Nathan is a renowned teacher of yoga, healing movement and martial arts with over 14 years of teaching experience and over 30 years of practice. He inspires us to move thoughtfully, practice mindfully and to be present and aware with every brilliant breath our life has to give. You will be inspired by the way practicing with Nathan over time enhances your strength and abilities not just on a yoga mat—but in all facets of life. Born handicapped, Nathan was given the gift of yoga and movement as a child. These practices have continually healed Nathan through much adversity in the 40+ years he has been blessed to live on this amazing planet. His passion is to help inspire healing in others, and he works as a nutritional counselor and massage therapist when he’s not teaching movement classes. Nathan also loves to act and dance and travels periodically to perform in the occasional independent film.
Yoga became a practice for me before I knew what it was. For as long as I can remember I have always honored the awareness of breath, quieted my busy mind, found peace through life’s difficulties, stillness amongst the noise, and enjoyed putting my body into shapes that felt good. During my first savasana I fell in love. In that moment my passion ignited and I made the decision to commit my heart to the practice. Dedicated student, passionate teacher and educator—it is my honor to help others by providing a loving, safe, and inspiring space for you to blossom your practice day to day. I create mindful movements with meditations that fosters growth and transformation for whatever you may seek. My intention is to create more balance in your practice by uniting body, mind and breath as you open yourself towards the beautiful light within your heart.
Integrating trauma informed care with an undergraduate education in psychology and social behavior, and a Masters of Science degree in Nutrition, Samantha aims to provide a healing and empowering practice to students of all experience levels. Samantha has guest lectured at several universities, is an advocate for queer and underserved communities, and aspires to bring awareness to anxiety, depression, PTSD, and cognitive health. Samantha emphasizes accessibility by encouraging participants to connect movement, breath, and mindfulness in order to feel authentic, present, and strong. Through hatha, vinyasa and restorative yoga, Samantha accommodates students by demonstrating multiple variations to honor an inclusive practice that feels safe and supportive to people of differing abilities. When not teaching yoga, Samantha enjoys a full-time job of educating clients about nutrition, teaching food accessibility to graduate students, sharing herbalism knowledge, creating music, and making puns.
A lifelong ballerina, Jeannette first started yoga when she had trouble finding adult ballet classes. Her second yoga class left her feeling like she “was flying on a unicorn with wings.” After that – she was hooked. Jeannette started teaching restorative yoga as a way to work with a family member with limited mobility and found herself branching into many other areas of teaching over the years – including hatha and vinyasa, to working with kids and even bringing yoga into prisons. Teaching yoga has been a humbling, rewarding and sanity-maintaining experience through many years of grad school. Even after racking up a pile of degrees, she can't imagine a life without teaching! Sharing the practices that have helped reduce stress and instill a mindset of self-compassion and acceptance, in her own life, is what she loves most and aspires to bring to every class.
“What do you want your health for?” I have worked both in conventional and integrative healthcare settings and found yoga and nutrition to be crucial practices to achieving your answer. It is my mission to make a structurally sound yoga practice and nutrient-dense diet more accessible. I am an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher-500 (E-RYT 500), Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP), and carry a Master of Science (MSc) in Integrative Medicine Research. I have worked as a yoga instructor, nutritionist, and health researcher for over 10 years at the NIH, OHSU, and other health centers locally and internationally, including as a Peace Corps Health Volunteer in Perú. I studied Kripalu and traditional Hatha yoga in the US and India and have advanced training in yoga therapy, kinesiology, and ergonomics. I lead an evidence-informed practice: I love melding science with the philosophy of being, and personalizing the experience to the individual. Every class I lead will feature a different topic to help grow your personal practice or sadhana.
Tessa has been studying Yoga under the tutelage of, Rosie Acosta, since May of 2016. She acquired her yoga teaching certification in October 2016 through Yoga Works. Tessa has been practicing yoga since 2002 and has dabbled in several varieties of yoga; Vinyasa, Bikram, Yin, Kundalini, Hatha, Pranayama, Mantra, and Meditation.
Tessa is passionate about using yoga as a vehicle to heal and attune oneself to a deeper level of self-understanding. She loves to infuse her classes with music, essential oil, and loving hands on adjustments to ensure that students leave the mat with a feeling of peace and purpose. She strongly believes that showing others the way to themselves through yoga is her duty in life. We all have this innate gift of being able to tap into our heart space, to be still listen and receive the medicine of life, sometimes all we need is a reminder and the space held for us.
Patrick’s yoga practice is derived from and oriented to bony and muscular anatomy. His clinical work as a Doctor of Physical Therapy at Kwan Yin Healing Arts Center East and his upbringing as a collegiate baseball athlete guides his approach to the body. His knowledge is complimented by his service at the University of Portland as a human anatomy instructor, a job he loves. Regular yoga classes will include steady, therapeutic, and strength-building flows in weight-bearing through the legs and arms while also emphasizing range of motion of the shoulders, knees, hips, and spine. This class will be beneficial for recreational movers and athletes alike. Pat believes in the unification of science and spirit in language, art, and practice. He wants to thank Michael McMahon of Portland’s Moving Mountain Institute for an ongoing collaboration that deepens a creative appreciation for connective anatomy and the art of healing. The apprenticeship and friendship of David McHenry of the Oregon Project has also supported Pat’s understanding of biomechanics and orthopedic evaluation, for which he is grateful. Lastly, he feels so fortunate to continually have the opportunity to study with Sarah Robinette, a student and ambassador of the teachings of B.K.S. Iyengar.