Michelle Zarrin is an inspirational speaker, meditation teacher and spiritual guide. She is in the top 5% of meditation teachers on the Insight Timer app, home to over 3000 teachers. Her meditations have received more than 1 million downloads worldwide. To receive free weekly spiritual teachings, please sign up via MichelleZarrin.com. Michelle is also the author of “From My Heart to Yours: Based on a True Story.”
Cassandra Carlopio, a licensed Psychologist in Australia, has been teaching mindfulness meditation and yoga nidra in Southern California for the past five years. Cassandra focuses on all things sleep and relaxation-related, and thousands of people fall asleep to her guided meditations on YouTube, Spotify and various meditation apps each night. Cassandra completed her Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology in 2012, on the Gold Coast of Australia. Since then, she has committed herself to understanding how the mind and the nervous system work, to help people heal from trauma, addiction, anxiety and insomnia. Cassandra has worked with Major League Soccer and the National Hockey League, trains medical professionals in functional sleep medicine, and works with clients from across the United States and internationally, via online video conferencing. With an expertise in helping people shift their association with sleep, and unwind the nervous system so people can access a deep and restful sleep with ease. Cassandra is a collaborative partner at The Breathe Institute, an internationally-recognized leader in functional sleep medicine. And teaches meditation classes across Southern California. Cassandra believes that a quality life comes from quality rest, and has dedicated herself to the art and science of relaxation and sleep. “The quality of our sleep is directly related to the quality of our waking life. Relax well, sleep well, live well”.
Ava Johanna is a Los Angeles based yoga, meditation and breathwork teacher with a passion for the integration of mind, body and soul practices. After suffering from severe corporate burnout, Ava turned to yoga and holistic healing to redirect her life and found these powerful ancient practices to be the ultimate rejuvenation of spirit. With great devotion to her personal healing, Ava's mission is to share these modalities and can be found teaching yoga, meditation, and breathwork around the globe and provoking conscious conversations on her podcast, The Alchemized Life. Each curated class is designed to inspire students to move closer towards an alchemized life filled with sustained happiness, health, and love.
Jasmine Smith is an international Spiritual Development Coach yoga and meditation teacher. From years of operating at the top of the medical field to collaborating with the best alternative holistic health leaders, Jasmine’s multilayered- Soul Perspective 365 Living Process, has been taught in grade schools, yoga studios, wellness centers, and universities, sharing some of the finest tools the field has to offer. An outstanding, innovative thought leader Jasmine brings a depth of experience and a fresh perspective. Not one for labels you’ll find it difficult to categorize her. Jasmine is a former certified Medical Assistant, she also has a Bachelors Degree in Health Science and Biology, a 200 hour Registered Yoga Teacher Certificate, a Level II attunement and certification in Reiki Universal Life Force Energy, a certification in Therapeutic Hypnosis and a passion and deep scientific knowledge of all layers of the being.
Karla Amador is a serial entrepreneur and co-founder of the 52 Hike Challenge; a global movement empowering hundreds of thousands of people around the world to get outdoors and take advantage of the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual benefits gained through hiking once a week for a year. She is also the CEO of “THRIVE” - a cloud-based bookkeeping and consulting firm that specializes in Quickbooks. Thrive manages accounting duties for small to mid-range businesses and wealthy individuals. In addition, Thrive offers small business consulting services.
Since the 52 Hike Challenge launch in December of 2014, over 20,000 participants have joined the challenge. Together, with the community she has created a culture of support, which can be seen in over 500,000 images shared under the hashtags #52HikeChallenge and #52HikeChallenge2016/2017/2018/2019 on Instagram alone.
The 52 Hike Challenge has garnered much attention. It has partners like the National Park Service, Latino Outdoors, and Sierra Club to name a few. Sponsors include: REI, KRAVE Jerky, Sawyer Products, Mountain House, Arc’teryx, Health-Ade Kombucha, GoPro, Honey Stinger and more.
Karla holds a BA from California State University Fullerton in Communications with a minor in Business. She has been named “30 under 40: Future Leaders in Special Events” by Special Events Magazine. She has been a keynote speaker at "Startup Weekend," "Women 2.0," the "National Association for Female Executives (NAFE),” California State University Fullerton, Youngry, REI Outessa Summits, SheVentures, REI, and has been featured in various articles and podcasts as an expert in hiking and entrepreneurial leadership.
