It is a gift to have these teachers as part of our Asana family.
Josh is the main man who holds Asana together. When he’s not at the shop helping customers, ordering products, or merchandising the store, he’s mostly likely moving his body to the max. Josh’s passion for connecting to nature, and his own physical limits, have allowed him to see life in a different perspective than most. His passion for running, yoga, climbing, and cycling has given him the ability to help others in their journey too. You are in for a treat when you’re with him, his knowledge about products and body movement are not to disappoint.
Jill is a guiding light who leads by her own inspirational connection to spirit and the creative sacred forces of the divine feminine. She is known for her unique and long sequencing plus a fun, loving approach to the yogic practice. Her classes range from vigorous and playful vinyasa flow to mindful, meditative practices.
Jill has been exploring her personal path of yoga for over 10 years and has been inspiring and challenging students for the past six.
Renee offers a wellness approach that embraces the essence of who you are at your most authentic, your true self. As we gain access to our own wisdom we learn to, Walk in Beauty. Renee is a Shaman Reiki Master Healer, Inspired Mindful Yoga Instructor, Inner Child & Meditational Guide, Certified Life Coach.
As a reprogramming specialist, Renee specializes in the energetic body. She facilitates, reprograms and releases harmful behavior patterns, liberating & opening students to their full potential, and allowing for a balanced and healthy life.
Sophie has been practicing yoga and meditation since she was a child, and is inspired by nature, Taoist philosophy and energy work. Sophie is a medical sociologist and weaves in the study of health and society into her practice and teaching. Sophie is dedicated to restorative yoga, and leads deep relaxation classes that enable us to release blockages of emotional, mental, and physical tension.
Sophie received her certification in yoga teaching in 2012, along side completing a Ph.D. in medical sociology, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Her most influential teachers have been Erin Menut, Peter Francyk, and Monical Andelucci. Sophie is also attuned as a Reiki practitioner and is a student of Vipassana meditation.
Ria began yoga as a college student in Charleston, South Carolina and quickly became a dedicated practitioner. With a background in dance and a penchant for creative movement, it was the asanas that attracted her but the meditation and mindfulness practices that held her.
In 2014 she completed a 200-hour Ashtanga and Hatha Yoga teacher training in Rishikesh, India at the Association for Yoga and Meditation. She went on to teach for Arrow Heart Yoga and the Ojai Yoga Shala in southern California and it was during this time that she cultivated a daily Ashtanga practice under the mentorship of Adam Rumack. While she no longer identifies as a devout Ashtangi, her practices are certainly informed by this lineage.
Ria has worked in the field of therapy for 6+ years and brings a sense of compassion, patience, and challenge to her instruction. Her classes tend to involve holding poses for 3-5 breaths and she maintains a particular focus on alignment, informed adjustments, and practical teachings. Ria currently works as a mentor for Dragonfly Transitions and enjoys rock climbing, sleeping outside, walking up mountains, and petting her cat.
My passion is to spread the joy and life-changing benefits of yoga to students who are seeking more flexibility and balance in their lives, especially to those are older, to those who think they are not fit or flexible enough to “do” yoga, and to those students seeking a slower paced class they can feel comfortable in and keep up with.
I fell in love with yoga in my 20’s and harbored a desire to teach it, but convention won out and I spent the next 40 years toiling in the corporate world. I attended yoga classes occasionally as well as practiced on my own but in my mid-60’s as the decades rolled by, I was getting stiffer in spite of an active lifestyle and this was the push to finally make the commitment to seriously begin practicing. And I found my second home at Asana!
As I gained deeper flexibility and found sweet inner peace the flames were fanned on that deeply buried yearning and I made the commitment to realize the dream. I completed my Zen yoga teacher training through the Zenways program in early 2018 with their training focus on alignment, breathwork, and mindfulness which speaks to my own deeply held beliefs about yoga.
And to continue throwing convention to the winds, I am retiring from the corporate world as well as undertaking the precepts to formally become a Buddhist. So embrace change, be bold, follow your dreams, and live life to the fullest! Life just gets sweeter!