Wailuku, Lahaina, Kihei
My love for yoga stems from the simplicity and beauty I feel while practicing daily asana. It has been a lifelong evolution of personal practice, meditation, and mentoring from outstanding fellow yogis. I am blessed to extend this passion to others. The style I share incorporates alignment, flow, and most importantly BREATH. My intention as a teacher is to facilitate external as well as internal awareness through mindful instruction. The journey is yours I only hope to provide support along the path.
Listen to your body, follow your breath, and find your bliss in whatever you choose to do. I look forward to you sharing your beautiful practices with me!
Wailuku, Lahaina, Kihei
Laurie’s first yoga class was part of her resolution to bring some balance in her life as an advertising executive in bustling NYC. While the yoga helped her destress and detoxify, she realized that more was needed in her life and upped and moved to Maui in January 2014. Once she set foot on Maui, she knew Maui was the place for her and never looked back. “The light and energy in Maui is just magical, and I knew this is where I belong”. She immersed herself in yoga, sunshine, fresh air and ocean water to help her gain a new perspective on life.
Her love for alignment, movement and flow led her to gain her teacher certification at Afterglow studio, and she aspires to share her passion for her practice with her students. Her classes combine a mix of alignment, flow, and strengthen building to allow for a well-balanced practice. In her spare time, you can find Laurie above or below the ocean’s surface, snorkeling, diving, surfing, or SUPing, exploring the best of Maui.
“If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.” — Lao Tzu
In 2012, wanting to know more about this practice that had brought such profound positive changes in all areas of his life, David ventured to Rishikesh, India to train as a teacher of traditional hatha yoga. David’s joy is to learn, practice and share this recipe for vibrant health, happiness, peace of mind and authentic living.
“Yoga is the relationship that is built between the body, the mind and the breath. Yoga is creating space free from obstacles in your own body to live. Yoga is freedom and release. I am here to help others find this release so that they can comfortable and competently move their bodies through life.”
Andreas completed his Teacher Training here at Afterglow Yoga. He will always be a student of the practice and is deeply grateful for the loving wisdom his teachers have shared with him.
In his classes, he loves to combine creative sequencing, a spirit of playfulness and a dose of inspiration to help deepen your practice. Andreas seeks to help others thrive in life by nurturing body, mind, and soul with yoga and spiritual life practices, and his hope is that you step off the mat feeling refreshed, nourished and balanced.
Megan was influenced by the lifestyle of Yoga while living in South Africa. Drawn to self-healing through Ayurveda, pranayama, and asana, she was inspired to continue her studies.
Megan completed her 200-hour Teacher Training at Wise Living Yoga Academy, affiliated to The Yoga Institute of Santacruz, Mumbai, India. She is very grateful to her teachers Jeenal Mehta and Daniel Fonseca, for their inspiring teachings based on Classical Yoga, Bhagavad Gita & Shir Yogendra’s methods for practice of Hatha Yoga. Megan completed her 300-hour Teacher Training at Soul of Yoga in Encinitas, CA, expanding her education on the body, Ayurveda, and therapeutic yoga. Her classes are taught with wholeheartedness, compassion and a curiosity for learning through teaching. Megan loves the connection and community that yoga creates, and wishes to cultivate that not only on the mat, but off the mat as well. When not teaching she spends her time creating art or connecting with nature.
Jessika has been practicing yoga since she was 16. The powerful techniques of yogic science helped her to heal herself, as well as to change the course of her life to support others on their own journey.
She grew up in a dance + performance company until a near-death experience at the age of 21 changed her path quickly. She then answered the call to be of service to others on their healing path. In addition to being a KRI certified Kundalini Yoga instructor, Jessika is also a Licensed Acupuncturist, Herbalist, Intuitive Healer, and Birth Doula.
We are all on this beautiful planet Earth at this point in time for a reason. Lift yourself up. Lift each other up.
