Instructors

MEET THE BLENDERS

Each of our experienced instructors makes our studio the welcoming place that it is. They are here to hold space for you and help you take your practice to the next level.

Instructors

MEET THE BLENDERS

Each of our experienced instructors makes our studio the welcoming place that it is. They are here to hold space for you and help you take your practice to the next level.

Jennifer Zee

Jen reads the room and caters to all levels by incorporating lots of modifications and precise cueing.

Qualifications and Accomplishments

Jennifer is the Founder of The Blend Studio, and its lead instructor.  Jennifer developed The Blend class to create an unbeatable workout for her students.  She is a certified YRT 200 yoga instructor, as well as a certified power pilates instructor.  In addition, Jennifer holds multiple certifications in other fitness modalities including CrossFit, movement and mobility, Olympic weightlifting and muscle activation techniques.  In addition, she is a certified holistic nutritionist.

What to Expect in My Class?

In our Blend classes, I am going to deliver to you an experience unlike anything you have participated in before; over the course of our hour together, I will take you on a journey beginning with a great vinyasa yoga flow, thru a kick-butt matt pilates series and finally to an intense HIIT cardio progression.  I will leave you breathless and full of endorphins.

In my other classes that you join me for, I will help you develop your practice, find inner and outer balance and, together, achieve the intentions we set for our practice.  We’re also going to have a lot of fun and do it to great music!

Fun Fact

I am a Canadian! I moved to Orange County to bring The Blend to this community, which I am absolutely passionate about and in love with!

Kacee Tilly

As a certified pilates, yoga, and barre instructor, Kacee offers fun, high-energy classes.

Qualifications and Accomplishments
  • Pilates certified
  • Yoga certified
  • Barre certified
How I Found Yoga

I did competitive cheerleading and All-Star cheer in High-school and loved the team aspect of everyone working together. I really missed it and after College I wanted to find that type of community of everyone working together and found yoga and Pilates to be a great place to be apart of something again.

What to Expect in My Class?

I love to have high energy in my class! Working out is always better when you’re having fun!

Fun Fact

I love leopard print; leopard is a life style!

Sonny Ali

Through Sonny’s classes, you will master mind and body through breathing and physical movement.

Qualifications and Accomplishments

Completed a 200hr teacher training through Corepower and then completed a 500+hr training through Annie Carpenter’s SmartFlow.

Assisted many SmartFlow teacher trainings.

Attended many workshops by internationally known teachers such as Richard Rosen, Dice Iida-Klein, Kathryn Budig, David Regelin, Seane Corn, Jason Crandell, Leslie Kaminoff, Paul Grilley and others.

I’m constantly learning and studying from those I find inspiring. I’ve also co-written and co-taught a Yoga Alliance approved 200hr training.

How I Found Yoga

I was looking for something to do with my girlfriend at that time. I drove by a Bikram studio knowing nothing about it and began my journey into yoga.

What to Expect in My Class?

As a yoga facilitator, movement educator, and training aficionado you can expect high quality, smartly focused, functional, challenging, and at times playful classes integrating our physical postures, breath, psycho-somatic sensations into a well rounded safe experience.

You will find that as you train that you will master your mind.

Master the mind and body with Sonny’s full body movement classes.

Fun Fact

I love Star Wars, dark chocolate, dark beer, all sports, good books, great food, red wine, and wise, kind people ( not in that order ).

Suzy Gill

In her classes, Suzy strives to offer balance, awareness, and serenity to the process of yoga.

Qualifications and Accomplishments

Suzy has been practicing yoga since she was 13 years old with her mother. In 1987 she began practicing under the guidance of her guru, Tim Miller of the Ashtanga Yoga Center of Encinitas, Ca. She began teaching yoga in 1994 and has primarily taught for local studios in the OC area for the past 20 years. She has extensive experience of teaching a variety of classes, such as; Ashtanga Yoga-guided and Mysore style (adjustment only) practice, Vinyasa flow, Hatha and Yin yoga.

What to Expect in My Class?

Today, she has combined her knowledge of the study of Ashtanga yoga into her own original choreography in the practice of Vinyasa Flow. In this style of practice her emphasis is on the continuous flow of movement in order to build heat, stamina and focused awareness. She brings attention to a technique-based practice, teaching her students step by step how to move into some of the more challenging poses.

