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Now Yoga Instructors

  • Britnei Wade

    I am a Yoga enthusiast, instructor, and perpetual student. My Yoga practice started around the age of 17, when my mother brought me to my first class with the hope to work on our flexibility and get some good exercise together. It wasn’t long after my first class that I started noticing the transformation happening inside myself, and as I started to realize that this Yoga “work out” was definitely that, but also so much more. The mindful breathing techniques, movement, and meditation aspects of Yoga quickly became an extremely influential and pleasurable part of my life. As I got deeper into my practice I became more and more curious about this life changing art form and decided at the age of 21 to enroll in a 200 hour Yoga teacher training program at a local studio here in Reno. I strive to deliver heartfelt themes in my Yoga classes, with every movement specifically designed to correlate and resonate with the overall theme. My classes are welcoming to any and all abilities, complete with pose modifications and more advanced pose options as well. I encourage my students to take their practice with them off of the Yoga mat and into their everyday lives, where the practice matters the most. I am so excited to share my love for Yoga with all of you. Yoga has changed the quality of my everyday life and my dream is to share the same philosophy, love, gratitude, strength, and acceptance I have gained through my own practice and spread it around the world.

  • Candice Connolly

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  • Jessica Holland

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  • Jen Haddix

    As a long time weight lifter, dancer, and using physical activities as a way to escape my self, yoga came into my life at a time when I desperately needed it most but didn’t realize it. I would attend the most vigorous classes, working on headstands and arm balances and sweating like crazy, thinking I was only there for the workout, not realizing that I was preparing myself to embark on a journey with spirituality that wasn’t even in my scope of vision.

    Attending yoga teacher training taught me far more about myself than it did about teaching yoga. I delved deep into all of my health problems, insecurities and childhood traumas with new eyes...approaching each challenge I’ve ever faced from a new place of love, compassion, forgiveness and gratitude. I fell more in love with the concepts of yoga than I ever imagined I would, and they have changed my life. Through practice, awareness, gratitude and forgiveness, I have began to heal bi-polar disorder, Crohn’s disease, and a life full of self hatred that comes from a very difficult childhood.

    I love a vigorous physical practice as much as the next person. I love to do and teach headstands, fun flows and challenging arm balances, but yoga is FAR more than that. Yoga is a tool that can bring you so close to your true self that you will realize YOU have the power within to heal everything that has ever ailed you. Yoga is a path to awareness, gratitude and sense of self...and these are some of the most powerful tools for a happy and peaceful life.

    I want to spread the healing message of yoga to as many people as I possibly can. Yoga is not about touching your toes, it’s about what happens on the way down. It is my biggest hope that “lack of flexibility” is no longer a reason for people to be intimidated by yoga. Yoga is intended to be a personal practice that lifts the veil on every single thing we’ve been taught that isn’t true about who we are, all that is required of you is that you show up, over and over and over again.

    Come be with yourself, breathe and connect, practice as often as possible and see how quickly your life can change.

  • Katie Polon

    Hello fellow Yoga practitioners! My name is Katie and I'm so honored to be a part of Now Yoga! I was born in New Mexico but raised in the Biggest Little City. I went to school outside of Park City, Utah and it was there that I developed a love for the outdoors and becoming more in tune with my body. I believe firstly in the flexibility of the mind and the body will follow if you will it to do so. I have recently been fortunate enough to travel to India and obtain my 200 hour yoga teacher training certificate. The knowledge I gained from that experience is indescribable. My only wish is to be able to pass some of my training and love of Yoga onto others. If you let it, the benefits are unparalleled. Yoga and children have also been a huge part of my life for over 10 years. I believe instilling positive habits at a young age is extremely important and yoga is a lifestyle that can benefit everyone at every age. I adore children and the light in their eyes when they learn something new. It is truly remarkable. It is also important to remember as adults to push ourselves to feel that same level of self pride. Constantly loving yourself, honoring yourself and taking very good care of yourself. I hope to connect with others on a level where needs and adoration can be met and achieved through the love of Yoga. Yoga is Love. You are Love. You are the light. The time is Now to empower each other. All we have is Now. What are you going to do with your Now?

    I have also been through NASM personal training course and plan to obtain my certificate in hopes of being able to bring more knowledge to my Yoga practice. I have practiced Yoga for over 10 years and recently become aware of a more yogic lifestyle. I obtained my 200 hour Yoga teacher training certification in India in November 2016. While being a part of Now Yoga, I plan to be a part of numerous and varied workshops. Specifically, prenatal and postpartum, children and seniors. I’m interested in how Yoga can be incorporated into various parts of our daily lives, from the food we eat to the neurology of how yoga can help trauma. Yoga being a real part of the body, mind and soul for everyone is my ultimate goal.