“Vibrate the Cosmos, Cosmos shall clear the path.” – Yogi Bhajan
In 2016, CJ traveled to Chiang Mai to study Thai massage, teach yoga, and find a way to incorporate nature therapy into her practices. On a visa run in Indonesia she decided to try scuba diving after many years of being on land. Her first dive back was her “aha!” moment. Diving was exactly like yoga and the missing link in a quest to marry yoga, healing, and nature therapy. Soon after she started her professional diving education and started to teach diving and yoga as a combined experience. After living out of a backpack for years while diving and teaching yoga around the world, she is grateful to have found a home with my husband on Maui.
“My classes are an eclectic mix of what inspires me. I emphasize breathing, alignment, curiosity, mindfulness, and nonviolence. It is my goal to encourage students to responsibly explore their own capability and test their edge. As we challenge ourselves physically and mentally through yoga to break past what we once thought ourselves capable we begin to realize boundaries as they are traditionally conceived are not as finite as we once thought. Practicing of asana with compassion and without expectation leads us to cosmic consciousness and an understanding of the oneness of creation.”
Stephanie grew up in Potomac, MD, just outside of Washington, D.C. She moved to Nashville, TN in 2009 to attend Vanderbilt University, where she was a Division I swimmer. During the summer of 2010, she was looking for another way to cross-train for swimming and discovered the Pilates Reformer. She quickly fell in love with the workout and realized it was something she wanted to learn to teach.
Stephanie completed her Comprehensive Pilates Certification through Balanced Body in September 2011, and her PMA® certification in December 2014. Stephanie moved to Maui in October 2015 and soon became certified in level 1 Body Barre. In 2016, Stephanie completed her 200hr Yoga Teaching certifcation with Afterglow. She enjoys teaching Pilates and Barre classes because the workouts are continually challenging and extremely beneficial for the body. They have also helped her through shoulder injuries from many years of competitive swimming. As a result, she is driven to help others through their athletic injuries. She believes strongly in the power of movement and the importance of physical fitness for both the mind and body. When not teaching her classes, Stephanie can be found performing as a singer/songwriter and working on paintings for her online Etsy store.
Fitness should be fun and effective and those are just two things you’ll get out of coming to her class. The happiest drill sergeant you’ll ever meet – get ready to burn, sweat and shake your way through class!
Valerie is a big believer that if everyone did a little bit of yoga, the world would simply be a bette place. She has spent the last decade developing her personal practice and received her 200hr and ShaktiRize certification at Afterglow in Maui, Hawaii.
She most enjoys creative sequencing; escaping the mind and taking her students on a journey of movement. Her Fiery Flow classes consist of invigorating asanas that motivate students and align them with their power center. Her Alignment Flow classes move at a slower place focusing on the joys of nurturing the mind, body and spirit in balance. Valerie’s favorite part of teaching is getting to help cultivate self-love and empowerment within her students.
She completed her 200hr yoga teacher training and ShaktiRize training in 2017, and strives on sharing time, movement, consciousness, and energy with all who grace her with their presence in her classes!
Always extremely excited for and fond of the human connections that the practice of yoga empowers on and off the mat. Katrina loves making people feel good about themselves and always down for an adventure too!
“Treat everyone you meet as if they are God in drag.” -Ram Dass
Do you come to your mat ready to find that deep sense of self within? Me too.
I feel home is where the heart is. It is where love grows, self love, that spreads to our families, friends and our community. That love can move out into the world when we live a life honoring our bodies and souls.
As a mother of two beautiful island born babes I believe in finding the balance in life. This is why I’ve dedicated 13 years of my life to helping others find more self love through Therapeutic Massage, Reiki, Plant Medicine and my own personal practice of yoga. I’m so grateful to have received my teacher training certification here at Afterglow Yoga. Three words that would describe my style of teaching is loving, expansive and grounded.
Teaching yoga is my way to say “hey you, love you more and see what happens.”
“Yoga is where we merge the physical with the ethereal; merging our energy body with our mental, emotional, and physical body. It’s where you can truly find home within.”
Bridget credits her studies to the 200-Hour Vinyasa Teacher Training and a 60-Hour Barre Training at Yoga Pod in Denver, Colorado.
