"Yoga has been an enormous gift to me. Many years ago I went through a great deal of change (some good, some not-so-good), and yoga was good medicine for me. I had a choice to maintain the status quo (work a corporate job) or do something way off my radar. Because yoga got me through moments of big change, I made the commitment to become a teacher. It was the best choice I made to save me from going down the same ‘ol road. It’s definitely changed my life…for the better.
When you look in the mirror and ask yourself, 'Am I fulfilled?' 'Am I truly being who I am?' If the answer is yes, that’s wonderful! If the answer is no, a yoga practice might be your new home. Either way, yoga is good stuff.
In my class, there’s no ‘have to be flexible, wear the right clothes, or have a fancy mat.' It’s not like that at Breathe anyway. Come as you are.
When I teach, I’m just me. I can be silly. I can be deep. Usually I’m both. I love to include breathing techniques that I believe we can all use…for life. If you have questions or want something from your class experience, I’m here for you.
Through my own yoga practice I continue to grow, and I am forever learning from my teachers and from my students. I remain a thirsty student of yoga, and of life and it’s surprises."
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Yoga | Meditation
"A worldly education of healing and yoga began for me at the Kripalu Center of Yoga and Health, studying Hatha and Vinyasa. I completed yoga teacher training at the Aura Wellness Center and graduated with high honors. As a massage therapist, I apprenticed for two years in Japan to study Shiatsu where I also earned my level 1 Reiki attunement and practiced Zazen meditation. I continue my studies in Thai Yoga and Massage to dive deeper into my yoga practice. In 2018, I began studying innovative movement approaches from Annie Adamson’s Primal Vinyasa ™ Trainings. Annie's teachings have inspired me to utilize these vital skills in my classes, with my massage clients and in everyday life.
I have been a yogini with an adventurous spirit for nearly three decades. I fuse my insight as a massage therapist and practitioner of healing modalities with my career as a dedicated student and teacher of yoga. My seasoned experience in the healing arts channels through me as a supportive energy in my yoga classes. I offer practical guidance of body mechanics and strive for creating balance of the body and mind, maintaining a true respect for diversity.
Off the mat, I enjoy outdoor activities in all seasons and find healing in nature. Gardening, singing, reading, playing music, dancing and spending time with loved ones are all ways I fuel and share my thriving spirit."
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"I found Yoga while living in Northwest Montana as a teenager in the early 2000's and have been hooked ever since. Following that discovery in my life, I’ve explored many forms of Yoga including Vinyasa, Yin and Hatha, all of which have helped me find a deeper understanding of my body, mind and self both on and off the mat. I now feel so grateful to be able to use my personal Yoga experiences as well as what I've learned through my studies at The Yoga Space with Michele Loew to help others discover their true selves as well.
In my free time you will find me enjoying nature, whether on a trail, in my garden or simply basking in a sunny patch. I’m also a lover of books, cats and archery (not necessarily in that order)."
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Yoga | Meditation
"Having studied at the Yoga Mala School is Light in Israel underneath Roxi Stolk, I have been a certified yoga alliance yoga teacher since 2014, with 400+ class hours in vinyasa, ayurveda, pranayama, asana, anatomy and meditation. My style of teaching irons out any knots in your energy from the head to the toes, finishing in spinal twists, backbends and inversions, leaving your body feeling completely at ease and centered.
I have been practicing yoga since 2004 and don't go a day without visiting my mat. Since 2009, I have been vegan and have been practicing raw foods since 2015 after a three week water fast in Costa Rica at the Tanglewood Wellness Center. Without the help of any medical professionals, I have healed myself of chronic inflammatory disease by turning to diet, lifestyle and mindfulness to bring about optimal health.
I am also a certified National Academy of Sports Medicine personal trainer, specializing in functional mobility, athletic performance, weight loss and high intensity interval training. I ran my own wellness practice in Israel for 3 years, managing a full time fitness studio, teaching yoga classes in cities across the north of Israel and coaching clients one-on-one in raw foods, personal training and yoga/mindfulness. Now I'm back in the NW and working full time as a raw vegan lifestyle coach, yoga instructor and personal trainer."
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"Traditionally spelled Nataanii, my name is Navajo and means leader. I have approached this meaning to be living by example and inspiring others in a positive direction. It is believed by my family and I that if you are living a peaceful, happy and positive life, others will be drawn to your genuine happiness and feel inspired to live a life most fulfilling as well.
Native American beliefs are similar to the practices of Zen and Yoga, and it is argued that the world has never been more deeply in need of what these traditions have to offer. These ancient cultures of great value, reaching back to the earliest forms of spirituality that were practiced on earth, inspire and fill the need for love, connection and empowerment.
Yoga resonates with me as my calling and my desire to serve and inspire those I practice with. If yoga calls to you, resonates with you, fulfills you... continue and be my friend in the journey of finding your own path to fulfillment."
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"I AM Sarah and I am on a constant quest to embody the subtle balance between action and surrender in order to be evermore present and awake in this short and magical lifetime!
Through my unique lens I study the world by reading, traveling, being with nature and studying my own human body in order to gain insight into what it means to be alive – right now! It is especially true that through the study of the human body I have found my passion of exploring the subtle weaving of body, mind and spirit.
I use my own physical and emotional pain as a tool and a teacher to bring greater awareness to my healing arts; I am an avid student of the Chakras, Shamanic healing practices, and also have a Master level Reiki attunement. I am drawn to the movement practices of tai ji quan, yoga and ecstatic dance as way to explore my own energy centers, edges and boundaries and I invite you to join me!"
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Yoga | Meditation | Pranayama (Breathwork) | Qigong
"I began studying yoga in 1979 at Saddleback College in southern California. I studied with Sathya Sai Baba in India, learned breathwork from Sondra Ray, studied yoga through the Self Realization Fellowship of Paramahansa Yogananda, yoga with the Nityananda Institute, and Qigong with Supreme Science Qigong. I have been teaching yoga and meditation since 1996.
I primarily teach a form of hatha yoga sometimes called Viniyoga, Vinyasa or Desikachar (named after its founder). It is the oldest form of hatha yoga (over 1200 years old). This method integrates breath with movement while creating strength and flexibility.
Rather than ask people to conform to an ideal postural form, this tradition makes poses conform to the needs of the individual by utilizing poses/postures (asanas), breathing exercises (pranayama) and other yoga techniques.
Certifications: Nationally certified in massage therapy (licensed in Washington), I received my training from the International Professional School of Bodywork (an Institute of Psycho-Structural Balance) and the Oregon School of Massage. I also received training in counseling and facilitation from the Sage Corporation and hold an Applied Behavioral Science degree from George Williams College (George Williams was the founder of the YMCA) in Downers Grove, Illinois. I received my Reiki certification through Usui Reiki Ryoho in 2006.
I have worked with chiropractors, acupuncturists, physical therapists and medical practitioners. In addition, I have experience as a Master Massage Therapist at the well-known Ritz-Carlton Spa in Laguna Niguel, California and have worked for Club Corporation of America at the Renaissance Club in Phoenix, Arizona and the Courtside Tennis Club in Los Gatos, California."
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