Rosalie Battah

YOGA INSTRUCTOR

Rosalie has been enjoying the benefits of yoga for almost ten years. Over the years she has gone from being a dedicated student to a dedicated teacher. Forrest yoga specifically has strengthened her mind and body to be open to the unexpected while reflecting inward and breathing through challenges.

Also a talented glass artist, Rosalie regularly works with world-renowned and local glass masters. She notices how yoga and glass blowing offer a practice of fluid and synchronized skilled movements that create unique, intentional, and beautiful results. Rosalie appreciates how processes vary day to day and enjoys how both a beginner and an experienced practice can result in creative, new information for reflection.

Rosalie aims to construct a playful environment where she offers opportunities for all levels of learners. She is careful to create a safe and individualized practice for her students and suggests modifications for different levels and for specific injuries.

Mary Kay Bisignano-Vadino

YOGA INSTRUCTOR

Mary Kay Bisignano-Vadino is passionate about the transformative power of yoga. She believes that yoga has something to offer everyone looking to find a greater level of health, happiness and peace. She began practicing 14 years ago while recovering from an injury that interrupted her life as a dancer. Yoga quickly became an integral part of her life. As a professional dancer, choreographer and dance teacher, she has spent most of her life pursuing movement as an expressive art form. Yoga has heightened her awareness of, and deepened her commitment to living fully in mind, body and spirit. Mary Kay completed the 200 hour RYT Teacher Training program at Pacific Yoga under the instruction of Kathryn Payne and Theresa Elliot. She has studied many forms of yoga with a primary focus on the Iyengar, Universal and Baptiste styles. She is grateful to have found inspirational teachers here in Seattle, including Ricardo das Neves, Katerina Wen, Liz Doyle, Anna Davis, Sean Castor, Theresa Elliot and Katherine Payne. She has taught yoga to youth, teens and adults in a variety of private and public settings including Dance Fremont, University YMCA and the Seattle Public Schools. She also volunteers her time as an instructor with Street Yoga, providing yoga for homeless and at risk youth. Mary Kay is dedicated to sharing her love for yoga to students of all ages and levels of experience with a sense of curiosity, compassion and joy.

Emily Rose

YOGA INSTRUCTOR

Emily strives to promote an atmosphere of comfort, support, and expression in her yoga classes. She has studied movement as an art and therapeutic practice for several years and enjoys working collaboratively as an educator, performer, and therapist.

In her growth as a yoga instructor, Emily has specialized in prenatal yoga and restorative yoga: including exploration in the healing art of Reiki and energy work. Emily has grown passionate about teaching prenatal yoga to women in all stages of pregnancy. It is her hope to empower women in this transitional stage of life to confidently discover their intuitive wisdom as well as prepare for the process of labor with greater awareness of themselves and their baby. Ultimately, Emily loves guiding students in a safe space to relax, release, and indulge while connecting to body and heart.

While delving deeper into the body/mind/spirit connection Emily was pulled to the city of Chicago to study Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling at Columbia College Chicago where she completed a master’s and thesis study exploring medical trauma and the integration of yoga and Dance/Movement Therapy as a method of healing and transformation. As a result, Emily has grown passionate about how yoga and movement can serve as a ritual for self­study, healing, and emotional grounding.

Amanda Hilson

YOGA INSTRUCTOR

Amanda initially got hooked on yoga ten years ago while living in NYC, seeking a way to cope with a challenging work/life schedule. Realizing that through the practice of yoga she could strengthen her body, calm her mind, and see myriad benefits from the practice present themselves in all areas of her life – particularly heightened ease, awareness, elegance and strength – she became increasingly drawn to her practice and was eventually inspired to share it with others. In each class Amanda teaches, she strives to share these benefits with her students. 

Amanda received her initial 200-Hour Training at Yoga Vida in NYC, and also completed her Pre/Postnatal Training at 8 Limbs in Seattle. With an MFA in Acting from the University of Washington, and specialization in Suzuki and Alexander Technique, her vinyasa classes blend rigorous flow with close attention to breath and alignment, while encouraging individuals to find freedom and spaciousness through their movement. She particularly enjoys leading prenatal classes, and strives to help each individual practice deep inner listening to trust the wisdom of their body, and find an appropriate balance between strength and ease, readiness and presence.

 
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Madeline Finch

Forrest certified YOGA INSTRUCTOR

Madeline is fascinated with food, farms, and Forrest Yoga. She discovered Forrest Yoga at age seventeen and was immediately captivated by how Forrest Yoga practitioners and students spoke about their bodies. She then began on an expedition to harness that sublime sense of connection and ability to express how she feels in her own body. 

