Meet Our Teachers
Steph’s yoga practice began as a complement to her full-time schedule of teaching indoor cycling and boot camp classes. Her practice has carried on since 2008 and she continues to learn the benefits of consistently showing up to her mat. Today, her practice keeps her grounded, humbled and courageous.
Steph teaches yoga because she wants everyone to experience the gift that her practice has given her: SELF-CARE. Steph hopes to share the benefits of yoga in order to co-create a growing and supportive community that is inclusive and caring. Her gentle (yet fierce!) approach invites all beings to move with the natural rhythm of their body and find strength by knocking down mental limitations in order to reach the goals they truly desire. Steph’s philosophy: Yoga is ALWAYS a good idea!
When Steph isn’t in the studio, she is probably at school pursuing a degree in Naturopathic Medicine, playing with her dog Sigmund, or dancing the night away.
TEACHING STYLE: Stimulating-both physically and mentally, my class will challenge you to not only move in different ways but, to also think differently about how you move and what that means in your own body. The movement is music-driven and flows to both the beat and your breath. My style is fun and encouraging.
INSPIRED BY: Music and the moon
FAV POSE: Lizard
SONG ON REPEAT: Anything Sofi Tukker
FAVORITE PLACE YOU’VE TRAVELED TO: Sayulita, Mexico
DAILY RITUAL: Morning pages in my journal, a warm cup of coffee and snuggles with Siggy
ZODIAC SIGN: Sag / Libra / Taurus
HOMETOWN: Chatsworth, CA
FIRST YOGA EXPERIENCE: A diehard HIIT and indoor cycling instructor back in 2008, I suffered an injury and my adrenals needed a break. I was encouraged to try a yoga class and despite my resistance, I went to a class at the hot studio in the gym where I worked. I immediately felt like I found a piece of myself I didn’t know I was missing. I did my first YTT 3 months later.
Most people are puzzled by my accent, which doesn’t match the appearance. Born and raised in Amsterdam Holland – I made my way to Portland OR in 2000. Somewhat culturally shocked found sanctuary in the spiritual practice of yoga that brought calmness yet confidence in my everyday life. It wasn’t until 2007, I became a certified Yoga Instructor in Vinyasa Flow and never looked back. During the daytime I am a desk jockey – but enjoy teaching after office hours. Due to my background understanding what the body needs and craves for after long hours of immobile sitting positions. Expect my class to be focused on strength and mobility through flow – with a few select challenging poses that are optional and to the discretion of each student. Expect a complete body workout when taking class. Looking forward to seeing you on the mat!
TEACHING STYLE: Power Vinyasa
INSPIRED BY: Bodies telling poetry by movement
FAV POSE: Triangle
SONG ON REPEAT: Anything Van Morrison
FAVORITE PLACE YOU’VE TRAVELED TO: Too many to list; Rome, Barcelona, Poland, Seoul
DAILY RITUAL: Very similar like you
ZODIAC SIGN: Taurus
HOMETOWN: Amsterdam, the Netherlands
FIRST YOGA EXPERIENCE: Over 20 years ago – It was a yoga-ish class but ignited the spark for further exploration. Teaching since 2007.
Yoga has been a part of my life for over a decade now. I started because of back pain from my job and was immediately hooked. The intentionality of the breath, the range of motion and strength building all combine to make yoga a wonderful form of physical and emotional therapy for me. As I began to deepen my practices, I started seeking other styles, exploring Bikram, Ashtanga, Yin, Hatha, as well as various other blended movement styles that borrowed from the practice. I am a long-time practitioner of Jiujitsu and began to add yoga as an end of class practice to help with the mobility of my friends after a long work out. Eventually I decided to become a certified instructor and am constantly looking for ways to deepen my understanding of the practice and grow my knowledge of the art and of myself.
TEACHING STYLE: Vinyasa
INSPIRED BY: Ouma Phommaneth
Favorite YOGA POSE: Virabhadrasana III
SONG ON REPEAT: Velocities- Sleepy Fish
FAVORITE PLACE YOU’VE TRAVELED TO: Portugal – Porto
DAILY RITUAL: Wordle
ZODIAC SIGN: Leo
HOMETOWN: I claim Portland, but also Knappa, Oregon
FIRST YOGA EXPERIENCE: Hot Yoga For Life! (Technically 24-Hour Fitness, but does that even count?)
