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Practicing yoga for 43 years, Dorian is the owner of Power Yoga Hawaii and one of the most experienced yoga instructors on Oahu. He has traveled to India three times and is starting to understand in meditation when desires or restless thoughts enter his mind, it is Maya trying to distract him from the supreme. His favorite pose is Mayurasana because it cleanses the gut like the peacock destroying the poisonous snake.
His yoga practice began 16 years ago in an attempt to fix lower back pain from sitting all day. During that time, he continued his practice and became inspired to leave his corporate lifestyle for something more fulfilling. After some years of teaching full time and living a day-to-day lifestyle, he took the next step of putting himself in a position to help younger yoga instructors and spread yoga and everything else he has learned on his journey as much as possible to the island of Oahu. His favorite yoga position is anything involving a bind or twist because you can actively feel the opening and deepening of these postures as you breathe.
Several years ago, a car accident caused a downward trajectory in Joji's life. His doctor recommended he stand on his head for 30-60 seconds everyday to heal himself through selfcare. Thus, his yoga journey began. Joji never thought he would evolve in his practice to find the stillness inside of himself or to share his practice with others. Teaching yoga is very rewarding to him now, as he gets to see the potential growth in students to challenge, empower, and be themselves in class, which can have a mirror effect to reflect their individual practice off the mat and thrive in all aspects of life. His accident has blessed him with the silver lining of being inspired to give back his experiences and the knowledge he has gained through his yogic path. Joji's favorite yoga poses are arm balances and inversions.
Geo's yoga journey started back in 2015 when he graduated college. He had an elective class that he needed to take in order to graduate and chose yoga. In 2016, he received his certification on Oahu then started promoting himself and traveling the world as an international yoga teacher. He took the opportunity to teach around the U.S., Mexico, Italy, Spain, and Morocco. Geo eventually wants to open up a retreat center - a holistic center that brings people from all over the world to teach their practices and learn from one another. His favorite pose is Shavasana because it's the most difficult pose for some and challenges people to really close their minds and silence their inner thoughts. "It's a moment when we can truly observe what is going on within us and take couple of minutes to self-reflect."
Andrew's goal as a teacher is to show up as a welcoming presence guiding students of all levels through their yoga practice. He found, and continues to find, access to self-love and liberation in his time on his mat and wishes to offer those same opportunities to any and all. Andrew strives to meet you where you are and how you show up, encouraging you to explore your space on your mat. It is with deep gratitude and humility that Andrew revels at the opportunity to welcome anybody and any body to begin and sustain their yoga practice. He brings 5 years of intensive study in alignment-based yoga, meditation, and yoga philosophy.
Scoop & Stephanie
Scoop and Steph teach Power Vinyasa & Sound Bath Shavasana. Scoop's favorite pose is Pigeon because it's a really good stretch for the overall wellness of your body. It also builds in intensity the longer you hold the posture, which adds a mental component and forces you to practice being calm and focused. Steph's favorite pose is Shavasana, arguably the most important posture. This asana allows your body to absorb all the benefits from your practice. Shavasana is a container that holds time and space for you to fully surrender and do less in a world that is constantly asking for more. Scoop and Steph met at a yoga festival on North Shore. He was a teacher's assistant at a class she signed up for, and the rest is history. They've traveled internationally teaching yoga classes and workshops. When not practicing yoga, they are a powerful husband and wife realtor team.
Lee-Ann is one of Power Yoga Hawaii's Aerial Yoga instructors. Her favorite thing to do in Aerial Yoga is planks. Moving through a plank series strengthens and works the entire body. It's also great for improving circulation, cardiovascular health, and developing focus. A year or two into teaching yoga, a friend of hers introduced her to aerial yoga. One class and she was hooked. She loved the range of motion and support that the aerial hammock offered and was amazed at the way it could make certain poses easier or harder depending on what you wanted from your practice. When Carmen Curtis, the founder of Aerial Yoga, came to town and offered her Aerial Yoga teacher training, Lee-Ann immediately signed up. She's been feeling the love in the air ever since.
Tom teaches a sweat-dripping Flex & Flow class at Power Yoga Hawaii. His favorite pose is Uttanasana because he loves the way it stretches his lower back and lower legs. His yoga journey began 12 years ago because his hips and hamstrings were so tight due to bodybuilding. Once he felt the benefits of regular practice, he never turned back.
Ed Liu is a professional hand balancer from Hong Kong who's mission is to inspire people from all walks of life to the art of handstands. With over a decade of combined experience as a fitness trainer and a yoga teacher, one of Ed's main strengths is being able to communicate in the language that students from different backgrounds can understand. Ed's classes are very technique-oriented and focus on the fine details of the practice, rather than relying heavily on brute strength. Through the practice of hand balancing, Ed had gained more body awareness, the mind's connection to his movements, and self discipline.
(2018) RYT 200 with Lawrence Pradhan "Upeksha Yoga"
Hand Balance mentorship with Andrey Moraru
After completing her Yoga Teacher Training at Power Yoga Hawaii in 2013, the opportunity to share and teach at the studio opened with a spot every Saturday morning at 6:30 am. Being a lifetime student of yoga and sharing with others reminds her of the importance of mindfulness and being present. She still has moments where she thrives on the endorphin rush since it is a part of who she is, but unlike the "old" her, she balances with yoga. This is what she incorporates in her Power Vinyasa flows - the duality of moving meditation. Class begins at an easy pace, cleansing your mind from all the "busy-ness" of the work week and builds your life force breath work. The pace varies, but she ensures you get a strong core workout and experience various postures that ultimately can help achieve balance.
Nicole is one of Power Yoga Hawaii's Aerial Yoga instructors. Her favorite pose on the mat is cobra pose, and her favorite pose in aerial is mermaid. She has been doing mat yoga for 15 years and was obsessed. Mainly with taking yoga photos in lots of strange places like in the halls of her college or through her travels in California. It wasn't until she moved to D.C. that she discovered aerial yoga. Nicole is a huge inspiration and her teaching style is largely due to her fun and playful attitude.
Paul started his physical practice of yoga in August of 2014. He then began learning acro yoga in 2015 at Power Yoga Hawaii classes and jams around the island. He has also attended multiple acro yoga international immersions and workshops through the west coast in order to hone his skills. Paul went through his teacher training in March of 2018 and started teaching our acro yoga class shortly thereafter.
Yuka was born and raised in Fukushima, Japan. Her first yoga class was in Hawaiin in 2013. Since then, Yuka has been practicing many different genres of yoga. In 2018, she earned her 200RYT with Coco Zhang and completed a teacher training course on Thai Yoga Massage. She is a licensed Hammock Yoga (Aerial Yoga) instructor and available for private lessons for anyone who is new to their journey and may not be comfortable going to a yoga studio for their first time. Yuka wants to share her knowledge and experience with people from around the world.
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