Scott & Heather falkin, owners
We came together as young twenty something’s and have grown together on and off the mat. We value our practice and how it anchors our chaotic life as the parents of 3 vibrant kids and 2 devoted dogs. Our family of 5 are seekers of adventure and truth and find that yoga provides us with opportunities to quench our thirst for going against the grain while reminding us to celebrate the lessons within our very normal and often monotonous daily lives.
Through yoga we have developed strong, life-long friendships with remarkable people. We seek to create an inclusive space that brings people of all ages, stages, and walks of life together to form bonds like the ones we so deeply cherish. Witnessing the healing that inevitably occurs on the mat with the compassionate guidance of a devoted teaching Sangha is why we chose to adopt what we believe to be a very special and sacred location. We will stay true to the tradition of yoga while welcoming its evolution in the modern world and promise to grow right along with the Sangha so we continue to offer the most authentic, humble and joy filled experience.
At first yoga scared me. I thought I wasn’t flexible enough. I believed my body type prevented me from fully engaging in yoga. But then I discovered that yoga is for everyone and can be a remarkably healing experience. For me it’s not about accomplishing a specific pose, rather it is about the journey to connection of body to breath to spirit and strength. I am grateful that five years ago one of my friends encouraged me to try yoga, believing that yoga would be transformative for me.
When I experienced what yoga was doing for me I wanted others to share in the experience. I completedmy 500 hour yoga training at Twist in Edmonds. I found that I love to teach and to help others come into their body and strength. I specialized in prenatal/postpartum, trauma-informed, Vinyasa, Restorative, Yin, and Ayurveda yoga. I love teaching yoga and growing through my daily practice.
I truly believe that life is a journey and we are each on our own path. However, when our paths intersect, we can find hope and healing together. Yoga has become something on my path that has brought deep connection and strength within myself that I offer to the community around me. Moments we can pause, consider, see, and celebrate the NOW can be beautiful. I believe yoga helps us daily both on and off the mat to discover that gift. It would be a pleasure to journey with you on your path and practice of yoga regardless of your background, experience, or body type. I aim to create classes that allow people to listen to their own bodies, and challenge, strengthen, and nurture their whole being. Shalom.
I fell in love with yoga a little over 6 years ago after taking my first vinyasa class. I left the practice thinking, "Where had this been all my life?!" It left me eager to learn more. Attending a class became a daily ritual and as a result of my newfound passion I discovered I had been living most of my life with a huge disconnect between the mind & body, the head & the heart. The practice became my therapy. I craved more knowledge and wanted to know why the practice was so healing. I devoted myself to becoming a student of yoga and was certified as a RYT-200 in 2014. I went into my teacher training with a craving to deepen my practice and graduated with a strong desire to share with others how yoga can and inevitably will transform their life. In my classes you can expect a well-rounded practice that combines music and intelligent sequencing to inspire the heart, challenge the body and calm the mind. I like to remind my students not to take themselves too seriously. Your practice is always your own! I look forward to meeting you soon!
When I’m not teaching I’m a student of yoga. I own SWeL, a restaurant in Fremont, with my partner Ted
Clark. We credit our practice for bringing this dream to life. Aside from working I love hiking, and hanging out with our dogs Morty and Phinney. Reading feeds my mind and helps me find a quiet space to decompress and just be. OM SHANTI!
I am continually in awe of the human body and mind’s potential to grow and adapt through the practice of yoga. Since graduating from Yogalife’s 200 hour teacher training in the spring of 2013, my intention has been to offer a safe space for students to challenge their physical edge and find a bit of healing. I strive to strike that sweet balance between the mindful and the physical and I encourage students to be present, loving and creative on their mats. With a foundation in both dance and gymnastics, I hope my classes are an opportunity for students to take time to play and pause during their otherwise hectic lives. Off the mat, I’m happiest when I’m exploring Seattle on foot or bike, making pottery, and dreaming about trips to the ocean and desert.
Like my weekly meanderings through the woods, my mat is a place I go to remember what I am. The practice magically transports me back to a space of receptivity, self-reflection and stillness. I just feel better after yoga and for 20 years have dedicated myself to understanding how the dynamic practices and teachings of the yogic tradition transform us and unite us.
