Heather is a huge believer in the power of movement and teach yoga because of its power to transform from inside out. Heather holds a 200-hr certification from locally-based Pacific Yoga and offer slow flow, alignment- focused classes for adults and game-playing, story-telling yoga-based movement classes for kids. Yoga offers balance and compassion to the competitive strive-to-win, aggressive mentality in which we are so accustomed. A devoted practice nourishes the body, mind, spirit and brain; and, centers people in ways that empower them to be their most authentic selves. This centering allows people more personal acceptance and openness to the world and opportunities around them, whether on the racecourse, in the corporate world or, in daily life.
Brittany’s first yoga experience at age 13 made a lasting impression that carries her to this very day. After practicing various styles of yoga and being a “yogavangelist” for many years, Brittany completed her power vinyasa teaching training in 2013 in order to share the vast benefits of yoga that she herself experienced from a regular practice.
As an E-RYT 200, her consistent quality instruction focuses on safe and healing alignment and creative sequences that provide students an opportunity for exploration and self-inquiry. She currently manages the Ballard CorePower Yoga Studio where she teaches and mentors students and instructors through comprehensive 200-hour teacher training certifications, yoga classes, and continuing education programs. When she’s not in the yoga studio, Brittany loves to be active outside, to soak up the sunshine, and plan domestic and international travel adventures.
Richard embraces the rewards to be found in living his yoga practice outside the studio as well as within it, and Street Yoga is a wonderful source for devotional practice. As a parent he sees the struggles of his own children and their friends, and is thus driven to share yoga and mindfulness with all young people.
Richard is drawn to challenges that take him beyond his own perceived limits, and recently received his 200 RYT certificate. It coincides with his joining the Board at Street Yoga, and he sees both teaching and serving as formidable opportunities to give back to his society .
During the day Richard works as a lighting designer striving to create healthy, energy-efficient environments for people to live and work in, and is otherwise engaged in growing with his daughter and son.
The thing that drew Joshua to Street Yoga was the mission and the people. He remembers hearing about this hard working group of people bringing the benefits of yoga to disadvantaged youth. Beginning in the late nineties Joshua was a research scientist at UW studying issues facing street youth, and when he left that work in 2010 he promised himself that he would find another way to contribute to the community his prior work had supported. So when the opportunity arose, he offered to be of service in any way he could. He didn’t expect it to lead him to helping with the transition of the organizational headquarters to Seattle or becoming the president of the board; and yet it makes sense if you look at the balance of his career. More recently his focus in private practice as a psychologist has been on developing and supporting programming around mindfulness-based interventions and contemplative programming. Joshua’s Mindful Family program offers meditation training programs to children and parents. Likewise, he is working with Washington State Compassionate Schools program developing curriculum to help schools teach compassion to their treasured students. In his person life, Joshua and his wife are raising their two sons and lovely new daughter.
Claire grew up in a household where yoga and mindfulness were a daily routine. She believes they are a key tool in shifting perspective and healing. She completed her 200-hour teacher training at Yoga Vida while attending New York University. Claire works at a non-profit in Tacoma that helps restructure the public education system to raise graduation rates and close gaps in race and equity.
Claire was drawn to Street Yoga because she sees the great need in bringing yoga and mediation to underserved youth. She spends her free time skiing, hiking, cooking and traveling.
A life-long dancer and athlete, Lilani Estacio translated her passion for health and fitness into a BS in Nutritional Science from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. She spent more than five years collaborating in a test kitchen on fresh recipes at Dole Food Company, before relocating to Seattle. Lilani now works as head of marketing & communications for Orca Bay Seafoods, and serves on the Board of Directors for City of Hope Pacific Northwest Food Industries Circle.
When she is not educating consumers about the benefits of healthful eating, Lilani can be found advocating for an overall healthy lifestyle by teaching ballet barre classes and volunteering as a nutritionist for Solid Grounds and No Kid Hungry/Cooking Matters. As a zellaPRO brand ambassador for Nordstrom, she continues to practice yoga at different studios in the Seattle area and around the country. Lilani was inspired to utilize her professional skill set to support the Street Yoga mission as a Board Member by her mother, who found strength in yoga after the passing of Lilani’s father, her husband of 47 years, in 2013.
When Geoff began practicing yoga six years ago, he immediately fell in love with the mindfulness and peace he was able to find on his mat. From reduced stress to improved mental and physical strength, his yoga practice has helped him develop as a person as well as professionally in his career as an engineering manager.
Geoff’s main goal in becoming a Street Yoga board member is to help serve his community while also expanding his business acumen within the non-profit sector. He enjoys a range of outdoor activities including skiing, running and fishing; as well as travelling, exploring and playing with his nieces.
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