who we are
who we are
Called "the most intriguing African-American Buddhist" by Library Journal, angel Kyodo williams has been publicly bridging the worlds of spirit and justice since her critically acclaimed book, Being Black: Zen and the Art of Living With Fearlessness and Grace. This literary debut was hailed as "an act of love" by Pulitzer Prize winner Alice Walker and "a classic" by Buddhist teacher Jack Kornfield. In 2016, Rev. angel published her second book, Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love, and Liberation.
One of only three black, woman Zen Senseis (ordained teachers), she applies wisdom teaching to social issues and is a leading voice for Transformative Social Change. In recognition of her work, Rev. angel received the first 'Creating Enlightened Society Award' from Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Both fierce and grounded, she is known for her willingness to both sit with and speak uncomfortable truths. angel notes, "Love and Justice are not two. Without inner change, there can be no outer change. Without collective change, no change matters." In writing, teaching or speaking, her unique voice is one of radical truth and acceptance.
I began studying yoga on a solitary journey, reading and practicing on my own. Colleen Swantner offered me an Astanga practice and opened my eyes to the intensity of the Asana. I continued inquiry through books: philosophize, history and subtler practices.
Years later I found teachers that inspired and touched my heart in such a way that I felt completely devoted. I studied with Sharon Gannon at the Yasodhara Ashram, embracing the practices of Yoga as the vehicle to unfold and evolve.
Since then, I have studied with David Life, Tias Little, Donna Farhi, Angela Farmer, Victor Van Kooten, and many other teachers. I completed my teacher training with Kathleen Hunt of Samadhi Yoga in Seattle, Washington.
My desire in teaching is to learn and grow with you, to cultivate compassion and loving kindness as an individual and a group force for the benefit of all beings.
Sarah Trelease has been teaching yoga classes, workshops, trainings and retreats since 1999. From 2004 to 2010 she taught teacher trainings at OM yoga in New York City and around the United States and was the director of teacher training at OM during that time. Currently Sarah is the director of Sarah Trelease Yoga Teacher Training and holds trainings in Portland Oregon as well as around the United States.
Her teaching is informed by her quest for deep self-awareness, compassion, and clarity of intention. Drawing on her training and practice in Tibetan Buddhism as well as her studies with modern masters in anatomy and yoga, Sarah offers classes that balance breath, alignment, and flowing movement, developing strength as well as deep clear awareness of the body heart and mind. Sarah holds yoga certifications from Om yoga in New York City, the Nosara Institute and Judith Hanson Lasater (Relax and Renew) as well as a certificate in Contemplative Care Foundations from the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care in New York City.
She completed the advanced studies courses in anatomy with Leslie Kaminoff and Amy Matthews at The Breathing Project in New York City in 2010 and currently studies Body Mind Centering with Amy in Portland, and yoga asana with Todd Jackson at Portland Yoga Arts. Sarah holds a BA from Vassar College. When she is not teaching or studying, Sarah lives, gardens and throws pots on the wheel in Portland with her husband Andrew and cats.
I believe the intelligent language of the body has the capacity to inform, enliven, and amplify the spoken word, and that that relationship is of mutual benefit. It is primarily from that perspective that I inquire into these practices, and the information I continue to receive supports my understanding that it is through collaborative effort that we daily make the world. My intention in sharing this work is interwoven with my desire that the living community receives the benefit of our collective awakening.
I have endless gratitude for all my teachers and count myself especially lucky to have Sarah Trelease as my primary teacher. I continue to study with her, and to her I bow deeply. The various lineages of these practices and the meanderings of my life have lead me to the Shadow Yoga school, to which I am humbled and grateful, and I bow to Mandy Kruger and my good fortune to be in community with her. I bow most tenderly, hands to heart, face to earth, to the North Portland Yoga community. The medicine I receive renders me forever in your service.
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Mandy was raised in Las Vegas, which offered both the teachings of destruction and creation. ‘Sin City’ exposed the darker forces of human tendencies while the desert in its vast emptiness and expansive horizons ignited a deeper calling from within to search for meaning in this life. She moved to the Pacific Northwest to complete her undergraduate degree where she also found her love of the yoga practice. Countless yoga trainings as well as basic studies in Ayurveda, a license in Massage therapy, and the greatly influential work of InnerDialogue founded by Solihin Thom. She currently studies under the Shadow Yoga School with Zhander Remete and Emma Balnaves. Mandy recently completed her M.A from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, California with an Emphasis in Depth Psychology and Myth. She is grateful to be of service during these times of great upheaval in humanity.
