Hi! Thank you for being curious about me.
I'm Hien and I've been practicing yoga since I was 15 years old. (Yoga was only P.E. credit, I thought.) I knew by the third yoga class I took that teaching yoga was something I wanted to do someday!
As a young teenager, I experienced trauma in the form of an abusive relationship. I discovered that practicing yoga was helpful for my journey toward healing. Today, it continues to help me cope with depression and anxiety.
During my senior year of college, I finally pursued my dharma (purpose) and enrolled in a 200-hour teacher training program.
I know what it's like to feel powerless, burnt out, and overall unfulfilled.
Because of that, I'm passionate about offering holistic wellness. Practicing yoga with me means practicing mindfulness and yoga philosophy into everyday life along with asana (posture).
2015: I completed my 200-hour training at Three Trees Yoga, a Yoga Alliance certified school in my hometown.
Early 2016: I completed a 20-hour Trauma Center Trauma-Sensitive Yoga training.
Late 2016: I completed a 6-week SKY Outreach Mentorship Program at Samdhana-Karana Yoga, a non-profit yoga studio. I taught seniors at Mercy Housing.
Early 2017: I began teaching middle school yoga at Annie Wright Schools.
Late 2017: I started teaching at Yoga Soleil.
2018: Currently, I teach high schoolers at Tacoma Science and Math of Institute High School and Longevita. I sub at Yoga Soleil and Rae’s Yoga and Cycling Studio.
My teaching style leans toward gentle. I like to focus on mindfulness -- I remind students to breathe fully, feel the pose they're in, and observe whatever else shows up. Radical acceptance and self-compassion are two important concepts I try to present as a teacher.
Latest Project: Trauma-Informed Yoga
I am currently working on offering trauma-informed yoga classes. If you are someone who would like to collaborate with me (therapist or other healing modality worker), or have a space you’d think would welcome this idea, please contact me.
EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org | INSTAGRAM: @hienhongyoga
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