From a young age, Adi (born Paul Marino) felt that Love was more important than anything else. Unknowingly, this subtle knowing led him to seek to understand God. As a teenager, Adi developed a fascination with shamanism and ‘expanding consciousness’. Years later, in 2003, Adi had an awakening to the essential nature of Self which profoundly transformed everything that he had thought was real. After working intensely with a Navajo medicine man and studying the mystical traditions of the world, Adi left for India in search of a fully enlightened Master. After a rigorous search he stumbled upon Sri Ramana Maharshi, where the search ended. Ramana's invitation was to discover the Self, which is always one's natural state of being. He gave us the beautiful gift of self-inquiry in order to find out "Who Am I, Really". Later meeting and working with awakened Masters, including Gangaji, Adyashanti, and Elle Collier Re, Adi began teaching and pointing others to the living Truth that is one's own nature. Adi brings a simple and direct style that doesn't waste time with non-essentials. He draws on the wisdom traditions of Christianity, Advaita Vedanta, Zen, Tantric Buddhism, and Yoga in his teachings. The challenge here is to dive deep into yourself in order to find out what's really, really True. These teachings are meant for those who are no longer interested in attaining anything special, but who are interested in the truth that is available always in the yearning of the Heart.
Alli first discovered the beauty and spirit of Hood River through kiteboarding, but was soon led to the presence and community of Flow Yoga. Seeking to resonate with a deeper understanding of what yoga is, and bear whiteness to ways the experience of mind body connection could enrich daily life, she completed the Jaya Teacher Training Program in 2014. After teaching in Solvang, California, Alli returned to Hood River to continue her education and training with Flow.
Angela is passionate about building strong healthy bodies and fun playlists. Her experience as a personal trainer, professional chef and nursing student feed into her vast knowledge of nutrition and exercise. When she is not in the studio, she is outside running, backcountry touring, riding the beautiful roads and swimming in the Columbia with the local triathlon club. Not only will you get a great workout in her classes, you can get some expert cooking tips as well.
Angela teaches with an infections positive energy and enthusiasm. She completed her Yoga teachers training in Asia and leads a powerful class that moves on the breath. She uses more traditional alignment cues and you can expect to break a sweat, and challenge your strength, balance, and flexibility in her Baptiste-inspired Flow.
Avery Kristine is inspired by the therapeutic benefits of yoga. If you are looking to reconnect with your body, ease tension, and rebalance compensation patterns - check out her mindful movement classes. She is also available for therapeutic-inspired private classes upon request.
Barbu, RCST, RYT-700, has been studying yoga, movement and somatic meditation practices since 2007, and began teaching in 2010. He trained in classical yoga with Dharma Mittra, spending three intensive years in NYC with the legendary “teacher’s teacher,” while simultaneously beginning training in Vajrayana Buddhism with Reggie Ray. Barbu has become interested in Neurobiology and how the body-brain can heal through resonant presence, deep empathy, breath-work and intentional movement. He is now offering Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy on Fridays in Flow’s Spa & Wellness Center, and focuses his teaching and healing work around the confluence of these various themes, with a practical, relaxed and (sometimes) humorous approach. His classes are slow-flowing, based in mindful movement and aimed at the development of confidence, compassion and a greater ability to self-regulate. Barbu is a father, currently lives in Hood River and is delighted to offer his skills and services to the greater Gorge.
Emily found yoga serendipitously at the age of 13 - unaware of the powerful effects it would have on her mind and body for the next several years. Lacking a sense of direction in most of her adult life, she always felt an unparalleled draw towards her regular pranayama and asana practice. Following her desire for a something deeper, she finished her RYT 200 through the Jaya program under Stephanie and Adi in 2017. Yoga has helped her find mental clarity, self love, and a recognition of our connection to everything.
Erin truly connected with the power of yoga, meditation, and endurance racing while serving in the Peace Corps in Paraguay. Upon returning to the States she serendipitously discovered Flow Yoga and the Jaya Teacher Training. Now a Certified Rolfer, Yoga Instructor, and Movement Therapist she teaches classes that work to move the body in new dynamic ways. With a passionate curiosity she continues to explore and teach sustainable biomechanics and the benefits of yoga in athletic cross-training, improving mental endurance, and for general stress relief. After her time in South America she also appreciates having the opportunity to lead classes in Spanish for the Latino populations in the Gorge.
Hannah originates from the small town of Cannon Beach, Oregon. Her passion for health derives from her love of surfing, volleyball and dance. She began her fitness career in 2011 leading group exercise classes while teaching english in Southern Europe. Her pursuit to learn more about exercise science lead Hannah to become an ACE Certified Personal Trainer in 2014. She enjoys working with all ages and levels! As a group fitness instructor she loves to mix it up and offer variety! Her favorite classes are Barre, HIIT Training, Restorative Stretch, Cardio Core, and Zumba Kids. Hannah also enjoys leading wellness programs and integrative-nutrition workshops. Her passion is people and her goal is to motivate and make movement a fun, safe and rewarding experience.
