Co-owner |Yoga Instructor
Co-owner |Yoga Instructor
Yoga | Pilates Instructor
I have been practicing Pilates for 12 years and yoga for 5; I am a certified personal trainer with certifications in Pilates, Yoga, Barre, TRX, RIPPED and Cycling. I’ve been teaching since 2010—I started because I wanted to overcome my fear of speaking in front of people. Then it turned into wanted to help people. Once I found yoga, it completely changed my life. In 2012 I was injured while training for the NYC Marathon. Again, yoga saved my body. I feel like with yoga I can be the best me I can be for myself and my loved ones. Vinyasa is my favorite because of the creative sequencing. I love to teach because I want to help people reach their goals—the look on someone’s face when they achieve something they never thought was possible is priceless and makes my career choice so worthwhile. My only hobby is exercise! I used to weigh 200 pounds. I know the struggles of weight loss on your body and mind. I want to share my experience with as many people as I can reach. I want people to feel strong, physically and mentally, and know that whatever the goal, it is achievable! The simple reason I teach at Elev8 — it’s a family and I love my family. Everyone who teaches and works here cares about the students and each other!
Julie began her yoga journey with a mission to heal her many sports injuries from years of competitive softball as a pitcher. Tight hamstrings and a partially frozen shoulder were a daily struggle. Trying to avoid surgery, she found the hot room. After 3 months of Hatha yoga 5-6 days a week, her shoulder issue was completely resolved, her hamstrings cooperating and the 30 pounds she lost was an additional bonus! Seeing and feeling the results herself, led her to complete two separate 200 Hour Teacher Trainings, any many specialty workshops. “Yoga has been one of the best things I have ever done and I feel privileged and honored to share it with my students.” Julie has continued the journey to health and wholeness and has lost over 60 pounds over the past five years. More importantly, she has kept the weight off and is healthier today as she approaches her 50th birthday than she was in her thirties!
Piper Hogan is the founder of Global Soul Yoga – a company that shares the blueprint of a yogic lifestyle through classes, workshops, Yoga Teacher Training programs and International Yoga Retreats. After discovering yoga in 2009 during a corporate career, her heart was pierced to not only incorporate yoga into her own life, but to become dedicated to sharing these tools of wholeness with as many people as possible. She determined to shift gears to live out her passion of sharing yoga – and fully changed careers shortly after. In the past 12 years she has aided many yoga studios to open their doors in the Pacific Northwest, certified over 400 teachers in her Registered Yoga School, and led more than 10 sold out international retreats. Moving with the times, she has also created a live online stream of daily morning classes in her 40-Day home-based led practice. Her heart is one of service and she believes in a natural abundance and inexhaustible joy and craves to share how the yogic technology and spiritual life acts as a set of tools to live in this mindset.
Nataliya is living her dream which is a life of passion for people, helping them grow physically, spiritually, and mentally. She started her Health & Wellness business in Hawaii, where she taught fitness classes, nutrition seminars and weight loss coaching. “I love my Elev8 family—this is a place where we transform together emotionally, physically and spiritually. Teaching Barre taught me to thrive in life no matter what and want to share that life passion with everyone who comes to class.” Nataliya graduated from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, one of the world’s largest nutrition schools. Nataliya is supporting clients to help make a step-by-step easily integrated food and lifestyle choice. Many people were encouraged and highly motivated through her numerous women’s conferences, detox seminars and exercise classes in Hawaii, not to mention traveling and expanding into California, Kansas, and now Washington State, where she resides today.
I am originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico. My family and I moved to Washington in March of 2020. I have been in the health and wellness industry for over 20 years and have been a certified yoga instructor for 18. I have a B.S. in Kinesiology. In addition, I am a certified personal trainer and nutrition and health.
My passion for wellness started after overcoming from an eating disorder at a young age. There was so much physical and mental stress that I put on my body that I wanted to learn what it meant to be healthy both mentally and physically during and after I was healing from this disorder.
I embarked on a journey that would help me discover the power to help others find true wellness. Yoga has been a pivotal part of not only my healing but also my everyday life. The mindfulness of movement and connection with mind and body that yoga has provided me is why I am passionate about bringing this practice to others.
I use my Kinesiology background and my 18 years as a personal trainer to create specific class flows for target specific muscle groups, as well as fostering a safe and intentional class.
I hope that I can help others find true wellness and a connection to love and appreciate the movement and strength their bodies have through yoga.
I love teaching yoga because it is conversation between hearts; it feeds my soul and nourishes my students. Yoga has strengthened my spirituality; it grounds me, challenges me, and presses me to grow. I love to teach any subject. I enjoy creating (food, crafts, etc.). I love to learn therefore I love books. I am an introvert. I was guided to teach at Elev8; an accidental phone call led to a conversation that led to teaching; Elev8 is a reflection of a community of souls that respect and love people; it feels like home.
It probably all started in the dance studio at 5 years old. I was hooked right away and went on to teach and perform all formats: ballet, jazz tap and modern, all the way through college . After college I moved to Las Vegas and danced professionally in several shows.
Then the children came……I have five amazing adult children and two beautiful grandchildren raised in several different states as my husband was military and we moved around frequently.
Along the way I discovered yoga and it brought me back to that passion for movement power and breath that keeps us all in the present moment in a healthy sustaining format. I have been teaching and training yoga students for the past fifteen years and I have learned that yoga can bring health, wellness and community no matter where I have my home.
My students in class are really my partners in breath and movement. I learn so much from each and every one. I hope to see you all in class! Namasté!
After years of practicing and teaching Bikram Yoga, I decided to enrich my practice by learning from Bikram’s teacher. I was certified in the Bishnu Ghosh lineage of yoga, where the 26+2 postures from Bikram’s extraordinary series originated.
Yoga has transformed my life. It has given me greater love and respect for my body, it has given me the practice of finding stillness- even in chaos, and it has given me a community of people who are uplifting, empowering, & supportive. My yoga practice has made me a better wife & mother, it has lifted me out of darkness (on more than one occasion), and taught me to quiet the voice in my head that tells me, “I can’t.”
I have had the great honor and opportunity to take advanced yoga training with some of the most accomplished ashtangis, all having studied personally with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, including: David Swenson (author of Ashtanga Yoga: the Practice Manual), Annie Carpenter (creator of SMART Flow®), meditation with Richard Freeman (author of The Mirror of Yoga and co-author of The Art of Vinyasa), and hands-on assisting with both Maty Ezraty and Troy Lucero. I have also had the opportunity to attend many more workshops on anatomy, meditation, yoga philosophy, and asana. I completed my advanced training with Carmen Aguilar. Additionally, I have taught many workshops on alignment, arm balancing, and handstands.
My yoga journey started in 2016. I fell in love my very first class and never thought I’d become a teacher. I had a spark of inspiration during class one day and realized I wanted to teach and share this love of yoga I had. Becoming a yoga teacher has been one of the most enriching experiences of my life. Through yoga I’ve learned to love myself, love others, listen to my body, and to spread more positivity through self-growth. (To name a few.) I now infuse these into each one of my classes to create a non-judgmental place for individuals to practice and grow. I hope to see you all on the mat!
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