Teachers

This is a welcoming and safe community.  Our teachers hold a space where you are completely safe to be yourself.  Freedom for All.  Come as You are.  ALL are welcome.

 
 
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ALL experience levels.
ALL walks of life.
ALL ARE WELCOME.

 
 
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Sandee Lawless

Sandee firmly believes it is never too late to start a yoga practice. Although coming to the yoga mat at various times in her life, it didn't resonate with her until her mid 40's, when she came to heal from emotional and physical pain. As she physically healed, she found unexpected gifts of love, patience and acceptance. Sandee completed her 200 hour Bhakti Flow Yoga teacher training with Gopa Rusty Wells in San Francisco, and has since completed another 100 hours of Advanced Bhakti Flow Yoga teacher training with Rusty.  

Mysore-style Ashtanga: Sandee completed a Primary Series Teacher Training with Tim Miller in the Ashtanga Yoga method and  lineage.  Sandee is forever the student having studied Mysore-style Ashtanga in India with Saraswati Jois in Mysore, India and is currently under apprenticeship with certified Ashtanga Yoga teacher David Garrigues. Sandee has spent two seasons in David’s Mysore Ashtanga Yoga Intensives in India and assisted him in the 7 week 2019 intensive.

Sandee practices with when she can and studies with  Founder of Yoga Punx Khristine Jones. Sandee is Founder and Executive Director of Yoga Punx PDX.  

In addition to teaching yoga for Yoga Punx, and the Mysore Program at Burning Spirits Yoga, Pacific Northwest College of the Arts, you can find her on the road as she and her person, Ami Lawless, teach international Yoga Punx classes and lead retreats.

Sandee is available for a new teacher mentorship program for those wanting to deep dive into teaching with their voice, heart and soul. She is the Director and lead teacher for the Heart of Vinyasa Yoga School and 200 hour Yoga Teacher training- diving deep into this heart-centered practice, beyond the physical.  The Heart of Vinyasa Yoga School ( 200 hour Program)  is scheduled for May and June 2019.  Email for details.  info@burningspiritsyoga.com

Sandee's classes are described as a vigorous vinyasa flow, fun filled devotion with inspiration. Sandee strives to connect with her students and meet them where they are. All are welcome. To give back what has been so freely given she volunteers her time teaching elders who reside in nursing homes, the staff who dedicatedly serve those residents,  and people who are in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. 

Sandee is available for private lessons, group, and work place classes.

You can find Sandee Lawless on Instagram, Twitter,  and Facebook —- and follow her playlists on Spotify

 
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Melodee Calderon

Yogi, dancer, eternal student of life! My love of movement began long before I even understood the vast healing energies it conjours. Swaying with the trees in my backyard as a girl, feeling the current of water while standing waist deep in a river, weeping tears of gratitude in child’s pose from experiencing the break through of stagnant energy while doing yoga for the first time via DVD – with one of my favorite yogis – Baron Baptiste.

Once I understood that yoga // movement is a fluid and filters out old energy and patterns – I was instantly hooked on the feeling and the beauty of focused clarity it provided. Not to mention the strong, healthy body it also sculpts! Double score!! My compassionate being is compelled to share the joy and truth I find within my personal yoga practice with others, to share knowledge for the whole – so I trained to gain my 200 RYT certification and here I am, present moment – ready to share. My class style is vinyasa flow fused with elements of Bikram, Iyengar, and Karma yoga – (taking the lessons off the mat and into the world!) – a constant flux of inspired yogic phrases which include movement and stillness, strength and softness, breath and embodiment, strength and focus, fight and beauty. Look forward to seeing you in class and in the community!

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Chelsey Fowler

I came to yoga in the midst of recovery from addiction and seeking mental, emotional, and physical healing. A friend introduced me to Yoga Punx and I started feeling the benefits right away. I began a regular practice in the fall of 2016 which helped me move from anxiety and depression into living with more ease and steadiness. There is an inner strength that I have found on the mat that I am thrilled and honored to hold space space for while others discover that in themselves. Training under the guidance of Sandee Lawless in Bhakti Flow Yoga, I am very much a student with so much to learn and excited to share the benefits of this practice along the way. I find I am best able to forget self by being of service and hope to do so through community practices. Start where you are at, come as you are! Showing up in itself is much of battle, I'll be there cheering you on or practicing beside you in one of the many classes at Burning Spirits Yoga.

