200 YTT and Pre/Postnatal Yoga Training Bodywork has been a curiosity of mine since I was young as well as a love for caring for others. The practice of yoga; both personal and teaching came naturally to me and has brought me full circle from college in my desire to help bring health and healing through physical, metal, and emotional work. Our bodies need physical exertion for so many reasons and yoga is the only physically demanding sport that I have found that centers the person as well – demanding attention from our whole being.
I teach Therapeutic Yoga, Pre and Postnatal, Gentle, and Strength and Restore. I focus heavily on helping the body relearn muscle memory that it has lost, gain endurance, strength, and stamina, as well as core/pelvic floor and low back strength. I teach Yoga in a way so that it is to be modified to fit each individual that I work with.
I have a strong desire for each person to understand their own body and how it should move and carry them throughout their day and allow for times of questions in class to encourage just that. Everyone deserves a chance to apply yoga to their lives by cultivating their own practice and learning and discovering the joy which it brings. I teach in the beautiful city in which I was raised – Corvallis, Oregon (and in Albany too!)
Donna Kanan, owner of Coaching You Well, has been on her yoga journey since 2002. In teaching yoga Donna provides a welcoming environment that allows you to find her inner calm, while actively moving the body, building strength and stretching, in order prevent injury and live an active, full life.
With her 17 years’ experience in the fitness industry Donna has the skills to provide wellness coaching as a certified health and wellness coach with training through Well Coaches, Exercise Physiologist, certified through American College of Sports Medicine, and registered yoga teacher through Yoga Alliance since 2009 with 200 hours of training through YogaFit.
Donna believes that our well-being is at the heart of our success and happiness and enjoys working with clients to help them achieve positive behavior change in order to live to be their best self. We all deserve to live our wellness vision and her goal is to give others the tools to live theirs.
Jessica Parker is a holistic health coach with a masters in Health Psychology. She’s been teaching PiYo for more than 5 years. She loves that you can get an amazing workout while not beating your body up. Having had a lower back injury that took about a year to recover from, PiYo became an amazing way to build core & support her back; it was key to her recovery. As a busy wife & mom, running a couple of businesses, PiYo is part of her stress management and self-care so she can take care of those she loves. have always been a seeker of light, love and growth. Yoga was brought into my life in 2007 and it continues to be the foundation of my existence. After completing a Reiki Master training in 2012, I was compelled to help others feel better with a holistic- preventative approach to their health.
Starting with our youth, I took a children’s yoga teacher training in 2017 through Yoga Playgrounds out of Portland, Oregon. A year later completed a 200 hour training with Swastha Yoga International in Rapid City, South Dakota and a 200 hour training with Wild Thing Yoga Bend, Oregon.
Becoming more mindful of my peers, space, and body I ditched the “convenient” lifestyle and started shaping myself into the person I was meant to be. I love to share essential oils and aryvedic habits on and off the mat. When I’m not practicing yoga, I’m touching base with mother nature, chilling with my pup, making smoothies and sewing.
With roots in dance, my style is very free flowing and open to how your body moves you. Creating a space to connect with your body and let your mind go.
Movement is medicine and the more you flow, the more you grow.
I first started practicing yoga 10 years ago as a fun way to cross train for other athletics, but since then it has become an integral part of my life and a passion that I try to share with everyone I meet. As a medical student I am fascinated by the intricacies and mysteries of the body, which prompted me to further pursue my own yoga practice and get my 200 hour teacher certification last summer. Since then it has been my goal to not only promote health and wellness in the hospital as a doctor, but also outside as a yogi. Personally, yoga has helped me identify what truly holds meaning for me, maintain my focus during long days of studying, and deal with the stress that accompanies not only school but everyday life. As a yoga teacher and medical professional my hope is to empower you to take on life’s challenges with courage, grace, and an open heart.
