CONNIE DYER   Community Yoga, Hatha Yoga - Moving Into The Body   I’m always looking for new ways within the ancient, powerful practice of yoga to release habitual patterns and discover genuinely nourishing, integrative movement. In my classes we explore our range of motion creatively and playfully in familiar postures and movement, uncovering new opportunities for stretch, challenge, and relaxing integrative release.   Yoga is essentially an embodiment practice. We make contact with ourselves on many levels through movement, conscious awareness, and breath; we discover from moment-to-moment just how our body wants to move and express itself and gradually learn how to let that movement happen. My goal in teaching  is to help you find that freedom and to enjoy moving into and authentically being in your body.I

CONNIE DYER

Community Yoga, Hatha Yoga - Moving Into The Body

I’m always looking for new ways within the ancient, powerful practice of yoga to release habitual patterns and discover genuinely nourishing, integrative movement. In my classes we explore our range of motion creatively and playfully in familiar postures and movement, uncovering new opportunities for stretch, challenge, and relaxing integrative release.

      LINDSEY GEORGE  Hatha Yoga - All Levels  It’s my intention to facilitate an experience in yoga class that is meaningful for you, and yields profound relaxation. Anyone is welcome to attend my  Thursday 5:45-7:00PM Hatha Yoga class .  Poses are simple, yet intense, and are held with a concentrated focus which can sometimes feel harder than it looks.  I encourage you to pay attention to the strong sensations that arise and move into a place of stillness.

LINDSEY GEORGE

Hatha Yoga - All Levels

It’s my intention to facilitate an experience in yoga class that is meaningful for you, and yields profound relaxation. Anyone is welcome to attend my Thursday 5:45-7:00PM Hatha Yoga class.  Poses are simple, yet intense, and are held with a concentrated focus which can sometimes feel harder than it looks.  I encourage you to pay attention to the strong sensations that arise and move into a place of stillness.

      SARA GRIGSBY  Hatha Yoga - All Levels  For me the miracle of yoga is that it reminds me again and again that we have choices and options in our life.  Almost every way we spend our time, in work, relationships, commuting, errands, entertainment, tends to draw our focus outward, loosen our connection to our heart, and drain us energetically.  I say “almost” because a regular yoga practice retrains our focus, replenishes our body and spirit, and reminds us that we can take that experience into our daily life.  When we feel better, we can be a better friend and a better citizen.  My role is to create an environment in which you can contact and cultivate well-being and carry it into your life.  Join me in a  Continuing Practice class any Monday from 4:30-5:45PM.

SARA GRIGSBY

Hatha Yoga - All Levels

For me the miracle of yoga is that it reminds me again and again that we have choices and options in our life.  Almost every way we spend our time, in work, relationships, commuting, errands, entertainment, tends to draw our focus outward, loosen our connection to our heart, and drain us energetically.  I say “almost” because a regular yoga practice retrains our focus, replenishes our body and spirit, and reminds us that we can take that experience into our daily life.

      Jennifer Cho Kain:   Hatha Yoga - Stress Relief   Jennifer Cho Kain grew up in Los Angeles, California with rich exposure to the performing arts, dance and yoga beginning in her early teens. Her love of movement as a means of expression as well as healing informs her style as a yoga teacher. Her classes incorporate dynamic movement as part of a yoga practice to increase somatic awareness as well as fluidity, flexibility, balance and strength in the body/mind.   Her main area of study in yoga has been adapting yoga to the needs of the individual in the tradition of Sri Krishnamacharya, TVK Desikachar, and BKS Iyengar. Kundalini yoga as well as various forms of Hatha and Vinyasa flow sequencing also influence her teaching. She has practiced Buddhist meditation for a number of years and encourages a gentle focus on the natural breath as part of movement awareness.   She graduated from The Movement Center's Hatha Teacher Training Program in June 2013 and has continued her studies and completed a 6- month intensive with International meditation teacher Thomas Huebl in his Authentic Awakening Advanced course as well as courses in trauma and its impact on the brain through the National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine.

Jennifer Cho Kain:

Hatha Yoga - Stress Relief

Jennifer Cho Kain grew up in Los Angeles, California with rich exposure to the performing arts, dance and yoga beginning in her early teens. Her love of movement as a means of expression as well as healing informs her style as a yoga teacher. Her classes incorporate dynamic movement as part of a yoga practice to increase somatic awareness as well as fluidity, flexibility, balance and strength in the body/mind.

