TEACHERS

OUR TEACHERS

All teachers are encouraged to bring their own unique style to each of their classes. No two teachers or classes are ever the same!

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Carolina

As a teacher, I like to emphasize intentions that bring us toward our potential; cultivating the control our bodies have as we move through dynamic, yet intentional sequencing and sly transitions. When our days are stuffed to the brim with rushing and things we can’t control, it’s empowering to be able to come to your mat and see how much you can slow things down and move mindfully.

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Throughout the almost ten years that yoga has been in my life, the relationship we’ve had has been ever-evolving.

I first tried yoga at fifteen in a PhysEd class in school. Even though it wasn’t exactly love at first sight, I started to occasionally accompany my sister to the classes she would go to nearby.
 
Something that seemed impossible at first became a source of power for me, and so I began to regularly practice by eighteen. Beyond the workout, which is what pulled me in, this practice started to offer me mental and emotional freedom. To practice yoga is not just to exercise and repair, but also to learn.
 
It’s liberating to gain deeper control through that knowledge. Completing my 200 hour training in 2013 with Stray Dog Yoga Studio, I began teaching right away and have been ever since; it’s grounding force that has kept me enticed all along.
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Laura

I have been practicing yoga for roughly 15 years and have been teaching for the past 7 years. The first class I ever walked into was was right here in Ashland at the Siskiyou studio so, it is so cool that life has brought me full circle to not only practice but to teach at this beautiful studio. My 200 hour training was in vinyasa, a dynamic breath and body connection. Shortly after, I decided to compliment that fiery practice

with 50 hours of training in Yin Yoga. I consider myself a student of yoga first and foremost and teaching is something that fulfills me so much with the connections that are made inside the studio. Yoga is a life long path and it is my privilege to be able to share in people’s practices.

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Wolf

Wolf’s enthusiasm for healing infuses his Yoga teachings. He teaches Hatha based classes focused on foundational alignment and connection within. His classes are designed to not only advance your practice physically, but to tap into the emotional, mental and energetic bodies. He completes his classes with sound healings and meditation techniques. Wolf’s classes have been described as, “Healings… sprinkled with yoga”.

After 14 years of practice in the field of Sports Medicine, Wolf felt the pull and answered ‘the call’ that magnetized him towards the art of Natural, Holistic Healing and Shamanic Practices. In heeding the call, a profound awakening began.

Wolf attended school for Naturopathic studies and during this time discovered he is a Light Healer. As such, he worked with a Medium and did energy healing work that assisted deceased spirits to cross over.

Wolf’s light work evolved while he was receiving a “Rising Star” healing at the Agape Spiritual Center. During this session, two of his Spirit Guides – Yeshua & Melchizedek – came forth and delivered a message, “You are to learn this healing modality and Yoga and share them with the world.” These powerful Spirits have guided Wolf and all his work over the past 7 years.

Along the journey, Wolf has been blessed with many teachers. In the first 3 years, he studied with an Abbot of the Renzaiji Buddhist Monastery located in Los Angeles where he advanced his Spiritual practice by taking residence there. During this time, Wolf began working with two unique Shamans that crossed his path in Divine order helping him to connect deeper to his native indigenous roots. In 2015, Lloyd ventured to the Satchidananda Ashram-Yogaville for their ‘Living Yoga’ Internship Program located Virginia. Through these experiences, Wolf discovered a deeper Understanding of the Light within, Truth and its origin.

Teaching the physical practice of Yoga (Asana) was a way to merge his background of Sports Medicine and Spiritual Healing into one. Wolf was guided to Loyola Marymount University and graduated their ‘Yoga and Healing Sciences’ accredited program in 2013, the same year he finished the Hatha program at Hot 8 Yoga.
 
Wolf’s certifications are: 200-RYT from Loyola Marymount University and 200-RYT Hatha Yoga through Hot 8 Yoga.
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Oona

Oona lives with the philosophy that, “Life is Yoga”, having been born into a NW community, on Vashon Island, WA, where, Health of Spirit, Mind & Body were the values of the community. Growing up, Oona’s parents each had their own Yogic Practices, from this inspiration, Oona practiced as a child. She then lost touch with her practice in her teen years. As College and Young Adult beingness came into her experience, she had the gift of

reconnecting to a Yogic practice, again.
 
