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Cosetta Romani

Yoga Instructor

I am ferocious in my dedication to seize the present moment. Living life as it comes allows me to experience and teach yoga as a living practice, weaving all the wisdom traditions in the now.

I am a grounded, intuitive, compassionate, vital and generous being that likes to wear the alchemical hats of the consort, mother, friend, teacher, energy healer, artist, dancer, poet and ceremonialist. I have been practicing the healing arts of yoga, meditation and shamanism for 15 years and will continue to study until my last breath, under the direct guidance of Life.

In my classes, workshops, circles and retreats I want to feel and connect with the Mind-Heart and Spirit of each student. I rely on intuitive guidance, precise breath work, creative flows, chants and sacred songs, moving and sitting meditations. I invite them to shift inward, toward the center of their longing, in order to access and express their deepest potentials.

Registered with Yoga Alliance (E-RYT 500). I apprenticed for five years under the guidance of wonderful and knowledgeable yoga teacher Lee Atwell. Later I undertook yoga-training intensives from various teachers and schools. In 2007 I began a deep training with my most inspirational and empowering teacher Shiva Rea and her lineage of Yoga Prana Flow.

The Sacred Path of the Warrior in the Shambhala Tradition, as taught by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, is the core foundation of my meditation.

Simultaneously I completed a five-year mentorship with Sundust Oracle Institute under the compassionate guidance of medicine woman Char Sundust (Lakota Tradition). Currently studying with renowned teachers and shamans Christina Pratt and Sandra Ingerman.

In the last three years I have embarked an ongoing healing and learning in the ancient path of vegetalismo tradition of the upper Amazon, where plants and trees are considered the real university and pharmacy available to us. I travel to South America on a regular basis.

I am also a creative dakini, who has been studying and practicing the art of ikebana (flower sculptures) from the Sogetzu school. I found a daily delight in the creation of altars and sacred space.

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.

Diana Garcia

YOGA + pilates INSTRUCTOR

Diana discovered yoga and Pilates as a way to keep herself strong and injury-free so that she could continue her work as a dancer and teaching artist. She is trained in Vinyasa Flow and Forrest styles and recently completed her Advance Yoga Teacher Training with Ana Forrest. She is a certified Pilates instructor and has more than 25 years of dance training which give her an expert eye for movement. She is a patient and thoughtful instructor and enjoys working with people of all backgrounds. Diana’s yoga dance classes integrate yoga, Pilates and movement to invigorate the body, the mind and the spirit.

In her other life, she teaches dance at The University of Washington in Bothell and holds an MFA in Dance Education and Choreography from this same university. She is also co-founder of DAIPAN Butoh Collective, a local Butoh dance company. www.motion33.com

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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Bree Dillon

Yoga Instructor

I'm a yogi, athlete, anatomy geek and an unapologetic problem-solver. With 15 combined years of teaching and practice I've come to trust yoga as a potent and timeless solution to keep me sturdy, body and mind. Teaching challenges me to listen to, recognize and respond to my students' differences which I love. Yoga with me makes sense in your body based on how it is designed and challenges your physical and mental limitations so you can experience the freedom you desire. 

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Roe Johnson

Yoga Instructor

Rebecca Roe Johnson grew up in North Carolina, where she pursued a career in dance from an early age. While attending the University of North Carolina School of the Arts for ballet, she was introduced to Pilates and yoga practices as forms of conditioning. When Roe later decided to attend college, she moved to Asheville, North Carolina. Here, yoga became a new source of movement, inspiration, freedom, and empowerment. Since then, she has been growing in her practice and savoring the experience. Most recently, she worked abroad at Kali Yoga Retreat in Italy, and Mazagan Resort in Morocco. 

 

Roe trained in Vinyasa Flow with Stephanie Keach and the inspiring instructors at Asheville Yoga Center, and is looking forward to continuing her training in Seattle. In her classes Roe aims to create an inviting and playful atmosphere to encourage students to explore the potential of yoga on and off their mats. 

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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. 

Jenny Rhodes

Yoga Instructor

After choosing Hatha yoga as an elective class her freshman year of college, Jenny’s eyes were opened wide; seeing the infinite possibilities for spiritual & somatic growth and the gift of staying present. For over two decades she has taken her practice around the world; expanding her knowledge and appreciation of yoga in its many and varied forms. Before moving to Seattle from the UK 8 years ago, Jenny taught music, Spanish and yoga to children ages 18 mos-7 yrs. Offering these gifts to little ones was a natural fit, as she has been dancing, singing, speaking Spanish and doing yoga with her own 2 children since their early years.

She cultivates fluidity, strength and grace into her practice & teaching style through influences in Ashtanga, Jivamukti, and Forrest styles of yoga. Creating a safe space for students is paramount, bringing the understanding that alignment in poses is more about working with a body where it's at, as opposed to pushing it into a shape that isn't right for that individual.  Offering a variety of Hatha gentle, flow & vinyasa styles of yoga in Seattle, Jenny weaves guided meditation, yoga philosophy, pranayama & relaxation into classes where students of all ages and abilities benefit. She is Yoga Alliance certified and currently working toward her 500 hr. certification.

With humor and an open heart, Jenny takes a balanced approach to teaching and to life, bringing inspiration and purpose to everything she does.

