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I began my yoga journey in 1975 with Richard Hittleman's book 28 Days of Yoga. Taking the book to live in the bush with my husband, I established a daily practice of yoga and meditation that has served me to this day. After moving to Fairbanks I became involved in several Mind-Body disciplines. I studied the art of Shudokan and Gosoke Ryu karate for 22 years and hold a 6th degree blackbelt in Shudokan karate and 3rd degree blackbelt in Gosoke Ryu. I enjoyed Tai Chi for about 13 years and currently try to find time to practice the ancient art of Qigong. I have been able to present Spring Forest Qigong in workshops in Fairbanks and Juneau. In addition to my passion for the martial arts, I returned to pursuing yoga passionately, instructing since 2003. I taught yoga classes at the International Karate Association back in the day, as a private instructor, for seniors in the OLLI program and pre-pandemic conducted weekly classes at the Senior Center and at the Fairbanks Correctional Center. Co-founder and now owner of Heart Stream Yoga, I teach prenatal, beginner and senior/gentle classes. My teacher training has come about primarily through Sundari's Anusara teacher trainings and Lynn Minton. I am grateful for the influence of Susanne Lyle and Teri Vierick. My certification process was through White Lotus Yoga with Ganga White and Tracey Rich. I am an RYT 200 and E-RYT 200 with Yoga Alliance. I bring to my classes a love of alignment, the beauty of a quiet center, and the joy of inner discovery.
I found a sanctuary at Yoga in the Pearl and became a dedicated student of Power Yoga. My teachers included the Lauren Ingram, Tiffany Cruikshank, and Sarah Lakey.
Yoga Certification 2009, Yoga Union, Portland, OR
This is a three-part Vinyasa teacher training was designed to give a full skill-set for teaching yoga. The program focused on developing tools such as thematic class design, fluid sequencing, creative flow, authentic heart language, powerful adjustments, clear anatomy instruction, and therapeutic yoga for private clients.
Injuries first brought Russell to study human movement. He holds a degree in Kinesiology and uses the Feldenkrais Method® to improve posture, movement, and quality of life. As a Feldenkrais Practitioner, he enjoys sharing ways to move more easily and comfortably.
Jade moved to Fairbanks in 2014 from North Carolina looking for an adventure, and she decided to stay. She enjoys cooking, being with her dog Willow and spending time (doing anything or nothing at all) in nature. She became a certified in 2017 through Heart Stream Yoga. She relishes making people feel loved and comfortable in her class.
I first came to yoga in 2011, motivated to use it as a tool to gain strength and flexibility. As a runner and dancer I was constantly dealing with injuries. Through yoga I hoped to loosen my tight muscles and find a physical practice that would be good for my body with minimal risk of injury. I tried and enjoyed several different styles of yoga from various Fairbanks teachers. Then I was introduced to Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, which was both physically and mentally challenging. The Ashtanga Vinyasa system links breathing with posture, and uses the same sequence of postures to enable the movements to become instinctual so the mind can focus. In this manner your practice becomes a moving meditation. I quickly grew to appreciate the physical, mental, and spiritual benefits of my Ashtanga Vinyasa practice and became a devoted practitioner. Since that time I have observed myself change to become a more focused, balanced, peaceful, and accepting person. This positive experience made me want to share the benefits of yoga with others, and motivated me to pursue my yoga teacher certification. I completed my 200-hour yoga teacher training in October 2015 through combined programs by David Kyle (Ashtanga Yoga Puerto Rico), and Edwin and Catarina Lacayo (It’s Yoga Nicaragua), who teach Modified Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga following the philosophy and methods of Larry Shultz (a former student of Pattabhi Jois). I was attracted to Larry Shultz’s “It’s Yoga” teaching system, which is based off the traditional Ashtanga Vinyasa system, but offers modified and creative routines to make Ashtanga Vinyasa accessible and challenging to practitioners with various skill levels, body limitations, time constraints, and motivations. As I teacher, I follow the It’s Yoga philosophy and strive to provide a positive and supportive studio environment, where beginners can feel welcome and advanced practitioners can feel challenged. Most importantly, I aim to share my love of Ashtanga Yoga with others and hope to inspire others to find their better selves on and off the mat.
Alessa Midtlyng received her Vinyasa/Restorative RYT 200 hour certification from Pachananda Yoga Teacher Training Program in Cusco, Peru in 2020. Her yoga journey began in Portland, Oregon in 2016 when she began to venture onto the healing path in an effort to find an outlet for anxiety, depression. She then quickly found that yoga was the gateway to mental health and physical wellbeing. She believes that the mind-body connection is a key aspect of living a happy life and that paired with consistent observation and attention, yoga can have powerful therapeutic benefits. After leaving Oregon, she made a lifestyle of traveling and moving, and yoga has been anchor that has kept her grounded through these many waves of change.
