Angela Glaz

(500 hour E-RYT and Founder of Eka Yoga)


Angela first began her practice of meditation and yoga in 2002 to alleviate chronic back pain and symptoms of depression. Since then, Angela has come along way! She has been lucky enough to travel to India twice to study Yoga and Ayurveda and deepen her own practice. Angela has been continually blessed and inspired by the ways she has seen Yoga and Ayurveda transform lives and bodies, including her own. She has a genuine passion for teaching all things and finds joy in encouraging her students to explore their own unique gifts. That passion and belief in honoring every individual's unique qualities is what drove Angela to create and open what is now Eka Yoga.

Angela teaches with Midwest heart, West Coast soul, and enough quirkiness to make the most cynical crack a smile.

When not teaching yoga, you'll most likely find Angela urban hiking with her fur baby (Desta the dachshund) or getting experimental with cooking in the kitchen.

 

Sarah Erter

(200 Hour RYT)


The physicality of yoga first caught Sarah's attention as a graduate student seven years ago. Overwhelmed by the stress and pressure that she had mistakenly confused as her baseline state of being, she was desperately seeking a way to disconnect. Sarah distinctly remembers the feeling that came over her in her first yoga class when she realized that yoga was not allowing her the opportunity to disconnect, but rather reconnect. In that place, she found stillness and calm.  Sarah believes that yoga reverberates not only on a personal level, it also flows into relationships and overall connectivity with the world around us so that our practice ultimately contributes to a kinder and more peaceful world. 

In Sarah's classes,  you'll find a blend of art, science, medical knowledge, and therapeutic practices as her career in the medical profession to intertwine with yoga asana, pranayama, meditation, and ayurvedic practices. Although yoga continues as a personal practice, the evolution inspires me to share what I learn in an intentional, creative, and heartfelt way through a softening hatha practice rooted in safety and sustainability. 

Marissa Cheshier

(200 Hour RYT)

Marissa first discovered yoga ten years ago while juggling a stressful schedule of both school and work. Since then she's fallen in love with the practice and has recently completed her 200 hour YTT. Marissa believes that yoga is not only an amazing lesson in breathing and movement but an act of self love. Showing up to your mat is showing up for yourself and giving your mind and body the nourishment it deserves. Since teaching is a new accomplishment for her she is diving deep into  discovering playful sequences, breath work and modifications for each pose. Her classes encourage curiosity and creating space in your body for the positive feels. Finding a harmonious balance of both challenge and acceptance in every practice, Marissa hopes to help people embrace the journey and find a little love and gratitude along the way.

Bayeshan Cooper

(500 Hour RYT)

Bayeshan completed her first 500hr teacher training in Baptiste style power vinyasa in 2009 in Salt Lake City. Since moving to Seattle in 2012, Bayeshan has been drawn towards slower-paced yoga practices that emphasize stability of mind and body. During her participation in the 8 Limbs Yoga 500 Hour teacher training program, she was introduced to her current teachers, Rod Stryker, Gary Kraftsow and Sheri Friedrichsen, along with the teachers of the 8 Limbs teacher training program. All of these teachers continue to influence Bayeshan's personal practice and teaching philosophy, propelling her to continuously deepen her studies and generously share all that she has learned. Bayeshan offers practices that increase physical vibrancy by emphasizing the balance of strength and mobility, breath-centric movement and non-habitual movement patterns. Beyond the physical aspect of practice, Bayeshan also invites students to engage in mindful self-inquiry throughout the practice, using one's own awareness and focus to discover greater mental clarity, peace and freedom.

Julee Yokoyama

(200 Hour RYT)

Julee found yoga in 2010, in the midst of balancing a stressful corporate job, divorce, and moving herself to Seattle from Boston. She found refuge on her mat and was introduced to concepts of mindfulness, awareness of body via movement and breath, and embracing kindness and compassion for herself. Julee then began a life-altering journey exploring the deep wisdom of yoga, meditation, and Ayurveda. In her teaching, she brings compassion and a commitment for building a safe practice by meeting her students where they are. She enjoys teaching Restorative, Yin, Vinyasa, Yoga Nidra, and is currently working toward a certification as an Ayurveda Wellness Counselor. 

