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  • Tamara Gillest

    A Master of Science in Strategic Management and a Certified Yoga Teacher and trainer (CYT 500 level) registered with the Yoga Alliance. Tamara actively pursues studies in the Patanjali Yoga Sutras and Vedic Chanting. She is certified to teach Essential Low Back Therapy and regularly adds to her tool belt with her continued education in yoga therapy. She loves anatomy and incorporates educational tidbits into her teaching for practical use outside the studio. Tamara has practiced yoga for 19 years and has used it to transform herself physically and spiritually. She integrates yoga philosophy into her life and uses it as guiding principles for moving, breathing, and managing work and play. Tamara likes helping others find ways to integrate yoga in simple and practical ways. She has over 25 years of experience in the technology industry and currently uses that experience along with her yoga training to help both individuals and organizations manage change.

  • Milo Minnis

    Certified Yoga Therapist, RYT 500, IAYT
    Advanced Restorative Teacher
    Earned her Masters in Education and served as a teacher of secondary education. Milo is a RYT-500 level yoga teacher and has been practicing yoga since 1981. She is certified through the Yoga Alliance and trained in the Krishnamacharya tradition. Milo also holds an Advanced Certification in Restorative yoga. She has been teaching since 2000. Milo's teaching is influenced by her philosophy that every”body” can do yoga and gain peace and calm in life.

  • Jessica lynn

    Jessica discovered the mind-body-spirit connection many years ago through movement and massage therapy, and she’s been fascinated ever since. It took her a little longer to find yoga, but when she did, she felt like she had come home. Her deepest hope is that her teaching provides a safe, welcoming, and healing space for her students to explore what it means to be embodied beings. She has a particular interest in how our bodies hold both positive and negative experiences and emotion and provide guidance and wisdom when we get still and listen. She trained at Seattle Yoga Arts (Anusara-inspired) and at Phinney Ridge Yoga (Kripalu and Viniyoga-inspired) and is very grateful to her teachers and mentors, especially Elizabeth Rainey, Christy Fisher and Laura Yon. Jessica loves cycling, chocolate, wine, gardening, and animals. She lives with her wife and 2 cats and is a realtor with Windermere when she’s not teaching yoga.

  • Karie Bloxton

    A gifted teacher who has been practicing yoga since 1997, teaching since 2004. In Karie's own words, "Yoga has given me a means to stay centered and present. I encourage students to discover how each posture lives within their own body. The beauty of this lineage of yoga is that it meets us where we are. The practice will never be the same, because we are never the same."

    The Feldenkrais Method of Somatic Education has deepened Karie's desire to connect, to teach and to learn. Why do we injure ourselves? What can we do to prevent or alleviate discomfort? Feldenkrais can be a wonderful tool to figure out how to not just feel better, but "be" better.

    Karie offers Functional Integration sessions and she is a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner (800 hour).

    Certified Yoga Teacher, RYT 500

    Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner (CM)

    Pregnant Pauses Teacher http://www.pregnantpauses.us/

  • Rubina Carmona

    Rubina has been performing and teaching flamenco with her guitarist husband, Marcos, since the late 1960’s. She lived and worked professionally in Spain for nearly four years during the 1970’s and in Los Angeles until 1988, upon relocating to Seattle. She has been the flamenco instructor at American Dance Institute since 1991, as well as having been a Spanish language instructor at NW Yeshiva High School from 1990-2004. Rubina emphasizes the importance of the gypsy style of flamenco dance and the integration of song and dance, as well as the phenomenon of flamenco as one of the earliest and still evolving “world music” styles. Although retired from dance performance, she continues teaching, performing as a singer, and producing flamenco events in Seattle.
  • Burk Dowell

    Burk began his serious study of martial arts in 1982 in Oshima Shotokan Karate. The excitement of the martial arts and the desire to be able to protect himself was the catalyst, but in time his reasons grew. As he found proficiency in defense, he grew interested in wider possibilities and options which then led him towards an intense interest in skill, subtlety, refinement, and deeper meaning. This focus has given glimpses into the healing aspects of internal martial arts. Burk's inspiration leaves him eager to share what he has learned and help others grow.
    Burk is proficient in Karate, Aikijujitsu, Tai Chi, Bagua, Rousho (internal art applications), Qi Gong and Yoga. Technical expertise includes Karate and Aikijujitsu, Yueng Chuan, Rousho, Tai Chi, Bagua, Qi Gong, and Yoga.

  • Sat Harinam Singh

    Sat Harinam Singh has been practicing Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan since the early 2000’s, studying at the Baba Siri Chand Ashram in Altamonte Springs Florida. As a sound engineer and musician, the transformational aspects of Sound and Mantra compelled Sat to become a teacher of this tradition. Sat’s teaching style balances movement, sound, breath work and mantra meditations to elevate practitioners thru the experience of Kundalini Yoga. Sat lives with his family in West Seattle and is very honored to bring these teachings to his community.
  • Becky Vroom

    Becky Vroom is a certified Yoga Sculpt instructor. She grew up in Boulder, Colorado and also spent time living in Hawaii before coming to Seattle. She strives to create safe and challenging classes for all levels. She loves to combine yoga with strength and conditioning for a full body workout.

