🕉 Our Yoga Instructors 🕉

Alexa Hanshaw

About Alexa

 Alexa has been practicing yoga on and off since 2011 but it wasn’t until 2016 that her practice became consistent. After taking different classes all over Charlotte in an effort to “even out” her stressful life style and high intensity workouts, she realized she no longer wanted this to be her rest day or add on workout. She started to feel the benefits not only physically but also mentally and spiritually as well. It was then in 2018 when she decided to take the plunge and do her first 200 Hour teacher training at Carolina Yoga in Fort Mill. As she deepened her knowledge and practice she realized she wanted to share this love and healing with as many people as she could. Alexa loves teaching vinyasa style yoga including Power and Slow Flow with a focus on alignment. She loves providing students with hands on assists allowing them to feel the correct alignment in each pose and experiencing a fuller expression of each posture. Come meet Alexa on your mat throughout the week to flow and experience all the benefits of yoga.

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Valerie Malick

About Valerie

Valerie's first yoga class was a Yin style practice. She fell in love with the restorative poses and deep breathing exercises. While moving from Pittsburgh she recognized the need for Yin style classes in Charlotte. In 2018, she obtained her 200 YTT certification while studying under Adam Whiting. Her goal as a teacher is to educate her students on how to transfer the practices learned on the mat into everyday life. While Vinyasa is a widely popular style of yoga, she hopes to introduce newcomers and yogis to the benefits of a gentle flow class. 


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Tessa Downey

About Tessa

 Tessa began her yoga journey in 2011 after being on medical homebound. In the years since she has developed and fallen in love with her practice. A routine practice was the saving grace that gave Tessa her life and health back. Tessa strives to help others enrich their lives and gain the physical and mental benefits yoga has to offer, of course while also having fun! She knew the best way to help people was by becoming a certified yoga teacher – which she completed in 2019 under the teachings of Brooke Carlson (RYT200). In her free time, she loves to tend to her gardens, cook, go for walks, read, and play with her ridiculous kitty.  IG: TessaDowney


Tuesdays at 4:45pm-5:45pm: Mixed Level Power Flow & Deep Stretch

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Marscia Martinez-Mendoza

About Marscia

 Marscia Martinez-Mendoza is a yoga instructor originally from Mexico City. Her hometown in the U.S. is Wilmington, N.C., where she began teaching yoga in late 2014 at the Willard Outreach Organization and at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. She later began her studies and 200 YTT in 2016 at Longwave Yoga in Wilmington, N.C. Originally a Zumba instructor her fitness journey started in 2012 and has taken over her way of life in the best of ways. Marscia has taught various yoga formats such as , Vinyasa Flow, Power Flow, Yoga Relax, Restorative Yoga and specialized meditation classes. Marscia has taught on a volunteer basis through outreach programs, and has served as a team member at YMCA branches. She is excited to continue sharing her practice with those in need of affordable classes! 


Wednesday 7:45-8:45pm: Restorative Aroma Flow 

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Hannah Richards

About Hannah

  

Hannah is a yoga instructor who is lit up by encouraging others to stand in their power, to make space for possibility in their lives, and to create play in their practice! When she's not at the yoga studio, Hannah is a passionate 8th grade English teacher. She also enjoys spending time outdoors and is always down for a good cup of coffee!!


Wednesday 5:00pm-6:00pm Deep Stretch


Saturday 10:30am-11:30am Vinyasa Flow 



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Victoria Martinez

About Victoria

Victoria's soul-searching lead her to take the 200HR YTT from the World Renowned Yoga Center, Laughing Lotus NYC, directed by Dana Trixie Flynn, this is when Victoria was also introduced to Ayurveda the sister science of yoga. “As I was looking for a way to balance my physical body, I realized the work was also in my mind and my spirit. Yoga & Ayurveda helped to unite these aspects of myself and I came to recognize I was always whole and had just forgotten, Yoga helped me remember.”


