TEACHERS

 

Meet the team of certified yoga instructors at azItala Yoga, led by owner and manager Tanya Rice.

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Owner and Instructor

I'd like to welcome you to our new studio, and I'd love for you to come practice and fully enjoy your experience at azItala! I first practiced yoga in 2010, and it transformed my life. I started yoga on a whim — a coupon actually — by the urging of a good friend, and, before the coupon ran out, I was hooked. For me, yoga was a way to find peace in a busy work week, work through sports injuries I was gaining in my harder impact sports, and a way for me to control my weight with a work out that felt good in and out of my body. I WAS IN LOVE WITH THAT FEELING.... So in love that I decided to join that same friend in teacher training, and I became certified in 2012. Throughout my certification process, I began building the dream of a studio. I opened a home studio for friends and family and taught from there, spreading as much yoga passion as I could, with hopes to open a studio to the public. With so much support from family and friends, I have now realized that studio and I feel so blessed. Azitala teaches to all body types, to all levels and in styles appropriate to each. I myself love to teach anyone willing to try, simply for the love of that whole body feeling. I want everyone to feel welcome and to feel they can grow in our studio, physically and mentally. I would like each practitioner to truly feel YOGA — that union between mind and body. My hope for you, is that you too will FALL IN LOVE WITH THAT FEELING! Namaste
Instructor

I would like the opportunity to become your yoga teacher. I began my yoga adventure in 2010 in quite an innocent manner. I simply wanted a supplement to running and cycling. It quickly grew from a supplement and great stress relief to my primary passion. I became certified in 2012 and began teaching in order to share this passion with others. I have a particular soft spot for those who may not think they are suited for yoga. I used to be one of those people. As such, I look for ways to make poses and sequences available to students of all experience levels. I would rather see a student have proper alignment, while using a block, than see a student struggle through improper alignment trying to touch the mat at all costs. There is a delicate balance of pushing too hard and pushing two little. I structure my classes to exist in that balance in a smart and thoughtful way. Join me for yoga at azItala; yoga that will make you happy. Namaste!
Instructor
 
Ever since I can remember, dancing and any many forms of movement has been a primary part of my life. My transfer for my love of dance easily transferred to the love of the movement of yoga. The reason I started doing yoga was due to an injury, when I was able to stop going to the chiropractor due to my yoga practice is when I knew there was something so much more to this movement to be explored. This lead me to want to share my love of yoga with others and thus led me to teacher training at St. Paul College. Yoga is something I love and crave to do daily. Having trained for over twenty-five years in a diversity of dance disciplines, I bring an innovative, expressive, and soulful element to my teaching style. I have been developing a strong Yoga practice for the past twenty years, and decided to get Yoga alliance certified training to instruct Yoga in 2012. Being able to help people develop and grow through their own yoga practice is an especially rewarding experience for me. Helping people to connect to their body, mind, and spirit through their yoga practice is what I love to do!

Instructor

 
I was a dancer for 15 years and was introduced to Yoga through one of my dance professors in college. After college, I joined a gym to get back in shape and I loved the community feel of group fitness classes. Within months, I had lost 40 pounds and was going to classes 6 days a week. Throughout my weight loss journey, I wondered why I still felt like I was missing something. I gravitated towards Yoga because it forced me to confront myself emotionally, mentally and spiritually. I had finally found what I was searching for. I decided I wanted to share that enthusiasm about whole body fitness and got certified to teach in the spring of 2015 at Hawaii Yoga Institute. The people who come to my classes inspire me. When I feel their energy and notice changes in them from the moment they walk in to the moment they leave. They seem to leave the studio lighter, happier, and more connected to the universe and themselves. They do that for themselves, they do the work and they get to reap the benefits in their daily lives. It is exactly why I choose to be a part of a community that shares Yoga and its philosophies. I love to witness the spark of change for the better when it leaves the studio. I know it will catch fire and help to offset all of the negativity and sadness that surrounds us all. I am grateful to have the opportunity to share yoga at azItala. See you soon!
Instructor

My yoga practice began back in 2012, in Fargo, ND. I was 50 lbs. overweight, stressed out, and desperately seeking purpose. I was determined to make some lifestyle changes. Yoga ended up being just the thing I was seeking. I'll never forget my first class. I had walked in anxious & scared, and later walked out feeling strong & empowered. I promised myself I would stick with it. Quickly yoga became my safe haven. All of life's stresses became insignificant. All that mattered was the present moment. As my passion for yoga grew, I felt a pull to teach & share this practice with others. In 2016 I pursued teacher training here at Azitala. I am blessed to now have the opportunity to share yoga with all of you here at Azitala.

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