As a lifelong athlete, figure skater and long distance runner, Katie started practicing yoga in 2009 as a way to supplement her marathon training. Though finishing the race was the goal, yoga was the gift, and she quickly fell into a regular daily practice. Yoga felt natural in her body and it had brought back fund memories of her figure skating days, in a way that running never did. She completed a 200 hour teacher training in 2012 and immediately started teaching. After all the years of being coached and instructed, it was easy for Katie to slip into the roll of instructor. Very quickly she became known for her signature style of easy to follow alignment cues, mindful sequencing and making her classes accessible for all levels. Katie taught all over her hometown of Chicago for three years, but adventure and a desire to leave city life led her to Washington. When in her class, expect to be challenged and encouraged to try new things while in a safe environment.
Brenda picked up hooping in 2012 while living in Las Vegas, Nevada. There, she met an entire community of flow artists who gathered weekly to hone their skills of juggling, poi, staff and, of course, hoop dance. Brenda found it impossible to put the hoop down and spent all her free time within the flow arts community learning and sharing her love of hoop dance. Brenda deepened her hoop dance study through many hours ‘in the hoop’ in personal exploration and practice as well as completing the Hoopnotica Hoop Dance Teacher Curriculum. Brenda’s favorite thing to do is to make others smile and laugh. She began doing just that when she started teaching hoop lessons here in Centralia after her husband’s military career brought them to Washington. They decided to make Hub City home for their three children and menagerie of pets. When not teaching hoop dance at Embody, she enjoys taking Nia classes at the studio, crafting and teaching DIY art and craft workshops.
Heidi first stumbled into Nia in 2014, while looking for a new and engaging way to be active. Having no formal dance training, and not being a particularly graceful person, she found Nia surprisingly approachable. She appreciated the mental challenge as well as the physical workout, and quickly made Nia a regular part of her life. Heidi completed White Belt training in April of 2015, with the intent to deepen her understanding of the practice and herself. Her experience in the training also solidified her desire to share Nia as a teacher. She hopes those who choose to step in with her will sweat, laugh, and enjoy moving their bodies in a natural time and way. In addition to Nia, Heidi’s passions include growing things, playing with fire, cooking, and singing goofy songs with her daughter.
Sara completed her 200-hour Yoga Teaching Training in 2014. At the time, as a fitness and Crossfit coach and competitor, she found that teaching and practicing yoga, gave her an awareness of balancing softness and strength: physically, mentally and emotionally. Because of her diverse training and experience, Sara has a thorough understanding of the way the body moves and how important it is to let go of body expectations to allow it to become what it will through consistent movement and self-care. Safety, in all aspects of yoga, is important to Sara and comes through in her cues and awareness of each of her students. Her loving and encouraging nature comes through in her voice and the energy she carries around her. Sara believes that, through yoga, the benefits and opportunities for personal growth are exponential. She hopes that each student that attends her class can find and burn bright their inner light, so bright and fierce, that only love will continue to vibrate the world around us.
Rachael Prince ``stepped in`` to her first Nia class 2 years ago, here at Embody, and fell in love. Nia gave her back the freedom of dance she had forgotten over the years and uncovered her joy. Now as a certified Whitebelt Nia instructor it is her goal to share that joy with others. She believes people of all ages and abilities can find healing through movement and aims to teach with care and compassion. As a mother to two young children Rachael sees the mental and physical benefits of movement and creative expression for children and adults alike. When not practicing and teaching Nia you can find her adventuring with her family around the Pacific Northwest, adding to her growing menagerie of farm animals, or just enjoying her garden.
Trisha first found yoga while she was in high school through a little book called ‘Yoga: 28 Day Exercise Plan,’ which she diligently practiced in her room while rocking out to Pink Floyd. In 2000, she rediscovered yoga and began practicing every day... as she has every day for the past 17 years... transforming her body and life from the inside out. In 2015, Trisha moved to Chehalis and became a student at Embody the following year. In the Fall of 2016, Trisha completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training at Embody and she is thrilled to step-in to teaching and share her passion for yoga with her students. Trisha’s approach to yoga is a little less serious and more lighthearted than most and she encourages students to lighten up, not take themselves too seriously and enjoy themselves! Aside from yoga, Trisha’s other passion in life is her family including her husband, 3 children and 2 grandchildren. When not practicing or teaching Yoga, Trisha can be found listening to music, singing and laughing as much as possible!
Wanda’s passion for Tribal Bellydance was ignited when she was treated to a performance by Gypsy Caravan Tribal Bellydance ® (GCTB) dancers at her birthday party, organized by her beloved daughter Christina. This beautiful and earthy style of dancing was totally new to her. Since that day the fires have burned to learn as much as she could about this powerful dance. She travels semiweekly to Portland to study with a variety of instructors, who are current and former GCTB dancers, as well as special workshops and intensives with GCTB originator Paulette Rees-denis. She has earned the status of Certified Teacher of Gypsy Caravan Tribal Bellydance ® Levels 1 & 2, along with achieving certification in GCTB Collection Soul Levels 1, 2 & 3. Wanda is honored to have been invited to join and perform with the Caravan Project Northwest dancers, a part of the global Caravan Project community of GCTB dancers and musicians, dancing together from all corners of the world. As a life-long lover of dance she spent several years as the director of Chehalis Ballet Center, now SW Washington Dance Center where she managed operations of the dance school and directed the performing company, as well as instructed ballet classes for children and adults. Wanda also co-owns with her husband Larry, Aristocratic Cabinets Inc., a wholesale manufacturer of kitchen and bath cabinetry for fine West Coast and Hawaiian homes. Other passions in Wanda’s life include being “Nana” to her baby grandson Keenan, spending time with family, traveling, gardening, cooking, reading and ballroom dancing with her husband.
Christina Wolf’s love of movement and dance began at a very young age. From the age of 5, she studied ballet, tap, jazz and modern dance and began teaching children’s dance classes at the age 14 at the Chehalis Ballet Center (now Southwest Washington Dance Center).After taking a 10 year hiatus from dance and movement to focus on other pursuits including education, travel, and careers in the salon/spa industry and corporate digital ad sales, she returned to her soul’s passion and love of movement in 2013. In September of 2013, Christina opened Embody Movement Studio & Lifestyle Boutique in historic downtown Centralia, WA to create a warm, inviting, and safe place for individuals to connect with their bodies through joyful movement in community. Christina is a certified Nia Black Belt Teacher, a 200-hour Yoga Alliance Certified Hatha Yoga Teacher, as well as a certified Hoopnotica Hoop Dance instructor. When not dancing, teaching, or managing Embody, Christina can be found spending time with her husband, sons and family, working in the garden, cooking, knitting or hiking in the beautiful northwest.