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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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
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).
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.
Grew up in: Steilacoom, WA
Song that moves me: I’ll Be Yours by Sol Rising
What I’m reading: Hunger by Roxane Gay
What’s in my cup: Black coffee or licorice tea
Favorite beach: Ruby Beach in Olympic National Park, WA
Like so many students, I was first drawn to the physicality and relaxing attributes of yoga. Along the way, however, I began to see that yoga is a timeless, transformative practice and philosophy that can liberate us from our limited view of ourselves and the world. In my classes, you can expect to be challenged with logical sequences that promote a balance of strength and length, and diversity of movement patterns.
I value consistent pacing and breath, and mindful transitions to steady and strengthen both the mind and body. I hopes to empower her students to think critically so they can cultivate a sustainable practice that evolves as they do. I love how yoga encourages balance and mindfulness in her life and strives to create a safe space for her students to grow and explore.
My yoga teacher certification started with an RYT-200 in vinyasa yoga in 2016 with Jess Pierno and Angela Meyer in Washington, D.C. and I’ve been teaching ever since. In 2020, I completed my RYT-500 in vinyasa yoga with Jason Crandell in San Francisco. I have also completed additional training in Budokon Yoga and Trauma-sensitive yoga.
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
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.
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!
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.