Modular Training Instructor Bios
Chiara Guerrieri began her studies of the body in Italy growing up as the daughter of a PE teacher and a basketball coach. In college she studied Physical Education and after moving to the US continued her formation attending massage school eventually teaching Anatomy and Physiology at the same after graduation.
A student of meditation since 1983, she began practicing yoga in 1985 following a car accident that brought her some physical challenges. Studying yoga showed her the role of the breath as a key to healing and living more fully in the body.
In the late 90ties she began teaching yoga and Anatomy and Physiology for yoga teacher trainings.
She loves to communicate her passion for understanding how the body moves and can move with care and consideration for its wellness.
Jenny Hayo, C-IAYT, ERYT-500 is a certified yoga therapist who has been teaching yoga for over 20 years. Her relationship with yoga has had many lives – originally studying the physical form through the Ashtanga and Iyengar systems, she gradually shifted into extensive study of the more subtle aspects of the eight limbed system including pranayama and meditation. First introduced to the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali by her teacher Jo Leffingwell, she credits her sutra studies as one of the most significant shifts in her life. Since then, she has sought out practice lineages that center awareness as the primary purpose of practice. Jenny’s work with Tibetan Buddhist teacher Reginald Ray bridged the gap between the physical form and the meditative state leading her to a deep study of embodiment and the awakened state. She sees the body not as an object to be mastered, but as a vehicle for awakening. Jenny is known for the clarity of her instruction and her ability to meet students at any stage of their journey.
Melina Meza is a pioneer in the field of yoga, nutrition, and Ayurvedic Health, sharing her knowledge with yogis around the world for more than 20 years. Melina was the first teacher hired at 8 Limbs in 1996 and was co-director or director of 8 Limbs Yoga Centers for 16 years. She is the creator of Seasonal Vinyasa Yoga, a holistic practice that features lifestyle, diet, and yoga practices tailored to the rhythms of the four seasons to help people stay healthy as they age. Her passion for Nature, the five elements, beauty, and humor forge the foundation of her unique approach to well-being. Melina has self-published the book Seasonal Health and Wellness and a three-book series called The Art of Sequencing, is featured on popular video channels (YogaAnytime, YogaUOnline, and Gaia), co-leads Yoga for Healthy Aging trainings, and previously ran successful yoga retreats before the Covid pandemic.
Claudette Evans is a self-described yoga nerd, and has been studying for more than 20 years, and teaching for more than 12 years. Before coming to yoga, she shared her gifts as a performer, an athlete, a nonprofit arts administrator, and an event producer, co-founding a national conference on community service and citizenship.
Following a car accident in 2008, she began yoga teacher training to help heal her body, and was lucky enough to be mentored Catherine Munro, Denise Benitez, Elizabeth Rainey, Douglas Brooks, James Boag, and Dr. Katy Jane, among many others.
Claudette came to Sanskrit through of her love of chanting and philosophy. In 2010, she began her studies with the American Sanskrit Institute and eventually entered ASI’s Apprenticeship Program with Zoe Mai in 2013, completing her training in 2014. Claudette enjoys studying classic texts, including the Bhagavad Gītā and the Yoga Sūtra-s, and the grammar and philosophy found within. She continues to expand her knowledge of yoga through the study of Āsana, Sanskrit, Mantra, and Philosophy, and teaches Sanskrit and other offerings that help take curious and devoted yogins beyond the mat to further their practice via weekly classes, workshops, yoga teacher training programs, and retreats around the Pacific Northwest and around the world through her online offerings.
RW Alves (she/they), C-IAYT, SEP, E-RYT 500, is a social justice educator, certified yoga therapist, yoga teacher trainer, and Somatic Experiencing Practitioner based in Seattle. She facilitates spaces for self-care and community-care for activists and teaches about body positivity, body liberation, inclusive languaging and teaching, trauma-informed yoga, nervous system resilience, accessible asana, justice, privilege, and spiritual practice. Her work in the world and in yoga is informed by her experience as a fat white queer femme with a lifelong involvement in social justice and activism.
RW serves as Faculty for Off the Mat, Into the World and The Yoga Service Conference, teaches trauma-informed yoga through a social justice lens with Collective Resilience (www.collectiveresilienceyoga.com), and is a co-founder and trainer for Bending Towards Justice (www.bendingtowardsjustice.org), which provides anti-oppression, equity, and social justice trainings for yoga teachers and practitioners around the country. She is a contributor to the Yoga Service Council’s forthcoming book on Best Practices in Yoga for Addiction and Recovery.
She is passionate about exploring and unearthing the interconnections and interweavings between social injustice, trauma, social justice, and resilience, and she believes deeply in the power of practice to ground, sustain, align, and inspire us in our important and world-changing work. She loves training teachers to make the healing and transformative power of yoga, somatics, embodiment, and spiritual practice more accessible and welcoming for a broader range of people and bodies. Learn more at rwalves.com