      Yoshi Kardell  Prenatal Yoga  Yoshi enjoys guiding people to connect with a sense of peace and balance through their yoga practice. She enjoys studying and teaching a range of styles of yoga including restorative and vinyasa with a focus on dynamic movement and fluid transitions. Her passion is supporting women and families around the birth of a child and transition to parenthood,and has a particular interest in offering prenatal yoga. Her approach to prenatal yoga is to create space for expectant mothers to focus inward and connect with their bodies and babies through breath and movement.  In addition to completing the 200-hour teacher training program at Sellwood Yoga,Yoshi has a Master’s Degree in Social Work and is a Postpartum Doula, serving families welcoming new babies through birth or adoption.  Find out more about Yoshi and her schedule of classes at yoshikokardell.com

Yoshi Kardell

Prenatal Yoga

 

Yoshi enjoys guiding people to connect with a sense of peace and balance through their yoga practice. She enjoys studying and teaching a range of styles of yoga including restorative and vinyasa with a focus on dynamic movement and fluid transitions. Her passion is supporting women and families around the birth of a child and transition to parenthood,and has a particular interest in offering prenatal yoga. Her approach to prenatal yoga is to create space for expectant mothers to focus inward and connect with their bodies and babies through breath and movement.

      GRETCHEN KREIGER   The Thinking Body, The Feeling Mind   The style of yoga I teach—The Thinking Body–The Feeling Mind—shares many postures and philosophies with classic hatha yoga. The conscious expression of movement, inner awareness, and purposeful use of breath are key elements of both traditions. I believe the riches that come from a mindful movement practice have great potential to sustain our physical lives and support our spirit. My classes have less intense, repetitive movement than a vinyasa flow class and more choreographed moments than a classic hatha yoga class. Everyone is encouraged to practice with respect for their own body and needs at each session.

GRETCHEN KREIGER

The Thinking Body, The Feeling Mind

The style of yoga I teach—The Thinking Body–The Feeling Mind—shares many postures and philosophies with classic hatha yoga. The conscious expression of movement, inner awareness, and purposeful use of breath are key elements of both traditions. I believe the riches that come from a mindful movement practice have great potential to sustain our physical lives and support our spirit. My classes have less intense, repetitive movement than a vinyasa flow class and more choreographed moments than a classic hatha yoga class. Everyone is encouraged to practice with respect for their own body and needs at each session.

      Ruth Knight, ERYT500   Director of Yoga Teacher Training.   Rest & Restore, Individual Instruction   I began studying and teaching yoga in the 1980’s when it was relatively obscure, and have spent my adult life studying with some great hatha yoga teachers, namely Mukunda Stiles, A.G. Mohan and Indra Mohan, Gary Kraftsow, and Linda Lack, Ph.D.  My guru, Swami Chetanananda, has been my guide and inspiration.  In addition to managing The Movement Center's Yoga Teacher Training, I teach a weekly  Rest and Restore Yoga practice.  The goal of Rest and Restore Yoga is to unite mind and body into a comfortable rhythmic breath.  We practice allowing ourselves to get still and be breathed calmly by our body so that we can connect to a centered, strong and loving place within us  During Rest and Restore we learn to loosen the reins on our breathing and allow our mind to relax into the flow of our inhalation and exhalation. The result is an experience of turning stress into FLOW.  Every 1-hour class starts with simple yoga movements followed by a guided experience of relaxing the breath. Ample quiet time is given so you can be in your own experience. Everyone is welcome!

Ruth Knight, ERYT500

Director of Yoga Teacher Training.
Rest & Restore, Individual Instruction

I began studying and teaching yoga in the 1980’s when it was relatively obscure, and have spent my adult life studying with some great hatha yoga teachers, namely Mukunda Stiles, A.G. Mohan and Indra Mohan, Gary Kraftsow, and Linda Lack, Ph.D.  My guru, Swami Chetanananda, has been my guide and inspiration.

