Big Island Yoga
Yoga Teachers
Giuse Bullock
Giuse Bullock

Giuse has lived almost her whole life in Hawaii.  She says, “I have the privilege of being raised here on the Big Island. Having the honor of giving back to the community through yoga is very special to me.” She began her Yoga journey in 2000 and very quickly realized that this would be her lifelong path.

Giuse is certified with Yoga Alliance at the 200-hour level, having  taken a teacher training with Julie Rader of Mukti Yoga. She also spent seven months in an Anusara Immersion program with Jim and Ruthie Berhaert, teachers in Waimea.  Other influences are Yin Yoga, Power Flow and the Restorative practice. Giuse is also a graduate of the College of Purna Yoga at the 200 hour level.

Giuse’s  style is alignment based, heart opening, and flowing.  She seeks to synthesize her trainings and personal Yoga experiences and bring them to her classes with grace and reflection.  Her teaching includes vinyasa (linked poses), chanting and breath awareness. For Giuse, the intensity of the physical yoga serves to help “unpeel the onion, awakening the mind and spirit connection,” and she offers this to her students.  (The Italian spelling of her name is pronounced “Jesse.”)

Contact:
Giuse Bullock - 808.443.9659 - giuseppinacharbonneau@yahoo.com

Grushenka Wolfgang
Grushenka Wolfgang, PhD, DABT

Throughout her life Grushenka has been an active person, initially with dance classes, then as a competitive ice skater, ice skating coach, and more recently with yoga practice. As a graduate student in Pharmacology and Toxicology and as a practicing toxicologist for 25+ years Grushenka gained knowledge and appreciation of the body’s ability to function and repair. As a scientist, she has been particularly drawn to the precision based teaching of traditional alignment-based yoga at Big Island Yoga Center.

Having been introduced to yoga at BIYC and having had the opportunity to attend workshops with well-known Iyengar instructors, Grushenka decided to  join the Teacher Training with Ray Madigan (Intermediate Senior III Iyengar Teacher) in 2016. This training has inspired her to share the benefits of yoga with others.  From her years of coaching ice skating Grushenka discovered that a major part of the learning process is overcoming fear and having someone to challenge you in a safe environment. She is committed to establishing a safe and enjoyable experience for her students at BIYC.

Contact:
Contact: Grushenka Wolfgang;  - ghiw@ hawaii.rr.com or 808-345-4377

Joan
Joan Hughes

Joan has been a student of Iyengar Yoga for over twenty years and has been a teacher at Big Island Yoga Center since 2008.  She emphasizes alignment and inner focus in her teaching. Joan also serves on the Board of Directors as the Treasurer for BIYC.

Joan has lived on the Big Island for thirty years, raising a family and building a house in Ocean View with her husband.  Though her husband is an “ex” now and her children are adults she remains on the “homestead” gardening, repairing and running the family business as a wire rope distributor.

Using the practice of yoga to bring balance and stability into her life is a constant endeavor for her.  Joan has completed nine Teacher Trainings with Aadil Palkivala and has completed the 200 hour Purna Yoga Certification course.  She is currently studying with Senior Certified Iyengar instructor, Ray Madigan, in the ongoing Iyengar Yoga teacher training presently being offered at Big Island Yoga Center.

Contact:
Joan Hughes - 808.769.0772  - jhughes.hwrs@gmail.com

Joanne Murray
Joanne Murray

A native New Yorker, Joanne was drawn to Hawaii through her love of surfing; and her home has been on the Big Island since 1972.  She began her Yoga studies  in 1993, with certified Iyengar instructor Darina Archer, the founder of BIYC.  As she saw her own health, spirit and well-being benefit from her practice, Joanne began attending teacher trainings with Aadil Palkhivala in 1996.  She has also graduated from the 200 hour teacher training at BIYC with Jennifer Weinert, in 2010. 

Joanne feels privileged to share with her students her dedication and her love for her practice, experiencing the practice itself as a continual process of personal growth.  She is particularly interested in Yoga philosophy.  Joanne also focuses her talents in agriculture on Hawaii Island, considering as her “earthly dharma” the raising of queen bees for export worldwide.

Contact:
Joanne Murray - 808.938.6006

Julie Benkofsky-Webb
Julie Benkofsky-Webb

Julie’s university training was in art education.   After living in New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Texas, North Carolina, Virginia, Wisconsin and Ontario, Canada, Julie has been  in Hawaii since 1990, where she maintains a private practice as a licensed massage therapist, incorporating John  Barnes Myofascial Release.  With some previous experience in Yoga, her commitment deepened in 1996.  Under the guidance of her mentor, Marcia Carman, she attended the first of many teacher trainings with Aadil Palkhivala in 2001. She also went to Aadil’s studio Alive and Shine in Bellevue, Washington for three therapeutics teacher trainings.

Julie has been teaching since 2002 and loves sharing the practice of traditional alignment-based Yoga with her students. She has been inspired by the teachings of  the Iyengar teachers Julie Gudmestad, Janet MacLeod and Marla Apt. Additionally, she has studied with Tias Little of Prajna Yoga and Leslie Kaminoff and Amy Matthews of the Breathing Project.  She served as Director of BIYC 2009-2013.