    Becky is also a full time fourth grade teacher. She graduated from University of Colorado with a degree in Education, and is currently working on her Master's Degree in Education at City University of Seattle.
  • Summer Cushman

    Summer Cushman is an artist, minister, and yoga therapist. A spiritual seeker her entire life, Summer believes that authentic yoga practice has the power to change everything. She has personally experienced the transformative and healing power of regular personal practice and has witnessed it in the lives of her students, which she considers a great gift.

    Yoga is fundamentally about the reduction of suffering whether it exists on the physical, mental, or spiritual levels. Experiences of pain, challenge, and illness are an inevitable part of human life. While we may not be able to avoid this reality, we do have control in how we respond. Summer takes the time to understand her students as the multi-dimensional people that they are and using the primary tools of yoga—breath, simple movement, awareness, relaxation, philosophical study, meditation, sound, prayer, and ritual—as well as teachings from Ayurveda, she works to empower them to respond to their situation in a personalized, engaged, and intentional way. She offers private sessions, weekly classes, and specialized workshops.

    Summer is a perpetual student and has spent the last 16-years following her curiosity. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in printmaking and art history from Whitworth College in Spokane, Washington. She earned her Master of Divinity degree with an emphasis in spirituality from Earlham School of Religion (a Quaker seminary) in Richmond, Indiana. She began practicing yoga in 2001 and received foundational training and certification from CITYOGA School of Yoga and Health in Indianapolis under the direction of Nikki Myers and Marsha Pappas. She received advanced training and certification as a 500hr Viniyoga Teacher under the direction of Gary Kraftsow at the American Viniyoga Institute in California. She is currently working toward her yoga therapy certification under the direction of Robin Rothenberg of Essential Yoga Therapy here in Washington State.

    Summer has led retreats and workshops throughout the country on such topics as spirituality, creativity, and embodiment. A northwest native, she is happy to have settled back in her home state and looks forward to exploring yoga and spirit with you.

    Please visit www.summercushman.com for more information.

  • Erik LaSeur

    Erik combines 30 years of tai chi chih practice, 25 years of massage, and 10 years of the Feldenkrais Method, along with study and practice of minimalist running over the past 3 years to help the average person regain the love and freedom of running!

    Though he specializes with runners, many others (non-runners) have found his work to have helped them immensely with their challenges.

  • Michelle Babb

    Michelle Babb, MS, RD, has a private practice in West Seattle where she specializes in mind-body nutrition, weight management and inflammatory digestive disorders. Michelle is a Bastyr-trained functional medicine practitioner and was a clinical nutritionist at the functional medicine research center. She was an adjunct professor at Bastyr where she developed a course to instruct dietetic students how to use functional medicine in clinical practice. Michelle is the author of “Anti-Inflammatory Eating Made Easy” and she teaches nutrition-focused cooking classes at PCC. Learn more about Michelle at www.eatplaybe.com.
  • Erin Simons

    Erin Simons was born and raised in Los Angeles, California and relocated to Seattle after earning her BFA in Dance from the University of California Santa Barbara in 2006. Erin has been dancing and performing for 27 years, with training in: Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Tap, Hip-Hop, Improvisation, Contact Improvisation, Musical Theater, Choreography, and Yoga. She is passionate about Bodies and Self-Expression through Performance Art, and has taught Dance classes in Seattle for 9 years, mainly focusing on Hip-Hop and Modern Dance.

    Along with Dance, Erin is a Business Owner as a Certified Transformational Coach and Energy Worker www.erinjsimons.com and also crafts Dream Catchers with her online Etsy Shop, Glimmering Gypsy. Overall, Erin is a positive, energetic, mover and shaker, allowing her to create an exciting, fun, and inspiring environment for her Dance classes and all that she does. Erin is thrilled to have the opportunity to teach at BendNMove!

  • Elise Becker

    Elise Becker is a certified Total Barre Instructor. Her classes are structured to incorporate a full body workout with body mechanics at the forefront of each movement.

    Elise is also a full time Physical Therapist at Life in Balance Physical Therapy and Pilates in West Seattle. Elise graduated from the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Washington University in St. Louis and has worked in a variety of clinical settings. As a movement system specialist, Elise tailors her classes so that they are challenging but safe for every body.
  • Sarah Parker Mansare

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    Sarah Lee graduated with honors and a Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Wellness (Exercise Science, Public Health, Youth Studies and Nutrition) from the University of Minnesota. She has been a member of the University of Minnesota Repertory and Hamanah Don Dance Companies, managed the Fitness Program at the West Seattle YMCA, and is currently a Personal Trainer and Life Coach working with people one on one to heal, expand and transform their physical, mental and emotional capacities. When Sarah Lee first discovered West African Dance in1993, she was hooked immediately, and spent the next decade studying with dozens of well-known instructors from various parts of West Africa. In 2004, Sarah Lee’s passion for this art form took her to Senegal and then Guinea West Africa on a dance intensive with her primary instructor: Master Dancer Youssouf Koumbassa.