       Susan Marshall ERYT200    Feldenkrais - Awareness through Movement,   Somatic Yoga   Influenced by yoga and martial arts in the middle of the last century, Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais developed a series of lessons designed to improve life through movement. His approach was to encourage conscious attention to small movements. By engaging the brain and nervous system, people learn in a simple, pleasurable way.  Learn how to bring more ease into your daily movements: breathing, walking, turning, reaching, expanded breathing, safer pelvic movement, freeing your back and more.  Susan Marshall, ERYT-200, has taught hatha yoga through the Movement Center since 2002. As a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner, she also sees students for individual hands on sessions.  She is also the former Executive Director of the Feldenkrais Guild of North America.

Susan Marshall ERYT200

Feldenkrais - Awareness through Movement,
Somatic Yoga

Influenced by yoga and martial arts in the middle of the last century, Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais developed a series of lessons designed to improve life through movement. His approach was to encourage conscious attention to small movements. By engaging the brain and nervous system, people learn in a simple, pleasurable way.

       SADHVI PARĀNANDĀ    Movement Center Director, Yoga and Meditation Teacher   Sadhvi is a senior meditation teacher at The Movement Center. She received her first teacher training certificate in 1976, and since then, she has taught both yoga and meditation at TMC. Her classes emphasize the importance of releasing tensions in the body and in the mind to help students let go of the barriers preventing them from understanding their own true nature. Her goal is for students to walk away with an understanding of the flow of energy that powers and guides their lives.   In addition to classes in yoga, pranayama and meditation, Sadhvi teaches Spiritual Leadership, Public Speaking and CPR/First Aid for The Movement Center.   

SADHVI PARĀNANDĀ

Movement Center Director,
Yoga and Meditation Teacher

Sadhvi is a senior meditation teacher at The Movement Center. She received her first teacher training certificate in 1976, and since then, she has taught both yoga and meditation at TMC. Her classes emphasize the importance of releasing tensions in the body and in the mind to help students let go of the barriers preventing them from understanding their own true nature.

 

      NATASHA SAGALOVSKY   Hatha Yoga   A teacher since 2006, my classes aim to offer the opportunity of aligning to the beauty and wisdom of your own being.  All of my classes include some time for conscious breath-work, a carefully crafted movement experience, yoga philosophy, and meditation. Through these practices we aim to learn an integrated, present, and clear way of being.  I find that the body is wise and that your soul knows the way. I try my best to make it possible for you find the magic that is alive in  you .    All the work that we do is simply to awaken that knowledge, and that peace, within you.   ----- Additional note:  On November 2nd, 2016 I was in an accident that broke both my legs and injured my spine. I was in the hospital for over two months and I am still recovering. This experience continues to reveal to me the magnificence of the human body, the power of a cultivated yoga practice, and the deepest value of true friendship. I am immeasurably grateful for the opportunity to deepen my understanding of my own body and psyche as I work to rehabilitate and heal myself - and am happy to talk to or consult with anyone who is also recovering from injury or trauma.  My education includes a mentorship and dedicated study under Maral Hadidi, who to me forever will be the gold standard of hatha yoga teachers and humans in general, as well as extensive training and a deep connection to my spiritual teacher Swami Chetanananda.  I've trained under Darren Rhodes, Christina Sell, Noah Maze, Sianna Sherman, Laura Plumb and John Friend, among others. My community at The Movement Center is key, and so are my fellow teacher training faculty members Ruth Knight and Jesse Sweeney.       Harmonium Lessons:   In class we will often chant at the beginning of class, and I may offer a sacred song while everyone is in Shavasana. I often get asked many questions about my musical instrument, which is called a harmonium and is made in India. I offer private and semi-private harmonium lessons to interested students. You can contact me directly about the details.

NATASHA SAGALOVSKY

Hatha Yoga

A teacher since 2006, my classes aim to offer the opportunity of aligning to the beauty and wisdom of your own being.

All of my classes include some time for conscious breath-work, a carefully crafted movement experience, yoga philosophy, and meditation. Through these practices we aim to learn an integrated, present, and clear way of being.

      LAURIE SAUNDERS, ERYT500  Individual Instruction for Chronic Health Conditions  My teaching has been inspired by my life in the TMC community, in contact with Swamiji’s commitment to and astonishing skill at transforming challenges into opportunities for profound growth. I've been fortunate (and challenged!) to have plenty of chances to apply what I've learned in my own life.  My diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis in 1999 coincided almost exactly with my arrival in Portland from Boston and my entry into yoga teacher training. My teaching has evolved out of this physical condition with its progressive disability, and the inner and outer obstacles it’s presented.  I enjoy most of all seeing students have amazing experiences with yoga, moving and shifting things that have been stuck and even impenetrable for many years. I’m looking forward to working with you.   

