Favorite PDX hangout: I love going to the Doug Fir Lounge and seeing amazing artists
Favorite NW beverage: Mango passion fruit Kombucha by Humm is my new jam these days.
Yoga philosophy: The path to understanding your true self starts on the mat. That's where we begin to let go and go with the flow. "Letting go gives us freedom, and freedom is the only condition for happiness" -Thich Nhat Hanh
A song that makes you want to dance: "Dancing on my Own" by Robyn
Favorite Oregon region? I love going to the Coast
Certifications: 200 Hour teacher training at Open Up! in Seattle, WA
Favorite PDX Hangout: I like getting lost in Powell's Bookstore and spending time at community social justice events and rallies.
Favorite NW Beverage: Water Avenue's Almond Milk Chai Latte - it's hard to find Chai lattes that are sugar free!
Yoga Philosophy: I found yoga after a human rights trip I took to the Philippines. It was difficult to transition back to the U.S., but yoga was what helped me feel grounded again. While I know that everyone goes through hardships, sometimes it is easy to avoid and ignore the issues that are present in your life. My yoga philosophy is one that I learned from the Lumad people of the Philippines: Dare to struggle, do not be afraid.
A song that makes you want to dance: If you throw on Justin Bieber, Chance the Rapper, or Bruno Mars, you'll get me to dance
Favorite Oregon region: Crater Lake
Certifications: 200 RYT certified by YoYoYogi
Favorite PDX hangout: Powell’s Books
Favorite NW beverage: Drinking tea at a Portland coffee shop in a (large) porcelain cup, sitting outside (rain or shine), watching the world go by.
Yoga philosophy: William G.T. Shedd said "A ship is safe in harbor, but that is not what ships are built for." Stepping onto your mat, is like leaving harbor on a voyage of personal discovery.
4. A song that makes you want to dance: “Tenere Taqhim Tossam" (Jealous Desert) by Tinariwen
Favorite Oregon region? Anywhere on the Coast (rain or shine)
Certifications: iRest (Integrative Restoration Level 1 Teacher Training and currently working on Level 2 and toward final certification // Currently E-RYT 200 certified by YoYoYogi and RYT-500 certification at YoYoYogi.
Favorite PDX hangout: Whenever we get a free moment, we pack up the car with our doggie Scout and sweet baby Josephine and head to Forest Park. Forest baths are the best way to recharge.
Favorite NW beverage: Stumptown New Seasons Blend - whole bean & grind at home ... paired with our Chemex pour over, Good morning indeed!
Yoga philosophy: It's about the relationship between macro and micro, the flow of the individual and the great flow found in all things.
A song that makes you want to dance: O-o-h Child by The Five Stairsteps
Favorite Oregon region? I'd choose the mountains. Hikes, lakes, meadows, sign me up for all of them - all year long!
Certifications: 500hr Prana Vinyasa - lineage of Shiva Rea and Jessica Lazar // 200hr Vinyasa Flow - Flow Yoga Center Washington, DC // Weekend immersions and intensives with nationally and internationally renowned teachers.
Favorite PDX hangout: YoYoYogi!
Favorite NW beverage: Stoller Pinot- any year… anytime.
Yoga philosophy: Our teacher is our intuition, Our teacher is our experiences. Yoga asks that we are 4.0 students of life - aware and awake!
A song that makes you want to dance: Ice, Ice Baby… serious.
Favorite Oregon region? The Oregon coast. It's a true soul soother!
Certifications: 200 E-RYT // YACEP // Major courses would include (1) 34-year marriage, (2) daughters, (1) grandson, thousands of heartbreaks, countless smiles
Favorite PDX hangout: Portland has some great parks. My favorites are Forest, Pier, and Kelly Point.
Favorite NW beverage: Coffee from St. John's Coffee Rosters or a 22oz Matcha Latte from Black Rock
Yoga philosophy: "If you can control the rising of the mind into ripples, you will experience Yoga." - Patanjali I think of Yoga as a science to garner control over our own minds. It's an act of self love, a journey of play and discovery. On our mats we practice facing difficulties by breathing into them. This physical practice equips us with the tools to face life's challenges off the mat with a calm mind and a deep breath, as well as a strong and able body.
A song that makes you want to dance: I love to dance so this is a hard one... currently I'd say ZHU - Generationwhy
Favorite Oregon region? Oregon has too many amazing regions to pick just one! The Columbia River Gorge, the coast, Mount Hood, and central Oregon's high desert are all equally beautiful with a plethora of diverse outdoor recreation.
Certifications: 200 RYT certified by YoYoYogi
Favorite PDX hangout: You can often find me at Beer or next door at Meat Cheese Bread having a pint or a breakfast burrito with friends.
Favorite NW beverage: Coffee! Cellar Door is probably my favorite, but any of the local roasters are fine by me. Coava, Ristretto, and Spielman's are other favorites.
Yoga philosophy: Above all, I love the opportunity to be a student of my body in my practice. My practice has taught me how to quiet the thoughts and ego so that I can listen to the natural rhythms and guidance that my body is always sending out. Yoga teaches us that the wisest and most powerful teacher is the body itself.
