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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Shawna Barr

Shawna grew up in sunny Southern California, and after discovering yoga, started practicing more regularly as a way to unwind from a high-stress job. Through experiencing the beneficial effects of a regular yoga practice, she was inspired to learn more about living a healthy lifestyle and building on the mind-body connection.

She obtained a certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition in 2014 and completed her 200-hr Holistic Yoga Flow training under Travis Eliot and Lauren Eckstrom, deepening her passion for wellness and movement. She has also studied under Sesa O’Connor and Chelsea Rothert, and her training includes vinyasa yoga, power yoga, postnatal and mommy & me yoga.

Shawna appreciates the sense of grounding, release, and self-exploration that yoga brings, and shares these aspects with her students. She truly loves teaching and inspiring the practice of yoga. As a mother, Shawna finds joy in practicing with her little yogi and enjoys exploring the parent-baby bond in her classes.

Instagram: @shawna.barr
Dana Byerlee

Dana believes yoga is for everyone- no matter your age, where you're from, or what you and your body have been through. Through asana, intention, meditation, and breathwork, she aims to bring a unique sense of empowerment and healing to all of her classes. She teaches in a way that provokes thought and meaning, interweaving stories, sanskrit, poetry, and philosophy.

As a cancer survivor, Dana has also studied yoga for self-regulation and trauma, and pranayama techniques from the lineage of Baba Hari Dass. She is especially passionate about teaching gentle, yin, and restorative yoga, and yoga nidra, as these practices are critical for repair and rejuvenation on both the cellular and emotional levels.

Instagram: @dana_byerlee
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
Leeron London

Leeron is an LA native, born and raised, who really began her love affair with yoga in high school for the sheer reason of being able to exercise barefoot. Before she knew it she was hooked. Not just because of the physical benefits of the practice, but because of the deeper mental connection it was providing her in her day to day life. Having dealt with body issues growing up, she believes that by listening to our bodies yoga is a safe space to connect to your true authentic self. She received her 200 hour RYT certification via Tamal Dodge in Los Angeles for vinyasa flow and is also certified in Ananda meditation. She has been teaching and learning for the past 10 years and completed one year of Yoga Therapy studies at Loyola Marymount University, as well as numerous Restorative Yoga workshops. Leeron believes that we all have the ability to connect to ourselves on a deeper level allowing us to find the space to let go of fear, judgement and anxiety and reminding ourselves that where you are in your practice is right where you should be.

She has taught at various studios around LA and works with private clients of all ages and physical and health backgrounds. Using light humor and insight she will guide students to let go of judgement and find that a blissful mind is a blissful heart.

Instagram: @leeron.london
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: @milenasarian
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
#letyouryogachangeyou / #happayogis
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.