Our Team

staff

We are a group of individuals who love to teach, but our students first. Our shared passion for yoga, health and wellness comes from the heart, with community at the center of all we do. Our goal is simple: to make yoga fun and accessible to everyone.  Each day we live with purpose and the belief that the singular and collective are one in the same.

  • Founder & Director

    Joe Vogt

    joe@purpleyoga.org

    Yogi, Father, Husband & Entrepreneur.  I was born and raised in Minnesota, just a regular meat and potatoes kid playing a variety of team and individual sports, many of which I still play today.  I’ve always enjoyed the competitive nature of sports, but today I find more joy in not so much competing against others, but to be one’s own opponent.  That’s the spirit of what we teach here; it is my belief that if you try hard at yoga and your other worldly pursuits you will enjoy life.

    Alumni of the University of St. Thomas located on the banks of the Mississippi in St. Paul, MN.  There I enjoyed many care free days, making new friends, playing hockey, and earning a BA in International Financial Management and a minor in Japanese.  The 4th year of my studies took me to Osaka, Japan where I spent a year as a student attending the University of Osaka Gakuin.  What a profound and transformational experience this was.  My year abroad taught me many lessons, but one stands out above all others; step out of the box and follow your own path.

    I have been practicing Yoga since 1996, teaching since 2003 and opened my first Southern California School in 2005.

    E-RYT with yoga alliance. Trained with Ganga White at the White Lotus Foundation in 2008, Bikram in 2003 as well as numerous workshops with Dharma Mittra, David Swenson, and Johnny Kest. My greatest teacher comes from within, practice, practice, practice.

    “I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.”
    Thomas Jefferson

  • Senior Instructor & Faculty

    Bonnie Knight

    bonnie@purpleyoga.org

    Bonnie began teaching yoga full time in 2002 after earning her first teaching certificate. She has continued in her studies of yoga, earning teaching certificates from Bikram Yoga College of India, Yoga Works, and White Lotus. Her area of focus has been in Hatha Yoga, theraputic yoga, pre-natal and restorative yoga. She has also deepened her understanding of yoga philosophy by completing the Yoga Philosophy Certification course work at the University of California, Irvine; and most recently at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles.

    Bonnie has recently been accepted to the first Master of Arts in Yoga Studies program at Loyola Marymount University. This is a ground breaking, first of its kind Master Program of Yoga Studies, offered at an academic institution in the United States.

    In addition to teaching classes at Purple Yoga, Bonnie co-developed and co-leads Purple Yoga’s 200 Hour Teacher Training program. She has also developed the “Yoga en Espanol” class at Purple, and leads various workshops throughout the year on the topics of “The Chakra Subtle Body”, “Restorative Yoga” and “Pre-Natal Yoga”.

    When she is not at Purple Yoga, you can find Bonnie working with two non-profit organizations where she proudly participates on the Board of Directors. Through these organizations she feels that she is able to give back after receiving so much through a life filled with yoga. Her early training and career as a dancer, choreographer and director remain a life passion and she keeps her Flamenco attire ready for the call of a guitar and singer!

  • Manager

    Sequanna Williams

    sequanna@purpleyoga.org

    After graduating from Cal State Long Beach with a degree in dance, Sequanna found that yoga provided a way for her to integrate her love for the study of body movement and conditioning with a warm “nurturing” environment. She took to yoga naturally, when first introduced in her late teens by her godparents, but noticed that she was always cold in class, which made it difficult for her muscles to stretch. Sequanna misses dancing, but finds her yoga practice to be a way for her to use her body similar to dance without the injurious impact that dance had. She has been a regular practitioner at Purple Yoga Fullerton since they opened their doors in 2005, and completed a 200-hour teacher training at Yogaworks in NYC, in 2008.

    She feels blessed to work in the company of the talented teaching staff of Purple Yoga. You can find Sequanna’s happy, smiling face at the front desk and “turning up the heat” while teaching the Red series!

