I am so excited for our new studio opening in Costa Mesa, CA!
hOMe is manned (well, mostly wo-manned) by some extraordinary yogis and I would love to introduce myself and them to you.
My name is Scott Underwood. My general style of asana practice may not be what you think of when you think of yoga. I teach a lot of Unheated Power Vinyasa Flow Yoga; this is a dynamic form of yoga where students move with grace, strength, and balance while matching breath to movement, producing heat (agni) within the body. Not only is this an incredible workout but it also centers and calms your mind. The idea is to get your mind and body aligned with that creative spark that is the “true” you; this is the beauty of this type of yoga: while working towards our physical goals we are attending to our psychological needs by taming the “mind chatter” (chitta vritti) that we all experience. This vigorous and revitalizing form of physical practice is appropriate for any level of student. Besides all of that, I think that I have the most fun in class of any instructor I know. So let’s have fun together, listen to good music, flow, and encourage each other to find our better selves. When not yoga-ing or teaching college Creative Writing and Literature, you can find me on a beach somewhere in Southern California with my two kids and girlfriend.
Katlyn “The Sarge” Greiner discovered yoga after she broke her back while competitive horseback riding when she was 16 and she has been breaking backs ever since! Katlyn is co-owner and cohabitator with me at hOMe and at home. She has been studying yoga all over the country as she acquired a vast knowledge of different forms of Hatha. Although she is not instructing classes, she is facilitating the studio and teaching the teachers to be teachers. Along with running the studio, she is a college professor teaching Art History at the Art Institute of Orange County. She loves art, museums, history, nature, and wine; all of which she believes should be incorporated into the studio. To her, yoga is as much the study of culture and cultivating a community as it is the performing of postures and movements. She says, “So, look out for art-gallery openings, awesome outdoor retreats, wine nights, museum trips, and just good times hosted by yours truly.”
Come in, say hello, and get to know Katlyn. She will become your best friend!
Carmela Rosas (AKA The Ashtanga Bandha Blaster) is teaching primarily Ashtanga Yoga, with some riffs on the theme. She’s been practicing for nearly 20 years after studying Classical Ballet since she was five years old. The dedication and struggle of ballet influences her daily and translates to her yoga practice. After ballet, Carmela started running to stay in shape. To date, she has run 21 marathons and ultra-marathons (30-60 miles), including The Boston Marathon twice! She is a complete believer that the human body and yoga have no limits. She has over 3,000 hours experience teaching yoga at all levels – in both private and group settings and her style of teaching integrates influences of Vinyasa flow and Ashtanga. She loves the strength, heat building, and grace that a Vinyasa practice can bring. She has a beautiful personal practice and can be seen haunting the hardwood floors of studios all over the county.
Here at hOMe, she will be teaching many Ashtanga classes as well as leading our RUN Club.
She said, “Yoga is a way of life for me and I love being able to share this wonderful practice.” Since first taking Carmela’s classes years ago, she has become my mentor as a yogi and teacher. I am just so honored by her presence at hOMe.
The Classical Sun Salutation Sultana, Alysha Floyd, is a Yoga Shakti 200-hour RYT and is also certified as a Prenatal Yoga Instructor. She is currently finishing her 500-hour certification from Yoga Shakti, a system of yoga that traces its oral lineage from teacher to student over five thousand years. She began practicing Yoga in 2011 after recovering from 2 extensive knee surgeries. Naturally, she began her practice in Gentle and Restorative Yoga to try and regain strength and flexibility in her knee.
Alysha strives to create a comfortable, safe, non-competitive environment in her classes and encourages her students to do what feels good in their bodies. On the other hand, I took her class last night and she kicked my ass in the best of ways.
Alysha will be teaching a variety of classes from Prenatal and Gentle/Restorative, to Level 2 Vinyasa Flow. Come hit every one of them up…. if you’re not pregnant, you might want to skip the Prenatal. But, even then, 3 out of 4 ain’t bad.
What you should know about Rachel “The Flying mA-U-M” [AKA “Mom-aste” by her sons] Pedroso:
She thinks that Yoga is fun. That It feels good…. I think she might be right.
She’s been teaching for 5 years and is one of the brightest people I know. She embraces change and flows through the turbulent world with the grace of a jubilant feather in the wind. If she were reading this, she would make a Forest Gump joke right now.
She wants to build relationships inside and out of the studio. She expects you to talk and find joy. I knew that she was perfect for our studio when she told me, “My favorite students laugh at my jokes and bring me food.”
She’s a single mom to twin boys, Reese and Elliott, and is currently writing a book on fear while also building a coaching program called Black Market Self-Help: For People Who Don’t Need Advice.
Her class styles are dynamic, mindful, and super-fun. She works a lot on muscle isolation and synergistic functionality. You’re going to have to talk to her about what that means. She will be teaching classic Vinyasa classes with her own flavor and our Lunchtime Flows. Be ready to smile and work!
Derynne “The Yin MA-ster” Kenton-Fuhrer writes: “Our bodies are a sacred vessel that speak to us through the language of sensation. By listening to the heart and feeling of the body, we heal and discover the soul.”
Derynne’s yoga journey began 23 years ago when she discovered that yoga was the perfect medicine for chronic depression. The practice of yoga, meditation, and soul-writing inspired the discovery that her body held onto the experiences of stress and trauma. Regular practice and commitment to soul-work helped her to release what was trapped in her body. That’s when her heart began to heal.
Derynne is a Somatic Massage Therapist, Yoga Instructor, and Life Coach who guides her clients to live their desires wholeheartedly. Derynne holds women’s empowerment groups and workshops worldwide that utilize the traditional process of council and Danielle LaPorte's Desire Map, while also working with clients individually to find ritual and balance in their personal lives. Derynne’s passion and gift of sharing the tools for self-inquiry, yoga, and soulwork will help you to heal, discover, and live the life you deserve. I remember the first class I ever took with Derynne years ago. I told her she made me cry. She said, “Sometimes we need that,” and she hugged me. This is a special woman and I have never felt so honored that someone would trust me with a small part of their life-path.
Sabrina “Gidget” Rubin’s passion for yoga came when a friend referred her to a free week of yoga years ago. She was “super drawn to it and fell in love instantly.” As with most of us, her practice started off physical. It was only after she delved into her teacher training did she discover “a way more spiritual practice.” Yoga is something that she could do to step away from day-to-day life; that is, until it became her day-to-day life.
With yoga, Sabrina has found that often-sought career of doing what she loves; that love of yoga permeates every one of her classes. She says, “There is always something new to learn, whether it's of the asanas and the physical benefits or of the philosophy and the yoga system. I am so grateful to have found yoga and, as there is always room for growth and improvement, I plan to continue to study and grow from it so that I can share its beauty with those around me.” Sabrina is a beautiful soul with a super-strong practice. I can not wait to see what she does with you!
So, that’s it for now. That’s the team. I am overwhelmed by these ladies and their commitment to hOMe. Without a doubt, they make up the most diverse and learned group of yogis I have ever seen in a studio.
I’ve done a really, really good job finding them; and you have done well finding us.