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Mariane Ballete is the founder and managing director of Rasa Yoga Center in Southern Oregon. She has trained and studied with Tias Little and Max Strom, and honors all her yoga teachers and influences such as Les Leventhal, Rod Stryker, Kristin Laak, the outdoors and her daughter, Malaya. Mariane has spent much of her life in the outdoors, mountain climbing, backpacking, skiing, kayaking – making the natural world her personal yoga studio. She has been practicing, studying and teaching yoga for over 12… >> learn more.
Rachel found her yoga practice in 2005 after a serious knee injury while attending college as a dance major. Rachel’s passion and love for yoga is infectious—and some might say an obsession. Seriously. She just can’t stop doing it, talking about it, reading about it, teaching it, and applying it to everything she does. She’s studied many different forms of movement in a variety of places from New York, Pennsylvania, and Washington, to her home in Ashland, Oregon…. >> learn more.
Matthew Downard is a passionately driven teacher. His accessible, energetic classes integrate the best elements of power yoga, anatomical alignment, and one pointed focus. His enthusiastic approach to hatha yoga will educate, empower, and stimulate your body and senses. Matthew has taught in a variety of different environments, educating a wide range of students and practicioners. His clear and focused instruction will bring maximum impact with minimal effort.
My classes deliver a strong physical practice,… >> learn more.
Caitlin is a firm believer in the importance of the mind body connection. After completing a six-year enlistment in the Air Force working as a mental health technician, she saw firsthand how disruptive it can be when that connection is broken. She believes the physical practice of yoga asana is a powerful, moving meditation that can rekindle, or even help to discover that connection.
Her classes will offer strong, logical, purposeful sequencing, and will ask you to engage… >> learn more.
Julie has explored movement and health for over 25 years. She teaches Bhakti yoga classes at Rasa in Ashland where she also manages the studio. This class focuses on breath-initiated movement, bringing mindfulness to your yoga practice and the exploration of Bhakti, devotion/love, on and off the mat. Utilizing music and the beauty and grace of vinyasa flow, the class will invite you to delve deeper into your body/mind awareness, as well as facilitate yoga’s benefits to relax… >> learn more.
Cynde Gragert, RYT, LMT
Cynde is an experienced, registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance (E-RYT 500), teaching since 1985. She is guided by the ongoing study of yoga philosophy, the principles of Yin/Yang from Taoism, mindfulness meditation from Buddhism, and the deep understanding of body mechanics and movement from her practice of massage therapy and holistic health. Her classes are offered with clear, concise guidance yoking breath with movement, alignment with a fluid sequence of postures to challenge, balance, and… >> learn more.
Emmy has been a committed student of Kundalini Yoga since 1999 and has been teaching since 2004. She has taught beginning and intermediate classes, prenatal yoga and yoga for actors. She is a Certified Kundalini Yoga Instructor through the Kundalini Research Institute, after completing a 200-hour training (Level I) in Espanola, New Mexico under the direction of Yogi Bhajan in 2003. Emmy returns to Espanola annually to complete a 300-hour Level II training program, to deepen her… >> learn more.
Sarah has been practicing yoga for over a decade and recently graduated from the Rasa Yoga Teacher Training Program in October 2016. Coupled with a Masters Degree in Oriental Medicine and Acupuncture, Sarah aims to bring a unique empathic intelligence to her yoga classes, so that students can feel positive, healing resonance flow through their body, mind and spirit. Sarah initiates her role as a Yoga Instructor with deeply rooted passion and… >> learn more.
Destiny began her yoga training in 2007, while studying Musical Theatre at Ball State University, where she self-studied yogic and sacred texts religiously. One book of yoga particularly struck her, the Sivananda Companion to Yoga, and it was from this book that she had the inspiration to travel to India, alone at age twenty-one, to live in the Sivananda Kutir Ashram and study traditional Hatha yoga. The training was rigorous, and incredibly valuable, nestled… >> learn more.
I’ve been practicing yoga since 1998, teaching since 2007. My life in travel, combined with the health I’ve recovered through yoga, meditation, nature, rest, writing, music and food as medicine is the greatest influence on my teaching. I’m also influenced by Ana Forrest, Erich Schiffmann, Chiara Guerrieri, Annie Carpenter, Seane Corn, Eckhart Tolle and so many others. My classes center around the art of release and recovery, using breathwork, meditation and intelligent sequencing to connect to the subtle body, awaken… >> learn more.