Nina is currently teaching Yoga classes full-time at several locations throughout the Las Vegas Valley and Henderson, in different styles including, Yin, Restorative, Vinyasa, Gentle, Beginner, Mixed Level, Kids and Chair Yoga to a variety of students with special needs. Now having taught over 3,000 hours and counting in the classroom to groups, private sessions and workshops of many kinds for relaxation, rejuvenation and stress relief to maintain mobility, encourage flexibility (mentally and physically) and inspire students in any way needed. She holds certifications in Hatha Yoga at the 200 hr and 500 hr level Speciality Training for Pre-Natal Yoga, Yin Yoga, Yoga Nidra Guided Meditation and CPR. Also registered with the Yoga Alliance and has been teaching since 2011. Her classes focus on a topic or theme every week, keeping each student interested and wanting more.
Christine Glidden is a graduate of the University of Utah with a BFA in Modern Dance and a 200-hour yoga certification. While at the University, she had over 1000 hours of teaching movement and yoga. Christine’s special interest in anatomy and kinesiology led her to work in sports science environments such as athletic training clinics, chiropractic offices, and dance therapy. This knowledge allows her to have a fresh look at anatomy on and off the mat. Christine continues to specialize in partner work, restorative yin yoga, and working with special populations. She integrates various modalities into her practice, such as aromatherapy. When leading a practice, Christine believes in the importance of hands-on feedback and individualization to make it the most functional practice possible for each student. In her spare time, she teaches Contemporary and Ballet dance and performs within the Las Vegas community. Christine is excited to be a part of Yoga for Life Family and share her love of movement.
Mackenna is a Vegas native with an intense passion for all things yoga. Learning to find stillness in an otherwise chaotic world quickly changed her life and gave her a sense of direction. Mackenna’s classes focus on cultivating a safe space for all children to learn body awareness, emotional intelligence, community, kindness, resilience and above all, Self love.
Lead Teacher, Lead Trainer
Ziya is a passionate and nurturing woman and mother. She has worked with children her entire life and has a wide variety of experience including: working with children on the Autism spectrum as a behavioral interventionist and consultant (10 years), operating a home daycare (5 years), and multiplenanny/home management positions. She also has experience as a teachers aid in a children's fitness center and in elementary school classrooms. She is a kids yoga teacher, and a lead teacher of the YFL Kids and Teens Yoga Teacher Training. Her goal is to enhance the lives of our youth by teaching and being an example of awareness, compassion, respect and love for others and for ourselves.
Sarah Garcia was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. Her biggest inspiration is her mother who was a principal and educator for over 20 years. Following in her footsteps, Sarah moved to Las Vegas in 2010 and is currently aSchool Social Worker at an at-risk high school where she provides case management to families, social and emotional support for students, access to basic needs, and of course...yoga to her students in crisis. Battling some emotional stressors of her own, Sarah stepped into her very first yoga class in 2011. Being in a space where she could concentrate on breath and body and forget the rest for an hour, she was instantly hooked and began a regular practice routine. She is passionate about serving her community through yoga. Sarah seeks to inspire her students in class both on and off the mat with power, passion, and persistence. ZFlow, Yoga Gangsters, Yog-E-Motion, and Asanas for Autism certified.
Stefanie Jillian is an Author and C-IAYT 1000 Yoga Therapist with a sub-specialty in Degenerative and Cardiac Diseases, Cancer, Mental Health, Addiction and Adolescents. Stefanie’s work as a Yoga Therapist at a behavioral health hospital, specializes in providing healing therapies for adolescents. Many young people are struggling with a lack of knowledge on how to self-nurture and rarely take time to rest, learn, heal and grow. Yoga therapy allows children to learn skills they can carry with them the rest of their lives. Through movement, breathing, Philosophy, discussion, story, music, dance and other therapies children are learning how to balance the stressors of our modern environments as well as deal with societal wide problems such as trauma, addiction and mental health. Practicing and training in Yoga Therapy since 2014, Stefanie Jillian has been educated through a program endorsed by The International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) that requires 1000 hours of training. Areas of study include advanced anatomy and physiology, advanced classical yoga philosophy and psychology, advanced teaching skills, advanced sequencing for special populations and professional ethics. Stefanie Jillian holds additional Yoga Teaching Certificates in SUP Yoga, Children's Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Trauma Recovery Yoga, Yoga of Recovery, Yoga Nidra Meditation, and Yoga of the Heart.
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Alexander is a graduate of Sociology at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, and has had experiences providing behavior therapy to children on the Autism spectrum. He has a daily Ashtanga yoga practice, and has a passion for how yoga changes lives in a positive and empowering way. Alex is excited to pursue his passion for yoga and compassion for helping children.
All of our teachers are certified, CPR Certified, and specially trained to work with all ages and all abilities. All Yoga For Life teachers love what they do and have a passion for the mind, movement, and creating a better life for everyone.
Cory has always been a seeker on a quest for truth. Either through the contemplation of nature in the back county of southern Nevada and Utah, playing music or exploring the limits of the many layered, multifaceted, possibly magical human machine and its integral relationship to the world. He found yoga 15 years ago in Las Vegas at a climbing gym. Since then he has studied and explored with many teachers and styles and has come to a place where breath, personal experience and responsibility, both in class and in life are at the core of what he believes and teaches. Through his experience teaching in Las Vegas on and off the strip with people of all ages from all over the world Cory has found that being present and open to new ideas in class and learning how to bring that to your personal practice and then into the real world are the keys to taking an idea and making it into an action which then becomes your character and life. There are as many paths as there are people multiplied by their decisions. “You have to assemble your life yourself, action by action.” Marcus Aurelius