Yoga Instructor
  • Uliana Kostareva

    Island: Oahu

    Uliana (Juliana without the J) is from Russia and if you are wondering where in Russia, she is from the Ural Mountains, the geographical border between Europe and Asia. Being put through gymnastics for seven years, Uliana learned about mental and physical hardships of competitive sports and how to recognize body limitations. She appreciates that in yoga people can grow to their own ability in their own time. Uliana solely came to New York City on a work study program at the age of twenty. While working in Hawaii as a licensed medical aesthetician, she recognizes that what’s cultivated on the inside is the real beauty. In school, studying to be a nurse, Uliana finds yoga to bring balance to her busy schedule. She appreciates how yoga continues to change her body and mind and how it benefits relationships with the people around her.

  • Valerie Brett Shaindlin

    Island: Oahu

    Valerie grew up on various islands in the Caribbean and Hawaii, and eventually found her way to a meditation practice while attending Skidmore College in upstate New York. She began practicing Bikram Yoga two years later. Initially it was the intensity of the physical practice that hooked her (and the heated room during those awful upstate NY winters); but when she began a stressful full-time job in PR in New York City a year later, yoga became her respite. She switched to vinyasa and discovered first-hand that yoga reconnects the mind, body and spirit, in a way that no other practice is able to. Two years later, Valerie decided to quit her job and instead devote her time to helping herself and others on a more healthy, holistic path. En route back home to Hawaii, she became a 200-hour RYT through North East Power Yoga in Rhode Island, studying in the Baptiste Power Yoga style. She now shares about living a balanced life (through yoga, travel, books, food, and essential oils) on her blog, Valerie is an Ambassador for local brand Lily Lotus; a FitFluential Ambassador; and a Doterra Wellness Advocate.

  • Women’s Yoga Instructor

    Island: Oahu

    Women’s Yoga classes with Amy Harris Women’s Yoga is soft and intuitive. It guides us through gentle yet powerful movements that help us soften and center. Classes are combined with healing touch, meditation and poetry to nourish both body and spirit. We focus on feminine, circular movements as we breathe and ease into our core. We anchor our yoga in our wombs and start our movements with a sense of groundedness and center. This is a practice that draws inspiration from yoga, dance and ancient female knowledge to create something truly nourishing. Every class is a little different. Sometimes we share a detoxifying drink, sometimes we receive a bit of massage or healing touch, and sometimes we let poetry and mantras guide our meditation deeper.

  • Yoga Teacher Trainer

    Island: Big Island

    Molly McLaughlin, E-RYT 200, has a diverse background of yogic knowledge and practice, including Hatha, Raja, Tantra, Anusara, Vinyasa, Kundalini, and Tibetan. Her teachings are rooted in nature’s wisdom and delivered from the heart. Since 2009, Molly has been facilitating group Hatha and Vinyasa flow classes, private instruction, workshops, and retreats, at several resorts and yoga studios on the Big Island of Hawaii. Also an Ayurvedic Wellness Counselor, she applies elemental theory, therapeutic principles, and Eastern massage techniques to support the personal healing process through yoga. Molly is currently apprenticing as an Ayurvedic practitioner and bodyworker with DeAnna Batdorff in Sebastopol, CA. She gratefully continues to host wellness retreats and yoga teacher trainings in Hawaii. Molly holds a space of loving-kindness and acceptance that encourages people to show up authentically and transform on all levels.

