Sola School was founded in 2014 by Sarah Trelease and Renee Sills. We intentionally formed as an organization without permanent location in order to work collaboratively with multiple yoga studios, social services and civic institutions.
What we do
Sola offers yearly 200-hour foundations level yoga teacher trainings and continuing education programs in anatomy, therapeutics, and socially engaged practice. Our programs are rooted in mindfulness and somatic (body-centered) awareness and are designed to provide accessible, safe, and healing experiences for students and clients regardless of ability, size, or cultural background.
We work collaboratively with social and civic partners to train our teachers in cultural competency, and to place them for volunteer service which gives them the knowledge and skills necessary for working effectively with diverse populations both in and outside of traditional yoga studio settings.
We also function as a placement network and liaison for businesses, social services, and healthcare institutions who wish to hire competent and qualified yoga instructors who are trained in intelligent sequencing, therapeutic modifications, and trauma-informed practice.
Read more about our philosophy and methodology here
“Participating in this school was a fully embodied experience, calling for the use of my vulnerable heart—what I now know as my respectable intellect. It was the weaving together of muscles, organs and bones; the imagination full and simple; and a commitment not only to community but to deep and true self-study. This teaching has truly changed my life and impacts not just the way I stand, but the way I now hold any human relationship.” — C.G.
Renee has been teaching yoga classes, workshops and trainings since 2006. She enjoys practicing and teaching a variety of yoga styles to a wide-range of practitioner ability and preference. Regardless of style or level she teaches with an embodied knowledge of anatomy and physiology and works with individuals to cultivate efficient, adaptive and supportive posture and movement practices that are challenging, therapeutic and transformational.
She approaches her work with gentleness, humor and curiosity and she strives to offer movement and mindfulness practices that are opportunities to understand the inherent beauty and potential in all bodies.
Renee is a certified Somatic Movement Educator and a registered yoga therapist with IAYT (International Association of Yoga Therapists.) Renee has been a dedicated student of yoga and movement therapies since 2000 and continues to study with her principle teachers; Bonnie Bainbridge-Cohen, Amy Matthews, and Todd Jackson.
Renee is also a multidisciplinary artist and author. The throughline of her work is an ongoing investigation of mindfulness, agency and the adaptive processes of the human body in contemporary landscapes. She is compelled by the intersection of embodiment practices (somatics, yoga, dance) and academic discourse surrounding embodiment and identity.
Sarah Trelease has been teaching yoga classes, workshops, trainings and retreats since 1999. From 2004 to 2010 she taught teacher trainings at OM yoga in New York City and around the United States and was the director of teacher training at OM during that time. Currently Sarah is the director of Sarah Trelease Yoga Teacher Training and holds trainings in Portland Oregon as well as around the United States.
Her teaching is informed by her quest for deep self-awareness, compassion, and clarity of intention. Drawing on her training and practice in Tibetan Buddhism as well as her studies with modern masters in anatomy and yoga, Sarah offers classes that balance breath, alignment, and flowing movement, developing strength as well as deep clear awareness of the body heart and mind. Sarah holds yoga certifications from Om yoga in New York City, the Nosara Institute and Judith Hanson Lasater (Relax and Renew) as well as a certificate in Contemplative Care Foundations from the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care in New York City.
She completed the advanced studies courses in anatomy with Leslie Kaminoff and Amy Matthews at The Breathing Project in New York City in 2010 and currently studies Body Mind Centering with Amy in Portland, and yoga asana with Todd Jackson at Portland Yoga Arts. Sarah holds a BA from Vassar College. When she is not teaching or studying, Sarah lives, gardens and throws pots on the wheel in Portland with her husband Andrew and cats Mookie and Bob.
“I’ve practiced bodywork for 15 years and I always learn something new in Renee’s classes & workshops. Her practical knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and kinesiology combined with her intellectual curiosity make her classes smart and inspiring.”
— Alison Gaylor, LMT
“Sarah’s teacher training was inspiring and life-changing. I came to the training with the intention of deepening my practice, but I left with the desire (and ability) to teach others and pay forward what I had learned.”
— Sam Kaan, Community Organizer
“Sarah Trelease is a sensational teacher who will guide you on a deep and thorough journey of your body, mind and heart. Her teaching sparks curiosity, inquiry and joy. Also, Sarah is a deep practitioner with a warm, thoughtful and lovely demeanor. Consider yourself lucky if you have the privilege to study with Sarah!”
— Margi Young, Yoga Teacher
“I have been blessed to have had the opportunity to study with the best teachers in the world. From the Iyengars to their senior teachers from around the world. These are people who have devoted their whole lives to this path and have studied for over 40 years. BKS Iyengar for 80 + years! Needles to say it is hard to wow me and I have to say that is what Renee did the first time I walked into her class. Her bright clear presence is shadowed by her humble gentle approach. Renee has an outstanding understanding of anatomy and is gifted in her ability to share and allow her students to experience her teachings through movement. Her classes are fun and informative, inspiring a deeper inquiry and curiosity. I feel honored to be able to study with such a talented and elegant teacher.”
— Maria Bacher NTP Certified Iyengar yoga instructor