christy lynn hicks (marsden)

Owner and Teacher I started practicing yoga in Nashville, TN in 1995 due to chronic low back pain and a very unsettled mind. From the very first class I felt relief in my low back which was reason enough to celebrate but the mental and emotional release I experienced was quite an unexpected yet welcome surprise. I was eager to know more about this ancient art form so I dove deeply into learning about any kind of yoga that I could fit into my schedule. I began teaching in 1997 and have been teaching ever since. In 2005, I opened Read the full article…

bekah turner

Bekah Turner

Bekah Turner is a teacher, writer, yogini, shamanic practitioner and a mother. Since 2003, she has been walking a path “between the worlds,” exploring mystical and practical traditions to find healing, peace and happiness for herself and others. She teaches regular yoga classes, workshops, retreats and teacher trainings, as well as working privately with students. Her passion is nature, bringing balance back to the earth through mind/body/spirit/eco practices. She follows the moon and most recently completed her BA in transpersonal psychology. Bekah hopes to continue building bridges between the many ideas, lineages, and tools along her way and using her Read the full article…

nicole eber

Nicole has turned her practice into her life and work. She completed her first teacher training in 2007 and has been teaching full time ever since. Her personal practice and classes emphasize a heart opening practice that focuses on alignment. Nicole teaches 6 public classes a week, sees private clients, leads workshops and co-facilitates a 200 hour teacher training each year. Her classes are fun, challenging and supportive. Nicole continues to invest in her work by attending philosophical and asana (posture) based workshops and trainings and has an open heart about where her practice is taking her. She is eager Read the full article…

darby orr

yoga blend, burbank

Darby began his yoga journey years ago as a way of creating balance in his life amid career stress, long hours sitting in front of a computer and relationship changes. Through Yoga he developed physical strength and flexibility, mental focus and to his surprise, a renewed and joyous creative spirit. Inspired to share Yoga’s beautiful transformational gifts, he began studying with instructors including Christy Marsden, Ganga White and Sven Holcomb. Darby’s classes emphasize the perfection of the present moment and the enjoyment of the journey. There’s laughter, sweat and an eclectic mix of music to lift the spirit and impart Read the full article…

heather hudson beeber

Heather discovered yoga over 14 years ago and began teaching in 2007.  Heather’s curiosity and desire to “live life to its fullest” has led her to many different practices and philosophies which she integrates into her teachings.  Heather loves to guide students through a heart-centered inspiring flow that emphasizes breath, core strength, anatomy, kind observation and gratitude while encouraging exploration, mindfulness and fun! In this blend, find space to continually discover and evolve by working through limitations, releasing attachments and liberating your body, mind and spirit. Tone your body, open your mind and uplift your spirit with love, laughter, sweat Read the full article…

rose moran

yoga blend, burbank

Rose moved to Los Angeles from Australia in 2004. She began her yoga journey initially to help heal her painful joints, but discovered that the practice gave her so much more in return. Certified at the White Lotus Foundation in 2006 and a Thai Yoga Masseur, Rose enjoys a blend of styles and reflects this in her teaching. Rose has studied with Jill Miller and is a Level 1 YTU certified teacher. She shares the Yoga Tune Up poses with her students, leads Self Massage Therapy Ball workshops at Yoga Blend, and is available for private classes. Rose has a Read the full article…

sandy comstock

sandy comstock

Sandy has been a dedicated yoga and meditation teacher for over 10 years, completing her 500-hour teacher training in 2013. Over the years, she has cultivated a daily spiritual practice, which continues to allow her to release old patterns, find understanding in confusing situations, increase her level of joy and slow down the chatter of the mind. She believes that anyone can meditate and is determined to present meditation in a way that is accessible, relatable, and grounded. Her flow classes are sweetly challenging and designed to meet you exactly where you’re at. Sandy is also a writer, a shadow guide, Read the full article…

jennie powell

Jennie Powell, Yoga Blend, Burbank

Jennie Stubblefield was born and raised in Southern California and has been a Massage Therapist for seventeen years. She was mentored by her father, James, in the healing arts and was always encouraged to “learn ways to help yourself and then pass it on”. Jennie was first introduced to belly dancing fourteen years ago in her search for a healing outlet to discover comfort in her own skin. Not only did she find her comfort, she found confidence, self acceptance, physical strength, agility, and a great deal of humor. “This art of movement through dance has challenged me to break Read the full article…