    “Some people change their ways when they see the light. Others, when they feel the heat”
    Caroline Shoeder

  • Manager

    Sophia Pozzi

    sophia@purpleyoga.org

    Sophia turned to yoga after needing a break from the performing arts’ competitive nature. Two years later, she’s still as enamored as she was day one. After she graduated with a degree in Business and Marketing from CSUF, she completed Purple’s Teacher Training Program in the fall of 2013 before joining the team as Assistant Manager and teacher.

    Sophia couldn’t be happier to be surrounded in such a positive work environment filled with passionate people.

    When she is not at the studio, Sophia studies shoe making. While shoes and yoga may not conventionally mix, the patience that she practices on the mat is greatly needed while endlessly hammering away!

  • Marketing Manager

    Melody Saradpon

    melody@purpleyoga.org

    L.A. born, O.C. raised, and S.F. devoted, Melody discovered a harbored love affair with words when she was old enough to ad-lib her way through her first “Show & Tell” display at five years old and get a standing ovation. Growing up in an artistic household only accentuated her belief that creative thinking and imagination was the gateway to success. Armed only with a wordsmith hobby and an artistic entrepreneurial spirit, she ventured into the professional practice of designing movie sets and international hotels after graduating from art colleges throughout California.

    After years of feeding her right-brain antics with left-brain solutions, Melody realized she was straying further away from her authenticity, while unsuccessfully searching for her dream platform to connect with a large audience of people. She boldly tipped her hat and walked away from her professional life and followed her intuition to Purple Yoga, where she became certified to teach yoga in 2010. To this day, you can find her animatedly talk about her newest arm-balance discovery in her Red classes or catch her humming and working on her musical playlists at the front desks of Purple Yoga.

    As the Marketing Manager of Purple Yoga, nothing delights her more than connecting and reaching out to people, while finding even more clever ways to inject witticisms and puns in the company newsletters.

  • Instructor

    Siri Högfeldt

    Siri left Sweden in 2005 to set off for adventure and study Kinesiology in California. While learning the science behind body movements and teaching personal training, she discovered yoga and found the soul behind the movements. The movements combined with deep breathing bring extension and expansion, which in turn creates space: space to be and live in.

    Siri completed her teacher training with Yoga Works as well as additional teacher trainings/workshops over the last couple of years for restorative yoga and chair yoga for seniors. Growing up, she had a fear of getting lost; her travels and yoga practice have diminished her fears and now there is no getting lost –home is everywhere. She desires to facilitate a space where you can breathe and move just the way you are, and feel at home.

  • Instructor

    Asako Inoue

    Asako began practicing yoga in 2001, and has been enjoying a regular yoga practice every since.

    For me, yoga is a great gift from God and has changed my life in beautiful ways. Through a regular yoga practice, I believe we will love ourselves more and we can share that love with others. Practice yoga and be happier; love and peace.

  • Instructor

    Janna Colaco

    Janna has a broad range of interests. She grew up in Manhattan Beach, California; was competitive in speech and debate, played varsity tennis and gymnastics, and modeled in local fashion shows. She spent three years in Central Australia where she was runner-up in the Miss Alice Springs Henley-on-Todd pageant. Living in the Outback, Janna graduated from college with honors in 1982. She served as a member of their teaching faculty and found teaching to be fun, while coaching gymnastics on the side.

    Returning to California, Janna competed in ocean swims and taught water aerobics and arthritis classes. She has also received her real estate license. But the pinnacle of inspiration came in the Spring of 1986 when Janna discovered motivational work. For ten years, Janna was a leader for a company that empowered people to achieve their dreams. She recruited and trained coaches, and worked with countless students of all ages, including several celebrities.

    In 1991, her first of four children was born, and focus shifted to family, art school, and golf. She painted portraits, landscapes and master reproductions. She invented a unique style of three-dimensional mixed media mosaic work and has done extensive murals in broken china, tile, shells, glass and semi-precious stones. In 2003, a piece of her work and four rooms of her home were featured in a design book.

    Yoga became Janna’s next all-consuming passion, so when her youngest son was two, she dove in head first. She graduated from the Yoga College of India in 2007 as a yoga instructor. At Purple Yoga, she added Vinyasa Flow in to the mix.

