Yoga Instructor
  • Shoshana Cohen

    Island: Oahu

    Shoshana began a consistent physical yoga practice in 2012 and noticed positive effects immediately. Dancing (contemporary and hula) had always been an integral part of her life up until then and, initially, yoga successfully began as a replacement for the physical and mental benefits she had received through dance. However, she soon discovered that these aspects were joined by a deeper spiritual connection. As her physical practice continued to grow on the mat, it also translated to all areas of life off the mat and continues to do so with each day. After receiving her bachelors in psychology from the University of Hawaii, she decided to take the plunge with yoga teacher training, while still continuing graduate studies. Immediately after graduating from Power Yoga Hawaii’s 200-hour Teacher Training in 2015, she began teaching and made it her full-time occupation. Having grown up in Hawaii, Shoshana has a strong sense of culture and community and wishes to share her passion and practice with others. She strives to provide challenging classes in a fun and nurturing environment, while focusing on fluidity of breath and movement.

  • Sommer Dunn Elias

    Island: Oahu

    Sommer is the Founder and Principal Instructor of Bottoms Up! Sweat Social with the intention of uniting the love of fitness, craft beer, and community causes. Each social is held at a local brewery or craft libation destination. After the sweat sesh, enjoy a brew & enter to win raffle prizes donated by our community partners. As a karma yoga project, 100% of the net proceeds will be donated to a charitable cause chosen by the hosting brewery. #craft4acause Sommer lives in Honolulu and teaches Hot, Sculpt, Power, Vinyasa, Nidra, and Yin yoga styles in the area, both privately and in-studio. She received her first 200-hr certification at CorePower Yoga in 2009, training with Beth O’Reilly at the Pt. Loma studio in San Diego and has been with the company ever since. Now a Senior Instructor & Teacher Training Lead, teaching all formats at Ward & Kahala studios. Sommer is currently pursuing her 300-hr Yoga Teacher Training & 500-hr Ayurveda Healing Course with Mary Bastien & Jennifer Reuter at Open Space Yoga. Off the mat, Sommer enjoys craft beer, fine dining, and international travel with her husband, Navy Psychiatrist, Dr. Robert Elias.

  • Soraya Faris Applegate

    Island: Oahu

    Soraya is Kundalini and Hatha certified yoga instructor. Soraya teaches fun, high vibration yoga classes with symphonic gong and crystal bowls. Soraya is an acupuncturist/natural health therapist and has a clinic in Kaneohe ‘Soulistic Holistics Hawaii. Soraya has been teaching Kundalini classes with Gong Baths on the Island for 4 years. Her classes are deep, blissful and joyfilled. Each class ends with a deep relaxation with her symphonic gong! Soraya teaches New moon and Full moon classes at her home in Kaneohe. For more information about Soraya’s yoga and sound healing events, please join her facebook group ‘Kundalini, Gong, Bliss’. Soraya also teaches sound healing and holds yoga retreats.

  • Sound Alchemist, Gong Master

    Island: Oahu

    Offers Sound Therapy with the Gong, Singing Bowls & Voice. Teaches about energy healing and crystal therapy healing. Also joins forces with yoga instructors for classes called Gong Yoga – Yin, Hatha, Vinyasa, Kundalini & Mystic (it’s mystic because it changes based on the overall energy of the week!)!

  • Stacey Ava Rabut

    Island: Oahu

    Vinyasa flow, Vinyasa , Acroyoga , Aerial yoga, Trapeze yoga, Bikram yoga Stacey Rabut (Stacey) With love and gratitude, Stacey was born and raised on the island of Oahu and is happy to join the yoga community. Stacey grew up on the east side embodying the spirit of an island girl enjoying outdoor activities and especially in the performing arts. Her greatest passion was the performing arts through dance where she could manifest her creative side through hiphop, jazz, ballet, and tahitian. She discovered yoga as an outlet in 2015 as work and daily life became increasingly stressful and busy through a mutual friend and began practicing her first style – Bikram yoga. She practiced at Hot Yoga Nimitz where she developed a love for vinyasa flow, one breath to one movement. Deciding to bring her practice to the next level Stacey received her RYT-200 certification with Corepower Yoga Kailua studios under the instruction of Jennifer Collatta and Kate Lynn J in May 2016. She also received her certification for the Power Yoga Teacher Training extensions under the direction of Sarah Yo and Sarah Jayne in June 2016. Stacey enjoys the creative aspects yoga and the health benefits that stem from calming the mind, body, and soul. Her practice has extended towards vinyasa flow, stand up board paddle yoga, aerial yoga, acro yoga, and bikram yoga. As a teacher, Stacey finds the yoga practice to be rooted within its own language. Each student has a unique experience and their own form of practice. When we arrive in the present moment together as a class, we liberate ourselves and transform fear into love which is the language of yoga manifesting the human experience. Her goal is to continue to train in other styles of yoga such as prenatal and children’s yoga. Read more [...]

  • Stephanie Keiko Kong

    Island: Oahu

    Stephanie Keiko Kong is a Hawaii-based yoga educator whose teaching represents a deep synthesis of dedicated academia and booty-shaking fun. Her devotion and care (and straight-up super nerdiness) with the blissful refined sounds of Sanskrit is evident throughout her teaching. Be prepared to learn more than you expect, fall in love with your divine Self, and probably fall off your chair laughing at least once! Stephanie holds eight certifications in yoga, functional movement and energy healing. She co-leads three teacher trainings, both locally and internationally — the yogāsana teacher training program at Yoga Hawai‘i, the Shakti Flow teacher trainings, and the world’s first sound-based yoga teacher training, the “Heart of Sound.” Stephanie also performs as a vocalist in Honolulu and is an award-winning Shakespearean actor. A former mathematics teacher, she holds a degree in pedagogy and curriculum development. A major spine injury in 2004 served to turn Stephanie’s appreciation of yoga into profound respect and awe for its healing power. The discovery of sound-based practice with the Heart of Sound has evolved into a driving force for her life of service. Words about Stephanie from her RYT trainees and graduates: “Stephanie’s dedication, authenticity and gentle caring was palpable. I could feel secure just by her tone of voice that she knew what she was doing. She showed her vulnerability, brilliance, and so many sides!” “I love Stephanie’s energy! Her humor, enthusiasm, and zest… yet she balances it with a calm, cool, groundedness. I love the way the yogāsana relates to our daily themes and I am really enjoying such a different view of yoga… going from the inside out (rather than trying to achieve a “perfect” shape).” “I sooo enjoyed Stephanie’s ability to impart her knowledge of how to connect to my body. Giving me the ability to journey further Read more [...]

  • Stephanie Pearce

    Island: Oahu

    Stephanie began her yoga journey at age 20 after a serious injury limited her options of physical activity. Inspired by the transformation of her body and mind, she committed her practice to become a 200 hr RYT. Stephanie sees Yoga as so much more than a physical workout. Stephanie teaches yoga to provide tools that can compliment the way you want to live.

  • Tabitha Salomonson – 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 MindfulMovementsHi@gmail.com

  • Tehila Woosley 500RYT , RCYT

    Island: Oahu

    Tehila 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 has completed her 500-hour yoga teacher training at Open Space Yoga in November 2015.

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