Who We Are
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South Bay Yoginis (female Yogis) are highly trained yoga teachers in the South Bay of Los Angeles, California. We teach classes mostly in the Beach Cities of Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, & Redondo Beach. We also teach in Palos Verdes, Torrance, and El Segundo. We have taken classes/workshops with some of the top teachers in the world, such as Pattabhi Jois, Rodney Yee, Ana Forrest, Shiva Rae, Erich Shiffman and Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa. We are certified in yoga (and other healing practices), registered with the Yoga Alliance and have been practicing yoga for over 15 years. We can be hired for one time only events or to teach class series. We can come to you, teach in your office or for special events, or you can come to us, our schedule of classes are posted.

We are yoga teachers truly on the path of yoga. We do not just “teach” yoga. We walk the path of yoga.  We pride ourselves in truly helping students find their true identity through the path of yoga. We teach several different styles of yoga in the Hatha yoga family including Vinyasa Flow, Ananda, Gentle/Restoratives, and Basics. Founder, Valinda Cochella, of South Bay Yoginis also teaches the most ancient form of healing yoga, Kundalini Yoga.

So, if you’re looking to Still Your Mind, Open Your Heart, Speak Your Truth & Live Your Dreams, Strengthen your Body, or just Relax, we have the class for you! Choose to work with a teacher who has walked the path herself. If you truly want to heal your body, your mind and your spirit, you will. A teacher can only take you as far as she has come! Sat Nam, Namaste’.

Valinda Cochella (Viriam Kaur: it means the princess who is the bringer of divine truth) MA, E-RYT 500, Founder of South Bay Yoginis worked as a Dance/Movement Therapist for many years starting in 1994, when she completed a Master’s degree in Dance/Movement Therapy from UCLA. Upon completion of her Master’s degree, she worked for seven years as a Therapist, Counselor and Teacher abroad (in Mexico and Japan). Valinda has been practicing Yoga since 1994, and has been passionately studying yoga ever since.

She received her first certification from Cloud Nine Yoga, beginning her in-depth training in 1999 http://cloudnineyoga.com. She hasn’t stopped since, continuing her certifications in Kundalini Yoga/Pre-Natal Yoga in 2002/2003 from http://goldenbridgeyoga.com, and studying closely with Julian Walker for 2 years http://julianwalkeryoga.com.

Once she gave birth to her daughter, Bellina Faith in 2004 she began teaching mommy & me & children’s yoga & was certified in Radiant Child Yoga http://childrensyoga.com.

She continued to study Yoga in 2008/09 taking 9 month courses in Raja Yoga & the Bhagavad Gita with Turiya Moore at the Ananda Meditation Center

She is now in the 5 module Level II advanced “Transformation” Kundalini Courses at http://YogaWestLA.com she has completed “Conscious Communication” “Lifecycles and Lifestyles”, “Vitality and Stress”, and “Authentic Relationships”.

Valinda certified 3 Teacher Training groups through Cloud Nine Yoga, South Bay Branch from Sept. 2009 thru March 2010.  She is currently on staff as the Kundalini Yoga Consultant in the Advanced Teacher Training through Cloud Nine Yoga.

Valinda’s unique training as a Dance/ Movement Therapist, Reiki Practitioner and at Clearsight Clairvoyant School, allow her to guide people to explore yoga on a deep level to heal the body, mind and spirit. She creates a safe spiritual, therapeutic environment. Come take a journey into yourself…..the most important journey ever!
Valinda’s classes/teacher trainings/workshops/retreats are unique experiences, they offer deep healing not just on a body level, but on many different levels, you must try a class to see!… See our testimonials page!

“Still Your Mind, Open Your Heart,
Speak Your Truth and Live Your Dreams”

- South Bay Yoginis.

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