Sonja Hansen

Sonja's love for fitness, health, and wellness has lead her in many directions in the fitness industry, with her final destination being Yoga and the mind body connection.  Sonja is Certified in Vinyasa, Yin, Hatha, Yoga Nidra,  Meditation, Barre, Reiki Master, Pranic Healing, and more. She continues her growth personally with daily practice and mindful living. Sonja's biggest love besides her family is sharing her time and space with others who desire connection, inspiration, and empowerment through self awareness. Her mission as the founder of Pura Vida Barre and Yoga is to create a warm and inviting atmosphere for individuals from all levels and backgrounds to gather, meet, connect and be part of a community that fosters personal growth, development, and freedom to be who they are. She remains anchored in awareness and reaches for balance and strength in her teachings. She feels honored and blessed to be a part of such a beautiful community at Pura Vida. 

Gabriella Hansen

Gabbi's first experience with yoga was shortly after graduating high school. She began to use yoga as a way to relax and relieve her anxiety. She then went on to attend DSU in Southern Utah where she studied psychology, worked at the local hospital and began to realize her love for health & wellness. The more she practiced yoga and saw how it uplifted not only her life, but the lives of the people she worked with, the more her confidence in the lifestyle grew. She began to pursue her teaching certification and she moved back to Kennewick, WA where she was trained by Sonja Hansen- her mother and yogi mentor. After gaining her 200 hour certificate through Pura Vida School of Yoga she began her facilitator program and plans to continue educating herself as well as others in the practice of yoga. 

Jolene Szendre

Jolene Szendre discovered Yoga in 1998 while trying to heal from chronic pain caused by consecutive car accidents. As it helped to heal her body, she developed a desire to gain deeper knowledge and understanding. In 2000 she completed a 300hr teacher training Program with Sarah Joy Marsh at Amrita Yoga in Portland Oregon. After teaching Yoga in the Portland area, she moved to Kennewick, WA and continued to teach. In 2014 she completed Pacific Yoga’s 200 hr teacher training, with teachers Theresa Elliott and Kathryn Payne. For Jolene, practicing Yoga has become a joyful journey of awakening through present moment awareness, curiosity, and playful exploration. She and her husband Darren have 5 children (3 girls and 2 boys). 

Allyssa Mcewen

At a very young age, Allyssa was exposed to a variety of sports. Growing up with 3 older brothers and attending all of their sporting events, she was destined to fall in love with fitness. Born and raised here in the Tri-Cities, Allyssa graduated from Kennewick High and then went on to play Division 1 soccer in Utah. That is where she met her husband with who she has 4 children with.  After college she continued her fitness journey through personal training at a local gym along with group classes and sport specific training. Allyssa fell in love with helping others reach their goals. While living in Utah she was introduced to Barre and became hooked after the first class. After joining Pura Vida,  she decided to become certified.  Allyssa is now a certified “Barre Above” instructor and says she "feels so blessed to be doing what she loves while surrounded by such wonderful people, and community!

Joseph Castro

Joseph began practicing in 2006 with the aim of improving his health and well-being.  Having no idea when he walked into his first yoga class the profound impact that this sacred practice would have on his life.  Joseph has experienced incredible personal growth, healing, and transformation; profound connectedness to others in yoga communities; and lives a life rich with hope and love toward creating value on and off the mat. In spring of 2014, Joseph completed his Yoga Teacher Training through Yoga Centre of San Luis Obispo, CA. and began teaching right away. He has a love for creative and dynamic flows, led with authenticity, and connection. In the fall of 2016  Joseph completed a 200-hour Inquiry Teacher Training - a unique blend of Life Coaching and Yoga, through Yoga Church in San Luis Obispo, CA.  Joseph is passionate about personal development, and knows that his life purpose as an instructor and coach is to inspire and guide others in discovering, who they are, and how to reach they're highest potential. Joseph feels honored to be a part of the growing community at Pura Vida and is excited to see where it goes from here. 

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