Meet our instructors
THE ECLECTIC GROUP OF teachers AT EVOKE COME FROM DIFFERENT TRAINING BACKGROUNDS.THEY ARE PASSIONATE AND AUTHENTIC AND WANT TO BRING OUT THE BEST IN YOU.
Jenn Mon is a lover of all things movement. As a physical therapist with experience treating all ages from newborns to athletes to seniors, she lives to share movement wellness with every body shape and functional ability. With experience in dance, fitness, and pilates, you can expect her classes will safely lead you through vibrant progressions that address blind spots and complement your other fitness ventures.
Carly has been dancing and bopping around ever since she can remember. After dancing all her life, she decided to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston, for Voice, to explore her other talents. She then made her way out to Los Angeles to pursue a career in performance, where she didn't know anyone. Walking into a yoga studio and signing up for one month unlimited is where it all began; and it has not stopped since. It was yoga that kept her going and it soon became a lifestyle. Taking anything from Hot Yoga to Yoga Sculpt, it is no wonder she stubled upon Yoga Barre, a mix between Yoga, Dance, and Pilates. Carly is so passionate about Yoga Barre, seeing results immediately and wishing to bring that joy and change to anyone and everyone who will listen!
Kelly is at her happiest when helping others and being on her mat. Through teaching, she has found the best of both worlds, assisting yogis on their mats! She is a certified Vinayasa flow teacher (RYT) through CorePower Yoga and is also a children’s yoga teacher (RYCT) through Yoga Alliance, both in 2014. Kelly believes in continuously learning and improving, as well as growing her own yoga practice, to become a better teacher and yogi. Off the mat, she loves to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity (has built homes across the US, India, Thailand, and Chile) and other charitable causes. She and her boxer dog, Peanut, live happily in the South Bay.
Born and raised in the suburbs of Orlando Fl, Manndola has been singing and dancing his entire life. Performing operatically for the likes of Kathleen Battle and top record executives, he always works hard and lives life fearlessly. After moving to L.A. in 2012, Manndola took his first barre class and was immediately hooked. The following year he completed his training under master instructor Nancy Norby and the rest is history. Expect to work hard... Expect to be in the best shape of your life... And most importantly expect to have fun when taking a class with him!!
Vivian Nguyen is one of the founders of Evoke Yoga. As a southern California native her heart feels most at home downtown where she strives to create a space that radiates warmth and authenticity for this eclectic community. She started her yoga training by completing a 200 hr Yoga Alliance certification in Hot Yoga followed by another 200 hr certification in Vinyasa flow. To gain a better understanding of how to use yoga as a means to heal from injury or illness, she spent 2 years at Loyola Marymount studying Yoga Therapeutics. Vivian is most influenced by the work of Jill Miller, with whom she's completed multiple trainings to become an Integrated Yoga Tune Up® teacher and continues to practice an array of better movement and self care modalities. Her classes incorporate anything from dance-like flows with handstands and arm balances, to mindful breathing exercises and rolling on balls for self-massage. As a new mother she enjoys spending as much time as she can with her family and raising her son, 2 dogs, and Siamese cat.
Kaleena was an overachiever. She would ask herself, “What is it that I truly love?” But the only answer she could come up with was “having a clean house.” One rainy day after 3 grilled cheeses & SEVERAL DIET DR. PEPPERS, she went to her first yoga class. During child’s pose, it hit her—she was still a child. Kaleena knew at that moment that she was going to have to start over, rebuilding herself breath by breath. Ever since, she has been enchanted by the idea of serendipity and magic—trusting the universe just to "do what it does". Kaleena is committed to embodying a life of service, she aims to encourage others to reach their highest potential with her contagious sense of humor, righteous playlist, and lightness of being. Let's challenge ourselves, feel empowered, and most importantly find JOY! Shine bright friends!!!
Jyima Ofori-Atta is a NASM certified personal trainer who got his experience training boxers and collegiate athletes, specializing in safe rapid weight loss. "My philosphy and approach to fitness is finding the appropriate balance between high intensity training without over exerting youself." In addtion to preparing athletes for the Olympics and professional sports, Jyima has extensive experience in functional movement, helping people correct any muscle imbalances and strengthening their core. As a team captain of his college basketball team, Jyima has learned how to motivate and be attentive when training in a group setting.