 

Kat Hemme

Practicing yoga has represented the existence of strength in my life. Through yoga I have been able to wake up each day and decide who I see when I look at myself. Through gentle movements my body has become strong, allowing my mind to be open and strong as well. Practicing yoga allows me to open my heart and love myself and others. When practicing yoga in a community I am able to accept the strength and kindness flowing through others and I am able to offer that same gentle kindness throughout all parts of my daily life. Steadily practicing has not only become a physical renewal of body for me, but a spiritual journey to enlightenment.

I began participating in yoga since 2009 through a recovery program. The exercises were extremely meditative and gentle, with lots of focused deep breathing and restorative positions. During my pregnancy of 2017, I made a daily habit of practicing the Bhakti Vinyasa Flow taught during Yoga Punx classes combined with prenatal poses and flows I composed myself. Bhakti has really defined what yoga can do for my heart, and my life and has drastically shifted the exercise into a practice. I am extremely excited to share my practice with others, and with other mothers!  

 

 
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Evan Smith

I took my first yoga class in 2010 in Northern Washington while on a cross country road trip.   I remember finding it almost hard to believe that I had never taken a yoga class before that.  The class, although a totally new experience, felt strangely familiar.  One of the next stops on that road trip was a meditation center in the foothills of the sierras.  I landed a job on a construction crew that was building a pagoda at that meditation center.  I began to practice yoga weekly  to ease my muscle tensions from working construction and to prepare my body to better be able to handle seated meditation.  

Over the next few years my yoga practice gradually increased in frequency and consistency until in 2015 I felt inspired to take a 200 hour yoga teacher training at Asheville Yoga Center.  During this training I made a connection Dancing Dogs Yoga Savannah, a Baptiste inspired studio, and began teaching there shortly after.  While teaching at Dancing Dogs Yoga, I took and helped facilitate another 200 hour teacher training to become more familiar with how to teach Baron Baptiste’s Journey into Power sequence.  

Another couple years and a couple moves later, I stumbled into a Yoga Punx class at Burning Spirits Yoga where I instantly felt at home.  Today my teaching is still strongly influenced by Baptiste Yoga, but I tend to take things a bit slower than your average power yoga class and I offer lots of modifications to make the practice accessible to everyone.  Hope to see you on your mat soon!

 
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Tay Arnold

Tay Arnold  brings a balance of supportive direction, non judgement and a raw authentic presence to her class. Full time mom, side hustler super hero, entrepreneurial multitasker with a gift of manifesting tranquility in the midst of pandemonium, her purpose is to guide students to meet their breath, then couple movement and find the power that drives them. The invitation is to embrace the uncomfortable, grapple less and open into an easeful flow of engaged action.

Coming to Yoga through meditation and the Buddhist philosophies, Tay’s interest in self development and soothing loved ones, lead her to discover and participate in several years of meditation workshops, mainly lead by Jerry Jones. In doing so, she was introduced to the world of Pranayama and Hatha Yoga. Once the door was flung open, the moving meditation was a natural marriage. After meeting her first Yoga teacher, now close friend, Rachel Browne, her passion to teach was awakened setting the stage for several years of life changing experiences,leading to the most miraculous year of her life. It beganwith Heart of Vinyasa Yoga School 200hr teacher training here at Burning Spirits, with Sandee Lawless along with several other Master Teachers, specializing in everything from Sanskrit to anatomy, guided and mentored her into a devotional path exposing the fire in her heart and punctuating the incredible traditions that the world of Yoga offers in splendid technicolor.  Book-ending that with 3 trips to Ireland in winter and spring and then again 3 trips in late summer and fall, she celebrated the rhythms of the seasons in conjunction with The Celtic School of Yoga200hr teacher training. Master Teachers Benita Wolfe and Jack Harrison were the patient and harmonious duality of the divine masculine and feminine, encouraging her growth, fine tuning skills and allowing spacious breath for the courage to fear no longer the life that she dreams of….