"I believe that well-being consists of a balance of exercise, healthy nutrition , rest and relaxation. I have found yoga to be an essential component to wellness. I have been practicing yoga for over 30 years and became certified to teach yoga through the Nourish teacher training program with Victor Dubin. In addition to teaching yoga, I have over 15 years of experience in the wellness industry. I am certified in massage therapy, aquatic therapy and exercise and teaching integrative fitness for people with injury. I believe my teaching style allows students of all levels to easily follow classes, I help each participant with any accommodations they may have. "
"I have lived in Santa Cruz for 18 years raising my family. I enjoy traveling and practicing yoga. I am excited to open the doors of Urban Sanctuary to offer a range of classes to suit people from all walks of life!"
– Melissa Cuddihy, Founder/Instructor
Laura Albrecht, Instructor
Laura Albrecht teaches Yoga, Spinefulness, and theraputic exercise to groups and individuals throughout the Bay Area. She a background in Traditional Ashtanga Yoga from studies at Mount Madonna Center and currently studies with Spinefulness founder, Jean Couch, at the balance center in Palo Alto. She also has experience as physical therapy aide and chiropractic aid. Laura believes that for a healthy yoga practice, the fundamental postures of life; sitting, standing, bending, walking, and sleeping require the most awareness and refinement. As a teacher, Laura's goal is to keep students safe by moving slow and educating everyone about deep, postural strength. She guides students through poses and movement patterns that inform the way they move off the yoga mat with intention of bringing mindful movement into our everyday lives. Laura believes that Yoga and Spinefulness are practices that can be beneficial to everyone. It is her job to help you discover a practice that allows for the body's internal healing powers to shine.
Adriel McClure, Instructor
Adriel McClure, MA, is a Certified Yoga Instructor, Somatic Ecotherapist and has been practicing yoga herself since childhood. Adriel brings mindfulness to each session, honoring the wholeness and wisdom of our bodies, our connection to the earth, and our spirituality as integral elements of whole health and happiness.
Danielle Killen, Instructor
After completing a BA program at SJSU for Psychology, Danielle decided to switch routes and complete NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine) to become a Certified Personal Trainer. She has now since been nominated Runner-Up for Best Personal Trainer in the Santa Cruz Good Times for 2013 & 2014, as well as Runner-up for Best Fitness Instructor for 2013. She founded KillenFitness LLC in 2014 and offers all types of training; Circuit, TRX, Kickboxing, Plyometrics, Personal/Group, etc. Danielle then received her 200 hour Yoga Certification thru Yoga Alliance @ Hapa Yoga in San Diego. After that she furthered her teaching by completing a Yin Yoga Intensive to deepen her knowledge in her personal favorite form of yoga, Yin.