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Christine Day

Grew up in: Tualatin, OR
Song that moves me: I will never turn off a Dolly Parton song, she is ultimate girl power.
What I’m reading: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and the Baghavad Gita
What’s in my cup: Usually Water! Straight up.. I love the White Peony tea served at Yoga OMazing as well
Favorite beach: Cannon Beach and the North Shore of Oahu
Teaches: Hatha Yoga and the Yoga 5-Week Beginners Series

Yoga started as a way to help find a connection with my toddler and help him to calm his big feelings. 12 years later it has become a way of life and this practice helps me find harmony everyday. I love to work with students of all ages and watching a student light up with a new yoga discovery is my favorite part of teaching!

I am dedicated to helping students balance the physical and subtle practice of yoga so they can take the benefits in yoga off their mat and into their everyday life. My current yoga obsession is Pranayama. I love studying the nuances of yogic energy and breath! Life at home is busy for me with 3 boys, 15, 5 and 12 months 🙂 We are always on the go exploring outside and finding lots of time for play!

I love to tell all my new students that the best thing I found in yoga was trust. I now trust myself enough to listen to my body and I value that knowledge in my practice everyday

Jill Baker

Grew up in: Rockaway Township, NJ; Louisville, KY and Kalamazoo, MI
Song that moves me: Glorious by Macklemore
What I’m reading: Radical Acceptance by Tara Brach, The Psoas Book by Liz Koch, and a variety of novels available on Kindle Unlimited
What’s in my cup: Half-caff almond milk latte
Favorite beach: Indian Beach in Ecola State Park
Teaches: Vinyasa, Hatha and Gentle Yoga

Yoga for me was originally an escape from the stress of being a full-time working mom of twin babies. Those babies are now high-schoolers, and now that I am slightly less stressed out, I love to help others find a sense of balance that comes from a consistent yoga practice. I love to find a connection with my students and make yoga accessible and fun for all ages and ability levels. No judgement, no expectations and no competition.

I want to help you find that sweet spot where yoga is a complement to your already-full life. I teach classes with movement, breath work, fun flows and poses that encourage us to tap into our inner strength, be more mindful, connect to our bodies and love and care for ourselves, not just physically, but in all aspects of our lives.  In my own practice I am currently exploring the gentler practices of yoga and finding ways to slow down. Many of us have lives that are busy and stressful, and finding ways to incorporate some sacred pauses into our day is so important for our physical and mental health.

Oregon is my soul’s home, but I am a Michigan transplant who taught Hatha, Vinyasa and SUP yoga classes at my studio, Flow Yoga, in Plainwell, MI, for five years. I love being outdoors and in addition to yoga, consider hiking, cycling, SUP and kayaking to be forms of moving meditation. In my free moments you’ll also find me working out in my garage gym or exploring the Pacific Northwest in our travel trailer with my husband Aaron, twin boys Riley and Connor, and our English Shepherd Dusty. 

I am a registered yoga teacher E-RYT200 with the Yoga Alliance and have my 200hr certification through Yogafit, as well as a Lazy Dog Paddle Yoga Certification. I am currently continuing my yoga studies and working toward my ERYT500 certification in the Advanced Teacher training program at YoYo Yogi in Portland, Oregon.

Lana Vilches

Grew up in: I grew up in southeast Portland, land of incredible coffee, hipster vibes, and bicycles everywhere
Song that moves me: Anything from The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
What I’m reading: The Gifts of Imperfection, from the wonderful author Brene Brown
What’s in my cup: Hazelnut Latte from Barista
Favorite beach: Cannon Beach at the Oregon Coast for us locals, and favorite destination beach is Lanikai Beach in Kailua, Hawaii
Teaches: Restorative Lounge and Slow Flow & Restore

I’m a mom, yogi and Portland native, who loves teaching restorative and hatha yoga. I am often found hiking, enjoying down time with my family and friends and in search of the best sushi in town. 

 I am an avid reader, podcast listener and seeker of all things related to reaching our highest potential. 