LAURIE SAUNDERS, ERYT500

Individual Instruction for Chronic Health Conditions

My teaching has been inspired by my life in the TMC community, in contact with Swamiji’s commitment to and astonishing skill at transforming challenges into opportunities for profound growth. I've been fortunate (and challenged!) to have plenty of chances to apply what I've learned in my own life.

 

      Jennifer Siegel   Seniors' Yoga, Somatic Flow Yoga Therapy   I am an 500+ hour IYT trained Yoga Therapist with a lifetime of experience as a body worker, dancer and yogi. I've been teaching yoga since I stopped being a hospice massage therapist in 2009. My understanding of muscle, connective tissue and nerves combined with my professional experiences influence the way I teach.  I'm a trauma sensitive teacher skilled in working with pain, chronic illness, PTSD and depression. I gladly modify my classes to accommodate yogis of any age or experience levels.  My yoga teacher training started by studying Yin Yoga with author, scientist and yogi Bernie Clark in 2008. Since then I've studied and taught many forms of yoga and meditation. In my classes I pull from everything I know, including somatic retraining, to create a deep sense of peace in mind, body and spirit. My goal as a Yoga Therapist and teacher is for you to be able to help yourself with the therapeutic movements, breath and ideas we work with in class so you may live more easily in your skin.         

Jennifer Siegel

Seniors' Yoga, Somatic Flow
Yoga Therapy

I am an 500+ hour IYT trained Yoga Therapist with a lifetime of experience as a body worker, dancer and yogi. I've been teaching yoga since I stopped being a hospice massage therapist in 2009. My understanding of muscle, connective tissue and nerves combined with my professional experiences influence the way I teach.  I'm a trauma sensitive teacher skilled in working with pain, chronic illness, PTSD and depression. I gladly modify my classes to accommodate yogis of any age or experience levels.

          Kelly Sunrose   Hatha Flow   Kelly Sunrose, E-RYT200, RYT500, has been pouring herself into teaching yoga & meditation for 10 years, practicing for 19 years. Kelly's classes are filled with stories, songs, chants, meditation, breath-work and philosophy. She encourages students to trust the body’s wisdom as they work through postures, finding the balance of sweetness and steadiness in the pose to achieve an expansive sense of alignment. Kelly wants every student to touch their essence... LOVE.  

Kelly Sunrose

Hatha Flow

Kelly Sunrose, E-RYT200, RYT500, has been pouring herself into teaching yoga & meditation for 10 years, practicing for 19 years. Kelly's classes are filled with stories, songs, chants, meditation, breath-work and philosophy. She encourages students to trust the body’s wisdom as they work through postures, finding the balance of sweetness and steadiness in the pose to achieve an expansive sense of alignment. Kelly wants every student to touch their essence... LOVE.

      JESSE SWEENEY, RYT500   Yoga Teacher Training Faculty, Chi Core Yoga, Individual Instruction   Jesse teaches Chi Core Yoga, a dynamic, energizing flowing yoga form which he developed and refined over more than a decade.  His study began with dance then moved into martial arts, yoga and Chi Gong.  He has woven aspects of all of these into this unique yoga form.  Chi Core yoga enhances balance, flexibility, energy flow and strength within a dynamic movement sequence.  It teaches your body how to function as an integrated unit and can be adapted to all levels and ages of participation.  Jesse gives personal attention to each member of the class so they can be comfortably challenged or go all out for a strong workout.   Included in the class is an overview of the fundamental principles of movement so that each student can learn to make safe, effective, supported movements. Each class begins with Chi Gong or meditation then moves into a sequence of poses or free form movements.  You will come away feeling conditioned, energized and rejuvenated … and it’s fun too!

