yoga teachers Open Space Yoga Hawaii
Yoga TeachersMary Bastien began her yoga practice in 1997 in Venice, CA. She completed her first teacher training with Shiva Rea, Max Strom, and Saul David Rea. Shortly after Mary met Rod Stryker and is certified under ParaYoga She has also completed the 108 hour Immersion under Anusara Yoga with Skeeter Tichnor. In 2004 she came to Hawaii to share Tantra Hatha Yoga approach to practice and opened Open Space Yoga. Mary has studied Ayurveda with Kathryn Templeton from the Himalayan Institute and with Vamadevaji (David Frawley) & Shambhaviji. She continues her studies in Sanskrit with Dharma Widmann and has recently started studying with Dr. Paul Muller-Ortega. Mary includes most aspects of Hatha Yoga in her class including asana, mudra, mantra, kriya, yoga nidra and meditation. Her classes are suited for all levels, beginner included.
Jennifer Reuter fell in love with the yoga tradition in 1998 after receiving her first copy of the Bhagavad Gita. Being certified in the health and fitness industry since 1995, it was only natural that the passion of yogic philosophy guided her to find the passion of asana on the yoga mat. Her main influences include: Shiva Rea where she received her 500 hour training, as well as the Anusara & Pilates systems. Jennifer is currently enrolled as a senior student to Dr. Paul Muller-Ortega’s philosophical based studies of yoga, tantra and meditation. Since 2008, these in-depth studies, have highlighted the subtle and nuanced understandings of meditation and it's theory. She is dedicated to her meditative practice where she feels she can access great wisdom, love, and presence. Her classes are mind-fullness based and steeped in philosophy, flow and alignment.
Cecilia’s yoga journey began in 2000, Hamburg/Germany, where she was a Fitness and Aerobic Instructor. Fascinated by the harmonious dance between breath and movement, effort and ease, she began to immerse herself into the vast ocean of yoga. Her love for people and the desire to learn and share the ancient wisdom and its healing qualities, made the transition to teaching almost natural. She completed her first training in 2004 and began teaching in Germany and Portugal before she moved to Hawaii in 2008. In 2011 she completed her 200hr RYT with Open Space Yoga. Since 2013 she embraces a daily meditation practice and study with Dr.Paul Muller-Ortega and received her 500hr RYT in 2015 under Mary Bastien and Jennifer Reuter. She is currently attending the 500hr Ayurveda Healing Course. Cecilia considers herself a student of Life and aspires to “ride the wave of each breath, connecting to the flow of life, and celebrating each moment as a gift”.
After experiencing yoga’s ability to heal far beyond the physical body, Brenda Kwon took her love of the practice into teaching and completed her 200-hr RYT certification with Mary Bastien, Murti Hower, and Jennifer Reuter at Open Space Yoga. As she saw how yoga unearthed the best self within, she continued her journey by certifying in Amrit Yoga Nidra with Kamini Desai; Restorative Yoga with Judith Lasater; and as an Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist with Kathryn Templeton from the Himalayan Institute. She also completed her 500-hr RYT with Rod Stryker. She has done workshops with youth, counselors, survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence, and ER residents, and truly believes in making yoga available for all who seek it. A published writer with a background as a Reiki Master, and with over twenty-five years of teaching writing and literature, she is committed to yoga as a lifelong journey and continues to deepen her studies with such teachers as Dharma Widmann, Leslie Kaminoff, Vasant Lad, and Robert Svaboda.
Pablo Muller was first introduced to yoga philosophy as a teenager in Buenos Aires, Argentina, He was reintroduced to the practice in 1998 when he attended his first meditation satsang. In 2000, he moved to an ashram in upstate New York, devoting his life to the study and practice of yoga. Pablo spent the next four years living in ashrams, where he also learned to practice and teach hatha yoga. In 2003, Pablo completed his teacher training with some of the earliest Anusara-certified instructors, Jimmie and Ruthie Bernaert. Since then, Pablo's teaching has been inspired by the Anusara methodology, as well as ancient yoga philosophy and his belief in yoga as a tool for transforming the mind, body and spirit.
