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Courtney Wexler

Courtney Wexler

Courtney Wexler

Courtney Wexler has been practicing yoga for over fifteen years in places including Los Angeles, New York, London, India and now Honolulu.

In 2010, she received her 200-hour teaching certification through Aloha Yoga Kula in Kailua, Hawaii so that she could be a part of sharing this 5000-year-old secret with the world. In 2013 she received her Ayurvedic Health Educator certification through the California College of Ayurveda and in September of 2015 she studied at Asana Andiappan College of Yoga completing a 300-hour course with Yogananth Andiappan and his father, Guruji, in Chennai India.

Other credits include completing Amy Ippoliti’s online 90 Minutes to Change the World course designed to raise the standards of professionalism in yoga as well as completing 50 hours of studying Thai Massage from trainings in Thailand and Maui.

Personally, yoga has helped Courtney find one-pointed focus while training and completing an Ironman triathlon, served in her recovery from marathon injuries and has reminded her in difficult situations to stop and take a breath.

Her students find her light-heartedness relatable to their own yoga journey and are drawn to the sthira (strength) and sukha (ease) she brings to her classes. Courtney is honored to be considered a yoga teacher, but relishes equally in being a student of yoga and of life each and every day.

Mirori Imai (Miro)

Mirori Imai (Miro)

Mirori Imai (Miro) 今井 みろり

Miro is an artist yogini. Her paintings incorporate the yogic themes of peace, harmony, love and union. Her study of performing arts, modern dance and her life's work of painting lead her to yoga. When she met yoga, she felt as if she had arrived home and soon became absorbed in her practice and studies. Miro has attended Hatha, Vinyasa flow and Jivamukuti Yoga intensive course in Tokyo, Fukuoka, Nepal, Hong Kong and Bali. She completed her teacher training at Seattle Hatha Yoga Center by Ki Mc Graw and Bob Smith.

From 2009 to 2011 she taught yoga at Guam Hilton Hotel, Sheraton Hotel, Pacific Island Resort and other yoga studios. In 2011 and 2012 she taught yoga at shrines, community centers and etc. in Fukuoka, Japan. She moved to Hawaii in July 2012. Miro greatly enjoys sharing yoga time with all who want to open their bodies, minds and spirits.

Mirori Imai

Erina Luchs

Erina Luchs

Erina Luchs

Erina went to Costa Rica to study with a yoga alliance approved school ShivaShakti. She completed her 200 hour level Hatha yoga teacher training. Creative movement was a part of Erina’s life growing up. She was immersed in dance, with a concentration in ballet. This early experimentation with stretching, movement and rhythm stressed the importance of proper technique and laid the foundation for a later proficiency in body dynamics. As a teacher Erina wants to share the many benefits of yoga and guide you through your journey no matter your background or experience. Emphasizing the importance of taking care of yourself so that you can live more happy, healthy, fulfilling life.

Danelle Hellen Gallo

Danelle Hellen Gallo

Danelle Hellen Gallo

Danelle has witnessed the trans formative power of yoga through her own practice, and hopes to inspire others experience the same. She believes yoga should decrease opposition in the body and mind to create harmony and expand love. Her classes are safe and nonjudgmental, yet challenging and rewarding. She has a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has a love for music, natural medicine, and travel. Danelle is a 200-hour Certified Yoga Teacher.

Sato Dela Cruz

Sato Dela Cruz

Sato Dela Cruz

Yogaloha Hawaii Director
Hawaii-based yoga instructor, aromatherapist and sound healer

Sato is originally from Japan but has spent half of her life in the U.S. and Australia. She enjoys sports, outdoor activities and living a healthy active lifestyle. In 2005, she moved to Hawaii and first discovered her love of yoga. She immediately felt a sense of peace and calm as she felt at home on the yoga mat. Sato left each class feeling inspired and energized.

Her curiosity then lead her to pursue yoga teacher training and completed the 200 hr training program in Bali in 2007. She continues to develop her personal practice and teaching with advanced yoga studies and workshops. As she developed a regular yoga practice, she began to see changes not only in her physical body, but also in her mind and in the way she reacts to everyday challenges. Yoga taught her to slow down and trust each step that comes her way.

Sato believes yoga is an opportunity to deepen the most important relationship, which is with our selves. Her goal as a yoga teacher and therapist is to help students to reconnect with their body by listening to their inner voice and encourage people to trust in their inner strength and to help students create a sustainable yoga practice. She hopes that you will find a sense of peace and happiness within your own body. She is excited to meet you all and share her yoga practice with everyone around the world.

Her practice of yoga goes next level to heal people, as she is also a certified sound healer who can balance your chakra with instrument tools.

Ashlyn Yamaoka

Ashlyn Yamaoka

Ashlyn Yamaoka

Ashlyn began her journey with Yoga in October of 2013 and practices daily with her then three-year-old son, instilling her mission of light-heartedness and dispelling the whimsical trivialities of the world that plagues us all. Immediately following one Bhakti flow with Coco Zhang she found her existential calling—Power yoga and Bhakti. She continued on this journey and is completed her 200HR YTT certification in Power yoga, August of 2014. Led by Dorian Wright, and Coco Zhang, at Power Yoga Hawaii where she primarily teaches. Ashlyn has also trained with Jody Komitor in the winter of 2015 and is certified in yoga for kids, and children with special needs.

