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Mimi VimontE-RYT 200/Owner

Mimi VimontE-RYT 200/Owner

After graduating from Central Washington University in 2008, my husband and I moved to Japan to teach English to children. There we fell in love with traveling, people, and of course teaching. We moved to Yakima winter of 2009, and were married by summer of 2010.

Moving to Yakima led me to my greatest discovery yet – HOT YOGA. A new studio had just opened and I found myself there every day, sometimes twice a day. It was my new passion and escape all in one. Time for myself and getting out of my own head helped me to be a balanced person- learning patience, discipline, and courage.

The owner, Stephanie Howard, graciously welcomed me to go through training in Hatha. After my certification, I was teaching Hatha, Fusion, Power, Sculpt, and Yin – and a year later (prenatal!) My love for teaching HOT YOGA had no end. Seeing the breakthroughs, tears, and joy from each and every student has made its mark in my heart, which is why I teach solely from the heart.

Porter was born July 2012 via C-section and wouldn’t you know it, I was back in the hot room after 2 weeks – teaching! Being in the heat helped me recover, emotionally and physically. Shortly after, my husband and I decided to take on another adventure – moving to Wenatchee to start a HOT YOGA STUDIO. I am living my dream, being a full time Mama and teacher.

Wes VimontRYT 200/Owner

Wes VimontRYT 200/Owner

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Liz D.RYT 200 – East Wenatchee

Liz D.RYT 200 – East Wenatchee

A transplant to the Wenatchee Valley in 2003 from Virginia left me with a bit of culture shock. After years of dancing, a decade of inactivity left me out of shape, and feeling my age. My Yoga journey began several years ago when my best friend from high school, Laura Kay opened her own studio, Bocas Yoga in Bocas Del Toro, Panama. She suggested I try the practice to combat the aging process, and improve my health. I struggled to build a home practice, based around tapes by Elena Brower & Tara Stiles, never finding a good fit at any studio here in Wenatchee. Laura kept encouraging me to keep practicing, and said, “That when I found the right teacher, I would just know”. Then in January 2013, the very first day beyoutiful HOT YOGA opened its doors, my partner Jim walked into the studio. He was looking for a gift for my birthday, and knew I had been searching for a studio. A brand new studio in town, bHY was new and different; he had never heard of hot Yoga after he chatted with Mimi & Wes, liked what he heard, so bought me the two week new student special. The very first one sold in fact, so I have the honor of officially being Mimi’s first student here in Wenatchee. Fate works in mysterious ways, because from my very first class, I was hooked on Hatha, Yin and Mimi’s wonderful, non judgmental, fun teaching style. I had found the teacher and practice I had been looking for! As my practice improved and my enthusiasm for both Hatha and Yin increased, Mimi suggested I enroll in teacher training, both to deepen my own practice, and seeing the potential in me to pay forward the benefits of Yoga through teaching. I completed my training 200 hour Hatha YTT certification at the Hot Spot School of Yoga, in Yakima WA, receiving my training from Mimi, Mimi’s own teacher Stephanie Howard, and Master Hatha Instructor Carlo Giorno. I began teaching at the studio in December of 2013. During a personal tragedy the Summer of 2014, I discovered meditation and the wonderful benefits it can add to not only Yoga but all aspects of life. With a love of Hatha, a passion for Yin, and inspired to lead others towards the advantages of meditation, I am so blessed to guide others in all three here at bHY. I try to give back to the community that has embraced me with free Yoga for teachers at local elementary schools. Being part of the bHY family & Central WA Kula is a honor and joy I hope I am able to pass on to my students by inspiring them in every class. Namasté.

Jenn H.Yoga Instructor – Wenatchee/East Wenatchee

Jenn H.Yoga Instructor – Wenatchee/East Wenatchee

I came to beyoutiful HOT YOGA in March of 2013 not sure of what to expect. I had a regular yoga practice, but BHY was my first HOT yoga experience. I instantly fell in love with the ambiance of the studio and Mimi’s knowledgeable guidance through each class. Suddenly I could not get enough- and 3 months later I began teaching.

Now 3 years later, yoga has become my center and balance point in life. Each class, as I step onto my mat- sometimes as the instructor yet always as a student, I am able to find acceptance, healing, and gratitude as I flow through the asanas feeling the energy shared throughout the entire studio. Yoga has truly been life changing for me in so many ways.

