Born - USA
Birthday - October 6th
My name is Olive and I am an expat from the United States. I have been studying yoga for over 7 years through several modalities - vinyasa, yin/restorative, hatha, and bikram, but I mainly offer vinyasa and restorative yoga. I have earned a 200 hour Yoga Teacher Alliance Certification in Karma Yoga. The exploration and integration of Karma yoga in my daily life nurtures and aligns with my work in social services. I have worked in social services for the last 6 years and therefore, in my yoga practice incorporate and move from a client-centered, trauma informed, and anti-oppression framework. As they say, "we have issues in our tissues", and through breath and movement in a safe environment, I believe we can release and grow.
I feel honored to be able to support my students in this. Yoga is a vessel of self love and exploration which extends beyond the mat; where we can learn to deepen our radical self acceptance and love together in order to bring light into the world. I believe in creating accessibility and inclusion, and that honoring yourself is the truest and full expression of a pose. As a karma yogi, I understand yoga as a means within the interconnection of not only the mind, body, and soul but community, earth, and infinite.
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Born - Sydney, Australia
Birthday - January 8th
After over a decade of practicing, and five years teaching yoga, Karen has come to the conclusion that she loves it deeply, both as a teacher and a student. She teaches a soul-nourishing heart-centered class, with a strong focus on alignment and breath. Her Slow Flow class is a fusion of all of the traditions she has been trained in, bringing a variety of energy from around the globe ,with a Slow Flow that softly melts into a restorative yin flavor, then ending gently with a Yoga Nidra styled savasana.
"My parents both practiced yoga. And from a young age, I had learned meditation and practiced the Satyananda tradition of yoga. My first step onto the mat felt like I had returned home, to myself and to my heart. Yoga is the only constant in my life, regardless of life’s ups and downs, no matter age, or time, or finance… yoga is there.
Yoga has no prejudices and no judgments."
Karen also loves to paint, cook, and hike in nature. You will find Karen in the ocean or traveling to remote destinations around our planet. She has been teaching full time for about 5 years all over the world from Costa Rica at various health resorts as well as private classes and retreats in Central and South America. Since returning home she taught in Byron Bay. Currently, she is teaching full-time classes and retreats in Cusco and the Sacred Valley, Peru
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Born – Long Beach, CA, USA
Birthday – November 23rd
Languages = English & Spanish
Hola, mi nombre es Analee. My yogini story began when I first attended a Bikram yoga class at the age of 14-years-old. After class, I went to the yoga studio bathroom to wash my hands and I read a poem that described the meaning of “Namaste”. In that moment, the course of my life was forever changed, for my soul awoke and spoke to me the words of my life’s purpose – to connect authentically to that essence of Namaste. I have been a practicing yogini ever since.
Prior to my yogini awakening, I have been an athlete and health fanatic for my entire life, leading me to pursue many sports, healthy foods, lifestyles, mindsets, and positive behaviors. Part of my belief and practice is that each person contains infinite growth and healing potential within their bodies, and it is our birthright to access this.
Then, as I went through school and began to develop my own mind, I went face-first, head-over-heels into how our minds also carry this infinite growth and healing potential capacity, and that our minds and bodies are indeed intertwined profoundly. And with my yogini soul-coding activated, I began processing wisdom, knowledge, and all life experience holistically through the shared relationships of each my mind, body, and spirit. Naturally, I have found myself academically and professionally pursuing these mind, body, spirit relationships so that we may individually and collectively learn to harness our unconditional power towards the reality of our blissful self-actualization.
“I honor the place in you in which the entire Universe dwells. I honor the place in you which is of Love, Light, Truth, and Peace. When you are in that place in you, and I am in that place in me, we are One. Namaste.”
Born - Wisconsin, USA
Birthday - April 29th
Bre grew up in a small town in Wisconsin where yoga was not something people talked about, much less practiced. As a competitive swimmer at university, looking for something to do about her chronic anxiety and depression, she signed up for a free yoga class on her campus. Little did Bre know that her first step on that rented purple mat in 2008 – with her seemingly mystical yoga teacher lugging a portable black boom-box – would start to shape her journey in life.
