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 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 method 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 many 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 recently launched 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.
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!
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 right away started feeling the benefits of yoga. I began a regular practice in the fall of 2016 which helped me move from anxiety and depression into living with more ease and comfort. 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.
Adam has been teaching yoga for more than 11 years and has shared his practice in over 5000 classes. His training was in free-flowing ashtanga inspired vinyasa, with a heavy influence on yin. He also had extensive training in anusara and alignment based practices, and is particularly focused on the transitioning between poses. He teaches that the movements leading to and from postures are just as important as the poses themselves.
Adam’s classes are playful and spontaneous with recognizable music; singing along is not discouraged! All levels of students are welcome in his practice, and he offers variations to accommodate everyone from the beginner, to the student who is looking to challenge themselves with arm balances and inversions. Finally, Adam finishes all his classes by serenading the students, playing guitar and singing as they rest in savasana. New to this yoga scene in 2018, he is excited to share his practice with Portland!
Life has an amazing way of showing up for you, when you choose to show up for it. Through the many years past, yoga had always seemed to come about in the times of my life
that were most turbulent. For numerous years I didn't correlate it with my personal healing, or spiritual growth...it was just a physical exercise for flexibility and strength building for my body, in my mind. As my life continued and I developed a devotional spiritual practice of various implementations such as chanting, song, spiritual studies, and meditations...yoga followed suit in a much more
regular practice. After some time, I began noticing the correlations of my mind-body-spirit evolution right
alongside my physical yoga practice. Moving my body and utilizing my breath was assisting me in my own healing, spiritual and human evolution...just the same as the ‘off the mat’ devotions were doing for my life. Epiphany! Yoga encompassed and affected all aspects of my life! On, and off the mat! From there, my yoga practice continued to develop through the years and I have been coming to classes at Burning Spirits Yoga for quite some time now. Divine communications during a meditation directly led me to enrolling in the Heart of Vinyasa Teacher Training, here at Burning Spirits Yoga. I am so honored to have Sandee Lawless as my wonderful, awesome, and very inspiring
teacher! Learning deeper fruits of the yogic path has been a tremendous blessing in my life! The master teachers that Sandee chose, along with Sandee, for the HoV training have blessed me with their aspiring yogic wisdoms, experiences, and applicable knowledge that is beyond the
beyond. A true bhakti at heart here. The yoga of love and devotion are truly the reasons I exist on the planet, and I am so honored to come to the mat with you!
I started doing yoga in 1998 after reading an article, in a fitness magazine, about how it’s the best way to get slender muscles. Because of the lack of depth I didn’t maintain a regular yoga practice and had several negative experiences in studio’s that left me feeling like an outsider. In 2008 I injured my knee in a running accident that cause chronic pain. As a backpacker and active person chronic knee pain was not an option and I decided to try a yoga class, at my gym, for pain management. About 2 years into rededicating to yoga I had a class where I left yoga drunk. My motivation to practice then moved from pain management to learning how to tap into that feeling and deeper study. That choice lead me to find HAES and I started on the path of body acceptance, broke up with dieting and learning how to embrace my whole self (I don’t think this will ever end and that’s OK).
I am on a journey of radical acceptance that has brought insights, tears and a lot of laughter. I decided to do a 200 hour teacher training, at Love Hive Yoga, because I wanted to understand yoga on a deeper level and hopefully give back a little to a practice that I have gotten so much from. The teaching path is new for me, but I believe we all deserve to move joyfully, love ourselves whole heartily and cultivate a relationship with our inner guide. As a new teacher, I work offer a class that is body positive, unconditional permission to give ourselves the support and space we need to heal. As an eternal student I am current enrolled in a Yoga for All training offered by Dianne Bondy and Amber Karnes to learn how to make classes more accessible for people in larger or different abled bodies.
Sat Narayan Singh (Nick Mattos) has practiced Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan for over half his life. He is a student of the Northwest Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training cohort of 2018, and a certified Hatha Yoga instructor through Evolation Yoga. He is also the Director of Vanishing Point Fellowship, a group of teachers and healers bringing effective, accessible metaphysical tools to diverse individuals and communities. He prays that he may be a clear channel for these beautiful teachings, and that each of his students may connect with the Teacher within themselves through their practice.
Practicing yoga has represented the existence of strength in my life. Through yoga I have been able to wake up each day and decide who I see when I look at myself. Through gentle movements my body has become strong, allowing my mind to be open and strong as well. Practicing yoga allows me to open my heart and love myself and others. When practicing yoga in a community I am able to accept the strength and kindness flowing through others and I am able to offer that same gentle kindness throughout all parts of my daily life. Steadily practicing has not only become a physical renewal of body for me, but a spiritual journey to enlightenment.
I began participating in yoga since 2009 through a recovery program. The exercises were extremely meditative and gentle, with lots of focused deep breathing and restorative positions. During my pregnancy of 2017, I made a daily habit of practicing the Bhakti Vinyasa Flow taught during Yoga Punx classes combined with prenatal poses and flows I composed myself. Bhakti has really defined what yoga can do for my heart, and my life and has drastically shifted the exercise into a practice. I am extremely excited to share my practice with others, and with other mothers!
Sarah is a teacher of Kundalini Yoga, a lineage that intertwines meditation with poses and breath focus as instructed by age old traditions. It is a combination of challenge and relaxation to allow for clarity wellbeing. She teaches yoga for EVERYONE , and believes that the practice can help you find your center in this chaotic world.