Liffany came to yoga as an unsuspecting athlete unaware of what the practice had in store for her. Shortly after taking her first power vinyasa class, she signed up for a 200-hour teacher training and never looked back.
Since then, Liffany has completed multiple 300-hour trainings and intensives across various modalities. As serious as she may seem at first, she brings a level of casual playfulness, and even a little dad joke or three, to her teaching and encourages self-efficacy. Liffany’s classes are often inspired by curiosity of movement and experimental work (outside of the occasional student request, which she very much welcomes.).
Be prepared to work and play in her classes.
TEACHING STYLE: Playful
INSPIRED BY: Everyday movements
FAV POSE: Handstand (Adho Mukha Vrksasana and 1/2 Pigeon (Ardha Kapotasana)
SONG ON REPEAT: Almost too many to list, believe it or not! Some favorites include: Yori Ni Kakeru (YOASOBI), FLY AWAY (Jazztronik), and Acacia (BUMP OF CHICKEN)
FAVORITE PLACE YOU’VE TRAVELED TO: New York City
DAILY RITUAL: Wake up, train, work, sleep. Rinse and repeat.
ZODIAC SIGN: Libra
HOMETOWN: Los Angeles
FIRST YOGA EXPERIENCE: Yoga class in college. Didn’t like it. Now look where I am!
Jamie is an ERYT Yoga instructor with over 13 years of teaching experience. She was the weird kid that was homeschooled on a farm and Yoga was a Jane Fonda VHS tape for my PE. Her dedication to yoga didn’t begin until 2010 when she completed my teacher training at a little yoga school grounded in the Bhakti yoga and Seva tradition. It was there that she learned the practice was ever expansive and cultivated evolution from the inside out.
Jamie’s practice has grown and changed with both her changing body through pregnancy and entering into middle age and has strengthened and fortified her life both on and off the mat. Jamie loves teaching power vinyasa and challenging herself and my students with inventive flows and transitions but most of all she loves witnessing yoga play out in the students’ lives.
Jamie lives in Tualatin Oregon with her husband, son, and dog where she spends her non-teaching time as a software consultant.
TEACHING STYLE: Power Vinyasa, Restorative, Posture Clinics
INSPIRED BY: My students. You keep me fresh, motivated and I am always in awe how you show up for yourselves and do the work.
Favorite YOGA POSE: Handstand
SONG ON REPEAT: Nothing Else Matters
FAVORITE PLACE YOU’VE TRAVELED TO: Hawaii
DAILY RITUAL: Cup of tea while I catch up on life
ZODIAC SIGN: Aquarius
HOMETOWN: Incheon Korea
FIRST YOGA EXPERIENCE: Jane Fonda Redbook Yoga Tape
Yoga found Ra in 2019, it quickly made its way into her heart and transformed into a way of life. In 2020, Ra traveled to India to complete her 200-hour RYT in Ashtanga and Vinyasa Flow at Sampoorna Yoga School. Since then, she has been teaching in yoga studios, private classes, corporate settings and retreats.
Ra’s practice is explorative, fun, and lighthearted. Her warm, soft nature and gentle guidance makes every flow accessible to everyone in the room. Whether a beginner or novice yogi, you are sure to leave her class feeling empowered and peaceful.
Ra is passionate about sharing the teachings of yogic philosophy and guiding others in finding the light within themselves. In her spare time, you will find her deepening her relationships, traveling, or soaking up any sun she can find.
TEACHING STYLE: My style is creative and inspiring. I strongly encourage using your breath to guide you through your practice and am always here to meet you where you are at.
INSPIRED BY: Ram Dass, Travel, and Nature
Favorite YOGA POSE: Trikonasana
SONG ON REPEAT: No Captain by Lane 8
FAVORITE PLACE YOU’VE TRAVELED TO: Goa, India
DAILY RITUAL: Choosing plant-based foods three times a day!
ZODIAC SIGN: Gemini sun, Libra moon, Capricorn rising
HOMETOWN: Newberg, OR
FIRST YOGA EXPERIENCE: My first experience with yoga was freely moving my body on my mat in my room, having no idea what I was doing.
