Krystyn Louise Strother is a certified yoga teacher and holistic health counselor who leads group cleanses and retreats around the world. She is lover of outdoor activities including, but not limited to: fireside shenanigans, pancake dinners, and outdoor showers. Her intent is to provide a safe and fun environment for people to cultivate awareness, physical strength and an overall sense of well-being in all they do. It is her hope that through your experiences you will learn a little bit more about yourself, laugh a little bit louder and love a little bit deeper.
Krystyn completed her 200hr yoga teacher training with Tiffany Cruikshank in 2010. She is honored to be working with Tiffany and Yoga Medicine as an assistant while continuing her education through Tiffany’s 500hr and 1000hr Master Teacher Training Program.
Brady began practicing yoga over ten years ago while studying sculpture at the Rhode Island School of Design. Probably like many of us, when she set foot in those first few yoga classes, she didn’t quite know exactly what was going on, but immediately felt, “This is where I belong. This is where I can learn something important.” She has beena student of yoga ever since.
Brady became certified to teach at the Kripalu School for Yoga and Health in Lenox, Massachusetts in 2011, and has been leading contemporary, thoughtful classes since that time. Her intention as a teacher of yoga is to guide students through sequences that produce physical challenge as well as the opportunity to clear the mind, relieve stress, and open to a more expansive state of being. She facilitates awareness by guiding students to pay conscious attention to physical sensations and body alignment, fluctuations of the mind, and the movement of breath and energy through the body during the practice of asana, pranayama (breathwork) and meditation.
My first entry into movement, breath and spiritual inquiry began in 1995 when I started practicing Chi Gung with my father. While my practice was intermittent for eight years, it provided a foundation that I have built upon throughout my adult life. In 2003 I decided to make the transition from Chi Gung to Yoga, stepped into my first class, and fell in love immediately. In 2006 I was asked to teach my first Yoga class, an opportunity I appreciate every day.
I am indebted to so many people who have inspired and taught me since this first class, but a few deserve special mention here – Zhander Remete, Peter Sterios and Matt Huish.
With regards to gratitude and thanks, there are no words to describe my feelings for my guru, Swami B.V. Tripurari, who introduced me to Gaudiya Vaishnavism and has been my spiritual guide since 2009. Having his advice, wisdom, heart and friendship come into my life has been a one of the biggest gifts I have ever received. His teachings inspire me everyday, in all aspects of my life.
My classes focus on mindful, breath-centered Yoga poses as we learn to move with proper alignment, grace, flexibility, strength, intuition and mindfulness. More than anything, my intention is to honor these practices by strengthening the body, softening the heart and culturing both compassion and humility.
Pam caught the “yogabug” in 1998 when she clamored into a crowded room at the Pittsburgh Public Library for her first Hatha yoga class. “None of us had mats. In true east-coast style, as soon as the doors opened we ran into the room to claim our spot. It was just short of pushing each other out of the way. The teacher was an amazing Jewish lady with a deep voice who oozed love. This was my introduction to asana.”
In 1999, Pam met her spiritual teacher and became a student of MasterPath. She completed her 200-hour teacher training with Tiffany Cruikshank and has studied with many influential teachers throughout the country, including Tias Little, Seane Corne, Ana Forrest and Lisa Black.
Pam’s teaching style embraces versatility; she regularly teaches a variety of styles of yoga. Approaching each class like a work of art, she incorporates creativity, challenge, inspiration, playfulness and structural integrity. “Versatility keeps me fresh and challenged. I encourage my students to explore their own universe through an attentive practice both on and off the mat. I view the opportunity to teach as a humble form of service.”
When not on the mat, Pam enjoys cooking, sculpting, road trips, the outdoors, and hanging out with her husband and dogs. Pam is also a licensed real estate agent at www.yogabugrealestate.com, and specializes in working with Portland’s yoga community.
