Audra is a mother, an entrepreneur, a community leader, a writer, a yogi, and a mindfulness practitioner. Audra owned her first business as a single mama at the age of 25. Since then she has gone on to create Love Hive Yoga, and recently founded Free Love Yoga, an online media company. She has trained over a hundred yoga teachers, written a book and published essays, led international and local retreats, and heart achingly loves the practices of Yoga and meditation. Audra experienced a spontaneous awakening to the divine love available to each of us when her daughter Veda was born almost 20 years ago. Thanks, Veda:) Since then she has been on the path, seeking to understand how to live in alignment with the knowledge of this loving awareness. These sessions are a culmination of the wisdom she has gained walking the path with guidance from her own teachers Manorama, Christina Sell, Sohi, Gabrielle Bernstein, Ram Dass, Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield.
Anna Mitra is an Oregon-native yoga teacher, a dedicated student, and a great lover and believer in movement as a form of medicine. Her yoga journey began in 2010, in a time when she struggled daily to manage her mental health. Slowly the mindful practices of yoga began to replace her unhealthy coping mechanisms and through these practices, she has developed a stronger relationship with her own healing process. It is through this lens that she has come to terms with the many aspects of her own inner darkness, and the light she has discovered within it. Anna believes in the wholeness, the deep intuitive wisdom that we all have, and strives to help students remember this within themselves. She empowers her students to be curious, to move in embodied ways that they might not otherwise, to remain present with all that arises, and supports them in discovering their own unique way of being. She encourages her students to take charge of their practice, to listen deeply to the innate wisdom of their bodies, and to make intentional, compassionate choices about how they interact with themselves and in the world.
Talha moved to Portland in 1996 where he focused his energies on his lifelong passion for skateboarding and enjoying the playfulness of his adopted home. In 2002 he discovered capoeira, which is when he became interested in movement and its ability to bring spontaneity, a sense of peace, and flexibility into all aspects of his life. This ultimately brought him to yoga, which he came to in 2008 through a hot yoga studio in North Portland. He has respect for the tradition of yoga, which is evident through his inquiry into all aspects of it, as well as his focused commitment to his own yoga practice. Since becoming a dad a year and a half ago, his understanding of the need yoga practitioners have for practical ways to relax and practice mindfulness has deepened, which has added a profound and felt sense of authenticity to his teaching. This realization grounded his work in Hatha and Tantra traditions. Talha teaches alignment based Hatha as a way to skillfully bring awareness to the left and right sides of the body, which can bring a sense of peace.Through the traditions of Tantra, which pairs well with the Hatha tradition, he has learned to work with pranayama, mantra, kriya yoga, yoga nidra and meditation. These traditions combined provide a swath of skillful tools for yogis on their path to a more peaceful experience on this life's journey. Talha received his 200 hour teacher training from Noah Maze Embassy, lead by Rocky Heron, and teacher assisted a 200 hour alignment Hatha yoga teacher training based in the Srividya (Auspicious Wisdom) Tantra tradition, lead by Alison Alstrom. He practiced Ashtanga Yoga primary series with Jason Stein. He also practiced Iyengar Yoga with Julie Lawrence. His Trika Shavisim teacher is Shambhavi Saraswati who leads Jaya Kula.
Donica began practicing in 2012, and was immediately drawn to the ways in which the practice revealed less harmful ways of living in this world. Yoga has helped her work towards and maintain healthier approaches towards herself and others. She took breaks here and there, then truly committed in 2019 when she completed The People’s Yoga very first teacher training led by the brilliant and inspiring, Abby Kraai. An intensive 300-hour course on Yoga Asana, sequencing, anatomy, and philosophy, only strengthened her connection with the practice and confirmed her love of working with others. She is dedicated to showing up with honesty and maintaining a safe, uplifting space centered around accessibility for all. She feels honored to share the benefits that Yoga can have on the mind, body, and spirit.
Donica was born in South Korea, adopted at eight months old and became a part of a discombobulated, yet loving family, who raised her and her brother in Virginia. She moved to Oregon and graduated from Southern Oregon University in 2016 with an Art degree and has resided in Portland ever since. She loves hiking, likes running enough to do once a week, and lives for the company of her close friends, family, and cat.
Sound is a direct pathway to union and salve for the soul having a human experience. The impact that chanting and learning about the Hindu pantheon and other ancient wisdom traditions has had on Gina cannot be understated. The word mantra loosely translated from Sanskrit means: to deliver or to transcend the mind. The chanting of mantra aloud in combination with the harmonium (an Eastern instrument created for the sole purpose of devotional singing by many different traditions) captured Gina’s attention in the very first public Yoga classes she took well over a decade ago. The stories of the Hindu deities and the vibrations of the chants dedicated to them reminded her that she was indeed home—within and without. Though she delights in the meanings and stories behind the mantras, she also recognizes that the divine sound current speaks for itself and the people chanting along or listening create their own connection therein. Gina believes that using the voice connects people to a place inside themselves that nothing can touch—the place inside that is the fullness and completeness of who they really are. The joy derived from this connection is unparalleled, and serves as a reminder of what may have been forgotten. Joy is for everybody. Singing is for everybody. Love is for everybody. She has co-led numerous kirtans, voice workshops and sound healings domestically + internationally since 2014.
Ali Herron is a lifelong teacher and learner. She splits her time between teaching kindergarten and as an inclusive yoga instructor. She trains teachers and parents to use mindfulness practices in their interactions with children. As a mother, she understands the unique challenges of prioritizing time for herself. She works hard to cultivate compassion and awareness as modalities of self-care and healing. Ali is committed to making yoga accessible to all. No matter your size, age, experience, or ability level these gentle and affirming practices are meant for YOU! Yoga is expressed in her practice as a communication between the mind and body. Listening to the subtle conversation within is key to this mindful experience. Learning to embrace the body you are in right now is at the heart of the yoga classes taught by Ali.
Khalila is a meditation and yoga teacher with 20+ of personal practice. Her background includes over a decade as a wilderness educator leading multi-day expeditions for a variety of educational organizations, as well as teaching interdisciplinary curriculum in formal classroom settings and beyond. Khalila teaches meditation for all ages on retreats in both residential settings and remote wilderness environments, as well as classes, workshops and individual mentoring. Her teaching is grounded in nature awareness and connection, mindfulness meditation as a means for insight, care, and well-being, and social justice praxis that recognizes our interdependence and collective need for freedom.
Brooke has fallen in love with yoga over and over again throughout her decade of practice, always amazed at the neverending well of things to learn and explore. Yoga disrupts the patterns of our minds and bodies, allowing for more growth and expansion, always searching for the elusive balance of effort and ease, strength and stretch, holding on and letting go. Brooke is passionate about loving connection: connection of mind and body, connection with other beings, connection to the world. She aims to teach with healthy doses of humour and empathy, combining elements of challenge to focus the mind in self-awareness, play to generate joyful ease, and practical biomechanics to increase knowledge and safety. When she's not doing or teaching yoga, you can find Brooke reading fantasy novels, eating pizza, drinking wine, and exploring with her husband and their moyen poodle, Boomer.