Highly knowledgeable and dedicated, we require a minimum of 200 hours of certified yoga training for our instructors, many of whom have upwards of 500+ hours and specialty yoga trainings. Our gym fitness instructors are also top-notch and are required to have achieved a Group Fitness Instructor certificate and specialty trainings. Our teachers are auditioned at length and chosen to best suit the needs of our students. Down-to-earth and approachable, they exude the positive energy that is at the heart of our yoga and fitness community.
Dedicated yoga teacher, mother, artist and owner of Free Spirit, Rachel loves teaching yoga to a wide variety of people, ages and body types. She is E-RYT 500 and has been practicing yoga for nearly two decades. Her classes are fun and flowy with unique sequences that include the energetics so students feel the mind-body connection. Her warm and encouraging presence allow students to feel safe and cared for, and often include breath-work, mindful practices, and hands-on adjustments.
For Seth, Free Spirit embodies his spirit for outdoor adventure, international expeditions, and fresh movement experiences. Whether paddling the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon, ascending peaks in the Andes of Peru, or journeying through the Sahara Desert, Seth is always ready for action! His fitness classes are upbeat and focused, and he challenges his students with creative approaches to full-body movement patterns, fostering a fun team-driven atmosphere.
Susan has always loved athletic endeavors, especially anything involving being upside down. With a passion for all things playful Susan has found that yoga, fitness, and rock climbing have teamed up to be a wonderful career, hobby, and way of life. She believes that health and wellness isn’t an endpoint, but rather a path which continually evolves. Susan teaches yoga, group fitness, youth rock climbing, and kids ninja!
Mama, Midwife and Yogini, Dana is a long time resident in Bend Oregon. Dana has her 500 hour RYT and Prenatal RYT certifications. With a 20+ year practice, Dana has experienced the transformative power of yoga from navigating anxiety to healing after childbirth. Dana’s passion is working with women, pelvic and core health, body mechanics and connection to mind-body and spirit. Students find Dana’s classes empowering, grounding and nurturing.
Bonnie started practicing yoga in 1999, before becoming a yoga teacher, she taught high school math, dance and snowboarding and has worked with kids and adults. She began teaching yoga in 2013 and has been a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher since 2016. Bonnie is dedicated to ensuring her students gain the understanding in their poses, and the practice necessary, to prevent injury and allow for enjoyment and healthy progress.
Fear is not in Josiah’s vocabulary; he lives life to its fullest, whether it is coaching Ninja Warrior, Crossfit, riding his Harley, snowboarding, playing guitar, or taking his sidekick and best friend, adopted dog Andy, on adventures around our great state. Coach Bambi is a Crossfit competitor with numerous certifications including: Crossfit Level 1, Crossfit Adaptive, Crossfit Jump Rope, Crossfit Gymnastics and is a Certified Functional Strength Coach.
Ben discovered yoga in 2015 at Breittenbush hot springs, upon first starting his yoga practice he found he could breathe deeper, stand up straighter, and the chronic nerve pain he experienced from a motorcycle accident was much easier to cope with. Ben is RYT 200-hour certified yoga teacher and continues to explore the powerful health benefits of a regular yoga practice. He loves sharing these positive benefits through his teaching.
Petit’s journey began in 1999 connecting with yogis in the wilderness of Yosemite. In 2007, she spent a month living at Ananda, following the teachings of Parmahansa Yogananda. She has continued her studies and self-inquiry while traveling, teaching, and exploring six continents. Her most challenging and deepest moment of conscious will was during a rescue of climbers at over on Mount Everest. Join her for insightful and empowering Vinyasa classes that bring a smile to your face and joy into your body.
For Tin, yoga is the foundation that supports her passions in life: acro, slacklining, running, hiking, biking, SUP, and skateboarding with her pup! She is passionate about helping kids build their self-care toolkit which includes: a mindfulness yoga practice, self-confidence, flexibility and strength. Tin has extensive training and is RYT 500 certified, and specializes in AcroYoga, Kids Yoga, AcroYoga Families, Yoga Therapy, Thai Massage, as well as training as a Wilderness First Responder and Lifeguard.
Hailing from the magical land of Southern California, Max has found a new home in Bend, where he encourages his students to find more enjoyment in their workouts. With a fitness background that includes marathons, weight training, yoga, skiing and spin, he loves a wide variety of movement experiences and complementary practices. Max is always striving to gain additional knowledge and trainings and has certifications in spin, group fitness, personal training and his yoga 200 RYT.
With over 10 years of dedication, Leanne is a devoted yoga student. After spending her life practicing gymnastics she transitioned into yoga upon entering college. She has achieved her 200-hour yoga teacher certification through CorePower Yoga in Denver, CO, and is a certified kids yoga teacher. She loves snowboarding, hiking, biking, meditation, camping and music. Yoga has taught her patience, compassion, humility and self-love and she channels these energies into her teaching style, sharing these gifts with others.
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