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Jason is a native to the northwest. He was born in Bothell, grew up in Everett and has lived in the Mill Creek area since 2000. Growing up, Jason was an avid athlete; playing football, basketball and running track. He endured many sports injuries over the years that eventually led him to hang up his cleats. Due to two ankle surgeries that led to a lack of activity and entering a busy corporate world, Jason began to pack on the pounds. In 2004, Jason discovered the mix of Bikram yoga and Power yoga and his life was transformed. He was immediately drawn in by the intensity of the hot yoga classes. He became addicted to the extremely powerful detoxifying effect of the sweat, the connectedness to himself and his breath, and the discipline and focus that it brought back into his life. His ankle and shoulder injuries began to heal and he was able to rediscover the strength and flexibility that he once knew as a young athlete. In addition, on this journey, Jason lost 80 lbs. doing the yoga and rediscovered his true self. Because of the life-changing effect the yoga had on his life, Jason embarked on a journey to become a teacher so that he could share this life altering gift with others.
In early 2008, Jason completed a 90 day challenge, in which he lost 40lbs. Later that year, Jason spent 9 weeks at the intensive Bikram Yoga Teacher Training in Acapulco, Mexico. In 2009, Jason trained with Baron Baptiste at the Level 1 Baptiste Power Yoga Teacher Training, and in 2010, Jason obtained his Crossfit Level 1 certification. In addition, he continues to learn and evolve as a student and teacher by attending various workshops, trainings, and master classes.
In 2010, Jason co-founded Fusion Hot Yoga and is passionate about sharing his love for the yoga with the amazing community of students at Fusion. Most recently Jason has had the honor of being an ambassador for Lululemon in Bellevue and now for the beautiful new Alderwood Mall store. In April 2013, Jason was blessed to attend the Lululemon Ambassador Summit in Whistler, BC where he evolved as a student and teacher. In January 2014, Jason was featured as one of 130 inspiring yogis across 10 cities in the United States in the first issue of Mantra Yoga + Health magazine. Jason was also asked and is ecstatic to teach at Wanderlust Festival in Squaw Valley, CA this summer. When Jason is not in the hot room, he enjoys writing, reading, spending time with his wife and daughter, watching movies, traveling, working out and being in nature.
I took my first class in 1999. I took my second hot yoga class in 2009, on a whim, with a friend. After about 20 classes, I found it 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. When I found Fusion Hot Yoga, I felt the positive energy and community I'd been looking for. 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 and teach yoga now not only for that feeling, 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 2010 I attended a weekend immersion with Baron Baptiste in Canada. At that point I’d only taken a few Power classes but what I got from that weekend was extraordinary and helped me realize I wanted to teach.
In June 2011 I traveled to Mexico to complete my Level 1 Baron Baptiste Power Yoga Training. It was an amazing experience and what a gift to give myself! In 2012, I attended Level 2 Baron Baptiste Power Yoga Training in New York. In April 2013 I attended a weekend TAP program for Assisting. In May 2013 I attended another weekend immersion with Baron again where I continued to deepen my practice and my love of it. In August 2014 I traveled to Canada to complete Baptiste’s Art of Assisting program.
I had the opportunity to learn how to teach Kids Yoga in 2013. What a gift to be able to teach these young minds how to breath and move their bodies!
In June 2015 lululemon Athletica named me their Alderwood Mall 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~
I started practicing Bikram Yoga in 2002 and began teaching in 2005. In 2006 I competed and placed 2nd for Washington in the Yoga Asana Championships. In 2009 I was certified in prenatal yoga at the Seattle Holistic Center and taught/practiced through both my pregnancies. In 2008 my husband Todd and I opened Bikram Yoga Redmond together... 5 years and 2 babies later, I decided i'd just much rather keep it simple and do what I love, teach!!
Prior to discovering yoga, I was a professional bellydancer with Seattle's Troupe Hipnotica and studied dance ethnology and American Sign Language at the University Of Washington.
I love to have fun in class and try and make class fun when I'm teaching.