I seek to merge the old school and the new school approaches to guiding students to a sacred place within themselves. My classes are rooted in the eight limbs of yoga, Vedic tradition, Hindu mythology, Buddism and the lessons I’m constantly receiving from spirit in my daily life. I offer classes that are physically invigorating, mentally clarifying, spiritually awakening and fun. Teaching from my heart to support the needs of the students in the room is my highest goal and my continued self-study and growth is key in reaching it.
When I’m not teaching, practicing yoga, and tending to the studio I’m tending to my family. I take time for me in the form of reading, walking my dogs and SUP’ing on the sound. My soul is nourished when I’m in the mountains, close to the ocean, traveling, and listening to music.
My world forever changed after taking a yoga class in 2008. I was asked to breathe, I mean really breathe, a full inhale and an even deeper exhale. I was hooked. Basketball had been my entire life for over 30 years but after much physical abuse, my body was broken. However, after that initial class years ago, I had a sense yoga was the answer and indeed it was. My body grew strong, my balance increased and my flexibility deepened. Along with yoga I developed a daily meditation practice, which eventually taught me to pause my mind, release tension and to become the calm, centered and focused human that I always dreamed of being. In 2012, I completed two 200-hour yoga teacher trainings, plus trained with Street Yoga. I began teaching yoga to middle school girls, high school athletes, plus hundreds of classes at local yoga studios over the last six years. In addition to teaching, I guide a weekly meditation circle at a downtown women’s homeless shelter, where seeing these women close their eyes, breathe and let go is one of my greatest joys. My life’s focus is to share yoga and meditation with all people, no matter their age, race, body shape or physical ability. My classes are a combination of flowing sequences, settling into stillness while holding poses and sitting in mediation to breathe and quiet the mind. My students leave with the gift of an intention they can hold close to their hearts, allowing them to re-enter the world with a sense of self love and acceptance and the knowledge that they can tackle any obstacle that arises. To me, yoga is living every moment of my life with non-judgment, compassion and kindness.
Josephine Edmondson is known for her poetic, free-spirited approach to teaching yoga. Her classes are shaped by intimate breathwork, deep meditation, mindful movement and immediate presence.
She encourages you as a student to slowly sense and trust your intuition, becoming conscious and awake in the body. This process helps to retrieve your inner power, allowing you to tune in fully, instead of suffering and numbing out.
Josephine’s style of yoga is inspired by kundalini, kripalu, tantra, restorative and yin styles. She has studied under David Elliott, Guru Jagat, Krishna Kaur, Danny Arguetty and Priti Robin Ross over the last nine years.
If you have a hunger for a deeply meaningful practice, and want tools to help navigate the external world, come to Jo’s class. It will be a lovely homecoming.
Teaching and learning is a life-long pursuit and I have over a decade of experience teaching Hatha Yoga and Group Fitness in various environments. I am adept in teaching a diverse audience of students of different ages and fitness levels, from those new to yoga to advanced students and teachers. My knowledge is academic and experiential, based on studying with a broad range of teachers in multiple disciplines, such as Yoga, Feldenkrais, Biomechanics, Physical Therapy, Pilates and Exercise Science. I have a dynamic teaching style that is professional and personal, intellectual and approachable. My classes integrate current movement principles and techniques with ancient wisdom. I strive to make my classes relevant and practical for students at all levels.
My life experiences inform my teaching. At 14, I had spinal fusion surgery. This meant months of recovery and years of healing. It took patience and determination to return to sports and movement. I began my study of Yoga in 1992 as a stress management tool when I worked as a Software and Network Engineer. From the beginning yoga taught me how to be in my body in an accepting, non-competitive way. It also taught me that mindfulness and pranayama would be my best tools for navigating corporate culture, high expectations and demanding deadlines.
In 2013, I took an opportunity to live in the Middle East for 2 years and the experience deepened my practice of meditation and self-acceptance. As a result my classes feel like a moving meditation to discover what is within.
