Donna Van Wyk


     Donna, an outdoor enthusiast who grew up in South Africa, has been interested in a colorful array of sports and activities throughout her life. From rock climbing, to kayak polo, martial arts and yoga, she’s truly ran the gamut with some interesting experiences. 10 years ago when Donna began her personal yoga practice, she never imagined she would one day become an instructor.  But here she is today sharing her passion for life through her teaching.
    Donna’s classes are centered around a theme with a flow that is guided by the breath. She often introduces new, fun poses to her students. Her classes leave room for organic movement, while at the same time being creatively challenging.  Her training in Sadie Nardini’s Core Strength Vinyasa brings attention to alignment and moving in a way that is less compressive on joints and the spine. However, she offers up modifications for students of all levels and, in this way, encourages students to learn to love and appreciate their bodies and themselves, flying to new altitudes.
    Donna took her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training at the Southwest Institute of Healing Arts. Presently she is continuing this journey through her 500 hour advanced teacher training.

Abigail Stombres

     Passionate, knowledgeable yoga teacher who creates a warm and nurturing atmosphere for her students. ​CYT 200 certified​ and insured ensures a safe and effective practice promoting self exploration through practicing yoga philosophy on and off the mat. Heavy emphasis on creating a safe practice by cueing poses from the ground up and encouraging proper alignment with the use of props. Experienced in teaching beginners and advanced students. Trained in body reading and adjustments. Enjoys intertwining reiki into her practices with the permission from the student. Nurturing, healing, creative, and feel good classes! 


Alexandra Kempton


     Alexandra initially came to yoga for the physical benefits, but instead found a lifestyle change. She found inner peace and is passionate about helping others do the same. After enrolling in the YTT program she got in a car accident and broke both of her feet. She wasn’t able to walk for about 6 weeks, and during that time she turned to yoga. Not the physical practice of course, but the stillness and peace of the mind. She overcame the negative views she previously had about her life. She came back to finish the program after recovering, and is now happier than ever. Alexandra has received training at Southwest Institute of Healing Arts in Yoga Nidra, Prenatal Yoga, Transformational Yoga Coaching, and Yoga for PTSD.

     Alexandra believes that everything you’ll ever need to know is within you, and she’s dedicated to helping you see that.  

Joshua Laureles

     Joshua passionately delivers yogas as a service to his community because it was yoga that ultimately saved his life. “if it wasn’t for nutrition, Yoga, and fitness, I would be a dead man. “ he attributes his survival of a suicide attempt with a .45 to his ability to “think just clearly enough” to set down the weapon. Since then he has set out on a path to help bring people to an awareness and clarity of thought that can prevent suicide attempts. 

     He believes that suicide is the biggest pink elephant in the room right now and he seeks to undermine it by bringing the yogas. “Yogas give us a way of observing our own thought structures and patterning that could lead us into downward emotional spirals.” Addressing these thoughts within ones own mind first puts a huge buffer between letting it go with the breath and winding up in intensive therapy or a mental institution. 

     ”Yogas help bring some sort of sanity and stability to my intense mind chatter”. And he knows first hand, having dealt with an unstable transition out of a combat infantry career in the US Marine Corps. “Not only did the yoga help bring sanity, it helps with the recovery from the physical wear and tear that was placed on my body for years” 

     Now he wishes to share this blessing of yoga with the community. The joy and love that comes along when immersed in this practice washes away the deepest sorrows and allows for us to see life clearly and happily again. These yogas bring a deeper appreciation and love for the world around us.

     Joshua’s Yogas consist of an intuitive and integrated blend of meditative, Postural and alignment based technologies from Hatha Yoga, Kundalini Yoga, Devotional yoga, and calisthenics. His training includes 200 hours from Spirit of Yoga, a personal training background, and years of experience  in the fitness and health industry. His yogas are designed to bring balance, open-heartedness, acceptance, and peace. Joshua specializes in his ability to adapt and relate with a broad range of personality types, in order to effectively translate and communicate the concepts of yogas through parable and story-telling. 


Dr. April Darley, N.D.