Audrey has been practicing yoga since the 1990's, first with Erich Schiffman and Bryan Kest videos and later taking Bikram Method Hatha Yoga from local teacher Marta McDermott in a gym. Later, she walked into Belltown Bikram Yoga (now closed). It took the hot room to show her that yoga was what she wanted to do for the rest of her life. Audrey considers teaching yoga to be a calling. Audrey's first yoga teacher certification was with Bikram Choudhury in 2002. She remains passionate about this style of yoga. In 2004 and 2005 she completed Power Vinyasa teacher trainings with Baron Baptiste (Level 1 & 2). From 2004-2005, she also completed 3 teacher trainings with local teacher Lisa Black (again in the style of Baptiste), including the TAP program, which is dedicated to hands on adjustments. Thinking of her beloved niece and nephews, Audrey completed the Rainbow Kids Yoga teacher training in 2009 and a Next Generation Yoga training in 2015. Though teaching in very physical styles, she is also drawn to more passive practices such as Yoga Nidra and Yin Yoga. One consistent piece of feedback Audrey has always received is about the quality of her voice. Yoga Nidra puts her voice to use in a new way. In 2009, she completed a local training with Laura DeFreitas in Richard Miller's iRest method followed immediately by a teacher training with Richard Miller himself. Regarding Yin Yoga, Audrey is self-taught in the style of Paul Grilley having studied everything that he and his senior teachers have ever published. She's been teaching Yin since 2009. In 2011, she was asked to train her peers at Fusion Hot Yoga in the style of Yin Yoga. She strives to make all of her classes as rich as possible. She's passionate about teaching yoga in a way that is equally accessible and yet challenging to all levels from beginning through advanced simultaneously.
Andrea completed her BA with University of Washington in 1999 and went on to pursue her yoga career. She obtained her certification with Yoga College of India, CA that same year. Andrea then partnered with her family and founded a hot yoga studio in Woodinville, WA 2002. She later sold the studio to pursue her dreams of being home to nurture her young family. Her expertise has span across the yoga community where she has taught, managed and mentored new teachers and studio owners. Andrea's connection to the practice engaged her in fully learning all intricate details of the postures and their health benefits for the mind, body and spirit. Her mission for each session is to support optimal health in each yogi. For the strongest athletes she can provide challenge. The new comer can expect a safe place with clear directions that suit each unique learning style and flexibility level. Outside of the yoga room Andrea is passionate about exploring her knowledge of naturopathic health and organic, whole food wellness.
"Every moment we practice yoga, it is an opportunity to turn within, and simply, just Be."
For Lori, teaching comes naturally. Growing up with both parents as teachers, she enjoyed helping her mother set up her classroom and being able to connect in a special way with her father while he was her math and computer teacher in high school. She was inspired by the stories her parents would share throughout their teaching careers. Upon completing her studies in Early Childhood/Elementary Education and acquiring a Masters Degree in Community Health Education her teaching career began. Her passion for teaching and for health, gave her the opportunities to teach children and adults of all ages. From instructing health, wellness and fitness classes to teaching third and fourth grade, she smiles from ear to ear when asked about these experiences.
Her yoga practice began back in 2002 when she took her first Hatha yoga class at a local YMCA in San Francisco. She realized early on in her practice that yoga was more than just physical exercise or stretching of the muscles. Yoga for her was a way to simply, just Be. To turn within and be calm, present, grounded, relaxed and at peace.
It was in 2008 that she began her formal yoga training. She acquired her 200-Hour Hatha Yoga certification through the Zen Flow Yoga School in Vancouver, WA. Since then, she has taken several kids yoga trainings with YogaFit, YogaCalm, Rainbow Kids Yoga, Street Yoga, and Next Generation Yoga.
In 2012 she began her own yoga company called, Simply Yoga, LLC. Through her business, Lori taught an after-school kids yoga class for two years at Fernwood Elementary. She was hired by the Northshore YMCA in 2014 to teach Yoga for Youth classes onsite at the Y and at various other community and school locations. In January, 2015 she began teaching kids and tween yoga classes at Yoga in the Center in Mill Creek, WA.
When not teaching kids and tween yoga, Lori enjoys practicing yoga at various studio locations and can be found hiking, biking and traveling with her husband Mark. It was through his love and support that she is able to follow her passion for teaching yoga to youth of all ages.
