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Bronwyn Ison

Bronwyn Ison

Owner of Evolve Yoga

Hi I’m Bronwyn! I’m an E-RYT 200 yoga instructor, entrepreneur, speaker, TV and live event host, and columnist. I’ve had the opportunity to help thousands in the past twenty-years in their yoga practice as well as guiding others to overall health and wellness.  My yoga journey commenced following physical therapy from a foot injury. The physical therapist recommended yoga and suggested the practice would help restore strength, physical balance, and confidence in me. It wasn’t long after I started practicing that I was enamored and passionate about the practice. Health and fitness is a high priority and essential for my life. “Yoga provides me freedom internally and externally and has facilitated several beautiful adventures and opportunities in the recent years.” Also, the breathing techniques utilized in yoga assisted in facilitating with my recovery while battling an upper-respiratory disease, Valley Fever.

I began my entrepreneurial journey five years ago.  Opening the doors to Evolve Yoga has been a blessing, not only for myself and my daughters, but a way to share yoga with my community.  Recently, I expanded my entrepreneurial endeavors and created online yoga classes and a wellness and balanced living destination for people to enjoy from anywhere and anytime at www.bronwynison.com Per your requests I’m grateful to see everything come to fruition.

I’m recognized by Women’s Health Magazine as an Action Hero, two consecutive years, and was selected along with 60 other women Nationally who are fitfluencers, innovative, community oriented, trendsetters, and who posses a passion for wellness. I’m in my second term as a lululemon Ambassador (2012-2014 & 2016-2018) inspiring my community to live a healthier life via yoga, overall wellness and balanced living. Evolve Yoga is recognized by the Huffington Post as a go-to yoga studio in the Coachella Valley. Palm Springs Life Magazine selected Evolve Yoga, “Best of the Best” yoga studios, 2016. Evolve Yoga also received the “Best Yoga Studio” by Coachella Valley Weekly newspaper, 2015. Plus, I had the pleasure as an Ambassador for LARABAR, the gluten-free snack bars in 2014.

I attended Arizona State University and graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Broadcast Journalism from the prestigious Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. As a former news anchor and reporter, interviews include celebrities, politicians, professional athletes, my favorite interviews, everyday people like you and me.

I remain passionate about my television career, it’s likely you’ll see me hosting a TV wellness program, hosting, moderating, speaking or emceeing an event. For the past five years, I write a weekly health and wellness column and you can read my blogs in CV Weekly and on the Evolve Yoga website.

I’m passionate about helping others and living a healthy lifestyle. My desire is to connect and inspire others and help them  achieve overall health and balanced living.

Still MORE to come… so STAY TUNED!

 

Doryan Dean

Doryan Dean

(Certified Ananda Yoga Instructor) Doryan Dean’s niche is teaching “beginner yoga”, reaching those who are not very fit or need to learn how to relax and take the helm of the mind and body, by trying out simple meditation practices well known throughout the world. She has been teaching beginning yoga classes in dozens of venues over the past decade, including to children as young as two. She has also taught meditation and chair yoga in the hospital setting. Doryan began the study of yoga as a teenager in the Beverly Hills studio of Yogi Alan Finger, and she was certified to teach by Ananda in Northern California in 1997. Her focus is on the health techniques that simple Auyerveda practices and meditation provide for a healthier life.

Doryan has an eclectic background that includes her experiences of being an international model and television regular. Her passion for language has taken the forefront of her career in the past decade, and she is in the midst of publishing her books on etymology (the roots of words). Doryan teaches the “Writer’s Workshop”, from her book “The Writer’s Workbook”, as well as offering Astrological readings for private clients. She has taught “The Writer’s Workshop”, and other creative workshops locally at We Care Spa, Borrego Ranch, and The Enlightened Path.

