Tiffany Thompson

Tiffany Thompson

Tiffany’s interest in yoga began shortly after she obtained her Masters of Science degree in Psychology/Counseling in 2000. Always intrigued and influenced by philosophy and psychology, she began looking for a deeper understanding of the human psyche and in her own quest for meaning within her life. She started practicing in a Bikram Studio in California and learning about the 26 postures involved with the practice. As her postures improved, she began an interest in Power yoga and has continued to enjoy the challenge, insight and mental clarity that comes from each practice. She has found that the time she takes for her active meditation and proper breathing techniques is what truly heals her from the inside out and it became a strong desire of her’s to become a certified yoga instructor in order to share those gifts to others. Tiffany feels that yoga literally saved her life, as she discovered it after her mom passed away in 2000. She credits yoga for helping to heal her, helping her to deal with the grief and to help change her perception of the world and turn her attitude to true gratitude. She feels blessed to be a part of something so wonderful and she hopes you will take time to honor your body and find out if Yoga is life changing for you too!

Caroline Haddad

Caroline Haddad

Caroline’s yoga journey began over a decade ago while she was living in Thailand. Long fascinated with Asian philosophy and culture, her studies in raja yoga quickly led her to a Hatha asana practice that provided a much-needed reprieve from work and personal stresses in her life. After years of working in international development and witnessing some of the worst of humanity’s cruelty and suffering while in war-torn and poverty-stricken countries in the Middle East and Africa, the therapeutic benefits of yoga were profound for her mental health.
Only after coming to the Pacific Northwest did Caroline discover the joy of Vinyasa flow in a hot room. She loves the physicality of the practice, which continues to challenge her and expand her expectations of what she can achieve. This benefit of self-empowerment, in addition to the physical and mental benefits of yoga, is what she hopes to share and help others realize as an instructor. Many people have shaped Caroline’s yoga practice and teaching style, including Tracey Rich, Ganga White, Ana Forrest, Rachel Contorer, Chuck Roth, Seane Corn, Richard Miller, as well as the amazing and richly knowledgeable teaching staff at Get Zen. She feels honored and privileged to be a part of Get Zen’s wonderful yogi community!

Vanessa Estes

Vanessa Estes

Vanessa’s yoga journey began as a way to chill out after a workout at her local YMCA. It wasn’t until she was introduced to hot yoga in 2010 that she understood the true benefits and importance of breath and listening to her body. Her asana practice proved to sprout the seed of overall mind body wellness that has led her to pursue a degree in health psychology and nutrition at Bastyr University, where she is currently studying. She believes that a healthy body cannot exist without a healthy mind, and a healthy mind needs exercise and relaxation, too! Vanessa balances her time off the mat with competitive tennis, running, studying, cooking and enjoying the beautiful PNW. Vanessa completed her 200 hour RYT with Pam Granston through Niyama yoga at GZHY in October 2014 and looks forward to growing and learning her yoga practice every day. She hopes that any and all yogis will find space to love and accept themselves on and off the mat!

 
Debbie Dixon

Debbie Dixon

Debbie Dixon stumbled into her first yoga class in 1997 and the spark was almost instantaneous–love at first sight. Having studied yogic philosophy for many years before being formally introduced to the asana, she needed to experience with her own body, mind and spirit, the miracles this practice is capable of creating in ones life. And from the moment she stepped onto a yoga mat she hasn’t turned back.
Shortly after finding yoga, over twenty years ago many of her health struggles healed, pains went away, she started to eat healthier and was able to quit smoking after fourteen years as well as letting go of other unhealthy habits. Yoga has truly changed her life for the better in every way. Her yogic studies began with Ashtanga Yoga (raja, power or vinyasa are other names for this practice) and eventually she expanded into Hatha, Kundalini and Yin yoga. She began teaching ten years ago and began her own community (Seven Hot Yoga) a studio she owned and ran for close to four years. Now, she enjoys teaching all that she has learned along her journey in hopes of igniting the same spiritual, emotional and physical health in others that she has come to know.

Richard Guevara

Richard Guevara

Richard is certified to instruct and guide his students through alignment based vinyasa and restorative yoga. Richard is an avid Pacific North West overall outdoor enthusiast as well as a mountaineer, passionate climber, acroyogi, cyclist and you can count on finding him outside rain or shine. His style of yoga is smooth and favors breath over movement. He believes each movement in itself is a pose all stemming from the core. Being a former athlete that suffered multiple injuries resulting in chronic pain and he found comfort and relief through his yoga practice . He avidly believes in yoga’s ability to restore and heal the body as well as the mind. Richard loves to challenge his students and show that through practice, regardless of fitness level, that anything is possible. Richard aims to have his students leave his class energized with renewed or continued faith in their ability to find comfort and release in his sessions.