JESSE SWEENEY, RYT500

Yoga Teacher Training Faculty, Chi Core Yoga, Individual Instruction

Jesse teaches Chi Core Yoga, a dynamic, energizing flowing yoga form which he developed and refined over more than a decade.  His study began with dance then moved into martial arts, yoga and Chi Gong.  He has woven aspects of all of these into this unique yoga form.  Chi Core yoga enhances balance, flexibility, energy flow and strength within a dynamic movement sequence.  It teaches your body how to function as an integrated unit and can be adapted to all levels and ages of participation.

      Viktor Usov  Flow Through Dance  Viktor Usov is a classically trained dancer and teacher with the NW Dance Project. Born in Ukraine, he moved to Portland and began his dance training at the age of 14 under the direction of Sarah Slipper. He continued to graduate from Juilliard with a BFA in dance. Following his time in New York, Viktor moved to Germany to dance as a soloist at the Staatstheatre Kassel opera house under director Johannes Wieland.  Since his return to Portland, Viktor has begun to teach his own style of movement exploration and improvisation.  The movement center has been an integral part of Viktor's life since the age of 9. It has helped shape and inform who he is as an artist and movement teacher. His dance is deeply influenced by his spiritual practice and is an endless source of inspiration.

Viktor Usov

Flow Through Dance

Viktor Usov is a classically trained dancer and teacher with the NW Dance Project. Born in Ukraine, he moved to Portland and began his dance training at the age of 14 under the direction of Sarah Slipper. He continued to graduate from Juilliard with a BFA in dance. Following his time in New York, Viktor moved to Germany to dance as a soloist at the Staatstheatre Kassel opera house under director Johannes Wieland.

      Michelle Valentino   Seniors Yoga, Individual Instruction   Michelle teaches Seniors Yoga and self care classes and workshops. She is a Certified BodyTalk Practitioner, and has studied QiGong with Master Liu He of Ling Gui International Healing Qigong School, Core Awareness with Liz Koch, and the Thinking Body Feeling Mind with Linda Lack. She is a faculty member of TMC's 200-hour yoga teacher training.  Michelle is passionate about the importance of attending to foot health and function as a basis for overall wellness. She is certified as a Healthy Foot Practitioner™ and received her training through the Restorative Exercise Institute established by Katy Bowman, author of Every Woman’s Guide to Foot Pain Relief.  The training involves a thorough education of foot mechanics, how foot function affects whole-body health, and the role of footwear on foot health and foot pain.

Michelle Valentino

Seniors Yoga, Individual Instruction

Michelle teaches Seniors Yoga and self care classes and workshops. She is a Certified BodyTalk Practitioner, and has studied QiGong with Master Liu He of Ling Gui International Healing Qigong School, Core Awareness with Liz Koch, and the Thinking Body Feeling Mind with Linda Lack. She is a faculty member of TMC's 200-hour yoga teacher training.

          Jen Wilhelm   Chiropractic Doctor Healthy Joints & Spinal Health   Dr. Jen Wilhelm is a student resident of The Movement Center and Swami Chetanananda. She is a practicing Chiropractor in PDX. Her life study and background as a massage therapist, yoga teacher, athlete, martial artist and meditation & qigong practitioner allows her to tune into the body, the class and students, to share what is needed for her students and patients heal and grow their potential, health goals &... beyond. 

Jen Wilhelm

Chiropractic Doctor
Healthy Joints & Spinal Health

Dr. Jen Wilhelm is a student resident of The Movement Center and Swami Chetanananda. She is a practicing Chiropractor in PDX. Her life study and background as a massage therapist, yoga teacher, athlete, martial artist and meditation & qigong practitioner allows her to tune into the body, the class and students, to share what is needed for her students and patients heal and grow their potential, health goals &... beyond. 

      WENDY WONG  Community Yoga - Gentle  Hatha yoga allows us to move with breath and attention.  This focus opens a doorway to the deep and profound sense of Self.  Each class is an opportunity for each of us to rediscover and expand this awareness.  I look forward to meeting you on  Mondays, 5:45-6:45PM for the $5 Community Yoga  class happening in the meditation hall before the public meditation program.

WENDY WONG

Community Yoga - Gentle

Hatha yoga allows us to move with breath and attention.  This focus opens a doorway to the deep and profound sense of Self.  Each class is an opportunity for each of us to rediscover and expand this awareness.  I look forward to meeting you on Mondays, 5:45-6:45PM for the $5 Community Yoga class happening in the meditation hall before the public meditation program.