Julia is a tender hearted trauma informed yoga teacher. She weaves ritual, narrative, and body based awareness together to help others move through their suffering and into a richer, more balanced life. She has studied yogic philosophy in depth at the University of Washington and continues to devote her life to understanding, embodying, and sharing the treasures that yoga has to offer.
Julia does not give physical assists in class and strongly encourages folks to modify the practice for their own individual needs.
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Julia is a yoga teacher of 10 years, and a Food + Body Therapist. She is passionate about helping people to reconnect to themselves through movement and mindfulness, and to create a trusting and peaceful relationship to their body.
Julia is an e-RYT 500 and has been teaching since 2009. She completed her training at ISHTA Yoga in New York City with Yogiraj Alan Finger, Sarah Platt Finger, and Jean Koerner. From Julia’s class, expect a well-paced, strong and accessible flow that will tone and balance your physical body, as well as mindfulness practice to increase discipline of your mind and cultivate self-awareness and self-compassion. Additionally, each class is unique – you’ll likely learn something new each session, and you may be balancing on your hands in no time! Julia blends elements of eastern philosophy and western science – particularly neuroscience to anchor her teaching in the modern world. Ultimately, Julia’s aim is to help you move through with world with more grace and ease, and learn to sit with yourself in peace.
Julia Hollenberg Food + Body Therapy is Julia’s private practice based in Seattle. She helps people break free from restrictive eating and body shame forever so they can live their most full and vibrant lives.
Julia finds peace in nature, joy in salsa dancing, pleasure in eating, and creativity in her endless DIY home projects and interior design.
I share a yoga practice that is strong, calm, and a bit non-traditional. I enjoy integrating other movement forms into my classes and experimenting with what feels most alive. I fell in love with yoga at Samadhi in Capitol Hill in 2006 and has been practicing regularly since that time. I give thanks to my teachers who have lit the way; most notably Tami Hafzalla and Jodi Boone, with whom she trained; as well as Kathleen Hunt, Troy Lucero, Liz Doyle, Jen Isaacson, and while not a yoga teacher per se, my husband personal trainer Joe DeShaw. Off the mat, I work with teens as a school psychologist and behavior specialist.
I enjoys being outside, spending time alone, eating well, and moving moving moving.
In 2014 I was initially drawn to yoga for the nurturing effects on the body. I no longer feared stillness or silence but craved the connection of the spirit, mind, body, and breath. My yoga practice evolved to be a healing time that assisted me through life transitions, managing anxiety, and building internal strength. I soon realized it was not a coincidence and intentionally leaned on my yoga practice to enhance my life! I decided to become a teacher because at my core I think of myself as a healer. I am also a nurse and strive to help my patients connect their emotional and mental wellbeing with their physical health. I immediately saw the parallels between nursing and yoga teaching and am intentional about bringing the same trauma-informed, nonjudgmental, compassionate attitude and care to my yoga students. My hope is that I can create a space for others to grow and challenge their bodies, learning about their breath and strength through practice. My intention as a teacher is to always bring my whole self to my yoga practice, and to facilitate a gentle, welcoming space for yoga students of all levels. I recently completed Sangha’s Sat Guru 200 hour yoga teacher training and I am excited to share my enthusiasm with a community that has given me so much.
Since 2006, I have been a curious and free-spirited student of yoga. The practice transformed my life, urging me to share the magical transformation I experience on the mat with others. Completion of a 200-hour teacher training at Seattle Yoga Arts in 2008 introduced me to the teachings of ancient and modern yoga, sacred spiritual texts, past and present gurus, meditation, breath work, and the teacher within. As a result of my deeper dive into the healing practices of eastern philosophy, in May of 2017 I became a Certified Ayurveda Yoga Specialist.
I teach yoga with heart; mind-body-heart alignment set to the rhythm of breath and guided by a heart-centered theme to connect the practice to life off the mat. I encourage students to cultivate an understanding of their physical capacity while expanding their perception of their abilities. I believe that meditation and Ayurveda contribute to the grounding, uplifting, and insightful meaning of the practice enriching all aspects of life. My classes are dedicated to the student as they are upon entering the studio for the practice. I am passionate about guiding them to honor the present, gain insight for the future, and embrace their individuality on and off the mat.
