CA Yoga Barre was built with the simple intention of creating a space full of kindness, safety, open-mindedness, and community. Having a comfortable studio setting in life is a gift and that is what we’re continuously committed to providing. Our space is built on love, experience, and a strong foundation of breath, movement, and strength. We value the importance of compassion, courtesy, community, commitment, and connection. This is a place where everyone is welcomed with respect, open minds, and open hearts.
I love this life and I’m still learning every day, while not every moment has been easy for me, I am truly thankful for this sense of community and this amazing place I live and work in. I have such gratitude for Yoga being introduced to my life and giving me appreciation, compassion, and understanding of my inner self, people, and community near and abroad. Always growing my sense of understanding and compassion is one of the best lessons yoga continues to teach me. It has been 9 years of making teaching my full-time job. I completed my first 500-hour training in 2014 and since then have completed 600 more hours of training and taught more than 2000 hours of classes. Teaching in multiple locations in North America including, Los Angeles, Columbus, Miami, Phoenix, Canada, and Nicaragua, taught me this is what I am meant to do and this is where I am supposed to be. In my first years of teaching yoga, I was also fortunate to discover “Barre” and take teacher training. This brings me back to my roots of growing up as a competitive dancer. I love Barre classes, its soo different from yoga but also soo amazing!! I am beyond passionate about creating this space for our community. I created CA Yoga Barre and am passionate about the principles it is founded on. Can’t wait to take class with you and share my passion for life with all of you!!!
I have a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and in 2016, I moved to Arizona in pursuit of a more fulfilling career. I’ve been teaching yoga and movement fundamental classes in the Phoenix area since arriving. Two years into teaching yoga I began to adopt more effective strategies to train the body. Learning the scientific principles that govern the body and how to apply these principles to training became my passion. I believe to learn is to grow and the human body is something you can spend a lifetime improving, perfecting, and preserving.
Hello my name is Lauren Hobson! I’m an Arizona native, workout enthusiast, and elementary school teacher! When I’m avoiding grading papers... you’ll find me doing my next favorite activity, teaching barre! After a long love affair practicing barre, I decided to become an instructor in 2014 and have never looked back! What I love most about barre is the amazing strength it gives me. When faced with previous injuries, barre was the best solution to safely strengthen, heal, and tone my body from head to toe. I have been so lucky to be able to share my passion of barre with students over the years, and I look forward to continuing on that journey! Whether you’re looking for strength, healing, confidence, or even just an excuse to have a cocktail after class... I’ll see you at the barre!
I believe the body is capable of so much more than the physical. Through movement and breath, we can communicate, deconstruct, open-up, discover, and empower. Yoga and Barre are a practice of exploration and every day is a new discovery. I was drawn to teaching barre and yoga when my two young uns were younger with the desire to be a better Mom. Sharing Yoga and Barre's ability to center her mind and redirect her energies assisted in the gentle guiding of two young impressionable souls. I have a high respect for taking care of the body and emphasizes form. When not teaching, I enjoy a long joyous relationship with running and calls it her meditation time where she either dreams in fantasy land or gets real with a gut check. All physical discovery and teaching pursuits take second to my husband, two children, extended family and furry friends. This support system has allowed me to continue to be a “work in progress” to which she is forever grateful
My yoga journey began where I grew up - right here in Scottsdale, Arizona. I started practicing yoga at the YMCA while I was in high school. After taking an Ashtanga Vinyasa course in college, I developed a passion for the fluid movement and moving meditations yoga’s asana provided. I lived and practiced in San Francisco for 12 years, where I found my yoga home with heated vinyasa. I moved back to Arizona in the summer of 2019 and joined the CA Yoga Barre community as a student. After completing my Yoga Teacher Training at the Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, I was excited to find an opportunity to teach and share my passion with a community that is so close to my heart. My goal is to hold space in my classes that facilitates mindfulness, intentional living and holistic wellness through yoga practice, spiritual education and inclusive community - on and off the mat.
Anton Mackey is a deliberate & intentional yoga teacher who masterfully bridges the gap between the spiritual and the physical, weaving his knowledge of the human body with the sacred wisdom of the soul. He believes yoga is the practice of uniting the Divine Feminine with the Sacred Masculine to create harmony of mind, body, & soul. His teaching and guidance create a space for students to access their greatest creative potential while navigating beyond limitations, inspiring them to become Empowered, Connected, & Whole!
A Detroit native, I have been living in the Valley since 2007. Always being active mostly through cardio and Bikram yoga, I discovered barre classes in early 2017 and was hooked ever since! In October of 2018 I decided to take my love of barre to the next level and begin teaching. I am forever excited to share my love of barre with others while continuing to grow and learn with them and keep my classes interesting and motivating. My other hobbies include running, hiking, reading, and (let’s not forget) pizza – because life is all about balance! As an active family, my husband and I have two young daughters with whom we plan to share our love of fitness and instill in them the mental and physical lifelong importance of movement, mobility, mind-body awareness, and healthy self-confidence!
