Yoga Teachers


 

Elena has always been passionate about health and fitness. Being an avid runner for many years and feeling its affects, she turned to yoga for healing.
It was in 2007 that solidified her yoga practice as she used it to recovery from disc surgery. Wanting to share her passion, she earned her 200 hour teaching certification in 2010, and kids teaching certification from Next Generation Yoga. Elena aspires to create unity, through teaching compassion and kindness to ourselves and others, empowering children as well as adults through the essence of yoga.
She enjoys attending workshops and trainings to continually bring new and inspiring ideas to her students. With her soothing nature and trusted presence in the room, Elena leads a class to challenge, inspire, and evoke each student’s personal best.

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!

I took my initial yoga class from Colette Crawford at the Seattle Holistic Center when I was pregnant with my firstborn in 2003. It was through pre and post-natal classes that I first experienced the gift of yoga. Three daughters and nine years later, I found myself crawling back to my mat, this time in a very hot room. It was on my mat, and within the astounding community of people at FHY, that I fell in love with the practice of yoga all over again. I first came to FHY for the hard, sweat-pouring workout that I had been promised would help me be a stronger runner, and soon discovered my mat provides so much more. Yoga restores me physically and emotionally. It feeds my soul. My mat is a place where I can be strong and vulnerable all in the same breath. A place I can find myself when the chaos of life takes hold. The transformation, empowerment and possibility that is explored through Baptiste yoga inspires me to share it with others.

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 is inspired by helping others, learning from others and creating community through the common language of yoga. She loves nothing more than witnessing the evolution of the human spirit once it is discovered and nurtured. She teaches in the hope of sharing the transformative practice of yoga with everyone. She combines her experience and expertise with training, movement and anatomy to create a challenging and safe environment for students to explore their edge. She often encourages her students to surpass their own expectations. Her classes are designed to challenge and strengthen both body and mind.

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.

I moved to Washington from Illinois in 2004 with my family and absolutely love it here. My professional background is business
development and sales. With over 10+ years working in the corporate world I found myself dreading going to work every day.
Although I was great at what I did, it wasn’t my passion. I remember numerous phone calls to my boyfriend about how miserable
I was and he said, well, what would make you happy? I responded with, honestly… teaching full time.
 
I have my 200-hour yoga teacher training certificate and have been teaching Hot Yoga since May of 2009. When I teach, I want my clients to get a great workout but also to find themselves again. Yoga allows you to slip into a place of
meditation, relaxation and where for 1 hour you have zero worry, zero concern of what you left at the doors when you walked in.
My students will be those that are at the beginning of their fitness and wellness journey as well as mid to senior level enthusiasts.
I want my personal training or group fitness to help clients accomplish things they never thought they could. Provide them with
challenging and inspiring workouts where they can see physical change quickly and continually. Everyone comes in with different
fitness levels and I welcome everyone.

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.

I found yoga to be the first exercise I look forward to doing and the only one I miss when I can't practice. I have found my passion and its hot YOGA. I left my classes exhausted, but smiling. I kept coming back to experience that feeling of accomplishment. Now that feeling of accomplishment has become fuel in my life.
I practice yoga because it continues to teach me about myself, how to process my thoughts, determination, patience, and relaxation. I feel healthy. I feel strong. I love yoga and yoga teaches me how to love myself.

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~

Adam started doing yoga in 2012 due to lower back pain and an excess of free time. His practice soon turned into a passion. His yoga practice has helped him lose weigh, gain flexibility and conquer his back issues. In 2015, Adam received his 200 RYT through Open Up! Yoga with Danielle Zissou. Since then, he has enjoyed the journey of teaching and continuing to find meaning in his own practice. He is an interactive teacher, with challenging flows and energeticly calm classes.
Katy has been practicing yoga since 2005 and began teaching in 2009, after attending Baron Baptiste Level 1 Teacher Training. Katy continued her training by attending Level 2 with Baron Baptiste, and Yin Yoga Teacher Training with Bernie Clark. Initially attracted to yoga by the heat and the challenge, Katy soon learned the benefits of yoga are much deeper than just physical. Yoga has helped Katy to embrace change and to accept the things she cannot change.
With a background in competitive gymnastic coaching and judging and outdoor fitness training, Katy found teaching yoga a natural progression. She feels everything she has done so far in her life has led her to this point, to teaching yoga. Incredibly lucky to be surrounded by so many inspiring teachers and students, Katy looks forward to learning more about yoga, learning more about herself, and inspiring her students to transform their limitations into power!

