Eryt-200, b.s. exercise physiology
Sonya has been practicing yoga in her own body since childhood and taught exercise since 2004. First as an exercise specialist teaching rehabilitative exercise, and then as a certified personal trainer. After earning a masters in business in 2013, she shifted her focus to primarily teaching yoga.
Sonya is always seeking ways to blend science of exercise with the physical and philosophical foundations of yoga. Her yoga teaching style reflects the principles of functional training & exercise sequencing, the importance of proper anatomical alignment, and the science of muscle recruitment and physiology of exercise.
Sonya makes it a point in her classes encourage individuals to do more than “just go through the motions” as she emphasizes engagement, form, breath, mindset and connectedness. Her goal is to provide lighthearted yoga classes that fit and serve each student, guiding them through challenging, yet achievable, exercise sessions which leave them feeling balanced, successful, strong, and revitalized.
Alisha first discovered the joy of movement through yoga classes offered at the University of West Florida Recreation Center. This eventually inspired her to take Yoga Instructor Training as a directed study at the university. Soon after completing her training, she started teaching yoga for the UWF Recreation Center and later URU Yoga, a local studio in Pensacola, FL. She inspired and led the startup of Paddleboard Yoga for the group fitness program at UWF. Alisha discovered a passion for leading others through movement, which gradually expanded to fitness classes such as Indoor Cycle, HIIT, TRX, BOSU, and resistance training formats. She went on to become the Graduate Assistant of Fitness at the University of South Alabama Recreation Center, teaching a variety of group fitness class formats and yoga there. She also began teaching and learning at Above and Beyond Yoga & Salt Therapy. There, she received training and experience teaching Pure Power Yoga (a fusion of yoga, resistance training, and conditioning) and Yin.
Alisha’s first love in yoga asana is Vinyasa, but she has come to love other styles as well including Yin and Restorative. She aspires to cultivate a balance of strength and softness in her classes and encourages her students to explore and find their “edge” so that they may expand their limits and experience growth. She loves helping others reach their goals, and she's always seeking new movements and techniques to bring to her classes.
Beyond practicing yoga, Alisha enjoys paddleboarding, hiking, climbing, acroyoga, and spending time with her dogs and fiancé!