Forrest Yoga has been an immensely successful platform in her journey to tackle anxiety and find grounding in the buzzing world in which we live. Upon teaching her first class, Madeline found that she could hold space and foster that same exploration of feeling when teaching yoga to others, as she did when she first practiced yoga. At nineteen, Madeline completed her Forrest Yoga Foundational Teacher Training in the United Kingdom with Ana Forrest. She also holds a B.A. from Western Washington University specializing in Food Systems. 

Being involved in food and agriculture, Madeline watches tiny seeds grow into substance that keeps our people thriving. She sees this reflected when she teaches yoga. When a student comes into her class, there is a seed getting ready to sprout. As they continue to practice, Madeline assists her students in cultivating a profound sense of connection with their wiser self and the ability to truly feel in their body. Through teaching yoga as well as through her passion for food and agriculture, she works to help these seeds grow.

 
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Nadav Nahari

AcroYoga Instructor

Practicing massage therapy since 2005, I was initially attracted to AcroYoga's therapeutic aspect. 

I've been teaching a blend of acrobatic and therapeutic Acro since the summer of 2012, I took LuxSeattleAcro's teacher training program and follow the spirit of his teachings: focus on fundamentals in adagio style Acro. 

 
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Leah Preble

200 Hour RYT, Yin Yoga

Leah is a native to the northwest.  She has been practicing yoga for over ten years.  She fell in love with yoga slowly.  Yoga did not come effortlessly for Leah but the practice of studying the physical body through movement, while contemplating the inspiration of the teachings generated profound changes in her life.  Similar to her experience as an athlete in her youth, yoga lights up a special part of her that is found in all athletics: uniting the mind with the body, entering a flow state of awareness.  Yoga has helped to heal Leah from challenges with self-esteem and body image,  depression, anxiety, and difficult relationship experiences.  She enthusiastically shares this practice through teaching because of the empowerment and healing that she has witnessed in her own life.  

Each of Leah’s classes incorporate an inspiring and relatable theme.  The vulnerability of storytelling from her teachers is what has kept Leah’s desire for this practice alive and dedicated.  Her classes provide a safe place for the practice of self-exploration, self-compassion, and mindfulness.  Shefayoga in Seattle is where she completed her 200 Hour RYT teacher training, a 50 hour Next Level Leadership Program, and a 50 hour Yin Yoga Teacher Training.  Leah has taught various populations: elementary school children at the North Seattle Boys & Girls Club and Hilltop Elementary, young adults at the Ballard Health Center, and students over the age of fifty at New Motion Physical Therapy on Bainbridge Island.      

Leah majored in dietetics at the University of Vermont and continued her studies of nutrition and psychology at Fairhaven College / Western Washington University.  She earned a professional certification from Institute for the Psychology of Eating in Boulder, Colorado.  Leah’s studies in Dynamic Eating Psychology, Mind-Body Nutrition, somatic psychology, ancient Chinese medicine, and Ayurveda influence her yoga classes to be holistically educational.  Through Leah’s teaching, she encourages others to learn how to DEEPLY NOURISH themselves, their individual body and authentic spirit.  Yoga is an amazing way to get to know ourselves more intimately so then we learn how best to nourish ourselves. 

“It is not the body that gets us in to the pose, it is the poses that get us into our body”- Unknown     

 

Ally Parks

YOGA INSTRUCTOR

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After 15+ years of competitive and performance dance, Ally found yoga as a means to rework and heal many dance related injuries and negative physical health patterns. Ally has been practicing yoga for the last 8 years and received her 200hr RYT in Forrest Yoga with Ana Forrest. In addition, Ally has studied Hatha Yoga in-depth with Helen D McCandles as well as Body/Mind Awareness and Pranayama with William Crowell. Ally has completed a 200hr Personal Self Mastery + Forrest Yoga program with Gianna Carotenuto and a 20hr Functional Anatomy program with Ellen Heed. Academically, Ally holds a BA in Photography and Visual Communications form St. Edward’s University.

With a passion for somatic healing, anatomy, and dance, yoga with Ally is akin to physical therapy. Utilizing intelligent asana sequencing and breath to achieve greater depths of feeling and healing, Ally sets a safe container of Divine space and ceremony for her students to work into old injuries and latent trauma held in the body. Ally believes yoga is a profound method to invite spirit into our hearts and entire body.

