Yoga & Fitness Staff

Leigh-Ann-Wolfe

Leigh Ann Wolfe, Fitness Director

Leigh Ann is a Pacific Northwest native who loves the outdoors and thrives in the mountains. She grew up playing team sports and have always been fascinated by health and fitness. It wasn’t until after overcoming her own health obstacles that she found a passion for helping others become healthier, stronger, and fitter versions of themselves. She loves giving people the tools to discover capabilities they never knew they had to succeed on their paths of self improvement.

As a mountain athlete, Leigh Ann trains hard in the gym and outside to increase durability, mental fitness, and to perform on the trails and in the mountains. She’s climbed several of North America’s tallest mountains and spends most weekends getting after it in Washington’s mountain ranges. She takes your health and fitness as seriously as she takes her own.

USAW Sports and Performance Coach, PN-1

5 Interesting Facts:

1. Despite my intensity, my humor and goofiness mimics that of a 15 year old.
2. Summitted Denali in 2015 as part of a four person all female team, The Denali Girls, who were all recipients of the American Alpine Club’s Live Your Dream Grant.
3. The mountains are my happy place.
4. I like my dog Beatrix more than most people.
5. My favorite exercises are those that test, challenge, and build mental toughness.

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Joshua VlachFitness Instructor

Conditioning and TRX Instructor: I believe the primary limiting factor in performance is movement patterns. My fitness emphasis is to recruit full body movements that will translate to overall athleticism.

I first started training eight years ago in a wilderness outdoor education setting. Since my beginning in the fitness field, I advanced my fitness knowledge with a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology and six years of personal training experience. I train, coach, and run endurance events personally enjoying competition in triathlons. Fitness and Sports have always been a way of life to me and I am continually empowered by pushing others to reach new levels of fitness.

5 Interesting Facts:

1. I taught ESL in South Korea and now have a strong affinity to eat bowls of rice
2. I dislike the physical posture of sitting and have been known to regularly dance in place
3. I enjoy races! By foot, bike, reading- Anything!
4. I love to learn, so teach me something interesting!
5. My biggest dream is to cycle around the world! (boat travel across the oceans)

 

 

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Samantha AmadorFitness Instructor

Samantha is a fitness enthusiast and Nationally Certified personal trainer, as well as being an indoor cycle, indoor row, & group fitness instructor.  She strongly believes in the necessity for an active lifestyle, encompassing a balance of all the compulsory components of fitness.

Over the years, it has given Samantha great satisfaction to pass along her existing knowledge and enthusiasm with the highest standard of service, safety and professionalism to those wanting to adopt a lifestyle of physical and mental well-being.

In addition to being an avid personal trainer and participating in all avenues of health and fitness, Samantha is in the process of acquiring a sports nutrition certification, thus further rounding out her health and fitness skill set. As a personal trainer, and group fitness instructor, Samantha enjoys mentoring her clients and members to achieve their goals of health and wholeness. Coupled with the belief that “you are stronger than you think – dig deep…PUSH”

Samantha views her profession of training / coaching / instructing as one of encouragement and empathy while encouraging her clients to push beyond what they first thought possible.

After taking her own fitness and weight loss journey, Samantha cultivated a deep love of helping others experience the sense of accomplishment and the entire life change that fitness brought to her – ‘One Body, One Life, Live like you’re in your Prime!

5 Interesting Facts:

1. I’m an amusement park adrenaline junkie (Went to Lotte World in South Korea just to do the Gyro Drop)
2. I’ve sang competitively for the majority of my life and wanted to be a Patsy Cline impersonator when I was young.
3. I’m a HUGE sci-fi, tech and bio/bio tech fiend, when it comes to the the body and what humans are able to conceptualize and make happen, I’m constantly in awe of our potential.
4. My sisters are my best friends and we all have sister tattoos (my one and only bc I had it done on my sternum/rib cage and as my first tat I’m now afraid to get anymore).
5. I grew up a military brat and have never resided in one domicile for more than 2 consecutive years in my entire life.

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Kristen

Kristen [Shaw] KloosterYoga Instructor

KrisTeaches Power Vinyasa – All Levels.

My teaching style includes inspirational themes and creative flowing sequences with opportunities to focus on breath, balance, building strength, core, and flexibility.

Has been practicing yoga 18 years, teaching yoga since 2013.

5 Interesting Facts:

1. I used to perform in waterski show pyramids
2. I lived in Australia
3. I climbed Table Mountain in South Africa
4. My family has a train car from 1901 as a beach cabin
5. I am an advanced scuba diver

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Jessica ChungYoga Instructor

Jessi teaches a Hatha Yoga class which focuses on injury recovery, alignment, and anatomical details. Each class explores asanas carefully, sequencing poses with unique movement exercises to help people understand the bio-mechanics of that asana.

She has a background in modern dance and ballet from Cornish College of the Arts and the University of Washington. Jessi is also a manual therapist and integrates her classes with tools such as self-myofascial release. She started yoga at the age of 14 and has studied with teachers from all over the globe.

