Owner of the Yoga Loft,
is a graduate of Radiant Health
Yoga® Teacher Training Program and a National Yoga Alliance
registered instructor. Maureen began studying Hatha yoga more
than 25 years ago, but it was her breast cancer diagnosis in
2000 that gave her a greater appreciation of the power of yoga
to transform the body, mind, and spirit. To this day, Maureen
credits Cancer Lifeline's yoga classes as an integral part of
her healing journey.
Following her successful treatment and recovery, Maureen and her
husband Gerald sold their home and worldly goods to explore the
far corners of the earth. Unexpectedly, the further Maureen
traveled away from the familiar the closer she felt to humanity
and the common bond shared by all. And it was during her time in
Nepal years ago and more than 20 countries later-where Maureen
felt an awakening and the call to follow the path of yoga.
journey full circle, Maureen currently teaches yoga classes
offered by Providence Integrative Cancer Care in Olympia. She
also teaches a chair yoga at the Olympia Senior Center. Maureen
has deepened her appreciation of yoga as therapy attending
numerous workshops and conferences on this subject.
Maureen teaches a
variety of levels of yoga, and promotes the uses of props and
modifications to make yoga accessible to all.
Annie Barrett, M.A.,
E-RYT 500 is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher
with Yoga Alliance, a public educator with an Masters of Arts in
Education and a home-schooling mother of two boys. She has been
practicing yoga for over two decades and has been teaching since
Annie's yoga classes are alignment based and heart oriented,
blending efficacious bio-mechanical principles and the life
affirming wisdom and teachings of Classical and Tantric Yoga.
Her teaching is informed by on-going study with influential
teachers from several traditions including Iyengar, Anusara and
Tantra. Annie completed over 1000 hours in the Anusara
method, and is a formerly licensed Anusara-Inspired teacher.
Annie currently studies with Dr. Paul Muller Ortega of Blue
Throat Yoga and her teaching is steeped in the profound
heart-wisdom practices of Tantric Yogic Shaivism.
Yoga, for Annie, is the practice of
stepping fully into one's body, mind and heart. Via the
tools of profound yogic practice, yoga teaches us to align more
and more with our truest core essence so that life can be lived
more fully from a stabilized condition of well-being and
expansive freedom. Annie looks forward to sharing this
journey with you! Visit her website at:
Robyn Regula, B.A., RYT
is a certified yoga instructor with the Yoga Alliance at the 500
hour level. She obtained her certification after doing a three
month Yoga Teacher Training in Thailand.
dedicated student since 1997 and teaching since 2001. She has
been influenced by many different teachers and styles mostly
from the Krishnamacharya lineage including Iyengar, Ashtanga,
Anusara, Vinni, Vinyasa, Bikram and Yin.
recently she has studied with Erich Schiffmann and has been
deeply inspired by his Freedom Style Yoga. Robyn blends all of
these styles of hatha yoga making her classes dynamic,
challenging yet relaxing.
students appreciate her calm, peaceful, respectful style with an
emphasis on clear instruction, proper alignment and awareness of
breath while allowing the inner teacher to come through.
Robyn graduated from The Evergreen
State College in the spring of 2000, completed the three levels
of Reiki certification in 1999 and received training as a Thai
Yoga Therapist from Saul David Raye in the fall of 2000. Contact
Robyn by email:
Kristen Rubis B.A.,
RYT, CD, LMP
The support and guidance that Kristen
offers through Sacred Awakenings is founded in 17 years of study
in the healing arts and in her own personal journey of wellness
and inner peace. Through
therapeutic massage, labor support,
birth advocacy, developmental movement therapies and sound
healing her practice brings together a unique blend of services
in the healing arts.
Kristen's yoga certification was
achieved through Radiant Health Yoga in 2004 and she is
registered through The Yoga Alliance. She also has further
training in developmental movement therapies through The HANDLE
Institute and Brain Gym. Kristen's
provide an opportunity to create a union between body and breath
that brings peace and contentment to the mind and spirit. Sound
acutonics and aromatherapy accompany her classes, creating a
more holistic experience.
support training was received from Penny Simkin at The Seattle
Midwifery in 2003 school and she is a certified doula through
PALS. She is committed to honoring a woman's sacred
transition into motherhood, offering her presence through the
emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual changes she may
experience. She offers support for families from their
prenatal period, through their labor/birth and into their
postpartum transition. Twenty-eight families were brought to
fruition over the last six years.