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” !

Zach began practicing yoga in 2009 after his girlfriend (and now fiancé) dragged him along to a hot 90-minute power class. After surviving that class, Zach began to work yoga into his routine and enjoyed all of the benefits, both physical and mental. As a means to deepen his practice, Zach took teacher training in 2011 and began teaching shortly after and ever since. Zach really enjoys seeing the growth and transformation of his students, and cherishes the relationships he has developed through yoga. Zach taught yoga in the Bellingham area while earning a Bachelor’s degree in finance from Western Washington University. After graduating in 2013, Zach moved back to the Seattle area. During business hours, Zach is an international accountant. His real passion is teaching and taking yoga. Outside of work and yoga, Zach lives with his fiancé and two large dogs, Carly and Thor. Zach knows that yoga will always and forever be a part of life.
Thang, “Tang”, is a transportation engineer that loves being outdoor and with nature. His hobby includes climbing, backpacking, hiking, skiing, kayaking, biking, running and photography. Thang started studying and practicing yoga in 2000 to relieve his shoulder and neck injuries from multiple car accidents and as a replacement for his martial art practice. His yoga practice includes a daily 2 hour sitting meditation practice. The benefits of yoga has motivated him to share the yoga practice with others. He began teaching in 2006 privately and at work and got his yoga alliance certification in 2009. Thang strongly believes the yoga practice is incomplete without the mindfulness practice, “yoga without mindfulness is just another physical exercise”. He incorporates mindfulness practice in his yoga classes and trains new teachers how to incorporate mindfulness in their teaching. Thang also teaches meditation workshops at various yoga studios to raise money for his favorite non-profit organizations. Thang teaches Vinyasa, Hatha, Yin yoga, Yogasport, and Myofascial yoga ball; he is also involved with yoga teacher training at various studios.
Jo teaches yoga because she herself has healed so much of her own life with yoga, and she wants to teach others that they can do the same. A lifelong battle with depression, anxiety, and weight issues led Jo to try yoga 14 years ago, and her life was completely changed forever! She started teaching yoga full time after completing her Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training with Baron Baptiste at the Baptiste Power Yoga Institute in 2006. She also completed an extensive course on giving hands-on adjustments called Teacher Assistant Program (T.A.P.) at Shakti Vinyasa Yoga with Master Baptiste Teacher Lisa Black. Her newest love is Yin Yoga and she completed her Yin Yoga certification with Bernie Clark November 2015. Slowing down and “BE-ing” is what Jo loves about yin yoga (a slower, deeper, gentler style of yoga that targets and strengthens the connective tissues of the body – mainly the joints). Yin yoga helped Jo heal her own body that she felt was wearing down from so many years of living a very active life. The two styles of yoga perfectly complement each other to create more balance not just in body, but in our souls too. Jo's ability to connect with her students and understand their suffering, and their triumphs (emotional, physical, and spiritual) is as unique as she is. Her classes are fun, inspirational, light-hearted yet challenging, and filled with love, music, and soul!
Kim’s first yoga class was over a decade ago, but her dedication to the practice began after a knee injury in 2010. She began teaching after completing her 200 hour Hatha training in 2012, and has since been trained through the Baptiste Power Yoga Institute. Kim’s classes have been described as challenging, but not pushy. She firmly believes yoga fits every body, and seeks to assist any student that comes her way; wherever they are at in their yoga journey. Her teaching works to cultivate integrity, self awareness, and compassion on the mat in order to show up as the best possible version of oneself where it really counts: off the mat and into your life and community.
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