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Jenna Walenga

Yoga Instructor

Jenna's journey as a yogi began in Cape Town, South Africa. While working with the Earthchild Project, in 2010, she saw the power of yoga and mindfulness to bring peace and calm in a chaotic world. Through experimenting with dance and yoga, she began to understand how freeing it is  to bring awareness into the body and out of the head. 

In 2014 she completed her 200-hr teacher training from YogaWorks.  Jenna enjoys yoga as a moving meditation practice.  She enjoys teaching Hatha and Vinyasa, and a hybrid of "Hatha Flow" which combines moving flow with an emphasis on detailed alignment and intelligent sequencing.

She shares a lineage with many of today’s inspiring yoga leaders, including Seane Corn, Shiva Rea, Kathryn Budig and is influenced by the work of Donna Farhi.  She is also leads iRest Yoga Nidra, which is a trauma-informed and approachable guided meditation, proven to improve anxiety, depression, pain, and PTSD. 

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Ally Parks

YOGA INSTRUCTOR

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. 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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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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Kate Van Fossen

Yoga Instructor

I adopted a regular yoga practice in the summer of 2014, right after my college graduation. As a former college athlete, I was in eager search to find another fitness routine that would get me back in shape. I was solely looking for a physical outlet, but little did I know the personal shifts that were to be discovered through this practice.

Yoga remained a physical practice for me for the next 3 years. I was not interested in anything other than heated Power yoga, however, through many personal challenges of 2017 I decided to pack up my bags and head to Belize for yoga Teacher Training. Going through Yoga teacher Training gave me perspective that I never had before, and wasn't expecting: it introduced me to the power of being present and vulnerable. I found peace in rediscovering a mind, body and soul connection - for me, this has been one of the greatest gifts and personal accomplishments. I continue to grow, learn, and be challenged by this beautiful practice and am so thankful that teaching is now part of my journey.

I feel so deeply in my heart that it is my purpose to provide a space, a lesson, and good energy to allow my students to experience similar personal shifts. I teach to cultivate a clear mind, open heart and positive energy. And now I am so thankful to be able to share in this practice with the Kula community!

Julie Peterson, MPT

Julie graduated from University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas in 2005. Since then, she has cultivated a strong “whole-body” approach to how she assesses, treats and educates her patients. She is committed to finding and understanding the root of each person’s problems which allows her to comprehensively treat the cause of their symptoms. Through diverse trainings and studies she has developed an intriguing approach to identify and resolve the back-stories of pain.

At its simplest, her job is to find connections. A complaint of knee pain may stem from an old ankle sprain, a twist to the knee, or a hit to one side of the head.  There is a reason why the body can’t do what is being asked of it.  Is it a hardware problem (joint, bone, muscle) or a software problem (cranial, old scars, dental trauma)? Peterson parses out where the body lives, where it won’t go and why. The ultimate goal is to restore lost options and unwind injury.

Anna Davis, PhD RYT

Yoga INSTRUCTOR

Anna was first introduced to yoga by her mother, a student of T.K.V. Desikachar, when she was 15. She has practiced many different forms of yoga on and off for 30 years.

Anna studies yoga with Ana Forest and several local instructors and is inspired by many teachers and students alike. Anna has a doctorate in Physiology and Biophysics, has taught Physiology at the University of Washington and helped develop software to teach cell physiology (NerveWorks). Her scientific research has focused on muscle physiology, structure and development. Anna is a long-time student and teacher of yoga.  Currently she spends her days teaching Physiology to the first year naturopathic medical students at Bastyr University in Seattle. She is the mother of two girls and lives in Ballard.

Anna brings to her classes a love of movement, sensitivity to her students' different needs, an attention to detail and clear style of communication. She finds great satisfaction sharing the practice of yoga with others, a path that she believes helps us to awaken and live graciously in the present moment.

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Cami Funk

Yoga Instructor

Specializing in Vinyasa Yoga, Cami Funk is RYT 200 certified with the Yoga Alliance. Cami studied Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga. She has worked with seniors in our area and loves making yoga accessible to everyone.

Classes with Cami can be adjusted to many ability levels including yoga for injuries and pregnancy. Physical assisting as well as verbal cuing are offered in her classes. Cami’s goal is to make every individual in class feel empowered by their practice and at home in their bodies. 

Teaching yoga is deeply gratifying to Cami because she enjoys helping others build their well-being and dedication to long-term health goals. Yoga has transformed her life and provided her with a clear path to live and extraordinary life and contribute to her community and the world; Cami feels thankful to be able to bring that gift to others. Her teaching style is gentle, attentive, and powerful all at the same time.

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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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KEELY CLARK

Yoga Instructor

I stepped foot on the yoga path about seven years ago when I was diagnosed with Lupus. Through yoga I was able to increase my mobility as well as my overall well being. What originally started as a healthy outlet and a way to improve my physical health, quickly turned into my way of life. It wasn't long before I wanted to share this way of life with all who were also on their own yoga journey. 

In the summer of 2017, I travelled to Bali, Indonesia where I received my 200hour Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training Certificate. Through my passion and nurturing spirit I strive to create an empowering and supportive environment for my students own personal exploration of the body, mind and spirit.

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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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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.