Irina Novikova is a former Microsoft Program Manager with 12 years of experience in the tech industry. During her time working in the corporate world, Irina discovered and embraced the transformative benefits of a committed yoga practice. Irina spent countless hours working at a desk and found that yoga helped bring movement and health into her life.


Irina grew up overseas and lived in 4 countries. She always loved dancing but had to follow a different path to provide for the family. However, her passion for movement never left her and over time she noticed that she silently repeated instructions from her teachers in Shakti Vinyasa Yoga and began picturing herself as a teacher. At the age of 33, she left software industry to become a yoga teacher.


Irina loves seeing her students grow! She challenges her students to look inwards to discover the best parts of themselves and shine them out to the world.


Irina is a certified RYT-200 with the Yoga Alliance with additional Yin, Dharma Wheel, Restorative and Prenatal Teacher Trainings taught by leading yoga teachers like Lisa Black, Jodi Boone, Ali Valdez, Colette Crawford, and Ana Forrest. Irina completed Baptiste Level One and Art of Assistance with the Baptiste Institute.

Irina believes that personal evolution is the only way to influence change within and then in the surrounding environment. She aims to share the art of yoga and healthy lifestyle with the Seattle and Eastside communities!



Irina's husband Konstantin is a software engineer who is passionate about photography, videography and music. Together they explore nature, sports, modern and ballroom dance and acro yoga.

 Irina and Konstantin share their beliefs that life should be lived with joy, gratitude, and a dedication to being present in the moment. These feelings  guide yoga classes in SolarYou Yoga studio, which are focused on helping clients better connect to themselves, their communities, and to the rest of the world.