Avery is a graduate of The Movement Center’s 200 hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training Program in Portland, Oregon. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Development Studies and has spent the last seven years working on Fair Trade and sustainable development projects in Cochabamba, Bolivia, Columbus, OH (her hometown) and in Portland.
“I believe that yoga acts as a microcosm of life off of the mat. It teaches us self acceptance, reflective awareness, and how to communicate kindly and intentionally with ourselves and others. I also firmly believe that the compassion, understanding, and forgiveness we learn from yoga are the building blocks of strong, supportive communities – communities that respect people, the planet, and interact peacefully with others. This is my main motivation for teaching.
My teaching style is playful and explorative. In my classes, you can expect emphasis on the use of breath to support movement and deepen the experience, as well as useful alignment cues to ensure safety and optimal functioning of the body. It is my hope that students will leave my classes feeling a stronger connection to the Self, grounded, and open in both body and mind. I look forward to seeing you in class, learning, growing and creating together.”
Crystal was born and raised here in Portland, Oregon. She has a BA in Psychology. In addition to practicing and teaching yoga, she enjoys working at her friend’s super fun bar, Turn! Turn! Turn! and handcrafting candles. You can most often find her spending time with her family; Ricardo and little Nola.
“I’ve been practicing yoga since 2000 and loving it! Since 2015, I have over 500 yoga teacher training hours, including Living Yoga’s training.
My classes are intended to provide students with a safe and fun environment to have their own practice. I encourage students to let their bodies tell them where to go, taking a modification, an extra challenge, or something different than what I suggest. In my classes, we will aim to collectively focus on the breath and stay in the present moment, all while giving our bodies a good work out.
Thank you kindly for sharing your practice and allowing me to share mine. I truly love this community.”
Emily graduated with her 200 Yoga Teacher Training certificate from The White Lotus Foundation in Santa Barbara, California in 2013. She has been practicing various styles of yoga since 2008 and is drawn to the philosophy, spirituality, and accessibility of yoga.
“I am originally from Illinois and moved to Portland to attend the National University of Natural Medicine. I am currently working toward my Naturopathic Doctoral degree to bring a more natural and holistic side to health care. Yoga fits in perfectly into the holistic lifestyle I want to bring to my community.
My yoga teaching style encourages introspection, mindfulness, and meeting your body where it is at each moment. Yoga is for every body and all walks of life, so I show many modifications to cater to all types of yogis! Each class will involve grounding, strength, self-love, compassion, and breath awareness. My hope is for you to leave class feeling happy, healthy, and complete.”
Amanda “B” Barnett has been studying wellness for the greater part of her life. She has a BS in Psychology and is a Human Design Analyst incorporating the Gene Keys. She studied secular based Mindfulness meditation and Loving Kindness practice with Insight LA. She received her yoga certification through SOLA School of the Contemplative Arts with an emphasis on somatics, is an advanced Reiki practitioner & completed Brethwork Healer Training with both Erin Telford and David Elliott. She incorporates (s)holistic practives with a focus to let go, make space + align.
Movement has always been a source of grounding and balance for Jamie, and she has consistently been intrigued by the variety of ways we can master our functionality as humans, in both optimized health and when recovering from illness or injury.
Jamie believes that within the variety of activities one might choose from, it is when we become most curious about how our own mind and body functions in versatility, that we find true optimal health. Movement and mindfulness, carries us through not only specific activities we choose to attend to ‘stay in good health,’ but also through the routines of our daily lives where our choices and decisions have the greatest impact on our well being. Jamie strongly believes that yoga presents an opportunity for us to practice these philosophies and more.
Jamie holds a Bachelor of Liberal Arts Degree in Political Science and Psychology from Iowa State University. However, not surprisingly, Jamie found that she would rather move that sit all day. Having classically danced since the age of two, she was naturally drawn to yoga. However, it was when she determined that she needed to recommit to her own wellness and healing, that yoga became a truly passionate pursuit.
