AMY ASCH I had tried and even loved yoga but not until I spiraled into a really dark painful place did I get to realize the transformative power of yoga! It is an ongoing practice of returning to my heart-center and responding to all the people and situations in my life with a deeper grace, clarity, and love. These practices have enabled me to get comfortable with the uncomfortable and to dial into my truth and trust my inner knowing. As a teacher, I love to connect with my students and support them in opening up to that potency within themselves!
ROSE BAK I started practicing yoga more than twenty years ago as a way to manage chronic pain from spinal fusion surgery and scoliosis. Between limited back mobility and living in a larger body, I discovered that traditionally trained teachers didn't know what to do with me. Teachers were often unprepared to adapt poses for those whose bodies were different so they either tried to force me into shapes that didn't work for my body or ignored me altogether. Gradually I taught myself how to adapt yoga poses for my own unique body and grew to love the practice and its benefits. Eventually I found a yoga studio with teachers and students who looked like me and the people I knew. Practicing with skilled and caring teachers who worked to make every pose accessible to any person, regardless of age, size, or flexibility inspired me to deepen my own yoga practice. I enrolled in the Yoga Teacher Training Program at Unfold in Portland and became a Yoga Alliance certified RYT 200-hour certified teacher in 2019. I teach yoga for people like me, who think they can't do yoga because they don't have a "yoga body" or they aren't flexible enough. My classes are individualized with lots of options for each person's unique body. My goal is to meet you where you are today and help you to get the most benefit from every class. I have a particular passion for teaching those in larger bodies, those who are new to yoga, those who are aging, people living with chronic pain, and those with back issues like scoliosis. Yoga can be life changing, but it can also be fun so I try to add a little humor into our practice. I'm also available for private yoga classes. Contact me at email@example.com or find me on Facebook and Instagram @rosebakyoga.
SAMANTHA BAKER has been a student of movement her entire life, studying and teaching many forms of dance, and was introduced to yoga more than a decade ago. Her practice has taken many forms throughout the years and has been inspired by teachers around the world, but most recently she has found a stillness on her mat - an opportunity to breathe deeply, cultivate compassion, and create connection between her mind, body, and spirit. Samantha received 300 hours of training through The Bhaktishop's Foundations Teacher Training in 2017. She teaches a trauma-informed, accessible asana class, and believes that yoga should be available to everyone who seeks it. She is humbled to volunteer with Living Yoga, bringing trauma-informed yoga to correctional facilities and treatment centers, 'fostering healing and resilience in vulnerable and marginalized communities.' A forever student, Samantha is grateful for these Portland-based teachers who have and continue to shape her practice: Lisa Mae Osborne, Moncika Koneski, Danielle Hanna, Angee Franzen, and Carey Spaeth. Off of her mat, Samantha holds an MS in nonprofit management, and spends her days organizing events and fundraising, where she is reminded on a daily basis the magnitude of generosity and the power of community. To inquire about private or corporate sessions with Samantha, please e-mail SamanthaRaeYoga@gmail.com.
"Yoga builds community, changes hearts, and invites us to evolve into the best version of ourselves individually and collectively." Michelle Cassandra Johnson
BETHANY BATSELL Throughout my life, from singing to dancing to running to living - I struggled to fully access my breath and find my voice. Practicing yoga has helped me to rely on the strength in my own body, to amplify my own voice, and to honor my own experience as a plus-size, woman of color. My love and gratitude for yoga and a deeper connection to my whole self unfolded the more I practiced and was able to let go of perfection. Soon, I knew I wanted to share my experience and guide others on their yoga journey.
My yoga teaching, like my practice, emphasizes self-acceptance, amplifies positive self-talk, and focuses on the present and our presence in each moment by connecting to the breath.
I completed my yoga teacher training program at the Yoga Conservatory at Yoga Refuge in Portland, Oregon and am registered with the Yoga Alliance as an RYT 200 hour certified teacher.
LAURA BLAKE is a passionate dance performer and teacher, yoga teacher, intersectional feminist, and queer/alternative living advocate. The last 10 years of their life has been devoted to breaking down social constructs, learning about alternative living, living in queer space, and studying art, yoga, teaching, and performance. They have a passion for social justice and deeply value inclusive classroom spaces. We’re all on a journey to learn how to interact with the world with more kindness, knowledge and inclusiveness. They completed their 200-hour Teacher Training through the Sola School of Contemplative Arts, which they chose due to the school’s focus on respect, social justice, science, and spirit. Yoga is a tool for everyone to care for themselves, and through sharing it, their communities.