Hi, my name is Katie, and I'm excited about life, and sharing it with you...let's do some yoga! I have been practicing yoga since 2007, when I first experienced it at college for credits. I knew I wanted to be a yoga teacher since then, I even got to lead part of a class once because my teacher had to leave early, haha :) A whole year after graduating college I had to get back to yoga! So I used The Oracle of Delphi (a.k.a. Google) to search for a studio, finding one nearby where I lived in Woodinville at the time. At first I only did the hour of power, which I loved...I too was frightened of the 90 minutes class, how could I do it that long?! But then I did it because I had to one Sunday when that was the only option and I had to practice every day back then. Finally I went to it and it was a Bikram Yoga class (taught by none other than the beautiful Christine Yang, can you believe?). During my first class I knew I was going to be a Bikram Yoga teacher, no doubt. So I did get to training a couple years later, and here I am! Graduated Spring 2010 and since have taught in California, Washington, India, Australia and New Zealand most recently, but I always come back because this is where I was raised and my family is, but I come and go like the wandering Nomad I am on this beautiful Earth. I don't teach full time right now, but I am excited and thrilled to pieces to be part of the ROCKIN FUSION TEAM! Also I am planning to go to Power Vinyasa training this October yippee! See you guys later :) Love Katie
Suzanne took her first yoga class in 1999 at a local gym. It was a great compliment to her triathlon training. After suffering a debilitating foot injury a year later, her friend dragged her to hot yoga. She hated it—but was hooked! Compelled to share her experience, Suzanne received her teacher training certificate with CorePower Yoga in 2009. She strives to continue her education and has attended many different workshops and trainings with international and local yoga teachers like Baron Baptiste, Rajashree Choudhury, Bikram, Bryan Kest, Aadil Palkhivala, Troy Lucero and Liz Doyle. She loves to introduce beginners to yoga while challenging experienced yogis safely to new postures. "Watching students learn, grow and find peace is truly an inspiration!"
Carrie's mission is to empower her students through the flow of vinyasa; to experience personal transformation using the methodology of Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga. Carrie has attended Level 1 and Level 2 teacher trainings with Baron Baptiste and has had the honor of serving on the assisting team for two weeklong Baptiste Teacher Trainings, most recently in Arizona in June of 2013. Carrie became a Certified Baptiste Teacher in October of 2013, and is curently working towards her advanced 500 hour certification.
Carrie is also an active ambassador serving Yoga Across America's initiative, “Yoga for American Soldiers;” saving lives and healing the wounds of our soldiers returning home from war.
Carrie began practicing Baptiste Power Yoga in 2005, and knew instantly that it would alter the course of her life. The depth of the practice and union of physical, emotional and spiritual empowerment kept her coming back to her mat. In 2011 she said goodbye to a 13 year career as a successful TV News Producer to follow her heart teaching Baptiste Yoga. It was the most difficult and most rewarding decision of her life.
Carrie's classes blend challenge and self-acceptance, encouraging students to amaze themselves through physical and spiritual transformation. She draws from her experience as a mother to three amazing young boys to bring a grounding perspective to her students.
Colette discovered Bikram yoga in an unheated room at a Gold's Gym in 2000. She noticed right away that the postures required so much of her mental focus, the practice shut off the chatter in her mind. She eventually found her way to the hot room in 2003 at Hot Yoga of Laurelhurst, where she was fortunate enough to be taught by Krista Garvey Squibb, Audrey Benton Hamm, Saiko Shima, Toni Best, Jo Parsons, and Camille Schiele. She gradually grew more consistent in the practice and healed recurrent problems with her spine.
After accepting an offer she couldn't refuse to lead yoga at a meditation retreat in 2005, she realized she actually enjoyed offering yoga to others.
In 2006 she completed The Barkan Method Teacher Training Level I, and started teaching right away, leaving office work behind completely on December 31, 2006. In 2009 and 2010, between the births of her older and younger sons, she completed a second 200-hour certification, this time through The Samarya Center Teacher Training, founded by Stephanie Sisson and Molly Lannon Kenny. While there, she tried singing to a group of trainees/students at the close of Savasana, and it's rare now that she chickens out. She is also trained in Prenatal Yoga with Anne Phyfe Palmer at 8 Limbs.
Her yoga mission is to serve her students, honor her teachers, and benefit beings. She continually deepens her practice and her instruction by seeking out teachers in a variety of styles. Influencers include: Jennifer Isaacson, Seane Corn, Jo Parsons Engel, Bryan Kest, Jen Anderson, Shiva Rea, Megan Carroll, Esak Garcia, Tracy Hodgeman, and Amber Tande. She hasn’t been in a room with Paul Grilley yet, but hopes to soon!
