Paul, co-owner, did his first yoga class in Seattle in 1994. He had previously studied and practiced martial arts and represented Ireland internationally in all style Karate but then shifted his focus to yoga after being introduced to it by Katrina. He continued his practice of yoga in Los Angeles in a variety of styles having fun with teachers Steve Ross and Kathryn Budig, eventually leading to his teacher training with Yogaworks in Santa Monica under the guidance of Malachi Melville, Birgitte Kristen, Anne Van Valkenburg and Colleen Garrity.
Yogaworks is a school of yoga inspired by the classical Ashtanga, Iyengar and Viniyoga schools, all in the lineage of Krishnamacharya complemented by Alan Finger's deep knowledge of meditation and the subtle body. YogaWorks became a clear choice because it's comprehensive Teacher Training program is recognized for combining Vinyasa flow with it's emphasis on alignment and skillful sequencing. The method forms the container into which each teacher can have their own voice and personality. This system has trained some of the most celebrated modern-day yogis.Paul's teaching style is influenced by the Yogaworks system along with the intuitive teachings of Erich Schiffman and Chad Hamrin and the dynamic movement of Jamie Elmer and Robyn Ann Schumacher.
He has expanded his interests to Thai Yoga Massage (commonly called lazy man's yoga), introduced to him by Saul David Raye and has continued his studies with Krishnataki. He is a certified Thai Yoga Massage therapist.
His classes tend to be strong and energetic with a Qi Gong influence, and always with a light hearted approach.
A Galway native, Katrina initially began to practice Yoga after moving to Seattle, Washington in 1994 as therapy for back pain. Her love of yoga began in this very first Integral Yoga class.
Over 12 years in Santa Monica, California, she had the opportunity to practice and study Yin, Iyengar, Hatha, Vinyasa Flow, Kundalini, Ashtanga and Pre-natal Yoga throughout Los Angeles but mainly in Yoga Works, Santa Monica and Sacred Movement in Venice.
Her teaching style bares the imprint of this wide range of yoga studied over the years. Her classes have a strong emphasis on the breath and allowing the breath to guide the practice safely to a more supple and strong body and calm mind. Given the severe back pain and a diagnosis of ankylosing spondylitis in her early twenties Katrina has always approached yoga from a therapeutic standpoint.
She has recently become a qualifed Thai Yoga Massage Therapist.