Teachers

  • Thumb

    Michele Loew

    Ashtanga Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga, Vajra Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Restorative Yoga

    Michele Loew is an international yoga teacher and the founder and director of The Yoga Space in Portland, Oregon.  She is known as a teacher's teacher and is respected for her 200 Hr & 500 hr long time yoga schools and her ability to impart the deeper phiosophical & esoteric aspects of yoga, while bringing in cutting edge modern science & kinesiology into the practice of asana, pranayama, and meditation.  She is also the director of the Vajra Yoga Teacher Training that she co-teaches with Robert A.F. Thurman at Menla in New York.  

    She has studied and taught avidly since 1998, working extensively wtih the Iyengar and Ashtanga traditions as well as the Himalayan masters in the Sri Vidya lineage.  Since 2014, she has been practicing the Tibetan Vajrayana yogas of Kalachakra, Chakrasamvara and Vajrayogini, and integrating the Buddhist tantric practices with those in Hatha Yoga, seeing both as powerful and not separate extensions of one another.  Her trainings on Yoga Nidra and the Sleep Yogas are an impassioned synthesis of all of these yogic traditions.  

    Michele is known for her keen observation skills and her ability to guide a student towards aligning the physical and energetic body through the use of expert hands on assists, intelligent verbal cues, and meditative insight.  She brings to her teaching a warm, joyful, and engaging style that reflects her own internal understanding of the practice.  

    She honors the lineage of teachers she comes from and bows to her long time Hatha Yoga teacher Richard Freeman for elucidating the middle path with the utmost clarity and compassion.  To Robert A.F. Thurman, her beloved principle teacher in Buddhist studies and her root guru HH The Dalai Lama, the deepest bow for empowering her in the anuttara yogas. 

    Follow her on FB and Instagram:  @micheleloew

    503-869-1660 | michele@theyogaspace.com
    micheleloew.com

  • Thumb

    Emily Light

    Hatha

    Yoga entered Emily's life in 2001, after growing up in the world of classic and contemporary dance, countless hours at the gym, and a steady sprint of perfectionism.  She left the dance world and was looking for another outlet to keep her body strong. At the end of one of her first yoga classes, tears streamed down my cheeks and she knew instantly that yoga was so much more than she had anticipated. She had found a healing balm, a warm and supportive container for growth, and the teachings that would help her transform the tremendous pain and trauma of my younger years, into embodied wisdom.  She knew early on that she wanted to share this practice. 10 years after her introduction to yoga, she had completed her  first teacher training, traveled to India, met her  first yoga therapy teacher, Swami Tureyananda, and studied under his close guidance for 2 months in the mountains of Kodaikanal.  She found her way to Portland, OR after returning from India, and four years later  graduated from a yoga therapy program with Sarahjoy Marsh, earning a ERYT-500 hr. certification.

    After 2500 hours of training and over 6000 hours of teaching, traveling the world, loving and losing love, getting up and falling down again, she is  continually amazed and humbled by this practice. The vast healing she has personally experienced, and  witnessed in her students, continues to guide her deeper into practice, and it’s here that we learn how to be the best teacher we can be. 

    971-313-4747 | emilylightyoga@gmail.com
    emilylightyoga.com/

  • Thumb

    Ian LeMasters

    Vinyasa, Acro Yoga

     Ian discovered the practice of Yoga in 2011 while seeking a physical routine to stay in shape for his field work as an Archaeologist in Latin America. His practice quickly grew to incorporate mental and spiritual connotations as well, and in 2013 he completed his 200 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher Training in Vinyasa Yoga under Tiffany Maloney in Beaumont, Texas. His classes are a Vinyasa-based Asana practice that aim to find the connection of Mind, Body and Breath while exploring the joy of being present in motion. Being an avid lover of movement culture, Ian also completed an Acroyoga Teacher training under Daniel Scott in 2016, a.k.a. The Yoga of Trust, and offers a teaching style that emphasizes the power of human connection with a personal motto: "To show how healing the art of play can be when done through a space of mindful connection".

    409-656-6465 | Ian.LeMasters@yahoo.com

  • Thumb

    Allison Duckworth

    Vinyasa, Prana Flow Yoga

    Allison is passionate about breath centered movement. She utilizesasana class as a form of moving meditation. She creates a fun and compassionate space for students to explore and grow their yoga practice. Her intention is to empower students on the mat so they can share their gifts with the greater community.She began practicing yoga while attending college in 2000. After graduating she lived aboard a sailboat with her now husband. This very simple and pure existence, deeply in tune with the surrounding elements allowed her to nurture her path of living yoga. In 2006 she completed a 200 hour Integral yoga teacher training. She found Prana Flow® yoga during this time and immediately felt deeply connected. In 2010 she completed her 500 hour teaching certificate in Prana Flow® with Shiva Rea. This transformational experience cultivated deep community and broadened her understanding of yoga to include the embodiment of yoga, energetic alignment, ayurveda, and tantra.  She has continued to deepen her life as a living sadhana. Allison iscurrently a mentor for the Samudra School of Living Yoga.

