Andrea Bell is a licensed NIA Black Belt teacher with a deep devotion to teaching this athletically-based, Mind/Body practice. She is a wonderful teacher, gentle, patient and kind, inspirational and encouraging. Andrea writes: “NIA in Swahili means “with purpose”…and that unfolding of purpose is what ignites multidimensionality amidst a sea of movement Joy. As a student of this practice for over 13 years,and teacher for one year, Andrea has witnessed first hand the power of transformation in those to whom this practice speaks, over and over and over again. If it is your desire to come more alive, this practice is for you! "Through movement and music we find greater health and joy."
Saffire Bouchelion (on sabbatical in Bali, Jan - May 2013!)
Saffire Bouchelion is a Black Belt Nia instructor who has been passionately practicing Nia for 15 years. He is also a professional performer and musician who has been featured on over 38 CD's, and has opened for several national acts, including Cheryl Crow, Crash Test Dummies, and Barenaked Ladies. His embodiment and transmission of music and rhythm stir profound transformation in his students.Saffire co-founded two experimental dance companies in 1986 and 1989, and has performed with Danelle Hellander Dance Company and Mergence Dance Theater. For seven years he was co-director of the Ecstatic Choir, five at Naropa University where he was also a musical accompanist for dance and movement classes, and taught drumming for continuing education. He has taught drumming and vocal workshops throughout the US, Europe, and Mexico.
Anna Dale: 2nd and 4th Thursdays, 7:10pm
Anna Dale has been dancing in Portland's ecstatic dance community for many years and is a regular DJ for Sacred Circle Dance on Sunday mornings. She fell in love with the dance as a healing art through weekend dance workshops held at the beautiful Waves Studio in Olympia, Washington and went on to complete Moving Body & Spirit (a conscious dance leadership training with Paula Byrne). Inspired by beauty, grace, kindness, and a wildness of soul & spirit Anna has set herself on a path of creating sacred space for herself and others where healing, play, and magic become possible. She also works as a licensed massage therapist with Phantom Orchid Healing Arts and is creator of In-Body, a bi-monthly dance in SW Portland.
Andrea Gomez: W 7:15pm
Andrea started doing yoga in 2005 as a way to work with a lower back injury that resulted from a car accident. In addition to getting stronger physically, she discovered that a regular practice gave her the emotional and spiritual courage to create a life that inspired her. Moved the by the self-empowerment cultivated by Forrest yoga, Andrea completed her Forrest Yoga teacher training in 2012, beginning the adventure of a lifetime that brought her to Portland to teach yoga and take the pre-requisites necessary for Physical Therapy School.
As a teacher, Andrea's mission is to help people become unstuck from the things that keep them from being who they would like to be. Her classes are full of energy and love and she aims to create a fun and nurturing environment in every class. By using creative and anatomically thought-out sequencing and hands-on assists, her students are guaranteed to break a sweat, especially when being asked to breathe into muscles they did not know existed.
Elisabeth Horan: Th 12pm, Fri 6pm
Elisabeth and a friend first tried to "do yoga" during the summer before high school back in Florida. Without any previous reference they lit a candle, made shapes, breathed and laughed. Elisabeth remembers feeling very light hearted. More than a decade later, she finds herself across the country in Portland, OR. Throughout practice and teaching, Elisabeth tries to remember this "first yoga" story of my own to impart the warmth and lightness of heart that can be found within each of us. Yoga can offer a stillness of the mind and a heightened link to the physical plane that can greatly impact all areas of life. As an artist, she appreciates how yoga calms her mental nonsense and allows space for balance and creativity. Elisabeth hopes to offer a practice where each student can feel encouraged, playful, and free. She is very thankful to her teachers, and looks forward to sharing and learning with this new Vibrant community!
Ayelet Katz: Monday 6:15pm
Ayelet has been studying yoga philosophy, modalities and history for the last nine years. Through her continued study, love and reverence for yoga, she completed her 200 Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) training and is currently pursuing her 500 RYT. She has been fortunate enough to study with amazing teachers from around the world and hopes to share what she has learned with all her students. For Ayelet, yoga is the continual discovery of what is truthful and what is possible when following one’s own dharma. It is through yoga that everyone can find healing, joy, self awareness and strength.
She offers a safe, creative space and provides access to yoga’s wellspring including: alignment-based asana practice, pranayama, meditation, mantra and chanting. She has been teaching yoga for two years and finds daily joy and energy in sharing its life expanding possibilities both on and off the mat.
