meet our team

All of our teachers have minimum:

Jessica Kang

Hanna House Gilan

Romy Phillips

Bobbi Boston

Karla Balani

Maria Zavala

Myla Grytsyna

Yari Alcaraz Cruz

Amy Esacove

Gwen Yeager

Jessica Kang

Jessica Kang, founder of YOTM, has been practicing yoga for over 15 years. She received her 500 hour certification through Yoga Works in 2007 with Jeanne Heileman as her mentor. Soon after her training she went on to teach and continue her training in Hong Kong, Korea, and India while living out her dream of traveling for 3 years. She’s a firm believer in what we have is not for us to keep but to share. Her most meaningful practice is off the mat when she’s able to give back and connect with people she meets.

Yari Alcaraz Cruz

Yarí Alcaraz Cruz is a full-time yoga and pilates teacher whose style is influenced by her many years of study in a variety of mind-body modalities and her decades of rigorous dance training. She has her own private practice focused on injury rehabilitation and prevention and is a regular Yogaworks teacher. She obtained a Pilates Mat and Equipment Certification through The PhysicalMind Institute at Movements Afoot Studio in NYC under the guidance of Lesley Powell and Doris Pasteur-Hall. Upon moving to LA, she found her yoga home at Center for Yoga, where she received her 500-hr yoga teacher certification through Yogaworks under the guidance of Anne Van Valkenburg, Carmen Fitzgibbon and Joan Hyman. Yarí danced professionally for many years and has a BFA in Dance from the Ohio State University. She is thrilled to be part of the YOTM family.

Myla Grytsyna

Myla took her first Teacher Training with YogaWorks, where she acquired knowledge of proper alignment and anatomy of movement. After spending four days with BKS Iyengar at a conference in Moscow, Myla made up her mind to explore the origins of yogic tradition and to study it from the very roots. Grasping for more, her path led her to India, where she finished Yoga Teacher Training with Ayurveda. This intense training provided answers to many questions and made it very clear that yoga has much more to offer than asana practice. Exploring the missing parts, Myla also got certified as a Yoga Therapist, an Ayurvedic Health Educator and a Prenatal Yoga Teacher. Her classes are strong and challenging, but she provides modifications for all levels.

Hanna House Gilan

Hanna teaches an energy based vinyasa style utilizing krama (stages) and dynamic sequencing of postures and breath work. Rooted in the tradition, structure, and lineage of ashtanga combined with intelligent vinyasa flow, Hanna’s class connects to the deepest roots of this great tradition. With an emphasis on deeper alignment and integration of body, mind, and spirit, her classes invite challenge, exploration, stillness, and harmony. Breath emphasis and intelligent sequencing, combined with the knowledge and meditations Hanna offers throughout each class help students experience their boundless potential, for healing, loving, and living more joyful and peaceful lives.

Hanna has the experience, skill, and knowledge that come from 18 years of daily practice and 12 years teaching students of all ages and abilities. A dedicated and joyful student of ashtanga, Hanna practices the complete first and second series of ashtanga. Hanna has learned the ashtanga yoga method through dedicated work with teachers authorized or certified by Pattabhi Jois and during residency and practice in Mysore, India at Sri K. Pattabhi Jois’ Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute.

Maria Zavala

Maria has been practicing yoga since 1994 and teaching since 2002. Her main teacher has been Tim Miller of the Ashtanga Yoga Center in Carlsbad, CA. Tim was the first Westerner to be Certified in the Ashtanga tradition by Sri. K. Pattabhi Jois, the late Guru of Ashtanga yoga. Maria has completed Tim's Beginner and Advanced Teacher Trainings, spent over 4 years assisting him in classes, and has his blessing to teach Ashtanga yoga. She completed YogaWorks 200 Hour training in November, 2010.

Maria has extensive experience teaching students of all levels. Her Beginner classes focus on yoga fundamentals and alignment, her Ashtanga classes are disciplined, focused, and taught traditionally with Sanskrit counting, and her Vinyasa classes offer the chance to play with intelligent, creative sequencing, based on AshtangaPrinciples that will inspire and challenge her students in a safe and fun environment.

