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!
Sarah Williams- Owner of Desert Paddleboards/ AZ Goat Yoga
I live in Mesa, AZ with my 4 children and husband. I attended ASU with a major in Exercise Science and has worked in the fitness industry for 20 years.
I am a Registered Yoga teacher and am certified in Pilates. I am also a Crossfit & Crossfit kids trainer, and I became a level two Parkour coach certified by World Freerunning and Parkour so I could incorporate Parkour into my kids classes and keep them fun. I am a USA Weightlifting Coach and am certified by the Arthritis Foundation in Senior Fitness.
I was lucky enough to appear on the 2013 America Ninja Warrior Show on NBC in Baltimore, Maryland. I've been featured on various local news programs with children’s yoga classes, paddleboard fitness classes and most recently, on the cover of Phoenix Magazine.
My love for water started as a synchronized swimmer. I've competed and coached at several National-level competitions. Over the past two decades, I have facilitated various swimming programs throughout the valley, eventually starting my own business. I also love open water swimming. I swam around Alcatraz Island & the Hudson River 10K in NYC.
With fitness classes and swimming in my repertoire, the obvious next step for me was paddleboarding! Starting a 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, I realized Arizona needed another unique way to do yoga and workout. Goats! Goats make working out TONS of fun. Teaming up with April Gould, Arizona's Goat Whisperer, we have created fun yoga classes centered around GOATS! Goats and nature make people happier, you'll love working out with goats! We teach the classes at The John Volken Academy Gilbert, AZ!
Trisha Porter is a wife and busy mother of three who has always had a passion for fitness. She has been a group fitness instructor for the past decade, and is AFAA certified. She has taught step, total body conditioning, boot camps, and spin. (Her favorite!). She also did small group training sessions from her home for three years, and is currently working on getting her personal training certification through NASM. She loves to paddle board in her spare time, and is excited to bring her love for paddle boarding and fitness together!
Jessica Miller- Yoga Instructor. My love for yoga began when I got too old to be a ballerina anymore. Yoga was the closest thing I could find to make my body feel as good as it did when I danced and I’ve been doing it for almost twenty years now. I became certified as a yoga instructor in 2009 and have taught in a variety of settings with both kids and adults. Paddleboard yoga is the definitely the most unique and the most fun! When I’m not teaching yoga, I stay busy working as a speech therapist and taking care of my five daughters ages 3 to 16. With that many kids, yoga is a must to preserve my sanity! See you on the water!
Amanda Pepper- Yoga Instructor.
About 13 years ago I found yoga at the local YMCA in Dallas TX, the class times were always a little random but I found that was where I found so much calmness. Over the years I would take a few classes but never found it very accessible for the times I was at the gym.
In 2010 we moved to Gilbert and I found I was just over a mile away from this amazing studio. I could not stop coming, I canceled my gym membership and found such joy and calmness on my mat that I decided to do Sumits 200 hr yoga training. After taking 9 weekends away from my family and learning and growing beyond what I ever expected I have found something that makes me want to be a better person, friend, mother and wife. I continued on to get my masters yoga certification my 500 hr. And I hope that I can spread that with all the wonderful people I am able to guide through their practice.
Kara Bowman- Endurance Swim Coach, Swimming Instructor. Kara Bowman has been involved with swimming since she was 5 years old. She participated in club swim team, diving and synchro as a youth. She began teaching swim lessons for the City of Mesa in high school. In addition to 25 years of swim lessons, she coached Synchronized Swimming for the Arizona Desert Dolphins for 8 years. She enjoys working with both children and adults as they learn to become better swimmers. Mom to 5 beautiful kids!
Connie Lagerhausen, 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.