MONIKA MCKENZIE Monika is the grateful and proud owner of The Yoga Nest! This Bay Area native was first introduced to yoga eight years ago while living in Los Angeles, CA. After many failed attempts at "fixing" her extreme anxiety through various medications, she decided to give yoga a try. She instantly fell in love with the practice, ditched the medication and has found her life to be infinitely happier and healthier ever since. In 2014, Monika became a certified instructor in yoga and Ayurveda. She then received additional training in Advanced Asana through Julie Rader’s Mukti Yoga School at The Green Yogi in Manhattan Beach, CA. Monika has taught all over Los Angeles and continues to teach in her new home of Kona. She and her husband opened The Yoga Nest with the goal of providing an inviting, peaceful and serene yoga studio to the Kona community. Whether guiding students through a sweat-filled power flow or a relaxing restorative class, Monika teaches with the intent of connecting us back to soul energy and our intuitive body. She is a lover of the earth, the sea, playtime, and all things healing. Her classes are tailored to reflect that love.
AARON DUNCAN Aaron has been practicing yoga for over 25 years and brings unique sequencing to his classes. Aaron was introduced to yoga at the tender age of 14 when his mother handed him a cook called "The Five Tibetans." For nothing more than wanting to use the book's knowledge to become a better surfer, Aaron found himself waking up at 5am to start his day with yoga breathing and movement exercises. It wasn't until his late teens that yoga became something he truly started to enjoy, primarily for its ability to advance athleticism. Later in his twenties, he began to recognize the incredible benefits of yoga beyond just the physical and dove deeper into workshops and teacher trainings. His classes are challenging, grounding, and very creative.
WHITNEY DEROCHEMONT Born and raised on the Big Island of Hawaii, Whitney encompasses the spirit of aloha in her yoga practice and teachings. Diving into her practice at the young age of 16 years old, yoga has been part of Whitney's life for over 10 years. In 2010, she decided to take her practice a step further and completed her 200HR YTT in Oceanside California through the True Nature School of Yoga. She craved to learn even more about the body and attended massage school, graduating in 2015. Whitney strives to keep an organic, relaxed yet powerful flow in all of her classes. Whitney’s love for yoga and all of its traditions has inspired her to share this powerful connection between mind, body, and spirit.
VESELA MINCHEVA Vesela Mincheva was first introduced to yoga 15 years ago in her home country Bulgaria. A seed was planted back then that grew steadily over the years. Today, she believes the most ancient science is yoga science. Her practice is a beautiful dive into a spiritual path that she wishes to share with everyone. Finding harmony in breath, mind and spirit is what Vesela works to achieve in her classes. She understands that asana (physical posture) purifies the body and teaches concentration, and that through systematic practice of pranayama (breath) and meditation one becomes cleansed of all faults and comes to see the transitory nature of all things. Her classes help students rise above the mind. Vesela teaches vinyasa, restorative and yin yoga. She is RYT-200, LMT, Yoga Therapy Stage 1 practitioner with BSY, and holds a degree in Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Science from UH Manoa. “What you are is what you have been, what you will be is what you do now.” ~Buddha
CHAD CAMPBELL Chad Campbell is a lifelong surfer and yoga lover from Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii. Chad found yoga as a means to heal after a surfing injury and it has been a part of his life ever since. After building a strong asana practice, Chad ended up getting his teaching certification through Mukti Yoga School. He now has a deep appreciation for all 8 limbs of yoga and is very grateful for the practice. He was certified by Julie Rader (aka Sensei), and Linda Baffa of Mukti and has been teaching off and on since 2010. Chad's flows are fun, alignment based, sometimes musical, sometimes quiet, with a bit of "philosophy" sprinkled in.
His influences are Aaron Duncan, Julie Rader, Shane Dorian, Jack Kerouac, Tenzin Gyatsu, Jack Burton, Wu-Tang Clan, and most obviously the Ocean. wwww.surfyogasurf.com @chadkcampbell
CARSON RICHARDSON CarsonRichardson, a Big Island transplant hailing from the Carolinas, was brought to the mat nearly ten years ago. As a bored athlete and gym addict, she was in search of an outlet that could further stimulate and challenge her mind, body, and soul. Her mother suggested yoga and from then on, she was hooked. Yoga has been her continuous savior through years of severe battles with eating disorders, depression, and anxiety. Following a motorcycle accident in July 2015, Carson heavily relied on Restorative and Yin practices as part of her rehabilitation regimen. It was during this recovery time that Carson realized she needed to share this life-changing practice with those around her. She completed her RYT 200 in July 2016 at Inlet Yoga in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina. Outside of yoga she enjoys exploring the ocean, hiking, skydiving, traveling and indulging in her sweet tooth. Carson is beyond excited to be a part of the Yoga Nest family and looks forward to seeing you in her class!
MELISSA MATEOS Melissa is originally from Hollywood, Florida. She started her teaching career in 2010, in Boulder Colorado and in 2012 she moved to the Big Island. Melissa holds a 200 hour teachers certification in Hatha Yoga and has continued her yoga journey by incorporating trainings in Astanga Vinyasa, Hot yoga, and Yin—incorporating them as parts of her teaching practice. Learning the magical gifts of self discovery and self love is what connects Melissa to her personal practice. Yoga lead Melissa to become a massage therapist, with a flourishing business here, in Kona. Helping people on their healing path is part of her purpose in this life. Her other and most exciting purpose is to be the best Mom to her very special son, Jai.