susan raglin

Susan has been a dancer all her life. She originally got involved with Yoga due to injuries she sustained from dance. She is now a certified Yoga Instructor and Therapist and a member of Samata International Yoga Center. She completed her Yoga Therapy certification training with Larry Payne, Ph.D. and has completed advanced training in Yoga Therapy with Gary Kraftshow, both of whom are renowned and prominent Vini Yoga Instructors. Vini Yoga is a versatile and therapeutic style of Yoga that encourages each individual to work up to their personal potential at their own pace. She has also studied with Read the full article…

susan quon

Susan is a recovered architect, a swimmer and Tai Chi practitioner. Dabbling in yoga classes since college for stress management and personal discipline she found her long term teacher, Rosanne Nicassio in 1990 and found a way out of the corporate world. Susan brings the concepts of foundation, structure and movement into her teaching. Susan’s style of teaching relies heavily on Iyengar and Viniyoga techniques combined with a good dose of humor thanks to I Love Lucy. Susan’s mission statement is to bring the Joy of Yoga to her students. She is a continuing student of Yoga and Tai Chi Read the full article…

December Featured Teacher: Jamie Ford

We are so proud of each & every one of our Yoga Blend teachers. This month, we featured our resident sound specialist, Jamie Ford! What brought you to Los Angeles?: Modeling – I started when I was 15 years old driving back and forth between 29 Palms and L.A. I finally moved here right after high school. Most memorable thing I did in the last 12 months: Sound Workshop in Seattle What’s something your students don’t know about you?: I was a gymnast growing up Favorite places in LA: Too many to choose from! Yoga Blend is definitely one of the Read the full article…

Changes in the New Year

Yoga Blend, Burbank, Christy Marsden

I hope you are having a great December so far and are able to experience the magic of the Holiday season, however you celebrate!  As we approach the darkest time of the year, it is a perfect time to go inward and spend time in reflection as we prepare to receive the light once again and make way for a new cycle to begin in the new year. With me being across the country more often as Yoga Blend approaches its 10th year and as studios continue to open up all around us, I have spent a lot of time Read the full article…

Get my head right

Yoga Blend, Burbank, Christy Marsden

Happy December!  I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  As I was thinking about what to write this month, the opening line of a song a friend of mine wrote is what kept coming up:  “Get your head right.”  This phrase pretty much sums up the practice of yoga for me.  Getting my head right has made all the difference in my life. My mind used to play pretty harsh tricks on me, leading me down some very dark, confusing and lonely roads, convincing me of things that I believed as truth which I then would unconsciously play out in Read the full article…

Growth & Gratitude

I hope you are having a great month!   Next week is Thanksgiving and though I am in favor of Giving Thanks and Being Giving all year long, it’s seems the appropriate time to reflect on gratitude. Our society tends to value growth more than anything.  The story goes that the more we have, the more we strive for and the harder we work, the happier we’ll be because then we will be worth something.  But science tells us otherwise.  Constantly striving for the next goal without appreciating what we already have and what it took to get to that Read the full article…

Eco Tips: November

November has become synonymous with gratitude and giving thanks. There are actually traditional yoga paths that focus entirely on “karma” (action) and “seva” (service.) Nothing makes us feel better, and brings joy to others, like the gift of giving freely from a place of thankfulness. Try one or more of these tips every day or each week in the month ahead. 1. Make a gratitude list: this is a simple and powerful way to change your mindset and view the world from a brighter place. 2. Donate your money: there are so many amazing causes, both locally (like Treepeople or Read the full article…

November Featured Teacher: Kellie Smith

At Yoga Blend, we are so very proud of the amazing teachers who invest their time & energy at the studio. Each month we feature different teachers, so you can get to know them better. This month we speak to Kellie Smith, who just got married last month. Congratulations Kellie! Hometown: Orlando, Florida.  Most memorable thing I did in the last 12 months: Got married!  What’s something your students don’t know about you?:   I overcame fear and expressed my authentic self when I came out of the closet at age 30. Dream vacation destination: Do I have to pick just one? Read the full article…

November Featured Teacher: Bekah Turner

At the core of Yoga Blend are our amazing teachers. Each month, we feature a couple of teachers so you can get to know them better. This month, we speak with Bekah Turner, teacher and General Manager of Yoga Blend:  What brought you to Los Angeles?: Yoga Blend! I dropped out of community college in Oregon to move to Burbank when the studio first opened in 2005 after Christy and I met at a training in Santa Barbara the summer before. We had an instant soul connection and when she shared her dream for the studio, I knew it was an Read the full article…

