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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, E-RYT 200, Certified Yoga for Healthy Aging Teacher

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, E-RYT 200

Adi teaches sustainable yoga: a mindful, breath-centered slow flow yoga practice. The intention is to help create a yoga practice that will last a lifetime. Flexibility is cultivated within the natural range of our joints and strength is developed as a counterbalance...  LEARN MORE >>

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Alignment is taught incrementally through the sequencing of each individual class, with each movement building on the previous one so that when we reach the peak poses in the middle of class it feels attainable. He uses simple breath techniques with the intention of developing focus, concentration, willpower, and enhanced awareness.

Adi has been practicing yoga since the late nineties and teaching since 2003 with over 10,000 teaching hours. His primary influences have been the meditation and movement work of PachaMama eco-village in Costa Rica, Rod Stryker, Shiva Rea, SarahJoy Marsh, Zen Buddhism, and Usui Reiki.

Adi's website: www.aditurner.com
Instagram: @aditurner

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, IYAT, 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, RYT-200

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/

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.

Stephen Hartnett, RYT-200
What first brought you to Yoga?

I first came to practice yoga at the gym I was going to in 2001. I had been attending this water aerobics class there and the instructor was also a new yoga teacher so he encouraged me to check out his class and I guess I was 'hooked on yoga' after that...  LEARN MORE >>

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I had always been curious about yoga and wanted to see what all the buzz was about. After about a year or so of doing classes with that teacher, Matt Meko, I then discovered Lotus Yoga and started practicing here.

What is your favorite Yoga book?

There are so many! First, I love and frequently reference "30 Essential Yoga Poses" by Judith Lasater. Then I have found wonderful inspiration from "Turning the Mind Into an Ally" by Sakyong Mipham. Recently I discovered, "Yoga as Medicine" by Timothy McCall and I have found it to be a wonderful reference too. Lastly, "The Miracle of Mindfulness" by Thich Nhat Hanh brought me such peace and learning when I first was discovering meditation and yoga.

What feeds your soul?

I think quiet time alone and time spent with Damian, my spouse feeds my soul. Doing yoga, stand-up paddle boarding, and ANY time with our dog, Hugo. These are all the times I feel my soul most nourished and am most at peace.

What are some of your favorite things?

I love hanging out with animals of all sorts but of course dogs especially. I love music. When I can I love to play music and sing. I especially enjoy the violin and the piano. I love chocolate. And delicious, nourishing food! I love being by the water or in the water (the ocean especially). I discovered Stand-Up Paddle Board Yoga in the last few years and LOVE it! Did Goat Yoga last year for the first time and fell in love with that too!

Who or what most influences your teaching?

It is clear to me now that all the teachers I have had have been a huge influence on me. The teachers at Lotus: Maia, Meghan, Adi, Julian, Emily, Kristin and Laura P. all continue to influence me. And my first teacher, Matt will always be an inspiration even though he lives far away from here now and I rarely get to see him.

What is your favorite quote?

"When in your yoga practice, it is best to stay on your own mat." Although I don't know who originally said this I heard it early on in a yoga class from Matt Meko. It has always stayed with me especially when my mind or eyes wander to others in the class and I find myself making all those 'not-so-useful' comparisons to others or their practice.

Gabriella Depusoy

Gabriela's teaching is founded upon the strength and alignment of Ashtanga yoga while incorporating unique transitions that keep her classes engaging and fluid. She applies conscious breathing and engagement of the Bandhas (yogic locks), Drishti (focused gaze point) to bring a meditative presence into the poses...  LEARN MORE >>

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Emphasizing the feeling of the Asana rather than external appearances, Gabriela strives to make her classes accessible as well as challenging to students of all levels and body types, offering various modifications throughout class for beginners and experienced practitioners alike. Always bringing a sense of fun and spontaneity to her classes, she believes a mindful movement practice can bring more joy to all aspects of life!

Aubrey Jenkins

I took my first yoga class at age 16, exploring a hatha-based practice that allowed me to overcome severe chronic back pain. Rediscovering the joy of physical vitality, I continued to practice with local mentors, studying a wide range of styles and building a deeper sense of self-awareness and self-respect. I completed my 200-hour here in Seattle with Lisa Steele in 2011 and continue to study with several inspiring mentor teachers...  LEARN MORE >>

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Off the mat, I spend my time rock climbing and working as a plant-based personal chef. My teaching style is rich in fine tuning and anatomical details to help you continuously further your awareness and intelligence in your body. My classes ignite a slow burn - moving in and out of stillness, building strength, stability and flexibility through challenging postures and transitions, but leaving space to focus on the intention of each pose.

