MEET YOUR INSTRUCTORS

 raina_portlandrockgymRaina Miller

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.

 

 

Becky Polley

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.

 

Brenda Martin

Brenda fell in love with working out after attending a morning group fitness class with a friend a year and a half ago. Like most, she struggled to get into a groove with any workout class, and would certainly never have called herself a morning person. While the workouts were tough and the early mornings were even tougher, soon she learned to love the sweat and was motivated by her new fitness friends. She took this new found energy and passion for health and fitness and turned it into fun and motivating group fitness classes for PRG!

Brenda has been an avid climber for two years, having just lead her first two routes outside this past summer. When she isn’t on the rock wall or working on her deadlifts, you can find her riding her bike around town, searching out delicious sour beers, and nerding out on all things transit.

Brenda loves using fun and functional fitness training, coming up with creative workouts, and playing the jams that will keep you moving, (even at 7:15 am!). Whether you want to build muscle, burn calories, or get lean, Brenda’s classes will help you achieve a wide range of fitness goals with cardio, core, and strength work.

 

Christina Provencio

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.

 

doragaskillDora Gaskill

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.

 

Hannah Olivia

Since she can remember, Hannah has always been restless. Her curiosity and abundant energy kept her running, dancing, playing, painting, drawing and reading all day until she dropped, often times with her hand still marking the page in a book. It’s not a surprise that as she grew older she began to get a little burnt out. In an effort to stay active despite multiple injuries, she began attending yoga classes at her local gym. There was something about the rhythm – the incredible dynamic between breath and movement – that she loved, and soon enough she was hooked. Although her relationship with Downward Facing Dog has continued to be complicated there were, luckily, other aspects of the practice that began to develop and take hold: intention, mindfulness, and radical love and acceptance.

In her classes, she encourages curiosity, emphasizes proper alignment, and incorporates her passions for both music and philosophy. Her goal is to create a space in which her students can experience their deepest presence.

Hannah received her training with Rosie Acosta through YogaWorks and is RYT-200 certified.

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Heather Klawender

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.

 

Lexi Hardin

RYT 200 Yoga Alliance

With a background of 16 years of professional and preprofessional ballet training, I have learned a lot about movement, as well as discipline and injury. After finding yoga at the age of 16, I discovered that not only can the movements of asana help to heal the body, but also calm the mind and spread love. I became certified in 2013 after acquiring a consistent practice, with a goal to share all of the amazing things yoga was teaching me. Studying with my fellow yogis has been one of the most humbling and rewarding experiences, teaching me more with every practice. Through guiding flows, I hope to open the mind through encouraging playfulness, curiosity, and acceptance.

 

Morgan DrapsMorgan Draps

Morgan has always been athletic soul. From playing tag outside with friends in elementary school, to playing basketball in middle and high school on a varsity team. Always on the search for a great total body workout she has taught and been a part of multiple types of workout classes, including Aqua Aerobics, boot camps, and adapted physical activity programs. Morgan grew up in Southern California where the sun was always shining, and outdoor activities were abundant. From hiking the Hills of LA, to bike riding along the Pacific Coast Highway, she is always for yearning to find where adventure and physical activity meet. In her free time she plays Dodgeball in an adult recreation league, enjoys hiking the various trails of the PNW, and has recently discovered a love for bouldering! Morgan graduated with her Bachelors in Kinesiology, and plans to go to Graduate School to obtain a degree in Physical Therapy to continue her goal, and passion of helping people get healthy, fit, and happy!

 

Nicki Llorens

Nicole has been practicing yoga since 2007. She came to yoga after years of competitive sports play, digestive disorders, and bouts of depression left her worn out and longing deeper connection within herself and the outside world. The practice changed her life in meaningful ways, bringing more joy and improved health. In 2016/2017 she completed teacher training at Bloom Yoga Studio in Chicago and spent time in her native Puerto Rico engaging with the yoga community there while teaching Adaptive/Chair Yoga at the VA Hospital in San Juan. Her love for yoga stems from a passion for intuitive movement and creative self-expression, as well as the desire to always continue learning and growing as a human being. She appreciates how yoga, through mind-body awareness, allows us to connect with and express our truest-self, enhancing quality of life and positioning us to be better, more loving and compassionate individuals. Her classes are influenced by classical Hatha and Vinyasa Flow Yoga. She likes helping students find their own flow and pose expression, focusing on what proper alignment feels like, while building strength and cultivating balance from the ground up in each pose. She brings a sense of lightheartedness to every class while challenging her students to explore the unknown.

Nicole holds a Master of Science in Public Service Management and Metropolitan Planning. Prior to her move to the Pacific Northwest she worked in Chicago’s southwest side on community health and food systems initiatives. Outside of the studio you will most likely find her listening to music while dancing or hooping, exploring the outdoors camera in hand, watching movies, reading about metaphysics, or playing hide and seek with her cat Nanichi.

 

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