Jamie completed her first 500-hour training with Madeline Huish, of the Yoga Shala of Portland, OR in 2009. She also completed a 200-hour training with Tiffany Cruikshank in Portland, OR, in 2010. Most recently, Jamie completed a 300-hour Yoga Therapy Training with Annie Adamson, of the Yoga Union of Portland, OR in 2017. In addition to teaching public classes, Jamie is a Holistic Yoga Therapist™.
Jamie also holds a Personal Training Certificate through the National Association of Sports Medicine. She has taken countless other classes; all with the inspiration to really help the communities she is honored to serve.
Jamie stands united with those who are against hate and violence. All people are welcome in her classes. For more information about Jamie Busch, go to jamiebuschyoga.com. You can also find her on Facebook at Jamie Busch Yoga or follow her on Instragram at time4u2breathe.
As a forever student, Yoga is a constant companion that continues to inspire me everyday. Yoga offers me more space for self-compassion, acceptance and possibilities, adding a richness to my life that I am eager to share.
As a teacher, my intention is to hold space that is inclusive, supportive and empowering, inviting curiosity and an exploration of a deeper connection with the body and breath, finding a balance between effort and ease. I teach from a place of gratitude for the practice, with an open heart and mind.
My approach is a blend of strength and fluidity within thoughtful, guided, breath-based flow, honoring the vast tradition of yoga while drawing on a variety of new perspectives of movement, including my background in Pilates and strength-based functional fitness.
Originally from Los Angeles, I’ve had the honor of traveling and living in various places across the US and internationally. I’m delighted to call Portland my home and share my love of Yoga.
Melissa found yoga in 2009 when she was searching for accessible movement while living with chronic pain. It was a rough start, but she found that when she stuck with the practice, she felt better, physically and mentally. Eventually, she fell in love with yoga as it positively transformed her mind, body & spirit, and she slowly and surprisingly stepped out of the struggle of daily pain. She now truly appreciates how yoga has taught her to tune in to her body and slow down to listen, in a world that rarely allows space for this. She received her 200YTT from the Lotus Seed in Portland, OR in 2014 and Trauma Informed YTT from Living Yoga in 2018. She is also an herbalist & environmentalist, and can be found in various yoga studios around Portland, hiking, rock climbing, gardening, volunteering, or teaching herbalism classes. Her yoga classes include a balance of soft & slow and strong & challenging poses, tailored for all levels, with options to take it up or down a notch. Sharing education, movement and mindfulness as medicine is her passion.
Samantha graduated her 500 hr Yoga Teacher Training from Rishikesh Yogpeeth Abhayaranya in Northern India. With a focus on proper alignment for a healthy spine and restoration for a balanced mind she offers a gentle approach to practicing yoga that allows you to explore your wellbeing through thoughtful movement and introspection.
Currently an Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy student at Sarasvati Institute of Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy, her classes incorporate ancient wisdom on digestion and lifestyle habits, doshic balancing and practicing yoga with the cycles of nature.
Throughout classes you can expect a variety of pranayama, mantra chanting and asana that change with the seasons.
Outside the studio you can generally find her in the mountains, nose deep in a book or cooking something spicy and new!
Haley completed her 200 hr YTT in 2017 with Dianna Oppenheim at the Karuna Yoga school in Nicaragua. Her training is informed by vinyasa with an emphasis in physical alignment and breath work. In her practice, Haley celebrates authenticity and believes that yoga is a therapeutic tool to heal the physical and mental body and to bring forth an awareness of the present being.
Originally from Lake Tahoe CA, growing up in nature instilled core values in her that have directed her path as a healer and influencer of health. She obtained a B.S. in Kinesiology, pre physical therapy, from Humboldt State University in 2012 and has worked in numerous roles involving health and education including nutrition consultation, work trade for a permaculture farm and community, physical therapy/rehab aide, and more.
Haley moved to Portland last year to study naturopathic medicine at the National University of Natural Medicine. With the healing power of nature, she hopes to integrate her yoga practice into the various therapeutic modalities of a physician.