JJ FINN JJ found yoga as a means to mitigate symptoms of anxiety and depression. She began with meditation and breathwork and was amazed at the effect it had on calming her physical body and quieting her mind. After healing her broken foot, JJ built a strong vinyasa practice as a low-impact substitute for traditional workouts. The way in which yoga awakened her spirit inspired her to complete her first teacher training. After getting her 200 RYT, she received extension certifications in Power Vinyasa Advanced, Yoga Sculpt, and Yoga Sculpt Advanced. JJ has a strong, well rounded flow (not to mention the BEST adjustments), and a desire to spread love & light to her students. She loves to read, write, play music, and spend time in nature. Find her at The Nest on Thursday mornings at 8am and 9:30am.
DHIVYA HIRATA Dhivya has been a seeker of Truth for as long as she can remember. With a background in International Relations and Interior Design, Yoga found her while she was teaching high school English in Japan, in a used book store, when she opened a book called “Ashrams in India”. The page she turned to highlighted an Ashram/Yoga school called the International Center for Yoga Education and Research (ICYER/Ananda Ashram) that she would later study at for six months in Pondicherry, India in 2012. Dhivya’s Yoga background is rooted in the lineage-based practices and foundational knowledge she gained from her studies of Rishiculture Ashtanga Yoga at ICYER under the guidance of Meenakshi Devi Bhavanani and Dr. Ananda Bhavanani. She has also been practicing Mysore Ashtanga Yoga for 8 years, studying with Kona’s Norman Allen, Sandy Harrington and Prem and Radha of Ashtanga Yoga Bali Reasearch Center. This past summer she completed a 200HrYTT with Alyssa Kratz. Dhivya’s classes are heart based offerings of asana, pranayama and sound healing, embodying the Spirit of her teachers.
DUSTIN MARIN Dustin was born in Northern California and raised both there and here on the Big Island. He grew up a multi-sport athlete and board rider with a strong sense of body awareness. His first brush with yoga came in his childhood living room where his father taught him yoga stretches and tripod headstands. As an adult in an effort to further this awareness and knowledge of the body Dustin graduated from the Hawaiian Islands School of Massage, going on to become a license massage therapist. In 2014 Dustin found himself searching for something, both physically and spiritually, and by the grace of "whatever" wandered into a yoga class which would alter the course of his life as he knew it. Dustin began to commit to his yoga practice and the results were undeniable. He began to feel like himself in his body once again. In 2018 Dustin completed a 200 hour YTT under the skillful tutelage of Alyssa Kratz and is excited to share with others this profound gift that is yoga. Dustin's teaching is thoughtful, alignment focused, and approachable for all. Find Dustin at the Nest on Saturday mornings at 9:30!
BLAKE SIMS Blake is a funny guy who easily makes those around him laugh. He also has a dedicated and disciplined yoga practice and has been a certified instructor for just under ten years. He was initially drawn to yoga purely for the physical practice, but once he began to move on his mat regularly, his practice transformed into something much deeper. Blake now enjoys a strong meditation and pranayama practice that he weaves into his profoundly present classes. Like many of The Yoga Nest instructors, Blake received his teacher training under Julie Rader's Mukti Yoga School. When he isn't yoga-ing, he is somewhere paddling, swimming or bopping around in the ocean. Catch Blake Wednesday and Friday mornings at 8!
OLIVIA O'NEIL Originally hailing from New Zealand, Olivia was introduced to yoga at the age of 17 and quickly realized it was the perfect grounding activity to help settle her over active mind. The practice of meditation helped her to become more present and more compassionate in her everyday life. Olivia's interest in the yogic ways of living led her to India for 2 months where she completed her 200hr YTT in Hatha and Ashtanga. After receiving her teaching certification, her love for exploring the underwater world bought her to The Big Island in November 2018. Olivia enjoys being in the ocean, chasing waterfalls and going on outdoor adventures!
DORTHEA HEADLEY You've likely seen Dot at the studio, but now she's joining us as a teacher on Monday mornings from 6:00-7:00am for a beautiful Hatha practice. Dorthea is originally from a small town in Ohio and traded her landlock for oceanlock on the Big Island. She holds a background in gymnastics and cheerleading and she loves a good inversion. Yoga found a way into Dot's life when she was in college at Ohio University. She found that yoga was so different than any other team sport she had done because of the deep and personal inner work. With practice and dedication, she furthered her education in yoga and received her 200hr YTT in Sivananda Hatha Yoga. Today you might see Dorthea balancing on her hands and doing fun monkey things! She is excited to share her tradition style yoga practice with you on Monday’s from 6-7am.
ABOUT The Yoga Nest is a yoga studio in Kailua Kona, HI that offers vinyasa, power, yin, restorative, and meditation classes. We also host yoga-related workshops, events and more!
CONTACT 75-159 Lunapule Road, Suite 9 Kailua-Kona, HI 96740 Phone (808) 895-5053 email@example.com
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