Dani is originally from the East Coast, having lived in New Jersey, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Washington D.C. She always had a passion for travel and moving and didn’t hesitate when a job landed her and her family on Maui in 2016.
Dani was introduced to yoga through a friend in 2009 and casually practiced while attending Penn State University. Her real passion did not ignite until she discovered Rocket Yoga (and her teacher Jonathan Ewing) when living across from a shala in D.C. After moving to the California in 2014, Danielle received her 200 hr certification in Ashtanga Yoga from Asta Yoga in San Francisco.
Yoga is about the journey of finding your own personal practice and not taking yourself too seriously along the way. Her classes combine breath and inward focus with a killer playlist and occasional arm balances. Be prepared to leave the mat sweaty, peaceful and smiling!
Joy has a love of travel, the ocean and fitness. Having dreamed of Hawaii since a little girl, she up and moved to Hawaii right after high school to live the island life. Most her life has been dedicated to teaching in the fitness industry as a certified personal trainer and aerobics instructor for the hotels and gyms on Maui since 1997. Wanting to expand her own fitness journey, Joy found yoga and Afterglow Studio, earning her 200hr and 300hr teacher training through Afterglow in 2017 & 2018. Her classes are a mix of alignment, strength and meditation.
“My love for teaching and the joy of students finding that mind body connection is so heartwarming. I love getting to share my passion with others.”
Vallia is an experienced yogini who studied Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga under several distinguished teachers including Nancy Gilgoff, a direct student of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, and received trainings from Manju Jois, Lino Miele, and Jodi Blumstein. After traveling to India, Sri Lanka and Nepal she expanded her teaching style to include Tantra Yoga, Yin Yoga, and a deeper understanding of the Chakra systems. Vallia’s classes will challenge you while grounding you in the influence of the ancient wisdom of the Vedic traditions. You will be immersed through clear and concise instruction, bringing you into a more full and grounded practice.
Niki is from the island of Maui and just recently moved back after being away for six years, and is very excited to share her practice with her students. She began her yoga practice about two years ago and is so thankful to have the opportunity to do something she loves every day.
“Yoga has taught me so much about different aspects of my life and it has truly shaped me into the person I am today. I feel as if my soul is truly shining when I do yoga, and it makes me so happy to help reveal to people their own inner light and brightness.”
Jadda has been practicing yoga since 2012 when she was first introduced to it as an undergraduate at U.C. Davis. She completed her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training with Afterglow in 2018 and is looking forward to continuing her evolution and understanding of both yogic philosophy and asanas (poses).
Jadda aims to orchestrate a balance between the art of conscious breathing and correct alignment, to take students deeper into their yoga, while encouraging them to listen to their own unique bodies and allow their breath, to be their primary guide, throughout each practice.
Jadda holds a Masters degree in Environmental Studies and teaches Garden Education at Kihei Elementary and Hydroponics at the University of Hawai’i, Maui College. When she isn’t teaching you can find Jadda out on the water playing with waves on her surfboard.
Originally from New York, Danii works as a special education teacher in the Kihei schools. Prior to moving to Maui she was living in Costa Rica, where she discovered yoga and instantly fell in love with the practice. This began her journey of self discovery, and yoga felt like coming home to the truest part of herself! What Danii loves most about yoga and meditation is the opportunity it provides to deeply dive into yourselves by connecting with your heart and soul. For Danii “Yoga is more than a physical practice, but a lifestyle that encourages loving kindness towards all beings and that allows us to become our brightest most authentic selves”. Danii is passionate about creating space for her students to discover higher self awareness, experience deep healing, and feel the strong connection we have to our heart, to each other, and to the Earth. She completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training at Afterglow and recently completed her 500 hour certified meditation coach training.
Passionate about creative expression and the journey of self-exploration, Justine followed her heart to the magical island of Maui to teach yoga and meditation. Before this, she studied medical sciences and made her way to graduate school, but after having experienced the lowest of lows through depression as a doctoral candidate, she realized she needed to remap the course of her life. Yoga and meditation saved her life, and she decided to leave school to become a yoga and meditation teacher. Her, she found a sense of wonder and purpose. Armed with her medical background in human anatomy and physiology, she intends to ignite a passion for life in her students by leading them to their inner light through mindful alignment-based yoga and meditation practices.
