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meet our team !

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Zarfeen Samani

OWNER / YOGA THERAPIST / INSTRUCTOR

Yoga has given purpose to my life, and I am honored to share the true essence of Yoga through Kosha 5 Yoga Studio with my community. Born and raised in India, after completing my double Bachelors in Education and Literature from my home country,  I got my diploma in the Paralegal program from UCI. I am a 1200-hour Yoga Therapist(IAYT) and Instructor(RYT) and have completed subsequent certifications in Trauma-informed teacher training, Grovvy Kids yoga teacher training, and Meditation teacher training. What I enjoy most is being a mother to a 15-year-old boy and feeling fully alive with his presence in my life. For me, traveling is euphoric and necessary, and, much like Yoga, allows exploration of diverse cultures, food, and people.

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Sara Ashworth

YOGA TEACHER 

I am Sara, and I’m looking forward to sharing my yoga practice with you. I have had a lifelong love for healing through movement. I received my master's degree in movement therapy from UCLA in 1993. I continued on to become a certified massage therapist and yoga teacher. I have taught yoga in yoga studios, fitness centers, and backyard patios. I am also certified in prenatal yoga and massage.  In my spare time, I spend time with my two boys, who are 20 and 22. I love going to the beach, hiking, and trying new restaurants

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Lynette Eusebio

YOGA INSTRUCTOR

I’ve been practicing yoga since 2011, received my 200 hr certification in 2012 and completed an extensions program in 2013. I put a lot of thought into developing sequences that can create a feeling of bliss and strength through words, breath, music, and movement. My goal is for each student to feel a sense of empowerment and confidence in each class. Yoga is where I constantly fall back on; it is my foundation for building strength, flexibility, and clarity. Yoga allows me to feel grounded in my body and mind. I am here to help set you up for success in your yoga journey, and feel empowered. I am extremely grateful to share this space on the mat and go on a journey with you.

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Stephanie Wang

YOGA TEACHER

I began my yoga practice in 2016. It wasn’t a consistent practice at the start though it was something I’d always return to. Through the ebbs and flows of life - career changes, moving around - I’d come back to yoga, and yoga became my anchor. Yoga is a practice, a practice of returning home. I completed my 200hr YTT in 2023. I believe yoga is for anyone and everyone and can be done anywhere and everywhere. I teach yoga because I want to create peace. I believe inner peace leads to world peace. I want to create peace for those I love and for those I have yet to meet. Outside of a yoga studio, you can find me snowboarding, playing tennis, swimming, hiking and enjoying the great outdoors.

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Chidimma Iheonu

YOGA TEACHER 

I started practicing yoga over ten years ago and had no idea what I was getting into! After trying my first class, I immediately fell in love with it. The ability to challenge myself, while working at my own pace and without expectations was a breath of fresh air. I found yoga to be a continual practice of learning and growth while engaging with my body and mind. I decided to take the leap to teach, and hold certifications in Power/Vinyasa Yoga (200 hours), Yin Yoga (60 hours), and Sound Therapy/Healing. I love helping others find a practice that feels best for them in a fun, grounded, and relaxing way. I’ll see you on the mat!

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Jennifer Ryan

YOGA TEACHER 

In my quest to deal with stress, I began taking the practice of yoga seriously in 2018 and fell in love with how it made me feel. In 2021, I completed 200 hours of teacher training. As I immersed myself in the practice and philosophy of yoga, I realized that its holistic approach had the potential to alleviate stress and anxiety. In class, I attempt to weave together the elements of breath, movement, meditation, and mindfulness, encouraging students to foster a deeper connection with their inner selves, release stress from the body, and embrace a state of profound relaxation. I believe that by nurturing the seeds of tranquility within each individual, we can collectively cultivate a more peaceful and balanced world, one breath at a time.

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Jessica Lee

YOGA TEACHER

Jessica is a certified Classical Mat Pilates Instructor, and STOTT Pilates trained for the reformer. Her passion for Pilates, Yoga and wellness grew after experiencing a low back injury in 2020. Pilates has motivated her to share her knowledge of physical activity post-back injury, and she is dedicated to sharing this with the community. Jessica believes that movement is medicine and essential for living a healthy and well-balanced lifestyle. 

