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.


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.


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.


Maria Fregeau

Maria is a mother, massage therapist, yoga instructor and lover of the ocean and nature. In 2010 she earned her 200 hour yoga certification with Aloha Yoga Kula in Kailua. She has also been a healing bodyworker for over 15 years. After years of devoted yoga and meditation practice, assisting yoga retreats worldwide and exploring India her love of this ancient practice only continues to deepen. Yoga is a cornerstone for Mariaʻs lifestyle of health, peace, well-being, & true happiness. Her newest adventure of motherhood keeps her focused on the simplicity of life and it’s sacredness in every little moment. Maria’s classes are light hearted, inspirational, full of joy and will leave you feeling cared for in every level of your being. Her intention is that, regardless of age, gender, or past experience you will be inspired to shine your brightest! She believes that by tapping into your own intuitive nature you can find ease, strength and healing straight from your body, mind, & spirit! You can practice with Maria at Aloha Yoga Kula on Wednesdays at the Pali studio in Kailua and find her co-hosting Yoga Unplugged events such as Meditation For Peace.

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 has completed her 200hr RYT and 500hr RYT, under Mary Bastien and Jennifer Reuter, 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.


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.


Michael Luan

Dr. Luan, D.C. is a Body Communications Coach, Consultant and Speaker. He offers students a unique blend of neurology, how to identify body patterns and understand motivation and an array of innovative solutions. His clients learn simple methods to improve their health, posture, biomechanics, movements and body shape. Dr. Luan is a Doctor of Chiropractic, holds a Masters in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering from USC. Heʻs studied various forms of martial arts for sixteen years and holds a black belt in Ashihara Karate. Heʻs also master sports trainer and trains students in, peak performance, body rolling, mind/body modes, rehabilitation and body patterning, yoga and teacher training. He teaches Pilates and Gyrotonics instructors on Oahu, is a consultant for Santa Barbara Fitness Ranch program development and collaborates on Yoga Unplugged events.


Ivie Bryant

Ivie was introduced to yoga in 2007 when she moved to Oahu. Through focused breath work, dynamatic movement, and long held poses, her physical, emotional, mental and energetic layers began to open and she discovered the incredible healing potential the practice had to offer. Yoga has been instrumental in helping her recover from a back injury and two cesareans within two years. It has improved her flexibility and helped her heal physically as well as energetically. After receiving a master’s in education in 2010, Ivie saw the benefit of the practice in the classroom. She became YogaEd certified and worked with the Farrington High School cross country team to teach middle school students at Kaimuki. And in 2018 she completed the Aloha Kula Yoga teacher training program. You can practice with Ivie at Aloha Yoga Kula in Kailua and find her collaborating at Yoga Unplugged events.


Mariya Gold

Mariya is a licensed acupuncturist. She has been offering her healing services at Kailua Acupuncture Clinic since 2011. She considers it a privilege to be able to use her knowledge and experience to help people who are seeking physical, mental and spiritual balance. Mariya has been an active volunteer with Acupuncturists Without Borders since 2011. She is also a member of HOMAA, Hawaiian Oriental Medical and Acupuncture Association, as well as the Surfrider Foundation, a non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of our world’s oceans, waves and beaches. In addition, one of her favorite local organizations that she supports is AccesSurf, an amazing nonprofit on O'ahu creating community based programs for anyone with a disability to enjoy the water. Mariya offers acupuncture at the Yoga Unplugged event: Full Body Tune-Up hosted at On Balance Pilates in Kailua.


Lisa Ortega-Loya

Lisa began her Pilates journey in California where she received a Theater/Dance degree from Cal State University, Fullerton. Managing her back pain from scoliosis, she worked for several chiropractors and discovered the Pilates technique was the only thing that helped relieve her symptoms. Lisa immersed herself in Pilates work and became one of the founding members of The Institute for the Pilates Method, the only national Pilates organization at the time. In 1993 she opened On Balance Pilates Studio, the FIRST Pilates studio on Oahu. She has since moved to Kailua where her current studio also offers Dynamic Strength, TRX, Floor-Barre (R) and Bones for Life (Feldenkrais based). Lisa has conducted many workshops on Oahu and outer islands for HMSA, Alexander and Baldwin, Mid-Pacific Country Club, Ko Olina, Olelo, and YMCA. Through years of continuous study and personal practice, Lisa has developed a unique eclectic style. Her teaching integrates her rehab, dance and fitness background, and she enjoys challenging and inspiring her students to move with grace and efficiency in their bodies. Lisa hosted the Franklin Method educators here on Oahu and they are the first group to be certified in Hawaii for the Level One Franklin Method Training. She continued with her Franklin training in Portland and is now Level Two certified.


Collaborating Studios…


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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?