Faith Macauley is the founder of the Heart Center, and can be found teaching yoga classes, leading reiki trainings, working the front desk, and mingling with her beloved 'heart-centered' community. She is a visionary, energy worker, and mother. Faith first found yoga in college, when she was suffering from emotional trauma, and discovered that her time on the mat empowered her to heal her trauma, somatically. She now designs classes to impart tools for healing based on breakthroughs and awakening experiences from her own journey to self-love. Faith enjoys DJ'ing  yoga playlists and choreographing inspiring flows for her students. She travels as often as possible, whether to lead retreats, stoke her sense of freedom, or spend quality time with her little family. :-)

 

 

Owen Fitzpatrick will be holding space for meditation at the Heart Center. He is the co-owner and partner to Faith, and has been learning and growing alongside her for the past three years. It is his intention to provide a warm and grounded environment for people to feel welcome and excited about their awakening journey. 

Owen is a maker and an artist, and loves to spend time in nature. Mushroom foraging, glassblowing, and playing with his daughter are among his favorite pastimes. You can find him installing art, fixing things, and helping out around the Heart Center. He looks forward to getting to know you in drum circles, sound baths, and plant medicine ceremonies to come!

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Kathrin is a world traveler who grew up in the southern part of Germany. She draws her energy and inspiration spending time outside in nature and being with her little family. Throughout her life, she was always active in multiple sports, yet still felt something was missing. It was not until her mid-twenties while spending a week in nature in Sweden, that morning yoga classes became her fulfilling ritual. Shortly after, she started practicing Ashtanga yoga and found what she always had sought through movement: the connection between mind, body, and soul. After leaving her first Ashtanga class, she felt a spark had been ignited and the practice and study of yoga have become a regular part of her life ever since. 

Kathrin's teaching is inspired by her desire to share the gifts and benefits of yoga. With warm energy, her classes focus on the connection between breath and movement, combined with a mixture of rhythmic flow and mindful holds as well as calming and meditative practices. Having her background in Social Work, Kathrin is a compassionate teacher who values an authentic connection to her students.

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Birdie discovered yoga during a time of trauma, transition and transformation, as she made her way over to the West Coast. After reading an incredible book called “You Are Here,” she knew the universe was guiding her to be a teacher of the healing arts.

She completed her 200 hour "Holistic Yoga Flow" training at "The Yoga Collective" in Venice, California. In addition, she completed 108 hours of "Bhakti Yoga" training, with her teacher Govind Das, in the Sacred Valley of Peru.
Yoga changed every aspect of the way she lived, thought and breathed. This has led her to feel compelled in sharing the light of self love and acceptance for others. She believes it is essential for our overall health to create more space & time for ourselves so that we are able to live within present awareness and restore balance.

Her classes are fluid and sequenced to strengthen the body and heal from within. They carry the powerful energies of yang within pranayama and each asana, but also soft aspects of yin within slowing down and meditation. You might experience chanting or singing of mantras within her classes because of her love for Bhakti Yoga (Yoga of Love & Devotion). Her intention is to create an environment where everyone feels welcomed, loved and leaves feeling completely nourished from within.

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Brenda (Bee) is super passionate about sharing the mindful practices of yoga and meditation. They continue to feed her mind, body, and soul. She's been on this teaching path since 2013 and truly believes that the yoga practice has inspired her to explore all aspects of life. Finding one path never felt right for her, so she's a number of things along with being a teacher— business owner, mindful marketer, coach, public health professional, a sensitive human— to name a few :) Her classes range from strong Vinyasa flow to gentle restorative and guided meditations. Always keeping the connection with mind-body at the forefront. Her hope is that whatever class you take, it gets you back to your truest self synchronizing your body, breath, and mind to walk in inner alignment and peace.

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Rachelle is a fun loving and compassionate being who discovered meditation and yoga during her first pregnancy as a way to maintain a positive and healthy disposition. Through her practices she gained confidence and learned to love and embrace her ever changing body after years of low self esteem and negative body image. After the empowering birth of her second child she decided to deepen her practice and enrolled in yoga teacher training. There she continued to journey into herself and became inspired to share her light with those around her. By including the studies of prenatal and children’s yoga, as well as becoming a birthing doula, she continues to build community, provide support, and share her heart. Her intention is to always hold space to empower her students to feel proud and confident in their own skin.

Ever since Jonathan, or "LJ", incorporated yoga into his life, his physical health has flourished. He values yoga over all other forms of physical discipline, as a personal trainer who has benefited from all types of exercise. The most alluring element of  yoga is that it evolves into so much more. Cliches notwithstanding, there are spiritual and mental gains that become accessible as one progresses through their personal journey and examinations of the practice. For LJ, it was the meditation component that completely transformed his life. He hopes to bring to the community the same enthusiasm and prosperity that yoga has brought to him. His class will build on your physical strength and push your mental resilience to a better you!

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Teianna Chenkovich is a local performing artist, educator, and choreographer. She is inspired by her love for culture and dance, as well as social justice, play, and improvisation. She grew up in White Center, taking classes in Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Improvisation, Choreography, and African Diasporic Dance and began to develop a passion for teaching. She went on to complete a BA in Dance and Anthropology from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York. She has been teaching dance for 9 years and completed the Creative Dance Center’s Summer Dance Institute for Teachers in 2017. Her passion for globally minded education recently led her to Pietermaritzburg where she worked as a teaching fellow with the Bonwa Dance Company while researching dance education in South Africa and sharing Brain Compatible Dance Education. She also had wonderful experiences working with Touch Compass Dance Company in Auckland, New Zealand, the Amaphiko Township Dance Project in Grahamstown, South Africa, and many local camps and studios. Teianna was recently accepted to a postgraduate program for dance at the University of Auckland which she hopes to begin next year!