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Kara grew up traveling and living around the tropical Pacific, learning to understand, respect, and love the ocean and the life it supports. She holds a BA in marine biology and a MS in marine resource and environmental management and has over 15 years of experience working on international tuna fisheries management and policy, community level marine education and training, and capacity building on over a dozen Pacific Islands.
An integral part of her life growing up, Yoga evolved into a parallel career of sorts. Kara is a 500-hour certified Yoga Instructor and Yoga teacher trainer who has taught in Hawaii for almost 15 years as well as internationally, including Indonesia, Micronesia and the Marshall Islands. Kara also started a Yoga in the workplace program at NOAA that is still running today. Extremely passionate about the islands she works on, she has also led multiple Yoga empowerment retreats in Kosrae, Micronesia, which include cultural immersion and a marine conservation service opportunity. These days, when her job with Conservation International doesn’t take her off island too much, you’ll find her leading her signature Mandala flow style Vinyasa classes on Thursday evenings at 5:15pm and Saturday mornings at 9:30am at the North Shore Yoga CoOp!
Yoga, Permaculture and Healing found Cab in 1994-95 after experiencing low back pain from years of surfing in various locations around the world. Studying with Carol Campbell Dudley on the North Shore, Cab would regularly take trips to Honolulu to study with senior Iyengar teachers Kofi Busia, Manuso Manos, Marla Apt and others... During this same period of time (7years) Cab studied Tai Chi with Herbert Pong and Permaculture with Bill Howes founder of The North Shore Country Market. Experiencing the wellness and sustainability movement on the North Shore were great compliments to Cab's B.A. in Economics and Taoist studies and perspectives. Cab became an LMT after graduating from Aisen Shiatsu School in 2000. Cab's later teachers and influences include Zachary Hitchcock- Ashtanga, Gui Alves- Derose Method, Mark Whitwell, Shiva Rea, Duncan Wong, Annie Carpenter, Jeffrey Armstrong, North Shore Silent Meditation Garden,Paramahansa Yogananda, Bhaktifest, Burningman , Ayurveda , Ayurveda for the People, Sarava Ayurveda and more.... Cab's NSYC roots run deep as he began teaching with Mara J Pike of Jasmine Yoga before it evolved into the NSYC with his help.
Cab's classes are a reflection of his teachers and influences. Restorative, flow, therapeutic with props and or whatever the needs of the student or class may be.
Cab's affiliated connections & offerings are diverse including bodywork, retreats, personal chef, dinner and dance parties, festivals and surf lessons.
Cab has helped people of all ages and abilities with injuries through yoga and bodywork.
Cassidy began teaching Yoga in 2017. After being raised in the fast-paced world of Southern California, Yoga taught her how to slow down, listen to her body, and breathe. She saw the healing ability Yoga carries and felt called to do her best to share that with others. While her training is primarily in Vinyasa, her classes move at a slower pace so students can connect deeper to themselves & their breath. She typically incorporates sound healing and/or Mantra to draw awareness inward, and quiet the mind. Cassidy aims to help students develop a deeper connection to themselves and their surroundings, finding a true state of Yoga — union with both the inner and outer world.
Collette found the sacred practice of yoga over 20 years ago and followed her heart to become a teacher over 17 years ago. Moving to Hawai’i from Minnesota, Collette has dedicated much of her life to serving the North Shore community and the North Shore Yoga Co-op.
Throughout the years she has studied various styles of Hatha yoga, including Ashtanga, Viniyoga, Vinyasa Flow, Restorative, Yin, and Meditation. As life changes, so have her practices and desire to learn
more about the subtle layers of mind, body, and spirit. Spirituality has become a major part of her life through meditation and self-study. Understanding we are in our human form, she strives to meld the inner and outer realms in our day-to-day lives. All these experiences have to lead to the present moment offering classes at The Co-Op in Gentle Yoga and Mindful Flow & Philosophy.
