E-RYT200, RYT500, YACEP
Angelina began practicing yoga in 2005 to supplement other exercise. Over time, the desire to learn more about the philosophy of yoga took hold and began her path as a teacher completing her 200 Hour training in 2010. An avid learner, Angelina’s classes are influenced by vinyasa, Ashtanga, power, Forrest, bhakti, Dharma, and restorative styles of yoga.
Angelina’s creatively sequenced classes integrate breath, strength, balance, alignment, meditation, and philosophy allowing students to grow in their practice and play with their edge. Angelina’s compassionate teaching offers students the opportunity to draw in and shine out.
Learn more about Angelina on her website.
Aviva grew up in South Africa and was introduced to yoga as a child in the mid 70’s when most people thought it was weird. She went to classes with her mom during school holidays, but it wasn’t until a back injury in the late 80’s that she found Iyengar yoga and learned that yoga not only helps to heal physically but also mentally and spiritually. Once Aviva tried Vinyasa yoga in 2000, she was hooked and completed her 200 RYT in December 2011.
Aviva enjoys helping her students learn and discover more about themselves while focusing on the breath and mindfulness to balance the mind and body while cultivating strength, vitality and harmony.
Brigitte O’Ryan Pollio
Brigitte O’Ryan Pollio
Brigitte was introduced to yoga at an early age by her father who used to do headstands and sun salutations in the backyard. Her own yoga practice slowly emerged in her early twenties when she experimented with different styles of yoga. From that time on, yoga took a more prominent role in her life as she discovered how it brought strength, balance, and an overall sense of well-being into her life.
In 2006, Brigitte completed her 200 yoga teacher training and has been teaching and practicing yoga to both adults and children ever since. Brigitte’s classes are vinyasa-based and encourage students to build both inner calm and physical strength through awareness of breath and body. In addition to teaching yoga, Brigitte also holds a master’s degree in Museum Education and enjoys practicing yoga with her husband and 2 children.
E-RYT-200, RYT-500, YACEP
Celeste began practicing yoga in 1999 and started teaching yoga after having earned her 200-hour Holistic Yoga Teaching Certificate from Pure Prana Yoga Studio in 2011. She became a certified Viniyoga™ teacher in 2015 after completing the American Viniyoga Institute’s 500-hour Viniyoga™ Foundations Program for Teaching and Yoga Therapy. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition with a Concentration in Food Science and a Master of Science degree in Food Science.
Celeste considers B.K.S. Iyengar, Gary Kraftsow, and Maria Hamburger to be her most influential yoga teachers. Her teaching style integrates structural alignment in service to each practitioner’s condition with breath-centered movement and mental focus, delivered with clear instruction and an encouraging approach. She offers her students the tools and techniques of yoga so they may actualize their full potential through their individual yoga practices.
Celeste teaches group classes, private lessons, and workshops.
“Chakras” image used with permission by the artist, Celeste Johnston (yes, we share the same name), based in Alberta, Canada.
Having no idea what to expect from yoga, Chrissy showed up to her first class in 2003 wearing jeans and a t-shirt. Sun salutations were uncomfortable in jeans, but the sense of calm she experienced in savansa was enough to convince her to keep coming back to the mat – wearing more forgiving clothing this time.
In 2011, Chrissy began attending classes as a student at Radiance Yoga, and later became part of the front desk staff team. Curious about the spiritual and philosophic aspects of yoga, Chrissy embarked on a most excellent RYT-200 Flow Yoga Teacher Training adventure at Radiance. She learned to cultivate a practice of self-compassion, mindfulness and patience, which she infuses into her yoga classes. Chrissy has since completed additional restorative and gentle yoga teacher trainings, and also participated in numerous workshops.
