Wailuku, Lahaina, Kihei
I experienced my first yoga class in the womb during my mother’s prenatal sessions. While not instantaneuos, a deep love of yoga and movement was beginning to blossom and grow.
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 teaching SUP lessons on the South side, where she gets her daily fix of the best of Maui has to offer.
“If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.” — Lao Tzu
David grew up in Salt Lake City where he loved being active and free in his body weather for mixed martial arts, rock climbing or shreddin’ the gnar (snowboarding). In ’08, he moved to Maui and naturally it wasn’t long before he discovered yoga. He was hooked after his first ashtanga yoga class taught by Nancy Gilgoff.
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
CJ’s yoga journey began when I took my first yoga class with her mom at about 10 years old. Yoga has been a part of her life in one way or another ever since. Her first teacher training was in 2012 at Yoga to the People in San Francisco and began teaching a 26 posture hot sequence. Since then she’s completed a 200-hour vinyasa training, 500-hour ashtanga training, 50-hour rocket training, 50-hour yin and deep stretch training, and a 50-hour barre and pilates medicine training.
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.”
At a very young age, Amanda found herself fascinated with the human body and inspired to help bring others back to health. She moved forward with that drive and earned a doctorate degree in physical therapy
from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in 2010. Physical therapy jobs relocated her from her hometown of Mechanicville, Maryland to Florida, and ultimately Maui where she found “home”. She rediscovered her love for yoga after stumbling upon Afterglow. In June 2016, she happily completed the 200hr yoga teacher training program. She believes yoga asana to be one of the most powerful injury prevention and rehabilitation practices, and is thrilled to have the opportunity to teach classes, as well
as offer private sessions to her clients. Amanda’s intention is to guide fellow yogis through an energizing, upbeat practice, with focus on strength and flexibility of the entire body, for a holistic approach to physical and mental well-being.
Meet Kyla, our Certified Barre Instructor! From ballerina to urban street jazz, Kyla has always kept movement close to her heart. 8 counting and squatting her way through Maui for three years now – her results-driven approach of full body, multi-planar movements keeps her clients addicted!
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!
Kiera has been in love with the art of body movement since she was performing on her kitchen counter as a toddler. She has a background in dance, gymnastic and circus and once she found yoga she was hooked. Her love of the ocean, yoga and the Aloha spirit brought her to Maui and she is dedicated to helping others with their mind-body love.
She completed her first 200hr yoga teacher training in 2015, but still continues to learn and grow her practice each day. In February, Kiera participated in the first Afterglow ShaktiRize teacher training and is absolutely thrilled to be teaching the class.
“It blows my mind how we can use breath and movement to tune into every cell in our body. To me, yoga is all about self love and care. Come flow with me!”
Katrina, born and raised in Wailuku, Maui, grew up loving all forms of movement modalities from dancing to boxing to weight training. An ACE certified personal trainer, she also discovered the significance of yoga in her life when she found Afterglow Yoga studio, where her practice became the ultimate reflection of her movement evolution and the essence of her true being.
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 was originally introduced to yoga as another ‘trendy workout’ to add to her schedule. This self proclaimed busy body was shocked at how the physical practice slowly took her to a grounded state and led to a greater connection with herself and ultimately the world off her mat. After years as a competitive synchronized swimmer where she was trained to hold her breath as long as possible her world was rocked when she grasped the power of learning how to exhale and ‘let go’. She is an avid traveler, adventurer and guides her students with a light hearted spirit focused on sourcing inspiration and self-awareness. Whether its a yoga or barre, Bridget brings a dynamic sequence with a focus on alignment, strength and connection to breath.
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.”
Dynamic Vinyasa Instructor Kirsten Gum joins our studio from the mecca of yoga in the US – Santa Monica, CA where she studied under Hatha yoga greats as Ganga White, Annie Carpenter, Vinnie Marino, Baron Baptiste, Kathryn Budig and Shiva Rae. She received her teaching certification 10 years ago from the popular White Lotus Foundation in Santa Barbara, CA and has taught at retreats all over the world including Ecuador, Peru, Japan, Canada, Mexico and the US. Kirsten loves diving deep into a playful vinyasa flow practice, infusing lots of soul & inspiration into her sequences. For her, yoga is a lifestyle, not just to be practiced on the mat, but in all aspects of life!
