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Emma Kupu Mitchell, RYT200, Ayurvedic Educator and Sound Healer

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With over 25 years as a professional healer, Emma Kupu Mitchell is an accomplished, vibrant Energy worker, Sound Healer and Intuitive. She has an extensive background in Holistic Health ranging from Clinical Aromatherapy to Ayurveda to Meditation and Sound Healing. Her integrative, present moment approach has aided thousands of clients worldwide with truly special sessions of healing, empowerment, and purpose.

Born and raised in the countryside of England, this British native now resides in beautiful O’ahu with her Hawaiian husband and their adorable daughter Lily. Emma is very involved in the local healing arts community, and uses her thriving practice as a sacred space to support and guide other Light Workers along their respective journeys.

Emma became very interested in Yoga over 15 years ago when she studied Ayurveda and practiced it for her own personal balance, wellbeing and spiritual growth. She decided after some personal health issues in 2014,to deepen her knowledge and commit to the 200hr Vinyasa certification at Yoga Loft Hawaii. She is excited to combine yoga with meditation and her sound healing gifts to assist others in their life, health and personal spiritual growth.

Stuart Holloway, Qi Gong (Chinese Energy Yoga) and Tai Chi

 

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Stuart Holloway began practicing Qigong and Taijiquan in Anaheim, CA, in June 1993. The following year, he was certified to teach Eight Treasures Qigong for Health. Since moving to Hawaii in 2001, he has taught Qigong and Taijiquan classes in a number of locations on Oahu, contracting through the City & County of Honolulu, State of HI, YMCA of Honolulu, private corporations, the Wounded Warriors Program at Schofield Army Barracks, Oahu Veterans Center and several senior centers. In addition to Eight Treasures Qigong (32 movements), Stuart also teaches Eight Pieces of Silk Brocade (Ba Duan Jin), Zhan Zhuang (stillness meditation), Organ Cleansing Qigong (detox), Taiji Ball Qigong (solo and partner practice), and Yang Short Forms Taijiquan (10 & 16 Steps). Classes are taught from the perspective of the beginner, focusing on basic principles of breathing, inner health and healing, and subtle movement. Most of the time and attention in class are devoted to the practices of postures, stepping, balancing and relaxation for the purposes of sensing and cultivating internal energy, increasing flexibility and strength, mind/body connection and stress management/reduction.

Drew Hume – Thai Yoga Therapy

yoga-teacher-training-oahu_drew-humeAs a senior teacher and the founder of Navina, Drew has warmth and an energy that many can connect with. A passion for the human body has led him through University studies in human biology and directed him into the world of Thai yoga massage. The holistic approach that Thai massage provides, resonates strongly with Drew, as every treatment encompasses the entire body, both the physical and subtle. Creating Navina™, has allowed Drew to blend his understanding and experience from the many different facets of his life, bringing you a more well-rounded perspective of the body and this ancient practice.

Drew firmly believes that compassionate touch is an essential component of good health and well being. Thai massage can provide a deep sense of connection to others, to self and to the world at large. With his experience and knowledge of the human body from both the western and the eastern perspectives, Drew considers it a great gift to be able to share this sacred practice with you.

Building positive relationships through compassionate touch, Drew travels internationally to bring you his unique and practical blend of western physiology and intuitive practice.

Drew hopes to build greater recognition for this holistic practice within health and wellness communities by incorporating a scientific method into his course structure to compliment an intuitive approach. He aims to develop Thai Massage practitioners into Thai Yoga Therapists who have a sound understanding of the human body and of certain medical conditions. These practitioners will be able to design their treatments to accommodate any contraindications, building a safe, effective and reputable practice. Check out the website: https://www.navina.ca/

 Trish Mack, MPT, OCS, CMPT- Advanced Anatomy

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Certified Manual Physical Therapist (Level III)
Orthopedic Certified Specialist (American Physical Therapy Association)

