Sara Beth Hawn- Owner
I started my Yoga practice when I was 13yrs old at Bellingham high school as a P.E. requirement. Even at such a young age I notice the stress relief and mental clarity that Yoga had to offer. Once the semester was over I immediately sought out classes away from the high school and became involved with the Iyengar method. My introduction to Hot Yoga was talking my mom into starting a Yoga practice. The first place she found was a Hot studio and upon returning from her first class she was hooked. I tried it with her a couple times but was convinced that the heat was bad for my asthma and decided to stick with my “regular” Yoga. Busy life took hold and I lost my practice for 2yrs, all the while my mom continued hers and had transformed into an entirely new balanced healthy person. I was convinced that if the Hot Yoga could transform her at 47 it could me at 16. I had to pep-talk and make myself go for the first 6 months. Those 90min classes, 5 to 7 times a week were hard! I had to scrounge every month to make the time and the money to go but gradually I started to experience what I witnessed my mother had. Today I am off all my medications and am asthma free. I’ve healed many bodily injuries over the years, and have been able to maintain long term overall mind-body health.
I began teaching in 2007 and have taught at studios all over the world. I managed multiple studios in the Seattle area before moving back to Bellingham in April of 2013 to open Elements. I am still very much involved at EHY and teach there along with an amazing staff of 12 teachers and my fabulous manager, Lyndz Kelly.
One piece that I love to share with ALL yoga practitioners regardless of discipline, shape, size, ability, limitations, method, status, whatever… Just stick with it! Yoga is meant to be practiced over a lifetime and it just gets better and better the more years you acquire. Your practice will have its highs and lows but it all makes life outside of the yoga room so much better!
Lyndz Kelly- Manager
Like most things in life, Yoga found me when I truly needed it the most. It was 2005 and I was 18. Searching for stability in my little world of chaos. As a child of the ocean, Yoga just made sense. The emphasis on connecting the body, and fluid movements with the breath easily translated to my understanding of tides, winds, and the power of moving water. Over the following years I immersed myself in various styles and methods including: Ashtanga, Forrest, Iyengar, Jivamukti, Yin, Vinyasa, and Hatha Yoga. I was obsessed with absorbing everything I could relating to the study and practices of this ancient science. During my senior year of college, I made the decision to pursue teaching after receiving my BA in Psychology. I have been teaching Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin, Stand Up Paddle Board (SUP) Yoga, and Ayurveda Therapy since 2010. I completed an extensive hands on assisting program (TAP) with Lisa Black in 2016.
I seek to continuously experience and provide a practice that leaves you completely orbiting yourself, not sure of what just happened but positively sure you need more. My style emerges from a playful and creative curiosity, fueled with an energizing passion for the healing, and transformative magic of a consistent yoga practice. I intend to bring a level of enthusiasm that builds your confidence and self awareness. By blending various and diverse aspects of movement, my aim is provide a solid foundation, while allowing space for every student to progress at their own pace. Music has always been a form of meditation in my life, a way to calm and organize my thoughts. Naturally, I believe in the inspirational power of music and it’s ability to deepen the practice and presence. Through presence and mindfulness arises the realization that we are capable of so much more than we think.
I came to Bellingham 2012 and have been with Elements since it’s conception in 2013, teaching Power Vinyasa, Yin and Advanced Workshops. I am honored to align myself such a skilled and compassionate staff. Sara Beth and I share a vision for our students to always feel safe, comfortable, and supported! As Manager of this studio, I strive to facilitate a place you can call home, a place where you belong, exactly as you are. Because I honestly think that every body deserves to feel this good!
I believe deeply in the transformational power of yoga and it is my greatest passion to share what I'velearned about this ancient practice. I completed a 600 hour yoga teacher training in 2009 and have sincetaught over 3,500 classes. My endless curiosity about the healing potential of the body led me to pursuean education in massage in 2016 and I am now a licensed massage therapist. To my classes I bring athorough understanding of anatomy and physiology, profound respect for the spiritual teachings ofyoga, a keen eye for alignment and an ever-deepening appreciation of the incredible healing capacity ofthe mind-body connection.
I discovered yoga a decade ago as a way to exercise and relieve stress. Since then I have witnessed my body transform and my heart open wide. With an athletic background I was drawn to power vinyasa after trying various forms of asana practice over the years. I moved to Bellingham in 2010 and felt at home in a way I had never imagined possible. Coming from Chicago I love and appreciate Bellingham’s strong sense of community and beautiful surroundings.Through my transformation and journey on the mat I felt inspired to share the gift of yoga with others and completed my 200-hour teacher training with senior Baptiste teacher Melissa Longfellow. I have completed level one and level two trainings with Baron Baptiste, and am currently working towards my 500-hour certification. I am also a certified stand up paddleboard yoga instructor, combining my love of nature and yoga on the water! My goal is to bring possibility into all of my classes, with a focus on alignment and breath, I encourage students to listen to their own intuition and have fun. My classes are powerful and compassionate, with a strong belief that yoga is accessible for everyone! Yoga asks you to show up just the way you are, without any judgments, and I believe in that whole-heartedly.
