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Katie Gordon


I grew up in Delano and then Bakerseld California.

I live in Huntington Beach currently.

I love the beach, and the water, so I wanted to be by the ocean. We wanted an area that had lots of things to do for my son, boyfriend, and myself so that we could grow in our passions and in ourselves.

I have been practicing belly dance for 4 years, and in the past year have deepened my practice, and am continuing to do so.

I wanted to teach belly dance because I want to share all that it has to o"er. Not just in a physical, or dance sense, but also in an emotional and mental sense. It brings about a balance to the body and mind when we dance and we can hold that with us outside of the studio. Belly dance in particular for me was a very emotionally and spiritually opening experience. It helped me to embrace and love my body more, as well as it brought me back in touch with my feminine side, that for so long I was very out of touch with. This beautiful dance has also strengthened my body, allowing me to move in new ways. In teaching I hope to share not only technique, but also passion, fun, expression of self, sensuality, and the ability to accept ourselves as we are and embrace our unique beauty.

My biggest struggle when practicing belly dance is doing drills. I often want to dance and I struggle with the discipline of taking the time to drill new moves. It is crucial for growth as a dancer though, so alas, I do them.

When I am not dancing or teaching, I am playing with and teaching my son, doing yoga, hooping, reading, writing, painting, drawing, crafting, singing, and exploring. I love a good adventure, and being outdoors. I love walking barefoot, and I am often at the beach, or the park. I enjoy archery, skateboarding, photography, doing henna tattoos, and having great deep conversations about life, love, and the universe.

I don’t really have favorites of anything but the color I like to wear the most is black.

I like almost all genres of music and am drawn to different forms at different times depending on my mood.

I just love food!

I have always wanted to travel the world performing dance and getting to meet new people from all over the world; learning about them, their cultures, and languages. I would like to also help people along the way in any way I can to improve the earth we live on and the lives of the people on it.

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Katie Gordon


I grew up in Delano and then Bakerseld California.

I live in Huntington Beach currently.

I love the beach, and the water, so I wanted to be by the ocean. We wanted an area that had lots of things to do for my son, boyfriend, and myself so that we could grow in our passions and in ourselves.

I have been practicing belly dance for 4 years, and in the past year have deepened my practice, and am continuing to do so.

I wanted to teach belly dance because I want to share all that it has to o"er. Not just in a physical, or dance sense, but also in an emotional and mental sense. It brings about a balance to the body and mind when we dance and we can hold that with us outside of the studio. Belly dance in particular for me was a very emotionally and spiritually opening experience. It helped me to embrace and love my body more, as well as it brought me back in touch with my feminine side, that for so long I was very out of touch with. This beautiful dance has also strengthened my body, allowing me to move in new ways. In teaching I hope to share not only technique, but also passion, fun, expression of self, sensuality, and the ability to accept ourselves as we are and embrace our unique beauty.

My biggest struggle when practicing belly dance is doing drills. I often want to dance and I struggle with the discipline of taking the time to drill new moves. It is crucial for growth as a dancer though, so alas, I do them.

When I am not dancing or teaching, I am playing with and teaching my son, doing yoga, hooping, reading, writing, painting, drawing, crafting, singing, and exploring. I love a good adventure, and being outdoors. I love walking barefoot, and I am often at the beach, or the park. I enjoy archery, skateboarding, photography, doing henna tattoos, and having great deep conversations about life, love, and the universe.

I don’t really have favorites of anything but the color I like to wear the most is black.

I like almost all genres of music and am drawn to different forms at different times depending on my mood.

I just love food!

I have always wanted to travel the world performing dance and getting to meet new people from all over the world; learning about them, their cultures, and languages. I would like to also help people along the way in any way I can to improve the earth we live on and the lives of the people on it.

