"The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others."

~ Mahatma Gandhi ~ 


Gail Nieto

Gail has been practicing Tai Chi Chih (TCC) for over 13 years.  She finally got accredited to be a Tai Chi Chih teacher in November, 2019.  Gail is a retired elementary school teacher from the Snowline School District.  Having found the benefits of TCC to be profound in her own practice, she is excited and looking forward to sharing this gentle practice with others. 

Dena Zivkovic

Dena found fitness at age eleven and wanted to be an exercise instructor when she grew up.  She started teaching aerobics in the 80s and has been in the fitness industry since.  After discovering Pilates and yoga, she attended teacher trainings in both and most recently added Barre certification to her certifications.  She loves helping others reach their fitness goals.

Megen Rose Litzenberger

Coming from a family of healers, Megen has always had a calling to assist the collective in their ascension process. Following a major health scare/surgery, she ventured to find other healing modalities outside of western medication, with Rieki resonating after a single session.  It brought a sense of calm, closure, clarity, and opened so much opportunity in her life.  It helped her further grow into an advocate for her health, and to become a safe space for other curious, empowered people.  Being a certified Reiki Practitioner and intuitive guide have provided an opportunity to help guide you on your own path, help release any blockages you may be harboring, provide clarity through our chaotic day-to-day life, and help you become the healthiest "YOU" there is. 

Maria Harney

Maria is a Russian dancer and choreographer who started her career at the age of 16.  She danced for the famous Russian contemporary ballet group TODES for over five years.  She is a certified choreographer with over ten years of teaching experience of all age groups.  Throughout her career, she taught lyrical jazz classes, stretching, and other forms of dance. She also has a black belt in Aikido.  

Jan Stevens

Jan discovered The World GROOVE Movement while searching for an exercise routine she could love enough to do every day.  She danced to the DVD's developed by Misty Tripoli, the Movement's creator, every day for two years.  After meeting Misty and participating in her dance programs, Jan decided to train to become a facilitator to lead classes in her own community.  She has recently completed her training and is eager to share her enthusiasm, passion, and love of dance, music, and movement with all who attend her classes. 

Mary Duman

Mary is an artist, teacher, and healer. She studied yoga and meditation at the Meditation Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota and with master yogis in Rishikesh, India. She has been practicing and teaching yoga for 20 years. She is also certified in a movement modality known as Nia, which combines modern dance, healing arts, and martial arts. Shamanic healing, ritual, and ceremony are also integral aspects of her healing work, informed by her studies with Sandra Ingerman, the Foundation for Shamanic Studies, and the Institute of Modern Wisdom.

Lynn Crawford

 Lynn discovered yoga after major shoulder surgery in 2010. After she finished her physical therapy, she realized that the shoulder needed more work.  Already in her 50s, it was not easy to rehabilitate herself so she signed up for yoga classes with Cheryl Boyles at the Wrightwood Yoga Shack.  She added more classes each week, both at Galaxy Fitness and the Wrightwood Country Club. She then discovered Love Roots Yoga Shala and was further inspired. She decided it was time to share her love of yoga and decided to take a teacher training and offer classes in Senior Yoga. Having taught quilting for many years, teaching comes naturally to her and she loves to share her knowledge and enthusiasm.  Please join her on this new journey.

Suzi McKinney

Suzi took her first yoga class when she was in college and was looking for a way to find a sense of calmness and focus during her studies. After two years at Santa Monica College, she transferred to University of Southern California to study Dental Hygiene.  Suzi continued her yoga practice to maintain a healthy balance in her life. 

In 2007, she attended Yoga Works 200- hour teacher training in Santa Monica. Then, in 2015, she attended the 50- hour Prime of Life teacher training at LMU.

Suzi had been teaching in the Los Angeles area for the last 11 years.  In January 2019, Suzi and her husband followed their dream to move to Wrightwood full time.  Suzi started teaching at Love Roots Yoga Shala in February.

Suzi shares her enthusiasm for good health and wellbeing in her yoga classes, by placing emphasis on breathing and movement to heal the body.

Ilana Tracy

Ilana discovered her love of belly dancing over 13 years ago. She first studied cabaret with world-renowned teacher Fahtiem. She soon discovered tribal belly dance and fell deeper in love with this dance form. She has enjoyed studying and doing workshops under Sharon Kihara, Frederique, Fat Chance Belly Dance and many others. She has performed in the troupes The Om Sisters, Katerina and the Kabuki Dolls, Akasha Fire, and also as a soloist. 

Molly Jo Stanley

For over a decade, Molly Jo has been a dedicated student of ecology, ethnobotany, herbal medicine, yoga, mindfulness, ceremony and music. By weaving the power of mindfulness, story and music into transformative movement within her classes and offerings, she nourishes the sense of wonder and excitement inherent in all students and empowers all beings to reconnect to a sense of place within the Self, our communities, and the great web of life, thereby cultivating a lasting reverence for our extraordinary existence. She is currently engaged in Masters studies in Educating for Mindfulness and Sustainability through Antioch University New England; as a lifelong student, she recognizes with gratitude the profound teachings offered by her students on and off the mat. In her classes, students can expect a harmonious union of centering mediation; pranayama; engaging, mindful movement; joyful expression and transformational challenge.

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