Rooted in meditation techniques as well as vinyasa, hot, prenatal, and in yoga styles, Colleen’s classes cultivate strength, flexibility, endurance, and compassion. Her students are often surprised to find themselves laughing in the middle of class, as they “play around” with a new way to move their bodies.
The inspiration for Colleen’s classes arises from her personal study of how neurology and psychology intersect with the ancient wisdom of yoga. Informed by a Master of Arts in Teaching education degree and her own emotional experiences, Colleen creates a safe place for her students to discover and celebrate themselves on their mats. In addition to teaching adult yoga classes in studios and offices, Colleen teaches several kids yoga classes in local schools.
Off the mat, Colleen enjoys cycling, reading, creative writing, gardening, and creating art and music. She especially likes to sing during jam session with friends.
I am a forever student. I believe this to be one of my core oaths. As such, I think I will always be in school. I hold my Masters of Arts in Ayurveda from the beautiful community in the Watsonville, CA, the Mt. Madonna Institute. I have had the good fortune to receive sincere training there by amazing teachers, for which I am eternally inspired and grateful. I completed my Ayurvedic Practitioner Certification there as well.
Yoga, the sister Science of Ayurveda is of particular interest to me, too. I have done my Yoga Teacher Trainings, both 200 hour and 500 hour at the Bhaktishop Yoga Center. The Bhaktishop is my second home and a place where my heart and breath soar. I also have a fond affinity for gardening and farming, and have background here. I am sure in another life, I had my hands in the dirt regularly. My love for local, fresh, seasonal food grows deep. Additionally, the exploration of energetics and her vast healing power speak loud and clear. Playing and studying with and in nature as a vehicle of and for healing is important. My continued interest in the natural settings of the world and all her power for healing is a constant source of inspiration and influence.
But probably some of my most important lessons and guidance has come from the daily practice of living as I have learned to put these age-old sciences to good use. They have guided me through some of my life's' biggest challenges and complete rewards: teenagers, divorce, love, friendships and business have taught me lessons. Ayurveda gives me the ability to witness and experience them; learning and growing each and every day. And for that I am so very grateful. Learn more about what I do at www.livingartsayurveda.com
I love sharing Yoga with others. I love learning about why we are the way we are and I am forever fascinated by movement of every kind.
I actually began practicing Yoga seriously while working in an office many years ago...I was so grateful to have Yoga at work and in 2007 I received my first 200-hour training from Prananda Yoga and soon after, started my company, Working with Yoga, offering on-site Yoga to corporate offices in Portland.
Since then, I've continued with a Yoga Therapy Certification and two 500-hour programs (Ananda Seva and the Bhaktishop), along with multiple trainings with Doug Keller and Olga Kabel.
In 2013, after three herniated discs, I happened to turn to a page in Eric Franklin's book "Dynamic Alignment" and it changed my life, sending me to enroll in the Franklin Method training where I studied the bone rhythms of the body using imagery and movement. I now can't help but incorporate Franklin Method into my ongoing Yoga classes and private Yoga therapy sessions as well. Whether it is learning anatomy or studying the Yoga Sutras, I'm interested in all that teaches us to dig deeper...to uncover and understand our patterns, both physical and mental. Only once we see how we've been functioning can we make a change. I strive to offer thoughtful, supportive, light-hearted classes with enough space for students to turn inward and learn more about themselves.
Owner of Working with Yoga
Yoga instructor (E-500RYT) and Franklin Method Educator
I took my first asana class in high school at the age of 16 and loved it. However, I didn't discover yoga as a whole until I found The Bhaktishop in 2012. I felt a strong need to work on who I was and to have a sense of community--a real connection with others. I signed up for the 200 hour teacher training and completed it in 2013. I am currently enrolled in the 500 Hour Training program as well, and completed the Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training. This practice has allowed me to soften as a person and to have acceptance for myself and others. It has allowed me to open up to change and transformation and to embrace it. I feel overwhelming gratitude to be on this path, continuing to learn and always meeting friendly faces.
Recently dealing with a back injury and imbalances in my own body that have been a long a slow process to heal-- I have been opened up to an even deeper compassion for discomfort and pain. I am passionate about teaching in an office setting and the ability to reach out to a range of people who practice regularly and also to those who may not get to. I am aware in most work places, there is often some sort of repetitive movement/s that are required by individuals, whether it's typing at a desk or driving or lifting. Repetitive motion can sometimes lead to discomfort, pain and injury in our bodies, which is why I feel so grateful to offer a movement class to obtain that full range of motion for those who are in their work day.
Outside of teaching, I am going back to school for environmental studies and doing some of my favorite activities such as backpacking, climbing, traveling, identifying plants, taking pictures, movie-going, and cuddling with my dogs.
Marianne’s relationship with yoga began with her first class in 2000, and like every good relationship, it has grown stronger and more committed with time. She completed her teacher training at Red Door Yoga in Orlando, Florida in 2004, and has been teaching ever since. Upon moving to Portland in 2005, her practice and teaching have continued to evolve and deepen. Marianne is grateful to be a part of such a rich yoga community, and in particular for her study with Lisa Mae Osborn. In 2010, Marianne left full-time work as a librarian so that she could spend more time teaching and learning. She is continually challenged, humbled, and inspired by these practices, and in turn loves sharing yoga and mindfulness practices with others.
Marianne is most interested in how the practices of yoga allow us to be more fully human and embodied, more connected to ourselves, and more spacious and whole. Her classes combine a clear, steady and sweet combination of feeling, breath, alignment and mindfulness."
Bece Mariah Kidder was born and raised in Ellensburg, Washington, although she has been living in Portland for nearly 20 years now and considers it her home. She has been a dedicated yoga practitioner for six years now. She has a background in Tai Chi and has been practicing various martial arts for the past 10 years and likes to incorporate the practice of body energy awareness into her yoga practice. She has a dedicated yoga practice. Along with her terrestrial yoga practice, she discovered aerial yoga a few years ago and fell in love with it.
Bece has 200 hours of yoga teacher training, 65 hours of aerial yoga training, and is beginning the process of getting another 300 hours of yoga teacher training, which will include 60 more hours of aerial yoga training!
Her classes encourage exploration, playfulness and laughter in a safe environment
while adding muscle toning and gentle stretching for full body awareness and workout.