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OUR TEACHERS

Lotus Yoga Teaching Philosophy

Our teachers are dedicated yoga practitioners. Each brings vast knowledge and experience from a broad spectrum of Yoga traditions. Most teach a "blended" style of yoga that is alignment based and heart centered and that highlights their unique training, personality, and life experiences. We teach from the heart.

All Lotus Yoga teachers have completed extensive trainings. Most are registered with the internationally recognized standards board, Yoga Alliance (RYT) yogaalliance.org

Lotus teachers are all passionate about yoga and the respectful sharing of the ancient traditions of Yoga in a way that welcomes everyone. We devote our teaching to people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities. May all beings be happy and free!

Maia Laverty, RYT 200

Maia delights in sharing the joyful and empowering practice of yoga with others! Her classes feel like a "moving meditation" wherein her students are encouraged to approach time on the mat with curiosity and compassion. Physically, Maia's classes offer slow, flowing movement, strength-building through holding poses with mindful awareness and several "levels" of challenge. As an "anatomy geek" and fan of the human experience, Maia hopes to be continuing to teach and practice, discovering new fascinating tidbits about...  LEARN MORE >>

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...these amazing human bodies and the human experience for many many years to come. For Maia the yoga mat the perfect laboratory to master and re-master life skills that help her to live more fully in the present and a mindfulness practice that helps her to connect to her most balanced and true self, she hopes to share this with you. Contact Maia at

What first brought you to Yoga?

I always wanted to try it! I guess some of that was growing up in L.A. in the 70's, but it took me 20 odd years to get on a yoga mat. My first class was through the University of Washington extension program. The class was nothing that I expected; it was very gentle and slow and we did not break a sweat at all, but it made me feel good inside and out, and helped me with the stresses of my last few quarters at the U. Immediately, the practice helped me to feel more at home; not only in my "skin", but also in my mind and emotions, it was revolutionary!

What is your favorite Yoga book?

There are so many, but a few that really stick with me are "The Inner Tradition of Yoga" by Michael Stone and "Yoga: Poetry of the Body" by Rodney Yee with Nina Zolotow. I am also always reading yoga anatomy books and blogs.

What feeds your soul?

My children, my sweetheart, being outside even in the Seattle rain, music, dancing, and last but not least, Yoga!

What is your favorite guilty pleasure?

Coffee — and butter! At my house, coffee, butter, and blueberries are in high-demand!

Who or what most influences your teaching?

My personal yoga practice, my students, my kids, reading, and being human.

What is your favorite quote?
  • Can't just pick one — here are a few:
  • "Yoga is like a hammer. Leave it sitting and it will do no good for you, but put it to use and you can build a sturdy house to protect you from the storms that life throws at all of us" ‑Nzazi Malonga
  • "Peace is not only a distant goal that we seek, but a means to arrive at that goal" ‑Martin Luther King Jr.
  • "The phrase "enlightened" should just be dropped, how hard is that? Instead, how about an end to suffering?" ‑Rolf Gates
  • "True steadfastness appears changeable" ‑Tao de Ching
Adi Turner, RYT 200

Adi found yoga when a friend suggested it as a great compliment to his Zen meditation practice and running. He had a question many of us share: can you meditate if you have a hard time sitting still? Adi has completed six yoga teacher trainings and over 500 additional hours of continuing education. He has been practicing meditation since 1995, and yoga since the late nineties. He began teaching in 2003 and has over 8000 teaching hours. His primary teachers have been Shiva Rea, Melina Meza, SarahJoy Marsh and Katerina Wen.  LEARN MORE >>

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Adi's teaching style originated in the intensity of Baptiste Power Yoga, but has been filtered through several more alignment based, therapeutic traditions. The result is a strong, flowing practice that is very attentive to the meditative aspect of the body in motion. His classes are often core focused, featuring held poses for strength building, flowing movement sequences for balance and grace, and breathing practices for increased lung capacity, concentration, and peace of mind. Adi also sprinkles in self-inquiry for those interested in meditation.

