Laura Bogner - Owner & Instructor
Yoga has been in my life for as long as I can remember. I grew up watching my mid-western mother of five doing her yoga practice in our suburban living room. At the time I thought she was really weird! It wasn’t until years later when my older sister came home from college in San Francisco raving about the yoga class she was taking that I decided maybe yoga wasn’t so weird after all! I took my first yoga class on a high school spring break visit to San Francisco and I have been a yoga enthusiast ever since. Over the years I have practiced many different styles of yoga ranging from the physically intense styles of hot yoga or Bikram, the quick moving Asthanga, the extremely gentle styles such as Vini and Restorative Yoga and everything in between. I think all yoga is good as long as it is practiced under the guidance of a knowledgeable instructor. I received my teaching certification from the acclaimed Center For Yoga (now Yoga Works) in 1997. This program was unique in that it taught an eclectic mixture of many different styles of yoga and how to adapt them to group classes. Since receiving my certification I have taught yoga all over Los Angeles and opened Glendale Yoga in 2001. I received my Pilates Mat certification from The PhysicalMind Institute in 2003. I love to implement pilates into my classes to build solid core strength. Glendale Yoga represents a diverse community of students of all levels.
Lila Bassior hails from Sebastopol, a small town in northern CA full of cows, apple orchards, wine vineyards and hippies. Lila began her yoga journey in her mother’s womb and came into this world ready and determined to live a life full of singing, acting, dancing and yoga. Moving down to Orange County was a big change for such a small town girl, but Lila quickly became accustomed to Southern CA life, finding a home within the Cal State Fullerton Theater Department, graduating with a B.A in Theater Arts in 2009. Since then Lila has been fortunate enough to be working professionally in theater, film, commercials, and voice over, all the while enjoying profound growth within in her personal yoga practice! A graduate of the Yogaworks Teacher Training program, Lila is thrilled to share her knowledge and love of yoga with an emphasis on proper alignment, intelligent sequencing and hands on adjustments tailoring a class to fit whomever walks through the door. Lila is a firm believer that yoga is for EVERYONE no matter one’s shape, size, age, or flexibility and cannot wait to share her passion and love with all those who desire to tread the glorious path of yoga.
Jo is a 500-hour Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance, she completed her 200- hour Yoga Teacher Training through Yoga at The Village in Glendale, under the guidance of Elyse Briggs and Carl Dawson and her 300-hour Teacher Training at Yoga Blend in Burbank with Christy Marsden. Beginning with Tap and Jazz Dance Classes at the age of three, Jo has always known the positive effect that physical movement can have one’s entire being (body, mind and soul). In her classes, Jo strives to get her students out of their heads with creative sequencing and a focus on breath to movement, providing them with a practice that they can embody in their daily lives off the mat.
Sabrina Bisset - Instructor Sabrina is a writer and yoga teacher, who received her teaching certification in 2016 from Glendale Yoga, led by teachers Laura Bogner and Nancy Wadsworth. Sabrina is inspired by the healing capacity of yoga and the values of kindness and growth that are at the heart of yoga philosophy. With a large emphasis on breath, and the connection between mind and body, her classes offer a balance of being challenging and gentle at the same time. She loves how her teachers Nancy and Laura instill lots of fun and laughter into their classes, while keeping a foundational focus on form and postural integrity, and looks forward to carrying on teaching in this tradition. Included in this, is the understanding that the practice of yoga exists to serve its students, and is always adaptive and accommodating to each person’s unique needs and abilities. A Los Angeles native, who grew up in Glendale and now lives Downtown, Sabrina is excited and honored to be part of Glendale Yoga’s warm and inclusive community.
Sally Browder - Instructor Sally was first drawn to the philosophy of yoga. She has been practicing for over 15 years now. She feels that the union of body and mind is a joy and yoga has helped her with hip, shoulder, and back injuries resulting from years of running, ice skating, and sitting – at computers and in cars and airplanes. Movement is life! She believes in the healing power of yoga and that yoga can be adapted to accommodate any ailment or injury. She teaches a gentle yet deep class with attention to developing awareness and new habits that will help prevent further injury. Sally received her 200RYT certification in 2016 from Glendale Yoga and is also a certified TRE facilitator practicing in California and Rhode Island. She has a BA in music and has been a recording engineer for over 25 years. Sally loves music, travel, hiking, cooking, and gardening and has a teenage daughter who also enjoys yoga.
Carl Dawson - Instructor ERYT-500 Carl has studied Yoga for 36 years and has held class for 31 years. Carl began his teaching journey in 1983 with a Teacher training with Ganga White and the White Lotus staff and repeated the training with Ganga the following year. He started holding class at “The Center for Yoga” in late 1984 and is still teaching and learning! Carl studied and held class at The Iyengar institute from 1987-1991 and has held workshops and teacher trainings in California and Oregon. Carl’s Senior instructors include: Scott Hobbs, Mary Dunn, Dona Holleman, John Schumacher, Ramanand Patel, John Friend, Aadil Palkhivala, Ganga White. His teaching style is described in the introduction to “Light On Yoga,” B.K.S. Iyengar says: “Perform your asana with the heart of a child.”
Armenoui Dotbachian - Instructor Armenoui believes in “Mens sana in corpore sano” (A healthy mind in a healty body.) She was born in Yerevan, Armenia and grew up in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She discovered Yoga and began practicing in 1991 becoming an instructor in 1995. Thought the years she taught yoga and her love for the discipline and practice increased. In 2001 she became a Yoga Professor of Hatha Yoga and Master of Yoga Therapy both diplomas given by the FADY (Argentinian Federation of Yoga.) Armenoui’s classes are for all levels and are composed by the practice of Hatha Yoga. Each class is different and it revolves around a specific family of asanas (bodily postures), incorporating proper breathing and finishing the class with relaxation. Her classes are taught entirely in Armenian. To register for this class please call Armenoui at (818) 370-7318.