Oona found connection in her Seattle Yogic Community by having work/trade positions a 2 Yoga Centers. Through this she reconnected & maintained her practice. In 2004 Oona was moved to Ashland, OR, where she took a position @ OSF, in Ashland, OR.

Here she connected instantly with the Yogic Community, allowing her to take part in various projects, such as “The Art of Yoga” & I.willshinealight.org., following her desire to share her practice with others. In February of 2017, Oona committed to her Yogic path, by receiving her RYT(Registered Yoga Training), allowing her to become a guide for this practice that has given so much to Oona.
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Jessica

Jessica has created her own path in human wellness for over 20 years. Through her practice of structural integration, she has the keen sense of alignment. She is also a nutritionist enjoying the combination of all her practices on the mat, with her students, her family and out in the world. Jessica brings a holistic approach to healing with an element of integrity and bliss to every ‘body’!

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Mother, teacher, healer and lover of life, Jessica breathes a conscious vitality into every scope of her passions. Her original yoga training started with Bikram Choudhury in 2002, which was a springboard for a lifelong journey of yoga. Trained in many disciplines of yoga since that time.

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Crystal

Crystal is a warm and passionate instructor who deeply believes in the transformational potential of yoga. She teaches from the heart and encourages her students with compassion and authenticity. Crystal is a mother, partner, traveler, and eternal student of life. Her curiosity about the experience of being embodied has guided her study of yoga from the world of academia to the foothills of the Himalayas.

Crystal holds a master’s degree in Kinesiology (Humboldt State University), a BFA in Dance (Cornish College of the Arts), and several yoga and breathwork certificates. She is completing her 500-hour yoga teaching certificate with Janet Stone Yoga, and she received her 200-hour certificate in 2012 in a training that culminated with in-depth studies in India.

Crystal’s teaching experience includes a variety of settings such as universities (SOU, HSU), yoga studios, elementary schools, gyms, and festivals (Wanderlust, Prana Fest, Oregon Country Fair).

Crystal loves to work with children and in addition to her Child Development Credential (Humboldt State University), she has 2 certificates in kids’ yoga from Next Generation Yoga, as well as a Laughter Yoga Certificate. She has also completed course levels I-V of the Transformational Breath Foundation Facilitator Trainings.
 
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Kaitlyn

While studying at Cal State Long Beach, she stumbled upon Yoga and fell in love! Kaitlyn has been practicing for over 10 years, with an Iyengar and Vinyasa background. After graduating with a BA in Kinesiology and teaching group fitness classes for 4 years, she felt her calling to begin Yoga Teacher Training with CorePower Yoga in 2016. By blending her knowledge and passion for physical and spiritual wellness, Kaitlyn’s intention behind her classes is to create a deep connection between Body, Breath, and Being.

“Movement is my Medicine”

Kaitlyn has embraced movement since her baby ballerina days. She began dancing at the age of 5, which then evolved into jazz, lyrical, and hip hop as she progressed. To this day she loves all expressions of dance!

Kaitlyn’s love for Yoga ties into her love for dance. “Yoga is just dancing on my mat!” When she’s not teaching, you can find Kaitlyn dancing around the house, eating yummy food, and exploring the world!

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Scarlet

A yoga enthusiast for over 20 years, Scarlet received her teaching credential in 2000 from Tai Sheridan, a renowned Buddhist teacher and yoga teacher in Sausalito California. Dia’s yoga started to light up in 2003 at Lynn Whitlow’s Funky Door Yoga in San Francisco, and she studied under many great teachers like Jim Kallett, Craig Villani, Emma Cleaves and Rajashree Choudhury. Scarlet received her second yoga certification with Bikram Choudhury in 2012 in Los Angeles. Scarlet is a free spirit who has toured the world and has led Goddess-centered yogic initiations and

retreats in Copenhagen, London, Bali, Maui, California, southern France, and Washington state and is pleased to consider Ashland and the surrounding area her new home!