She followed Audrey to Fusion a couple of years ago, and soon figured out every single teacher here is AMAZING and each of them has infused her teaching as well. “Inspired by Audrey's 365 Days of Yoga, I completed an intensive year of practice in March of 2015--255 classes in 365 days. Toward the end, I taught my first class at Fusion, realizing a long-cherished dream. I am so grateful and humbled at the opportunity to teach here. The community at Fusion is incredible, and I am blessed to be a part of it. JAI MA!!"
Clancy was a running addict until 2006 when she popped to a local Bikram yoga class expecting a gentle stretch. It was love at first sweat. She left a pretty fun corporate job in London and completed her Bikram teacher training in 2008. In 2011 she opened a hot yoga studio in Singapore which is still going strong.
She recently moved to Seattle with her husband and two boys and is super excited to practice and teach here. She has seen thousands of students change their body with this practice. It works.
Her class is up beat and challenging and she's looking forward to seeing you there!
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. A couple of months later, I completed Next Generation Yoga teacher training. 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.
I'm blessed with the opportunity to share my passion for yoga with tweens and adults. As the mother of a tween myself, I know the possibilities yoga can offer during this critical time in a child's life. It teaches self-care, empowerment and self-confidence, as well as how to unify the body and the mind. Tweens' inquiring young minds are open to learning how to take their yoga practice off their mats and into their everyday lives. What a gift.
I found Bikram Hot yoga in 2009 by rooming with a complete stranger who was a Bikram teacher. At that time I stood at 5'7" and was 258 lbs. I had been uncomfortable in my own skin my entire life and had always felt that "some day" I will be more fit and feel comfortable. But I had been cheating myself of a life I really wanted. She encouraged me to take a class but promptly followed it up by saying that she didn't expect me to stay in the room or even go back. I took this as a challenge that it was and went for 45 days straight. Most of those days I could barely do more then sit in a puddle. But weight poured off of me with my sweat. This gave me the push I needed. Today I stand 80 lbs less prior to yoga. I train Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Yoga regularly. Yoga has given me the push to find myself. I went through the infamous Bikram yoga Teacher Training in spring 2012. Carted my great dane to Houston, TX to travel and teach and came back home to Seattle, where I stay till the next adventure.
Bona started practicing yoga at Bikram Everett in May 2009, interested to add stretching to her exercise regimen of running. Though it seemed impossibly difficult and hot at first, within a few months she was practicing every day and seeing steady progress in the asanas. She enjoyed the uplifting feeling after a class.
"I remember looking at the pictures on the studio website of all those people dripping in sweat and I was fascinated, I couldn't imagine being that hot," explains Bona. A high school math teacher, it was natural that she gravitated toward the idea of becoming a yoga teacher. She took a semester off from teaching high school and attended Bikram's teacher training in Fall 2010 in San Diego. Bona now teaches math full-time at a alternative high school, in addition to practicing and teaching nearly every day. Yoga has become her complete exercise regimen, and more so a means for developing concentration and strength of mind.
She loves to travel, hike and read. Sometimes you can find her dancing to Shakira in the lobby before class. She's mom to two cats and two daughters. Her favorite books right now are Zen the Art of Happiness and The Manuscript Found in Accra.
"One of Bikram's quotes that has stayed with me is: if anyone steals your peace, you are the loser… no one can take your peace!" In addition to being fluent in Bikramese, Bona also speaks Portuguese.
Brian started practicing Hot Yoga about 11 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 bene?ts that he has, Brian decided to go to Baron Baptiste teacher training in August of 2010. He has been teaching ever since. 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" !!! :)
Sandy has been practicing and learning Bikram's Yoga for many years, starting on her own in the 1970's with just a copy of Bikram's Beginning Hatha Yoga book in the 1970's when her boys were young and her back hurt. To her surprise, all the seemingly preposterous claims made by Bikram turned out to be true. The more she practiced, the better she felt and the better life became.
In 2003 she attended training at Bikram's headquarters in Los Angeles where she was certified to teach. She's been teaching ever since, first in Bozeman, Montana, San Jose and Fremont California, then in the Seattle area at many area studios. In 2005 she purchased Hot Yoga of Woodinville, managing and teaching there until 2013.
