The Ambassadors

We are delighted to connect you locally to key Alchemy of Yoga Happiness Ambassadors around the world!


Alysha Grieg

I completed the Alchemy of Yoga Teacher Training with Silvia Mordini in Summer of 2011. Currently, I spend most of my time teaching at the University of Washington where I founded both Yogis at UW (a yoga club with over 300 members) and the UW Mindfulness Project which aims to establish a mindfulness center on campus. I firmly believe that a strong yoga practice involves not only asana, but a willingness to look honestly at ourselves, who we are, and where we want to go.

Kristen Shaw

With an intense sales job and busy work travel, I discovered yoga as a way to get grounded and find balance both physically and mentally. Initially it was the combination of flexibility and strength that had me hooked, yet over time the more subtle benefits of stillness, reflection, & relaxation have become the biggest surprise with the greatest rewards. 

This personal journey led me to leave technology sales after 9 years, making a career change to follow passion and the life changing experience of teacher training with Silvia Mordini.I completed the Alchemy of Yoga Teacher Training in Summer of 2013.

I now teach yoga full time with regular classes at shefayoga, CorePower, Seattle Bouldering Project, Vertical World, as well as private corporate yoga classes. With the knowledge and understanding of how much yoga improved my work-life balance, I am inspired to bring more yoga to the workplace, reducing stress and helping others find more calm & clarity in their day. This goal lead me to co-found Yoga Reset, providing workplace yoga in Seattle. I believe in yoga for everyBODY, and teach for all levels to enable students to unplug, recharge, and restore to feel their best.

Larisa Kenny (Sarasota)

Ten years ago I came to a point in my life where I needed something for me, for my body and for my mind. I had tried a variety of exercise programs but nothing gave me the satisfaction that I was looking for, until I stumbled upon a Park District yoga class. As a professional dietitian caring for seniors with dementia and memory loss, my days were challenging yet yoga created a balance.

I developed my foundations in Anusara inspired Vinyasa Flow. I have also had extensive studies in the practice of Iyengar and therapeutic yoga.  I received my 200 hour RYT Certification from my mentor, Silvia Mordini, then received a certification in Prenatal Yoga and later completed my Personal Trainer Certification through the AFAA.  

I believe the practice of Yoga enhances and improves the quality of our lives. When our lives become more demanding, it is essential that we take time to nurture our minds and heal our bodies. I feel privileged to share the physical and mental benefits of Yoga with individuals from all walks of life.

Olivia Stanzer

Before yoga found me, I was living the daily grind, settling for a life that looked pretty on the outside but didn’t actually make me happy. I’d taken sporadic yoga classes at the gym throughout my life and enjoyed them but they never truly hit home for me.

It wasn’t until a friend dragged me into a yoga studio in 2011 that yoga finally truly found me, transforming my life in the most beautiful way and I haven’t looked back since. Yoga has not only changed my body physically (I couldn’t even touch my toes when I started!) but it has inspired and motivated me to live my life to the fullest. I have trained under a beautiful array of teachers, most notably receiving my 200-hour certification with Yoga Alliance under the loving guidance of Silvia Mordini and the Alchemy of Yoga tribe in Costa Rica. I am also a doctor of physical therapy, having extensively studied the human body and worked with ailments across the spectrum of young to elderly.

I have delved deep into the world of women’s health, studying it both as a physical therapist and yoga teacher, and am prenatal certified. My passion is to share the transformation using my extensive knowledge of the human body and goal coaching to work with you in achieving your highest potential for wellness and joy in all aspects of your life.




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