Chan Hemintranont is a certified 200-hour Yoga Alliance teacher and owner of PAI Yoga and Fitness. She is also a continually dedicated yoga student, recently completing a Teacher Training Intensive with Max Strom in October 2011.
Born and raised in Bangkok, Thailand, Chan moved to the U.S. in 2001 to study for her MBA at Case Western Reserve University. In 2010, Chan called on her background in finance and accounting to found the PAI Yoga and Fitness studio. Chan’s goal in opening the studio was to share her enthusiasm for active pursuits and to be part of people’s life journey.
Chan’s approach to Vinyasa Flow is creative and rejuvenating. The intention of each class, through breathing technique, is to help students find calmness in their minds, to strengthen the body-mind-soul connection, and to experience a new sense of being, of completeness. Above all, Chan loves having fun during class--and even making people giggle! "If you can laugh in ayoga class," she says, "you are an advanced student."
She is honored and grateful for the opportunities to have learned from truly gifted teachers among them Mitchel Bleier, Max Strom, Sianna Sherman, Laurel Hodory, Marni Task and Tammy Lyons. As a yoga teacher, her humble wish is to offer each of her students a gentle path to live their lives more happily with kindness, gratitude and compassion.
For Chan, the most fulfilling aspect of opening the studio has been witnessing and nurturing positive changes in PAI’s members. Seeing the physical and mental growth of so many aspiring yoga lovers and athletes has further deepened Chan’s commitment to sharing her passion with others. Chan feels both grateful and honored to be able to serve in this way.
When she’s not on the yoga mat, you can find Chan traveling or doing just about anything outdoors; mountain biking, rock climbing, whitewater rafting, scuba diving, and sky diving are all favorite pastimes.