Yoga demonstration videos: Learn about Yoga styles with the IMA instructors
Yoga Instructor Bios
Meet our instructors…
Amanda is a Pacific Northwest Yoga instructor who completed her training in Vinyasa Yoga, but practices and pays a palatable homage to Ashtanga, Jivamukti, Yin, and Tantra Yoga. She has a B.S. in Neurobiology, Physiology, & Behavior, and a B.A. in Neuroscience from the University of California, Davis, in addition to an MPH from Boston University where she concentrated in the Social & Behavioral Sciences. She is interested in the relationship between yoga and emotion regulation/stress reduction – specifically for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and parents of children with ASD, the neuroscience of meditation and asana, and the impact of yoga social media on body image perception. She is the founder of Every(yoga)body (@everyyogabody), a social media platform on Instagram aimed at celebrating the immense diversity in yoga bodies at all ages and stages of practice. Through her class instruction, she aims to catalyze the unification of mind, body and behavior through asana, meditation, and yoga philosophies, paired with contemporary and eclectic music, while offering her students an anatomically intelligent, safe, and engaging asana practice to honor the subtle nuances of one’s unique anatomical composition.
Sarah began practicing yoga while working on her graduate degree in nutrition. She found that yoga offered a wonderful counterbalance to school and running. In 2013 she completed her 200hr teaching training with Yogalife in Seattle. As a teacher, Sarah hopes to help students to discover how yoga can benefit their everyday lives. She strives to create a welcoming environment where students can tune into their own experience and have fun. In addition to teaching yoga, Sarah holds a Ph.D. in nutrition and is currently studying for her masters degree in acupuncture.
Nicola started practicing yoga at the age of 15, and was certified to teach Vinyasa yoga at the age of 17 through Kindness Yoga in Denver. Nicola was first inspired to practice yoga for the health and exercise benefits, but soon realized the immense changes in her mind as well as her body. Through her classes, Nicola hopes to teach students the basics of alignment as well as deepened awareness of breath, body, and mind. Nicola teaches Vinyasa Yoga at the IMA, where she encourages students to modify to their own level while having fun experimenting, playing, and pushing the boundaries of their practice.
After 15 years of practicing yoga, Kathryn fulfilled a lifelong desire to teach by completing her 200-hour teacher training. As an avid runner, skier, paddle-boarder and sometimes-crazed mother on the run, Kathryn knows that yoga is essential to her physical and mental wellbeing. It is from a deep-rooted passion and a desire to keep delving further in her own studies that she teaches others. Kathryn’s alignment-based flow classes are taught in a playful, safe and welcoming environment, where students are encouraged to find balance as they tap into their inner wisdom and work toward their physical edge.
Huijung is a certified Iyengar yoga teacher. She gives clear and detailed instructions to help the students learn the important foundations of the poses. Her classes generally start with warm-ups and standing poses, followed by seated poses and relaxation. As students progress throughout the quarter, the class will become more strenuous and more poses will be introduced, including back bends and inversions. Huijung does not use music, and instead encourages students to listen to their bodies. She uses props to accommodate all different body types.
Jenny is a UW graduate student who completed her 200-hour teacher training through YogaFit. Her yoga journey began in 2007, but really took off in 2012 while her husband was deployed as a Marine. During that time, practicing and training in yoga offered a calming and grounding experience that made her both physically and emotionally stronger. She continues to value the benefits of yoga, both as a holistic practice and as a cross-training practice for the other activities that she enjoys, including running and skiing. Jenny teaches in a vinyasa flow style and encourages students to focus on the present moment and let go of expectations and judgment. Her classes generally move through a warm-up, sun salutations, warrior poses and other asanas (yoga poses) including standing and arm balances, and end with stretching and relaxation. She aims to help students listen to their own bodies by offering modifications and encouraging awareness of breath and body position in every pose.
Julie started studying yoga in Nepal before completing her 200h teacher training at the Samarya Center in Seattle in 2013. Julie wishes to inspire students to connect with their own experiences in a simple and mindful way and to open the practice of yoga to everyone. She started working with specialized populations (MS, spinal cord injuries) in 2013 and trained at Mind Body Solutions in Minnesota on adapting yoga for disability. Julie is keen to explore how yoga can help empowering people living with disability, trauma, illness and aging. She teaches all levels, gentle and adaptive classes along with offering private tuition for people with reduced mobility.
Eden is an Informatics student at the University of Washington and spends most of her work developing software and using technology to solve problems. But outside of class Eden lives at the studio. She began yoga because she saw a “now opening” sign outside a yoga studio on her way home every day, started a free week of unlimited yoga, and eventually became hooked. Not only does yoga give an excellent body workout for Eden, it has provided her a space to constantly challenge herself, reflect, create, and provide self-care. Eden loves how there is always more to be learned in yoga and enjoys sharing that curiosity and creativity with others. Aside from that, Eden loves going on long bike rides, eating Qdoba, discovering good music, petting puppies and resting in child’s pose.