Collette has volunteered heavily in the community and schools since having her daughter 13 years ago, including bringing yoga into the Elementary School. She also is very passionate in the kitchen, and during the pandemic went back to school to obtain her Associate's Degree in Culinary Arts and currently works for Chef Robynne Mai’i at Fête.
The deeper layers of the path of yoga have created many powerful shifts throughout her life and she is privileged to share these blessed teachings with you.
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Darcie Peck E-RYT 500 is the owner and founder of Wind River Yoga and the author of the book, “Teaching Youth Yoga; A Yoga Mindfulness Curriculum for Kids". Darcie considers herself blessed to have studied under the tutelage of world- renowned teachers and healers. Aiding others in their transformative journeys inspires her every day. She specializes in Kids Yoga, Prana Flow Vinyasa, Power Flow, Restorative Yoga, Trauma Sensitive Yoga, Yoga Nidra, Sound Healing and Meditation.
Teaching yoga and working with children has been an integral part of Darcie's life. She is a compassionate yoga instructor who guides all ages and abilities through an experience of remembering their authentic self. Her empathic nature, big heart and ability to connect intuitively with her students allows a genuine peace to pervade in every class. She is forever humbled to be on the yogic path and one her missions in life is to ensure every student young and old knows their beauty, self-worth and their power to dream big. She leads teacher trainings, yoga empowerment classes, workshops, kids camps and wellness retreats abroad and on the beautiful island of O'ahu.
Emily Meersand Russum
Emily Meersand Russum is an Oahu-based yoga teacher and retreat leader whose life has been transformed and elevated in every way through the practice and teachings of yoga. Emily's yoga practice and teaching style is derived from yoga trainings all over the world, with her main teachings coming from her 10+ years in San Francisco studying and practicing with her teachers Janet Stone and Stephanie
Snyder. She is passionate about sharing her love of a well-rounded and balanced yoga practice through her teachings of both powerful vinyasa classes and now as a new mama: gentle and fun mama & me classes. She is E-RYT through the Yoga Alliance, has assisted and lead multiple teacher trainings, and leads yoga and surf retreats all over the world, from Sri Lanka to Bali.
Along with retreats, Emily also offers in person mama & me classes every Friday at 11am at the North Shore Yoga CoOp, online virtual classes, as well as free Youtube on-demand classes.
Life’s journey has a way of leading you exactly where you’re supposed to be, which is how Jenelle came to be a practitioner and eventually a teacher of Yoga in 2014. Living in Melbourne, Australia at the time and working as a high school teacher, she found herself immersed in a yogic community during her spare time and was soon enrolled into a 200 hour Mindful Hot Yoga teacher training. Afterwards, she was eager to return to her roots in Alberta, Canada to share her new knowledge and passion with her friends, family, and students, where she continued to teach in a heated studio for a couple of years.
In 2016, she found herself drawn to the beautiful Island of Oahu and within a few days Jenelle secured a visa sponsorship with a local yoga studio and cancelled her flight home. After exploring a few locations around the island, she found the North Shore Yoga Co-Op and immediately resonated with the space and community. Jenelle knew she’d eventually continue her teaching journey here which came to be in 2018.
In class, she aims to guide all levels of yoga practitioners through a series of asana (physical postures); not only for the physical benefits, but also to cultivate a deeper awareness of the self through mindful movement and meditation.
Jenelle looks forward to sharing her love of yoga and continuing her yogic journey with you.
Hope to see you on the mat! Aloha & Namaste
Yoga Kai LLC
Aloha, My name is Julia Fincher. I was born and raised in Long Beach, California, and have been living on Oahu since 2014. My true yoga journey began in 2011, shortly after having my first child. I was a young mama, who’s world shifted very suddenly. I was sad, I felt alone, I had body dysmorhpia, and I didn’t know who I was any longer. I then realized I was suffering from postpartum depression. I knew I had to make changes to my life, not only for myself, but for my daughter. I started rock climbing and “doing” yoga. Originally it was for physical changes, balance and flexibility, to be a better climber. Very quickly it became a lifestyle change and dedication. I fell in love with the practice, like I had finally come home, back to myself, but a transformed version.