Kielie Hilliard

Kielie Hilliard

Kielie’s yoga journey started in 2011, fresh out of college with a degree in Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation. No longer playing collegiate softball, she felt a need to continue her studies of mental and physical health. This desire lead her to become a Health Coach. Working as a coach brought everything together and with deep passion she wanted to find new and enlightening ways to help get herself and others into shape. Once she entered the hot room all bets were off. After practicing for a year and a half at Get Zen Hot Yoga studio she wanted to take her love of yoga, self-discovery and passion to the next level and completed Get Zen’s RYT 200-HR Teacher Training. Her background in sports combined with her passion for health and wellness inspires the class to find their edge. Kielie wants each student to leave her class, centered, loved, sweaty and filled with gratitude.

Sarah Howbert

Sarah Howbert

Sarah loves yoga! After a hip surgery in 2009, Sarah realized the universe was telling her to slow down, and she eventually found her way to a yoga studio. From the first class, she was in love. “Yoga has changed my way of living in the world. I have peace.” Sarah enjoys teaching all styles of yoga, including power and hatha, and has a special place in her heart for kid’s yoga. “Being able to cultivate appreciation for yoga in children is one of my greatest missions in life. If they walk out of my class thinking yoga is fun, then my job is complete.” As a psychotherapist, Sarah believes yoga can be used to not only heal physically, but mentally and emotionally as well. “I try to make my classes a space where you can challenge and nurture yourself, and realize your awesomeness. Yoga has allowed me to slow down and reflect, and I hope I can share that gift with you. Namaste!”

Melissa

Melissa

Melissa’s yoga journey began in 2013, shortly after having her first baby. She was tired all the time, stressed from the pressures that came with being a new mom and having a corporate management position, and was left constantly putting her personal health at the bottom of the priority list. She had tried several forms of exercise and memberships at different gyms, and years of running had damaged her knee. After hearing a lot of positive experiences from friends about hot yoga, she came across a Groupon for GZ and figured she would give it a shot. After her first class at Get Zen she knew that she had found something she LOVED and couldn’t wait for her next hot yoga session! Within the next few months of regular practice, she felt healthier and stronger than ever, both mentally and physically. Yoga taught her about the importance of self care, being present, living with an attitude of gratitude, letting go of expectations and resentments; and through all of that it truly changed her life for the better. She immersed herself in the practice for three years and then completed her 200hr RYT training at Get Zen in 2016 after having her second baby. She is now living out her dream of practicing yoga and mindfulness with her whole family, while sharing her love and knowledge with fellow students. Melissa’s classes aim to challenge students to push themselves to their full potential, while staying 100% present, and giving gratitude for personal strength. She feels beyond blessed and grateful to share her love for yoga at the very studio where she found her passion!

 
Lainee Martija

Lainee Martija

Lainee lives her life no short or less of what ever her heart aspires. Her love for yoga blossomed in 2010, and has since deepened from teaching and inspiring others. She brings life and energy to each one of her classes!

Lainee has a background in dance; with a concentration in jazz and hip hop. She has led many individuals to regional and national competitions as their choreographer, and has been recognized for her “outstanding choreography” in a national competition in Las Vegas.

She currently operates her own personal training and meal prep and delivery company called, “Lose It With Lainee”. She is a believer in living a “healthy-fit lifestyle”, and encourages others to embrace this lifestyle by providing them with her services.

Overall, Lainee lives, loves and flows to the beat of her belief; a belief in balance and harmony obtained through a healthy-fit lifestyle and a spirit-filled heart.

Kevin Ng

Kevin Ng

Kevin started practicing Yoga as an addition to his normal workout regimen but quickly realized that the physical and mental aspects far outweighed anything he ever did before. As a result, he set forth on the journey to deepen his practice and eventually became certified as a Power Vinyasa Instructor through Yoga Alliance. In Kevin’s class you can expect to be motivated to grow both physically and mentally. From a physical aspect, he will challenge students through constant change in their practice, pushing their comfort zone, and helping them realize their maximum physical potential. From a mental perspective, Kevin is a constant motivator, helping students cultivate the mindset of champion by staying positive, present and being in control of their emotions at all times. Outside of Yoga Kevin is a music lover and strives to fuse the power of lyrics and sound to his Yoga classes at all times. He is grateful for everyone of his students and looks forward to meeting you one day!