Alessa seeks to teach others that this form of self expression can also guide them into their most authentic forms of being. She seeks to create a safe space where her students can get in touch with their bodies and allow themselves to freely express and find healing through feeling.
I took my first yoga class as a Freshman at the University of Memphis, almost 20 years ago now. I didn't even have a mat, but from the first movements, I felt a sense of "Ah! This, this is what I've been looking for!" - and I've been practicing ever since. As I've moved through the years, I've grown to really love and understand the reason behind calling yoga a practice. As the stages of our lives move forward, our needs, experiences and relationships change - but a yoga practice can be the thread throughout it all. It has been that for me, a thread binding me together, through my changes. The physical practice of yoga gives me joy, strength, resiliency and flexibility in my body, and the spiritual practice of yoga gives me these same gifts, so that I can access them as a wife, as a mother, as a teacher, as a friend, as someone moving through the layers of themselves in order to connect with that which connects us all.
My initial introductions to yoga were through Hatha and Iyengar classes in my hometown of Memphis, TN. In 2015, I trained under yoga teacher and OT Lindsey Lieneck of Yogapeutics, in Austin, TX, studying mindfulness techniques, therapeutic tools and methods of sensory integration for teaching children, utilizing yoga hammocks for an aerial yoga practice beneficial to both bodies and brains. In 2016, I received my certification through the Golden Heart School of Yoga, here in Fairbanks, as a 200 hour RYT. In 2018, I received valuable training in Trauma Informed Yoga under Jody Hassel. That same year I also received the gift of training with renowned instructor Lynne Minton. Today I find great joy in teaching to families and kids, at Heart Stream Yoga, and in different school settings in Fairbanks. I teach an adult class each week in my awesome community of Two Rivers as well. In all of my classes, my goal is to safely offer a practice that will give my students the knowledge and confidence to begin or deepen their own home practice. .
Amanda went to her first yoga class in 2002 and has been practicing since. She loved the movement, the challenge and playfulness of the physical shapes, and the balance it brought to her sedentary life as a college student. Mostly, she loved the way she felt after class.
Over time, her felt, conscious experience of yoga—and her motivations for practicing—broadened and deepened from solely physical to include mental, emotional, and spiritual dimensions. On the mat, she discovered a place to relate to her body with curiosity and appreciation, to heal from injury and (T)trauma, to grow her heart, to re-meet herself after becoming a mother, and on. As teacher, she offers a place like that for others and honors all experiences; she aims to uplift, inspire, and empower; she hopes everyone leaves feeling better than when s/he/ze walked in. In her classes, you can find elements of structural alignment, mindfulness, rhythm, rest, laughter, light-heartedness.
In 2012, she grew into a yoga teacher. She completed her 200hr RYT certification with Sanctuary Yoga, and she is a Quantum Healing Yoga Nidra certified facilitator through Agame Yoga & Meditation Center.
Born in Portland, she grew up in Miami, and moved to Fairbanks from Baton Rouge in 2015.
I have been in the fitness industry for over 25 years, with certifications in teaching aerobic dance, Zumba, and personal training. In 2003, I received my certification in Pilates Reformer (pilates equipments), and Mat, which enabled me to help open and run a Pilates Studio at the Jewish Community Center in Indianapolis, Indiana. I continued my work there as a Pilates Instructor until I and my beloved Jeff relocated to Fairbanks, in Dec 2015. Becoming employed at Downtown Pilates in October 2016 allowed me to continue my love for instructing Pilates. I am currently working for Alaska Brain & Spine in the Pilates department, which Downtown Pilates merged with in June 2019. My hobbies are dancing, organic cooking, second-hand shopping and gardening.
Born and raised in Montana, I came to Alaska in 1985. I started getting interested in fitness as a teenager, starting with running, then on to biking. I enjoyed staying active and enjoyed how I felt being active, so I decided at that point, that this would be a part of my life. I attended many group classes and was inspired to become an instructor.
After moving to Alaska, I owned my own nail salon and cardo kickboxing business. Retiring from these businesses many years later, but still staying active I got certified for Spin and Cardio Kickboxing. In 2020 I got my SOL Barre Certification, which I am very excited about and want to share with others. Teaching is not a job for me. It is a fun way to work out and interact with others and the positive energy they bring to class.
I am a lifelong Fairbanksan who fell in love with yoga in 2016.... so intensely I enrolled in a 200-hour teacher training at Trax, less than a year later. My focus is as much non-physical as physical. Meditation, breath work, deep stretching, creative sequencing and focus on form are all very common elements in my practices. Prepare to feel energized, rejuvenated, centered and blissful after each of my classes. I have taught yoga here in the interior and as far away as Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. I have a great love for my students and am excited to go where this amazing yoga journey takes us!