Find out more about Ayelet and her classes & workshops by visiting her here: yellowyogi.org.
Liz Kohl: T/Th 10:30am
Liz is delighted to return to her native Northwest after her musical studies took her on an adventure to study in Texas. Though a pianist by profession, Liz has always felt deeply connected to dance and movement and had her first exposure to yoga in a community college class when she was 16. As an amateur ballerina from an early age, Liz fell in love with Vinyasa Yoga in the dance department of University of Washington, where she received a minor in dance along with her music degree. It was in Seattle that Liz started to incorporate yoga as a more integral part of her love of movement.
After becoming a certified yoga instructor through Core Power Yoga's 200-hour teacher training, she offered free yoga classes to her applied students and music majors at Baylor University. She used her work with beginning students and seasoned yogis for research in her thesis, which would work toward integrating yoga for tension assessment in piano students. In her thesis, Liz paired her understanding of the body and the unnecessary tension she has observed in students in her thesis research project: “Cultivating Awareness in the Piano Student: An Integration of Yoga and Relaxation Methodologies.” She hopes to continue her study and pairing of yoga as a holistic way of teaching and understanding music.
Liz Larson: Wed 6pm,Sun 10am
Yoga has been present in Liz's life since childhood. At the age of six she would practice asanas in the living room with her mother, usually ending with falling down and laughing. She began studying yoga seriously in 1999 while living in Santa Fe, NM. Yoga has followed her the past 14 years and been a touchstone of calm, strength and health. She completed her 200 hour yoga teacher certification at the Lotus Seed School in Portland, OR.
Kristen Miller: Wed/ Th 9:15am
Kristen discovered yoga 13 years ago after having her first child, as she was looking for a way to transition from the business world to full-time mom. It became her sanctuary and a way to stay grounded, yet challenged, as her family expanded and her role in life evolved. The requirement of yoga to be completely present was a welcome change; and the new empowerment she gained inspired her to become an instructor. She finished her 200-hour certification, along with extended training, from CorePower Yoga in early 2012; and has continued with additional trainings by Anne O'Brien, Bryan Kest, and Amy Stone. She has enjoyed teaching adults at various yoga studios, businesses and health clubs, as well as high school students through a program called, Yoga Across America. She feels so
blessed to be able to share the benefits of yoga and the power of the mind/body connection with others.
Erika Owen: Sat 10:30am
Erika began moving her feet in a ballet class at the ripe old age of three and hasn’t stopped moving since. Dance, modern and ballet, were her life until she discovered the circus arts while in college at Florida State University. In true vata form, she was drawn to the air working acts such as Spanish Web and Flying Trapeze. Following a spill and a few stitches later, Erika pursued a more grounded approach to life with a career in Urban Planning. Not suited for life behind a desk, she turned to yoga six years ago and has not looked back since.
Experiencing the transformative, nourishing, and sustaining forces of a yoga practice first hand, Erika wants nothing more than to share the depth of this practice with others. She received her 200-hour yoga teacher certification from Tiffany Cruikshank and is thrilled to bring the movement meditation of a Vinyasa and Vinyasa/Dance practice to the Vibrant Studios community. In keeping with the wisdom of an ancient African proverb, “When you pray, move your feet.” In her spare time, Erika loves to travel and is pursuing her Masters degree in Public Health, Health Promotion at Portland State University.
Kristi Parson: Tues 12pm
Kristi ‘SolFire’ Parson is a conscious movement artist and facilitator. Kristi lives in a practice of movement meditation through dancing, doing yoga, running or simply mindfully moving daily, which translates into her body awareness that helps invoke playful and spirited mindfulness into all shared forms of movement experiences.
In 2003, Kristi discovered the calming and meditative effects of yoga when she started her yoga practice while living in Boston. She continued her study of yoga after realizing that she experiences profound moments on the mat during every yoga class. Kristi received her 200-hour Instructor Certification in Vinyasa yoga through the Lotus Seed School of Yoga in Portland, OR. Kristi incorporates elements of all the different styles of yoga that she has practiced over the years into each class that she teaches, from core focused power vinyasa to a more traditional hatha asana series, to gentle and restorative yoga. Her favorite classes to teach are early morning classes, as they awaken the body slowly and have a lasting impact on the rest of the day. She also loves inspiring beginners to find their inner yogi.
