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.
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.”
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!
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.
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.
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.”
Kim Louvin is a southerner who lives in the Pacific Northwest carrying out the legacy of her grandfather a great country music/bluegrass legend from the Grand Ole Opry. Charlie Louvin was one half of the Louvin Brothers and her Gemini nature allows her to always be reminded that each part has an equal and opposite counterpart serving its own unique role in the stories of our lifetimes. She is a mental health practitioner by daytime and a spiritually inspired yoga and mindfulness guide in the moonlight. She’s worked with people her entire adult life to help us all find our ways back home to our true selves. Through live, love, and the pursuit of logic, Kim weaves in nuggets of her favorite songs, quotes, and stories to create an experience where you’ll learn alternative meanings to “hips don’t lie,” Satan is Real, and how powerful the ever-present sentiment of “just take a deep breath” truly can be.
Kim believes in the power of yoga, writing, journaling, meditating, dancing, and getting our stuck energy out any way that we healthily can. She began teaching yoga after experiencing her own personal journey through the pandemic and being healed and held through the combination of yin yoga and journaling. She desires to share what has helped so profoundly and would love to invite you along to ride the waves with her on your own magic carpet.
Yoga is how I became in tune with my mind, body, and spirit at a deeper level. My grandfather always had a special essence about him and over the last few years, I’ve learned to embody and live into this essence through returning to writing and journaling as an integral part of my self-care routine. Yoga and Journaling have become a spiritual practice where I’ve reconnected to myself and the lessons and stories deeply encoded into me. I’ve learned to decode the stories placed on me, untangle the knots in my shoulders, and write out my version of the “how did I get here” and “why is this happening” through unweaving the patterns in my body that can only be untangled through long holds, deep stretching, and stillness of the mind. Yin Yoga has brought me through more breathtaking moments in 2020 than I’d ever imagined facing over a lifetime. Journaling has allowed me to jot down lessons, stories, and emotions in a profound way to showcase my own growth to myself, wrestle with hard truths, and document the mind-bending experiences we’ve collectively faced in 2020.
Claudia started practicing yoga in 1998 after the birth of her second child and after running a series of distance races. Yoga not only helped her prevent injury, but surprisingly alleviated the anxiety and work stress from her job as an educator in a high poverty school. Yoga became her therapy.
After having a steady practice for 23 years, she started her teacher training at the age of 57. Over the last few years, she found great joy in sharing yoga with others. She believes that what heals the individual, heals the world.
She’s taken classes throughout the Portland Metro area at various studios. She’s been blessed to have many compassionate and skilled teachers. The practice of yoga has seen her through so many life transitions. She’s grateful to have the opportunity to share the medicine of yoga with others.
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 creative blend of strength and fluidity within a guided, embodied flow. Honoring the vast tradition of yoga while drawing on a variety of new perspectives of movement, including my background in Pilates, dance, strength training and functional fitness.
Together we will explore moving through shapes and dynamic transitions at a pace that feels supportive. Arriving in stillness and returning to the breath.
I am originally from Los Angeles and was born into a diverse family of Mexican and European Jewish decent. I enjoy traveling and exploring new places just as much as getting lost in a local antique shop. I’m obsessed with music and love staying up late playing records and nerding out to my favorite artists.
A Colorado native, a Vermonter at heart and a new transplant to Portland, Sam is a 300-hour registered yoga teacher. Sam originally came to yoga in her early twenties practicing at studios in Vermont and has been a dedicated student ever since. Interested in the mind-body connection, Sam utilizes the teachings of yoga to help bring her more into the contentment of life. Having developed a career in the agriculture and horticulture industries, Sam has a unique interest in anatomy and how yoga can be a healing force for folks using their bodies at work every day. On her days off, you’ll find her on a walk in the woods or gardening with her pup, Oliver.
Kate is a lover of movement who has a strong desire to share this love with her community. Born and raised in Los Angeles, she moved to the Pacific Northwest a decade ago and currently lives in Portland, OR.
A deep connection to the natural environment is a huge factor in keeping Kate rooted to the PNW. This relationship to the elemental world has informed her personal yoga practice as well as her teaching. By communing with nature, she is better able to access a sense of creativity, gratitude, compassion, and interconnectedness. Anyone who attends Kate’s classes will clearly see and feel these values woven into the flow of class.
Kate is passionate about offering inclusive movement practices based on respect for all experiences. She offers an opportunity to connect to the body through breath, movement and mindfulness that allow for inquiry and curiosity.
She is a dedicated student of yoga, teaching classes that are informed through an embodied approach. Kate believes yoga allows us to connect to the essence of ourselves and that the values and ethics we learn in our yoga practice expand outward into our communities.
Kate is interested in teaching strong and slow movement that focuses on alignment. She teaches Vinyasa, mindfulness, and Restorative Yoga. She completed her 300-hour training with Suniti Dernovsek in 2020 and continues to work with her mentor, Sarah Diedrick.
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.
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.”