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Juliette Kurth

Silver Lake Yoga Co-Founder and Instructor

My particular appreciation and curiosity for Yoga stems from my love for movement and also how the body works. I started out as a professional (and paid) ballet dancer at School of American Ballet, Joffery II, and American Dance Machine. I was also always interested in Anatomy and kinesiology; I took a number of courses and read manuals on the study of how the body and its parts work together.

I was first introduced to Yoga at The B.K.S. Iyengar Yoga Institute in New York City. It was there that I developed my particular interest in the mechanics of getting in and out of poses efficiently and with proper alignment. After studying in this style for seven years, I branched out into other forms: Ashtanga Yoga, or what we call today "Power Yoga,'' and Vini Yoga, which has a more therapeutic aspect. I was certified through both the White Lotus Foundation under Ganga White and Tracy Rich and The Center For Yoga. I have had many teachers: B.K.S. Iyengar, Tim Miller, Max Thomas, Pam Schutz, Eric Shiffman, Diana Beardsley, Desikachar, Judith Lasiter, Mary Dunn, and John Friend, to name a few.

In 1991 I met my husband Jonathan Emerson. I started to teach classes at a local dance studio in the neighborhood, at private homes, and at “work place” gyms. I also developed a Seniors' Yoga class at Glendale Hospital. Eventually my husband and I joined forces and decided to pool our efforts; we opened Silver Lake Yoga in 1994. A year later I had a baby and naturally became interested in Prenatal Yoga;"I began studying with all of the 'Greats" in the Prenatal/Exercise field; Elizabeth Noble, Geeta S. Iyengar, Rocki Graham and the Himalayan Institute. I had my second child, Charlotte in 1999, and it was that birth that motivated me to become a Doula. I was certified as a D.O.N.A. cerified Doula in 2003 and have been active in the labor and post labor process ever since then (see more.) As my children grew, I became interested in Kids' Yoga as well as Teens and became certified with Yoga Ed. in May of 2008. I am a witness to the "Circle Of Life" at Silver Lake Yoga and feel ever so grateful to witness this cycle.

Jonathan Emerson

Silver Lake Yoga Co-Founder and Instructor

I've been practicing yoga for over fifteen years and teaching since 1994. I did my teacher training with Erich Schiffmann at Yoga Works and I have continued studying with him over the years. Another important influence has been the White Lotus style of Ganga White.

Since co-founding Silverlake Yoga in 1995, I have specialized in teaching beginners. I try to give clear, concise instructions for getting in and out of the poses and continually stress the importance of focusing on the breath to stay relaxed. I work slowly and deeply -- holding a pose long enough for students to experience its full benefits.

My classes can be challenging, but students are always encouraged to work at their own pace and rest whenever they need to. I also focus on posture and proper alignment, and can easily adapt poses for students with injuries or special needs.

Just as students come to yoga for a spectrum of purposes, yoga offers a spectrum of benefits.-- physical, psychological, and spiritual. Rather than impose a particular point of view upon my students, I try to create a relaxed, meditative environment in which students explore their own experience and arrive at their own unique understanding of this ancient tradition. 

Britta Gudmunson

Dancing through life, toes rooted in the rich soil of gratitude, Britta is a spiritual practitioner who strives to bring the practice of presence, mindfulness and expanded consciousness into all her endeavors. She is, among many things, an artist, an essential oil enthusiast, founder of 'Dance Church' in northern California and 'Movement Sanctuary' in Los Angeles, a holistic health wellness advocate and a devoted yogini. She received her RYT 200 certification from Still Yoga under the Anusara-based teachings of Allison Linamen and Gina Zimmerman in the autumn of 2014, and has immensely enjoyed combining her own earthly and cosmic philosophies with the practice of asana, pranayama, and the ancient lineage of the yoga tradition. She is a strong believer in the power of music as medicine, and incorporates instrumentation and voice, along with the healing therapy of essential oils, into her yoga sessions. 

Erin Haynes

After meeting a 75-year-old yogi and seeing how joyous and full of life she was after a life full of yoga, Erin Haynes was led to leave her super stressful job and make the huge life change she needed to truly improve her health and quality of life. This incredible five year journey of taking classes, researching yoga philosophy, training and teaching has blossomed into a satisfying and delightfully rewarding life. Erin received her 200-Hour Yoga Certification from Christy Marsden at Yoga Blend, has obtained her Prenatal Certification from Silverlake Yoga, and studied Yoga Therapy at Loyola Marymount University with Larry Payne.  She has taught yoga at The Oprah Winfrey Network, NATPE, Lululemon and Athleta.
Erin enjoys creating a fun and open environment in her classes. She strives to encourage and empower her students to welcome positive change into their lives. While helping her students energize, sculpt and tone their bodies, she inspires their confidence, strength, and well deserved self-love. Whether you're new to yoga, recovering from an injury, expanding an advanced practice, or pregnant, Erin's goal to make everyone feel both challenged and safe with modifications for every individual's needs. In Erin's class you'll be grooving along to current tunes and flowing through yoga poses that will expand and brighten your energy, open your heart, relax your mind and keep you present with your practice.

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