Sarah found her way to yoga as a mom of 3 kids who needed a way to calm her monkey mind and carve out time for herself. While finding that peace and calm during practice, she discovered these benefits flowed into all aspects of her life. She knew that she wanted yoga to be part of her life for the rest of her life. Sarah completed Discover Yoga's Instructor Certification program in 2012, and is registered with Yoga Alliance at the 200-hour level. She is also the owner of White Orchid Soap Company. She emphasizes the importance of awareness and breath in her own practice and in her classes, as well as compassion for self and others.
I am a ERYT-200 hour certified yoga instructor trained in the Viniyoga tradition, a birth doula and a mom of five fabulous children. I began practicing yoga in 1996 after the birth of my third child as a way to get my body back in shape, but discovered along the way that the practice brought me so much more than a healthy body. My yoga practice provides peace and balance and reminds me to take life as it comes, one breath at a time.
My passion is teaching prenatal yoga classes and workshops. I draw on my personal experience and my training as a doula to help expectant individuals move through pregnancy and birth with greater strength and ease and confidence.
Allen started practicing yoga in 2007, seeking relief from low back problems. Since then, he has found that relief, and more. As a way of deepening his practice, he completed Discover Yoga's Instructor Certification program in 2012, and is registered with Yoga Alliance at the 200-hour level. He believes in the importance of "teaching the students who are in front of you", and his classes reflect that focus. As his students are encouraged to adapt their yoga to their own needs, he tries to adapt his teaching to whoever is in the class. He also likes to add an element of playfulness, whether it's flowing poses together in a different way, or merely finding the joy in linking breath and movement. He currently teaches an All Levels class on Thursdays at 5:30PM, as well as occasionally substituting for other instructors.
When not practicing yoga, he works as a software engineer, finding yoga helpful there as well in reducing stress and maintaining his overall health and fitness.
Angela is a Northwest Native and was drawn to Yoga in 1997 when she suffered sciatic pain during and after the birth of her first child. She continued to practice for many years before she decided to dive deeper in her studies. She loves sharing what she has learned, and how it has greatly affected her life in a positive way. Yoga has so many facets, and she continues to learn and use yoga in her everyday life! She studied and trained in the Viniyoga lineage, where function is stressed over form, and emphasis on integrating the flow of movement with breath, under Tracy Weber at Whole Life Yoga in the Greenlake area of Seattle. She became certified on Aug 1st, 2011 at the RYT-200 level and is a member of Yoga Alliance. Angela has a unique ability to connect with her students with knowledge, understanding and compassion.
“Those who discover the knowledge of yoga and fail to share it are as thieves" - Sri T. Krishnamacharya
Yoga has been in Beth’s life since 2003, when she was drawn to it as a way to recover and heal from back pain. She completed her teacher training through the Discover Yoga Instructor Certification Program in 2008. In her own practice, she has found that a challenge on the mat often mirrors a challenge in life. Beth’s classes allow each student to explore this from their own unique perspective. In yoga and in life, it is Beth’s continual practice to walk in awareness, observation, strength and flexibility.
Dana, more fondly known as "Miss Dana" by her students, has the amazing ability to inspire and motivate others through her contagiously optimistic outlook on life. Always quick to point out the silver lining in the face of adversity, she has helped to light many a path for those who have set out to accomplish sometimes seemingly impossible tasks. During her years in the world of dance, she was very fortunate to have studied ballet and modern dance under the tutelage of Ballet Mistress Suzuko Riewe; of the American Ballet Theater. In 2005 Dana discovered her path to yoga. It began in the presence of Yogi Master, Dr. Michael Gladych, in an amazing exploration of self-inquiry. In 2009 she enrolled in the yoga teacher training program at the Samarya Center in Seattle where she found inspiration, peace, and community. She enthusiastically embraced her time there and has devoted numerous hours to her yoga studies specializing in yoga for kids.
Gloria has been practicing yoga since 2000 and has recently completed her 200 hour RYT certification at Discover Yoga. She began practicing yoga to improve flexibility and low back issues, and realized over time, that yoga was so much more. It’s now an integral part of her life, and has helped her navigate life’s journey with more acceptance and compassion. Recently retired from corporate life, she is now enjoys sharing the benefits of yoga with others and is pursuing her 500 hour RYT certification. Gloria also enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, reading, gardening, walking/hiking, knitting, cooking and eating!