I am a RYT 200, with an additional 85 hours in PNYT. I’ve been teaching yoga off and on for the past few years, but mostly raising my kids who are now 19, and 17. I am nurturing by nature and love connecting with people, hearing their stories, learning from them, and really feeling that human connection. Hiking through the forest or walking on the beach fills my cup to the brim, and I treasure any and all moments I get with my big kids.
TEACHING STYLE: Empowering– in both gentle ways and always offering ways to strengthen. I will offer options in my class so you can choose what feels best for your body. Come as you are– even if you just need to lay on your mat, breathe, and connect that day. I will always guarantee a nice and cozy Savasana.
WHAT IS MY PRACTICE INSPIRED BY: The journey of life, motherhood, and all of those who walked through it before me and beside me. My kids inspire me on a daily basis and have taught me so much in this life.
FAVORITE POSE: Malasana; yogi squat — always trying to create more space for these tight hips.
FAVORITE PLACE YOU’VE TRAVELED TO: Tie between Bali and Cuba. Both were so amazingly beautiful and unique in their own way.
DAILY RITUAL: Rise Early, Meditation, Slow gentle movements, make lunch for my son, start my workday. I always like to get in a walk outside and a few trips to the gym each week.
ZODIAC SIGN: Libra
HOMETOWN: Cape Girardeau, MO
FIRST YOGA EXPERIENCE: Prenatal yoga when I was pregnant with my daughter Aleyna. I had no idea how much yoga would impact my life.
TEACHING STYLE: Vinyasa
INSPIRED BY: My mentor Margo. The healing nature of our bodies and the way movement connects to that. The liveliness of feeling your heartbeat. The release of toxins from sweat. Music to fuel movement.
FAV POSE: Forward fold with clasped hands or Lizard
SONG ON REPEAT: My Love Mine All Mine by Mitski
FAVORITE PLACE YOU’VE TRAVELED TO: Matala, Greece!
DAILY RITUAL: Morning affirmations.
ZODIAC SIGN: Sagittarius, baby!
HOMETOWN: Beaverton, OR.
FIRST YOGA EXPERIENCE: My close friend and I decided to take a class together at a local yoga studio. We were both dancers growing up, and it was both exciting and intimidating to explore my body in this new way. I had no idea what any of the poses they called out meant or what chaturanga was, but it left me with a hunger to learn and grow more in this practice and I am so glad I did.
TEACHING STYLE: Power Vinyasa, a powerful energetic form of yoga where you move fluidly move from one pose to the next while connecting breath to movement. My flows will typically include a core sequence and peak posture to work up to.
INSPIRED BY: Growing up I always had a lot of energy and I would create silly dance routines when no one was watching. So, practicing vinyasa and coming up with different flows and sequences brings out the kid in me. I also love the mental and physical challenge that yoga brings to the table.
FAV POSE: Birds of Paradise
SONG ON REPEAT: Yeah! (Usher, Lil Jon, Ludacris)
FAVORITE PLACE YOU’VE TRAVELED TO: I know it’s cliche as a yogi to say but Bali~ Runners up Spilt (Croatia), Tokyo, Athens and London. I love to travel!
DAILY RITUAL: Kissing my dog one hundred times, making a pot of coffee and then taking Brie (my dog named after cheese) on a walk.
ZODIAC SIGN: Leo
HOMETOWN: Dallas, Texas
FIRST YOGA EXPERIENCE: A million years ago I was in college and went to a gentle yoga class at the gym. It was way too slow for me and I swore off yoga as a workout from then on. Fast forward to 2016, a friend invited me to a Power Vinyasa class. It was heated, fast, challenging and had so many dynamic movements. I left drenched in sweat and had no idea what I just did. I’ve been addicted ever since!
TEACHING STYLE: vinyasa, restorative, playful!
INSPIRED BY: the sences
FAV POSE: Wild thing
SONG ON REPEAT: Angel Olsen – the waiting
FAVORITE PLACE YOU’VE TRAVELED TO: Gotland
DAILY RITUAL: herbal tea concoctions
ZODIAC SIGN: Scorpio
FIRST YOGA EXPERIENCE: Meghan Sullivan’s vinyasa class that my mom brought me to!
