Namastday Teachers



Meet our Yoga Teachers

Namastday Yoga believes in constant learning. Our yoga teachers have all gone through rigorous training and assessments to gain the knowledge that they have now. All Iyengar teachers are certified by the Iyengar Yoga National Association of the United States. They understand their responsibilities to the students and provide well rounded yoga classes.



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Selene is a graduate of the 3-year Iyengar Yoga Teacher Training Program of Southern California and is a certified Iyengar yoga teacher. In 2015, Selene had the opportunity to study with Geeta Iyengar at Yoganusasanam in Pune, India. Selene continues tostudy and deepen her knowledge and understanding of Iyengar yoga with Monica Rose, Marla Apt, Gloria Goldberg and Manouso Manos. Selene is grateful for Iyengar's teachings, insights and joy gained from the practice. Learn more at
Originally from Japan, Chigusa has been practicing yoga since 2000. She has been fortunate to study Iyengar yoga under the mentorship of Marla Apt, and the guidance of Lisa Walford and Dora Hasenbein for the last 5 years.
Having worked as a post production editor, yoga helped Chigusa to cope with a sedentary and high-stress work environment and helped her to develop physical strength and emotional balance.
She firmly believes that regular yoga practice can elevate our day to day life by releasing unnecessary tension and bringing more balance to body and mind.

Chigusa is dedicated to sharing the benefit of yoga and helping students to improve their practice.


Zain Syed is a certified Iyengar yoga teacher & has been trained extensively in the ways of the Iyengar method through his mentor Heather Haxo Phillips at Adeline Yoga Studio in Berkeley, California. He studies regularly with senior Iyengar teachers Carrie Owerko, Lois Steinberg and Carolyn Belko. Since teaching his first class at the San Quentin Prison, Zain served as a devoted teacher of the Prison Yoga Project where he taught every week for over 6 years. He also taught at the Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco as well as YogaWorks. Yogi Zain's demonstrations continue to inspire and engage a broad spectrum of eager students, encouraging their practice, the Iyengar way. By creatively sharing his passion for Iyengar yoga . He travels across the globe to teach workshops in different countries. Stay connected with Yogi Zain on Facebook and Instagram.
Michaela was introduced to yoga more than 15 years ago in 2005, she became a committed student of Marla Apt and Lisa Walford. She also regularly participates in classes with Manouso Manos and Gloria Goldberg.
Being a mom of three, and experiencing a daily amount of chaos herself, Michaela likes to help her students finding inner strength and calmness by guiding them step by step through the asanas.
Laura originally hails from the midwest, where she began her study of Iyengar yoga in the early 2000s. She is a graduate of the 3 year Iyengar Yoga Teacher Training Program and a certified Iyengar yoga teacher. After working long hours in post-production as a visual effects artist, Laura initially came to yoga for alleviate stress and physical issues. She has daily gratitude for the strength, calm and ongoing spiritual study that yoga brings to her and loves sharing this with her students.
Nadjiba Medjaoui has been practicing Yoga since 2004. In 2010, she moved to Los Angeles to study Yoga and healing modalities. Soon she became a YogaWorks 200 hours certified instructor. She is passionate about the therapeutic and healing effect of Yoga which, brought her to study Yoga Tune Up® with Jill Miller and Restorative Yoga with Jillian Pransky.
She is an integrated Yoga Tune Up® teacher and a Holistic Health Coach certified by the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and a Tensegrity® instructor. She holds a bachelor degree in Architecture and is passionate about building with natural materials. She speaks English, French and Arabic.
Steph Kang aka turtle Flow yoga is a E-RYT 200®, RYT 500® yoga instructor certified through YogaWorks and Bryan Kest's Power Yoga. She's dedicated to guiding her students find their inner sparkle. She's inspired by the healing and transformative effects yoga has on students of all ages and levels. In her classes, Steph emphasizes breath, mindfulness and play to ensure that students come out of each class feeling light, joyful, calm, stronger and flexible. She loves to cultivate the feeling of oneness through music, animals, traveling, art and doga (yoga with dogs). "Go Within & Find Your Inner Sparkle!"
Nancy has been teaching Iyengar yoga for 20 years.
She was first attracted to yoga because of B.K.S.Iyengar’s unique approach, which includes attention to body alignment and respect for yoga’s philosophical lineage.

