Jill Baumgardner

OWNER + YOGA INSTRUCTOR

Jill brings a clear, steady and compassionate presence to the classroom. Her classes are known for weaving physical intensity with the development of mindful self awareness. Jill gives practical and sensitive individualized instruction. Her skillfulness in adjusting and modifying poses empowers students to work safely and in a healing way with injuries and health conditions. She is passionately committed to turning people on to embodying Spirit in their yoga practice and in their lives.

Jill teaches AcroYoga, Forrest yoga, pre and postnatal yoga. She received her Masters in Counseling Psychology, Concentration in Somatic Psychology, from the California Institute of Integral Studies in 2010. Jill co-owns Kula Movement (with her sister Angela) and has a son whom she can often be found playing with outside.

Education includes:

2005: BA in Comparative Histories of Ideas, University of Washington
2005 & 2006: Forrest Yoga Foundational Teacher Training (two time graduate)
2007: 200hr Napa Valley School of Massage
2008: Forrest Yoga Advanced Teacher Training
2008: AcroYoga Teacher Training
2007 - 2010: MA in Counseling Psychology, Concentration in Somatic Psychology, California Institute of Integral Studies
2010: Prenatal Yoga Continuing Education, Seattle Holistic Center
Jill's graduate school mentor, Don Hanlon Johnson was a core form of support in her training of Somatics and Phenomenology, as well as Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, and Formative Psychology.

Her Yogi pursuits include a love for rock climbing, cycling, and water sports.

It is my goal to stay connected with breath, exploration, and variation so that each moment is robustly authentic.

Angela DiMario

Owner + Yoga Instructor

Angela brings a unique quality of presence to teaching yoga. She cultivates a safe healing space by means of mindfulness, challenge, and fun. Her ability to connect with each individual's needs, thus guiding students to their edge, provides the necessary integrity to work authentically; moving from within, and truly celebrating the journey of each individual's healing process–their yoga.

Angela's evolution in life includes the practice of AcroYoga. This practice aligns with her intention of deepening connections and building community. Angela's Acro-love accompanies the depth of her Forrest Yoga practice. Ana Forrest, with whom she studies and assists, has greatly enhanced her life. Angela has also trained under Sri Dharma Mittra, & Shiva Rea. These teachers, and many other gifted yogis, including her mother, have guided Angela over the past 15 years.

Angela brings great joy in sharing her passion for yoga with others, and, in learning with others. She provides a platform to show up authentically, stay creative, compassionate, and connected in a way that supports how one lives with themselves and in the world.

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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.

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.

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

Jessica McKeown

YOGA INSTRUCTOR

I am a heart-centered connector offering classes that are loving, supportive, and unifying. Each journey is unique, and you will likely experience healing sounds and music, invitations to go deeper, opportunities to explore your breath, a strong sense of community, guided relaxations, and a whole lot of laughter, sweat, and tears!

After receiving the many benefits of yoga and meditation for over a decade, I decided to follow my heart and share these transformative gifts with anyone willing to show up. I completed my 200-hour teacher training at Bhumi’s Yoga & Teacher Trainings in May 2014, where I studied six styles of yoga, including Iyengar, Kripalu, Amrit Yoga Nidra, Bikram, and Ashtanga. Then, I climbed down from the corporate ladder, threw off my high heels, and never looked back!

Life inspires me on the daily, so stay connected with me @OmGurlYoga.

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.

Betsey Strater

Kids YOGA INSTRUCTOR

Betsey teaches and practices yoga to offer the opportunity to be in touch with the beautiful, powerful, and unique energy within us all. When she came to yoga, Betsey was stuck in her life, but as she continued with her yoga practice, she found that “practice” made a difference in “the real thing” off the mat. She has found new strength and passion in herself and loves to share it. Yoga meets you right where you are, in this moment and offers expression, creativity, discipline, presence, connection and stillness. Betsey has found that yoga helps her live more freely and authentically.

All that aside, YOGA IS SO MUCH FUN! Betsey jumps at every chance to play with poses and never misses a handstand opportunity. She loves to flow in practice with whomever shows up on the mat next to her. She also loves to practice Yin Yoga. In her teaching, Betsey will open a space for you to show up just as you are, play, express, and have fun.