Jessica is also a Recruiting Coach for aspiring management consultants. She received her B.A. in Communication Studies at UCLA and is a Southern California native. In her spare time, she loves to hike local trails, cook, and take her two-year-old pup poodle mix Hazel to the park.

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Jessica Kelly

YOGA TEACHER

Growing up involved in many sports, I found myself to be fast-paced and competitive. After discovering yoga in 2010, my mind was opened to a world of peace and acceptance. It is this fundamental shift in my worldview that inspires me to teach others. I hope that through my instruction students can find this same sense of being and take it with them into their daily lives.

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Madonna Cortez

YOGA TEACHER

I am a registered nurse and a certified yoga teacher. I decided to begin my journey by completing my 200-hour teacher training to deepen my practice and learn more about myself. After graduating from the program, I found my purpose and felt a strong urge to teach and spread the benefits of yoga to the community. Yoga is truly for everyone. There are many benefits to practicing yoga that go beyond the mat. What yoga is to me is giving yourself time to improve your well-being and self-awareness.  It is truly a blessing to be able to share the gift of yoga, and I am excited to teach and share a safe space with you all.

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Shelley Rae Davis

YOGA TEACHER 

I'm Shelley, a certified barre instructor passionate about health and wellness. My journey into the fitness world has been shaped by my love for ballet, which I've studied for years. This passion for movement, grace, and strength led me to pursue certification as a barre instructor. I blend ballet, Pilates, and yoga elements to create dynamic and effective workouts.

I focus my efforts on understanding of anatomy and a commitment to helping others reach their goals, I strive to create inclusive and empowering fitness experiences for all levels of participants. I'm dedicated to helping people discover the joy of movement and unlock their full potential, both on and off the mat.

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Jason Sean

YOGA TEACHER 

My name is Jason Sean and I am a Cambodian American yoga Teacher born and raised in Long Beach, CA. I have been practicing for 5 years after I hurt my back and my Doctor told me that Yoga was the only exercise I was allowed to do. From starting yoga I’ve learned to build back my back and balance not only my physical self, but my Mental Health as well. I love helping people push past what they feel their limits are. I love doing arm balances and hope to get people to trust in themselves to try them as well.

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Fann Geoghegan

YOGA TEACHER 

Fann Geoghegan has been teaching yoga for the last 3 months and practicing for over five years. Fann was inspired to teach traveling to Hawaii for a life-changing women's yoga retreat and has also studied with Brynn Rybacek.  Fann graduated from 200 HR YTT in December 2023, teaching levels 1 and 2, with continued education in yoga for Trauma, Depression, and Anxiety. Fann teaches a class with easy-to-follow modifications and alignment, guides you through creating space in your body through breath and movement, and helps you to find strength and confidence through the class and in your practice.

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Amy Valdez

YOGA TEACHER 

Amy comes to Kosha 5 with 18 years of experience sharing the gift of yoga. She trained with Patrick Freeman, Tracy Rich, Ganga White, Erika Faith-Calig, and Shiva Rea.  She received her M.S. in Kinesiology, merging Eastern teachings with Western knowledge to lead balanced teacher training. She loves to teach mindful movement and bring a profound feeling of peace through music. 

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Cait Selitrennikoff

YOGA TEACHER 

I have always had a love for teaching in various fields, but yoga intimidated me, despite having practiced yoga for almost ten years. However, after sustaining an injury in 2021, which evolved into chronic pain, yoga became the lynchpin to both my physical and psychological recovery. After two years of slowly rebuilding my body and mind, I was finally strong enough to complete a 200hr teacher training   in 2023. I hope to provide each student the space to fully embrace their bodily experiences, to push further or to learn how to rest, with the strength and peace their mind can give them when tamed. 

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Jennifer Lee

YOGA TEACHER 

Namaste friends! My name is Jen, and I am so excited to share this amazing yoga journey with you. I have been practicing yoga on and off since 2017, but it wasn’t until a big life change in 2022 that I found myself truly empowered by the peace, mindfulness, strength, and self-discovery that yoga offers. From there, I decided to invest in this passion to take the leap and obtain my teacher training certification in 2023. I strive to craft an enjoyable, serene, and safe space where anyone, regardless of where they may be in life, can join in on this incredible experience. I’m looking forward to meeting you all on the mat soon. Until then, may your days be filled with love and light!

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