Nikki began practicing yoga when she was 14 years old as a bit of flexibility training as a competitive athlete, and found her life irreversibly transformed through practice. Through physical and personal transformation via the yoga vehicle, she was inspired to begin her teaching career in 2008. The classes she discovered through Baptiste Power yoga has maintained and strengthened the sense of balance in her life, through the flow and uniting of breath and asana, the practice has opened her to possibility in all areas of her life.
"Baptiste yoga has shown me how yoga and my body are constantly evolving, to never expect any routine and to truly enjoy the unexpected in the classes I take and the classes I teach. I love yoga for the inner strength yoga inevitably bestows upon its practictioners. Get comfortable with being uncomfortable, because growth only happens outside the comfort zone!"
Certifications and Degrees
CrossFit Kettlebell Certification, Edward "Eddie" Ramirez, Steel Edge CF
CrossFit Advanced Kettlebell Certification, Eddie Ramirez, Steel Edge CrossFit
CrossFit Mobility Certification, Kelly Starrett
CrossFit Goal Setting Certification, Greg Amundson, CrossFit Amundson, Santa Cruz, CA
Crossfit L-1 Certificate, Russell Berger
Crossfit Gymnastics, Charles "Chuck" Bennington, Seaward CrossFit
Exercise Physiology, B.S.E.D., University Of Miami
Alonso started practicing Baptiste Power yoga back in 2012. His major interest was to ease lower back tightness and to relieve knee pain that was caused by years of heavy weight lifting. Alonso has been involved in the health and fitness industry since 1987. He started out as a personal trainer and within a few years was elevated to manager of the multi-million dollar facility the Villa Grande Club at Porta Vita in Aventura, Florida. After many successful years running the Villa Grande Club, Alonso decided to become a self-employed personal trainer and entrepreneur. Alonso and his girlfriend Nikki McGowan are co-owners and co-creators of Red Cheetah Yoga.
Alonso started doing Nikki's Saturday morning restorative yoga classes at her first CrossFit box in 2011. Since then, Alonso knew that her style of restorative yoga (then dubbed YogaRx) would be beneficial to CrossFitters globally, and he encouraged her to create a yoga company that services people in gyms who train at high intensities and lift heavy weights.
Unbendables yoga program was created for all those who feel that they cannot bend and feel uncomfortable going to a regular yoga program.
"I believe that through sharing my journey and my experience with yoga, I can inspire you do to the same and through practicing yoga. You will become more flexible and stronger both physically and mentally. Transformation is accessible to everyone, and, most importantly you never underestimate what you can accomplish when you believe in yourself." -Al Sanchez
Join Al as he leads a powerful Vinyasa flow for anyone who feels intimidated by yoga and is curious about the practice. Learn how to become unbreakable through the Unbendables program!
Bala-Vinyasa (R.Y.T200) GreenMonkey
Crystal M. Long
CrossFit Soul's Red Cheetah Yoga instructor is Crystal Long. She started doing CrossFit in December of 2013. She has since adjusted her work schedule to accommodate her wodding and yoga schedule. The variety and intensity of wodding and yoga both humbles and empowers her. She has been practicing yoga for 13 years, and believes yoga is more essential than ever when wodding consistently. Teaching yoga to CrossFitters is one of her passions because it completes and rounds out her training.
200 hour Baptiste-inspired Power Vinyasa
ISSA Certified Personal Trainer
Mad Dogg Spinning certified
AFAA Certified Group Exercise Instructor
National Olympic- style TKD Champion 2011
Virginia's life was forever changed when she committed to her practice at Bala Vinyasa Yoga (soon to be Green Monkey) in Coral Gables. Bala Vinyasa's physical practice and sense of community was effectively empowering for her, and made her transition into the CrossFit community fluid and easy. Virginia's power yoga class are infused with a light, fun ease and offer a physical challenge. Her restorative Red Cheetah Yoga classes are known for landing perfectly in athlete's bodies from a space of calm healing and integrity.
200 hour Baptiste-inspired Power Vinyas (RYT200)
Liz began practicing yoga in 2006 and is currently completing her second yoga certification at Bala Vinaysa Yoga. Liz decided to dedicate her life to yoga and fitness, her mat evolved into a place of personal growth and empowerment. Liz moved to South Florida in 2014 from Boston, a move she felt she needed to positively challenge herself in new ways. On Miami Beach, Liz discovered Baptiste Power Yoga at Red Cheetah Yoga and Green Monkey/Bala Vinyasa and began her journey in CrossFit at CF A1A and hasn't looked back. Liz's intention as a yoga instructor is to empower others on and off their mats.
200 hour Baptiste-inspired Power Vinyasa (RYT200)
Jackie C Gonzales
Jackie began her practice of yoga in 2014 and did her 200-Hour teacher training certification (RYT) through Bala Vinyasa (Green Monkey Program). Jackie attended Florida State University and holds her Masters in Clinical Social Work / B.S. in Family and Child Sciences. Jackie is known for her devotional teaching style, encouraging students to connect with their spiritual hearts finding their inner truth and self. She is honored and humbled to share the teachings of this lineage with others who are seeking a realization of that true happiness and oneness of the divine within us all.
Kelly has been an athlete her whole life, She holds her B.S. in Science in Exercise & Sports Science & Science in Dance through the University of Ursinus in Pennsylvania. Her practice inspires her to try on new perspectives in everything she does. She is constantly challenging her abilities to take on the hardest version of every pose and execute them using proper technique and perfect form. For Kelly she has gained clarity using an open mind to face all challenges with a mindful attitude of possibilities and new opportunities. Every time she steps on her mat, it inspires her to let go and be present with stillness and acceptance for everything that circumstance and life towards her way. *Bachelor's of Science in Exercise & Sports Science *Bachelor's of Science in Dance *POSE Running Technique Specialist * 200hr RYT Bala Vinyasa (Green Monkey Program) *Orangetheory Fitness Certified Trainer
Izzy is an open-hearted yogi who is honored to share his passion for yoga with others. He strives to help his students connect with themselves through the profound power of breath and movement. Izzy has guided practices for groups from all walks of life, from CrossFit Athletes to teaching movement to someone new by breaking down the ABC's of Yoga.
He aims to encourage body awareness, agility, and strength that is created by the power that comes from mindfulness. Izzy feels that yoga has definitely inspired him and he has received a new found gift in his life that has led him to a renewed patience in himself and others. His personal practice has opened himself up new possibilities in his life. Izzy's classes are powerful and challenging, but most important they are fun and all his students can tap into their fullest potential.
*RYT 200 *Bachelors of Science in *Management and Business *Six Sigma Certified Black Belt
Ashley discovered the depths and sustainability of yoga practices in 2013. Since then, it has become her passion and lifestyle. Inspired and motivated by the beautiful teachers who continue to change and enrich her life. She is passionate about yoga and hopes to inspire others to love and connect to the practice as well. As a student of yoga, she practices daily and continues to deepen her understanding of the various aspects of yoga. Ashley's classes incorporate practical application of yoga philosophy and intelligent sequencing building up to challenging postures. She strives to help students stretch their idea of what's possible by using their body and breath in a safe, welcoming environment