- Bachelors Degree from Univeristy of Pernambuco, Brasil in Physical Education
- Masters Degree from University of Pernambuco, Brasil in Adapted Physical Education for elderly populations and carriers of chronic degenerative disease
- Jonnie G. Spin Instructor Certificaion – 2002
- Personal Training Certification- Recife-Brasil 2004
- Pilates Mat Training _Stott Pilates Method M- Maui 2011
- 500 Hour Yoga Alliance Certified Teacher Training at Maya Yoga with Nicki Doane & Eddie Modestini
- Barre certification – Balanced Body -CA 2014
- Licenced Massage Therapist (LMT # 14604 Maui –HI)
- Certified Pregnancy Massage (Maui- HI)
- Certified Ayurvedic Yoga Massage (Kusun Modak Method –India)
Tai Souza has been sharing her passion for health and fitness for almost 30 years as a personal and group fitness trainer, Yoga Alliance certified instructor and massage therapist at various gyms and studios in Brazil and the U.S. Tai’s experiences with life transformation, self-development, and health philosophy have been inspiring people to develop their own practices in order to integrate their learnings into a balanced lifestyle. In 2010, Tai and Rebecca merged wellness philosophies to create Om Maui Studio.
Tai began to study with some of Brazil’s most distinguished yoga instructors in 2002, and completed her 500 hour Yoga Alliance certified teacher training with Nicki Doane and Eddie Modestini of Maya Yoga after moving to Maui. Tai’s teaching is firmly rooted in the art of Hatha Yoga, as she is driven by yoga’s ability to cleanse the mind and body for greater presence of being. As a licensed massage therapist, Tai has specialized in the practice of Ayurveda Massage Therapy in India, which she believes can provide immediate benefits in everyday life and goes hand-in-hand with the practice of yoga.
Education and Certifications:
- Bachelors degree from the University of Washington, Seattle in International Relations with a focus in Sports and Cultural Centers
- Certified Personal Trainer (National Academy of Sport Medicine, NASM)
- Corrective Exercise Specialist (NASM)
- Performance Enhancement Specialist (NASM)
- Special Populations Specialist (Seniors, Children, Maternity) (NASM)
- Certified Pilates Instructor: Mat and Reformer (Stott Pilates)
- Registered Yoga Teacher (Yoga Alliance, Maya Yoga)
- Spinning Instructor Certification- Honolulu, HI
- TRX Suspension Training (TRX Training Center)
- Springboard Pilates (Balanced Body)
- Speciality Courses: Barre, Pre-Natal Pilates, Pilates Athletic Conditioning (Stott and Balanced Body), Keiser Indoor Group Cycling: Power Training
Born in Kailua, O’ahu and graduated from King Kekaulike High School here on Maui, Rebecca, or Becca, started her career in fitness with outdoor group training in 2006 while interning at Aragua, Mormaii’s Sports and Cultural Center in Brazil. In 2007, she began personal training in a large gym atmosphere in the heart of downtown Seattle before graduating from the University of Washington. Since then she has expanded her knowledge and experience in the health and fitness field as a Certified Personal Trainer and Group Instructor.
Throughout her career of training a variety populations, from kids to seniors up to 93 years old, she’s realized that mind and body wellness is for a lifetime and not just for the younger adult years and the youth. She believes that the potential to be intensely active, take part in your passions and feel great throughout all stages of your life is possible if you practice proper body mechanics, avoid building strength and power on top of current or re-occurring injuries and, most importantly, you maintain a positive mind-set.
These realizations have directed and inspired her studies, knowledge, practical experience and training background in areas such as weight loss, strength & endurance performance, injury prevention, corrective exercise, core strength, flexibility & nutritional counseling. Her fascination with the potential of the mind and body fuels her to constantly expand her knowledge in the wellness field allowing her to evolve not only in her own activities both in and outside of the studio but also better her ability to help her clients. Becca not only brings her effusive high-energy and smile to the studio, but she is a dedicated partner to those who want to achieve their wellness goals. For more information about Becca visit www.rebeccajakeway.com.
Leena’s classes are designed to meet the needs of each student by delivering a direct, insightful and effective approach to the practice of yoga. She has developed a teaching style in lineage with her studies of both the Ashtanga and Iyengar methods. As a 500 hour RYT, she has completed over 1000 hours of study with master teachers Nicki Doane and Eddie Modestini.
Leena received her Personal Trainer Certification through the American College of Exercise in order to meet the diverse needs of different individuals. She designs fully balanced programs for her clients that integrate aspects of yoga, resistance and cardio training to promote and inspire healthy lifestyles.
Maile has been involved in athletics, in one form or another, her entire life. Early on she competed in cross country, track and soccer. After college her passion for fitness continued and she became a certified Spinning® Instructor with Madd Dogg Athletics. Maile has been teaching indoor cycling for since 2011. Her classes are focused and challenging with goals appropriate for both the beginner and elite athlete to help them achieve their personal health and fitness goals.
Jen first started taking spinning classes when she was pregnant with her second child in 1999. She took to spinning because she quickly realized how it could be adjusted to fit anyone, at any fitness level. Often people see spinners coming out of class dripping with sweat and think “I can’t do that! It looks too hard!”, but of course, they can! Jen started teaching spin classes in 2007 in a format know as a cadence class, where the beat of the music controls the pace of the class. Jen’s upbeat and unique playlists help make her spin classes fun and motivational, as she mixes up older tunes with new hits. She really enjoys the smaller, more intimate environment at Om Maui as she gets the chance to know everyone’s names and backgrounds.
Jen has been working out since she was 14 years old, and considers staying in shape a top priority. Being in her 40’s and having 3 children does present challenges, but she is committed to staying healthy for the sake of herself and her family. Besides being a “gym rat” (as her husband calls her), Jen also enjoys bike riding outdoors, stand up paddling and surfing, and hiking with her 3 dogs.
Jodi began leading group exercise classes in college at the University of San Francisco in 1991. It was during this time that she began running marathons and participating in triathlon. Since then, there have been countless hours of swimming, biking and running. In 2005, she set her sights on the Ironman distance completing 9 Ironman races including 2 world championships in Kona.
Through all of the experience, the importance of proper alignment, activating the proper muscles, interval efforts and recovery in order to build a strong body are key elements in her teaching. In spin, we ride the bike like you would outside. In class and training, we activate and strengthen muscles you need in daily life.
Jodi loves motivating and encouraging others to get stronger, push through barriers to find their inner strength and joy in life. We all have an athlete inside and she wants to bring that out in everyone!