In my own practice, I’ve been exploring ways to navigate emotions and healing through meditation and rest. I believe that the power of rest and restorative yoga is deeply nourishing and allows us to hold ourselves with kindness. 

I look forward to connecting with you in class soon!

Laura Doiron

Grew up in: Prince Edward Island, Canada
Song that moves me: Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay, or anything by Otis Redding!
What I’m reading: With a new baby I don’t have a lot of time for reading, but I love to reread The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran and always have it close-by
What’s in my cup: Definitely Coffee!
Favorite beach: North shore of Prince Edward Island (where I’m from) is my favorite
Teaches: Hatha and Vinyasa

Yoga is a practice that always meets us right where we are. It’s a place to drop our expectations and judgements and allow ourselves to just be. When we show up in this way, we make room for healing, possibility, and connection.

My classes are focused on creating a space for her students to experience what’s possible– through breath, through exploration, and through functional movement. Students of all experience levels can expect to feel challenged, but also supported in their personal journey inwards.

My husband Joe and I are originally from the East Coast and moved to Portland 5 years ago to start our married life in the PNW. They just welcomed their first child Stella to the family in November and are excited for what 2021 will bring!

Jess Bonner

Grew up in: Irvine, CA
Song that moves me: Old Times by Amtrac
What I’m reading: The Puppy Listener because I am a brand new puppy mom 🙂
What’s in my cup: A green smoothie
Favorite beach: Hug Point Beach, OR
Teaches: Vinyasa

I started practicing yoga in high school while running cross-country. As a former competitive gymnast, I instantly felt a sense of familiarity at my first yoga class. After finishing college, I wanted to learn more about yoga, so I enrolled in my first teacher training in Seattle in 2015. Since then I have completed two different 200-hour teacher trainings in vinyasa and hot power yoga styles. 

I started teaching at Yoga OMazing in April 2017, which was towards the end of my first year of Optometry school.  As a busy optometry student, I felt like life finally slowed down while teaching and practicing yoga and the studio easily became my “safe place” from the daily stressors as a graduate student. I have since graduated from Optometry school and am now a practicing Optometrist in the greater Portland area. 

Outside of yoga and Optometry, you could find me gardening, hiking, wine-tasting, paddle-boarding, white water rafting, or spending time with my two adorable cats (Jada and Willy) and my new St. Bernard puppy (Georgie).

Gaye Reed

Grew up in: Reno, NV
Song that moves me: Courage to Change by Sia and We are the Champions by Queen
What I’m reading: Rising Strong by Brene Brown & Emotional Detox by Boyle
What’s in my cup: A fizzie!!!! Or hot tea with a fizzy. They are life.
Favorite beach: Poipu on Kauai
Teaches: Vinyasa

I have been teaching various levels and styles of Yoga for 18+years. I came upon Yoga by accident. I was teaching Turbo Kickboxing at a gym and the yoga instructor was out sick and I was asked to sub – the rest is history. Coming from a background of dance and various sports – I love to integrate and create different types of movement and messages into what might be a traditional yoga asana or flow.

I find so much joy in helping yogis at all levels find the balance between effort and ease, power and peace in every pose. I am an ERYT 200 hr. yoga instructor and recently became a certified Breathwork Coach. I will always be expanding and learning in my practice. Alongside teaching Yoga I have my own wellness business where I can further integrate all things wellbeing (mind, body, spirit, life). I also am a manager at Starbucks  – yes I love to keep busy.

My purpose in life is to ripple out kindness and to be and to encourage inclusinveness in all areas of my life. My husband, Mike and I have been married for over 30 years and we have to adult daughters (one living in Texas with her husband and the other in Nashville). Our fur baby – Bella is our english bulldog that we love haning out with.  My other love language (besides my family and yoga) is traveling.  Love learning about people and cultures around the world – travel brings us all closer together.

