At the age of 16 I lost my father very suddenly. That experience pierced the veil between worlds for me, and I have ever since sought to blend those worlds by raising my level of consciousness.
My body has always been a temple for my deepening awareness and I've devoted myself to embodying that which I have been blessed to learn.
I have sought wisdom through teachers, nature and life experience, all as avenues toward knowing myself more as one with source. Dance, Yoga and meditation became my vehicles for knowing my true nature. I've learned from teachers worldwide and had a consistent daily practice for the past 30 years. I began teaching in 1996 and have had the privilege of teaching 1000's of people internationally since then in both small and larger size audiences.
In 2013 I added Holistic Nutrition Raw Food Chef & Teacher and Cleansing Coach to my expertise to help raise my own and my clients’ vibration through conscious nutrition. For the past 5 years this has been the focus for my group and private retreats that weave together all the disciplines that have been such rich contributions in my own ongoing awakening.
Ara's initial experience with yoga was very physical. In 2002 after experiencing painful tendonitis in her hamstrings, she sought yoga as relief. Within her first month of regular practice, she knew yoga would always be a part of her life. She began her practice in 2002 as a student of Alison Rubin at Harmony Yoga in Spokane. Alison’s teachings in the Iyengar style continue to influence her instruction. Adherence to precision, finding a healthy sustainable way of accessing the postures and respect for the roots and philosophy of yoga. Her yoga practice and teachings now encompass much more than just the physical body, but she understands that creating a deep connection to the physical self can be a gateway to connecting to the Sat Nam, True You.
Ara loves to practice and teach many styles of yoga and is currently combining Vinyasa Krama, Kundalini Yoga Kriya and sound healing in “Kundalini Flow” as inspired by her teacher Kia Miller. She has taught the Bikram/Ghosh, Core 26 style since 2010 and holds great respect for the grounding, healing, therapeutic nature of that series while bringing in her own knowledge of physical alignment, the energy body and breath, to allow for the greatest benefits to her students. In Ara's classes, expect intuitively themed weekly sequences, safe physical challenge, to sing mantra, to sweat, to smile, to find your natural rhythm, to connect deeply with your breath in varied pranayama exercises, and to relax into a sound bath savasana with himalayan bowls or the gong.
Ara is now the proud owner of The Spokane Yoga Shala. She is a 200E-RYT through Yoga Alliance. She has received a 200hr certification through The Yoga School of Spokane, a 300hr certification through Yarrow Hot Yoga and Wellness Studio, a private Baptiste training with Rhea Slichter and a 200hr Radiant Body Kundalini certification from Kia Miller. Ara has also completed a level 1 sound healing certification in Himalayan singing bowls with Geoffrey Torkington. She is also an accomplished artist with an AFA from Spokane Falls community College. She is a mother of three beautiful boys.
Drea Pheonix has been practicing yoga for over 20 years. She completed her Teacher Training at the Byron Bay Yoga Center in Australia in 2006 and has been teaching ever since.
Drea's classes can be described as dynamic and challenging yet joyful and nurturing. She teaches Vinyasa Flow, Prenatal and Yin Yoga. She is passionate about yoga and sharing her knowledge to empower others' mind, body and soul. Drea is a certified 500 HR Yoga Teacher and is Registered with Yoga Alliance.
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Erika Dixon and Liz Karkula have been teaching together since 2011 when they met at the first Yogaslackers Teacher Training.
Both have followed the path of yoga and adventure into a path of service working as a School Counselor and a Licensed Therapist respectively. They strive to integrate elements of yoga, meditation, mindfulness, and self awareness into practices that take you to your personal edge.
Cassandra is a Naturopathic Doctor, Yoga Instructor and the Creator of GoddessCeremony, a global brand that weaves together traditional women's wisdom with natural healing to support women in living vibrant, healthy lives.
Passionate about women's health, Cassandra leads workshops, seminars and events around the world as teaches women how to understand their cyclical nature and heal in an empowering way. She is also the host of the GoddessCeremony Podcast. Visit her website
Cami Coté is Yoga Teacher, Reiki Master and Sacred Music Artist who is much appreciated for her soulful voice, radiant spirit and capacity to facilitate healing. Cami teaches alignment based Chakra Yoga Slow/Flow and luxurious Restorative Yoga.
l yoga practice in 2005, began teaching yoga in 2007 and received ERYT-500 with Yoga Alliance by studying in the Anusara Yoga Tradition in 2017.
