The Team…

Sarah Burchard

Sarah Burchard

Sarah, A.K.A. The Healthy Locavore, is the resident chef, event coordinator and marketing maven for Yoga Unplugged. She’s cooked professionally for almost 20 years, is an advocate for family farms and embodies the phrase: support local. Her unwavering commitment to sourcing the highest quality ingredients, grown as nearby as possible, are only outshined by her attention to detail and dedication to providing an “under promise, overdeliver” approach to hospitality. Sarah’s respect for ingredients and the people who grow them, paired with her locavore sensibilities, inspires diners to connect with their community and environment. In addition to supporting small businesses and hosting farm-to-table events she’s also a writer and leads a regular farmers market tour in Kaka’ako to educate consumers about sustainable agriculture and the food security issues of Hawaii. Sarah started practicing yoga in 2011, after leaving a fruitful career in the San Francisco restaurant industry as a chef, to rejuvenate her body and create more balance in her life. Visit her blog The Healthy Locavore or find her on Instagram @healthylocavore & @yearofingredients to learn more about local food.

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Brigitte Snyder

Brigitte's love of yoga began in 1990 after the blissful experience of her first savasana in a class taught by Brian Kent. Living in Los Angeles at the time, she was introduced to meditation in 1992 through the writings of Paramahansa Yoganada, and studied yoga with one of his devotees daily for over two years. She has done extensive training since then including studying with master teachers Mancuso Manos, Shiva Rea, Eric Shiffmann, Mary Dunn, Ramanan Patel, Rodney Yee and B.K.S. Iyengar. She has also completed two Anusara Immersion programs and is the co-owner of Aloha Yoga Kula in Kailua, Hawaii. Brigitte’s classes are a joyful journey. She mixes the fluidness and creativity of vinyasa with the precision and alignment of Iyengar. As a student you will feel her attention to you as an individual, offering manual adjustments that deepen the understanding of the poses and nurturing guidance that takes you into the infinite energies of the breath and body. Since 2002, Brigitte has shared her in-depth understanding and strong technique based awareness in workshops and teacher’s training programs. She is the director of Aloha Yoga Kula’s Teacher’s Training/Advanced Studies Program.

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Jennifer Reuter

Jennifer discovered yoga in 1998, after receiving her first copy of the Bhagavad Gita, and has been passionately inquiring yogic philosophy ever since. She studies extensively with many different teachers finding great value in exploring every style yoga has to offer. For 10 years she formally studied deep tantric meditation and was initiated as an “acharya” and authorized teacher of Neelakantha Meditation by Blue Throat Yoga. She’s also a level 2 certified Irest yoga nidra teacher. Jennifer has been leading teacher trainings and advanced yogic studies since 2009. You will find her classes, lectures and retreats “interdisciplinary” inviting both ancient and modern day tools. Her teachings are intelligent, pragmatic and always heartfelt. Jennifer is the founder of Yoga Unplugged, a platform that brings teachers and healers together to host events and trainings. She believes that collaborating enables her to offer a wider variety of philosophies, teaching styles and healing modalities to her students and envisions a day when Yoga Unplugged is a brand that doesn’t just belong to one person, but to many people spread across the world with the same core purpose.

 
 
Cecilia Ryan

Cecilia Ryan

Cecilia’s yoga journey began in the year 2000 in Hamburg, Germany, where she was a fitness and aerobic instructor. Her love for people and the desire to learn and share the ancient wisdom of yoga and its healing qualities, made the transition to teaching yoga feel natural. She completed her first teacher training in 2004 and began teaching in Germany and Portugal before moving to Hawaii. She completed her 200hr RYT and 500hr RYT under Mary Bastien and Jennifer Reuter, and is currently attending a 500hr Ayurveda healing course and massage therapy school. Cecilia also embraces a daily meditation practice taught to her by Dr.Paul Muller-Ortega. You can practice regularly with her at Open Space Yoga and Core Power Yoga on Oahu or at a Yoga Unplugged event or retreat.

Sarah McTee

Sarah McTee

Sarah began practicing yoga in 2003. She left Hawaii for 11 years and during that time became a dedicated student of the Jivamukti style. Sarah’s gratitude for all of the teachings she received inspired her to participate in the Jivamukti teacher training in New York. Studying with the founders, David Life and Sharon Gannon, and under the rigorous and inspiring mentorship of Andrea Boyd, Sarah received her Jivamukti certification in 2011 and began teaching in San Francisco shortly thereafter. Sarah augments her yoga practice and teachings with the study of Sanskrit, and has a level 1 Reiki certification with Eric Rueben. Sarah often offers kirtan and plays the harmonium in her classes. You can practice with her at Open Space Yoga. You can also find her co-hosting Yoga Unplugged events on Oahu.

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Wainani Arnold

Wainani Arnold was born and raised in Hawai`i. She attended Chapman University where she earned a BFA in Dance Teaching & Performance, with a minor degree in Sociology. From a young age, Wainani lived and breathed Hula, which grew into a passion for all forms of dance and mind-body movement. She has performed all over the world and is also a teacher, choreographer and co-founding member of Volary Aerial Company. She is also trained in BASI Pilates, is a Certified Yoga Teacher, Ayurveda Yoga Specialist, GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM® method trainer and the founder of Wainani Wellness on Oahu. Wainani partners with Yoga Unplugged to host “Get Unplugged”, an ongoing event that features gentle yoga asana and sound bathing.

 

Collaborating Studios…

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On Balance

On Balance Studio offers a unique Pilates experience focused on balancing the entire body, working from the inside out. Their fully equipped studio offers private, semi-private and group classes in Pilates, Body Sculpt and Franklin method, Floor-Barre, TRX, and Bones for Life (Feldenkrais based) and often hosts Yoga Unplugged events.

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Kailua Fitness

Kailua Fitness offers personal training in a fun non-intimidating environment. This November we will be collaborating with their founder, Gwynn Ellicot. Gwynn has over 25 years in the health and fitness Industry. Gwynn has a passion for working with people and watching the outcome of the hard work they put in. She brings a dynamic element to our events.

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Wainani Wellness

Wainani Wellness is a pilates studio that also offers a variety of wellness inspired workshops and personal training. Yoga Unplugged partners with Wainani Arnold, a Pilates, Yoga, FUNctional and GYROTONIC® & GYROKINESIS® method Instructor on select yoga events offered at the studio.

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Aloha Yoga Kula

Aloha Yoga Kula offers two studios in Kailua Hawaii, that provide creative and inspiring classes taught by experienced teachers. You can practice with Jennifer Reuter at the Pali studio twice a week, or join us at the Aikahi studio for our Meditation For Peace events.

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Open Space

The mission of Open Space Yoga is to create an atmosphere where every student finds their own way into yoga. There are three studios conveniently located all over Oahu: Haleiwa, Chinatown and Diamond Head. Yoga Unplugged partners with Open Space Yoga for events and teacher trainings. You can also find many of our collaborators teaching their regular, public classes here weekly.


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Let's do this together...

Collaboration is a key component to Yoga Unplugged. We partner with carefully selected healers and teachers, who bring something extraordinary to our events, so that each one is uniquely special. What do you have to offer?