be realized and expressed.
Brooke Campanelli is a Mindfulness facilitator for both kids and adults. She is trained by Mindful Schools and her personal Mindfulness and Meditation practice and study spans 10 years. She currently teaches Mindfulness for kids/teens and adults at SoulPlay Yoga and her "Mindful Kids" After school enrichment programs at elementary schools in Los Angeles are very well received. She also teaches Mindful Parenting and Secular Mindfulness Workshops for adults, private clients and Mindfulness for Sports teams throughout the LA area.
Ten years ago Brooke came to this work thru her own personal suffering and discovered that through the skills she learned in practicing Mindfulness & Meditation, life became fuller, more present and joyful. Brooke is passionate about sharing this practice with other adults and children to reduce suffering in their own lives. In addition to her secular mindfulness training in the Mindful Schools K-12 Curriculum, for the past decade she has studied Buddhist Meditation, Self Compassion and Mindful Awareness Practices (MAPS). Her in-person studies at Insight LA, Against the Stream, UCLA, and with respected teachers such as Celeste Young, Trudy Goodman, George Mumford, Noah Levine and Judith Harrington provided her the foundations of her practice. Her on-going daily practice as well as studies of teachings from Tara Brach, Cheri Huber, Thich Nhat Hanh, Jon Kabat-Zinn & Sharon Salzberg deepen her teachings. She feels she is every bit a student as she is a teacher.
E-RYT 500 & RYCT
Jules Hogan brings a strong foundation of play and creativity to her teaching of both children and adults. Emphasizing individual attention, she easily accommodates a variety of levels and ages in all of her classes. Each week she incorporates a self-study 'svadhyaya' into her classes so her students can continue their yogic journey 'off the mat'.
Jules' Adult Yoga Teacher Trainings included both a 200-hour RYT and 500-hour RYT through Black Dog Yoga as well as many workshops. A trained actress, former nanny and performing arts teacher, her extensive experience with children informs her highly original, UPDOGS and DOWNDOGS kids yoga program.
Jules has completed The Radiant Child and Mini Yogi's Teacher Trainings and now teaches her own UPDOGdowndogYOGA Teacher Training to aspiring kids yoga instructors.
Tasha Rose delights in bringing people together, guiding them to deeper understanding of themselves, and witnessing their journey. Tasha has studied and shared yoga for over a decade. She fell in love with it in her first class, and that love has just grown stronger. For Tasha, her yoga mat is a safe place to explore not just different shapes, but to allow the feelings to arise, to breathe as deeply as possible, and to practice (again and again and again) being in the moment with the challenge, resistance, stress, and discomfort that life and some yoga poses provide.
In addition to yoga, Tasha also practices western herbalism, plant spirit medicine, and reiki. She loves to feel the sun on her face and a warm breeze on her skin. She is a happy human living with her fiancé, Lou, and their daughter, Victory Rose.
A message from Kate:
I want my body to do the most it can. I want to live fully, and that means moving fully.
Spatial awareness has a profound impact on not only how we relate to others, but how we relate to ourselves and anything we touch. I teach to give people a sense of their parameters. So they know how to push their limits and move efficiently with and around others. We can all be better for it.
Originally from Indiana, I got my first certification in Chicago in 2010. In 2011, I moved to Boston and continued to learn and teach. I recently relocated to Los Angeles for sun and adventures.
Yoga has helped Vikki through some of the most challenging times in her life bringing calm, clarity and inner peace. She began practicing when GODA (now SoulPlay) first opened and it has been her yoga home ever since. Jumping at the chance to take GODA's first ever teacher training and receiving her 200-hour RYT certification under the guidance of Claudia Fucigna, Kate Duyn Cariati and Cheryl Moss, Vikki has continued her yoga education with a 50-hour sequencing training with Laughing Lotus NYC in April 2014.
Vikki loves the rich history of yoga and tries to weave into her classes the lessons of the ancient scriptures, bringing both physical and spiritual benefit to her students. She is so honored to be able to share these gifts now as a teacher at the studio where her journey began. Vikki's eternal gratitude and love goes to Cheryl as her teacher and mentor.
Vladimir has studied with the Iyengar family in India and continues his education in the field of yoga therapy by mentoring with some of the best yoga teachers in the country, including Manouso Manos.
