Living like it's your last moment
Living like it's your last moment
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 then completed another 50 hours of Advanced Yoga teacher training with Rusty. She continues to study advanced training with Rusty as she works towards 500 hours. She also completed a Primary Series Teacher Training with Tim Miller in the Ashtanga lineage. Sandee studied yoga philosophy and completed a teacher mentorship with PDX based teacher Matt Nelson. She is forever a student- and continues her studies. 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 at Near East Yoga with Casey Palmer.
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 also co- leading with Matt Nelson a 200 hour Yoga Teacher training, The Heart of Vinyasa 200 hour Program tentatively scheduled for Spring 2018.
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 and women who are new to recovery from drug and alcohol addiction.
Sandee is available for private lessons, group, and work place classes.
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.
Anna Mitra is an Oregon-native yoga teacher. Her intention as a teacher is to be of service to any searching soul, a resource for exploration, empowerment, and play; for anyone interested in creating or deepening their relationship to the full-spectrum practice of yoga, and in discovering the magic they hold within their body.
Anna found yoga early in her life, when her mentor and friend opened the first and only yoga studio in her hometown of Klamath Falls. Her lifelong passion for stories, magic, and movement was ignited as the practice encouraged her to expose and explore the many layers of her own complex human experience. Her hope is to create real, lasting relationships, with our earth, with ritual, and with each other. She believes that yoga is a powerful practice that constantly asks us to take hard honest looks at ourselves, and to see our reflection mirrored in every other living thing, every moment of the day.
Anna continues to be a lifelong student. She completed her 200hr certification at Yoga Union, under the guidance and inspiration of her beloved teacher, Annie Adamson. Having connected so deeply to Annie’s teachings, Anna is also enrolled in Yoga Union’s 300hr training in Holistic Yoga Therapeutics, which she will complete in August 2017. She is grateful for all of her teachers, her parents, and the overwhelming support she receives every day.
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.
For me, yoga is first and foremost anxiety ease; ideally it encourages the release of negative thoughts and floods the brain with positive feelings and/or affirmations. Yoga is a great way to challenge and empower the mind and body simultaneously. In my classes, I hope to put both mind and body to work while honoring and respecting those who brought the practice to us with an emphasis on philosophy. I am passionate about social justice, self-love, and appreciating life’s great indulgences.
Coming from a background of gymnastics and martial arts, I arrived on the mat as a theater student at Southern Oregon University, learning power flow as part of the movement for acting sequence. While I ultimately decided the theater was not for me, I took my yoga mat with me to the next building over, practicing daily while earning my degree in writing in philosophy, with a particular focus on Eastern Religious Philosophy.
Over the next decade, I continued my religious studies in conjunction with daily Asana practice, cultivating a power flow as equally challenging to the mind as to the body, rooted in the conviction of breath-to-movement as the link between body and mind.
In January of 2017, after 10 years in medical office administration, I ran from the front desk like my hair was on fire, taking that fire to the yoga mat and staying there.
Unemployed and essentially housebound, due to the January blizzard, I began to flow for three or more hours at a time, finding the more I moved on the mat, the more I realized that was all I wanted to do. There was freedom on the mat. There was peace. There was also a great deal of strength -- my body began to change as I extended my practice -- and faith, as I began to trust my body to support me in poses I had never dreamed of attempting before.
My mind changed as my body changed. I let go of the perceived need to "figure out" my life's direction. I closed my two eyes and opened the third eye between them, sinking deeper into the breath as my anchor on and off the mat. "Follow the breath," I told myself. "Wherever it leads, keep faith in the breath's natural ebb and flow."
Less than a month later, I was teaching Power Flow at Hollywood Fitness, the locally-owned gym where I had accepted a part-time job. Over the months to follow, my classes grew, I worked to refine my flow, and I began to manifest my future as a full-time yogi.
To this end, I recently completed CorePower Yoga teacher training, earning my 200 RYT certificate in Power Flow. Here at Burning Spirits, I am thrilled to add the element of Bhakti to Power Flow, and look forward to extending the lessons of the practice to my students.
See you on the mat, yogis. Namaste!
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.