Prior to stepping into the role of yoga teacher, Yushin served as a passionate non-profit leader for 33 years in health, environmental, leadership, downtown revitalization, and cultural heritage organizations. In 2002, she first stepped across the yoga threshold into the fiery furnace and uniformity of Bikram Yoga. It took getting sober and finding the meaning of what would become her Buddhist name before she could walk into a hatha yoga studio and be okay with the idea of not knowing what would happen or what Audo Mukha Svanasana meant which might as well have been the name of a nebula in a distant galaxy. Â In 2005, Yushin began her study of yoga in earnest with SaraJoy at Amrita and 200-hour immersion. In 2009, after several years of Zen Buddhist practice, she received Jukai and her Buddhist name, Yushin, meaning courageous faith or trust, from her teachers Chozen Roshi and Hogen Roshi Bays of Great Vow Zen Monastery. Â In 2011, Yushin studied asana, philosophy and anatomy with Lisa Mae of the Bhaktishop through another 200-hour immersion and in 2016, after stepping away from her work, had the great privilege of completing an intensive 200-hour yoga teacher training with Rinzai Zen Buddhist, Daizan Roshi and a mentorship with Diana Hulet. Yushin is forever grateful to all her teachers and guides who have contributed to her training as a certified Zen Yoga teacher. Off the cushion and off the mat, Yushin is the mother of three grown daughters, a writer who loves to hike, cook, and work on old, small, houses. She teaches yoga simply to share the beauty, depth and ancient wisdom of this practice that others may find the courage to explore their own unknown and uncertain places with courageous faith.
With one breath, we come back to our heart, the home of our true nature. This the intention of Mariah’s yoga practice. Through combining asana and breath, the natural qualities of bliss, happiness, peace and love shine through, allowing us to live in harmony. Mariah began studying yoga out of high school, and little did she know what lifetime journey she was flowing into. After exploring an at home practice for two years, Mariah followed her heart and traveled to the Big Island of Hawaii to complete her 200hr yoga teacher training at Konalani Yoga Ashram. While tent-living at an ashram for a month, Mariah fell in love with what yoga is all about; living from the heart, and connecting to the true self. She realized bliss does not come from an external source, but rather from our heart. Mariah loves sharing this message through her yoga classes, and hopes to inspire others to live from their true self. A new lover of Nada Yoga, Mariah is also exploring Indian classical music and taking harmonium lessons in Portland.
Ashley started her Yoga journey in 2006 through meditation when she dropped into a kundalini class being held in a book store. “My first impression of yoga was to sit and not think”. Her first Pregnancy reintroduced her to yoga because she was looking for a gentle way to connect with her baby and dramatically changing body. She discovered yoga was also a great tool to practice coping skills for labor and birth. That was the beginning of her passion to share what she understands about yoga with her community.Body awareness, movement arts and empowering the soul are at the heart of her classes. At the end of class you can expect to walk out feeling taller, more relaxed and confident that you know yourself best. Ashley teaches Prenatal and Baby and Me Yoga at Shanti.
Kavita (Kat Macmillan) is a certified yoga teacher with training in Asthanga, Jivamukti, Sivanada and Iyengar yoga. She offers thanks to those that have guided her on this path, notably Sharon Gannon, Maria Rubinate, Christopher Hildebrandt and Alison West. For Kat, the practice of yoga is a guide, leading us through periods of life, both difficult and joyous, and constantly returning one to the stability of the breath and the openess of the heart. Kat’s passion is Nada Yoga, the Yoga of sound and she studies and practices Indian Classical vocal music here in Portland. She is also a performer, a bodyworker and a full time mom.
Becky has been teaching yoga internationally and in the Portland community since 2013, and integrates body-centered and nature-based counseling with trauma-informed yoga in her private practice, The Art of Balance. Because it’s been so transformative in her own life, she’s passionate about making yoga an accessible, enjoyable, and healing experience for others, especially those who might not think yoga is for them. In her teaching, she focuses on creating a compassionate space for her students to reconnect with their bodies and ultimately with their whole selves in a more gentle and nurturing way, using movement, stillness, and breath to explore more helpful and intuitive ways of being.
