Nadia's decade-long yoga journey began as a quest to get back to taking care of herself and feeling good after having her two children, Kennedy (17) and Carson (14). Yoga made her feel strong, challenged and excited to reach new potentials- physically, mentally, and spiritually. As her passion grew, so did her drive and desire to share the benefits of the yogic connection with EVERYONE she knew, thus, teaching seemed the natural next step. Through study with Ali Valdez and Baron Baptiste, inspiration from her yogic bloodlines, and an amazing community of students who keep the passion alive, she is honored to share her personal insights and love of music in her high-energy classes.
Nadia has enjoyed training other local instructors through her personally created program (RYS200) and is honored to help grow the involvement of local youth athletes with yoga as a forum for building strength, injury prevention, and body awareness. As as the owner / founder of iYOGA hot studios, Nadia continues to serve the Bonney Lake and Lake Tapps community as an instructor and makes it her mission to offer the best yoga studio experience in the area, through community connection and the warmth of a friendly environment.
I began practicing yoga in 2000. At the time, I was competing in triathlons and struggling with some chronic injuries, throwbacks to my years as a swimmer. My coach recommended I try yoga. I fell in love. I don’t think I knew at the time that something was missing in my life, but yoga filled it anyway. I poured myself into the teachings of Iyengar and relished in the detailed alignment of the practice. For years, I resisted becoming a teacher because I was so protective of my practice, but as I’ve grown a - ahem - smidge older, the desire to share the great joy that yoga has given me has grown as well, and I decided to do it.
I practice with a very light heart and if there’s one thing I my hope my students gain from me, it’s exactly that. Yoga can be fun and playful. As someone who has lived with back injuries, my classes have a clear focus on sound alignment. I offer modifications for new students and often times, multiple variations to increase challenge and intensity for more experienced students. All levels of students are welcomed to my classes.
When I’m not on the mat, I’m working as a web designer and doing my favorite thing in the world: spending time with my husband, Wayne, our two sons, Zach and Cole and our dogs, Christie and Cinnamon.
San Diego Native, Andre, initially was drawn to yogas physicality. Coming from a background of playing competitive sports from a young age, he was ready and accepted the physical challenges yoga had presented him. Soon after pursuing a regular yoga practice, he began to understand the struggle to balance competitive drive with respect for the body’s limits. Before long, he found peace, clarity, and stillness in his practice and is intrigued by the mind-body connection yoga has to offer. He believes yoga has a way of giving you what you want, but at the same time also what you need.
His style welcomes beginner and intermediate practitioners, offering challenges to those seeking to advance their practice. During class he focuses on proper alignment and mindfully syncing breathe with movement through creative flow and transition. His intention is to express his passion and gratitude for yoga and inspire the same in his students
"I hope you live a life you're proud of. If you find that you are not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again." - F. Scott Fitzgerald
I believe that everything happens for a reason and therefore my Yoga journey began in 2007. At that time, I was not living a life I was proud of. But, I was about to do something that would impact every thread of my life. I tried a Yoga class. I had a strong athletic background, sharp body awareness from a decade in the martial arts and a love for anatomy from years of being an EMT. Despite my chronic inflexibility, Yoga felt like home. I was hooked.
After a few loyal years on my mat, I completed the 200 Hour Teacher Training at Be Luminous Yoga in Seattle. Since then, I've taught over 800 active Flow and passive Yin classes. My Flow class will warm you from the inside out while tapping into the power of your breath. I play good music and tell bad jokes. This class is wonderful for building endurance and strength. Meanwhile, my Yin class will stretch the complex web of your connective tissues. Here, we focus on mindfulness along with practice withdrawing the senses and concentrating. You will leave feeling rested, relaxed and this is a great class to improve your flexibility and range of motion.
I now live a life I am proud of. Yoga helped get me there. When I'm not at the studio you will find me on my boat. My husband, toddler and I also enjoy exploring all the wonders of the Puget Sound waters. We live aboard our vessel full-time in Tacoma's Commencement Bay, a whole other practice in mindfulness...and balance.
I am a full time Health/PE/Leadership teacher at Auburn High School, Assistant Activities/Athletics Coordinator, and Head Swim & Dive coach. Previously I was a gymnastics coach for 12 years, and most recently I was a finisher in the CDA Ironman. I have a love for sport and fitness that started as the daughter of a football coach, continued as an athlete, instructor, and trainer through college, and has evolved into finding new challenges both inside and outside of the studio as an adult.
I owned a Pilates Studio turned CrossFit gym for 9 years, and worked as a personal trainer, group ex instructor, and CrossFit coach. I have taught every class format you can imagine, starting in the 90swhere I began my career for EWU, and continued my education and experience through each new phase of the fitness industry. After disabling injuries from years of abuse to my body, I have now found Yoga as rehabilitation to my body and my mind.
For years I “did” yoga and Pilates in addition to my more vigorous fitness routines, but I never fully understood it’s depth until my body forced me to embrace it. After gaining an understanding of the postures and movements, I dove even deeper into the mind-body connections that I now practice daily. In my classes I love to tap into the depth of experience and knowledge I’ve gained over the years, and create an atmosphere of acceptance, guidance, and most of all, peace.
Michelle Thielen began studying and practicing yoga in the late 80’s while professionally dancing in Portland, Oregon where she was born and raised. Eventually the love of yoga and it’s numerous benefits led her into instructing and sharing the wonderful gift of yoga with others, but it was her passion for Christ that led her to YogaFaith- her personally created organization specializing in instructor training and community outreach.
I found Yoga in 2000 as a rehab solution to a foot surgery, thinking it was a gentle fitness activity. I soon found out there are a lot more varieties and levels of challenge available in a Yoga practice. I was hooked right away. I began with Bikram style Hot Hatha and evolved my practices to include Baptiste style Vinyasa Flow, Yin, Fusion and Core/Sculpt. I then added teaching in 2012. I have continued with various Yoga teacher trainings, have a regular practice of my own, and study Mindfulness and Neuro-Axiology to compliment the yoga postures and keep my teaching fresh.
In my classes you can expect a hot room full of energy and variety that serves the newbie as well as the Yogi that wants 'more' side-by-side in a mixed-level practice. I believe in having fun and creating opportunity for personal growth in each practice. Together, we will explore the next edge of Mind, Body and Spirit, in our own time, to fully experience more clarity, strength, balance and joy in our lives both on and off the mat.