Dawn Hopkins is the Founder and President of Inspiritus Yoga: Wholistic Wellness & Training Centers, an internationally registered and accredited yoga school with three training centers in Phoenix, Detroit, and Saskatoon, SK. Dawn holds an MA degree from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana and she is an E-RYT 500 Master Yoga Instructor, Yoga Teacher Trainer, Yoga Therapist, Thai Yoga Massage Practitioner, Reiki Practitioner, Licensed Am I Hungry? Mindful Eating Facilitator, and former Personal Trainer.
Dawn has been helping people along their health and wellness path since 2002 when she co-owned and operated a women’s fitness studio. During her 7 1/2 years with Curves Ahwatukee, she helped over 4,000 women achieve improved health and wellness. Her commitment to excellence and entrepreneurship earned her the Palo Verde Business Woman of the Year Award in 2007.
Dawn began taking yoga classes in 1997 to counter the effects of years of athletics on her body. In 2004, she fell in love with yoga when she took her first faith-based yoga class. During that class, she had a profound spiritual experience on her yoga mat and discovered the true meaning of yoga: to unite and bring harmony to the the mind, heart, body, and spirit. Her passion for yoga continued to grow. She completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training in 2006 and began teaching immediately thereafter. She soon discovered she also had a passion for training and equipping instructors and began training instructors in 2008 after receiving her first 500 hour teacher training. In 2009, she founded a retreat business called The Living Well Retreats and began facilitating yoga and wellness retreats. Two years later, she co-founded a 501C3 non-profit yoga and wellness ministry called The Center for Living Well and opened her own yoga school after receiving her second 500 hour certificate in healing emphasis yoga and yoga therapy. Dawn is a firm believer that the teacher must always be the student, so she continues to make her own continuing education a priority.
Dawn currently owns and operates Inspiritus Yoga out of Joyful Yoga in Tempe, AZ where she helps people find healing, growth, and transformation through various modalities of yoga, wholistic wellness programs, mindful eating, yoga teacher training, and continuing education. She also offers private healing services, facilitates yoga and wellness retreats, and speaks and writes on wellness and yoga topics regularly. Dawn teaches, trains, and ministers to others with passion and purpose because her own healing and transformation has become life’s calling. She feels honored and blessed to help others in this way.