Felicia M. Tomasko
Partner & Editor-in-Chief
Felicia Tomasko has spent more of her life practicing Yoga and Ayurveda than not. She first became introduced to the teachings through the writings of the Transcendentalists, through meditation, and using asana to cross-train for her practice of cross-country running. Between beginning her commitment to Yoga and Ayurveda and today, she earned degrees in environmental biology and anthropology and nursing, and certifications in the practice and teaching of yoga, yoga therapy, and Ayurveda while working in fields including cognitive neuroscience and plant biochemistry. Her commitment to writing is at least as long as her commitment to yoga. Working on everything related to the written word from newspapers to magazines to websites to books, Felicia has been writing and editing professionally since college. In order to feel like a teenager again, Felicia has pulled out her running shoes for regular interval sessions throughout Southern California. Since the very first issue of LA YOGA, Felicia has been part of the team and the growth and development of the Bliss Network.
Douglas R. Corbett
Partner & Publisher
Doug Corbett has had a long and varied career in the magazine business over the past thirty years with both national and regional titles in sales, marketing, editorial, and printing. As one of the original partners and publisher of Healing Retreats & Spas magazine Doug experienced publishing in the mind, body, and spirit space and has never looked back. After the sale of Healing Retreats in 2001, Doug missed the creative aspects of publishing and dove headlong into the online space in 2003 with the website and e-commerce store Find Bliss based on the concepts he developed at Healing Retreats. He joined forces with Felicia Tomasko with the merger of Find Bliss and LA Yoga in 2011 to create the Bliss Network. An avid athlete throughout his life, when not working on magazines and website, Doug can be found hiking, biking, and golfing.[end-div]
Bliss Network Creative Director Justine Power believes in the importance of balance and simplicity within her magazine design. In the pursuit of excellence, she has spent over 20 years developing the ability to deliver clean and clear design solutions. Before branching out to form her own design studio, Justine worked in advertising agencies and fast-paced design studios. She spend over two years working as the Senior Designer at Gaiam International where she designed and rebranded much of the merchandise you still see on the shelves today. As the creative director at Bliss Network, Justine has incorporated her love of clean and clear typography to help us create the reader-friendly magazine we are proud to deliver every month.
Business Development & Advertising
Westside Regional Manager
Assia Valova is one of many who have landed in Los Angeles to become part of the vibrant community of Yoga practitioners. She relocated to sunny Southern California from frigid Siberia in 2002, a journey which has expanded both her Yoga practice and her life experience.
After arriving in on the Pacific Coast, Assia fell in love with the ocean. As often as possible, she meditates in the early morning on the beach. She completed her Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training and is blessed and fortunate to have studied and completed trainings with Drunvalo Melchizedek, Gurmukh, Harijiwan, Gurucharan. One of her greatest inspirations is the Siberian woman Anastasia, author of Ringing Cedars, who teaches people to connect with Mother Earth and create a beautiful garden on the planet.
Heading up Business Development & Partnerships for national brands as well a local start-ups, Avani stepped into her first yoga class in 2004, which created a ripple effect landing her where she is today. With a BS in Information Technology and a background in project management and sales, she made the risk-taking leap to give in to the internal tug and shift directions nearly completely. Now, Avani, whose name means earth in Sanskrit, is a certified yoga teacher and collaborates with conscious brands to help them craft a marketing plan with us.You can find her leading classes at studios throughout Los Angeles, whipping up an authentic Indian vegetarian meal, cross-training at one of the local hotspots, curled up with a good book, or singing like no one can hear her as she drives past you on the road.
Avani works with brands such as Lululemon, Veria, and Counterpoint Films. Drop her a note and say hello [email protected]
Southside Regional Mananger
Eastside Regional Manager
Brianna Welke is a yoga practitioner and teacher who believes right now is the most important moment one in which yoga and life are not mutually exclusive—we always have the opportunity to experience balance and humor every day.
Originally from Seattle, Washington, whose geographic and social climate influenced Brianna’s introspective side, she chose Silver Lake as her SoCal home base largely based on the fact that they have the best coffee. Brianna embraces the LA lifestyle, as much time outside in the sun as possible. She loves exploring the different LA neighborhoods and cultures, and also enjoys vegetarian food, playing with her rescue puppy who looks a bit like a cow, gardening, beach days, getaways to Santa Barbara, wine tasting with girlfriends, shopping at the farmers’ market, and taking, teaching, and talking about yoga.
Mid-Cites Regional Manager
Emily Herakovich believes the best red velvet cupcakes in LA can be found at Milk Bakery near Beverly and La Brea. Her discovery of these cupcakes, along with her love of Urth Yoga in Silverlake and the tapas found at Tasca are recent finds, since she’s originally from a small town in Indiana. She ventured out west to the City of Angels in 2005 to attend USC. After graduating and then three years brokering deals in the commercial real estate business, Emily started looking for something else. Like many of us who roll out a mat, Emily found that leaning on her Yoga practice helped her find clarity amidst the storm that is working in LA. Following that vision led her to complete the YogaWorks Teacher Training program in 2011. Even after diving into teaching, Emily knew something more was just beyond her current view, and again, a sense of clarity came in the studio. Early January, 2012, during a class taught by Brianna Welke, Emily learned about the possibility of joining the team at the Bliss Network.
When she’s not talking about marketing to businesses large and small or making the rounds of the Blissful Yoga scene in LA, Emily is an avid dog rescuer. Currently two rescues—a min pin mix and a chiuauahua mix—share her home along with another who is available for adoption. Emily sits on the board of the Forgotten Dog Foundation.
Managing Editor, LA YOGA Magazine
In addition to being the Managing Editor of LA Yoga Magazine, Zoë is a certified life coach, writer, mother, yogini, existential detective, and vortex surfer. She has a long career in design, art direction, and strategic brand identity development. A native New Yorker, Zoë earned a BA from University of Pennsylvania in the History of Art with an emphasis in 20th Century Painting and Sculpture, studied at Philadelphia College of Art, and School of Visual Arts with Milton Glaser. She is a devotee of Alan Watts, Led Zeppelin, Bhakti Yoga, and the perfect cup of coffee. Her motto is, “Japa and Java.”
Associate Editor, LA YOGA Magazine
Karen is passionate about snowboarding, the Santa Monica rings, slacklining, tennis, hiking, and then doing yoga to unwind from these activities. She is an avid film festivalgoer and frequently reviews films for LA YOGA Magazine. She contributes to the magazine with editing, social media, photo shoot assistance, yoga studio and teacher training databases, and occasional writing. She hasn’t met a spreadsheet she doesn’t like.