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Sandee firmly believes it is never too late to start a yoga practice. Although coming to the yoga mat at various times in her life, it didn't resonate with her until her mid 40's, when she came to heal from emotional and physical pain. As she physically healed, she found unexpected gifts of love, patience and acceptance. Sandee completed her 200 hour Bhakti Flow yoga teacher training with Gopa Rusty Wells in San Francisco, and has since completed another 100 hours of Advanced Bhakti Flow Yoga Teacher Training with Rusty.   She continues to study advanced training with Rusty as she works towards 500 hours.  Additionally, Sandee completed a Primary Series Teacher Training with Tim Miller in the Ashtanga Yoga system and  lineage.  Sandee is forever the student- studied yoga philosophy and completed a teacher mentorship with PDX based teacher Matt Nelson, and 50 hours of Yoga Sutras study with Khristine Jones ( Founder, Yoga Punx)  and Martin Scott- San Francisco.  She is heading to India late January to study Ashtanga for 5 weeks, and bring back to the Shala all she learns in service.   Sandee practices with when she can and studies with  Founder of Yoga Punx Khristine Jones. Sandee is a co - founder and teacher with Yoga Punx PDX.  Sandee practices Mysore style Ashtanga with may different teachers, and continues her study of Bhakti Flow.

In addition to teaching Yoga Punx, you can find Sandee teaching at Burning Spirits Yoga, Pacific Northwest College of Art, on the road as she and her person Ami Lawless embark on the Yoga Punx world tour, and other pop up locations.  Sandee is available for a new teacher mentorship program for those wanting to deep dive into teaching with their voice, heart and soul.  Sandee is launching 200 hour Yoga Teacher training- diving deep into heart-centered practice, beyond the physical.  The Heart of Vinyasa Yoga School ( 200 hour Program)  scheduled for May and June 2018.  Email for details. 

Sandee's classes are described as a vigorous vinyasa flow, fun filled Devotion with inspiration. Sandee strives to connect with her students and meet them where they are. All are welcome. To give back what has been so freely given she volunteers her time teaching elders who reside in nursing homes, the staff who dedicatedly serve those residents,  and women who are new to recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. 

Sandee is available for private lessons, group, and work place classes.

You can find Sandee Lawless on Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, and Facebook —- watch her classes live on Periscope and follow her playlists on Spotify. Enjoy a selection below!




I started studying yoga in 2014 under Sandee Lawless and her Bhakti flow.  It was through her devotion that I learned what yoga was really about and knew instantly it would support the other changes in my life.  I had been active in the meditation communities around Portland and when yoga came around, it helped me focus my attention to expanding my personal studies and providing space for others to sit and learn from each other.  My favorite practice is Yin because it allows me to let go and fall into the poses vs. worrying about the mechanics.  I question most rules and prefer to truck along listening to my body and soul in all my practices. 

This next year I’ll continue to expand my Vinyasa, Ashtanga and Yin practices as I dive deeper into exploring meditation and breathing techniques.  Incorporating the path laid out in Pantanjali’s Yoga Sutras in my everyday life.




Yogi, dancer, eternal student of life! My love of movement began long before I even understood the vast healing energies it conjours. Swaying with the trees in my backyard as a girl, feeling the current of water while standing waist deep in a river, weeping tears of gratitude in child’s pose from experiencing the break through of stagnant energy while doing yoga for the first time via DVD – with one of my favorite yogis – Baron Baptiste.

Once I understood that yoga // movement is a fluid and filters out old energy and patterns – I was instantly hooked on the feeling and the beauty of focused clarity it provided. Not to mention the strong, healthy body it also sculpts! Double score!! My compassionate being is compelled to share the joy and truth I find within my personal yoga practice with others, to share knowledge for the whole – so I trained to gain my 200 RYT certification and here I am, present moment – ready to share. My class style is vinyasa flow fused with elements of Bikram, Iyengar, and Karma yoga – (taking the lessons off the mat and into the world!) – a constant flux of inspired yogic phrases which include movement and stillness, strength and softness, breath and embodiment, strength and focus, fight and beauty. Look forward to seeing you in class and in the community!






Gary moved to Portland in the spring of 2016 from the Los Angeles area, where he was the founding teacher of SCV Mindfulness for over 5 years. He was empowered to lead Buddhist meditation and dharma groups by Noah Levine and Vinny Ferraro of Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society and also helped found Refuge Recovery, a Buddhist based recovery program for all addictions, which has now spread worldwide. Gary was recently asked to join the teaching staff at PIMC by Robert Beatty and the Teachers’ Council. His wife and daughters continue to be his greatest teachers.




April began studying movement in pre-school ballet classes, and hasn’t stopped since. In 2011 she began a dedicated yoga practice. 

I stumbled into a yoga studio just looking for something to do with my free time one summer, and the teacher came to me and told me it was OK if the poses weren’t perfect, or even as good as yesterday. Wherever my body is that day, that’s enough. No one had ever said that to me before, and from that moment I was hooked on this practice that allowed me to love rather than criticize myself.

