Our Teachers

Our classes are inspiring, spirituality uplifting and intuitively led by an amazing tribe of teachers. 

Alexandra

Alexandra’s yoga journey started in 2008. The transformation and love that she received through her practice was immediate. She discovered Buti Yoga in 2016 and knew instantly that it was life-changing. Buti is not just a workout, it’s a chance to step on your mat and break away from any emotional or physical barriers you are holding. A moment to create, let go, connect, and sweat with an open heart.

She received her 200 YYT through Buti Yoga in 2016 and has been teaching ever since.

You can expect classes that are physically challenging, powerful, and grounding.

Alexandra wants her students to leave her classes feeling empowered, strengthened and opened into a greater sense of self.

Gabrielle

Yoga has been a big part of Gabrielle’s life for over 15 years. She believes it is a creative and fun way to push boundaries, gain strength, flexibility and grace. In her  classes you will lovingly push yourself out of your comfort zone, encouraging growth in a dynamic way. She has been teaching various styles of yoga since 2012 and is a 200 hour RYT registered through yoga alliance. Through her creative and playful flow sequencing you can expect a fun and strong class.

Brittney M.

Brittney fell hard and fast in love with her Pilates practice in 2018. She spent the next year taking as many classes as she possibly could before deciding to attend an Inferno Hot Pilates teacher training one year later in 2019. Brittney’s love for her practice shines through in each and every class. Her goal is to share the love and light that Inferno Hot Pilates has brought to her own life with all of her students. She hopes to inspire others to love being on the mat and help students build healthy a relationship with their mind and body.

Samantha Edwardes

Samantha’s PilatesBarre classes offer an invigorating full-body workout set to motivating music. Engaging all major muscle groups and ending with aromatherapy, you will leave feeling stronger, focused and refreshed. An avid yogi, Samantha’s classes weave together pilates exercises and barre movements with a vinyasa-style flow. Fun and fiery, her 50-minute sessions focus on strength training and core control. 

Trained by San Diego’s first heated Barre studio, Samantha has been teaching fitness classes since 2017. New to Arcata, she is grateful for the time spent together on our mats and excited to connect more deeply with our community. When she isn’t the instructor, you will find her in most Vibes classes as a student, or out on one of Humboldt’s many hiking trails. 

Heather

Heather teaches alignment based Power Vinyasa classes in a heated room. She emphasizes breath, flow, & alignment based movement to promote healing of injuries and balancing the body and mind. This meditative flowing style is perfect for anyone looking to take their yoga practice to the next level, to feel their edge, to transform. Heather began studying Iyengar Yoga in college in Santa Fe. She has completed teacher trainings with Janet Stone, Baron Baptiste, Max Strom, and Robyn Smith. She has been influenced and studied with Shiva Rae, Michelline Berry, & Sarah Joy Marsh to name a few. Currently she is completing her Baptiste Yoga certification. She has been practicing massage therapy for 10 years, studied Ayurveda, and recently became an Esthetician. Her passions are yoga travel~ practicing and connecting with the global yoga community, spending time in Nature, and having fun with her two daughters.

Tara

Originally from Oahu, I grew up going to yoga classes with my dad and have had the practices and its teachings an integral part of my life ever since. Yoga as I was taught is the opening of the heart through the opening of the body. In 2014 I completed a 200hr YTT at Shambhava Yoga Konalani in Hawaii. I am currently working on a 300hr Advanced Teacher Training at Yandara Yoga Institute in Baja MX. My interests in ways to open and move the body and mind are multifaceted and in addition to traditional yoga I am also Advanced Buti Certified and enjoy the energetic dance, plyometrics and yoga blend of this practice. Equally important to having a regular asana and meditation practice; I believe in living an extraordinary life of abundance and positivity. Based in the principals that all of the answers we seek are within, I am also a Certified Life Coach. Classes are creative and challenging and have a rocking eclectic mix of music to move to.

Sasha

Sasha’s exuberant love for yoga shines through in every class she leads. With roots in Ashtanga and Baptiste Yoga, her classes are fiery yet grounding.  She began her yoga journey in 2004 and in 2012 became an E-RYT certified Yoga Alliance instructorSasha holds a B.A. in Human Development and a Master’s in Counseling Psychology, specializing in both somatic mind/body therapy and trauma-informed care; she is currently accruing hours towards her Marriage and Family Therapist license. Sasha, most recently, completed a 40-hour training with Hala Khouri in Trauma-Informed Yoga (Somatic Experiencing) and uses this approach when teaching incarcerated youth and other groups of this nature. Sasha is a birth doula and utilizes this training to support her prenatal yoga classes.

Her hope in life is to improve the lives of those open and willing to roll out the mat and discover the magic of the practice and what’s within. Yoga can be utilized as a tool to not only calm the body and mind, but also to alleviate symptoms of illness, both in the physical and beyond. Sasha finds her work in yoga to be that of a guide through the process of healing. 

