Meet Your Ritual Teachers

All of our teachers are trained, certified and ready to support you with your Ritual practice.

Andrea Flores

Andrea found Pilates 20 years ago when a debilitating illness left her barely able to walk after over 17 years of being a fit and accomplished dancer. She was able to strengthen and create balance in her body that made her stronger than ever before. From her rehab with Pilates, she became certified and continued as a dancer and fitness instructor with emphasis on rehabilitation to help others achieve the same results. Classically trained, Andrea is one of the most sought out instructors by Physical Therapists and studios in the Pilates field for being able to read the body in front of her and having the knowledge to be versatile and dynamic so the client continues to evolve. After completing her 500 RYT she has created classes that combine both Yoga and Pilates for her students that love both methodologies and strengthen their practice. When you take her classes you will feel connected, strong and challenged. Most important of all you will have fun!

Brooke Gilroy

I was introduced to yoga for the first time by a friend about 4 years ago. While it wasn’t an instant love I was certainly intrigued and wanted to learn more. Eventually, that interest became a love once I understood how to properly breathe. It is truly a magical experience when I am able to find moments of total presence. In these moments when the focus is on breath it brings awareness to the body and mind where the union of yoga happens. I feel honored and humbled to have the opportunity to share my love of yoga with others as I’ve so graciously been given. It is my turn to pay it forward and spread this gift and give back. I am so incredibly grateful to have The Ritual family as my yoga home. The combination of the infrared heat, music, a dark room with no mirrors creates a sacred safe space to get out of your head and into your body. I hope to see you in one of my classes soon!

Corina Silva

Yoga came into my daily life during college when I suffered a running injury that left me in crutches. At the moment, I was devastated but it was the start to something greater. I learned to be still, listen to my body and overall made me stronger in all aspects of life. You name it, yoga helped me through it. Today, I get to share my love of yoga with others. I create space to come as you are, work through mental barriers and ultimately connect with your breath. Paired with some good beats and community, nothing else can compare.

Doug Milliron

Yoga was something that I discovered while in graduate school, simply a way for those in the program to warm-up one's body and gain flexibility. Once I moved to Los Angeles my need to practice led me to a class, then a membership, then a teacher training and finally teaching. I have been blessed to lead people through their yoga practice for the past 6 years. During those years I have taught over 2000 classes including opportunities to work with the LA Dodgers, LA Rams, Lululemon, Sierra Canyons High School Basketball Team as well as many other groups around California. My style of teaching is playful organic movement with inspired themes. This naturally leads to creating a deeply whole experience that links us to the moment.

Emily Sutton

I grew up dancing and moving my body since I was 3, so it’s only natural I fell in love with yoga too! I got my 200 hour yoga teacher training in 2018, and have been deepening my practice ever since. I specialize in vinyasa/power yoga, yoga sculpt (with weights) restore/yin, meditation, and sound healing . My classes are challenging yet fun! My goal is to get you out of your head and into your body, release any blocked energy, and learn how to flow with life on and off your mat!

Janelle Johnson

I have been practicing yoga and its methods since 2008. I resonated with the feeling of confidence, peace and love; the practice gave me. From teaching my first class in Seattle, I have continued to appreciate my students and being a student herself. My life has taken me to live in and experience all four corners of the United States, as well as 4 ½ years in Europe, mainly London. Yoga is one thing that I have been able to take with me through the many facets of my life. I love sharing the feeling of stability and grounding that yoga has given me. I can’t wait to get in the room with you!

Jessica Brown

A small-town girl from Texas but I love the grandness of life. I’m a mother of two daughters, married to my best friend, and have lived in 8 different countries. Being an athlete for many years has taught me dedication, commitment, and perseverance. Practicing yoga daily is a graceful way for me to explore, notice, mend, seek space within, and shine light on the places that are exposed through the breath. Finding the path of yoga continually humbles me. As a life-long student of the practice seeking growth and deeper connection, I have been gifted the opportunity to teach the practice to others. My classes are expansive, energetic, passionate, yet sprinkled with moments of deep inner connection and awareness. My intention is to create a space for students to be fully present and engaged while peeling away the layers of the self to reveal the authentic self.

Jessica Cervantes

Discovered yoga in 2021 during the pandemic's challenges. High stress and anxiety led me to online classes. I embraced beach yoga as the world reopened. Despite being a newcomer, it grounded me, providing calm amid chaos and a deeper connection with myself. Taking a bold step, I quit my job! Joined The Ritual Yoga Studio as a Front Desk associate, needing to immerse myself in the yoga environment. No game plan, just heart. It was there that my passion for yoga truly ignited. The supportive community and inspiring teachers fueled my decision to pursue a 200-hour yoga teacher training. I became hooked, transitioning from the grounding principles of Ashtanga to the dynamic flow of Vinyasa. The Ritual is the foundation of my love for yoga. As a teacher, my goal is to create a safe space for self-exploration, guiding you to connect through breath, sinking deeper into the present moment. We will have fun, laugh, and maybe cry. Yoga transformed my life, and I aspire to share that experience inspired by my teachers.

