Palm Desert
Palm Desert

Ann Marie Palma

Ann Marie Palma is a Registered Dental Hygienist and a Certified Bikram Yoga Instructor. She owns,operates and teaches at Bikram Yoga Palm Desert- El Paseo .She practices Dental Hygiene at Dr. Rene Dell'Acqua Dental Studio on El Paseo. Ann Marie found her passion for Bikram Yoga 9 years ago when a bulging disc threatened her Dental Hygiene career. Refusing her MD's invasive treatment recommendations, she began a consistent practice of Bikram Yoga. Within a few short months all of her back issues completely resolved. Additionally , her overall health improved so dramatically that she became a strong advocate for the Bikram series. In the fall of 2011 she attended Bikram Yoga College of India 's 9 week intense teacher training program in hopes to help others resolve their own... Read the profile >>

Anthony Pomponio

Anthony began his athletic career by running track and playing basketball and football in high school. He went on to play football at Whittier College, where he was not only a four year letter winner, he lead the league in rushing and touchdowns his senior year - finishing with 990 yards and 12 touchdowns in 9 games. After college, he played one season of professional football in in Switzerland. When he returned home, he had a short stint in competitive body building competitions before he met co-owner of the Yard Authentic Strength and Barbell, Nick Frasca. Since then, about 2 1/2 years ago, he has submersed himself in to the sport of Olympic Lifting. Anthony is a nationally ranked athlete, and highly sought after coach in the sport. Anthony was awared "Coach of the Year" at the... Read the profile >>

April Jones (Alumni)

Yoga Central La Quinta

Does music inspire you? Do you like to go to your edge? Are you the type of person who doesn’t take him or herself too seriously and likes to laugh often? April’s class may be the perfect place for you to practice. She doesn’t think the mat is the only place to practice yoga. What you learn on the mat gets carried off the mat and into the fabric of your life. Take your yoga off the mat and be the best version of you possible. With her professional dance background, come prepared to challenge your brain as well as your body with intelligent & creative sequencing. There is a deliberate and gradual build up in her classes that prepares you to reach your full potential by the end of each class. You will leave class invigorated, inspired and wanting more. The first half of... Read the profile >>

Bronwyn Ison (Alumni)

Evolve Yoga

Bronwyn Ison is a celebrated Yoga Instructor in her community of La Quinta, California. Her passion to serve and share Yoga with others is something she strives toward everyday. Each Vinyasa class (linking movement with breath) is diverse, engaging, challenging, focuses on precise alignment, and is fun! Bronwyn is the owner of Evolve Yoga and Founder of Rock’n Yoga (Fall and Spring). She also instructs at one of the most prestigious clubs in the country, The Vintage Club in Indian Wells, California. Bronwyn’s public classes are conducted at the renowned Empire Polo Club in Indio, California. Recently, Lululemon Athletica named Bronwyn one of their Ambassadors for 2012/2013. She’s also a contributing writer for Desert Health News, The Gem, and Coachella Valley Weekly Newspapers.... Read the profile >>

Cathy Serif

Balanced Training Bootcamp

Cathy Serif, Author, Nutritionist, Fitness Coach, and Creator of the Balanced Training Boot Camp Experience, is a nationally recognized expert in fitness and nutrition. Serif has been a dedicated professional in the health and fitness industry for more than 30 years and is among the top in her field with certifications from the American College of Sports Medicine and the Natural Healing Institute of Naturopathy. Cathy is well known for her highly effective diet and exercise strategies and has been impacting lives and transforming bodies since 1980. Read the profile >>

Chad Kibbey (Alumni)

CrossFit Shifted

Chad Kibbey is the owner of CrossFit Shifted. Their community is diverse; it includes members of our military special forces, full-time moms, doctors, students, lawyers, police officers, fire fighters, business executives, elite athletes, and retired grandparents. Read the profile >>

Jenna Fisher (Alumni)