Jennifer has been practicing yoga since 2006 and teaching since 2008. She has studied in Maduri, India at the Sivananda Ashram and several studios in Korea, England, San Diego, and Portland. She began her studies in Hatha and later discovered a passion for Vinyasa Flow style of yoga, which she models her classes after. When Jennifer is not teaching or practicing yoga, she is educating the foreigners at Oregon State University in the English Language. Jennifer also enjoys surfing, hiking, and traveling to new places. “I teach a challenging class designed to create a strong body, an open heart and a quiet mind to awaken a new perspective of the world and to remind my students to wake up and live!”
Elizabeth Hoffmann has been practicing yoga on and off for the last ten years. She began her journey in a small class with hardwood floors, traditional Hatha yoga, and a teacher she will never forget. Years later, she received her 200 hour teacher training at Nirvana School of Classical Hatha Yoga in Atlanta, Georgia, in 2013. Since then she has gone on to become an Oregon licensed massage therapist and vaginal steam facilitator. Now, Elizabeth is a Yoga Alliance certified continuing education provider for other yoga instructors (YACEP) and is an E-RYT which means she has taught over 1,000 hours of yoga. Additionally, Elizabeth is also a Certified Trauma Informed Yoga Teacher, having completed her 60 hour education at Passion Yoga School & Bodywise Institute. Elizabeth’s yoga classes are influenced by the eight branches of yoga and alignment based concepts. Her goal is empowering the inner teacher in every student. She always offers modifications, props, and alternatives for every body; she constantly strives to make yoga accessible for every person who comes to class because she firmly believes yoga is for every person, regardless of their size, age, weight, abilities, gender, or experiences.
Marilyn Śambhavi Polo has been practicing yoga, mediation, and Ayurveda for 20 years. She is a certified Sivananda Yoga teacher, having completed her in-depth training at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat on Paradise Island, Bahamas, in 2002. Marilyn continued her intensive studies in yoga asana, pranayama, meditation, karma yoga (selfless service), yogic lifestyle, and Vedanta philosophy while living at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Ranch in Woodbourne, NY, for over 18 months. She has lived and served at various Sivananda ashrams worldwide since that time, including assisting in yoga teacher trainings in Neyyar Dam, India.
Marilyn has also studied Ayurveda in the Wise Earth Tradition®, understanding Ayurveda as a way of life that sustains health, rather than a prescriptive approach that treats diseases. She is a direct disciple of Maya Tiwari (Swamini Mayatitananda) and spent much time learning directly from Maya the sadhana of Ayurveda. Marilyn is certified by the Wise Earth School of Ayurveda to teach the sadhanas of food, breath, and sound, as well as Vedic meditation, and women’s health care.
Marilyn has been studying about and practicing meditation since 1997. As an undergraduate, she completed a thesis at Barnard College, Columbia University studying the impacts of Mindfulness Meditation on health, under the guidance of Tara Well (a.k.a. Barbara Woike). Under Maya Tiwari, Marilyn studied Vedic meditation at intensive retreats at the Wise Earth School. Most recently, she completed an intensive meditation course at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat on Paradise Island, Bahamas, in July 2018.
Throughout her spiritual life, Marilyn has had the privilege and fortune to have trained under and alongside advanced yogis, many of whom were direct disciples to highly evolved souls. As an instructor, Marilyn’s intent is to be able to share her vast knowledge of all things yoga, Vedanta, and Ayurveda in meaningful ways to a Western audience. Helping individuals connect to their divine nature and to live their truth is at the heart of the practice that she shares. Marilyn teaches traditional Sivananda-style hatha yoga classes that have a deep, meditative approach and focus on the breath. She believes yoga should be accessible to all body types and ages. During the school year, Marilyn teaches fourth grade, in Spanish, at a dual-language immersion elementary school in Corvallis. Her favorite part of the day is teaching mindfulness meditation to 9 & 10 year-olds.
Suzanne embarked on her journey to yoga in 2008 in search of her “off switch”. After 25 years in retail management all she knew how to do was be “on”. Yoga had a profound effect on her life both physically and emotionally. She felt compelled to harness this new vitality, this sense of wellness, and share the power with others. In 2017 she took a leap of faith and opened Unwind Yoga in the heart of downtown Phoenix Arizona on Historic Grand Avenue.