Allison began practicing yoga at age 12 when she and her mom would follow along to a yoga VHS on their living room floor. Like a familiar old friend, yoga quickly found its permanent place in her life as an immense source of support and healing. With a longstanding desire to move deeper into her own practice, Allison completed her 200 hour teacher training with Saul David Raye in 2014. As her study of yoga continues to evolve, she remains humbled by its sweetness and universal resonance. She feels moved to remind others that we are all sparks of the Divine.
As we move more fully into our physical bodies and cultivate radical self-care, we are able to attune to our authentic power, spirit and truth. Honoring the duality of ha-tha (sun-moon) yoga, Allison strives to lead heart-centered classes that are energizing, dynamic and restorative. She is a nurturing and intuitive teacher, allowing the unique energy of the students to direct the class. Allison strongly encourages the power of the breath to help create inner spaciousness and invites the connection of breath and movement to serve as a guide for creative self-exploration.
Allison resides in Portland, Oregon, where she also works as a holistic wellness consultant, chef, herbalist and artist. She believes we have the capacity to heal ourselves through mindful awareness, intention, and loving energy.
Kirsten was first recommended yoga after experiencing back pain as a teenager. What she discovered on her mat was so much more than simply relief from physical pain – the practice connected the sensations in her body to her mind, emotions, and spirit. Yoga has since become a moving metaphor for her life, and she became certified to teach in 2013.
It is her belief that coming to the mat helps us to understand ourselves in new and complex ways, change our habits, and to translate that awareness into everyday life. In her classes you will find a focus on challenging, mindful movement and breath awareness, with the intention of discovering empowerment, beauty, and happiness.
Sara Knapp CYT200 began her journey at the age of 18 looking for a new form of movement. Her first yoga experience was in hot yoga, which sparked something within her that she was looking for. Her practice was inconsistent until she randomly stumbled into Bindu Yoga Studio in West Palm Beach, Florida, a couple of years later and met her teacher, Angel Lucia. From that day forward she was intrigued, wanting more, and desiring a deeper understanding. "From the moment I began I started sensing the profound truths in this practice. It became more than a physical practice and I felt the overall quality of my life becoming enhanced. I craved more of this and began the Seva program, cleaning the studio in trade for classes. A year later I found myself in a 200 hour teacher training program with Angel with no intention of teaching, just to learn more about the practice. But unexpected pathways began revealing themselves and I felt called to teach."
Sara teaches all levels, to guide people into a space of gracefulness, clarity and find the sweet balance of effort and ease. Every class is different and unique. Sara believes that when people come together to practice and to share energy we all grow together and learn from each other.
My interest as a movement guide is to offer an embodied experience that respects each individual’s process. Through years of practice I am skilled at seeing bodies and directing attention to what is quiet or unanimated. When we strengthen our ability to pay attention we open up to more possibilities and we bring an experience into existence that did not previously exist. I view asana and all movement practice as creative research involving an open flow of information. We learn more about what we think we know and are in a constant state of surprise from all that we do not know.
I have been a student of dance, yoga and Buddhism for 20 years and I’ve been teaching since 2004. I teach a warm and generous style of movement that is influenced by my interest in contemporary and classical dance forms, Iyengar and Vinyasa yoga and mindfulness. I currently study with Michael Stone, Lama Padma Drimed Norbu, Wendy Hambidge and Todd Jackson. I bring my love of movement, fondness of detail and my own understanding of practice into my teaching.
My explorations in body awareness and my love for physical expression have been present for much of my life. Over twenty years ago, I began my official relationship with movement as a dancer and, fifteen years ago, I began a widely versatile personal yoga practice. My experience has ranged from the raucously physical to the most delicately subtle. As a teacher, I try to find a middle ground where the active body can help illuminate the illusive mind and spirit. I am interested in working deeply with principles of skeletal, muscular and energetic alignment, while also sharing the rich mythical, spiritual, and historical lineage that yoga asana descends from. I received my 200hour training in 2014 with Alison Alstrom at The Loom School of Hatha Yoga, and I am on a perpetual journey to become a more knowledgeable teacher and humble student. Currently I am studying asana with Todd Jackson and anatomy with Renee Sills and am in the process of attaining another 300 hours of teacher training. The time I spend off my mat is usually spent painting, biking and teaching art and movement at the PHAME Academy.
My love affair with movement began at age 3 when I started dancing. I have a profound appreciation for the self awareness, connectedness, spaciousness, and peace which physical practice brings to each individual. I have been practicing yoga for over 13 years and am honored to have been certified in Hatha and Vinyasa yoga under the tutelage of Sarah Trelease. I am personally committed to yoga asana as a form of moving meditation on a daily basis as a way of staying mindful, centered and whole. My teaching focuses on alignment, connection to the breath, presence, compassion and awareness. I aim to help my students build confidence in their abilities and loving kindness toward themselves. I strive to create an environment in which all feel completely welcome and accepted regardless of where they are at in their practice; a positive space from which to learn, grow and thrive. I am humbled with gratitude at the opportunity to share presence, space, and breath with the North Portland Yoga community.
