Maureen Oar   E-RYT 500

Maureen Oar, Owner of the Yoga Loft, known by many as Mo, is a graduate of Radiant Health Yoga Teacher Training Program and a National Yoga Alliance registered instructor. Maureen began studying Hatha yoga more than 25 years ago, but it was her breast cancer diagnosis in 2000 that gave her a greater appreciation of the power of yoga to transform the body, mind, and spirit. To this day, Maureen credits Cancer Lifeline's yoga classes as an integral part of her healing journey.

Following her successful treatment and recovery, Maureen and her husband Gerald sold their home and worldly goods to explore the far corners of the earth. Unexpectedly, the further Maureen traveled away from the familiar the closer she felt to humanity and the common bond shared by all. And it was during her time in Nepal years ago and more than 20 countries later-where Maureen felt an awakening and the call to follow the path of yoga.

Maureen has deepened her appreciation and understanding of yoga as therapy attending numerous workshops and conferences on this subject. Maureen teaches a variety of levels of yoga, and promotes the use of props and modifications to make yoga accessible to all. You can access a interview with Mo and Thurston County Talks, that will reveal an intimate conversation with Mo on Yoga, Yoga Loft and more!


Kristi Lyons   E-RYT 500

At a very young age Kristi found the she could connect to a beautiful and mysterious inner spirit. She was able to see the connection between herself, others and the very nature that surround us all. 

Her enchantment by this awareness placed her on a journey that introduced her to a wide variety of spiritual teachers and eventually lead her to the practice of yoga. 

Through yoga she learned how to cultivate awareness which helped her to continue to discover secrets of the beauty of life. She was so inspired and lit up by the practice that she went through a couple teacher trainings with the encouragement and support of dedicated practitioner/teacher, Nathan Hayes, founder of Living Spirit Yoga. 

Her inspiration for teaching is rooted in her gratitude for the ancient wisdom of yoga and the many teachers that have helped to guide her on her journey. 

Kristi's classes are inspired and mixed with various yoga traditions, infusing traditional and creative movements. 

She integrates stillness and movement in each of her classes allowing students to both experience postures with strong holds, focused on the integrity of alignment, and postures that are weaved together in an artistic rhythmic flow which focuses on breath awareness.

She aims to lead students to seek the mystical power of their own bodies and to tap into that endless expansiveness of spirit.

Kristi's teaching is constantly growing and evolving into a beautiful style that has been (and forever will be!) inspired by many wonderful, benevolent mentors and teachers.


Robyn Regula, B.A., RYT

Robyn is a certified yoga instructor with the Yoga Alliance at the 500 hour level. She obtained her certification after doing a three month Yoga Teacher Training in Thailand.

A dedicated student since 1997 and teaching since 2001. She has been influenced by many different teachers and styles mostly from the Krishnamacharya lineage including Iyengar, Ashtanga, Anusara, Vinni, Vinyasa, Bikram and Yin.

Most recently she has studied with Erich Schiffmann and has been deeply inspired by his Freedom Style Yoga. Robyn blends all of these styles of hatha yoga making her classes dynamic, challenging yet relaxing.

Her students appreciate her calm, peaceful, respectful style with an emphasis on clear instruction, proper alignment and awareness of breath while allowing the inner teacher to come through.

Robyn graduated from The Evergreen State College in the spring of 2000, completed the three levels of Reiki certification in 1999 and received training as a Thai Yoga Therapist from Saul David Raye in the fall of 2000. Contact Robyn by email:


Kristen Rubis B.A., RYT, CD, LMP

The support and guidance that Kristen offers through Sacred Awakenings is founded in 17 years of study in the healing arts and in her own personal journey of wellness and inner peace.  Through yoga, therapeutic massage, labor support, reiki, birth advocacy, developmental movement therapies and sound healing her practice brings together a unique blend of services in the healing arts. 

Kristen's yoga certification was achieved through Radiant Health Yoga in 2004 and she is registered through The Yoga Alliance.  She also has further training in developmental movement therapies through The HANDLE Institute and Brain Gym.  Kristen's yoga classes provide an opportunity to create a union between body and breath that brings peace and contentment to the mind and spirit. Sound acutonics and aromatherapy accompany her classes, creating a more holistic experience.

Kristen's labor support training was received from Penny Simkin at The Seattle Midwifery in 2003 school and she is a certified doula through PALS.  She is committed to honoring a woman's sacred transition into motherhood, offering her presence through the emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual changes she may experience.  She offers support for families from their prenatal period,  through their labor/birth and into their postpartum transition. Twenty-eight families were brought to fruition over the last six years.

