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The NWYF teachers bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to guide practitioners on a journey of self-discovery and holistic well-being. Each workshop is thoughtfully curated to cater to practitioners of all levels, fostering a supportive and inclusive environment.


Meet Our 2024 Teachers

More Teachers Will Be Announced Soon!

Shannon Liebel

Christine Matt

Breitta Leader

E-RYT 500, YACEP®, FRCms, MA, Owner of Still Water Yoga & Wellness - In her youth, Shannon trained in artistic and acrobatic gymnastics and competed at the elite and international level. Shannon received a BA in Psychology and MA in Clinical Counseling. When she discovered yoga in 2005, it was the perfect balance of the mental work she enjoyed in Psychology and the physical movement of the body that she loved in gymnastics. Shannon received her RYT 200 with Yax Yoga Concepts in 2012 and began teaching right away, and then opened her studio in Lake Tahoe in 2016. Nine months after the studio opened, Shannon had open heart surgery and this experience only strengthened her belief in the power of yoga. In 2018, she furthered her education and trained in Thailand with Beyond Bryce to receive her RYT 500, and also received her FRCms with Functional Anatomy seminars later that year. Shannon strongly believes in the connection between mind, body, and soul, and this reflects in her Vinyasa style teaching. She is the owner of Still Water Yoga & Wellness, and recently opened a second location in Bend, OR. She teaches daily classes, facilitates workshops and yoga teacher trainings, runs international yoga retreats, and teaches at a variety of yoga festivals in the US.

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For as long as I can remember I have been in pursuit of a deeper connection to my inner being and the nonmaterial aspects of life. Moving my body in an authentic and rhythmic way, whether through biking, running, or weight lifting has always been a way for me to connect to the deeper parts of myself. Directly after college, I discovered yoga as a form of movement. I found it to be such a beautiful synthesis of movement and stillness, body and soul, material and nonphysical, that I knew immediately this form of movement was a natural fit for me. I have been practicing yoga in its many forms ever since that time. After many years of personal practice, I decided to teach. Teaching is a way for me to share what I am learning and a way for me to inspire others to grow. Primarily, I teach as a way of helping others to feel good in their bodies. I also love encouraging others to find freedom. Just as the primary quality of the ocean is saltiness, our primary human calling is for freedom. To teach is to open the gate to more freedom; mind, body, soul, and spirit.

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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 in 2001, 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 her 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.

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Rob and Melissa are kirtan singers and yoga teachers devoted to sharing their love of kirtan and Bhakti Yoga wherever they go. The husband and wife duo is based in the Pacific Northwest, but they lead kirtans, workshops, and retreats all over the world. They have shared their music at numerous yoga festivals in the US, including Bhakti Fest, Shakti Fest, Prana Fest, Samsara Fest, and the Northwest Yoga Feast. Their music has been described as “heart-opening bliss,” “joyful medicine,” and “love and devotion materialized!” Whether you’re new to kirtan or a life long devotee, Rob and Melissa create a fun, accessible and sacred space...the perfect setting for a joy-filled celebration of the divine!

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Rob and Melissa

As one of the Pacific Northwest’s only SOMA breath facilitators, I am inspired to share the life-changing process with as many humans as possible. I have always had a deep curiosity and drive for exploring the inner space of the human body/mind. Experiencing a traumatic back injury at age 18, I needed a long-term solution for managing and healing the pain. Committed to a deeper healing journey I discovered Soma Breath. It was through Soma Breath I unearthed a sacred connection to breath, what has become an essential relationship to nurture. The powerful effects and positive impacts of breathwork became very clear after a consistent daily practice, which I still maintain till this day. Following the intuitive nudge, I decided to train and become certified as a Soma Breath facilitator. For the past 3 years I have been working with clients 1:1, hosting monthly group workshops and facilitating at events/retreats. My passion for sharing this modality continues to grow as I reap the benefits of my own personal practice as well as witness the magical, beautiful and healing experiences that occur each time I have the honor of facilitating a breath journey.

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Matthew Chavez

Holly Walker is an artist and art teacher living in her hometown of Sandpoint, Idaho. She works within the community on collaborative art projects, bridging the gap between students, artists, organizations, and community members. Holly received her BFA in Studio Art from the University of Idaho and her Masters in Art Education from Boise State University. She had been teaching high school art at a rural charter school for 17 years. She also teaches art classes and workshops to adults, empowering them to express their unique creative visions. Holly’s personal work is currently focused on acrylic and watercolor painting and illustration, rooted in nature. She sells paintings, greeting cards, stickers and prints through her Etsy shop, the Farmers Market, and regional craft fairs. Holly grew up exploring the shores of Lake Pend O’reille and the meadows of the Selkirk Mountains where she frolics in the sun and snow with her friends and family.

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Holly Walker

MJ has an eclectic style influenced by many teachers. She has an intuitive, gentle approach to her teaching style. Her classes focus on reaching all the layers of our being by incorporating vinyasa, yoga philosophy, pranayama, mudras, and vibrational sound through chanting and Tibetan prayer bowls. Through her gentle and warm presence she exudes an open invitation to practitioners of all levels, creating a safe and non-judgmental environment for people to show up just as they are. Main Influences/Styles/Traditions: Iyengar, Ashtanga, Bhakti, Thai Yoga.

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MJ Daniels

Ara Lyman began her yoga journey in 2001 at Harmony Yoga in Spokane, WA after experiencing painful tendonitis. Yoga asana immediately helped and she never turned back from the practice as a means to stay healthy in body, mind and spirit. She has been teaching full time since 2009 with a 200hr certification from Spokane Yoga School, 350hr Hot Yoga certification from Beth Gallis, a private Baptiste training from Rhea Slichter, 200hr KRI certification from Guru Singh and Sada Simran, 500hr Radiant Body certification from Kia Miller, level 3 sound certification with Geoffrey Torkington and continues to learn from many teachers. She is currently studying for certification as an Ayurvedic counselor. Her classes and trainings are steeped in philosophy, safe, energizing movement, mantra, pranayama and sound healing with himalayan, alchemy crystal bowls and gongs. She currently teaches Hatha vinyasa, hot 26&2 and Kundalini yoga. Ara is committed to a regular asana practice and a daily sadhana consisting of mantra and pranayama. Ara teaches and practices yoga as a means of Self liberation, realization and healing. "Heal the world by healing yourself."

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Ara Lyman

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