Meet Your Instructors

Hasna Atry

hasna-atry-WASUP-Yoga-InstructorAs a former competitive swimmer, triathlete, swim instructor and lifeguard, Hasna is well-versed in the ways of the water and brings over 13 years of extensive yoga experience to all of her stand up paddle yoga classes.

She teaches a blend of Hatha Yoga, integrating Ashtanga, Power Vinyasa, and a touch of Kundalini into her practice. Hasna draws inspiration from the invigorating power of discovery that yoga offers the mind, body and spirit.

Hasna brings light and playfulness into all of her Vinyasa classes, encouraging students to understand where each pose may be felt, rather than being attached to looking like the pose in the picture. She also incorporates Pranayama (breath control) into her teachings to de-stress and relax the body and intellect.

With a background in social services and counseling, Hasna believes deeply in supporting others along their personal path of healing and growth. She enjoys receiving the love of the oneness of all and breaths spent in nature.

Brian Charlton

brian-charlton-WASUP-Yoga-instructorWith experience teaching swimming lessons and training lifeguards, combined with a dedicated yoga practice, Brian is perfectly suited for teaching flo-yo.

Brian recently moved back to Seattle, after a decade in New York City, where he received his teaching training at Sonic Yoga in Midtown.

Having grown up in the northwest, he LIVED in the water during his early years. He teaches a style of yoga that is centered on focus, following breath, and mindful movement.

Brian’s floating practice couples his energy as a yoga teacher with the playfulness of the swim instruction of his youth. His classes provide the perfect opportunity to expand boundaries, explore fluid body movement, take a quick swim or renew your sense of stability (and stay dry).

Jay Holby

Jay Holby, WASUP Yoga instructor.Jay Holby grew up around yoga with trips to Kripalu Yoga Center on the East Coast as a kid.

His mother Karen has taught Kripalu style yoga for close to 40 years in his home state of Ohio. After competing in track and soccer as an intercollegiate athlete, Jay was initially drawn to the physical aspects of yoga. In 1995, he started a career in personal training and has been helping people of all fitness levels lead more active, enjoyable lives.

A trip back to Kripalu for a week long pranayama workshop as an adult opened the door further and deepened his mental and spiritual side of the practice. He loves the intertwining of the outer and inner journeys that practicing/teaching yoga can bring to your life.

Jay believes there is room in everyone’s practice for humor and laughter, hard work and dedication, patience and acceptance.

He supplements his regular yoga practice with yearly yoga retreats to various locations to unwind, recharge, and learn!

Gwendolyn Payton

Gwendolyn Payton, WASUP Yoga instructorComing to yoga from a dance background, Gwendolyn began studying yoga in 2000 and has completed numerous intensive trainings and teacher trainings.

Drawing from extensive studies in classical and modern dance, Pilates, Gyrotonics® and other modalities, Gwendolyn brings her love of movement to teaching conditioning-infused Yoga in a clear, effective and efficient way.

As a working mom with a 5 and 6 year old, she turns to yoga and Pilates for health, balance and restoration, and finds joy in partnering with students to help them maximize the multitudes of benefits of a yoga practice.

Ben Grieshaber

Ben Grieshaber, WASUP Yoga instructorI fell in love with this floating yoga practice when I began taking classes at WASUP Yoga in the summer of 2011. Each time I came to my board on the water I was offered a new challenge and a unique experience. Whether attempting crow pose on a buoyant surface or observing a fish flopping onto and off of my mat right before my very eyes, I discovered that each journey on the water is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gunna get!

Marinating in the flow of this practice gives me a sense of wonder and excitement. Add a splash of the sights, smells and sounds of nature, and I’m constantly reminded of the greater flow that is life. I am eternally grateful to share this practice with you!

Meghann McNiff

Meghann McNiff, WASUP Yoga instructorLike many others, Meghann came to yoga as a competitive athlete in need of length and strength and found so much more. She practices, and teaches, from the belief that the journey of yoga is an opportunity to know and express oneself more authentically. Her classes offer a flow that is meditative and playful, with an attention to alignment and self-nurturing.

As a surfer, former lifeguard and swim instructor, and with a heart dedicated to adventure – Meghann is thrilled to begin the exploration of your yoga in the power and flow of our majestic natural environment.

Duni Disston

Duni Disston, WASUP Yoga instructorGrowing up in Southern California, Duni’s love for the ocean and marine life started very young — she was always the last one playing in the waves, catching sand crabs, and taking in the warm sun. After practicing yoga for many years, bringing two of her passions together couldn’t be more perfect.

Her teaching is a nice blend of Hatha Yoga and Vinyasa — playful, yet focused on anatomical alignment. Growing up as a competitive soccer player, she now works with Division 1 athletes at the University of Washington. Her intention as a teacher is to help students realize their bodies full potential, primarily focusing on injury prevention and breath control.

Practicing yoga continually teaches Duni how to slow down and be fully present. Finding balance on and off her mat is a life long exciting journey. She believes in rediscovering oneself over and over again. Why not let the ocean help us do it?