Meet the Team
Geraldine Banes, Studio Beju, Owner & Instructor
Hello there, I am pleased to be able to showcase some of the individual businesses team members & artists that are an integral part of Studio Beju.
For myself, I am now semi-retired. During our closure since March I am retraining to teach Tai Chi for Beginners and elderly & will no longer offer Craniosacral Therapy. I am an artist & avid gardener. My artwork is mostly acrylic on canvas or board and occasional watercolor. I'm also becoming a potter!
Martina Crowe Hewett, Tribal Fusion Bellydance
Martina is a tribal fusion bellydancer, founder and creative director of Bellyfringe Bellydance. Her Bellydance journey started in Vancouver, Canada 13 years ago. Through the years she has extensively trained with Suhaila Salimpour, Zoe Jakes, Amy Sigil and Rachel Brice. Completing many intensives and certifications with each teacher. While based in Vancouver, BC Martina was extensively teaching, performing and hosting many events within the community. A pioneer in Tribal Fusion Bellydance in Vancouver. Martina had the special opportunity to move to Germany with her family. There she travelled, trained, taught and performed at many of the Tribal Dance festivals all over Europe for three years. Her journeys have brought her back to the west coast, first to California and now to the Seattle, Washington area. Martina currently resides with her family in Duvall, Washington. Martina is excited to be she teaching weekly at Studio Beju, Tribal Fusion Bellydance classes.
Randee Young, , Certified Laughter Yoga Leader
Laughter Yoga was Founded in 1995 by a Medical Doctor from Mumbai, India named Dr. Madan Kataria. Motivated by his research on the psychological and physiological benefits of laughter he started a Laughter club in a local park. Today, it has become a worldwide phenomenon with more than 7000 Laughter Yoga Clubs in over 100 countries.
How does Laughter Yoga work?
Most of the Laughter in a Laughter Yoga session is initiated in a group with full body laughter exercises, clapping, eye contact and youthful playfulness. The "simulated" laughter soon turns into real, spontaneous and contagious laughter that brings much more oxygen to our body and brain, lifting our spirits and carrying over into our work, school and social lives.
Come learn to laugh for no reason!
I look forward to bringing laughter, joy and good health to Studio Beju
Michele Whittington, Certified Hypnotherapist
As a certified hypnotherapist & wellness coach, Michele specializes in the top two issues that deeply effect people the most...anxiety/stress and weight gain. She often shares clients with psychotherapists and doctors because they see how much quicker their clients receive positive changes. If you created it, you can un-create it by changing your mind's blueprint for success with joy and ease.
Hypnotherapist/Thought Coach CHt
Maureen Ihle, LMP, SAMP
I have always been interested in Natural medicine. I taught Massage Theory and Practice and Kinesology at the Bellevue Massage School. #MA00022719
As my journey continued I had exposure to additional life healing training in body mind transformational psychology using Art Therapy, Enneagram and Hypnotherapy and life coaching/mentoring. The focus of my teaching lies in looking at issues and concerns that many people experience on a daily basis. My classes are meant to be fun and engaging as well as opening you up to the gifts in yourself that you may be unaware of.
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"The transfomational self healing that can be acquired from art therapy is formidable and can start you on an amazing journey of self exploration and healing." - Maureen