Kristi is devoted to living life as an integrative healer. She is the founder of Womp Stomp, which is a facilitated conscious dance experience that integrates African dance, meditative movement and bass heavy electronic music. She is currently in massage school and loves how yoga compliments massage by turning giving massage into a dance with the body that helps physically support the giving.
SaraHope is a planetary healer, activist, and ecopreneur who has been a yoga practicioner for more than two decades. She began as a Hatha yogini in Santa Cruz, attending regular retreats at Mt. Madonna. She studied massage while living in Sweden and returned to the Los Angeles area, where she became licensed and worked for a well known Finnish spa in Sherman Oaks. She relocated to San Francisco and continued her practice with the Integral Yoga Institute, studying the yogic teachings of Sri Swami Satchidananda. While in San Francisco, SaraHope also co-founded the west coast’s first dedicated biodiesel fuel station, Berkeley’s Biofuel Oasis – a worker-owned cooperative.
On January 1, 2001 she attended her first Kundalini yoga class and her life changed forever. From the moment she chanted her first mantra, she immediately felt called to the path of Kundalini yoga, the “yoga of awareness,” as taught by Yogi Bhajan. She graduated from a six-month yoga teacher training in 2002 and has been teaching since then. Annually, SaraHope attends the international Summer Solstice Sadhana kundalini yoga gathering in New Mexico, where she manages the eco footprint of the event and studies with senior teachers including Gurmukh, GuruSingh, and Snatam Kaur. Come join SaraHope for focused classes or private sessions that will help you move through your blocks, and develop deeper connection with yourself.
Sam Rain: W 3pm
Sam always knew she wanted to help people, but it wasn't until discovering alternative ways of healing did she find her true passion. She first stumbled across alternative healing while attending the Southwest Institute of Healing Arts for yoga teacher training. There, she met many amazing people and learned a lot about the different healing modalities throughout the world. She then began her studies in hypnotherapy and life coaching, and was immediately taken over by the powerful affect it had on her life. Sam believes that everyone deserves to live a happy, healthy life and strives to help others achieve their goals through a loving, non-judgemental approach.
Sam is a certified clinical hypnotherapist and life coach. She specializes in helping individuals build their self-esteem and create positive changes in their lives. She is currently practicing at The Float Shoppe in NW Portland, and also regularly holds hypnotherapy introductory workshops. www.samrainhypnosis.com
Lexi Reale: Tues 5:45 & 7pm
Alexis began her movement training in New Hampshire at age 3 where she studied tap, jazz, ballet, and modern dance. Throughout High School and College she taught dance to adults and children, and it was through her dance studio that she was introduced to yoga. Shortly after moving to Portland 3 years ago she discovered Ombase Yoga where she began her practice of Yin Yoga. No other style of yoga had encouraged her to explore so freely in the poses, and this subtle practice immediately resonated with her. Alexis recently completed her 200 hour training in beautiful Tulum, Mexico and her Kids Yoga training here in Portland. Alexis is also a member of Sundari Dance Company, a local Bellydance Troupe. Alexis looks forward to continuing her yin yoga studies and passing these teachings onto others.
Becky Rissman: W/F 12:30pm, W 4:30pm
Becky Rissman took her first brave steps onto a sticky mat while living in sunny California in 2001. Yoga followed her to Des Moines, Rome, and eventually to Chicago, where she gave into her dream and became a certified yoga instructor in 2008. Becky strives to bring an enthusiastic and vibrant world-view into each of her yoga classes. She believes firmly in the power of positive thinking, the importance of working up a sweat, and the benefits of eating desserts. When she’s not practicing yoga, Becky loves hiking, cooking, and writing children’s books—she’s published over 150 of them!
Kristen Titko: Mon 7:30pm workshop series, Th 5:45pm
Kristen Titko has been dancing for over 35 years. She studied Ballet, Jazz, Modern, and Bellydance. She was featured as a dancer in the movie Showgirls and was honored to be a judge for Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance at the Columbus, OH auditions in 2008. Kristen owned and operated multiple dance studios in the Midwest, and has taught thousands of women how to feel good through creative movement. After taking some time off to relocate to Portland, OR and return to school full time, she is looking forward to restarting her dance program.
Kristen is married with three amazing kids, two dogs and three cats. In her spare time she is an avid reader, a practitioner of yoga and meditation, although not as often as she would like, and loves hiking, beach days, and watching movies.