What first brought you to yoga?

My high school offered yoga as a P.E. credit. It was not the most influential first experience, but it did spark an interest. In college, I took advantage of the yoga fitness classes offered at the university gym, but what really captured me was when I discovered a yoga studio that had a diverse community of students and a brilliant staff of teachers. I was so inspired by seeing older generations with strong practices and instructors with such diverse talents and specialties. I did a work trade at this studio, what used to be Yoga Life in Greenlake, for many years before joining their teacher training program in 2010.

What is your favorite yoga book?

"Bringing Yoga to Life" by Donna Farhi, or for a lighter read "Poser: My Life in 23 Yoga Poses" by Claire Dederer

What feeds your soul?

Feeling strong and improving my body's physical intelligence through movement, yoga and rock climbing feeds my soul. Outside of movement, traveling and cooking vibrant food are my biggest passions.

What is your favorite surprising thing: something folks might not guess about you?

I am a woman of many talents and professional "hats". I'm a personal chef, food photographer/stylist, food blogger, drummer, rock climber and yoga instructor. There are only a small handful of people in my life who have seen me wear all my various hats, most people only know me in the context of one or two and are surprised by the others. My favorite hidden talent, is that I used to be on a unicycling team and learned to ride a tall "giraffe" unicycle before I could ride a bicycle.

Who or what most influences your teaching?

I have had many wondrous yoga mentors, but my own personal injuries have been my most influential teachers. As an athlete, I have had many injuries that have temporarily taken me out of my sports. However, no matter what injury I suffer, my personal yoga practice is always there for me - modified but empowering. When injuries limit my ability to demonstrate postures in class, I have continued to teach throughout recovery and have felt a tremendous growth in my ability to verbally communicate and describe movement to students. I have also enjoyed seeing and experiencing the overlap between yoga and other healing modalities and physical therapy, and blend various preventative and healing forms of movement into my yoga classes.

What do you like best about teaching at Lotus?

The Lotus community reminds me a lot of the studio community where I did my teacher training. I felt instantly at home at Lotus.

Nicole Hamilton

I took my first yoga class in 2010. I was overweight, over-stressed and in a constant battle with depression. My very first class was hot, sweaty and all around painful. But then it was over and I felt amazing. I went back the next day... and then the day after... and then, without realizing it — I was hooked. Slowly, the weight began to come off and I noticed strength, flexibility and fluidity returning to my body and mind...  LEARN MORE >>

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Panic attacks that used to plague me daily became less and less frequent until they eventually disappeared altogether. I drifted in and out of a regular yoga practice for the first few years before it became clear to me that when I was drifting in yoga, I was much more able to steer in my life. I knew yoga was a way of living, and becoming a teacher was my path.

My first teacher training changed the way I practiced yoga. I learned how to teach the disciplined practice of "Bikram" yoga with compassion; learning how to soften into an otherwise rigid yoga practice. As I became more focus on the internal practice of yoga, so did my training. I completed a 200-hour teacher training program through Lotus Yoga in Columbia City, Seattle with Megan Carroll. This program exposed me to the philosophical side of our yoga work. I began to embrace the deeper aspects of yoga and understand that my yoga work was both on and off the mat. I developed a strong interest in yoga as therapy and how deep healing could be possible through a better understanding of the Chakra energy system of the body. In addition to my traditional yoga group classes, I am Co-owner of Adaptive Yoga Northwest. We are a group of teachers dedicated to bringing the healing benefits of yoga to students living with mobility restrictions. Our work is inspired by Matthew Sanford and all that his team is doing at Mind Body Solutions in Minnetonka, Minnesota. Working with students living with disability continues to inform my teaching. It has helped me see the more subtle energy body that exists in us all and can be activated through the practice of yoga. While I do hope to bring the insights of adaptive yoga students to my 'traditional' yoga classes; my stronger desire is to help promote that yoga is for Every Body and continue to learn the best ways to prove that to be true.

My time off the mat has, and continues to influence my teaching. As a hiker and climber, I have found some of my best teachers while outside. My adventures have led me across the deserts and canyons of Arizona, to the highest peak and lowest tide in Washington, over Andean mountain passes and deep into the Peruvian jungle. Through my time 'on the trail' (or bus, or boat, or horse) I have been exposed to the deep healing that comes through intentional introspection and meditation. I am continually reminded of how important our connection to nature and to all that is around us is to our well-being as humans. Every time I return from these adventures, it is with a renewed sense of connection: to myself, my environment, my community and my desire to share as I learn. I love to meet new people and learn how yoga has or can impact your life.