5 Interesting Facts:

1. I am a teacher with Yoga Behind Bars and it has saved me in countless ways.
2. Dancing on walls is my absolute favorite. Or just dancing, really.
3. I am obsessed with my dog. He really is such a cool dog and I annoy him daily by anointing him with my undying love.
4. Greatest food weakness: tubers. “If there’s an apocalyptic situation, you will find Jessi foraging for food in the potato chip aisle…” (words of my best friend, Chris)
5. I am almost done with my prereq’s for PT school and next summer, I am taking a well-deserved vacation to somewhere far, far away from a classroom.

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Amy Hirtzel, Yoga Instructor

I teach All-levels Vinyasa. I teach a fun, approachable class that starts small, then builds intentionally toward intermediate postures. Be prepared to surprise yourself and leave class feeling refreshed and inspired.

I’ve been practicing yoga for 4 years. It started out as a weekly activity, but soon became part of my daily routine. Now I don’t go a day without stepping onto my mat.

5 Interesting Facts:

1. I love to knit and my favorite brand of yarn (yes, that’s a thing!) is Madelinetosh.
2. I jumped off a cliff at Victoria Falls. Then I climbed up and jumped off again.
3. I’m terrified of heights and definitely blacked out on that first jump.
4. I bake delicious vegan cookies almost weekly and eat most of them myself.
5. I wish I could wink properly.

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Amanda Mitchell, Yoga Instructor

I teach Hatha Yoga – During my classes, I lead you through a slow and detailed exploration and understanding of your unique body, how it moves, how to breathe…and hopefully, how to laugh.

I started practicing yoga consistently in 2012, and became a teacher in 2013.

5 Interesting Facts:

1. My roller derby career lasted for two years. They called me One Tuff Mitch.
2. I speak fluent French.
3. There are 14 piercings (or 17 extra holes) in my body, and every one of them has a cool story.
4. I have successfully climbed a rock wall exactly one time as an adult. (And, I failed climbing a rock wall exactly once as a child.)
5. Ferrets are one of my favorite things! (to be sung to the Sound of Music tune)

 

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Britta JonesYoga Instructor

I teach vinyasa classes!  I love how flow connects us first to our physical bodies, and then takes us so much further.

I have been practicing yoga for more than 12 years.

Britta first fell in love yoga when she noticed the balance it brought to her life.  For years, her mat continued to pull her back to it and she finally came to see that the physical practice had the power to connect her to the qualities and gifts that she most treasure in life – compassion, love and joy.  Today, Britta practices yoga and meditation as part of her daily life to experience these gifts and to continue to learn discipline and inspire creativity.  She loves to bring joy and humor to her classes, and sees yoga as an amazing space for people to build community.  Britta believes yoga is for everyone: every body, every age and every background, and she is passionate about the practice’s ability to transform people into the brightest versions of themselves. She truly believes yoga and meditation can make a deep impact in individual lives and in the world

I teach vinyasa yoga.  I love to bring flow to my classes, encouraging conscious breath and intentional focus.  Expect to leave feeling cleansed and ready to take on what’s next!

5 Interesting Facts:

1. I have worked as a lifeguard, a ski instructor, a TV news anchor/producer, and in the hedge fund industry.  So far, my favorite “job” is teaching yoga.
2. I love to bake.
3. I love to write.
4. I bought a house and got married on the same day.
5. I love how yoga brings me into the present and connects me with my true self and my community.

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Kat

Kat OchabovaYoga Instructor

Kat first tried yoga in 2010, she was curious what all the fuss was about. She instantly and unexpectedly fell in love with both the physical and mindful aspects of yoga, and was surprised how much her practice helped her to live a richer, simpler and more meaningful life. She wanted to deepen her practice and share the healing benefits of yoga with others, so she completed her 200-hr teacher training certification in 2013.

Kat has since then taught at many different spaces and yoga studios. In 2014, she opened up her own yoga studio in Edmonds (Satya Yoga). She ran the business and taught there for over two years. She ultimately realized that it was most fulfilling to focus on her students through her teaching.

Kat’s goal in her yoga classes is to offer a fun and accessible experience to everyone. She loves challenging her students, but it’s most important to her that anyone can find a welcome spot in her classes. She hopes that her students can take at least one learning from their yoga practice and fit it elsewhere into their lives. She loves climbing mountains and being outside, and is so excited to combine that with her love of healing with yoga.

5 Interesting Facts:

1. I climbed Mt. Rainier in the summer of 2015
2. I was born in Slovakia and emigrated here with my family when I was 6 years old.
3. I’m a graphic designer and have spent most of my career in marketing at REI.
4. I love to write.
5. I’m obsessed with being in the mountains! No place else I’d rather be.

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Jenna WalengaYoga Instructor

Jenna first found yoga as a moving meditation practice, while volunteering with the Earthchild Project in Cape Town, South Africa, in 2010, and has used her practice to find new light and ease in her life.

In 2014, Jenna completed her 200-hr teacher training from YogaWorks. YogaWorks offers a unique and practical approach that combines Vinyasa flow with an emphasis on detailed alignment and intelligent sequencing.  She weaves philosophy into her classes, and seeks to infuse each class with a sense of joy and leaves space to listen to your own body and needs.

