Whitney Villalobos has practiced yoga for more than 15 years and holds an RYT 500 Yoga Alliance certification. Whitney is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), holds an MBA in Economics/Accounting, a BFA in Fine Art and a BA in Economics.
Whitney began her yoga journey in Mali, West Africa in 1997 when she stumbled across a Sivananda Yoga book on a bookshelf in a Peace Corps hostel where she often stayed when visiting the capital city. Intrigued by yoga, Whitney used the book to teach herself yoga in the remote villages where she lived and worked.
Whitney continued her self- instruction and practice during the 9 years she lived in West Africa. Whitney then moved to Doha, Qatar where she immediately sought out a yoga instructor. In Doha, Whitney met Valerie Jeremijenko, an instructor of Ashtanga Yoga. Whitney studied with Valierie for more than a year. Whitney then went on to study under Sr. Patabi Jois (1915-2009), the founder and guru of the Ashtanga yoga system in Mysore, India. Whitney has been a devoted practitioner of Ashtanga since that time also studying with David Swenson and Annie Pace.
In her career as a Project Manager for an Engineering and Construction Firm, Whitney finds the time to teach yoga wherever there is a need. Most recently, Whitney taught yoga to U.S. Service Members as well as NATO and coalition troops in Baghdad, Iraq and Kandahar, Afghanistan while stationed in those countries.
Whitney speaks two foreign languages fluently and has lived in or traveled to over 40 countries. She is an avid motorcycle rider with international rides in Tibet, Nepal, Vietnam, India, Mali, Burkina Faso, Benin, Ghana, Ecuador, Cambodia, France, Italy, United Kingdom, Thailand, Brazil, Guatemala, and the United States.
Today, Whitney continues to travel both for work and for pleasure always seeking new spaces in which to practice and teach yoga, and new yogis with whom to share experiences.