Michael was first inspired to learn yoga from Richard Hittleman’s book “Introduction to Yoga” while completing his degree in Music at Bard College (Annandale, New York). After moving to Seattle, Michael began exploring a variety of yoga styles through local studios before completing his 200-hour teaching certification in 2001, based on the principles of BKS Iyengar. Michael has been an avid practitioner of yoga for more than 25 years, heavily influenced by the teachings of Baron Baptiste and Ana Forest, and has enjoyed teaching Hatha Flow and Vinyasa Flow at the UW IMA since 2003.
The foundation of each class is an integrated sequence of poses which progresses from the beginning to the end of the quarter. Initial classes focus more on somatic awareness while building understanding and confidence through the principles of sthira (effort) and sukha (ease). As the quarter progresses, more emphasis is placed on breath, movement and fluidity. The final result is an enjoyable, meditative and transformative practice that leaves you feeling fully alive and regenerated.
Jenine became a Registered Yoga Teacher (200 Hours) through Yoga Alliance in 2015 and is a practitioner of Soto Zen meditation. Her approach is to teach with humor and humility, finding ways to see physical challenges as opportunities rather than limitations. In Jenine’s class, you’ll discover a new awareness of your breath, body, and heart. Combining exercises and techniques for stress reduction and relaxation, you’ll learn to stretch and relax in a way that works for you. Jenine teaches Gentle Yoga & Meditation at the IMA.
While training for his first half-marathon in 2011, Marvin had injured his iliotibial (IT) band and never completely recovered from it. It was not until a year later, when one of his friends suggested that he should give yoga a try. After his first class, Marvin found that he was in love with yoga, and had instantaneously started receiving the benefits, both physically and mentally. Since being introduced to yoga, Marvin has ran 5 half marathons and one full marathon. He completed his yoga sculpt teacher training in the summer of 2013 and his 200 hour power vinyasa teacher training in June 2015, both with CorePower Yoga. Since moving to Seattle in the fall of 2012 to pursue his graduate studies in bioengineering at the University of Washington (UW), Marvin had decided that in addition to working towards a professional degree in engineering he was going to seize every opportunity to explore his creative side. To this end, he joined the UW men’s choir, took up sewing, took his first dance class (renaissance court dancing) and even dabbled with drag. He hopes to have many other creative and artistic adventures during his time here in Seattle. In his free time, Marvin loves spending time with his pup and his friends. He also loves drinking wine, watching plays, musicals and concerts, as well as hosting themed dinner parties.
Melissa’s bio and photo coming soon…
Sasha has a BA in dance from the UW and has been teaching yoga for over ten years. She was originally inspired by her study of Ashtanga yoga as taught by Shri K. Patabhi Jois in Mysore, India. She is inspired and motivated the process of seeing her students grow, learn, and change in deep and subtle ways from the experience of studying yoga. Her teaching brings an understanding of the body informed by a study of anatomy, dance, and alignment based yoga. She is certified through the Samarya Center.
Gabby’s bio and photo coming soon…
A newcomer to Seattle, Brandin will be a MFA candidate in the dance program at the University of Washington. He began practicing yoga in 2000 at an Ashtanga studio in Salt Lake City, Utah. His asana practice sustained his career in dance for a decade in New York City where he got certified and began teaching. His class encourages access to the subtle aspects of a yoga practice through an emphasis on the quality of breath, steadiness of gaze, attention to sensation, and repetition of postures.
I fell in love with yoga after my first class in 1999, while looking for a tool to cope with my mother’s death. As I walked out of that first class, I knew I had found what my body and my heart were aching for. I completed a 200-hour Teacher Training at Inner Freedom Yoga in 2010 and a 200-hour Teacher Training with Desiree Rumbaugh in 2011. I also completed a 100-hour Yoga Therapy Training in 2012 with Patrick Harestad. I am a registered Anusara Inspired Yoga Teacher. Further, I completed the AcroYoga Montreal Teacher Training in 2015. In addition, I hold a B.A. in Religious Studies from Humboldt State University, and am planning to complete a M.A. in Comparative Religion, with a focus in Hinduism at the University of Washington in 2018. I continue to come to the mat almost every day, to connect with the strong, loving, and compassionate being that lies within me, and to take these values into my daily life as a student and a teacher.