Her final path to health felt like a giant jigsaw puzzle with lots of missing pieces. As the pieces revealed themselves - nutrition, physical strength, mental flexibility, emotional wellness and spirituality, all pillars of Yoga and Ayurveda, - Victoria began to lose the heaviness in both her physical and emotional body, in an almost effortless manner that she had never experienced before. Today, Victoria’s life's mission and passion is to share these ancient practices and sciences with her students and to empower them to gain optimal health and well being.


Monday 6pm - 7pm Chakra Flow

Monday 7:15pm - 8:15pm Deep Stretch

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Davena Mgbeokwere

About Davena

 A lover of movement, strength training and hot wings! Davena started her yoga journey about 5 years ago. She knew yoga would be a great way to maintain flexibility and mobility as she started lifting weights. Initially, yoga was just a bunch of random poses she thought looked cool! She never thought she would be able to do a complicated pose like crow or a flying split! Over time, yoga has become a practice of "anything is possible". As a licenced clinical social worker, Davena finds teaching yoga to be a great way to empower students to take control of their bodies. Davena's classes focus on inspiration and building hope through movement. Her classes focus on encouraging developing strength and flexibility while teaching  various aspects of the mind-body-spirit connection. Her  interests include using yoga to treat trauma symptoms and connecting diverse communities. 



Saturday 9am-10am Hip -Hop Vinyasa Flow


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Steven Wilson

About Steven

 

Steven isn’t sure when he started practicing yoga – at least 15 years ago – as a way to increase flexibility and prevent injury from running and other activities. From those first few classes he was hooked. He began to get more involved in the practice of yoga and the community it creates. He started teacher assisting two years ago and recently took it to the next level with teacher training (RYT200).

Steven loves that every time he gets on his mat it is both familiar and new, and he takes something away from every practice that he can apply to life off the mat to break boundaries/overcome obstacles. Yoga allows Steven to lead others to that same experience. Most importantly Steven loves the connections yoga affords him – connections with amazing yogis and teachers, and a deeper connection with himself.


Tuesday 6:00pm-7:00pm Vinyasa Flow

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Christine Redman

About Christine

Christine Redman is a recreation therapist who has been practicing yoga for over 10 years. In 2014, Christine was drawn deeper into the practice while seeking mind, body, and spiritual balance. Throughout her practice, she has witnessed the power of this practice to let go of negatives, focus on areas she has direct control on, and live a happier life. Christine’s classes are a perfect combination of her experience and love of yoga. Her balanced sequences build strength, harmony, and refreshing clarity. It’s the type of fun you won’t want to miss.

Feel yourself gain strength as she coaches you through each breath, and you flow through each sequence in her classes. Her light-hearted approach to each class will bring laughs while continuing

to push you further.

 

Christine completed her 200 hour Subtle yoga training in 2015 and continued her practice by completing her Grounded Kid’s yoga coursework in 2017. She is skilled and trained in safe

alignment-based sequences and breath, to light that fire within yourself. Thanks to her continued practice in kid’s yoga, she’s able to deliver her philosophy of fun and balance both on and off the

mat. Christine looks forward to sharing her excitement with the Bijou community.



Friday 5:45pm-6:45pm A little bit of everything is included in this class!! We also end the week with a complimentary glass of wine after class !! Not obligated, just a perk!!

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Dani Simonetti 

About Dani

In her own words...


"My love for my practice has been a part of my life for the past 6 years and has ultimately led me to completing my RYT-200 vinyasa training at Okra Yoga School here in Charlotte. Yoga and meditation has allowed me to live in the present moment and live a life of intentionality. My mat has become a place of self discovery and consistency throughout the stages of my life where I find solitude and gratitude. 

I fill my free time with my passion for all living beings-especially our animal friends and getting lost in a good book. I enjoy incorporating pranayama and meditation techniques that I find helpful myself in my own classes. I am committed to guiding yogis through a practice that serves them while allowing the stresses of everyday life to melt away."



Tuesdays 7:15pm-8:15pm Stretch and Restore

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