Julia Venable

With her background in vinyasa flow, hot power yoga, yoga with weights, restorative/yin, as well as reiki and mindfulness, Julia will take you through an hour of connecting with your mind, body, and spirit. Incorporating mindful sequencing, a bumpin’ playlist, and a spirit of playfulness throughout class, you will leave your mat feeling refreshed, sweaty, and happy.

Karen Pascual

Yoga was an experience I came upon as a fun elective in college, into a life long journey of salvation. A dark, despairing moment in life brought me back to a yoga practice, and through the physical demands a mental shift was created. As the spiral of self discovery spins, whenever tumultuous seasons of life presented themselves (which have been many, some more intense and highly charged than some), the practice of yoga, in all its forms, has been my saving grace. In over the past ten years I’ve dived deeper into study and skill, incorporating the tools gained to better teach and serve. 200hr RYT, Pilates, FRC, NASM, breathwork + meditation facilitator - here to help you find you.

Leigh Anne Strong

To me, yoga is an invitation to unite mind, body, and heart using mindful movement and intentional stillness. I took my first teacher training in 2013, and it started me on a journey I could not have imagined. Since then I have taken multiple trainings including 300 Hour training in Yoga and Ayurveda, which incorporates lifestyle practices to align with both internal rhythms as well those of nature. I am now an E-RYT 500, with additional certifications in Nutrition and Wellness coaching. Overall my goal is to help you discover your potential for wellness through alignment, mobility, balance and strength, utilizing tools of mindfulness and the power of your breath.

Mandy Castillo

Mom of 2 and wife! I have been practicing yoga for almost 10 years, and want to share all I’ve found in the practice including getting to know my inner true self, finding the present moment to land in, the most beautiful connection with the breath, getting in tune with your intuition and what you need in the moment and just feeling better overall and making connections within the community!

Marissa Acosta

My love for yoga has been blossoming for over a decade. Yoga initially captured my interest by becoming a gateway to exploration, self-discipline, and a profound connection with my highest self. The practice provides me with a transformative space where I can cultivate not only physical strength but also inner resilience and a deep understanding of my own potential. Armed with a 500-hour teaching certification in Vinyasa, Hatha, and 26&2 yoga, I have been spreading the joy of yoga since 2019, creating spaces where students can feel free, invigorated, expressive, and empowered in their bodies. Beyond the yoga mat, you’ll find me baking sourdough bread, hiking, camping, and spending time with my dog, Zion.

Mateo Kest

Since the day I was born, I’ve been exposed in yoga everyday. It wasn’t until I was 15 that I decided to immerse myself in a teacher training. Now at 18, I’ve developed my own unique style of yoga. When you come to my class, you can expect a fun infusion of power, vinyasa, cardio, and of course, your focused breath!

Mike Scalise

I started practicing yoga over 16 years ago and like many things in life my practice had its ebbs and flows. My passion and deep rooted love for yoga came back after moving to Venice and quickly led me to teacher training where my sole intention was to deepen my practice and understanding of yoga. Plot twist, here I am teaching, sharing a passion for connectivity through a practice that I love and look forward to sharing with you. In my classes you will be challenged and pushed to your edge but balanced by a sense of serenity. Off the mat I am a father, husband and full time professional who loves to be in the kitchen cooking with good wine, traveling to new places, soaking up the warm sun on a beach and spending time with my family. I look forward to meeting you in the studio on your mat!

Monique Demaisip

I was exposed to yoga (as restorative stretching) at an early age. As a competitive gymnast from childhood to my mid-teens, and as a diver throughout college & beyond, I had always viewed it as a form of physical recovery. It wasn’t until I found The Ritual in 2022 that I was inspired to consistently show up on my mat. This studio & community are truly something special. After taking my first Free Flow (& Ashtanga) class, I was hooked! In May 2023, I completed my 200-hr, Ashtanga-focused yoga teacher training in Bali. It was one of the most transformative, eye-opening experiences. I am so grateful to be able to now share my love of yoga through teaching.

Natalie Bannan

I fell in love with yoga after the first class I took. Being a wife and mother of 3 constantly keeps me on my toes, and my yoga practice is a way to calm and center myself. Yoga has taught me to bring those calm and centered feelings from my mat to my everyday life. Through yoga I have awakened a trust in my body, my practice, and myself that was not there before. I am grateful for the ability to share yoga and all the benefits it has to offer with others. Mindful movement, breath work, balance, alignment, and focus are key factors in my approach to teaching. My goal is that every student feels their strongest inside and out and walks away from class feeling better than they did before.

Nick Carrillo

Everything I do in my life is about seeking balance, promoting self-expression, and finding joy in creativity. I am a financial advisor, singer/songwriter, and now a yoga teacher. I completed The Ritual’s 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training in 2023, and it was one of the most fulfilling experiences of my life. Yoga has allowed me to find peace in my body and mind, and truly discover my best self. I learned to love myself through this practice. As a teacher, I aim to give others this safe space to experiment, play, discover, and connect with their best selves. I like to incorporate motivating themes and fun music in my classes to deepen the experience and inspire natural movement. My class gives you the space to let go, be challenged, be grateful, and have fun! I am so excited to see you at the studio.