A song that makes you want to dance: I love to dance, but if I have to pick just one song I'll go with a classic: Dance Yrself Clean by LCD Soundsystem.
Favorite Oregon region? My favorite place in Oregon is Yachats, on the coast! My friends and I have made the trek out to the same house down there for over five years.
Certifications: RRYT certified by YoYoYogi
Favorite PDX hangout: The Tannery
Favorite NW beverage: House Spirits Distillery : Westward Oregon Straight Malt Whiskey
Yoga philosophy or quote that sums up your yoga philosophy: "When I walk out into the world, I take no thoughts with me. That’s not easy, but you can learn to do it. An empty mind is hungry, so you can look at everything longer, and closer. Don’t hum! When you listen with empty ears, you hear more. And this is the core of the secret: Attention is the beginning of devotion.” -Mary Oliver
A song that makes you want to dance: Violent Femmes- Dance, Mother F**ker, Dance!
Favorite Oregon region: The Gorge - Rooster Rock State Park
Certifications: 200 and 500hr Kripalu Yoga Teacher Training
Favorite PDX hangout: Acro mats! Where ever they are set up
Favorite NW beverage: Oregon Pinot Noir. What a delicious find this was /// Coffee!!! So much abundance of wonderful coffee
Yoga philosophy: "Not knowing how near the truth is, we seek it far away". Hakuin from The Song of Zazen
A song that makes you want to dance: "Big Time Sensuality" Bjork /// I love the tribal sounds
Favorite Oregon region? I am a nature person and adore all of the stunning outdoor destinations the PNW has to offer.
Certifications: Prajna Yoga RYT200 // Yoga Of Trust AcroYoga
Favorite PDX hangout: Walking the city streets and forest trails. Anywhere my feet take me as long as my dog is with me.
Favorite NW beverage: Nossa Familia Coffee Sitio Boa Vista + a splah of heavy cream with my man // Soter Brut Rose out of the bottle with my girls
Yoga philosophy: "If you have a flat tire, that is also part of the journey." -Chogyam Trungpa
A song that makes you want to dance: Shoop by SALT-N-PEPA
Favorite Oregon region? Wherever there's water: oceans, rivers, lakes, falls
Certifications: RYT 200 currently working toward my 500 hour certification with YoYoYogi
Favorite PDX Hangout: Tea Bar + The Weller Society
Favorite NW Beverage: OMG this is so hard. Does a matcha latte with coconut milk and lavender count?
Yoga Philosophy: The fear and the joy. The anger and the love. The irritation and the kindness. There is enough space within each of us for all of it.
A song that makes you want to dance: Notorious B.I.G. "Hypnotize"
Favorite Oregon region: Manzanita. I went on my second date with my husband there. It's where we got engaged. It's where we go to recharge and relax. It's so special to me.
Certifications: 200 RYT certified by YoYoYogi, Meditation Coaching with Kimberly Carson and Chronic Pain Intensive Study at OHSU
Favorite PDX Hangout: Too many to count! I love hanging with the old growth redwood trees in Hoyt Arboretum. And also my parents back porch in NE Portland :) (spoiler alert: I'm a Portland native!)
Favorite NW Beverage: Again, too many to count! The Bullet Hot Chocolate from Cultured Caveman and the Iced Dirty Chai's with coconut milk from Prasad are special treats
Yoga Philosophy: "Let down, let go, the world will carry you" - Mark Nepo
A song that makes you want to dance: All of them! Though, I have to dance to Bruno Mars "Uptown Funk." We surprised my sister and brother and law at their wedding with a flash dance to this song, so I have an actual dance I break into when it comes on :)
Favorite Oregon Region: The coast - Cannon Beach might be my favorite place on planet earth
Certifications: 200 RYT at YoYoYogi
Favorite PDX hangout: the woods
Favorite PDX beverage: Oregon Pinot Noir
Yoga philosophy: “It is through the alignment of the body that I discovered the alignment of my mind, self, and intelligence.” -BKS Iyengar
Song that makes you want to dance: One Day by Matisyahu and MC Yogi
Favorite Oregon region: The region I am in the moment.. Truly I love being outside any chance I get and I love the diversity of our backyard. I adore the majestic coast but I could not choose it over the breathtaking gorge or the reflective desert. They all win!
Certifications: 500 RYT certification // Pilates // Personal Training // Spin // Bodypump // too many that I forgot them all over the last 20 years.
Favorite PDX hangout: Penninsula Park
Favorite NW beverage: Well, it's not from Oregon but La Croix (#lacroixlife) - ‘“Pure” to be specific
Yoga philosophy: "It’s all right now.” -Ram Dass
A song that makes you want to dance: Good Times by Jamie XX
Favorite Oregon region: The Gorge
Certifications: RYT 200 certified by YoYoYogi working on my 500 RYT at YoYoYogi
Favorite PDX hangout: Washington Park! I love all the nature Portland has to offer, and practicing Yoga / Acroyoga in the park during the summer.
Favorite NW beverage: Habanero Sculpin from Ballast Point (Spicy beer!) wherever it's available.
Yoga philosophy: Breathe in Life, Breathe out Love, Be set Free.