BONNY CHIPMAN E-RYT 500, Integrated Movement Therapy Intern, Certified Accessible Yoga Teacher, is the owner of Yoga NW. Her passion is making yoga accessible and welcoming for all who seek it! Bonny has been teaching for over a decade, with an emphasis on therapeutic, body positive, and accessible yoga. She specializes in working with students who experience anxiety, seniors, adults with disabilities, and individuals with chronic illness/injury. Bonny continues her studies as an Integrated Movement Therapy intern, a yoga-based therapy that sees students as already perfect and whole - a person and not a diagnosis, under the mentorship and guidance of IMT creator and founder, Molly Lannon Kenny. For more information about Yoga NW or to inquire about private sessions with Bonny, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
"After 9 years away from the mat due to chronic pelvic pain, I’m so grateful to Yoga NW for being a safe place to return to my practice and rediscover the joy of yoga! Owner/instructor Bonny Chipman took the time to learn about my condition and guide me to outside resources as well. Her teaching style and focus on accessibility keeps a gentle practice interesting, therapeutic, and without pressure - exactly what I need." -Molly K. , YNW member
AMY DA SILVA discovered a regular Yoga practice at PSU, where she practiced for 4 years, until graduating in 2006. She returned to a steady practice in early 2010, at a transitional point in her life, and found that Yoga was the answer to a lifestyle shift, and the fulfilling career change she was looking for! Once the decision to pursue her Teacher Training was made, the Universe aligned itself in such a way to allow her to complete a 200 Hour Power Yoga Teacher Training at CorePower Yoga. She believes that everyone can find joy in Yoga, “you just need to find your style”.
HEATHER JONES Yoga has been life changing for Heather, and she wishes to share this gift by making it real and accessible for EVERY body! Heather is an advocate for body image positivity, and loves nurturing her students with a down-to-earth exploration of breath, awareness, movement and compassion. In her teaching, Heather enjoys working with people from all walks of life, particularly those who otherwise have felt unsure, unseen or shut out in previous yoga and movement experiences. For more about Heather, visit her web site at www.curvyyogapdx.com
KALISTA LARSEN For Kalista, yoga has been an integral part of her life ever high school when a wrist injury left her unable to play rugby. Looking for a fun new movement activity, she decided to try yoga and instantly fell in love. Her practice supported her through multiple physical injuries, through the awkward times of low self esteem in high school, through the times of high stress and energy demands in college, and has helped her to connect in a positive and healthy way to the world around her. With all the benefits she has received from her practice, she is honored to be able to pass along those benefits to others. During her time in college at UW-Madison where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Biology and Neuroscience, Kalista focused on studying overall health and well-being, the scientific research behind yoga and meditation, and worked in Richard Davidson’s brain-imaging lab researching the effects of yoga and meditation on veterans with PTSD. The results were astounding. She continued researching yoga and became inspired by all of the positive effects it was having in both scientific studies and in her own community. She knew she had to continue to pass this practice along and in 2013, enrolled in her 200-hr yoga teacher training through Bliss Flow Yoga in Madison, WI. To further her knowledge in health and wellness, Kalista attended the Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism in 2015 in Montpelier, VT and obtained her Family Herbalist certification. In addition to her appreciation for yoga, Kalista loves to dance and incorporates some of this energy into her yoga classes. Her classes are fun, yet focused, free-flowing, yet grounded, and relaxed, yet vibrant. She likes to encourage self-exploration and to assist in each person’s unique experience so that her classes are accessible to all.
GABBY came to yoga in 2016 after sustaining multiple injuries from her newfound love of dance. What she found was a lifetime practice in cultivating compassionate self awareness, scientific exploration of trauma reduction through somatics, and a love of movement. Gabby has since dedicated her practice to trauma-oriented compassionate presence in the hopes of making yoga an available resource to many. She completed her 200 hr teacher training with the Sola School for Contemplative arts in 2017 and has been teaching since. In her free time, Gabby studies many different styles of dance including pole and enjoys reading comic books.