Her Yin Yoga instruction is focused on alignment, foundation and balance. She offers longer held poses in order to bypass the larger muscles of the body so that you can directly penetrate and stimulate the connective tissues. This applied emphasis is in order to remove tension and toxins that build up and store in the major joints and tissues of the body. During class, Suzy explains to her audience what they might be benefiting from both physically and emotionally.

In essence, she strives to offer balance, awareness and serenity to a complex understanding of the process of yoga.

Fun Fact

Her mother, Marlene Geoghan, has taught yoga in the Orange County area since 1979 and still teaches and practices to this day at the young age of 85.

Alexandra Antis

Alexandra guides students to push themselves to their edge while remaining centered throughout the class.

Qualifications and Accomplishments

I am a 200 hour RYT certified instructor through Life Power Yoga and in the process of getting my 300 hour teaching certificate.

Teaching Style 

My name is Ally and I specialize in Vinyasa, Power, and Yin Yoga.

What to Expect in My Class?

I have been teaching for six years, guiding students to push to their edge while remaining centered. I incorporate inspiring music and uplifting messages to support students through challenging poses, while also providing classes that focus on deep stretching.
Throughout my six years of teachings, I guide students to push to their edge while remaining centered.

Fun Fact

A fun fact about myself is I found yoga when I was 15 years old after suffering from a knee injury resulting from running. After taking my first Vinyasa Flow yoga class, I knew I figured out what my passion was. Six months later, I signed up for teacher training and taught some of my first classes in Macedonia through Habitat for Humanity on a Global Village trip.

Samantha Saldivar

Samantha's classes seamlessly blend anatomy and alignment with breath, stretch, and flow.

Qualifications and Accomplishments

A professional Yogi, Samantha has extensive experience as a Yoga Studio Manager and Yoga Teacher. Samantha has been teaching since 2016 and has over 700 hours of Yoga training in Hatha, Vinyasa, Restorative, Yin & Gentle Yoga. She has studied with world renowned teachers and schools, including but not limited to Judith Hanson Lasater, Rodney Yee, Jill Miller, YogaWorks teachers Nicolette David, Kirtan Smith, & Christy Brown.

Passionate about sharing her love of learning, Samantha is an experienced Yoga Teacher Training. Her training expertise includes Restorative Yoga, Yin Yoga, and 200-hour Yoga Teacher Trainings.

How I Found Yoga

Samantha took her first Hatha Yoga class her freshman year of college and the practice quickly became a refuge and form of healing as she navigated the twists & turns of life. Her passion for sharing the gift of Yoga with others truly began to blossom in her first Restorative class she took, from there began her lifelong love affair with Yoga.

What To Expect In My Class

Samantha’s classes are a seamless blend of anatomy & alignment with breath, stretch, and flow. Expect to find ease as you connect body, mind, and soul.

Fun Fact

In all aspects of life, Samantha strives for continuous personal growth and exploration, to better herself and try new things. When not on her mat she enjoys travel, spending time outdoors, cooking & eating good food, and loving on her husband and two fur babies.

Olivia Halloran

From power yoga to gentle flow, Olivia offers upbeat, light, and heartfelt energy to each and every class.

Qualifications and Accomplishments

After years of practice, I completed my 200-hour certification in Dana Point.

How I Found Yoga

I discovered yoga in 2017 after ending my career as a competitive dancer. I fell in love with the community and the connection yoga brings to one’s mind, body, and spirit.

What to Expect in My Class?

My inspiration lies with my love of dance; movement of the body in harmony with music to express and discover oneself. From power yoga to gentle flow, I offer upbeat, light, and heartfelt energy to each and every class.

Fun Fact

I am a rock climber! In addition to a yoga mat, I always keep climbing shoes and a helmet in the trunk of my car. Staying active and being outside are some of my favorite ways to destress and give back to myself, so I make sure I’m always prepared.

Cheri Hilz

Fun, energetic, and challenging classes with Cheri leave you with a peaceful state of mind.

Qualifications and Accomplishments

At the age of 15, I became one of the youngest certified yoga instructors in the country. I have now been teaching for nine years and counting, with thousands of classes underneath my belt. I couldn’t love what I do more.

