Meet the caring and knowledgeable teachers at Curative Yoga.
Trained in Raja Yoga at the Self Realization Fellowship in Los Angeles, and Hatha Yoga at The Yoga College of India, Beverly Hills, Naader Shagagi has been studying and practicing Yoga & Meditation since 1983. A former Ph.D. Candidate in Engineering, Naader also studied Philosophy and Religion before coming to Los Angeles as a disciple of Paramahansa Yogananda in 1985.
A student of the great Yoga Master, Paramahansa Yogananda, and Sufi Mystic, Pir Inayat Khan, Naader brings a culmination of intensive study and personal experience presented to you through his Yoga of Mystics® philosophy.
Inspired to practice yoga to set an example of living a balanced life for her children, Carolina’s journey has taken her on a deeper path towards spirituality and guiding others seeking peace and harmony. While Carolina has received her 200 Hour Certification from Yoga of Mystics®, she believes that a commitment to teaching yoga is a lifetime journey in which she sees the teacher in all, in particular her well-intended mother, mystical father, supportive and loving husband, strong willed daughter, affectionate son and her trustworthy teacher.
Teaching Credentials: 200-hour Yoga of Mystics Teacher Training with Naader Shagagi
Afton is a multi-dimensional teacher and researcher of mind-body interventions. She has been practicing and teaching yoga for over 10 years alongside complementary training in higher education. Afton became a Certified Group Fitness Instructor in 2010, received a B.S. in Dietetics and Psychology in 2013, and M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in 2015. Currently, she is earning her Ph.D. at the University of Southern California in Preventive Medicine/Health Behavior Research. Afton has dedicated her life to effectively helping people become healthier and happier through personal exploration and development. In her yoga classes, she focuses on building client resilience, awareness, and intention by incorporating a unique and challenging blend of all-level yoga poses and mindfulness-based practices. Outside of being an academic and yogi, Afton enjoys a number of outdoor activities (especially adventures with her dog), dining with friends and family, and unwinding to music and movies.
Alicia Webb, M.A. Ed, uses 9 years of experience in public and enrichment education to empower students of all ages towards utilizing the arts, meditation, and yoga for self-discovery, exploration, and expansion. The primary goal of her instruction is for her students to achieve a greater understanding of themselves, their loved ones, and The Universe. Alicia believes that the arts are the most honest form of communication one can share with themselves and others; as such, her own artwork is primarily autobiographical and serves as an opportunity to document her spiritual experiences and development as well as a means of making sense of her diagnosis with a rare, degenerative neurological disorder known as Trigeminal Neuralgia. Passionate about one’s abilities to manifest one’s own desires, Alicia believes in the power of positive intention and credits both Medicine and The Law of Attraction with her ability to undergo life-changing brain surgery and the courage to begin building the life she’s always dreamed of.
Antonella has been studying and teaching yoga for well over 15 years. She is a 200 hour certified Hatha Yoga Teacher and a 200 hour E-RYT with the Kundalini Research Institute. She has more than 1,100 teaching hours and is currently working on another 300 hours training at the Santa Barbara Yoga Center in California where she continues to study the theory and practice of yoga by exploring different paths of awareness and how to adapt the practice to people with different needs.
It is Antonella’s personal belief that creating an openness to explore the path of Yoga as a practice of healing, well-being and spiritual growth, a deep sense of fulfillment is achieved.
Antonella was born and raised in Rome, and she currently splits her time teaching and studying in her two favorite cities, Los Angeles and Rome.
I am Art and the story of me becoming a teacher is not important. I didn’t get here because of that story, but who I am in eternity, inquiring about something, is what allowed that story to happen. To me real yoga is a process of a gradual unlearning, a mental cleanse, a demolition of the false in us. It is as simple as that, yet it will take time and focused attention. Just practice; move, breathe, sweat, listen, observe, meditate, pray. The transformation will happen. The body will change and becomes healthy to endure the pains and limitations the false mind creates. The thinking will become strong and focused, our soul will become robust. We will become a powerful tool of piercing thought that has the power to dismantle and chew to pieces anything that is not real in us. We will develop a pair of newly born fearless eyes to see, locate, and illuminate the falseness in us; and a brave heart that will radiate this powerful energy into the world, inspiring and bringing about change by the Truth of us. That is the real power of Yoga and I welcome you to this practice.
