About Us

Our beautiful boutique studio primarily offers heated vinyasa flow classes for all levels. We teach classes at a tropical temperature of 85*F to increase flexibility, promote detoxification, and heighten relaxation. We welcome yogis of all levels as we encourage you to challenge your body while having the consciousness to take a break at any time that you need. Our experienced instructors will give modifications to teach students at any level.

THE YOGA BLISS TEAM
Lara Estrada
Founder + Studio Owner
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Lara had always been curious about Yoga and eventually took her first class as part of a meditation course during her undergraduate studies at UC Berkeley. She continued to explore vinyasa classes as a method of connecting with her body and mind for physical fitness and spiritual well-being. With previous experience in athletics and dance, Lara particularly enjoyed the lyrical nature and technical aspects of vinyasa.

Shortly after completing her 200-hour teacher training through YogaWorks in Costa Mesa, Lara spent several months doing volunteer work and backpacking abroad throughout Thailand, Laos, Australia, Japan and the Philippines. Upon returning from her travels, Lara decided to settle in Los Angeles. She started teaching yoga at studios, gyms, and privately. After teaching yoga for a few years, Lara felt the desire to deepen her knowledge as an instructor. She completed her 300-hour teacher training in the beautiful land of Bali through Mukti Yoga School.

Lara’s teaching style incorporates vinyasa flow with a focus on alignment and consciousness of breath. She emphasizes presence, mindfulness, and connection to spirit. Lara encourages everyone to seek fulfillment and joy in their yoga practice, as well as in every aspect of their lives.

Instagram: @lara_loves
Website: LaraLovesYoga.com
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Alex Joy Heimann
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An old soul with a young spirit, Alex believes in living life in the moment, guided by intuition, and rooted in compassion. She fosters a non-dogmatic approach to yoga, movement, and life. Her classes are creative, mindfully sequenced, and always allow space for personal exploration and limitations. You can expect to challenge your mental and physical barriers, sweat, smile, and walk away feeling harmonized.

“For me, yoga is about more than standing on your hands or bending your head back to your toes. It is about connecting mind and body, and that is unique to each individual. We all come to the mat with different energies and challenges, and by honoring where we are each day, we grow stronger. We break through barriers we don’t even know we have.”

Website: AlexJoyYoga.com
Instagram: @alexjoyyoga
Renisha Jenkins
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Renisha is an LA native that was first introduced to yoga in college. After graduation, she began to incorporate yoga into her weekly workout regimen. Little did she know, the practice was working her out on a deeper level; she began to notice positive changes in her lifestyle and interactions with others. From that moment on, she became drawn to the spiritual aspect of the practice, diving head first into meditation and yoga philosophy.

Upon completion of her foundational training, it became clear that sharing the gift of yoga with the community was her calling. She has taught at Yoga Fit studio, LA Fitness gym, and various group and private classes across Los Angeles. Additionally, due to her background as a middle school teacher, she has the tools of patience, understanding, and individualized instruction to provide students with an invigorating yet uplifting class experience, regardless of experience or ability.

"I truly believe yoga is F. A. B. - for all bodies. I strive to make my classes accessible and enjoyable for people of all ages, shapes, and sizes." Her signature style infuses creative sequencing to the sounds of contemporary artists to create a dance of asanas that delivers both the work-out and work-in needed so that you leave feeling "bliss'd out."

Instagram: @nishanicoleyogi
Ellina Kim
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Ellina is an LA native, born and raised, that loves to practice yoga. Typical Southern Californian. Before being introduced to the fabulous world of yoga, she was as a Hip-Hop dancer. She studied Psychology at Boston University and thought she was going to end up either as a psychotherapist or as a dancer. Ellina landed back in Los Angeles to pursue dance and ended up as a yoga instructor. She received her 200-hour teacher training at Liberation Yoga in Los Angeles and couldn't ask for anything more.

Ellina's need to move her body is insatiable and yoga is the only thing that provides strength, movement, flexibility, and a peaceful mind. In Ellina's classes, she emphasizes all of those aspects. It's fun, sweaty, challenging, and at the end of the class, you'll be wanting more as you're totally in bliss.

Instagram: @ellinayoga
Website: EllinaYoga.com
Roxan Kruse
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The first time Roxan stepped onto her yoga mat, she didn't know what to expect. She enjoyed the workout and that's what kept her coming back, but through the years something shifted and she has found that it's when she's on her mat that she finds the truest form of "herself". When she's practicing yoga she can leave the chaos of today's world to the side and find a profound sense of grace, peace, and calm. Through her teaching she hopes to share her experience and help you find a truer sense of "you".

