Avery is a graduate of The Movement Center’s 200 hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training Program in Portland, Oregon. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Development Studies and has spent the last seven years working on Fair Trade and sustainable development projects in Cochabamba, Bolivia, Columbus, OH (her hometown) and in Portland.
“I believe that yoga acts as a microcosm of life off of the mat. It teaches us self acceptance, reflective awareness, and how to communicate kindly and intentionally with ourselves and others. I also firmly believe that the compassion, understanding, and forgiveness we learn from yoga are the building blocks of strong, supportive communities – communities that respect people, the planet, and interact peacefully with others. This is my main motivation for teaching.
My teaching style is playful and explorative. In my classes, you can expect emphasis on the use of breath to support movement and deepen the experience, as well as useful alignment cues to ensure safety and optimal functioning of the body. It is my hope that students will leave my classes feeling a stronger connection to the Self, grounded, and open in both body and mind. I look forward to seeing you in class, learning, growing and creating together.”
Crystal was born and raised here in Portland, Oregon. She has a BA in Psychology. In addition to practicing and teaching yoga, she enjoys working at her friend’s super fun bar, Turn! Turn! Turn!, handcrafting candles, and traveling.
“I’ve been practicing yoga since 2000 and loving it! Since 2015, I have over 500 training hours as an RYT certified through Yoga Alliance and Living Yoga.
My classes are intended to provide students with a safe and fun environment to have their own practice. I encourage students to let their bodies tell them where to go, taking a full expression or a modification, for example. In my classes, we will aim to collectively focus on the breath and stay in the present moment, all while giving our bodies a good work out”.
Emily graduated with her 200 Yoga Teacher Training certificate from The White Lotus Foundation in Santa Barbara, California in 2013. She has been practicing various styles of yoga since 2008 and is drawn to the philosophy, spirituality, and accessibility of yoga.
“I am originally from Illinois and moved to Portland to attend the National University of Natural Medicine. I am currently working toward my Naturopathic Doctoral degree to bring a more natural and holistic side to health care. Yoga fits in perfectly into the holistic lifestyle I want to bring to my community.
My yoga teaching style encourages introspection, mindfulness, and meeting your body where it is at each moment. Yoga is for every body and all walks of life, so I show many modifications to cater to all types of yogis! Each class will involve grounding, strength, self-love, compassion, and breath awareness. My hope is for you to leave class feeling happy, healthy, and complete.”
Melissa has been practicing yoga for 7 years & teaching for 2. She began her practice to heal from a chronic, painful bladder condition diagnosis, and fell in love with yoga as it positively transformed her mind, body & spirit. She appreciates how yoga has taught her to tune in to her body and slow down to listen. She received her 200hr Vinyasa flow instructor certification from the Lotus Seed in Portland, OR in 2014. Since then, she has been traveling, teaching on the road at hostels & festivals, and organizing donation based yoga in the park. She has been based in Portland for the past 4 years, and can be found teaching yoga in studios & parks in Portland & Vancouver, or at school studying herbalism & nutrition. Her yoga classes include a balance of soft & slow and strong & challenging poses, tailored for the beginner with options to make a pose more supported or take it a bit further if you wish.
Amanda “B” Barnett has been studying wellness for the greater part of her life. She has a BS in Psychology & studied secular based Mindfulness meditation and Loving Kindness practice with Insight LA. She received her yoga certification through SOLA School of the Contemplative Arts with an emphasis on somatics and anatomy & studied breathwork with Erin Telford. She is an Advanced Reiki practitioner and is currently studying Vitalist herbalism with The Evolutionary School of Herbalism. You can find her at barneyandflow.com
Donica has been sharing the joys of movement with others her whole life. She has been a yoga teacher since 2008, a trained dancer from childhood through college, and a certified acupuncturist in the Portland area since 2016, donicaschmidtacupuncture.com.
Healthy movement and food-based preventative medicine are cornerstones of her acupuncture and yoga practices. In her classes, she focuses on alignment, physical awareness, and graceful breathing. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned yogi, you are welcome to join her vinyasa-inspired classes in exploring your own body’s potential for healing and contentment in movement. Hope to see you soon
I love yoga as the fusion of breath and movement. Asana and pranayama help me to tap into that space of connectivity where the inner worlds and outer worlds so gracefully intertwine. My practice focuses on self honoring and self reverence, and taking those deep feelings of wholeness out into the world. Yoga helps me to recalibrate, to find the point of equilibrium within and to move from a place of balance and tranquility on and off the mat.
