(500 hour E-RYT, Ayurvedic Counselor, Founder of Eka Yoga)
Angela first began her practice of meditation and yoga in 2002 to alleviate chronic back pain and symptoms of depression. Since then, Angela has come along way! She has been lucky enough to travel to India twice to study Yoga and Ayurveda and deepen her own practice. She completed her studies through Himalaya Yoga Valley, an internationally accredited yoga program, located in Goa, India. In her program, she studied yoga under Yogacharya Lalit, who has studied under Sri BKS Iyengar, Sri K Pattabhi Jois, Sri Sharath Jois, and Sri BNS Iyengar, and studied Ayurveda under Dr. Rohit Borkar. Most recently, she has completed the Ayurvedic Counseling program through Kerala Ayurveda Academy.
She has a genuine passion for teaching all things and finds joy in encouraging her students to explore their own unique gifts. That passion and belief in honoring every individual's unique qualities is what drove Angela to create and open what is now Eka Yoga.
Angela teaches with Midwest heart, West Coast soul, and enough quirkiness to make the most cynical crack a smile.
When not teaching yoga, you'll most likely find Angela urban hiking with her fur baby (Desta the dachshund) or getting experimental with cooking in the kitchen.
(200 Hour RYT)
The physicality of yoga first caught Sarah's attention as a graduate student seven years ago. Overwhelmed by the stress and pressure that she had mistakenly confused as her baseline state of being, she was desperately seeking a way to disconnect. Sarah distinctly remembers the feeling that came over her in her first yoga class when she realized that yoga was not allowing her the opportunity to disconnect, but rather reconnect. In that place, she found stillness and calm. Sarah believes that yoga reverberates not only on a personal level, it also flows into relationships and overall connectivity with the world around us so that our practice ultimately contributes to a kinder and more peaceful world.
In Sarah's classes, you'll find a blend of art, science, medical knowledge, and therapeutic practices as her career in the medical profession to intertwine with yoga asana, pranayama, meditation, and ayurvedic practices. Although yoga continues as a personal practice, the evolution inspires me to share what I learn in an intentional, creative, and heartfelt way through a softening hatha practice rooted in safety and sustainability.
(500 Hour RYT)
Bayeshan completed her first 500hr teacher training in Baptiste style power vinyasa in 2009 in Salt Lake City. Since moving to Seattle in 2012, Bayeshan has been drawn towards slower-paced yoga practices that emphasize stability of mind and body. During her participation in the 8 Limbs Yoga 500 Hour teacher training program, she was introduced to her current teachers, Rod Stryker, Gary Kraftsow and Sheri Friedrichsen, along with the teachers of the 8 Limbs teacher training program. All of these teachers continue to influence Bayeshan's personal practice and teaching philosophy, propelling her to continuously deepen her studies and generously share all that she has learned. Bayeshan offers practices that increase physical vibrancy by emphasizing the balance of strength and mobility, breath-centric movement and non-habitual movement patterns. Beyond the physical aspect of practice, Bayeshan also invites students to engage in mindful self-inquiry throughout the practice, using one's own awareness and focus to discover greater mental clarity, peace and freedom.
(200 Hour RYT)
As a society, our focus is constantly brought to our outer body. Jenn's belief is that yoga invites us to refocus on our inner light - our inner body. Jenn has had the honor of teaching yin, restorative, gentle Hatha, and slow flow yoga for the last 5 years in beautiful Vancouver (Canada) and in manic but wonderful London (UK). Her classes are non-judgmental, non-competitive, within a safe and comfortable space where you can let go of everyday stress to find balance. Jenn strives to bring a sense of stillness, intention, fun, light and appreciation by working on connecting the body, spirit and mind. Each class incorporates her love of music & words into the practice with guided meditations and connected breath. Jenn Invites yogis to explore themselves with an open heart, an open mind and most importantly, with compassion. Jenn loves the practice of yoga for the clarity of mind and peacefulness that comes from the breath flowing freely in the body. She found yoga when life was a hot mess and wasn’t grounded. It offered her the tools to appreciate her thoughts, her body and to find an appreciation for life – her life. On your mat, Jenn invites you to open your heart to all the delicious gifts yoga has to offer!
(200 Hour RYT, Ayurvedic Counselor, Licensed Massage Therapist)
For Valentina yoga is a practice of self-awareness. She does not approach it as a purely physical activity, but rather an opportunity to develop useful tools for your life off the mat: being self-aware, being present, being mindful, being connected to your breath and your body. By offering options, modifications, props and encouraging curious exploration of movement and mind throughout the practice, Valentina works on creating an individual experience in a group setting, supporting you on your personal yoga journey. She teaches vinyasa yoga, as well as slower, yin/restorative classes and meditation.
Valentina holds a 200 Hour yoga teacher certification, and is currently working towards her 500 Hour yoga certification through Yoga Medicine. She is also an Ayurvedic wellness counselor and massage therapist specializing in Thai massage, and blends this knowledge into her classes.
When not on her mat, she enjoys running and exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest.
