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, owner of Free Spirit, the gym embodies his spirit for outdoor adventure, fun team sports, 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.
Joy began her Yoga Sculpt Teacher Training as an avenue of deepening her practice and challenge herself in a new way. She loved YSTT so much, that she went on to achieve her 200-hr Power Teacher Training to delve deeper into the anatomical and mental benefits of the practice. She has enjoyed teaching Sculpt and Vinyasa immensely over these last 5 years as they complement each other beautifully and have benefitted her own practice tremendously.
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.
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.
Hannah’s background in dance inspired her love for movement and has fueled her passion for living and sharing a healthy lifestyle. She is a certified Yoga Teacher and Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, and has studied and practiced many areas of fitness independently to create her own unique teaching style. She loves to combine her yoga, fitness, and dance education to create dynamic classes that help students improve flexibility, balance, core strength, and tone muscles.
Alisha is a wife and mother of two boys. She is a Mindfulness Coach, Children and Parents Mindfulness Teacher, and Meditation Teacher. She completed her Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) training through the UC San Diego, holds a BS in Social Work, a Masters in Business Administration and is a certified Yoga Instructor and Personal Trainer. Alisha’s superpower lies in her ability to easily teach others how to create more presence and peace in their day-to-day experiences.
Briana is a shining star Free Spirit, teaching kids yoga, family yoga and ninja warrior classes,. With a background as a primary school teacher, a 95-hr kids yoga certification, a 300-hr adult yoga teacher certification, and working towards her 500-hr, Briana is inspired by the pillar: “Live to Learn”. She is a multi-talented gem, always wearing a warm smile that makes the children she teaches with feel loved and supported.
Yoga has been an integral part of Grace’s life since childhood. She began her teaching career in 2018 by traveling to Rishikesh, India to accomplish her 200-hr Yoga Teacher Training Certification. Grace loves working with adults and children, and believes people of all ages can appreciate the benefits of yoga. Being a dedicated musician and dancer, Grace also loves the creative side of yoga, and hopes to help everyone become in touch with their inner artist through yoga practice.
Caroline brings her years of experience coaching youth volleyball, her incredible skill and wisdom teaching kids swimming, and her education in Exercise Science to our Kids Ninja Warrior program. Caroline has maintained her Red Cross Water Certification for over a decade. She loves doing anything active, especially dance movement and is a certified Zumba Instructor for kids and adults. With positive guidance and incredible patience she gets our kiddos jumping for joy!
Travis is a passionate youth leader for various programs and camps in Bend. His upbeat and easy-going vibe helps fuel himself as he lead classes, games and activities on the ninja course. Known as Coach "T", he tries to bring the best of in kids and encourages them to try their best. Travis is also trained in different dance styles, favs include Hip Hop and Tap.
Jenefer is a multi-faceted talent at Free Spirit. And as a mother and Assistant Coach Jenefer has extensive background working with kids of all ages. Her positive enthusiasm inspires our little ninjas to get moving!
Erin Swanson has five years of experience as an elementary school teacher and has a master's degree in Education. She received her Children's Yoga Teacher Certification through Yami Yogi at Namaspa in Bend, OR. Erin also has her own business, RAISE, which is a social emotional program for families. She enjoys working with children and their families at Free Spirit through the front desk, child care, and teaching children's yoga!
Gigi love's working with children. You'll find her at the front desk welcoming families as well as in the ninja gym caring for the littles during child care.
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