Kris has been teaching Vinyasa and Yin Yoga since 2009. She has certification from The White Lotus Foundation and The Yoga Space. Her classes focus on using the intelligence of the breath to guide movement. She teaches a strong class with both the beginner and advanced student in mind. She hopes to help students open to the limitless teachings of the practice.
Come practice with her to grow your sense of balance, sense of humor and maybe find a bit of grace along the way! krisolsonyoga.weebly.com
Melina’s journey into yoga began in 1996, when she began to study deeply with the eclectic teachers at her local studio, and went on to complete her first 200 hour teacher training in 2004, with Diana Beardsley of the esteemed Center for Yoga in Los Angeles. Since then, Melina has trained with a variety of inspiring teachers over the years, including Deep Yoga founder’s Bhava Ram and Laura Plumb, and was part of their yoga therapy and vedic healer program in Southern California, where she also served as mentor to aspiring yoga teachers. Melina continues to teach an ever evolving, creative style of hatha and vinyasa flow, with a strong focus on self-healing and alignment. Her intention is to be a compassionate and intuitive teacher, and her classes are simply a humble offering, inspired by her deep of love of this ancient practice. She encourages all to smile, laugh, sweat, move and have fun, while exploring the internal realm of our consciousness and connectedness to all. To discover more about Melina’s experience, influences and practice, please visit her website. www.yogameli.com
I come from a long line of athletes and rugby coaches. During my teen years I began to move away from traditional sports and mystified my family by asking to take yoga classes. My mother purchased me a mat and an early copy of The Yoga Journal, which I studied and practiced with for months. When I finally took my first yoga class in 1998 at PCC, it was huge and intimidating, but I kept coming back. In 2001 I landed in Susan Lily’s class at Lewis and Clark College, which was steeped in the ritual and mythology of asana, pranayama and meditation practice. I knew then that I was going to carry this practice with me for a long, long time. As my yoga experience broadened and deepened, it began to fly off of my mat and into my life helping me make meaning from suffering and offering a path of relief when I most needed it. Each time I step onto the mat, I learn something new about my mind, my emotional responses or my physical body. Inspired by these changes I enrolled in The Bhaktishop School of Yoga in 2011. I am grateful to my teachers Lisa Mae Osborn, Uma Hulet, and Hari Bhakti for their guidance and continued support. Although I wasn’t attached to the idea of teaching at first, I fell in love with the experience of sharing yoga. Teaching has shown me that it is not only okay, but absolutely necessary to be a perpetual student. I have continued my studies at The Bhaktishop in their 500-hour teacher training and have studied with teachers such as Leslie Kaminoff, Doug Keller and Christina Sell. As I continue to study and practice, the line between yoga and the rest of my life has softened and blurred, affording me the opportunity to share my love of yoga with others.
Sarah Trelease has been teaching yoga since 1999. From 2004-2010 she taught teacher training at OM yoga in New York City and around the United States and was the director of teacher training at OM from 2007-2010. Currently she teaches group classes, workshops and teacher trainings in Portland, Oregon. Her teaching is informed by her quest for deep self-awareness, compassion and clarity of intention through the study of the fluid body/mind balance. Her training is in Tibetan Buddhism, the study of anatomy as well as with many modern masters in the yogic arts.
Julie is a practitioner of Hatha yoga with an emphasis and passion for Kripalu yoga. Julie believes that yoga can serve as a catalyst for a more balanced and fulfilled life. She encourages individuals to understand what is right for their own souls and bodies through exploration of breath, meditation, movement and mindfulness. She works towards breaking down the barrier between teacher and student, between body and mind and to bring embodiment and joy back into yoga. Every body is welcome to come and explore yoga with Julie.
