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Our Team

Our outstanding instructors are the core of our community. The diversity in our team creates a rich experience in the practice room.  Each teacher has a unique expression, but all have a true passion for teaching and are committed to the lifestyle of yoga, health and wellness.  We can't wait to meet you! 

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Studio Director:
Calling: All beings are free.
 
Nina is impassioned by yoga and the ways it connects to life off of the mat. She began practicing in 1993. She was immediately in love with the practice of yoga as it began to transform life on physical and emotional levels. She has studied many styles over the years, learning from various traditions such as Anusara, Bikram/Ghosh/Sanchez lineage, Yin, and Vinyasa/Baptiste Method. She completed her teacher training with Bikram Yoga Head Quarters in 2005, in 2013 with Tony Sanchez, with Baptise Institute in 2015, and in 2016 with Hot Body Barre. 
 
After managing yoga studios in the Seattle/Bellevue region, as well as in Northern California, Nina knew she was ready to open up her own studio. In 2011 Be Yoga Burien was born! Nina says, "Teaching yoga is the true gift of my life; it gives me the continuous opportunity to be a student."
Carrie, Studio Manager
Calling: All beings are supported, fulfilled and joyful.

Carrie is a Seattle native who has spent her life passionate about community building through small business management. Her first experience with yoga was a powerful one at a community run gym in the heart of Rainier Valley. She enjoyed how that fitness center embraced the diversity of her neighborhood. Carrie joined the BYB team in a supportive role as the studio manager, and looks forward to becoming a member of the community while improving her yoga practice. Yoga has given her physical and emotional strengths that she could never have imagined. When she is not managing the studio, Carrie is spending time with her husband and 2 kids and traveling and exploring this beautiful state we are lucky to call home.

Front Desk and Yoga Advisor Calling: All people experience happiness and uninhibited laughter.

I went to my first yoga class through the gym at my college and continued my journey through many different studios and gyms the years following. It was in a small yoga studio in Colorado that I really started to embrace practicing. Fitness has always been an important part of my life and at that studio I was able to make yoga a regular part of my physical and mental health routine. I am looking forward to grow my practice at the studio with the BYB community!

When I am not at the studio, I am an environmental educator with a local non-profit where I help teach students about their local forest and stream ecosystems. You can often find me out on the trails or experiencing the wonderful natural spaces Washington has to offer.

Krystal, Front Desk
Calling: All beings have compassion

In her childhood, Krystal was an avid gymnast and the transition to yoga in adulthood was the perfect fit. In her quest to maintain strength and flexibility, Krystal began her yoga journey in 2010. After falling in love with her practice, Krystal participated in the Be Yoga Burien Vinyasa Teacher Training in the winter of 2018. It was love at first ohm as she deepened her practice and began to find more fullfillment in meaning and breath and movement. The community offered by BYB feels like a second home and Krystal continues to enjoy her experience with yoga as a student, a teacher and member of the BYB team.

Audrey, Co-Director of Teacher Trainings:
Calling:  All beings are connected and liberated
 
Audrey has been practicing yoga since the 1990’s, first with Erich Schiffman and Bryan Kest videos and later taking Bikram Method Hatha Yoga from local teacher Marta McDermott in a gym. Later, she walked into Belltown Bikram Yoga (now closed). It took the hot room to show her that yoga was what she wanted to do for the rest of her life. Audrey considers teaching yoga to be a calling. Audrey’s first yoga teacher certification was with Bikram Choudhury in 2002. She remains passionate about this style of yoga. In 2004 and 2005 she completed Power Vinyasa teacher trainings with Baron Baptiste (Level 1 & 2). From 2004-2005, she also completed 3 teacher trainings with local teacher Lisa Black (again in the style of Baptiste), including the TAP program, which is dedicated to hands on adjustments. Thinking of her beloved niece and nephews, Audrey completed the Rainbow Kids Yoga teacher training in 2009 and a Next Generation Yoga training in 2015. Though teaching in very physical styles, she is also drawn to more passive practices such as Yoga Nidra and Yin Yoga. One consistent piece of feedback Audrey has always received is about the quality of her voice. Yoga Nidra puts her voice to use in a new way. In 2009, she completed a local training with Laura DeFreitas in Richard Miller’s iRest method followed immediately by a teacher training with Richard Miller himself. Regarding Yin Yoga, Audrey is self-taught in the style of Paul Grilley having studied everything that he and his senior teachers have ever published. She's been teaching Yin since 2009. In 2011, she was asked to train her peers at Fusion Hot Yoga in the style of Yin Yoga. She strives to make all of her classes as rich as possible. She's passionate about teaching yoga in a way that is equally accessible and yet challenging to all levels from beginning through advanced simultaneously.

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"Life is movement. The more life there is, the more flexibility there is. The more fluid you are, the more you are alive." -- Arnaud Desjardins

Calling: All Beings Are Unconditionally Loved With Compassion
 
I started practicing Bikram yoga in March 2001 and loved it from the beginning. I felt the benefits immediately. I found it challenging and very rewarding and that I just felt balanced and energized when I practiced it. I also noticed my body transform and my skin just glowed. I felt good from the inside out. I loved what the yoga had given me: strength, stamina, confidence and basically an “I can do anything I set my mind to” attitude. The same way I felt after I went through Basic Training for the military. I wanted to learn more about the series and share it with others after I finished a three year stateside mobilization for the Army Reserves that ended in March 2007.

