Our YogaPlus Teachers
Aisa’s knowledge of movement and anatomy has influenced her classes to have a strong focus on alignment and breath, where she aims to inspire her students to move and flow with purpose and intention. Her classes are dynamic and challenging, yet open to all levels - whether new to the practice or a seasoned yogi. She leads teacher trainings in the Philippines and around Asia, and also teaches yoga therapeutically to private clients in Manila.
Aisa has completed her trainings at the Absolute Yoga Academy and is currently completing her 500-hour certification under Yoga Medicine by Tiffany Cruikshank. She has been teaching for 8 years and continues to study diligently as a perpetual student of Yoga.
Carina’s bubbly and fun personality permeates her classes. Expect to come out of her hot yoga class with a smiling happy face and feeling positive and energetic. She encourages students to come to class with no expectations.
With her Psychology background, she is able to share, help and inspire people through yoga. She discovered yoga in 2012 and became a Hot Yoga teacher in 2014. Yoga taught her to breathe through stressful situations, establish a deep connection with and appreciate her body and learn to let go and calm down.
She continues to improve her teaching skills by teaching whenever she can and taking workshops and other trainings.
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Expect to come out of Chi’s Hot Yoga class sweaty yet invigorated, re-energized and ready to face your challenges off the mat.
As someone who started doing yoga to release stress, lose weight and tone her body, she understands what most students are looking for. She teaches to inspire others and change lives, as yoga has greatly changed hers. She believes everyone can practice yoga and it is her vision to be able to reach out to individuals who feel they are not fit enough to do yoga, especially those in the corporate world.
She started doing yoga in 2012 and became a Hot Yoga teacher in 2014.
Cookie is our resident warrior. As a martial artist, she is a fighter. Yet she also recognizes that when things are going crazy, the struggle is not always in the ferocity of pushing on. The real battle is in the staying, where it is no longer about fighting or flying or winning or losing; where it is all about finding that grit to show up, choose to be present, and let things run its course. In her classes, expect to find your own brand of courage to let things be. She believes as Carl von Clausewitz says that “Courage, above all things, is the first quality of a warrior.”
Cookie teaches Flow, Yin and Hot Yoga.
A certified Yoga Therapist, Vinyasa Flow and Yin Yoga teacher, Ivy’s classes integrate her insights from counseling experience to provide a safe space for anyone who would like to elevate their own well-being. Living by the philosophy of “compassion in action”, Ivy’s mission is to help underserved populations. This has inspired her to weave her knowledge in evidence-based and trauma-informed yoga therapy, stress management, mental health, addiction recovery, mindfulness and behavior change in the way she teaches. She recently completed modules on Chronic Illness, Cancer Care and Palliative Care with Wisdom Institute under the guidance of Chandrika Gibson (ND MWell C-IAYT).
Ivy brings an embodied presence in her class that she hopes will help students befriend their bodies.
At yoga+, Ivy teaches Fundamentals, Flow and Yin Yoga classes.
Meditation, Hot, Pentatal Yoga, Yin
Jayme was inspired to be a yogi while reading Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramhansa Yogananda. Her desire to become a better human being and her love and connection with the Divine was awakened by this book. She wants to share this divine romance to the world as a yoga teacher.
Her Hot and Yin Yoga classes provide space for people to practice with mindfulness and intention. Each class will be different and in tune to what you need at the time you take it.
She took extensive trainings in Yoga and ThetaHealing® and specializes in Hot, Yin, Prenatal, Post Natal, Baby, Toddler Yoga and Inuitive Anatomy.
Hot, Ashtanga, Hot Core, Flow, Yin
Mae’s classes encourage students to use their breath to learn how to calm their minds and hearts despite the constant fluid movements and the challenging options that they can take. Her creative sequencing and unique teaching style make students want to come back for more. Mae created the Hot C class, which is one of the most popular classes in yoga+.
Her corporate background and extensive teaching experience allow her to relate to students who struggle with work-related stress and who seek refuge on the yoga mat. She makes them feel her love and passion for the practice with every class she teaches.
Mae teaches Flow, Hot Yoga, Yin and Led Ashtanga at yoga+.
Mel believes that an intense practice comes not from doing complicated poses but in holding basic poses to get the maximum benefit from them. This is the kind of practice that students can expect from her class.
She was introduced to yoga in 2004 through a Bikram practice and became a certified Bikram yoga teacher in 2009. In 2013, she studied under Bryan Kest for Power Yoga. She has taken workshops with Joan Hyman, Chuck Miller, Mark and Joan Darby, Phillip Askew, Briohny Smyth and Dice Iida-Klein and Tiffany Cruikshank.
Mel teaches Hot and Flow classes at yoga+.
Nancy leads Jivamukti yoga classes where storytelling, philosophy, creative sequences, intentional music, hands-on assists, meditation, and introspection are seamlessly integrated into a complete yoga experience. She believes that the true value of yoga lies in activism or "being an active participant in the world". Her yoga classes are thought-provoking and spiritually expansive and serve as a conduit for positive change. Her vision, which she shares with her teachers Jivamukti co-founders Sharon Gannon and David Life, is to dismantle the present culture of fear and disconnection to rebuild a world that is kinder and more compassionate.
She shares her dharma talks in essay format in www.manilajiva.com.
Ria’s passion as a yoga teacher and therapist is to support others in finding their personal path to wellness. She draws from her psychology background in working with beginners, the older and less active students, and people with injuries, chronic illnesses, and weight, emotional or mental health concerns. Her nurturing yet playful classes encourage you to embrace your unique body structure, shape and condition. She emphasizes building strength and stability while harnessing softness in the body and mind.
Ria takes inspiration from her teachers, Leslie Kazadi, Anna Carbonell and Dona Tumacder-Esteban to likewise motivate others to live wholeheartedly with humor, levity and gratitude. Follow her yoga adventures at www.archetypesandasanas.com.
Ryan’s classes are rigorous, energetic and fun. Inspired by Ido Portal and with a background in Muay Thai kickboxing, Ryan’s classes are interlaced with core conditioning and strengthening asanas ideal for martial arts groups and people, especially men who are looking to build strength without being a gym rat.
Ryan is passionate about sharing yoga and has been inspiring students since graduating from the 9-week intensive Bikram Yoga training in Hawaii in 2007. Ryan has amassed over 5000+ hours of teaching yoga, gaining valuable experience that he shares as a faculty member for both the Vinyasa Yoga and Absolute Yoga teacher trainings at yoga+.
Sheila wants to inspire others, especially her fellow corporate warriors, to be more mindful, to relax, to sleep better, and to make healthier choices through the practice of yoga. She began her practice in 2013 as a means to balance her life and relieve work-related stress.
She became a certified Hot Yoga teacher in 2014 and a Yin Yoga teacher in 2015. She teaches Hot and Yin Yoga at yoga+. Currently, she is working on having a regular meditation practice and continuing to deepen her personal asana practice and yoga knowledge through various trainings and workshops. She dreams of eventually sharing yoga with people outside Metro Manila.