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Sonja Hanse Founder
Sonja Hansen

Owner, Functional Movement Specialist, Healer

Gabriella Hansen 

Functional Movement Specialist, Manager

Alyssa McEwen 

Functional Movement Specialist 

Jolene Szendre

Functional Movement Specialist, Healer 

Cory Hansen

Partnering Physician 


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 held by well educated professionals with experience in the medical field. 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 at 17. She moved from the Tri Cities to Utah where she continued her personal practice at a local studio and classes through her DSU where she studied Psychology. When she began working at the local hospital she discovered a deep passion for health and wellness, and 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 being outside, 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 mountain biking, yoga and kiteboarding in his free time. Dr. Hansen resides in the Tri-Cities with his wife, Sonja, and their three daughters.

Who we are

We are a group of fun loving functional movement specialists with a passion for health & wellness who are just simple every day people that are determined to make this world, and community a better place through connection, creativity, empowerment, and love.