Hillary finished her RYT 200 with the Jaya Yoga Teacher Training Program as a student of Stephanie and Adi. Hillary began yoga for the same reasons that many new students do: as a way to work out, stretch, and relax. But - as yoga does for many people - her practice quickly blossomed into so much more than solely a physical practice. Yoga has given Hillary the freedom to open up and surrender to this Life. Her experience is that regular practice will take you on a path to deep-rooted clarity, inner peace, and love. Hillary feels blessed and humbled to experience the gift of Yoga, and in turn hopes to make some of those benefits and experiences available to her students and this community. Om.
Jennifer enjoys many styles of yoga and likes to share an eclectic mix with her students. Experiencing union of mind, body and spirit is the focus in her yoga, barre & fitness classes. Jen hopes to extend the practice of yoga beyond the mat into a way of life, all day, every day. She believes that the goal of the practice is to experience connection to the Divine Self. And that this unity with self, leads to unity with others and the earth. Peace within...Peace out!
Jen brings her love and enthusiasm for the outdoors to every class she teaches. She is an avid cyclist, both on and off road. An incredibly experienced and certified fitness, ski, and cycle professional.
Laura Klement, RYT 200, trained with Jaya Yoga and Soulaira Aerial Yoga. Laura enjoys sharing the magic of aerial yoga with teens & tweens, building strength and community in Circuit classes, and guiding students through yoga flow classes. When not at Flow, Laura empowers women and youth through woodworking classes and consults with home builders about energy efficiency.
Laurie was introduced to yoga as a teenager and learned early on about it's benefits as it helped her with her back pain from scoliosis and tension headaches. Laurie's love for yoga and it's therapeutic aspects lead her to choose a career in physical therapy where she shares its healing abilities with others. Her teaching style is a blend of yoga influences grounded in a studied knowledge of anatomy and biomechanics. She loves the challenge of encouraging people to find the ability to move within their bodies without overwelming them with medical terminology, and she welcomes the gift to guide others to build spirit and determination in themselves.
Lia Davidson fell in love with yoga in the Fall of 2000. She has been practicing Yoga ever since. About 4 years ago she started doing Barre and and became a Barre Certified Teacher in September 2018. She enjoys life in the Gorge with her husband of 20 years and their two teenage boys. When she is not at the studio practicing Yoga or Barre, you can find her on the river sailing a dinghy, hiking with friends, skiing, or in the backyard doing Aerial Yoga. She will be starting her RYT 200 in February 2019.
Lora Munn, ERYT 200, is a local teacher known for her deep devotion to the healing practices of yoga and for her ability to weave ancient, heart-centered philosophy into practices for the modern yoga practitioner.
Lora’s passion as a yoga teacher and healer is fulfilled by her creative offerings ranging from the dynamic and challenging aspects of vinyasa, to the deeply meditative aspects of restorative yoga and Yoga Nidra. Each class is a humble offering, a chance to relinquish the habits and histories that bind us all, and a chance to recognize that each moment is an opportunity to create a bright new story.
“People say that what we’re all seeking is a meaning for life. I don’t think that’s what we’re really seeking. I think that what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive… so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive.” ~Joseph Campbell
Madeline Luecht, RYT 200, trained to be a yoga teacher through Jaya Yoga TT with Steph and Adi at Flow Yoga in 2014. She then taught yoga classes in Corvallis, OR until graduating from OSU with a BS in Merchandising Management. She now works the Front Desk and manages our OmLife Boutique and Seva Program at Flow. Maddie loves her new home in Hood River, and the warm community that surrounds her. She completed her Aerial Silks Yoga training with AWOL as part of creating the Flow Yoga Aerial Program and is passionate and enthusiastic about sharing the magic of the aerial silks yoga practice with our community!
Marc was first drawn toward a yoga practice as a way to increase balance and flexibility and to supplement his outdoor activities. At Flow Yoga, he discovered that a consistent practice helped to both regain and build mobility (strength and flexibility), and bring about increased body awareness. Jaya Teacher Training deepened his passions for learning about sustainable body movement, and body care. Jaya Teacher Training also opened Marc’s eyes to the aspects of yoga that seek to understand the energetic bodies and the Self. He is excited to teach classes that inspire connection between the Self and the Body, and to bring about postive change on the individual level, as well as the community level. What bring us closer to ourselves inevitably brings us closer to others.