    410-699-1798 | allison.n.duckworth@gmail.com

  • Thumb

    Emily Wright

    Vinyasa

    In Emily's experience, yoga is about connection. Connection between movement and breath, mind and body, heart and universe. Through her teaching, she seeks to empower students to find compassion and gratitude; to learn to let go; and  to connect with what is most steady and true in their hearts.

    Emily teaches focus and strength through one-breath-one-movement flow, as well as longer holds. Students are always encouraged to smile and laugh, and to truly enjoy their practice. Inspired by 15+ years of training in various schools of dance and theatre techniques, classes often become playful and students are offered unique ways to connect with poses. Throughout each practice, students are guided towards their poses with intuitive assists and modifications for all body types and capabilities. Expect to release into a couple restorative poses towards the end of the class, and leave feeling refreshed and balanced.
     
    Emily completed her 200 hr training in Portland at The Yoga Space with Michele Loew and Simon Menasche. She has also continued her education as a student of the Elevate Winter 2014 program with Jill Knouse. She would like to recognize all of her teachers for their compassion, guidance, and generosity in sharing their abundant knowledge.

    336-813-3132 | emilypowellwright@gmail.com
    www.facebook.com/emmyyoga

  • Thumb

    Lockett Taylor

    Vinyasa Yoga, Restorative Yoga

    Lockett began practicing yoga in 1998. Walking out of her first class ever, she thought to herself, "Well I guess I'll do that for the rest of my life...." She went on to study Ashtanga and Iyengar yoga extensively with Timo Jimenez here in Portland, and completed teacher training and advanced teacher training with Tias Little in Santa Fe. Her practice and teaching reflect her experience with those traditions, as well as the broader creativity of Vinyasa yoga. In Lockett's classes you will be guided to work at your own pace towards balancing strength and flexibility while cultivating breath and mindfulness through a continuous flow. She believes yoga is a practice of patience and determination, an increasingly subtle balancing between effort and ease. Lockett also teaches Restorative yoga in which quiet supported poses work to restore energy, provide healing, reduce stress and soothe the mind.

    971-570-3702 | lockettallbritton@hotmail.com
    locketttayloryoga.com

  • Thumb

    Russ Dodge

    Vinyasa, Philosophy,

    Russ received his RYT-500 certification in 2018 from Michele Loew at The Yoga Space, and is currently enrolled in the 500-hour Yogic Studies Advanced Certificate Program, studying yoga history, Indian philosophy and religion, and Sanskrit. He teaches classes at the studio and is the assistant to The Yoga Space’s teacher training programs.

    Russ was a practitioner of Ashtanga before working through a shoulder injury and surgery, and now has a modified practice based on his previous experience. He aims for his classes to be strong and challenging, with emphasis on breath in both stillness and movement.

    Born and raised in Hood River, Oregon, Russ spent a few years traveling parts of the world before ending up back in Portland. In addition to his yoga practice, he enjoys rock climbing, mountain biking and outdoor activity in general, and music.

     

    russdodgeyoga@gmail.com

  • Thumb

    Kaitlyn McConnell

    Vinyasa, Hatha

    Kaitlyn teaches a strong, stabilizing, breath centered class that is a mix of flow and static postures. Her practice of yoga has helped her to recognize the power within each of us to live a life that is full and satisfying and her classes are a reflection of that. In her classes each student can expect personal attention and hands on adjustments, she allows each student to work at their own pace while still challenging them to find something new in the practice each time they step onto their mat. Kaitlyn is a Yoga Works trained teacher with over 10 years of experience and over 500 hours of teacher training through Yoga Works in Los Angeles, CA. She recently moved back to her home, the Pacific Northwest and is thrilled to be surrounded by so many wonderful yogis and yoginis

    213-215-7851 | kaitlyn.mcconnell@gmail.com
    www.yogakm.com

  • Thumb

    Allie Galiardo

    Vinyasa, Flow & Restore

    Allie is an abstract artist originally from New York, and has been heavily influenced by the practice of yoga.After noticing the self healing aspects yoga has to offer, she decided to deepen her practice in 2016, diving into Michele Loew’s 200 hour training (and currently, the 500 hour program.) Her classes focus on an integrated blend of Vinyasa flow, breath centered moving meditation, and restorative practices.Her passion is to create a space for people to reconnect with themselves, deepen their awareness, and navigate the practice physically and mentally: on and off the mat. Yoga has shined a light on the power of the present moment: whatever you are seeking, already lies within. 

