Our Team


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


    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 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, White Lotus and Prime of Life Yoga. Her area of focus has included Hatha Yoga, therapeutic yoga, pre-natal and restorative and meditation. 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 will complete in 2015 a Masters Degree in Yoga Studies through Loyola Marymount University. The areas of study have included Sanskrit reading and writing focused on the Bhagavad Gita and the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, in depth studies of the historical texts of yoga, anatomy health and sciences, comparative mysticism, Buddhism, Jainism, and the modern yoga era.

    In addition to teaching classes at Purple Yoga, Bonnia has taught yoga at corporate settings, classes for the Multiple Sclerosis Society, private sessions, pre-natal classes, and developed a Yoga en Espanol class. Her workshop offerings have included the Chakra Subtle Body System and a workshop that infused her dance background with yoga movements.

    Bonnie co-developed and co-leads Purple Yoga’s 200 Hour Teacher Training program. This program is offered in an 8-week session for individuals to learn the foundation of how to become a yoga teacher.

    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


    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

  • Marketing Manager

    Melody S. Wong


    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.

  • Customer Service

    Sisley Treasure

  • 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.

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    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.

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    Janna Colaco

    Janna grew up in Manhattan Beach, California, and has a deep love of the ocean. She has spent several years during her early twenties living in the Australian Outback. She still enjoys swimming, and has been both a competitive tennis player and gymnast.

    Inspiration came in the spring of 1986 when Janna discovered motivational work. She spent ten years with a transformational training organization, coaching people to reach their dreams. Yoga entered the picture in 2002 when her youngest of four children reached two. She dove into yoga headfirst and in 2007, Janna became certified through the Yoga College of India as a yoga teacher.

    Journeying deeper into the healing arts, she graduated from the Hypnosis Motivation Institute as a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, Master Hypnotist and Master Therapeutic Imagery Facilitator.

    Janna lives in Orange County with her four children: Max, Erica, Spencer and George: one dog, five chickens and a hamster.

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    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.

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    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

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    Kim Purdy Valdez

    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

    Angie is passionate about helping people live healthy, happy, and whole lives. After personally experiencing healing through a consistent yoga practice, she became certified to teach through Purple Yoga in 2010 and has been sharing yoga ever since.

    In group classes, Angie takes various approaches to the practice depending on the students’ needs and interests. She is experienced in breath-based movement, alignment-based yoga, intelligent sequencing to a peak pose, and integrating yoga philosophy in a practical and accessible way.

    As a student and graduate of Loyola Marymount’s Yoga Therapy Program, Angie can work privately with you to address any specific, chronic conditions you may have.

    Angie hopes to share with you how the transformative practice of yoga can improve your well-being in body, mind, heart, and soul.

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    Jessica Hallett

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    Sean Johnstone

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    Amy Valdez

    Amy’s training began at The White Lotus Foundation with Tracey Rick and Ganga White in 2007. She began teaching friends and family while working on her 200 hour certification. In 2008, she trained with Erika Faith at Cloud Nine Yoga and completed her 500 hour certification in 2009. In 2012, she began training with Shiva Rae at Exhale in Venice and is currently on track for her 300 hour certification. Her college work includes classes in the life sciences, music and a BA Cum Laude in Theater Arts. In addition to teaching yoga, she enjoys playing for live music classes and during savasana for some of her own classes. She is E-YRT 500 certified and teaches “Dynamic Anatomy’ for 200 yoga teacher trainings.

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    Cidney Corpuz

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    Noelle Sumaya

    Noelle’s alignment based flow classes are dynamic, with detailed instructions that enable students of all levels to feel confident, comfortable and secure. Her joyful and nurturing teacher places emphasis on the substance of yoga: moving with mindfulness and breath awareness to activate healing.

    Noelle is a 500-hour Registered Yoga Alliance teacher through Purple Yoga. She holds 3 certifications from Loyola Marymount University’s Yoga Therapy Rx program and enjoys applying Yoga Therapy practices catering to her clients’ particular conditions and needs. Noelle empowers students to take charge of their personal health while enhancing their own body’s capacity to heal.

