When in 1999 Natalie moved to the United States from Belize, Natalie pursued the practice of yoga in Sebastopol, California. She first focused on the physical benefits but soon uncovered access to profound healing, awareness, and spirituality. Natalie completed a 200 hour RYT training in California, the Comprehensive Equipment based Teacher Training with Balanced Body Pilates, and she continues educational studies in functional anatomy, Ayurvedic wellness, and nature’s healing modalities. She is currently learning to be a Bush Medicine Specialist and diving back into her deep indigenous past in the Maya Ketchi tradition.
Natalie and her husband Matt have curated companies throughout the U.S. and in Central America, pooling together over 20 years of experience in business and holistic branding. Always blending their passions in life for a prosperous, abundant and sustainable lifestyle, they are currently developing Kann Ku, a spa and lifestyle resort in Belize. Natalie now offers retreats and global mentor services to entrepreneurs within and outside of the wellness industry, both to navigate building a business and support self-healing and discovery while fostering professional growth.
Adrianne came to the mat as a way to combat a stressful work and exercise regimen. As she dove deeper into the physical practice, she discovered the power of exercising her mind and spirit through a more wholistic approach to healing with yoga. “The practice of yoga continuously inspires me to recognize the best choices for my day-to-day health and to grow into a more authentic version of myself”. She began teaching in Portland, Oregon and credits her daily practice to transitioning environments with more ease as she frequently traveled and worked remotely. She is thrilled to be back in her hometown of Carmel and to share her practice through teaching for the Body Mind and Core community. “ I feel my main job as a Yoga Teacher is to help people connect with their intuition, their own inner guide, and their innate capacity for growth and healing… And while we have this inner resource available to use, I believe that some of the most potent healing comes from being in community. Thus building intimacy, holding space, and offering support to those I work with is the foundation of my teaching.”
Brook’s first big impact by yoga was in DeDe Groves’ power yoga and again in her hot yoga class located in her hometown. Brook was surprised how yoga could make such an impact on her life and had to keep practicing. At first, Brook used yoga as a fun physical workout, but quickly found other benefits as well. She received her certification through Body, Mind and Core. Brook was taught by the amazing Natalie Perez-Hayden in Vinyasa yoga, Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga and Prenatal Yoga. She quickly found a passion for teaching power flow, restorative, and prenatal yoga. Brook has a strong power flow practice, but believes restorative yoga is just as important. In Brook’s power classes you will find beautiful sequences and wonderful adjustments that allow for a stronger practice. Brook’s restorative classes allow her students to find clear minds and deeply relax their bodies. Prenatal classes will consist of a slower flow to allow for easier movement and allow for connection to your baby.
Charlene discovered yoga in the foothills of the Sonoma coast back in 2009. Originally from the jungles of Belize, she migrated as a teenager who quickly learned how stressful the city life can be. Far away from the natural environment she grew up in, she was determined to gain back her sense of peace. Yoga started out as a means to take the stress off. What she quickly discovered was that yoga was a means of balancing the subtle energies and of clearing mental and emotional blockages, allowing her spirit to become more harmonized a deep self-awareness. It is through her own transformation of awakening and ability to tap into energy fields that allows her to move with the flow. She stands firm in the belief that a strong power flow can and does break away the many layers of blockages we hold inside of us. Her flows incorporate yoga philosophy and spirituality while sustaining a reverence for a strong practice. Charlene completed her yoga training under guidance of her sister Natalie with Body Mind and Core in 2016 and is ready more than ever to share the gift of yoga.
Georgia Arnett was introduced to the practice of yoga six years ago. After battling with severe anxiety and depression a friend suggested she give yoga a shot as a way to cope. She started with a simple but effective home practice and within weeks was astounded with the impact yoga was having on her. Needless to say, she hasn’t stopped practicing since. Her personal love for the practice eventually evolved into a need to share this gift of yoga with her family, friends, and community. She has a soft spot for beginners yoga but loves teaching a fiery power class as well! When she’s not teaching you can find her with her nose buried in a book, sifting through racks at thrift shops, or walking her one eyed dog Nanners.
A part of the fitness industry for over 17 years, Monica is an ACE-Certified Personal Trainer and ACE-Certified Group Fitness Instructor. She enjoys a successful career working with individuals of every fitness level and age seeking a variety of results including weight loss, post-baby body, injury rehabilitation, increased athletic performance, and maintenance of general physical fitness for overall health. In addition to those mentioned above, she also carries 7 additional certifications. Monica has been married 22 years to her husband Mike. They have two boys, Oscar age 14 and Joseph age 12, and one dog, Lucy. When not training herself, she spends her time cooking, writing, traveling and spending as much time as possible with her family.
“I was introduced to yoga during pregnancy with my first child many years ago. Throughout the following years, Shiva Rea and I would meet up weekly in my living room while I tried to navigate life on and off my mat. Throughout 26 years of marriage to my husband Jerry and mothering two children, Courtney, 19 and Zach, 16, I continued to fumble around with yoga. I had been practicing consistently for about 6 years, when I felt the need to deepen my understanding of yoga and what it truly had to offer. My heart lead me to Costa Rica for a three week retreat under the guidance of Banyan Gallagher. His knowledge, passion and required understanding that you should have fun on your mat changed my life! I traveled to Costa Rica hoping to receive a 200 hour teaching certification; what I left with was a very grateful heart and a passion to share! As I continue to grow whether through practicing asanas in a vinyasa class or sitting quietly to calm my mind, I know I will forever be a student of yoga! I love teaching new yogis and seasoned yogis because there is ALWAYS something to learn! I am humbled when given the opportunity to help others grow in their practice through a challenging posture, building strength, or quieting the mind. Join me on your mat and let’s have some fun!”
"Having always been athletic, I found Pilates the perfect fit when I began doing it years ago. I literally had spent decades beating my body up, that the first time I left a Pilates class, I thought wow, that was hard, yet I feel amazing! Nothing I tried before had ever toned my muscles and increased my flexibility like Pilates." Tammy was comprehensively trained through Balanced Body and is certified by PMA.
Her favorite part about teaching is seeing her students grow in strength and confidence. It only takes a few weeks of a dedicated Pilates practice to really change your body. She teaches in the same style she likes her classes, numerous varied exercises that give a great whole-body workout. Her classes are athletically inspired for those who love a good challenge.
Theresa Rendell is a certified bootybarre instructor, trained under the instruction and choreography of world-renowned fitness and wellness expert and creator of bootybarre, Tracey Mallet. Theresa is married and has 7 children (including triplets!), and 2 grandsons. Having a large family, teaching bootybarre (and other fitness classes), and also sustaining her own skincare/wellness business keeps Theresa very busy and active. Theresa’s fitness background includes gymnastics, cheerleading and dance. She also holds an instructor certification in the CRT Method. Her classes provide a fun, energetic barre workout that fuses techniques from dance, Pilates and Yoga that will tone, define and chisel the whole body. Instructing proper form and alignment is important to provide a safe and well structured class that meets the needs of all fitness levels... while having FUN! Theresa enjoys giving her students a challenging class and encourages her students to push themselves to meet their own personal goals.