Ally offers yoga for healing injuries, trauma informed somatic therapy, creative visualization meditations, astro/tarot advice and life coaching. More information can be obtained at www.helloallyparks.com or by email at hello.allyparks@gmail.com

 
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Camille Dodson

YOGA INSTRUCTOR

Camille has been practicing yoga for 9 years and teaching for 6. Her passion for teaching yoga to kids and teens was sparked after leading yoga classes at a summer camp in 2011. Seeing the power that yoga had to positively influence the next generation, she went on to pursue a Master’s Degree in International Child Studies and study the benefits of yoga and mindfulness for teenagers. She also obtained a special teaching certificate in teaching yoga and mindfulness to teenagers. In 2014, she earned her 200hr RYT in San Diego and moved to Seattle in 2016. She then began teaching adult classes as well as classes for kids and tweens in elementary and preschools around Seattle. Her true passion is in teaching mothers and daughters yoga together and believes that yoga is the key to a healthy lifestyle from childhood through adulthood. 

 
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Kelvin Kleinman

Yoga Instructor

I first started my yoga journey along with dances classes while in college, as an art student studying Eastern Philosophy at Fairhaven College in Bellingham.  After college, yoga unfortunately got dropped and I worked in restaurants and kitchens for many years. I then became an organic farmer for 8 years, teaching permaculture to students from around the world. I also worked at my community food Co-op kitchen in Mount Vernon, Washington. 

I again began a regular yoga practice for several years, and moved back to Seattle after selling my farm to work for an Educational Company, with which I have helped facilitate over 1500 pro-bono community projects that have impacted the Pacific Northwest and the world. Some of these projects include donating musical instruments along with music lessons for foster kids, feeding the homeless, preventing teen suicide, building a pediatric HIV hospital in Africa, and helping veterans heal from PTSD by going fly fishing and horseback riding. I have done all of this while starting a successful new career in real estate.

In 2016, I again began a regular daily practice doing Bikram style yoga. In December 2016, I completed Vinyasa Teacher Training and am registered with Yoga Alliance RYT 200. I have been teaching Vinyasa, Yin, and Yoga Nidra for the last year at Yoga Family Inc., a studio in Maple Valley with an emphasis on kids and families. I practice almost every day. I have been certified in Yin Yoga with Soma Yoga. I have also been certified to teach restorative yoga, and teach "Forrest-inspired" yoga. I have completed both Street Yoga and Yoga Behind Bars trauma informed trainings. 

I love yoga and people that love yoga and intend to have this community flourish, thrive, and grow, and be a contribution to our community and the world.

Namaste

 

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Katherine Boury

Certified RYT 200

Yoga came into Katherine Boury's world almost 20 years ago help heal the injuries from a car accident and she has been a regular practioner ever since.

Katherine has tried many styles and variations of yoga which inspired her to become an instructor. She completed training and registered with Yoga Alliance RYT 200. She has been certified in both Yin and Restorative Yoga.

Katherine believes it is a honor to be teaching yoga and values of the benefit of yoga to strengthen both the body and the mind. She believes that with the continued practice of yoga that which no longer serves us begins to fall away and allows us to live more authentically.

Professionally, she has worked in nonprofit communications for the last fifteen years including doing ten years of public affairs in disaster response. Yoga became very stabilizing for her while deploying to disaster responses. She is a also a cancer survivor and values how yoga can positively help people during and after treatment.

 

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Elizabeth Cunningham

Yoga Instructor

I became a yoga teacher because when I practice yoga my life works. I wanted to give that to other people. What I love about teaching yoga, is creating a space where people center themselves and are left empowered after class. My style of teaching is closest to Vinyasa. If you take my class you will not only test your limits physically but mentally, as well. 

I am interested in having fun, living healthy and having everyone else around me live a life that they love. When I'm not teaching yoga, I'm hanging out with my husband, Garhett, our little dog, Tweak, and our two cats, Kitty and Keeva. 

I have been practicing yoga for 15 years and I have been teaching for 3 years. I have received my 200 Hour Yoga Teaching Certificate and I also have 50 Hours of additional teacher training and coaching. I am registered under the Yoga Alliance.

