Ambassador Profiles

 

Yuki Tsuji-Hoening
City: Boulder

Web: www.yogayuki.com
Yuki Tsuji-Hoening believes AcroYoga is the way to connect people all over the world. Her passion for teaching AcroYoga lies in seeing the playful spirit emerge in her students, and cultivating a boundless creative community. In her class, she encourages freedom of expression, movement, safe communication as well as the process of self discovery through partner work. She has been a teacher and a coach in many different disciplines for last 9 years, including AcroYoga, Thai Yoga massage, handstand, dance-climb fusion for AscenDance Proejct, skydiving and body flight. She is a certified AcroYoga teacher and a licensed massage therapist. She has a strong background in teaching Iyengar Yoga style and she incorporates the in her yoga teaching. She has enjoyed building a thriving AcroYoga community in her hometown Boulder, Colorado as well as traveling near and far to grow the community globally. She’s also a co-founder of Earth Play Retreats. She is intrigued by the depth of both Yin and Yang disciplines she practices and teaches. She enjoys the beautiful harmony and balance of both, teaching dynamic acrobatics and handstand and restoring gentle yoga and Thai massage. When she’s not working, she’s found mostly outdoors rock climbing, mountain biking, backcountry skiing, cross country skiing, hiking and generally enjoying Colorado’s beautiful mountains.

Danielle Marie Robinson
City: Los Angeles

Web: www.danieatslife.com
Danielle Marie Robinson (Dani), E-RYT, is a Yoga and Pilates teacher, creative nonfiction writer, foodie, comedy and travel enthusiast, animal lover and life eater. Her aim is to live as joyfully as possible every moment, no matter where she is or what she's doing, and she hopes to spread this positivity to all who cross her path. Dani lived and began her teaching career in Italy; completed her 200 hour RYT teacher training in Vinyasa and Prana Flow at Sonic Yoga in NYC; then lived, ate, wrote and taught in Chicago for three years before landing in the City of Angels, Los Angeles, California.   Dani deepened her knowledge and teachings of Yoga with Mukti Yoga's 500 hour E-RYT program in Bali, specializing in the study of Chakras and Tantra Kriya. As an avid traveler, Dani has brought Karma Yoga and healing benefits to those in need in Haiti through her work with Yogis Can Help. She also teaches workshops and special classes throughout the country, and retreats beyond all borders of this amazing planet. Dani also blends her study of Psychology with her love of Yoga in her writing. She writes for the Travel Yogi, is a Wellness Expert for MindBodyGreen, and shares her love of all things food, comedy, yoga, sex, travel and insight in her blog, mastic8onthis. She is a proud ambassador for Natural Fitness and can't wait to contribute further to this eco-conscious effort.

Stacy Riley
City: Lapeer, MI

Web: facebook.com/stacyrileyyoga
Stacey Riley has been practicing yoga for nearly 6 years.      About a year ago, she earned her RYT-200, began her teaching career in Colorado, and now teaches in Michigan. Stacey loves sharing the many blessings yoga practice has to offer, and especially enjoys gently guiding beginners, as they step onto the path. Her alliance with Natural Fitness began in May of 2012.   Stacey truly appreciates the genuinely sustainable philosophy behind the products, as well as how seamlessly the mats and accessories flow into a strong practice.  Simply put, she thinks these mats ROCK and is proud to recommend them to anyone and everyone who asks, "So, what mat do you use?"

Veronica Rottman
City: Chicago

Web: www.happybabyogi.com
Veronica had her first encounter with yoga as a little girl growing up surrounded by yoga, massage, and natural ways of living.   She developed a steady practice over 10 years ago after dancing for several years. After graduating from college with a degree in Spanish Linguistics and French, she completed her formal 200 hour teacher training. Since then she studies yoga everyday and attends trainings with Sara Strother, Sianna Sherman, Seane Corne, Janet Stone, and many others. Veronica has taught yoga in Costa Rica, Panama, and travels to Haiti to teach through a group she co-founded called "Yogis Can Help." YCH is a team of three lady teachers dedicated to bringing yoga to those underserved. In her classes she leads students into a state of meditation through movement by focusing on the subtle aspects of the practice. She challenges students by focusing deeply on mindful alignment, breath and intention. Veronica invites students to use each asana as a tool to refine their awareness of what it is they would like to cultivate in their life both on and off the mat. She creates a positive, focused environment where students are encouraged to challenge themselves, laugh, play, and grow. When Veronica isn't teaching yoga, she is helping families as a doula. You can take her class at Tula Yoga, Cocoon Care, and Vessel. Or catch her on the sub list at Zen Yoga Garage and Yogaview.

