[2 syll. im-ka, imk-a ]
A German name meaning whole or universal
“Imke is the personification of balance. She is at once fiercely motivated and totally mellow in all aspects of her life. And though she’s always been this way, her love affair with yoga has taken her to new heights: she is strong, sharp, centered, and full of sparkle. She will push you, nurture you, hold you accountable, and make you laugh until you cry. Rest assured, there is no one like her – and that, my friends, is why you can’t help but love her.”
Chantal Lavine Photography
A native of Maine and a lover of the “way life should be”, Imke made her way to yoga as a means of escape while living in the craziness that is Washington, D.C. As a full-time communication professional in a bustling metropolitan area, she often found herself lost in the grind of her daily nine-to-five. Looking to bring balance back into her life, she made her way into a local yoga studio where she fell in love with the practice.
Beyond a good sweat, yoga provided a safe space to explore intellectual and emotional edges that were often neglected. Since first stepping into Tranquil Space (her yoga hOMe away from home), her practice has expanded beyond the mat and has become a way of life.
Imke is a two-time University of Maine graduate, holding both a Bachelors and Master’s degree in Communication from the Department of Communication and Journalism. With over ten years of experience working as a communication professional, she has abandoned the nine-to-five world to work as a mom, traveling yoga teacher, public speaking instructor, and communication consultant.
Whether you’re looking to explore yoga asana (the physical practice of yoga), meditation, or find a space to breathe and unwind, I invite you to check out my teaching schedule and hope to see you soon.
Training and Certifications
200-Hour Yoga Teaching Certification, Tranquil Space, Washington D.C.
300-Hour Yoga Teaching Certification, Maine Yoga School
Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider
What is vinyasa yoga?
Vinyasa yoga is a dynamic, movement-oriented yoga practice emphasizing the connection between mind, body and breath. Like other forms of yoga asana, regular vinyasa practice functions to prepare the body and mind for the deeper yogic practice of meditation.
What does a typical class look like?
In vinyasa yoga, no two classes are ever truly the same, but each practice will have the following basic components:
- Centering (including intention setting and breath work)
- A thorough warm up sequence
- Standing flow
- Balancing postures
- Seated sequence postures
- Back bends
- Closing meditation
While the order/flow of practice varies, classes are sequenced to help ensure everyone has a fulfilling and safe practice.