from the Port Townsend School of Massage in 2006 and has
specialized training with Carole Osborne-Sheets in pregnancy,
labor and postpartum massage. Sacred touch allows us to be
present in our bodies and enables us to cultivate a sense of our
breath and spirit. Her massage practice helps clients to
reach higher states of relaxation and wellness. She
provides a sanctuary for the senses, incorporating aromatherapy
and sound acutonics during my massage sessions
commitment to care giving, she bases her relationships on trust
and unconditional love. Bodywork and movement helps us to
reconnect with our soul's truth and empower self-healing as we
journey through all life's sacred awakenings. Kristen
continues to engage in educational opportunities to further her
knowledge in the bodywork field. This unique synthesis of
the healing arts allows Kristen to offer a holistic experience
whether you're interested in an ongoing yoga practice, pregnancy
support, or an individual massage session. Please visit her
website for more information on all of her classes, workshops
At a very young age Kristi found the
she could connect to a beautiful and mysterious inner
spirit. She was able to see the connection between herself,
others and the very nature that surround us all.
Her enchantment by this awareness
placed her on a journey that introduced her to a wide
variety of spiritual teachers and eventually lead her to the
practice of yoga.
Through yoga she learned how to
cultivate awareness which helped her to continue to discover
secrets of the beauty of life. She was so inspired and lit
up by the practice that she went through a couple teacher
trainings with the encouragement and support of dedicated
practitioner/teacher, Nathan Hayes, founder of Living Spirit
Her inspiration for teaching is
rooted in her gratitude for the ancient wisdom of yoga and
the many teachers that have helped to guide her on her
Kristi's classes are inspired and
mixed with various yoga traditions, infusing traditional and
She integrates stillness and
movement in each of her classes allowing students to both
experience postures with strong holds, focused on the
integrity of alignment, and postures that are weaved
together in an artistic rhythmic flow which focuses on
She aims to lead students to seek
the mystical power of their own bodies and to tap into that
endless expansiveness of spirit.
Kristi's teaching is constantly growing and evolving into a
beautiful style that has been (and forever will be!)
inspired by many wonderful, benevolent mentors and teachers.
been studying and practicing yoga since 1995. She began teaching
in 2003 while in school for Massage Therapy. Since then, she has
taught around the country, travelled and studied abroad, worked
in the circus and started a family.
Whitney is deeply committed to
awakening awareness through the practice of yoga.She believes in
each person's unique ability to uncover their own gifts in order
to live a more inspired and fulfilling life. Through her own
practice laboratory, she has discovered tricks and tools to
bring the awesome and ancient wisdom of yoga to light in this
She began yoga at a young age and has
experimented in many different traditions. The majority of her
current yoga education has been in the Anusara method and she
offers a stream of gratitude to her teachers, Denise Benitez,
Christina Sell and Darren Rhodes.
Whitney is an Experienced Registered
Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance, E-RYT 200 and RYT 500
Powney started his yoga practice in 1997 and got his teacher
training in 2002 with Integrative Yoga Therapy. He has been a
Physical Therapist since 1996. Jeff has studied various forms of
yoga including Anusara, Iyengar, and Yin. His PT training
includes various styles of manual therapy including myofascial
release, craniosacral therapy, visceral manipulation, and joint
mobilizations; as well as various courses on movement mechanics.
Jeff believes the science of the human body / body mechanics and
the wisdom of yoga can help people grow in mind/body/spirit in
order to find their fullest potentials.
Adamson has an approach of exploration, encouragement, and
compassion. A focus on mindfulness and a touch of humor also can
be used to describe Doug's classes. He draws from his own
life's journey of recovering from chronic injury after a car
crash. Years of inspirational and transforming yoga practice
have moved him to share this ancient art with others. Using that
background, he stresses the need for students to follow and
honor their own body's story. He's also an example that being
flexible isn't necessary or a needed focus to begin a yoga
journey. Doug is a 200-hour certified yoga teacher. He
believes that asana (the postural portion of yoga) should be
available to more people. He's a certified Lakshmi Voelker Chair
Yoga teacher and uses those skills to bring joy-based movement
to those who may not be able to get onto a yoga mat. Doug also
incorporates the principals of Yoga Nidra into his classes. Doug
is a Level 2 iRest® teacher after receiving advanced training
from Dr. Richard Miller.
bit about Doug:
Based on preconceived notions, thought he'd never set foot
into a yoga studio
Felt his body was like a prison before beginning his yoga
Is inspired by the teachings of Dr. Richard Miller, Dr.