Throughout my career, I have taught at studios and resorts all over Orange County, and around the world. In 2018 I led a 200-hour teacher training, where I had the privilege of turning 12 students into certified yoga instructors!

Guiding people through my words is one of the most gratifying things I could do. My favorite styles of yoga to teach are, Vinyasa, Yin, Sculpt, and fusion classes.

How I Found Yoga

I first stepped into a hot yoga studio when I was 14 years old… Yoga was offered as a class at my high school which then propelled me to further my practice. I fell deeper in love with it instantly.

What to Expect in My Class?

My classes are always fun, energetic, and challenging, leaving you in a peaceful state of mind and with less tension in your body.

I have been incorporating Sound Healing into my classes for the past four years, using my crystal singing bowls during savasana to help calm the chatter in the mind. Not only do I use them in yoga, but I also perform sound baths with breathwork and guided meditation.

I couldn’t be luckier to have found my calling and love what I do this much. My heart and soul go into each and every class. I can’t wait to see you on the mat!

Fun Fact

I am allergic to dogs! That’s why I have two adorable toy poodles Benny, and Harlow!

Courtney Parkyn

Courtney's classes are mindful and breath-centered, helping to focus the mind on the body and breath.

Qualifications and Accomplishments

Courtney Parkyn, E-RYT 500, Reiki Master

  • Trained under Alison Brown in 2008 for my RYT 200
  • Trained under Erika Faith for my RYT 500 in 2011
  • I have studied with Rod Stryker of Para Yoga since 2011, completing over 800 hours of continuing education in topics such as prana (energy), yoga Nidra (meditation), pranayama, and tantra.
  • I have been a Reiki master since 2012
What to Expect in My Class?

I found yoga at 17 when my mom brought me to my first class at her gym. Later, at 24, yoga helped to save my life, helping me overcome addiction and an eating disorder.

How I Found Yoga

My classes are mindful and breath-centered, helping to focus the mind on the body and breath. You can expect to connect deeply with body sensation and learn how to activate and isolate different parts of your body.

Fun Fact

I am obsessed with all animals and love to foster kittens, especially bottle-fed ones.
My husband calls me a crazy cat lady.

Nea Bautista Wiberg

High-energy classes that will challenge you to push yourself and maintain form.

Qualifications and Accomplishments

NASM (CPT, CES), 500RYT, Barre Teacher, Spinning Instructor, Group Exercise Instructor, Les Mills Trainer & PN1 Nutrition Coach.

How I Found Yoga

I was born in Sweden but raised in Spain. Health and movement have always been an integral part of my life and my passion. Growing up, my family owned a dance and fitness studio, and as a kid, that’s where I spent all my free time.

I started teaching group fitness during my university years in Sweden. Through the busiest times in my life, I have always carved out time to work out and stay active – it’s always been one of my top priorities. Training for me is more than just staying fit – it’s how I stay balanced, both physically and mentally. It’s my “moving meditation.”

I discovered Yoga back in 2005 when I borrowed an Ashtanga yoga DVD from a friend, but it wasn’t until my first pregnancy in 2010 that I really deepened my interest and got hooked to a consistent practice.

What to Expect in My Class?

In my class, you can expect high energy and to be challenged while always keeping close attention to maintaining proper form. I’m a big anatomy/form nerd 😉

Fun Fact

In my previous professional career, I was the founder and CEO of a startup that developed educational apps for kids focused on boosting kids’ creativity. I’m also a proud owner of a Harley Davidson!

Nicole Carter

Nicole’s classes are fun and high-energy, leaving you loving your workout.

Qualifications and Accomplishments

After years of sustained injuries from running, I became a barre Instructor for an alternative lower impact workout. Barre led to yoga teacher training and the rest they say, is history!

  • 500 hours yoga teacher training
  • Certified barre instructor
  • Teaching for over 8 years
What to Expect in My Class?

My classes are fun and high energy, you should LOVE your workouts!

Fun Fact

I grew up on a farm in Michigan and dream of one day having my own.

Chayton Steinmann

Chayton brings his fitness background to the yoga mat to create challenging sequences accompanied by great music.

Qualifications and Accomplishments

I am a 200-hour certified yoga instructor.