Julie has a Master’s degree in Counseling with an emphasis in somatic therapy and social justice. In addition to teaching yoga, Julie works as an advocate for Health at Every Size © and is the founder of Yoga for Bigger Bodies (www.yogaforbiggerbodies.org) in Portland. Julie is currently training in Body-Mind Centering (www.bodymindcentering.com) with Amy Matthews which emphasizes an embodied approach to movement. For more information on Julie please visit www.juliewestlin-naigus.com
Rachel Stern (RYT*) began studying yoga at age 2, took a 20ish year break, and rediscovered the joys of a consistent yoga practice over the past 11 years. She received her 200-hour teacher certification in Interdisciplinary Yoga from the Nosara Yoga Institute in Costa Rica, and completed a year long teaching apprenticeship yoga at Amrita, in Portland, Oregon. Rachel believes that yoga is an inquiry into the body, encouraging students to experiment with movement and breath to unlock the inner wisdom of the body and spirit. She continues to practice a variety of styles, but believes that the best yoga you can practice is the yoga that feels good in your body. Rachelencourages students to challenge themselves while being mindful and respectful of their personal limitations. Her classes blend clear alignment with joyous fun, and will invite you to take your yoga practice off of your mat and into your daily life.
*Registered Yoga Teacher, Yoga Alliance
As a young single mom, Michelle found it difficult to attend yoga classes until a small martial arts studio began offering $5 yoga classes. She was allowed to bring her daughter to class and knew instantly teaching yoga was her calling. As someone who had suffered from debilitating depression for many years, Michelle experienced first hand the amazing therapeutic benefits of yoga. It may sound trite, but a regular yoga practice really did change her life! She opened the Peoples Yoga to give back what has been given to her, affordable yoga classes so every member of our community can have access to this wonderful practice!
Michelle completed the Dharma Yoga Teacher Training at Yoga Pearl with Uma Kleppinger in 2006 and is currently attending Anusara training through Amrita: A Sanctuary for Yoga.
She plans to continue her training and specialize in Yoga Therapy, specifically so she can teach to those in recovery and those struggling with mental illness.
A forever student, I am committed to the practice of yoga. I enjoy sharing my experiences and serving others. One of my best friends introduced me to the practice during my undergraduate work in Flagstaff, AZ. Here I completed my B.S. in Psychology/Sociology. I continued on to San Francisco, CA for my M.A. in Integral Psychology. California gave me easy access to a variety of yoga teachings. Until moving to Portland, teaching yoga had been a part time endeavor to my work in special education and adult learning. Now, to my amazement, it (and mothering) is a full time gig. I humbly thank my most influential teachers, Tias Little, Erich Schiffman, Baba Hari Dass, Julie Rader & Isaac MJ.
Devon trained with and is certified through the Himalayan Institute of Yoga Science and Philosophy, a traditional school and retreat center founded by Sri Swami Rama in rural Pennsylvania. Her teachers there remain her models in the practice, though she has since studied with and been influenced by great, inspired individuals like Amy Ippoliti, Tias Little and Laurie Blakeney. As a student, Devon relies strongly on the philosophical and meditative traditions in Eastern thought to help her navigate the world within and without. With the belief that yoga can change the way you move through your life – physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually – Devon teaches a hands-on, philosophically committed but light-hearted class. She loves to make the spiritual aspects of yoga accessible to beginners, to help people find that they can address their own physical challenges, one pose at a time, and especially, to laugh about what a crazy puzzle we humans have been given.
Alix began her study of yoga at age ﬁfteen, as an alternative treatment for her scoliosis. Since then yoga has been a path of healing and discovery, playing an essential role in supporting her active lifestyle and creating balance in her body and mind. Alongside her yoga practice, Alix’s background and passion for movement includes the martial arts, rock climbing, bicycling, hiking, and mountaineering. Her classes present an encouraging environment for all levels to move, breath, and explore the possibilities of yoga and mindfulness meditation. Alix is registered with the Yoga Alliance at the 200 hour level and is currently studying toward her 500 hour certiﬁcation with Tias and Surya Little of Prajna Yoga based in Sante Fe, New Mexico. She has studied yoga for back care and scoliosis with Iyengar based instructor Elise Miller. As a licensed massage therapist Alix brings to her teaching a deep understanding of anatomy and physiology. Having experienced the many beneﬁts of yoga ﬁrsthand, Alix is compassionately drawn to assist others in their own unique practice.
