Life Energy Institute
"The infinite within is ever becoming."
Dr. Randolf Stone, founder of Polarity Therapy
Tracy Griffiths, BCPP, is a healing arts professional specializing in polarity therapy and aromatherapy. She is also a Certified Trauma Release Exercise (TRE®) facilitator. As the coowner and director of the Life Energy Institute with her partner, Gary Strauss, she is a leader in the integration of yoga and essential oils. In 2008, Tracy created Aroma Yoga®, a multifaceted resource designed for yoga practitioners, health-care professionals, and anyone wanting to use essential oils with integrity and safety. She mentors people all over the world to have healthier and more dynamically empowered lives. Tracy’s teaching style is fun, open, and inspiring.
Lisa Thompson is an Integrative Therapist trained in a myriad of somatic and energy-based modalities. She is a Usui Reiki Master, Certified UZIT and teacher, NCBTM Board Certified Massage Therapist and is ordained for spiritual counsel. She aspires to teach, heal and dynamically empower her clients and students to realize and live their potential while maintaining the perspective to stay light and not take life ‘too’ seriously!
Jessica Miller has been practicing yoga for almost 20 years, and in that time, it has become an integrated part of her life. As a teacher she has witnessed amazing healing and transformations in others and herself and is constantly amazed by what our bodies and our minds are capable of. She attributes the health of her mind, heart and body to her steady yoga practice and cannot wait to share these gifts with her future students!
Nicola Dunne has been teaching yoga for about 18 years. She received her first training from Lisa Walford and Maty Erzaty at Yogaworks in 1998 and has continued to study with many others over the years. In 2001 she became a Pilates instructor and incorporates it into her yoga classes. She continued her training with the Urban Zen Integrative Therapy in Los Angeles and conituned to New York for more advanced training with Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman Yee. She currently teaches Urban Zen classes at Yogaworks and volunteers at the Venice Family Clinic and House at UCLA. Her personal experience with back disc problems and breast cancer have taught her about compassion and empathy when caring for others, and in teaching and everyday life. She is dedicated to helping others and staying close to those she loves, including her higher source.
Mary Taylor began studying yoga in 1971, soon after she came home from France with a grande diplôme from Julia Child’s cooking school, L’Ecole des Trois Gourmandes. She found yoga at first a means of finding equanimity during the stress of University, and it was that thread of balance that got her hooked. It was not until 1988 and finding her primary teacher, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, and the Ashtanga Vinyasa system that she experienced the profound and transformative impact that a dedicated and daily practice can have on all aspects of life. She continues to study and practice yoga and Buddhist teachings with great enthusiasm and inquisitiveness, with an eye on how the residue that is produced on the mat (and cushion) through these teachings informs and supports all aspects of everyday life.
Mary travels and teaches within the caregiver and hospital setting as part of the core faculty of the Being with Dying program (Upaya Zen Center) and the Urban Zen Integrative Therapy Trainings. In 1988 she co-founded with Richard the Yoga Workshop. Mary is also the author of three cookbooks and the co-author of What Are You Hungry For? Women Food and Spirituality (St. Martins Press) and The Art of Vinyasa (Shambhala Publications).
Casey Coda, E-RYT500, teaches gentle and therapeutic Yoga, including meditation, to provide people with a deep sense of peace, connectedness, stability, vitality, and clarity. She is a certified Yoga Works teacher and teacher trainer, a yoga therapist in the Viniyoga tradition, and an Urban Zen Integrated Therapy therapist, trainer and teacher, guiding people towards a greater knowing of who they really are so they can feel good in a deeply authentic way. She continues her own studies of Yoga with Gary Kraftsow, Sally Kempton, Rod Stryker, and Richard Miller. She was born and raised in Los Angeles where she lives beautiful boxer. She is the youngest of 13 children.
Hazel Patterson has taught yoga and self care for 16 years. She loves to be a channel for the wisdom and practical tools of the Hatha, Tantric and Shamanic healing traditions.
As a trained dancer with a background in clinical hypnotherapy, and ongoing studies in Equine Assisted Learning; Hazel is an instructor and workshop leader who is always inspired to learn from, as well as teach her students.