    An eternal yogi, Noelle is hoping to inspire others to find the path to physical and mental wellness through the connection of mind, body, and spirit.

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    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

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    Rachel Pedroso

    I started young adulthood as a flight attendant, book worm, writer, trouble-maker, awkward mountain-biker, runner and seasonal yogi. Then in a rather short period of time I fell in love, started playing house, and became mom to twin boys.

    After having kids, I found myself yearning for yoga again. Getting back into practice took a lot of determination at the start, but then I began to surprise myself with a new found strength and even some adventurous arm balancing. Returning to yoga as a mother allowed me to re-possess my body after the sacrifice that goes along with pregnancy and nurturing infants. As most yogis would surely relate, I can’t put adequate words to the impact yoga has had on me and by extension, those that I love.

    As a teacher I try to impart the values that I hold for my personal practice; emphasizing breath, body awareness, kindness and a little humor.

    Each class I teach is a great gift, and I am so grateful to be a part of Purple Yoga.

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    Devon Beebe

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    Cosette Deza

    Dancing since the age of four, Cosette has always been on the move. This background helped her develop body awareness and appreciation for creative expression. Thus, she was easily drawn to the physical asanas of yoga–especially Vinyasa Flow. It was until 2011, when she began practicing consistently, that she found the satisfaction of breath and stillness that yoga provides in an ever-evolving life. It is through yoga that Cosette has more deeply acknowledged the mind-body connection’s healing qualities. She is grateful to have found a practice that can be equally challenging, graceful, and humbling.

    Cosette completed her 200-hour teacher training with Purple Yoga in 2013. Off the mat, Cosette is an avid backpacker and photographer, which along with yoga, she views as paths towards true nature. She encourages you to find your groove. Embrace yourself exactly as you are.

    “Practice and all is coming.”

  • Instructor

    Molly Davidson

    Molly is an advanced registered yoga teacher (E-RYT 500), meditator, writer, and dancer since her teen years. She has studied the body extensively, and has taught and studied yoga for the past 10 years.

    Inspired by her teachers, community, and personal healing process, Molly shares spiritual tools wherever they are needed: at yoga centers, gyms, corporations, middle/high schools, shelters, and also one-on-one. She acts as a mentor and guide to many new teachers through teacher trainings.

    Molly received a degree in Dance Performance from the University of California, Irvine, mentored by visionary choreographers Donald McKayle and Loretta Livingston. Subsequently, she completed 500 hours of yoga training at Laughing Lotus Yoga Center in New York City under the mentorship of the center’s owner, Dana Flynn. Further training followed with Balance Integration Corporation, Lineage Project, and RISE Yoga For Youth.

    In 2012, a trip to India set Molly on the path of Bhakti yoga. After a time studying at NYC’s Bhakti Center, Molly left New York City and made her way to Long Beach, to further pursue the intensive study of the Bhakti yoga philosophy. Incredible mentors have shown up during this time–master teachers Raghunath, Yogi Charu, Dhanurdhara Swami, and Tuka.

    Molly’s classes balance modern and traditional practices; they are dynamic, with a spacious, prayerful vibe. Expect philosophy, chanting, asanas/sweat/flow/music, pranayama, and meditation.

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    Lisbeth Fritz

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    JT Maiers

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    Mayuko Kaji

    Mayuko has been practicing yoga since 2010. She received her 200 hour Teacher Training certificate through Purple Yoga and her 500 hour certificate through YogaWorks in 2014. Her teaching philosophy is alignment and breathing oriented Vinyasa style flow classes. She teaches both in Japanese and English.

    She is currently studying Prenatal Yoga through Ma Yoga since conceiving her first daughter. Come join her for a beautiful and relaxing time!