Bre holds over 800 hours of internationally recognized training and has been teaching since 2013 in different countries around the world. While her background is in Hatha, Ashtanga, Vinyasa and Forrest, Forrest yoga is her specialty and where her heart is. Forrest yoga, in addition to being a constantly evolving practice, makes Bre feel alive and empowered. The practice has allowed Bre to step into her power not only as a teacher but also as an individual.
Bre's classes offer a dynamic yet healing approach, focusing on connecting to feeling. Her classes emphasize awareness, breath, and integrity so you may develop and deepen the relationship with your authentic self. Bre will guide you to celebrate what you can do, and identify with the truth that you are enough.
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"In the moment I placed my feet upon my mat, I felt like I was home. I really felt like this was a space where I could really be me and really connect to this internal part of myself. I felt at home within myself, I felt at home with even the things I was struggling with... And that was huge for me, in the beginning, when I started this practice and is one reason why I have continued it. ~ Ashley Cruz
Born - Temple, Texas, USA
Birthday - February 14th
My journey into yoga (union) began in 2003 and has since become my entire life. In the many years that I have been practicing yoga and studying Ayurveda, I have repeatedly observed that lifestyle choices, such as diet, exercise, and daily routine, can be a potent source of healing as well as a cause of disease. Many health problems seem intertwined with the stresses of daily life, family and relationship problems, and worries about jobs and money. Others are directly connected to eating the wrong kinds of food or getting too much or too little exercise. I have also grown more and more aware that illness provides us with an invitation for self-transformation, an opportunity to change our way of thinking, feeling, eating, and in general caring for ourselves and our lives. It never ceases to amaze and delight me how quickly and powerfully life can be set on the right track and balance restored simply through a proper diet, herbal medicines, meditation, an appropriate exercise program, and other purely natural means.
So, how did I end up here in beautiful Cusco, Peru?
I decided to make Cusco my home after spending 3 years traveling through 36 countries in an attempt to heal from the loss of my mother. In 2015, I landed here to fulfill a portion of my mom's bucket list, which was relevant to this country. My mom (Dawn) passed away in a car accident in 2014 and left behind a list of things she had hoped to accomplish before she died. For the past three years, I have been attempting to complete her list while also fulfilling my own. So far, my mother's ashes reside on a cliff side in Machu Picchu, as well as other beautiful places in this world that she had hoped to see. One of her other wishes was to learn Spanish and so that is the second reason I have remained so long in Cusco. I am still learning ;) In the meantime, one of my own goals was to have a studio of yoga, a place people could call home whenever they needed to reset and recharge and recenter. A I have always believed that we are all capable of manifesting our dreams, and so, from the loss of my mother and from my own heart, YogaWasi manifested itself. Not only has this creation of YogaWasi helped to give me peace, but it has also given me roots and a feeling that I am exactly where I am supposed to be. Cusco feels like home to me and I am so grateful to be here with you.
I believe in teaching students the use of a "beginner's mind," a mindset which involves opening one's heart and mind, staying in the present moment and reminding oneself of the reason why one first entered the yoga studio. I believe that the "beginner's mind" philosophy helps us to create a strong foundation of basic poses and movement to draw upon when it eventually guides us into the intermediate and advanced stages of the poses. If I were to define yoga in three words, those three words would be happiness, humbleness and acceptance. Therefore, the practices are to create happiness and renew energy, improving by acknowledging, embracing, even laughing at our imperfections, yet at the same time trying to improve upon them. Every one of us is unique and no one is better or worse at yoga as a result of these imperfections.
I look forward to working with you in the studio, your home or mine, or in nature. Let's share our knowledge, positive energy and joy with one another.
Love & Light,
Ashley Cruz - Owner / Founder
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