Emily Tope 

Emily is a 500 hour registered yoga teacher and loves to share her passion for movement. She first earned her Vinyasa certification through Annie Adamson of Yoga Union, in 2011. More recently she completed a Holistic Yoga Therapeutics TM  certification under Annie Adamson. Emily holds a degree in Community Health Education and Physical Activity/Exercise from Portland State University.

Emily truly believes in the capacity of the human body to heal itself through deep listening and physical movement. She discovered yoga in 2005, after numerous sports injuries. Since then yoga has had a profound healing influence on her life and she has pursued her practices, of asana and meditation with diligence and dedication. She respects that each person has their own unique experience when they practice yoga. She aims to guide students in a way that will help them connect and deepen their relationship with their bodies and spirit. Her classes emphasize alignment, breathing techniques, biomechanics for functional movement and the use of props to help students customize their practice based on their individual needs. Emily offers private appointments in Holistic Yoga TherapeuticsTM . To learn more go to emilytopeyoga.wordpress.com

Yushin Bussard

Yushin first stepped across the yoga threshold into the fiery uniformity of Bikram Yoga in 2002. It took getting sober before she could walk into a Hatha yoga studio and be okay with the idea of not knowing what would happen. In 2005, Yushin was honored to begin her study of yoga in earnest with SaraJoy Marsh (Amrita) and to deepen her study in 2011 with Lisa Mae Osborn (Bhaktishop). In 2016, shortly before stepping away from her 33 year career as a passionate non-profit executive, Yushin completed an intensive 200-hour Zen Yoga teacher training with Rinzai Zen Buddhist, Daizan Roshi followed by a mentorship with Diana Hulet. Yushin is forever grateful to all her guides and teachers, including Chozen Roshi and Hogen Roshi Bays from whom she received Jukai in 2009, and her name, Yushin, meaning courageous faith or trust.

Ashley Conger

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 Y

Kat Macmillan

KatKavita (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


Justine Park

Justine - SmileJustine 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.

Bhakti Foster-Purvine

BtempleAfter 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 Practitioner at the 1500 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. Please contact bhakti@shantiom.com for more information or to make an appointment.

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 Biegelsen

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.

Austin Jai Foster

I was first introduced to yoga at age 4.  Since then, I have been on and off my mat. I often spent time at the ashram Yogaville attending kirtans and satsang. I’ve assisted my mom in many teen yoga classes as a child and even assisted a yoga retreat in Costa Rica at age 9. In 2017 I went to India and felt like I was at home again. Upon returning, I started to commit to a regular practice received my yoga certification in Integral Yoga at Shanti Om.  My intention is to share with my students Swami Satchidananda’s vision on Yoga which is to bring more spirit into the physical practice. Oh by the way my mom … is Bhakti 🙂

Bailey Padmasri Hutchinson

Bailey grew up in the Blue Ridge Mountains but has spent her adult life on the road, exploring America’s national parks and the towns that surround them. She first studied yoga in 2014. This exposure propelled her down a path of self-healing and mindfulness. After circling the culture for some time, she is ready to immerse herself in the world of yoga. She is currently working toward an Integral certification at the 200-hour level. Through both teaching and personal practice, she strives to refine her sense of ahimsa, exercise her body, strengthen her connection to Self, and open up to Om.

Ashley Bhavani Bishop

Ashley has had a long relationship with Bhakti (devotional) Yoga and Natya (dance) Yoga but has only earnestly taken to Hatha yoga in the last 3-4 years. Guided by the compassionate and well rounded methods of Swami Satchidananda, she hopes to bring yoga to anyone at any stage in their practice. She believes that the concepts of yoga extend beyond the mat and can be experienced in every day life and practiced in everything we do. Ashley is a graduate of Integral Yoga at the 200 hour level and looks forward to both

Sita Devi

Sita Devi’s yoga journey began in 2012, walking into Shanti Om Yoga, seeking relief from chronic back pain. As her practice matured, so did her love for the teaching of Swami Satchidananda and Integral Yoga. After several years of serving at the yoga center through karma yoga, she was given the opportunity to assist in two Integral Yoga teacher trainings led by Bhakti and Swami Divyananda.  Through her love, dedication and deep practices she was awarded a rare and precious certification as an adjunct Integral Yoga Instructor.  Sita Devi is honored to carry on the Satchidananda and Integral Yoga lineage.  You will find Sita Devi teaching community/donation base classes at Shanti Om Mondays 12-1pm, Tuesday/Thursday 4-5pm.