Yogi, artist, designer, animal lover and foodie living and loving in Los Angeles. From an early age, Jessy has trained in traditional Chinese dance in Taipei, Taiwan, where she was born, until the age of 13 when she moved to the U.S. At age 20, she tip-toed herself into her first yoga class but it's not until 10 years later that she started to take her practice diligently. Working in the fashion industry that is ego-driven, she turned to yoga and meditation to keep herself centered. After 4 years of diligent practice, she decided it was time to deepen her practice even more and spread the joy and benefit of yoga and recieved her 200 HRS RYT in April 2016. With uplifting spirit, she aims to inspire her students to love and honor their mind and body through dedication and commitment.
An avid mover, adventurer, and explorer, Megan enjoys bringing movement and balance into others' lives. Megan's teaching style is influenced by an extensive background in dance, Yoga, Pilates, and fitness. While her classes are welcoming to all levels, she will ensure you personally challenge your mental, physical, and inner-self explorations. Students leave her classes feeling a heightened sense of clarity and openness. Out of the studio, Megan pursues her passions for traveling, the arts, and living the healthy life one beautiful day at a time.
A native Sothern Californian, Catherine still spends the majority of her time playing in the sunshine. After years of soccer and competitive running, she became an NSCA certified personal trainer during her undergrad studies at UCLA. Catherine gave the corporate world a try for a brief period of time during which she got bit by the yoga bug. Within months, she obtained her 200-hour certification in Santa Monica, left her job and has been happily teaching all over Los Angeles ever since. From NBC's Biggest Loser Resort in Malibu to downtown LA, fitness has taught her more than she could have imagined. She combines athleticism and grace in her classes and loves to keep people on their toes (literally)! For more with Catherine, check out www.downdogupdog.com
Being an athlete and having a love for fitness, Emmanuel has always looked for ways to challenge himself and grow. In 2010 he was introduced to yoga and has been hooked ever since. Immediately he fell in love with the intensity, energy, and heat of yoga sculpt and completed a yoga sculpt teacher training in early 2011 at Corepower Yoga. In his sculpt class, Emmanuel brings the physicality of the gym onto his yoga mat while building on the foundations of vinyasa yoga. He also enjoys bringing his passion for music into his class-- you will be sure to hear upbeat and fun music creating an atmosphere for you to push yourself and get energized. His class will be challenging, while allowing time for restoration and healing. This class is an experience for your mind, body, and soul!
As a former dancer, Emily has always been drawn to various styles of Vinyasa flow. She likes to get people moving with intention and in connection to the breath. Music plays a huge role in Emily’s classes. She likes to move and flow to the music, and to use it to aid in meditation. Practicing yoga has helped Emily to hold space for herself, cultivate self love, and to create peace in her life. Her mission is to lead others to feel the same. She wants to inspire and challenge her students to develop a conscious, mindful practice that they carry with them off the mat and into their lives.
Keisha began her movement career as a dancer in NYC at age 19. Every day, she pushed her body to the max without ever considering self care. Then one day, in ballet class she fell landing out of jump, badly injuring her knee. After of her injury, Keisha began to look for solutions to increase flexibility and to stabilize her overstressed joints. This search led her to discover yoga and pilates as a self care practice. After practicing yoga on and off for several years, Keisha traveled to India to study yoga and stayed for 6 months to teach yoga at the Sivananda Ashram in Kerala India. Ever since experiencing the transformative effects of yoga and pilates on the mind and body, she has committed her career to teaching others these techniques. Keisha genuinely believes that practicing yoga increases mental clarity and productivity while creating a body that is stronger, more agile and more relaxed. Keisha is currently pursuing her Master's of Science in Social Entrepreneurship at USC (Marshall School of Business). For more information about Keisha's teaching style, special workshops, and events visit www.keishabolden.com.
