Our Teachers

Our teachers are full of dedication and love for the classes they teach and the people in them, as well as experience in the areas in which they specialize. If you are interested in teaching any of our family, young people or adult classes, or bringing your own type of class that fits our focus on families and diversity, we would love to talk to you! Please contact us.

 
 
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Saralyn Whitney

Co-owner +Instructor for family, young people, prenatal and adult classes

My first inspiration for the YogaFamily studio came from me wanting to have a place to do yoga with my son, so I could have quality time together and I could introduce him to something that was so helpful in my life. Since, I have discovered all of the amazing things yoga really can do for both kids and adults, and am focused on creating a great place that brings families and yoga together

I have completed Next Generation Yoga’s training for Young People Ages 2-7, Global Family Yoga’s family yoga teacher certification course, and my 200-hour adult training certification through Sattva Yoga in Redmond with Ali Valdez. I am currently taking an 80-hour prenatal certification through Mamata Yoga.

 
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Boni Love

Co-Owner & Young Person Yoga Teacher

Boni Love is a passionate yogi and mother of two. She received her completion certification from Next Generation Yoga for Ages 2-7. Throughout her career, Boni has founded and operated several businesses beginning with the Creative Garden Preschool from 1996-2004, followed by Jamerica Motors Auto Repair in Renton and Four Corners Auto Tech in Maple Valley. She received her degree in early childhood education was back in 1992 and has been working with children in an educational capacity in the 25 years since then. She has expertise in working with special needs children and facilitating trainings for parents. She is currently working as a Paraeducator in the Special Education Department for the Tahoma School District.

 
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Katie Chatwood

Teaches Body Positive Yoga

I am a working mom of two who came to yoga through a desperate need to reconnect with myself. Yoga has opened my heart and allowed me to find peace and acceptance of my body. I hope to create a space for EVERY BODY to explore the joy and enlightenment that yoga can provide. With a Yoga for All training certification and a passion for continued learning, my goal is to help everyone find individuality and accessibility in their own practice. 

 
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Angela Wilson

Teaches Kundalini Yoga

Angela is a certified Kundalini Yoga Teacher. She has been practicing and studying Kundalini Yoga for over a decade. Angela loves to share the immense benefits of the mind, body, and spirit connection that Kundalini Yoga helps to manifest in ones life. She creates and holds a safe and calm space for students of all levels to explore their curiosity and the sacred levels Kundalini yoga. In the winter time she spends some of her weekends teaching Snow Skiing. She enjoys spending time with family, friends and dreams of building a community of like minded yogis! Sat Nam

 
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Grace Lewis

Teaches Hatha Yoga

I walked into my first Yoga class over 10 years ago, looking for a way to reduce stress. I immediately fell in love with the way I felt in the poses and the way the practice helped to clear my mind. I gained more than I anticipated, leading me to pursue my teaching certification, which I took with Global Soul Yoga in 2018. 

I find that the beauty of Hatha is that there are no surprises, because every class is composed of the same 26 poses. You can feel the progress each time you practice. Hatha is the perfect practice for beginners that want to explore yoga as well as for more advanced yogi’s who want to deepen and expand their practice.

 
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Joann O'Meara

Teaches Yoga+Art workshops and Young People Yoga

I am a nature, art and yoga enthusiast teaching and combining all three whenever possible. Promoting creative life outdoors is my aim, to nurture a life in nature. Originally from Dublin, Ireland with a BA in Fine Art Painting, I bringsa cultural and creative mix to yoga with a focus on alignment and enjoyment!

 
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Heather Church

Teaches Slow Flow, Teens & Restorative Yoga

I began practicing yoga off and on about 15 years ago.  I had been away from yoga for quite a while when I started practicing consistently in early 2016. I was on a journey to wellness trying to find relief from symptoms related to thyroid disease and hashimoto’s disease.  I found that through practicing yoga, I felt better physically as well as emotionally.  I received my 200 hour vinyasa certification from Sattva Yoga in Redmond. In addition, I received a second certification, yoga for athletes. Having been an athlete for most of my life, I know what an impact yoga can have in the life of an athlete. Yoga helps athletes of all ages and disciplines with breathing, focus, proprioception, flexibility, and strength. I especially enjoy working with beginners and those who are intimidated by yoga, and helping them to feel comfortable starting out.

 
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Elaine Lucke

Teaches Gentle/Beginner Yoga & Yin-Yasa

Elaine’s interest in anatomy first led her to massage school in 2005. A long-time yoga student she found that increasingly she was going to the yoga mat to find peace and ease in her own body physically, but also was interested in diving in deeper to what yoga has to offer for the mind and spirit. Eventually this led to attending a 200-hour Yoga Alliance yoga teacher training. She loves sharing yoga with others and helping them to explore what feels good in their body. Her teaching style is best described as organic. Elaine enjoys teaching slow flow and beginners yoga. She strives for her the students to feel light-hearted and accomplished and leave with a smile after her classes.