  • Lee Goss

    I will always remember my first Yoga class. As I lay on my mat in Savasana, sweating from every pore, I cried, and I knew that yoga was something incredible. I didn't just want it in my life, I needed it! Getting into the healthy habit of taking care of myself was not easy but when I was doing Yoga, I began feeling better in every aspect of my life. Slowly Yoga became my life style and my life blossomed into something wonderful! Yoga makes me feel connected, free, healthy and whole. Before Yoga I was a ball of stress which caused stomach problems and anxiety. I felt uncomfortable in the vessel that I was blessed with. I didn't even really know how to breath. Yoga showed me how. It decreased my stress and anxiety and diminished my stomach problems as well as taught me how to manage them before they arise. I feel truly Alive and I want everyone to feel this way! So, my Yoga journey continued and I received my 200 hour teacher certification. I wanted to make Yoga my life and to share it with anyone who would listen. Now, 5 years later I am opening Now Yoga, to share the power of Yoga with my family, friends, and community! When I’m not doing Yoga you can find me with my love Nathan, walking our dog, hiking, swimming, walking the beach, or traveling the world world. Loving this blessing of Life.

  • Nancy Wise

    Bio coming soon
  • Rachel Lewis

    Rachel Lewis has a passion for healing and wellness and shares it through teaching Yoga and coaching. After healing herself from a life long chronic illness using resources in Peru, alternative medicines and Yoga, she returned to the United States and became a certified Yoga teacher with OM2Yoga in Reno and trained in Reiki healing. The last couple of years she has continued to train in several styles of Yoga and specializes in Yoga for people with chronic pain, illness and trauma.

  • Suzanne Even

    Having always been passionate about wellness on every level, I sought tools that would lead to the balance of a healthy mind, body and soul, I learned from my own challenges and setbacks that through a consistent and committed Yoga practice this balance could be achieved. By embracing the philosophy and soulful teachings of Yoga I was able to experience and express those thoughts and feelings through the physical postures.

    In my group and private classes, I create the space and offer the instruction for students to explore and express what they learn through their own Yoga practice. I guide them in developing better body awareness and safe postural alignment as well as in improving their strength and mobility. In addition, students can experience an introspective awareness and inner growth through healing chants, profound breathing exercises and a philosophical focus.

    My teaching style offers a blend of Hatha, Vinyasa and Bhakti styles of Yoga along with a focus on postural alignment. I’ve been teaching Yoga since 2012 and have thus far completed 290 hours of Registered Yoga Teacher Trainings. I’ve earned a B.S. degree in Health and Human Science and am a Certified Holistic Health Coach as well as a Certified Reiki Practitioner.

  • Taylor Bernarda

    Bio coming soon
  • Serena Swartz

    Hello fellow yogis! My name is Serena Swartz. I have been a Reno local for the last eight years, and I absolutely love the community here. Especially our yoga community! Yoga came into my life about 4 years ago, but my life really changed when Now Yoga opened its doors two years ago in my neighborhood. I immediately joined and started practicing almost every day. It is really my home away from home! Yoga has changed my life for the better. It's a constant practice, but I'm so much more at peace with my mind, body, and spirit. Life can sometimes be so hectic, but yoga really teaches you to stop, drop, and breathe. I also love that yoga has introduced me to so many talented, supportive, and beautiful people!

    After taking so many amazing classes from each and every instructor that has passed through the doors of Now Yoga, I just kept thinking while in class, 'Wow! I could do this! I could be up there too.' So I decided to enroll in my first 200 hour teacher training with Sacred Roots at The Studio here in Reno. My experience really brought me deeper into my own practice while also giving me all the tools I need for teaching my own class. My instructors were incredible and so supportive of each of us. I am a brand new teacher so I'm still finding my voice, rhythm, and style. I can tell you that I'm trained in Vinyasa, love a vigorous & high energy flow, and love helping people go upside down! I'm really into singing bowls and chanting, so I definitely will be incorporating those into my classes as well. I'm so excited to share yoga with my friends, family, and moving foward, the Now Yoga community. Yoga is and always will be a practice so even though I'm a teacher now, I will always be learning from other classes, my students, and future trainings!

    If I'm not doing yoga, you can catch me hiking, laying on the beach at Lake Tahoe, any pool, dancin' my booty off at music festivals, and pairing delicious wine with tasty food! I'm so excited to meet you, practice yoga, and better ourselves together.