  • Yoga Therapist

    Island: Oahu

    Tabitha is a warm and dedicated Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist and Hatha Yoga Teacher. She has been practicing yoga for 16 years, teaching for four and certified in Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy for two. After receiving a Master’s degree in Martial and Family Therapy from University of San Diego in 2011, Tabitha found herself seeking ways to bring more meaning and purpose to her work with others. She went on to take a 200hr Teacher Training at Spirit Yoga Studios where she recognized the importance of the physical body during the process of spiritual, physical and emotional healing. After this realization, she decided to seek out a more holistic approach to her therapy that would connect her knowledge of the mechanics of the body to mental patterns, and entered Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy where she became certified as a Yoga Therapist in 2015. Upon moving home to Kailua in 2016, she started Mindful Movements, a mind-body connective therapy practice. This modality seeks to empower therapy clients to become mindful of the connection between physical sensations and emotions, intuitive knowings and their relationship to life outcomes. This physical and emotional process merges touch with talk and body with mind to encourage deeper connection with oneself and clarity on how to create change in their lives. Tabitha’s innate ability and desire to help people through difficult life transitions brings depth and transformative potential to her classes and one-on-one sessions. Sessions offered: Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays. Free 15 minute consultation calls offered by appointment. 808-725-1142

  • Yoga with Krisha

    Island: Oahu

    Krisha Anne is a power yoga instructor who’s intention is to inspire and empower. You’re invited to a gracefully bold and playful power yoga flow. She encourages to let your meditative breath and heart guide your movement. Let the motion be a unique outlet that serves you and inspires others. Express what you feel in motion.

  • Yoko Fujiwara

    Island: Oahu

    Yoko Fujiwara started her yoga practice in 2003 while in the IT industry in her hometown of Tokyo, Japan. She has been teaching Ashtanga yoga since 2006 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Her ongoing daily study is with Cathy Louise Broda and Glen Butcher of Purple Yoga Hawaii. Yoko underwent a sixteen-month Mysore apprenticeship as well as a nine-month pregnancy yoga apprenticeship with Cathy Louise. Her first trip to Mysore, India was in 2008. She spent three months practicing with R. Sharath Jois and Saraswathi Rangaswamy. During that time, she also studied Sanskrit and Yoga Sutra chanting under Dr. M. A. Jayashree. Yoko’s practice extends to annual visits to Maui to see Manju Jois and Nancy Gilgoff. Yoko has gone through many life changes since she started practicing yoga, and she is continuing to develop an understanding of who she really is. Yoko affirms that her practice has evolved primarily due to the process of deep self-reflection and actively changing patterns rooted in fear, anger and insecurity.

  • Zeny Bagatsing-Ogrisseg E-RYT500

    Island: Oahu

    Zeny’s heritage includes Indian Sikh and Filipino. She has been practicing yoga formally for 18 years, and teachings for 14. Zeny is a Bhakti and Hatha Yogini. Her classes are a rich blend of dynamic and creative vinyasa, soulful Mantra, inspiring Phlosophy and serene meditation. She teaches Mantra, Kirtan, Tantra, Tibetan Yantra Yoga, Universal Yoga, Classical Hatha, Aerial Yoga, SUP Yoga, Pilates and Vinyasa in the style of Shiva Rea. She has studied Yoga, Mantra and Tantra formally in India, and is devoted to the teachings of Russill Paul (Recorning artist and Nada Yoga Guru), Bhagavan Shanmukha Natha (Tantra Yoga) and Andrey Lappa (Tibetan Tantra and Universal Yoga). She inpires her students to cultivate and express their own authentic expression of Yoga through integration of spiritually exalting Mantra, body grounding asana, and Meditation. She is owner and Director of Hawaii School of Yoga, a 200 and 500 Hour Yoga School in Oahu. She has over 14 years experience teaching Yoga in various settings including College level, Gym, Studio, schools and private homes. In her free time Zeny can often be found singing mantras, on her piano, harmonium, ukelele or the shower.

Yoga Hawaii Magazine is Hawaii's premiere publication for all things yoga in Hawaii. Yoga Hawaii magazine is a resource for yoga events in Hawaii, Hawaii's yoga studios and classes, and information about your favorite Hawaii yoga instructor. Yoga Hawaii celebrates and promotes the growth of our yoga enthusiast reader's personal and professional yoga practice. Whether you are beginning your yoga journey or far along into your practice, Yoga Hawaii Magazine creates content related to yoga culture in Hawaii that all of our readers can learn, connect and grow from.

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