    In addition to a fulfilling yoga career, Janna is currently studying to become a certified hypnotherapist. She looks forward to the hypno-yoga marriage, helping people break through limiting beliefs to create positive changes in their yoga practice and their lives, achieving unbridled success.

    Janna lives in Historic Downtown Fullerton with her four children: Max, Erica, Spencer and George; one dog, five chickens, and a hamster.

  • Instructor

    Jennifer Harvey

    Jennifer Harvey has been practicing yoga for over six years; a transformational experience, both physically and mentally. Light on her feet, consistent in her optimism, and strong in her practice, Jennifer further dedicated herself to discipline by completing Teacher Training in the fall 2009. Since then, Jennifer has been “helping guide people through the process of bettering themselves and achieving their physical and mental goals” and enjoys working with a diverse array of skill levels and cultures. She looks forward to sharing in the progress of her students as she continues to practice and teach yoga diligently throughout the greater Orange County and Los Angeles areas.

  • Instructor

    Alex Roberts

    Having been a long-standing soccer player I felt a gaping hole in my life when my college career ended. After a year of post-graduate self exploration and travel my mother suggested that I get involved with Purple Yoga. So I spoke with Joe Vogt, took a class with Bonnie Knight and was so hooked that I immediately joined the inaugural Purple Yoga Teacher Training Class. While being mentored by the incredible staff at Purple and taking my practice to a deeper level I felt that hole fill up with absolute joy and uncontrollable love. Yoga gives me everything I’ve been searching for and more; it improves my fitness and overall wellness, ignites my love for learning, and connects me to the wonderful yogic community that is filled with the most amazing people. I am honored to be given the opportunity to grow as a member of the Purple Yoga Family.

    “Enjoy every sandwich”
    -Warren Zevon

  • Instructor

    Kim Purdy

    Kim Purdy completed the 200-hour Yoga Alliance certification through Purple Yoga in October 2010. Her first yoga experience was 10 years ago in college where she studied music, dance and theatre. Kim holds her BFA in Musical Theatre from CSUF. Her interest in the mind & body connection joined together with her personal spirituality and health & wellness gave her a desire to share her passion with others. She loves discovering the unique qualities of each individual and looks forward to meeting you. Love and Peace!

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    Ace Paule

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    Alice Mioc

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    Angie Su

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    Scott Winslow

    Scott embarked on his yoga journey in 2005 as a work-study at Purple Yoga. Drawn by the grace and fluidity of this style of yoga, Scott earned his 200 hour teacher certification and is passionate about teaching yoga.

    Scott encourages student’s with a powerful union of deep breath and mindful movement to uplifting music, flowing seamlessly through sequences of postures that emphasize proper body alignment. Scott has a commanding voice that inspires students to push through their physical and mental limitations while inviting them to discover the calming stillness that lies within.

    “Yoga has opened not only my body, but my mind, my heart and my ability to love. I am humbled and grateful to experience and share these gifts for the remainder of my days.” – Scott

  • Instructor

    Amy Valdez

    Amy was a stressed out mom when a friend took her to a yoga class. To this day she remembers how nourishing that first Savasana was. Her journey has continued through personal practice, lifestyle changes, yoga teacher trainings at The White Lotus Foundation, Cloud Nine Yoga, Pilates at Orange Coast College and currently Prana Flow with Shiva Rae. She strives to in turn, nourish her students through sacred movement and song.

  • Instructor

    Randee Schoensiegel

    Randee began her yoga journey in 2004 while looking for a way to relieve her lower back pain and stress. Within the first month, she experienced tremendous improvement but gained so much more than just relief from pain and stress. She found that yoga provided a nurturing environment filled with unlimited possibilities and ways to cure almost any ailment of the body or mind. As she continued her growth and passion for yoga over the years, she realized a yearning to share this profound experience with others. She completed the 200-hour Teacher Training program through Purple Yoga in October 2011 and is pleased to be sharing the gift of yoga within the community. Randee believes that yoga is a way to find a deep sense of connectedness with the world and your own true self. Love yourself, practice well and see the light grow within. –Namaste