(200 Hour E-RYT)
Nancy began practicing yoga in 2001 as a way to strengthen her body after the birth of her first son. She discovered a life altering way to focus her mind through breathing and movement. This is when her practice really took hold.
Knowing firsthand the transformative power of yoga, Nancy became passionate about guiding others through their journey. She completed her 200-hour training and began teaching in 2012. Her intent is to always teach with honesty, a sense of humor and an open heart.
Nancy believes that yoga is the practice of paying attention to the habitual way your thoughts unfold and uncovers the deep grooves of the mind and layers of self so that we can truly know ourselves.
Her classes emphasize clarity of alignment and a steady connection to the breath. Through clear instruction and an exploration of the eightfold path of Ashtanga yoga, Nancy challenges her students to move beyond the physical practice and understand the impact that cultivating self-love and awareness has off the mat.
(200 Hour RYT and Ayurvedic Counselor)
Caitlin Rose is a Yoga and Ayurvedic Teacher and Ayurvedic counselor (E-RYT200, 625Hr AWC). She teaches both private and public yoga and Ayurvedic classes in the Seattle area. As an Ayurvedic educator, Caitlin is able to weave the knowledge of traditional health and wellbeing into her yoga classes, connecting the rhythms of a yoga practice to the rhythms of nature. Caitlin is known for her ability to help students connect to new areas of their practice, by guiding them towards a better understanding of their breath and body connection and introducing mindful alignment. She teaches a strong yet serene practice, leaving students feeling more relaxed, connected and accomplished.
(200 Hour RYT)
Alex has been practicing yoga since 2012. She realized the physical and mental benefits of yoga quickly and fell in love with the practice on and off the mat. She received her RYT 200 from a Baptiste Inspired studio in 2015 and began teaching yoga to foster youth and Seattle Gym. Alex teaches a blend of styles from power vinyasa, vinyasa flow, hatha, restorative and gentle yoga. She is receptive to what her students need and tailors the class to meet their expectations and goals. Alex invites her students to explore their bodies with ahimsa (compassion) and svadhyaya (curiosity). Alex is also the Content and Community Engagement Manager for Seattle Yoga News.
(200 Hour E-RYT)
Colleen began to practice yoga sporadically around 2003. Over time she realized how therapeutic yoga was, both mentally and physically. Yoga has helped her through multiple injuries and she has a profound respect for her body now. Yoga continues to be her passion and her healing, happy space.
Colleen completed her 200 hour teacher training through the esteemed Samadhi Yoga. She has also received Continuing Education training from The Grinning Yogi (Creative Sequencing) and Twist Yoga Edmonds (Yin).
Colleen enjoys being playful and challenging, while also bringing alignment awareness to her classes. She encourages students to come join her outside their comfort zone and find acceptance of themselves in their practice.
In her spare time, Colleen loves spending time with her cat, Galadriel. She likes to read, watch movies, and go hiking. She is also drawn to Energy Medicine Yoga, Myofascial relief, and Sound Healing.
(200 Hour RYT and Kids Yoga Teacher)
Camille had been practicing yoga since 2009 when she came to the practice as a means to relieve stress during college. This sparked a journey of self-discovery and a yearning to share her experience with others. After teaching yoga to teens in the summer of 2011, she was inspired to bring yoga to youth as a means to help them be better prepared for the stress of young adult life. She gained a Master's Degree in Child Studies in 2014 and then pursued a 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training in 2015. She continues to teach yoga to kids and adults hoping to promote calm, confidence, and connection to self and others. She aims to make her classes lighthearted and accessible to students of all ages and levels.
In her free time Camille loves to travel, read, cook, and snuggle her two year old Cockapoo, Willow.
(500 Hour RYT)
Annabell specializes in prenatal/postpartum, trauma informed, restorative, and Ayurveda yoga. She loves teaching and daily practicing yoga. She believes life is a journey and we are all on our own paths, however when our paths intersect, we can find hope and healing. Yoga has become something on her path that has brought deep connection and strength within herself and to the community around her. Moments we can pause, consider, see, and celebrate the NOW can be beautiful. She believes yoga helps us daily both on and off the mat to discover that gift. It would be a pleasure for her to journey with you on your path and practice of yoga regardless of your background or experience.
(200 Hour RYT)
Rachel began a yoga practice in 2000 for physical reasons, to become stronger and more flexible, yet after that first class, it created a lasting impression, which eventually evolved into a way of life. Her path has taken her to different styles of yoga, yet what remains
consistent, is a strong desire to go deeper within. Yoga became a way of healing and as she grew physically she also grew spiritually, developing a regular meditation practice.
These passions for seated meditation, and the moving meditation of yoga, eventually lead Rachel to become a yoga teacher.
In 2015, Rachel completed her TT at Shakti Vinyasa Yoga, and shortly after she completed Shakti’s Teacher Mentorship program. She is now participating in Synergy’s Teacher Mentorship program for an advanced Yoga and Ayurveda study.
Rachel combines hatha and vinyasa styles into her yoga classes with an opportunity to settle the mind, connect and expand. Rachel believes that we all have a spiritual knowing within, and in her classes you will be given the chance to grow physically, spiritually and
mentally to unite with your whole self.