Ruby is a licensed massage therapist with over 10 years of experience and formal training in deep connective tissue massage, NISA (neuromuscular integrated structural alignment), MFR (myofascial release), joint mobilizations, reflexology, and cupping therapy to name a few. She completed her first yoga teacher training in 2010, and later received her 200-hour RYT certification with Open Space Yoga. In 2013, she completed her 500-hour RYT certification with The Himalayan Institute, and is also certified as a Yoga Ayurveda Specialist with Kathryn Templeton. Her studies also include Sanskrit with Dharma Widdman. Ruby’s continual growth as a teacher, and practitioner is greatly influenced by the strong support and her ongoing studies with numerous teachers including Anatomy Yoga Educator Leslie Kaminoff, and International Nada (sound), Mantra (chanting) and Bhakti (devotion) Vocalist/Composer Gina Sala. She continues to study with senior faculty members at The Himalayan Institute including Rolf Sovik and Tantra with Pandit Rajmani Tigunait. More recently, Ruby began studying Kundalini Tantra with Dr. Vagish Shastri.
Grown and raised in Hawaii gave the gifts of nature and a mixture of cultures, customs and connectedness to the earth and people Carolyn started practicing yoga in 2007. After noticing its benefits through a steady practice she wanted to go deeper and learn more. She first participated in Open Space Yoga‘s 200 Hour Teacher Training in the fall of 2010 Certified with YogaEd K-8 grade Kids Yoga Teacher Training in 2011 and taught kids yoga in schools across Honolulu. As well as trainings in Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist with Kathryn Templeton of the Himalayan Institute and Restorative Yoga with Chanti Tacorante Perez in 2013. The Himalayan Institute 500 Hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training in 2014 and the 500 Hour Yoga Teacher Training with Open Space Yoga in 2016. Carolyn is so excited to continue learning and share what she has learned about the depths of yoga with her family, friends and students, who all in the same group!
Amanda Painter is a passionate healer, teacher and life-long student. A California native, she moved to Honolulu in 2011, and has since devoted her life to creating space for healing, expression and transformation. Her journey on the path of yoga began with dance in her teens, developing an awareness of mind-body-spirit connection. She began practicing yoga in 2008, and decided to join Open Space Yoga's teacher training in 2012, beginning her teaching career later that year. Her myriad intensive trainings since becoming a teacher include Restorative Yoga, Ayurveda, Yoga Somatics, Neelakantha Meditation and CranioSacral Therapy, forming a delightful and heart-felt fusion she calls Mana Yoga. Grounded in positive alignment physically and spiritually, her classes support the practitioner to open to the light within.
Claudia’s teaching style integrates the functional alignment, core strength, flexibility and balance of Sri T. Krishnamacharya's classical Hatha yoga lineage as well as the stimulating and creative elements of Kundalini yoga. She also incorporates the heart opening, illuminating, pure love of Bhakti yoga which celebrates life and invites grace to flow. She has extensive training in a variety of lineages, including: Hatha, Kundalini, Tantra, Bhakti, Vinyasa Krama, Zen, Yin as well as the healing science of Ayurveda.
Jaime is nurturing by her very nature. She has been teaching and studying yoga and various healing modalities since 2002, each tradition and modality seem to have imparted a particular medicine that was meant for her growth at the time, she is an E-RYT 500hr as well as an LMT (licensed massage therapist). The foundation of her teaching is rooted in the hatha yoga practices of asana, pranayama, mantra and meditation, blended with her knowledge of human anatomy and the myofasical system. She currently teaches yin, yin/yang and restorative classes, all of her classes are slow moving and therapeutic, accompanied by skilled touch. Along with teaching at Open Space, she has a private healing practiced focusing on craniosacral therapy, therapeutic massage and healing with whole foods. Deeply inspired to see people connect with the innate wisdom of their own bodies, minds and spirits she is committed to holding space for this exploration of self.
