Jonie’s yoga journey began with her first hot yoga class in 2005 after a stress injury left her unable yo move her body aerobically. Her journey continued knowing that she had to spread the feeling of freedom, breath to movement, mental clarity and confidence to other people. She completed her CYT in 2006, in Portland, and has spent the last 16 years studying, training, and discovering. Jonie is dedicated to helping other students accept where they are in the present moment. She aims to create a light hearted and judgment free space for yogis.
A longtime lover of anything movement related, Katie has been practicing yoga asana on and off for a decade. It wasn’t until Covid that she began to to deepen her practice and move beyond the asana, which led to her attending a 200HR teacher training at Namaspa, in Bend. Katie loves what yoga has brought to her life and hopes to share with her students the love, joy, and contentment that she has found with a consistent yoga practice. Always a student, Katie is constantly continuing her education to deepen her own understanding of yoga.
Katie enjoys hiking, snowboarding, cooking, hanging out with her family and reading fantasy novels.
Lisa attended her first yoga class in 2011 as a long distance trail runner looking to regain some flexibility. Later that year, as she experienced a series of heart shattering losses and changes, she quickly discovered that yoga was not just about the physical body. Her mat became her healing sanctuary—body, mind, and spirit, and the ancient wisdom imparted by her teachers carried her through the toughest years of her life.
In addition to 500 hours of teacher training in Vinyasa yoga, she hold certifications in Yoga For Healthy Aging, Mindful Yoga for Trauma & Stress, and Yoga for 12 step Recovery. Lisa is the owner of Mountain Glow Lifestyle Medicine in Sisters. She enjoys hiking, backpacking, cycling, growing veggies, skiing, making music, and spending time with her five sons and their families.
Phoenix began her personal yoga practice as a way to. Help manage stress and to stay flexible as a distance runner. Then one day she realized that her practice had become so much more in her life. So, she closed her counseling practice to spend time exploring other ways of helping people to wellness. In 2012 she experienced a tragic loss, and it was during those first hours of despair that she was certain that her practice of yoga would be the key to managing her process of grief. Phoenix is a certified youth yoga instructor through Yoga Calm, a RYT-500 through Soul Of Yoga, and a certified personal and parent coach.
Phoenix’s classes are eclectic and infused with LOVE! The most important ingredient of all. Phoenix is available for individual sessions, private events, and leads workshops and retreats on/off site.
Tara has been practicing Yoga since 1994. Her primary practice was Ashtanga yoga for the first 20 years. Tara finished her 200 YTT in 2011, she then went to India in 2015 to complete her 300 YTT. She currently teaches in Bend, and in Sisters. Her classes are creative and Tara weaves a deep level of spiritual healing throughout class. You can expect meditation, pranayama, and a warm room full tidbits of wisdom and knowledge.
Dr. Sarah Conroy
Sarah is a chiropractic physician, celebrating 20 years in clinical practice. In 2002, she earned her DC from Western States Chiropractic College in Portland. In 2014, she entered the 200 hour + 85 hour pre/post natal YTT, at the Bhaktishop, in Portland. Little did she know that this decision to go to yoga school would catapult her life to Central Oregon, and into motherhood for the second time. She has been living on the edge of wilderness, in Camp Sherman since 2014, with her busing, 2 daughters, dog, and barn cat. She previously taught at yoga at the Historic Camp Sherman Community Hall. Dr. Sarah Conroy teaches restorative yoga and ties in her knowledge of the body ad spine to her classes.
Ivy began her personal study of Pilates in 2000. After experiencing the profound changes that Pilates can create, she decided to become a teacher and completed the Ron Fletcher Program of Study in 2004. She taught for 7 years at a well-established studio in Denver and pursued many continuing education workshops. After a hiatus to raise her two boys, Ivy is re-entering the Pilates world, and is excited to share this work again with others. Ivy enjoys working with all levels of individuals and loves watching the positive changes she can help bring her to her students lives, both in and out of the studio. Pilates mat work is a dynamic workout that emphasis pelvic floor and shoulder girdle strength, core engagement, spinal flexibility within a complete range of motion, and breath control.
Carrie was introduced to yoga in the early 2000’s in New York, where she learned to welcome and rely on yoga to balance triathlon activities, and the buys-ness of running around the city. Drawn to vinyasa as movement, rhythm, and the sustained heat-building glow it can give us afterward, Carie has sought out yoga in places she’s lived, and has found favorite teachers at studios across New York, Central Oregon, and her hometown in Alabama. Yoga has been part of Carrie’s life for a long time, providing nourishment, and a reminder to approach movement and life with grace, focus, inner strength, and breath. In 2020, she completed a 300-hour certification with Rolf Gates and she’s happy to join the teachers at Black Butte Chiropractic & Yoga, to share this practice. Carrie appreciates purposeful sequencing that builds heat and spaciousness, and believes in yoga as a practice for how we move through and meet life.
Born and raised on the Big Island of Hawaii, Ginger was brought up with yoga, by her mom, who this year celebrated teaching yoga for 50 years (!!!). Trained by some of the best at Firelight Yoga in Portland, Ginger holds a 200hr teaching certificate, and has been sharing and growing her practice with each class.
All of her classes are intended to be welcoming, creative, and responsible (trauma-informed), ideally a little hard, a little easy and hopefully very enjoyable.
Ginger is a momma to gentle Ina (5), and rebel outlaw Oskar (2) – and off the mat enjoys swimming, trail running with pups, and some heated ping pong.
Melissa was originally drawn to yoga as an escape from the bitter cold of a Chicago winter. She lived across the street from a hot yoga studio and her fear of not being flexible enough quickly faded as the temperatures plummeted below freezing. Soon, she realized that yoga was so much more than stretching. Yoga offered her a safe space to tune in, rather than tune out when life got stressful.
Melissa found herself returning to her mat with a greater understanding that this practice goes beyond physical exercise, it provides access to a deeper sense of self awareness. Melissa is forever grateful that her yoga practice opened the door to meditation in her life. She believes yoga offers a pathway to transformation through the body, mind and soul.
In 2020 Melissa embarked on her teaching journey and obtained her RYT200 certificate with Shannon Paige at the School of Embodied Poetry in Boulder, Colorado. She is currently working towards her RYT500 as she continues to deepen her knowledge around how yoga can heal us. Melissa is also a registered prenatal yoga teacher. Her classes offer a nourishing environment where students can confidently build strength and stability without feeling pressured to push beyond what feels comfortable in their own body.
Melissa currently lives in Sisters, Oregon with her partner and yellow lab. Off the mat she enjoys getting lost in the woods, dancing to live music, snowboarding and cooking bomb vegan food.