Carol’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.
Malia’s background in yoga and yoga therapy has spanned a couple of decades, and in that time she has been exposed to many teachers, schools, and lineages; her primary yoga teacher is Amy Matthews. For the past ten years, Malia has been studying somatics at The School for Body-Mind Centering with Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen and others. She has also been immersed in the expressive, nature-based work of Jamie McHugh.
With a strong respect for the body as one’s inner authority, Malia’s teachings are rooted in inquiry, exploration, and process. She hopes to generate interest in how we can move from within, rather than approaching movement from external forms.
Lindsey was introduced to yoga at an early age right here in Juneau. She is an Associate Forest Yoga Teacher, having completed a month-long Forrest Yoga Teacher Training and many workshops with Ana Forrest and Jonathan Bowra, as well as continuing learning from the many fantastic mentor teachers in Juneau.
Drawing on her own life experiences, Lindsey teaches challenging classes balanced with a gentle focus on healing physical and emotional injuries.
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.”
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.
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.
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.”
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 Stephanie 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 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.