Kim Tull-Esterbrook

(500 Hour RYT)

Kim believes that yoga is a practice for every body. She strives to meet her students where they are and empower them to utilize and adapt the tools of practice to connect deeply to themselves, each other, and the world around them. We are charged with care of our physical bodies, and yoga can bring greater balance and resiliency into our form, but it is much more than that. Kim has found through her own practice that it is this turning inward and opening outward where the real power of the practice resides. Kim has been trained through the 500 level in the viniyoga lineage. She is not a dancer, or former gymnast. Her hamstrings are rather short. She is a mother, a writer, and a beginner at everything, everyday.

Jenn Hepton

(200 Hour RYT)

As a society, our focus is constantly brought to our outer body. Jenn's belief is that yoga invites us to refocus on our inner light - our inner body. Jenn has had the honor of teaching yin, restorative, gentle Hatha, and slow flow yoga for the last 5 years in beautiful Vancouver (Canada) and in manic but wonderful London (UK). Her classes are non-judgmental, non-competitive, within a safe and comfortable space where you can let go of everyday stress to find balance. Jenn strives to bring a sense of stillness, intention, fun, light and appreciation by working on connecting the body, spirit and mind. Each class incorporates her love of music & words into the practice with guided meditations and connected breath. Jenn Invites yogis to explore themselves with an open heart, an open mind and most importantly, with compassion. Jenn loves the practice of yoga for the clarity of mind and peacefulness that comes from the breath flowing freely in the body. She found yoga when life was a hot mess and wasn’t grounded. It offered her the tools to appreciate her thoughts, her body and to find an appreciation for life – her life. On your mat, Jenn invites you to open your heart to all the delicious gifts yoga has to offer!

LeLa Becker

(200 Hour E-RYT and Tantra Life Coach)


While studying at Ayurveda Hospitals and traveling through Ashrams from The Himalayas to the beaches on The Arabian Sea in the south of India LeLa's passion and path became undoubtedly clear. She is walking the path to teach and heal holistically. Upon arrival back to the states in June of 2015 LeLa professionally pursued her path as an Integrative Therapist and Tantra Yoga Teacher. LeLa teaches Traditional Tantra Tri-doshic Yoga and Meditation and supports and assist in liberating clients to live their most passionate lives. Lela is certified in Quantum and NLP Healing, Homeopathy, Ayurveda and Yoga Therapy. LeLa is also a life coach and is passionate about helping people set into a life that is true and in energetic alignment with their highest self. She has inspired countless amounts of people find their true calling.

Valentina Komarova

(200 Hour RYT and Ayurvedic Wellness Counselor)

For Valentina, yoga is a practice of well-being: connecting mind and body, breath and movement, being kind to yourself, accepting yourself where you are in the moment.
She believes in the quiet power of yoga to transform our lives, and sees herself as a guide who walks the path alongside you and supports you on your journey. Through offering modifications, props and adjustments, she works on creating an individual experience in a group setting, supporting your personal exploration of your body and your mind. Her classes are vinyasa-style, with both time to move fast, and space to slow down and explore the mind-body connection. 
Valentina holds 200 Hour yoga teacher certification, and is currently working on her Ayurvedic health coach certification. She also practices Thai bodywork, and incorporates these modalities into her classes whenever she can.

Nancy Lea

(200 Hour E-RYT)

Nancy began practicing yoga in 2001 as a way to strengthen her body after the birth of her first son. She discovered a life altering way to focus her mind through breathing and movement. This is when her practice really took hold. 
Knowing firsthand the transformative power of yoga, Nancy became passionate about guiding others through their journey. She completed her 200-hour training and began teaching in 2012. Her intent is to always teach with honesty, a sense of humor and an open heart. 
Nancy believes that yoga is the practice of paying attention to the habitual way your thoughts unfold and uncovers the deep grooves of the mind and layers of self so that we can truly know ourselves. 
Her classes emphasize clarity of alignment and a steady connection to the breath. Through clear instruction and an exploration of the eightfold path of Ashtanga yoga, Nancy challenges her students to move beyond the physical practice and understand the impact that cultivating self-love and awareness has off the mat.