Christy Wade Sisson
Christy Wade Sisson
Christy began her yoga journey 15 years ago after wandering in to her first class. After moving around and experiencing many styles of yoga she decided to become a teacher and trained at the Southern Institute for Yoga Instructors in Nashville. The teacher training was Iyengar based and, while well-rounded, paid particular attention to alignment. While she would call her teaching style “eclectic,” her flowing classes still retain emphasis on the importance of alignment, allowing students to go more fully and safely into each pose.
Over the years she has studied with many notable yogis, including Rodney Yee, Ana Forrest, Beryl Binder Birch, David Swenson, Deb Neubauer, Desiree Rumbagh and Sadie Nardini.
Christy’s classes are appropriate for all levels, as she encourages each student to respect his or her boundaries and to explore all areas of their yoga practice.
Originally from Mexico, Claudia was a stay at home mom for more than 10 years before she sought out yoga for spiritual guidance and to address some health issues. She has experienced an incredible transformation, not only physical but mentally, and she is eager to share it with her students. She firmly believes that the power of yoga, the softness of a hug and a good laugh could bring much happiness and peace to our lives. Claudia also believes that the most challenging thing this times is to stop and breathe, so her classes focuses on using the breath as a compass for our lives.
Claudia received her RYT-200 hour certification in Power Vinyasa in 2014, and she is also certified in Restorative, Yin, and Piyo, as well as a PYT. Claudia’s classes will leave you empowered, relaxed and happy. But more than that, with a yoga attitude, because, yoga is a life style!
Delia has been teaching for yoga for 10 years and practing yoga for 15+ years. After practicing and teaching a Vinyasa style class for many years her passion for gentle and restorative yoga is now her main offering. When she experienced the physical and emotional challenges of breast cancer in 2013 she relied on her home practice, Gentle and Restorative classes during her recovery process. YOGA became an important part of her healing and strength recovery. Having a steady yoga practice before cancer, she feels she was better prepared to meet the challenges ahead. She is passionate about sharing yoga as a tool to expand ones life and encourage health, wellness, and creativity one pose at a time! She creates a light-hearted environment in which students explore a mindful practice, physical challenges, and compassion through self-acceptance.
Her 200hr training in 2010 included influences from the Iyengar, Ashtanga and Viniyoga traditions. Delia is a native Alexandrian and loves praciting yoga outside surrounded by nature or on her Standup paddleboard any chance she gets. In addition to teaching yoga Delia is a photographer specializing in children & family portraits, art and travel photography.
Emily began teaching in 2006 and received her 200 hour teacher training from Rolf Gates, author of Meditations from the Mat. Drawn to the athleticism of vinyasa yoga, she believes in balancing any vigorous practice with patience and rest. Emily’s enthusiasm and personality allow a lightness in the classroom that invites laughter and self-study. Her goal is to provide inclusive and non-competitive classes that are challenging, welcoming, and fun. Find out more about Emily on her website.
Erin completed her 200-hour RYT at Vinyasa Yogashala in Rishikesh, India in June of 2018 and a certificate training in Restorative Yoga with Bernie Wandel at Bluebird Sky Yoga, DC in March 2019. In June of 2019, she spent a month in the foothills outside of Sydney teaching Vinyasa, Restorative, and Meditation at Swami’s Yoga Retreat, one of the most respected teachers of yoga in Australia.
When not teaching yoga, Erin is also a Professor of Art History, writer, curator, and performance artist. In part, it was performance art that drew Erin to yoga, but her role as an instructor began with the pursuit of her own practice, leading her to train in India in order to become immersed in the cultural roots of yoga. Erin’s goal as an instructor is to assist students in their own explorations that allow them to develop their own practices while maintaining the integrity of the yogic tradition.
Gretchen’s journey into yoga began 15 years ago, as a purely physical practice. The multitude of benefits was not solidified until 7 years ago when she was dealing with the imminent death of her mother and a husband away at war. Yoga brought solace on every level and it reaffirmed stability and peace in her life. This personal healing is what led her to obtain her 200-hour RYT with Pure Prana in 2009. Within this experience, on the brink of beginning a Masters in Clinical Counseling, Gretchen switched gears and instead received her M.A. in Transpersonal Psychology, with a focus on conflict resolution, to better enable her to help others on a deeper level.