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Robin Hall-Martinez


Robin's Certifications:

ERYT-200

ERYT-500

CYT (Certified Yoga Therapist)

Robin's Bio:

Robin is an avid yoga practitioner—practicing for over 12 years. Beginning with a yoga practice rich in discipline and focus, Robin Martinez-Hall started yoga with Patrice Simon of Bikram Yoga. She took this foundation and was formally trained in the ancient tradition and lineage of Shri Vidya with Master Yogi Jnana Nanda Bharati at Yoga Shakti Wellness Center in Irvine and Huntington Beach, Ca. Studying with him for three years in Philosophy and subtle aspects of Yoga, Pranayama, and Meditation.  She acquired her registered 200 hr. ERYT teacher training in 2008.  Robin also graduated from Ananda Seva Yoga and Meditation Center with emphasis in Yoga Therapy, receiving Diksha from Maetryii Nolan in the tradition of Shrii Shrii Anandamurti in 2014.  She is continuing her work with Archarya DeviKa Ma, and is registered with Yoga Alliance as a RYT500 instructor.

Robin has been teaching in and around Orange County for 9 years at various studios including:  Yoga Tribe, Huntington Beach, Shady Canyon Spa and Resort Fitness Center, Shady Canyon, Curl Fitness, Lido Island, Rise Yoga, Huntington Beach, and Yoga Shakti Wellness Center. Robin teaches privately to individuals and groups, organizations and corporate yoga, and to those seeking healing aspects of yoga therapy.

Her healing and transforming classes include: Power flow, Vinyasa Flow, Hatha Yoga, Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Meditation and Philosophy of Yoga. Robin has written and led her own teacher trainings and taught yoga philosophy for 4 years.  She started an Internship for her fellow graduates and continues to teach and learn with them. She believes that Yoga is not an exercise, but rather life itself.

Robin Hall-Martinez


Robin's Certifications:

ERYT-200

ERYT-500

CYT (Certified Yoga Therapist)

Robin's Bio:

Robin is an avid yoga practitioner—practicing for over 12 years. Beginning with a yoga practice rich in discipline and focus, Robin Martinez-Hall started yoga with Patrice Simon of Bikram Yoga. She took this foundation and was formally trained in the ancient tradition and lineage of Shri Vidya with Master Yogi Jnana Nanda Bharati at Yoga Shakti Wellness Center in Irvine and Huntington Beach, Ca. Studying with him for three years in Philosophy and subtle aspects of Yoga, Pranayama, and Meditation.  She acquired her registered 200 hr. ERYT teacher training in 2008.  Robin also graduated from Ananda Seva Yoga and Meditation Center with emphasis in Yoga Therapy, receiving Diksha from Maetryii Nolan in the tradition of Shrii Shrii Anandamurti in 2014.  She is continuing her work with Archarya DeviKa Ma, and is registered with Yoga Alliance as a RYT500 instructor.

Robin has been teaching in and around Orange County for 9 years at various studios including:  Yoga Tribe, Huntington Beach, Shady Canyon Spa and Resort Fitness Center, Shady Canyon, Curl Fitness, Lido Island, Rise Yoga, Huntington Beach, and Yoga Shakti Wellness Center. Robin teaches privately to individuals and groups, organizations and corporate yoga, and to those seeking healing aspects of yoga therapy.

Her healing and transforming classes include: Power flow, Vinyasa Flow, Hatha Yoga, Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Meditation and Philosophy of Yoga. Robin has written and led her own teacher trainings and taught yoga philosophy for 4 years.  She started an Internship for her fellow graduates and continues to teach and learn with them. She believes that Yoga is not an exercise, but rather life itself.

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Marlene Hanken


Marlene's Certifications:

RYT-200

Marlene's Bio:

I began practicing heated Vinyasa flow in August 2011.  Years of being a catcher in fast-pitch softball took a toll on my joints and a full time desk job lead me to a semi-sedentary lifestyle and ultimately obesity and depression.  Originally, I practiced only for the physical benefits of an asana practice—to combat all the damage I had done to myself.  It wasn’t long after I found myself doing more than just healing my body;  I was rejuvenating my mind and my soul.  As time went on, I felt compelled to share with others the new found inner strength and healing that a regular yoga practice offers.  Through the studies of my yogic tradition I have learned, above all else, yoga is a service to others.  It is my sincerest desire to help others better themselves physically, mentally, and spiritually every time they bring themselves to their yoga mat.

