Yoga Sculpt


This class is taught by:

Natalie Huffman

I don't remember my first yoga class, but I remember not being able to touch my toes. I started going regularly while training for a marathon and found myself growing stronger, more flexible, and more at peace with myself. I quit running and turned to yoga solely, finding that my body had been more injured from past sports than I had realized. While healing myself, I dragged my family and friends to different classes, looking to turn everyone on to this amazing practice that I loved. After a few years of that, I knew I wanted more, I wanted to dive in deep so I signed up for the teacher training at Anchorage Yoga. Even after my 200 hour Teacher Training at AY, I am still learning and growing everyday with my own practice and am grateful to feel so passionate about an activity I can share with others.

Melissa Beneke

Melissa discovered yoga searching for ways to regain her flexibility and increase strength endurance. But after stepping into the studio for her first class, (at Anchorage Yoga) it was instant love. “Not only did I find the workouts for my body to be extremely beneficial, but surprisingly the workout for my soul became more important.” After one year of consistent practice, Melissa decided to enter Anchorage Yoga’s Teacher Training Program in 2012, and begin the the first steps towards her path as a yoga instructor. As a classically trained dancer, Melissa brings to her classes insights gained from decades of movement study intertwined with the foundations of yoga principles. Whether you are a novice just trying to to improve your overall physical wellbeing, an experienced yogi, or a trained athlete, I lead classes that offer up something for everyone. “On my path to become a better teacher, I have discovered that I am constantly learning, and I would love to invite all of my students to never stop growing, explore your inner strength, practice safely, embrace the hard work...and always leave class with a smile.” Om Shanti Shanti Shanti

Nafisa Abdul-Jillil

Nafisa Abdul Jillil was born and raised in Anchorage Alaska, she graduated from East Anchorage High School 1995. Nafisa moved to Los Angeles in 1997 Danced Professionally for Eight Years with many different Artist Ranging from Janet Jackson, Brittney Spears, Tina Turner and Usher. I began to practice Bikram Yoga in December of 2003 learning about it on a Dance Job I was working on with NIKE Athletics. My First class was tough so I knew I had to do it again. I loved the fact of you didn’t have the choice or option to Quit! Just you, your mat and Towel and Breath. I went to Teacher Training Spring 2007 In Hawaii and it was Amazing. Started teaching right away at all the Top Studios in Los Angeles Bikram Headquarters, Studio City and Bikram Pasadena. I have attended many seminars and classes with Bikram and Rajashree Choudhury, Emmy cleaves and Craig villain. I love teaching because I love working with people to achieve their goals of being FOCUSED, HAPPY, HEALTHY AND BALANCED!

Christa Koos

Christa's journey into yoga began over a decade ago in Chicago. Her passion for mountain biking drew her to Colorado and it was in the sunshine of Rocky Mountains, that she deepened her physical practice and earned a B.S. in Biology, emphasizing Human Physiology. Christa was so intrigued by the human body and the amazing capability of yoga to heal our bodies, that she enrolled in a 200 hour teacher training at Core Power in Fort Collins, Colorado. Here her passion was rewarded and her knowledge of yoga increased exponentially. She blossomed under the tutelage of experts including Dr. Katy Poole and Channing Grivas. Set to fun and uplifting music, you can expect to be inspired and challenged in Christa's classes as she guides you safely and joyfully through your practice!
(level 2/3) Yoga Sculpt is a total body workout designed to tone and sculpt every major muscle group. Free weights serve as your own personal adjuster as you move through sun salutations and other yoga postures, enabling extra length and depth in each pose. This intense, but easy to follow class complements your regular yoga practice while pushing your strength and flexibility to new heights. A fun way to mix up your Yoga practice! (85°)

Upcoming classes:

  • Mon Oct 16 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm with Natalie Huffman
    at Anchorage Yoga
  • Tue Oct 17 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm with Melissa Beneke
    at Anchorage Yoga
  • Wed Oct 18 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm with Melissa Beneke
    at Anchorage Yoga
  • Thu Oct 19 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm with Nafisa Abdul-Jillil
    at Anchorage Yoga
  • Mon Oct 23 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm with Melissa Beneke
    at Anchorage Yoga
  • Tue Oct 24 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm with Christa Koos
    at Anchorage Yoga
  • Wed Oct 25 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm with Melissa Beneke
    at Anchorage Yoga
  • Thu Oct 26 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm with Nafisa Abdul-Jillil
    at Anchorage Yoga
  • Mon Oct 30 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm with Melissa Beneke
    at Anchorage Yoga
  • Tue Oct 31 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm with Christa Koos
    at Anchorage Yoga
  • Wed Nov 01 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm with Melissa Beneke
    at Anchorage Yoga
  • Thu Nov 02 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm with Nafisa Abdul-Jillil
    at Anchorage Yoga
  • Mon Nov 06 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm with Melissa Beneke
    at Anchorage Yoga
  • Tue Nov 07 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm with Christa Koos
    at Anchorage Yoga
  • Wed Nov 08 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm with Melissa Beneke
    at Anchorage Yoga
  • Thu Nov 09 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm with Nafisa Abdul-Jillil
    at Anchorage Yoga
  • Mon Nov 13 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm with Melissa Beneke
    at Anchorage Yoga
  • Tue Nov 14 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm with Christa Koos
    at Anchorage Yoga
  • Wed Nov 15 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm with Melissa Beneke
    at Anchorage Yoga
  • Thu Nov 16 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm with Nafisa Abdul-Jillil
    at Anchorage Yoga