Liz trained in the classical hatha style at Himalaya Yoga Academy in Rishikesh, India in 2014. She has been teaching yoga to adults and children in South Korea, China, Dominican Republic, Wisconsin, and Hawaii.
A Wisconsin native, she recently relocated to Portland to attend National University of Natural Medicine. She is currently in school to become a naturopathic doctor, with the mindset to grow her tools for empowering individuals toward greater health and vitality.
She believes heavily in the power of mind-body and the practice of centering one’s awareness on the present moment. Through yin, restorative, hatha yoga and meditation, Liz aims to help you find calmness despite external noise. Come refresh your body, strengthen your spirit, and nourish your soul.
In 2013 I was struggling, breaking down, numb inside, and depressed. I started attending yoga classes because it was a safe space for me. Yoga was where I could go to cry, to feel, to release all of the shoved-down emotions that were screaming inside of me. In the fall of 2014 a friend suggested I take a 200 hour yoga teacher training with her, and I thought it would be nothing more than a healthy way to fill my time. This journey of teacher training led me to realize my own yoga practice as not only a place for physical release, but deepened my emotional, mental and spiritual practice. Yoga is still the first place I go to explore the deep inner discomfort when challenging emotions and situations arise. After that first RYT 200 I have embarked on a 300 hour training, which I completed in November 2017. Since then, I have delved into teaching Yoga Nidra, Yin, and Deep Stretch and Restore practices. Yoga humbles me, it makes me believe in a power beyond myself, something worth exploring and experiencing. I hope from my classes people leave feeling just a tiny nugget of this vast realm, their own expansive conscious connection to each other and the universe. I hope to hold a space where they feel safe in exploring whatever is happening inside of themselves, or simply a comfortable place to lay on the mat and soak it all in!
Sara Nielsen is a movement specialist integrating over 15 years of studying and teaching dance, yoga, and strategic core strengthening. Sara studied with Alison West and completed the 200-hour RYT training program at Yoga Union in New York City as well as the 200 hr training from the Nosara Institute in Costa Rica, is a licensed massage therapist and certified Postnatal Doula.
After growing up as a competitive downhill ski racer and dancer on the West Coast, Sara’s studies in dance brought her to New York City to perform professionally in several dance companies. Yet after experiencing reoccurring injuries, she searched everywhere for solutions. Serendipity struck when she found yoga master Alison West with her focus on core strength and backcare, and Sara’s health and path in life changed dramatically.
A mother of two kiddos. Sara loves living in Portland, Oregon and getting out into nature as much as possible.
I love to teach children and families yoga because children are natural yogis. They are present and mindful and our most important teachers! I have worked with children in a variety of ways including children with special needs and it is such a joy to practice yoga together. I studied yoga in Goa, India in 2013 with Lalit Kumar (200 hour YTT) and completed Yoga for the Special Child training at Satchidananda Ashram in Virginia in 2015 with Sonia Sumar. I strive to use yoga as an additional tool for social emotional development and bring social justice themes into our practice as well. I am the founder of Root Child Yoga. Check us out on social media! Let me know if you have any questions or want to talk about child development and yoga!
Developing a deep understanding and appreciation for the body as a sacred vehicle has been an important element to Patty’s journey to serve as a teacher. A lifelong love of time outdoors and meditation helped Patty to find her connection to nature and ushered her to a search to deepen her relationship to her own body and awareness of its movement and relation to others. She has traveled to India, Nicaragua, and Mexico to deepen her yogic knowledge through workshops and retreats. She has been the student of many teachers, priests, & shamans and reflects an appreciation as well as cultural and stylistic variations on her practice. Most recently spending winter and spring of 2017 teaching both Vinyasa and Yin at Moon Shala studio in Sayulita Mexico.
Certified with the Yoga Alliance, having completed her 200 hour level training , as well as earning a certification in trauma related yoga therapy from the Daya Foundation, Patty’s teaching is inspired by her desire to assist her students gain strength and trust in themselves and their bodies. Encouraging stillness and the patience to go inward , listening and building their own self knowledge & love.