Teachers

Lindsey Bloom

lindseybloomLindsey was introduced to yoga as a teenager right here in Juneau, AK. Her strongest influence over the years has been Ana Forrest whose teacher training program in 2006 and many workshops with Ana thereafter led to new depths of personal, physical and spiritual exploration. Lindsey is equally intrigued with the science based movement and conditioning practices of biomechanics, the deep myofascial release of Yoga Tune-Up therapy balls with the Roll Model Method and the healing and spiritual bedrock practices of Forrest Yoga. Drawing on her own life experiences, Lindsey teaches challenging classes balanced with a gentle focus on healing physical and emotional injuries. Lindsey teaches each class with options and modifications for all levels of experience. In Lindsey’s unique class you can expect a deep anchoring in breath, down regulation of the nervous system to counter act stress, playful sequencing and exploring your physical edges, she has never taught the same class twice!


Tammy Davis

Tammy started practicing yoga in 1992 and began teaching in 2003. She teaches flow-style yoga, combining vinyasa flows with attention to balance, breath, intention, and alignment to help the student move beyond the status quo. She emphasizes dynamic, breath-driven movement with focus on sustaining poses to build isometric tension and strength; and to exhilarate, release toxins, set intentions, and heal.
Tammy is the president of Rainforest Yoga.


Rhonda Gardinier

Rhonda was introduced to Iyengar yoga by her mom in 1984. She began taking classes regularly in Juneau from Iyengar teachers Wendy Hamilton and Jane Terzis in 1991, apprenticed with them for a year, and began teaching at The Juneau Center for Yoga in 1994.

In the summer of 2004, Rhonda attended a 90-hour Teacher Training with Donna Farhi in Vancouver, B.C. This has greatly influenced both her practice and teaching. However, the students who attend her classes each week continue to be her best teachers.A guiding thought for Rhonda comes from a spiritual leader at Kripalu Institute via friend and teacher Megha Buttenheim: “The greatest spiritual practice is self-observation with compassion.”


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Kristy was 19 when a friend invited her to try yoga. She experienced the essence of mind/body/spirit connection in that first class. Kristy continued to explore, and be awed by, this magical relationship. She marveled at the power of breath and movement to connect and heal. Her yoga journey guided her through various lineages including; Iyengar, Anusara, Bikram and Vinyasa flow. Her primary teachers have been Kent Bond, Jeanie Manchester and Jennifer Prugh. Kristy’s classes are generally offered at a slower pace, focused on asana refinement with awareness of breath and body sensations. Her classes are taught in service of becoming fully embodied, aware humans on this Earth.


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Bev’s students enjoy her classes as both challenging and relaxing. She encourages breath to focus the mind and body. She has a keen eye for teaching alignment. Bev loves integrating mindfulness of the body through breath and movement to deepen awareness and invite stillness. She is passionate about sharing her love of yoga and making yoga accessible to Everybody. She believes in the process of yoga to promote healing on the physical, emotional, and spiritual level.

Bev is registered with the Yoga Alliance as a 500 hr experienced yoga teacher (1000 teaching hours). She has been teaching yoga since 1999 and practicing for more than 25 years. She took her first teacher training in 2001with Theresa Elliot of Pacific Yoga Teacher training program. In May 2012, she completed a 340-hour Mindfulness Yoga and Meditation Training Program through Spirit Rock Meditation Center. In June 2015, she completed 300 hours of yoga therapy training with Sarahjoy Marsh. Bev is also a yoga therapist and available for private sessions.

Bev is grateful to all her teachers and students who have enriched her life and teaching. She is one of the founding members of Rainforest Yoga and currently serves on the Board of Directors.


Kayla Luhrs

Kayla began her yoga career on the stilted studio above creek street in her hometown of Ketchikan, Alaska. The interest grew from a college elective to a calling to India where she studied Ayurveda, the greater medicine of which yoga is a part. She completed her yoga teacher training at Samyak Yoga in Mysore, India, as well as at the Institute of Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy in Portland, Oregon. Her class opens with a discussion then moves through guided meditation, a warm-up, sun salutations, targeted asana/pose series, relaxation and breathwork. Designed to keep you feeling healthy and brilliant, all are welcome to join us for Ayurvedic Medicine Yoga.