I attended Bikram yoga teacher training in April 2007 in Hawaii on Waikiki. Nine weeks of yoga twice a day and learning more about the benefits of the yoga and learning to teach and share it with others sounded heavenly to me after my mobilization. I have been teaching and sharing the yoga ever since. I teach and share the yoga because I love to see the transformation the yoga brings to people physically and emotionally and to be part of those changes is truly inspiring and fulfilling. I retired from the Army Reserves in March 2010 after 22 years of service just three years after becoming a Certified Bikram Yoga Teacher. I love what yoga has given me. I feel a sense of accomplishment and peacefulness that no one can take away from me after I practice. I am constantly reminded by the yoga how amazing the human body really is.

Meghan, Teacher, The Classic 26

Calling: All beings are living in grace

Meghan has been practicing yoga since she happened upon a kundalini class in college. After dabbling in various styles for a few years she took her first Bikram class in 1996. Immediately hooked, and relieved to have found her refuge, she has practiced in the hot room for 20 years. In 2002 she attended Bikram's teacher training in Los Angeles, and taught for many years in quite a few Seattle area studios. In recent years she has stepped away from the teaching podium as she cared for her husband through his cancer journey and subsequent passing. Yoga practice has proven year after year to be a source of deep healing and abiding peace for Meghan, and she sincerely hopes that through her conveying of the essence of the practice that her students can also abide in that healing space of peace and tranquility. Meghan recently moved to Normandy Park, and is thrilled to be joining the Be Yoga Burien squad of high caliber instructors!

Lyndsie, Teacher,
Calling: All people are thriving, loved and full of joy.
Lyndsie's goals as a teacher are to impart joy and passion for yoga to others, for students to see yoga not just as a way to fitness, but as a way to relax the mind, de-stress, slow down and achieve greater focus. Her goal is to help others listen to their bodies and gain self-awareness, while encouraging a positive self-image, feelings of empowerment and self-care. To do this, she focuses the class on proper form and technique, prioritizing alignment and safety, and strings it all together with her unique delivery of enthusiasm, fun, and words of encouragement.

Lyndsie's goals for her students are to enjoy practicing yoga, get in and out of postures safely, feel awesome, become healthier and happier in their lives on and off the mat, and ultimately spread kindness to others.

Hilary, teaches Prenatal yoga, vinyasa, barre and yoga plus.

Hilary Paris has been working with people in the world of yoga and wellness for over 11 years. Her classes are inclusive, fun and challenging. Hilary encourages people to check their ego at the door, to let go and have fun because life is so much more than just looking like a human pretzel in your yoga class! Hilary will help you tap into your authentic self. She is a mom of two boys (ages three and two months). Hilary specializes in prenatal and postnatal fitness and yoga.

Emily, barre teacher

Calling, All beings experience childlike joy and innocence

Emily has spent a lifetime studying music and dance, practicing yoga, traveling the world, and embracing mother nature’s beauty in all her manifestations. She has always strived to live a free spirited life of adventure and play. From a young age, Emily was inspired by her mother’s vision to be a creative force from which others could gain confidence to actively change the direction of their lives. She followed in her mother’s footsteps and began teaching yoga in 2010. After years of incorporating the fluidity of dance, the synchronization of music, and as much strength training and stamina building as possible into her yoga practice, she met her first barre class. It was everything she ever wanted! Immediately she fell in love and knew that was the direction she wanted to grow as a teacher! You can expect her classes to be fun, playful, super challenging and driven by a motivating and invigorating playlist! Her favorite place is anywhere people are gathered to sweat, breathe and break boundaries together, or enjoy delicious food, laughs, and amazing wine!

Emily became a certified Ashtanga Vinyasa teacher in 2009 and a certified Yin Yoga teacher in 2013. She completed her Barre teacher training in 2018. She is also a certified Ayurvedic Practitioner and Massage Therapist. Her passion is teaching and inspiring others to achieve a balanced lifestyle that encompasses all dimensions of health and wellness.I try to help clients achieve a balanced lifestyle that encompasses all dimensions of health & wellness.I try to help clients achieve a balanced lifestyle that encompasses all dimensions of health & wellness. achieve a balanced lifestyle that encompasses all dimensions of health & wellness

Christina, teacher. 
Calling: All beings are playful and free
 
Christina completed her 200 hour Classic 26 teacher training from Be Yoga Burien with Nina Granatir and Audrey Benton in 2017. Christina initially turned to yoga as a form of rehabilitation after surgery in
2016, and quickly fell in love with the freedom and adaptability of the practice. Yoga helped her regain the strength and confidence that had been lost after her surgery, and Christina credits her yoga practice as instrumental in helping her run her first full marathon in June 2017. Yoga has transformed her life, bringing her a sense of peace, connection, and acceptance that remains with her long after she has left the hot room. Christina looks forward to furthering her knowledge and always being a student of yoga. She hopes to share positive energy and all that she loves about yoga with her students and community at BYB.
Sarah, teacher: The Classic 26, Yin
Calling: All beings are living in abundance
 
