Once an Early Preschool Montessori teacher, Julia has intertwined her love of children and yoga by teaching Kids Yoga! What better place for children to gain self-confidence, strength and build friendships than on their yoga mat with other little yogis!? Julia loves to give children independence and encourage them to use their creative minds to explore yoga poses with their imaginations. Ever since 2003 Julia has been practicing yoga and recently decided to become a teacher. She earned her 200 hour teaching certification in 2016 and has been teaching children from three year olds to 11 year olds! Julia loves to learn and is continuing her education at the Center for Yoga of Seattle and is working towards her 500 hour teaching certification. If she is not on her yoga mat, Julia is spending her free time reading, drawing or hiking in the mountains with her dog, Timber!
Prior to being at home with my three daughters I was a teacher. I earned my Bachelors of Art and Masters of Art in Teaching at the University of Puget Sound. In August 2014 I traveled to NY to attend the Baptiste Institute Level One teacher training. I returned to NY the following summer of 2015 to complete Baptiste Level Two. I've also completed Advanced Art of Assisting and Next Generation Yoga teacher trainings. During these trainings, yoga humbled me yet again. The art of teaching, like the practice of yoga itself, takes practice. I now can combine two of my greatest joys.
Mariko completed her RYT 200 at Shakti in 2014 and went on to complete Shakti's Teacher Mentorship Program working with Zak Endicott and Nicole Tsong. In 2016 she completed "Life of a Yogi" 500 hour training, which included training in advanced pranayama and mediation techniques, in New York with her beloved teacher Dharma Mittra. Mariko is also a certified holistic lifestyle coach and personal trainer with specializations in corrective exercise, performance enhancement.
Interested in body mechanics and the unending layers of her yoga practice, Suzanne attended a teacher training simply to enhance her personal yoga practice. Mesmerized by the anatomy and technique she learned, she found herself teaching to share her joy, passion and knowledge.
Using simple language, Suzanne creates balanced, precise classes without being tedious. Through her approach, students tune in to body and mind. She creates an opportunity to relish in a practice that reduces stress, embraces your uniqueness and allows you revel in life a little more.
When Suzanne isn't enjoying time with her family, taking in an action flick or reading, you'll find her on her mat. She still consistently finds herself in workshops and trainings to stay fresh and inspired with Jason Crandell and Troy Lucero as her main influences.
In June 2011 I completed my Level 1 Baron Baptiste Power Yoga Training and completed Level 2 in 2012. In 2013 I attended a weekend TAP program for Assisting and earned a certificate in teaching kids yoga. In 2014 I completed Baptiste’s Art of Assisting program.
In 2015 Lululemon Athletica named me their Alderwood Ambassador. This is a huge honor for me as it allows me to get more involved in my community and touch more lives through the practice and discipline of yoga!
In July 2015 I became a 200 hour Certified Baptiste Yoga Instructor.
Outside the hot room I'm an accountant and a mother of two beautiful children. What a gift to be able to practice yoga with my husband and children. What a life! Namaste~
Brian started practicing Hot Yoga about 9 years ago from the advice of a friend. He grew up playing sports, mainly soccer and snow skiing. He was a ski instructor for several years, realizing years ago that teaching others was something he had a passion for. Brian then got into Martial Arts. Studying Taekwondo, Kung-Fu and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Brian also likes to spend time writing songs and playing music, as well as an occasional game of golf. Brian also has a passion for traveling and experiencing life to it's fullest. He has backpacked in over 35 countries to date because of a burning desire to understand the world and his place in it. Yoga has not only helped Brian with his ailments from many years of being active, but also helped him on his spiritual journey as well. “Only those who practice yoga actively can understand the positive effects it has on the entire mind, body and spirit”. Loving yoga and knowing his passion for teaching others, combined with his desire to help others receive from yoga the same benefits that he has, Brian decided to go to Baron Baptiste Level 1 teacher training in August of 2010. He then went on to complete his Baptiste Level 2 training in May 2012. Brian is now a full time yoga teacher and he could not be happier, because..... “living your passions is the best gift you can give yourself” !