Her mission statement on and off the mat is to be an excavator of peace in those who have lost it, acting as a champion for hope and compassion, while easing inner pain.
Gretchen teaches vinyasa (flow), attempting to allow the energy and motion of a class to release all of the stuck emotion we carry within.
Gurudass Kaur has been a Kundalini Yoga student, and teacher since 1972 and co-founded the first Kundalini Yoga center in Barcelona, Spain in 1978. She had the privilege of studying directly with the Master of Kundalini Yoga, Yogi Bhajan from 1972 until his passing in 2004. She lived in Barcelona for 25 years where she taught Kundalini Yoga and held teacher training courses. After moving back to the United States she now travels internationally offering Level I and Level II Kundalini Teacher Training programs.
Heather traces her interest in yoga to childhood, when a PBS television show brought yoga into her living room. She rediscovered yoga as an adult at a time when the stresses of work were at an all-time high, experiencing yoga as more than just exercise, but as a practice for every moment in life. The physical and mental well-being that Heather gained through yoga inspired her to study meditation and to take teacher training as a way of deepening her personal practice, not knowing that this would lead to teaching. She is committed to bringing the benefits she has experienced to others through classes that build strength and flexibility of both body and mind. She draws on exploration of many styles of yoga to create classes with a sense of fun and challenge that is adaptable to both beginners and experienced practitioners.
Jen’s journey towards becoming a devoted yogi and eventually, a yoga teacher began with a proposal of marriage…. Keen to look her best on her wedding day, vanity was the primary motivator. The physical effects were quickly realized, and she not only experienced a complete transformation in her body, but also her mind. After practicing daily for nearly two years Jen decided to embark on teacher training, initially just to improve her own personal practice, but as she moved through her training she was encouraged to aim for balance, not perfection.
It was then Jen decided she wanted to share yoga with others, remind them about the balance of mind and body that often gets forgotten somewhere along the way, and that they aren’t on a casting call for a Yoga Journal photo shoot when they practice. Teaching mindfully with a sense of humor and a great playlist Jen believes that regular yoga practice can increase strength, muscle tone, balance and flexibility, and even when approached from a purely physical standpoint, has the wonderful side effect of making you a more fully present, genuine, empowered and compassionate person.
As a child, Julie dreamed of being an astronaut….defying gravity and collecting moon rocks. In high school, Julie happened into a yoga class, a different kind of space exploration where she gravity surfed, found a source of internal strength, and developed a lifelong passion. She has practiced and studied a wide variety of disciplines but considers the Ashtanga and Anusara traditions her greatest influences. In 2006, she completed her 200-hr certification at Tranquil Space in Washington, DC. ￼Julie’s teaching style is grounded in tradition with the playfulness of vinyasa creating smart and ￼intuitive sequences meant not only to challenge, but to be accessible to students of all levels. ￼Julie brings her contagious sense of humor and deep love of music to every class along with her ￼light-heartedness and gentle warmth. A scientist at heart, Julie has pursued her passion for the science of healing as a massage therapist and yoga guide for trauma, anxiety, self-regulation, and PTSD. Julie’s long-standing interests in human health combined with her academic studies in biochemistry drive her professional pursuits in global access to health care, reproductive health, and the empowerment of women and girls across cultures. ￼Unfurl your mat and explore time and space…and maybe even catch a wave for a little gravity ￼
Kartar’s passion is to create experiences by which people can learn. He loves to make doing yoga an experience of living, a moment in time. He’s a trained and certified KY teacher and KY teacher trainer who has been practicing and studying KY since the early 70’s. He loves it because it’s a path of physical yoga, and much more—it’s really a path for those who want to get growing.
