ALL experience levels.
ALL walks of life.
ALL ARE WELCOME.
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 then completed another 50 hours of Advanced Yoga teacher training with Rusty. She continues to study advanced training with Rusty as she works towards 500 hours. She also completed a Primary Series Teacher Training with Tim Miller in the Ashtanga lineage. Sandee studied yoga philosophy and completed a teacher mentorship with PDX based teacher Matt Nelson. She is forever a student- and continues her studies. Sandee practices with when she can and studies with Founder of Yoga Punx Khristine Jones. Sandee is a co - founder and teacher with Yoga Punx PDX. Sandee practices Mysore-style Ashtanga at Near East Yoga with Casey Palmer.
In addition to teaching Yoga Punx, you can find Sandee teaching at Burning Spirits Yoga, Pacific Northwest College of Art, on the road as she and her person Ami Lawless embark on the Yoga Punx world tour, and other pop up locations. Sandee is available for a new teacher mentorship program for those wanting to deep dive into teaching with their voice, heart and soul. Sandee is also co- leading with Matt Nelson a 200 hour Yoga Teacher training, The Heart of Vinyasa 200 hour Program tentatively scheduled for Spring 2018.
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 and women who are new to recovery from drug and alcohol addiction.
Sandee is available for private lessons, group, and work place classes. Email for details- link below
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 my first yogi teacher – 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 heart 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. I offer Vinyasa, Hatha and Restorative classes, as well as Cosmic Dance (belly dance infused yoga). Classes are a constant flux of inspired yogic phrases which include movement and stillness, strength and softness, breath and embodiment. I look forward to seeing you in class and in the community! In peace~
April began studying movement in pre-school ballet classes, and hasn’t stopped since. In 2011 she began a dedicated yoga practice.
I stumbled into a yoga studio just looking for something to do with my free time one summer, and the teacher came to me and told me it was OK if the poses weren’t perfect, or even as good as yesterday. Wherever my body is that day, that’s enough. No one had ever said that to me before, and from that moment I was hooked on this practice that allowed me to love rather than criticize myself.
Today April is a 200eRYT/500RYT Yoga Alliance instructor (read: really experienced with lots of training) and her credo for teaching comes from Galileo Galilei ‘We cannot teach people anything; we can only help them to discover it within themselves’. She began training with Theresa May in Detroit, MI and currently studies with Audra Carmine (Portland, OR) and follows Jules Febre (New York, NY). In April’s classes, you can expect some weird and cool science about body mechanics and anatomy, connecting the breath and movement, a killer playlist, and really terrible jokes about butts and armpits.
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 the moment I was able to feel the strength of Warrior II while at the same time listening to Blondie - I was hooked. I began a regular practice in the fall of 2016 which helped me move from diagnosed generalized anxiety and depression into living with, dare say, joy. 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.