Gretchen Olsen, Owner
A native Michigander, Gretchen came to her Bikram practice in the spring of 2006. It was an instant connection she found with her practice. After, many starts and stops I finally understood the power of a consistent practice and how it literally transforms your life...if you let it. This is a huge part of her teaching style . Often giving the "you are so worth it!" sermon on the podium. As a retired "Stewardess", her 20 years of flying always come through her teaching and add much depth to her humor and love of people. Gretchen is the Mom of the most amazing 14 year old on the planet and loves to spend time with him both here in Kauai and in Portland. I feel now more than ever is the time to really be the change you want to see in the world. Our children are watching and we are their launch pads! I hope that I make him proud and more importantly that I am showing the importance of doing what you love while being of service. Being a Mom and teaching Bikram Yoga are huge part of why it is so important to take care of the most important person in your life...YOU!! After years of running and an intense 4 year college volleyball career ending with a knee injury, it was Bikram yoga that would end up healing much more than a bum knee. The physical healing of Bikram yoga is obvious to most but the emotional healing that happens is beyond The Physical. You will find her humor and compassion a joy in class!
Danelle Denstone, Owner
Danelle is also a Michigan native who flocked to the west at an early age. She began her Bikram yoga journey in 2001 at Bikram Yoga Fremont Street, our sister studio in Portland, OR. With her strong connection to the practice she soon knew that becoming a teacher was in her future. She attended teacher training in the Fall of 2006 and never looked back! Since training, Danelle has spent her time growing as a teacher, student and human being. Becoming a yoga teacher was just the first step in her leadership role. She is a mother, a certified massage therapist, holds Reiki Master Level in both Karuna and Usui methods, and is a teacher to many. She has a strong knowledge of the human body and diverse therapeutic massage practice, including sound healing and Celtic Shamanism, which has a strong foundation in the study of the runes. These attributes along with her energy work, together are a big part of her teaching style. Danelle has built the strong foundation needed to now move into yet another leadership role.