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    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 philosophical & 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 to 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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    Celeste Arnold

    Hatha, Yin, Restorative

    Celeste began practicing yoga in 2007 and has since carved out a career in wellness, with the central tenants of her work based on yoga and ayurveda. Her yoga classes approach movement mindfully to support students in listening to their body’s natural wisdom. She completed her 200-hour YTT with Michele at The Yoga Space in 2014, and Michele’s 500-hour certification in 2019. She now teaches regular classes at The Yoga Space. She also leads seasonal classes within the container of her wellness lifestyle mentorship called Season of Wellness where she integrates weekly group movement classes with private sessions to support students in developing healthy mindset practices and an ayurvedically-inspired lifestyle. She believes that the work of aligning thought, words, and action with the natural inspirations of the heart will gracefully draw students back into embodiment.

    hello@celestialisms.com
    www.celestialisms.com

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    Allison Duckworth

    Vinyasa, Prana Flow Yoga

    Allison is passionate about breath centered movement. She utilizes asana 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 is currently a mentor for the Samudra School of Living Yoga.

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

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    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

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    Robi Wood

    Vinyasa, Hatha

    Robi began studying asana and philosophy with Michele Loew in January 2020, just before the pandemic. Although she had a dedicated meditation practice for years prior, it wasn’t until The Yoga Space that Robi committed whole heartedly to her asana practice. Robi completed her 200hr and 500hr TTs with Michele in 2021, and continues to study Vajrayoga and Tibetan Buddhism with Michele Loew and Robert Thurman.

    Yoga unites the many worlds Robi inhabits: poetry, somatic healing, philosophy, astrology, and community. Robi’s classes blend the intelligence of the Ashtanga Vinyasa lineage with gentleness and affection for the body that arises in restorative practices. Her classes encourage students to deepen their intimacy with themselves as they create and dissolve shapes with those around them. This Cancerian approach culminates in hatha and vinyasa classes that invite students to welcome themselves back home to their embodiment.

    As a queer person, Robi continues to learn and develop yogic language that is non-binary and body-affirming. Her classes are open-hearted and welcoming to all identities, expressions, and body types. It is Robi's wish to welcome and represent those outside of the mainstream world of yoga, by creating an open and accepting place for them and their practice. She is so grateful to Michele Loew and The Yoga Space for sharing this vision.

    robiwould@gmail.com

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    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/

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