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Shannon Eyre

(200 Hour E-RYT)

Shannon believes that we are all unique individuals and our Yoga practice as individuals is just as unique. Because of this fact, her approach and philosophy to teaching and practicing yoga is about finding your authentic self; finding strength, grace, joy, and contentment. Shannon encourages you to find your edge and then stay there for a while. Don’t go over it, don’t back away…but marinate there. Dance there. Breath there. She encourages students of yoga to explore their practice and observe their life with curiosity,  with the hope that they find what serves their greater good in all that they do. Shannon's classes range from physically challenging and playful, to philosophical and spiritual, to deeply relaxing. She creates an environment where you will always feel safe, and leave feeling great. She encourages you to let go as much as possible, to create space in your body, and in your mind, for the opportunity to surrender to your integral self. The heart is a compass…

Caitlin Collignon

(200 Hour RYT and Ayurvedic Wellness Counselor)


While studying nursing Caitlin found her ethical principles being challenged. Through her personal journey to find understanding, she found Ayurveda. Ayurveda made sense. Acknowledging that Ayurveda was the sister science of yoga, she decided to hang up her running shoes and hit the mat. Not only did yoga satisfy her need to move, it taught her how to love herself and the body that she had, just the way it was. As her life began to change rapidly, so did her practice. In 2015 Caitlin received her 200- RYT from a Baptist inspired training program and in 2016 she completed her 625- Hour Ayurvedic Wellness Counseling certification. While this is a life-long journey with many paths Caitlin loves teaching others from her own. A path of healing, love and commitment. A path of knowledge and inquiry. The intention behind her teaching is to allow you to connect with yourself by better understand the connection between mind and body. When taking class from Caitlin, expect to be challenged both physically and mentally to better understand yourself. Yoga is a path to the self, through the breath and the silence. 

Kanna Toguchi

(200 Hour RYT, Reiki Practitioner, and Reflexologist)


Kanna turned to yoga when she had hit rock bottom, disconnected with a plethora of ailments & found a safe haven through her practice. In 2014, she completed her 200hr yoga teacher training with the Samarya Center as well as advanced training in Integrated Movement Therapy (a form of yoga therapy) with Molly Lannon Kenny. It is her intention to be a guide in a process which embraces the uniqueness of each individual; offering a space for the spheres of the mind, body and spirit to coalesce and communicate harmoniously. She is nourished from sharing her passion of yoga as a therapeutic healing modality and the symbiotic relationship that is generated through teaching, empowering people with tools to awaken to their own Truth and Divinity. Above all, it is Kanna’s intention to impart the great importance of love for the Self and the innate capacity of the body to heal, restore, and renew itself.  Through movement she infuses the philosophy of yoga, meditation and poetry which are the touchstones in her life to light the sacred fire of Love. She looks forward to being in the Flow with you!
In addition to teaching, Kanna has a deep passion for health/wellness having studied nutrition/herbs. She is also a certified Reiki practitioner, Reflexologist and has been a bodyworker for 5 years with a focus on Thai Yoga, incorporating energy healing in a safe supportive container out of her private practice, Awakened Heart Wellness. 
“To love oneself is the beginning of a life long romance” – Oscar Wilde

Danielle Sack

(200 Hour RYT)

Danielle found yoga after an injury in the gym.  She started yoga as a way to continue exercising while healing her injury and over time started using yoga in daily life.  Her classes are aimed at providing useful tools to students to use on and off the mat, whether nursing an injury, dealing with stress or just looking for balance.  Outside of teaching and photographing yoga, she enjoys spending time with her husband, kids and dogs.