For the new Yogis – don’t hesitate – get on the mat.  For the experienced Yogis and all in between…don’t hesitate – get on the mat. It’s a place where all are welcome, all are seen and heard. There is no judgement, no criticism – just our willingness to be present and breathe

Morgan Belnap

Grew up in: Rose Hill, KS
Song that moves me: Kusanagi by Odesza
What I’m reading: Yamas & Niyamas: Exploring Yoga’s Ethical Practice by Deborah Adele
What’s in my cup: I’m a sucker for hazelnut coffee, coconut bliss milkshakes & definitely tea.
Favorite beach: Gearhart Beach!
Teaches: Vinyasa

I love to share yoga with my family! My husband, Travis, has been doing yoga with me for the last ten years and now we share the practice with our two beautiful children. Silas is 8 and loves Ariel yoga. Madelyn is 6 and loves to vinyasa and balance. We have a cat and a dog & have lived in Hillsboro for 3 years now. My husband served in the US Navy & we have lived all over.

My yoga practice first started as athlete recovery as a teen and I was immediately drawn into the spiritual side of yoga. My practice then grew with me through life, into prenatal and post natal yoga. Then more Hatha & philosophy of yoga focus as I recovered from surgeries, recovering enough to going in studio to vinyasa classes.

When I decided to dive into sharing my passion of yoga, I took Teacher Training with Core Power here in Portland. I followed up with their extension program and have been teaching since. I continue to grow as an instructor participating in International Yoga Programs with Rocky Heron, Flow School & Yoga Teachers Circle  with Bonnie Weeks.

I look forward to strengthening internally and externally, as we become more aware and aligned and authentic through the practice of yoga. Cultivating joy with knowledge and community

Christine Hyatt

Grew up in: Bethlehem, PA
Song that moves me: Imagine by John Lennon
What I’m reading: Travel Guides for Portugal + Spain
What’s in my cup: Water
Favorite beach: Any beach in Maui (or Rehoboth Beach, DE)
Teaches: Vinyasa & Restorative

I’ve been practicing yoga for more than 30 years and have been teaching since 2018 when the time was ripe for me to dive more deeply through teacher training. I believe this ancient practice can be a balm to many issues that challenge us today, physically, mentally, and spiritually. It is an honor to practice and share these teachings with others as they cultivate the riches of their own journey.

My classes are suitable for all levels and incorporate challenging, yet accessible, posture flows that build slowly and steadily toward openness, strength and balance.

Outside the studio, I am a portrait photographer, fine cheese expert, avid gardener, enthusiastic cook, happy wife and mom of boys

Jacob Friedman

Grew up in: Berkeley, California
Song that moves me: The Cave of Rebirth by Tigran Hamasyan
What I’m reading: A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
What’s in my cup: Water
Favorite beach: The one where it’s rainy and warm. (Or wait, the one where an infinite ocean of consciousness meets the solid earthy substance of being in a human body) 
Teaches: Vinyasa & Restorative

As a yoga teacher, Jacob guides you to cultivate a curiosity that may be panoramic or precise, but is always oriented towards the present. Knowing that the potency of your practice depends upon the quality of your inquiring attention, each class is designed as a formal play structure within which you might extract a morsel of insight from the inner workings of your experience. Using tangible forms of asana and pranayama, we investigate the more ephemeral narratives internal to the form. We play with a plethora of tools, techniques, and maps to orient and organize the mind, body, and breath with integrity. Landing fully alive in the here and now, we set up the conditions to have a joyful experience, and to radiate that joy to others. We practice for personal and communal well-being.

Jacob has trained in Kripalu and Katonah Yoga. He has been a full-time teacher for five years in New York. After moving to Portland mid-pandemic, he is thrilled to be able to get back into the studio with students. Jacob’s definition of what constitutes his personal “yoga practice,” while loosely centered around the trinity of mind-body-breath, regularly swings like a pendulum between things like movement, stillness, sound, silence, formality, and playfulness.