About Marlene:

Beyond all things, I believe a good sense of humor is the most valuable tool in life--it gets you through the really tough times and accentuates the good times.  Outside the studio, I find myself having lots of laughs with my husband Richard and our 2 silly huskies.

 

Marlene Hanken


Marlene's Certifications:

RYT-200

Marlene's Bio:

I began practicing heated Vinyasa flow in August 2011.  Years of being a catcher in fast-pitch softball took a toll on my joints and a full time desk job lead me to a semi-sedentary lifestyle and ultimately obesity and depression.  Originally, I practiced only for the physical benefits of an asana practice—to combat all the damage I had done to myself.  It wasn’t long after I found myself doing more than just healing my body;  I was rejuvenating my mind and my soul.  As time went on, I felt compelled to share with others the new found inner strength and healing that a regular yoga practice offers.  Through the studies of my yogic tradition I have learned, above all else, yoga is a service to others.  It is my sincerest desire to help others better themselves physically, mentally, and spiritually every time they bring themselves to their yoga mat.

About Marlene:

Beyond all things, I believe a good sense of humor is the most valuable tool in life--it gets you through the really tough times and accentuates the good times.  Outside the studio, I find myself having lots of laughs with my husband Richard and our 2 silly huskies.

 

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Jen Holt


Jen's Certifications:

RYT-200

Jen's Bio:

My yoga practice began in a hot yoga studio in 2006.  It was there that I discovered that yoga is so much more than stretching.  Soon, I found myself completing 30 and 60 day challenges and bouncing from studio to studio determined to learn everything I could and experience different techniques.  I studied a number of different yoga practices before finally deciding to take it to the next level last year.  I completed my 200-hr Vinyasa Flow Teaching Training under the guidance of the beautiful and wise Robin Hall-Martinez. 

I  believe that your yoga practice is just that, yours.  You are free to make it what you want and you will get back exactly what you put into it.  It can be a tool for self discovery, spirituality, mental clarity or simply just to workout and stretch the body. Your practice is yours and yours alone, I am simply here to help guide you and help you find what you need. For me, yoga is both a path to self awareness and service to others.

In addition to teaching yoga, I also lead outdoor yoga and hiking excursions through my group, Found in the Wild, where I strive to inspire others to walk with awareness. When I'm not teaching, studying, or practicing yoga, I enjoy spending time outdoors and with animals. 

Jen Holt


Jen's Certifications:

RYT-200

Jen's Bio:

My yoga practice began in a hot yoga studio in 2006.  It was there that I discovered that yoga is so much more than stretching.  Soon, I found myself completing 30 and 60 day challenges and bouncing from studio to studio determined to learn everything I could and experience different techniques.  I studied a number of different yoga practices before finally deciding to take it to the next level last year.  I completed my 200-hr Vinyasa Flow Teaching Training under the guidance of the beautiful and wise Robin Hall-Martinez. 

I  believe that your yoga practice is just that, yours.  You are free to make it what you want and you will get back exactly what you put into it.  It can be a tool for self discovery, spirituality, mental clarity or simply just to workout and stretch the body. Your practice is yours and yours alone, I am simply here to help guide you and help you find what you need. For me, yoga is both a path to self awareness and service to others.

In addition to teaching yoga, I also lead outdoor yoga and hiking excursions through my group, Found in the Wild, where I strive to inspire others to walk with awareness. When I'm not teaching, studying, or practicing yoga, I enjoy spending time outdoors and with animals. 