After a comprehensive 3 years training and apprenticeship with Chris Stein and teacher training with senior teacher Karin O’Bannon, Vlad was certified in the Iyengar method of teaching, which has influenced millions of people around the world. Iyengar Yoga is known for it’s highly sophisticated, intelligent sequencing and ever-evolving method of using props for enabling an individual to benefit by practicing yoga regardless of their age, health, shape or fitness level. The Iyengar method of teaching is known for it’s widely documented therapeutic effects on medical patients. Vlad works with yoga therapy students, students with scoliosis and other spinal ailment issues on a regular basis.
Vlad is a caring and capable teacher who has been teaching in Los Angeles since 2002. He also leads workshops and retreats annually abroad as well as locally.
RYT 500, E-RYT 200
An old soul with a young spirit, Alex believes in living life in the moment, guided by intuition and rooted in compassion. She fosters a non-dogmatic approach to yoga, movement, and life. Her classes are creative, mindfully sequenced, and always allow space for personal exploration and limitations. You can expect to challenge your mental and physical barriers, smile, and walk away feeling harmonized.
Growing up as a jazz and ballet dancer, Alex always appreciated the self-expression and discipline of movement. Though she noticed many athletes, especially dancers, were injured, even immobilized, she accepted pain as a natural component of sport. However, in high school, complications from a peripheral neuropathy made an aggressive approach to movement unsuccessful. Heartbroken, she gave up dance and spent years searching for a new form of expression. When she discovered yoga, she was surprised that her body was receptive and the poses offered the mental freedom that dance once had. Breath work eased tension on her nerves, and practicing non-attachment taught her to seek something deeper than results. Yoga helped her let go of the fear of falling and the need to be perfect, ultimately inspiring her to help others overcome their own fears and weaknesses, on and off the mat.
Alex began teaching in 2011 and has been blessed to study with incredible teachers, including Bianca Fearon and Liz Arch. She is an EYT200 and is currently working toward her 300HR advanced certification under Annie Carpenter (SmartFLOW® Yoga). More importantly, considers herself a lifelong learner. For her, yoga is about more than handstands and putting your feet on your head; It is about connecting mind and body, and that is unique to each individual. We all come to the mat with different challenges, and by honoring where we are each day, we grow stronger.
E-RYT 200 & RPYT
After meeting a 75-year-old yogi and seeing how joyous and full of life she was after a life full of yoga, Erin Haynes was led to leave her super stressful job and make the huge life change she needed to truly improve her health and quality of life. This incredible five year journey of taking classes, researching yoga philosophy, training and teaching has blossomed into a satisfying and delightfully rewarding life. Erin received her 200-Hour Yoga Certification from Christy Marsden at Yoga Blend, has obtained her Prenatal Certification from Silverlake Yoga, and studied Yoga Therapy at Loyola Marymount University with Larry Payne. She has taught yoga at The Oprah Winfrey Network, NATPE, Lululemon and Athleta.
Helping a woman feel stronger and more confident in her ever changing body is what Erin strives for. Each trimester offers it's ups and downs; whatever you’re going through, Erin will offer movement to ease any discomfort. You will get a work out, in this class you’ll prepare for labor and after birth care by strengthening your back, shoulder, butt, pelvic-floor and leg muscles. Erin’s prenatal yoga class is safe for any stage in your pregnancy, however it’s suggested to come after 13 weeks gestation. For postnatal classes, come when you’re ready, although most come back around 5-7 weeks post, or more after a Cesarian birth.
Erin inspires confidence, strength, self-awareness and well deserved self-love. Whether you’re new to yoga, recovering from an injury, a fitness pro, Erin’s goal to make everyone feel both challenged and safe with modifications for every individual’s needs. In Erin’s class you’ll be grooving along to current tunes and flowing through yoga poses that will expand and brighten your energy, open your heart, relax your mind and keep you present with your practice.
Karen Voskanian started her yoga practice 10 years ago when she started teaching elementary school in the inner city of L.A. She used it as a way to deal with the stress of her job, keep her grounded and her energy positive.
Yoga became a way of life for her when she started noticing the changes in her body, mind, and spirit. Yoga helped her deal with life in a positive and productive way, reminding her to let go and flow with life. Karen loves exploring new movements and asanas that make her body feel energized and fluid!
Karen keeps her classes light, fun, non-dogmatic, positive, and creative. Her classes focus on alignment, endurance, strength, and flexibility within a fun, free, energetic, and supportive atmosphere. Karen teaches at various studios, schools, and corporate offices around L.A, and has been published in Elephant Journal. Karen received her 200 hr. training through the White Lotus Foundation under the guidance of master teachers Tracy Rich and Ganga White.
