Joey offers vinyasa, ashtanga and yin classes around Portland, Oregon. She shares a sweaty blend of traditional yoga and modern therapeutics that explores the connection between stillness and movement. Joey believes that commanding alignment in the body relates directly to the process of cultivating alignment in life. She is humbled daily by the conscious invocation and creative transformation that takes place on the mat, both for her students and for herself. She often encourages her students to stay curious about themselves and their limitless potential to connect and flourish. Outside of the practice, Joey enjoys traveling, cooking, seated meditation, spontaneous road-trips and the ocean. Joey hopes you will join her for a class as you just might surprise yourself.
Alix began her study of yoga as a teenager, when her mom brought her to her first yoga class as an alternative treatment for her scoliosis. She draws from her own experience of finding balance in her body and mind to compassionately assist others on their own unique path of healing and discovery.
A student for nearly twenty years, Alix has been teaching yoga since 2007. She is registered with the Yoga Alliance at the 500 hour level, recently completing 300 hours of training with her teachers Tias and Surya Little of Prajna Yoga based in Sante Fe, New Mexico. She is currently working towards her Yoga for Scoliosis teacher certification through senior Iyengar teacher Elise Miller and continues to study yoga for back care and scoliosis with Deborah Wolk from NYC.
As a licensed massage therapist, Alix brings a deep understanding of anatomy and alignment into her teaching and hands on adjustments. Her classes combine elements of meditative practice from various traditions with yoga and conscious movement, with the intention of bringing mindfulness into into the yoga experience on and off the mat.
Alix spends her free time rock climbing and exploring the outdoors, cooking, playing music, and lying in savasana.
Becky started doing yoga as a way to exercise, but it quickly became an all-consuming obsession. She completed her first 200-hour vinyasa training in 2011 to gain a better understanding of yoga philosophy and deepen her own practice. The more she learned, the more she wanted everyone around her to also learn. That’s when Becky realized she wanted to teach.
Since her first teacher training, Becky has continued to expand her knowledge of yogic movement, anatomy and physiology, and philosophy. Having received a degree in Social Work, Becky hopes to combine her passions for yoga and social justice by eventually pursuing yoga therapy. You can expect Becky’s classes to work on slowing the mind, body, and breath, with a focus on releasing tension and relaxation.
Christina’s practice began in college when a dorm mate invited her to yoga at the rec center on campus. She fell in love immediately and surrendered to an eternal life of conscious practice and learning. Never before had she been asked to breathe this way, to listen this way, to move and stretch this way, to be this way. Yoga quickly became more than the balance she needed to get herself through the stressful times; yoga became Christina’s spiritual fire and connection to an evolution of movement.
During her time in Southeast Asia, the asanas were brought to life for her in a traditional experience. Traveling from village to village, Christina sought out guidance and training under Buddhist monks. She learned to quiet the mind and surrender to the power of meditation.
Today, yoga continues to challenge her as she strengthens her relationship with herself. As this connection deepens, she is able to share her heart and passion for this life to the people around her through practicing yoga side by side. This ever growing love has presented Christina with the opportunity to teach and share her spiritual journey with our yoga community.
Dora Gaskill is a dance artist, yogi, lighting designer, and writer with 28 years of experience in movement arts and education. She received her MFA in Choreography from Roehampton University, London (2009) and MA in Literature from the Bread Loaf School of English (2015). Her somatic and contemplative movement practices are informed by the Alexander Technique, Mabel Ellsworth Todd, Linda K. Johnson, Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, Amy Matthews, and a lifetime of contemporary dance and composition. Dora’s studio disciplines are in ongoing conversation with her love of the natural world, hiking, backpacking, and climbing. She also loves to play music and sing.
Since 2013, Dora supports Mysore Ashtanga at Near East Yoga and offers movement workshops to yoga communities in Portland and Eugene. There are strong somatic and philosophical components to her vinyasa teaching. She invites students to explore the body’s natural resilience and to notice their deepest patterns. By observing our physiology, making choices about where we place attention, and being with ourselves in process, we welcome transformation and enjoy spontaneity in our lives. As a community, breathing and moving together allows us to cultivate honest and courageous collective experience.