Ashlyn has a long history with physical expression predating Yoga. Born and raised on the island of Kauaʻi, Ashlyn grew up dancing hula. Particularly entranced by the depth and power each movement bears beyond the physical, she fell in love with the ability to tell stories, to share, to teach, and to inspire everyone to transcend the physical into the spiritual and emotional values she holds dear. Her training and practice has enabled her to segue into Yoga as more than simply a physical form, but a practice that offers clarity, self-love and love for all forms and walks of life.

Continuing her training in 2016. Ashlyn received her Thai yoga massage certification from Coco Zhang, trained in Hatha yoga with yoga master Yogesh Varum, and attended an Acro Yoga Elemental workshop with AcroYoga.Org.

Her classes are inspired by her love for acro yoga, arm balancing and inversions. She safely guides her students through postures that strengthen, lengthen, tone and heal the body. Ashlyn believes that for one to reach optimal health and fitness, one must understand both the individual mind and individual body. Ashlyn demonstrates how to deepen the yoga practice by working together. Confidence is built, fears are let go, and new space in the heart and life is found.

Tracy Rusiniak

Tracy Rusiniak

Tracy Rusiniak

Tracy began her yoga journey six years ago knowing almost nothing about yoga. She was instantly hooked after her first practice. She found the practice transforming her life in ways she never expected: increasing focus, energy, stamina, health, and overall positivity. She immediately realized the amazing health benefits yoga has for the body and mind. In 2014, she completed her 200-hour RYT yoga instructor Yoga Alliance certification through Nirvana Yoga Studio in Montville, New Jersey. As a teacher, Tracy sees yoga as not only a vehicle to introduce as many people as possible to the practice of yoga, but as a means to deepen her own practice through an understanding of, and commitment to, her students’ practice. Through yoga, she seeks to offer others that which she has found to be invaluable: peace in mind, body, and spirit, as well as the opportunity to lead a more balanced life. Tracy loves yoga because there are no shortcuts. It takes patience and dedication, but its benefits exceedingly worthwhile.

Sarah Osborne

Sarah Osborne

Sarah Osborne

Sarah started her yoga journey her freshman year of college as a way to distress and stay balanced. It didn’t take long for her to get hooked on the practice and become a regular practitioner. Sarah was so inspired by her teachers and curious about the philosophies of the practice that in 2014 she decided to participate in a 200 hour teacher training program in Grand Rapids Michigan. It was through her training that Sarah truly fell in love with the lifestyle of yoga and she continues to study and practice daily. Sarah was the youngest teacher in her training program to get hired and she’s been teaching at studios and gyms every since. While her training is in Vinyasa and power yoga, she has an extensive knowledge in the Ashtanga method as well as the chakra system. Sarah loves to challenge her students but she approaches her teaching from a light hearted space and encourages her students to do so as well. You can expect to work hard and sweat in her class all while having fun and gaining a deeper knowledge of the practice and the self.

Megan Maddison

Megan Maddison

Megan Maddison

Born and raised in South Africa, Megan immigrated to Australia in 2012 which is where her journey with yoga began. Through her practice, she discovered that yoga allowed her to find freedom and release from life’s challenges and it has been an incredibly healing practice for her, improving her physical and mental health ten-fold. Upon moving to Oahu in April 2017, Megan completed her RYT 200-Hour Teacher Training at Yogaloha Hawaii Academy under the guidance of Courtney Wexler and Ashlyn Yamaoka. Megan teaches a Vinyasa style of yoga, using the breath as a tool to weave both the mind and body together As she continues her personal yoga journey, the fundamental principles of Sthira (strength/effort) and Sukha (ease/bliss) have become a steady foundation upon which she is growing her practice. She loves the idea of viewing all aspects of life in this balance; that with effort comes ease, and with ease comes effort. Megan enjoys exploring this balance in her classes and her teaching style is heartfelt, powerful and playful—a reflection of how yoga continues to encourage and challenge her innate curiosity towards becoming the best version of herself. She is humbled in knowing that she can lead others into a space of healing and self-acceptance.

Brooke Knudsen

Brooke Knudsen

Brooke Knudsen

I grew up in the town of Encinitas, California. A town with a lot of yoga history. It is where Paramahansa Yogananda, an Indian yogi and guru came in the 1930s and made his home for the rest of his life. There he founded a Self Realization fellowship that still thrives today. Encinitas is where Yogananda wrote the book Autobiography of a Yogi. This is one of the most influential and widely read books about yoga ever written. Pattabhi Jois, an Indian yoga teacher and Sanskrit scholar who developed and popularized the Vinyāsa style of yoga referred to as Ashtanga Yoga, also came to Encinitas and taught ashtanga yoga to many yogis. This is how ashtanga yoga first came to the US.

Being around all of this Yoga history, I started practicing yoga when I was 13. It was very popular in my town. My love continued to grow for yoga throughout the years. When I was 19, I decided to get my 200 hour RYT certification at my favorite place to practice in Encinitas, Yoga Tropics. This was just a couple blocks away from Yogananda’s house, and the self realization fellowship.

I finished my teacher training at Yoga Tropics and then shortly after, I moved to Hawaii. I am here to help people feel the physical and mental benefits of yoga. My goal as an instructor is to guide people through a flow that will heal their bodies, and bring peace to their minds. I hope that my class helps students release any stress or negative thoughts that they have that day. I want people to leave my class feeling happy and healthy.

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