Sarah’s hot yoga journey began in New Jersey in 2006. It started as a great “recovery day” workout as she prepped for figure competitions, but grew into a full-fledge love for yoga and everything it could do for both the body and the mind. In 2010 she made a move across the country to Seattle with her two pugs to be with her now husband, Ryan. The first thing she did when she arrived was seek out a home in the yoga community. After 10 years of practicing, she finally took the plunge and enrolled in the classic 26, 200 hour, teacher training in the fall of 2017 at Be Yoga Burien. Before the first day of teacher training, she already knew that she would enroll in both the vinyasa and yin & yoga nidra teacher training in the Winter/Spring of 2018, totaling over 600 hours of training. Sarah has been studio teaching since January of 2018 and continues to teach in all modalities that she has trained in through the BYB teaching training programs. Her next endeavor will include a training with Yoga Behind Bars and mentoring new members of the upcoming classic 26 training, both in the fall of 2018. Sarah is beyond thrilled to bring her passion for the yoga to her home community and home studio at BYB.
Linda, Teacher
Calling: 
All hearts connected and whole.
 
Linda believes in the transformational power of yoga to connect to wholeness, health and inner wisdom. She teaches yoga in a deep, inspiring and playful way that is accessible to all ages, backgrounds and abilities. Linda began her own practice in 1998 in classes taught by Kevin Cooke at Yoga College of India (now Sealevel Yoga) and completed her 200 hour teaching training program with Spira Power Yoga led by Dora Gyarmati and Carina Terra in 2016.  
Linda grew up as an aspiring ballerina at Mercerart Studio and Pacific Northwest Ballet School and participated in dance exchange programs to Spain, Morocco, Poland and Russia. Dance informs her yoga instruction especially with alignment, breath and anatomy. In addition to dancing overseas, Linda has lived in England and Japan, and traveled solo extensively through Asia, Europe and Australia as a young adult. These international experiences shaped Linda’s openness to diversity, her willingness to take risks and an ongoing curiosity (…and a persistent travel bug). She loves all of the arts including watercolor painting and writing amateur heartfelt poetry. Linda also studies meditation through the retreats and teachings of Adyashanti and Mukti.
To Linda, yoga is both a physical workout and a spiritual journey-- uniting the mind, body and spirit—fostering peace within oneself and within our world. She is excited to join the phenomenal staff at Be Yoga Burien and to learn from Nina, the teachers and the wonderful community at Be Yoga Burien. 
Danielle, teacher
Calling: all people are loved and uplifted
 
Danielle began practicing yoga in 2008. Her mom basically forced her into going to her first class because her mom told her she needed to work on her “emotional control” and “patience”. The first class was challenging, both mentally and physically. What initially kept bringing Danielle back into the
hot room was the great workout. As the years went by, Danielle realized that not only did yoga help physically but mentally as well. Yoga began to be Danielle’s therapy and de-stressor. She found herself being less stressed, more positive, less on edge, more patient, less anxious, and more content with the unknown (which is hard when you are super type A!). The list of positives could go on and on. Side note:
mom’s are always right! Shout out to all the mamas out there! 
 
In 2017, Danielle decided to deepen her practice and love for yoga by completing 200 hours of Classic 26
Yoga Teacher Training with Nina and Audrey through Be Yoga Burien. Through her practice and YTT, she came to another life-changing realization that the most important part of practicing yoga isn’t what you do in the yoga room, it’s applying everything you practiced and acknowledged in the room and on your mat, off the mat and
in the real world. It’s the commitment to yourself to continue to try, learn, adapt, accept, and move on. She loves being a part of the BYB community as a student and is so thankful and appreciative to be giving the gift of yoga to other students as well!
Ashley, yoga and barre teacher. 
Calling: all people living lives of love and authenticity.
Ashley started her regular yoga practice after having her 3rd baby. Growing up as a dancer it was a chance to lean in to some balance and flexibility that may have still been lingering around. She stumbled upon BYB and immediately fell in love with the Bikram yoga practice for it’s challenge physically and mentally. Sooner than later she found herself coming back for more as often as she could. After working in the corporate world for 20 years, she started to find her balance and her need for self care through yoga. Ashley continued to notice that there was something special at BYB, something different, a loving, caring community, not just yoga. Once those worlds started to collide more and more, she started to question her priorities, and signed up for the Classic 26 YTT at BYB in Fall of 2017. Come to find out it was the best decision she ever made. The training transformed her, by defining her true calling in life, and eventually gave her the courage to put herself, and her family first. She left her job in the fashion industry of 20 years in February 2018, while in BYB’s Vinyasa YTT. In May Ashley added Barre training to the mix. A total of 400+ hours of teacher trainings in about 9 months. Ashley still continues to work in the fashion industry, but has been dedicated to continue to be a student and a teacher of yoga. Ashley loves and is invested in this community. She raises 3 children, a dog, and a lizard with her husband Josh in Des Moines.
 
 
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