My hope as an instructor is to guide each student through a hour of self-care and love, as well as discovery of oneself and what one’s body and mind are truly capable of. In each class I teach, I offer modifications for all levels and abilities and hope that at the end of each practice a sense of light-heartedness and joy can be felt by all.

Kai S.Front Desk Support – East Wenatchee

Kai S.Front Desk Support – East Wenatchee

As I pondered life’s deepest questions, I was led to Yoga. Although I do not contain all the answers yet, I am searching my inner self to find peace and project love into a world full of hate–I am on the path.

Jessie C.Yoga Instructor – Wenatchee/East Wenatchee

Jessie C.Yoga Instructor – Wenatchee/East Wenatchee

A Wenatchee native, I was born and raised in this beautiful valley until 2011 when the travel bug bit. I moved to Sayulita, Mexico for four months and then set down roots in Seattle. As I look back to find the beginning of my yoga journey, I now realize that it began the moment I started breathing. From childhood on, I have loved being active and have always had a very lively spirit. I love playing sports, hiking, dancing, and working hard. I give thanks to my high school volleyball coach, who first introduced me to the world of meditation. Before high school volleyball games he would find a quiet space to lay down and lead us through different meditations. This is when my interest in conscious breathing and visualization began.

After graduating, my first quarter at Wenatchee Valley College, I enrolled in a Yoga/Pilates class. I felt an instant connection. I began attending supplemental classes at a gym in Wenatchee. Yoga made me feel happier, healthier, and more connected to myself and others. I could feel the transformation in not only my body, but in my mind and spirit. I notice the connection my happiness has to my yoga practice, it’s real. It has been eight years since my first yoga class, and my practice has been evolving and flowing with my life. I started leading yoga sessions with my friends in 2009 and eventually got the push to transition into a yoga career after the birth of my daughter, Ava, in 2012. Being pregnant not only launched my career, but also helped me go deeper into the world of prenatal/postnatal and yin yoga.

I have been to training led by Shiva Rea, who deeply influences my yogic style. She teaches a very fluid, and dance like type of vinyasa which really resonates with me. I have also trained under the YogaFit organization, which empowers “Yoga for Every Body”, which I strongly support. My yoga style is for all levels, offering modifications to accommodate every body. I believe that yoga is a healing medicine for all, and it is my deep purpose to share this gift with as many people as possible– no matter their age, weight or experience. I have been teaching in Seattle at Gold’s Gym since April 2013, and feel so grateful to have joined the team at BHY in November 2013. I am a humble yogini, with a lot to learn and a lot to share. I am honored to be a part of this time and space, and grateful to be a channel of this energy. Namasté.

Christine A.RYT 200, Aerial Instructor – Wenatchee and East Wenatchee

Christine A.RYT 200, Aerial Instructor – Wenatchee and East Wenatchee

Talking about myself and why I like to teach make me uncomfortable. That’s what I’m finding as I start this e-mail over for the millionth time…..I feel like its easy to talk about past experiences in hopes it helps someone now then it is to talk about myself in the present. I have thought of ways to get out of this too. Lol

I never set out for “thank you’s” those make me uncomfortable. My first mock class was a train wreck. I forgot my dialogue and had a break down in the back of the room pacing back and forth looking for anyway out I could take. At the time I cried. Now I laugh about it. My teachers opinion I respect very much and letting her down in my teaching (even today) worries me. With her grace, I dusted it off and I tried again.

“It’s not about you. It’s about them.” Another bit of wisdom from another one of my teachers. This leads me to where I am today as a teacher. I don’t consider myself a good teacher, an excellent teacher…..I’m just a teacher. All I do is repeat words that I’ve been taught. An accumulation of studies, research, different workshops, other teachers, certifications, education. I just formulate a sentence…the student then starts teaching me.

You see the human body, no matter your age or your physical abilities, tells a story. The human body shows life worn, life lived, life survived and surviving. Your body holds your secrets, your joys, your pain, your fears. You don’t have to speak for someone to know your hurting emotionally or physically.

I can get students to touch their toes safely but its really the student that teaches me far more about grace, kindness, humbleness, patience and perseverance on their way down.

I teach because I get to see beautiful stories unfold and blossom in front of me everyday. I get to see the human soul grow and grow and grow more everyday and its all done by the student. Not me.

The human mind, body and soul, when connected, can do some pretty amazing things.