Kate Lessard

Grew up in: Oconomowoc, WI (Go Pack Go!)
Song that moves me: Waka Waka by Shakira
What I’m reading: The Wisteria Society of Lady Scoundrels by India Holton (hilarious)
What’s in my cup: Coffee, coffee, and more coffee! 
Favorite beach: I’m new to Oregon so I’m still exploring, but thus far Rockaway Beach
Teaches: Vinyasa

As a former ballet dancer, I have always been drawn to exercise that focuses on alignment. I was initially drawn to barre because of its alignment focus and taught barre and HIIT classes at Ohana Yoga + Barre in Denver, CO for several years. When teaching at the studio, I found herself taking more and more yoga classes, and fell in love with yoga both as a physical and spiritual practice.

I used yoga to recover from old dance injuries and it became part of her daily routine. After arriving in Oregon, I got certified through YoYoYogi and have been teaching ever since. My classes feature a fun playlist, upbeat energy, and focus on finding your strength- inside and out!

When not teaching, I work in tech and enjoy reading and hiking with my husband and three pups.

Megan Gallardo

Grew up in: Long Beach, CA
Song that moves me: “And she translated into the sky” by Levi Patel
What I’m reading: “Breath, the new science of a lost art” by James Nestor
What’s in my cup: Homemade cacao with coconut milk, maple syrup and a splash of rose water 
Favorite beach: Any beach on Maui
Teaches: Vinyasa, Hatha and Restorative

I am currently exploring new ways and expressions of movement in healing from a severe spinal injury. I have shifted my practice of the last 6 years to be in this new version of my body.

My mantras in relation to my practice these days are “sustainability,” “compassion,” and “honesty.”  To any new yogi, or my current/future students, I offer this perspective to you: The journey of yoga is so unique. There is no “one” way to move. This is an invitation to come onto your own mat, into your own body and allow yourself to feel the practice with every part of you. Allow your breath to be the bridge between your mind, your body and your soul. Know that All of you is welcome

Betsy Brimhall

Grew up in: Pittsburgh, PA
Song that moves me: Music from the Hamilton Soundtrack
What I’m reading: I just finished Eleanor Oliphant is Comletely Fine by Gail Honeyman
What’s in my cup: Water with an added electrolyte or a freshly squeezed lemon water 
Favorite beach: Hanalei Bay, Kauai, HI
Teaches: Vinyasa & Hatha

In January 2015, I completed my 200-hour yoga teacher training with dina lang. I have a keen interest in alignment-focused yoga and love the blend of movement and meditation. I am thrilled when my yoga practice offers a full body workout, a meditation, and a full body massage all in the same practice, and I try to offer this possibility in each of my classes.

Since my initial 200-hour training, I have certified in Jill Miller’s Yoga Tune-up, Yoga Trapeze and Yoga for Flexibility with Lucas Rockwood. My evolving practice has healed many aspects of my life in profound ways and I am excited to share it with you.

When off the mat, I can be found exploring the many urban and not-so-urban hikes around the Pacific Northwest – ideally with a good friend or family member and my Golden Doodle puppy in tow. I enjoy a great book, a day on the river (paddle board, kayak or canoe), a weekend at the beach, and long walks with good friends.

Rebecca Duarte

Grew up in: Ithaca, NY and State College, PA
Song that moves me: Sat Narayan by Guru Ganesha Singh and Snatum Kaur.
What I’m reading: For fun, light reading I’ve been binging on mysteries
What’s in my cup: French or Italian Roast coffee 
Favorite beach: A beautiful black sand beach on the Road to Hana in Maui
Teaches: Vinyasa

I discovered yoga after college and practiced sporadically for years. Later on, the combination of living with two preschoolers (now 12 and 15) and discovering the 8 limbs of yoga began to bring me to the mat regularly which eventually led me to complete my 200-hour yoga teacher training at Santosha Yoga. I love offering different variations of poses to my students and seeing how each student makes the practice their own.

Currently, I’m working on learning more about how yoga can contribute to spine and hip health, allowing us to enjoy lifelong mobility and ease in our bodies. I’m also continuing to learn from the teachings of B.K.S. Iyengar – it is incredibly inspiring to see the impact of the wisdom he gained from a life spent devoted to the practice and teaching of yoga. The more I learn about him, the more I realize the extent to which his contributions shaped the yoga we practice today and made it more accessible to more people.