    galiardo.allie@gmail.com

  • Thumb

    Alicia Johnson

    Vinyasa, Ashtanga VInyasa

    Alicia's practice started over 10 years ago and has provided a source of balance and inspiration during phases of change, challenge, and self study.  To her, yoga is an earnest companion for growth that is both physical and mental - both are pathways for an initiation to openness, compassion, and mindfulness.  Alicia received her 200 hour teaching training certification under Michele Loew in March 2015 and remains Michele's student with the 500 hour program.  Alicia's experiences and practice have brought her to many types of yoga, and from those she bases her teaching on an intelligent alignment flow.  The practice she teaches makes use of creativity, humor, and mindfulness, all with a foundation based on the study of the ashtanga lineage.

    likeajohnson@gmail.com

  • Thumb

    Paul Hogan

    The heart of Paul’s teachings involves asana with a focus on internal alignment, mindfulness and strength. Paul began his yogic journey looking for a companion stretching exercise for his sport of long distance cycling finding a class at his local gym. Before long the combination of breath, movement, and mindfulness had taken a strong hold on his soul and he continued his studies under Tiffany Maloney in Beaumont, Texas. This deep immersion into yoga tradition, including the Yamas and Niyamas, had a profound effect on Paul’s psyche and inner being; allowing him to move through deep personal struggles and past samskaras. After years of practice, Paul felt compelled to share this ancient healing practice to others and embarked on teacher training completing his 200hr RYT with Tias and Surya Little at the esteemed Prajna Yoga school in Santa Fe, New Mexico and a 500 RYT certification with Michele Loew of The Yoga Space in Portland Oregon. As an avid lover of movement and community, Paul is also certified as a Yoga Of Trust Acro Yoga teacher studying under Daniel Scott.

  • Thumb

    Ashley Futrell

    Ashtanga

    Ashley was first introduced to the Ashtanga Vinyasa tradition by Michele Loew and received her 200hr and 500hr RYT certifications at The Yoga Space in 2016. Ashley has since continued her study with Michele’s longtime teacher, Richard Freeman. Over the last years, Ashley has had the opportunity to learn with many dedicated practitioners and teachers of yoga including Ty Landrum, Tim Miller and Rod Stryker. Ashley now studies regularly with her principal teachers Richard Freeman and Mary Taylor and completes their 200hr teachers intensive in August 2019.

    As a daily practitioner, Ashley resonates with the immeasurable transformative qualities of yoga and its function as a foundational compliment to all areas of life. She teaches to provide a safe space for anyone to have the opportunity to inquire and to practice.
    She is passionate about connecting with community and inspiring community to connect with each other.

     

  • Thumb

    Marisa Dunn

    Yin Yoga

    Marisa moved to Portland, OR from NYC in 2017 with her husband Jeff and her little pup, Tuck.  She was excited for this shift.  It was time for her to get to know herself again - her passions, her desires.  She had no clue how to go about that, but ... she did buy her first yoga mat and the journey began from there.  She signed up for her 200 hour teacher training fall of 2018. Upon completion, she joined the Living Yoga community and completed their Trauma Informed Yoga Training Program.   In Jan of 2019, Marisa met The Yoga Space community.  She started studying the practice of Yoga Nidra with Michele Loew and grew to love and learn the practice of Yin Yoga.  This was when Marisa realized she was ready to share the practice.  Yin and Nidra have become as part of her daily life.  It is her way to set the tone for the day, find a sense of grounding and stability, inner stillness. Yoga has this brilliant way of teaching us how to response to circumstances in your life and make appropriate decisions rather than react or hold onto emotion.  To share this experience is a gift. 

    marisaorrigo1002@gmail.com

  • Thumb

    Cyndi Ray

    Ashtanga
    Cyndi’s journey of yoga began in 2001 intrigued by Richard Hittleman’s Yoga 28 Days Exercise Plan found on a bookcase while nannying her nephew.  She sought out any yoga class soon after and discovered different styles from chanting kirtan with Bhakti yogis in Houston to the rigors of Iyengar Yoga and finally to the practice of Ashtanga Yoga in 2006.  She studied with Steve and Michelle Dwelley at Ashtanga Yoga Santa Barbara. She took her first teacher training with Mary Kay West in 2011 which was rooted in Iyengar alignment principles taught through the Ashtanga method. After moving to Portland in 2013, she sought out new teachers and found a home at The Yoga Space under Michele Loew’s tutelage.  Always continuing her love of the steadiness and discipline of the Ashtanga practice she continued her practice at The Yoga Space and Near East Yoga. In 2019, she completed Michele’s 300 hour Teacher Training program and continues to absorb all the teachings that Michele and The Yoga Space community offers. She hopes to create a similar love for self discovery that yoga has given her to your own practice. 

     

Newsletter Signup

Stay connected with news, events, 
and special announcements: