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
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 200
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
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
Kristi's classes are inspired and
mixed with various yoga traditions, infusing traditional and
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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
Is inspired by the teachings of Dr. Richard Miller, Dr.
Judith Hanson Lasater, Donna Farhi, Lakshmi Voelker, and
Uses his skills as a veteran broadcast journalist to
effectively communicate with a one-on-one feel
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 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.
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
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.
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,
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!
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.