RHF group class instructors are dedicated to helping you stay fit in a welcoming environment.
Michelle Tibbs, Yoga and Pilates Instructor
Michelle began practicing yoga in 2002 after the birth of her third baby boy. Having experienced a hip misalignment due to labor and delivery, she found that practicing yoga not only healed and balanced her body by realigning it, but that it also calmed her mind, energized her body and restored her to wholeness. After taking her first yoga class in 2002, Michelle sought to share her love for yoga by teaching in the inner city of Seattle. In 2005, she completed her 200 hour teacher training with YogaFit and has been teaching ever since. In 2007, she completed her mat Pilates teacher training.
Michelle is grateful and honored to be able to share her love for Pilates, wholeness and wellness! She hopes to help her students feel the same wholeness and balance that she is grateful for every day.
You can view Michelle's yoga and Pilates video demonstrations on eHowFitness' channel.
Jen Hughes, Yoga Instructor
Jen attended her first yoga class with her mom at age 16 in Maine. She has been practicing yoga since 2000 and teaching since 2011. While attending school in Colorado for experiential education and recreation, she studied Iyengar yoga and Ashtanga yoga. Her desire to teach and share yoga with the world was sparked in November 2007 after losing one of her teachers unexpectedly to suicide. “The only way I could process how I felt was on my yoga mat and I knew that my dharma included offering solace of this kind to the world. Yoga is so much more than downward dog and balancing on one leg, it’s about building capacity for our lives.”
Jen's classes mirror her personal practice: getting totally in tune with what your physical, emotional and mental bodies need, allowing your edge and intuition to meet at a beautiful place. Jen has had the opportunity while living in Seattle to deepen her practice through completing the 8 Limbs Yoga Teacher Training program and attending workshops with Nicolai Bachman and Rod Stryker. In addition to teaching yoga classes, Jen loves making people laugh, visiting her family in Maine and sipping tea while watching birds on her deck.
LoraBeth Barr, Yoga Instructor
LoraBeth is an articulate and heartfelt teacher whose dedicated to bringing an authentic voice to her yoga classes. Having practiced yoga for over a decade, she completed her 200 hour teacher training at Seattle Yoga Arts in 2014. She also completed Applied Psychology for Yogis and Psycho Social Emotional Literacy for Yogis with Livia Cohen. LoraBeth is skilled at providing hands-on adjustments to ensure safety or allow participants to go deeper into a pose.
Chelsea Alvarez, Yoga Instructor
Chelsea has been practicing yoga since 2004. Having discovered firsthand how profoundly healing and balancing the practice of yoga can be, she felt strongly called to share the teachings that had changed her life. Chelsea completed her 200 hour teacher training at Seattle Yoga Arts in 2015.
Eunice Hobbs, Yoga Instructor
Eunice was drawn to yoga because she found she could be herself while practicing. When Eunice first began practicing yoga, however, she felt intimidated by the thin, experienced people she saw in classes. She kept practicing, though, because moving through the postures made her feel great! Being in the poses facilitated a shift in her awareness that helped her accept and love her body.
Now Eunice enjoys offering the gift of self-acceptance to her students. As a medical assistant for 19 years, part of her inspiration to become a teacher was to motivate others to get on their mats and realize that yoga applies to regular life. Eunice believes that everyone--young, old, curvy, slight, black, white, and everyone in between--benefits from a regular yoga practice. As a yoga instructor, she ensures that her students feel safe to explore their body, mind and spirit while on their mats.
Eunice trained at Urban Yoga Spa and received her 200-hour RYT in 2014. She began community yoga classes at Odessa Brown and still teaches there regularly. Eunice is a mother of three young adults.
Maria Roy, MixxedFit® Instructor
In July 2014, Maria took her first MixxedFit® class at Rainier Health & Fitness (RHF). After just one class, she was hooked. Maria became a certified MixxedFit® instructor in October 2014 and has taught at RHF since February 2015. Maria loves being a MixxedFit® instructor because she gets to: (1) dance like she’s at the club while getting a workout at the gym, (2) talk with students after class and (3) create choreography.
In addition to teaching MixxedFit®, Maria loves to try all things fitness! In 2010, she trained for Seattle's Rock ’n’ Roll half marathon and after completing realized she needed a career in the fitness industry. From June 2010 to October 2014, Maria ran one full marathon, five half marathons and seven 5K’s. She seasonally volunteers as a running mentor with Fleet Feet Sports Seattle. In November 2012, she obtained her National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) personal trainer certificate.
Maria also loves challenging herself academically and has a Bachelor of Science plus several certificates. Her hobbies include loom knitting hats, hair braiding, baking, running, high intensity interval training, reading nutrition books and going on adventures with her husband plus 2 and 4-year-old sons. Maria Roy is a stay-at-home mom during the day and a MixxedFit® instructor by night.
Shalimar Gonzales, Cycling Instructor
Shalimar has been an enthusiastic cyclist since 2000 and became a certified instructor in 2012. She views indoor cycling as an excellent training tool toward becoming a stronger outdoor cyclist. In her free time, Shalimar can be found riding along the Burke-Gilman Trail or exploring new sights on her road bike. Her varied athletic pursuits include AIDS LifeCycle finisher when she biked from San Francisco to Los Angeles, Olympic Lifting, CrossFit, and signing up--though never running--various 5Ks, 10Ks and half marathons.
Stuart Kaufman, Cycling Instructor
Stuart is an avid biker having completed RAMROD (Ride Around Mt. Rainier in One Day), a 150 miles ride with 10,000 feet elevation gain. He has participated in two cycling adventure rides in Israel and enjoys leisure cycling around Lake Washington. Physical fitness is an important life value and Stuart's other hobbies reflect this: hiking, cooking, playing the bass guitar and swimming. He even swam across the Columbia River 10 times! During the week, Stuart is a Life and Business coach specializing in helping people (mostly men) discover their emotional intelligence and maturity. Learn more about Stuart.
Ruby Keefe, Cycling Instructor
Before relocating to Seattle in August 2014, Ruby taught cycling for nearly seven years at various branches of Los Angeles Metro YMCA. She loves building community and helping people achieve things they never imagined they could do.
Ruby is also a graphic production artist. When not on a bike, she can usually be found training for a 5K, working in the garden, walking the family dog or visiting the Southern Resident Orcas in the San Juan Islands.
Tammie Griffin, ZUMBA Fitness Instructor
Tammie Griffin has taught group exercise classes for many years. She has taught a variety of formats including Low Impact Aerobics, Step Aerobics, Hip Hop, Turbo Kick and recently ZUMBA fitness. She retired from aerobics to spend more time with her kids but recently decided to start teaching again. She's excited to be back teaching one of her favorite formats: ZUMBA Fitness! Tammie says, "I absolutely love helping others in whatever capacity I can. I live by 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.'" Read more about Tammie.
Natasha Marsh, ZUMBA Fitness Instructor
Natasha Marsh has been a dancer, singer and musician all her life. At her first ZUMBA Dance Fitness class in 2010, she discovered her passion for this joyful and expressive form of exercise. She began her ZUMBA Fitness career teaching in Matagalpa, Nicaragua, where she cultivated a deep love for Latin dance and culture.