In 2014 we moved our little family to Oahu. I found a donation based, Sunset Candlelight Yoga class at Ala Moana Beach Park, and began to attend classes regularly. I became very close friends with the teacher, Liel Cheri, and felt so inspired by her and the location.
One night my intention was to become a yoga teacher and teach in the same spot I was practicing in. Two weeks later, Liel told me she was leaving the island and she wanted me to take over the classes! Very shortly after that I found my dear teacher, Lisa Asha Rapp with My Yoga Spirit and completed my 200hr YTT in 2015. And that’s when I took over the Sunset Candlelight Yoga classes.
In 2016 I fell in love with stand-up paddle yoga and received my 25-hour SUP YTT from Leah Vernon with Yoga Kai Hawai’i. In 2019, I became the owner of Yoga Kai!
Fast forward to today, I have three beautiful children, which motivates me to continue to grow in my spiritual practices of yoga, meditation, reading, surfing, hiking, self-care and playing!
In my classes I encourage students to be present and deeply tap into consciousness with body, mind and spirit. I love offering a lighthearted flow, allowing students to feel confident in their bodies and greet themselves with kindness, exactly where they are in that moment. My goal is to share my deep-rooted love, passion, and lifestyle of Yoga with my community.
Kendyl is a mother, a yogini and a performing musician. She has a master’s degree in education and has been teaching yoga and music for over 13 years on the North Shore of Oahu. She did her yoga teacher training with Sri Dharma Mittra in 2009 at his New York Center and then went on to teach under Sonya Enchill at her non-profit Dharma Yoga Studio in inner-city Los Angeles. She still teaches and studies with Sonya in Los Angeles and Hawaii, and hosts various retreats and trainings. Kendyl loves to weave live music and Kirtan into her restorative yoga classes. She sings, and plays Hawaiian Slack Key guitar, ukulele, harmonica, harmonium, melodic pan drums, and crystal alchemy singing bowls. Her gentle classes are integrated with pranayama, meditation, and deep relaxation.
Kilty grew up in Kāneʻohe, and now lives in Pūpūkea, on the north shore of O'ahu. She didn't find yoga until she moved to Los Angeles, California to study for a B.S. in Civil & Environmental Engineering at UCLA. Fast forward a year: She left the engineering world and continues to hold the role of yoga educator, with a 200-HR training under Jay Co and 300-HR under Jason Crandell.
Kilty is foremost a student and continues to pursue studies under various teachers with the aim of sharing more yoga knowledge and practice within her community. She teaches locally on Oahu with occasional U.S. mainland workshops and international retreats, including previous destinations of Iceland, France, Japan, Patagonia, Nicaragua, and the Galapagos.
She believes that what happens ON the mat is simply a practice for what we do OFF the mat. How you talk to yourself, how you approach a challenging situation, how you receive, and how you do anything in your physical practice is usually a direct reflection of what's happening in your everyday practice of life (the real yoga).
As a teacher, Kilty maintains a structured approach, which is very in line with her scientific mindset. She encourages making purposeful choices based on what you need that day, whether it's confronting challenge with a playful attitude or stepping into a more introspective space of observation. In her classes, you can expect a physically demanding vinyasa-based practice, supported by the philosophical teachings of this discipline.
Aloha, My name is Machelle Lee.
My yoga journey began in 2008. My initial reasons for attending yoga classes
were to increase flexibility and to build strength, and my hope was that I would be
able to become a better climber. I found that having a consistent yoga practice
provided me with a way to find balance and connect with my inner being. I have
experienced (and continue to experience) profound healing and harmony of my
mind, body and spirit through my personal yoga practice on and off my mat. I
completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training at Hawaii School of Yoga in 2018 so
that I could share this practice with others.
