YOGA4EWA INSTRUCTORS

TASHA KAUIHOU - OWNER/DIRECTOR
Tasha has been in the fitness industry since 1997 as a certified Fitness Professional.  She has been certified by ACE, NASM and APEX and she has been an avid yoga practitioner since 2002.  After having her first child she was looking for a way to relieve stress and heal her body from the wear and tear of the competitive sports she had participated in previously.  After her first yoga class with Char Nuessle, she knew this would be her calling and she continued to further her studies in yoga. In March 2006, she studied Ashtanga Yoga under Sri K. Pattabhi Jois of India, and Sharath Rangaswamy during their World Tour in San Francisco and in June of 2007 in Hong Kong at the Asia Yoga Conference and just recently in New York of May 2017 with Pramaguru Sharath Rangaswamy.  Tasha graduated from Yoga Hawaii's Teacher Training under the guidance of Rupali Embry & Tania Jo Ingram in July 2006.  She continues her studies with Nicki Doane and Eddie Modestini of Maya Yoga where she travels to Maui frequently.   She enjoys sharing her knowledge of yoga with all those who have a common quest of self realization.


TINA VALENTINE
Sthira sukham asanam-Yoga Sutras 2.46-2.48Practicing yoga with strength
and in a relaxed manner gives rise to harmony with the physical body.

Learned how to simply BE  through yoga. She attended her first yoga class in 2010. Though reluctant to try yoga at first, Tina found self-rediscovery and a sense of new beginnings. The powerful transformational experience of yoga enriches her and helps her focus on her evolving life.  She received her 200 RYT through the  Wanderlust Teacher  Training Program under the teachers Kate Baldwin and Lilly Barels. Her practice and self discovery continues to grow through the  guidance and encouragement of her mentors Tasha Kauihou and Eden Monteilh.  Finding peace and contentment in her yoga practice has helped Tina realize the importance and value of making more classes available to her community. She has a gentle and light-hearted style to teaching and hopes to help others find their breath and simply BE.

“Yoga is the perfect opportunity to be curious about who you are.” -  Jason Crandell

LISA KINSELLA
Lisa began her yoga journey in 2012, a year after she first moved to Hawaii. She was having a difficult time living so far from home and her best friend had just moved from Hawaii back to the east coast. Yoga began as something she could do to get out of the house, a way to exercise and move her body. Through yoga, Lisa was able to find a community of people where she felt she fit in. Having always been a worrier and an over thinker, she found herself experiencing less anxiety and being able to get out of her head. After much thought and consideration, she decided to pursue her 200 hr Teacher Training at YOGA4EWA under the guidance of Tasha Kauihou. She would like to help people achieve the same peace that she found through yoga. 


GONCA KARNS
Turkish girl in Hawaii, military spouse, mommy and yoga lover!
After the birth of her daughter, Gonca started seeking for something to rejuvenate her body and state of mind. Her journey in yoga started in 2014 after attending the Mom & Baby workshop at YOGA4EWA. The mantra “everything is temporary” during Tasha Kauihou’s Vinyasa Fusion class, strengthened her daily commitment to yoga. Through her daily practice, Gonca has renewed her state of mind and strengthened her physical well-being, resulting in a more
confident and youthful person that is ready to inspire others to achieve the same.
With the support of family and her teacher’s faith in her, Gonca completed her 200HR Yoga Teacher Training at YOGA4EWA in February of 2017 under the guidance of Tasha Kauihou. She still attends Tasha’s Ashtanga and Vinyasa Fusion classes to grow and learn more. Gonca is so excited to share her yoga love with her students at YOGA4EWA. "I'd like to show my students the power of yoga so they can believe in themselves, and do anything they put their minds to”.

AARON PO'OLOA
Aaron started doing yoga in early 2016.  His first yoga class awakened in him a curiosity to dive deeper into Yoga. He then tried a variety of different Yoga styles in studios all over Hawaii. In late 2016 he tried an Ashtanga Vinyasa class at YOGA4EWA with Tasha Kauihou. He was fascinated by this style of yoga that he wanted a better understanding of it. In 2017 he participated in his first Yoga Teacher Training also at YOGA4EWA. Which created a solid foundation and a deeper connection to this ancient practice. Since his first Teacher Training he has traveled all over Oahu, Northern California, and Southern California picking the brains of great teachers of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga.  He enjoys learning the subtleties of the Ashtanga practice. He believes that Yoga is a study of the self and
through the practice of Ashtanga Yoga (eight limbs) we can move through life with ease and a better understanding of who we are.


