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Yoga demonstration videos: Learn about Yoga styles with the IMA instructors
Yoga Instructor Bios
Danielle Dunckley, Vinyasa Flow
Danielle has been teaching yoga for 10 years at the UW. She encourages her students to listen to and take care of their bodies as they practice and to practice from a place of compassion and joy. She teaches a variety of classes from beginning level to advanced, restorative to flow. She loves teaching at the IMA because of the beautiful studio space and wonderful students.
Gary Martin, Beginning Yoga
Gary became involved in yoga in 2006 and in 2012 completed Yoga Teacher Training at Twist Vinyasa Yoga. Gary appreciates many styles of yoga, especially those with a restorative focus. He especially values the holistic benefits yoga offers by connecting body, mind, and breath, and he hopes to extend his training to include workshops in Yoga Therapy. Gary is a Full-time Lecturer in Near Eastern Languages and Civilization at U.W
Mandy Morneault, Hatha Flow
Mandy has happily taught yoga at the IMA since 2008. Her passion for the practice started in 2001, and has led her to complete over 600 hours of formal yoga teacher training since 2007. Her classes systematically touch the many dimensions of the human experience. By opening the body and mind through yoga, Mandy aims to provide practitioners with tools to support their well-being.
Jason Benchimol, Hatha & Vinyasa Flow
Jason is currently completing his teacher training with the Samarya Center for Humankind (ness). Jason’s classes take inspiration from Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, utilizing traditional and novel Sun Salutation sequences as a platform for introducing and exploring asana postures in greater depth. Each student is encouraged to work at his or her “edge”, while cultivating an attitude of non-attachment. In the spirit of kindness to oneself and self-care, modifications and adjustments are always encouraged.
Huijung Campbell, Iyengar Yoga
Huijung is a certified Iyengar yoga teacher. She gives clear and detailed instructions to help the students learn the important foundations of the poses. Her classes generally start with warm-ups and standing poses, followed by seated poses and relaxation. As students progress throughout the quarter, the class will become more strenuous and more poses will be introduced, including back bends and inversions. Huijung does not use music, and instead encourages students to listen to their bodies. She uses props to accommodate all different body types.
Sasha Parks, Hatha Flow
Sasha has a BA in dance from the UW and has been teaching yoga for over ten years. She was originally inspired by her study of Ashtanga yoga as taught by Shri K. Patabhi Jois in Mysore, India. She is inspired and motivated the process of seeing her students grow, learn, and change in deep and subtle ways from the experience of studying yoga. Her teaching brings an understanding of the body informed by a study of anatomy, dance, and alignment based yoga. She is certified through the Samarya Center.
Noé is a UW graduate who completed his 200 hour training through Yogalife in 2013 and enjoys teaching energetic flow classes inspired by the Ashtanga yoga tradition of linking breath to movement. His classes focus on developing strength, flexibility, and exploring internal body-awareness. His greatest wish is for each of his students to savor a healthy, ongoing body-mind relationship. He has also studied meditation through Shambhala International as well as life-coaching through Hendricks Institute’s Conscious Living and Conscious Loving programs.
Sarah’s personal yoga practice really took off in 2006 when she moved to Ecuador and found that it was far too hilly and chaotic to run in the streets. Constantly dodging cars, people and run-away food carts made “getting into the zone” -or engaging in moving meditation- on her run too difficult. So she decided to give the yoga class that was offered next door a try. Slowly but surely she was hooked, and she’s been increasingly incorporating yoga into her life ever since.
Sarah has worked as a guide on international and wilderness expeditions, supported humanitarian assistance efforts and has served as a teacher in a variety of settings. Throughout all of these often-intense experiences, she found that yoga served as an invaluable counter-balance. She values her yoga and meditation practice as a means for centering in and accessing clarity, and finds that regular practice makes her emotionally more balanced, physically stronger and happier. It brings her great joy to offer the gift of yoga with her students. Sarah strives to facilitate meaningful journeys for herself and her students- on and off the mat. Sarah holds a 200-hour Vinyasa Yoga Teacher certification through BeLuminous Yoga and a Masters degree in Education from Harvard University.
Julie is a registered yoga teacher who trained in Nepal and in the US. She studies adaptive yoga with Matthew Sanford at Mind Body solutions. She is part of Adaptive Yoga Northwest, a group that provides yoga classes to people of all mobility and ability styles in the Pacific Northwest.
Diana Garcia, Hatha Flow
Diana is trained in Vinyasa Flow and Forrest Yoga styles and recently completed her Advance Forrest Yoga Teacher Training. She is a certified Pilates instructor and has more than 25 years of dance training which give her an expert eye for movement. She is a patient and thoughtful instructor and enjoys working with people of all backgrounds. Diana’s current teaching philosophy is to guide the practitioner/student into a yoga dance of mind, body and spirit. awakening ACT: Awareness, Confidence and Transformation. Diana is also Lecturer in dance at UW-Bothell and holds an MFA in Dance Education/Research. She is co-founder of DAIPAN Butoh Collective a local Butoh dance company.
After her RYT-200 training at Yogalife Seattle in 2011, Julia was inspired to study Sanskrit, Ancient Indian Philosophical Literature, and different modalities of healing at the University of Washington. During her last year of schooling she traveled the world researching the relationship between trauma and integrative healing. This work led to a deep respect of vulnerability in the process of becoming a resilient warrior in the battlefield of life. It also solidified the importance of joy, laughter, and the transformative power of community in the healing journey.Julia has additional certifications in Laughter Yoga, Yin Yoga, Reiki, and Mindful Resilience for Trauma Recovery through The Veterans Yoga Project.