Jennifer is a 200 hour certified practitioner of Kripalu Yoga registered with Yoga Alliance and teaches yoga to adults and children. Her training has focused on adapting practices for students of all abilities. She has been teaching yoga to adults for 8 years and yoga and movement to children for 15 years.
She received her BA in dance from WWU, and her MA in Counseling/Psychology from Lesley College. She has taught all kinds of dance to students from ages 3 to 17 throughout the Seattle area, and at MLT since 2005. Jennifer keeps her performing chops up to speed with MoDanCo, a modern dance choreographic collective. She was a presenter at Dance Educators Association of WA in 2009 and 2013. Jennifer and Dena Lee co-directed eNergi!, a youth performance group in 2010 and their latest collaboration was Loss in Found in 2015 at Velocity, honoring lost relationships. Jennifer enjoys fostering joy and ease in movement and creative self-expression in others.
Dancing is a passion for me. I love to feel the music and move. My goal is to keep everyone moving and having fun at all levels of fitness, from beginner, to intermediate. When I started doing Zumba in 2008 I was overweight and just not happy with myself. I started in the back of the room but as I gained more confidence I found myself moving toward the front. You may start out feeling slightly uncoordinated, but the more you do Zumba, the more you will find your body “remembers” the moves. You don’t have to be an excellent dancer and you don’t have to follow along perfectly. You just have to be willing to move and to let it all go. Zumba has been a life-changing outlet for me and I’m eager to share my positive experiences with everyone!
Come and have a great workout and a great time!
“One of my guiding principles is to be of service; this I have tried to take into all of my work and personal interactions.”
Doug began studying Eastern philosophy and mind/body practices in his early teens. The Buddhist sutras, the I Ching, Yoga and Meditation were his early teachers and his curiosity about the energetic nature of our body/mind drew him to study Herbology, Iridology, Reflexology and the Touch for Health system of Kinesiology. In the 1980’s Doug became a disciple of Yogananda, practicing the Self-Realization techniques for many years. As Doug’s family grew he devoted his time to building a secure home, working in many fields over the years; first as a tofu maker, then sprout grower, for many years a construction trades person, and now Doug works in computer information systems for health care. In response to the stresses of modern life, including his shift from a job of physical labor to that of sedentary computer work, Doug began his study of Tai Chi in 2004. Doug came to Embrace the Moon in 2007 after a serious illness, looking to Qigong and Tai Chi to help restore his health and strength. There he found both a wonderful group of passionate, hardworking, and fun-loving people and excellent instruction. Doug’s teachers include Sifu Kim Ivy, Grandmaster Chen Xiao Wang, Chen Xian Xing, and Dr. Gaspar Garcia. He recently traveled to China to study Tiajiquan in the Chen family school, gaining deeper understanding of Chen Taiji and greater appreciation for the family and their arts. Whether in the trades, computing, or on the practice floor, teaching is something that comes naturally. In both Taijiquan and Qigong, Doug embodies tradition with an ease and an infectious lightness. You will enjoy not only his ability to demonstrate the forms well but also his innovative capacity to explain the core basics in a fun and accessible way. And don’t let Doug’s broad smile fool you. You will know you’ve had a workout!
Michele Tobias has a degree in Exercise Science and Wellness from Bastyr University and is a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Association of Sports Medicine. She has additional certifications to teach Zumba; Yoga for Kids and Families from Rainbow Kid's Yoga; PiYo, Turbokick, Cize, Insanity, and P90X from Beachbody; Mat Pilates from the American Council on Exercise; and Silver Sneakers Classic, Yoga, and Circuit from Healthways.
Michele is currently a gym manager, personal trainer, group fitness instructor, and teaches nutrition and healthy living classes. She also enjoys finding healthy recipes, reading, movies, music, amusement parks, swimming, hiking, her kitty YumYum Butters, sea creatures, sleeping, being organized, dancing, singing, and spending quality time with her boyfriend, friends, family, and the Big Man Upstairs. Michele truly believes we are all constant works in progress, and every day strives to be a better, healthier, happier version of herself. Helping others do the same is a dream come true!
My name is Yoko and I am originally from Japan. When I was younger, I was always interested in dancing. I tried different kinds of dancing: ballet, modern and jazz. I used to teach and perform modern dancing when I was in Tokyo at my younger age. Now I am living here in the United States. When I reached 50 years of age, I seriously started Yoga to strengthen my knees. I took teacher training under the Baron Baptiste style, Shiva Rea, Anna Forest, and others. I feel great after yoga practice each day and it is now an important part of my life. I love to share my knowledge and gift of yoga with others.
Namaste, Yoko Wakabayashi