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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)
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.
200 hour RYT with the Yoga Alliance. Yoga and I found each other sporadically. It was in the spur of a moment in my teenage years when I took my first class and has been committed ever since. I practice yoga as I do my life. The mat is a clean slate where all the clutter is left behind. It becomes a new destination where I am open to anything, where the breath guides oneself through the exploration of movement. My focus is to share this space with students. A space where they can explore their limitations, go beyond them and make their practice a place where they can be. In the universe all is vast and open to exploration.
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 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.
Valerie teaches power, vinyasa, core and restorative yoga, and helps manage the studio. She grew up on various islands in the Caribbean and Hawaii, and eventually found her way to a meditation practice while attending Skidmore College in upstate New York. She began practicing Bikram Yoga two years later. Initially it was the intensity of the physical practice that hooked her (and the heated room during those awful upstate NY winters); but when she began a stressful full-time job in PR in New York City a year later, yoga became her respite. She switched to vinyasa and discovered first-hand that yoga reconnects the mind, body and spirit, in a way that no other practice is able to.Two years later, Valerie decided to quit her job and instead devote her time to helping herself and others on a more healthy, holistic path. En route back home to Hawaii, she became a 200-hour RYT through North East Power Yoga in Rhode Island, studying in the Baptiste Power Yoga style. She now shares about living a balanced life (through yoga, travel, books, food, and essential oils) on her blog, ValerieBrett.com. Valerie is a Brand Ambassador for Lily Lotus; a FitFluential Ambassador; and a Doterra Wellness Advocate.
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.
Erin started her lifelong yoga journey in 2005, while she was living in Southeast Asia. Upon taking a few classes, she realized that—while practicing yoga—she was able to quiet her mind. She fell in love and never looked back.
As an active member of the complementary health community, Erin traveled to the remote town of Rishikesh, India, to earn her Yoga Alliance 200-Hour Teacher Certification.
In addition to leading her own yoga classes, Erin is a practicing herbalist, a homeopath and an avid gardener. Yoga is an integral part of her health and wellness practice: My Intrinsic Wellness.
Her classes center on building the mind-body connection and honoring the spirit within.
Katie’s favorite personal mantra is “I opened two gifts this morning—my eyes.” This mantra fits Katie to a tee. She believes that true awakening comes from practicing positivity in every moment of your life, empowering yourself, and treating life as a gift, from the moment you wake up. Katie invites you to embrace your most authentic life, one in which you are true to yourself and kind and open to everyone who crosses your path. Katie’s yoga practice is not built upon just coming to a class; Katie desires to meet you where you are in your life even if you’ve never done a single yoga movement. Yoga is for everybody.
Katie found yoga a few years ago when she moved to Oahu after a difficult time in her life, and found that it helped her heal, breathe again, laugh, smile, and love. Katie is a 200 hour RYT with the Yoga Alliance and received her training through the Hawaii Yoga Institute in multi style yoga. Katie also teaches yoga to the military and keiki around the island.
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 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.
Born in Michigan—moved to Oahu almost 2 years ago because my first love has always been the ocean. I took my first yoga class about six years ago, but it wasn’t until my move to the island that I found my passion for yoga. The simplicity between calming your mind while strengthening your body is what keeps me coming back. Yoga has brought so much light and serenity into my life, I strive to bring that same light into my classes—to connect with students so they also feel empowered on and off their mats. I am a 200 hour certified yoga instructor, with an Associates degree in Liberal Arts. I plan to continue my education to become a substance abuse psychiatrist. This practice has allowed me to deepen my relationship with myself—allowing me to stay present—connecting with my breathe. I strive to bring the same sense of oneness to all of my students, creating a safe and comfortable space to practice this beautiful art of Yoga.
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.