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Mariane Ballete

Mariane Ballete

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.

Matthew Downard

Matthew Downard


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 practitioners. His clear and focused instruction will bring maximum impact with minimal effort.

My classes deliver a strong physical practice,… >> learn more.

Caitlin Dunnington

Caitlin Dunnington

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 Freed

Julie Freed

Julie has explored movement and health her entire life. She teaches Vinyasa Flow and Gentle classes at both the Ashland and Medford studios. Her classes focus on breath-initiated movement, bringing mindfulness while exploring the union of breath and body on and off the mat. Utilizing music and the beauty and grace of movement, she will invite you to delve deeper into your body/mind awareness, as well as facilitate yoga’s benefits to relax into your entire being.

She completed… >> learn more.

Cynde Gragert

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 Graham

Emmy Graham

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 Guneratne

Sarah Guneratne


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.

Summer Mayne

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.

Lisa Norvell

Lisa’s vinyasa classes reflect her deeply nurturing and compassionate heart. It is her sincere desire to offer a class that balances both strength and flexibility while cultivating an atmosphere of physical, mental and emotional well-being. Lisa encourages her students to inhabit their bodies with gratitude and mindfulness cultivating deep inner presence. Her love of music, the human spirit and poetry are woven into her classes.

Lisa’s inspiration to inhabit our bodies with intention and kindness comes from deep personal loss… >> learn more.

Natalie Pennington

Natalie Pennington


Yoga is my home and my greatest refuge. Although I began practicing yoga to complement my running, I was soon drawn into the subtler aspects of practice. My time on the mat became a gift to myself, an invaluable opportunity to draw my mind away from its usual concerns and toward the sanctity of my body and the refuge of the present moment.
While I was initially called to teach in order to enhance… >> learn more.