Yuko's journey began in Tokyo, Japan. She started practicing hatha yoga for exercise in 2005 while working as a midwife in a hospital in Tokyo. Her first yoga class awoke something within her and drew her into the world of yoga. She became aware that yoga is not only for the body, but also affects the mind and spirit. In 2007 she traveled to Hawaii to deepen her yoga studies and received her 200-hour Yoga Alliance certification from Rupali and Tania at Yoga Hawaii. This opportunity introduced her to Ashtanga yoga, and now she enjoys practicing this vigorous form of yoga. In 2013, she took pregnancy yoga teacher training from Brynne Caleda at Open Space Yoga, which deepened her study and instruction skill as a yoga teacher. As a midwife, Yuko is inspired to spread the benefits of yoga to pregnant and postpartum mothers, and also babies.
Soraya is a certified Sivananda, Kundalini & Yin Yoga teacher. She has taught Yoga in many countries including England, Saudi Arabia, Japan and Hawaii! Soraya is a graduate of the World Medicine Institute Hawaii with a Masters in Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine. She incorporates this healing knowledge of the body in a practical way within her yoga classes. Soraya is co-creator of and teacher at the Sacred Sound School, Hawaii. She plays the Symphonic Gong and Tibetan & Crystal bowls in her Kundalini Yoga classes. Soraya teaches Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan.
Dharma Widmann was trained by and ultimately taught with Vyaas Houston, founder of the American Sanskrit Institute and the foremost Sanskrit teacher in the United States. Dharma has been teaching Sanskrit in the United States and Europe for over 15 years.
Ye Nguyen’s first yoga class was over 15 years ago, while studying naturopathic medicine at Bastyr University. She has been teaching yoga for 10 years. She studied yoga at the Iyengar Himalayan Center in Dharmasala, India and apprenticed with Dr. Lori Kimata, midwife, naturopathic physician & yoga therapist. She has had the honor to study with Dr. Pema Dorjee, one of the Dalai Lama’s attending physicians. She is also a naturopathic physician, doula, cranio-sacral & massage therapist, surfer, lover of nature, mother of a toddler, wife, sister & daughter. She taught pregnancy yoga throughout her own pregnancy. She believes in coming from a place of her heart, no matter what she is doing. Her deepest passion is to help individuals access peace deep within themselves through yoga & meditation.
She started her yoga journey in 2004 when she moved from Israel to San Francisco, CA. Her first time on the mat sparked something in her that she is eternally grateful for…a sense of growth and freedom. Breathing deeply to connect her body, mind and spirit moved her closer to a grater understanding of self. In 2013 Tehila received her 200-hour certification from Hawaii Yoga Institute, a yoga alliance school. Tehila’s background is in Hatha, Ayurveda, Yin, Restorative, Nidra, Meditation, Pre-natal and Kids yoga. Tehila is currently enrolled in the 500-hour yoga teacher training here at Open Space Yoga.
A certified 200 hour Akhanda Yoga Teacher, who has loved Yoga since my stay in a Poona Indian Ashram as a small child. “It’s deep within my roots, and the seeds were sown…” is what I like to say, and since then, I’ve been on a yoga mat for over 20 years. It wasn’t until 2000 though, when something really shifted within me, and I’ve become much more committed to the practice of Yoga as a way of life on, and even more importantly, off the mat and into my daily life and relationships. Currently, my main focus and personal practice is Yin Yoga, with an emphasis on mindfulness and meditation, as well as incorporating the healing art of Reiki. Within my own practice, I am deeply inspired by meditation, which is teaching me to quiet the mind through the use of mindfulness and breath, as well as asana to bridge mind and body, and to a lovely Yogi and dedicated teacher, whom I’ve only met once in person several years ago, but during that one conversation, she said to me, “Have you ever heard of Yin Yoga?”….This question changed my life, and has now led me to my current teacher, Sarah Powers through Insight Yoga-A blend of Yoga, Buddhism, and Psychology.