She began practicing yoga and meditation in 2005. She is also an artist, a doula, and a Licensed Massage Therapist.
In 1982, he met his Spiritual Teacher, Yogi Bhajan, and has been devoted to his teachings of Kundalini Yoga, Naad Yoga Meditation, White Tantric Yoga, and Self-Healing ever since. He has worked as a Kundalini Yoga Teacher, Massage Therapist, Psychotherapist and Addictions Counselor for the past 33 years.
Through his relationship with inner guides, Gurucharan discovered that there is a Universal School of Wisdom, available to those who learn to tune in to the frequencies of Spiritual Light. His teachers have guided him through the Tarot since his youth and taught him The Tantric Tarot Game to assist those developing on the path of Light and intimate relationship.
Yoga found Mikaela during a time when she was in search of growth and connection. She has been a devoted student for many years soaking in all the magic this practice has to offer. Yoga has influenced significant spiritual transformation and been a powerful tool of self-care and self-discovery for Mikaela. Studying under Sandee Lawless in the Heart of Vinyassa Yoga School, Mikaela has had the opportunity to hone her personal teaching style. Her classes allow for an introspective focus and encourage students to feel at home in their hearts, minds, and bodies. Mikaela aims to hold space for others to further develop their practice of radical self-acceptance. Her fast paced Bhakti Flow classes incorporate the element of music and spiritual devotion working to increase both physical and mental strength and flexibility. Mikaela is passionate about sharing yoga with others and providing a space for hearts and souls to be healed. She is honored to be part of the Burning Spirits team and excited about being a driving force in the community to influence transformative healing one yogi at a time.
Leilah Devi has been a devoted practitioner of Ashtanga Yoga in the tradition of Sri. K Pattabhi Jois for 14 years, and has been teaching around the world for over a decade. Introduced to the lineage in Colorado by senior certified teacher Annie Pace, Leilah soon traveled to Mysore, India to practice with Pattabhi and Sharat Jois. Over the years Leilah has maintained a disciplined daily practice, returning to India multiple times for extensive study with several of the foremost Ashtanga teachers in the world. Leilah has completed five 6-month seasons serving as a plant-based chef at Purple Valley Yoga Centre in Goa, India, where she had the opportunity to practice with master teachers including Dena Kingsberg, Chuck Miller, Sharmila Desai, Laruga Glaser, John Scott, Mark Robberds, David Robson, David Swenson, Maty Ezraty, Kino MacGregor, and more. Leilah also continues to return to Mysore to practice with Guru Sharat Jois. She completed Ashtanga's challenging 3rd series (Advanced A) under the tutelage of David Garrigues in 2013, and has recently made her first forays into the 4th series (Advanced B). Training as a teacher, Leilah completed Tim Miller's Primary Series Intensive in 2007, a month-long “informal teacher training” while assisting Petri Raisanen in 2010 (and again in 2016), Richard Freeman and Mary Taylor's 200-hour Teachers' Intensive in 2016, and a month-long Teachers' Retreat with Joey Miles in June 2018 (200-hours). Leilah has also explored India as a seeker and pilgrim. She has journeyed to Dharamsala for in-depth study of Vajrayana and Tantric Buddhism with Chamtrul Rinpoche, and has visited Shakti Piths and other sacred sites in India in the spirit of devotion, spiritual endeavor, and awe. Phew! After all that, Leilah is very happy to return to the Pacific Northwest and put down roots in her home in Portland. Leilah's approach in the Mysore room is firmly grounded in traditional Ashtanga, yet tempered with an open mind. Her goal is to hold a space that is meditative, serene, and even lighthearted and fun, while still honoring and cultivating the purifying fire and vigorous nature of the practice. Her intention as a teacher is to be attentive, inspiring, compassionate, clear, and supportive. In addition to yoga practice, Leilah is a StrongFirst-certified kettlebell instructor (SFG I), and a personal trainer with over a thousand hours coaching experience. She is fascinated by where yoga and strength intersect. With an emphasis on form and technique, Leilah continues to delve into strength and conditioning, with a personal practice that includes kettlebells, barbells, and bodyweight calisthenics. She is currently enrolled in the Certified Personal Trainer program with the National Academy of Sports Medicine.
I took my first yoga class in 2010 in Northern Washington while on a cross country road trip. I remember finding it almost hard to believe that I had never taken a yoga class before that. The class, although a totally new experience, felt strangely familiar. One of the next stops on that road trip was a meditation center in the foothills of the sierras. I landed a job on a construction crew that was building a pagoda at that meditation center. I began to practice yoga weekly to ease my muscle tensions from working construction and to prepare my body to better be able to handle seated meditation.
Over the next few years my yoga practice gradually increased in frequency and consistency until in 2015 I felt inspired to take a 200 hour yoga teacher training at Asheville Yoga Center. During this training I made a connection Dancing Dogs Yoga Savannah, a Baptiste inspired studio, and began teaching there shortly after. While teaching at Dancing Dogs Yoga, I took and helped facilitate another 200 hour teacher training to become more familiar with how to teach Baron Baptiste’s Journey into Power sequence.
Another couple years and a couple moves later, I stumbled into a Yoga Punx class at Burning Spirits Yoga where I instantly felt at home. Today my teaching is still strongly influenced by Baptiste Yoga, but I tend to take things a bit slower than your average power yoga class and I offer lots of modifications to make the practice accessible to everyone. Hope to see you on your mat soon!