Jenn is on a mission to show that Yoga is accessible to all who seek it. She brings a deeply sincere, yet light-hearted approach to teaching which will leave you feeling grounded, inspired, and empowered. Jenn has traveled to India twice (in 2013 and 2016) where she received her 200 and 300 hour Yoga Alliance Teacher Certifications. She also holds a degree in music and is deeply dedicated to her meditation and mantra practice. She loves to integrate Kirtan into her classes and her own life. If you see her with her harmonium in tow, you’re in for a treat. Visit JennNobleYoga.com to learn more.
Whether I’m teaching slow Hatha or Vinyasa flow, I aspire to bring kindness, compassion, and grounding energy. I want to remind my students to feel empowered, make no comparisons, and be in the present moment no matter what. I encourage students to feel relaxed, light hearted, and curious. Through the exploration of philosophy, anatomy, and asana – yoga takes shape. (My other endeavors include Argentine Tango, AcroYoga, and knitting.)
Justine started her yoga journey in 1997 with an Iyengar class. Her curiosity has been driven by a continued fascination of the human body. We are all so unique and yet there are threads that we all share. Last year she was finally able to deepen her own practice and dive into a 200-hr teacher training program held thru the Bhaktishop. Justine draws inspiration for her yoga practice from her family, nature and the community of amazing teachers and students that she gets to share space with. In the spirit of seva (service) Justine decided to teach hoping to infect others with the joy yoga can bring. Taking time to be with yourself, allowing time to nourish the body, mind and soul. Whether this be through chanting, meditation, asana, philosophy or breath practice. Justine draws on different lineages of yoga such as Ashtanga and Iyengar the main theme of her classes being alignment and working with the breath to initiate movement.
After Bhakti’s first Integral Yoga class in the mid 90s, she knew right away that she was hooked. Since then, her love and passion for yoga has continued to deepen and mature. Bhakti is a graduate in Integral Yoga through the Satchidananda Ashram. She has studied with a medley of teachers and gives sincere thanks to each of them. She has spent time in India practicing, teaching, and learning Yoga traditions, and has led Yoga Retreats to India, Guatemala, and Costa Rica. In addition, Bhakti founded and taught at her own yoga studio for over 6 years. She is now the owner of Shanti Om Yoga in St Johns Portland. Bhakti is a Certified Ayurveda Wellness Counselor at the 500 hour level and is working towards Practitioner at the 1600 hour level. She incorporates Ayurveda in her own life practices as well as her yoga classes. She offers Ayurveda consultations and treatments at the Shanti Annex located just above Homegrown Smoker Vegan Cafe in St Johns.
Karen Jyothi Mertens
My first yoga class was in 2001, in a school library on an old thin carpet, with the mats spread out between the bookshelves. It was fitting because reading is another thing I love, but more importantly, this was one of several key experiences that showed me the ability to center oneself, to go inward and seek depth and transformation, isn’t dependent on finding a perfect setting or situation. Loveliness and peace exist within us and we can hold them wherever we are. Yoga has been a gift to me, a companion and guide through many things in life, and I wanted to share that gift with others through teaching. I received inspiring and challenging Integral Yoga teacher training through Shanti Om with Bhakti Purvine, Swami Divyananda Ma, Lakshmi Sutter and other wise, compassionate and skilled instructors. I also learned much from my fellow teacher trainees, and I continue to learn and receive much from the Shanti Om community.
Sara is passionate about helping others create and hold space where they feel safe to relax. In this buzzing world it can be difficult to find the time to go inward and recharge. Sara brings her background in meditation and movement to each class. Trained right here at Shanti Om in Integral Yoga, Sara’s classes offer people the time to regain balance and return to their inner sense of peace.
Tine started practicing yoga in 2005 after her first class she knew she wanted to continue on this path. She started teaching yoga in Belgium in 2014. She has a 200 hour yoga teacher training certificate through the Peoples yoga in Portland. Tine became a Health therapist at the European Academy for natural health care in her native country, where they thought her Bio-relaxation, massage therapy, nutrition and natural healing methods. In Portland she went to East West College of the healing arts, where she took the 800 hours massage therapy training. She likes to bring all these modalities together, to work on relaxation. Tine likes to start her yoga classes with meditation, pranayama, and end with a bodyscan.
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