Samanthea was born in Texas and has lived in Oregon since 2007 in both Ashland and Bend. Since her first yoga class in 1995, she has practiced and studied Hatha, Power Vinyasa-Astanga, Anusara and AcroYoga. Also, she has studied with many top Tantrik scholars in philosophy and meditation, and variety of other yoga philosophy teachers and is a graduate of Sage Massage School. She has also traveled to India in 2010 to further and deepen her experience. Her style is a combination of vinyasa and hatha yoga that integrates bio-mechanical principles of alignment, the art of inner awareness and a celebration of the heart.
Yoga has shown her how to fill her heart, mind, and soul with light and stillness. Life is both beautiful and full of challenges, and being able to help her students navigate their own personal journeys brings her immense joy and fulfillment. Samanthea’s classes emphasize clear alignment principles and challenge students to safely move deeper into the physical practice while connecting fully with their hearts’ truth. Samanthea has completed yoga therapeutics trainings with John Friend and teaches therapeutic alignment of Anusara® yoga to help students heal from injury, chronic pain, and discover greater freedom. Students find Samanthea’s teaching invigorating, nurturing, and appreciate her balance of lightheartedness, enthusiasm and wisdom. As a teacher, Samanthea is dedicated to helping students get a revelation of their own divine nature and to taste the bliss of their hearts. The practices of Yoga can help us become aware of our connection to the Universal Spirit and realize that every moment is a chance to remember and honor this. Samanthea is also a mom of 3 beautiful children, two cats and three dogs, loves to go out on long hikes, and hang out at home, reading, cooking and gardening.
Her training includes:
*Hatha Yoga teacher training 200 hr. Living Yoga Program Austin, TX – 2003
*Anusara-Inspired, www.anusara.com – 2007
*500 hr RYT Power yoga/ Ashtanga www.tiffanyyoga.com Tiffany Cruikshank Yoga Pearl Portland
*RYT 500 registered Yoga Aliiance.
*She is also a trained teacher in non-violent communication.