A devoted yoga teacher with over 20 years experience, and international transformational retreat leader, Chaz teaches popular flow classes in Los Angeles. She believes yoga should not be serious, as life is serious enough--this is why she loves keeping it light in class. Although Chaz takes a lighter approach, she is serious when it comes to capitalizing on the healing benefits yoga affords.
A true Jersey girl and celebrity yoga teacher, Chaz teaches with a level of irreverently reverent humor and insight. Through a kick-ass, eclectic playlist, and spirituality- infused creative sequencing, she encourages people to discover their own yoga and ways in which to express themselves through their movement. Her classes and global retreats are as deep as they are light and are known for bringing life-changing results.
Often loosely referred to as a "Yogi to the Stars," an extensive list of celebrity clients have enjoyed Chaz's classes over the years, although she upholds their privacy. She is grateful to also have a long list of happy corporate yoga clients. Named Best New LA Yoga Instructor in LA Family Magazine, she was featured on The Dr. Phil Show, ABC7, and in Discover The Gift, a movie featuring HH Dalai Lama, Rev. Michael Beckwith, Marianne Williamson, and other spiritual leaders. A lululemon ambassador (Calabasas) and Yoga Gives Back Ambassador, she models for yoga companies such as Bhakti Ware and YogaWorks.
It all began when Chaz was introduced to the benefits of yoga as an adolescent. As a 14-year-old model rife with body image issues and various eating disorders, Chaz found peace on her yoga mat. Chaz graduated from Rutgers College with Highest Honors with a degree in Genetics and high hopes of a PhD. Although she enjoyed the discipline inherent in the academic research world, she felt a deeper calling. Chaz then met her teacher, Gurmukh Noury of Yoga of India, who saw a unique light in her. Gurmukh went on to convince Chaz to become a yoga teacher and enroll in his teacher training program. In addition to yoga, visualization, and deep relaxation techniques, Chaz learned the very rewarding and healing practice of Thai yoga massage. She received her 500 hour certification from The Art of Yoga in Modesto.
In 2006, Chaz founded Sisters Yoga and Sisters Yoga School in Fresno. Sisters Yoga won top honors in the Fresno People's Choice Awards, Best Yoga category, and was named one of Fresno's "50 Favorite Things." Having sold the company, Chaz now serves as a yoga business consultant for yoga studios all across the globe looking to boost and build their business and community.
Chaz asks her students to ask themselves tough questions, all the while exposing them to accessible spirituality and profound healing. She believes yoga is designed to open us, raise our consciousness, free us from the cages of our ego and fear, and help us get out of our own way so that we can evolve into the happy person we are meant to be.
It's time to celebrate and have fun! Practice Yoga with Chaz!
It was a great honor to talk to ABC's Lori Corbin about how yoga is for EVERY BODY. Many thanks to David Drexler and Tatyana Surenyan-Krech for sharing their story, as well as to all the YogaWorks Tarzana yogis who participated in this piece. It was a privilege to witness and help facilitate Tatyana's transformation. She lost 110 lbs naturally through yoga and mindful eating, and more importantly dropped many of the old stories that told her she wasn't beautiful or worthy of joy and love.
Discover The Gift is the remarkable feature-length documentary film created by award-winning filmmaker, Demian Lichtenstein, with his sister, Shajen Joy Aziz, that explores the basic but vital reality that there are Gifts in each person, and in all circumstances, that are simply awaiting discovery.
influential transformational leaders such as His Holiness Dalai Lama, Marianne Williamson, Dr. Reverend Michael Beckwith (The Secret) and more guide viewers on a journey toward joy and fulfillment.