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!
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.
Nancy Perez began her yoga journey began in 2008 with a book called Mediation for Beginners that set forth her trajectory into a yogic lifestyle. Her practice began with Bikram Hatha whilst continuing self-study, the study of Buddhism/theology, meditation and Neuroscience. During a life changing trip to Cambodia, she was asked to lead a yoga class every morning which is when she fell in love with teaching. Upon her return to Seattle, she completed a 250 hour Power Vinyasa teacher training program and has been teaching since. Nancy teaches in Spanish and English, is trained to teach children’s yoga and is in the process of completing her Personal Trainer Certification with the National Academy of Sports Medicine. She is greatly intrigued by anatomy, biomechanics and the philosophy of the human experience and enjoys reading and incorporating thought provoking insight during class. Students can expect a challenging yet fun and restorative class that is intended to create a strong foundation and a meditative flow; practicing the art of focus, form, breath-work and opening our heart. Having a background in music and being a descendant of South America, she loves to create unique playlists to transport students through different cultures and time. Her classes are balanced to strengthen and revitalize both physically and mentally; sharing the teachings that have helped guide her through her healing process, evolve spiritually and ride the waves of life with a peaceful heart.
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.
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.
Nani Clem was born in the US from immigrant parents. She grew up conservative Christian, went through a MAJOR upheaval in the past 8 years (stillbirth, miscarriage, church trauma, over prescribed meds, affair, saturn returns, drugs, so many tears, fights and depression.) And then she was introduced to the idea of full love and radical acceptance of oneself. Game changer. In the midst of seeking comfort and understanding in many different ways, she somehow found her way home. Her experience includes coaching in kettlebells, nutrition, relationships and sexuality, and she's honored to be providing care with sound therapy and reiki.
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!
Angel Sta. Teresa began her meditation practice in 2015, which eventually led her to study of yoga. She infuses her teaching with the mentality that yoga is a process of physical and mental healing and discovery. Her classes are based on developing body awareness and discernment in order to nourish and strengthen oneself through asana. Through her sequences, she encourages students to find focus, balance, and ease while cultivating energy and channeling it throughout the body.