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Spira Power Yoga

Meet our yoga  collaborators
A dedicated team of yoga teachers in West Seattle and Issaquah

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At Spira,  every teacher is unique, but we share a philosophy of excellence and safety. We still teach yoga the way it was originally meant to be; a combination of breath, movement, and mindfulness.

 

We are proud to introduce our instructors who are listed in order of seniority

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Dora Gyamati

Dora is an ERYT with over 15 years of experience, and the owner of Spira Power Yoga® studios and the Founder of M3B

 

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Heidi Meyerholtz

Heidi from Pilar Pilates LLC

Heidi has always been passionate about health and movement. Through her teens, Heidi was a competitive swimmer and gymnast and later in life fell in love with mountain biking. She received her classical Pilates teacher certification in 2009 and has been teaching private lessons and mat classes ever since. In 2013 Heidi became certified as a Nutritional Therapist and is a firm believer that the combination of nourishing food and exercising the body and mind is the only path towards total wellness.

Yoga had been a part of her life on and off for years but it was not until finding Spira that her love for it began to deepen. In 2016 Heidi received her 200-hour yoga teacher certification from Spira and continues to mentor with Dora Gyarmati. She is grateful for the opportunity to share her passion for yoga with her students and is excited to continue learning and deepening her own practice.

mountain biking. Heidi received her classical Pilates teacher certification in 2009 and has been teaching private lessons and mat classes ever since. In 2013 Heidi became certified as a Nutritional Therapist and is a firm believer that the combination of nourishing food and exercising the body and mind is the only path towards total wellness.

Yoga had been a part of her life on and off for years but it was not until finding Spira that her love for it began to deepen. In 2016 Heidi received her 200-hour yoga teacher certification from Spira and continues to mentor with Dora Gyarmati. She is grateful for the opportunity to share her passion for yoga with her students and is excited to continue learning and deepening her own practice.

 

Kristin is a RYT 200 and a certified Yin teacher. She is finishing her 500 hour teacher training with her teacher Rod Stryker ( Para Yoga ) Whether teaching a challenging power class , gentle yoga, yin or meditation, Kristin’s goal is to help guide students to the place within that never changes , that is always at peace.

Jennifer Clark

Jennifer Clark - Burian Yoga

Jennifer took her first yoga class at a gym in 2012. The plan was to just add another workout to the baby weight loss journey, but to her surprise, she began enjoying yoga. Intrigued by the challenges yoga presented, Jennifer ventured into the unknown and took a class at a yoga studio. New place, new people, new words, heat, sweat, frustration, fascination, eventually appreciation – studio yoga and Jennifer were officially introduced.

 

Her first class was completely foreign; hearing words she had never heard, being asked to breathe and release (what was that?). She experienced humility at a time it was needed. She felt parts of her body awaken and become strong. She felt a sense of comfort knowing a yoga class was always there for her when she needed it. After a time, Jennifer discovered yoga was not just about movement and flexibility, but more about the whole person. Who we are. How we act. How we think. How we live. How we love.

 

Jennifer entered the teacher training program at Spira in 2015 hoping to gain more insight into the yoga world. This personal journey quickly blossomed into an unexpected enjoyment for teaching and interest in learning even more.

 

There’s an awesome aspect to yoga that sticks with you as you step off your mat. A little friend there to remind you to be present in your day, alive in the moment, happy and content with what you have rather than what you don’t. Jennifer looks forward to having this friend with her as life progresses – teaching her, guiding her, inspiring her. The opportunity to share what she has learned and continues to learn is such a happy feeling and it is her hope to share that happy feeling with as many as she can.

Here’s to the journey!

Lisa Dodge-Johnson

Lisa from Inner and Outer Beauty LLC

Lisa adores being in her “Body Temple” and supporting others in caring for their own! Her first introduction to Yoga was age 14 when her father gifted her younger sister a book of Krishnamacharya in the most “fantastical poses.” She then purchased her own yoga “how to” book at age 18 while studying the “Arts” in Europe. In the 1990’s she studied Iyengar yoga for 5 years at Yoga Centers in Bellevue, in the 2000’s she did a 40-in-40 stint at a Bikram studio and sweated her heart out there for a while.

 

When Spira opened it’s doors she and her husband Ted were there to Celebrate the “new biz in the hood”! Lisa became an avid practitioner at Spira and in 2017 graduated from Spira’s 200-hour program where she trained in Spira methodology of M3B (Mindful Movement Meditation and Breath).

 

Outside of yoga, Lisa spent her 20’s and 30’s as a stage performer and continues to perform in small venues with a mystical storytelling musical troupe “Spiritual Travelers” she helped found in 2011. She earned a BA & MA work at Antioch Seattle University in Whole Systems Design focusing on “Beauty, Creativity, and Transformation.” She also spent many years in “Movement as Therapy” with various Teachers/Witnesses.

