YiA Yoga Healing & Wellness Center is dedicated to inspiring you to live life in optimal health by empowering you to use holistic & natural methods to accomplish your wellness goals. We desire to connect mind, body & spirit to create overall balance.
Kaytee Hoverson, Owner, Lead E-RYT 500 Yoga Teacher Trainer & Body Worker
Doris Martinez, Studio Manager, Certified Therapeutic Yoga Instructor, E-RYT 200 Yoga Instructor
Charles Gonsher, RYT 500, Reiki Master & Healer
Mamie Brisker, RYT 200 Yoga Instructor
Susan Saundercook, RYT 200 Yoga Instructor
Kaytee Hoverson, B.A., MNLM, RYT 500
Kaytee Hoverson is a passion driven social entrepreneur & world traveler who has been on the path of yoga & personal development since the young age of fifteen. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Human Development with a specialization in Motivational Interviewing and a Masters Degree in Nonprofit Leadership & Management & is an Essential Oil Specialist. She is the founder & leader of Unexpected Moments of Magic Panama, an international volunteer placement organization dedicated to empowering individuals worldwide through the encouragement of self-exploration through social entrepreneurship, volunteerism, philanthropy & yoga as powerful forces for worldwide change. She also owns & operates YiA Yoga Health, Healing & Humanitarian Center. Kaytee’s life motto is “be the change you wish to see in the world” and her goal is to support people in a holistic way to aid in achieving positive change within themselves, while giving back to others. She specializes in teaching Vinyasa Yoga, AcroYoga, Restorative Yoga, Yin/Yang Yoga, Yoga Therapeutics, Thai Yoga Massage & Yoga for Kids & Families. She is a true believer in spreading gratitude, positive thinking & self-love through her practice. She is an enthusiastic citizen of the world & spiritual adventurer having traveled in over 30 countries.
Doris Martinez, E-RYT 200 Certified Therapeutic Yoga Instructor
Doris began her career in health and fitness in 1980. Over the past 36 years she has been a Certified Group Fitness Instructor, Pilates Instructor, Personal Trainer, Nutrition Counselor, and Master Trainer. She has been practicing yoga for the last 10 years and completed her Yoga Alliance 200-hour, Forrest Yoga based, teacher training in San Francisco, California.
Forrest Yoga, of all the various types of yoga practices, resonated the most with Doris. Forrest Yoga was created by and named for Ana T. Forrest. It is a modern yoga style based on Hatha yoga and founded on four pillars--Breath, Strength, Integrity, and Spirit. It is known for its long holding positions, abdominal core work, and challenging standing series.
In keeping with the Forrest Yoga Philosophy, Doris hopes to guide you to go deeper to find your truth, and encourage you to take the gifts you have earned on the mat, beyond the mat, and into the rest of your life.
Charles Gonsher, RYT 500, Reiki Master & Healer
Charles is trained in Shaivism Hatha. He has been practicing yoga for over a decade and completed his 200hr teacher training at the Southwest Institute of Healing Arts and advanced 300 hours with SchoolYoga Institute. He is internationally registered with the Yoga Alliance and is also a Reiki Master teacher in the Usui transformational discipline.
A former financial executive in the tech startup community, Charles left the fast-paced corporate life to fully embrace his spiritual path. After spending a significant time in Latin America, he opened this road to enlightenment with the intention to help others find their dharma as he found his own. He started his path with the vision of peace, community, and spreading the love of healing to individuals and businesses around the globe.
Mamie Brisker, RYT 200
Mamie is a Yoga Alliance certified instructor who moved to Boquete in January, 2016 from Fort Lauderdale, Florida with her husband Greg and greyhound, Floyd to follow their dreams and opened La Jungla Experience hostel. Another dream recently fulfilled was completing Yoga Teacher Training as Mamie has been a yoga enthusiast for 20 years and originally sought out yoga to help strengthen, stretch, and heal her body during and after her college basketball years.
She now enjoys teaching a Deep Vinyasa Flow that is suitable for all body types and yoga levels ensuring all students leave the mat feeling strong, stable, and restored.
Susan Saundercook, RYT 200
At the age of eight, Susan declared to an imaginary friend (or some maple trees) that she was going to live someplace that was springtime year-round. In 2008, she moved to Boquete, Panama. She co-owns Boquete Garden Inn, complete with white picket fence, giggling flowers and birds that dress her every morning. In her spare time, she writes and travels. She has practiced yoga since she was a teen in the basement of her stepmom's home, armed with a Rodney Yee VHS tape, bad perm and a strong desire to still her mind through breath and movement.