She trained with Yogacharya Eric Walrabenstein at Yoga Pura (Phoenix) and is currently an E-RYT500 and YACEP with Yoga Alliance. Suzanne is also a Certified Yin Yoga Teacher and Yoga Nidra Facilitator, Reiki Master, Certified Essential Oil Specialist, as well as a Certified Katherine Roberts’ Yoga For Golfers Instructor and FXP Hula Hoop Fitness Trainer. As a YACEP, Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider, she teaches, trains, and provides continuing education credits for other yoga teachers. Her classes focus on alignment with a profound (or not so profound) intention, a little humor, and a lot of realism.
As the author of YES: Your Empowered Self ® workshops & training modules, she incorporates the sister science of Ayurveda and the power of Améo essential oils into her practice for an overall sense of well-being. She is also a published author; contributing to 365 Life Shifts & 365 Moments of Grace (https://authorcentral.amazon.com/gp/profile).
Suzanne offers support & loyalty in the hopes that others may come to realize their own strength. www.unwindyogaaz.com
I’m Sherry and welcome to Barre Above at Pacific Yew Yoga! I enjoy sharing the energy, grace, and mind-body strength that come from regular barre practice. I am a lifelong health and fitness enthusiast, born from my initial trunk of running and branching into over a decade of group exercise instruction through the American Council on Exercise before taking a hiatus to focus on my family. I love the efficiency and balance of barre workouts, combining elements of yoga, pilates, and ballet to give you a challenging mind-body practice that can be adapted to any level. I have been practicing barre for the past 4 years and am now a Barre Above instructor. When I am away from the studio you’ll find me cheering on my kids, reading, writing, enjoying music and dance, studying toward my master’s degree in marriage and family counseling, exploring new and lovely places, and working on various creative endeavors.
Aurora has been teaching and practicing yoga in the Willamette Valley for sixteen years. She has taught for Linn-Benton Community College & SamFit and currently teaches at the Brownsville Fitness Center. Aurora created the credit yoga program for LBCC and in 2008 was the recipient of LBCC’s ‘Outstanding Instructor of the Year’ Award.
Her fitness background includes a life time of ballet classes in addition to teaching ballet at the Cascade Performing Arts Center in Lebanon and ballet and yoga classes at the Corvallis Academy of Ballet. She also developed and taught water therapy and water yoga classes here locally.
She began practicing yoga when her husband was deployed to Iraq in 2003. In yoga she found solace, relaxation and comfort. Aurora’s classes are the perfect combination of relaxation and challenging, fun flowing movements that will give you the best of both worlds. Her love for the practice becomes apparent to anyone taking her class and is contagious; you’ll always leave her class with that same peaceful, happy feeling.
Aurora is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher through Yoga Alliance with Yoga Fit in 2005 and continues to study regularly with many great yoga teachers. She has a B.A. in French and a B.S. in Public Health from OSU and is currently working towards an M.P.H. in Health Promotion & Health Behavior. Aurore is an ambassador for several different fitness clothing companies including Altar Ego.
Isabel Fagoaga is a life long lover of movement, dancer, performer, body worker and intuitive therapist. Passionate about facilitating a class that is accessible to everyBODY. THEGROOVE is a very inclusive movement class that has no boundaries in terms of music or dance ability. It’s about inspiring the world to dance! No choreo, no fancy steps, just ridiculously simple moves to make you want to dance music!
Sarah Matson has been teaching and training for 5 years and is a student of Tribal Fusion Belly Dance for 8 years. She has co-lead Tribal Rising Dance in Oregon for the past 5 years and has been dancing in Oregon, California, Washington and New Mexico. Sarah loves to bring an eclectic mix of music to her World Fusion classes and encourages all fitness levels and all people to give World Fusion Belly Dance a try. Her love and joy radiate in all she does.and is a student of Tribal Fusion*
Pacific Yew Yoga is grateful and so blessed to have Valeria on our team. She has brought so much love and strength to the studio through her “New Moon” Women of Yew monthly event. She has a wonderful following through her efforts to bring this amazing meditation for anyone and everyone each month to the studio. Thank You Valeria!