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Our Thoughtful and Caring Instructors

SONIA

SONIA

Owner & Founder, Certified Yoga Teacher, Certified Aerial Yoga Teacher, Certified Yin Teacher, Buti Yoga Instructor and Barre Instructor, Lightworker

“MY PASSION IS TO SPARK INNER EXPLORATION IN MY STUDENTS, AWAKEN THEIR CONNECTION TO THE TEACHER WITHIN SO THAT THEY CAN THEN SHARE THEIR BEST TO THE PEOPLE THAT MATTER TO THEM THE MOST.”

Vinyasa Flow, Aerial Yoga Flow, Restorative, Yin + Meditation, Yoga Nidra, Kundalini- Inspired Flow, Functional Movement Flow, Buti Yoga, Barre

 I found mindfulness practices including the practice of Yoga many years ago when I had a very young family, and was too “busy” to do anything. With a budding professional career in Finance and Business administration, I was an overwhelmed, stressed, high achieving, type A and a culture-shocked Asian person. I struggled and meandered my way to so many things to find my path. It only took me closer to two decades to finally feel like I sort of, kind of know what I’m doing here on Earth 🙂

I am Influenced by many inspiring teachers such as Joe Dispenza, Esther/Abraham Hicks, Carolyn Myss, Donna Eden, Anodea Judith, Tara Brach, Jack Kornfield and Jeffrey Allen to name a few and a handful of local yoga teachers. My aim is to authentically share the transformative potential of yoga, movement and daily awareness practices to my students through relatable approach of teaching. The basis of my teaching philosophy  is that every body can benefit from the practice of yoga, movement and awareness practices. All we need is to pause even just for a few minutes from the momentum of daily life.  I received my yoga teacher training certificate from Anchorage Yoga.

I teach in a way that provides full spectrum practice from setting intention, meditation, pranayama,  awareness,  incorporating easefulness and flow in everything we do.  I hold a light heart-centered space for my students to embody their own personal experiences on the mat. I feel that we take mindful practices too dang seriously that we forget to have an easeful attitude. The focus of my teachings are Conscious and Empowered Living, Energy Awareness, Guidance and Healing as well as transformative Manifestations.

I’ve always been an old soul since I was young, I believe that there’s more to life than what the eyes can see. As an introvert, reflectiveness and intuitiveness are second nature.   My affinity for self-reflection, universal truth, conciousness expansion has led me to study various forms of mindfulness practices over many years. There’s definitely a lot to learn, practice and EMBODY in this lifetime! A lifelong learner with over 3,500 hours  of formal and informal studies from different modalities over the past 14 years and an authority from embodying the teachings I learned through life experiences and teaching it to others. 

 

HEIDI

HEIDI

Yoga and Buti Yoga Instructor

Soulful Vinyasa Flow, Buti Yoga, Reiki & Yoga

Heidi has been practicing for 10 years. She owned her own successful studio in Pennsylvania and has been in Alaska for 5 years and has been teaching at Yoga Om since the doors open. Her focus is vinyasa, relaxation, and mindfulness. She also works as a massage therapist. She believes it is a privilege to work as a massage therapist and to teach Yoga as a full time career.

Heidi’s teaching style merges strength and flexibility with moving meditation. This style of mindful practice pulls her students into the present moment and encourages them to be in their bodies now. Her intentions and themes in her classes will aid you in your yogic lifestyle and path. Heidi’s teachings allow her students to sink deeper into their asana poses with long holds while remaining open and present to the energy of the subtle body. Her energy center creates a healing and supportive space that is key to a deeply connected studio practice.

Heidi comes from an Anusara background and have trained with many amazing teachers. She received her 200 hour training from Shri yoga studio in PA. Heidi also mentored with her teacher there, she also trained with Seane Corn, and Desiree Rumbaugh and Desi Springer.

Heidi has a passion for teaching an open heart class.

LEISHA

LEISHA

Aerial Yoga Instructor

Aerial Yoga Fundamentals, Aerial Flow, Aerial Fitness, Sculpt & Flow, Aerial Barre

Leisha moved from New Orleans, Lousiana in 2011. In 2013 she attended the International Sivananda Yoga Centre and graduated their Advanced Teacher Training Course. After completing her 200 hours Yoga Teacher Training, she was awarded with great honor the title Yoga Siromani. She began teaching Hatha Yoga to children at the Dome in Anchorage & Cosmic Kids Yoga in the public school system. Having 6 kids of her own she has always known her deepest passion is teaching children. In 2015 she found love of silks and was certified as an aerial yoga and fitness instructor in 2016. She loves to travel and learn. Always eager to come home and share her studies. She is also certified in kids yoga, prenatal yoga, senior citizen yoga, and sports yoga.

JENN

JENN

Yoga and Aerial Yoga Instructor

Aerial Yoga Fundamentals, Aerial Restorative

My name is Jennifer Dawkins, I have spent the majority of my life growing up and living in Alaska and I absolutely love all the nature and beauty that surrounds us every day. I thrive on being an active person and love being a part of my community.

I’ve been a small business owner in Wasilla for almost 12 years and recently completed my 200 hour yoga teacher training in Palmer, Alaska and am now a certified yoga instructor teaching yoga. Not only do I enjoy hiking, biking, skiing, snowshoeing and more but I also enjoy painting and drawing, especially during the winter months.

I am super excited to have the opportunity to share not only my love of yoga, but also this wonderful new opportunity of teaching aerial yoga.

MOLLY

MOLLY

Aerial Yoga Instructor

Aerial Yoga Flow, Aerial Barre

Molly has had a lifelong love of movement. She has an extensive background in performing arts and ballroom dance. She taught ballet for 10 years and 5 years of ballroom. Molly also studied Stott Pilates and taught Spinning and group fitness classes in the past. After becoming a mom to three boys, her health and fitness goals fell to the wayside as she put all of her energy into her family. Eventually, Molly felt like there was just something missing and set out to find herself again. This desire led her to Aerial Yoga and it was love at first flight! It has been the much-needed bridge from her past to her present. Molly has a passion to empower others to find the beauty and benefit of movement in their bodies, to take time for self-care, and to live healthy, mindful lives. Molly has recently completed teacher training for Aerial Yoga.

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