Maren is an Ace Certified Group Fitness Instructor. Fitness and sports have been an integral part of her life, since the beginning. She love teaching circuit style classes that incorporate both cardio and strength training and is always looking for new movements to switch up workouts, so be ready to learn something new every class. When I’m not in the gym, you can find her outside hiking, mountain biking, snowboarding, or competing in an OCR race. She couldn’t be more excited to share my passion for fitness and health with you and spread that love through teaching! Don’t miss out on opportunities to be the best you, ‘It is not what you are that holds you back, it is what you think you are not’…
Morai, RYT200, has been enamored with the study and practice of yoga for over 20 years. She enjoys blending elements of Tai Qi, vinyasa flow, asana, and kriya, making her style a playful spin of meaningful movements guided by breath and a lite heart. She believes that by inviting in softness, humility, and humor we are able to tap into the wellspring of joy just waiting for all of us in every yoga practice.
"I believe that life is an amazing gift and that every moment is precious! When I’m not spreading love of wellness and movement, I enjoy spending time with my beautiful daughter, friends, and family. Being in nature daily, finding time on my yoga mat, and nourishing my body with whole foods restore and nourish my mind and body.
All hope seemed lost after a lifetime of suffering from chronic digestive health issues, eight years of chronic back pain and multiple sports injuries. I found hope and healing through yoga, which taught me how to slow down and listen to my body. My passion is to empower others by following these same principles: slowing down and listening to his or her own body. My own journey has brought me abundant health and happiness. I believe I can initiate this journey for others.
My goal as a Yoga Therapist is to help others feel a deeper Mind-Body Connection in the transformative power of slowing down, tuning in, and being present. By lifting their sights and illuminating what is possible for their unique bodies, they are able to enjoy greater abundance—which we all deserve!
My success is in supporting those who wish for change and are ready and wiling to step outside of the box -- gifting them deeper awareness of how much more is possible. I want to support the goals of others by shining a light on their path to help them move toward their greatest potential. I specialize in helping clients find freedom from chronic pain, tension, stress, and dis-ease in the body.
My mission is “Building Strength with a Gentle Approach” --which is attainable for anyone who is ready for change!"
Savannah has been doing yoga since she was a toddler. She is featured in the YogaFit Kids DVD and KidCards, and has been assisting and teaching YogaFit Kids for 5 years now. She developed the YogaFit Kids program with her mom, Stephanie, and has assisted and attended the YogaFit Kids Teacher Training.
Cycle Instructor, Stacy, is a fabulously fit and fun, P.E. Teacher from Hood River Middle School with a wealth of experience and knowledge on and off the bike.
Sharing the awareness, acceptance and transformation the practice of yoga brings to our lives is what truly inspires Stephanie to teach. She has seen in others, and experienced herself, that regular practice inspires one to greater peace, connection, and joy. Stephanie has been practicing hatha yoga for over 20 years. Prior to that, she was learning about the yogic life through studying universal spiritual principles and philosophy with her first yoga teacher, Marianne Williamson (not an asana teacher, but a true teacher of the heart of Yoga).
Stephanie’s dedication to the path brought her to fulfilling her dream of opening a studio, training teachers, and building community through yoga. Flow Yoga recently celebrated its 11th anniversary and continues to thrive and grow in ways she never could have imagined. In 2012, Stephanie, with her partner, Adi Vajra, created her own Registered Yoga School called Jaya Yoga Teacher Training. Again, this leap of faith has been greatly rewarded with loyal and loving student teachers who come to train with them from all over the US and Canada.
Over 14 years, Stephanie has trained over 10,000 teachers throughout the US and Canada. She has led trainings in 25 states and 3 provinces. Internationally, in addition to Canada, Stephanie has also led teacher trainings in Mexico and India. She appears with her two daughters in the YogaFit Kids video/DVD, and in the YF Level One, Level Four and Anatomy Training DVDs, and appeared several times on Seattle’s Q13 Morning News show as a yoga resource.
In addition to Stephanie’s yoga background, she holds fitness certifications, including ACE's Personal Trainer Certificate since 1998. She has a B.S. from W.S.U., and is certified through BodyMind Academy as a Fitness and Nutrition Consultant. Stephanie has been a featured presenter at ACSM, NIRSA, TSI Summit, NW YogaFest, DCAC, Spinning, IDEA, and numerous YogaFit MindBody Fitness Conferences. She is registered at Yoga Alliance's highest level, as a 500-hr ERYT (this allows her to sign CEs for RYT 200-Trained teachers who attend her workshops).
Susan Sorensen has been practicing yoga for over 12 years. Susan completed her 200-hour RYT through Jaya Yoga in January 2014, and continues to aspire to the 500 hour level. She also achieved Baron Baptiste's level one teacher training in 2006, and has attended and participated in various yoga retreats and trainings around the country. Susan is also the Artistic Director and Owner of Columbia Gorge Dance Academy in Hood River, where she teaches jazz, hip hop and modern dance. Susan loves yoga for the peace, acceptance and compassion it gives her in her life, and in her body. Her goal is to pass that on to her students through breath, movement and LOVE for where they are in the moment. Accepting that we are all beautiful and valuable spirits, simply having a human experience in our bodies, and on this planet, let's lighten up on ourselves, generate some self love, and pass it on!!