 

Lisa is also a business owner; just south of Spira, Lisa and her husband run Admiral Healing Arts in their backyard cottage. Her biz is “Inner & Outer Beauty: hair, skin & serenity” where she works as a WA Licensed Massage Therapist, Master Esthetician and Cosmetologist.

 

It is her goal to provide students with inner peace! The quietude of Restorative and Yin Yoga is especially appealing to her at this phase of her life, and it is with JOY that she shares Spira’s M3B methodology applied in this quiet setting.
 

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Megan from MK Yoga - Chicago

Megan started practicing yoga in her Pennsylvania dorm room in college. She always loved being active and exercising, but yoga helped her connect with herself, become more aware, and breathe.  She continued to practice on her own for the next few years but really fell in love with yoga at a hot yoga studio in the Chicago suburbs.  A busy working mom with a small toddler - yoga was the place where she could become the best version of herself. 

 

Megan joined Spira in September 2020 after looking for teacher training in the area. She finished her 200 hr RYT in April 2021 and has been mentoring with Dora since.  Megan is passionate about health and wellness and helping others to breathe and connect with themselves.  When she isn't on her mat, Megan is cooking, hiking, or hanging out with her daughter, husband, and golden retriever.

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Jamie from Moon Yogis - 

Yoga has influenced Jamie’s life for over two decades. She is a student of 8 Limbs Yoga Centers and completed their teacher training in 2010. Her classes are filled with lighthearted energy and creative sequences, coupled with breath awareness. Jamie encourages curiosity and playfulness to discover and nurture connections within the physical and energetic bodies. She weaves Ayurvedic principles, pranayama, mantra, mudra, and Vedic stories through the movement practice to create a rich experience. The intention of her yin yoga classes is to explore mindfulness and support the nervous system in quiet, passive poses. When you practice yin yoga, you create more harmony within your physical and energetic bodies increasing your overall well-being. Her’s is a practice of devotion and you also will be challenged to practice with intention and devotion to your heart, your body, and your energy

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Larry from Functional Health Solutions Center

Larry Silber is a native of NYC and has now lived in Issaquah for over 25 years.  Larry has always been interested in wellness and has been a competitive athlete all his life.  Most recently he is recovering from competitive Crossfit which explains his lack of flexibility and numerous injuries.  Seriously though, as a practicing chiropractor and functional medicine practitioner who recommends yoga postures to his rehab patients, it was only a matter of time before he had to make the leap to yoga instructor.  Larry’s plan is to do more and more yoga and share his journey with as many people as possible.  The dog you see in some of my zoom classes is my 15 year old sweetheart, Angel.

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Melissa Magañas

Hi, I’m Melissa Magañas and I love sharing yoga with the Issaquah community. I have been humbly influenced by masterful teachers in the pursuit of yoga teacher certification. My goal is to combine this knowledge with personal life experiences in travel, peers, and the environment to provide a well-rounded experience for my students. Through intention, meditation, pranayama, and asana, each student should leave class feeling refreshed and renewed. With thoughtful and meaningful instruction, I will guide each class in English and Sanskrit with an uplifting ambiance. Expect to have fun while also being physically and mentally challenged!

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Rajashri -

Rajashri has been a regular practitioner of yoga since 2018. She was taking many different classes like aerobics, circuit training which she enjoyed but yoga class really stood out and made her feel good. Rajashri was always curious and interested in learning more about nutrition, health, and wellness. She decided to dive deeper and enroll in 200 RYT with Spira and after that Yoga has been her lifestyle. She completed 200 RYT in April 2021 and mentoring with Dora since. Rajashri is excited to continue her yoga journey as an instructor in Spira and deepen her own knowledge and practice.

When off the mat Rajashri loves to spend time with her family.  She also enjoys hiking, tennis, cricket, traveling.

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Brigitt from Uphill Dogs LLC - Snowqualmie Pass

Brigitt began her yoga journey 10 years ago when recovering from a snowboarding injury. She started attending Brenda’s 8:00 am classes in West Seattle and the power of the OMs kept her coming back for more. 

 

For many years, Brigitt dreamed of taking her yoga practice to the next level with Spira’s 200-hour teacher certification program. Time was always a competing factor. How could she do this while working a full-time job in the tech industry? 

 

The COVID-19 pandemic came in 2020 and she took this as an opportunity to get healthier in mind, body, and spirit. She completed her certification in April 2021 and she continues to mentor under Dora in Issaquah. 

 

In addition to teaching yoga, Brigitt is the Head of Operations and Project Management at a local user experience research and design firm, she plays old country covers with her band, Smoke Tough Johnny and in the winter you’ll find her shredding down her local ski hill in Hyak.