Kristen graduated from the Port Townsend School of Massage in 2006 and has specialized training with Carole Osborne-Sheets in pregnancy, labor and postpartum massage. Sacred touch allows us to be present in our bodies and enables us to cultivate a sense of our breath and spirit.  Her massage practice helps clients to reach higher states of relaxation and wellness.   She provides a sanctuary for the senses, incorporating aromatherapy and sound acutonics during my massage sessions

Through her commitment to care giving, she bases her relationships on trust and unconditional love.  Bodywork and movement helps us to reconnect with our soul's truth and empower self-healing as we journey through all life's sacred awakenings.  Kristen continues to engage in educational opportunities to further her knowledge in the bodywork field.  This unique synthesis of the healing arts allows Kristen to offer a holistic experience whether you're interested in an ongoing yoga practice, pregnancy support, or an individual massage session. Please visit her website for more information on all of her classes, workshops and services, ~ Namaste.


Elizabeth Swanson

Elizabeth Swanson B.S., RYT 200 is a graduate from the Great Heart Yoga Teacher Training.  She is also an alumni from WSU, with a bachelor's degree in Exercise Science.  She took her first yoga class at age 20 and it has been a learning journey ever since.  Her style of yoga has an emphasis on alignment and a connection between the mind, body and spirit.  The practice of yoga brings her such joy and inspiration and she hopes to share this passion with others.  Elizabeth believes that you get out of yoga what you put into it and that your practice can become whatever you need it to be.  She offers gratitude and thanks to her forever teachers Annie Barrett and Whitney Lawless, both of whom continue to inspire her.

Whitney’s mission as a modern yogi and yoga teacher is to guide you towards the wisdom of your heart by reconnecting with your wholeness and worth via the physical and philosophical elements of the yoga tradition.

She has been practicing yoga for almost 25 years and teaching for 15. Whitney is so grateful to her teachers and mentors: Denise Benitez, Christina Sell and Darren Rhodes for yoga; Katy Bowman for Nutritious Movement; Jos Houben, Char Sundust and Aaron Johnson for their heart and embodiment guidance.

She is deeply dedicated to anti-oppression and healing work and you can expect that her classes will not only challenge you physically but ask you to create a context for growth and healing within yourself for the liberation of us all.

Whitney is a mother, writer, quilter, and iron pumper who loves to explore the many ways that nature, our bodies, and community move in and out of harmony. She holds an ERYT-500 with yoga alliance. You can reach her at:


Jeff Powney

 Jeff Powney started his yoga practice in 1997 and got his teacher training in 2002 with Integrative Yoga Therapy. He has been a Physical Therapist since 1996. Jeff has studied various forms of yoga including Anusara, Iyengar, and Yin. His PT training includes various styles of manual therapy including myofascial release, craniosacral therapy, visceral manipulation, and joint mobilizations; as well as various courses on movement mechanics. Jeff believes the science of the human body / body mechanics and the wisdom of yoga can help people grow in mind/body/spirit in order to find their fullest potentials.

Doug Adamson

Doug Adamson has an approach of exploration, encouragement, and compassion. A focus on mindfulness and a touch of humor also can be used to describe Doug's classes.  He draws from his own life's journey of recovering from chronic injury after a car crash. Years of inspirational and transforming yoga practice have moved him to share this ancient art with others. Using that background, he stresses the need for students to follow and honor their own body's story. He's also an example that being flexible isn't necessary or a needed focus to begin a yoga journey.  Doug is a 200-hour certified yoga teacher. He believes that asana (the postural portion of yoga) should be available to more people. He's a certified Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga teacher and uses those skills to bring joy-based movement to those who may not be able to get onto a yoga mat. Doug also incorporates the principals of Yoga Nidra into his classes. Doug is a Level 2 iRest teacher after receiving advanced training from Dr. Richard Miller.