Susan Alexander

Susan Alexander

Susan began her yoga practice 30-years ago as a means to alleviate pain from her professional sports and dance life-style. Susan was a member of Canada’s National Lightweight women’s rowing team from 1982-85. As a RYT-500 Yoga teacher her strength as a teacher derives from a commitment to practice daily. Susan’s classes are a blend of mindful movements that link breath, body and mind.  Her goal for you is to develop strength, flexibility, balance, brain integration and awareness to each moment. Beyond physical exercise the practice is a process of blending the mind, body and the breath; pausing or turning off the minds “automatic pilot”.  Hence creating a connection to ease into stillness, or an opening of the heart to one’s deeper intentions and to core values. Her hope is to create an environment where students can meet each moment with kindness, joy, integrity, respect and gratitude. Students should expect to feel invigorated, relaxed and aligned.

Susan has studied and practiced with wonderful teachers both in Vancouver, the U.S. and Europe. She is also blessed and inspired by her many students. She teaches classes of yoga and mindfulness at schools, corporations and colleges to seniors, teens and adults of all ages and abilities. She also maintains a private practice of yoga therapy, and yoga massage. She is experienced with resolving and supporting individuals who have or are facing life challenges, such as cancer, PTSD, anxiety, grief, arthritis and attention difficulties.

She completed additional certification training from Spirit Rock Meditation Centers Mindful Meditation and Yoga Training Program in 2012

Currently she is in her 2nd year of completing a Masters in Integral Counseling Psychology from California Institute of Integral Studies in SF.

Susan feels great fortune to be a recent resident to Palm Desert. Her greatest teacher at the moment is her 11 year old daughter, who keeps her busy and in the ongoing practice of loving kindness, patience, gratitude and curiosity.

Jenny Wallis

Jenny Wallis

Jenny began her Yoga journey more than 10 years ago. Jenny says, “I immediately noticed a difference not only in my body, but in my mind as well. It became very important to share what I knew with others!”

Although, Jenny is fairly new to the La Quinta area, she loves her new surroundings and calls the desert her home.

Besides practicing yoga, Jenny keeps busy performing Feng Shui consultations, writing a weekly column for CV Weekly, and is a substitute teacher in elementary schools. When asked what yoga means to her, “With all the chaos in our lives, it’s so great to have a practice that balances us out. It’s wonderful to have my mind, body and soul united as one. Yoga does that for me.”

Through all the changes that have taken place in her life, yoga has been the only constant!

Jenny is dedicated to her practice and grateful to have the opportunity to guide others on their yoga journey.

“Join me at Evolve Yoga. I am so excited to practice with you! ~Namaste”

Gretchen Holm

Gretchen Holm

Hi, I’m Gretchen & I’ve been practicing yoga for over 10 years. I became certified in 2015 with my RYt-200. I believe yoga is about inner change and awareness. Yoga became more than a physical practice for me as I evolved into balance and peace of mind. As I grew in my practice, it became clear to me, that I had a passion to share the joy in yoga with others. Off the mat, I love spending time with my four beautiful children and three adorable grand babies. Taking walks with her best buddies, Milo and GusGus, my two French Bulldogs. I simply enjoy life!

I believe yoga is for everyone. I enjoy sharing the practice with other and helping create a safe and welcoming environment to students of all levels. I encourage props and focuse on alignment and breath control. I enjoy and am certified in Yin, Chair Yoga, Restorative and Yoga Sculpt.

I look forward to seeing you in class!

Olivia Leschnik-Avilez
Olivia-Leschnik-Avilez

Olivia Leschnik-Avilez

Olivia has been practicing Yoga for 10 years and has been teaching as a 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher since 2016 after graduating with Desert Yoga Therapy. She’s been certified through the American Council on Exercise (ACE) as a Group Fitness Instructor since 2014 and loves to teach a variety of classes to a variety of people. Most recently, Olivia completed her Holistic Lifestyle Coaching certification through the CHEK Academy and hopes to help her clients discover optimism wellness, by better managing stress and finding a greater love for life.

“As a young girl in kindergarten I was honored with ‘The Best Helper Award’, so as I continue to grow my profession in the wellness industry I keep that defining moment close to my heart.”

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50-991 Washington St
La Quinta, CA 92253


bronwyn@e-volveyoga.com
(760) 564-YOGA (9642)