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Sarah Trelease

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.

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Renee Sills

Renee has been a yoga teacher since 2004 and is the co-founder and co-director of Sola School of Contemplative Arts – a somatics and mindfulness-based yoga teacher training program that has a strong focus on accessibility and social justice. Renee is a certified Somatic Movement Educator and a registered yoga therapist with IAYT (International Association of Yoga Therapists).

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Suniti Dernovsek

My interest as a movement guide is to offer an embodied experience that respects each individual’s process. Through years of practice I am skilled at seeing bodies and directing attention to what is quiet or unanimated. When we strengthen our ability to pay attention we open up to more possibilities and we bring an experience into existence that did not previously exist. I view asana and all movement practice as creative research involving an open flow of information. We learn more about what we think we know and are in a constant state of surprise from all that we do not know.

I have been a student of dance, yoga and Buddhism for 20 years and I’ve been teaching since 2004. I teach a warm and generous style of movement that is influenced by my interest in contemporary and classical dance forms, Iyengar and Vinyasa yoga and mindfulness. I currently study with Michael Stone, Lama Padma Drimed Norbu, Wendy Hambidge and Todd Jackson. I bring my love of movement, fondness of detail and my own understanding of practice into my teaching.

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Heather Jones

Heather wishes to share the gift of yoga by making it real and accessible for everybody! Heather is an advocate for body image positivity, and loves nurturing her students with a down-to-earth exploration of breath, awareness, movement and compassion. In her teaching, Heather enjoys working with students from all walks of life, particularly those who otherwise have felt unsure, unseen or shut out in previous yoga and movement experiences. Through her training offerings, she encourages the teaching community to truly consider what it means to offer "yoga for EVERY body." Heather is a Certified Curvy Yoga Instructor, an Accessible Yoga Ambassador,
and a Yoga & Body Image Coalition Partner.

Curvy Yoga is an empowering yoga class, where bigger-bodied students can practice in safe and supportive community. The down-to-earth atmosphere encourages you to ask questions, explore many pose variations, and learn about movement that fits YOUR body. We are owning our shape unapologetically, and learning to reconnect through movement, breath, and a healthy dose of candidness - we are keeping¹ it real! Curvy Yoga is challenging but not intimidating; it is inviting, introspective, and most of all, it¹s fun! Learn how to work with your body, to appreciate your body; see what your body can and was meant to do. This class is appropriate for beginner and experienced yogis alike. It is an active class - although not vigorous, best suited for students who are able to get up and down from the floor with relative ease.

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T. Aisha Edwards

T. Aisha Edwards, LMHC is a somatic trauma therapist and writer based in Vancouver WA. She holds a Master’s in Clinical Psychology from Pacific University and has training in Gestalt therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, Emotion Freedom Techniques and touch based trauma practices from Somatic Experiencing. She has over a decade of experience
specializing in complex trauma involving interpersonal violence and socialized oppression in communities of color and queer communities. She is licensed in Oregon and Washington.

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Julia Tillinghast

Julia completed her 200-hour teacher training with Sola School of Contemplative Arts in 2016 and has taught children, teens, adults, older adults, and pregnant/postnatal yoga in studios, schools, shelters, community centers, and senior centers in Portland, Oregon, and Berlin, Germany. In addition to Sarah Trelease and Renee Sills, Julia has also practiced with and learned extensively from Michele Loew at The Yoga Space, as well as Nathan Mills and others. She is interested in accessible, inclusive, and accountable teaching, mindful strengthening, joint health, nervous system restoration, and in all the ways the ever-evolving sciences of anatomy, biomechanics, and mindfulness are bringing further clarity to the tradition of yoga. Embodied spirituality is at the heart of Julia's teaching and learning.

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Ayomide Njo

Ayomide enjoys creating environments where people can go to the edge of their comfort zone and study themselves. One way she takes people to to their personal edge is through Yoga. Ayomide believes that Yoga is a tool for social justice and community bridging. She currently teaches Kaleidoscope community yoga and a yoga class that supports Humans of Color.  Kaleidoscope yoga creates an environment where people learn to deepen their ability to build physical relationships with people through touch, yoga, sacred geometry and images. Students of this practice deepen into their personal yoga journey by learning what it means to share one. 

Her class Humans of color yoga is a practice to get indigenous and peoples of the diaspora to move away from a culture of destruction and engage in a culture of self-care. 

Ayomide currently teaches at Dance at Portland Community College and Teaches Yoga at The Peoples CO-OP. She is also a co-creator of Chakralot meditation Chocolates. She believes that meditation can be a delicious journey that everyone can experience. Chocolate can be a used as a sweet treat or a tool to support you in investigating your deepest self. 

Ayomide is a native to Oregon. She has been teaching movement to people of all ages and physical abilities for over a decade.  Currently she teaches dance at Portland Community College.  Her love for yoga has inspired here to bring yoga to underprivileged youth by offering free yoga in the park. She is 200hr YTT certified through the Sola school of contemplative arts as well as 100hr of Kaleidoscope Community yoga training. Her joy is movement and seeing other people move with joy.

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