Arielle enjoys practicing and teaching a creative Vinyasa Flow, cultivating a mind body connection by linking breath and movement. Having explored many forms of yoga throughout her life, she is a firm believer in the evolution of yoga. Her teaching draws from different backgrounds and offers sequences that balance strength and flexibility while building internal heat in a fun, safe environment. Arielle has completed a 200hr Yoga Alliance certified teacher training at the White Lotus Foundation in Santa Barbara, CA. The wealth of knowledge she received from teachers Ganga White and Tracey Rich are the foundation of her instruction.
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Michele is an enthusiastic Anusara Yoga teacher and student. She teaches with passion, energy and humor galore. Each persons unique spirit is honored and helps to co-create a radiant community light.
From this deep place we can respond in the highest to whatever comes our way. We embrace life! She loves to sing, dance, create, play outside and laugh out loud.
Megan is drawn to yoga for its ability to cultivate freedom, lightheartedness and balance in body and mind. Her training while grounded in Vinyasa is influenced by a variety of yoga traditions. Her classes highlight a breath practice which informs movement as medicine for the soul. Megan lovingly encourages her students to commit, show up, and smile so that they can learn and feel the ease of laughter and transformation.
Forrest Yoga trained Diane Butera describes her journey as including many styles of yoga, “I arrived at Forrest Yoga as I sought attention for not just the chronic back pain I was experiencing but for inner healing as well. My yoga wisdom is the anchor that keeps me connected to my wiser self.” Join Diane as she wholeheartedly assists you.
Laurie started practicing yoga as a way to integrate balance and flexibility into her life. Inspired with the mind/body benefits yoga provided, Laurie received her initial teacher training in Hatha Yoga, followed by trainings in Anusara, Baptiste, and Vinyasa Flow.
Her love for fitness and outdoor adventure feed her passion, and she strives to carry that same positive energy with her to class. Continue reading “LJ Geiger” »
Upāsana has been practicing yoga for over 10 years, and has studied Iyengar, Anusara, Bikram’s, classical Hatha and AyurYoga. She received her yoga teacher training through the Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque in 2009-10. She is a Registered Yoga Teacher with the Yoga Alliance and recently studied in Kerala, India. Upāsana teaches “AyurYoga”, a therapeutic style of yoga based on the principles of Ayurveda, the ancient healing science of India. It is her heart’s desire to help her students discover how the sister sciences of Ayurveda and Yoga can restore them to optimal health and well-being, giving them a wholesome foundation and sufficient energy to pursue the yogic path while living full and vibrant lives in the modern world.
Jennifer LaBoda Jamieson
Jennifer found her love of Yoga in 1996, and has been studying and practicing ever since. Her Yoga journey began with basic Hatha and Iyengar Yoga. In 2000 she was led to Anusara Yoga where she felt completely at home. Anusara Yoga is at the heart of her practice, yet she is open to and curious about other Yoga styles and philosophies. Jennifer’s classes focus on healthy alignment of body, mind and spirit; following breath to calm the mind, and healing principles for core strength and flexibility. Continue reading “Jennifer LaBoda Jamieson” »
Guru Hari Khalsa
Guru Hari has practiced yoga for more than 3 decades and taught Kundalini Yoga in the Eugene area since 1982. Through many years of personal practice and teaching he has refined his yoga style to simple yet highly effective stretches and breathing techniques that energize the body and focus the mind. Trained in Ayurveda, Classical Chinese Medicine and Qigong he brings in-depth knowledge and experience to every class by translating what is mysterious and complex into simple practical tips and techniques to achieve optimal health and well-being. Guru Hari’s clarity and insightfulness coupled with humor and encouragement create a rewarding class. He teaches yoga, his life-long love, as a transformative practice that creates depth, dimension and direction in our lives.
Beth supports students in cultivating awareness and opening to their innate wisdom through the practice of physical yoga poses. Her approach to teaching is encouraging and compassionate, with a focus on linking breath with movement, proper body alignment, with a balance of strength and flexibility. She draws from her own experiences as a student of yoga to shape classes that provide space for personal reflection, insights and growth.
Kimby discovered yoga as a tool in reducing the long term effects of scar tissue resulting from abdominal surgery as well as a means of finding calm in the midst of a busy life. A former homebirth midwife and massage therapist specializing in medical massage experience, Kimby’s knowledge of anatomy and physiology are the foundation of her teaching. As a cancer survivor Kimby has a deep understanding of the path to recovery and rebuilding. She joyfully leads students to the experience of the life changing practice of yoga.