 
Scarlet is so thrilled to be part of the awesome Ashland Yoga and Wellness community! She considers it such a pleasure and honor to bring students into a deeper understanding of their own power and grace.
 

Scarlet is originally from Texas and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and performance. After leaving Texas, she studied under some legendary comedians and she considers herself a proud graduate alumni from Second City improvisational Theatre in Chicago so you can expect to be entertained in any yoga class led by Scarlet.

 

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Nicole

She took her first 200-Hour yoga teacher training in 2008 in Ashtanga Yoga. Through her path of several additional 300 Hour Trainings, she got Certified as a Vinyasa Teacher Trainer with Yoga Alliance/YogaWorks in 2015. She offered several trainings per year in Los Angeles, as well as the Ashland Yoga Center in Oregon. Through her authentic vulnerability, powerful voice, strong intuition, and lightness of being, Nicole co-facilitates her clients through a deep alchemical process with Spirit and helps to empower them to activate their highest potential.

Nicole Doherty Ananda been serving the wellness industry for over a decade as a Certified Life Coach, Trauma Healer, Shamanic Reiki Master + Trainer, Transformational Breathwork Facilitator + Trainer, E-RYT 500 YogaWorks Teacher Trainer and Medicine Woman.

For over a decade, she’s been mentoring, healing and teaching with highly respected coaches, yogis, shamans, and healers in the US and Peru. She’s worked with thousands of students and clients over this time in their healing process.


She also offers her signature integrative healing and coaching program, “Unleash the Priestess Within + Thrive”, she runs a FB Community called The Priestess Within Sisterhood, offers in person and online Intuitive Healings, Goddess Full & New Moon Gatherings, Transformational Breathwork Healing Ceremonies and Trainings, Women’s Empowerment Retreats, and workshops at large festivals like Burning Man, Lightning in a Bottle, Symbiosis, and Oregon Eclipse Festivals.

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Breta

Breta has been walking in the yogic path since 2013 where she first discovered the brightness and healing that Yoga brings. She began her teaching career in Bozeman, Montana. After moving to the Southern Oregon area she retreated from teaching for a couple of years to focus inwardly on what the practice meant for her. Here, she found many roots of her healing by beginning a daily practice. Since then she has been sharing from a full cup and is eager to be back in the studio sharing the many powerful benefits of Yin and Hatha classes.

When she’s not in the studio you can find her leading women’s retreats, holding ceremonial spaces and diving into studies related to women. She is a holistic birth doula, independent student midwife and teaches about the sacred moon cycle, so that women can feel connected to their bodies again.

 

You can find more of her work on her website www.moonriseritual.com and follow her on Instagram to stay connected on and off the mat @moonrise.ritual.

 

She is excited to be welcomed into the Ashland Hot Yoga community, as the studio has also held her in her own practices over the past year! See you soon!

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Christine

Certified Bikram Yoga Instructor
Christine loves helping others live a vibrant, healthy, happy life through yoga, Ayurveda and the other modalities she practices. Originally from the East coast of Canada, with a Bachelor of Commerce from Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, she left New Brunswick with her backpack and traveled around the world from Europe to Australia to South-east Asia for 18 months. After settling in London, England for a few years, she started practicing yoga in 1996. The first yoga school she attended was Sivananda Yoga in Putney.

She then discovered Ashtanga yoga and studied with many original Ashtanga yogis such as Radha in Crete, Greece, Lino Miele and John Scott. She became a certified Pilates instructor in 2002 after moving to Vancouver, BC.

 

Wanting to merge her business and fitness backgrounds, she created a women’s fitness franchise, Aradia Fitness, in 2003. Christine and her business partner then brought Aradia to Las Vegas in 2007.

 

In Las Vegas, she began a regular practice of Bikram Yoga, and, being amazed at the rejuvenating and healing benefits, she became a certified Bikram Yoga instructor in the fall of 2009. After teaching Bikram Yoga briefly in San Diego, she purchased Bikram Yoga Memphis in October, 2010, where there are now 3 Bikram schools.

 

While exploring some health issues, she discovered Ayurveda and became an Ayurvedic Practitioner after attending The Ayurveda Institute with Dr Lad, from 2012-2104.

