Jessica Brustad

Yoga Instructor

Jessica has a unique yoga practice which nowadays involves more laughter and free play then traditional asana.  She has been practicing yoga since 2004 and teaching since 2011.  While teaching Vinyasa and Hatha classes in Southern California she gained the nickname, The Funny Yogi!  Her high energy, laugh out loud, (and often), personality brought a different feeling to her classes. Jessica then went on to obtain her 500 Hr Professional RYT through YogaWorks; but that didn't take the silliness out of her! 

While living in Los Angeles, Jessica had also been studying and performing Stand Up and Improv Comedy. After relocating to Seattle in 2015 she finally found her passions collide when she was introduced to Hasya Yoga or Laughter Yoga.  Laughter yoga is a unique practice which combines unconditional laughter with yogic breathing (pranayama). She obtained her Laughter Yoga Leader Certification from the Laughter Yoga International University that year. Jessica now leads weekly Laughter Clubs in the Seattle area and is committed to helping others tap into their own inner joy and child-like playfulness which we all posses. She loves hugs, high five's, and smiles and that's what you can expect from a class with Jessica! 

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Clara Scuder-Davis

Clara Scudder-Davis is a contemporary circus artist specializing in hand balancing and contortion. She has a background in dance, theater and singing and is currently studying at L’Ecole de Cirque de Quebec in their four year professional program. She also has trained with Yury Bozyan (L’Ecole Nacionale de Cirque), Nael Jammal (Les 7 Doigts De La Main) and Vita Radionova (Kiev). She completed the Pre-Profesional Program at the School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts in Georgetown. At SANCA she went on to teach flexibility and contortion in the pre-professional program, and adult handstand classes. Her goal as a circus artist is to bring vulnerability, authenticity and playfulness to her work, and to connect diverse peoples through art. As a teacher she enjoys helping students to push their limits in a safe and constructive way. 

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Alison Williams, MA

Pilates + Yoga Instructor

Alison Williams is a certified Pilates and yoga instructor with over 14 years of teaching experience. From the age of three, she began her movement studies with her mother, dancing and practicing yoga. She holds a Masters Degree in Somatic Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies and received her BA in History at Brown University in 1998, where she was also awarded the Weston Fine Arts Award in Dance. After graduating from Brown, she moved to New York City and studied and danced with many masters of the craft. Eventually, she recognized that performance was not ultimately what was important to her about her studies, and around this time, she was lucky enough to discover Ana Forrest. She completed her Forrest yoga teacher training in 2001 in Chicago. Alison went on to complete her Pilates certification at BodyTonic Gymnasium in Brooklyn in 2005 and began teaching Pilates and yoga full time.

Eager to deepen her understanding of the relationship between body, mind, spirit, art, discipline, and practice, she moved to San Francisco in 2006 and received her Master's Degree in Somatic Psychology. She completed a second yoga teacher training certification at Laughing Lotus in San Francisco, as well as a rehabilitation certification with Lizz Roman.

Alison moved to Seattle in anticipation of the birth of her first child who arrived in March 2015! She has continued to teach Pilates, yoga and dance throughout this lifetime of study, and has worked with many different populations, including people dealing with serious rehabilitation issues, expectant and new mothers, the elderly, athletes, and children working with developmental issues. She continues to be fascinated with questions of embodiment and strives through her work to inspire people to have richer experiences of their own sense of aliveness.

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iRONFAERY (Dawn Irene Aragón , PhD)

Yoga Instructor

STRONG • BALANCED • BEAUTIFUL • Helping myself whilst serving others, I am deep in my dharma. Twenty years ago, I knew I needed to mediate, to quiet my racing thoughts and elevate my shadows. Auspiciously, as I began serving veterans with cancer as a whole health psychologist, I was introduced to the bhakti yogic path via Siddha Yoga Meditation. I received my yoga teacher certification from Sri Dharma Mittra (2006).  The spark of AcroYoga was ignited at Burning Man where I embraced the mantra of "Trust & Surrender." I received my AcroYoga teacher certificate from the co-founders of AcroYoga International. Refine simple movements with advanced awareness.  Make mindful attempts with humble repetition.  Movement is always informed by Prāṇāyāma. Workshops are conceptual and experiential where philosophical ideas play out in the body— form before depth, softness (FAERY) predicates strength (iRON).  When Prana guides your partner practice, Anything Is Possible.
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Hope Clunie

YOGA INSTRUCTOR

Hope is a Boston native whose years as a dancer led her to yoga at age 14. Shifting her focus in high school from dancing to swimming, yoga was initially just a way to build strength and maintain flexibility. Gradually, her practice became a source of empowerment, a space to be herself, and an effective tool to deal with depression, stress, anxiety and fatigue.

In 2011, Hope became certified to teach yoga and moved across the country to find adventure in Seattle. She adores the beauty of the Pacific Northwest, especially all the water that surrounds the city. In 2013, Hope left the greens and blues of Seattle to study under Ana Forrest in San Francisco. Her experience at this training was profound and gave new life to her passion for teaching and sharing the power of yoga with others.

Hope brings a strong presence and a bright energy to her teaching, allowing space for each student to seek their edge and break through mental and physical boundaries in their practice. Coming from a background in dance and art, Hope's students are encouraged to explore feeling on a deep level through movement and breath. Her teaching guides towards building strength and focus, and maintains thoughtful sequencing and mindful intent in every class. She urges students to take what they discover through their yoga practice and bring it into their life outside the yoga room.

In addition to being a yoga instructor, Hope is a trained print-maker and painter. She has a love for music, the outdoors, and has enjoyed many life changing road trips traveling from Boston to Prince Edward Island, Tennessee, Chicago, and Seattle. Hope has farmed in Nova Scotia, camped in the Badlands of South Dakota, and studied the masters in Florence, Italy.

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Kathy Gorohoff

Yoga Instructor

Kathy has been practicing yoga since 2003 after the birth of her first daughter. She found yoga as a wonderful way to move her body slowly and gently after pregnancy. While continuing to practice, she discovered that yoga was much more than a way to get in shape. Once her second daughter was born, yoga was a way for her to relax, connect with Self and find center. Yoga continues to help her stay grounded and is a wonderful compliment to her love of running and hiking.

In 2015 – 2016, Kathy and her family spent 9 months traveling around the country in a truck camper, while she was not able to pop into a yoga class in every town she visited, she did get to visit a good handful of studios to keep her practice up and developed her  own yoga routine that she could do in the confines of her camper. When returning home from the trip, she knew that the next journey was to follow her love of yoga and dive into yoga teacher training. She received her 200 hour RYT through Synergy Yoga School with a focus on Vinyasa flow yoga, yoga philosophy and Ayurveda, the sister science to yoga. This training has prepared her to follow her path to teaching gentle and energetic Vinyasa classes around the Seattle area.

 

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Charlie Pentland

Forrest  Yoga Instructor

Charlie completed the Foundation Forrest Teacher Training in Denver in 2009. He has since assisted Ana at multiple events and trainings.

He has his own Forrest Yoga studio in Squamish Canada called Chief Yoga. It has been his home-base for 4 years, from where he has seen students grow and heal. He says their community is vibrant, caring and unique.

He will also be holding events of his own this year, including a Forrest Yoga wilderness expedition in Squamish, a residency program for Forrest Yoga teachers to practice and improve their teaching at his studio, and a retreat to the Greek Islands this fall… Find out more about Charlie and these upcoming events via his website:

www.chiefyoga.com

https://www.facebook.com/charles.pentland

https://www.facebook.com/chiefyogasquamish/