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Shay Huff

Yoga Instructor

I began my yoga practice about 15 years ago and fell in love pretty immediately. It was one of the hardest things I'd ever done, but for some reason, I left class smiling and I couldn't wait to do it again. It was the first time I'd ever been completely at peace with my body. I felt accepted, welcomed even. I was about 70 pounds heavier and I remember feeling so intimidated before walking into the studio that I sat in my car trying to muster up the courage to go in. I was afraid that my body would not look like the other bodies, that my skin would not look like the other skin, that my postures would not look like the other postures. In the end, I found that none of that mattered. Once class began, everything but my breath faded away. I was at peace. I was home.

Yoga has a way of resonating with the core of your very being. It can ground you and make you feel as if you’re walking on air all at once. No two practices are the same.

Yoga demands acceptance of self, presence of mind and patience with body. It shows us where we are imbalanced and gives us an opportunity to realign. It reminds us to breathe. I find that regardless of where I am in life, when I step onto my mat, I feel at peace. “This is where I am meant to be and I am grateful”, whispers through my mind.

Over the years, I have found that there are only a few things I need when I step onto my mat: patience, presence, acceptance, willingness and openness. All of these attributes help me to let my body be wherever it is today without thought of where it was yesterday or where I hope for it to be tomorrow. I can practice without judgement, shame or guilt. I can celebrate being me in my skin, in heart and in my mind. I can be grateful. For me, that's more than enough.

I teach a vinyasa flow that focus on nurturing who we are today, in this moment. I encourage my students to let go of shame, guilt and judgement of self and allow themselves to just be. I love heart and hip openers because they challenge us to be vulnerable. Any chance we have to open ourselves up to more love, more life, we should grab onto it with enthusiasm. My motto is "move through fear. Do your best. Leave the rest behind." See you on the mat.

Shay Huff received her 200-Hour Power Yoga Instructor Certification through Core Power Yoga in winter of 2016.

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Gabi Esser

Yoga Instructor

Gabi was classically trained as a dancer and was exposed to yoga at a young age. However, her love of yoga and expanded personal practice began in college in 2008 and became a part of her every day during her graduate studies in urban planning in 2013. As an analytical person, Gabi loves to nerd out about anatomy, contraindications, mythology, and Sanskrit, but she really cherishes how yoga has helped her become embodied and given her a practice to feel and stop over thinking. Gabi lives to be a part of helping others find embodiment through yoga and brings her passion, knowledge, and fun sense of flow to class. She took her first teacher training in February of 2016, then did trauma-informed teacher training in April. Subsequently, she took two more teacher trainings in October and December of 2016. She works full time as a yoga instructor in Seattle and is heavily involved in coaching and helping lead yoga teacher trainings. She is always down to dig deep about yoga, urban planning, society, and music! You can find her reading comic books, attending community meetings, playing trivia, and rocking out at concerts.

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JEN MINNICH

Yoga Instructor

As a certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and Registered Yoga Teacher, Jen is dedicated to helping students deepen their intuitive connection between mind and body at any skill level. Jen is passionate about building a supportive community of people ready to support each other on their own journeys. You will find her yoga sequences are dynamic, playful, and flowy. You'll never hurt her feelings if you would like to stay in savasana for the entirety of class. She thinks that sounds lovely too.

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SHAINA LIPPARD

Yoga Instructor

Shaina is a passionate and energized wellness professional. Her first experience in yoga comes from using it as a tool for injury prevention while running track and later to complete a marathon  It was when she found herself in a Bikram studio that she realized she could find more in her yoga practice, it was more than breathe and movement. Yoga showed up again in college and this is where she learned the power of practicing meditation and a “well examined life”. 

Shaina aspires to create space for healing and transformation in her yoga classes. You can expect encouragement grounded in compassion when taking her classes. 

In her free time you can find Shaina in the kitchen,  reading books and expanding her knowledge of wellness. She enjoys the simple pleasures nature provides like plants, furry friends, water and mountains.

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ERICA WILLIAMS

Yoga Instructor

Erica Williams first became acquainted with yoga as prescription to heal her marathon runner’s hips back in 2007 as she was studying English at Boston College. What began as a physical practice, quickly became an invitation to deeper experiences of mental and emotional clarity, inner contentment and spiritual growth.

She completed her first 200 hour RYT training in 2009 through Africa Yoga, an Ashtanga-style yoga school in Kampala, Uganda where she had been doing health advocacy volunteer work. She began teaching yoga in Whitefish, Montana before eventually moving to Seattle to pursue a Master’s in Social Work degree and begin a career in healthcare.

