Yoga to You Crew
ANNA KIDNEY, yoga teacher
As an Oregon native and certified yoga instructor, Anna brings her passion for nature to the mat. Fresh out of RYT-200 with Yandara Yoga Institute in Baja, Mexico, Anna finds her passion for teaching people of all ages and levels.
Anna's focus is derived from the understanding that all bodies and life experiences are unique. Bringing compassion and humor to the practice, Anna believes if you aren't having fun, then you aren't doing it right. Her down-to-earth spirit and love for the outdoors also manifests when working in archaeology and firefighting.
Justice knepp, community yoga & sup yoga teacher
Justice enjoys working with seniors and people with disabilities. She believes that exercise is medicine and movement brings joy. She loves to take traditional yoga out of the studio, and onto the water, into senior communities, schools, and your home. Justice earned her 200-hour yoga certification Unfold Yoga Studio in Portland, Oregon, and is certified in Restorative Yoga from Aura Wellness Center.
Additionally, she received her certification in Stand Up Paddle Board (SUP) Yoga from Yoga to You PDX, Children’s Yoga from Yoga Playgrounds, Adaptive Yoga from Mind Body Solutions, and Traumatic Brain Injury Yoga from LoveYourBrain Foundation.
Justice is also a Certified Canine Rehab Practitioner, certified at the University of Tennessee. Her love of special populations extends across species. She develops rehab exercise plans for dogs post surgery or injury, and works with geriatric pets to keep them young.
Michael Bowersox, paddle expert
Michael was born to paddle and born to teach. Originally a native of California, Michael found paddling and his home in the waters of the Pacific Northwest over a decade ago, and now cannot imagine home anywhere else. He has spent much of that last decade in the paddle sports profession, including guiding in the San Juan Islands, and leading the outreach and education for PDX local outdoor store Next Adventure. He solidifies his love of teaching by bringing paddlers to the water. He has recently furthered that love of teaching by becoming a full-time, high school Special Educator.
Dedicated to environmental stewardship and the growth of paddle sports, Michael paddles and teaches from a variety of craft to provide new insights and perspectives on water. He is an Instructor Trainer for the American Canoe Association, and a certified instructor for SUP, Open Coastal Kayak, and River Kayak, as well as an Adaptive Paddling Instructors for paddlers with disabilities. He is also a United Kingdom Certified Coach Level 2 for kayak, canoe, and SUP. He is excited to keep learning and growing as a paddle sports coach and as a high school teacher, especially in new places and environments with the goal of tailoring each day to the goals and needs of his students.
You can reach him at email@example.com for the custom class or guided trip of your dreams, or join him in giving back to the community through the Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership and the Columbia Slough Watershed Council. Michael teaches paddle skills and technique during our SUP retreats and during our annual SUP Yoga Teacher Training.
Brian Berger, Paddle expert
Brian has been paddle boarding deliberately for the past three years. In that time, it has consumed his life entirely. Within the first year of purchasing his inflatable SUP, he planned and executed a self-sustained 500 mile SUP trip from the headwaters of the Mississippi River back to Minneapolis, backpacked all around Glacier National Park to find remote bodies of water to paddle, and even got the Coast Guard called on him way out on Lake Superior for being miles out in extremely choppy conditions.
A little over a year ago, he moved to Portland to bring his paddle boarding to the next level. He is now a certified ACA Level 2 SUP Instructor with over 300 hours of teaching under his belt. He also holds a First Aid/CPR/AED certification. When he's not stoked beyond belief teaching first-timers how to paddle board, he can be found surfing his SUP off the Oregon coast, running whitewater on his SUP, or just exploring the hidden gems of the Northwest. He devotes his career to getting others outside and could not be happier about it.
Ashley wood, alameda studio teacher & corporate yoga
Ashley's practice began in 2008, when a friend brought her to class in Boulder, CO where she was studying Economics at the University of Colorado. She was hesitant to go at first, but instantly fell in love. In 2016, she completed her 200 YTT in Chicago, at Live, Work, Yoga studying with Rich Logan. This training was integral to deepening her own practice and expanded her perception of yoga.
Ashley values the growth mindset yoga practice provides. She sees each experience on the mat as an opportunity to learn something new about yourself. To Ashley, this practice is an essential tool for exploring the mind, body, spirit connection. She believes the healing benefits of yoga are key to finding balance in our modern world, and likes to share this transformative energy with her students.
