Laura Bogner Owner of Glendale Yoga
Yoga has been in my life for as long as I can remember . I grew up watching my mid-western mother of five doing her yoga practice in our suburban living room. At the time I thought she was really weird! It wasn’t until years later when my older sister came home from college in San Francisco raving about the yoga class she was taking that I decided maybe yoga wasn’t so weird after all! I took my first yoga class on a high school spring break visit to San Francisco and I have been a yoga enthusiast ever since. Over the years I have practiced many different styles of yoga ranging from the physically intense styles of hot yoga or Bikram, the quick moving Asthanga, the extremely gentle styles such as Vini and Restorative Yoga and everything in between. I think all yoga is good as long as it is practiced under the guidance of a knowledgeable instructor. I received my teaching certification from the acclaimed Center For Yoga (now Yoga Works) in 1997. This program was unique in that it taught an eclectic mixture of many different styles of yoga and how to adapt them to group classes. Since receiving my certification I have taught yoga all over Los Angeles and opened Glendale Yoga in 2001. I received my Pilates Mat certification from The PhysicalMind Institute in 2003. I love to implement pilates into my classes to build solid core strength. Glendale Yoga represents a diverse community of students of all levels.
Sabrina Bisset is a writer and yoga teacher, who received her teaching certification in 2016 from Glendale Yoga, led by teachers Laura Bogner and Nancy Wadsworth. Sabrina is inspired by the healing capacity of yoga and the values of kindness and growth that are at the heart of yoga philosophy. With a large emphasis on breath, and the connection between mind and body, her classes offer a balance of being challenging and gentle at the same time. She loves how her teachers Nancy and Laura instill lots of fun and laughter into their classes, while keeping a foundational focus on form and postural integrity, and looks forward to carrying on teaching in this tradition. Included in this, is the understanding that the practice of yoga exists to serve its students, and is always adaptive and accommodating to each person’s unique needs and abilities. A Los Angeles native, who grew up in Glendale and now lives Downtown, Sabrina is excited and honored to be part of Glendale Yoga’s warm and inclusive community.
Sally Browder: Sally was first drawn to the philosophy of yoga. She has been practicing for over 15 years now. She feels that the union of body and mind is a joy and yoga has helped her with hip, shoulder, and back injuries resulting from years of running, ice skating, and sitting – at computers and in cars and airplanes. Movement is life! She believes in the healing power of yoga and that yoga can be adapted to accommodate any ailment or injury. She teaches a gentle yet deep class with attention to developing awareness and new habits that will help prevent further injury. Sally received her 200RYT certification in 2016 from Glendale Yoga and is also a certified TRE facilitator practicing in California and Rhode Island. She has a BA in music and has been a recording engineer for over 25 years. Sally loves music, travel, hiking, cooking, and gardening and has a teenage daughter who also enjoys yoga.
Jenne Eden:Jenne began practicing yoga with her parents when she was four! They practiced together as a family at home in Hollywood and at the neighborhood YMCA. As Jenne got older she began studying gymnastics and ballet seriously. She loved her new disciplines but found that yoga offered a contentment that dance and sport did not. From her springboard of yoga at an early age, Jenne dove deeper into her yoga studies as an adult. Her consistent practice and study allowed her to experience a level of wellness, mental clarity, strength, balance, and a deeper connection to happiness that had intrigued her as a child but that she now understood as the integration between the body and mind as an adult. Jenne received her 200 hour certification in 2013. She now loves being both a teacher as well as a student of yoga! She is passionate in teaching her students yoga both as a therapeutic healing modality as well as a way to inspire and support positive and personal change. Her favorite words to live by are from the Dali Lama ‘Don’t take anything seriously except caring for others!’
Sue Darling Elivique: In 1990 Sue Darling took her first yoga class and since has never looked back. Inspired to find health and well being after a devastating motorbike accident, sue quickly recognised the profundity of the yogic path. In 1993 Sue found inspiration and direction for her yogic potential when she met world renowned yoga master BKS Iyengar for the first time. That same year she started a four year Teachers Training program at the Iyengar Yoga Institute of Los Angeles. Sue became a certified Iyengar yoga teacher in 1998 and has since studied with Yoga Master BKS Iyengar and continues to engage regularly in intensives and workshops with senior teachers. Sue has spent endless hours with adults, children, teens and those with special needs, practicing and teaching the arts and skills of yoga and meditation. Sue brings passion for yoga, love of life and much joyful effort to her classes. She is a practicing Buddhist, on the path of loving kindness and part of an world wide meditation study/teaching program.
Nancy Ellen Fister is a 15-year+ yoga practitioner and has recently completed her 200-hour teaching certification through the Glendale Yoga Teacher Training Program. Her first exposure to yoga came many years ago when her mother was advised to practice yoga for stress reduction. Nancy Ellen remembers learning and using the alternate nostril breathing technique as an antidote for headaches (it worked!) Nancy Ellen trained with Arthur Murray in ballroom dance and after earning degrees in Dance/Art/Music and Folklore & Mythology, Nancy Ellen taught aerobics and continued dancing with a special love for African dance, salsa and ballroom. Coming full circle, she has returned to the mind/body beneficial practice of yoga, studying in both northern and southern California at various studios. She loves what yoga does for the internal organs as well as the body frame and the mind. She looks forward to guiding others on their yoga journey.
Chelsea Nenni: Chelsea began practicing yoga 15 years ago to strengthen her back after a major spinal surgery for scoliosis. What began as a short-term solution became a consistent practice that carried over into the rest of her life. In 2012, she completed a 200-hour teacher training program at YogaWorks in New York City, along with specific training in Prenatal Yoga and an additional certification in Kids’ Yoga. Since then, she’s been teaching kids and adults, coast to coast. Chelsea approaches teaching with an alignment focus, pose to breath connection, good energy and great music. She encourages students to honor their bodies and be kind to themselves.
Antonia Price is a recent arrival to Los Angles from Seattle where she spent the last decade making art, teaching yoga and barre fitness classes and dancing. Her training in Barre Fitness, Iyengar and Vinyasa yoga, and dance compliment her background in the arts to make her classes meticulous, creative, and fun. She gives her students the opportunity to develop body awareness through simple cues and range of motion exercises layered on top of a foundation of traditional shapes, movement, and poses.
Nancy Wadsworth has been teaching Yoga for the past 16 years. She discovered yoga while living in Los Angeles and completed her certification through Cyndi Lee of OM Yoga. She has taught classes for all levels in yoga studios as well as private and corporate classes all over the Los Angeles area. Although Nancy has studied many styles of yoga she finds her foundation of form and alignment from her many years of study with Iyengar Yoga. Her classes are grounded in this attention to careful alignment while offering appropriate variations for all student levels. Her goal is for students to have a thorough practice so that they become stronger and more flexibility while practicing mindfully with some laughter thrown in for well-being! In addition to teaching yoga Nancy is the proud founder and owner of a compassionate gourmet cookie business Delicious Yogini.