We have a stellar group of yoga and fitness instructors with various skills, training, and experience. If you are interested in joining our team, please reach out to Kristin at breatheyogaplace@gmail.com.

Allow me to introduce us...

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Kristin *Manjula*

 

Kristin is senior instructor and manager of The Yoga Room and owner operator of Breathe.

Kristin teaches by the mantra 'teach to learn' as advised by her Guru, Baba Hari Dass. After several years of self study and practicing faithfully with several Portland, Oregon teachers, she found the right yoga teacher training that offered a traditional, philosophy rich education in the classical Ashtanga lineage.

Believing in the importance of caring equally for the wellness of body, mind, and spirit, her style offers a blend of the physical with the mental, emotional, and spiritual. She enjoys bringing her sense of humor as well as various themes from her background in psychology, dance, and ethics into class - provoking thought that stretches beyond the class and into life. Most importantly, she centers herself and the students in breath and intention where practice can begin from a place of presence, clarity, and intuition. In her space, you are free to be who you are, where you are.

'Work honestly, meditate everyday, meet people without fear, and play.'

-Baba Hari Dass

Background and Training

I am Janesville, Wisconsin born and raised, with a west coast mentality. My 20's were spent exploring Oregon, California, and Hawaii. My yoga journey began as a teenager when I found myself inquiring about lifes big questions.

I began reading books on Eastern philosophy and mystic poetry: the Tao Te Ching, Rumi, the Dhammapada and shortly after developed a physical practice for strength, challenge, and peace.

 

In 2012 I traveled to California to become Yoga Teacher trained at the Mount Madonna Center. I met my guru, Baba Hari Dass, who gave me the Sanskrit name, Manjula. Spiritual names are intended to remind us of our unique potential and challenge us to stay on the path that leads us to our truth. Manjula is the name of a Goddess and means 'most beautiful.' 

 

I also practice Therapeutic/Integrated Thai Bodywork which lends to my ability to teach therapeutic

and highly informed yoga classes. Check the Bodywork page under Kristin to learn more about this

therapy and how I may be able to help you with relaxation, pain, tension, and other chronic conditions.

Additionally, I am a certified Continuing Education Provider for Massage therapists through NCBTMB. 

I can train couples and therapists in Thai massage therapy and self massage techniques.

When I'm not on the mat, I enjoy gardening, cooking, exploring new landscapes, and most importantly -

playing on the floor with my baby girl, Willow, and practicing the art of mindful parenting. <3

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Amie 

Amie started her Yoga Teacher Training in 2014 through the Healing Alchemy course at Ayurveda Yoga Academy in Daegu, South Korea. It is a 7 month program designed to help students dive deeper into the world of yoga and healing arts. Taking classic texts and principles, studying the meaning of yoga, the way to practice yoga, and the way to take these classic concepts and apply them to our modern lives.

​After graduating from the course in 2015 she applied for the Continuing Education course and began teaching group classes at the studio under the guidance and support of her teachers.  She continued teaching classes there until June 2021!  For the past 6 years She has repeatedly participated in the Continuing Education course to keep deepening her understanding of herself, her happiness and how to keep using yoga in her daily life.

‘Awaken your senses. Relax by yourself. Live with Happiness as your standard.’

-Master Bulbi

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Micaela 

Micaela is a very talented MATC trained massage therapist, dedicated yogi, actor, baker, wife, and cat mom to Tibs. She completed her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training through My Vinyasa Practice in Austin, Texas. Since a young age, yoga has helped her with many physical and mental struggles including stress and anxiety and eventually led her into the world of holistic wellness. She brings an active yet grounded energy to her flow style classes. You can expect a balanced practice with mindful warm up, physical challenge, and relaxing cool down with respect to different body types and experience levels. When she’s not yoga-ing, you might find her sipping tea, slinging scones at Mocha Moment, or on stage at JPAC.

‘What you are looking for is not out there. It is in you.’

-Helen Keller

Meesh

Meesh is a licensed therapist, Reiki Master Teacher, thinker, wife, and student of yoga teaching. Her approach to both therapy and yoga classes are guided by her own experience of healing her mind and body through a combination of academic studies, physical practices, alternative therapies, and intuition. She has received college degrees in psychology, biology, and community counseling and continues to be a lifelong learner. When not on the mat or in session, she enjoys recreating recipes to make delicious gluten and dairy free food and is focusing on starting a family with her husband, Phil. Her goal is to bring aspects of yogic philosophy and the physical asanas into therapy sessions; and to bring aspects of managing mental health onto the yoga mat.

'Your body is your first home. Breathing in, I arrive in my body. Breathing out, I am home.'

-Thich Nhat Hanh

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Miranda

Miranda is an Ayurvedic Practitioner, educator, yogi, theatre teacher, musician, fire dancer, wife, and mother. Her formal training began in 2011 with Ayurveda and continued to Yoga in 2018 where she studied in Rishikesh, India. She has a genuine interest in hearing individuals stories, healing the root cause of ailments, and working with children as well as adults. She brings a calm, welcoming, and creative energy to her classes. You can expect a relaxing, introspective, and well informed approach to her teaching. When Miranda is not spreading yogic wisdom, she can be found strumming her guitar, spinning a hula hoop, and being a mindful Mommy to her two children.

‘We’re all just walking each other home.’

-Ram Dass

The Yoga Room Instructors