Soft spoken, optimistic and encouraging, Megan T is living to be and bring a positive frame of mind into movement. The belief that movement heals the body, mind, and spirit is the affirmation in yoga she loves and holds dear. She began her perception of yoga through her youngest sisters in-home practice, but it was not until her mom became certified that she started her own practice (slightly forced), where she quickly fell in love and took yoga out of the studio for consistent private self practice and reflection. Megan T is a graduate from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia, with a Bachelors in Mass Communications. Mojave Desert born, Megan T made her return to Southern California in 2015 to pursue a marketing career, but not long after realized it was not her path or purpose. After working a job that seemed more like a drag than her passion, she found a home at Evoke, and as the saying goes, the rest is history. In August 2017, with the encouragment of Vivian, she found herself learning from Kumi Yogini and JQ Williams at Veda Yoga in Culver City. In May 2018 she completed a second training at Evoke Yoga with Kaleena Bajo and Keisha Bolden. Megan T is happiest facilitating healing in others, as she has experienced first hand yoga as a remedy to both physical and emotional issues--helping to heal the body and mind through movement and meditation. She has a soft style, while still keeping you on your toes with dope playlists and a big smile--so expect to leave her class relaxed and refreshed!
Originally from Prague, the Czech Republic, Lenka became an Angelino in 2013. She left her family, friends, and a career as a TV host to follow the love of her life. Despite great support from everyone around her, Lenka struggled at first with finding her purpose in Los Angeles. In order to stay sane, stepping outside of her comfort zone became part of her everyday life. That's when a friend brought her to Evoke Yoga, where she took her very first yoga class. She is forever grateful for that idea, her practice has become a place where no one cares about her accent, career achievements or cultural differences. After 3 years of diligent work, she was encouraged by teachers to become a teacher herself, thus spreading the passion for a healthy lifestyle. With Sculpt Yoga being her favorite style of yoga, Lenka completed the Yoga Sculpt Teacher Training at Hot 8 Yoga Santa Monica in 2016. Now the circle is closing, by becoming a teacher at Evoke Yoga she can pass on the love, experience, encouragement, and all the good stuff she once received from the Evoke community. Lenkas motto: "If I only make one person inspired, challenged, or happy, my purpose has been served." When she is not sweating in the yoga studio with all of you, she is probably lifting weights at the gym, studying to become a Primal Health Coach, drinking an americano, facetiming with her big sister or traveling the world with her husband. In Lenka's classes be prepared to work hard while listening to an awesome playlist, and a cute accent :).
Heather Ashley grew up Orange County, California. Always interested in movement, she trained for over a decade as a gymnast and transitioned to competitive dancing during high school and college. After years of working with amazing instructors and choreographers, Heather found a love for teaching. To date, she has taught several different styles of classes (barre, dance, gymnastics and yoga) to help others discover the joy in fitness too. Every class is guaranteed to incorporate great variety, high energy and good vibes.
Miguel has practiced the 26+2 for over a decade with a passion for swimming running and cycling. After a cycling accident he began study in an alignment-based practice, felt immediately drawn and progressed to a 500-hour certification by way of the Bishnu Ghosh lineage. Convinced the practice helps repair, detox, and bring us back to alignment with our mind, body and spirit, Miguel's primary teaching focus is on breathing and alignment. He recently has explored adding music to the 26+2, making for a fun twist to the beneficial sequence. When taking his class he tells students to remember it's a beginners sequence-- “I encourage everyone with an Asana practice to ‘give it a go’, whatever stage you are in right now, try it for a few months and see your posture improve.”
Despite being an all-state track runner in high school, it wasn't until Nate entered his second deployment as a Marine serving in Afghanistan that he realized the utmost importance of being physically fit. Physical fitness became not only a passion and way of life, it was a means of survival. Abs and beach body goals are insignificant; having the ability to get out of life or death situations by utilizing your body in an efficient manner is far from that. While serving in the Marine Corps any, and all, free time Nate had was spent surrounded by weights. It was during this time that he focused his heart and body to the study of physicality. He first began with the typical body building movements, and then had an eye awakening experience with his first CrossFit workout. CrossFit allowed his programming to transform into something even more versatile and beneficial, than the standard body building technique, and helped to improve his overall health and fitness, as well as survival skills. Nate has trained, programmed, and done nutrition templates for everything from bikini competitors to collegiate athletes, and fighters. He has held gymnastics clinics, and run group HIITX classes in Los Angeles for over 3 years now. Nate also runs the boxing and self defense programs at Google campus in Venice.