(200 Hour RYT)
While Jason had casually dabbled in yoga for years, sporadically and inconsistently attending classes at various studios, it wasn't until unrolling his mat one particular winter night during a year-long sabbatical living alone in the woods above the Hood Canal that he caught his first glimpse of what a truly embodied experience - the union of soul, mind, and body - could feel like. From that moment, his curiosity and fascination about the practice has been the primary compass by which he has navigated his life, leading him to the incomparable teachers and programming at 8 Limbs Yoga Centers where he received his 200-hour RYT certification.
Since then, by no means has his path in yoga been smooth, easy, or linear... and he wouldn't have it any other way. This is what lies at the foundation of Jason's practice and of the classes he teaches: A committed yoga practice is not about self-improvement. It is about self-acceptance, self-compassion, and self-love... and not merely in service of our own well-being, but for the fact that when we learn to take better care of ourselves, we thereby exponentially increase our capacity and propensity to care for others.
By exploring the depths, subtleties, and nuances of our bodies, our breath, and our inner wisdom - primarily within the context of a slow flow - Jason aims to bring to the surface the joys and liberation of continual self-exploration
In her classes, Brenda values precision, mindfulness, and a great playlist. She enjoys a thoughtful sequence to encourage greater focus, equanimity, and mental clarity. Brenda was drawn to the physical practice of yoga which has led her on this journey of self-awareness and exploring different philosophical practices. She stumbled upon yoga in a corporate wellness class while working in San Francisco. At the time she didn’t realize the amount of emotional distress she carried with her. Something about the yoga practice made her realize that she didn’t need to constantly feel anxious, stressed, and disempowered.
In 2013, she went on to complete her 200-Hour from YogaWorks in her hometown of Los Angeles, CA. Most recently, she spent some time in Vrindavan, India studying the Bhagavad Gita and Vedic Psychology which are her latest musings. Brenda recently moved to Seattle from New York City where she spent her time diversifying yoga in Harlem, and bringing wellness to residential buildings. Off the mat you can find her running, looking for new coffee shops, or listening to some random podcast.
(200 Hour RYT)
Phoebe started practicing yoga on and off at the young age of 13. She always knew she wanted to be a yoga teacher, but felt she had to have the perfect practice/ perfect yoga body, before she could do so. Over the past few years her practice evolved to be more then an hour of physical activity. Her mat became a place of deep healing and connection. "Moving my body to my breath allows me the freedom to drop my ego and really become one with my authentic self." This freedom gave Phoebe the courage & motivation to step up and become the teacher she always dreamed of being. Now you can find her practicing, teaching, and expanding her knowledge of yoga and herself. She shines her light bright and her classes invite you to do the same. Phoebe also loves reading tarot, writing, and playing with her cat Hudini. You can learn more about her here: www.starhearted.com & follow her on instagram: starheartedphoebe
(200 Hour RYT)
Natalie believes in creating a space that allows each individual to arrive as they are, offering the opportunity for inclusivity, peace, and freedom. Her practice is rooted in a personal history of dance and movement, physical fitness and a love for the yoga teachings. Her formal practice began on the east coast in New York and has been nourished by her move to the pacific northwest. She received her teacher training with Synergy Yoga & Auyrveda in Seattle and practices in and around the city. When traveling, Natalie loves finding and practicing at local yoga studios to enrich her knowledge of yoga and experience. Drawing from her art and design background and a desire to share her love of yoga, Natalie strives to offer an element of creativity and joy to each one of her classes.
(200 Hour E-RYT)
Since 2006, Megan has been a curious and free-spirited student of yoga. The practice transformed her life, urging her to share the magic with others. Completion of a 200-hour teacher training at Seattle Yoga Arts in 2008 introduced Megan to the teachings of ancient and modern yoga and spiritual texts, past and current yogis, meditation, breath work, and the teacher within. In May 2017, she become a Certified Ayurveda Yoga Specialist through the Himalayan Institute. Megan teaches yoga with heart; mind-body-heart alignment set to the rhythm of breath and guided by a heart-centered theme to connect the practice to life off the mat. Students are encouraged to cultivate an understanding of their physical capacity while expanding their perception of ability. Meditation and Ayurveda contribute to the grounding, uplifting, and insightful meaning of the practice, enriching all aspects of life. Classes are dedicated to the student as they walk into the studio each week, honoring the present, gaining wisdom for the future, embracing the unique. Seattle has been home since 2005, and the seemingly limitless opportunities to commune with nature, dance to live music, connect with like-minded folks, be herself, and easily venture to other climates when the tropical beach beckons keep her here.
(200 Hour E-RYT)
Gretchen Griffin is an experienced yoga teacher (ERYT 200) who is inspired to support others in developing a meaningful yoga practice. Gretchen's heart-centered teaching is deeply rooted in a meditative approach to yoga to ensure her students find balance in their lives. Her empowering classes are infused with elements of life coaching, energetic healing, and inspirational ideas to apply yogic insights to one’s life off the mat.