She received her RYT200 certificate in San Francisco at Yoga Tree (now YogaWorks) and has worked with renowned teachers Darren Main, Mark Morford, Jason Bowman, and Simon Park. She traveled to Costa Rica to study Shiva Rea’s Prana Flow and most recently traveled to India to study Vipassana (Insight) Meditation, a meditation technique that has been used for thousands of years. She believes in World Peace through Inner Peace and loves to spend time in the sun, ocean, and with cute furry animals.
Lisa is lucky to have always called Maui her home, born and raised on this beautiful island. Yoga has helped her in many ways and continues to bring balance and wellness to her life. With yoga, she feels whole and empowered to face any challenges that come her way, finding strength in mind and body. Completing her teacher training at Afterglow in 2018, Lisa is grateful and honored to be a part of the studio ohana, and is excited to share her love of yoga with the students and community. Besides yoga, she enjoy cooking, eating, exploring nature, traveling, and spending time with loved ones.
Hanna loves yoga because it lightens up her life from the inside out! She loves watching how great it makes her feel in her body and how it helps her walk through life with more love. She studied massage therapy in Costa Rica and has a strong understanding of body anatomy and kinesiology. Hanna loves surfing and music and hopes her students feel as good leaving class as the ocean and music makes her feel. She hopes to share with the Afterglow community how amazing the Maui yoga community is and that yoga is for everybody and every body.
“Most of the time the universe speaks to us very quietly in pockets of silence, in coincidences, in nature, in forgotten memories, in the shape of clouds, in moments of solitude, in small tugs at our hearts.” – Yumi Sakugawa
Originally from Denver, Colorado, Stephanie moved to Maui in 2014 and absolutely fell in love with its beauty and its gift to allow her to follow her passions. She practiced yoga since high school; really digging deeper into it when she realized something was missing in her life. Completing her 200-YTT at Afterglow, she is stronger emotionally, mentally, and physically. “I hope to share this passion with others through my teachings by promoting mindfulness, self-love and authenticity along with body awareness. I love that yoga is truly an experience with mind, body, and soul and you can take it to any level you would like to by believing in yourself and your abilities.” When not practicing yoga, she can be found painting or exploring in the ocean.
“Never forget your real identity. You are a luminous cosmic stardust being forged into the crucible of cosmic fire” -Deepak Chopra
Becky is lucky enough to call Maui home for 5 wonderful years. Once a dedicated practitioner of Bikram, her practice broadened after finding a love for Kundalini which unlocked the spiritual side of practice for her. Vinyasa is Becky’s regular practice these days, fueling her love of yoga through the energy of a group practice and movement she discovers in her own body. “I love yoga because everybody is a student and a teacher, and there’s always something new to learn”. Becky loves to backbend and play with flexibility, feeling grateful to so many teachers who have shown her so many ranges of motion within her body. You’ll find this to come through in her own teaches, as she strives to give that same gift to others in her classes at Afterglow.
In addition to her love for yoga, beachtime, reading, and spend time with family are some of her favorite things to do. She’s passionate about Philadelphia sports teams, and don’t hesitate to challenger her to a round of name-that-movie-quote, that’s her jam!
Chelsea has been fascinated with the healing power of movement since she can remember. She was born in this world to move and explore, her youth full of training and practicing dance, gymnastics, cheerleading, bodybuilding and more. This journey of play and exploration of movement led her to yoga in 2009 after her father passed on. This is where she discovered the depth of movement in relation to healing the emotional and mental bodies. Trained in Denver, CO at Samadhi Center for Yoga + Meditation, her main focus was in Tantra Hatha along with Anusara, Vinyasa, Forrest Yoga and Yoga Nidra. She initially taught in Denver, Oklahoma and for retreats around the world until landing in Maui in 2016. Her recent fascination is how we store emotions in our bodies, and through the awareness of this in unison with our breath and movement we can heal ourselves and embody a life we are truly in love with.