This is Nate, five years later, after compiling the best of the best training techniques. He is a NASM, ACE, and ISSA certified personal trainer, as well as Crossfit level 1 coach; he has studied boxing, gymnastics and hand to hand combat -- what he wants for everyone he trains is to receive the most efficient and effective movements from each of these disciplines. Nate is extremely passionate about what he does and he thrives on the energy that is brought into his classes.
Lauren found yoga at a time in her life when she was unhappy with her career, her relationship, and her body was in constant pain. She was driving home from work one day wondering, "Is this it? Is this all there is?" when she passed a yoga studio and decided to pop in and check it out. Oh man, did things change! She has since completed 500 hrs of teacher training and has been teaching since 2010. Through this practice of yoga she has discovered her voice, empowerment, compassion, understanding, boundaries, vulnerability, and most importantly, how to honor and respect the body. Laure was a competitive gymnast until she was 17 and abused her body regularly, pushing it beyond its edge and ignoring the pain. Part of what Lauren teaches in her yoga classes is to pay attention to and really listen to your body. The body speaks and we have an opportunity to listen and honor it, or to ignore it. We have this one body for this one life, and it has to last! Its up to us to take care of our bodies.
Charis’ love for yoga began in 2006, when she took a college course on the art of yoga. With her new found knowledge of this transformational practice, she fell in love with the many changes it allowed her to go through; not just as a form of working out, but mind, body and soul. Through all the practices she’s been a part of, Yoga Sculpt was the place she felt the most free and decided to become certified in 2017 at Evoke Yoga, so she could help those around her feel just as good as she did when she left that class. She strives to bring a mental and physical release that is like no other. Her motto: “We sweat out the things that no longer serve us, to make room for all the great things trying to find us. A rebirth of good energy, surrounded by a room full of love and people who work hard to make themselves stronger, inside and out, every...single...day."
Olivia stumbled into the yoga world unexpectedly when she first moved to Los Angeles in 2015. Originally from the east coast, Olivia moved to California on a whim 5 years ago, and has been following her free spirited heart all over the state since. When she arrived in Los Angeles, Olivia’s room mates first introduced her to their local yoga studio, which happened to be Evoke, where she began going to vinyasa classes daily. Olivia became entranced with the physical asana practice and began to notice, almost immediately, the ways in which yoga was beginning to transform her life. She was finally able to slow down and listen to her body. This new sense of personal liberation she found exhilarating and years later she felt the calling to embark on her first 200 hour Yoga Alliance certified training in May 2018, with Kaleena Bajo and Keisha Bolden, right here at her home studio, Evoke. Olivia has worked in the service industry for over 10 years and considers this decade to have blessed her with what she calls a "free psychology degree," and a background in everyday human interaction. Olivia has since made it her life mission to enhance the quality of authentic interactions and human connection in our world. She believes yoga is a great way to do this and she wants to help others create a sustainable and healthy lifestyle by introducing them to the healing powers of yoga, meditation, self-love and cultivating a deep sense of peace within. Olivia offers her hand extended out for yours to grab, take and follow her down a practical path of authentic living. If you are searching for something more in your life but are not sure quite what or where to start, take a class with Olivia! Your curiosity is encouraged and she welcomes you to explore the harmony that lies within, somewhere between breath and movement she believes...
Liza F. Camba (Sat-Akal) is a dedicated teacher, intuitive healer, practical mystic, artist, and guide. Have you ever felt like something was missing, a change needed to be made, that there had to be more to life, or that there was a greater purpose for yourself? In search for answers, Liza found herself going deeper and deeper on her journey, studied directly with various modern day mystics, teachers, and luminaries, and eventually found herself on a path for healing, teaching, and transformation. In her work, she brings the consciousness of over a decade of community and political activist work ranging from labor rights, civil rights, and international human rights, producing and curating artistic expression, years of intuitive self healing practices, and a deep commitment to honor Creative Consciousness and Right Relationship. Her present experience is colored by a love for yogic philosophy and lifestyle, mystical traditions, shamanism, ancient and universal wisdom practices, and above all - a deep reverence for the Oneness of all life. In Service, she teaches and guides people to experience the Divine within themselves and to consciously create the life of their greatest dreams.