Roxan completed her 200 hour yoga teaching certification at Harmony Yoga in Redondo Beach. Specializing in vinyasa flow, she loves to link breath to movement, using the breath as a means to turn inwards and focus on oneself. She views her role of yoga teacher as someone who guides students through a practice, and encourages everyone to approach yoga with a sense of curiosity and self exploration.

Instagram: @roxanyoga
Website: RoxanYoga.com
Shawna Barr
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Shawna grew up in sunny Southern California, and first discovered yoga in high school. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology at UCLA (Go Bruins!) and started practicing more regularly as a way to unwind from a high-stress job in the fashion industry. After experiencing the beneficial effects of a regular yoga practice, she was inspired to learn about more facets of wellness and modify her lifestyle habits.

Through eCornell’s T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies, she obtained a certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition, and transitioned into a career in the health and wellness industry. She completed her 200-hr Holistic Yoga Flow training under Travis Eliot and Lauren Eckstrom, which further solidified her passion for health and inspiring the practice of yoga.

Shawna appreciates the sense of grounding, release, and self-exploration that yoga brings, and shares these aspects in her classes. In her free time, she enjoys staying active by exploring different types of fitness, trying out new plant-based recipes, curling up with a good book, and traveling.
Milena Sarian
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Milena developed a dedicated yoga practice in 2005 where she began to immediately notice the positive influence it brought to her life. She decided to leave her full time career in marketing to teach yoga full time in 2007 in order to share this gift with others.

Milena is an experienced yoga instructor who has had opportunities in teaching various styles of yoga and fitness including Power Sculpt, Vinyasa Flow, Ashtanga and Restorative Yoga. She teaches in the Los Angeles area and has a wide range of students of all levels and backgrounds. "My goal as a teacher is to inspire my students to understand the mind-body-soul connection and to bring more joy into life."

Milena brings a light-hearted and compassionate quality to her fun, yet intense classes.

Instagram: @mini_yogi
Jennifer Winther
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Jennifer came to yoga as an adult, after years of running, cycling, a little dance, and a lot of karate. Transitioning in to motherhood while attending graduate school, yoga provided her with a peaceful getaway that was also a strong and physically challenging, fitness-oriented practice. After dabbling with prenatal, postnatal, and beginner classes for a couple of years, when a new studio opened around the corner, she found ways to get there more and more. Before long, she was practicing at home and in the studio every single day, getting stronger, more adventurous, and more grounded through daily yoga and meditation.

Jennifer’s yoga and meditation practice has seen her through graduate school, pregnancy and birth, parenting two kids, auto immune challenges, and breast cancer, and she believes strongly in the power of yoga and meditation to heal. Jennifer honors each individual’s yoga journey as their own, and hopes that sharing knowledge from her own journey as a yoga student and teacher may help fellow yogis find what works for them, no matter where they come from or where they’re headed. As much as yoga and meditation are individual practices, she believes that when practiced in community, they become even more powerful. She aims to make every student feel welcome in her classes and to inspire each person to find ways to let their practice change them from the inside out.

Jennifer’s training has included power yoga, yin and restorative yoga, meditation, yogic philosophy, and Primal Yoga ® flow, a beautiful blend of yoga and Chinese martial arts and healing. She is a community member of the Yoga and Body Image Coalition http://ybicoalition.com

Instagram: @jenniferwintheryoga
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Website: JenniferWinther.com
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Why practice yoga in the heat?

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    To stretch deeper.

    Muscles warm up more quickly, allowing for deeper stretching and increased flexibility.

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    To detox and cleanse the body.

    The heat will help your skin do its job of releasing impurities through perspiration.

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    To burn more fat and aid in weight loss.

    Circulation and heart rate increase so that yoga becomes more of an aerobic activity.
    Metabolism is boosted, which allows fat to be burned more effectively. Water weight melts away in sweat.

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    To improve health and immunity.

    By slightly elevating the body temperature, the immune system is enhanced. White blood cells and antibodies are activated, which can help to fight off colds and viruses.

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    To relax more deeply.

    Heat relaxes the body, decreasing anxiety and elevating the function of the nervous system.
    Capillaries dilate in the heat, boosting the amount of oxygen in all of our cells. More oxygen flows to tissues, muscles, organs. An enhanced oxygen supply calms the body and improves mental state.