Vinyasa Yoga - Level 1

This class is taught by:

Ahna Hoke

Ahna began practicing yoga in 1995 in her central Pennsylvania hometown. She has been teaching since 2001 and is a registered teacher with Yoga Alliance at the 500 hour level. Ahna has studied extensively at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Massachusetts, as well as in the style of Anusara Yoga. Over the years she has studied with many world renowned teachers receiving 1200 hours of training in different modalities of Hatha Yoga. The life affirming philosophy of Anusara Yoga along with its elegant principles of alignment have influenced her personal practice to become more graceful and heart centered. In addition, she has over 135 hour of advanced pranayama (yogic breathing) and meditation training and feels strongly that the breath is the link that brings the mind, body, and spirit together. With the practice of pranayama, proper alignment, and opening to the flow of life, she will lead you through a practice that is uplifting and strengthening, inviting the wisdom of your heart to direct you into a state of self awareness. Ahna's teachings are down to earth and include plenty of playfulness and humor. She has a deep passion for anatomy & physiology, meditation and pranayama and is the director and primary teacher of Invoke Yoga Studio's accredited 200 hour yoga teacher training program. She enjoys instructing beginners as well as advanced practitioners.

Marjan Akhavan

After a couple of years of casually attending local yoga classes while looking for some relaxation and self-enrichment, Marjan found she not only loved the physical challenges that could be found with yoga, but also the mental focus, peace and happiness that came with learning to be mindful and present. Carrying these lessons off the mat, yoga became not only an in-class practice but a lifestyle for Marjan. Graduating in 2009, she has her 200-hour certification from Yogaworks after studying under Carmen Fitzgibbon where she was trained in a broad range of styles with a strong emphasis on alignment. She approaches her classes as an opportunity to help others grow their personal practice by offering classes grounded in form/alignment, breath-work and developing a personal sense of self-awareness on and off the mat.

Laura Haehl

Laura Haehl began her study of yoga over 15 years ago, earned her 200-Hour certification in 2007 and began teaching at Invoke in 2008. Through her yoga studies, Laura found Yin Yoga which showed her how to find quiet and stillness in her practice and daily life. She believes finding this quiet space has allowed her to find more balance in her life and has shown her how to have what matters most to her – peace and happiness. In addition to teaching at Invoke, she is also a Reiki practitioner and energy worker at Nesha.

Laura completed her 200-hour certification in Ashtanga, Hatha and Vinyasa Yoga through It’s Yoga-Cincinnati during a month-long intensive in 2007. She will begin her 300-hour advanced Taoist Yoga teacher training at You Do Yoga in Cincinnati during the summer of 2015. She has a 50-Hour Yin Yoga certification from Biff Mithoeffer and has studied Power Yoga for Sports by Gwen Lawrence.

Cheryl Milton

Cheryl began her Yoga practice in 2001, after the birth of her first child Addison. At the time yoga was introduced to Cheryl she had just left a high-paced sales job to become a full time mom and was entering her seventh year teaching group fitness. Cheryl received her yoga training in Coastal Virginia. She trained with a focus in the tradition of the Hot Yoga Series and Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. Cheryl was the Director and Lead Teacher for the 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training program for Zen Hot Yoga Studio Virginia Beach, as well as the Founder and Lead Teacher for Passion Yoga School’s 2014 Yoga Teacher Training Program. She now leads Invoke's Yoga Alliance Certified 100 & 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training Program at Invoke Wellness Center. Cheryl draws inspiration to teach and practice from her busy daily life: approaching her mat being open to explore, accept, reaffirm her passion for life and cultivate peace. 

Jillian McAfee

Jillian McAfee, ERYT-200 and Invoke Studio Manager, graduated from Indiana University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. Fitness has always been an integral part of Jillian’s life as she grew up dancing competitively and attended several conventions and intensives across the country. At a young age, she also found a love for teaching dance. Her love for teaching led her to discover her desire to help others live healthy lifestyles. She chose to pursue a career in fitness, which, to her, became the perfect blend of physical movement and working with others.
As a health nut and Personal Trainer, Jillian has dabbled in most forms of exercise. The physical challenges of yoga are what intrigued her initially, but she soon found a connection much deeper. Yoga is more than a workout; it is a daily practice with continuous growth, both physically and mentally. Jillian completed the 200 Hour Power Yoga Training at CorePower Yoga in December 2014, and teaches a high energy vinyasa class that leaves her sudents feeling strong and energized! Jillian is continuously grateful for the opportunity to educate her students and see their yoga practices grow!


Allison Shaw

As a nurse and mother, Allison was drawn to yoga for the healing and strengthening benefits. Allison quickly discovered linking breath with movement could be life changing. Struggling with the demands of work, parenting, and every-day life yoga became a constant that she could always return to. Allison believes connecting with your breath and taking a few moments to simply ‘be’ allows one to calm and center. Allison enjoys teaching beginners the foundation of yoga and focuses on alignment and breath work while weaving a theme throughout her classes. Allison has practiced since 2008 and is a graduate of the Invoke 2015 Teacher Training program she credits Ahna Hoke and Chuck Crosby for her love of teaching yoga to others.
Vinyasa Yoga - Level 1 - This is a basic or slower paced class that is perfect for beginners or those that prefer a slow flow. Designed for the new yogi or for the experienced student who is interested in a deeper understanding of the poses. You will go through the basic poses and be introduced to vinyasa breathing techniques and class structure.