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Maureen Oar, 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.

Bringing the 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., RYT 500, E-RYT 200 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 2000. 

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: http://www.yogawithanniebarrett.com

 

Robyn Regula, B.A., RYT

Robyn 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.

A 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.

Most 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.

Her 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… yogava@gmail.co

 

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 yoga, therapeutic massage, labor support, reiki, 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 yoga classes 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.

Kristen's labor 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.

Kristen graduated 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

Through her 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 and services, www.SacredAwakenings.org ~ Namaste.http://www.photographysedona.com/blog/night-of-lightning-at-grand-canyon/

 

Kristi  Lyons

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 Yoga. 

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 journey. 

Kristi's classes are inspired and mixed with various yoga traditions, infusing traditional and creative movements. 

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 breath awareness.

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.

Whitney  Lawless

Whitney has 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 modern world.

  
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

 



Jeff Powney

 Jeff 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.



Doug Adamson

Doug 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 1 iRest® teacher after receiving advanced training from Dr. Richard Miller.

 A 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 journey
  • Is inspired by the teachings of Dr. Richard Miller, Dr. Judith Hanson Lasater, Donna Farhi, Lakshmi Voelker, and many others
  • Uses his skills as a veteran broadcast journalist to effectively communicate with a one-on-one feel


Elizabeth Swanson 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 Greene

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 Lloyd

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.” .



Oriana Noel Lewis

Oriana practiced her first yoga poses at 13 years old with direction and guidance from her father. Inspiration came again through a Boston yoga studio in 1997 and she is now dedicated to the practice as a teacher since Radiant Health teacher training in 2012; RYT200. She teaches often at retreat and healing centers including The New Dharma Center, Breitenbush Hot Springs and Harmony Hill.  Something unique about Oriana,  her right arm is about 2" shorter than her left from a childhood injury. Inspired by Micheal Franti singing, "all the freaky people make the beauty of the world", she finds connection and hope with other yogi's in "not normal" bodies.   She shares a holistic health yoga practice that blends the ancient teachings of hatha yoga with contemporary bodymind science.  She emphasizes the therapeutic and neurodevelopmental benefits of a practice and aspires to cultivate overall wellness for people of all ages and abilities.  She is deeply invested in the challenge of cultural appreciation and integration, honoring yoga's rich spiritual and cultural roots.

 Caroline Collins

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.