Trish Mack received her Master of Physical Therapy from Eastern Washington University (EWU) in 1998.  She became a Board Certified Orthopedic Specialist in 2002 and a Certified Manual Physical Therapist through NAIOMT in 2005.  She has worked in the orthopedic outpatient setting in Spokane, Washington for the past 16 years and most recently at Rockwood Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine.  She  specializes in runners, triathletes and athletes of all ages and from multiple sports.  She performs gait and movement analysis to highlight biomechanical abnormalities, to identify the root of an injury, to prevent further injuries and to improve performance.  She believes is the power of an eclectic approach to the Athlete and often works with other practitioners in other fields of practice for a complete and comprehensive rehabilitation plan of care.  She has been a guest lecturer at Spokane Falls Community College Physical Therapy Assistant program, teaching the Lumbar Spine and Core curriculum, guest speaker at Gonzaga University, guest lecturer at EWU PT program and guest speaker at local symposiums.

Kelly McDaniel – Anatomy and Nutrition

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Kelly believes in a holistic approach to health and wellness and strives to share a yoga practice that can be carried off the mat and integrated into everyday life. She was first introduced to yoga in the summer of 2005 during her undergraduate studies. The heavy course load and never ending ‘To-Do’ list made the Philosophy of Yoga very appealing and she enjoyed how the asana practice was able to impart a sense of calm in the midst of chaos. Nearly 10 years later her love for yoga has only grown stronger and guiding people along their unique journey has become an integral part of her practice. Over the years she has blended her knowledge of Anatomy and Physiology, Ayurveda, Chakras, Reiki Tummo (energy work), and the Hawaiian concept of Hoʻolōkahi to create a style that nourishes the physical, subtle, and causal bodies and encourages people to cultivate harmony between the mind/body/spirit and whatever environments they encounter throughout the day.

Kelly finished her undergraduate studies with BS degrees in Kinesiology, Human Nutrition, and Dietetics, a secondary major in International Studies, a minor in Anthropology, and experience with various styles of dance including Modern, West African, Japanese Yosakoi, and Breakdancing. She went on to complete a Master’s of Science in Dietetics and Nutrition and became a Certified Exercise Physiologist through the American College of Sports Medicine. She has found a myriad of connections between her Health Science and Eastern Philosophy studies and enjoys sharing these with her classes. Her favorite asanas are spinal twists for their detoxifying qualities and backbends for their potential to open the heart center. Although she connects with various schools of thought, she resonates most with the Kundalini, Yin, & Bandha Yoga styles because of their ability to be shared with new and seasoned yogis alike.

Lauren Bosworth RYT-200 Happy Backs Yoga Certified Teacher Trainer

 

yoga-teacher-training_oahu-hawaii_lauren-bosworthLauren Bosworth has traveled throughout Asia and the Pacific Islands developing her unique blend of therapeutic alignment and restorative healing techniques.

After discovering a tumor in her femur, the experience awoke inside a mission to carry forth the kindness and healing power that yoga can offer.

Lauren completed teacher training at Yoga One, receiving a 200-hour certification in interdisciplinary styles supplemented by yoga therapy intensives. Becoming more intrigued with the anatomy of movement, she continued her studies earning her 100-hour certification for Happy Back Yoga.

She continues to practice, discover and teach therapeutic and restorative styles, Hatha and Vinyasa Flow classes, recognizing the value in all methods of yoga.

Lauren believes you should love yourself; love everything in life, because you can. Because we are all made up of the same energy; it’s what connects us all. Her classes will guide you in honoring and nourishing your body through breath and awareness.

Shara Baythavong RYT-200, Prenatal Yoga

img_4259 Shara Baythavong found a calling for yoga in 2009 when stress from her job began taking an emotional and physical toll on her life.  She began her practice at Franklin Street Yoga Center, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where she also completed her 200 hr teacher training.  After seeing and feeling the results of a dedicated practice she wanted to share the gift of yoga with others.  “I felt lighter, brighter, and my life had taken on a deeper meaning – I found a sense of grace.”Her classes will put you in touch with your truest self and give you courage to play at your edge.  Shara teaches a powerful vinyasa style class offering a physical challenge giving way to mental relaxation.  She also holds BA in Psychology and is in Oahu with her husband Bobby, and their two sons.  Life is a journey step onto your mat and enjoy the ride!