Meet Our Teachers

We have so many wonderful Teachers here! Bio’s coming soon. 🙂

Ara Lyman, Owner – Kundalini Flow, Morning Sadhana, Hot Original 26 & 2 Series, Hot 26 & 2 Zen, Flow, Yoga for anxiety and depression.

Ara lives in Spokane Washington with her three boys and partner Jon Swanstrom. She is the proud owner of The Spokane Yoga Shala. She has a 200hr certification through The Yoga School of Spokane, a 350hr certification through Yarrow Hot Yoga and Wellness Studio, a private Baptiste training with Rhea Slichter, and a 200hr Radiant Body Kundalini certification from Kia Miller. Ara has also completed a level 1 and 3 sound healing certification in with Geoffrey Torkington. She is currently completing her 300hr course with Kia Miller and studying for her KRI level 1 course with Guru Singh in Seattle. She is also an accomplished artist with an AFA from Spokane Falls community College.

Ara’s initial experience with yoga was very physical. In 2002 after experiencing painful tendonitis in her hamstrings, she sought yoga as relief. Within her first month of regular practice, she knew yoga would always be a part of her life. She began her practice in 2002 as a student of Alison Rubin at Harmony Yoga in Spokane. Alison’s teachings in the Iyengar style continue to influence her instruction. Adherence to precision, finding a healthy sustainable way of accessing the postures and respect for the roots and philosophy of yoga. Her yoga practice and teachings now encompass much more than the physical body, but she understands that creating a deep connection to the physical layer of being can be a gateway to connecting to Self.

In addition to weekly classes, she leads teacher trainings, yoga immersions and the occasional festival workshop. In Ara’s classes, expect intuitively themed weekly sequences, to sing mantra, to sweat, to be safely physically challenged, to smile, to find your natural rhythm, to connect deeply with your breath, and to relax into a sound bath savasana with himalayan bowls and the gong.

Afiea Addy – Flow, Meditation

Afiea began her journey with yoga while studying Western Herbalism at the Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, in Tempe Arizona. Practicing to find peace and a clear mind to study, she discovered her passion and love for this beautiful ancient science, and wanted to learn more.

Pushing herself to overcome her worst fear, stage fright. Afiea enrolled at the Spirit of Yoga where she received her 200hr YTT certification.

Afiea’s commitment and statement is to inspire self healing. Everyone has the power to be anything, inspiring others to find that within themselves is her purpose. 

Tera Bailey – Buti, Flow
Rachel Cohen – Studio Manager, Power Vinyasa, Flow and Mindful Body

Rachel first found her love for movement when she started dance lessons at 3 years old. She continued until she found yoga in 2009, realizing that yoga was much more than stretching, it was a life changing experience. The joy and serenity she felt after her first yoga class radiates today as she teaches Baptiste inspired Power Vinyasa Yoga, vinyasa flow and slow flow. 

“I have a passion to help others and through yoga I’m able to accomplish that: physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. I’ve been inspired and all I want to do is pass it on and watch students as they transform.”

Rachel is also a certified children’s yoga instructor and teaches in preschools and daycares. A mother herself, she brings love and compassion into her classes, balancing strength with ease.

Anna Cutler – Kundalini Flow & Yoga for Depression and Anxiety
Angeleah Frey – Flow

“My first experience with yoga was when I just returned home from a long backpacking trip at the end of 2012. My girl friend really wanted me to go to yoga with her so we did a 30 day challenge at one of the studios here is Spokane. By the end of the process I saw a wonderful change in my mentality, my physical body, and my spiritually. After a year of practicing yoga I decided to dive deeper into this divine practice and go through a 200 hour yoga training.”

Angeleah has since earned her 200 hr certification through Harmony Yoga with Alison Rubin. Where “I learned the tools to proper alignment in my practice and how to help align and adjust others while in class.” Since then she has practiced in a variety of different studios and different styles of yoga.  Her style of teaching is a mix between Vinyasa Flow and Hatha Yoga. Think creative flows, long-(ish) holds, and deep breaths.

Susan Hall – Yin, Flow, Kundalini Flow

‘Abiding in the nature of the seer is Yoga’ – Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.

“The practice of yoga has allowed me the opportunity to take responsibility for my own life through heightened awareness, deep listening, and breath. 
Yoga is a state of mind, a science and for me, a spiritual practice.  I believe the true yogi brings their experience to the world in a loving way, hence ‘off the mat’ we reflect our true nature out into the world.”

Susan has been practicing yoga on and off the mat for over 15 years now. She is a Yoga Alliance certified, RYT 400 from LiLananda Yoga Spokane, WA. She is passionate about sharing the deep traditions of yoga in its many forms.  Throughout her life she has experienced many variations of healing work, which has opened her heart to what is possible through breath, bhanda, dhristi and movement. She has trained in various meditative techniques both classical and modern, such as sound synchronization and Nada Yoga.  

“I bring my love of singing to yoga as a devotional practice, Kundalini and Bhakti Yoga.  By utilizing our own voice, the sounding sacred text, we can find inner balance and harmony for ourselves, the community and beyond. 
I am honored to share the practice when the opportunity arises and hope the light that shines within will shine just a little brighter for the one and the whole. Namaste”

Buck Holland – Ashtanga Mashup
Roz Kitt – Hot Original 26 & 2 Series, Hot 26 & 2 Zen
Robert Meserve – Hot Original 26 & 2 Series

“I came into my first organized yoga class almost by accident. Living in Hawaii in 1997, after I had experienced two back to back colds in the space of several weeks, my late wife Doreen literally dragged me to a Bikram class that she and my sister had been attending for about a year. I had never heard of Bikram yoga and had never been in a hot studio. It was the most demanding activity I had done in 20 years or so, but finding this yoga was a life changing event for me.”

Fast forward to today-after 20 plus years of practicing and teaching, Robert continues to experience yoga as an immensely sustaining, challenging and rewarding endeavor of his life. 

“There is a theory and belief held by many knowledgeable and well reputed health professionals that as human beings, if we stop moving we will begin to atrophy. So movement, of any kind, is essential for our well being. This fact alone is one of the main reasons yoga is a tremendous gift available to all of us. The sense of well being and satisfaction that comes from being in your body, experiencing yourself move in familiar and sometimes unfamiliar ways deeply informs other parts and areas of our lives in ways we may not consciously realize but will have lasting and positive ramifications for the way we want to live in the world.” 

Mosha Morgan – Flow, Mindful Body
Mandy Nicole – Beginner Yoga, Yin
Julia Gatart – Ashtanga Mashup, Flow

Julia has been studying yoga since the 90’s and obtained her 200 RYT in 2010.  Her main focus has been ashtanga and flow. She hopes her students leave with enthusiasm of the human body, mind, and spirit. 

Kelsey Skenderovic – Kundalini Flow
Rhea Slichter – Hot Baptiste Yoga, Power Vinyasa with Movement Principles, Slow Flow
Jon Swanstrom – Hot Original 26 & 2 Series, Sadhana
Emma Tuck – Flow, Power Vinyasa
Justis VanTyler – Hot Original 26 & 2 Series
Lisa Waddle – Mindful Body
Daniele Daugherty – Power Vinyasa

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