I strive to create a safe and joyful environment for students to confidently explore their practice and tap into their inner strengths. I enjoy teaching classes based in vinyasa principles with the belief that students find centeredness through movement and breath. My classes tend to be challenging yet accessible, as I incorporate therapeutic elements of music and aromatherapy to supplement the flow. My hope is that you leave my class sweaty, grounded, and with more love for yourself.
Amanda received her RYT 200 hour teacher training from Karma Yoga in Portland, Oregon and has been practicing for over 10 years. She has a Bachelor of Science in Community Health Education from Portland State University and is a Registered Health Coach currently working at Providence Health & Services as a Health Promotion Coordinator.
Kelli received her 200-hour RYS teaching certificate from Transcending Yoga, a small yoga school located in her hometown in the south outer banks of North Carolina. In addition to yoga training, she also holds a Masters of Science in Kinesiology with a concentration in Sport and Exercise Psychology as well as a Bachelors of Science in Health and Fitness. To complete her MS, she developed and implemented an intervention utilizing Mindfulness in physical activity. She is also a Board Certified Reflexologist with specialized training in Integrated Soul Energy Therapy.
“I began practicing yoga nearly 10 years ago as an elective in college. The universe presented yoga to me at a critical time in my life and it has continued to be a driving force. Throughout my training, degrees and research I have found that my favorite part of yoga is simply to arrive on my mat and ‘do what feels good and leave the rest behind’. I enjoy everything from a 27-sun salutation challenge to an hour-long savasana. For me, yoga is a creative and playful way to be present and express yourself.”
Vanessa stepped onto her first mat over two decades ago. In the years since she feels truly blessed to have been led by some very extraordinary teachers. Teachers whose instruction would inspire her to become a teacher, herself. She received her 200 hour YTT certification from The Movement Center, in 2017, and a Bachelors of Science in Community Health Education, from Portland State University, in 2018.
Built on a philosophy that one’s practice is a personal expression of relationship with self, Vanessa seeks to create an atmosphere supporting the student’s self-discovery. She says, “I see myself as a facilitator, someone who can hold space so that each person can deepen their understanding of what it means to be a spiritual being, living a human existence. We are all the experts of our own experience, I’m just here to share the knowledge that has been passed on to me, in the hope it enhances understanding of that experience.”
Carla welcomes you to become a part of healing yogic practice through connecting to the earth elements and your deepest breath. Carla has been practicing yoga on East and West coasts of the USA for over 10 years and earned her Yoga Teacher Training 200 hr Certificate at Kripalu Center for Health and Wellness in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. She is also a graduate of Boston University, where she studied Art History and Studio Art. It was in times of imbalance that yoga first brought healing peace to her life, and through these experiences Carla became inspired to teach others yoga and help guide them on their path to balanced health. In her classes you will feel elements from both Hatha and Vinyasa styles, deep breath work and imagery from nature inspired by a love for the great outdoors. In addition to yoga, Carla finds mindfulness through the creation of ceramic art influenced by shapes in nature. Let your practice of yoga bring you closer to the source and reconnect with the waves of your creative nature within.
Miranda Dixit started her own personal yoga journey in 2013 but knew right away she wanted to become certified to teach others; and pass along the emotional and physical wisdom yoga can bring to the lives of those who practice it. She fully believes that anyone, anywhere can practice and benefit from yoga. She completed her 200 hr YTT here in Portland, in 2015 and is certified with Yoga Alliance. Miranda teaches Vinyasa, Hatha, and Restorative yoga; with more of a focus on slow flow, focusing on proper alignment, safe moving, and believing it is important to really feel your body in each pose, and really work on syncing your movements with your breath. She also believes that the world is very fast paced and loves quieting and slowing down in her classes.
Then in 2018 she became certified to teach Prenatal and Postpartum yoga; after her and her husband had a child of their own. After having gone through pregnancy and Prenatal yoga classes; she is a true believer in the importance of the community Prenatal classes provide; and the knowledge on how to more safely move your body to help have a more pleasant pregnancy, labor, and postpartum experience.
Movement has always been a source of grounding and balance for Jamie, and she has consistently been intrigued by the variety of ways we can master our functionality as humans, in both optimized health and when recovering from illness or injury.
Jamie believes that within the variety of activities one might choose from, it is when we become most curious about how our own mind and body functions in versatility, that we find true optimal health. Movement and mindfulness, carries us through not only specific activities we choose to attend to ‘stay in good health,’ but also through the routines of our daily lives where our choices and decisions have the greatest impact on our well being. Jamie strongly believes that yoga presents an opportunity for us to practice these philosophies and more.
