Danielle Hanna (she/her)<br>Masters in Ayurveda, (M.A., C.A.P.)
Ayurveda is Yoga’s sister science, and compliments a healthy, balanced yogic lifestyle perfectly. Danielle, a perpetual student of both studies, will share her gifts and personal practices in these workshops, ranging from daily purifying practices, classical Ayurvedic texts, seasonal-appropriate asana and pranayama techniques, and of course, food. Self-care is vital on the path of practice, and these elements contribute to that integrity.
Danielle is currently an Ayurvedic Lifestyle Counselor, and finished her Masters of Arts in Ayurveda in December of 2015 from the Mount Madonna Institute College of Ayurveda in California (M.A., C.A.P.) through the NAMA. She is a diligent student of yoga, philosophy and Ayurveda, and is deeply committed to learning and ongoing study in these fields. Learn more about what she does at www.livingartsayurveda.com
Britt Rhoden (she/her)<br>Yoga Educator
Britt's yoga journey stared at age 17, and as her body and soul changed and shifted with the ebbs and flows of life's tides, yoga has remained the compass that gently guides her into new territory. Now, more than ever before, yoga is the way she shows respect for the beauty of life and the energy of the earth. Yoga is where she is playful and exploratory; it's where she finds a sense of being that is grounded in a sense of stillness. She wants to meet all students with authenticity, giving them space to explore their own practice.
As a class of 2015 graduate of The Bhakti Yoga Movement Center’s 300 Hour Program, and graduate of the 500 Hour Advanced Study program as well, we are delighted to have Britt here, assisting and lending support to many parts of the program from Asana and Anatomy studies to Teaching Methodology and Mentorship.
Zeyah Alicia Roge (she/her/they/them)<br>Somatic Psychotherapist and Licensed Massage Therapist
Zeyah started teaching hatha yoga in 2009, and it feeds her passion for learning, especially when it comes to the dynamism of the body and mind, relationships, and the healing arts. She loves that it offers opportunities for deep experiential learning, often uncovering and clarifying wisdom that already exists within. As we move through the shapes of asana and cultivate our "somatic architecture" we bring mindfulness to how we physically organize, unwind, and reorganize. In this process we come to understand how our physicality gives rise to and is affected by our mental and emotional states. Habitual patterns surface and opportunities for learning and healing present themselves. The beauty of group yoga classes is that this intimate work gets to happen in the holding of a community. The practice can expand from intra-personal to inter-personal and healing around themes of belonging become possible.
Zeyah joins us in co-leading Anatomy and Asana, and supporting the Teaching Methodology work of creating sustainable, creative, and clarifying classes. She is also part of the mentorship team, and educates the staff and trainees in the realm of LGBTIQ Inclusion and Equity practices. Learn more about her work here: https://www.zeyahsomatics.com/
Theresia Munywoki (she/her)<br>Dancer and Yoga Educator
Theresia speaks profoundly of the deep internal healing she has received from yoga practice. She found new ways to love herself and new ways to be in her body and to move in the world thanks to what she learned as she has been a student here at The Bhaktishop and other places of learning previously.
Hailing from Texas, she moved here in 2015 and made a plan to go back to school for holistic medicine, intending to integrate yoga therapy and dance therapy. Since she realized that student loans are terrible, she told herself to stay open to any course of action maybe looking different than she had planned.
That is what brought her here, to this program. She received her teaching certification from The Bhaktishop in 2017 and helped start a vital project called (com)motion, an inclusive, multi-use movement studio in NE Portland. She loves the (uncomfortable) challenge of starting a brand new space and also loves receiving the support of our community here at The Shop. As an Assistant in the Asana/Anatomy studies and Teaching Methodology programs, and a vital Mentor in many aspects of the program, she continues to develop her teaching practice and can't wait to continue learning and growing with you.
Shivani Hawkins (she/her) <br> Traditional Sanskrit and Meditation Teacher
Shivani is a meditation teacher and multi-disciplinary artist, and the founder of Living Sanskrit. Born both American and into the yogic tradition, she is devoted to preserving and accurately practicing ancient indigenous wisdom in modern times and non-native contexts.
Shivani first heard Sanskrit in the womb, and not a day has gone by without it. She grew up immersed in dharma culture, yogic teachings, and sacred practices under the guidance of her spiritual teacher and also her grandmother. Living Sanskrit is the culmination of a long-held dream to keep this tradition alive and share its magnificent gifts with the world.
Shivani started teaching meditation in 2001, and professionally a few years later at the suggestion of her spiritual teacher. Since then, Shivani has shared meditation with thousands of people at venues that range from corporate offices to hospitals to schools. From 2008-2014, Shivani was a Fellow with the Berkeley Initiative for Mindfulness and Law, leading retreats and weekly meditation sessions at Berkeley Law School.
Alongside teaching, Shivani is a prolific artist, photographer, and writer. She is a graduate of the Waterfront Conservatory and Playhouse, a member of the California Bar, and has a J.D. from the University of Southern California and a B.A. in Rhetoric with minors in Theater, Business Administration, and South Asian Studies from the University of California, Berkeley.
