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Posts In: Yoga Instructors

Megan Kramer

April 10, 2019

Megan (200hr RYT) grew up in Colorado where her love of fitness and a healthy lifestyle began. She started teaching yoga in 1999 after the birth of her second son in order to balance her fitness routines, which included teaching cycling, aerobics, and H20 classes.

Megan has committed to instructing yoga with an emphasis on the expression of truth, love and relief. She believes yoga harmonizes you, forcing you to be in the present moment with peace of mind, uncovering the ultimate source of light within that’s always been there!

As a wife and mother of three, (2 boys and a girl) Megan knows that balance is a moving target and one must constantly be evolving. “If you’re not evolving you’re decaying.”

Megan continues to explore many yoga styles and practices to ensure creativity and growth in her teaching. In 2015 after teaching for 13yrs she went back for a 200Hr RYT teacher training to become a certified Wanderlust teacher. She recently finished a 9mo Living Ayurveda course with Kate Stillman of yoga healer and is currently studying with Katie to become a yoga health coach. Megan believes in Ayurveda (the sister science of yoga or science of life) and looks forward to empowering her students, friends, and family on and off the mat with it. Outside of the studio, Megan loves running, hiking, cryotherapy, and green drinks!

 

Julia Rodriguez

April 6, 2019

Julia found yoga in 2013 here at Akasha Vacaville with Krista Masters. From that moment on, yoga has remained in Julia’s life as a source of healing, relaxation, inspiration, joy, self-growth, and transformation.

Wanting to further her understanding of yoga philosophy and her personal practice, she received her 200 hour yoga teacher training certification in Fall of 2016 and has been teaching ever since. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Holistic Healing from SF State and a Master’s degree in Education with a specialization in School Psychology from Sac State.

When not practicing or teaching yoga, her time is filled with raising a couple of little humans and working as a school psychologist. In addition to yoga, Julia enjoys teaching barre class.

In her yoga classes, Julia hopes to provide a safe place for people to journey through self-exploration in their body, mind and spirit. Although a teacher, she is a forever a student of this practice.

Izaac Ochoa

April 4, 2019

I started my journey with yoga in 2014 when I was sixteen years old. My sister dragged me to a Bikram class at what was then known as Bikram Yoga Stockton (now True You Hot Yoga). I had been dealing with back pain for years with two deteriorating discs, a twist and curve in my spine to blame. My sister had told me about the yoga, which would help with the chronic pain I was experiencing; I thought she was insane for wanting to take me to a 105-degree room with a 40% humidity. Nevertheless, she convinced me, with help from a bribe of a free shake after class. I instantly fell in love with the practice.

After about two and a half years of consistent practice, I was moving to a different city and unfortunately had to leave the studio and community I had become so accustomed. Due to being a student and only being able to work limited hours, I could not afford to practice while I was living in Sacramento, meaning that for about 8 months I did not have any type of practice. Although I loved living in Sacramento, I needed to move home after some financial trouble with school that was out of my control. This move would be one of the best things that have ever happened to me.

After moving back home, the first thing I did was go take a class at my home studio. That class was one of the most challenging classes I had ever taken due to putting on weight and the return of my back pain. I pushed through and picked up an even more consistent practice than before. I began to practice five or more times per week. It was not long before I noticed that I had lost 40 pounds! A few months into my return, I decided on two goals: I wanted to compete in the USA Yoga competition and I wanted to get my certification to be a teacher of the 26 x 2 Bikram method class. For the first goal, I competed in the 2017 USA Yoga West Coast Regionals and earned my spot at 5th place. My score from the regional awarded me an invitation to the National competition, which I had the honor of taking 9th place in the semifinals and 7th place in the finals. As for the second goal I had set for myself, I completed my 200-hour teacher training (RYT) with True You Hot Yoga under the direction of Helena Monica in June of 2018.

Although I am new to the teaching world, I am hungry to share my knowledge and experiences the same way that others have shared with me.


Alcina Pearce

April 3, 2019

Kacie Ouimet

April 3, 2019

My passion for yoga began when I started to inquire deep within myself and find the love that had always existed deep within my fears and anxieties. Through this space I have found a love and power so true – and I am so grateful to get the chance to share this with other people through this practice of yoga.

Each class offers an opportunity for every student to open up to their own experience — appreciating themselves as they truly are and flowing through this space.

Sharon Scott

April 3, 2019

I began my yoga journey in 2009 when I attended Iyengar yoga classes during an extended stay in Hawaii. I was having back pain, and I hoped that yoga might help. 

When I returned to the mainland, a friend of mine told me about hot yoga. I was curious, so I attended my first class and have been a devoted yoga practitioner ever since. My back pain is greatly relieved by a regular yoga practice, and it has given me a sense of peace. 

I’ve gained so many benefits from yoga, and I wanted to give back to others by teaching. To me, this was a natural extension since I’ve been a school teacher most of my adult life. 

In 2012, I completed Akasha Yoga’s first-ever 200-Hour teacher training in Vinyasa yoga. In 2018, I completed a second teacher training: True You Hot Yoga 200-Hour Teacher Training with Helena Monica. In 2014, my husband Bob and I purchased Akasha Vacaville from Jamie Testa. We passed the baton to new owners, Lee and Carmen in 2018. I hope to teach and practice yoga with the Akasha community for many years to come.

Lee Ockenden

April 3, 2019

SaTara Brown

April 3, 2019
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