Jamie holds a Bachelor of Liberal Arts Degree in Political Science and Psychology from Iowa State University. However, not surprisingly, Jamie found that she would rather move that sit all day. Having classically danced since the age of two, she was naturally drawn to yoga. However, it was when she determined that she needed to recommit to her own wellness and healing, that yoga became a truly passionate pursuit.
Jamie completed her first 500-hour training with Madeline Huish, of the Yoga Shala of Portland, OR in 2009. She also completed a 200-hour training with Tiffany Cruikshank in Portland, OR, in 2010. Most recently, Jamie completed a 300-hour Yoga Therapy Training with Annie Adamson, of the Yoga Union of Portland, OR in 2017. In addition to teaching public classes, Jamie is a Holistic Yoga Therapist™.
Jamie also holds a Personal Training Certificate through the National Association of Sports Medicine. She has taken countless other classes; all with the inspiration to really help the communities she is honored to serve.
Jamie stands united with those who are against hate and violence. All people are welcome in her classes. For more information about Jamie Busch, go to jamiebuschyoga.com. You can also find her on Facebook at Jamie Busch Yoga or follow her on Instragram at time4u2breathe.
Jamie found an incredible community of yogis in West Virginia, where he practiced for many years at Power Yoga Morgantown. He completed his teacher training there while also in massage therapy school. Jamie’s favorite styles of yoga are vinyasa and restorative yoga. Yoga has been an incredible way to heal and re-connect with the self, and Jamie is excited for the opportunity to help people on their journey to a more authentic version of themselves.
Sara Nielsen is a movement specialist integrating over 15 years of studying and teaching dance, yoga, and strategic core strengthening. Sara studied with Alison West and completed the 200-hour RYT training program at Yoga Union in New York City as well as the 200 hr training from the Nosara Institute in Costa Rica, is a licensed massage therapist and certified Postnatal Doula.
After growing up as a competitive downhill ski racer and dancer on the West Coast, Sara’s studies in dance brought her to New York City to perform professionally in several dance companies. Yet after experiencing reoccurring injuries, she searched everywhere for solutions. Serendipity struck when she found yoga master Alison West with her focus on core strength and backcare, and Sara’s health and path in life changed dramatically.
A mother of two kiddos. Sara loves living in Portland, Oregon and getting out into nature as much as possible.
Liz trained in the classical hatha style at Himalaya Yoga Academy in Rishikesh, India in 2014. She has been teaching yoga to adults and children in South Korea, China, Dominican Republic, Wisconsin, and Hawaii.
A Wisconsin native, she recently relocated to Portland to attend National University of Natural Medicine. She is currently in school to become a naturopathic doctor, with the mindset to grow her tools for empowering individuals toward greater health and vitality.
She believes heavily in the power of mind-body and the practice of centering one’s awareness on the present moment. Through yin, restorative, hatha yoga and meditation, Liz aims to help you find calmness despite external noise. Come refresh your body, strengthen your spirit, and nourish your soul.
Whitney Handrich has been practicing yoga for over a decade, and she was inspired to become a teacher after a year in Asia studying yoga, meditation, acroyoga, and Thai bodywork. She completed her teaching certification in Hatha and Ashtanga yoga in Rishikesh, India, and Whitney is also certified in Kids & Family Yoga, Yin Yoga, and Prenatal & Postpartum Yoga.
Whitney passionately believes in the healing and transformative power of mindful presence and community, and her classes often incorporate partner and group practice, breathwork, meditation, and self-massage. She also volunteers for Living Yoga and is working to organize classes for foster kids and families, and hopes to help make yoga accessible to all.
I see with my eyes and my hands. I listen with my whole heart. And from that deep listening, I craft classes tailored to what my students need. I create a space for them to feel kindness toward themselves, which in our competitive society, we often feel we need permission for.
I teach my students how to feel in their bodies for what they need and to be able to give that to themselves. I see their strengths and vulnerabilities and meet them at their edge. For some, finding the edge means letting go of fear to go deeper into a pose. For others, it means pulling back from habitual struggle and over-effort to feel what’s truly happening in their bodies.
I remind each person that there is immense healing power in being able to begin anew. Each time we notice that we drift off or sink into negative self-talk, the act of noticing and choosing to begin again is brave and noteworthy.
