through the body, connect to soul

Gentle


This class is taught by:

Amy Fitzpatrick

RYT-200
Amy’s dad always told her “you only have one body - you have to take good care of it!” She's tried to live by these words, and has always enjoyed a active life filled with activities such as cycling, hiking, skiing, running, and speedskating. Her body has served her well, but she’s had her share of breaks and bruises and pins and steel rods and plates. The yoga practice she has developed over the past 12 years has helped her stay balanced through healthy times and injuries. Recently certified to teach (Spirit Path Yoga, 2016), she has been volunteer “karma” teaching at Day Break Adult Day Care and at the Better Breathers group. Amy wants to help people spanning many levels and abilities to harvest the many wonderful benefits of yoga. Amy’s other interests include her 2 teenagers, 2 dogs, and art - especially the fused glass she creates in her home studio. She looks forward to sharing yoga with you.
 

Becky Michalski

For Becky, like most of us, yoga began as a physical practice almost a decade ago. She loved the challenge of asana and delighted in a fast-paced, fun, flowing vinyasa class. Over the years, her yoga practice evolved from primarily a physical one to one that is more nurturing, contemplative, and restorative. As a critical care nurse, Becky experiences first-hand the effects of injury, stress, and illness – which are profoundly traumatizing for the person, their families, and also their caretakers. Physically and emotionally, she began to feel overwhelmed in her nursing career. By slowing down and deepening her yoga practice, she discovered its powerful ability to heal and rejuvenate. It became an important part of a daily self-care ritual that allows her to be more present and compassionate with herself and when caring for others. This realization led to a desire to share yoga with others. Becky took a 200-hour interdisciplinary yoga teacher training in Nosara, Costa Rica, followed by a mentorship with Kim Greeff in Anchorage, and Relax and Renew Restorative Yoga training with Judith Lasater. With this guidance, Becky has discovered a passion for teaching yoga that is accessible to all. In her classes, she hopes to share the healing benefits of yoga and to help you live better in body, mind, and spirit.

Lynne Opstad

Lynne was attracted to yoga because of its vigorous physical expression yet calming and meditative qualities. After practicing for 7 years she decided it was important to share the gift of yoga with others so enrolled in a 2-year teacher training program at Inner Dance Yoga Studio and has been teaching since 2011. She combines different disciplines that offer an eclectic experience to her students. She is fascinated by the body and continues to learn through self-study and attending workshops offered by master teachers. By integrating the most current research on body mechanics with the traditional teachings she tries to keep her classes constantly evolving. She emphasizes proper positioning, deep stretches and moving with the breath to connect, hopefully bringing her students to an outwardly exerted but inwardly blissful state by the end of class.

Megan Piersma

ERYT-200, RYT-500, Founder of Deha Yoga
Megan found yoga in college over a decade ago and has been consistently practicing ever since. Her practice on the mat has been incredibly fulfilling in that it requires a constantly shifting perspective of the physical body. But it was her practice OFF the mat that guided her to open Deha Yoga in February of 2016. Megan initially received her 200-hour training in 2011 and completed her 300-hour training with Semperviva Yoga College in Vancouver, BC in early 2017. She has attended numerous trainings around the country, is currently studying the Yoga Sutras, is enrolled in a 250-hour yoga history & philosophy program and is doing her personal work at the White Raven Center. She is humbled daily by the incredible community of yogis that have supported, challenged and taught her how to be a better spiritual being. Megan requires much of her students – that they support their bodies, train their minds and connect to their own personal source of power. You will sing, dance, shake, cry, move, learn, settle, surrender, breathe, laugh and allow. Megan encourages you to be unconditionally curious in all that you do.

Joyce Mayer

RYT200
Joyce has taken the long road to teaching, through a beginning practice 35 years ago, as an exhausted college student, in a dusty church attic in Harvard Square, years of dance (as a student and performer), Pilates, and multidisciplinary spiritual practice. Her academic experience includes a degree in molecular biology, with special studies in vertebrate development and structure. She is an adjunct professor in ballet at UAA Department of Theater and Dance, instructs ballet at Pulse Dance Studio, and teaches Pilates at Alaska Dance Theater. After years of parenthood, performance, and teaching, a return to active yoga practice provided a means of grounding her kinesthetic impulses in a consciously integrated technology, that is healing, joyful, and provokes endless exploration. She received her 200 hour teacher training through Anchorage Yoga, in 2014, and hopes to extend to her classes the opportunity to gather what they seek from the experience, and to be open to the possibility of the unexpected.

Natalie Wiggins

RYT-200, ND
As a Naturopathic Physician, Natalie has a significant interest in healthy living. That interest led her to take her first yoga class over 20 years ago, and she has been cultivating her yoga practice ever since. Yoga has been integral in nurturing 3 healthy pregnancies, recovering strength and range of motion following injuries, managing life's stressors, and deepening overall awareness. Initially charmed by the challenge of the physical postures, and the blissful feeling of moving through them; it is the mental training that fuels her daily practice. Her love of yoga led her to pursue further training to become an instructor, in order to share her passion with others. Natalie has a deep appreciation for all that yoga can offer, and her desire as an instructor is to spark that same appreciation in her students by leading them through thoughtful sequences, providing a balance between working up a sweat and mindful, moving meditation, while staying rooted in tradition.
A slower paced class for days when a more nurturing & relaxing practice is just what you need. Gentle Yoga provides all the benefits of a yoga experience at a slower, easier pace. By focusing on alignment principles, breathing techniques and modifications of basic poses, yoga becomes accessible to everyone, regardless of age, fitness level or physical challenges. Also a great class for the beginning yoga student. All levels, 75 degrees.

Upcoming classes:

  • Mon Oct 23 10:00 am - 11:15 am with Amy Fitzpatrick
  • Tue Oct 24 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm with Becky Michalski
  • Thu Oct 26 5:00 pm - 6:15 pm with Amy Fitzpatrick
  • Mon Oct 30 10:00 am - 11:15 am with Amy Fitzpatrick
  • Tue Oct 31 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm with Becky Michalski
  • Thu Nov 02 5:00 pm - 6:15 pm with Lynne Opstad
  • Mon Nov 06 10:00 am - 11:15 am with Lynne Opstad
  • Tue Nov 07 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm with Becky Michalski
  • Thu Nov 09 5:00 pm - 6:15 pm with Megan Piersma
  • Mon Nov 13 10:00 am - 11:15 am with Lynne Opstad
  • Tue Nov 14 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm with Joyce Mayer
  • Thu Nov 16 5:00 pm - 6:15 pm with Megan Piersma
  • Mon Nov 20 10:00 am - 11:15 am with Amy Fitzpatrick
  • Tue Nov 21 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm with Joyce Mayer
  • Mon Nov 27 10:00 am - 11:15 am with Lynne Opstad
  • Tue Nov 28 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm with Joyce Mayer
  • Thu Nov 30 5:00 pm - 6:15 pm with Megan Piersma
  • Mon Dec 04 10:00 am - 11:15 am with Natalie Wiggins
  • Tue Dec 05 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm with Becky Michalski