Our Teaching Team
Avry Budka, RYT 500
Avry Budka is a certified and registered yoga teacher in the Hatha Yoga tradition. She teaches an eclectic assortment of postures, breathwork, and meditation, based on her continuing study and personal practice. After about six years of devoted yoga study, Avry received her first teaching certification in 2000 from the Yoga Institute and Bookshop (Houston, TX). Her second certification, also from the Yoga Institute, was earned in 2004. In 2008, Avry certified as an Ayurveda Yoga Therapist through the California College of Ayurveda in Grass Valley, CA. Personal experience with severe physical trauma and cancer, plus many years as both a student and a teacher, have provided her with a growing understanding of the therapeutic aspects of a yoga practice and of the healing properties of Ayurveda. Avry has taught at The Pasadena Athletic Club, Gold’s Gym, The Integrated Healing Center, The Coffee Gallery, Le Studio, Magnolia Dance Space, and the Pasadena Villa-Parke Community Center, as well as teaching yoga and meditation sessions privately to individuals and small groups.
Peggy Burt, RYT 500
Co-Founder, Teacher, Teacher Training Faculty
Peggy enjoyed a long and rewarding career as a dancer, dance teacher and choreographer before finding the peace and joy of yoga. Her graceful yoga practice is infused with a sense of flow, breath and ease. As an experienced teacher of all ages, Peggy is especially interested in how yoga can bring a greater sense of body awareness and comfort to people as they move through different transitions in life. Peggy seeks to facilitate a yoga journey that provides a path to navigate life’s many challenges, taps into a deep well of gratitude and serenity, and supports an experience of profound calm and presence. Peggy has studied with Rene Quenell and Tracee Stanley, both of the Para Yoga tradition, as well as Eden Jacobson, Alicia Pal and Addie deHilster. She holds certifications from Yoga Works, Yoga Madre and has furthered her studies with Addie and Samantha Joseph-Akers through TheraYoga. Peggy is also a trained Labyrinth Facilitator and welcomes the opportunity to introduce this deep tradition of walking meditation to the yoga community.
Cole Butler, RYT 500
Cole took her first yoga class in 1987. She searched many places, ultimately looking for the right path to understand herself, what is meaningful, and how to find ideal health. She discovered the answers were not always someplace else, but in the unbounded awareness right where she stood or sat – within herself. She realized yoga was the constant source for happiness, connecting her to the always-present light within, no matter where she traveled, what she did professionally, or whom she was with. Cole has been inspired by many teachers along the yoga journey. She spent time in India, has been inspired by meditation, Ayurveda, devotional music, family, and nature. She studied with Doug Keller and was soon enrolled to continue her training in Classical Tantric Hatha Yoga with Rene Quenell of the Para Yoga Tradition. Cole is also a Reiki practitioner, and an architect in her professional life. Through a gentle yoga practice, Cole will guide you toward ways of meeting life’s challenges and opportunities with awareness, kindness, breathe, ease, and courage. She welcomes you to come share the yoga path together!
Lydia Capetanos, RYT 200
Lydia has worked in holistic bodywork for 14 years as a massage therapist. Yoga has always been a form of self-care, her go-to practice which complemented a regimen of hiking, walking, and massage. She was motivated to deepen her own practice and expand her career in holistic health to incorporate a form of bodywork less passive than massage, one that offered her clients more agency over their wellbeing. After a 20-year un-committed relationship with yoga, Lydia decided to pursue a 200-hour teaching certification in Hatha Yoga at TheraYoga. To Lydia, yoga practice is a massage from the inside out. There is a different form of gratitude one experiences from yoga than massage; one is less apt to “check out” or even fall asleep, because yoga demands from the student a healthy state of mindfulness. She sought out a school that approached yoga like she did massage: adaptive to the individual needs of her students. Lydia is so grateful to be teaching at a studio that shares her outlook on wellness and strives to make difference in her student’s health and fitness.
Addie deHilster, E-RYT 500
Owner, Teacher, Teacher Training Faculty
A longtime practitioner, Addie discovered yoga in 1998 during her college years. Since becoming a yoga teacher, she has taught in studios, parks, gyms, and offices, bringing yoga to students of all levels and backgrounds. She has worked with many students with a range of special conditions and injuries, and she is dedicated to promoting health and healing through an intelligent, personalized practice of mindful therapeutic yoga. Through two years of intensive study, she earned her 500-hour credential in the therapeutic Yapana Yoga style taught by Leeann Carey, and she continues to pursue ongoing training in anatomy and biomechanics with Jules Mitchell. At home with both the technical and the contemplative aspects of yoga, Addie is also a specialist in the practice of Yin Yoga. She earned her second 500-hour credential as a student in the 2014-15 Mindfulness Yoga & Meditation Training Program at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, which is a program dedicated to fully integrating the wisdom of yoga and meditation, including substantial silent retreat practice. A dedicated practitioner of Vipassana (Insight/Mindfulness) Meditation for several years, she served in the past as President of the Board of the nonprofit Long Beach Meditation. In addition to weekly classes at the studio, Addie leads our 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training & Certification program, conducts Yin Yoga teacher trainings, and teaches private yoga sessions. In class, she emphasizes the development of mindful awareness, making every pose a meditation. Her goal is to guide you to gaining skills for your physical asana practice, that then lead you to skills for relating to life with greater openness, acceptance and hopefully, a sense of humor.