Working out always seemed like a necessary chore until I found barre. I tried all types of exercise. I took my first class at the very first barre studio in the valley was immediately hooked. I signed up for the unlimited pass that day. Not long after on vacation in Italy, I actually missed working out at the barre! Since I work to support my travel habit and travel is my passion, this was a monumental discovery! I watched my body changing, my strength and flexibility increasing and an overall boost in my mental well-being. Barre changed my life. I starting teaching barre in 2011 and enthusiastically enjoyed sharing my passion for Barre. Barre helps all body types, at any fitness and in all stages and seasons of life. Although having a newborn right at the start of the pandemic kept me away, I am rejuvenated to be back as an instructor and student. Give me that exquisite burn you only seem to find at the BARRE!
Jessica Wenz’s passion has always been movement! Growing up in Arizona, dance, cheer, gymnastics and yoga were her major endeavors through high school and college. She moved to California and attended California State University, Long Beach and double majored in Dance and Business Management and graduated with a Bachelors in Arts and a Bachelors in Science in 2007. During and after undergraduate work, she began practicing yoga, worked at a yoga studio, and received her 200 hour teacher training in 2009. Jessica and her dance friends from college developed a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization called Domino Affect Dance Company that she danced professionally for and that focused on performing arts, modern dance education and performance from 2007 to 2014. She continued to dance for DADC, then, family and the goal to become a physical therapist brought Jessica back to Arizona in 2010 where she discovered barre at the first barre studio in Arizona. She began teaching barre in 2011 and has continued since. The amount of relationships built while teaching barre was unfathomed and the support of that community, and family, helped Jessica achieve her goal of becoming a Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2017. The advanced knowledge of our body systems obtained from her doctorate further solidified why Jessica LOVES teaching (and taking) barre. Barre classes provide the perfect balance of strength and mobility and can be instructed in a safe manner. Barre classes provide training for clients to learn how to engage deep muscles that support balance, posture, form and alignment that can assist all bodies, of all ages, in developing good habits. All of these principals can assist in injury prevention, and when someone is on a journey through an injury, it is one of Jessica’s passions to help that person modify positions for safety and allow them to continue exercising per their doctor’s orders. Barre is a great method of exercise for women pre-, during and post pregnancy, again, with the guidance of their doctor’s; be sure to let your instructor know of your pregnancy stage. : ) Being a part of CA Yoga Barre that offers the dream team of yoga and barre classes has been wonderful! When Jessica isn’t at the studio she works as a school-based PT during the school year, and part time and during the summers in the skilled nursing setting. Jessica has a poodle-mix fur child named Guillermo and loves to travel!
After taking my first yoga class 4 years ago, I knew I had found something special. I began my practice with no experience and very little flexibility or mobility in my body. Since then, I continue to fall in love with yoga again and again as it serves as a physical, mental, and spiritual guideline in my life. In September of 2021, I decided to further my practice and completed my 200-hour teacher training. This was one of the best experiences of my life and not only deepened my physical practice but led me to find my true career passion, teaching! I focus on dynamic vinyasa-style classes, integrating breath work, movement, and deep static stretching to help my students find both physical and mental peace.
Britta has been practicing yoga for the last six years and has been teaching the last four. Her core teaching principles focus on strength and mobility, encouraging students to explore the possibilities of their movement and to try new things. Britta invites her students to find a deeper connection to one’s self through breath and movement. “In my teaching, I encourage exploration and awareness by offering cohesive flows that support a strong, integrated practice. Every day we come onto our mats, we have a blank canvas awaiting our beautiful expressions of breath and movement. My goal is to inspire others to honor their uniqueness, to be curious in their practice, and to travel the road to self-discovery.”
Yoga has brought me so much more than just a practice – it has brought me a community, friendships, and a form of expression. It has been a way for me to heal as well as test the limits of my body and mind. As an anxious and often frantic person, it has helped me find my center and calm through many stormy moments of my life. I have practiced on and off since high school, but dove full force into my practice 8 years ago. I completed my 200-hour training in 2018 and began to teach later that year. Due to the pandemic, yoga briefly left my life, but I am so excited to have joined the CA community as both a teacher and student! I cannot wait to flow with you and share all the gifts yoga has to offer!
My name is Lauren Skorish and through my Yoga teachings, I create a greater sense of awareness of one's body and self. I have been practicing Yoga for over ten years and experienced an incredible lifestyle shift, as it influenced not only a change in my physical habits but my mental and spiritual ones as well. Listen to the soothing sound of my voice as I guide you through your own dance of self-exploration, by linking the breath, body, and mind together through a variety of postures and meditations. I will help you find balance and offer tools for both on and off the mat, so that you too may bring a higher level of consciousness to your natural gifts through Yoga. We are given a beautifully powerful body and I believe we should use it to move through the rhythms of life.