Meghan V.RYT 200 – Spokane/North Spokane

Meghan V.RYT 200 – Spokane/North Spokane

My name is Meghan. I have been teaching Vinyasa flow and yin classes since I finished my first 200-hour training in 2013. I took my first hot yoga class in 2012 and hated it, swearing I’d never go back and that I almost died. Luckily, I stumbled into the Yoga Hot Spot while in college in Ellensburg and gave it a second chance. I have been able to call BHY my home since graduating from school and moving home. In May, I will be taking my second 200-hour training right here at BHY and will finally learn to teach Hatha! So look out for that one!

I hold a B.S. in Nutrition and am a Registered Diet Tech. I firmly believe that wellness and heath is accessible to everyone regardless of size, shape or age and hope to further my education to become a Registered Dietitian so I can work to promote this idea through nutrition and wellness counseling.

Other than yoga and nutrition, I love my cat (Beatrice, she’s amazing), walking other peoples’ dogs, jammin’ on my planner, eating and/or talking about eating and everything coffee. I like to think I am a true PNWer because I’ll wear Birkenstocks in the rain and I consider a 55-degree day to be “nice out” so long as there is some sun. I also pretend to be outdoorsy because I went on a hike one time three years ago. But in reality I tend to be kinda terrified of dirt and bugs. Working on fixing that one though.

Sarah S.RYT 200 – East Wenatchee

Sarah S.RYT 200 – East Wenatchee

I have had the pleasure of living in Wenatchee my entire life. In late 2012, after taking a hard look at my life, I decided I didn’t like where I heading and did a complete 180. I changed my eating habits, laced up my running shoes, and found my way to the gym. I ran my first 10k in May and my fist mud run in June. Running fueled my competitive side but I was missing something.

My fist HOT YOGA class in September was on a whim. I was incredibly nervous. My yoga experience was limited to DVDs in my basement and I had no clue what I was doing. I walked in with my mat, filled out my new student info, and walked in the hot room. I was instantly hooked and began teacher training a few months later.

The more I learn the more I believe 100% in the benefits of yoga. It has taught me to find peace in my chaotic life and to correct the damage of repetitive motion found in everyday living. My goal is to help others find the same love and joy in their practice that I find in mine.

Rachel M.RYT 200 – Spokane

Rachel M.RYT 200 – Spokane

Hello all! My name is Rachel McLachlan. I live here in Spokane with my husband Sean, and my 2 kids Mae (8), and Owen (6). We are a fun active family. You can often find us running, biking, hiking or at the lake. Summer is my favorite season, nature is my church, my favorite thing is going off the grid and being completely immersed in the energy of Mother Nature. Also I’m obsessed with Kombucha.

I love movement. I’ve always been active and involved in sports. Running was my first passion that calms my mind, body and soul! I choose running in 5th grade and was able to compete in college as a sprinter and jumper. Yoga is body movement passion number 2. The strength and grace through a yoga flow is a beautiful dance that I can not live without. It grounds me and strengthens my connection with my soul.

I made the decision to become a Yoga Instructor when a running injury 2 years ago stopped me in my tracks. It was the worst and best thing to ever happen to me. Sometimes the best things come from tragic events. Now I have the amazing honor of guiding all you beautiful souls through your own yoga journey!

Light & Love

Heatherann F.Front Desk Support – Spokane

Heatherann F.Front Desk Support – Spokane

More than half my life has been spent as a mom and in restaurants, but I would probably say I’m a jack of all trades. I have retired from restaurants after having a pleasure at working at and managing some of the best in town, fine tuning my high standards of service and sincerity, utilizing my need for order and organization and promoting my desire for unity and teamwork. I’ve recently revisited my yoga practice and not only has it improved my health and opened up new opportunities, I’ve also begun to take what I learn on the mat and with my tribe and apply it to the rest of my life. I have seven children ranging from ages 24 to 7, one grandson and a granddaughter on the way and of course I think they are the most compassionate, intelligent, funny, clever, creative, and beautiful people on the planet. I also have the pleasure of being Mrs. Woods, recently married to Zack Woods, phenomenal father, kind mentor, faithful supportive partner and talented artist. Together we own The Missing Piece Tattoo and Gallery in downtown Spokane, supporting a whole other “family” that we adore. Currently in between my mom duties and my pleasure working the front desk at BHY, I grow things, from herbs to veggies to fruit trees and anything else I can think of and am pursuing a certification as a Family Herbalist. I have both a degree in painting and a degree in geography with a concentration in atmospheric science, neither of which I use professionally but still plan to learn more whether in school or as life offers. My hobbies include writing, learning to play the cello, painting, reading, studying, building, playing games, an ding, geocaching and being active in the community I love.

