Teaching Staff

Keric Morinaga

I was not always a yoga teacher. I graduated from UCLA and worked for over 12 years in the corporate world, including 7 years at Verizon Wireless. In 2002, I sustained a shoulder injury in the gym. As an alternative to lifting weights, I decided to try yoga. After one class, I realized that yoga offered much more than just a great workout. I quickly migrated out of the gym and into local yoga studios. Yoga quickly became my primary training for body, mind, and spirit. 

In my first year of practice, I studied a variety of different yoga styles. I discovered Anusara Yoga in 2003 and immediately decided to dedicate myself to this heart-opening practice. Founded by John Friend, Anusara Yoga blends a life-affirming Tantric philosophy of intrinsic goodness with Universal Principles of Alignment. I started teaching yoga in 2006 and became a Certified Anusara Teacher in 2010.

I am also a 'certified' geek. I love comic books, video games, television, movies, and Star Wars. I am not a vegetarian. I don't drive a Prius. I like mixing cocktails and I enjoy working out with weights. I sometimes miss the corporate world. I am really just a regular guy, who loves to practice and teach yoga. I believe that there is a hero in all of us and yoga can unleash the full potential of the super spirit within! In my teaching, I strive to be creative and fun, helping students take their practices off of the mat and into their daily lives.

Sam is an L.A. native with the nature of a wanderlust. When she’s not traveling, camping or weaving her way through a crowd at some local concert or music festival, you can probably find her sitting somewhere crying about how beautiful the sunset is with a smile on her face.  Sam is a lover of life, food, beer and the outdoors mixed with adventure, people, and furry animals. She is also extremely passionate about yoga and it’s ability to increase not only our physical strength and flexibility but also its ability to deepen our connection to ourselves and the world around us. Coming from an athletic background she focuses heavily on alignment while offering a space for every student to co-participate in both the flow of the class and their own breath & movement. Sam has been practicing yoga for 12 years, teaching since 2010, and has 2 teacher trainings under her belt. Since she began bouldering in 2006 she’s always felt inspired to bring yoga to the climbing community, as well as local studio classes. She could not be more psyched to be co-leading her first teacher training in 2019!

Samantha Feinerman

E.J. Merlin

E.J. is a yoga unicorn: she is strong, balanced, inventive, has a horn on her head, and the body of a horse.

Growing up as a short Jewish girl in the deep American South, E.J. often struggled to feel comfortable in her own body. While she initially sought out yoga as a way to reduce stress, what she found was a whole-body wellness and a community she didn’t know she was looking for.


Yoga has given E.J. the mental strength to maintain her sanity during life’s difficult obstacles and the physical strength to think that she can beat anyone in an arm wrestling match.

E.J.’s objective as a teacher is to guide her students into feeling at home with themselves. Trained in the Anusara method under the guidance of Keric Morinaga, every E.J. class consists of precise alignment instructions, creative sequencing always leading from the heart, and between 2 and 37 references to ice cream.  

My yoga trip started in 2004. I loved the way it made me feel: heightened awareness in my body and easier access to the joy inside. When I took my first class with Keric Morinaga, I knew that it would be a part of me forever. It makes my life worth living, more meaningful. I continue to experience moodiness, fear, anger, and sorrow. But the yoga practice encourages me to become more conscious of my moodiness. It reminds me that I am not alone, and that we are all on the path to finding true happiness. A huge thank you to my extraordinary teachers (Keric, Doug John, Jenny Brill, Maria Cristina Jimenez, Noah Maze, Jessica Jennings, Rusty Wells, Scott Lewicki, Darren Rhodes, Christina Sell) and the Urth yogis for showing me how to practice yoga and for changing my life.

Grace Lapidario

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