JAMIE SMARSH
Jamie began her yoga journey in 2003 after the birth of her son. A Kansas born mother of three and wife she moved to Hawaii in 2012 and she fell in love with yoga! She's a Yoga enthusiast and outdoor adventurer to name a few, always seeking anything with movement. She didn't realize the importance of movement combined with finding stillness until she found yoga. Her yoga journey began with wanting to get fit and find energy after her son was born but soon realizing it was so much more than that. She continues to try to expand and deepen her daily practice. She feels Yoga is an amazing journey, and is beyond grateful for the practice She enjoys all yoga, some of her favorites are Vinyasa, Yin, Restorative, Ashtanga, & Gentle. Jamie received her 200HR Teacher Training certification at YOGA4EWA under the guidance of Tasha Kauihou. Jamie hopes to share with others her love of yoga.

AUTUMN LESSETT
Autumn began her yoga journey in 2008 as a means to maintain her dancer flexibility. However, she found that yoga helped her build strength, give her peace of mind, and overall have a healthier lifestyle. The balance of mind, body and spirit gave her the dream to share yoga with others. She completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training at Empowered Yoga, under the direction of Johnny Gillespie in 2013. Shortly after completion life threw a few curve balls, blessing her with two children in three years and relocating to Hawaii with her ‘ohana. In 2016, she completed a second 200-hour yoga teacher training under the direction of Stacey Lanterman at Hawaiian Healing yoga, to enhance her knowledge and understand of the values of yoga as well as how to add a therapeutic touch to her teaching. Autumn is also certified for children’s yoga as well as mommy and baby practices. She hopes to bring an awareness of breath and alignment to her students while having a light-hearted but therapeutic touch to her classes, bringing balance to lives.  "I hope to be able to share the joy of yoga with as many people as possible."


FRANIA SZEPI
Frania started practicing yoga in 2010 following a sport injury. Since then her practice has deepened spiritually as well. Using a combination of Yin, ashtanga, restorative and meditation she has been able to heal, grie, strengthen and overcome adversities. In 2017 she obtained her 200 hr Teacher Training through YOGA4EWA under the guidance of Tasha Kauihou. She enjoys helping others in every way possible and believes in the power of knowledge. In her classes she focuses on the therapeutic benefits of breathing and posture. Her goal is to help you maintain optimal health, lessen pain and build resilience.

MEGAN DEMESILLO
Like most, Megan started yoga as a fitness activity. When she moved to Florida yoga became her stress relief in order to cope with homesickness and finding a job. Arm balances and power style of yoga appealed to Megan most. She would follow YouTube videos, Pinterest and later subscribed to an online yoga dashboard. It wasn't until she moved back to Hawaii that she joined a studio and discovered the friendly community. "I feel like having a studio and a class setting made me feel better and practice better." Megan completed the 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training at YOGA4EWA with Tasha Kauihou in Summer 2017. It was then that she found the practice of the mind, body and soul. "Yoga brings me joy and I'm glad I allowed myself to be open-minded throughout the whole training." Megan's journey only just began as she embarks on spreading the benefits and the practice of yoga.

NICOLE HOLZHAMMER
Nicole has been practicing Vinyasa yoga on and off for several years. She had a difficult time maintaining a regular practice but would always turn to yoga for physical and mental healing during times of stress. She knew she needed to return to yoga when she moved from Colorado to Hawaii with her husband. Although exciting, the move also brought with it the loneliness of living in a new place, as well as uncertainties in her career path. She began attending classes at YOGA4EWA to begin spiritual, mental and physical healing. With the support of the amazing instructors, she finally developed a consistent practice and was able to reduce her stress and find self-confidence. Soon after, she was encouraged to pursue teaching. This felt like an opportunity to share her journey and help improve the lives of others through yoga. Nicole completed her 200 hour teaching training at YOGA4EWA under the guidance of Tasha Kauihou. She continues her love for Vinyasa Flow and looks forward to sharing the moving sequence with others to help calm the mind, challenge the physical body, and discover the spiritual self.