YInstructor-CosettaRomani.jpg

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.

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.

 

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.

Bree.jpg

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. 

 

Roe.png

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. 

Nadov.JPG

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.

jenna w headshot.jpeg

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. 

Pinstructor-Alison.jpg

Alison Williams, MA

Pilates + Yoga Instructor

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

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

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

IronFaery.png

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

AllyParks.jpg

Ally Parks

YOGA INSTRUCTOR

Ally is a 200hr certified Forrest Yoga teacher with an additional 200hr training in personal self Mastery and Empowerment. With a background in competitive Irish Step Dancing, Ally had used yoga as a means of physical therapy and emotional healing for the last 7 years. Ally is a firm believer that yoga, movement and dance are potent and powerful way to re-enter the body and gain connection to spirit with nearly immediate results. Ally also believes that the practice of yoga and walking with spirit is something that needs to be available and accessible to all in order to heal community and create a future all can enjoy.

Ally has a Bachelors of Arts degree in Photography and Visual Communication. Ally is working to find a healing art practice that marries art and yoga, creative self expression and inviting spirit in. Ally calls this “Sacred Self Expression” and is hoping to bring that in some way to every class she teaches and through all art she creates.

 
4f95f5_3225a25e79e4494c8f34d7820aecc37c_mv2.jpg

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. 

 
KathyGorohoff_headshot.jpg

Kathy Gorohoff

Yoga Instructor

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

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

 

kelvin bio photo.jpg


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 year. 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 gotten certified in Yin Yoga with Soma Yoga. I have also gotten certfief 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

 

ELISABETHC.jpg

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.

Shay.jpg

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.

Gabi_2.JPG

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.