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Mary was introduced to yoga and meditation at age 17 and has over 20 years of daily practice. The majority of her practice has been in the Ashtanga tradition and she has studied with both Pattabhi Jois and Sharath Jois as well as other senior teachers in Ashtanga and other traditions, including Iyengar, Yin, And Restorative. She frequently travels to study yoga including yearly trips to India where for several years she has been studying with David Garrigues. She practiced for several years in Juneau with Stephanie Quigley and in 2015 she completed her RYS 200 teacher training at The Yoga Path in Juneau with Jodee Dixon and has been teaching restorative yoga there for the past 3 years.
She enjoys teaching many styles of yoga and combining the principles to create a gentle flowing practice while encouraging deep inner awareness.


Carol Race

carolrace2Carol’s interest in yoga began as an extension of her study of movement and dance. She soon discovered the benefits of pranayama (breath exploration) and spirituality that adds a deeper dimension to physical awareness.Carol received her teaching certification and Yoga Alliance registration in 2008, and has taught at Rainforest since. She has studied with Radiant Child Yoga and is currently studying yoga therapy with Sarahjoy Marsh. Carol is available for private practice sessions.

She thanks her many teachers including Shar Smith, Lynne Minton, and Sarahjoy Marsh for inspiration and wisdom. She is grateful to Rainforest for providing a rich environment with many visiting teachers, and to students for offering much joy to her life.


Theresa Soley

Theresa’s yoga practice began in San Francisco, and traveled with her to a remote African island where she finally managed to lift her legs into a head stand. Her practice deepened immensely at Raven Yoga Shala in Juneau, practicing Ashtanga-style yoga with ecyogaStephanie Quigley. Another great teacher and inspiration of hers includes Bryan Kest of Power Yoga in Santa Monica, California. In 2014 Theresa took her 200-hour RYA training so that she can now share the elements of balance she aspires for in yoga practice with others. She has continued to expand her practice and teaching abilities at Union Tree School of Yoga (based in Wisconsin). Expect to leave her classes challenged yet relaxed.


Jenny Strumfeld

JennyStrumfeldJenny has been a student, practitioner and teacher of yoga for the past 20 years. What fascinates her most is how we can use the breath to guide the postures as well as our thoughts and our lives. If she were to name her practice she would call it a “slow flow,” moving in mindful awareness without focusing on an “end” result, but rather on being with the body and mind in its present state.In addition to many hours of training, she earned a 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training certificate from the Nosara Yoga Institute in Costa Rica. Their approach is nondogmatic and focuses on incorporating curiosity and exploration into the postures and life. However, much of her inspiration comes from Ana Forrest, a world-renowned teacher, whose work focuses on the breath, core strength and acceptance. Most importantly in her classes and workshops, she is motivated to create a safe and nurturing environment for people to practice postures, use their breath, and generate calm in their lives.


Swarupa Toth

Swarupa has been practicing hatha yoga since she was as a commodities trader on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange in the ’80s. In 1991, she became a staff member at an ashram in New York where hatha yoga, meditation, chanting, scriptural study, and volunteer work were the daily focus. There, Swarupa was introduced to world-class hatha yoga teachers. She left the ashram for Gustavus, Alaska, where she has been teaching hatha yoga since 2002.

Her teacher training is rooted in the Temple of Kriya Yoga, as well as a strong Anusara influence from retreats and weekend workshops with John Friend and Sarahjoy Marsh.

“Hatha yoga integrates all aspects of life: the mind, the body, and the spirit. Moving the breath deeply through various poses brings deeper understanding and meaning to the many flavors of our self. Our inner and outer world come into balance. Our life becomes a play of consciousness.”


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