Ren Hawkes Yoga
I have always been fascinated with how the body works and what it can do. Wrestling with my brothers, doing flips on the fresh cut grass, and dancing to records in my basement filled my childhood. In college, I loved taking dance classes as a break to my science degree and explored ballet, tap, and modern dance.
The first yoga class I attended was part of a pre-natal series and I was hooked. I have studied yoga with different teachers in the Portland Maine area as well as attending Kripula Center for Yoga and Health. In 2021, I completed my 200 hr YTT at the Portland Yoga Project in Portland Maine as well as a Children's Mindfulness and Yoga Certification with Radiant Beginnings. In 2022, I earned my certification as a Let Your Yoga Dance instructor with Megha Nancy Buttenheim and joined the Let Your Yoga Dance Teacher Association. I am most grateful for all the many teachers that have inspired my yoga practice over the years, particularly Amanda Curtis Kezal who started it all, Tymi Howard, Laura Ahrens, and mentor Christina Spencer.
My love for nature is infused into every class that I teach. I dance to the cycles of the moon and draw inspiration from the world around me. I completed my certification as a Mindful Outdoor Guide with the Kripula School of Mindful Outdoor Leadership in 2019 with founder, Micah Mortali. Working as an outdoor educator feeds my spirit and challenges me everyday.
In my free time, I enjoy hiking, cycling, gardening, cooking, camping, and playing with my children and grandchildren.
"People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle.
But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water
or in thin air, but to walk on earth.
Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don't even recognize."
-Thich Nhat Hanh