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 14 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, strength, 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 Portland Rock Gym community.
My name is Mary and I am new to Portland. All of my life, fitness has been a big part of who I am; from dancing and swimming to hiking and mud runs. It wasn’t until I graduated college and sat myself at a desk for eight hours a day, five days a week that my focus shifted towards health. Still, it took three years at a desk, a 200 hour yoga teacher training, and an adventure around the world to make me realize this is the field I belong in.
My goal is to encourage others to optimize their happiness and health, and help them along the way by means of yoga, philosophy, education, and inspiration.
My flow based classes are designed to be welcoming and fun for all levels. They will encourage you to challenge yourself, both mentally and physically, while maintaining a conscious and steady breath. Each class incorporates a balance of Eastern and Western philosophies, sciences, and techniques. When you walk off the mat, expect to carry with you confidence, happiness, and a smile on your face.
Melissa is a Portland based yogi (200 hr RYT) whose style includes Vinyasa and Power, often intertwining the two. She fell in love with yoga six years ago after recognizing the challenges it presents and her willingness to overcome them. Through yoga, Melissa began to challenge herself to live a more authentic life – moving to Portland and ultimately deciding to get certified at YoyoYogi.
Melissa wishes to provide a space for her students to explore themselves through breath and movement to find that confident place within to truly radiate their essence.
Passionate about helping improve the health and well-being of her clients, Raina has been a Personal Trainer for 11 years. She believes fitness should be approached from a total lifestyle perspective, and with this in mind, helps each client to make changes that are conducive to living stronger, happier and healthier lives. Raina always encourages her clients to make athletic goals and rather than aesthetic ones and has derived a great deal of joy from watching them succeed at things they hadn’t thought possible.
Raina holds several Personal Training Certifications including Corrective Exercise and Performance Enhancement Specialist from the National Academy of Sports Medicine. She owned her own gym and Personal Training studio in San Antonio for 4 years where she trained a variety of clients, including ballroom dancers and high school athletes. She also developed a group exercise class program that was hugely popular with her clients and neighbors.
Having lived the first 30 years of her life in the Rocky Mountains, Raina knew South Texas was not going to be her forever home, so in August of 2015, Raina decided that it was time for a new adventure, the mountains were calling. Within a couple of months, she had closed the doors to her gym and hit the road for Portland where she believes she was always meant to be. Raina loves the outdoors and in her free time can be found hiking, drinking coffee, reading, writing and hanging out with her two beloved cats.
At the age of 19 I took my first yoga class and felt like I was coming home. I studied with Ki McGraw and Bob Smith in Seattle, Washington at the Hatha Yoga Center and at their school in Bali Indonesia. In 2003 I received my 200 Hr. training certification. I have been teaching yoga more than a decade now throughout Alaska, Hawaii and Oregon. I have taught 4 year-olds through 94 year-olds. I used to co-own a busy yoga studio in Portland, Oregon but shifted my focus and intention recently to focus on how yoga and neuroscience go hand-in-hand. After watching Neuroendocrinologist Dr. Robert Sapolsky’s documentary on stress I was inspired to begin independently studying neuroscience. In June of 2014 I studied Neuroscience, Mindfulness, and Modern Yoga for Transforming Trauma at Kripalu with Jim Hopper and Dana Moore.
I think that my life experiences in parenting, storytelling, anatomy, depression, extreme illness in pregnancy, and injury have led me to this intersection of yoga and neuroscience. I believe these are the keys to health and joy! Yoga is the Science of Spiritual, Mental and Physical Self-Transformation. Now Modern Neuroscience shows the importance, reality and magnitude of this 5000 year old practice in the realms of dealing with Stress, Depression, PTSD, trauma, obesity, and so much more.
I believe yoga is for everyone and that your practice can be both individualized and therapeutic. Yoga is IN YOU ALWAYS waiting to be awakened. All you need is a path to healing yourself. Learn more about her at sarasvatihewitt.com.