Jill H.RYT 200 – Spokane

Jill H.RYT 200 – Spokane

Hi I am Jill. I am a Hatha yoga instructor at Beautiful Hot yoga. I am also a wife and mother to 3 boys. My husband and I have been together since we were 16 years old and married shorty after graduations from WSU. I took my first hot yoga class in 2010 and immediately felt the restorative powers the practice had to offer. On my mat I was able to find the healing and inner strength I was searching for. I knew that one day I wanted to be a yoga instructor but at the time my children were very young and going to class was what I needed the most. In 2014 my family relocated from the west side of the state to Spokane. We love living in Spokane for the fresh air, outdoor activities, the big city small town feel and most importantly the people. When BHY opened its doors and I walked in for the first time I knew I had found a home. In 2016 I wrote in my brand new planner, next to the quote “Start something today that your future self with thank you for”, -BECOME A YOGA INSTRUCTOR. That day I enrolled in teacher training and now I have the honor of teaching in the studio I love so much. I say it in each class and I truly mean it when I say that leading each student through class is a joy and and honor. I look forward every chance I get to lead. I value the friendships and connections made with the students as together we face and overcome our own obstacles both on and off the mat.

Margie G.RYT 200 – North Spokane

Margie G.RYT 200 – North Spokane

Hello, my name is Margie and I am so happy to be a part of the team at BeYoutiful HOT Yoga. I lead Vinyasa Flow classes and occasionally sub for Yin, Power and Fusion. I love creating flowing sequences that connect strength-building postures with balance and breath work. I approach yoga from an 8 Limbs perspective and like to incorporate mindfulness/meditation and sometimes the Yamas & Niyamas (ethical practices) into the classes I lead. I strive to help people find not only a “work-out” but a “work-in”. My classes are heavy on verbal cuing in an effort to keep bodies in safe alignment. I believe yoga is accessible to every person, no matter his or her physical limitations or body type.

My personal practice began when I took my first class in 1998. I dabbled with yoga over the years but 4 years ago it really clicked in for me. I was struggling through a difficult time in my life and my mat became a safe haven. For 60 minutes I could be fully connected with the breath and in my body and let go of everything outside of that room. My practice has granted me a way to shift my perspective and access a more peaceful place within myself.

My yoga teacher training is through a Yoga Alliance certified 200 hour Iyengar based program. I plan to add 300 more hours of training over the course of the next 2 years. I am interested in many different types of healing practices because I believe it is necessary in the world in which we live. I most recently attended Reiki Teacher Training and am currently a Usui Reiki Level 2 practitioner. I am learning about sound healing with singing bowls as well. I study yoga every day and know that I will forever be a student.

I hope to see you in a class soon!

Peace & Love,

Margie

Brianna W.RYT 200 – Wenatchee and East Wenatchee

Brianna W.RYT 200 – Wenatchee and East Wenatchee

I began my yoga practice in 2013 when BHY opened. I was in the tail end of my RN training program and making many personal strides to improve my health as my education in healthcare, anatomy, biology and nutrition increased. All it took was one heated Hatha class for me to fall in love. I became a regular student practicing several times a week, and after a few months of regular practice I was blown away by the positive changes. I became stronger and more limber, I shed several pounds of extra weight, my back problems went away, and as I became more in tune with my body. I found that I had more energy, and a heightened awareness of what made me feel good or bad. I also recognized a spiritual transformation, the physical awareness led to a greater overall awakening. I began to love and respect my body, feeling more at home within myself. My depression seemingly washed away, and I became much happier, feeling more at peace with myself. I became more observant and repeatedly present in my life. Naturally, I wanted to cultivate more of these benefits so when I heard about the TT program I decided to dive in. I wasn’t sure if I was going to teach, I just wanted to learn more about the sequencing and alignment, the culture of yoga, who the founders were, and how to explore this new found passion of mine further. I am forever grateful that I took the plunge to become a teacher. I now have over 200 hrs of training in Bikram style Hatha yoga, and Baptist style power/vinyasa. I am a young teacher; however, my internal fire is lit with passion and a deep desire to continue seeking education, continue reading, continue practicing, and to share the gems of the yoga world with my friends and BHYtribe. In my classes I strive to incorporate mindful movement with breath-work that can be modified for less intensity to meet the needs of a gentler practice, or more intensity for those who seek a challenge.