Kadee brings a sense of playfulness and humility to her practice. She is open-minded and compassionate, and loves to see you smile. Enthusiastic about the multifaceted benefits of yoga, Kadee uses her knowledge in Asana (postures), Pranayama (breathing), and Meditation to guide her students through a practice that focuses on mind-body connection (mindfulness). With training in the Viniyoga style, Kadee uses adaptations in yoga and offers variation in postures to fit individual needs
Kate has practiced, trained & taught yoga for the past 14 years in Ireland, India and the US. She has been very fortunate to have been taught and mentored by such knowledgeable & wise yoga experts such as Donna Farhi, Rod Stryker, Guruji Vishwas Mandlik & Marie Quail, all of whom have imparted their experience and wisdom onto her. In her own words Kate says that “Yoga has brought balance, certainty & energy to my life both on and off the mat”. As an Instructor & Yoga Therapist her approach is heartfelt, encouraging, positive & non-judgmental. Kate’s classes are warm and inviting. She likes to teach strong, mindful vinyasa practices which she feels encourages her students to explore and connect to their inner strength and wisdom. She believes that when we are connected to the inner self there are no boundaries. We can see clearly our true purpose and the means of achieving it. Her life experiences have taught her that it is true to say that we are not defined by our thoughts, condition or situation, but rather by how we overcome them and who we become in the process. Her prenatal classes are nurturing, and restorative with attention given to supporting Mother and baby during this precious time of transition and growth.
Her mantra is “go gently but with purpose……”
“I look forward to meeting with you soon in our wonderful yoga space”
Kim completed the Intensive Yoga Studies and the Apprenticeship Programs at Discover Yoga in Redmond in 1998. She is continually exploring the practice of yoga as a student and a teacher (both locally and internationally). She invokes a friendly and safe environment in her classes and enjoys composing new and different methods to approach the specific needs of each student and to provide appropriate challenges.
Kim uses yoga to bring clarity and focus to the mind, energy and relaxation to the body, and a chance to connect with one’s self. She focuses on becoming more aware of the body as well as the mind in order to reduce dis-ease caused by stress and promote a healthy lifestyle.
Lauren found yoga during college as a means to connect with herself and quiet her life in the midst of a busy day. Yoga became a way to encounter stillness. Through her practice she learned to accept life and its everyday challenges with compassion and gratitude. After relocating to Washington from the East Coast, yoga became a grounding practice through this change and she began routinely taking classes at Discover Yoga, and received her 200 hour RYT in 2016. I have a passion for people and helping them realize their own unique gifts through yoga practice. I believe in helping the individual meet the practice where they are and aim to gear classes towards the students. I invite you to come join me and share your practice, grace and strength.
Dr. Patricia Shelton, M.D., R.Y.T., is a yogini, a doctor, and a mom. She earned a Bachelor's in neurobiology and a Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Washington. A longtime practitioner of yoga, she studied with Sattva Yoga to receive her RYT-200, and has completed an additional yoga teacher training with Yoon's Yoga Bliss. Her specialty certifications include Prenatal Yoga (with 8 Limbs Yoga Centers) and Children's Yoga (with Little Friends Yoga). She is currently studying in a multi-year Meditation Teacher Training with Camille Maurine and Dr. Lorin Roche, and is very excited to share these teachings. She is also the proud mother of two wonderful children, an 8-year-old son and a 5-year-old daughter. She is passionate about sharing the many benefits of yoga, and loves bringing her scientific and medical knowledge to her yoga practice and teaching.
Phyllis began her study and practice of yoga over 40 years ago. Grateful to see how yoga has unfolded over the decades, Phyllis enjoys sharing the depth and breadth of the beauty of yoga to enrich others'. She is a certified and registered yoga teacher and therapist through American Viniyoga Institute, as well as having a B.A. in Psychology, C.Ht. and has worked closely with a Buddhist teacher for the past 22 years. Phyllis elegantly weaves her knowledge of Western and Eastern thought together to create a bridge of understanding and experience for her students. For more information: www.hypnobirthingandyoga.com
Teaching yoga in an accessible way is my mission. I have been practicing yoga for the past 10 years, however yoga took it's permanent place in my life soon after the birth of my daughter in 2007. Yoga has been a journey of self-acceptance and self-awareness for me, and it's my philosophy is that everyone can get something positive out of yoga that translates into their everyday lives. In June 2010, I completed my 200-hour RYT certificate from Discover Yoga.
Throughout my life physical movement has always given me peace in body, mind, and spirit. In my teens I was involved in all kinds of sports particularly running, swimming, and cycling. In my twenties, I studied martial arts and obtained my black belt in Shotokan karate. Then in my thirties I was drawn to the familiar practices of yoga which I had been exposed to in my childhood. Over a number of years I explored many different styles of yoga and in 2007 I began teaching Hatha and Vinyasa classes.
In 2010, I moved to Seattle to deepen my studies with my spiritual teacher. Once here, I was exposed to Viniyoga which resonated deeply. I subsequently obtained my Viniyoga teaching certificate in 2011 and began teaching group classes at area studios.
Having seen the healing quality of yoga over the years, I am now focused on the therapeutic application of Viniyoga and am enrolled in a Yoga Therapy Foundations training program through Essential Yoga Therapy.