I was born and raised in San Antonio Texas, and have lived in San Francisco California for the last 7 years. I received my degree in Painting from The San Francisco Art Institute, and became a part of the San Francisco yoga community in 2009 through Yoga to the People, an amazing all donation studio specializing in power vinyasa flow. I received my 200hr Yoga Alliance Teaching Certificate from YTTP in 2013.
In 2014, to further and deepen my study, I ventured to India to study Ayurvedic diet and the doshas, the Yoga Sutras, pranayama, chanting, meditation, bajans, slokas, The Bagavad Gita, ancient Indian cleanses, and the asana. In Kerela India, I received my 500hr yoga Alliance Teaching Certificate from Aarsha Yoga Vidya Peetham, under the guidance of Bhooma Chaitanya and Yogeshananda Saraswati.
Yoga is the practice of union. Feeling in Union with the Self, with all Beings. The physical components of Yoga are a means to navigate the body. With the breath, the postures, and meditation, the devoted practitioner finds physical balance, vitality, cleansing, peace, strength, openness, and interconnectedness with all Beings.
My teaching style is engaged and loving! I encourage creativity in the classroom, and an approach that is free of destination(other than union of course). I offer long holds in poses to allow the body to open and strengthen at once, causing the relationship to be deep and direct with the absolute accompaniment of breath. The breath is key; it is the compass. The breath can also send one to the cosmos! There is so much to explore. Practicing yoga is cultivating the courage to “look into the white fire of a great mystery.” I enjoy offering a safe place to breathe and feel and witness the body and the mind.
Originally from Scotland, I have been living in Portland since Oct 2014. I have always enjoyed moving my body through acrobatic tumbles and free flowing dance. In my mid-twenties, I became more aware of the union that yoga promotes between body, mind, soul and how the breath is weaved throughout. Drawing yoga into my life has at its simplest helped me become a calmer, happier being and I hope to share the health benefits yoga can bring at ‘Drishti’.In 2011, I embarked on a 200 hr teacher training in Rishikesh, India. This 6-week intensive was what I needed to deepen my own personal practice and realize how important and valuable yoga was to me. It was from that point I was inspired to share what I know of this massive, ancient topic that is yoga. We are all here to learn and I’m happy to continue learning, sharing and guiding.
A few years ago, I trained with ‘Rainbow Kids Yoga’ in Edinburgh and subsequently created an after school group where we jumped on our yoga mats and went on weekly adventures. Here in Portland, I find myself lucky enough to be guiding children through daily yoga at a local preschool. Helping children find calmness and learn how to take this into their daily life is so valuable.
I look forward to learning and practicing with you all.
Megan took her first yoga class in 2008 and knew immediately that she would one day like to share this practice with others. Through yoga she continues to discover a space to be curious about the human body and all its wisdom, clarity of mind and the realization that within each of us exists the infinite capacity of love.
She completed her first 200 hour yoga certification in 2011 and continued her studies and certifications in various styles from yoga sculpt, to Street Yoga- trauma informed yoga. Megan is also a birth doula and is passionate about prenatal yoga. Her personal yoga journey, accompanied by the motivation to share yoga with a more diverse population, led her to study Yoga Therapy with Sarahjoy Marsh. Megan completed 500 hours of study and is a certified Yoga Therapist by The International Association of Yoga Therapists.
Megan feels the practice of yoga is an opportunity to embrace and seek greater understanding of one’s body, mind and spirit and to remember our connection to each other. Her classes are guided by breath awareness with a concentration on mindful, compassionate movement. Megan believes anyone and everyone can benefit from yoga and is continually inspired by her students and grateful to be able to share this journey with them.
Influenced by a variety of different environments, teachers, and trainings, Heather strives to bring forth a powerful source of meditation and asana within the physical yoga practice. Her style greatly consists of creative sequencing, hands on assisting, motivation, love and community. The main goal is to bring someone to the mat and have them leave challenged in someway, whether that be physically, mentally or emotionally.
Melanie is a creative movement instructor who escaped the midwest for the art, community, and beautiful mountains of the pacific northwest nearly a decade ago. Melanie uses movement arts as a path for empowerment and inner-transformation for her students. She believes these intimate practices of self care help us to play out mini-struggles in a controlled and safe environment, so that we can better navigate in the world out and away from the studio. She is passionate that radical self-care and introspection can make her students empowered agents of social change, and better caretakers of their family, neighbors, and community. As a teacher, she draws heavily from circus arts, physical therapy, yoga and pilates practices. Her focus is in providing an inclusive practice that is suitable for all bodies and minds in class, and student-driven where people can choose their own journey’s through their practice.