Valerie’s journey began over 20 years ago in the health and fitness industry in California. Personal training and group fitness classes were her main focus of working with clients for several years, but since taking her first yoga workshop in 2000, the focus shifted to include yoga in her sessions with clients. Since moving to Indiana in 2000, Valerie has dedicated her time to building a yoga and fitness business in Roanoke, Indiana. The Powers of One Yoga and Fitness Studio is home for many yoga practitioners and fitness enthusiasts. Valerie earned her master's degree in Kinesiology from CSU Sacramento, is a certified Health Fitness Instructor with the American College of Sports Medicine and certified through YogaFit as a 200 RYT. She enjoys personal training and teaching yoga and sharing the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.
My journey with yoga began in 1998 with a searching mind, an overtaxed and overweight body, and a spirit that was wanting more... "When the student is ready, the teacher will appear". Out of the blue, yoga was introduced to me. As soon as I saw one demonstration of a basic series of postures I was "hooked". Oh how I remember those early days, I could barely bend over. Touching my toes or the floor was much more than impossible !!!
Years later I look back with wonder and amazement at the Mind/Body/Spirit change that has occurred for me. In my classes we will always remember those beginning days and use them as a foundation to build.
I have a background as an electronic engineer, a computer scientist and a continuing student of philosophy, theology and physics. I encourage everyone to come to a class and see if yoga can fill some part of your journey through this life.
Kristina has been practicing yoga since 2001, when she attended her first class in the fitness center at her workplace. After attending that class, she immediately knew that yoga was something that would become a very important physical and mental part of her life. Learning how to truly go inside yourself and concentrate on your breath, body and what you feel, is one of the things that she really enjoys about yoga. “We have so many things that cause stress and distraction in our lives and we really need to make time to just remember ourselves. Yoga is a great way to do that, and feel good about yourself at the same time. I especially love that yoga is a non-competitive activity. Everyone works at their own level and explores their own possibilities, and the friendships you make along they way are very special.”
After taking classes for a couple of years, Kristina decided that she’d like to expand her knowledge of yoga, and share it with others. She received her Level 1 certification from YogaFit at the end of 2003, and her 200 hour certification in 2005. She teaches adult classes and also really enjoys teaching Senior Chair Yoga classes.
I believe yoga is for everyone and welcome all students, including beginning practioners and experienced yogis. As individuals journey and learn together, we will be accepting of ourselves and others, releasing expectations. I am committed to growing and deepening my own practice though attendng various classes and workshops along with studying yoga traditions. I've found such joy in knowing and seeing the beauty of each person's asana that is uniquely created by God.
I am certified in YogaFit Level 1 & 2 and have studied BKS Iyengar for 10 years. I am currently certified and instructing a variery of classes at the Parkview Huntington YMCA.
My path with yoga started a few years back with an anxious yet curious mind. I was aware of the physical benefits associated with yoga but my knowledge was limited. I joined a class not knowing exactly what to expect but I arrived willing to experience what was to be offered. Truth be told I was clumsy, oblivious, uncoordinated, and awful at yoga. However, I remember leaving those classes with a smile on my face and a place, that for once in my life, I felt whole and genuinely satisfied. I continued my practice and gradually noticed my body feeling lighter, my anxiety was lessening, positivity oozing from my pores, and life itself seemed to blossom with all the little wonders I had overlooked before. As I continue to learn and grow I still consider my knowledge limited but not insignificant. I can see and feel the benefits of yoga all around me and I wish to share that joy with others.
I am currently Yogafit Level 1 and Yogafit Sweat certified. I am also studying at the University of Saint Francis and will graduate with a bachelors degree in health and exercise science at the end of this school year.
Kim Stanley spent her formative yoga years with some of the best teachers in Fort Wayne and has practiced in studios across the country. She believes life is too short not to find what makes you happy – your true bliss – and follow it. The study of yoga is what makes Kim happy and sharing that joy with students is her Ananda. After nine years of instruction, the most beautiful thing about yoga to her is its adaptability to everyone. No matter your age, physical ability or state of mind, you can take a class and find peace every single time; it’s the only sure thing in this life. Kim will complete her 200 hour training in March and looks forward to continuing to learn about this amazing 5,000 year-old wonder. Kim has a B.S. in Organizational Leadership and lives in Fort Wayne with her husband and two children.
Angela’s dedication to fitness began while training for her first 5k race 11 years ago. Her journey started out as a basic 5K training schedule, but it quickly became a life-long commitment to health and wellness. In a relatively short period of time, Angela found a deeper passion for fitness and became an on-line fitness and motivational coach. She began supporting others on their quest to better health by planning workout regimens and assisting with specific training goals.
With her positive attitude and high energy, Angela started working in group fitness and has coached several people in strength/endurance training, running, plyometrics and is now embarking upon kickboxing and bootcamp. Becoming fit requires just as much mental strength as it does physical stamina. Let Angela help you achieve your goals.