She completed a second extended 200 hour RYT training through Whitefish’s Shanti Yoga, that helped strengthen her commitment to the more subtle aspects of the practice. Erica’s teaching comes from a solid foundation of practicing and studying different styles of Hatha Yoga, with a focus on alignment and energetic principles for the purpose of inner development. She is most interested in inspiring her students to develop a practice that follows the wisdom of the heart. It is her sincere intention to share the true gift of yoga-a road map to the spiritual Self. 

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CANDACE DWYER

Yoga Instructor

I began practicing yoga about 12 years ago as a form of working out and as a means of supporting my dance practice. I was a competitive dancer for 12 years and danced overall for 18 years, and for me dance and movement has always been a means of self-expression beyond what I can convey with words.

I attended the University of Texas at Austin and during college I spent about 2 to 3 years practicing Bikram yoga. I then moved to Houston, TX after school where I mostly practiced vinyasa yoga. In 2016 I completed my RYT-200 yoga certification as a way to grow in my own practice and with the intention of being able to contribute to the community. One reason I love yoga is the experience I have of myself on my mat and knowing myself as loving and powerful, and my hope is to leave my students with the experience of knowing themselves in a new and empowering way.  

In 2017 I hopped in the car with my dog and cat and drove from Houston to Seattle, and love it here so far. Off the mat I am a tax consultant and CPA and enjoy exploring this new city.

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Erin Allan
MA, ERYT-200

I found yoga through my personal search for a healthy way to deal with stressful situations and have since become profoundly passionate about it. Since the first time I stepped on a mat over 20 years ago, something deep inside pulled me to this incredible practice.  I allowed distractions to get in the way of this for many years before I realized that for me, yoga is life.  I left my career as a mental health therapist and followed my dream of teaching yoga in 2013, and have since taught over 1,500 classes in a vast array of settings, to all types of people. I lead many different types of classes: restorative, basics, hatha, vinyasa, and power.  I approach yoga from a lighthearted perspective; I enjoy having fun in practice and encourage others to do the same.  I love helping people get in touch with their bodies, helping them to find presence, reminding them to love and accept their beautiful selves!  I want everyone who steps into my class to feel welcome and know that they have a home there.  Off the mat you will find me pursuing my other passion, cannabis; which is the field to which I’ve dedicated the past several years of my professional life.  I have found pure magical bliss in combining the practice of yoga with cannabis, and have recently been lucky enough to share this amazing practice with others.

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Chelsea Spicer

After a decade as an avid yogi, Chelsea took the next step in her practice by completing the Life of an Urban Yogi 200-hr teacher training. Since then, she has deepened her education in the schools of yin yoga, teaching teens, and the divine feminine. Chelsea has been teaching and leading workshops at studios and festivals across the northwest, and recently developed a unique style of yoga she calls Lunar Yoga. A self-proclaimed moonchild, Chelsea’s practice is closely aligned with the lunar cycle. Her classes draw inspiration from natural elements as well as the wisdom traditions of yoga and psychology, and any other juicy tidbits Chelsea collects throughout her journey. Her classes feature fun, creative sequencing, an eclectic soundtrack to get your body moving, and intentional theming to help you take your yoga off the mat.

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Meagan Lass

Meagan’s intention for teaching is to provide a supportive space for student’s to explore their body, mind and spirit through creative, intelligent, fun flows. She firmly believes that yoga is a great tool for personal exploration, and aims to provide students with individualized attention and support to suit their diverse needs. She loves teaching beginner and more experienced students alike.

Meagan found her regular yoga practice after a career in the professional kitchen created chronic stress and back problems. She has found immense relief both physically and mentally through yoga over the years, and this past fall she left the restaurant industry to start her own business Sugarcane Yoga & Cuisine. She is an RYT 200 in Vinyasa with an additional 100 hours of training in Vinyasa and Yin. She teaches public and private classes and events in the greater Seattle area.

Meagan also sees herself as forever an avid student; she practices at studios all over the city and regularly attends workshops and trainings to deepen her practice and further her own personal growth. When not teaching or practicing yoga, you can likely find her in her garden or the kitchen, growing food and creating seasonal recipes, writing about it, and hanging out with her partner, Jake and Bloodhound, Wally.

 

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Shumit Vatsal

Being born and raised in a Brahmin family in South India, Shumit has led a yogic lifestyle all his life. As a kid, he was trained in Sanskrit shlokas, Vedanta and Bhagawad Gita. Shumit is a vegetarian diet proponent and a new lifestyle based on simple living and high thinking.

Shumit comes from both the Shiva and the Buddha lineage. He is a product of the Sivananda school of yoga and is a Vipassana yogi. He considers S.N. Goenka to be his meditation guru and Swami Sivananda to be his asana and Vedanta guru.