How I Found Yoga

I’m half Swiss and half Filipino, my international background influenced me to attend college in Lugano, Switzerland. Where I had the opportunity to travel quite often during my four years there. My in-depth athletic background has led me to the practice of yoga. I played lacrosse, basketball and soccer during my childhood and high school years.
After my athletic years I always experimented with different fitness methods. I tried CrossFit, f45, calisthenics and even got into rock climbing. All of which have contributed to my physiology today. However, four years ago when I was working in New York City, I stepped into a yoga studio for the first time and I was immediately enthralled with the practice. My mind and body simultaneously felt lighter and much more balanced than I ever felt before. After the pandemic when studios started to open, I made it a priority to dedicate myself to the practice and started practicing frequently. I haven’t looked back since and I find that the most beneficial fitness method for the mind, body and spirit is yoga.

What to Expect in My Class?

I want people to realize the extraordinary mental health benefits this practice has. In my class you can expect creative and challenging sequences accompanied with chill feel good music in the background.

I don’t want people to only expect a physical workout when they come into class because aside from benefiting yourself physically, the purpose of this practice is to benefit yourself mentally while consciously connecting breath with movement. These intentions will help you become more present in class and allow you to deepen your postures, and more importantly will help attain a mental balance when you walk off your mat.

I’m a huge advocate for the practice of yoga and also meditation. I’m constantly educating myself on the philosophy of yoga and the anatomical benefits of yoga.

Fun Fact

I am an avid reader and a music enthusiast. When it comes to the arts, I appreciate literature and music. At the end of the day, I am either reading a book or listening to a record on my record player. These are meditative activities for me every day.

Tanya Orlandella

Tanya’s classes are fun and inclusive. As an accomplished yoga practitioner, she creates modifications to challenge students of all abilities.

Qualifications and Accomplishments

Certified yoga instructor (RYT-200); A Bhagavad Gita Institute graduate.

Teaching Style

Vinyasa Flow, Slow Flow

What to Expect in My Class?

My classes are fun and inclusive, I provide modifications to accommodate all levels. I believe in the healing power of music and use it to deepen your yoga experience.

Fun Fact

My 4 year old son loves practicing yoga with me. Whenever he sees me doing yoga, he grabs an extra mat, rolls it out and just starts following me.

Nicole Walter

A lifelong teacher, Nicole was first an English professor before she transitioned to her passion of helping others connect their mind, body, and spirit through yoga.

Qualifications and Accomplishments

An RYT-500 with over a thousand hours of training, Nicole is an experienced Vinyasa, Restorative, and Yin teacher. She respectfully credits the master teachers she’s grateful to have worked with, including Judith Hanson Lasater, Joe Barnett, Kali Durga, Dana Damara, and more. Nicole seeks to offer inspiring variations in each class so every student shines brighter.

Teaching Style

Nicole’s classes offer mindful movement and breath through varied sequences.

How I found Yoga

Nicole found yoga 2 decades ago when a friend brought her to a parks and rec community class in her hometown. She was immediately hooked. She had no idea she was doing Hatha yoga — she just loved finally feeling at home in her body and wanted the feeling to last. Nicole remembers practicing poses on her own at home, excitedly awaiting the next week’s class.

What to Expect in My Class?

Every class Nicole offers is rooted in mindful variations so that students of all levels can benefit. Nicole’s classes are thoughtfully curated but intuitively guided, often with a motivating theme connected to the roots of yoga.

Fun Fact

Nicole is a Reiki Master Teacher but hasn’t yet mastered her fear of birds.  She is an eternal student and spends her time with her family, including her two young sons and dog.

Lauren Schneider

Lauren makes sure everything and everyone is where they are supposed to be and makes them all look great doing it!

Studio Manager

I am a Michigan native who moved to Orange County three years ago and it was one of the best decisions I’ve made. I am grateful for my midwestern roots and have an amazing family back home, but I love the active, healthy lifestyle here and being near the ocean. I have my degree in business management and marketing from a university near Chicago. I enjoy being creative in different areas of my life, which is why I love being on the marketing team for The Blend. My role within the company allows me to live out my passion for marketing and working out, plus being near Dana Point beach is another great perk.

Fun Fact

I enjoy trying new foods and traveling to exciting places. I have been to Belize, Thailand, and Jamaica so far and hope to experience European countries in the future!

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