Faith Macauley is the founder of the Heart Center, and can be found teaching classes, 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 severe emotional trauma, and discovered that her time on the mat empowered her to work through her grief and despair. 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, "get woke", or adventure 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!
Megan Clone had been living in Seattle for just 8 months when a challenging experience presented itself. She recognized the need for a spiritual practice to keep her balanced. She took an Anusara Yoga class, felt amazing so kept going back, and a year later answered the call to go deeper into the practice. She joined a teacher training at Seattle Yoga Arts, and in 2009 began teaching in order to share the gifts of yoga and support every person she encounters, as they walk the path of self-realization. In 2018, she participated in a Vinyasa Yoga teacher training at Sangha Yoga, allowing her to officially complete a 200-hour certification process and register with Yoga Alliance. The understanding she has gained from all of her yogic experiences allow her to create asana sequences for a variety of bodies and abilities, addressing the needs and interests for every student. While yoga is a contemplative practice, it is also playful and light-hearted. Each class she teaches incorporates effort and ease, reflections for and from life, and creates connection to the natural as well as energetic worlds. Her approach is an alignment-based, heart-centered flow. Yoga, Ayurveda, and Reiki are the pillars of healing she incorporates into her life and weaves into her offerings. Music, travel, and the gathering of good friends rounds out life both on and off the mat.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Jessica has been practicing yoga on the mat for 13 years, but you won’t find her in flawless fancy poses or even unassisted headstands. Jessica’s power lies in awareness, breathwork, balance and energy healing. She continuously finds herself returning to the basic poses that create a foundation of balance and strength, while honoring her body, mind and spirit in the present moment. A lifelong student -- yoga, her children, and partner have been her greatest teachers. In 2013, Jessica experienced a “quarter life crisis” that led to her questioning life and desiring a more meaningful and purposeful path. Almost immediately after asking the big WHY question (why am I here?), she received an email about a yoga teacher training. Without a doubt, she knew this was what her soul wanted. She completed 200 hours at Spira Yoga in West Seattle, and since then her life has evolved in immense ways -- from healing herself of an “incurable” autoimmune dis-ease to uniting with her soul partner, and creating two amazing daughters generating the courage and confidence to birth both naturally at home. Her passion is being the best version of herself for her family and for her role as a spiritual being in this world. She believes everything is connected and that anything is possible, and hopes to share this magic with all those she encounters.
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.