Rachel brings over 25 years of experience in body movement to her yoga teacher teaching program. Trained originally as a dancer, Rachel has studied all styles of dance with an emphasis in modern and classical ballet. After the birth of her third child she began taking yoga classes and instantly fell in love. She was fortunate enough to be introduced to the Iyengar style of yoga from her very first class. Her yoga training has focused extensively on proper alignment, detailed instruction, anatomy, and yoga therapeutics. Rachel has been teaching yoga to all ages and levels since 2006 and is passionate about guiding her students toward increased body awareness, strength and flexibility through the practice of yoga.
Rachel feels fortunate to have studied yoga with wonderful teachers such as Julie Gudmestad, Carolyn Belko, Rebecca Learner, and John Schumacher, as well as her very first teacher and inspiration, Carlyn Sikes. She also feels very grateful to have studied yoga in Bangalore India with Yana Lewis, student of BKS Iyengar and creator of the Bangalore Ballet. It was in Bangalore that Rachel was able to meet BKS Iyengar, a definite highlight in her yogic journey.
Lead Trainer, ERYT 500, YACEP
Julie began teaching yoga in 1970 when she was a student at Reed College. Introduced to Iyengar yoga in the late 70's, Julie became Iyengar certified in 1988. At that time, she opened her own studio and began to train the teachers who currently teach there.
Julie attended physical therapy school at Pacific University, graduating in 1977. She opened her private practice in 1983, and has practiced physical therapy continuously since that time. Julie has advanced training and work experience specializing in orthopedic problems, chronic pain, sports injuries and stress-related problems.
Julie's goal is to make the healing powers of yoga accessible to people of all levels and abilities. If a class moves too quickly, students may get frustrated and quit without ever receiving the healing benefits of practice. She prefers that students take progressive steps, starting with gentle poses in a beginning class. It is Julie's belief that the ability to slow down and stay present is an important aspect of healing, and that yoga encourages a mindful state that can heal people emotionally and spiritually, as well as physically.
For many years Julie has worked to integrate the healing powers of yoga with her Western medical knowledge. She has created a unique teaching style and teaches workshops, including "Anatomy Awareness in Asana" and "Yoga for Physical Therapists," throughout the U.S., Canada and in Europe. You can also see more of her work in the Yoga Journal online, where she wrote the "Anatomy of a Yogi" column for 7 years.
PT, ERYT 500
Iyengar Certified Instructor
Julie Gudmestad, PT
Jaime has studied yoga asana and Eastern philosophy for 17 years throughout England, New Zealand and the US. Some of her teachers include Edwin Bryant, Julie Gudmestad and Jetsun Khandro Rinpoche. Jaime also holds degrees in literature, history, behavioral sciences, film, and theatre from the University of Canterbury and Newbold College. A lifelong learner, she is currently a masters candidate in Leadership for Sustainability Education at Portland State University and is passionate about designing transformational learning environments.
She is author of three books, numerous nonfiction pieces in literary journals and blogs on mindfulness and meditation. In addition to being an ardent yogini, she has a true teacher in her son Espen and trains international corporations in mindfulness.
Jaime is a trained Reiki practitioner, life coach, Hand Analyst, and storyteller, weaving sound, energy, and the spoken word into dynamic performances designed to inspire and awaken folks to their deepest callings.