Judith Hanson Lasater, Donna Farhi, Lakshmi Voelker, and
Uses his skills as a veteran broadcast journalist to
effectively communicate with a one-on-one feel
B.S., RYT 200 is a graduate from the Great Heart Yoga Teacher
Training. She is also an alumni from WSU, with a bachelor's
degree in Exercise Science. She took her first yoga class at
age 20 and it has been a learning journey ever since. Her style
of yoga has an emphasis on alignment and a connection between
the mind, body and spirit. The
practice of yoga brings her such joy and inspiration and she
hopes to share this passion with others. Elizabeth believes
that you get out of yoga what you put into it and that your
practice can become whatever you need it to be. She offers
gratitude and thanks to her forever teachers Annie Barrett and
Whitney Lawless, both of whom continue to inspire her.
Kate turned to yoga in 1994 when she was
experiencing stress related illness. Returning to breath and
increasing body awareness were a big part of her healing so she
wanted to share these benefits with others. In 2000, she trained
to become a teacher with Stephanie Keach at the Asheville Yoga
Center in Asheville, North Carolina. She received certification
in Prenatal Yoga shortly after that and brought prenatal yoga to
Olympia just before her second pregnancy. She has taught yoga to
pregnant women, preschoolers, teenagers, all level classes,
gentle classes, and most recently she offers classes to seniors.
Kate has been influenced by many styles of yoga from Ashtanga to
Yin and has continued to practice and teach throughout
pregnancies, injuries and life changes. There is always a style
or yoga or a variation of a pose to suit every person in every
stage of life and Kate enjoys guiding you as you find your way.
Monica is a 2004 graduate of the Radiant Health teacher training
program, and has been studying and practicing yoga for 16 years.
Monica draws from a variety of styles having studied in the US
with Joanna Cashman, Sarah Joy Marsh, Doug Keller, Shiva Rea and
David Life; and in Mysore India with Sri K. Patabhi Jois, and
Jayakumar Swamysree. Monica received a Master in Teaching from
The Evergreen State College and teaches in the public school
system, during the summer she leads wilderness trips for youth.
Monica believes in honoring each person's individual journey
through the physical, mental and spiritual realms of life and
leads a class that will provide sustenance for you on that
journey. As a person who is deeply engaged in a variety of
physical pursuits, Monica understands how a regular yoga
practice can support and enliven the way you move your body in
all aspects of your life, whatever your sport.
AJ Frye discovered yoga as a college student in Virginia in
2008. He initially became interested in yoga for its benefits in
sports performance. This interest soon grew into a deep
appreciation of the power of yoga as a lifestyle. AJ was
motivated to immerse himself in yoga and share its physical,
mental, and spiritual benefits with others. He completed a 200
hour Yoga Alliance teacher training through The Center for Yoga
of Seattle in 2013. Since then he has been focused on providing
quality instruction to many different ability levels. His
teaching style and personal practice incorporate aspects of
several styles, including Iyengar Hatha and Asthanga Vinyasa. He
integrates his work in nutritional therapy (NTP, June 2015) into
his yoga instruction and practice, focusing on holistic mind and
body well-being. AJ sees yoga as something that unites us in
that everyone stands with much to gain from regular practice,
yet understands that much of its beauty rests in the fact that
diverse goals and situations call for diverse methods of
Caroline Collins, RYT 500, LMP has a bachelor's degree in
Ecology from the University of Georgia. She was first introduced
to yoga in 2002 while taking a year off from college and
traveling in Southeast Asia and Europe. She has been teaching
yoga since 2006, when she completed her 200 hour yoga teacher
training from the Asheville Yoga Center.
Her interest in yoga, ecology, and the
mind-body connection led her to study bodywork and energy
therapies. In 2010 she graduated from the New Mexico School of
Natural Therapeutics and is now a Licensed Massage Practitioner
and certified Thai Yoga Therapist. She also specializes in
Cranio Sacral Therapy.
Caroline integrates her knowledge of
anatomy, physiology, and energy flow into a style of yoga that
is uniquely her own. In 2012 completed 500 hours of advanced
yoga teacher training, again from the Asheville Yoga Center. She
enjoys integrating various elements of yoga and energy medicine
into her eclectic teaching and bodywork practice.