 

She became an Inferno Hot Pilates Instructor in 2015, which became an instant hit at the Memphis studios. She is also a PSYCH-K® facilitator, which helped with her transition from yoga studio owner to HR Manager at Banyan Botanicals.

 

Her love of learning alternate ways of healing lead her to Japan in Oct 2018 to study with Dr Emoto’s son, and is now a Hado Instructor and owner of the Kazutama System, to help people heal at a vibrational level. She is currently in the process of researching and setting up an adult sleep coaching program along with helping those with thyroid issues.

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Mia

Mia discovered the practice of yoga over 25 years ago when living in Southern California. Her gentle nature and calm demeanor were challenged greatly growing up in LA, and yoga was the remedy to the stressful pace of life – essential to survival.

 

Mia has trained with and studied studied yoga through great instructors such as Max Strom, Shiva Rea, Kaliji, Duncan Wong, Djuna Mascal, and Paul Jerard (through whom she gained Yoga Teacher Certification in February of 2007).

 She found Bikram’s Hot Yoga in 2002 while living in San Diego, and has found this practice foundational in her growth, discovery, and awareness in all areas of life. She is authentic, compassionate, humble, non-judgmental, and respectful of each individual journey on the yoga mat.

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Erik

Erik discovered yoga in his 20’s and began studying meditation and basic Hatha Yoga postures on his own. Introduced to yoga and meditation by his neighbor, who studied the teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda, Erik studied Yogananda’s Self Realization courses solidifying his understanding of meditation, health and a deeper connection with yoga. Laying the foundation for a life long practice of yoga.

He discovered Bikram Hot Yoga in 2003 and began practicing in his friends studio in Traverse City, Michigan. From there he traveled to Puerto Rico and began teaching surfing and led a beachside Vinyasa Flow Yoga class, while still practicing Bikram Yoga on his own in the heat of the tropics.
 
Upon returning to the states in 2010, living in California, Erik decided to attend Bikram Yoga Teacher Training, and on his 40th birthday began the 9-week journey to becoming a certified 500 Hour Bikram Yoga teacher in San Diego.
 
Erik has been both a teacher and studio owner in Puerto Rico and California. In the past year Erik has been practicing the Art of Jujitsu and Tai Chi and is looking forward to continuing his yoga practice and teaching at Ashland Hot Yoga studio.
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Megan

In her own words: “Yoga helps me get out of my head and back into my own body. I have a chronic illness (endometriosis) where it’s very easy to disconnect and try to avoid my pain and symptoms but getting on my mat regularly helps me reconnect and move my body in a nourishing & restorative way. Through teaching, I hope to help others reconnect with their bodies in a meaningful way, have at least a little fun and offer many options to meet yourself where you are in that moment.”

Megan hails from Wisconsin and moved to the Rogue Valley in June 2021. She started practicing hot yoga regularly in 2012 and completed her first teacher training in 2013. Since then, she has gone on to complete many more teacher trainings in hatha, vinyasa and yin styles of yoga.

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Denise

I discovered my love and passion for yoga over 10 years ago, specifically in the 26 & 2 series.  Ever since I took my first class it’s been a staple in my life that has helped ground me, bring healing, and mental clarity.  I even practiced the 26&2 the entire pregnancy of both my kids.  (My second kid I practiced yoga that morning and gave birth that evening).  Being a Mom to two small boys means my yoga time is even more precious then ever before.

 

Yoga gives me the patience and strength to handle any situation life throws at me. Yoga always brings such peace to my entire life when I practice.

 

Since the first day I took the 26&2 class I knew one day I would become a teacher. When the opportunity arose for a teacher training at Agni Yoga in Portland, OR I jumped on it and dove right in, as this felt like second nature for me. I’ve been teaching ever since, and it feels so good to bring the knowledge that I learned and share it with the yoga community.

 

My family and I just moved to Southern Oregon in 2021 and I’m so excited to be apart of this amazing community here. When I’m not at yoga I’m chasing around two curious little boys. We love to be outside gardening, hiking, camping, and hanging out.