I teach various styles of yoga that include hatha, vinyasa, yin and restorative
yoga. My classes are designed for ALL LEVELS. One of my main teaching goals is
for students to leave my classes feeling better than they did when they initially
showed up to class.
I enjoy teaching playful, creative classes that focus on awareness of one’s body,
mind and breath, while increasing strength, flexibility and mindfulness. The yin
and restorative elements of my classes focus on healing the body, mind and
spirit. I encourage each person to release mental, emotional and physical stresses
so that each person can feel nourished, well rested, refreshed and balanced.
Being from a small town in southern Brazil, Maiara was not exposed to yoga until arriving in Hawaii. Her first experience was a 7 am heated hatha practice in 2012, right after class she felt invigorated, and couldn’t wait to go back.
Practicing yoga asana is what kept Maiara going and somewhat sane, as she juggled between pursuing her bachelor's degree in Business Administration and several jobs to make a living in beautiful Hawaii.
It was in 2015 that she decided to take her first yoga teacher training, and fell in love with the calmness yoga embraces as a lifestyle. Continuing her education, in 2018 she completed a 500hrs yoga teacher training with Rupali Embry of ShantiGirl Yoga Hawaii School, studying deeper the subtle practices of yoga, such as the Sutras of Patanjali.
Maiara believes in being a student of life, of yoga, she continued her education with Ayurvedic Life-style and Yoga Nidra trainings at Open Space Yoga, and a Mantra training by Janet Stone.
Joining Maiara’s classes, you’ll experience a blend of asanas and technical alignment, pranayama, mantra, and meditation. She focuses the structure of her classes to take students through the 5 Koshas (sheaths), allowing space to connect with the Anandamaya Kosha, the bliss body.
Maiara loves to see her students getting in tune with their particular and vast energies, allowing experiences on the yoga mat to be taken out into the real world. Maiara believes we all have the answers within us, it’s just a matter of connecting to that energetic source within.
Meet Sarabeth! She’ll be opening up the co-op tomorrow with a Power Flow at 9:30 a.m.
Born in the mountains of West Virginia and raised on the beaches of Florida, Sarabeth now calls the North Shore of Oahu home. She has a background in Social Work, and a passion for compassion, which is exactly what she teaches in her yoga and coaching.
Sarabeth came to yoga in 2009, and after her Hatha based teacher training in 2015, quickly became fascinated with the subconscious mind as the practice began to fully shift her life. It was then she got certified in Yoga Nidra and began to understand the brain-body connection and the anatomy of belief. In 2018 she received the Lululemon Here to Be grant for her work providing yoga and life coaching to underserved populations. After several years of non-profit work she has shifted her focus to helping people heal from trauma and learn nervous system regulation through Neuro-linguistic Programming and holistic life coaching in group and 1:1 settings.
Sarabeth has obtained additional education in Ayurveda, Yoga Philosophy, Tantra Yoga, Thai massage, Reiki, and Polyvagal Theory in Thailand, Florida, and Hawaii.
You can expect her classes to be fluid, breath-centered, grounding, and diverse.
Meet Sarah Daigle aka SuperNova Sarah.
Sound & Energy Alchemist | Soul Guide | Clinical HeartMath Practitioner | Trauma Informed
Sarah was born in the beautiful state of Maine. She suffered from depression for many years, and in her search of something to help her heal, in 2009 she found her way over to Oahu.
She had a spontaneous spiritual awakening in 2011, began to deepen her energy work/reiki in 2012, and dove heart first into sound therapy starting in 2015. Sarah has been on a full time mission offering energetic and spiritual support for the community ever since.
With thousands of hours of experience, it is one of Sarah's biggest passions to offer what she calls Sound Journeys, aka Sound Meditations or Sound Therapy, with the intentions of helping her clients come hOMe to themselves and feel Empowered in living this crazy-beautiful human experience.
She also offers one-on-one Energy work, Soul Guidance, DeArmoring and more.