Betsey is a certified Next Generation Yoga Teacher for Kids as well as an RTY 200 hour for bigger kids (aka: adults), specializing in Power Vinyasa. She is passionate about teaching brand new yogis of all ages and supporting them as they discover what is possible in their yoga practice and their lives. She loves to teach and practice yoga anytime, anywhere, with everybody and every body.

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.

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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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.
Come fly with me! ironfaery.com

Andreas Fetz

Yoga Instructor

After moving to the Pacific Northwest in the late ’90s, Andreas took his first yoga class in 2001 and over the years it became a daily part of his life. In 2008 he decided that he wanted to start teaching, and enrolled in the teacher training program at Seattle’s 8 Limbs Yoga Studio as well as getting his NSCA personal training certification. About that same time, Andreas saw his first Cirque du Soleil show and fell in love with the circus arts. For the last 8 years, he has trained and taught classes at SANCA in Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood. He has studied aerials, acrobatics, and tumbling among other things and currently specializes in hand-balancing.

With a background in a wide range of movement modalities, Andreas draws from a deep knowledge of anatomy and kinesiology to help students discover what their own bodies are capable of. Andreas’ classes will challenge you while giving you the freedom to discover what nurtures you. With breath linking the movements together, Andreas leads a physically challenging class that weaves in yogic and buddhist philosophy and uses the asana practice as a way to understand ones self on a deeper level.

 

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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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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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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. 

Bill Juzwiak

Yoga Instructor

Bill started yoga as an easy way to stretch a body tired from long days of triathlon training.  Years later, triathlon is a distant memory and he has found the deeper and broader benefits of yoga.  He started teaching yoga in 2012 after training with YogaWorks in Seattle.  Around this time, he was introduced to AcroYoga through a performance by a local yoga teacher.  He quickly fell in love with the partnering and creative aspect of acrobatics and its crossover with yoga, studied intensively, and began teaching AcroYoga in 2014.  He has taught in Mexico, Argentina and several US cities.  Bill also teaches tango, and has spent a few years teaching Economics, Physics, and Dance at The University of Washington.

Julie Andres

Yoga Instructor

After a career in the restaurant industry, the passing of my father, and a crossroad in my marriage, I realized I needed a paradigm shift in my work and personal life. Yoga had always been a place for me to be in my body with my strength, my breath, and free from the critical perspective of my mind.

Through the highs and lows of my human experience I always came back to my practice. Don’t get me wrong, I struggled on my mat, too – but in a healthy way, in a way that cultivates change and growth. I truly believe that my adversities teach me how to feel, how to forgive and how connect with others through our imperfections.

In 2009 I chose to become a yoga teacher. It has been a road of empowerment for me, a way to relate to the world and still be authentic. I will always be a student in this game of Life, how wonderful it is to be a truth seeker.

 

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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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Lauren Carter

Yoga Instructor

"I have always been in love with movement, taking dance for many years up to high school but thought I was supposed to have a "normal career". After working in corporate and account management for over ten years I was lucky enough to be laid off, as I knew deep down the corporate life was not for me. It finally gave me the opportunity to pursue my dream of enrolling in yoga teacher training. It was something that always called my name but was always too scared to dive in. But since completing my teacher training I have never looked back. Yoga has given me the strength to go after my dreams.

 

Yoga is my therapy, it helps me connect to my mind and body and gives me the ability to explore my strengths and weaknesses in a judgement free space. And I love giving students the chance to do the same. I am enjoying this journey and the opportunity to share it with others."

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Jenna Crouch

Kid's Yoga Instructor

Originally from Seattle, Jenna lived in New York City for six years, where she discovered Jivamukti Yoga, a method founded on the belief that the path to awakening is through compassion for all beings. Jenna immediately fell in love with yoga and jumped at the opportunity to attend a month-long, 350-hour teacher training with Jivamukti Founders, Sharon Gannon and David Life. Jenna also completed an additional 500-hour apprenticeship with her mentor, Amy Armstrong.

Jenna has been practicing yoga for 14 years and teaching Jivamukti Yoga for nine years. She recently completed her Kids Yoga Certification through Next Generation Yoga and is beyond excited to be sharing the joy of yoga with children. Jenna’s classes are fun, creative, and deeply rooted in traditional yoga teachings. She weaves together ancient wisdom and modern sensibility with humor and grace.

Jenna is also a lawyer, and worked as a public defender for six years. She recently resigned from being a full time attorney, and is excited for new adventures in teaching kids yoga!