Friends will tell you that he’s in love with everything spiritual— everything that has to do with letting out the Spirit, the smile, the joy, the heart and soul of the person. He’s used all kinds of spiritual teachers and teachings to learn. He would say that “if you cannot be a teacher to yourself, then you have nothing to share with others. ”
Kartar is by nature a quiet person, a meditator and a mediator, one in whose presence those who can’t find a way to cooperate with difference could do that.
RYT 200, EEM-CLP
Katrina began practicing meditation and hatha yoga over 25 years ago to help balance the stress in her life. She stayed with the practice because it stirred within her the awareness and connectedness of the mind, body, and spirit. In 2009, she completed the RYT200 holistic yoga teacher training at Pure Prana in Alexandria, VA. The training opened up a much deeper awareness to the mind, body, and soul connection through movement and meditation.
Her interests also led her to study Therapeutic/Restorative Yoga with Cherie Clampett, Sat Nam Rasayan with Guru Dev and Eden Energy Medicine with Donna Eden. She is currently an Eden Energy Medicine Clinical Practitioner (EEM-CLP).
Katrina led the monthly book club at Radiance for several years leading discussions on numerous books such as The Four Agreements by Paul Coelho, The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer, The Autobiography of a Yogi, by Parahamsa Yogananda. Among countless other books inspiring living true to one’s soul. She often incorporates concepts and ideas from those books in her classes and private sessions.
Katrina’s philosophy is that “life is hard enough”. We are meant to be happy, healthy, and holy. Everything is energy and working with balancing our own energies through a holistic approach including yoga, meditation and energy medicine brings a balance in countless ways to live our fullest life.
Katrina teaches Kundalini yoga and meditation, also known as the “yoga of awareness” and conducts energy balancing sessions. Katrina’s goal as a teacher and practitioner is to create the space for people to experience their true light within themselves.
Masuda Mohamadi is a Lead Level Kundalini Yoga Teacher Trainer and 500-hour level RYT. She first discovered Kundalini Yoga while teaching writing and outdoor living skills at the Mountain Institute in West Virginia in 2002. In her classes, Masuda creates a warm and inviting space for students to expand their awareness, discover their power, and connect with their creative essence. She finds yoga to be a powerful tool in experiencing peace, healing, and transformation.
Masuda is also a graduate of Anodea Judith’s Sacred Center Program and is the owner and director of Radiance Yoga studio in Alexandria, Virginia. She leads workshops and retreats around the world on Kundalini Yoga, Meditation and the Chakras. Masuda holds a Master’s degree in Creative Writing and a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy, both from George Mason University. She has been published in the Washington Post Magazine and featured in National Geographic Magazine.
Meghan Lee Hargrave
Meghan Lee Hargrave
E-RYT 200, YACEP
Meghan joins Radiance Yoga as a Vinyasa Flow yoga teacher and teaches flow and specialty classes and workshops including restorative yoga, yoga nidra, prenatal yoga, baby + me and yoga for athletes with a nurturing and warm touch. She encourages fellow yogis, as they come to their mats, to hit the pause button of the mind in order to discover the tranquility, space, freedom and strength in their practice. As a teacher, she weaves together creative and flowing sequences to create an authentic, centering, cleansing space for students to breath, grow, stretch, explore, play and reflect. It is with great care that she chooses the music she plays in class, which include favorites like Lindsey Stirling, Coldplay, 2 Cellos, and of course Louie Armstrong’s ‘What a Wonderful World.’ As both a student and a teacher of yoga, she will be forever inspired by the power of music to inspire, heal, uplift & transform the soul.
Quickly after discovering yoga in 2006, Meghan realized it was much more than a ‘physical practice’ and began coming to her mat regularly; It has been an essential part of her life ever since. Today she supports Federal Occupational Health at the U.S. Senate, Department of State and other Federal Agencies as a Vinyasa Flow yoga teacher and is grateful to the inspiration her teachers and fellow yogis have gifted to her own yoga journey. She looks forward to sharing the yoga journey with you and to the lessons it inspires, both on and off the mat.
