I fell in love with yoga on the splintery deck of a cabin in Northern California. Although I had no idea what I was doing, I was soon practicing any day the sun shone on my favorite spot. My first true teacher was a 55-year-old Vini-Yogini, who inspired me to become a teacher in 2001. My background as a Holistic Health Practitioner and Massage Therapist went hand in hand with the anatomical specificity of Iyengar Yoga, and the athlete and seeker in me loved the empowerment of Ashtanga. Since my original certification in the Indra Devi branch of Hatha Yoga, I have studied and practiced mostly Ashtanga and Iyengar Yoga through further teacher training and specialized workshops. Both styles color my teaching. My classes are dynamic and physically challenging, with emphasis on physical adjustments, alignment, safety, and breath work. I’m not here to push you to your edge. I’m here to facilitate that opening and keep you safe as you empower yourself in your practice.
Where I practice: troylucero.com
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For many years I didn’t think yoga was for me. I mean, didn’t that mean subsisting on a cleansing diet, speaking in tounges and wearing seventies style leotards? It wasn’t until a class was offered at the school I worked at, that it clicked. I guess for me, yoga had to come at the right time- with the right teacher. Yoga immediately humbled me. I had been doing running, weight lifting, mountain biking, but realized after yoga classes, there was much more to the body. Yoga class gave me more depth and focus, something I didn’t get at the gym-something whole. I trained with Whole Life Yoga in Seattle while I was pregnant-which gave me a deeper understanding for teaching prenatal yoga but also a perspective of being limited in your own body and still having an effective practice. After training I realized the benefits of viniyoga were far reaching and results noticiable. Now with two boys, having a yoga moment is rare, but certainly yearned for on a daily basis-teaching yoga helps fulfill that need.
Where I practice: Whole Life Yoga.
Gail has been teaching yoga for forty years. Her early training in the Iyengar method laid the groundwork and understading for the importance of alignment, the relationship between the part and the whole, and the vitality inherent in pranayama practices. Now in her early seventies, Gail is discovering the interplay between movement/motion and stillness/relaxation. She is respected as a knowledgeable teacher with an ability for adjustments, earthy wisdom, and a sense of humor.
Abi is a STOTT Pilates(R) Trained Instructor, a TRX(R) Qualified Trainer, a former ZUMBA(R) instructor and a fitness enthusiast. Mostly, she loves to dance.
Born and raised on Whidbey Island, Mike has been training in Jiu Jitsu since 2009. He began cross training in the TRX System to accompany JiuJitsu in 2011. He is an expert snowboarder and passionate surfer.
As a certified Group TRX Instructor Mike is excited to share this amazing Suspension Training System with his new clients.
Suspension training workouts give participants an edge over traditional weight room exercises. TRX exercise builds true functional strength, improves flexibility, balance, and core, while enhancing performance on playing fields in sports and in life.
Always fascinated with bodies and movement, and what it is that is moving through space, I went to Japan and a Zen monastery for the better part of my twenties. While there working with a Zen master, my entire experience of reality shifted on a cellular level. I found myself standing in the garden for hours in between work and seated meditation. I realized that if I just simply stood there and listened, the universe would open up to me and guide me. My life now is about sharing this healing with people. I also work as a Soma Structural Integrator here in Langley. For more info on Corey, click: Corey Hess.
I began the study and practice of yoga as a teen growing up in the prairies of Canada. I have practiced various styles as I have changed over the years. The long cold winters in Canada inspired a heated Ashtanga practice and love of fire dancing. The warmth and waters of Hawaii nurtured my restorative, prenatal & Vinyasa practice. Northern California engaged me in a brief study of Kundalini. This is also where I began my current Taoist practices as well as trained and worked as a Thai Yoga Therapist. My daily practice still continues to evolve and grow as I do. I am learning that my purpose is to move ever more from my heart and weave this love into the fabric of my life as a woman, wife, mother, and friend. My yoga practice is a foundation and great joy in my life.
As a natural evolution of my yoga practice and teaching, I spent 5 years in Northern California studying and then working at Spirit Winds School of Thai Massage & Spa. This is where I learned the art of Thai Yoga Therapy.
My training extended to specialize in Nerve Touch Thai Massage. This is a very therapeutic style that I learned directly from Lek Chaiya, her son, Jack, and her foremost student, Janice Vitavec. From this lineage I learned not only the proper application of technique, but more importantly the foundation of “metta” or loving kindness in this art.