Cami is known for her gentle rhythm, artful sequencing and attention to subtitles that guide her students into a mindful and empowering practice. By slowing the practice down there is time to go deeper and explore the postures. With a skilled foundation, enabling her students to work through the body, building strength, flexibility, stamina and connection with the breath.
"I believe that Yoga can lead to healing, awareness and the ability to let go. I teach and embody compassionate self acceptance as an essential element of the practice helping students accept their body and all of its capabilities."
Cami travels regularly throughout the Pacific Northwest introducing people to a deeper awareness of Source through her classes and concerts to her specializations.
My exploration into yoga began in 2001 at Harmony Yoga Spokane. The serenity and joy I experienced after practice instantly drew me in and the Iyengar-based focus on alignment melded with yogic philosophy set a strong foundation for my blossoming practice. In 2012, I completed my first 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training and began teaching immediately. I have since completed a Baptiste-inspired Power Yoga training and in 2016 completed Mark Stephens 300-hour Teacher Training in Santa Cruz, CA. What I most enjoy about yoga are the continued insights I receive about myself, my relationship to others and my growing connection to spirit. Before diving into yoga I had very little understanding of spiritual matters. The practice has given me faith in myself and my place in the Universe as a spiritual being. That, along with the amazing physical benefits keep me motivated on this path. Teaching is just a continuation of the practice for me. Getting outside of myself, sharing my love of the practice and seeing others become lit up by the practice are just a few of the reasons I love teaching. I have a deeper sense of purpose and self-confidence in teaching yoga than any other “job” I have held.
Brietta is a teacher of dance in its many forms of healing, prayer, play and conditioning. She grew up as a dancer and discovered her path as a healing artist 16 years ago, while traveling in Asia. The combination of Brietta’s devotion to the dance, her gypsy spirit, family roots & passion to support herself and others into an embodied conscious awakening has birthed her own trademarked movement form called WildCore™. Her years of study as a conscious dance leader and mentor for Soul Motion® began to blend with 15 years as a Nia® Teacher, Massage Therapist, Shamanic student, devoted yogi, pranic healer, reiki practitioner, apprentice to mother-nature, energy enthusiast & performer. All of which contributed to WildCore’s development. Brietta loves to inspire self-healing through movement and offers classes, workshops & co-creative retreats and performances to her hometown of Sandpoint, Idaho, surrounding areas and internationally.
Jody Pignolet is a "present moment" geek. Whether it's through her love of teaching yoga, her passion for singing and dancing or her joy of facilitating Authentic Relating games, she is inspired by the magic found in the present. She has been tracking that moment for decades through her spiritual path, through movement and through finding ways to expand her self expression.
She, along with Michael Welp, will be leading games and experiences in Authentic Relating throughout the weekend. Authentic Relating is the practice of being as present as one is able with others who are doing the same and then getting to experiencing the power, truth, vulnerability, and all of the other gems that arise in one's self and in others.
Sarah is a NAMA certified Āyurvedic Practitioner, e-RYT 200 Āyuryoga instructor, and environmental scientist. She completed her studies in Āyurveda at the Āyurvedic Institute under the guidance of Dr. Vasant Lad, known throughout the West for his deeply spiritual insights into this profound science. She specializes in guiding clients and students to correct understanding of their constitutions through the lens of Āyurveda, thus empowering people to facilitate their own healing. Understanding how your daily actions either sustain or deteriorate health is a foundation of her teachings, and gives you the tools for modern application of this ancient wisdom to support your body, mind, and spirit.
Sarah was inspired to help others on their journey to great health after her own tremendous transformation through Āyurveda. Years of suffering from health conditions that left her barely able to walk for weeks at a timeled to relentless investigation into all things medicine and eventually to study Āyurveda, the oldest medical science in the world. Questions allopathic medicine had been unable to answer became illuminated in a matter of weeks of her first weeks at school, and led to Sarah experiencing a profound physical, mental, and spiritual transformation. Inspired by her own metamorphosis, Sarah knows that everyone has the power of a phoenix risen from flames if given the right catalyst and is passionate about helping others achieve their highest potential.