     In 2006, I was injured in a workplace accident that left me with chronic back pain for years. I tried a variety of natural and conventional therapies until I finally found relief with the non-drug therapy Neuro-Emotional Technique (N.E.T.).  Within just a few sessions, the back pain that had plagued me for years was completely gone. It was at that moment that I began to understand the power that trapped stress has on the body.

​     After graduating from medical school, I began training to bring this powerful technique to others and eventually dedicated my entire practice to helping people with anxiety and stress relief. Since Neuro-Emotional Technique (N.E.T.) had such a powerful effect on my life, I am passionate about helping people suffering with anxiety regain confidence, happiness, and the ability to move forward from situations keeping them stuck.

​     After several years of helping others through Neuro-Emotional Technique (N.E.T.), I began combining this revolutionary therapy with proven success strategies to bring about a truly transformational experience for my clients. This combination uncovers subconscious patterns that have caused self-sabotaging behaviors and gives you the opportunity for complete freedom and empowerment.

Kerri Wade

     My name is Kerri Wade and I can help you get rid of stress to heal naturally whether you are undergoing physical, mental, emotional or spiritual issues. I was trained as a Reiki Master in 2004 and earned my Reiki Master Teacher certification in 2017. In 2018 I became a Certified Karuna Reiki® Practitioner which has taken my practice to a whole new level! Karuna Reiki® is said to carry the energy of Mother Mary/Quan Yin and healing can be achieved in a very nurturing and less traumatic fashion. I am also an Amrit trained and certified I Am Yoga Nidra facilitator as well as a Certified Hypnotherapist and Certified BQH (Beyond Quantum Healing) Practitioner. I am passionate about Integrative Healing and honoring the Mind-Body-Spirit connection.

     I have spent my life helping others become their best self. I invested 37 years managing and coaching real estate agents, teams, and staff while practicing Reiki, Hypnotherapy, and Life Coaching on the side. While I continue to do a small amount of marketing service in the real estate business, my primary focus is now East Valley Healing, LLC in Chandler Arizona. My hours are flexible, and I love to create a custom healing protocol for my clients based on their needs and wants. I am so passionate about my work and love to share what I do with anyone who cares to listen! My modalities work on all four levels... physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual and are always intuitively guided. 


Rebecca Auernheimer


     My yoga journey started with a book on meditation which recommended gentle yoga as part of a daily mindfulness practice. I began to practice gentle yoga and yin yoga and discovered that yoga was like medicine. The physical postures release tension, clear out atrophy, and open up spaciousness in the tissues of the body. Yoga brings me a sense of well-being and ease. My teaching style is focused on feeling into the pose to find the balance between effort and ease, between challenging the body and being kind to the body. We put our bodies in a position to feel the stretch, to feel the edge of that resistance, and then breathe into it. With breath and patience, opening begins to occur, releasing tension and encouraging a sense of ease. My teaching experience includes nidra, yin, restorative, slow flow, vinyasa, chair yoga, and yoga off the wall. I am certified to teach yoga through the Southwest Institute of Healing Arts (SWIHA), having completed their 600-hour program.

Ashley Ridge

     Ashley is a Nutrition Coach and Advanced Yoga Teacher in Chandler, Arizona. She studied Hot Yoga at Cloud9 Divine Healing Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico which is where she recieved her 200 hr Yoga Teacher certificate. Her love for yoga lead to further studies in Hatha Gong, IAM Yoga Nidra and Holistic Nutrition at Southwest Institute of Healing Arts in Tempe, Arizona. With a passion for yoga and youth, Ashley has taught yoga all over New Mexico and the Arizona valley for the past 5 years. She continues to teach and expand her personal business. Ashley is currently booking for Nutrition Coaching and Transformation Yoga one on one sessions.


Lesley Pelkey


     In 2004 Lesley relocated from MN to AZ looking for a fresh new start.  It was desert life and a desire to overcome life’s adversities that led her into the world of the healing arts and personal development. Although she had practiced yoga before, it wasn’t until 2007 when she really discovered her love for the practice; the connection she experienced began to positively change and influence who she was. 

      Her teaching carries a resonance and reflects over fourteen years of experience working as a life coach and teacher of holistic health, energy healing, wellness, and personal development. Her classes are challenging, uplifting, and yet approachable. Lesley’s passion for creating individual and world change inspires students to look beyond the physical aspects of the practice both on and off their mats. 