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Nycole Primm


Nycole's Certifications:

RYT-200

Nycole's Bio:

 

Nycole Primm


Nycole's Certifications:

RYT-200

Nycole's Bio:

 

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Christian Reid


Christian's Certifications:

RYT-200

 

Christian's Bio:

Yoga found Christian in 2009 when his mom, a yoga instructor, invited him to attend her class.  He was challenged to explore parts of his body that had never been opened, and was surprised to find release from old emotional and psychological baggage that he was not even aware of carrying.  This discovery of the inseparable nature of mind, body and spirit led Christian to delve deeper into the practice of yoga with the intention to bring balance to his whole being.  As he eagerly practiced all styles of yoga that he encountered, a sense of steadiness and ease precipitated in his mind and body, and the stresses of everyday life became less engrossing and more manageable.  As yoga led Christian to practice self-study more intimately, he was able to articulate his deepest passion of reducing suffering in the world.  Inspired by his mom’s work as an instructor and the easing of his own suffering through practice, he knew that one day he too would love to share the gift of yoga with his community through teaching.

In the Fall of 2015, he completed a 200-hour Vinyasa Flow Yoga Teacher Training and continued his education with four weeks of hands-on experience and personalized feedback in a mentorship program with his teacher training lead.  Additionally, he has completed a Yin Yoga Teacher Training, as he is passionate about all styles of yoga and wishes to learn everything he can, so he may offer the practice in a way that is accessible to everyone, regardless of experience or physical condition.  Christian is now registered with Yoga Alliance as an RYT-200 certified instructor, and plans to challenge himself and his students to continually experience yoga in new ways.  His detailed, alignment-based teaching style is informed by ancient traditions and modern anatomy, as well the integration of all eight branches of yoga.

 

About Christian:

In addition to his passion for yoga, Christian has conducted in-depth research, experimentation and practice in the fields of Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese Medicine, nutrition, organic agriculture, aromatherapy, energy work, and sound therapy, in an effort to provide healing and positive transformation in himself, his loved ones, and the community.  He also works full time as a live-in caregiver for his grandma, and considers himself truly blessed by the opportunity to directly ease the suffering of someone so dear to his heart.

Christian Reid


Christian's Certifications:

RYT-200

 

Christian's Bio:

Yoga found Christian in 2009 when his mom, a yoga instructor, invited him to attend her class.  He was challenged to explore parts of his body that had never been opened, and was surprised to find release from old emotional and psychological baggage that he was not even aware of carrying.  This discovery of the inseparable nature of mind, body and spirit led Christian to delve deeper into the practice of yoga with the intention to bring balance to his whole being.  As he eagerly practiced all styles of yoga that he encountered, a sense of steadiness and ease precipitated in his mind and body, and the stresses of everyday life became less engrossing and more manageable.  As yoga led Christian to practice self-study more intimately, he was able to articulate his deepest passion of reducing suffering in the world.  Inspired by his mom’s work as an instructor and the easing of his own suffering through practice, he knew that one day he too would love to share the gift of yoga with his community through teaching.

In the Fall of 2015, he completed a 200-hour Vinyasa Flow Yoga Teacher Training and continued his education with four weeks of hands-on experience and personalized feedback in a mentorship program with his teacher training lead.  Additionally, he has completed a Yin Yoga Teacher Training, as he is passionate about all styles of yoga and wishes to learn everything he can, so he may offer the practice in a way that is accessible to everyone, regardless of experience or physical condition.  Christian is now registered with Yoga Alliance as an RYT-200 certified instructor, and plans to challenge himself and his students to continually experience yoga in new ways.  His detailed, alignment-based teaching style is informed by ancient traditions and modern anatomy, as well the integration of all eight branches of yoga.

 

About Christian:

In addition to his passion for yoga, Christian has conducted in-depth research, experimentation and practice in the fields of Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese Medicine, nutrition, organic agriculture, aromatherapy, energy work, and sound therapy, in an effort to provide healing and positive transformation in himself, his loved ones, and the community.  He also works full time as a live-in caregiver for his grandma, and considers himself truly blessed by the opportunity to directly ease the suffering of someone so dear to his heart.