A southerner at heart, Meghan is originally from Washington, D.C and earned her B.A. in Communication at Florida State University amongst the Spanish-moss covered trees in panhandle of Florida. She also has a M.A. in Psychology & Human Learning. When she is not teaching or practicing yoga, she can be found running her small consulting business or cheering on her beloved Florida State Seminoles.
Meredith Gattone (Sat Chanan)
Meredith Gattone (Sat Chanan)
Meredith has been practicing yoga since 2011, when she took her first Kundalini yoga class during the Summer Solstice. She fell in love with the practice and completed Level I of Kundalini yoga teaching training at Radiance Yoga in 2014. She is currently working on the Level II teacher training modules and enjoys teaching and keeping up with a daily practice. Her spiritual name, Sat Chanan, means “Perfect Embodiment of Truth and Divine Light.”
In her classes, she holds space for students to challenge themselves. Students can expect the opportunity to energize and relax, ground and elevate, and explore a connection to their highest, most creative and intuitive Self.
Meredith holds a Master’s degree in foreign affairs and a Bachelor’s degree in philosophy and political science from Georgetown University and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, respectively. When she’s not doing yoga, she enjoys travel and backwoods hiking, ballroom dancing, and creative writing.
Natalie is a passionate career educator who found her way to yoga after an injury stopped her from running. She loves to help and serve others, so after practicing for several years she earned her RYT 200 at Radiance yoga. She then earned her Mat Pilates 1 as well as her 50 hour Yin Yoga certification. She will tell you that her first Pilates class was torture, but she has to come to love teaching core focused vinyasa and pilates.
When not teaching kids or yoga, Natalie loves hanging out with her 3 rescue dogs and husband. A lover of the outdoors, adventures, travel, gardening, reading, and creating (she sews!), Natalie doesn’t take herself too seriously and loves the community created through practice and teaching.
Patricia guides her classes with the intentions of encouraging her students to be embodied in their yoga and cultivating a sense of fun, joy, and gratitude. She came to a regular yoga practice a bit before the turn of the century thinking it would be good cross-training for other activities, especially skating (both inline and figure). It was, but of course it was so much more than just the pleasure of moving one’s body through space into shapes. She soon became enamored of the benefits of the way Yoga integrates mind, body, and breath.
Since then, she has practiced or studied a variety of yoga forms. Currently, her asana practice and preferred teaching style center on the physically slower, gentler forms of yoga, providing space for introspection and reflection. In addition to completing a 200-hour Holistic Yoga Teacher Training, she has completed more than 175 hours of Teacher Training in Yin Yoga and related modalities, plus advanced trainings in Yoga philosophy, Pranayama, Trauma Informed yoga, and Therapeutic/Restorative yoga. Patricia is currently an herbalist-in-training.
Paul is an E-RYT 200 with the Yoga Alliance, which acknowledges the completion of yoga teacher training with an approved and active Registered Yoga School. As a cyclist and triathlete, Paul realized he needed to incorporate flexibility training to prevent existing/future injuries. Through yoga, he realized that the benefits of this millennia-old practice needed to be shared with others.
Paul received his RYT-200 hour certification in 2014 from Honest Soul Yoga in Alexandria, VA and teaches vinyasa, yin, and restorative styles of yoga. Paul has also completed Level 1 iRest Yoga Nidra Teacher-in-Training, is licensed to teach Broga® Yoga, a Reiki Level II practitioner and has completed yin yoga teacher training under Biff Mithoefer, E-RYT500.
Whether new to exercise or a well-trained athlete, Paul’s powerful, athletic classes will leave students feeling strong and energized.
Sat Kartar Singh
Sat Kartar Singh
Sat Kartar is a dynamic, patient, inspiring teacher who has been sharing the technology of Kundalini Yoga and the 3HO lifestyle for over 40 years. Born in the 50’s and influenced by the events of the 60’s and early 70’s.