Taylor A.RYT 200 – Spokane/North Spokane

Taylor A.RYT 200 – Spokane/North Spokane

Taylor experiences life through her passions and relationships. Her biggest passions are art & yoga. Taylor recently earned her MFA in Arts Leadership at Seattle University where she studied how yoga & mindfulness can expand ones creativity. Taylor is excited about helping others tap into the energy and creativity of life. Yoga and art are powerful forces that allow us to feel the vitality of being human. Both yoga and art are forums to explore the duality of experience – with the power to simultaneously ground and open us, calm and invigorate us. In her yoga classes students move through mindful sequences that encourages people to discover and embody their meditative and creative states of being. She hopes every student leaves class feeling more connected in mind, body, and spirit.

Lara J.RYT 200 – Spokane

Lara J.RYT 200 – Spokane

Hi my name is Lara. I have been married for 14 years and living in Spokane for 11 years. I am a mom to two boys ages 7 and 9. I am also a singer, songwriter and recording artist. I came to yoga sick and broken down. Within months I started to see changes. My doctor took me off of my thyroid medication and I began to feel better and better. Soon I found many other benefits to yoga. Including the peace I find on my mat as well as increased athletic abilities in my HIIT style workouts. I decided I wanted more and when teacher training came around I jumped in with both feet. I wanted to share this beautiful thing that had brought so much healing to my life. I quickly realized I love teaching yoga and sharing this sacred space with others. So when I’m not singing or driving my kids all over you will most likely find me in the studio.

Gilly B.Front Desk Support / Pending RYT 200 – Spokane

Gilly B.Front Desk Support / Pending RYT 200 – Spokane

Gilly is a Spokane native and a firm believer that the Pacific Northwest is by far the best part of the country. You can’t convince her otherwise, so don’t even try. If she’s not hanging out at the studio, you can usually find her outdoors or watching YouTube game tutorials with her 10-year-old son, Mason. Gilly first stepped through the doors of BHY back in October and hasn’t looked back since. “I knew I was missing something in my life and I found it the moment I took my first class. The relationships I’ve cultivated with the staff and clients is something I’ve never experienced before and I will remain forever grateful. I couldn’t imagine a day in my life without BHY, it’s definitely a home to me.” Gilly began working as front desk support at NoSpo back in December; 5 months later she is now enrolled in Spring teacher training. Yoga has taught her the beauty of stepping out from behind your comfort zone and embracing uncertainty. In fact, Gilly has committed to trying one new activity each month in 2017. So far, she’s crossed indoor rock climbing, archery, slack lining, and Jiu Jitsu off her list. “If I could give back half of what I’ve received from BHY I’d be thrilled. This is a place where lives are changed and I’m honored to be a part of it. I must give a special thanks to Mimi, Wes, Jordan and Taylor for making this one of the most fulfilling jobs I’ve ever had. You’ve created something truly special with BHY.” Gilly likes to consider herself proof that if you can walk through the door, you can do yoga.

Courtney L.Yoga Instructor – Wenatchee

Courtney L.Yoga Instructor – Wenatchee

I am a PNW girl born and raised in Leavenworth! My hobbies are skiing, biking, hiking and Yoga! For many years I took dance lessons and studied Dance Science in college. I was first introduced to Yoga in 2009 practicing in a video store when it was closed after hours with a friend going through teacher training. In 2013 I took my first hot yoga class @BHY. I have been addicted ever since! Hot Yoga became very therapeutic and brought me great healing. In the summer of 2016, I finally started my teacher training. Yoga has greatly affected my life and helped me grow and find myself. I have a passion for the mental clarity and the self-love yoga brings to our lives. I feel very blessed to be a part of the BHY TRIBE. I am excited to be teaching so I can bless the lives of the ones I meet on the mat, just like my yoga teachers have blessed me.