Contact:
Julie Benkofsky-Webb - 808.960.3310 - kalaoa@hawaii.rr.com

Kelly Buscher
Kelly Buscher

Born and raised on the island of Hawai'i, Kelly has been practicing Iyengar Yoga since 1994. For a number of years, she was a teacher at the middle school of Hawaii Preparatory Academy, where she taught yoga to her students. This was a wonderful opportunity to share with these young people the endless gifts that yoga provides. At this time, she also provided yoga instruction for her HPA colleagues. Kelly attended teacher training in alignment-based yoga with Aadil Palkhivala and has also completed a 200 hour teacher training in Purna Yoga with Jennifer Weinert.

Kelly has been amazed over and over again to discover that the practice of Yoga always provides precisely what is needed at different stages of life; its gifts reflect the student's journey, what each one is ready for, and what is needed to heal, grow, and discover new layers of themselves.

Most recently, Kelly has had the opportunity to experience pregnancy and motherhood, and once again discover how powerful the practice of Yoga can be in providing strength, balance, and serenity in one's life during times of transition. Kelly is most grateful that her journey with yoga has taught her to know her blissful nature, and loves to share this experience with her students.

Contact:
Kelly Buscher kellyrosebuscher@gmail.com - 808.457.7700

Reagan Breen
Reagan Breen

I believe that we are powerful beings capable of creating our own state of wholeness and healing. Yoga has been one of my most passionate and transformational tools. It has brought me deep and meaningful levels of awareness, has afforded me a healthy lifestyle, and has provided answers. My path has been about a return to self love and the study of why we get sick and how to heal.

I began doing yoga at age fifteen and have been practicing steadily since 1984 and teaching since 1994. I have studied with many certified Iyengar instructors over the years, completed many training courses, and am currently in training with certified senior yoga teacher Ray Madigan. In addition, I am a certified Integrative Life Coach and a trained clairvoyant, venues which have enriched and developed my spiritual foundations and have allowed me to see beyond what meets the eye. It is my honor and privilege to assist others on their path.

Contact:
Reagan Breen - 808.896.8956 - reaganmbreen@gmail.com

Stephanie Conant
Stephanie Conant

Stephanie Conant has always been on the move, whether it was assisting her ballet teacher with the younger children when she was ten years old, overseeing restaurant operations, or running an organic farm in South Kona with her husband Howard.  During one of their two South Pacific sailing adventures, she taught yoga along the way!  Having completed her first teacher training in 1994 with White Lotus, she and Howard sailed off into the sunset, destination, Australia.   At every landfall where there was a patch of earth on which to practice—passersby would ask if they could join in, and so they did.  More than twenty years and numerous yoga trainings later, Steph now has a flat wooden floor on which to share her joy of yoga.  Watching the shear joy a student receives from practice is reward enough, bringing Steph back to BIYC each winter and spring to teach and attend classes.

In 1999 Steph discovered BIYC and has been a student and then teacher ever since.  It was here she met Aadil Palkhivala and Savitri of Alive and Shine Studios, and creators of Bellevue, Washington, Purna Yoga. Aadil has been guest teaching at BIYC for more than twenty-five years, and Stephanie has taken numerous trainings and retreats from him and Savitri, his wife and meditation master.  In 2010 she completed the first local 200 Teacher Training from the College of Purna Yoga taught by Jennifer Weinert.

As Stephanie continually embraces the level of dedication and support she has experienced from her teachers, she encourages her students to share in the many benefits of yoga.  Stephanie's students appreciate the joy that she experiences in her own practice, her attention to detail, safety and alignment—and her sense of humor.

As Sri Aurbindo states, “All Life is Yoga,” whether on or off the mat.  Stephanie aspires to uphold this truth in everything she does, and to lead by example.

Contact:
Stephanie Conant - 808.895.7802 - im4yoga2@gmail.com

Yuki
Yuki Agoot

Born in Southern Illinois to a Japanese Filipino coal miner and an Italian mother, Yuki was raised in South Kona on a coffee farm.  She graduated from Konawaena High School and then received her Bachelor of Arts in Japanese Studies from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon.  She first experienced yoga at Willamette as an elective class during her freshman year.  Six years later she made yoga a regular practice while she was training to become a licensed massage therapist in Kona.

This regular practice began in the Ashtanga tradition of Pattabhi Jois and for that time in her life it was appropriate for keeping the body strong and the mind trained on the rhythm of the breath for vinyasa.  Having done gymnastics as a child, her body had been conditioned to strength and flexibility.  In 2008 Yuki first experienced the Iyengar tradition of yoga, at BIYC.  Awareness expanded her practice.  Engaging muscles with intention, feeling the body and its capabilities became a meditation of different sorts. 

Yuki has completed two 200 hour yoga teacher trainings in Purna Yoga—the first with Jennifer Weinert of Purna Yoga Centers Hilo, Hawaii and the second with Aadil Palkhivala at the Alive and Shine Center in Bellevue, Washington.  Yuki realizes joy in her practice and is blessed to be able to share that with others.  Her teaching centers on developing awareness for and intelligence in the body and spirit which translates into life off the yoga mat.

Yuki has experienced a number of adventures apart from yoga.  She has hiked to the summits of all the mountains on the Big Island.  She has run the 200 mile Hood to Coast Relay from Mount Hood to Seaside in Oregon and twice completed the Lavaman Triathlon in Waikoloa, Hawaii.  As a paddler, Yuki has twice paddled the Kaiwi Channel with a crew of ten other women in the Na Wahine O Ke Kai (the women's Moloka'i to O'ahu outrigger canoe race).  Yoga makes it possible!

Contact:
Yuki Agoot - 808.640.1544 - yuki.agoot@gmail.com  And visit Yuki’s web site www.amtamembers.com/yukimagoot