Meet Our Team

Ginya – Owner.
Ginya, her husband, Eliot, and their dog, Theo, moved from San Diego to Grand Rapids in 2009 when he received a scholarship to Cooley Law School. When they left San Diego, it was 72 degrees and when they arrived in Grand Rapids, it was 13 degrees!!! After the snow melted, they fell in love with the city and decided to stay after he graduated. Ginya had a background in fitness instruction/management and loved the physical and mental benefits of hot yoga. She dreamed of creating a studio where everyone felt welcomed. A happy place for yogis of all levels. In May 2014, her dreams became a reality and Twisted opened its doors. You can usually find Ginya smiling behind the front desk. When she’s teaching, her goal is for her students to have fun, feel challenged and leave feeling more centered.
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Amanda – Instructor. RYT-200.
Yoga found Amanda in 2009, as a much needed compliment to her martial arts practice in San Diego. After a few years of attending occasional classes only because she knew it was good for her body, her intentions began to shift. She had benefited from the physical practice for quite some time, but she was yearning for more. On her quest for knowledge, she became certified to teach Yin, Hatha and Vinyasa. Since becoming a teacher, she continues to root down into this expansive yoga community and find herself ever inspired to dig deeper into the limbs of yoga. In class, she encourages students to listen to their bodies and find awareness as they work towards their edge. She says “In class, I love to see smiles and hear giggles as we play together and challenge ourselves to create new shapes with our strong and capable bodies.”

Caitlin – Instructor. RYT-200.
As a medical student and life-long athlete, Caitlin is passionate about both physical health and mental well-being. She began consistently practicing hot yoga shortly after graduating from college in 2013, and found that her practice profoundly transformed her body and mind. Caitlin completed her teacher training in Royal Oak, MI in 2015 and taught yoga in the metro Detroit area for a year before moving back home to Grand Rapids in July of 2016 and joining the Twisted team! Nothing makes her happier than teaching, practicing, and sharing yoga with those around her.
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Catherine – Instructor. RYT-200.
Catherine has flirted with a yoga practice off and on since 2006 but didn’t fall in love until 2011 when a move to Indianapolis prompted her to seek a deeper internal connection and a sense of community with others at a yoga studio. Since that time, yoga has become an integral part of Catherine’s mental and physical well-being, and is something she uses to maintain balance in her daily life. Upon moving to Grand Rapids in 2015, Catherine completed her teacher training at Twisted Hot Yoga and began teaching at Twisted in 2016. Catherine’s teaching style encourages students to seek further introspection through analyzing his or her mind-body connection while also supporting a strong, alignment-focused physical practice.

Cindy – Instructor. E-RYT200. YACEP.
Curiosity, injury, healing, health, fitness, wellness, happiness…for Cindy, all paths that led to yoga. Over the years she has practiced and trained in multiple styles of yoga. She also has the good fortune of working for Yoga Journal. Her position at YJ allows her to practice and study with some of the best yoga teachers in the world and this is a constant source of inspiration and creativity for the classes she teaches. Cindy’s personal yoga philosophy – “be happy, be peaceful, be whole.”

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Jamie – Instructor. Director of Teacher Training. E-RYT200. YACEP.
Jamie has been teaching yoga since 2013 and practicing since 1998. Her background, personal practice and first formal training have been deeply rooted in vinyasa yoga but she is drawn to all types of yoga and is always up for a fun challenge. This is the philosophy she weaves into her classes; she challenges you but also encourages you to practice yoga (and live) joyfully! Yoga has changed Jamie’s life in some very powerful ways and she hopes to share her love of the practice with you.
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Natalie – Instructor. RYT-200.
Natalie is a graduate of Central Michigan University. She holds a bachelors in Health Fitness in Preventative and Rehabilitative Programs and a minor in Nutrition. She began practicing yoga regularly to help fight lower back pain in college. She quickly fell in love with the philosophy and her increased strength and flexibility. Natalie works during the day as a Clinical Exercise Specialist, helping individuals with heart and lung diseases grow stronger. She took the leap and enrolled with a friend in the teacher training program at Twisted in the summer of 2016. She learned so much about her own body awareness and yoga practice. “I have learned to be content with whatever my body can achieve each day”. She hopes that everyone can build strength and flexibility through her flows and leave each class feeling accomplished.
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Sarah – Instructor. RYT-200.
Sarah is an elementary teacher in Rockford. While she loves working with children, another one of her passions is fitness. Sarah first navigated towards yoga for the physical practice. However, both the physical and mindfulness aspects of yoga is what has made her practice strong. Sarah completed her teacher training at Twisted Hot Yoga and then began teaching in 2016. Through yoga she has found strength, flexibility, and breath awareness. Sarah enjoys developing powerful sequences, trying on new arm balances, and the constant vigorous challenge yoga provides. Her classes will speak to this, she thrives in creating unique and well-rounded classes that are revitalizing and incorporate variations to modify, intensify or challenge your body. Sarah has found yoga to be life-changing and she is grateful and honored to be able to share her practice with all of you.
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Wendy – Instructor. RYT-200.
Wendy began practicing yoga because she loved the movement, the breath and the strength that she derived from the practice…but she craves yoga because of the gentle calm that surrounds her life because of it. It is her goal in every class to provide a safe, alignment based flow with a hefty serving of joy (and probably a giggle or two). She is serious about yoga, but doesn’t think that yoga has to be taken so seriously that you can’t smile and enjoy the journey.
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