Wandering with an open heart and mind has lead me to music, laughter, travel, nature, and a true appreciation for life.
“I believe that our environment and experiences have a daily impact on our practice both on and off the mat, so each class is created to honor and reflect the essence of the moment”.
McKenzie Riepen was originally drawn to the mat for the physical workout and release from everyday pressures. With more consistency, she started to receive the benefits of yoga that spanned far beyond physical changes. She experienced positive mental and emotional effects to her well-being, including learning how to deal with anxiety in a way she had never before been able to access. Most importantly, yoga taught her how to use her breath as the most powerful tool to become more present in daily life and realign things into perspective.
After a decade of exploring different yoga styles from Hatha, Restorative and Vinyasa, she completed her 200-hour teacher training in her hometown of Phoenix, Arizona in 2013. McKenzie compassionately guides her students to connect more deeply to themselves and to each other through breath work, creative energy flow sequencing and music. Her aim in teaching is to help others find joy through their practice, which she believes should be accessible for everyone—no matter age, experience level or physical location.
My passion for yoga and teaching is evident in the lighthearted, enthusiastic approach I strive to bring to every class. Combining alignment instruction with vinyasa (flow) transitions, my classes focus on presence, awareness and a strong attention to detail. I create a down to earth, non-intimidating environment students, using the physical body as a vehicle to draw attention to the present moment. As an educator of yoga, I am committed to teaching mindful movement, breath awareness and the practice of accessing ease in mind and body everyday.
Off the mat, I’m inspired by the beauty of nature. The close proximity of both the mountains and the water is what I love most about living in the Pacific Northwest. In my free time, you will find me enjoying my favorite outdoor activities, which include rock climbing and stand-up paddleboarding.
I received my 500 hour teaching certification at Pacific Yoga with Theresa Elliott and Kathryn Payne. I continue learning from my mentors today and am passionate about carrying on the traditional values of yoga that my teachers embody. Besides group and private classes, I offer workshops, retreats and continuing education across the Pacific Northwest.
I began practicing yoga in 2001 as a way to strengthen my body after the birth of my first son. I discovered a life altering way to focus my mind through breathing and movement. Knowing firsthand the transformative power of yoga, I became passionate about guiding others through their journey. I completed my 200-hour training and began teaching in 2012. My intent is to always teach with honesty, a sense of humor and an open heart.
My classes are very grounding and fluid. I accommodate all levels, offering modifications where needed as well as opportunities for deepening. Through clear instruction and an exploration of the eightfold path of Ashtanga yoga, I challenge my students to move beyond the physical practice and understand the impact that cultivating self-love and awareness has off the mat. I work within the framework of a philosophical theme and/or work towards a peak pose
I grew up in the Capital Hill neighborhood of Seattle Washington where my father ran a group psychotherapy practice and my mother stayed home, taking care of my brother and I. In the mornings my mother would practice yoga to Rodney Yee VHS tapes and I would join her every now and then. Since I was a child, through good times and bad, Yoga has always been there for me.
After graduating from and playing football for the University of Washington, I went to work on Wall Street for almost a decade. Although materially successful, I was depressed and spiritually miserable. In 2016 I quit finance and moved to Boulder Colorado to attend graduate school for psychology, and began practicing Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga at The Yoga Workshop, run by my teacher, Ty Landrum. I returned to Seattle Washington in 2018 specifically to train with Troy Lucero, founder of the Acme Yoga Project. I’ve had the privilege to train with some of the most prolific and illuminating teachers, and I look forward to sharing what I’ve learned so far with you in my classes.
My journey into yoga began while courting Heather in 2001, I began with an intro series and then went to group classes simply to connect with Heather and spend time with her on the mat. After a couple of years of following her to class, I discovered a deep craving for yoga on a personal level and began a regular yoga practice for physical strength and flexibility, mental focus, and spiritual connection. The more time I spend on the mat, the deeper I fall in love with yoga and I find that yoga is a way of life and the lessons that we practice on the mat can be translated into daily life. I completed his 200 hour teacher training in 2012 and continue to read and learn and train and grow every day.