When not practicing or teaching, she stays busy as a Woodinville Water District Commissioner, working in her garden at 21 Acres, writing, and hanging out with friends and family She says "This year I turn 65, and can truly say a lifetime of practicing and teaching yoga has helped me through the hard times, kept me strong and happy, and brought me into a wonderful association with amazing people. I never want to stop."
KayCee has been practicing yoga for over 7 years. She is one of Fusions Power Vinyasa teachers. After her first yoga experience she felt a desire to pursue teaching. She loves sharing the gift of yoga with her students and all people around her. To her, yoga is an entirely unique experience; nothing is quite parallel or similar. The moment she steps into the “Hot Room” whether as a student or as an instructor she feels an immediate sense of security, peace, and strength.
"Each moment spent on your mat is unique and different from each time before and unlike the moments to come, encouraging growth, authenticity, and freedom."
In 2011 she graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Community Psychology and works full time as a Health and Performance Coach. She has completed both Level 1 & 2 Yoga Teacher Training with Baptiste Power Yoga Institute and is in the process of completing her Baptiste Power Yoga Certification. KayCee’s mission is to always be a student; and always be in the process of growth, when you are inspired you can inspire others. KayCee also loves spending ample time outdoors with her husband exploring the great PNW.
Maureen has been living the yoga life for 6+ years, with more than a decade of practice of various methods of hatha yoga. In 2009, she became certified as a Bikram method hatha yoga teacher, and in 2015, yin yoga. She loves how yoga always reveals more to her about life, and to witness the life-changes that happen with her because of this practice. She is passionate about teaching, and is continuously amazed by all that can be healed and understood by a regular yoga practice. Outside of immersing herself in yoga, Mo is working on her meditation practice, but she has a hard time staying off the mountain, and lives to hike in the summer. One day she hopes to professionally merge her passion of meditation, yoga and mountaineering, and offer guided meditation mountain treks! She has competed three times for Washington State Yoga Asana Championships, and has taught yoga in Melbourne, Australia. She loves to relax at home with her partner and 17-year-old cat, Sid.
Kara has a passion for movement and anatomy. Her love of movement began with dance and extended into teaching Pilates as an apprentice at the age of 17. A few years later, she was the youngest teacher to enter and complete the certification program from the Pilates Center in Boulder, Colorado. Kara's love of anatomy led to a certificate and career in diagnostic ultrasound. After her first yoga class at Fusion, Kara knew she had to teach yoga! She came to class hoping to cope with stress, but she left with so much more: a peace and a sense of calm that she had never known before as well as a physical challenge that was different from her previous forms of movement. There was no way she was going to keep this secret to herself! Kara completed Baptiste’s Level 1 teacher training program in 2012. She enjoys studying various styles of Vinyasa from international and local master teachers. Adding to her knowledge, Kara begins Tiffany Cruikshank’s 200 hour teacher training program this fall. Combing love of movement and anatomical alignment, she hopes to spark and inspire joy and playfulness through her teaching.
I discovered Bikram Style Hatha yoga in the winter of 1998. Growing up in the Seattle area with the gray skies and the damp cold, it was the perfect fit. I was a stay at home mom, who had two busy little boys. I tended to be a little high strung and stressed out, Bikram Yoga was exactly what I needed. I loved the yoga from the start. All my life enjoying sports and the outdoors, I thought I had done it all. Bikram yoga was more than I ever expected. After my first class I was exhausted, soaking wet, energized, relaxed, and excited all at the same time. I was hooked! I have been an enthusiastically dedicated practitioner ever since.
Having suffered from neck and back pain, stress and fatigue, yoga has helped me take control of my own health and well being. It continues to provide a centering, calming and healing presence in my life –physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. I really am a better person, inside and out, when I practice yoga, just ask my family! As I continued to practice, I could see and feel the benefits. I watched as a better me happily revealed itself.
When my boys were a bit older I became a part time school teacher. With my yoga practice I was more energetic around the students, more present when I was with my family, calmer during stressful situations, and healthier during those cold and flu seasons. I was able to breathe better on my runs, bike rides and my climbs, and I slept better too! I told my husband, I wanted to be a Bikram Yoga instructor. 10 years later my goal was realized! I attended Bikram’s Yoga College of India teacher training fall 2008 in Acapulco, Mexico. I continue my love of the practice. I am enjoying every chance to teach and share my enthusiasm for yoga with others. As a teacher, I pursue growth and development of my skills through various yoga workshops, trainings and posture clinics. My goal is to teach with love and compassion, to connect with my students, to challenge them, to help them learn more about themselves, and to assist them in discovering what is possible through yoga.