Emily first came to yoga to work her body and calm her mind, but soon began to suspect that the yoga practice was intended to do much more. She is eternally grateful to have found the teachers who have taught her the true aim of the practice—not to find a temporary refuge from our daily troubles, but to help us directly realize the true nature of ourselves and our world and thus permanently eradicate suffering in all its forms, for all beings. With this intention in mind, Emily teaches a tough but joyful class, incorporating a strong vinyasa flow backed by an eclectic mix of music, powerful hands-on assists, bhakti, love, insight and fun to help bring her students to their ultimate goal.
Emily teaches Conquering Lion Yoga and Tibetan Heart Yoga, and is a member of the Yoga Studies Institute’s Essentials Staff. She continues to study yoga, meditation and advanced Buddhism with Kimberley Theresa, Doug Veenhof, Winston McCullough, Kelly Morris, Mira Shani, Kristina Pao Cheng, Geshe Michael Roach and Lama Christie McNally, among others. It is through their kindness that she is able to illuminate this path for her students.
For more information, please check out Emily’s website, http://www.emilyhicksyoga.com
The magic of Yoga started to unfold for Nancy when she moved to Portland, Oregon in 1998. Realizing the powerful effects it was starting to have on her, she has never looked back and has practiced continuously since then. She feels yoga is a blessing and a challenge for anyone who is willing to take it on. Since adding yoga into her daily life, she feels that it has helped keep her grounded in difficult moments and allowed some iron walls to crumble within the psyche. Nancy believes that yoga calls people into it’s circle and allows them to find who they really are. It’s gates are open to all that need it. Her classes are a sacred space, open to all people regardless of race, gender classification or body type. She encourages non-judgement, laughter, open minds, open hearts and most of all: Not to take ourselves too seriously! Along with yoga, her other obsessions include: Primate studies, multi-cultural music, biking and writing poetry.
Yoga has been a practice of coming home; home to my body, to my greatest potential, to my spirituality, and to my truest self.
My deepest gratitude and reverence to those who have guided me along this path. I feel truly fortunate and am deeply grateful for the countless hours of insight that so many teachers have blessed me with along the way, including the greatest of teachers, life in practice.
My teaching practice is fun and loving, flow-based, and invites connection to the breathe and body. I’m continually inspired by the students that I have the honor of spending time with and find sanctuary in music, mantra, poetry, yogic philosophy, pranayama, asana, and the silence below the surface. I try to infuse my classes with a mix of humor, education, love, and lightheartedness. I strive to continue to study, soften, love, and bow down to all that is divine around me, knowing that all I ever need is already within me.
Jessica Garay, RYT
Suniti Dernovsek began studying yoga in 1999 with Iyengar teacher, Janet Lilly. She met her Buddhist teachers, Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche and Lama Padma Drimed Norbu around that same time. Since moving to Portland in 2004 she has studied a variety of yoga traditions. She completed the Dharma Yoga Teacher Training and a Yin Immersion with Uma Kleppinger in 2006 and a 500-hour teacher training with Tiffany Cruikshank in 2010. Suniti is the co-artistic director of Bobbevy; a Portland based Dance Company. With over 10 years’ professional dance experience, Suniti’s brings her love of movement, fondness of detail and creativity into her yoga teaching.
Heather Craig has been living in Northeast Portland for almost three years, and is thrilled to be a part of such a vibrant community. She has been teaching yoga since 2005, and holds a 200 Hour certification with the Yoga Alliance. Her background is in Iyengar-based Hatha, Vinyasa, Power Yoga, and Yoga Sculpt. She is also a Spinning, Pilates Mat, Booty Luv instructor and a Personal Trainer. She is continuously attending yoga and fitness workshops to stay current, and her classes reflect her commitment to proper alignment, injury prevention, individual attention, and fun.