Her love for the practice and for those she has the pleasure of sharing it with is what energizes her teaching. If you love a lively and high-spirited practice that will bring you deeper into a grounded sense of self, you will love this class! Expect to breathe and flow through intentional sequencing and high energetic movement, all backed by upbeat and luminous playlists carefully mixed to awaken the power of what’s within. Her classes are appropriate for all practitioners who enjoy a physical challenge that leaves you feeling whole and alive!    

Allison

Allison has been practicing and studying yoga for the last 15 years. She has over 500 hours of teacher training based in hatha, vinyasa, Anusara yoga. Despite the many roads life has taken her down she has maintained teaching and the practice of yoga as a constant. In her teaching Allison encourages creative self expression that often comes out in her asana sequencing and discipline emphasized in the mental focus, staying present and breath work. She also is a true believer in living your yoga and incorporating intention, presence and self awareness into your life and maneuvering from that space into your everyday life.

L’Aura

L’Aura has been practicing yoga since the mid 90’s and teaching privately since 2010. Since receiving her teacher certification she has been moved by a deep desire to encourage and support all who desire a yoga practice and especially those of the Golden Age to move, strengthen and increase mobility and flexibility in a safe and nurturing environment. An elder herself, she has been down numerous roads in her life, each of which have brought her full circle to her own Inner Guidance, that sparkling and Intuitive state where the truth of what is brings peace. She is deeply aware of the intrinsic value and transformative power of incorporating yoga into her own life and yearns to share the many gifts that unite to form a practice ~ a deeper relationship with breath, a sense of humor, self-forgiveness, gratitude for each moment and a conscious approach to living a life you love, on and off the mat. She believes the body is our temple, each asana, an opportunity and an offering.

Sarah

Sarah has been practicing yoga for over the past decade. She initially went to yoga to find peace and relaxation and left with so much more. After experiencing such a transformational practice she wanted to share the joy she experienced with others. She began teaching in 2011 after completing a training in Vinyasa Yoga. Her classes pull from a variety of the ones she personally attends which range from Power to Gentle from Vinyasa to Astanga…they are lighthearted and strengthening with the purpose to leave you walking away feeling more lighter, relaxed, and more empowered.

Expect a very upbeat playlist and lots of sweating in her Power Yoga and quite the opposite in her Gentle Yoga class with no music, slow movement, and low impact postures.

Besides Yoga Sarah is an herbalist, Ayurvedic practitioner, and enjoys spending much of her free time in nature and pursuing a holistic lifestyle.

Emily

Emily is a light-hearted teacher who is drawn to yoga because it continually brings her home to herself. She loves to practice and teach yoga on the beach, under the redwoods, and in the mountains, and finds joy in using music to guide the practice.
She was first drawn to power vinyasa by its ability to cultivate a deep presence through challenging movements and fluid breath. Building heat in the body, she finds, helps to quiet the mind.

She believes our own bodies are our greatest teachers, and creating space to experience them aligns us with our hearts and our inner wisdom. She focuses on building a strong foundation and encouraging an individual practice. Her aim is to help students feel grounded in their bodies so they may bring their clearest, most vibrant selves to express and experience life.

Sam Akers

Samantha Akers, E-RTY500, C-IAYT, CMT, MFRT, feels that yoga found her, when she was ill with Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia and Lyme disease. 20 Years ago, she began exploring the benefits of Restorative Yoga, against her own belief system that she had to be active to get well. Restorative Yoga became her way back into health and wellness and she believes in the powerful healing affects the practice can offer to all people, regardless of their condition.

She now leads students through therapeutically informed yoga practices. Sam teachers TheraYoga Method 200 and 300 hour Yoga Teacher Trainings as well as weekend modules on everything from Anatomy of the Breath, Biomechanics in Yin, Fascia in Asana and Restorative Yoga. She believes in a holistic approach to healing and wellness that includes meditation, breath work, sound healing and all forms of movement. She studies anatomy through cadaver dissections, Polyvagal and attachment theories and is part of a research group that looks at current studies of fascia and biomechanics, specifically inclined towards yoga. Her mission statement…“Yoga is the doorway to the Heart Practices”.  All of her classes draw students to the wisdom and kindness of their own hearts, through loving kindness meditations (Metta). Sam is also a Dharma teacher and leads retreats and classes on Buddhist practices. Her classes will leave you feeling connected, safe and grounded with a trauma informed emphasis.

Jaime

Jaime Powell has been practicing and teaching yoga for the past 14 years and has been a body worker for the last 16. She moved to the Arcata area in 2017 and brought her passions with her. Her love of the healing arts developed professionally in 2004 when she became a certified massage therapist from the Santa Barbara Body Therapy Institute where she developed a specialty in Thai bodywork which she calls Thai Fusion. Her intrigue with anatomy and technique lead her in 2005 to turn her attention to practicing yoga and in 2010 became a certified teacher. An ever-evolving student, she believes that growing into conscious evolution takes a lifetime. That with a playful perspective, an open heart & mind, we can transition through the growing pains with love and grace. Jaime is dedicated to raising awareness of the mind-body connection through Yoga and massage. She holds the intention for your body’s wellbeing with gentle guidance in all she offers.

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