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 and evolve. 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. :-)
Caleb connected with yoga cross-training for surfing, noticing the postures of wave-riding evoked what he experienced in his first vinyasa flow.
The mental/spiritual benefits of these practices also felt similar. Realizing yoga was a freely available source for spiritual energy, yoga evolved into a steady practice, and eventually into a fully committed love after being introduced to the Rocket sequence, and an eclectic community of it's devotees in San Francisco. This free-spirited, rebellious family was instrumental in providing Caleb a safe space to truly be himself, having nearly quit yoga in initial distaste of not feeling a sense of belonging within the cliches of yoga-studio culture.
Steady practice provided gradual and profound healing of emotional patterns, depression and anxiety. The more yoga, the more clarity and intuition came.
Caleb began to teach after 5 years, and channeled the insights he continued to receive from yoga into other healing arts such as reiki, sound-healing, plant medicine, and breathwork.
Caleb also discovered Kundalini yoga and experienced a lightning bolt of increased healing and vitality. Yoga became more dynamic, and sustainable, through integrating and balancing kundalini and Astanga, both of which showed the same common medicine of removing stagnation. In 2019 Caleb went on extended pilgrimage to India, studying kundalini and Astanga as well as Ayurveda and meditation.
Caleb's goals as a teacher are to create a welcoming and supportive community that encourages steady growth for all. He aims to honor the roots of yoga by teaching the breath as the most important aspect, along with bandha and dristi. His classes reference Patanjali's yoga sutras in order for yoga to be liberating not only physically but mental-spiritually through deconditioning of trauma and societal programming.
Rachel began a yoga practice in 2000 for physical reasons, to become stronger and more
flexible, yet after her first class, it created a lasting impression. She could feel that there was
something beyond the physical. For years she was very committed to a Hot yoga practice,
but something shifted when she found Power yoga. Rachel loved everything about it, the
warm heat paired with strong flow connected with her on a physical and mental level.
Yoga became a way of healing, and as she grew physically, she also grew spiritually,
developing a regular meditation practice.
In 2007, Rachel was introduced to a style of meditation called Consciousness Meditation, which resonated with her immediately. She began teaching small group classes under the
guidance of her mentor. She continued to teach weekly small group classes up until 2017, when she began teaching Meditation workshops. Her passion for meditation has helped her find a deep sense of peace and a steady rhythm in life, where she can often ride the waves of emotion without getting thrown about by the constant changes in life. Her enthusiasm for seated meditation and yoga
eventually led her to become a yoga teacher.
In 2015, Rachel completed a 200-hour TT at Shakti Vinyasa Yoga, and she is currently
participating in Synergy Yoga’s 300-hour TT program for continued education where she has received training in Yin, Restorative, and Yoga Nidra practices.
She combines Hatha and Vinyasa styles into her yoga classes with a subtle integration of Ayurveda. She believes that we all have a spiritual knowing within, and in her classes you will be given the chance to settle into your unlimited potential.
Ever since Jonathan 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!
Indigo is a playful and passionate spirit who is lovingly devoted to sharing soul-enriching practices with others. Yoga has transformed her life and she now walks the path of helping others in their own transformational journeys. She discovered her passion for yoga in college and soon realized she was destined to be a teacher. Graduating her 200 hour yoga teacher training soon after the passing of a close friend led her to put to practice all she had learned in order to transmute feelings of grief and anxiety into wholeness, healing and purpose. In 2020 she completed an additional 300 hours of training through Three Trees Yoga in Federal Way, WA and has been teaching weekly classes since. She loves incorporating breathwork, guided meditation and self-inquiry into her classes and intends for every class to be a healing journey back to the Self. Indigo believes yoga is a pathway to freedom and fulfilment. Her teaching style is focused on alignment of the poses as well as intended to align you with your highest version of Self. She guides participants not only through the poses but through their own inner landscapes of self awareness. She often enjoys starting class by sharing inspirational poetry or astrological insights. You can expect to be guided through a slightly challenging yet deeply nourishing flow. Her voice is gentle and soothing and her ques invoke a deeper sense of mind, body and spirit connection. The music she plays is intentionally curated to facilitate a journey of self discovery that is both empowering and uplifting. It is Indigo’s priority to create a warm, welcoming and relaxing space for inward reflection and mindful movement. Join her on the mat to step, bend and twist into feelings of harmony, wholeness and transformational bliss.
Nina (she/her) originally from Virginia Beach, VA earned her 200 hr yoga certification during her addiction recovery in 2015. Her yoga mentor and teacher Melissa Hunter, at Bayside Yoga and Barre, introduced her to many forms of yoga such as hatha, vinyasa, restorative yin and chakra yoga. After discovering her love for yoga and the healing benefits it brought her during her road to recovery, she wanted to share this practice with others by receiving her certification as a teacher. Nina (she/her) loves to incorporate chakra yoga with any form of yoga she teaches or practices, which brings balance and connection to the mind and body. She moved to the Seattle area in October of 2020 after several visits to see her friends and fell in love with the beauty of the nature surrounding WA and the holistic practices that the area has to offer. She hopes to bring a genuine connection to those who come to their mat and enjoy getting to know the yoga community in the Washington areas.
Kristina (aka Ki) first began her Yoga Journey in Philadelphia in 2014 with the goal of losing weight. The practice quickly changed her whole understanding of the human experience and the majestic design of the human body. She quit her job as a chemist to pursue spiritual work and has been studying various forms of healing energy modalities since. In NYC, Kristina became a 200H RYT under the lineage of Iyengar, Baptiste, Cyndi Lee, and more. She studied the Chakras in Rishikesh, India where she found healing and began studies in Mysticism. She began in the yoga room as an assistant, using hands-on assistance to help students with form and alignment. Now, she continues to study the body and different massage forms, such as CFT and Thai massage. Kristina utilizes healing arts through mediums like touch, sound, and food. She loves cooking mindful meals for retreats, practicing Qi Gong in the forest, and co-creating music for joy and healing.
Amanda’s path to yoga was inspired while traveling and reading B.K.S. Iyengar’s Light on Yoga. Upon discovering the 8 Limbs of Yoga, Amanda was captivated and intrigued to learn more about a philosophical and spiritual based yoga practice. This quest brought her to Anand Prakash Yoga Ashram in Rishikesh, India to study her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training with Himalayan Master Yogrishi Vishvketu (PhD). She continued her education, completing her Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training with Usha Ananda from Womben Wellness and Jyanti Noonan from Alchemy School of Yoga. Amanda integrates mindfulness techniques, mantra, and breathwork into her classes to fully immerse students into the present moment.
JC’s yoga practice started as an exercise routine, progressed into a hobby, and has now blossomed into a lifestyle. Following his college football career and a torn ACL, he was looking for a different way to stay in shape outside of the weight room. Throughout his decade-plus yoga journey, JC has discovered there is so much more to yoga than just the physical asanas. He has had the privilege of studying yoga practice and philosophy throughout Europe, South America and Asia—including training in the venerable Rishikesh, India. He completed his 200-Hour Certification at 8 Limbs Yoga Center in Seattle, WA, in 2020. His classes are intermediate-to-advanced Vinyasa, with an emphasis on arm balances and inversions – your heart will get above your head! JC also incorporates ancient Indian philosophy into his classes, primarily from Patanjali’s yoga sutras. JC is also a licensed attorney that focuses on helping like-minded yoga and wellness individuals, as well as anyone that just needs to “talk to a lawyer.” In his free time, he enjoys hiking, traveling, skateboarding to The Heart Center, and curating incredible electronic music playlists to keep you invigorated throughout class. yogaś-citta-vr̥tti-nirodhaḥ