Her classes are designed to welcome all levels as she offers several variations to each asana (pose). Kirsten reminds her students, it’s their own unique practice and not to take themselves too seriously, as yoga is not to be perfected, but is offered as a form of growth: physically, mentally and spiritually. Each class includes verbal instruction, pranayama (breathing exercises), sun salutations to warm the body & link the breath, all before diving into more playful vinyasa flow (sequencing & moving with breath) and challenging inversions and balancing poses. Let go of thinking, allow yourself to feel. Enjoy the journey of our dynamic vinyasa flow classes!!!
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 is currently in the in the process of completing 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.
Libby was first drawn to the practice of yoga as a teenager and has been practicing regularly for almost a decade. After years of dreaming about becoming a teacher, Libby completed her 200 hour training here with Afterglow Yoga. Years of home practice and a personal exploration of mobility and strength guide her teaching and she encourages students to find a deeper understanding and love of their bodies. She believes that finding strength and peace on the mat will allow for strength and peace throughout life. Through yoga we find that there are no limits to what we are capable of. When not on the mat, Libby spends her days chasing a toddler, surfing, and working the land on their little family farm in Lahaina.
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.
Renee grew up in a large family with many health issues: she lost two brothers and her mother to incurable diseases, and her father is a colon cancer survivor. Experiences like this can really make one want to run and hide. Instead they sent her on a journey to seek more out of life. In her early 30’s Renee began to see signs of her own health declining, becoming imbalanced and experiencing constant pain. She did not want to go down the conventional medical path of prescription drugs and surgery. She believed there had to be another way other than removing her female organs to find relief. In her quest for learning alternative methods, she discovered a whole new world of yoga, herbs, nutrition, and a holistic way of living PLUS thinking. Using these modalities to reverse and heal her health, she became more intrigued and had to know more. So she dove in head first in 2005 to become an Esthetician and Master Herbalist, and in 2009 added Yoga Instructor. She still is learning, seeking more education and believes education is the best prevention.
When it comes to yoga she shares a passion for the creative movement and power in flowing (Vinyasa) with non-traditional music with a great beat, as well as the stillness of holding Yin yoga poses and listening to the sweet sounds of Om in traditional yogic music. Growing up in the Boulder/Denver Colorado area she has been exposed to one of the most amazing and diverse yoga communities one could ask for. To know more you can listen to her peace • love • abundance podcast or visit her at www.reneestahl.online
Bre fell in love with yoga when she was only 12 years old. Digging through her parents old books, she discovered an old yoga clipping and her curiosity soon turned into the greatest love devotion she’s ever known. As a self proclaimed wanderlust who is proud to have moved over 26 times, Yoga has always been her constant. She has brought herself to the mat every day for the last fifteen years and believes that yoga is the best tool to helping ground and find a home in yourself.
After studying Hatha, Vinyasa, Restorative, Alignment and Meditation courses, she decided to become a teacher and share the practice that has helped her tremendously throughout her life. Her desire to dig deep and remain light and playful brings a unique balance to her classes. She is inspired by the darkness and light within everyone, and feels yoga is an incredible tool to meet every aspect of yourself and harness your inner power. This combination of intensity and playfulness is how Bre lives her life, traveling the world and pushing herself past her fears a little bit at a time. She aspires to hold a space for her students, where they feel empowered to challenge themselves and inspired to have a deeper connection with their own bodies and needs.
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!
Jasmine is passionate about helping others find life balance, confidence, strength, and flexibility through fitness. She began her career in 2012 as a Personal Trainer and Crossfit coach in Southern California. She worked in various gyms soaking in all she could about the health and fitness industry before moving back home to Maui in hopes of inspiring the island in the same ways. As a Certified Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor, Jasmine prides herself in her ability to encourage, motivate, and inspire her clients through safe, effective, and fun training. Jasmine has taught Crossfit, yoga, pilates, spin, and barre and has trained clients and taught classes at Equinox, Wailea Beach Resort, Maui Powerhouse Gym, and the Four Seasons Maui.
Jess believes in sharing positivity, lightness and movement with the world. Her friend introduced her to her first yoga class summer of 2014 and instantly, she was hooked. From that momemt, she knew that yoga was something she needed in life and soon after, completed her 200-hr YTT in Nepal in the Fall of 2016. Jess enjoys combining cardio, dance and strength training with yoga to achieve a solid workout for the whole mind and body. “Yoga is not only about an awesome work out, it’s about being happy and healthy on the inside as well.” Jess believes in focusing on mindfulness, presence and inner light throughout the class, whether it be an intense Power Vinyasa class or a Restorative Yoga session.