Carol P.RYT 200 – Wenatchee/East Wenatchee

Carol P.RYT 200 – Wenatchee/East Wenatchee

-Mother of four…3 COLLEGE GRADUATES AND ONE ENTERING COLLEGE
-“NEVER WASTE YOUR MIND-IT IS A BEAUTIFUL THING!” Make a difference!!!
-Master’s Degree in Education
-Teacher at Eastmont High School (GO CATS!!!)
-ACE certified
-RYT Yoga Fit certified

Three thoughts that I try to live by…
“If you are having a bad day, then get out of your own way.”
“If you quit moving…you quit moving.”
“Mean people suck. ..so, be kind”

NAMASTE

Andrea H.RYT 200 – Wenatchee

Andrea H.RYT 200 – Wenatchee

My journey into yoga started in 1993 when a co-worker of mine in graduate school talked about his practice. He had practiced yoga since the 1960s and as listened to him talk, I became more curious. As an athlete my whole life (gymnastics for 9 years, cross country running, diving, triathlons, and racing as a coxswain for the UC San Diego crew) I knew the value that yoga could provide in injury prevention as well as mental focus and self-awareness. I loved to move. I loved to breathe and connect the breathe with movement and meditation. There were no yoga studios like we have today in the college town of Pullman or Moscow. Instead I grabbed VHS tapes and whatever books or magazines I could find.

I eventually purchased the Ali McGraw yoga tape and the Gaiam yoga tapes with Rodney Yee. In 2000, Bikram Yoga Tacoma opened up and I decided to give it a try (it also was the only yoga ‘studio’ in Tacoma at the time). I fell in love with hot yoga. I studied Bikram with Yohana Knoblich for a couple of years as well as Vinyasa under a teacher from Gig Harbor.

My practice has evolved since the mid-1990s, and I knew that one day I would also teach yoga to others. My family moved to Wenatchee in 2005 and I missed having a yoga community. Snowcreek Yoga in Leavenworth opened and I would drive to the studio once or twice a week to augment my practice at home. After running a number of marathons, I was seeking to keep yoga as an integral part of my life. I looked forward to Vinyasa and Relaxation yoga classes at Snowcreek: they provided a respite from hard workouts or the busy-ness of life as a full-time working mom. I even held my 40th birthday party at the studio with a group of my friends on a hot summer day! Later, when Snowcreek owner Marion Lodato asked if I would be interested in attending the teacher training practice there, with instructors Joanna Dunn, Nadege Margaria, and Liz Doyle- I knew that the time was right- and I answered with a resounding YES! I obtained my 200 RYT Certification in May of 2012 with a group of people that will always hold a special place in my heart.

I have been teaching off and on for the last 5 years in the Valley. I am a mom to two teenage girls who also love to come to yoga classes- and it’s because of them that I especially love guiding young athletes, especially swimmers, through their practice. I am so blessed to be teaching at Beyoutiful Hot Yoga. My goal as a teacher is to provide an atmosphere in the studio and in my classes that gives students a buffer from the craziness of life outside the studio, to provide inspiration and vision, and to make sure that students feel safe and accepted no matter where they are in their own yoga journey.

Lisa S.RYT 200 – Spokane

Lisa S.RYT 200 – Spokane

Lisa delivers a dynamic and playful yoga class that will get you breathing, flowing, laughing, and sweating. Also certified in hands-on assists, Lisa will help you access your deepest pose and fullest expression. Be prepared for fun a challenge!

Mackenzie P.Front Desk Support – Spokane

Mackenzie P.Front Desk Support – Spokane

Hi I’m Mackenzie, I am currently a full time student at Eastern Washington University, studying to be a Recreational Therapist. Outside of school I work front desk for BHY and nanny the kiddos of the owners of BHY; I couldn’t be luckier with the job I have right now. I live in a little apartment with my best friend and our terror of a kitten Russel. When I’m not in my little apartment studying for the next assignment or the next test I am with my family or in the studio. I began my yoga practice two years ago, shortly after the south hill location was opened in the spring of 2015. When I started my practice, I had just graduated high school, a little dazed and confused because of what was to come in the “real world”. This practice and the teachers who instruct the classes have inspired me to become a teacher as well. Beginning in September I will start the Hatha teacher training with my mom and couldn’t be more excited to go through this experience.