Yoga started out as a curiosity to me, something that I could try and do a couple times a week. I started with a promotion deal with Pure 8, in April of 2019, and chose to really give it a shot. I wanted to find something that could give me moment of the body, while adding some challenges to exercising. In 2020, I completed my teachers training with the intention to understand more about the practice. I continued practicing throughout the years and have had many conversations with student at the studio about their journeys with yoga.
I found myself getting inspired by yoga students asking about teacher training and the experiences that I had or that other that went through TT. It made me want to teach. I look forward to sharing a practice with others. To help introduce yoga to those who have never tried. To be inspired by those that have beautiful practices of their own.
TEACHING STYLE: Hatha, Vinyasa
INSPIRED BY: People’s passion and curiosity
FAV POSE: Bound Angle Pose or Rested Half Pigeon
SONG ON REPEAT: So many songs go on repeat, from so many genres.
FAVORITE PLACE YOU’VE TRAVELED TO: Rome, Italy
GO TO FOOD: Do I have to choose?
DAILY RITUAL: Waking up to a random song in my head that I bop along to as I get ready for my day.
ZODIAC SIGN: Gemini
HOMETOWN: Northern California, moved every couple of years
FIRST YOGA EXPERIENCE: Pure 8 – Curious about yoga, I tried their 30 for $30
A shoulder injury incurred after 15 years of competitive swimming drove Ellena to the mat eight years ago and she hasn’t stepped off since. Accustomed to practicing Vinyasa and Hatha in the seclusion of her home, she is thrilled to now be a part of a lovely community of practitioners here in PDX. She recently completed her 300-hour training in the Universal Yoga tradition with Raj Patra and Kelly Suttel. With degrees in Literature and Philosophy, she is deeply curious about traditions of expression and understanding the meaning of our lives.
TEACHING STYLE: An intense practice that inspires the integration of mind, body, and spirit through depth and focus
INSPIRED BY: Art, books, & movies
FAV POSE: Heart-chakra post (Anahatasana) & Side Crow (Parsva Bakasana)
SONG ON REPEAT: Come Down to Us by Burial & Bunny Is A Rider by Caroline Polachek
FAVORITE PLACE YOU’VE TRAVELED TO: Palawan, Philippines
DAILY RITUAL: Nadi shodhana, matcha latte, writing
ZODIAC SIGN: Sagittarius
HOMETOWN: Portland, OR
FIRST YOGA EXPERIENCE: My college roommate took me to a Bikram class my sophomore year and it kicked my booty
TEACHING STYLE: Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Hatha, Yin, Restorative, and Nidra.
INSPIRED BY: I am inspired by the ocean; the sounds of the waves, influenced by the power of the moon, and the unscene depth of life swimming around. I believe that we are all teachers and all students. There is always the potential to go deeper and learn.
FAV POSE: Downdog
SONG ON REPEAT: Not always on repeat, but definitely a reminder that I am in the right place when I hear ‘Wish You Were Here” – Pink Floyd
FAVORITE PLACE YOU’VE TRAVELED TO: Mysore, India
DAILY RITUAL: To inhale love and exhale peace.
ZODIAC SIGN: Scorpio
HOMETOWN: Santa Monica, CA
FIRST YOGA EXPERIENCE: Growing up in southern California my first yoga experience took place in high school. My quarterback coach was also our P.E. yoga teacher, so every Friday during the off season we would do yoga instead of weight training.
TEACHING STYLE: Bhakti Vinyasa
INSPIRED BY: LOVE, my students, teachers Rusty Wells, Andre Houle, Elena Brower
FAV POSE: Savasana
SONG ON REPEAT: Lust for Life by Lana Del Rey
FAVORITE PLACE YOU’VE TRAVELED TO: Paris, France
DAILY RITUAL: Chai and meditation
ZODIAC SIGN: Leo
HOMETOWN: Minnetonka, MN
FIRST YOGA EXPERIENCE: Bikram. I finally took my first yoga class in 2007 in Encinitas, California after a friend had been asking me to come to class with her for a year. I fell in love with yoga, with life and experienced unconditional friendliness towards myself and others. Thus began a daily practice and my yoga journey. My heart continued to expand and I sought to learn more so I completed my teacher training not long after in 2009. Since then I have continued to learn and also share yoga full-time, first teaching studio classes around San Diego, then private classes, meetups and prenatal yoga in New York City, followed by retreats in Morocco and Spain.