T-Bob is a playful, adaptive, and approachable yoga teacher who seamlessly weaves anatomy and philosophy into his soothing yet invigorating classes, while empowering his students to take what they learn with them off the mat. He's been practicing yoga for 20+ years, is an RYT 200 yoga teacher, and practices lots of those crazy arm balances you’ve seen on Instagram – not that you need to be impressed by any of that: It’s just yoga!
For over a decade as a dancer, T-Bob performed with a handful of Los Angeles-based dance companies, choreographed and danced in live stage shows in Boston and Los Angeles as well as danced in several music videos. From this background, T-Bob came to teaching yoga with a keen awareness of how the body works, and he loves playing with all types of movement and all kinds of people.
T-Bob earned his certification at SoulPlay Yoga in Culver City under the keen instruction of studio owner Nathania Stambouli and previous owner Cheryl Moss. He's taught corporate yoga to offices around LA, private yoga to individuals around the country (thanks Skype!), and has a YouTube channel, "Yoga With T-Bob," offering yoga videos you can do in the comfort of your home. T-Bob invites you to come play, laugh, and dig around in the mind/body/spirit connection with him.
Throughout years of practice, Maire-Rose has witnessed yoga's ability to heal on many levels, from strained ankles to broken hearts. Incorporating wisdom from the yoga sutras and other sacred texts, Maire's classes are upbeat, poetic, and musical, while emphasizing conscious breath and movement.
Her goal as a teacher is to help people cultivate a deeper relationship with themselves so that they can live better in the world, making it a more peaceful, vibrant, and harmonious place to be. Maire-Rose received her 200-hr. teacher training in 2010 from Laughing Lotus NYC under the guidance of Dana Flynn, Sheri Celantano, Alison Cramer, and Mary Dana Abbott.
She has also completed training in Restorative Yoga under Jamie Lyn Skolnick. After teaching at studios and gyms all over NYC, she has relocated to LA, where she is honored to share yoga with this beautiful community. She invites you to come play, sing, move, breathe, and explore both inner and outer space.
Laurel Brooke Erilane
Laurel grew up as a competitive athlete who constantly pushed her body to its limit. She first discovered yoga in her adolescences as a alternative therapy when several injuries prevented her from playing with such intensity. Laurel began her teacher training in 2007 and continues to educate herself through trainings and workshops to stay inspired. She has been practicing consistently for over half her life and brings an in depth knowledge of anatomy and kinesiology into her intelligent sequencing. Her teaching style emphasizes proper anatomical alignment through both classical and modern variations, incorporating the union of breath and fluid movement with deep dynamic stretches and guided meditation.
As every day presents new challenges, we must first do the work on ourselves in order to uplift others around us. Laurel believes every time you step on the mat is an opportunity to deepen your sense of self, and learn more about finding your own personal peace. She is a peaceful warrior on a mission to celebrate and appreciate creativity through her passion for mindful living. Laurel recognizes the yogic journey as a life-long practice, which has guided her to travel, live, co-create, and teach internationally. In addition to teaching yoga, she is also an inspired communicator, graphic artist, event producer, entrepreneur and world adventurer. For more information about her teaching, community events, private instruction, and international retreats visit her website.
Raja has always been drawn towards service and found the healing arts of yoga and meditation to be the best way she can serve. She began studying yoga with Bryan Kest in 2000 and has continued her study with various teachers across the country. She received her training with the Living Yoga Program in Austin, Texas in 2005. Most recently she has continued her study with Annie Carpenter, Sara Powers, and Leslie Kazadi. She is the lead instructor for Green Tree's Yoga Teacher Training.
Her mindfulness expertise has been deeply rooted in practice. Some of the methods include Vipassana meditation, Pranayama, and Kirtan meditation. She also spent five months in solitude and six weeks in Vietnam studying meditation and service. She recently completed 10 months at Deer Park Monastery, deepening her practice and connection to the practice. The most important aspect of these practices, for her, is the simple daily profound practice of breath and body awareness, getting still, and bringing the mind back to the present moment. Raja Michelle is the Founder and Executive Director of Green Tree Yoga & Meditation in South Los Angeles.