Alex Tran

(200 Hour RYT)

Alex has been practicing yoga since 2012. She realized the physical and mental benefits of yoga quickly and fell in love with the practice on and off the mat. She received her RYT 200 from a Baptiste Inspired studio in 2015 and began teaching yoga to foster youth and Seattle Gym. Alex teaches a blend of styles from power vinyasa, vinyasa flow, hatha, restorative and gentle yoga. She is receptive to what her students need and tailors the class to meet their expectations and goals. Alex invites her students to explore their bodies with ahimsa (compassion) and svadhyaya (curiosity). Alex is also the Content and Community Engagement Manager for Seattle Yoga News.

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Colleen Bell

(200 Hour E-RYT)

Colleen began to practice yoga sporadically around 2003. Over time she realized how therapeutic yoga was, both mentally and physically. Yoga has helped her through multiple injuries and she has a profound respect for her body now. Yoga continues to be her passion and her healing, happy space. 
Colleen completed her 200 hour teacher training through the esteemed Samadhi Yoga. She has also received Continuing Education training from The Grinning Yogi (Creative Sequencing) and Twist Yoga Edmonds (Yin).
Colleen enjoys being playful and challenging, while also bringing alignment awareness to her classes. She encourages students to come join her outside their comfort zone and find acceptance of themselves in their practice. 
In her spare time, Colleen loves spending time with her cat, Galadriel. She likes to read, watch movies, and go hiking. She is also drawn to Energy Medicine Yoga, Myofascial relief, and Sound Healing.
 

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Camille Dodson

(200 Hour RYT and Kids Yoga Teacher)

Camille had been practicing yoga since 2009 when she came to the practice as a means to relieve stress during college. This sparked a journey of self-discovery and a yearning to share her experience with others. After teaching yoga to teens in the summer of 2011, she was inspired to bring yoga to youth as a means to help them be better prepared for the stress of young adult life. She gained a Master's Degree in Child Studies in 2014 and then pursued a 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training in 2015. She continues to teach yoga to kids and adults hoping to promote calm, confidence, and connection to self and others. She aims to make her classes lighthearted and accessible to students of all ages and levels. 
In her free time Camille loves to travel, read, cook, and snuggle her two year old Cockapoo, Willow. 

Manisha Dudley

(200 hour RYT and founder of Meditation For Modern Life)

Manisha Dudley is a life-long student and seeker of knowledge.  A scientist by training, Manisha completed her graduate degree in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology in 2000.  After taking a break to raise a family, she found her passion outside the laboratory.  Her approach to teaching is a result of nearly a decade exploring meditation and mindfulness. Her style is a composite of many traditions: some contemporary, some ancient, some outside the meditation tradition entirely.

 

Annabell DuMez-Matheson

(200 Hour RYT)

Annabell has her 200-hour yoga certification from Twist Yoga in Edmonds WA. She is currently working on her 500 hour certification specializing in prenatal/postpartum, trauma informed, restorative, and Ayurveda yoga. She loves teaching and daily practicing yoga. She believes life is a journey and we are all on our own paths, however when our paths intersect, we can find hope and healing. Yoga has become something on her path that has brought deep connection and strength within herself and to the community around her. Moments we can pause, consider, see, and celebrate the NOW can be beautiful. She believes yoga helps us daily both on and off the mat to discover that gift. It would be a pleasure for her to journey with you on your path and practice of yoga regardless of your background or experience.

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Chelsea Currier

(200 Hour RYT)

Ever the contrarian, Chelsea found yoga in college, largely as a way to avoid the craze around weight-lifting. She quickly realized the immediate mind body benefits and whisked off to India to learn more. Dabbling in many different styles from Bikram to Kundalini, she found that her heart lies in the creative intelligent sequencing of Vinyasa flow. As a forever student, she has completed over 400 hours of training, she delights in the art of incorporating Ayurvedic concepts in her yoga classes. She seeks to create an inclusive and authentic space for students to express themselves.
 
When not practicing yoga Chelsea can be found cuddling her dog, Kap, making kombucha, or eating delicious local foods. Despite not being native of the PNW she clearly has found her place.