A song that makes you want to dance: Dance Yrself Clean by LCD Soundsystem
Favorite Oregon region? Growing up in Texas, I can't get over how great it is that Oregon has mountains. Crater Lake stole my heart and refuses to let it go.
Certifications: RYT-200hr under Tiffany Maloney / The Yoga of Trust - Acroyoga Teacher Training
Favorite PDX hangout: White Owl Social Club patio with a slushy in hand
Favorite NW beverage: Humm Kombucha coconut lime flavor
Yoga philosophy: Flow it OUT
Song that makes you want to dance: Hang With Me by Robyn (she's the BEST)
Favorite Oregon region: Portland in the Summer!
Certifications: Currently working on my 500 hour Yoga Teacher Training at YoYoYogi // RYT 200 certified by YoYoYogi // Elevate Yoga Trainings with Jill Knouse
Favorite PDX hangout: YoYoYogi
Favorite NW beverage: Stumptown Coffee light roast
Yoga philosophy: Yoga is the practice of living the life we truly desire
Song that makes you want to dance: "I'll stop the world and melt with you." - Modern English
Favorite Oregon region: (Surf Spots) Indian Beach and Short Sands (Mountains) Eagle Cap Wilderness - Willowa National Forest
Certifications: UG Anthropology // Master's Degree: Special Education // RYT certified by YoYoYogi
Favorite PDX Hangout: One of the many beautiful parks with my dog Louie.
Favorite NW Beverage: Nossa Familia for coffee. Oregon Pinot Noirs for wine.
Yoga Philosophy: "The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself," author and journalist Anna Quindlen. Although not quoted in relation to yoga, this is yoga for me. It is moving meditation. A constant journey of self-discovery. A challenge to let go of the ego and look inward to connect to your inner most self through breath and body.
A song that makes you want to dance: Anything Beyoncé!
Favorite Oregon Region: Cannon Beach and various lookout spots along the coast.
Certifications: RYT 200 from YoYo Yogi
Favorite PDX hangout: Fields Park (beautiful views of the city, well maintained and great ledges for box jumps!)
Favorite NW beverage: A post YoYo-class Americano from Barista (light roast of course)
Yoga Philosophy: Every breath is a chance to reset and start again.
A song that makes you want to dance: The Cure - Just Like Heaven
Favorite Oregon region? Mt. Hood
Certifications: RYT 200 certified by YoYoYogi
Favorite PDX hangout: Japanese Gardens
Favorite NW beverage: Steven Smith Chai or Nitro
Yoga philosophy: “So do it, decide. Is this the life you want to live? Is this the person you want to love? Is this the best you can be? Can you be stronger? Kinder? More compassionate? Decide. Breathe in. Breathe out, and decide.” – Meredith Grey
A song that makes you want to dance: Light it up by Major Lazer feat. Nyla and Fuse ODG
Favorite Oregon region? Coast
Certifications: RYT Power Vinyasa certified by YoYoYogi
Favorite PDX Hangout: I love Peninsula Park, and OMSI, and YoYoYogi!
Favorite NW Beverage: High Tea at the Heathman Hotel and smoothies from Green Leaf Juicing Company
Yoga Philosophy: Come for the workout, stay for the peace of mind
A song that makes you want to dance: Billy Jean by Michael Jackson, Trees of Fire by Marco Mckinnis and Amber Mark
Favorite Oregon region: Downtown Portland & Hood River for hiking and SUP
Certifications: 200 RYT certified by YoYoYogi
Favorite PDX hangout: YoYoYogi of course! Other than that, I would have to say the trails in the SW Hills
Favorite NW beverage: Beer -Widmer HefeweizenWine: Stoller Pinot Coffee: Barista Cold Brew
Yoga philosophy: It’s not what you think, say or believe, it’s what you do on a daily basis that becomes your spiritual practice.
Song that makes you want to dance: Music that is tribal, earthy, and soulful
Favorite Oregon region: All of it… I love that the city is vibrant and pulsing with life. And then, in no time you can be on the jaw-dropping Oregon coast or hiking in the Gorge or deep in the mountain forest. This place is magical.
Certifications: E-RYT 200 with over 5,000 hours teaching // YACEP // a 140-day/studio-a-day roadtrip taking from the most sought after teachers on the West Coast // 60 years of life, the best teacher of all
Favorite PDX hangout: Forest Park
Favorite NW beverage: If I'm celebrating, The El Guapo by mixologist Micheal at Box Social. For daily sipping...my own pear/ginger home brewed Kombucha.
Yoga philosophy: I believe our deepest, most true self simply wants to feel connection... To ourselves, to each other and the greater world. Yoga can take us there through body, breath and awareness, where we see there is no separation. "Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built." -Rumi
A song that makes you want to dance: "Alaska" by Maggie Rogers
Favorite Oregon region? Definitely the Mountains. Skiing, snowshoeing, mountain biking, waterfall hikes... all make my heart sing!
Certifications: 200hr Teacher Training with Yoga Shala & YoYoYogi // Physical Mind Mat Pilates // 500hr Teacher Training at YoYoYogi (in progress), humbly mentoring with Jill Case