Elise Gibney, E-RYT 200
Elise Gibney has been practicing yoga since 1991 and teaching since 2010. She is a 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher, a Yoga Tune Up® teacher and is certified in Trauma Sensitive Yoga. Her teaching empowers students to improve their health through increased body awareness, strength and ability to effectively manage stress. Elise is also a licensed clinical psychologist and incorporates principles of psychology and mindfulness into her teaching. She currently teaches private yoga sessions, group fitness, corporate yoga classes and also teaches for youth with mental health issues at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Elise is a mom, has two crazy dogs and loves to spend time outside.
Stacey Holderbach, RYT 500
Hannah Holland, RYT 500
Hannah began practicing yoga as a child and has been fortunate to make the study of yoga a lifelong pursuit. She is a Yin Yoga Teacher, a Hatha Yoga Teacher, and a certified Feng Shui Consultant. She earned her 200-hour Teaching Training from the Yoga Kingdom Sanctuary in Pasadena in 2001, and she recently completed her Yin Yoga Level 1 Teacher Training with Spiral Path Yoga Center’s Addie deHilster. Hannah has also studied with the Self Realization Fellowship (SRF), the Vedic Healing Institute of Los Angeles, Mata Amritanandamayi Devi “Amma,” and the Himalayan Institute, where she continues to study with Pandit Rajmani Tignuait, Ph. D. As a lover of all things yoga, in 2008 Hannah decided to take her study off the mat and explore Feng Shui. Attending the Golden Gate Feng Shui School in Oakland, CA, Hannah studied under Master Feng Shui Practitioners Ming Lui, Howard Choy, Alex Starke and the Quero Shaman of Peru. Hannah has taught yoga in a variety of settings including: yoga studios, schools, corporate offices, private residences, and drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers. Based in tradition, her classes focus on the yoga techniques of asana, pranayama, meditation, and mantra. Using the body, mind, and breath as tools, students are guided towards developing mindfulness and a deepening awareness of themselves. Over time, students become adept at allowing their awareness to be the guiding force of their practice.
Lynda is the consummate student – which is why you’ll see her attending many classes at the studio, when she’s not teaching! Her belief that we are all life-long learners embraces the spirit of her teaching, that practice is one of continuous growth, which creates an evolution of the human spirit. She practices Nichiren Buddhism and spent 2 weeks in the summer of 2014 in silent retreat in the Dharmasagara Lineage. Her yoga practice began with Rodney Yee in Oakland, CA and developed at Yoga West, Los Angeles, CA, where she completed her Level 1 Teacher Training in Kundalini Yoga. She has completed her Level 1 Teacher Training with Jill Miller and has continued her studies attending many workshops. She also has Instructor Level training in the YogaEd Tools for Teachers K-8 Program and holds a Zen Shiatsu Massage certificate from the San Francisco School of Shiatsu Massage. She has taught at Silverlake Yoga, Mount St. Mary’s College, Los Angeles Mission College and currently at the La Canada YMCA, where she began the Restorative and Chair Yoga classes, supporting her belief that yoga can and should be adapted for every body, and that yoga is for everyone! As a full-time Dance Teacher for the LAUSD Arts Education Branch, she reaches and nurtures hundreds of children daily. Getting young students in touch with their bodies and creativity through movement, yoga, and mindfulness techniques is her forte.
Originally drawn to yoga in 1998 for the health benefits, Joyce found relief from low back pain and arthritis. When she steps off the yoga mat after practice, she enjoys feeling energized and connected to her inner-self. Grateful for ease of physical movement, she studied with Farzenah Noori, Bruce Schwartz, Tiffany Cruickshank, Tias Little and many more. In 2014, she completed her Hatha Yoga teacher certification. For Joyce, yoga has ignited a passion for continuing study of the relationship between yoga and body mechanics. Her intention is to create a safe space where students can be guided to experience greater freedom of movement in their bodies and minds. She is grateful for the possibility of better health through each breath of yoga.
Marta Weiss, RYT 500
Marta has been practicing yoga for over 17 years. Her first yoga class was in 1998. This gradually progressed into a daily practice that eventually lead to teaching Hatha Yoga. As a yoga educator she strives to provide yoga to individuals of all abilities and disabilities. The result she seeks for all of her yoga students is to have a strong practice that creates a happy and healthy lifestyle that is relatively pain free without reliance on medication. Yoga as therapy is a method emphasized in all her classes to promote health and longevity. Her teacher training credentials began in 2011 at Exhale Center for Sacred Movement with Annie Carpenter, earning her a RYT 200 hour Yoga Alliance certification. In 2014 she completed a 300 hour teacher training with Elyse Briggs and Carl Dawson at Yoga At The Village. Her education continues as she is currently enrolled and participating in the Loyola Marymount University Yoga Therapy Rx program.
For over 25 years, Barbara Wood produced and performed dance, voice and improvisational theater across Europe. In 1993, she met her husband Colin while studying Action Improvisational Theater in Oakland, California with Ruth Zaporah. Barbara and Colin homeschooled their two sons, and by 2013 the boys were independent enough for her to certify as a Hatha Yoga instructor at Yoga at the Village, Glendale. Since 2014, she has taught Pilates, Gentle, Restorative, and Hatha Yoga at the YMCA of the Foothills. For Barbara, yoga is a further expression of her work in movement and dance. Strongly influenced by Alexander & Alignment Release Technique, she adapts each asana to her students’ abilities, helping them to gain confidence, strength and flexibility.