Inspired Fitness

Jenna Fisher loves to encourage people to be excited about life and their health, which has made working in the fitness industry a perfect fit. She is an International Sports Science Association certified Personal Trainer and loves the one on one commitment that comes with private training. However, her real passion is teaching group fitness classes. Jenna believes there is nothing better than the encouragement and motivation that comes from group classes, which sparked the dream of creating Inspired Fitness. She is a certified Sports Yoga, TurboKick, Zumba and Group Fitness Instructor as well as a certified Wellness and Nutrition Coach. Read the profile >>

Johnny Yuhas

Power Yoga Palm Springs

Johnny’s journey is truly a path of the heart. Practicing yoga and meditation for over 15 years has lead Johnny to his two current roles as both an Emergency Room Registered Nurse and Certified Bhakti Yoga instructor. While vacationing in Southern California in 2004 he can remember feeling a powerful familiarity with his surrounds and a sense that he was home. From that day, he manifested everything that was to unfold with an open heart. Years of holding out for a yoga teacher training program that spoke to Johnny had finally presented itself by a random invitation of a now beautiful friend. The Bhakti Yoga Shala in Santa Monica, California was an opportunity to dial into the true meaning of yoga “to become one with”, and move far beyond the Asana. The Bhakti path leaves the door... Read the profile >>

Kim Tang (Alumni)

Bikram Yoga University Village

Certified Bikram Instructor Kim has been practicing Bikram Yoga since 2003 although her advanced practice would indicate otherwise. Her passion and dedication of nearly daily practice has transformed her body and prepared her to win the Southern California Regional Yoga Asana Championships in November 2010! She wants you to think of Bikram Yoga University Village as your studio. She hopes you'll feel a part of the community, and that you'll find yourself in the mirror. At BYUV, Lisa hopes you'll LOVE YOUR YOGA LIFE, too!! Read the profile >>

Lisa Diffey (Alumni)

Infinity Pilates

Lisa has been involved in the fitness and bodywork industry since 1997. She is a Master Teacher Trainer and holds an Advanced Rehabilitation Training Certificate through Pilates Sports Center. She is also a certified Body Code Trainer, RKC Kettlebell Instructor, PMA Certified Instructor, Burn at the Barre Instructor, Core Fitness Roller Instructor and a Certified Massage Therapist specializing in Thai Massage Therapy. Lisa has a passion for working with her clients, helping them achieve a greater understanding of functional movement utilizing her varied background to address their needs. She is dedicated to continuing higher education and professional development at every given opportunity. Lisa has owned and operated Infinity Pilates in Palm Desert, California since 2004. Read the profile >>

Ron Duran (Alumni)

Pilates Plus - Palm Springs

Born and raised in Southern California, Ron comes to Pilates Plus Palm Springs with 15 plus years in the fitness industry. Certified in personal training, weight training and now Piltates training, Ron feels his education provides him with the experience to address the needs of a wide array of clients. As a sibling whose brother has lived with a lifelong physical disability, Ron has an innate understanding and sensitivity to those with physical challenges. As a former dancer, he trained at the Alvin Alley School in New York in addition to various notable teachers on the West Coast. Read the profile >>

Sherry Herrin

Crossfit Shifted

Sherry is the owner and head coach of Crossfit Shifted. She coaches daily Crossfit classes to adults, young adults, tweens, and children. Through her successes as a competitor, and through her actions, she tries to model her commitment to health and wellbeing. It is these values that she aspires to set as her long-term goals for herself and for others within the community. Being a successful competitor reinforces this effort. She is a Crossfit competitor. She won the women’s masters division for the NLI (Next Level Invitational) events in southern California in both 2011 and 2012; She did this by winning 4 out of 4 competitions in 2011, and 3 out of 4 competitions in 2012. Most recently, she qualified in the top 5 nationally for the women’s masters division “2013 OC (Orange County)... Read the profile >>