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Natalie

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Natalie completed her RYT-200 at Yahweh Yoga. After being a student for nearly 10 years, and seeing how yoga improved her health, she became passionate about sharing the benefits of yoga with others. Her goal is to create a space where students will find relaxation, peace, and improve their overall wellbeing.

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Rachel

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Rachel received her RYT 200 certification through Yahweh Yoga teacher training in 2015. She is an RN with both a Pediatric and Adult Oncology background, and currently serves as Clinical Adjunct Nursing Faculty with two local colleges. Since she started practicing yoga several years ago, she has noticed an increase in strength, flexibility, balance and focus. “Exercise has always been an important part of wellness and health for me. I enjoy hiking, biking, skiing, and being outdoors. But yoga offers [...]

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Alexa

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Alexa started practicing yoga in 2011 and quickly fell in love because of all its amazing health benefits. A year ago she decided she wanted to become an instructor but never knew there was such thing as Christian yoga. After some research, she stumbled upon Yahweh Yoga and knew it was the perfect place for her. She recently graduated from Biola University in December of 2015 with a Bachelors in Biblical and Theological Studies. It wasn’t until after she completed [...]

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John

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Born in Ohio, raised in Texas Served in the US Amy January 1989 to February 2003 November 2003 to April 2012 served as a police officer for the City of Clarksville, TN and the City of Aurora, CO I moved to Arizona in May 2012 My battle with PTS started in 2009, and will continue. After moving to Arizona I found Horse Rhythm which led me to Honor House where I joined Operation Healing Journey which included 10 weeks (twice [...]

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Heather

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Heather started her yoga journey at 22 years old and immediately fell in love with the stillness it gave her mind and body. Being a lifelong athlete she loved the flexibility and lengthening of her muscles that kept her coming back through two pregnancies and multiple injuries. She never knew she had the option to combine her love for God and her enjoyment for yoga until she came to Yahweh yoga and once she did, she knew the Lord was [...]

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Nicole

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Nicole has been practicing yoga for a few years and recently had the honor of completing my RYT with Yahweh. Faith and yoga go hand in hand for me. I feel most connected to His presence when in practice, whether that be in a class or in my home practice. I am have been married to my wonderful husband for 15yrs and we have 2 beautiful children. We enjoy serving at our church and participating in youth activities with our [...]

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Aimee

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Aimee discovered Pilates while living in the Bay Area in 2005. I love to dance growing up, Pilates was intuitive and in sync with my personal style of exercise. I loved the way it made my body feel and wanted to share that experience with others. I received my mat training from Pilates Core Integration, in Tempe AZ in 2015. Her first yoga mat experience was memorable, “I felt God’s love, it was peaceful, everything was Christ-centered from beginning to [...]

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Rich

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Rich began his practice of Yoga almost eight years ago and has made it the foundation of his overall fitness plan. The combination of strength, flexibility, and meditation principles is what drew him to yoga and inspires his practice. In addition to Yoga, he enjoys weight lifting, backpacking, snowboarding and flying his plane. If it’s physical and involves strength or speed, Rich likes it. Rich grew up in the Phoenix area and attended U of A. He then served 20 [...]

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Judi

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Judi began the practice of yoga several years ago to release stress and restore her health and well being. Yoga soon became her favored expression of worship. Her teaching combines postures with gentle flow and guides her students into a peaceful state to experience joy and serenity, all the while honoring Christ. Judi holds deep respect and gratitude for her teachers who exhibit peace, balance and grace through the practice of Christian yoga. Her desire is to grow in her [...]

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Judy

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I feel so honored to be apart of the Yahweh Yoga team! I will never forget the peace I felt from the first class I ever attended. Shortly after, I was led to go through teacher training over a year ago and felt that God was saying this is another avenue He would allow me to help share that same peace and healing as He has brought to me. I have been married to my high school sweetheart for 11 years and we are blessed [...]

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Heather

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Heather Baylies went from being picked last for Dodge Ball and last on the PE Class 1.5 mile run to becoming dedicated to learning how the body works (or doesn’t) by earning a MS in Exercise Physiology. Heather came to find exercise fun… especially yoga. She started practicing during a particularly tumultuous time in her life in 2003 and her yoga mat became her clean slate, home base and time out place. A firm believer in the importance of faith [...]

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Pam

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I am a late blooming yogi.  I started practicing yoga in my mid twenties, and as my practice “evolved” it became obvious to me, I didn’t fit into advanced secular yoga.  I was not a strong Christian at the time and felt very vulnerable to some of the philosophies I was being exposed to. I left the practice I loved until 4 years ago when I learned the church I attended offered yoga through Yahweh Yoga.  That was it, to [...]

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Stephanie

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Stephanie Washington has loved singing in worship bands and serving in youth ministry for years. She has also struggled with chronic health issues for a very long time. Back in 2007, she prayed for God to bring her new motivation for exercising and God answered her prayer almost immediately through Yahweh Yoga. On her yoga mat, she found a place as nourishing to her soul, as to her physical body. He grew a desire in her heart to share this [...]

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Diane

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Diane is dedicated to continuing the yoga education process and in the spring of 2012, completed her Barkan Method Hot Yoga Teacher Training Level II/lll certification. In the fall of 2014 Diane completed her Master’s level training through Yahweh Yoga, with an emphasis on helping students that have anxiety and/or stress disorders. With an osteo arthritis diagnosis, herself, she tries to make yoga accessible to all, by challenging the preconception that one must be flexible to do yoga. Diane believes [...]

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Courtney

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Courtney Chalfant is a lover of the Lord who is profoundly dedicated to serving Jesus Christ. A former Hospice nurse and a yoga practitioner since 2004, Courtney is passionate to share the intimate relationship she experienced with God on her yoga mat. Her faith and her practice have always been joined together. In early 2005 she founded Yahweh Yoga LLC with her mother DeAnna Smothers a 30-year long yoga enthusiast. Together they created a 250 and 500 hour Yoga Alliance [...]

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DeAnna

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DeAnna is co-founder and CEO of Yahweh Yoga and has been practicing Christ-centered yoga for more than 20 years. She is Director of Yahweh Yoga’s Advanced Studies program. DeAnna has a background in dance. She has developed a distinct style of yoga that makes each class an experience that resonates with students at a heart, mind, body level. DeAnna loves her students and enjoys making each class a time for each person to experience peace and solitude in their own [...]

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