Michelle Libeu-Babich

Michelle Libeu-Babich is the studio owner.  She has a style of teaching which is all her own.  Her approach is deeply intuitive and grounded from many years of study and practice.  Movement has always been Michelle’s backbone. It began with dance, surfing, snowboarding, and then yoga found her. What a pleasant surprise that all this movement brought her to stillness. She has been learning from a collection of teachers for the past two decades and will always consider herself a student first.  Weaving together different aspects of yoga in a way that is clear, powerful, and accessible.  Michelle strives to keep every class fresh with a new blend of themes and movements to match an ever changing mix of students.  No two bodies are the same and no two practices are either.  Her hope is to guide students to connect more deeply with their own authentic power and spirit.  She holds a sacred space where healing and transformation arise naturally.

*Private Lessons upon request

Sun Yu

Movement and athletic endeavors have always come naturally to me from a young age, and this enabled me to excel in amateur competitive golf from my early 30s into my 50s.  Unfortunately,  25 years of golfing and three years of playing on a pro-am level on the Hong Kong Amateur National Golf Team resulted in persistent back pain that  hindered the quality of my life.

My introduction to yoga was what guided me on the path to conquering my back pain.  It’s therapeutic elements helped me not only with the physical healing, but has also helped me find my inner self.   I have found solid emotional footing and contentment with the practice of yoga.  Teaching yoga came after years of practice and trainings and recently from Annie Carpenter, a renowned yoga teacher/trainer.  

I am also a Nia(Neuromuscular Integrative Action) practitioner and a Black Belt Nia teacher as well. My passion for Yoga and Nia is the fuel for creating an energizing, expressive, and healing experience for myself and my students and I invite you to come and join me, as teaching yoga and Nia is the best thing that has happened to me.

Alison Cameron

Originally from England, Alison Cameron came to the States to marry her American sweetheart 30-odd years ago. After careers as diverse as chef concierge and kindergarten teacher, and taking time out to mother her beautiful daughter, Alison began studying yoga in 2005.  It was clear to her from the start that yoga was far more than simple exercise: the calming effects on the mind intrigued her. Yoga naturally led to an interest in meditation, which eventually led to rigorous annual ten day silent retreats. Alison has attended workshops all over the L.A. area with luminaries such as Thich Nhat Hanh, Amma the Hugging Saint, Jack Kornfield, and Sharon Salzberg. The spiritual questing continues with Voice Dialogue, art and collage, inquiry, book study and small meditation groups. Always, yoga is the constant: so many teachers over the years offering their different styles: physically challenging classes, fun classes, meditative classes, classes heavy on ritual and chanting and breath work.  Recently Alison took the plunge to become a teacher herself and completed Yoga World’s 200 hour teacher training with Gabriel Hall.  She continues to grow in finding her own voice. She incorporates the teachings of many of those early teachers who so inspired her, but her preferred style is to teach gentle yoga, or as she puts it, “lots of rolling around on the floor with bolsters.”   Now in her 60’s (and still happily married!), Alison is delighted to have found what she wants to be at long last. Her classes are designed to stretch, strengthen and relax the body, and soothe, focus and balance the mind, while using large dollops of humor and inspiration. All are welcome.

Lisa Menard Schmahl

Lisa Menard Schmahl completed her first Hatha Yoga teacher training ten years after discovering the transformative power of the breath. She soon shifted from teaching friends in her backyard to leading classes overlooking the Chicago skyline. 2013 inspired change, relocating Lisa and family to the South Bay area. Her love of play is evident in her teachings. Classes are alignment based allowing students a deeper understanding of Hatha Yoga. Energizing breathwork, calming meditation, and challenging asana, all lead to transformation in body and mind. Lisa believes that an understanding of the practice is more empowering than mastering poses, and encourages students to open themselves to the beauty and depth of their hearts. When not having fun in the classroom or on the mat, you can find her laughing and playing with her husband and dog along the oceanfront.

our Teachers

Sarah Beston

Sarah discovered yoga when she moved from Boston to the west coast over 10

years ago. After years of competitive dance and gymnastics, yoga felt like

a natural physical progression, but what she hadn't anticipated was the rad journey it would present beyond the body and into the realm of mind and spirit. It was instant love.

In her classes, Sarah's goal is to promote a safe environment that

encourages each student to honor their own process of healing, acceptance, and growth.  She brings her love of dance and choreography to her creative vinyasa flow sequences and looks to create a union between breath, physical strength, and mindful movement.

