Meet Our Instructors
My name is Heike (Hi’ka), I was born and raised in Germany. In 2004 my family and I moved to Arizona!
Yoga has been a part of my life for some time. In 2002 I took my Yoga journey a step further, I became a certified 200-hour Yoga teacher. I also obtained a certification in Yoga and Mindfulness for children. I am registered with Yoga Alliance and excited to see where this path leads me.
My passion is to share Yoga with my community. Yoga is for everyone, and I hope you decide to practice Yoga with me!
Carla started her yoga teaching journey in 2012 and is registered with Yoga Alliance as E-RYT, RYT 500. Her studies are based on Ashtanga and Vinyasa with additional certificates in Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Prenatal Yoga, Yoga Sculpt, and Adaptive Yoga.
Yoga is a vehicle that benefits all people and Carla is passionate about helping students benefit from movement to strengthen their bodies and improve overall health and well-being. She “holds space” in her classes to safely explore and deepen your practice. She has a calm, gentle, non-judgmental demeanor. Her playlists are amazing and set the vibe. Carla loves teaching Asana in many formats and destinations. She teaches yoga in Mexico and Caribbean resorts every chance she can.
Yolonda’s journey to yoga started 15 years ago as a way to relieve stress from the demands of juggling a full-time job in the mental health industry and being a mom. Between her hour-long commute and managing an office, she needed something to help her mental, emotional and physical well-being. That’s when she decided to try a hot yoga class. She was immediately hooked and has been practicing ever since. Fast-forward a few years, and Yolonda decided to leave her office job and pursue a career that she was truly passionate about. She became a yoga instructor to help others enjoy the many benefits of what yoga was doing for her.
Her favorite benefit is how well yoga can calm a racing heart and mind simply by connecting the body with breath. She started her training with an Ashtanga yoga teacher training (YTT). She then continued on to a Hot Vinyasa YTT 200 hour RYT Certification. She recently expanded her certifications and is continuing to enrich her knowledge and skills in all things yoga. She is very excited to join Elements Yoga and teach alongside other accomplished yoga teachers to share the joy and benefits of yoga with her friends, family and yoga community. She can’t wait to meet you and cross paths on your personal yoga journey.