I enjoy learning from teachers who beautifully blend the Iyengar Yoga focus on alignment with the fluidity and creativity of Vinyasa yoga.

I hope that, through their practice, all yogis strengthen the connection between their mind, body, and spirit and that this heightened connection leads to feeling comfortable in their own bodies and confident with who they are, and allows for a stronger connection between themselves, other people, and the natural world

Amanda Barron Forrest

Grew up in: On the Clearwater River in Orofino, ID
Song that moves me: I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For by U2
What I’m reading: Call of the Wild: How We Heal Trauma, Awaken Our Own Power and Use It For Good by Kimberly Ann Johnson
What’s in my cup: A London Fog or a cup of Jasmine Green Tea
Favorite beach: Lanikai beach in Kailua on the Island of Oahu. This is where I got married!
Teaches: Vinyasa, Hatha and Restorative

I’m a creative and enthusiastic yoga teacher with a passion for bringing my students back “home” to themselves.

I love helping students bridge the connection between the body and the mind through breathwork, guided meditation and asana. In my own practice, I’m currently diving deeper into yin yoga, working on slowing down and taking time to feel the change occurring within my body.

When you come to my class, you can expect to be moved by the music, as one of my favorite things is to create playlists that make students want to move, dance, flow, sink in and let go.

In addition to being a yoga teacher for 21 years and a yoga teacher trainer, I’m a marriage, couple and family counselor, licensed massage therapist and craniosacral practitioner

Cindy Stockdale

Grew up in: North Vancouver, BC Canada
Song that moves me: Around the World by Daft Punk
What I’m reading: The Radiance Sutras, The Upanishads, Outwitting the Devil
What’s in my cup: Coffee, coffee and more coffee!
Favorite beach: Mombassa, Kenya or Koh Phanagan, Thailand
Teaches: Hatha, Vinyasa and Gentle Yoga

My passion in life is to explore the great mystery and to connect deeply with others. These desires have led me to degrees in Psychology and Archaeology as well as in depth study of Yoga, Shamanism, and Energy Work.

I have been teaching yoga for over 15 years and exploring Shamanism for over 13. These mystery schools are essentially journeys of remembering; there is a call that is answered and through practice an incredible truth is revealed and ultimately the remembrance of unity, wholeness and love.

My call is to create a strong, loving space for others so that they may unveil their deepest truths and then reflect these back to them so they may rise. I’m currently studying how we can apply and continue to study yoga from a post lineage and feminist perspective.

Yoga is a lifelong study, the best thing for all students beginner or seasoned, is to approach yourself and others with loving kindness. Every day on the mat is different. Stay in the beginner’s mind so you can drop your expectations, judgements, and personal narratives, and be open to wonder and unbridled joy.

Katrina Aherns

Grew up in: Mulino, OR
Song that moves me: Forgive by Trevor Hall
What I’m reading: A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle and Oh Crap! Potty Training because it’s almost time to potty train the toddler…
What’s in my cup: Roasted Dandelion Root Tea and Cream
Favorite beach: Anywhere in the Caribbean, I love Cancun
Teaches: Vinyasa and Buti Yoga

I completed my first 200 hour RYT program in December 2014 and started teaching at Yoga OMazing shortly thereafter.  Since then, I completed my second 200 RYT in April 2017 as well as multiple extension trainings in creative sequencing, correct form and modifications.

I love teaching a powerful flow to the intermediate and advanced crowds who love a challenging and upbeat practice. Currently in my own practice, I love a slower but powerful flow incorporating deep binds, hamstring stretches and arm balances to challenge my practice and build strength. I’m also playing with handstands and splits after each practice to build balance, strength and flexibility.

Yoga is a Journey and so there is no end. There’s ALWAYS somewhere to go no matter how beginner or advanced you are so take each practice with a sense of gratitude. Challenge your body and mind but also listen to the soft cues you are given within.

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