     Lesley is a 500 hour E-RYT Yoga Alliance and KRI certified teacher.  Over the years her teaching has evolved into offering different styles and methods of healing including: Vinyasa, Kundalini, Yin, Restorative, Meditation, Reiki, and Sound Healing.  In 2017 she and George Charalambous partnered to develop and lead trainings which eventually led them to founding Evolve Yoga Teacher Training. Today she shares her time between Real Estate, Teaching Yoga and being a dog mom to everyone’s favorite yoga dog Rue.  You can find her (and sometimes Rue) at several studios throughout the valley, teaching corporate classes and working with the Evolve Yoga Teacher Training Team.  

Diane koch

     I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis in 1992 one month after my youngest child was born.  Many things happened before I this diagnosis ....Stress was a big factor and an overload on my immune system as many intense events were happening in my life.  I was told by a Rheumatologist that if I didn't follow his protocol I'd be in a wheelchair in a few months as my joints were severely inflamed,  I was in tremendous pain and having a difficult time caring for my baby as well as nursing him. I had to stop nursing my son and was struggling to continue working and caring for my other two children.

     I was scared and devastated that this could possibly be happening to me. I prayed and decided to refuse the 3 medications the Dr. wanted me to take.  I chose a path that few were taking 27 years ago with no internet to research what to do.  My prayers were answered and people began to come into my life along with reading many books and going to a small health food store I was able to heal my body with alternative medicine and nutrition.  It took time, within a little over a year I finally reversed the RA and my life changed. 

     Over the years I have expanded my journey to practice and teach Yoga beginning with a  200 Hr Anusara Yoga Teaching Certificate, I starting teaching 3 classes per week and assisted in teaching an after school program for the staff weekly.

     In March 2017, I completed another 200 Hr Hatha based Yoga Teaching Certificate at the Southwest Institute of Healing Arts in Tempe, AZ and in September 2017 I completed my Advanced I Am Amrit Method Yoga Nidra Certificate  which included Yoga Nidra for Kids in AZ. I studied and have a certificate in Sound Healing that I incorporate in some of my classes.

I have previously taught Beginners, Intermediate, Kids, and Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra with Sound Healing. 

     I have worked since 2004 as a Massage Therapist, Reiki, Craniosacral Therapy, Reflexology, and Prenatal Massage.  I am a Reikimaster and teach Reiki classes.

     I studied to attain a 200 hour Holistic Nutrition Certificate as nutrition healed me.  I work with others one on one coaching them to feel better.  I am passionate about helping others seeking wellness and balance in their bodies and lifestyle.  I do this by incorporating Yoga, Movement, Sound, Nutrition, and Energy work as needed using the many modalities I've studied and trained in along with my intuition guiding me in our sessions.  I offer one on one and group sessions for Yoga, Yoga Nidra, Nutrition, Reiki, Craniosacral Therapy, Reflexology and some Massage.  I offer Reiki classes to those seeking to learn energy healing for themselves.


Nicholas Stanley


     Born and raised in Lynn, Massachusetts, Nicholas is a graduate from Southwest Institute of Healing Arts in Tempe, Arizona. Nicholas is now enrolled as a Student at The University of Sedona & University of Metaphysics in Sedona, Arizona studying for his Doctorate in Metaphysics with a focus in Spiritual Counseling. Over the years, Nicholas has worked with SMI individuals who experience anxiety, depression or any other life skill challenge. Nicholas believes strongly that those who experience “mental health challenges” are in fact healers and leaders of creating the next Paradigm of What it means to be a Human “Being.”

    Nicholas is a passionate and dedicated mental health professional who encourages his clients in creating treatment plans that empower clients to reach beyond their own limitations. Ability to test and monitor clients to develop long term treatment plans that introduce fundamental lifestyle habits. High level understanding of a variety of cases and treatments, which result in a holistic approach to overcoming obstacles that trigger undesirable behaviors. He is a catalyst for philosophies that highlight a healing approach to clinical mental health, physical balance, and spiritual growth while supporting both Western and Eastern Philosophies. His strong interpersonal skills, help encourage to build trust and a reliable source of security and stability to assist his clients reaching their goals.