David Adams, Owner of Yoga Jaya
As a professional athlete, I first started practicing yoga to maintain flexibility while studying Sport Psychology at the Australian Institute of Sport in 1991. Many of those early years were spent just moving through the various, more physical styles with different teachers whom I never really had a personal connection with. My life blessed with unbelievable highs, lofty goal after goal achieved, the joy then matched equally with grief and the occasional horror one sees as a sports aerobatic pilot. I was the living epitome of the Rajasic/Tamasic cycle. In 2009 I was introduced to the classical teachings of Sri Krishnamacharya, and everything started to change. I had finally found a lineage of knowledge, not the abstract cliches and phony new age rhetoric which flows off most Western teachers' tongues. The very foundation of Yoga relies on the student's relationship with a teacher who has a relationship with a teacher. Having studied the Sutras of Patanjali under TKV Desikachar for a decade in Chennai, India, my teacher transformed my life with the wisdom he shared. A whole new and refreshingly truthful perspective of this ancient healing art was revealed. With the traditional teachings of Krishnamacharya, and the Yoga Sutras, many powerful, practical tools were suddenly available to me, bringing clarity and restoring emotional balance while still visualizing more amazing goals along my path. I have returned to India several times to study Vedic Mantra and Asana at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram in Chennai, and I am proud beyond words to be a part of this amazing lineage of knowledge. How can we help you?
I was introduced to yoga in 2008 in classes taught by David Adams. Over the weeks and months as I practiced it became clear that yoga had so many positive effects on my life! Truly it seemed everything was improving; my health, my relationships, my attitudes, and my emotions. I wanted to learn more about this and the classic yoga that David teaches. In 2011, I began my study as a yoga teacher with Robert Birnberg, in the Krishnamacharya tradition. I learned that yoga is so much more than physical postures. I’ve had the joy of teaching yoga now for five years. In both private sessions and group classes, I’ve seen how the simple tools of yoga have the potential to unlock joy in the student. I also have been teaching a chair yoga class at a local Cancer Center for three years. My students share that yoga helps them release stress, improve how they feel physically and create calm. I can’t wait to see where each person’s yoga journey will take them!
Leslie began her yoga studies in 2013 under the tutelage of Michelle Mazur and Shana Meyerson (YogaAthletica, MiniYogis) for her 200- and 300-hour teacher training, where she was first introduced to the Krishnamacharya lineage. Her studies have since led her to several other incomparable teachers under this auspicious lineage: Robert Birnberg (Sutras), Eleni Tsikrikras (Ayurveda), and finally, David Adams (advanced yoga teacher training). Leslie also considers her students—from mini-yogis to centenarians—as a consistent source of love, wisdom, and inspiration.
Christen has been practicing yoga for over fifteen years and has worked in the health and wellness industry for over a decade.. Although she has done many types of yoga over this time she chose to be certified in the tradition of Krishnamacharya and Desikachar, Her experience with Hatha Yoga classes over this period of time allows Christen to offer different styles of classes for all levels of fitness. She also teaches a "mommy and me" yoga class with her daughter Sage. "For me, the joy of Yoga was such a blessing and changed my life on so many levels, from a young age I knew I wanted to share this joy with others. Come and enjoy a beautiful class, where we incorporate our movement with our breath, and do something amazing for our bodies and minds. Let yoga transform your life like it has for myself personally, as well as many of my students."
In 2010, after a loved one passed away, I dove into the world of spirituality to better understand that we are souls having a human experience. When I fell in love with my first restorative yoga class, my heart and body felt at peace in a way I'd never known before. From that point on, I knew yoga would be a part of my life forever. Inspired by the connection to my breath, mind, body and spirit; I continually desired to advance my knowledge & personal practice. I also practice Vedic meditation daily, relieving stress, cleansing my nervous system, integrating my Individuality with Universality. Since 2015, I feel abundantly blessed to be able to guide other students to connect within themselves encouraging self love and acceptance. To be able to surrender control and instead trust that they are exactly where they are meant to be in their life & in their yoga poses.
Christine Tran is a certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT), Reiki Master, and Yoga Teacher Trainer (E-RYT 200) from Los Angeles. She specializes in gentle and adaptive yoga, energy healing, and mindfulness practices to support self-care and to transform stress into balanced health.
Christine makes holistic living accessible for people living in this fast-paced society and guides individuals to integrate wellness into everyday life. Using yoga therapy, she works with individuals to create a personal yoga lifestyle plan and realistic goals towards a vital and active life. Each session provides a support structure and practices to empower the individual to maintain and enhance their health, and to support the person’s overall well-being during various cycles of life.
She is trained in Reiki Jin Kei Do (The Way of Compassion and Wisdom) and uses this ancient energy healing to bring balance to the individual’s physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health.
In all practices, Christine brings an inviting, nurturing, and calming space to rediscover the natural healing powers of the body and the elements in nature, while deepening the mind, body, and spirit connection.