Julie was born in California and has lived on the North Shore of Oahu since the 80s. She teaches a Hatha style Vinyasa flow yoga as well as pregnancy yoga with an emphasis on the spiritual and therapeutic aspects of mindfulness in movement. She has been interested in yoga since she was a child, and her pursuit truly took shape in 2006 after a severe spinal cord injury that left her inside a “new” body. Searching for deeper ways to find ease,function and stillness within her own chaotic form, she discovered that yoga could open those doors. In 2008 she started an intense yoga study under the instruction of Jenni Winterburn in California and eventually completed her teacher training right here on the North Shore in 2010 through True Union Yoga Teacher Training. Julie is also a practicing LMT who’s style is grounded in connecting the mind, body and spirit to a deeper state of physical and spiritual awareness through ease of mindful movement.
David had a powerful kundalini awakening in November 2011 that changed direction in his life. Kundalini Yoga helped channel that new energy as he was drawn to the yogic way of being as a remedy for modern day life. He began to integrate a yogic way of life while maintaining modern day duties and responsibilities and noticed tangible results and breaking lifelong patterns and achieving dreams. For David, it's about the experience, and he brings that experience into the classes. You never know what to expect in a Kundalini yoga class. Let those expectations go and experience the powerful transformational effects of Kundalini yoga including kriyas, breath work, chanting, and meditation.
Purnima Manghnani is an Intermediate Junior Iyengar certified teacher. She began her study and practice of Iyengar Yoga in 2007 and immediately felt its transformative potential. She has completed nearly four years of study and practice at the Mother Institute of Iyengar Yoga in Pune, India (RIMYI), where she returns annually to learn directly from the Iyengar family and assist in therapeutic classes. Purnima is a devoted student of yoga as developed by her beloved Guru, Yogacharya Sri BKS Iyengar. She is grateful to share the gift of Iyengar Yoga with others.
Paula took her first yoga class in 2008 at Yoga to the People on St. Mark’s Place in New York City, which felt to her like coming home. Since then she has become intrigued by the happiness and every other sensation that would bubble up into the surface during and after practice, and has learned to honor the experience. She considers this experience as a gift and has made it her duty to share it with as many people who are open to receive it as possible.In November 2016, she completed an additional 300 hours of training with Nicki Doane and Eddie Modestini at Maya Yoga in Maui
Jennie Lee is the author of True Yoga: Practicing with the Yoga Sutras for Happiness & Spiritual Fulfillment. An IAYT certified Yoga Therapist, Jennie has shared the healing benefits of classical yoga and meditation with hundreds of clients over the past 17 years, helping them overcome anxiety, depression, grief, post-traumatic stress, and challenging relationship dynamics. She is known for her authenticity and practicality in applying yoga philosophy to life. She is also an RYT 500 and YACEP (Continuing Education Provider) with Yoga Alliance. She leads workshops and retreats internationally and her writing has appeared in the Huffington Post, Mind Body Green, Yoga Therapy Today Magazine, Yoga Digest and more. Her coaching is available by phone and Skype internationally, and on O'ahu, where she lives with her husband and teenage son.
Abbey discovered the benefits of yoga practice in Burlington, Vermont. After moving to Honolulu, she was drawn to Open Space's variety of classes and caring community. She has since studied extensively with Chanti Tacorante-Perez in restorative yoga, completed her 200-hour teacher training with Mary Bastien and Jennifer Reuter, as well as her Ayurveda training. A long-time art educator, Abbey continues to study and share the connection between yogic practices and creativity.