Cassi Stuckman
City: Chicago

Web: www.cassiyoga.com
Cassi was born in Kansas, and discovered the gift of yoga at the age of thirteen.  Since then she has practiced several styles of yoga: Bikram, Yin, Hatha, Vinyasa, Acro, Iyengar and Kundalini.  She continued practicing yoga while in college where she taught aerobics to college students and faculty.  After discovering her passion for teaching group fitness, she completed YogaFit Level one, Level two, Anatomy and Alignment and YogaFit kids training.  Over the next five years Cassi taught clients of all ages in Florida, Kansas and Utah.  In the Summer of 2011 she completed a lifelong dream by studying with Annie Carpenter in Los Angeles, California.  It was there that Cassi received her Yoga Alliance Certification 200 RYT.  Cassi has completed 30 hour comprehensive Kids Yoga training with Karma Kids in NYC during the Spring of 2012, as well as a 45 hour prenatal/postnatal teacher training in San Francisco at Yoga Tree in 2013.  In December, Cassi will return to Los Angeles and complete her 300 hour RYT with Maty Ezraty.  Cassi holds a BA in Theatre and Film, an MA in Theatre Management, and completed a Publicity Apprenticeship with the Steppenwolf Theatre Company.  Cassi has developed a personal style of yoga over the years: a vinyasa flow that focuses on pairing the breath and asana while developing inner awareness and peace.  Her Family/Kids & Baby & Me classes include games, singing, dancing and other creative activities focused on bringing the benefits of yoga to the whole family.  Cassi founded Lila Learning in Spring 2013 after leading her first Kid's Yoga Teacher Training.  The mission of Lila Learning is to empower children with yoga.  Lila means 'play' in Sanskrit.  Lila Learning is a play based approach that provides accessible tools for relaxation, balance, flexibility and strength to yogi's of all ages. 

Bee Bosnak
City: New York
Web: www.beebosnak.com

Born in Turkey, Raised in London, it wasn't until Bee found herself living in Los Angeles, the mecca of yoga, that she made her way to her first yoga class.  As a student, her practice combines a sense of hope, awareness, self reflection and strength.  As a teacher, her sincerest hope is that the practice affects her student's lives in any of the multitudinous positive ways it has affected hers.  From physical health to emotional openness to mental clarity, she has observed every aspect of her life change.  Bee's classes are emphasized solely on flow, alignment and intention.  Her Power Vinyasa teachings focuses on building a solid foundation based on strength, spirit and breath, and ultimately, healing from the inside out.  After almost seven years on the west coast, Bee took a leap of faith and moved to New York City, where she currently resides.  Off the mat, she has a career in the fashion industry, is a Reiki healer and the author of Heal Yourself, an e-book on the app store.  She has graced the covers of over half a dozen Yoga Magazines in Europe and the states and has contributed to many wellness magazines as a writer.


Rhiannon Kirby
City: Chicago

Web: www.rhiannonyoga.com

Rhiannon has been practicing for 12 years, teaching for 7 years and has had the pleasure of studying with Larry Shultz, Mark Whitwell, Seane Corn, Tim Suh, Manju Jois and Tim Miller.  The breath is the guiding force to Rhiannon's practice and teaching style.  With a BA in Dance Performance and Choreography from Mills College in Oakland, California, Rhiannon has always had a deep understanding and appreciation for the body.  While living in the Bay Area of Northern California, Rhiannon discovered the healing powers that yoga has on the mind, body and spirit.  Seeing the transformation yoga had on her body and the ability yoga has to clear the mind of negativity, Rhiannon knew that she had found her path, to pass yoga on to others so that they could be filled with the strength and peace she feels everyday as a result of yoga.  After trying many styles of yoga she came across Ashtanga Vinyasa, and found a true connection to the practice.  A perfect combination of physical postures and flow, Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga is centered around the breath and the guiding force the breath can have in and outside of the yoga practice.  Using a combination of postures from traditional Ashtanga and her dance background, Rhiannon's class offers the opportunity to challenge the mind, to quiet down, to be present and in moment, to support the body through asanas (postures), and to turn your practice into a constant ebb and flow of grace.  She is proud to be a Natural Fitness 2014 Ambassador and looks forward to getting out into the Chicago community, rocking out yoga with such a conscious company

 


Andrew Gurvey
City: Chicago
Web: www.balancefire.com

Andrew has been a yoga junkie since the day he first stepped foot on the mat. His love affair with arm balances began the first time he put his hands on the floor and became acquainted with Crow Pose 8 years ago. He has been splitting his time between standing on his feet and standing on his hands ever since. His path to teaching was an inevitable journey as his affair with the practice continued. Andrew finds his greatest joy in watching his students discover their own amazing radiance through the offerings of the yoga practice. He considers himself to be a very lucky tour guide on the yoga journey, and considers it an honor to have the privilege to teach.


