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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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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     

 
 
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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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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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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 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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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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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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Amanda Rose

RYT 300 Hour

Amanda began practicing yoga in 2010 and found that along with strength and a good sweat came self-confidence and a more focused mind. In her classes, Amanda strives to create a welcoming atmosphere that enables her fellow yogis to feel well-cared for, confident in body and calm in mind. Her sensation-based cues will allow a close connection to what muscles are working in postures and increased body awareness.

Amanda graduated from Twist Yoga School 200 hour teacher training and also teaches barre. She works as a fiber and watercolor artist and when not in either studio she can be found with her husband and two dogs exploring the magnificent Pacific Northwest.

 
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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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Danielle MacGregor

YOGA INSTRUCTOR, RYT 200 Hour

Danielle was originally drawn to yoga for the physical benefits and the fact that she enjoyed something that allowed her to feel healthy while also avoiding the gym. A slow progression to start, she was eventually led to her passion for the mind-body connection.
Danielle completed her teacher training in 2015 in Seattle, focusing on Hatha, Vinyasa, Power, Restorative, Yin, and Sculpt in a hot studio. Shortly after, she moved to Southeast Asia, where she taught English and Yoga for 3 years. During her off time, she took every opportunity to explore, learn and dabble in other modalities by attending yoga retreats, workshops and trainings across the region. She obtained a certification of Thai Yoga Massage in Chiang Mai, Thailand, trained in innerdance (a music based meditation practice) on its home island of Palawan in the Philippines, and volunteered in a Vipassanā meditation retreat in a Buddhist Nunnery in Myanmar, along with attending numerous workshops in her free time.
Danielle enjoys bringing it all together in her yoga classes. You can expect a combination of a well-rounded, physical flow, paired with restoration, relaxation and pranayama. Her classes combine music with movement and meditation to allow people an easeful transition out of the externally-driven mind. She believes deeply that yoga is a lifestyle that goes far beyond the postures we do in a class, but we can learn a lot from the asana (postures). These postures lead to a philosophy and a state of being that transforms you in your everyday life.

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Shumit Vatsal

Shumit was born in an Iyengar family in the small town of Salem in South India where bakthi and karma yoga was practiced regularly. Shumit formally got certified as a Yoga Siromani “Jewel on a crown of yoga” at the Sivananda Madurai Ashram.

Shumit teaches a classical hatha yoga sequence as taught in the ashrams in India. The class introduces students to yoga in its holistic form for the student to receive physical, mental and spiritual benefits. Students learn and experience Swami Vishnudevananda’s 5 points of yoga – proper breathing, proper relaxation, proper asana, proper meditation and proper diet. The class is designed for the students to go deeper into themselves and thus does not have music or heat.

Shumit’s own spiritual path is Vipassana meditation. Vipassana means seeing things as they are. It is one of the oldest forms of meditation and is the same technique that the Buddha used for his enlightenment. As a part of his spiritual practice, Shumit attends two 10 day silent retreats every year and maintains a 2 hour daily practice.” 

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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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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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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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Gianna Carotenuto, PhD

YOGA INSTRUCTOR

Gianna Carotenuto, Ph.D. ~ yogini, professor, art historian, ceremonial leader, spiritual intuitive, published author, leadership coach ~ brings unique methods and skills to awaken innate creative power & transform lives. She sees yoga as a healing path to empower all aspects of our lives.

 

"Yoga addresses all aspects of who we are.

Counter to popular culture, yoga is not just “hot” exercise but rather a profound ancient system of self-discovery and spiritual exploration designed to bring our lives into alignment and balance. When we pause, look inward and re-learn how to think, feel, and act, we engage our higher wisdom, remap our body, and free our spirit."


Gianna has walked the yoga path since 1990. A dedicated yoga teacher for close to 20 years, she is a Senior Teacher of Forrest Yoga, a dynamic style of yoga that emphasizes healing founded by Ana T. Forrest.  Gianna offers masterful depth and expertise to her students. Her mission is to assist people in redirecting their energies, healing their trauma and cultivating greater understanding and access to their spiritual lives. She uses yoga asana, Insight & Vipassana meditation, Buddhist practice & psychology, and contemporary leadership strategies as tools for self-empowerment.

Beyond yoga. Committed to her own self-empowerment, Gianna has given special dedication to the teachings of His Holiness the Dalai Lama having studied with him from 1998-2007. She has received transmissions from the Hindu saint Amma-ji, and been a residency student of Tassajara Zen Monastery. She is founder of Spirit Yoga Lodge, leader of Earth and Sky Retreats & Art Residencies, and co-owner of Hot Springs Ranch Nevada. Her signature teachings are  seasonal Yoga Cermonies, Vision Quest Meditations, Spiritual counseling.

Beyond the Mat

"We are all artists of our own lives, in whatever form we choose to express it." Trained as an art historian at UCLA, Gianna's expertise spans ancient to contemporary periods of art, specifically feminism and colonialism in India, China, Japan and Southeast Asia. With 17 years of teaching ~ in realms of body, mind and spirit ~ Gianna blends her interests, passions and professional training on and off the mat. Her commitment is to illuminate how art, education and creativity can transform us as individuals. 

"Yoga is transformative. Each breath creates new neurological pathways. Each asana opens channels of energy that feed our personal transformation. I teach students how to live with courage and commitment, to be honest with themselves and cultivate personal integrity. My aim is to guide them into more beautiful, expressive, artistic and authentic lives."