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.
Haley entered a yoga studio in 2006 upon accepting an invitation from a friend. She left the class with a deeper understanding of how this practice could be so beneficial and healing to persons like herself.
After passionately practicing yoga for nearly 8 years, it was then she realized the potential impact of bringing forward her own form of a thoughtful intentional practice and started her search for a Teacher Training. Haley had the honor of receiving the instruction and mentorship of Melonie Nielsen, director of Yoga Repattering in 2015. Graduating with 200 hours and specializing in alignment based beginner to intermediate level Hatha, she aims to create a fun and effective arc through her sequences so the student leaves feeling more centered and empowered in their body. “Teaching yoga leaves me with a sense of deep gratitude, with a love to share the Ahhh and A-Ha moments with my students.”
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.
Sarah has seen her own life transformed by the practice of yoga. She has practiced many styles and can attest to their benefits, but her current passion is moving slower and resting deeply. She sees the negative impacts that our fast-paced societies are having on our physical and mental health, and she wants to help others to feel the restorative benefits of breathing deeply, moving mindfully and relaxing completely When she isn’t practicing or teaching yoga, Sarah can be found working at the library, continuing her studies of yoga and the mind body connection, and spending time outside with her beloved dog. Sarah is also in training to become an Integrated Movement Therapist.
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.
Dr Ose Okojie is a graduate of the naturopathic medical school and a nationally certified personal trainer. He graduated from the University of Houston with a B.S. in public health in 2007, and from the National College of Natural Medicine in 2014. Over the past 7 years Ose has worked with a variety of individuals ranging from college professors to elite professional athletes. He has also published an article in Naturopathic Doctor News and Review publication in 2013. Ose’s educational background and expertise in nutrition, physical medicine, botanical medicine, anatomy and physiology, pharmacology, and biochemistry have given him a unique and holistic perspective about how to approach health and wellness effectively. His goal is to help clients to bring awareness and restoration of the self-healing process by offering a comprehensive and personalized approach.
After first starting my yoga journey during my teens as a means to fixing my back pains, I soon realized the true powers of yoga beyond the physical level. I am fascinated by the endless teachings the ancient practice has to offer and am humbled by the discipline. With an integration of movement, meditation, breath, and chant, I offer a safe space for bodies of all levels to connect together. I believe it is essential to maintain a well rounded lifestyle, and I bring that into the classroom with me by offering a well rounded sequence incorporating tastes of sun salutations, inversions, core work, floor work, and arm balances. My goal is to lead people in a direction of happiness, divinity, and health.
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.
OH is self love adventurer. A mother and a student, a fanny-pack maker, video interview dabbler, and deep see brain diver. She likes the weirdly uncomfortable moments, the clear moments, the dissonance and resonance, the heart cleave and the soul bath. OH wants to feel free and alive most of the time and is good friends with rebellion. Yoga has continued to guide and open OH to her authentic heart-home and she joyously shares this with others.
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 500 hrs.. 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 Proper Eats in St Johns.
Edith has been teaching yoga for the past 17 years. Her journey into yoga started 27 years ago but it got deeper into the dimension of Yoga after the cancer of her dad and his passing away. A few years later Edith moved to Paris to undergo a 4 year yoga therapy program from “L`Ecole Française de Yoga” (considered one of the most prestigious and rigorous in Europe), which offers a deep focus in Anatomy and Physiology applied to yoga. In addition, she also furthered her yoga studies in the South of India and took many yoga workshops on three continents (Europe, India and USA). Edith believes that yoga is for every BODY, and given the appropriate tools and guidance, anybody can benefit. She applies her knowledge of yoga therapeutics to design classes that are safe and adapted to the needs of my students. In Edith’s classes, she encourages a nonjudgmental practice where each student sets his or her own pace in a noncompetitive atmosphere. Edith guides her students to explore their yoga practice by placing their intention and consciousness in the present moment and encourages them to create space and freedom in their body as well as in their mind, helping them to feel more grounded and closer to HOME. Edith teaches Adaptive Yoga and offers private sessions at Shanti Om.
Liz completed her 200hr teaching certification in 2010 and is currently working towards 500hr certification with the wonderful and wise women of The Bhaktishop in Portland, Oregon. Recognizing that her students are often her best teachers, Liz encourages collaboration and creativity in her vinyasa- influenced classes. She hopes to empower her students to “move like themselves”, as her teacher’s teacher says, within the framework of safe alignment and with the intention of supporting each person’s unique journey into the more transformative aspects of the practice.
ShantiOm Community Class teachers and subs:
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.
ShantiOm Healing Annex Practitioners
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