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Jason is currently completing his teacher training with the Samarya Center for Humankind (ness). Jason’s classes take inspiration from Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, utilizing traditional and novel Sun Salutation sequences as a platform for introducing and exploring asana postures in greater depth. Each student is encouraged to work at his or her “edge”, while cultivating an attitude of non-attachment. In the spirit of kindness to oneself and self-care, modifications and adjustments are always encouraged.
Diana discovered yoga and Pilates as a way to keep herself strong and injury-free so that she could continue her work as a dancer and teaching artist. She is trained in Vinyasa Flow and Forrest styles and recently completed her Advance Yoga Teacher Training with Ana Forrest. She is a certified Pilates instructor and has more than 25 years of dance training which give her an expert eye for movement. She is a patient and thoughtful instructor and enjoys working with people of all backgrounds. Diana’s yoga dance classes integrate yoga, Pilates and movement to invigorate the body, the mind and the spirit. Diana also teaches dance at The University of Washington in Bothell and holds an MFA in Dance Education and Choreography from the UW Dance Program. She is also co-founder of DAIPAN Butoh Collective Dance Company.
Having a long term interest in mindful and holistic traditions, Sepideh discovered yoga when she was a stressed graduate student. Feeling its immediate and profound effects on her body and mind, she embarked on her journey to explore yoga. Sepideh is a graduate of Toronto’s Ahimsa Yoga teacher training program where she studied asana, pranayama, meditation, yoga philosophy, anatomy, basic Sanskrit and yoga teaching skills. She has been teaching yoga since 2012. Sepideh sees yoga as a potential for transformation, a holistic system of practice and philosophy that can help us move towards greater health, happiness and wholeness. She strives to provide a safe and nourishing environment where students can cultivate their physical, mental, emotional and spiritual growth and well-being.
Jennifer Koenig is a yoga instructor with a deep appreciation for the natural world. She loves celebrating nature through yoga, making both an integral part of her daily life. She believes yoga can be practiced in any environment, whether it’s together with your community in a studio or out on a mountain top. Trained in both Power Yoga and Yoga Sculpt, she sees yoga as an opportunity to empower the body and mind, while creating a reciprocal relationship and appreciation of nature. She strives to create a truly unique class based not solely on the obtainment of a goal, but rather the journey one finds along the way. Come practice with Jennifer to receive a challenging, fun, full body workout while learning about the natural world surrounding
Sarah’s personal yoga practice really took off in 2006 when she moved to Ecuador and found that it was far too hilly and chaotic to run in the streets. Constantly dodging cars, people and run-away food carts made “getting into the zone” -or engaging in moving meditation- on her run too difficult. So she decided to give the yoga class that was offered next door a try. Slowly but surely she was hooked, and she’s been increasingly incorporating yoga into her life ever since.
Sarah has worked as a guide on international and wilderness expeditions, supported humanitarian assistance efforts and has served as a teacher in a variety of settings. Throughout all of these often-intense experiences, she found that yoga served as an invaluable counter-balance. She values her yoga and meditation practice as a means for centering in and accessing clarity, and finds that regular practice makes her emotionally more balanced, physically stronger and happier. It brings her great joy to offer the gift of yoga with her students. Sarah strives to facilitate meaningful journeys for herself and her students- on and off the mat. Sarah holds a 200-hour Vinyasa Yoga Teacher certification through BeLuminous Yoga and a Masters degree in Education from Harvard University.
Gary became involved in yoga in 2006 and in 2012 completed Yoga Teacher Training at Twist Vinyasa Yoga. Gary appreciates many styles of yoga, especially those with a restorative focus. He especially values the holistic benefits yoga offers by connecting body, mind, and breath, and he hopes to extend his training to include workshops in Yoga Therapy. Gary is a Full-time Lecturer in Near Eastern Languages and Civilization at UW.
Nathaniel began practicing yoga in 2010, Iyengar in 2012, and he completed his teacher training in 2013. He values Iyengar’s analytical focus on the “how” of asana, the workshop-like qualities of class instruction, and the use of props to modify postures. He endeavors to balance the cerebral nature of Iyengar with intuitive elements found in complementary styles such as Yin. Ultimately Nathaniel sees yoga as one way (of many) of exploring both the tangible and intangible self, and an opportunity build a healthier and more effective mind and body.
It was love at first pose. From an early age, Mandy acted on her intuition that physical activity was a potent means of working through life’s challenges. It’s no surprise that she immediately fell in love with yoga’s graceful dance of the breath and body when she first rolled out a mat in 2001. Since beginning to teach in 2007, Mandy has deepened her commitment to discovering the sweetness of yoga through the practice and study of Hatha and Anusara-style yoga. Her classes systematically touch the physical, mental, emotional, energetic and spiritual dimensions of the human experience to support strength, healing and integration.