The problem with problems…

Yoga Blend, Burbank, Christy Marsden

Happy November! I hope your month is off to a great start.   I wasn’t sure what I wanted to write about this month until yesterday when I was doing something really simple and my back went out. I was just leaning over a sink to wash my hands and it seized up and I couldn’t straighten up.  The rest of the morning was spent moving very consciously trying to keep my core engaged while trying to undo the severe forward folding motion and gently ease the intensity of the pain I was feeling.  By afternoon, I was able to stand Read the full article…

Choose better thoughts

Yoga Blend, Burbank, Christy Marsden

I hope you are enjoying your month and the transition into shorter days and longer nights.  As the earth turns towards my ‘darker’ and more challenging cycle, the mantra I’m incorporating is: Choose better thoughts.  Can it really be that simple? Yes.  And so extremely complicated at the same time.   What do you give your attention to?  Thought has form.  It just happens to be very subtle.  But the more we think something, the more gross it becomes.  Over and over we think thoughts.  And over time, they take shape.  They form into the world around us.  Many thoughts Read the full article…

October Featured Teacher: Jennie Stubblefield

Get to know the amazing teachers at Yoga Blend! This month, we chat with Jennie Stubblefield. Be sure to take a belly dance class with her, because she is pure dynamite in person 😉 Hometown: Temple City, California  My favorite place in LA is… Wi Spa in Korea Town Most memorable thing I did in the last 12 months: Deciding to retire from the spa industry after working as a Massage Therapist for the past 21 years to start my own business, and getting married. What are you most looking forward to in the year ahead?: Continuing to build my wellness business. Read the full article…

October Featured Teacher: Jo Levey

At the core of the Yoga Blend experience are our dedicated, passionate teachers. This month, we feature JO LEVEY! Hometown: LA Native!  My dad and I moved to Burbank when I was 10 years old, and both my parents still live within a couple minutes of Yoga Blend!  I’ve always been proud to call Burbank my home base 🙂  What are you most looking forward to in the year ahead? Continuing to work on my Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education, and hopefully transferring from Valley College to University! My favorite place in the world is… My favorite city that I’ve Read the full article…

Eco Tips: October

October generally marks the beginning of “cold & flu” season; but there are plenty of natural ways you can stay healthy and treat illness when it does arise. Here’s to a great Autumn season! 1. Wash your hands, often and well with soap and warm water: seems like a no-brainer but this is the most effective way to prevent transmission of disease 2. Get out in the sun every day for a little while, or take a vitamin D3 supplement to boost immunity (Vitamin C, or lots of organic fruits and veggies; as well as a probiotic are also great Read the full article…

Community as Teacher

I hope your month is off to a great start.  I just returned from 4 days in Joshua Tree where I was co-leading our 9th annual Chakra Retreat.  The long weekend was incredible in so many ways but the thing that has been resonating the most in my mind is the concept of ‘community as guru’ Guru itself is not a bad word.  Guru means teacher, one who brings light to the darkness, a spiritual guide or leader, a person who mentors or counsels.  All of these are good things.  Finding someone who can help guide us along our path Read the full article…

Autumn Equinox & Libra New Moon

Welcome to Autumn! As I write this, the earth is nearly aligned between light and dark, as she does twice a year. This is a time for reflection, gratitude and re-commitment to the goals we set in the spring, assuming those goals are still true for you. Tomorrow, we have a new moon in Libra, one of the signs ruled by the Goddess Venus and having the new lunar cycle begin so close to the new solar season is pretty potent. There is an amplified call to examine relationships, with self, other and nature, and to re-turn to a heart-centered, Read the full article…

To Happier & Healthier Relationships

Yoga Blend, Burbank, Christy Marsden

Hello and happy middle of the month. I hope you are enjoying the transition of the long days of summer towards the longer nights of fall. One of my teachers, TKV Desikachar, says “One of the best indicators that your yoga is working is that your relationships get better”.  As I look back on the past 2 decades of yoga practice and reflect on my relationships throughout the years, I can say without a doubt, according to Desikachar, that my yoga is working. We are in constant relationship, not only with ourselves (in body, breath, mind, etc), but also with Read the full article…