After a serious car accident Rasika sustained severe spinal injuries and now found herself taking refuge in her yoga practice. She began to approach yoga asana, pranayama and meditation from a therapeutic perspective and found profound healing in these practices, which fired up her curiosity to learn more. In 2014 she completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training with Mary Bastien and Jennifer Reuter at Open Space Yoga and has been teaching ever since. Rasika also completed her 500 hour advanced yoga teacher training in Encinitas, California, and studied under teachers such as Richard Miller (iRest yoga nidra), Brian Dorfmann, Leslie Kaminoff, Nischala Joy Devi and Monique Lonner. Rasika also took a Yoga of Recovery training with Durga Leela, which focuses on treating addictions and addictive behavior with yoga and Ayurveda. Other studies include a restorative teacher training with Chanti Tacorante-Perez, a 200 hour teacher training at Veda yoga in LA under Kumi Yogini and Yoga for Mood Management with Rose Kress. Rasika continues to study with her teachers and is passionate about sharing her love for yoga. She holds a meditative space for students to find their full potential and deep inner healing.
My first contact with yoga was immediate realization. Few years after I left on a spiritual quest to India and Europe. Coming back home I embarked on a learning and practicing journey gaining understanding of energy, body and movement through Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Hatha, Movement Reeducation Dance, Restorative, Meditation, Reiki and TaiChi.
I began teaching in 2012 to share my passion and deepen my studies and investigation in Yoga. My lore through this sacred life philosophy, and thus also my teaching, focuses on the power of practice with intention and awareness, connecting with the soul, moving with patience and un-learning and re-learning life lessons through self-exploration and quiet contemplation. Building a complete practice including Asana, Pranayama, Kriya, Mantras, Bandha, Mudra and Meditation. I help students find their, flexibility, alignment, strength, inner and outer balance and serenity.
Amanda was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. She is a happy alumna of Barnard, the women's college of Columbia University, and holds a BA in Religion. One week after graduating, she discovered the North Shore of Oahu, HI, and knew that she would one day come back for good! For the next 1.5 years, Amanda worked in Manhattan doing Buying and Digital Marketing for a major luxury retailer. In October 2015, Amanda began her 200-hour Yoga teaching certification at one-of-a-kind Laughing Lotus Yoga School in Manhattan. In December 2015, she took the leap and finally returned to her heaven on earth: the North Shore-- and then came upon Open Space Yoga. She knew it was the right fit for her teaching. Amanda now teaches here at Open Space, and also teaches classes for guests of Kalani Hawaii Private Lodging (a property on the North Shore). She spends most of her class prep developing Dharma talk (opening meditation/intentions), centered around self-love and non-judgement; confidence-building (particularly female empowerment); and being honest with ourselves. Amanda's class incorporates light aromatherapy, sweet assists in savasana, and creating a nonjudgmental space for students.
Morgan Schneller was born and raised in New York. She grew up riding horses and going to the beach with her family. After graduating from Lafayette College with degrees in English and Art, she moved to Manhattan where she worked for a furniture design business. Her introduction to yoga was at a studio in New York City. She entered the class with hesitation, but from the first ॐ to the last, she knew she had found the practice her life had been missing. She moved to O’ahu in January 2014. Shortly after she began to expand her love for the practice. She attended and graduated from Hawaii School of Yoga’s 200 Hour Teacher Training and reconnected with her true nature. Morgan teaches beautifully designed yoga classes with a soulful voice, unique sequencing, and intentional adjustments. Her background in creative arts is reflected in classes that are balanced by order and expressed in creativity. She holds a nurturing space for her students to explore even the most challenging asanas with confidence and grace.
