“In this place of love, all things are possible”

− Baron Baptiste

The Roots of Half Moon Power Yoga

In the middle of our studio floor stands a tall and strong tree. Pinned to this tree are notes known as intentions, left by students and instructors who have found peace and strength during their yoga practice. Sharing these intentions helps our students and instructors define who they want to become in this world and how they will realize this desire.

OUR CORE VALUES

LOVE

LOVE

We define love as a powerful combination of compassion, support, respect and relationship – all in their most genuine forms. In this place of love, all things are possible.

CONNECTION

CONNECTION

Through connection and physical touch, we strengthen the vital connections that impact one’s physical, spiritual, and emotional experiences. We will always encourage connections between clients, teachers, management, and our community.

COMMUNITY

COMMUNITY

We want our community to grow and experience the compassion, acceptance and friendship that we foster in our studio. We also believe in the power of community outreach. We are passionate about helping our community through acts of service and different volunteer opportunities.

TRANSFORMATION

TRANSFORMATION

Each transformation is personal and it is our responsibility to create an atmosphere that fosters these unique experiences. It is also our responsibility to offer engaging, challenging and emotional opportunities that result in revolutionary transformations.

Baptiste Yoga

Baptiste Yoga™ was founded in the 1940′s by Walt Baptiste and remains accessible to anyone today who is looking for personal transformation. Much of the physical aspects of the Baptiste Yoga™ style are inspired by the Hatha Yoga teachings of Krishnamacharya and his students Iyengar and Desikachar, whom Baron Baptiste studied with personally from a young age.

The Baptiste Yoga™ practice is designed to empower you with the focus, training and insight you need to achieve consistent profound results in the most important areas of your life. A potent physical yoga practice, meditation practice and active self inquiry are used as tools of transformation and possibility. The Baptiste Yoga™ practice supports you to raise your vitality and physical power, and will empower you to create accelerated results in your overall body strength and confidence. 

Baptiste Yoga™ is practiced by people across the world and from all walks of life; from professional athletes; parents, teachers, Fortune 500 executives, and community leaders. Living the practice and using the tools of Baptiste Yoga™ you can truly experience the powerful momentum that comes from living life at the peak.

The Baptiste Methodology™ allows for real results in an astonishingly short amount of time. People often notice and comment that they are amazed that such potent and concrete results can be produced so quickly. In addition to its down to earth and “non-guru-like” teachers, Baptiste Yoga™ is known for the quality of its self-assured, proactive students, the illustriousness and significant contributions to society and community of its program alumni.

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OUR TEAM

  • MICHELLE HAMILTON
    MICHELLE HAMILTON ERYT-200, YACEP

    Michelle, an RYT-200 and owner of Half Moon Power Yoga, leads a breath-focused class that strengthens the body and balances the mind. In her classes, students learn to practice with grace on the mat and to live by grace off of the mat. Michelle embodies Half Moon Power Yoga’s passion for continuing one’s yoga education. As a ERYT, she has taught over 1000 hours, Michelle is a Baptiste Certified instructor and has completed a Baptiste Kid’s yoga certification. She is also a Reiki Master and provides training opportunities for those wanting to deepen their yoga practice and experience growth.

  • Sumerlin Larsen-Lesperance
    Sumerlin Larsen-Lesperance ERYT-200, YACEP

    Sumerlin leads a fiery class, with loads of encouragement. Sumerlin’s goal is to help each student realize their full potential, knowing what we practice on the mat, follows us into life. Sumerlin believes community is instrumental to growth in one’s yoga practice, and meeting one’s goals, and therefore fosters connection in every class.

  • Patrick Mills
    Patrick Mills ERYT-200, CERTIFIED BAPTISTE YOGA TEACHER, NASM CPT

    Patrick is a Certified Baptiste Yoga Teacher, veteran, father and husband of 17 years.  He lives with a philosophy of never stop growing, Patrick brings to the community a zest for life and as a powerful teacher, he challenges his students to drop what they think they know and reach beyond into a life of possibility.

  • MICHELLE HEAD
    MICHELLE HEAD ERYT- 200

    Michelle encourages her students to approach their practice with intention, an open mind, and a playful spirit. Ever grateful for the balance and flexibility yoga adds to her life, she enjoys leading classes of all levels and watching students discover their own strengths.

  • LAURA DAVIS, M.D.
    LAURA DAVIS, M.D. RYT-200

    Laura teaches with an open heart. She believes Yoga is a magical connection between the Mind, the Body, and the Spirit. As a practicing pediatric physician, she has discovered that what is lacking in Western Medicine can be found in the ancient teachings of Yoga and Ayurveda. she completed Half Moon’s Power to Lead teacher training with the passion to aid people around her. It is her intention to share this magic with her students one yoga class at a time.

  • DIANE BENVENUTO
    DIANE BENVENUTO RYT-200

    Diane Benvenuto challenges her classes to approach their yoga practice mindfully, to listen to their inner teacher and taking it one breathe at a time to reach their personal edge. Diane’s classes are encouraging, playful and upbeat offering different options to asanas to meet the needs of different bodies.

  • Lacey Arkeen
    Lacey Arkeen RYT-200

    Lacey is a fun-loving yogi who started her yoga journey while she was in the military. Initially she fell in love with power yoga because of how strong and invigorated she felt after classes, but then started to recognize how yoga was more than a physical practice. She leads a strong, flowy class that focuses on breath and alignment. Lacey’s goal as a yoga teacher is to guide students to their edge physically and mentally.

  • Cindy Bonds
    Cindy Bonds RYT-200

    About 10 years ago, Cindy discovered that yoga gave her a natural way of dealing with her chronic headaches. Soon after, she discovered power yoga which was a total mind-body transformation. She completed her teacher training at half moon and over the years, yoga has made her a much happier & more grateful person. She lovers sharing the transformative ways that yoga can improve our lives. Cindy’s classes are powerful, creative & fun. She leads with a kind heart & enjoys connecting with her students through the practice.

  • Molly Schweickert
    Molly Schweickert RYT-200

    After discovering yoga several years ago in the San Francisco bay area, Molly fell in love with the practice as a challenging and mindful activity with benefits that spill off the mat into our entire lives. She decided to deepen her practice and gain the ability to share it with others by going through Corepower’s yoga teacher training while living in Washington, DC, and has since been fulfilling her passion to help people discover their full potential mentally and physically through yoga. You’ll leave her classes sweaty, energized, and ready to take on the world.

TESTIMONIALS

  • Absolutely love this place! The instructors are fabulous, as is the atmosphere. You have to go check it out- there is a living tree in the studio that crackles and breathes with your flow!! Half Moon classes will give you a great workout and a positive mind!

    Jenna
    Jenna
  • Not only are the instructors excellent at what they do (the yoga), they enjoy it and have fun with it. HMPY has cultivated a family of sorts that invites everyone in. I have been to a lot of different studios, but this is by far my favorite. My practice has excelled, AND I feel at home here. #nomanleftout #communitylove

    Sarah
    Sarah
  • ...Half Moon Power Yoga not only helped me to relax more and work towards being in better overall health but HMPY greatly help to give me a sense of community and belonging that I needed being in a new city…

    Bill
    Bill

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