“When teaching yoga I love to empower students to explore what feels best in their bodies, through breath, play and alignment. To move deeper beyond the physical postures and into the essence of yoga and its relationship with our lives. Through this connection with yoga, we can learn to live in a place with more clarity, joy, grace and ease.”
Kacie discovered her love for yoga in the middle of winter in Montana in a heated class. She is drawn to the more therapeutic side of yoga. She is currently in massage therapy school to increase her knowledge of the human body and guide others to bring body, mind and spirit into harmony. The energy of Self love and compassion is a powerful force that ripples out to everyone you come in contact with and can change the world. She is dedicated to holding space for people on multiple levels and is honored to be a part of the Afterglow community.
Christy grew up in the cowboy state of Wyoming. Mind and body connection was not apparent to her until a car accident in 2010 where she began a journey of healing and discovering all that her body was capable of. She began practicing yoga one-on-one with an Anusara yoga instructor, in classes, and studying the body through reflexology and reiki.
During graduate school she completed her 200-hr yoga training in St. Louis in 2015. Yoga has become her passion and a way for her to connect with others. Her class style reflects her feelings of looking inward, going deep, and finding the alignment that works for each individual body. In the summer of 2016, after graduating from graduate school, she moved to Maui to be a teacher of the deaf and further her love for yoga.
“Healing is a matter of time, but it is also a matter of opportunity.” -Hippocrates
Wailuku, Kihei, Lahaina
Jamie started yoga to complement training for half marathons and other running events while living in Denver, CO. She found so many benefits from yoga that she quickly replaced running with a daily yoga practice. Jamie quickly immersed herself in various yoga and fitness teacher trainings and now adores teaching vinyasa, prenatal, and hot yoga as well as group fitness and barre.
Jamie’s classes are alignment-focused and fun. She enjoys creating unique playlists to complement her classes. She loves connecting with her students and encouraging them to breathe through a difficult pose or smile when progressing to heavier weights or a more challenging version of a fitness sequence.
Jamie lives in upper Paia with her husband and mini-schnauzer Madchen. When she’s not practicing yoga, you can find her reading, playing her bass guitar, or on the beach. You can find more about Jamie on her website at www.jamiekuttenkuleryoga.com.
What’s up yogis?! Sloan teaches Shakti Rize at Afterglow Yoga and is absolutely in love with this class and getting the opportunity to be an instructor. Sloan fosters an environment of FUN while encouraging students to practice self-love, staying present and non-judgement. She also breaks it down to some pretty serious booty music and breaks a sweat with some endurance and strength building work-out exercises!
Sloan loves spending time with her French bulldog- Kevin, swimming in the ocean, skiing, indoor rhythm ride cycling, and baking! Her career has been in nursing as an intensive care nurse and is so stoked to serve the community of Maui in this way.
Anna’s first yoga experience was practicing lion’s breath with her mom when she was 5 years old. This was when the seed of yoga was planted. She has been an avid practitioner for the last 20 years and is profoundly grateful for the positive impact that yoga has on her life. In 2010, she completed her first 200 hour teacher training in San Francisco with Stephanie Snyder and Elise Lorimer in preparation to write her master’s thesis on incorporating yoga into social work practice. As a recent graduate of Afterglow’s teacher training program, she is excited to embark on a new adventure of teaching and to share her deep love of yoga. Anna is also a proud mama & psychotherapist.
Kiara started to do yoga when she needed help with her breath work in another sport. She didn’t realize how much it would change her entire life. She continued to practice because she noticed her thoughts about herself became more positive in and off the mat, while she felt her body getting stronger. Kiara wants to share her practice with others because it has been a healthy outlet for stress, it has been a confidence booster and it can be as simple or as challenging as the practitioner wants. She also loves the Afterglow yoga community because it’s here where she has met some of her best friends at the studio. Kiara loves vinyasa flow classes because they remind her of a beautiful dance, come check out her classes in Lahaina!