Lia LeinonenRYT 200 – Spokane

Lia LeinonenRYT 200 – Spokane

Originally from the small town of Ennis, Montana, Lia always appreciated the rejuvenating and healing powers of nature. “I love outdoor activities. My yoga journey began in college as a way to rehab my knee after a snowboarding injury. I needed an activity that would be good for my body but also keep my spirits up while recovering. Yoga helped me heal.” After completing a Bachelor’s degree in Music, she became a Certified Holistic Health Professional in 2012 and a Licensed Spiritual Healer in 2015.
Lia graduated from the BeYOUtiful School of Hot Yoga in April 2017 and is now teaching regularly at BHY South Hill. “Yoga is a holistic therapy; it is healing for the mind, body and spirit. It fits perfectly into any self-care practice. Every BODY benefits from the poses and Every ONE grows through the process,” says Lia. “I can honestly say that sharing this journey with others is the most wonderful part of what I do.”
When not teaching yoga, Lia can be found: camping or hiking with her husband and their two dogs, renovating their first home together, or making art in the form of flower mandalas and photography.

Kyra D.RYT 200 – East Wenatchee

Kyra D.RYT 200 – East Wenatchee

Hi my name is Kyra. I was in the first graduating class from the BSOHY – with 200 RYT in Hatha; before I became an instructor I had been practicing with BHY since the doors opened in the East Wenatchee studio. I was first drawn to yoga my sophomore year of college (which is a few decades ago) however within the last 6-7 years I really focused more on developing a consistent practice. I’m also the Studio Relations Coordinator for the BHY studios in Wenatchee.

When I’m not at the BHY studios. I might also be at my own office – I’ve been a Licensed Massage Therapist since 2003 and have my own thriving business, Arrow Massage and Wellness.

I still consider myself a newly wed, Eric and I married in 2014. Together we enjoy many outdoor adventures. We love to fish, fly fishing in particular. Eric & I also have our own company together called K&E Outfitters which is an online retail company specializing in fly fishing/outdoor gear.

But when I’m not “working” I love to travel, stateside and internationally. I’ve been very lucky to have seen many different states, countries, and have experienced different cultures. However, on our travels we fell in love with one place. So much so that we own property there – in East Cape, Baja Mexico (we’re hoping to building our dream home in 2019). It is known for it’s world class fishing but I also believe it could be THE next best yoga retreat destination. NO we don’t plan on moving down there full time…. at least not yet!!! I love to garden – my backyard is an oasis for myself, Eric, my friends and loved ones. I also have a passion for cooking probably because I LOVE to eat, and ENJOY food. I also love to golf, sup, hike and am honing my photography skills. My other LOVES are my 2 fur kiddos, a ferret Neila. She is the sweetest more lovable lil’ critter that unexpectedly came into my life. We also have a puppy dog named Ryder. He is a mini Aussie who is FULL of personality, energy and wiggles. Both go with us on our adventures traveling all over the US, and the world.

I hope and plan on continuing to grow in my instructing abilities as well as in my own yoga practice. Through out this process I look forward to seeing and meeting YOU at the BHY studios.

Danielle G.RYT 200 – Wenatchee/East Wenatchee

Danielle G.RYT 200 – Wenatchee/East Wenatchee

My name is Danielle Gunsch. I’m 28 years old, and have lived in Wenatchee for almost 4 years now. I was born & raised in Bellingham WA, and still visit home all the time. As much as I love my hometown, I fell in love with this Valley the minute I came here. I knew it was meant to be part of my story. I met my Boyfriend here, and we now have a beautiful 2 month old baby girl, Addie Mae.

I am a union electrician by trade, and have been since I was 18 years old. Construction is a passion of mine. I am very hands on, and love to build things. Along with Electricity, I also have a passion for Gardening. Growing my own food, and knowing where it all comes from, is very important to me. I try to eat healthy food to fuel my body & mind.

I am a very active person, always on the go. I love to hike, snowboard, run, bike, paddle board, and of course, yoga.

Yoga has changed my life in so many ways. When I moved to the Valley, I found BHY. I fell in love with the studio, and the people that fill it. Yoga has been my calm through all the storms, and pushes me to be the best version of myself that I can be. It is the best way to heal my broken down body, and mind.

A little over a year ago, I got my 200 RYT and started teaching at the BHY studios. Becoming a yoga instructor changed my entire outlook on yoga. There is so much more to learn & discover. I have only seen the tip of the iceberg. My goal is to get my 500 RYT within the next few years.

I know wherever my journey takes me, yoga will always be a part of it. I am so grateful to have my yoga practice, and to be able to share my knowledge with others. Watching students learn & grow is such a beautiful blessing. I’m thankful to be a part of it all.

Namaste ❤ ❤