Now that my boys are all grown, more than ever, yoga grounds me. Continuously opening my eyes and my heart during this new phase of my life. When I am not teaching or practicing yoga, I can be found enjoying the outdoors, fishing, traveling or just hanging out with my husband, Dave. I love my family, my life, and the peace that yoga brings to me.
Crystal attended San Diego State University, where she majored in Business Administration, Marketing. After receiving her bachelor’s degree, she moved back to her hometown of Seattle, where she worked as a Marketing Manager for a biotech company. After a few years of sitting behind a desk, Crystal began to suffer from hip and lower back pain. Being an athlete since the age of 6, Crystal had always been very active, but her usual workout routine of 2 hours a day, 7 days a week in the gym, was not helping with the pain either. She decided to give yoga a try. Knowing that she would still want to feel like she got a workout, it couldn’t just be any yoga, she needed to sweat. Crystal took her first Bikram Yoga class in 2006 and it changed her life. The intensity of each Bikram Yoga class forced Crystal to stay present and focus solely on her breath and her body as she moved in and out of each yoga posture. Soon she gave up all other forms of exercise, her hip and lower back started to feel better and after 6 months of practicing Bikram Yoga, Crystal looked happier, healthier and was 25lbs lighter. The positive changes she saw in herself were so dramatic that Crystal wanted to help others feel as great as she did. In Fall 2007, Crystal received her Bikram Teaching Certification and has been teaching full time ever since. Crystal brings humor to her class as a way of helping students remember not to take things so seriously. But don’t be mistaken, her calm voice can be full of energy and motivation, to the point where you don’t realize how hard you are working until you see the sweat puddle accumulated around your yoga mat at the end of class.
Ariel graduated from the University of Washington in 2013 with a B.A. in Environmental Studies focused on society and sustainability. She completed Baptiste Power Yoga Institute’s Level One in Hawaii, March of 2014, and Art of Assisting in Seattle, April of 2014. Ariel started practicing hot yoga in summer of 2012 in an effort to become healthier. After 8 months and many yoga classes she dropped 40 pounds, and gained something else-- a new found love for life and a wonderful yoga community.
Ariel believes that everyday is a fresh start and has the chance to be amazing. She started her journey of teaching power vinyasa yoga in 2014 in order to share this love and power that yoga has given her by teaching with the same passion she practices with.
"Dream, Believe, Succeed"- Ariel Williams.
Christine started practicing Bikram Yoga in 2001 through a chaperoned high school outing. After seeing results within the first five days--she touched her toes!--the week-long trial turned into a steady, consistent practice. It was a love/hate relationship at first, with the intense heat, humidity, Triangle, and Balancing Stick. But she soon started to crave the heat, and what it did for her poor circulation. Twice a week turned into three turned into four or five times a week practice!
Encouraged by her teachers, Christine attended Bikram's intensive nine week teacher training in Spring of 2007. It was the most humbling, challenging, and inspiring experience of her life. Three hundred plus like-minded people on the same path--studying, practicing, and breathing the yoga! She deepened her practice on a level beyond that could be achieved back home through the wisdom of the staff, guest teachers and lecturers that came through the nine week period.
Upon her return from beautiful Hawaii, Christine took on a full teaching load across studios in Seattle and the eastside. She also traveled to Texas seeking mentorship under the Bikram Dallas Studio owners and refined her teaching during her time there. The broad range of students and studio spaces she's come across has made her the versatile, demanding, yet compassionate teacher she is today.
Beyond teacher training and her stint in Texas, Christine has attended both Beginning and Advanced class workshops with senior teachers: Jason Winn, Lynn Whitlow, Esak Garcia, Craig Villani, and Brandy Lyn, the 2010 International Yoga Asana Championship winner. She also studied with Rajashree (Bikram's wife) and Emmy Cleaves (Bikram's most senior teacher) at their annual Women's Retreat in the fall of 2010 and received her re-certification.
Aside from practicing Bikram (Hatha), Power, and Yin Yoga, Christine enjoys hiking, traveling, tennis, and tending to her vegetable garden.