Bianca Raffety, E-RYT 500, LMP

Bianca is an Anusara-Inspired Yoga Teacher, Director of Therapeutic Studies at Seattle Yoga Arts and a Licensed Massage Therapist. Having experienced the penetrating healing and balancing effects of a regular yoga practice, Bianca has felt compelled to share the possibilities available through yoga with as many people as possible. Bianca believes we all have deep inner wisdom which can be cultivated by the willingness and courage to explore yoga.  LEARN MORE >>

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Bianca is known for her ability to elegantly weave the imagery of the heart into the physical sensations of the body.  Clients and students express how, with her guidance, they are able to tap into their bodies, minds and hearts in a ways that are deeply grounding, expansive and healing.  Bianca guides students with precise and subtle alignment instructions fueled with the foundational life-affirming philosophy grounded in Anusara Yoga.  She provides support and refinements to her students in order to make the class accessible to a wide variety of needs. Bianca can be reached at biancaraffety.com

How did you first find Yoga, or what first brought you to Yoga?

I first found yoga when I was looking for a way of working with my mind, body and heart to move towards the deep healing that I needed in my life.

What is your favorite Yoga book?

I don't have a favorite yoga book, but refer to many. As the Director of Therapeutic Studies at Seattle Yoga Arts and a teacher of all levels of classes, I find inspiration and guidance from many sources. Currently I'm spending a lot of time looking at specific physical challenges that my students are facing and looking to inspiration with in the wonderful biographical and philosophical texts that provide the foundation of Ansuara Yoga.

What feeds your soul?

The combination of my meditation practice, my yoga practice and the love of being with my son feeds my soul. They all enhance each other and consequently, and most importantly to me, they help me be a better parent and person.

What is your favorite guilty pleasure?

My favorite guilty pleasure is spending the day doing only what I want to do, which often includes my meditation practice, a long indulgent and challenging yoga practice, perusing bookstores and watching a movie in a theatre.  There are so many wonderful and fulfilling demands on most of my days that to have a full day to myself utterly is such a rare pleasure. I indulge in these days with gusto and a sweet mild dose of guilt, making it that much more wonderful to meet the demands of parenthood and service to my community of students and clients when I step back in the flow.

Who or what most influences your teaching?

My teaching is influenced by the grace of my studies with my meditation teacher, Paul Muller-Ortega, my dear friend and mentor Denise Benitez, and the creativity and support of John Friend, the founder of Anusara Yoga.

Megan Carroll, E-RYT 500

Megan has been working in the field of yoga for over a decade. Her work as a yoga instructor, yoga therapist and yoga teacher trainer reflects a deep connection to Spirit as well as a comprehensive understanding of the human body/mind complex. She has developed these connections through extensive studies in Yoga, Buddhism, dance, energy work, natural medicine, anatomy and kinesiology.  LEARN MORE >>

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During a yoga class with Megan, students can expect to enjoy consistent reminders to breathe, and to engage the mental and spiritual aspects of their being along with the physical. Asana (postures) are taught in a way that emphasizes grounding and core strength, with opportunities to slow down and feel the details of each posture, balanced with opportunities to move fluidly with the breath.

Megan's classes are well balanced, offering her students depth and challenge as well as sweetness and relaxation. Students often find Megan's classes strengthening, grounding and healing both physically and psychologically.

Megan is a certified yoga instructor and yoga therapist at the advanced level. She is the lead trainer for Lotus Yoga's teacher training program, and holds a bachelor's degree in exercise physiology from Bastyr University. She is currently seeking to evolve her practice through continued studies in Ayurvedic and herbal medicine, energy healing, clairvoyance and Eastern psychology.

Megan feels incredibly blessed to have the opportunity to transmit the powerful and transformative teachings of yoga to others. She brings joy, humor, compassion and a sense of unconditional acceptance to all of her work. You can learn more about Megan by visiting her website: mother-earth-medicine.com

How did you first find Yoga, or what first brought you to Yoga?

I came to yoga as a dancer with a toe injury - I couldn't dance, and I was so sad! A friend suggested I go to a yoga class with her, and I was hooked.

What is your favorite Yoga book?

I love Yoga and the Quest for the True Self, by Stephen Cope.

What feeds your soul?

Nature, art and music. And family / friends

What is your favorite guilty pleasure?

