Yoga has been an enormous gift to me. Ten years ago I went through a great deal of change; some good, some not-so-good. Yoga was good medicine for me. I had a choice to maintain the status quo (work a corporate job) or do something way off my radar. Because yoga got me through moments of big change, I made the commitment to become a teacher. It was the best choice I made to save me from going down the same ‘ol road. It’s definitely changed my life…for the better.
When you look in the mirror and ask yourself, “Am I fulfilled?” “Am I truly being who I am?” If the answer is yes, that’s wonderful! If the answer is no, a yoga practice might be your new home. Either way, it’s good stuff.
In my class, there’s no ‘have to be flexible, wear the right clothes, or have a fancy mat". It’s not like that at Breathe anyway. Come as you are.
When I teach, I’m just me. I can be silly. I can be deep. Usually I’m both. I love to include breathing techniques that I believe we can all use…for life. If you have questions or want something from your class experience, I’m here for you.
Through my own yoga practice I continue to grow, and I am forever learning from my teachers and from my students. I remain a thirsty student of yoga, and of life and it’s surprises.
Yoga | Meditation
Gail has been a yogini with an adventurous spirit for nearly three decades. Gail fuses her insight as a massage therapist and practitioner of healing modalities with her career as a dedicated student and teacher of yoga. Her seasoned experience in the healing arts channels through her as a supportive energy in her yoga classes. She offers practical guidance of body mechanics and strives for creating balance of the body and mind with a true respect for diversity.
A worldly education of healing and yoga began for Gail at the Kripalu Center of Yoga and Health studying Hatha and Vinyasa. She completed yoga teacher training at the Aura Wellness Center graduating with high honors. As a massage therapist, she apprenticed for two years in Japan to study Shiatsu where she also earned her Level 1 Reiki attunement and practiced Zazen meditation. She continued her studies in Thai Yoga and Massage and dove deeper into her Yoga practice. In 2018 Gail began studying innovative movement approaches from Annie Adamson’s Primal Vinyasa ™ Trainings. This training inspired her to utilize these vital skills in her classes, with her clients and in everyday life.
Off the mat Gail enjoys outdoor activities in all seasons and finds healing in nature. Gardening, singing, reading, playing music, dancing and spending time with loved ones are all ways she fuels and shares her thriving spirit.
Having studied at the Yoga Mala School is Light in Israel underneath Roxi Stolk, Lianne has been a certified yoga alliance yoga teacher since 2014, with 400+ class hours in vinyasa, ayurveda, pranayama, asana, anatomy and meditation. Her style of teaching irons out any knots in your energy from the head to the toes, finishing in spinal twists, backbends and inversions, leaving your body feeling completely at ease and centered.
Lianne has been practicing yoga since 2004 and doesn't go a day without visiting her mat. She is also a certified National Academy of Sports Medicine personal trainer specializing in functional mobility, athletic performance, weight loss and high intensity interval training. She has been vegan since 2009 and has been practicing raw foods since 2015 after a three week water fast in Costa Rica at the Tanglewood Wellness Center. Lianne has healed herself of chronic inflammatory disease without the help of any medical professionals by turning to diet, lifestyle and mindfulness to bring about optimal health. She ran her own wellness practice in Israel for 3 years, managing a full time fitness studio, teaching yoga classes in cities across the north of Israel and coaching clients one-on-one in raw foods, personal training and yoga/mindfulness. Now she is back in the NW and working full time as a raw vegan lifestyle coach, yoga instructor and personal trainer.
Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance
Luis is a native New Yorker who lived across the United States while serving in the US Army as a medic. Along the way he has been a student of several types of martial arts but in 2004 he became acquainted with Tai Chi. Since then he has studied several styles, eventually becoming an Instructor for Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance.
With the goal of promoting a healthy lifestyle and continuously evolving in his practice, Luis utilizes his background in both the medical and fitness fields to assist others in being able to achieve their wellness goals. He is an avid hiker, volunteers with fellow Veterans and enjoys spending most of his time with his wife Dee Anne and their cats.
Yoga | Meditation | Pranayama (Breathwork) | Qigong
Tenaya began studying yoga in 1979 at Saddleback College in southern California. He studied with Sathya Sai Baba in India, learned breathwork from Sondra Ray, studied yoga through the Self Realization Fellowship of Paramahansa Yogananda, studied yoga with the Nityananda Institute and Qigong with Supreme Science Qigong. He has been teaching yoga and meditation since 1996.
Tenaya primarily teaches a form of hatha yoga sometimes called Viniyoga, Vinyasa or Desikachar (named after its founder). It is the oldest form of hatha yoga (over 1200 years old). This method integrates breath with movement while creating strength and flexibility.
Rather than ask people to conform to an ideal postural form, this tradition makes poses conform to the needs of the individual by utilizing poses/postures (asanas), breathing exercises (pranayama), and other yoga techniques.
Certifications: Nationally certified in massage therapy (licensed in Washington), Tenaya received his training from the International Professional School of Bodywork (an Institute of Psycho-Structural Balance) and the Oregon School of Massage. He also received training in counseling and facilitation from the Sage Corporation and holds an Applied Behavioral Science degree from George Williams College (George Williams was the founder of the YMCA) in Downers Grove, Illinois. He received his Reiki certification through Usui Reiki Ryoho in 2006.
Tenaya has worked with chiropractors, acupuncturists, physical therapists and medical practitioners. In addition, he has experience as a Master Massage Therapist at the well-known Ritz-Carlton Spa in Laguna Niguel, California and has worked for Club Corporation of America at the Renaissance Club in Phoenix, Arizona and the Courtside Tennis Club in Los Gatos, California.
I AM Sarah and I am on a constant quest to embody the subtle balance between action and surrender in order to be evermore present and awake in this short and magical lifetime!
Through my unique lens I study the world by reading, traveling, being with nature and studying my own human body in order to gain insight into what it means to be alive – right now! It is especially true that through the study of the human body I have found my passion of exploring the subtle weaving of body, mind and spirit.
I use my own physical and emotional pain as a tool and a teacher to bring greater awareness to my healing arts; I am an avid student of the Chakras, Shamanic healing practices, and also have a Master level Reiki attunement. I am drawn to the movement practices of tai ji quan, yoga and ecstatic dance as way to explore my own energy centers, edges and boundaries and I invite you to join me!