Nancy has studied with the Iyengar family many times in India, the U.S. and China.
Nancy continues her study of Iyengar yoga with the Iyengars, Manouso Manos and Paul Cabanis.

Nancy is a CIYT, Junior Intermediate III certified Iyengar teacher.
Anna Delury is one of Southern California’s Senior Iyengar Yoga teachers and a founder of IYILA. She has traveled regularly to Pune to study with the Iyengar family since 1982. In 1988 she received a BSc. in Kinesiology from UCLA. Known for her insight and wry sense of humor, Anna brings a practical application of yoga philosophy into each class, as she helps guide students to a deeper understanding and awareness of what lies within each of them.

Seeker. Explorer. Intermediate Senior III Iyengar Yoga teacher.
Fundamentals through advanced. Challenging, informative, fun.

As a direct student of the late BKS Iyengar and daughter Geeta, I polish my studies in Pune, India annually since 2000. I am also grateful to have assisted in medical classes under their tutelage. I believe the discipline of practice, especially sequencing of learning, is key to freedom and enhancing one’s potential … having some fun along the way is also vital!
In addition to regular classes, I offer workshops for other persons with MS and neurological challenges.I teach in LA and worldwide. Private instruction available.

I became a certified Iyengar teacher in 1995. I had the immense privilege of being personally instructed on several occasions by B.K.S. Iyengar, most intensively during the photo shoot for the book, “Iyengar Yoga: The Path to Holistic Health.” I love the versatility of yoga; it can be used to alleviate suffering on a physical level, but is also the most sophisticated tool for self discovery on psychological and spiritual levels as well. There is much joy to be found in the persistent practice of this transformative and noble healing art, science, and philosophy!
I believe in heat and just like B.K.I says, there is no magic pill to master anything. It has to be earned with sweat so get ready for a heated, fun Hatha flow with challenging sequence, lots of prop use, and restoratives at the end
Yoga has been the balance and center of strength providing the daily shift of my rajastic state of mind into a more sattvic place, connecting the body and mind…. the goal of yoga.
I love the endless joy of learning and listening to my body and watching daily how it changes, moving away from thought and the chitta vrittis (fluctuations of the mind), seeing the future created out of the present, living moment to moment… breath to breath.
I want to share my love and passion for Yoga with people. It changed my life over 30 years ago and helped me transform into the best me I could be. As a certified Iyengar teacher and IAYT, certified yoga therapist, I have developed a dialog between my body and my mind through the instruction of the alignment of one’s body. I realized that the physical body is constantly speaking to us and that we often don’t take time to listen to it because we are so busy with our daily lives and distractions. The improved focus through yoga has a direct effect on meditation and health. I want to share this passion with my students to inspire and guide them through their own self- inquiry and journey through a regular and consistent practice.
Supple body, supple mind ……. Healthy body, happy mind.
I began my practice of yoga in Ukraine in 1987.
I came to the US in 1996 and discovered Iyengar yoga while attending yoga classes at Govinda's yoga studio. Since then, yoga became my life and soul. I now hold an intermediate junior 1 Iyengar yoga certificate.
I bring to my classes a knowledge of connection between the body, mind and soul. I like to challenge my students to overcome theirs fears and limits. I blend philosophy and knowledge of the medical effect of asanas into the practice. I take special interest in studying Vedic scriptures and philosophy, as well as Ayurvedic and Reiki massage. Art and Design are others hobbies that I do in my spare time.
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img-iyengarCertified Iyengar Yoga Teachers are held to an unusually rigorous standard, earning their certification only after years of training and evaluations. Only the world’s most knowledgeable, rigorously-trained teachers earn Iyengar Yoga Certification.

The Iyengar Yoga Certification Mark is your guarantee of a yoga experience that’s safe, suitable for individual physical conditions, and beneficial for both body and mind.


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