Her love for teaching and love of the practice inspires her daily to share the wealth of knowledge she has gained through her own disciplined practice as well as her time spent studying with Tim Miller.

Romy Phillips

Romy Phillips,is a certified yoga instructor who has been teaching since primarliy in the Los Angeles area since 2001 and more recently, workshops, trainings and retreats in Maryland, Hawaii and Tokyo, Japan.

Romy has completed a number of teacher trainings including:
• Anusura (Naime Jezzeny, Sue Elkind & John Friend)
• Yoga Works, 200hr (Lisa Walford & Birgette Kirsten)
• Yogaworks, 300hr (Birgette Kirsten)

She has assisted three 200hr trainings at Yogaworks and has lead two Yogaworks 200 Hr. Teacher Trainings in Tokyo, Japan, (2012 & 2013) and another training in Tokyo, May- July, 2014. In addition, she will be a mentor in the YogaWorks Professional Program (August 2014 – February 2015)

Romy has attended numerous intensives and workshops with internationally recognized teachers in the yoga community including: Patahbi Jois, Dharma Mittra, John Friend, Chuck Miller & Maty Ezraty, Lisa Walford, Rodney Yee, Erich Schiffman, Max Strom, Jillian Pransky, Chad Hamrin, Richard Freeman, Rod Stryker, Donna Farhi, Annie Carpentar, Natasha Rizopulous & more.

Bobbi Boston

Bobbi Boston began her yoga practice in 1996 with Simon Borg Oliver in Australia. After practicing for 7 years she attended a 9 month residential training in Byron Bay, Australia. She has studied and taught in Austraila, Thailand, India, and the U.S. She is also experienced in teaching therapeutic, pre-natal, yoga for kids as well as to aging adults. Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and his grandson, Sarath both have given her their blessings to teach Asthanga Yoga.

Karla Balani

Knowledge, observation and compassion. Karla believes that a good yoga instructor has to have a foundation of yoga, personally and academically in order to have a starting point from which to guide the students; the observational skills to both study and learn from the students in order to take them to the next level, safely; and the compassion to want to be there fully for the benefit of the students.

She teaches students to create space and balance to help reduce pain and stress in their lives.

Karla Balani is a Yoga Works Trained Instructor at the 500Hr Level and a Certified Yoga Therapist from prestigious Loyola Marymount University. Yoga Therapists assist people with health challenges not normally met in a group class. These challenges can be physical, mental or emotional.

Karla is currently an intern in Level 4 of the LMU Yoga Therapy Training Program. This internship program is designed for students to apply and refine their administrative and clinical skills in an active medical setting under the supervision of resident physicians and instructors.

Amy Esacove

Amy has been a practitioner of Yoga since 2003. After 2 years of devoted study with Bryan Kest, she completed her teacher training in 2005 and immediately began teaching at Power Yoga in Santa Monica. For four years, Amy’s teaching expanded from private sessions to classrooms of over 100 people at a time, developing her strong sense of when to slow down and talk through the body in order to keep all students safe, calm and focused. In 2009, Amy moved to Austin, Texas and began teaching at Black Swan Yoga, which had just opened its doors. It quickly became voted the top yoga studio in Austin year after year. Additionally Amy has co-led retreats to Nicaragua, Texas and California. Since Amy’s return to Los Angeles in 2013, she has continued with her private clientele and is thrilled to now be a part of Yogis On The Move.

Gwen Yeager

Gwen Yeager is a Certified Integrated Yoga Tune Up® Teacher and Hatha Yoga Instructor (E-RYT 500) based in Los Angeles. With over 800 hours of in-depth yoga, anatomy and therapeutics training, she leads intelligently sequenced yoga classes and workshops that focus on functional movement and include mindfulness and self-study, pranayama, anatomical awareness, deep relaxation, and a healthy dose of light-heartedness and humor.  Gwen is passionate about the relationship between breath, body and mind, and the benefits of healthy movement. Her classes are a place where students can explore their personal edges and perceived boundaries, slow their minds and move closer to their intuitive, balanced and creative selves.