I practice yoga, because it feels natural, simple and true. I practice yoga because it grounds me while connecting me to the vastness of the universe. I teach yoga, because I simply must share these practices that I love so much with other students.
I began my study of yoga in 1997. Yoga has accompanied me through law school, life as a trial attorney, cross-country moves, pregnancy and motherhood. I earned my yoga teacher certification at Shambhava Whole Yoga School in 2006 as a way to be of service to my community. Becoming a yoga teacher inspired me to leave a job and devote three months to serving my community. That spirit of service remains my greatest inspiration in sharing yoga with students.
I strive to share “whole yoga” with my students: a complete practice of asana (postures), pranayama (breathing exercises), study of the yoga sutras and other yogic texts, repetition of mantra, meditation, and bhakti (devotion). Yogis who attend my classes can expect alignment-attentive and joyful physical practice, incorporating yogic philosophy and principles throughout as concepts for exploration on and off the yoga mat. My classes are light-hearted and I base the intensity of the class on the energy of the students. In my classes, we chant om, practice postures and give ourselves a break from the thoughts associated with our day, our judgments and our fears. We return to ourselves.
Kate F. Busby, LAc, RYT
Yoga endows us with the power of self-reflective awareness. It is a practice that gives us insight into the nature of our own inner workings. This can enliven everything we do, increasing our ability to recognize what is most meaningful to us and act in alignment with that. In this way, yoga can instill within us a greater sense of our purpose and access to our potential. This assertion is at the core of my teaching style. I interweave clear, precise alignment instruction and subtle body awareness with insights from yoga philosophy and natured-based traditions to guide my students into a deeper relationship with themselves.
I first stepped onto a yoga mat 15 years ago feeling lost, injured, and at odds with my body. Through regular practice, first in the Kundalini yoga tradition, and later in Hatha-Based traditions, I discovered that a more fulfilling connection with myself, as well as with the world around me, was possible. For the first time, I felt empowered. In 2005, after 8 years of practice, I began my study of yoga teaching. I started teaching regularly in 2008 and continue to deepen my understanding of yoga through regular trainings in anatomy, biomechanics and alignment, as well as yoga philosophy and the more subtle components of practice, including meditation and pranayama. Teachers who continue to challenge and inspire me, and who I seek to study with as often as I can, include Christina Sell, Noah Maze, Doug Keller and Dr. Douglas Brooks.
When I’m not teaching or practicing yoga, you can find me at Kwan Yin Healing Arts East, a natural health clinic where I practice acupuncture and sound healing. To learn more, please visit www.katefbusby.com and www.kwanyinhealingarts.com.
Julie Baron has been practicing yoga for 12 years and qigong for 9 years. She teaches many kinds of yoga, from quiet Yin Yoga classes to vigorous Vinyasa Flow. She applies her understanding of chi flow in the body when teaching meditation and yin yoga practice.
Julie received her yoga teacher certification at Seven Centers in Sedona. She is also a licensed massage therapist and shiatsu practitioner with her own private practice. In addition, she works with traditional Chinese herbs and teaches Zen Health workshops, helping others to understand their bodies through the lens of the Five Element Theory and Traditional Chinese medicine. She makes, uses and sells her own injury treatment salve utilizing Traditional Chinese Herbs.
The practice of Yoga can empower you. My commitment as a teacher is to guide you toward an ever deepening understanding of your capacity to thrive on every level, and to support you as you step fully into that capacity, one pose at a time.
I have taught hatha yoga for eight years, and practiced for twelve, but my journey began long before that. I was introduced to a non-dual philosophy by my family of origin, who, guided by my first meditation teacher, the remarkable Muriel Alstrom, endeavored to see divine intelligence radiating through every being and every thing on earth.
Please visit me at: http://the-secret-lives-of-yoga-poses.com/