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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.
Hailey began her yoga journey about five years ago. What began as a sporadic yoga practice in high school soon evolved into an everyday passion. At first, it was the physical aspect of yoga that drew her in, but as she grew more in her practice, she became intrigued by the effects yoga had on her mental and spiritual clarity as well as physical strength. Her desire to spread the benefits of yoga to her friends and family around her influenced her to become a yoga teacher, and she recently received her 200 hour Yoga Alliance certification through Yoga Tree in San Francisco, California in January of 2015. Hailey hopes her Vinyasa classes empower the bodies and minds of her students, and provide a safe place for beginners and advanced yogis to grow and explore in their practice through a continuous flow class. She came to Hawaii in February for what was supposed to be a few months, but the island life drew her in and now she plans on finishing school here and living here for as long as she possibly can!
Nicole was born and raised in Costa Rica. When she was 20 years old her mother encouraged her to take part of a week long Astanga Yoga immersion. She fell in love with yoga and has been practicing ever since.
Nicole is certified by the Yoga Alliance and has been teaching for 9 years. Inspired by Anusara, Astanga and Bikram yoga, her Vinyasa Flow classes link breath and movement through creative sequences. The student is encouraged to explore the depth of his/her practice through an invigorating flow.
She is also a licensed psychologist and has experienced the benefits of a mind-body connection for psychological wellbeing. Nicole strives to deliver a class that brings balance to the mental, emotional and physical body.
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.
Growing up in Michigan, Kat spent the majority of her childhood in dance studios and sports practices. During her college years she stayed active, however there was a void in her life where the creative mindful movement of dance had been. She moved to Hawaii in 2008 and shortly after started taking yoga classes to help balance the stress of being a student and working full time. Yoga reintroduced the love of movement into her life, and not only brings stillness, focus, and determination, but also helps to maintain the strength and flexibility needed to train as an aerialist.
Kat is an RYT-200 certified yoga instructor, teaching styles such as Vinyasa, Aerial, Yin Yoga, Restorative, and Shakti Flow. She loves challenging her students to get out of their comfort zone and find their inner and outer strength. She looks forward to sharing her light and knowledge with all her students, new and old.
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.