Today April is a 200eRYT/500RYT Yoga Alliance instructor (read: really experienced with lots of training) and her credo for teaching comes from Galileo Galilei ‘We cannot teach people anything; we can only help them to discover it within themselves’. She began training with Theresa May in Detroit, MI and currently studies with Audra Carmine (Portland, OR) and follows Jules Febre (New York, NY). In April’s classes, you can expect some weird and cool science about body mechanics and anatomy, connecting the breath and movement, a killer playlist, and really terrible jokes about butts and armpits.




I came to yoga in the midst of recovery from addiction and seeking mental, emotional, and physical healing. A friend introduced me to Yoga Punx and the moment I was able to feel the strength of Warrior II while at the same time listening to Blondie - I was hooked. I began a regular practice in the fall of 2016 which helped me move from diagnosed generalized anxiety and depression into living with, dare say, joy. There is an inner strength that I have found on the mat that I am thrilled and honored to hold space space for while others discover that in themselves. Training under the guidance of Sandee Lawless in Bhakti Flow Yoga, I am very much a student with so much to learn and excited to share the benefits of this practice along the way. I find I am best able to forget self by being of service and hope to do so through community practices. Start where you are at, come as you are! Showing up in itself is much of battle, I'll be there cheering you on or practicing beside you in one of the many classes at Burning Spirits Yoga.












I began taking yoga 8 years ago and since then my life path has twisted and wound itself in ways I could have never imagined.  Four years ago I was blessed to take my 200 hour RYT yoga teacher training in Vinyasa Yoga at Sonic Yoga with master teachers Lauren Hanna, Keith Partington and Johanna Bell to name a few.  I have practiced between Sonic Yoga in New York City and Devotion Yoga in Hoboken, NJ.  Two years ago I decided to make the cross country move from NJ to Alaska and have now conveniently found myself nestled here in the magical city of Portland.  My teaching style is typically a mix of vinyasa and ashtanga, whimsically ebbing and flowing catering to all levels with a come as you are mentality. We are all in our perfect little place and my goal as a teacher is to allow students to recognize the beauty in wherever they are while perhaps opening up their eyes to new possibility; fostering a sense of belonging and comfort at all times.



Catiebelle is an artist, teacher and yogi originally from a small farm in Pennsylvania. She enjoys working with her students to help them see their innate gifts and inner light. During a silent, Buddhist Vipassana meditation in Koh Phangan, Thailand, Catiebelle developed a love of yoga, as a form of meditation through movement. She began a daily practice, studying under Michele Loew of The Yoga Space in Portland, Oregon, and ultimately receiving her 200hr-RYT certification. Integrating traditional alignment-based yoga, philosophy, pranayama and lovingkindness meditation, Catiebelle unites concepts in a practical way to help you better understand the anatomy of your physical, mental, and emotional body. Her class is a flowing style of yoga which links breath and movement, through a creative series of postures that balance strength and flexibility while cultivating mindfulness. Modifications and variations are offered to meet the different levels of individual students and each session is a personalized practice with gentle hands-on assists, fic physical needs.


Though Catiebelle's preferred teaching style is an Ashtanga inspired Vinyasa Flow, she also teaches a variety of other classes around PDX, including Restorative, Hatha Flow, Prenatal, yoga for middle schoolers, and Mom & Baby. In her free time, she is an active Acro-Yogi and SUP Yoga adventurer. Catiebelle is also a Professor of Design at the Art Institute of Portland, a local mural painter, and currently offers her services as a small business design & marketing consultant. 



Heather first turned to yoga as a path to healing from physical injury. Like a seed taking root, her simple fifteen-minute home practice soon grew. Spurred by curiosity and a desire to learn more, she enrolled in an intensive yoga retreat in the south of Thailand. While on retreat she
located herself in time and space, and recognized that she was on the path, exactly where she was ‘to be’. Through grace, Heather stepped fully into the flow; rediscovering and reconnecting to her heart. Now an RYT 200, Heather graduated from her first yoga teacher training in India, in 2015, where she studied the Ashtanga Primary Series with Iyengar-style props and modifications. In 2017, she completed her second 200-hr teacher training in the U.S., this time with a focus on biomechanics and alignment, and how they directly relate to long-term sustainability in yoga asana practice.

Whether teaching Vinyasa Flow, Beginning Hatha, Gentle Yoga, Yin, or Restorative yoga, Heather seeks to infuse her classes with the underlying theme of ‘Reconnection’. She believes that magic abounds when we yoke our minds to body and breath. By aligning mind and body, we create the space to reconnect to Self. Dedication to this practice allows us to embrace and embody the light that dwells
within us. As we recognize and reconnect to this light, we recognize and reconnect to the light that dwells within all others who cross our paths.



My name is Alicia, I just recently moved to Portland. I started practicing yoga several years ago and last year I made the decision to deepen my practice and completed a 200 Hour Teacher Training with LifePower Yoga. Not only did the training teach me about the inner workings of a yogic practice, it taught me about the inner workings of myself. In my classes, I like to bring about the same experience teacher training gave me. My classes focus on an emotional connection to ourselves, rather than perfecting poses and comparing ourselves to others. My goal is to create a safe space for my students to become vulnerable and honest with themselves; to go inward and connect to a part of ourselves we don't always make enough time for. I hope to see you in class soon!