Geoff began his yoga journey dealing with some challenging times in his life and was hooked once he started to notice the positive changes in his mind and spirit. During this time, he learned that yoga was also a killer workout and a great compliment to his normal gym routine. Knowing that hard times often bring yogis to their mats, this shared experience is how Geoff connects best with his students.
He began practicing Soul Play Yoga (formerly GODA Yoga) in 2009 and it has since become his yoga home and family.
Geoff has experience teaching yoga to athletes and cyclers and is passionate about Pranayama and breath work. Each of his classes are balanced to show compassion for the beginner but with enough depth to challenge the more advanced Yogi.
Come to his class ready to break a sweat, refine the basics, and tune out the outside world.
Vance Vlasek is practicing yoga right now. He wants to remind you that you are as well. He's proud of you for that. He values the practice highly and loves sharing the yogic principles he's learned with his students. He completed his 200hr teacher training at 305 Yoga in Miami in May 2014. Although his practice is only a few years old, his passion for the yogic arts is palpable. He finds great joy in exploring movements, mindsets, and mental manifestations (obviously a fan of alliteration as well).
Joy is key to his teaching style. He loves to infuse it into his classes while still presenting an impactful, safe practice with intelligent alignment, marked mindfulness, and interesting sequencing. Dharma is very present in his class and is reflected through his musical choices and sequencing. Students can expect to hear an array of musical stylings supporting their journey through class. When Vance is not teaching yoga, he is a full time entrepreneur providing performing arts services. He is a trained actor, singer, and dancer. He has performed in feature films, plays, musicals, commercials, dance tours, and is grateful to no longer be dancing on the sidewalk, costumed as a bodybuilding dog.
He believes yoga and the performing arts are innately connected. Both help us to understand ourselves more authentically through human characteristics: movement (asana and dance), vocalization (mantra and singing), and empathy (mindfulness and character study). The pathways are just different. Yoga journeys through the self, to the self and the performing arts travel through others, to the self. Both disciplines lead us to a fuller human experience. It has been a long strange trip for him so far, and he hopes you'll join him somewhere along the way. Namaste.
Bianca discovered yoga in 2013 as a cross-training exercise while prepping to run a half-marathon in New York City.
When she moved to Los Angeles in 2014, she dropped the running and began practicing yoga on an almost daily basis-- it was a way for her work through all the weird emotions she had around moving to a new city.
As Bianca dug deep during her 200 hour teacher training at One Down Dog, she began wondering why she hadn't been introduced to yoga & meditation as a child. So, she took a kids yoga training with mini yogis and right away started teaching kids as young as two. Later Bianca began to incorporate family classes that focus on allowing grown-ups to reconnect to their yoga practices while introducing yoga to children in a playful way.
In 2018 Bianca created Young Warrior Yoga, a yoga & wellness brand that teaches children and families how to use the tools of breath, mindfulness and movement to feel empowered and present in every day life. She now teaches in studios, schools, and homes across Los Angeles.
E-RYT 500, RYT-1000
Nick Demos is a 1000hr Hathavidya, E-RYT 500 yoga teacher. For over a decade he has taught a blend of vinyasa and hatha styles, pranayama, meditation and his own personal experiences. Nick brings passion and creativity to his classes and helps transform his students by focusing on their inner life and how it is reflected on the mat.
He currently teaches in the 200hr and 300hr teacher training programs for Three Sisters Yoga and Bread and Yoga in New York City and Portland, OR.
Nick is a Tony Award winning Broadway producer, an award winning filmmaker, and is currently writing a book on how to live a mindful and creative life.
In 2005 Shauna began her transformative journey with world renowned founder of Yoga for the Special Child, Sonia Sumar. As a licensed, senior practitioner of Yoga for the Special Child, and drawing on her experience as a professional Occupational Therapist as well, Shauna brings over 2 decades of experience working with children and adults with special needs.
These classes are taught in a fun and playful manner with clear and steady instructions that are tailored specifically to the needs of the child. There is a strong focus on proper breathing which improves mood and stability, as well as building a “soul to soul” connection with each student and for their optimal personal development. With a calm and steady approach Shauna brings lighthearted enthusiasm to her classes.
Born in Toronto, Ontario, Shauna received her BSc in Occupational Therapy from McGill University in Montreal and an MA in Occupational Therapy for Developmental Disabilities at NYU. Since moving to Culver City in 2010 Shauna is grateful every day for the clear skies and bright sun. Please contact the studio for more information about this class. More about Shauna's training at www.specialyoga.com