 A bit about Doug:

  • Based on preconceived notions, thought he'd never set foot into a yoga studio

  • Felt his body was like a prison before beginning his yoga journey

  • Is inspired by the teachings of Dr. Richard Miller, Dr. Judith Hanson Lasater, Donna Farhi, Lakshmi Voelker, and many others

  • Uses his skills as a veteran broadcast journalist to effectively communicate with a one-on-one feel

Cecily Schmidt

Cecily Schmidt is a registered yoga teacher with the Yoga Alliance and a graduate of the Evergreen State College's Master in Teaching Program. She is currently a high school visual arts educator, a practicing artist, and the mother of a delightful young boy. Cecily took her first yoga class when she was nineteen and has been weaving yoga into her life in various ways ever since. Her personal practice is most strongly rooted in Iyengar, Ashtanga, and Anusara styles. In her teaching, she strives to create a balance between going deep into postures and warming the body with flowing movement. She is also especially interested in the ways her yoga practice mirrors her creative process and is exploring ways to share these intersections with others. As a recent graduate from the Great Heart Yoga Teacher Training, Cecily is excited to share her dedication to the ongoing journey of yoga and is forever grateful to her teachers, Annie Barrett, Whitney Lawless and all the others.

Emily Johnson

Emily has been teaching yoga since 2005. Her background in dance has led her to most enjoy a flowing/vinyasa style of yoga that integrates the movement of the body with the breath. She has studied Ashtanga, Bikram, Iyengar, Anusara, Yin, and Hatha yoga. Emily celebrates all yogis being exactly where they need to be in their practice, respecting the process and the journey over the destination. Emily believes that it is within the sangha, or community, that we challenge, inspire, and uphold one another through the practice of yoga in all of its many beautiful forms.

Michelle Miller

Terry Vanderpham 

Terry Vanderpham, BA, RYT
Terry is a registered yoga teacher with the Yoga Alliance and graduate from the Great Heart Yoga Teacher Training. Since her first yoga class over 20 years ago, she has found the practice to be her constant centering and has always been drawn to helping others achieve the calm and peace she derives from yoga. During her pregnancies, her desire to become a yoga instructor grew even more. Pregnancy was a joyful time for her but like many women she experienced insomnia and increased pain due to her changing body. Prenatal yoga can help with insomnia, improve sleep, reduce stress and anxiety, increase the strength, flexibility and endurance of muscles needed for childbirth, and decrease lower back pain, nausea, headaches and shortness of breath. Terry enjoys helping others find these benefits from a regular yoga practice. 

Also a culinary instructor and mother of two young boys, Terry believes in nourishing your whole self so that you may continue to grow and live your best life. Through mindfulness, nutrition, and movement you can nourish your body, mind, and soul. 

Emily Weeks 

Em Weeks grew up in rural Washington among the misty trees and mountains. Nature has always been Em's great teacher.

Em is an artist and was raised playing basketball and other sports. Seeking an end to suffering, ze* started practicing yoga at the age of twenty. Ze became a yoga teacher in 2015, and since studied a range of yoga modalities from different teachers across the world. Most recently, Em completed a 500-hour training with master yogi Dharma Mittra in New York City. 

Em is constantly seeking to learn new things. In zir classes, Em endeavors to hold a space for each individual to have their own experience, while offering as much help as ze can, with the aim that all beings be relieved of suffering. Em delights in providing a playful challenge and helping students to discover the possibilities of the body, mind, and spirit.

Em has studied animation at CalArts and the Royal College of Art and film directing at the London Film School, and works in several different media as an artist. You can find out more about Em's art at :

*ze/zir have been used as gender-neutral pronouns, however, you can use any pronouns for Em that feel right to you. In fact, Em would love it if you switch randomly between them all!

Heather Kazda 

Robin Ralph 

Robin found yoga when she was 15. She fell in love with the way the practice invited a deeper felt experience to her emotional and physical body while simultaneously giving her the experience of being deeply connected to the world. She eventually moved to Olympia to study psychology and consciousness at The Evergreen State College. During her first year of school, she couldn't help the see the complementary aspects between the yoga practice and psychology. In the midst of her studies,  Robin enrolled in a 200 hour teacher training program through Great Heart Yoga and graduated with her certificate in 2015.

Robin's teaching is heavily influenced by her studies of Trauma Informed Yoga with Hala Khouri. She prioritizes a yoga that invites space for feeling, stillness, choice and boundaries.  She invites opportunities for introspection, reflection, and intuitive movement. She welcomes her students to see the teacher that resides within each one of them and supports them in following their own body wisdom. She tends to teach at a slower pace with more holds and opportunities to really feel what each posture has to offer. At the heart of her teaching, Robin aims to create an environment of inclusion, self expression, growth, and support.  She is currently enrolled in a Yoga For All Training with Dianne Bondy and Amber Karnes in order to expand her knowledge of making postural yoga accessible to all body sizes and shapes.