Sarah received her yoga teacher training certification (Yoga Alliance RYT 200-hour) through Yoga Mittra, under the guidance of Genevieve Pujalet, Shelley Williams, and Suzy Nece.  As she continues to deepen her practice, she hopes to work with veterans, as well as lead inspiring yoga retreats around the globe.

EunjoO Pacifici

Eunjoo Pacifici, Pharm.D., Ph.D. has been practicing yoga for over ten years under the tutelage of a number of wonderful teachers including Maggie Mellor (traditional Hatha style) & Linda DiCarlo (Iyengar style) at the Westlake Yoga in Westlake Village, California; Tracy Bogart at the Triangle Yoga in Chapel Hill, North Carolina; and most recently, Robyn Marin (vinyasa style) at Robyn’s Energy in Motion. Eunjoo’s own teaching style emphasizes proper alignment and breathing while moving through deep and slow flow yoga. As a licensed healthcare professional and a university educator, Eunjoo explores ways to holistically incorporate yoga practice to enhance one’s overall quality of life.

Jennifer allen 

Jennifer Allen Richard began practicing yoga nearly twenty years ago at the Jivamukti center in New York City. Throughout the years, as a journalist and on-air reporter, yoga has remained the anchor in her creative life.Here at Palos Verdes Yoga, Jennifer has taught yoga to football, soccer, lacrosse, baseball, and volleyball players in her Yoga for Athletes program. As the daughter of a pro football coach, she grew up with a deep understanding of athletes – and the clear balance between mind and body in movement. Jennifer brings this knowledge onto the mat, guiding students through sessions that are physically challenging yet mentally steadying, encouraging all to tap into their own inner strength. Jennifer is a 500-hour Registered Yoga Teacher.  She received a 200-hour certification from Planet Yoga, and completed a 300-hour Advanced SmartFLOW certification from Master teacher Annie Carpenter.  Jennifer is also the creator of _PRACTICE a website devoted to linking athletes and yoga at www.jennifer-allen-practice.com

Born to hippy parents in the late 70’s, practicing yoga as a little girl was a common occurrence with her mother as her first teacher.  After enduring a knee injury playing college soccer, Leah found that through a practice of healthy living and yoga she could still participate in the many sports that she has always loved.  Beginning her teacher trainings in 2006, through YogaFit created by Beth Shaw, she embraced the beauty of yoga.  She found her way from a career in sales and event planning, to what she has found to be her true path and passion as a yoga teacher.  She is Yoga Alliance RYT 200-hour Certified and is continuing her studies to deepen her understanding of yoga.  She loves teaching a variety of classes, but her passion lies in leading a challenging flow class that leaves her students feeling physically strong, internally calm and with a yoga glow.

Cindy Swenson

From a very young age Cindy knew that she wanted to be a teacher. She followed that dream over twenty years ago and graduated with a degree in Secondary Education in Biology, Health and Earth/Space Science.  She finds the most joy in life helping others grow and learn. In April 2017, Cindy decided to follow her passion of yoga and graduated from the 200 hour Soho Yoga Teacher Training and became a certified yoga instructor. She realized the importance of yoga and the positive difference it had made in her life and wanted to share that knowledge with others in an impactful way. Cindy volunteers teaching yoga to at-risk elementary students and has also volunteered at Palos Verdes High School teaching teen yoga. She has seen firsthand how positively the students respond. She believes whole-heartedly that yoga and mindfulness is something our children can greatly benefit from especially in a world where life can be so fast paced. She is honored to be able to do what she loves and to see children flourish and feel empowered with the tools of yoga.

Joanie Plake

Joanie's yoga journey began while living in New York City and earning her Masters in Elementary and Special Education at New York University. Through her unique experience as a childhood educator, Joanie is well-versed in building developmentally and age appropriate foundational skills through yoga and mindfulness. As a former teacher at Citizens of the World Charter School Mar Vista, she found that daily breathing exercises and meditation worked wonders in helping her children self-regulate and manage their emotions. In addition, the physical postures offered a fun introduction to healthy living. She graduated from the 200 hr. Soho Yoga Teacher Training in April 2016 and shortly after, received her children's certification through Yoga Ed.  She is the founder of Breathe & Learn, a kids health and wellness company based in the South Bay.