MARINE LEISY was introduced to yoga in 2008 and immediately fell in love with the practice. She quickly realized there was more to yoga than the physical postures, and found herself taking lessons she learned on the mat and applying them to other aspects of her life. Eventually, a desire to further discover her own mindfulness practice led her to complete a teacher training at Hummingbird Yoga in 2016. Forever a student, she views yoga as a means to continuously deepen our relationship with ourselves, and as a reminder to celebrate our connection to the world around us. She brings a sense of playfulness and exploration to the mat, and invites students to stay mindfully aware when off the mat. Inspired by her teachers, she leads classes with an emphasis on alignment, breath, and playful curiosity, and she hopes her students will find delight in what they discover about themselves and their capabilities in class.
MINGA LILY C-IAYT is a Self Care Specialist with a life time of expertise in the art and science of health and well being. As a Certified Yoga Therapist, she aims to restore physical and emotional balance, alleviate pain and assist her clients in developing ongoing self-care practices to encourage optimal health. Minga also teaches Self Care Essentials, unique mindful movement classes. Minga's clients are motivated to maintain self-care routines that sustain and enhance the work they do with her. For more about Minga, visit her website mettariver.com
ELIZABETH MARSHALL Passionate about helping others cultivate wellness and balance in their lives, Elizabeth Marshall is a certified and registered yoga instructor specializing in vinyasa flow, power vinyasa, restorative, yin, and pre/post natal yoga styles. Like so many people around the globe, Elizabeth found yoga to be a deeply healing and restorative practice in her own life, and it is her mission to assist those wanting to deepen their physical and spiritual health. Additionally, Elizabeth has been studying energy healing and complimentary wellness techniques for the past ten years. Though a fan of several therapeutic modalities, Reiki is Elizabeth’s passion and she is a fully certified Reiki Master Teacher. Constantly learning and seeking new methods of supportive holistic wellness, all of Elizabeth’s Reiki sessions are infused with the latest techniques and supporting methods that are custom suited to each client and their individual needs. To continue her studies in the fitness and wellness industry, Elizabeth is currently training to become a Stott Pilates instructor at Pacific Northwest Pilates in Portland. When Elizabeth is not practicing yoga, Pilates, or administering healing sessions, she is working as a classically trained cellist in Portland and Las Vegas, and in venues all over the world. Performing regularly with the Las Vegas Philharmonic and Nevada Chamber Symphony, Elizabeth is also a cello teacher and published author, writing articles for Strings Magazine on all string player-related subjects.To learn more about Elizabeth, please visit her website at www.bcityyoga.com.
ANNA MITRA is an Oregon-native yoga teacher. Her intention is to help her students re-discover the magic they hold within their own body, and to encourage curiosity, inner awareness, and play. Her classes are an accessible blend of dynamic explorative flow and modern therapeutics that encourage students to reconnect with their deeply intuitive nature through mindfulness, movement, and breath.Anna found yoga early in her life, when her mentor and friend opened the first and only yoga studio in her hometown of Klamath Falls. Her hope is to create real, lasting relationships, with the earth, with ritual, and with each other. She believes that yoga is a powerful practice that constantly asks us to take hard, honest looks at ourselves, and to see our reflection mirrored in every other living thing, every moment of the day. Anna is a lifelong student. She completed her 200hr certification at Yoga Union, under the guidance and inspiration of her beloved teacher, Annie Adamson. Having connected so deeply to Annie’s teachings, Anna has now also completed Yoga Union’s 300hr training in Holistic Yoga Therapeutics. For more about Anna, visit her web site at www.annamitrayoga.com
SARAH NELSEN began practicing yoga in 1998 as a way to increase strength and flexibility but quickly found it had benefits for her mental health as well, helping to ease her life-long struggle with anxiety. She completed her 300-hour yoga teacher training at Yoga Shala of Portland in 2013 and taught in the Portland metro area for five years before moving to Victoria, BC to complete her 500-hour yoga teacher training and 800-hour yoga therapist training at Ajna Yoga College. Sarah enjoys teaching slow, gentle, mindful practices through a therapeutic lens. She uses invitational language and cues to go inward, allowing students to find the right alignment for their own body. For more information, or to work 1 on 1 with Sarah, check out her website: sarahnelsenyoga.com
