I know yoga to be healing for others because of all it's done for me. Yoga found me during my late teens, a tumultuous time in my life. It is yoga—and the qualities of love, mercy and acceptance this practice inspires—that led me through a deep transformational process to find freedom from many limiting beliefs and patterns. My gifts as a teacher became evident through an Ana Forrest workshop in 2005 and led me to teacher training with Ana at the Forrest Yoga Institute. This deep work revealed my life path. I am generously rewarded by the improvement in the lives of my students. Within each student lies a vast wellspring of love and potential, and it is my job as a teacher to draw that out, regardless of age, experience or fitness. My classes blend rigorous poses and soothing adjustments. All that I do was a gift given to me—to give to you!
Rachel Hines received her Yoga Alliance Teacher Certification at Yoga Effects, in New York in 2007. For many years she trained in the classic Hatha tradition, and then in Vinyasa, Power Vinyasa, and Restorative Yoga. Regardless of the type of class, her style centers around an authentic and conscious experience. Mindfulness, moderation, and the coordination of breath and movement are key principles in both her teaching and personal practice alike. The sequence of poses is considered for the best anatomical openings and the most meditative practice. Along with yoga, Rachel practices authentic movement, dancing, swimming, walking her dog, art making, and teaches art at Portland State University.
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.
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.
Yoga has transformed my life in countless ways. I desire to share the practice with others, to experience the union between ourselves and the divine, ultimately awakening to our infinite potential. Movement is at the core of my existence. Trained in classical ballet, modern, jazz and West African dance from a very young age, I then found yoga and fell in love with the practice. After completing several trainings under the guidance of my teachers, Lee Bear Tobin and Lara Lorraine Perry, I am registered through Yoga Alliance at the 700-hour level. I am also a licensed and practicing massage therapist, and this insight into the body helps me understand how we move on our yoga mats. My classes are dynamic, free flowing, filled with creative sequencing and appropriate for all practitioners. I aim to facilitate a sacred space of thoughtful exploration as we move with our breath through the shapes of yoga.
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.