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Erin Henszey
I was fortunate enough to be exposed to yoga in my teenage years in high school. I appreciated the benefits of yoga then, but my real practice began when I went to my first hot yoga class at Anchorage Yoga after my first season of river guiding.  My body transformed with the practice of Vinyasa and every aspect of my life was positively effected by my efforts on the mat. After practicing consistently for two years I decided I wanted to share the benefits of yoga with others and enrolled in Anchorage Yoga's teacher training Spring of 2014. I was fortunate enough to begin my teaching here at Alyeska Resort in the beautiful and inspiring Summit Room. In addition to teaching at the resort I teach a weekly class to my fellow guides at Chugach Adventures. My classes are full of movement with breathe and finish with restorative postures meant to benefit any lifestyle. 

 

 

Jule Harle-Heim
Jule has been studying and practicing yoga since 2005. Her journey started as a purely physical one, enjoying how yoga restored and strengthened her body for Alaskan adventures, but the more subtle aspects were unveiled during her teacher trainings in India. Jule studied at Rishikish Yog Peeth, receiving her 200 hr teaching certificate in 2011 and her 300 hr in 2013. Her classes incorporate movement (asana), breath (pranayama), and awareness (chetna); hoping all yogis leave feeling physically and mentally restored with a sense of stillness in both mind and body. Jule is currently working on a masters in Counseling Psychology at UAA as well as studying to become an Ayurvedic Practitioner.  She enjoys learning more about yogas "sister science" and how they both facilitate deep physical and mental healing.

 

Oskar Johansson-Theiss
Born and raised in Girdwood Alaska I grew up adventuring in the outdoors of Chugach National forest.  I discovered yoga through my own journey of personal healing. After years of practising mindfulness meditation and various other healing arts such as Qi Kung, Vipassana and Tai chi, I was introduced to yoga in 2014 at the Girdwood Yoga Shack.  In the years since I have been deepening my practice and yoga has become an integral and grounding part of my daily life.  In January of 2016 I attended 200 hours yoga teacher training at World Peace yoga school in Rishikesh India to solidify my practice and establish a foundation for teaching yoga professionally.  I value yoga as a commitment of healing, discipline and personal growth for my students, my community and myself.  My classes incorporate breath work, or Pranayama, as a foundation for physical body awareness and build upon that awareness throughout Asana, or posture, practice.  My philosophy and focus is to cultivate a safe and creative space with a basis in anatomical understanding and self trust. Development of our intuition and remaining connected to our own inner wisdom insures that we honor our individual limits while establishing and maintaining goals for personal growth and fitness.  

 

 

 

Chelsea Halstead

Chelsea began her yoga journey in 2008 staring out of the studio windows in Palmer Alaska, at the mountains surrounding her, knowing her practice would always be rooted in the Last Frontier.  Chelsea maintained her personal practice throughout college in Portland, OR, deepening her physical and spiritual connection to yoga, ultimately leading to her decision to become a teacher. She traveled to the birthplace of yoga, Rishikesh, India, to study with Vinyasa Yoga School, and received her 200 hr teaching certificate. She is excited to be back home in Alaska, able to share her insights from around the world in every class. Chelsea’s classes involve lots of flowing movement invigorating both the physical and spiritual bodies with focused awareness of the breath and body connection.