LUCIANA PROANO is a Peruvian dancer, artist, yoga teacher, and more! She has lived in Portland, Oregon since 1994, from where she continues dancing, teaching and touring. Here are 3 reasons to come to her yoga class: you think you will never be flexible, you think you are too old or have too many injuries, you think you are too advanced. For more about Luciana, visit her website: www.lucianaproano.com
JENN NOBLE is on a mission to show that Yoga is accessible to all who seek it. She brings a deeply sincere and light hearted approach to teaching which will leave you feeling grounded, inspired, and empowered. She loves to go deep; whether it’s into the hips or into the heart, and has a passion for helping you find a practice that’s best for you. Her teaching style is very much a reflection of her experiences in martial arts, injury rehabilitation, meditation, and her deep reverence for life. Jenn has traveled to India twice (in 2013 and 2016) where she received her 200 and 300 hour Yoga Alliance Teacher Certifications. She also holds a degree in music and is deeply dedicated to her meditation and mantra practice. She loves to integrate Kirtan into her classes, and her own life. If you see her with her harmonium in tow, you're in for a treat. Jenn is available for private and semi-private lessons at a sliding scale rate. You can contact her at JennNobleYoga@gmail.com, 207-671-4873, or visit JennNobleYoga.com to learn more. Jenn is available for private and semi-private lessons at a sliding scale rate. You can contact her at JennNobleYoga@gmail.com, (207)671-4873 or visit JennNobleYoga.com to learn more.
KASEY STEWART I first came to yoga as a college student looking for something to fill the space left after a busy childhood filled with team sports and dance training. But what brought me to the path of yoga is much different than what brought me to those first classes. Several years in, yoga begged me to be curious about the sense of disconnection and otherness I felt from my earliest days. It also led me to address and begin to heal within myself the effects of intergenerational trauma present in my family. In 2010, in an effort to give back to this community and continue down my own healing path, I became a volunteer teacher with Living Yoga. I went on to complete a 200 hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training at the Movement Center in Portland, OR in 2012 and am currently enrolled in a 300 hour Advanced YTT program with Leslie Ellis of HeartSong Yoga & Wellness of Portland/Bend, OR. In class, I invite you to honor the “you” who shows up to your mat on any given day, while also looking out onto the horizon to discover new ways of being -- on the mat and in your life. In my experience, our bodies are vehicles that can lead us toward greater freedom in our own mind and heart. Once we learn to befriend them, we can truly grow.
MAKEDA STEWART “That is full, this is full. From that fullness, came fullness. If fullness is taken away from fullness, only fullness remains”. --Upanishads
Such a great fullness takes place within the feminine temple. To know the human body can bloom into such fullness, and then release such a complete masterpiece without the original reservoir becoming any less. Both parts, mama and baby, equally important. Equally nourished. Catering to this dynamic is such an honor. A one of a kind experience that deserves full attention. It takes such
a special soul to hold that space for families. For me, this is why yoga and self-care of the temple play as major influences in my day to day practices. I have been in the medical field for almost 20 years in many different capacities with special emphasis in women’s healthcare. I have carried the role as a medical assistant to a perioperative tech in the operating room. I am an advocate for justice and compassion of all beings. My personal philosophy on human interaction is to always meet the person wherever they are in life, and connect the pieces from there. I am a certified DONA birth doula currently working as a staff doula for a hospital pregnancy care package, childbirth educator, yoga teacher, mama to three lovely girls, and grateful for an amazing partner. I’m a born and raised Oregonian. When I’m not diving into birth work, my hobbies consist of all things yoga, reading, poetry, and anything that brings me closer to the earth.
LAELA WILDING Laela’s classes are a slow-paced Hatha style with an emphasis on the breath and turning inward while finding strength and balance. Laela strives to set the tone in all classes for calm reflection and physical exploration, often including readings or guided meditations. It is her hope that each student finds their own joy in the movement and the stillness that her classes offer, bringing these qualities into daily life.Laela has been teaching yoga classes in Portland since 2017. She received her 200 hour yoga teacher training at Yoga Bhoga, Yin yoga training with Bernie Clark, and Accessible Yoga Training with Amber Karnes. Laela continues to learn and holds gratitude for her many other talented teachers and mentors. Laela grew up in Portland, has a family including 2 kids 2 cats and 2 dogs, works as a graphic designer and is an advocate for people living with HIV.