Sat Kartar began teaching Kundalini Yoga in 1975 and became a KRI Certified teacher in 1997 (220 hours). He is a Lead Trainer in the Aquarian Trainer Academy and is one of the teachers in the Level 1 Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training at Radiance Yoga. Sat Kartar’s continuing education in Kundalini Yoga includes a strong daily personal practice, five Kundalini Yoga Level 2 modules (300 hours) and he is currently in the Beta group of the Level 3 module (700 hours) that is developing that course to be offered publicly in 2017.
Over the years, he has shared the teachings of Kundalini Yoga with thousands of people of all walks of life. Sat Kartar brings to his teaching all of the aspects he has lived and practiced for many years. This includes Yogic diet & lifestyle, yoga for men, yoga for women, the yoga of relationships and marriage, Naad Yoga- the yoga of mantra and sound as well as the vast teachings of Kundalini Kriyas & Meditations. He has taught in Ashrams, Health Clubs, Jails, Community Centers, Colleges, and Universities as well as Churches, High Schools, and the Federal Government.
Personally and professionally Sat Kartar has excelled in many areas and continues to learn and study to grow as a well rounded Human Being. He is a devoted Husband of RaviInder since 1978 and father to two beautiful adult children Jai Jagdeesh and Avtar Singh.
Steve first discovered both yoga and martial arts as a child and has now been actively teaching in the mind/body field for almost four decades. His earliest yoga teacher was his aunt who had studied yoga in Brazil, and he later practiced for six years with IYT Yoga instructor Jackie Novak, who also mentored him during his early days as a teacher. Now holding two advanced teacher designations with Yoga Alliance, Steve has received training & inspiration from Yoganand Michael Carroll, Angela Farmer & Victor van Kooten, Gary Kraftsow, Erich Schiffmann, Rod Stryker, JJ Gormley, Judith Lasater, Barbara Benagh and many others.
In 2005 Steve founded Awase Publishing to distribute yoga related media around the world. His pioneering yoga nidra recordings, ‘Relax Deeply,’ ‘Sleep and Breathe Deeply’ and ‘Savasana’ have become classics in the genre and are still being used in a number of teacher training programs around the country. ‘Relax Deeply’ is also being used as part of the pre-op routine for cancer patients at the Johns Hopkins Weinberg Cancer Center, and it has been used by the Walter Reed Army Medical Center to treat returning war vets. A fourth CD, ‘Yoga Nidra for Kids Of All Ages,’ produced in collaboration with Pranakriya Children’s Yoga Program director Emily Gretz, received rave reviews in Yoga Journal. Steve’s best selling 2016 DVD, ‘Discovering Chair Yoga’ is considered by many to be the most comprehensive video of its kind.
Steve has also been conducting, first aikido, then yoga, classes for Maryland Parks and Recreation since the mid-1980s. He taught the martial art of Aikido to US Marines at the 8th & I St. barracks in Washington, DC, and he is now head instructor at Northern Virginia Ki Aikido. For over 40 years, he has also been a professional musician, performing throughout the U.S. and Europe. You can find out more about Steve by visiting his website, and you can purchase his recordings here.
After dabbling in and out of Yoga classes for more than a decade, Sujjan Saroop decided, in December 1999, to suspend judgment for a 30-day intensive exploration… and he has maintained a regular practice since. Having travelled and lived in a variety of places, he practiced a multitude of Yoga styles. He was drawn to Kundalini Yoga through the Naad; through proficient, compassionate and wise teachers; through the community connectedness that Kundalini Yoga engenders; through experience of Kundalini Yoga’s efficiency and effectiveness; and through the grace of Divine Consciousness.