Katherine has dedicated her life and path in yoga to one that envelopes the nurturing of others, as her origins began in healthcare. Having completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2007, Katherine is experienced and specializes in intensive care, trauma and neurology. These experiences contribute to her diverse knowledge of the human body, mind and spirit, as she applies this to her daily practice of yoga. Katherine continued this discipline when she moved to the healing islands of Hawaii, where she discovered her innate love for yoga. She completed her 200-hour RYT in 2014 at Open Space Yoga Hawaii, Yin Yoga Teacher Training at Mosaic San Diego in 2016 and she is currently pursuing her 500-hour RYT at Open Space Yoga. Cultivating breath inspired movement, Katherine’s classes blend her knowledge of anatomy and therapeutics in addition to augmenting her nurturing and compassionate presence with the objective of accommodating her students’ varying approaches and needs in pursuit of yoga.
Kahea has trained in a variety of dance and qi gong forms, where her love for movement was born. Movement created a sense of joy, freedom, and lightness in her body, motivating her to share techniques with others that help them to feel more comfortable in their bodies. While living in San Francisco, she became interested in the healing arts, and became a massage therapist and Reiki Master. In 2000, her yoga practice began at Yoga Tree, SF which started her on the path to having more balance in her life. In 2009 she took her first 200-hr yoga teacher training with Mary Bastien, Murti Hower, and Jennifer Reuter at Open Space Yoga. Her passion for learning inspired her to continue her training with Max Strom (Inner Axis Yoga), Paulie Zink (Yin Yoga), Saul David Raye (Thai Yoga Massage), and Anand Mehrotra (Sattva Yoga). She is a lifelong student, and loves sharing yoga because it is a wonderful practice for self-healing. Her classes utilize breath and different yogic methods to enable people to tap into their most vibrant selves, and unleash their fullest potential.
Stephanie Keiko Kong: As a yoga educator, Stephanie started teaching firefighters, retirees & kindergarteners. Stephanie's passion for teaching, it wasn't long until she was teacher yoga to elite athletes. She is a 200RYT teacher trainer, writer, theatre actor and Sanskrit nerd. Stephanie teaches yoga in India, Japan and Hawaiʻi. She was born and raised in Wahiawā, Oʻahu.
Jenna is a holistic yoga instructor, reflecting her lifestyle off the mat. She teaches an inspirational flow that challenges you to look beyond traditional exercise and explore your energetic possibilities. Jenna creates a positive, supportive and loving environment where you’ll feel safe as your encouraged to be brave. Her motto is, if you can “breath, you can practice!” If the stars align, you may be sweetly serenaded during your savasana by Jenna playing her guitar and adding her soulful voice to the tune. When you leave this class, you will feel honored, whole-hearted, and curiously alive.
Jules has practiced yoga for over 20 years and has been teaching Kundalini Yoga since 2008. Her love for kundalini yoga was instant and never wavered! She trained with The International School of Kundalini Yoga (SKY) KRI affiliated and has completed level 1 and 2 training. She also teaches Gong Yoga, Meditation and Conscious Breath classes and workshops. Jules is a dedicated and intuitive teacher who has fully integrated her Kundalini practice into her daily life which brings an authentic and knowledgable approach to her teaching. Her passion for what she does really shines through. Her classes provide the space for authentic movement, sound and breath to merge freely with anything else that wants to join the mix! Her focus with all classes and workshops is to create the space to facilitate optimum healing and wellness in a supportive and uplifting way. She has taught extensively throughout the UK and Europe and moved to Oahu in 2015. Her website is www.manafusion.com
Sarah recently moved back to Oahu after being off island for 11 years. She is thrilled to be back!! Sarah began practicing yoga here in 2003, then later, while living on the east coast became a dedicated student of the Jivamukti style. Sarah’s gratitude for all of the teachings she received inspired her to participate in the Jivamukti teacher training in New York. Studying with the founders, David Life and Sharon Gannon, and under the rigorous and inspiring mentorship of Andrea Boyd, Sarah received her Jivamukti certification in 2011 and began teaching in San Francisco shortly thereafter. Sarah has augmented her yoga practice and teachings with the study of Sanskrit, and recently, a level 1 Reiki certification with Eric Rueben. You can look forward to chanting and personalized assists in each of her classes.