Ali Rieger

Ali Rieger

I started practicing yoga in high school then took a 15+ year break from yoga practice. I found yoga again about 10 years ago, after needing to let go of the stress I take on from my students as a high school counselor. Starting back with Vinyasa yoga, then finding ‘hot’ Hatha about 7 years ago and for the past 2 years I added Kundalini yoga to my practice. Taking teacher training was always swirling around in the back of my thoughts during classes. The only thing stopping me from taking taking teacher training was that I didn’t look like a yoga teacher. Finally, I decided why not, it doesn’t matter what size I am, as long as I can teach, help and inspire others to find their best practice. Spring 2017, I completed my 200 RYT through Yoga Academy at GZHY. My focus of teaching is making sure I teach to everyBODY shape, size and ability in the class.

Marite Wilcher

Marite Wilcher

Marty lives life as a dance – full of grace, compassion and pizzazz.

Dance, yoga and Pilates have been a significant part of Marty’s life over the past 20 years. As a dancer, she appeared in various television, movie and stage performances, and along with her sisters performed on the TV show Star Search. Marty continues to dance today in the styles of hip hop, tap, ballet, modern and jazz. Combining her life long love of dance, yoga and Pilates, Marty created baryoga which she has been teaching since 2010.

Marty brings her passion for dance fitness to Get Zen Hot Yoga – a new and exciting fusion of HIIT training, ballet barre, yoga and Pilates.

David Wilson

David Wilson

David began practicing yoga 10 years ago as part of his marathon training. He enjoys, and is passionate about, working with students to help them tap into the endless and optimal benefits of a consistent practice. He strives to help people “be” yoga instead of “do” yoga through slow, methodical movements as well as through breath and meditation. David also teaches Yin yoga which involves deep intense stretching of the connective tissues.

Victoria Woods

Victoria Woods

Victoria is a NY native and with all the hustle and bustle had never even thought about yoga before moving to the Pacific Northwest 5 years ago. She happened to move just down the road from a hot yoga studio and decided to give it a try. She loved the challenge and how it was a forcing function to stay well hydrated! As she continued to attend classes and evolve her practice, Victoria was able to realize the great physical and mental benefits associated with a consistent practice, especially for busy working professionals tied to a desk all day. She decided to take her commitment to the next level and become a certified yoga instructor through Yoga Alliance, now teaching both Power Vinyasa and Hatha. You can expect a high energy, challenging, yet rewarding Vinyasa flow in her Power classes, coupled with motivating music. For Hatha, she likes to focus on the core postures as a way to increase flexibility, strength, and balance, while calming the mind and improving concentration.

Jeff Trudeau

Jeff Trudeau

Jeff first started doing yoga in 2005.  It was a part of his home work out routine. Doing yoga off and on for 6 years, he knew he liked it, but it wasn’t until he stepped into a yoga studio in 2011 he discovered what it meant to practice yoga. Jeff’s asana practice deepened as he began to connect with a community and all aspects of being a yogi. Cultivating focus, strength, healing, balance, and peace, he was officially hooked.
In 2013 he decided helping others with their practice was the next step in his journey.  Receiving his 200 hour RYT in March of 2014 from The Forces of Good at Fruition hot yoga ( now known as Open Up TT ). While leading a class, his main focus is to provide a safe, positive, and empowering experience.
“The great thing about yoga is when you roll up your mat, and drive away from the studio, you get to bring yoga with you.”

Jennifer Fuller

Jennifer Fuller

Jen took her first yoga class in college and quickly learned that this was a necessary new addition to her life, immediately found and signed up with the local Bikram studio. The mental focus and physical flexibility greatly elevated her racing with the University of Oregon rowing team. Over the years she has practiced several styles of yoga deepening her practice and understanding of movement and meditation.  Yoga has helped her work through several athletic injuries by creating a safe and effective setting to work on the balance of strong endurance and calm focus. Being a rower and rowing coach for several years, Jen incorporates the physical and mental benefits of yoga with her athletes any time she can. Being new to this area, the Yoga community has made her feel very welcome to Washington. She hopes to create a joyous and energetic atmosphere in class to spread the power, confidence, and courage she has found through Yoga to others.

Casey Vrla

Casey Vrla

I’ve been practicing yoga for about 4 years.
My passions lie in traveling, yoga, martial arts…pumpkin pie. “In the middle of chaos lies opportunity” – Bruce Lee

Viriya Reichersamer

Viriya Reichersamer

Viriya Reichersamer enjoys being around kids and nurturing their creativity. She has been practicing yoga for over 10 years. She is an avid runner and enjoys being outdoor, playing volleyball, traveling and spending quality time with family and friends.