I like to teach balanced class that typically includes a spacious and grounding opening sequence, pranayama (breath work), a physically strong asana portion with fun music, followed by poses intended to release and decompress the body and mind. I also like to incorporate meditation and thoughtful intentions into many of my classes. I have been studying the Bhagavad Gita for the better part of a decade along with many other ancient and current texts and philosophies and I like to bring that awareness and messaging into this healing art.
Sharon Barto Gouran
Sharon Barto Gouran has been practicing yoga since 2003, and teaching since 2011. Having begun practicing with primarily physical motives, she soon discovered a much deeper connection between the mind, body and spirit through breath. The sense of peace beginning to carry over from the mat into daily life was impossible to ignore. After moving to Seattle in 2007, Sharon stumbled Yogalife as a student and would continue to complete the 200 Hour Teacher Training with the studio.
Sharon encourages both creativity and mindfulness in her classes. Acknowledging that yoga is a life-long journey, she emphasizes honoring the body for where it is in this present moment. Through a mixture of both dynamic and nurturing asana, she encourages a gradual opening of the body and quieting of the mind by honoring and expanding the breath. She does this all with a gentle sense of humor.
Sharon is a native of Sun Valley, Idaho and holds a Bachelors degree in Theatre and English from Willamette University. Outside of the studio, she works as a freelance actor as well as nonprofit professional.
Sheree Semonich is a yoga teacher dedicated to bringing her students safe and challenging avenues for exploration of their inherent knowledge and layers of self. Through alignment-focused asana, pranayama, mudra and meditation, Sheree brings layers of yogic tradition in to each class. Expect to observe from within, bringing deeper awareness to breath and the influence this concentrated energy has on both dynamic and subtle movements.
Movement is at the heart of Sheree’s practice and teaching. Her intrigue for anatomy comes out in her engagement-oriented sequencing. Sheree acknowledges the effort it takes to arrive on the mat, and holds space in honor of this effort while introducing additional strengthening work. As you move through your physical practice, her aim is to move you into a clearer understanding of what is working and how you can work with it (or sometimes against it!) to create balance. She believes with proper alignment, focus, and a committed sweetness to one’s self, anyone can benefit from yoga. She hopes you can take what you experience in your body into your daily movements through life.
Sheree received her 200—hour certification from Kindness Yoga in Denver, CO in 2014 and is in the process of completing her 500-hour certification, with a focus on anatomy, biomechanics, and subtle body energy. As a recent transplant to the Northwest, if she isn’t outside here enjoying the waters paddle boarding, or hiking the surrounding mountains, she’s in Colorado off-roading and hiking above tree line. Always moving, always experiencing, always learning and growing is how Sheree lives life both on the mat and off.
Shumit was born in the small town of Salem in South India in a family where bakthi and karma yoga was practiced regularly. Shumit formally got certified as a Yoga Siromani “Jewel on a crown of yoga” at the International Sivananda yoga ashram in India. He practices Vipassana meditation daily and often do 10 day silent retreats every year.
For Shumit, the spiritual lineage is of utmost importance and he teaches classical hatha yoga as purely as possible, based on his own study and years of practice, associated with the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres and Ashrams. He is inspired by a desire to communicate with others in a more meaningful way, and to help others to overcome fear and to find peace.
Shumit only teaches what been taught. He believes that when teachings are transmitted purely from teacher to student and so on, without much influence of individual egos, we can be more certain of the efficacy of the teachings.
“I am so grateful that this practice has found it’s way into my life”. Stephanie feels that the practice of yoga - all limbs - have had a profound impact on how she moves through life. It is from this place of curiosity and deep respect that she teaches. Her goal of aligning body, mind and heart are omnipresent in her teaching as well as in her own personal study.
Stephanie brings a light heart, humor and a strong sense of body awareness to her class. She has been studying yoga for over 22 years and teaching since 2002.
Although her studies began in the Ashtanga lineage, she currently teaches Vinyasa flow, Hatha and Yin.
The consciousness that yoga can provide is one that she shares with great enthusiasm. It is this divine passion that she brings to each and every class.
She continues to teach to support this beautiful science and to help ensure that we hold on to it’s core values.