Christina McMahon, Ph.D., is a certified energy healer counselor and writer based in Los Angeles. She is the founder of the "Opening to Sacred Love" program, which supports conscious singles to welcome into their lives the lasting love they desire and deserve. Christina is a contributor to Conscious Lifestyle Magazine, and a featured teacher on the Insight Timer meditation app. She also leads mindfulness workshops regularly at the Women’s Center on the UC-Santa Barbara campus. You can find her at: christinamcmahon.org. She is the loving and devoted partner of Darrin Kagele. Darrin Kagele, LMFT, is a transformational coach and therapist based in Los Angeles. He holds a Master’s degree in clinical psychology and has extensive experience coaching individuals and couples on how to transform their limiting beliefs and negative self-image into the life and relationships they have always desired. Darrin has been practicing Mindfulness and self-compassion/self-love for over 30 years and teaches groups directed towards helping people learn to sit with all their thoughts and feelings in the pursuit of acceptance. You can find him at: Darrinkagele.com. He is the loving and devoted partner of Christina McMahon.
Lisa Vitta, Life style Guru is a Native Southern California girl who finds her greatest joy in life being a mother and a teacher. Finding yoga in college she was drawn to it immediately and through the years she found herself searching out deeper classes on meditation. Stumbling one day into the Golden Bridge Yoga she felt the authenticity of the teachings and a few years later found herself in their intensive nine month training program. When Lisa entered into the Level 1 Kundalini training she never imagined coming out and wanting to teach it to other students. She had found her life purpose through the journey and wanted everyone else to have the same experience. Lisa’s teacher training group was one of the last to experience the teachings from the greatest lineage of teachers including renowned Gurmuckh who had created Golden Bridge Yoga, Tej Kaur Khalsa, Harijwan Singh and other Masters that had been trained in the early years by Yogi Bhajan. Lisa continues her deeper teachings in Humanology with Guru Singh, a very beloved teacher in Los Angeles. Formerly, the owner of a boutique Yoga/Wellness Studio, Guru’s Gate Yoga, located in Manhattan Beach, CA, Lisa recently moved back to Mission Viejo with her husband and they completed a complete renovation on the family home she grew up in since her childhood. Lisa is now teaching several Kundalini classes at You and the Mat Studio, Laguna Niguel and her own Mission Viejo – Yoga Studio in her backyard where she teaches on a more intimate level specializing in Moon Ritual Circles that empower the Sacred Feminine, Couples Connection and Healing Sound Baths. Students enjoy the generous outpouring of energy, joy, humor and wisdom that she freely shares during and after each class. Drawing on her own personal experiences, Lisa shares her love with her students as she guides them through their own exploration towards Self-realization & Enlightenment. From de-stressing and dealing with matters of the heart, to unlocking creative potential and coping with school, families and aging. Lisa is a devoted Yogini and teacher who truly enjoys connecting with each student on a deeper level. Her classes focus on deepening the breath, moving the energy up the spine, mantra to vibrate and heal, allowing everyone to elevate to their higher consciousness. You will feel her immediate warmth and compassion from the minute you meet her and wait till you try her Organic Yogi Chai Tea she makes from scratch! Lisa embodies Enlightened Living and her ability to find balance in such a crazy world is truly inspiring!
Hilary Jackendoff is a Los Angeles based meditation and Yoga Nidra teacher, formally trained in the North Indian lineage of the Bihar School of Yoga. She began studying and practicing Tantra, yoga, and meditation in 2008, traveling to India and Australia, where she spent two years immersed in ashram life while completing a two-year Yoga and Meditation Teacher Training. Hilary is currently a Senior Teacher at The DEN Meditation, co-creator of its 400 Hour Meditation Teacher Training and 2019 Wanderlust Festival presenter. Hilary also offers 100 Hour Yoga Nidra Teacher Training, private Teacher Trainings, and meditation teacher mentorship. Hilary’s teaching philosophy aims to demystify ancient wisdom, making it more accessible, practical, and fun. She is committed to helping her students develop a sense of ownership of their own consciousness, embracing the notion that the spiritual doesn’t always have to be so serious. Through this understanding, they can connect more deeply to joy, play, and the lightness of being!