Checka Antifonario, E-RYT, RCYT

12119979_1016450038414292_2513439034952175647_o-2Breathe, be present, and connect with deep strength and contentment within – these are the intentions that I have held for my yoga students over the past eleven years of leading classes, workshops and retreats. Sharing yoga is my life’s work, and every day I grow more grateful to be on this path.

My personal yoga journey began in 2006 when I moved from Cambridge, MA to the Big Island of Hawaii to live and work at Kalani Yoga and Wellness Retreat. The island’s stunning beauty and Aloha Soul vibe inspired me to deepen my practice and appreciation for the strengthening and healing nature of yoga.

920562_10151576422943570_1455519205_o-2In February 2008, I completed my first teacher training with Frog Lotus Yoga and have been teaching full-time ever since. Always a student first, I have completed hundred of hours of additional training over the years – Lead Trainer certification with Radiant Child Yoga, Thai Massage and Acro Yoga immersions, Yoga Anatomy courses, and Art of Assisting training to name a few.

I am deeply committed to maintaining a welcoming and inclusive space for practice and community. With a lighthearted but attentive approach, I offer mindful and safe sequencing along with compassionate and skilled assists in my Vinyasa flow classes. I equally enjoy the quiet and healing element of more reflective, restorative yoga, and offer the loving-kindness of Reiki energy work to enrich these classes.

I am passionate about being in nature and spending time with my pups, and I am equal parts a home body and travel nut. When I am not teaching near home, I journey throughout the United States and abroad leading retreats through my company Yogaway Retreats. I strive to make each day count, and celebrate each unique person I have the honor to meet along the way.