Sue Darling Elivique - Sue took her first yoga class in 1990 and since has never looked back. Inspired to find health and well being after a devastating motorbike accident, Sue quickly recognised the profundity of the yogic path. In 1993 Sue found inspiration and direction for her yogic potential when she met world renowned yoga master BKS Iyengar for the first time. That same year she started a four year Teachers Training program at the Iyengar Yoga Institute of Los Angeles. Sue became a certified Iyengar yoga teacher in 1998 and has since studied with Yoga Master BKS Iyengar and continues to engage regularly in intensives and workshops with senior teachers. Sue has spent endless hours with adults, children, teens and those with special needs, practicing and teaching the arts and skills of yoga and meditation. Sue brings passion for yoga, love of life and much joyful effort to her classes. She is a practicing Buddhist, on the path of loving kindness and part of an world wide meditation study/teaching program.
Art Grigorian is a Yoga teacher living in Los Angeles. Yoga has been an abiding presence in his life for more than 25 years. He has studied various styles of yoga with some of most distinguished teachers around the world. Art has been teaching for 10 plus years and was the owner of Yoga on Brand. He teaches a wide arrary of classes from the gentle restorative style of Yin to the more challenging style of Vinyasa Flow.
Talin Hovnanian is a Vinyasa and Restorative Yoga instructor, Reiki Master, and Sound Healer. With over 17 years of dedication to unfolding The Great Mystery through the Sacred Arts, Talin’s intention is to compassionately hold space and guide all living beings to find the light of their inner healer and share it with the world. Talin has found, through her own self-healing work, the tools she needs to help support others on their path to peace and wellbeing. She believes that the power to heal ourselves is on offer within each of us, so she wishes to share the wisdom to cultivate that power with those who show up on the mat.
Elaine McCoy - Instructor
Since practicing yoga for almost two decades and having taught for nearly a decade I have learned how important correct alignment is! Rather than flowing from posture to posture, I prefer to break down a posture and prepare the body to receive it. Throughout this process, awareness of the body is heightened and postures become more attainable. This non-flow class incorporates the use of props and detailed cues: blocks, ropes, blankets, bolsters, straps, chairs, and Yoga Tune Up® balls.This style of yoga is good for everyone. I find that younger students find it helpful to swallow their ego’s to power through and focus more on form. Older students who want to build strength, flexibility and balance appreciate the pace and the help that the props give. Join me for Alignment Based Yoga and make it part of your weekly practice!
Ana Prem: I took my first yoga class in September 2008. Little did I know that four years later it would lead me on a long journey to India to study yoga. It was an intense, beautiful and tough time. So much knowledge and experience just poured into my life. After the course I decided to stay in the Himalayas of North India to deepen my practice of yogic science and get some teaching experience. All this time easily could be a story for one of the Indian movies with the crazy scenario, dances, sadhu, miracles, cows, and weddings!
Since 2013 I started to discover the power and energy of massage techniques and Ayurvedic knowledge. I had a great opportunity to be a member of Himalayan Zen School in Rishikesh and assist Swami Prem Adeh – great Zen teacher and massage therapist. With everyday practice along Master, I was learning how to bring the energies into the balance, leaving the mind completely immersed in serene state and thereby help people to clearly see their true nature, which is originally pure.
After finishing my contract work with Zen School I left India and for the next 2 years was traveling around Europe, North Africa, and Russia with classes, workshops and yoga tours. In 2016 I had a big life change event which brought me to California – on another side of the world and I found my hOMe here. I look forward to bringing my passion of yoga to the students of Glendale Yoga!
Chelsea Nenni began practicing yoga in 2002 to strengthen her back after a major spinal surgery. She completed her 200-hour teacher training program at YogaWorks in New York City in 2012 and sought additional training in prenatal and kids’ yoga. Since recieving her certifications, Chelsea has been teaching adults and children from coast to coast. As a yogini with a fused spine, she loves offering modifications to students working with physical challenges and her classes are dedication to helping her students feel comfortable and capable. Chelsea encourages her students in all of her classes to honor their bodies and to be kind to themselves.
Antonia Price - Instructor Antonia is a recent arrival to Los Angles from Seattle where she spent the last decade making art, teaching yoga and barre fitness classes and dancing. Her training in Barre Fitness, Iyengar and Vinyasa yoga, and dance compliment her background in the arts to make her classes meticulous, creative, and fun. She gives her students the opportunity to develop body awareness through simple cues and range of motion exercises layered on top of a foundation of traditional shapes, movement, and poses.
Nika Solé: Nika found yoga early in life, at a time where she was learning the dance between stillness and movement. In 2013, she received her yoga teacher certification and started her teaching journey as a Vinyasa instructor at a yoga studio in San Diego. As both a teacher and student, yoga has carried her through many facets of life, serving as an invaluable tool for renewal and connection – something she shares with her students. Within the past couple of years, Danika also found and was certified in Yin Yoga – another dimension of yoga that she uses both personally and professionally to deepen into the present moment and to reconnect the mind, body, and spirit. Nika's Flow classes utilize breath and movent to allow her students to connect with the ultimate experience of being in the present moment. Her classes are equally grounding and free flowing, as she holds the space for each yogi to journey at their own pace.