I am a 200 Hour Certified Baptiste Teacher who is passionate about bringing the practice of Baptiste yoga beyond the studio to empower the iives of everyone I work with. As a student, yoga has given me access to trust my body and the power to ehal myself both physically ad mentally. As a teacher, I bring that same intuition in movement paired with steady beat that creates an elevated meditation through movement. Peppered with a healthy dose of wisdom beyond the mat, you will leave your practice with a renewed sense of vitality and purpose. I have completed multiple Baptiste programs including Level 1 and 2 and the Art of Assissting. I completed my training with Lisa Black. I also lean into my experience in leadership, personal development and coaching to influence my teaching
My yoga journey started in 2008 with a Rodney Yee DVD that I was gifted during a rough time in my life. My longing to heal and nurture myself kept me coming back to my mat. For the first time in my life I felt a sense of independence and ownership of my body—I began to recognize that yoga created a safe space for me to explore what it was like to breathe and get to know my mind, my body, and my soul. I dipped my toes in the practice of yoga on and off for years until 2013 when I decided to dive head first into my asana practice to cultivate a greater awareness of self-love and self-awareness.In October of 2014 I headed to the Costa Rican rainforest to complete my 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training through Frog Lotus Yoga under the expert guidance of Jennifer Yarro and Jennilee Toner. My life changed while I was in Costa Rica. I felt like I woke up from a dream and began to peel back layers upon layers of anxiety, all through the practice of connecting breath with movement. A fire ignited within me, and all I was is to share that light and fire with others.My goal is to provide a practice that is challenging, playful, safe, and filled with self-love. I want people feel strong, spacious, and beautiful. I want people to know they are capable. I want people to find their light.
Zach Cuaresma began his yoga journey at the start of 2014, looking for mental clarity and a deeper connection to the self. His love for the practice blossomed as he became a 200 hr RYT, in the spring of 2015. Zach's goal through sharing the practice is to cultivate a mindful experience where students are free and safe to explore themselves and their practice. Zach focuses on uniting the breath with intentional movements to allow you to be fully present on your mat. Come with an open mind, and be ready to challenge yourself!
I have been practicing Hatha yoga with a grateful heart since 2007 and still find it to be the most surprising,rewarding and inspiring exercise / meditation system that I have ever come across The practice reduces my general level of stress and soreness, increases my flexibility, strength, and balance while providing a wonderful cardio challenge. Breath work and meditation are practiced in conjunction with the asanas making an hour on the mat the most productive hour of my day. I have been teaching since 2011 and love to share these asanas and my approach to a focused practice. Teaching has provided me with a new vantage point from which to learn and witness the effects of well directed hard work. I love new students who are willing to try and have developed many tricks and techniques to help ensure success. I hope to see you on the mat soon!
I am grateful to have been a dedicated practitioner of yoga since 2006. I began a rigorous apprenticeship with Senior level teacher ingela Abbott in 2007 and am a Certified level II Iyengar Instructor. I revel in the depth of Alignment based yoga as a vehicle for powerful and ever evolving transformation. I am also a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant and bring a knowledge base of attention to pre-existing injury and injury prevention.
I began my yoga practice when my best friend invited me to try a yoga class at Elements Hot Yoga almost 3 years ago. My first class was a Hatha yoga class, and soon afterward I became hooked on Power Vinyasa. I love the strength of body and clarity of mind that Power Vinyasa provides, and finds my most challenging opportunity in class come when maintaining breath throughout difficult postures. I became a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200) in January of 2016 through Power Yoga Academy in Bellingham. My flows are typically varied from week to week and often focus on one or two main areas of the body or a theme relevant and helpful to students in class. I would like to teach the importance of connecting body movement to breath as a moving meditation, and open the potential for each student to discover something new they never before thought possible within their own bodies. When I'm is not teaching yoga, I also works as a behavior analyst with children and adolescents on the autism spectrum and other behavioral, developmental, and neurological disorders. I enjoy snowboarding, camping, cooking, hiking, reading, traveling, and spending time outside with her husband, daughter, and two wiener dogs.
Hasina Brannen is an E-RYT 200 hour registered yoga teacher, certified to teach Power Vinyasa, Yin, and Hatha yoga. She thrives on the spirit of yoga, and the fact that a yoga practice is available to anybody, at any age, and at any stage; that it's all about the journey inward. Hasina found yoga at a time where great healing, self-care, and self-love were needed. It was through her yoga practice that she found who she truly was, and wanted dearly to spread the love and joy that she felt within herself to others. Hasina trained with Danielle Zissou, of the Open Up! Yoga Teacher Training in Seattle, and practices yoga asana, and philosophy daily.
I am dedicated to sharing the art and science of yoga with my students and community in Bellingham, Washington. I bring to the mat the knowledge and experiences I have learned as a yoga teacher and the curious exploratory sensibility of a yoga student. My approach to teaching is open, contemplative, and nurturing. I lead a practice that emphasizes strong, yet gentle, mindful body movements and breath work. I encourage my students to delve deeper into their practice as a means of developing a stronger sense of intuitive self-awareness and a positive self-image, greater balance of mind and body, and more meaningful connections to body, mind, and spirit. I teach Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa Krama, and Meditation.
Meg is a 200 RYT Yoga Instructor that has just recently started teaching classes at Elements Hot Yoga. You may have seen her working the front desk or taking a class with you during this past year and a half. Meg has been independently practicing different styles of yoga for the last 7 years in various studios around Bellingham. She received her intensive training course in the beautiful country of Costa Rica last winter in 2015. Through her training she acquired valuable skills as a Yoga Instructor including sensible flows, knowledge of body alignment in poses, and the value of creating a safe space for students on their mats. In her classes you will see she understands the importance in offering modifications to meet the needs for all levels of students. Her classes provide a positive experience for all who enter the studio from start to finish. Meg wishes for all her students to walk out of her class with a more open mind, body, and heart.
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