5 Interesting Facts:

1. In the summer of 2016, I hiked from Montana (where I’d been living for the past year) back home to Washington on the Pacific Northwest Trail.
2. I climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro with my mom for Christmas of 2010.
3. I’m a holisitic health coach, called to helping women step into their power and start rocking this world.
4. I once gave away everything I owned and got a one-way ticket to Istanbul to start a European adventure.
5. I lived in Kansas for 5 years, by choice, and while I loved it there, now that I’ve found the mountains of Washington, I could never go back.

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Taylor

Taylor EasleyYoga Instructor

I teach Vinyasa yoga and focus on building strength, flexibility and balance. I have been teaching since 2014 and practicing since 2011. I practice yoga because it gives me the inspiration to grow and understand who I really am. It would be so easy to float through life aimlessly, it’s much more difficult to dig deep and really listen to your inner Self. I use yoga to channel my natural competitiveness and I embrace the millions of challenges that occur in physical posture, breath awareness and mental focus. These challenges help me to be true to myself as a practitioner, instructor, and as a part of the community. I find inspiration and excitement in the fact that I can practice yoga for my whole life and I will still be challenged every day. There is an endless potential for growth of body and mind, and I pass this inspiration on when I teach. My goal as an instructor is to help my students grow in the direction they want, whether that is physically or mentally. Yoga offers lots of opportunities for growth!

5 Interesting Facts:

1. I am addicted to traveling and I have been to 4 continents and 20 countries.
2. I love to read, especially science fiction and fantasy.
3. I swam for 10 years competitively, played volleyball for 8 years and now I am obsessed with Ultimate Frisbee.
4. I love dessert, especially cake!
5. I am a store manager at Starbucks and I have worked there for 11 years as of March 2017.

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Anna

Anna CantorYoga Instructor

Anna completed a 200 Hr Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training in 2013 and another 200 Hr course with Core Power Yoga in Seattle, WA. Coming from a dance background, she turned to Yoga to explore different ways to stretch, meditate and find harmony between body and mind. She aims to guide fun, fast paced vinyasa flow classes and loves adding a good soundtrack to her classes. Always a dancer, Anna choreographs fun and always evolving sequences in her classes, and hopes to spread the benefits of yoga to anyone who comes through the door.

5 Interesting Facts:

1. Moved to Berlin Germany in 2007, where she lived and worked for 4 years.
2. Speaks almost Fluent German
3. Born and raised in Edmonds, WA!  She is a native to the Pacific NW!
4.Traveled to 25 European Countries
5. Lives with her husband, and beloved Cat in N. Seattle, and is expecting her first baby in Aug 2017!

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Nathan

Nathan WaldvogelYoga Instructor

Nathan recently moved to Seattle in September 2016. Originally from Minneapolis, MN, He completed Teacher Training through Corepower Yoga the summer of 2013, followed by the extensions program winter 2014, Sculpt TT in Spring of 2014, followed by the extensions program summer 2014, Level 2 Power Training in Fall 2015, and Yin Yoga teacher training in December 2016. Nathan has been teaching for 5 years and has been practicing for 7. Yoga has brought him balance in life, positivity, self-love, appreciation of the present moment, a calmer mind, and intense gratitude for the yoga community.

5 Interesting Facts:

1. Love to dance. In every way possible. Music is life for me and I love to feel it in my body
2. If I could eat burgers and pizza for every meal, I would. Like every. single. meal. #noshame
3. Running is a huge passion of mine, on my 7th marathon, and hope to do Boston and an Ironman in the next 5 years
4. I age my own whiskey and make my own bitters, but wine is still one of my BFFs
5. Art plays a huge role in my life, I love to go to museums, studios, galleries, and shows. It inspires me like nothing else

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Nathalia GoroshYoga Instructor

With a background in Pilates, my yoga classes focus on training proper bio-mechanics to create strength and stability within every asana. I educate and empower my students with the right tools for intelligent movement and safety in their practice.

5 Interesting Facts:

  1. I circumnavigated the globe for my honeymoon, traveling to 19 countries
  2.  I am a Pilates instructor and co-owner/creator of Seattle Pilates Collective
  3. I am a professional natural chef
  4. I only read books pertaining to anatomy
  5. I have been rock climbing on 4 Continents

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Jennie ElliottYoga Instructor

I have been practicing yoga on and off for over 12 years.  No matter where life takes me I always have found my way back to my mat.  Almost two years ago I decided it was time to take the plunge and become a teacher, and it was one of the best decisions of my life!  I love bringing my love of yoga to others.

My classes blend music with flow to create an emotionally inspiring practice, focusing on breathing and moving with intention.  I bring special attention to noticing where you are at in any given moment, and always aim to give my students something to take with them and reflect upon after class.

5 Interesting Facts:

1. This year I’m signed up for my fifth half marathon.  It’s my goal to do one each year!
2. One of my absolute favorite things is doing a puzzle with a glass of wine in hand.
3. My fur babies – Nico the dog and Mila the cat – are pretty much my world.
4. Every chance I get I head for the mountains to go camping.
5. I love ancient history.  It’s on my bucket list to visit the pyramids in Egypt some day!