Consistent personal and group Kundalini Yoga practice brought profound transformations to his life in multiple dimensions – including living more directly, more confidently, more calmly, more honestly and more meaningfully. He completed the Kundalini Yoga Level One Teacher Training at Radiance Yoga Studio in 2012 and completed the Kundalini Yoga Level Two Transformation courses in 2017. He is also an Associate in the Kundalini Research Institute’s Aquarian Academy (a multi-year, multi-step, multi-dimensional training and development program for Kundalini Yoga trainers).
Sujjan Saroop witnesses in his students their transformations – of enhanced intuition, security, creativity, and connectedness to Self and community – of deep healing – of living more joyfully and lovingly. Sujjan Saroop’s classes energize and relax, affirm and support, ground and elevate, strengthen and loosen up… and help students connect to the spaces in which there is wholeness, integration and synchronicity.
His spiritual name (Sujjan Saroop) means “Listening to, and Becoming Completely Absorbed in, the Wisdom of Your Soul.”
E-RYT 200 YACEP
Tina has been teaching yoga domestically and internationally for over 14 years. She has studied with and/or attended classes/workshops/trainings with many inspiring teachers such as Shiva Rea, Baron Baptiste, Kino McGregor, Ana Forrest, Seane Corn, Sri Dharma Mittra, Desiree Rumbaugh, Nevine Michaan, Cyndi Lee, Bryan Kest, Jonathan Fields, Lauren Hanna and her talented fellow colleagues at Radiance Yoga.
Kundalini I Teacher
My Spiritual Name is Harmanjeet Kaur, which means the Princess/Lioness who is the Victory of God’s heart.
I have been practicing Hatha and Vinyasa yoga on and off for about twenty years.
I fell in love with the transformational power of Kudalini, the yoga of awareness after my first class in 2011. I left that class feeling so uplifted that I decided to try another class shortly thereafter. Within a week I was hooked
Because I was so intrigued by the shift that I felt in my spirit after each class, I decided to take the Kundalini I Teacher Training. I received my certificate in 2013. Since receiving my teaching certificate, I have continued to take Level II Classes.
Recently, I finished the second of five modules (Mind and Meditation, and Authentic Relationships).
I enjoy devoting my time to teaching and sharing this technology to elevate others. My intention for each of my classes is to provide a space where students can connect with their true Selves and attain an experience of divine bliss.
Winnie aims to provide an inclusive and welcoming environment for all students of yoga. With humor and gratitude, she leads vinyasa-style classes that encourage compassion, self-study, and effort without tension. Winnie invites students to move with purpose, to collaborate with the breath, and to balance a vigorous practice with rest.Winnie also holds a Master’s of Fine Arts degree and enjoys, kayaking, hiking and all things creative
A Japanese quote “一期一会: Ichigo Ichie” means, “once in a lifetime encounter.” Born and raised in Tokyo, Japan, Yuki believes that this quote describes the essence of teaching yoga – cherishing the present opportunity to share and honor the individual practitioners in the space – and also appreciates her personal practice for bringing mental calmness and balance her active lifestyle. Yuki has completed the 300YTT at Beloved Yoga, and has studied variety of aspects, including Yin Yoga with Bernie Clark, Svastha Therapy Yoga with Dr Ganesh Mohan, Therapeutic Wisdom with Doug Keller, Anatomic Pelvis Yoga Method with Katsunori Uchida in Japan, Prenatal, YoKids, and Trauma Informed Yoga.
Besides yoga, she has been doing CrossFit since 2007 and completed 7 Marine Corps Marathon. With her personal experience, she strongly believes that not only is increasing one’s range of motion and flexibility vital for performance improvement, but that yoga is also the most effective tool for self-care, recovery, and injury prevention. She offers therapeutic application of yoga as private sessions as well as her workshops; “Treat your feet with Yoga” “Healthy Knee Workshop” and “Yoga for Lower Back Pain”.
Yuki is always looking forward to sharing that “once in a lifetime encounter” with other practitioners in the class or in a private session. In her classes, Yuki creates unique, fun sequences based on her functional fitness experience.