I’m first generation Cambodian, I grew up in Oregon after my parents fled from the Khmer Rouge in the late 1970’s I’ve been privileged enough to have been brought up with Theravada Buddhism and was raised by my grandma/yiey, who was the village healer outside of Takeo, Cambodia. I felt displaced in Salem, Oregon because we were one of three families of color in our neighborhood, I utilized skateboarding and hiking as coping mechanisms for dealing with racism, classism, misogyny.
My life became magical eight years ago when Neko came into my life, she was a Craiglist baby dog with an overbite, and eyes that I would describe as thoughtful whale eyes. She’s become my adventure dog, my best friend, and healer.
Julia Bray is a creator, writer, performer, astrologer, animal lover, dance teacher and yogi. While living in the energy vortex that is New York City, she discovered Kundalini Yoga and has since fallen deeply in love with the practice. She's found that Kundalini ignites her creative work like nothing else, and is so grateful to be able to share the technique with her hometown of Portland. In her daily life, Julia creates theater that engages in themes of spirituality and consciousness through sharp humor and wit, studies astrology with the Portland School of Astrology, and choreographs for children's drama camps. Her yoga classes are reflective of her easy-going and joyful spirit, teaching with a balance between scientific and spiritual expansion. Infused with astrological forecasts and with words inspired by her favorite poets, writers, creators and artists, Julia's classes ignite a quiet fire within, and leave students feeling peaceful but prepared for their day on this radical planet!
I have been practicing asana for about 10 years. Only in the past few years did I really begin to deepen my meditation practice and more intricate understanding of the body, mind, and connection between the two. I am fascinated and mystified by the infinite wonders that yoga has to offer. I completed my 200-hour teacher training at Rishikesh Yog Peeth in India, and am a soon-to-be graduate of the 200-hour teacher training program with The People's Yoga, studying under Suniti Dernovsek, Sarah Robinette, and Matt Nelson. I am committed to guiding other students like me into the illuminating and healing realms that I have experienced in my own intimate relationship with the yoga practice.
I began teaching yoga in 2006 after becoming certified to teach through the Whole Yoga School of Shambhava Yoga (a Tantric school of Kashmir Shavism) in Colorado. I earned a 500 hour, advanced teacher training with Kira Ryder in 2015. My classes are filled with stories, songs, chants, meditation, breath-work and philosophy. I encourage students to trust the body’s wisdom as they work through postures, finding the balance of sweetness and steadiness in the pose to achieve an expansive sense of alignment.
Many teachers have given me skillful and grace-filled instructions in Yoga, meditation and Ayurveda over the past twenty years of practice. I love and thank them all. I bow to the invisible guru who brought me to this practice in the first place. My most influential human teachers are Erich Schiffmann, Kira Ryder, Patricia Sullivan, Todd Jackson and Ravi Ravindra. My most potent teachers are my husband, my daughter and our new puppy.
Students who attend my classes can expect sound, breath and meditation practices in addition to healing, integrated movement. Since 2009, I have shared full-length videos and audio recordings of my classes at sunroseyoga.com. I create spaces and experiences for transformative practice in-person and online. In 2015, I joined the teaching family of Yoga Anytime.
My hope is that students leave time with me with a greater appreciation of the “long-view” that yoga invites us to take, a more compassionate view of themselves and others.
My name is Uriah. I'm a mover and creator. I've been studying dance for over 10 years, and am most inspired by improvisation, modern dance, and dances of the African diaspora. In my workshops I strive to create an environment where all feel safe to be vulnerable. Silencing the mind and thoroughly warming up the body are my first priorities. I feel that the most honest and therapeutic movement comes forth when we quiet our minds. I am a big fan of improvisation, leaps, twirls and spinal undulations- all of which I incorporate in my workshops. Dancing with people in my community is one of my favorite means of healing. I look forward to sharing that with you.
Rachel Maroudas is a devoted teacher of self love mastery. She is native to the Pacific Northwest living life vibrantly as an artist of the Intuitive Healing Arts.
Rachel is a Sacred Ceremonialist of life and love teaching the many ancient and new techniques of soul nourishment and self discovery. She is known as a Women’s Mystery Guide, Intuitive counselor, healer and workshop facilitator here inspiring women along the ever unfolding path of their feminine embodiment. Rachel teachers the art of Plant Spirit Wisdom and deep guided movement and mediation.