Xochilt

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

Alex Cole
Tony

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.

 

Parisa Vassei
Tori

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.

Eugene Serebrennikov
Terri

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

Parisa Vassei
Shea

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

Alex Cole
Sara

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

Alex Cole
Roger

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

Parisa Vassei
Paul

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

Alex Cole
Leah

Favorite PDX hangout: Sapphire Hotel

Favorite NW beverage: COFFEE anywhere, any kind, but I mostly love Extracto AND Stoller Rose

Yoga philosophy: "Yoga is a dance within...and then something inside you grows so big, it spills out like champagne, that's when you dance on the outside." -Tao Porchon-Lynch

A song that makes you want to dance: Oh L'Amour by Erasure

Favorite Oregon region? Hood River (Gorge) Black Butte (central) Gearhart (Coast)

Certifications: RYT certified by YoYoYogi working towards RYT 500 at YoYoYogi // ACE Personal Trainer // Spinning instructor

 

Eugene Serebrennikov
Lara

Favorite PDX hangout: Ken's Bakery. Those lemon croissants though!

Favorite NW beverage: COFFEE! It's why I am excited to wake up in the morning. Cafe Umbria is my favorite coffee. 

Yoga philosophy: "The circumstances we ask God to change are often the circumstances God is using to change us."  -Max Lucado

A song that makes you want to dance: Twist & Shout

Favorite Oregon region? Oregon Coast

Certifications: RYT 200 // LMT

Eugene Serebrennikov
Kristi

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

Eugene Serebrennikov
Jill

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. 

Parisa Vassei
Isabel

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

Parisa Vassei
Ian

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

Alex Cole
Galen

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

Parisa Vassei
Eve

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

Eugene Serebrennikov
David

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)

Fitness philosophy: My favorite quotes are from Bruce Lee because he's the king of Self-Actualization. "There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them."  AND “Adapt what is useful, reject what is useless, and add what is specifically your own.” 

A song that makes you want to dance: The Cure - Just Like Heaven

Favorite Oregon region? The City 

Eugene Serebrennikov
Ashley

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

Eugene Serebrennikov
Angie

Favorite PDX hangout: When I go out it's to eat! Brunch at Tasty n Alder is my favorite way to spend time out with friends and family.

Favorite NW beverage: NW Pinot Noir from the Willamette Valley.  Too many wonderful choices to just choose one!

Yoga philosophy: "What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Song that makes you want to dance: Bruno Mars - Uptown Funk

Favorite Oregon region: Central Oregon, high dessert surrounded by mountains and rivers

Certifications: RYT 200 certified by YoYoYogi // Classical Pilates Certified // Certified Barre Trainer

Parisa Vassei
Allison

Favorite PDX hangout: Anywhere complex carbs are served

Favorite NW beverage: Revival smoothie and/or coconut cider from Prasad

Yoga philosophy: Truth is one, paths are many. 

A song that makes you want to dance: Kanye. Anything Kanye.

Favorite Oregon region? This is an impossible question

Certifications: 200 hour training at ShivaShakti in Camden, Maine // Ayurvedic yoga and nutrition course from the Ayurvedic Institute in New Mex.

Alex Cole