Off the mat, Ashley enjoys spending as much time outdoors as possible skiing, hiking, climbing, backpacking, biking, and running.
REbecca rumpf, alameda yoga teacher
Rebecca began practicing yoga in 2002, seeking relief from chronic back pain. About 6 months later, she noticed that not only did her back feel better, but that she also felt less anxiety and a big improvement in her overall state of being, mentally and physically. She has been practicing ever since and teaching since 2007.
Rebecca has completed over 500 hours of training in Hatha Yoga, and has been studying movement since childhood -- practicing ballet, tap and modern dance for many years during her youth. She has completed yoga teacher training in alignment-based yoga, Vinyasa, Yin, Restorative, prenatal/postpartum yoga, and Ghosh-lineage yoga. She has studied yoga with Carmen Aguilar, Jared McCann, Darren Rhodes, Paulie Zink, Shala Worsley, Mary Jarvis, Tony Sanchez, Rajashree Choudhury and Emmy Cleaves, among others. She loves being a student and usually attends several yoga workshops each year.
Rebecca has also been practicing a Taoist form of meditation with a teacher from the Chinese community in Malaysia for over 10 years. She is passionate about sharing the benefits of meditation and helping others to begin or continue their own meditation practice.
She is currently studying Vastu Shastra, which is basically the "yoga version" of Feng Shui -- a system for building and design based on the Vedic scriptures, just like Yoga & Ayurveda. She hopes to become fully certified as a Vastu Shastra consultant in the near future.
Rebecca lives in Southeast Portland with her 5 year old son, her husband, Josh, who works as a wild-land firefighter, and their dog and cat. She loves biking, hiking, camping and being on the water.
Jana Bedard, RYT, CPA, in-home yoga teacher
Leaving her roots in Oregon and relocating to California for college, Jana started practicing yoga in 2006. She quickly realized that the peaceful, quiet internal state of heart and mind the practice brought to her could considerably enhance her life. Her love of yoga created the opportunity as a licensed accountant to bring intention and mindfulness to colleagues in CA, London and OR.
As a passionate baker, college football fan (Go Ducks!), cook, reader, runner, traveler, and yogini, she has learned from multiple disciplines of yoga that are intertwined into her offerings as a teacher. She obtained her 200 hour certification from YoYoYogi in Portland, where she now resides, and specializes in teaching all level classes with a balance of mindful strong breath, alignment-based vinyasa flow and inspiring messages. Her classes are heart-centered, inviting and open, offering smiles to remind us all that life can’t be taken too seriously.
Lauren Bielenberg, alameda yoga teacher
Since a young age, movement has been a part of Lauren’s life. She competed in gymnastics for 8 years, trained for half and full marathons, took kickboxing lessons, and did weight training.
In 2016, Lauren found yoga after severely over training for a marathon.
Yoga and loving kindness meditation helped Lauren slow down, reconnect to her body with gratitude for all that it does, increase her emotional and mental well-being, challenge her physical and mental strength, and cultivate patience and curiosity for the process of change. Through her personal growth and healing journey, Lauren was (and continues to be) inspired by the yoga community, acknowledging that everyone has a story.
Lauren encourages body awareness, appreciation, and acceptance, meeting the body where it is with gratitude. Her goal is to help students connect to their bodies through movement and breath, believe in themselves, and feel empowered by their emotional and physical strength. She believes in the importance of creating a safe space for her students to tune in to what their body needs while being guided through movement and breath work.
Lauren is a 200 hour RYT and NASM certified personal trainer. She continues to further her yoga education through additional workshops and training. She is excited to help her students explore with curiosity, feel challenged in a supported way, and be a part of a beautiful community.
Kristen mccormick, Program manager
Kristen has been living in Portland since 2011 and in Oregon since 2005. She has practiced yoga for 15 years and loves kicking up to headstand in random places. She adores hiking in the Pacific Northwest, kickboxing at her local PDX gym, traveling the world, and snuggling her black lab rescue named Koffi. Along with planning and coordinating events, Kristen provides website development, social media management, and photography for Yoga to You PDX. Contact her at @elephantmediapdx if you are interested in these services!
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