Kenya Budd (she/her)<br>Racial Equity and Inclusion Trainer
Kenya Budd is a good friend and an amazing educator and consultant with more than 15 years experience in the field of racial diversity, equity and inclusion. She has trained senior leaders across many sectors and developed measurement tools for organizations, helping improve their diversity outcomes. Additionally, Kenya has designed and led peace building projects for communities in conflict, specifically in Cowlitz, WA and Clark County, WA. She lives in Portland and is currently experiencing her most challenging and rewarding management experience: her two daughters, one 21 and one 7 years old, teaching her about friendship and Motherhood.
Kenya has been an integral part of The Bhaktishop’s long-term Racial Equity strategy, educating both our staff, our trainees and the community about the vital importance of anti-racist work. Her capacity for listening and sharing, for hard conversations and also deep motivating lessons about why this matters have altered the fabric of our yoga center in ways still yet unkown. She is a jewel and we are so fortunate for her guidance and friendship.
Jeannie Songer (she/her)<br>Mental Health Therapist and Yoga Educator
A long-neglected piece of teacher training curriculums out there is the Psychology of Yoga and the Ethics of Teaching. We aim to bring this topic to light in our program thru a deep look into the ways our psychology can contribute to our skills (or our downfalls!) in teaching. Jeannie also lights up the practices of restorative yoga for you as well with her deep insights into the power of rest.
We are delighted to have Jeannie Songer, our resident mental health therapist with a Masters in Counseling as an integral part of our staff, to fill in these vital holes in teaching curriculum. She brings questions and answers about emotional literacy, transference, projection, a trip into your own psyche and the implications of the teacher-student relationship. These classes will also highlight a code of ethics for teachers, a theory about the many types of students that seek out yoga, as well as the many kinds of teachers, and how to be the most effective at your teaching practice. Jeannie is a joy to work with and is a friendly and approachable presence in presenting somewhat difficult topics.
She is also trained and certified in Judith Hanson Lasater’s Restorative Yoga methods, and brings the sweetness of pure rest to light in this program.
Molly Boeder- Harris (she/her)<br>Trauma-Informed Yoga Educator and Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP)
Molly is the Founder and Executive Director of The Breathe Network and a certified yoga instructor formally trained through YogaWorks. Her experience and trainings have informed the way she connects the practice of yoga with trauma resilience, while revolutionizing her own healing. After a decade of direct advocacy work with trauma survivors, Molly completed two years in her 3-year certificate training in Somatic Experiencing (SE) - a body-oriented therapeutic approach to healing trauma. She strives to synthesize the complementary benefits of both yoga and Somatic Experiencing in her teaching and training.
Molly brings the vital conversation about inclusiveness and trauma-informed best practices to the table with skill, ease and personal experience, and shares many tools that both new and seasoned teachers can begin to understand the implications of language, boundary and the healing work of yoga for all participants. She is the founder of The Breathe Network, and teaches Trauma-Informed Yoga trainings all over the country. We are most fortunate to have her skill and wisdom here at The Bhaktishop. Read more about her here.
Dana Sturtevant (she/her) and Hilary Kinavey (she/her) of Be Nourished<br>Creating Size-Inclusive Spaces
In 2005, Hilary Kinavey, MS, LPC and Dana Sturtevant, MS, RD co-founded Be Nourished, a community based outpatient clinic and professional training institute that created Body Trust®—a strength-based, trauma-informed, scientifically grounded healing modality that encourages movement toward a compassionate, weight-inclusive model of radical self-care to address body oppression, heal body shame and associated patterns of chronic dieting and disordered eating. The Be Nourished Training Institute offers programs for health care providers interested in adopting client-centered, trauma-informed, justice-based approaches to healing—including an intensive cohort-based six-month training to become a Certified Body Trust Provider. Learn more at benourished.org.
These powerful teachers have been visiting our center in some capacity since 2008, and they share ways for yoga teachers to unlearn and dismantle habituated patterns of fat-phobia, and see more ways to include more bodies safely and joyfully into the classroom.
Kate Busby (she/her)<br>Masters in Oriental Medicine, Yoga Educator and Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP)
Kate brings her compassionate communication skills to the program with deep work in both the Nervous System and its infinite complexity by way of Restorative Yoga as well as Teaching Methodology. She is one of the Yoga School Mentors, and an integral part of our teaching team. She has been at it for more than 15 years in committed practice, and her eagle-eye for detail and clarity is especially welcome to students seeking inquiry and self-awareness. She is in dedicated ongoing study in yoga through regular trainings in anatomy, biomechanics and alignment, as well as yoga philosophy, trauma stewardship and the more subtle components of practice, including meditation, Somatic Experiencing, the deeply complex Nervous System, and pranayama.
The Bhaktishop Yoga Center offers alignment based hatha yoga classes and vinyasa yoga classes, spiritual study, yoga therapy, prenatal yoga, restorative yoga, 200 Hour teacher training, kirtan, bhakti yoga, yoga retreats, and more in Southeast Portland, OR. We are a safe, sanctuary community for all people.