Vanessa Siren- Yoga Instructor. I was born and raised in Brazil and started modeling at age 16. Modeling brought an opportunity to travel the world and with that a love for yoga was born. She has been practicing for over 20 years and has enjoyed practicing in lots of exciting, exotic places including Spain, Germany, and Switzerland. She enjoys all different styles including hot yoga, Ashtanga, and Power Yoga.
Vanessa completed her 200-hour Yoga Alliance Certification through LifeTime Yoga. She has also completed training in senior, prenatal, and body pump.
Vanessa is a mother to five beautiful children, including 3-year-old twins! She credits yoga with keeping her sane and balanced. She believes practicing can be fun and exciting, and laughter only adds to the beautiful energy of yoga!
Connie Laugerhausen- Instructor
Connie has been an aquatic fitness professional, swim coach and swim instructor for several years and has been certified in all areas of aquatics. With her well-rounded background in swimming and aqua fitness, Connie specializes in aquatic personal training, private adult swim lessons, aqua aerobics, aqua running, endurance swimming and Aqua Yoga. She has also worked privately with several professional athletes for swim instruction and cross-training, and helped to instruct one of the participants of Extreme Weight Loss: Season 4 to overcome his fear of the water. Connie is currently the Adult Aquatic Specialist for Desert Swim School and Fitness Works Athletic Clubs and has spent the last several years developing unique adult swim programs for these companies. She is AEA-certified, is working on her 200-hour RYT, and has presented numerous continuing education workshops for FitnessFest, AquaCon and IAFC.
Sarah Williams- Owner of Desert Paddleboards/ AZ Goat Yoga
Based in Mesa, AZ with 4 children and husband. We began Desert Paddleboards in 2011. Sarah went ASU with a major in Exercise Science and has worked in the fitness industry for 20 years.
She is Registered Yoga teacher and certified Pilates Instructor, Crossfit & Crossfit kids trainer, a level two Parkour coach certified by World Freerunning and Parkour and a USA Weightlifting Coach.
Sarah appeared in 2013 America Ninja Warrior Show on NBC in Baltimore, Maryland. In 2018 she competed on the Emmy award winning season of Amazing Race. Sarah has been featured on various local news programs with children’s yoga classes, paddleboard fitness classes and most recently, on the cover of Phoenix Magazine.
Her love for water started as a synchronized swimmer. Competing and coaching at several National-level competitions. Over the past two decades, she's facilitated various swimming programs throughout the valley.. Her love for open water swimming led her to swim around Alcatraz Island & the Hudson River 10K in NYC.
In 2011 Desert Paddleboards was started, Stand-up paddleboarding business proved to be a great way to connect with friends and enjoy a challenging yet invigorating workout in nature!
As paddleboard classes slowed down in the winter, she realized Arizona needed another unique way to do yoga and workout. Teaming up with April Gould, Arizona's Goat Whisperer, they started Arizona Goat Yoga.
In 2018 she partnered with Tahitian Adventures for Adventure trips around French Polynesia and New Zealand. Ladies Adventure ski trips to Montana and Colorado are an affordable way to connect with friends and step out of your comfort zone!