Mead. I love mead. I also love jelly beans. Not together.

Who or what most influences your teaching?

Right now I'm really influenced by nature, poetry,  dance, and capoeria, which is a Brazilian martial art that I've been studying. And I am continually inspired by many of the wonderful local teachers that we have here in Seattle, such as Dawn Jenson and Yvonne Croteau . I also draw a lot from my studies in Ayurvedic medicine.

What is your favorite quote?

"This sky where we live is no place to lose your wings so love, love, love." ‑Hafiz

Sheri Cohen, GCFT

Sheri is a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Teacher®, choreographer, dance teacher, and yoga instructor. She has been teaching movement arts to diverse students since 1992.

Sheri’s yoga classes are organized around select themes that guide participants to reflect on how their physical practice intersects with daily life.  LEARN MORE >>

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Her precise alignment instructions support ease and self-awareness while moving: "I prefer to think of the yoga asana as movements, rather than postures, so we experience them as constantly changing landscapes for the journey of our attention, rather than as destinations. This may imply to some that my classes are vinyasa; or flow, style, which is not the case. I do include flow sequences most days, but my classes also include stillness. In stillness, we have the time to develop awareness and tune into subtler sensations and the movements of the breath."

Feldenkrais is not yoga, but a whole unique movement practice and philosophy that is a great complement to yoga, or to practice on its own. The movements in Feldenkrais are small and slow, to help you develop more awareness, fluency, and ease in the movements of the body. This is a great practice for those who have repetitive movements in their jobs or lives and would like to ensure that they are moving wisely in those tasks. It is also appropriate for anyone who would like to refine their understanding of moving within their own body. All levels. For more information on Awareness Through Movement and the Feldenkrais Method®, please contact Sheri at , , or go to SheriCohenMovement.com

How did you first find Yoga, or what first brought you to Yoga?

I was a movement junkie when I was younger, especially for anything that would fall in the category of "somatics". I tried everything I could find for a while. The first few times I tried yoga I HATED it — until I stumbled into class with Denise Benitez in 1994. She directed my attention like a Feldenkrais teacher, taught me the importance of strength to balance my flexibility, connected the silly shapes we made in the studio to my life outside, and helped me discover my deeper self-abiding in every pose. I love to feel my aliveness by sensing my body in stillness and in movement. I love the enormous fabric of yoga poses that we weave ourselves through in our practices, and how each one is like a different flavor in a meal. I like the whole meal. (Sorry about the mixed metaphors.)

What is your favorite Yoga book?

There's a great new collection of writing by Moshe Feldenkrais out (not about yoga, but about his own method), called Embodied Wisdom. I just finished, The Heart of the Yogi, by Doug Keller, which is a deep narrative of yoga philosophy. For getting into concepts, I love George Feuerstein's Encyclopedia of Yoga. However, the one book I go back to over and over again is Judith Lasater's Living Your Yoga. The title says it all.

What feeds your soul?

Movement, stillness, open-ended artistic expression, my family, ghee, kale, and my students.

What is your favorite guilty pleasure?

I spend waayyyy too much time reading the New Yorker. Also, I don't work as much as I could, because I prefer to hang out and play with my kid.

Who or what most influences your teaching?

#1. My students #2. My practice  #3. My teachers

What is your favorite quote?

"Movement is life!" ‑Moshe Feldenkrais

Sheri was featured in the Seattle Times for her incredible Feldenkrais classes! Check it out! We are so proud! Way to go Sheri!

http://www.seattletimes.com/pacific-nw-magazine/listen-to-your-body-in-a-new-way-with-feldenkrais/

Beverly Norfleet, RYT 200
What is inspiring to you in your practice right now?

My current source of inspiration are the yoga sutras, the inner traditions that serve as guides for healthy living mentally and physically. I am inspired when I see students making the connection between asana practice and the remaining seven limbs of yoga.  LEARN MORE >>

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I am a certified Restorative Yoga teacher and am entering my second year of advanced studies in restoratives with Judith Hanson Lasater. In my Yoga for Stress Reduction and Restorative classes I include what I've learned from my studies at the Center for Mindfulness in Worcester, Massachusetts where I am on the teacher certification track in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). I have a committed meditation practice and I also teach MBSR.