Shumit believes that there is a lot more to yoga than just a physical practice. It is a combination of exercise, diet, meditation, breathing and relaxation.

Shumit practices and teaches classical Hatha yoga. His hatha yoga classes are informative and engaging and you come out of it with a clear mind. Shumit organizes yoga and cultural retreats to South India several times a year where you get to experience India as a local.

 

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Kate Bailey

Kate was trained and began teaching yoga in New York City at Cyndi Lee’s Om Yoga Center. She has also trained with Judith Lasater for restorative yoga, Tari Prinster for Yoga 4 Cancer, and Rodney Yee for her 300-hr certification. In addition to her yoga trainings, Kate has been teaching Pilates for over 15 years, holds a Masters of Science in Anatomy and Clinical Health Sciences, and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Kate’s physical therapy practices is focused on abdomino-pelvic health for adults, teens, and kids. Kate served as the anatomy instructor for Sarah Clark’s Interconnected Yoga 200-hr training program in San Diego as well as the ethics of hands on adjustments instructor for Elena Brower’s Art of Attention Advanced Teacher Training in New York City. 

 

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Nan Affleck Hardt

Nan teaches "Forrest-inspired" yoga. Her affinity with yoga began when she took restorative classes to relieve stress in her early 20s and has led her on a path of expanding her knowledge of yoga’s healing practices so she can share those benefits with others.

A 200-hour teacher training in 2014 deepened Nan’s awareness of the healing and revitalization qualities of meditation and physical asana, and sparked a curiosity into the science behind the mind-body connection. Nan went on to study consciousness at the University of Washington and completed the yoga Teacher Mentorship Program in 2015 and Level I, II, and Art of Assisting at the Baptiste Institute. In addition to a strong background in vinyasa, Nan has hot hatha training from Firehouse Hot Yoga, trauma-informed training with Yoga Behind Bars, and Forrest Yoga Advanced Teacher Training with Ana Forrest and Jose Calarco.

For Nan, teaching allows her to share with students the healing side of practice and being present, while encouraging them to play as they connect to their body, breath, strength, and spirit.  

When she isn’t teaching or practicing yoga, Nan can be found beekeeping, pulling weeds in the garden with her chickens, snowboarding, playing co-ed soccer, and spending time with her family.

 

Travis Theiszen

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Travis is a pilgrim who likes to laugh and heal along the way. He loves to bring people back to the center of who they are in order to unlock their full potential energy in this all-too-brief, sun-kissed spin across the Milky Way. Zen meditation, yoga and farm life are the most formative influences from his background. A life spent outdoors tending to plants and animals branched into healing plants, animals and people with reiki. Like Zen, Reiki comes from Japan. Warm, soothing heat flows from the hands of the healer to the client, promoting relaxation and releasing tension. It is now widely used in hospitals to treat all conditions of body, mind, spirit and emotion. It can be used for pets, plants and other purposes.

 

As a yoga teacher, Travis believes that meditation is the seat to which yoga asana leads. His classes are a way for mind to follow breath as it folds and unfolds the body into shape. Classes include pranayama, meditation, mantra, aromatherapy, sound therapy and the philosophy of Zen masters, yogis and poets. On his own time, he loves to practice Ashtanga, kundalini, yin and nidra.

 
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Birdie Wright

Yoga Teacher

From the very first yoga class I attended I knew yoga was going to change my conscious state of mind and well-being forever. 

Three years ago after studying the Buddhist teachings of Thich Nhat Han I discovered I wanted to become a teacher. In Venice, California,  I began my first  teacher training  in Venice, California and was blessed to have two amazing yoga instructors who helped me fulfill that vision.  Immersed in a holistic approach to yoga and well-being, I grew to understand the true connection within myself and my body. I am compelled in sharing the light of self-love and acceptance with others and this is what gets expressed in each of the classes I teach.  It is essential for our overall health to understand the dynamic of connection to Self and to the world around us, allowing us to create balance in our lives and enjoy peace of mind while living in our fast paced modern world. After all, being present to our lives is the best gift we can give ourselves and those we care about. 

My classes are fluid and sequenced to strengthen and heal both mind and body. My classes provide the powerful energy of linking breath to movement while at the same time the softness and grace inherent in each posture and the meditative quality of each breath.  I love creating an environment where everyone is and feels welcomed, loved, and leaves feeling nourished from within and as part of the community that practices together.