Paige Nelson

While receiving my BFA in The Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College, I was introduced to yoga for the first time. After graduating, my passion for health and wellness grew tremendously, which led me to become a 200hr Registered Yoga Teacher. I have spent the past 4 years dedicated to the practice of yoga, & have deepened my knowledge by studying, & teaching in Costa Rica, Bali, India, & Thailand. Now as a 500hr Certified Yoga Teacher, Certified Holistic Nutritionist, and Spiritual Life Coach, I guide others to heal & connect to the innate wisdom of their bodies. I am a multi-faceted human being with many passions and a consistent desire to learn and grow. My current areas of focus are helping others reawaken their inner wisdom, somatic embodiment, and trauma-informed yoga + healing. As a yoga instructor, I always strives to create a space where students can tune in with their authentic expression, creative freedom, and mind, body, soul alignment. I combine my passion for yoga, movement, and spirituality to educate and empower my students in an environment that is safe and non-judgmental.

Ron Oatman

I have been a career firefighter for nearly 40 years, and a lifelong martial artist / instructor. 10 years ago, I began practicing yoga with the sole intention of "stretching" my beat up back. I quickly realized that there was much more magic in practicing yoga than stretching. I would leave class invigorated physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. I immersed myself in the lifestyle, practicing; Hot Yoga, Vinyasa, lyengar, Ashtanga, Tai Chi, and studying yoga philosophy. I incorporated my yoga into my martial arts and into my everyday life. In 2018, | signed up for 200 hr Yoga Teacher Training, to better my yoga practice and to share my passion with others. I describe my teaching style as yoga, with a martial arts flare, taught with a compassionate command presence. I call it Peaceful Warriors.

Rutu Shah

I'm passionate about yoga because it truly helps me turn inwards and get to know my mind and my body better - it pushes me to be the strongest version of myself on and off my mat! When i'm not practicing or teaching, I love to travel, cook, create, read, hike, go on adventures and try new things!

Spencer Emanuelle

My mom introduced me to yoga and meditation as a young child. At night before bedtime, she would read me excerpts from Deepak Chopra, Eckhart Tolle, Gandhi, and Thich Nhat Hanh, but I didn't start my own practice until Freshman year of college. The practice helped me deal with the ever growing list of hard, human life experiences I’d stored in my bones and psyche. After pursuing professional singing I found the stress of the industry, constant comparisons and criticisms, and relentless rejection had lowered my self worth to next to nothing. Practicing yoga regularly and completing my YTT in Costa Rica with Jonah Kest completely cracked my heart wide open. It broke me, it built me, it transformed my way of thinking. I actually began healing. That is what I hope to give any student who takes my class: The process to begin healing. You will leave feeling powerful, strong, courageous, and DRENCHED. You are such a gift, and I am here to help open you up.

Stacy McNeal

As someone energized by music and appreciative of the freedom to create, I am passionate about sharing yoga with you! My classes offer a playful approach to an ancient system that allows for a form of therapy in motion. Backed by a warm, dark environment and set to oftentimes whimsical playlists, I encourage you to witness how your thoughts are processed and to develop an awareness of your body in space, in each moment, with encouragement of your breath.

Tara Smith

Tara Smith has been practicing yoga for two and a half decades. Her main love has always been the hot 26 sequence but over the years she has added the joy of developing vinyasa flows and yin class’s to her yoga clientele. In 2010 she received her first 200 hour certification in the 26&2 sequence and has been teaching and learning ever since. With over 6000 studio hours taught and a daily practice she knows first hand the importance of what yoga can do, knowing the impact yoga has had on her physically, mentally and spiritually, it is something she takes great pride in giving to others. Guiding students practices, watching them grow and develop: each yogi finding their own mind body breathe connection is the ultimate reward.

Tatyana Stark

I am Tatyana and I am a Yoga Alliance Certified instructor. I completed my training in Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. I have a passion for helping people make progress in their practice; whether it be increasing mobility or gaining strength. Connecting the core values of yoga to my daily life and practicing yoga on and off my mat has brought so much positive energy into my life and I wish to share that with my students.

Teresa 'Tee' Lebron

As a retired Dancer of stage, film and television for 15 + yrs. throughout my career I was exposed to Yoga and would practice when I could in between dance jobs. It helped me to maintain and balance Mind, Body and Spirit. In time I truly fell in love with the practice. It not only replaced dance for me and healed me from some curve balls life tends to throw, it lead me to understanding my passion, my purpose. Yoga not only for me but for others I have witnessed has proven to be life changing physically, mentally and emotionally. For me… I cannot live without my Faith or my Yoga and being able to spread this wealth of knowledge and experience is a dream come true... I am so happy to be part of the The Ritual family and our growing community. I so look forward to the fun, growth and the Yoga Love we will all be sharing!

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