What brings you joy in your life?

Sunrises and sunsets. Gardening. Nature. Laughing. Traveling and meeting people from different cultural backgrounds. And, of course, yoga — all of it.

Julie Andres

Influenced and inspired by nature, I devote my practice to what I believe to be my higher power. The changing of the seasons, the miracle of life and death, the ability to love and be loved are woven together as nature moves all around us.  LEARN MORE >>

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Gently observing growth and change, feeding my soul, looking within for a quiet truth is why I come to the mat. I have been studying with Eiric Orvid and Dee Hine for several years and have been greatly influenced in both of their unique styles of practice — movement with the breath, asana sequencing, dedication, and compassion to teach us how to apply these principles to our lives.

Krista Hanson, RYT 200

Krista has been teaching yoga to many different populations for the past five years. Having experienced the grounding, strength, and increased mental and physical flexibility yoga offers, Krista is passionate about sharing these practices with her students.  LEARN MORE >>

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Krista's classes help students come to know themselves better through movement, breath, relaxation, and meditation techniques. Her passions beyond yoga include social justice organizing, disability justice, playing with her son and baby daughter, and swimming in Lake Washington. Krista practices yoga in its broadest sense — a path toward unity and connection — and she is convinced that absolutely all people can do yoga.

Julie Fournier, RYT 200

Julie completed her yoga training in Nepal and in the US. Her teaching is influenced by her experience living abroad and her interactions with individuals from different cultural backgrounds. Julie wishes to help people access a greater sense of calm and well-being and to offer the practice of yoga to everyone. She offers gentle classes as well as adaptive yoga for people living with mobility restrictions and chronic health conditions.

Emily Parzybok
What first brought you to Yoga?

A desire to attain the 'perfect body.' Luckily, yoga also taught me that there's no such thing.

What is your favorite Yoga book?

I like Rick Hanson's neurobio approach to meditation so I recommend Buddha's Brain and Hardwiring Happiness.  LEARN MORE >>

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What feeds your soul?

A good book, a warm bath, a cup of tea and a bar of chocolate.

What is your favorite guilty pleasure?

Sleeping in with my cat.

Who or what most influences your teaching?

I would say time spent abroad in Namibia. The slowness of life there and the lack of external stimulation really changed the way I view myself, my body, my mind and my life. I try to bring some of that insight and quiet into the world of the United States via my teaching.

What is on your all-time favorite playlist?

For yoga? For life? Carole King, James Taylor, Emmylou Harris, CSNY, and obviously some bluegrass with my yoga class. I'm all about folk rock, bluegrass and Prince.

What is your favorite quote?

"And now that you don't have to be perfect, you can be good." Along with everything else John Steinbeck ever penned.

Alicia Essers, RYT 200

Alicia’s yoga journey began as a way to encourage flexibility and body awareness while running and playing capoeira. Then she found it opened up layers of exploration of how the mind, body and spirit communicate and connect with each other. As a pediatric speech therapist, she believes communication is vital part in connecting and moving through obstacles presented to us.  LEARN MORE >>

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She brings a practical feeling and sense of awareness to maintain a safe but challenging practice through breath and movement. While focusing on alignment, she hopes to bring her students into a deeper space that they can explore. Her practice and teaching has been influenced by many those included are David Vendetti from South Boston Yoga, Jill Miller/ founder of Yoga Tune Up, Gary Kraftsow, Bec Conant and Sarah Powers. Her most influential teachers are her daughters who she had the pleasure of training with while pregnant, which allowed her to understand a deeper level of practice for prenatal and postnatal yoga.

Alia Swersky

Alia's love of yoga stems back to her childhood when she began studying yoga with her mother. A life-long study of movement and the body guides and inspires her teaching and practice. She began her formal study of yoga in NYC with some teachers who taught in tiny groups in their apartments; this same quality of intimacy is embedded in her class.  LEARN MORE >>

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Along with practicing yoga, Alia has dedicated much of her life to studying, teaching and performing contemporary dance and dance improvisation. She has studied many movement and somatic modalities that are embedded in her teaching.

Gabriella Depusoy

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Laura Martin

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