Gina is a student of life and of the Earth, always looking for the next flower to smell and lesson to be learned from it. Her path of stewarding the land brought her to seek the path of the soul, ever fascinated by the relationship between humans and nature. As we study at the School of Mystics here at Curative Yoga, we must first look inward to find harmony within oneself, then others, and then we can begin understanding our place in the world, and strive to seek harmony within it. If we have this space for inner contemplation, we are fueled to provide outward service, a continuous cycle rooted in love.
Gina is honored to have the opportunity to guide others on this journey, after completing the 200-hour Teacher Training at Curative Yoga and continuing in the 500 hour Advanced Circle. Outside of the studio, Gina is most often in her garden giving thanks to the plants and animals, honoring plant medicine, reading stories and poetry, cooking food full of life, providing service, and enjoying the beauty of this Creation.
I began my transformational life journey almost 30+ years ago after leaving my home in Asia. The first half of those years were focused on being financial independent and raising a family. In the process, I lost myself. Challenging circumstances at work and home led me to look within and commit to taking back my life. God (my divine dad) had a plan for me; and that plan began unfolding 14 years ago. He carved many paths for me with so many signs I could not miss! One of those “GIANT” sign is “YOGA and MEDITATION.” Part of my dad’s plan is to bring my heart back home to him. When my guru, Naader asked me to guide meditation on Sundays, I knew in my heart that this was part of “THE PLAN.” Meditation brings peace and awareness to my thoughts and actions; and broadens my perspective about myself, others and circumstances. I still struggle; but I have come to realize that my goal in life is this: “To Be One with God and One with All Life”. Namaste.
For the past four years, Jim has been on the yoga journey at Curative Yoga. When you come to his classes you will notice an intense focus on deep breathing which helps students unearth their full mental, emotional and physical potential.
Jim was instructed under Naader’s guidance in the 200-hour teacher training certification program and incorporates other healing modalities including meditation and positive framing.
Originally from Detroit, Michigan, Jim moved out to California in 2009 to explore a new world of opportunities immediately after graduating from Michigan State University.
After six years of success in corporate, he left his day job to fulfill his entrepreneurship goals. After many wins and losses, Jim currently runs a digital marketing agency that leverages the power of social media. In his free time outside of yoga and work, he enjoys roasting coffee, working in his porch garden, and spending time in nature.
Growing up in an environment surrounded by many beliefs, my personal struggle had always been understanding the point of it all. Why we live the way we do, why we speak the way we do, why we act the way we do, and especially why we love the way we do. We live in a world where Good powers everything. Unfortunately, we get playful and forgetful and transform our Goodness to something else, something foreign. When we understand to balance and harmonize, ultimate peace is obtained. And the only place that can happen is within your soul. So start.
Growing up in East L.A., the City of Angels, Liz Tovar learned to appreciate the simplicity of life. After encountering many challenges as a fatherless child, her life journey diverted Liz on an unexpected path of struggles. The many challenges she faced would later lead her to the beginning of her new journey. Under the direction of Master Teacher Naader Shagagi, Liz completed her 200 Hour Teacher Training in 2012. Using the Curative Yoga series as her platform, she has modified the series to teach gentle yoga for beginners. In 2013, Liz later discovered her great grandmother was a “partera” (midwife) in Mexico. In discovering this, she once again had another calling, and began working with expecting mothers, guiding them in prenatal yoga. She’s worked with over 300 women, preparing them for one of the most memorable moments in motherhood giving birth. She’s learned to unlearn, to break walls, and to trust her intuition. That it takes a courageous soul to face the self, to break and remove the veils of delusion, with WILL (Love) and perseverance.
Yan Ling Weng
Why I Practice
As an Argentine Tango dancer, I started practicing hatha yoga a decade ago with the aim to prevent injury. Yoga since then has enhanced my will power, concentration, strength and flexibility and balance. My body is more reposed, my mind is more at rest, my heart is more at peace. Yoga expands me and touches the core of my being beyond words.
Why I Teach
Learned from Naaderji based on the teachings from Master Yogananda and Master Khan, I’m moved to share this beautiful practice with others, to explore and realize that latent power and inspiration within each of us. I am forever grateful for this opportunity to journey the path of truth-seeking with many.
Yoga Teacher Certification
200-Hour Certified Teacher Training at YogaWorks – Costa Mesa, CA
Yoga Alliance Certification
500-Hour Teacher Certification from Yoga of Mystics® – Pasadena, CA