Jean discovered Ashtanga Yoga in the mid 90′s as a fluid extension of her dance training. After intensive study with Master Teacher David Swenson, she began teaching Ashtanga Yoga in 1998. She has been an Adjunct Instructor in the Dance Department at the University of Oregon since 1995, where she introduced the course “Yoga For Dancers” into the curriculum. Jean continues to infuse her love for spacious movement into her yoga classes.
Donna, a lifelong teacher of music, nature, science and health, was certified to teach Hatha Yoga through Ananda Yoga in 1995.
Also studying and becoming certified in the specialties of Meditation, Therapeutic, Cardiac Rehabilitative, and Restorative Yogas, she continues her studies in yoga, with special emphasis on healing. Currently, she is learning much through her own journey with cancer, as she continues her teaching practice. Continue reading “Donna O’Neil” »
Carolyn began practicing yoga in 2004 and quickly found it a way to become present in body and mind. She feels called to support others on their path towards self acceptance and non-judgment and is currently working towards her certification in Ananda Yoga.
Carolyn has a 15 year history of working in the mental health field and brings a gentle sense of compassion and love to her teaching.
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Bailey, an Illinois native, relocated to Eugene during the winter of 2014. She is fueled by a passion for the outdoors, biking, rock climbing, hiking, yoga, food, holistic medicine, energetic healing and meditation practice. Currently, she is undergoing Alignment Yoga’s 200-Hour Advanced Studies/Teacher Training Program lead by Scott Anderson which concludes at the end of August in 2015. Her aim is to more fully contribute to the Eugene communities that share her values as she continues to gain knowledge and skills in her areas of interest and ability.
Melinda completed her 200 hour teacher training through Synergy Yoga in Encinitas, CA in 2004 and her Kid’s Yoga certification with YoKid in April 2010. Teaching yoga to children is a truly pure practice.
There is no ego, and emotions run close to the surface, but nothing is more rewarding that to see a child who started a practice distracted and unsure, then develop the calm to lie in Savasana for a full 5 minutes with a smile. When you have yoga anything is possible.
Deborah Skell is a Guild certified Feldenkrais® Practitioner. She trained in New York City and Amsterdam. Her initial contact with the Method® was after her 3rd total hip replacement, she spent 9 months in traditional physical therapy and she still was unable to walk without a cane.
In 10 days she had 3 Feldenkrais lessons and put the stick down. She went from being disabled to able in a matter of minutes. The emotional impact of her recovery was profound – life changing. Mosche Feldenkrais said, “I make the impossible possible, the possible easy and the easy elegant.”
Deborah was drawn to yoga in 1985 as a means to balance a stressful work environment. She found what she was looking for at the Kripalu Center in Lenox, MA. Certified to teach yoga by Patty Townsend in Amherst , MA, Deborah has been a loyal follower and student of Rodney Yee for several years. She integrates the joyful use of mind-body connection into her work and home environment. She continues to study and teach with a curiosity for finding new ways to convey the gift that yoga provides.
Todd teaches flow-based classes, but also understands the benefits of holding postures.He believes yoga postures and breath are a powerful tool for self-exploration and transformation.He encourages his students to move with mindfulness and strives to provide a safe, comfortable,and motivating environment for students to connect with their own personal wisdom, healing abilities, and expansive potential. Todd is a Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance.
Sarah Wells is a second generation yogini and received the majority of her yogic training in South India. She is fully immersed in the Ashtanga yoga lineage, while being dedicated to the evolution of yoga and continues to study under Richard Freeman. Sarah has been a daily yoga practitioner for 13 years, and teaching for 10. She is a mother and has a background in dance, herbal medicine and is currently studying anatomy and bodywork.
Astrid is fascinated by yoga’s power to transform the body and mind. She has been practicing yoga for over 17 years and has studied with teachers in the USA as well as in Austria where she was born and raised. She feels most indebted to Alignment Yoga’s Scott Anderson, who has taught her how to unleash the healing powers within ourselves by developing a yoga practice that honors our Western bodies and mindset. Her gentle classes are grounded in a deep understanding of the body’s mechanics which sets the stage for self-exploration, healing and growth.
As a certified Pilates and Yoga instructor, Caitlin finds deep joy in sharing movement with all bodies. In 2006, Caitlin enrolled in an 800-hour Pilates training course in San Francisco, in 2008 she traveled to India to participate in a 200-hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training. In 2009, Caitlin became a Reiki practitioner. She continues to draw inspiration from the study of the human body and its many patterns and dimensions of movement. Clear direction and the ability to teach people in the present moment are two of her greatest strengths. In classes, Caitlin hopes to inspire her students to foster healthy dialogue between body, mind and spirit. She is currently earning her Master’s degree in Psychotherapy at University of Oregon and hopes to fuse her studies with Somatic movement therapy.