Meg Hughes-Garvey
City: Boston
Web: www.exerciseyourbeauty.com

Meg's passion for health and fitness began at a very young age.  Growing up in a very active atmosphere in which her mother taught fitness classes and her father was an organic food broker, it made sense that she fell in love with wellness, leading her to help her students and patients move their way to a happier & healthier lifestyle.  She received her Master's degree in Clinical Exercise Physiology at Northeastern University, is an adjunct professor at a variety of Boston Institutions, and still finds time to fully experience the fitness scene in Boston.  She is a Physical Mind Institute trained Pilates instructor, a graduate of South Boston's 200 hr teacher training program under Ame Wren and David Vendetti, and a spin coach.  She is a self-proclaimed "fitness mutt" due to the wide variety of classes that she teaches; yet that is what keeps her motivated and interested.  Meg teaches from a place of passion and is honored to share that passion with her students.  Here's to fun, sweat, and the love of movement.


Shuli Burke
City: Boston
Web: www.shaktibyshuli.com

Shuli is a Boston-based yoga and Pilates teacher.  A spiritual seeker from a young age, Shuli was always intrigued by the mystique of Eastern philosophies and religions.  After serving in the Israeli Army as a combat field instructor, Shuli's desire to return to a place of peace led her to an extensive and profound journey through Southeast Asia, namely India, and to the study of yoga.  Shuli studies several styles of yoga starting with Sivananda and Anusara, and, in more recent years, Prana Flow and Ashtanga.  Shuli earned her graduate degree in clinical psychology at Columbia University in NYC, with a special focus in positive psychology and the psychology of spirituality through the Spirituality & Mind/Body Institute at Columbia.  She assisted her mentor Dr. Lisa Miller, Director of the institute, on a study examining mondfulness meditation and how it may reduce professional burnout.  During this time she earned her 200-hr yoga certification with Sonic Yoga in NYC, under Lauren Hanna and Johanna Bell.  She wrote her final grad school thesis on the benefits of yoga for postpartum depression.  Shuli is currently pursuing her 500- hr Prana Flow training with Shiva Rea, as well as a 200-hr Ayurvedic Life Style Consultant training with Maria Garre, a faculty member at Ayurvedic Institute under Dr. Lad.  Shuli became a certified Power Pilates instructor in 2011 under the guidance of Nancy Keating.  Shuli teaches mat and power Pilates in Boston.  A passionate world traveler, Shuli has spent time working and volunteering abroad and spent the last decade living in Miami, London, Hawaii, NYC and now in the great city of Boston!  Always a student of yoga, she is forever grateful for the opportunity to have learned from so many wonderful teachers.  She incorporates her knowledge of positive psychology, mindful living, movement meditation, martial arts, and humor to make practice a fun, sweaty and transformative experience.  Her classes aim to balance hard work with internal reflection and relaxation.


Adrienne Kimberly
City: Seattle
Web: www.urbanleaf.com

Adrienne leads an inquisitive yoga class that is cohesive, rhythmic and inspiring. With her base training in power vinyasa and work as a barre instructor, Adrienne's classes are exceptionally musical and thoughtful, as well as physically challenging. Adrienne is an intuitive instructor; she engages with the class dynamics and offers the theme, asana and pacing that suits the energy of the room. She is attentive with every practitioner and provides hands-on support to deepen the expression of the postures. Because she teaches a vinyasa flow style of yoga, Adrienne encourages students to be expressive. She provides ample alignment-based instruction to facilitate the experience, but she also allows space for practitioners to explore more energetic and emotional growth in class.


Emilie Perz
City: Los Angeles
Web: www.emilieperzyoga.com

Chicago native and now Los Angeles-based Emilie Perz has been making her mark on the city's yoga scene for nearly a decade. With a firm hand, keen eye for alignment and playful sense of humor, she leads both seasoned and beginning yogis through vigorous flows centered around intention and Svadhyaya (self-study). Navigating the narrow line between the integrity and lineage of yogic practice and the lessons relevant to modern everyday life, Emilie's students learn to discover balance between their own peace and power, sweating and laughing all the way. With Emilie, it's personal.' Her ability to understand and meet each student in whatever space they current reside has earned her a loyal following of yogis seeking a physical and spiritual challenge presented in Emilie's firm, yet playful teaching style. Her vigorous flows are punctuated by her keen eye for alignment and a creative joy she brings to every class. Emilie's students will find a strong, powerful practice centered around intention and free of judgment. Emilie's growing reputation for connecting to students and them to yoga has earned her praise throughout the Los Angeles yoga community. Equipped with a Yoga Alliance certification and hundreds of hours of training with senior teachers through YogaWorks and internationally renowned masters, Emilie continues to grow her path nationally and globally, with immersion retreats scheduled throughout 2013.