MEET OUR TRIBE
Over 120+ years of combined experience....
ERYT 500, Barre Instructor, Reiki and Pranic Healing Master
ERYT 200, Barre Instructor
Barre Instructor, Trainer
Sonja's love for fitness, health, and well being has lead her in many directions in the fitness industry, with her final destination being yoga and the mind body connection. Sonja is a 500 ERYT on the Yoga Alliance registry, a Reiki Master and Pranic Healer, and certified in Vinyasa, Yin, Hatha, Yoga Nidra, Meditation, Barre, Pranayama, and more. She is almost finished with her current yoga therapy training. She loves personal growth and sharing her time and space with others that desire inner growth, connection, inspiration, and empowerment through self awareness. She loves her family and her small dog Milo. Her mission as our founder is to create a space for individuals to gather and meet in an environment that fosters personal growth, development, and freedom to be genuine.
Gabbi started her yoga journey right out of high school in 2014. She moved from the Tri Cities to Utah where she continued her personal practice at a local studio and classes through DSU where she studied Psychology. When she began working at the local hospital she discovered a deep passion for health and wellness, and loved connecting to people. Her curiosity and love for the practice grew and she decided to move to Kennewick in 2017 where she received her 200 hour yoga teacher training one- on one with Sonja Hansen. She is an 200 RYT, barre fitness specialist, and trainee facilitator where she instructs at Pura Vida. She recently obtained her Permaculture Design Certificate and loves outdoor activities, gardening, and learning.
Alyssa started playing sports at a young age. She grew up attending her 3 older brothers sporting events and fell in love with fitness. She was born and raised in the Tri Cities, graduated from Kennewick High and then went on to play Division 1 soccer in Utah. That is where she met her husband who she has 4 children with. After college she continued her fitness journey through personal training, group classes, and sport specific training. She fell in love with helping other reach their goals. When she was introduced to Barre- she was hooked. She became certified through Barre Above and began instructing at Pura Vida where she feels blessed to do what she loves surrounded by wonderful people.
Jolene discovered yoga in 1998 while trying to heal from chronic pain cause by consecutive car accidents. As it helped to heal her body, she developed a desire to gain deeper knowledge and understanding about the practice. She completed her 300 hour yoga teacher training with Sarah Joy Marsh at Amrita Yoga in Portland, OR. After teaching in Portland she moved to Kennewick and in 2014 completed an additional 200 hour yoga teacher training. For Jolene, yoga has become a joyful journey of awakening through present moment awareness, curiosity, and playful exploration. She and her husband Darren have 5 wonderful children they love dearly.
Dr. Cory Hansen co-founded Eye Care Associates of West Richland in 2010. He received his OD degree from the Illinois College of Optometry based in Chicago after completing his undergraduate studies at Central Washington University. Dedicated and knowledgeable, Dr. Hansen has a thirst for learning and research which compliments his desire to share his knowledge with patients. He enjoys any activity where gets to enjoy the outdoors, especially mountain biking, exploring, skiing, and doing yoga in his free time. Dr. Hansen resides in the Tri-Cities with his wife, Sonja, and their three daughters.
In 2013, Chase reluctantly attended his first yoga class at Arizona State University. By the end of the semester, he knew he was hooked for life! For the rest of his academic career, Chase supplemented his studies in media and communications with a healthy dose of yoga asana and philosophy. After a brief sojourn from yoga while establishing himself as an event producer in Los Angeles, he made the effort to reintroduce a regular practice into his hectic schedule. His 200 hour yoga teacher training course in Costa Rica allowed him to combine his dedication to improving his yoga practice with his love for traveling, scuba diving, and learning about new cultures. Chase is always on the lookout for his next adventure!
Heather's fitness journey started with a love for running that developed through the years. That eventually lead to her stretching and yoga. In 2017 she began her career as a fitness instructor, she loves teaching prenatal fitness. In October of 2021 she completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training with Pura Vida School of Yoga, gained her RYT credit through Yoga Alliance, and has been motivated to teach ever since. She has 2 beautiful girls with her loving husband she has been married to since 2011 (and a baby boy due Feb of 2022!). She enjoys gardening, volunteering and being involved in her community, crafting, as well as saving bugs in her free time.
Lexi started her yoga journey for personal enlightenment in March 2021. She originally joined Pura Vida to take barre classes and quickly fell in love with yoga. She practiced consistently 4-5 days a week, some days fitting in multiple classes. Fast forward 7 months later and she received a scholarship to join Pura Vida's 200 hour training, she graduated the end of October and has been teaching ever since. She loves a good sweaty yoga class...so if you come to her class be prepared to sweat! Outside of yoga she loves spending time with her son Jace who is almost 8. She also enjoys drinking too much coffee, listening to podcasts, and playing disc golf. She is so excited to be teaching yoga here at pura vida!