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    Julie Ko

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    Alison Harris

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    Kristen Mayer

    Kristen found yoga in her late teen years and immediately fell in love. Her personal practice blossomed through college and by the time she moved to Long Beach in 2010, she was ready to take it a step further. She completed Purple’s 200 Hour Teacher Training program in 2012 and has enjoyed every second of stepping into her role as a teacher. When she isn’t teaching, she’s probably hiking with her dogs or dreaming up a journey to a distant corner of the world. Kristen looks forward to seeing you in one of her classes or practicing along side you!

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    Robin Morris

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    Jeri White

    A lifelong Cardio junkie who dabbled in yoga occasionally, Jeri discovered hot yoga while recovering from an running injury in early 2006. A new obsession was born. After practicing daily for five months, she was trained to become an instructor of hot yoga. Since then she has completed a 200 hour Yoga Alliance certification and has become a certified Pilates mat instructor, as well as an indoor cycling instructor. Jeri believes that yoga should be fun and motivates her class with a soundtrack that rocks. She is the mother of two beautiful daughters and in her spare time works as a registered nurse.

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    Jamie Mok

    Dancing to the beat of her own heart, Jamie is simply…Jamie. Growing up a dancer, she found an outlet of self-expression in music and movement. She also developed an interest in healthy living, food and fitness. It was after her final year of performing for her college dance team that Jamie discovered yoga (or should we say yoga found her!). Timing could not have been better, as it was the beginning of a few new chapters in life. Jamie graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Nutrition from Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo in 2007, then moved to Southern California to complete a dietetic internship at Cal State University, Long Beach in 2008. In 2009, Jamie packed her bags for New York City to continue her studies at Teachers College, Columbia University where she earned a Masters of Science in Applied Physiology and Nutrition. It was her yoga practice that guided her through her studies and developed her self-awareness and independence as she moved from coast to coast.

    She returned to Southern California in 2011 and quickly found a home at Purple Yoga. A dedicated yogi, Jamie found herself in class every free moment she had. She fell deeper into her practice, continuously inspired by her mentors. It was only a matter of time before the undeniable forces of nature led her to Purple Yoga’s teacher training program, her greatest accomplishment yet. Jamie graduated from the program in Spring 2013 and has been teaching ever since.

    First and foremost a student of yoga, Jamie attributes her personal growth through learning and applying the philosophies of yoga day to day.

    “It connects the dots! It amazes me how much the physical practice of yoga strengthens the mind and livens one’s spirit. Yoga has uncovered so much happiness, love and contentment in my life; my sole intention for teaching is to help other discover the same.”

    When Jamie is off the mat, she is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center specializing in nutrition therapy for cancer, surgical, and cardiac patients. Jamie was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, which is still considered home as she returns often to spend time with her family.


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    Bob DeRobbio

    I discovered Yoga while traveling across country, vagabond style, in the summer of 1969 via a paperback book, Introduction to Yoga by Richard Hittleman. For a few weeks, I practiced a daily routine consisting of a short sequence and pranayama breathing techniques. The seed was planted! The benefits of opening up and aligning bodily systems with breath and movement to allow natural energies to flow were obvious even with my simple basic practice. Through the years my practice was sporadic, alone and without direction.

    Fast forward through the rollercoaster of life to the late 90s. I discovered Bikram Yoga through a bootleg class at my wife’s “Jazzercise” studio. I was hooked! I loved the structured, challenging routine. There were no studios around so I bought Bikram’s book and taught myself the sequence. Through the next few years, this practice at home helped me  get through knee surgery and 6 months of chemotherapy. Later I finally found local studios where I could practice regularly under the direction of skilled teachers and have continued to practice to this day.

    I decided to deepen my practice in the fall of 2012 by taking the 200 Hour Teacher Training course at Purple Yoga. The experience was so profound and moving that I decided to share it by teaching.

    My basic philosophy in teaching is: If you do the work, you get the benefits. My teaching begins with alignment and focuses heavily on going deeper into asana by allowing the mind and body to connect through the breath. I continue learning through reading and through my practice. I share what I learn as I teach and as I teach I learn…the cycle spirals upward. I am grateful to be able to share this art and science of self-awareness and well-being known as Yoga.