Honolulu
Ala Moana Ctr.

Cy Hirota

24 Hour Fitness (Pearl City)

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Jesa Simpkins

Jesa Simpkins (RYT-200hrs) began practicing yoga diligently in 1998. In 2009 she completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training at Aloha Yoga Kula in Hawaii. Shortly there after she began training under Andrea Torres at Samadhi Hawaii and is currently one of her aerialists. Her love and practice of aerial arts, dance, Pilates, and yoga (Ashtanga, Iyengar, Anusara), lead her to meet Ana Prada who began training and sharing her movements known as Aerial Yoga. After many hours of practice and collaboration with Andrea and Ana, Vayu Aerial Yoga was created, combining their love of aerial arts and hatha yoga. Along with Vayu Aerial Yoga, Jesa also teaches prenatal yoga, aerial classes and dances with Samadhi Hawaii and the Iona Contemporary Dance Theater. Read the profile >>

Lehua Wright

Power Yoga Hawaii

In 1999, at the Bikram College of India in Los Angeles California, Lehua experienced a class that would forever change her concept of working out. They called it yoga and since Madonna was doing it, it must have been cool! "After tearing my ACL and meniscus from years of I running, I reluctantly decided to try yoga, I thought to myself how hard could it be?" Said the once self proclaimed gym rat. "When I left the class of 200 plus model types, dripping in sweat and muscles shaking uncontrollably, I knew I found something that had replaced my gym addiction." After a year of training in the Bikram style, Lehua got a tip on a new teacher in Santa Monica, California who was bringing in 120 students a class and teaching a method called Power Yoga. His name was Bryan Kest. Having gone as... Read the profile >>

Romi Beppu

Honolulu Classical Ballet

Born and raised in Honolulu, Ms. Beppu began her ballet training with Hawaii State Ballet under the direction of Mr. John Landovsky while attending Punahou School. She also studied at the Boston Ballet School and spent summers in New York City training with various teachers and coaches such as David Howard, Wilhelm Burmann, Alaine Haubert, Finis Jhung and Diana Cartier. Romi danced professionally with three major ballet companies on the mainland - American Ballet Theatre, Boston Ballet, and Ballet West. During her tenure with these companies she toured internationally, dancing in Spain, Italy, Greece, Turkey and Japan as well as in the continental US. She danced professionally for 16 years and attained the rank of “Principal Dancer,” a highly regarded position given to only a few... Read the profile >>

Ruby Lee

Open Space Yoga School

“When we begin to listen deep within and move from a place of integrity, we learn to rediscover and reconnect with our Higher Self -- filled with love, joy and wisdom.” Working as licensed massage therapist, Ruby’s sense of wonder, appreciation and love for the science of the human body led her towards the path of yoga. Since moving to Hawaii in 2010, her yoga practice has flourished through the support of Open Space Yoga and her thirst to learn more about the teachings of this ancient spiritual tradition. After completing the 200-hour RYT program at Open Space Yoga with Mary Bastien, Jennifer Reuter and Murti Hower, Ruby immersed herself into Ayurveda, the sister science to yoga, and became certified as a Yoga Ayurveda Specialist with Kathryn Templeton from the Himalayan... Read the profile >>

Yoko Fujiwara

Purple Yoga / Honolulu Club // Yoko started yoga while in the IT industry in Tokyo. She moved to Oahu in 2005 and decided to devote herself to the study of yoga. // She graduated from Yoga Hawaii’s teacher training in 2006 and extended her teaching skills with Yoga for Kids and Prenatal Yoga. She has completed an apprenticeship in Pregnancy Yoga with Cathy Louise Broda at Purple Yoga, and is currently her Ashtanga apprentice. Yoko is also a Shiatsu therapist (MAT-11603) and is training to be a doula. // Yoko practices and teaches Ashtanga yoga, and spent three months at Ashtanga Yoga Institute in Mysore, India. She also studied Sanskrit and Yoga Sutra chanting under Dr. M.A. Jayashree while she was there. Read the profile >>