My second love is teaching Barre! Iwas certified in American Barre technique in 2020 and I LOVE teaching the challenging yet low impact mix of yoga, pilates and ballet! The small isometric movements performed in barre classes build muscle endurance as the slow twitch muscles are targeted. Let’s get stronger together!
Born and mostly raised in Alaska, after successfully imitating Bruce Lee's forward fold in his fight with Chuck Norris when I was 12 years old, the seed of yoga was planted. My parents gave me an old copy of "Light on Yoga" and I attempted every pose located in the back of the book with reasonable success, adding to a repertoire of parlor tricks I enjoyed flaunting in my early teens.
When I was 15 I traveled to Oregon, taking my first actual yoga class at Yoga Shala of Portland Oregon in 2005. Several months later I returned to Yoga Shala to begin a 3 year long teacher training program, which covered human anatomy, asana, pranayama, philosophy, and the Sanskrit language itself. In lieu of college I took yoga. Yoga philosophy quickly became more important to me than the acrobatics I'd been doing up to that point. Especially going into the vagaries of adulthood.
As a teacher today, my interest is in sharing the universally applicable aspects of yoga. I wish to present it as a science that someone from any cultural background will not just find useful, but be able to make their own. I want people to remember that it is not necessary to love Indian aesthetics, or match up with the common image of a yoga practitioner. Many great teachers have pointed this out. Yoga does not change who you are, it just helps you realize your potential. If you are a Nordic warrior at heart, or an Aztec poet, there exist practices developed over the course of thousands of years in yoga that aid in your natural inclination. You need not visualize foreign gods or heroes, know another language, or even crack a smile. The human experience is such that there are enough parallels between distinct cultures that we can apply the truth in a way that is maximally appropriate in regards to our own ancestry and/or taste.
Personally, I enjoy researching history, culture, and health, conducting health experiments, watching/analyzing odd or heroic films, crafting/building things from free materials, playing music (singing, ukulele, guitar), and exploring nature. Gradually I intend to develop an arctic style of yoga, making use of the myths, legends, gods, heroes, and ancient writing of Northern Europe.
Beverly's story begins sitting in Uncle Peter John's home in Minto, Alaska. In her own words, Beverly states that he sat long legged on the floor, Auntie Elsie sat smiling on the couch. Uncle Peter asked Beverly, "What do you know?" Beverly responds, "I have been to the University of Alaska. My teachings are in Rural Human Services, Relapse Prevention, and Neurolinguistics Programming." Again he asks, "What do you know?" Feeling uneasy, Beverly responds, "I'm a Traditional Counselor." Smiling, Uncle Peter said, "What do you know?" Beverly humbly replies, "I don't know anything." to which Uncle Peter, now laughing, says, "Now you know something!"
Beverly states, "I am Beverly Joseph. My mothers are Virginia Roberts and Belina Dick of Tanana and her father is Joe Roberts. Benjamin Joseph is my father and Sam Joseph David is his father and Sophie Hunter of Stevens Village is his mother. I believe in the healing grace of God the Creator as we ask in faith according to his will. I am a practitioner of Usui System of Reiki Healing, initiated in Fairbanks by Carolyn Winters, Traditional Teaching Master, in July of 1999. My intention is God the Creator is honored."
Diane is a licensed and certified acupuncturist with a Doctorate in Oriental Medicine. She is also a Medical Qi Gong, Practitioner, Certified Classical Homeopath, Certified Flower Essence Practitioner, Trauma Resiliency Therapist, and a National Acupuncture Detox Provider. She has been in practice for more than 40 years. Diane states, "One of the greatest gifts we can give to another living being is to truly listen not with just our ears but our body, mind, and spirit. When we are truly listened to, we begin to heal. And when we begin to heal ourselves, we begin to heal our families, communities, nations, and the world. "Isn't it time to heal together?"
Audrey Sunnyboy is Athabascan Indian/Yupik Eskimo from Nenana. Her mother and father were born and raised on the Yukon River at Tanana and at Pitkas Point, respectively. Audrey is a Traditional Counselor, a Substance Abuse Counselor, a Traditional healer, and a Pipe Carrier. Audrey has studied herbs, plants, vitamins, minerals and nutrients since 1969, and substance abuse issues-including Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder from 1988 and 1998. She served as Program Director for Tanana Chiefs Conference Alternative/Traditional Healing Program and was the owner/operator of the Sunny Denyaavee Center, a substance abuse treatment center for 10 plus years.Audrey is now a member of the Interior Wellness Healers and the Alaskan Healers. She was given her Athabascan name Na Zah Aal Deth Naa, (the one who gets things going), by her good, elder friend, Eddie Hildebrand Sr. of Nulato.