I’m Erika. Originally from Seattle, I moved to Berlin in my mid 20s searching for something. I think it was freedom, or adventure, or maybe I hoped to find a ‘reason’ for living life, when my existential suitcase was feeling pretty heavy. Berlin was dark, and cold, and so through a chain of unimportant events I found my way to a yoga class. Within the special alchemy of the city, and really, within yoga, I found space to heal. Yoga gave me tools to sit with my pain, and to understand that this staying put is the way to move through it.
A twice-a-week yoga practice quickly turned into a daily one, and now yoga is a fundamental part of my life. I’m kind of obsessed with it. I received my 300-hour Jivamukti teacher certification in England in 2012 and my 800-hour certification in Berlin in 2013. Since then I’ve trained and taught extensively in both Jivamukti and Ashtanga yoga in Europe and Tel Aviv, and am always learning, always a student inquiring who I am, and why we’re here. I am very happy to be in Seattle, sharing this practice back at home.
The process of exploring your edge can help break through mental, emotional, and physical boundaries you have created for yourself, most often subconsciously. We all have some form of emotional conditioning resulting from previous experiences, and yoga is one way to question and eventually change those conditions. I teach yoga because of my belief in the healing process which takes place through practice.
in my classes, we will practice yoga in a way that fills your entire being, like an echo fills the sky, or music fills a room. Practice is healing, making muscles and bones stronger, the body more flexible, and self-awareness of the body more apparent. You will have a greater ability to focus and begin to grow into what is most valuable in your life.
Yoga is a journey you will take your whole life. Let that journey be filled with moments of beauty, fueled by love, and don’t forget to breathe!
Having been in some form of athletic training for most of my life, I’ve always loved the joy and sense of play that can be found through physicality. I grew up in Missoula, Montana, where I was a three-time all-state soccer player and a Tai Kwan Do state champion in my division.
After moving to the Pacific Northwest in the late ’90s, I took my first yoga class in 2001 and over the years it has become a vital part of my life. I found and continue to find it nourishing both physically and spiritually. In 2008 I decided that I wanted to start teaching, and enrolled in the teacher training program at Seattle’s 8 Limbs Yoga Studio, which was fantastic. I love the community I found through the program.
After seeing a Cirque du Soleil show, I absolutely fell in love with the circus arts and am now completely hooked. For the last several years, I have trained and taught classes at SANCA in Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood. I have studied aerials, acrobatics, and tumbling among other things and currently specialize in hand balancing. I also studied for and received my personal training certification from the National Strength and Conditioning Association in 2008.
He believes that today’s yoga movement is the call of people saying we want to heal, live, and love deeply. Together we make a difference. Every yoga class is affirmation that the world can be a peaceful place.
In his personal practice, Zak studies and practices Ashtanga yoga, a more classical form taught traditionally by Sri Pattabhi Jois in Mysore, India, and Forrest yoga, a powerful and healing, contemporary style created by Ana Forrest. He weaves these two influences skillfully into his classes and workshops, combining classical practices, along with modern insight and adaptations.
zak completed level 1 & level 2 training with baron baptiste in 2010 and advanced teacher training with ana forrest in 2014. he teaches workshops and retreats locally and internationally,
As a child Betsy taught martial arts classes and realized her passion for empowering others, then as a young adult, she studied the neurology of stress and managed a meditation for stress reduction research lab. Her passions finally merged when she became a certified yoga teacher (RYT 500hr).
She found her dharma and went on to practice Prana Flow Yoga with Shiva Rea, completed Jill Miller’s Yoga Tune Therapy ® teacher certification, and was initiated in to the Vedic Conservatory for Vedic Thai Yoga Assists with Mukti Michael Buck. Deep gratitude to her most loved and inspiring teachers: Master Bong Yom, Cosetta Romani, Shiva Rea, Jill Miller, Amber Tande, Liz Doyle, Mukti Michael Buck, and of course, Sat Guru. Jai!
You can find Jennifer in Mexico, Bali and the Pacific Northwest where she creates retreats that honor sacred arts, nature’s rhythm and yoga as a way of life.
Terilyn’s classes are infused with mythology, poetry, fun music and humor. Her authentic love of people creates an inclusive environment for every body where each student feels equally welcome and valued. Terilyn’s yogic path has been strongly influenced by her many years as a healer, priestess and seeker.
Terilyn sees yoga as a way to express her spirituality, love, joy and liberation and to gather together and hold sacred space.
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.
As a percussionist, my teaching style intuitively links pranayama and invigorating asanas with rhythmic music - an intriguing combination that encourages fluidity in movement and deep, balanced breath. My classes ignite a slow burn - moving in and out of stillness, building heat and strength through challenging postures and transitions, but leaving space to focus on the intent of each pose. You will leave feeling powerful, in both mind and body.
Off the mat, i spend my time making messes in kitchens as a personal chef and food blogger, riding my bicycle in the rain, rock climbing with my boyfriend, and playing drums for a band called the daylaborers and petty intellectuals.
While she was smoking a cigarette and drinking a martini at Life Café in New York City, David Life (co-founder of Jivamukti Yoga) double-dared Natasha to come practice at their studio on Ave. B. In 1986, she became one of their first five students and studied with David and Sharon for a decade.
she met Krishna Das who introduced her to her love of Kirtan. Lady Krishna is a “Bhakti Baby”—an avid devotee of the Mother. She is said to have three mothers: her own (Dada), Amritanandamayi, and Karunamayi Ma.
She was initiated into meditation in 2001 by instruction through the lineage of Shri Shivabalayogi and was initiated to give initiations by Shivabalananda in 2004. Natasha is an artist and front woman for the band Lady Krishna’s Peppermint Lounge and cosmic panties, as well as a Reiki practitioner and certified Yoga instructor.
She hopes everyone will begin their meditation practice NOW. lady krishna teaches cosmic cocktail: meditation mix, at ritual house. Join her!
My aim is to guide your self perception towards a compassionate research of your expansive potential, to expose habits and move into conscious action. My classes are propelled by music and traverse a fluid conversation with body and breath. I invite you to flow with artful attention and deep listening in order to expose the wisdom beneath the surface of your physical form, and to attune to the emotional and energetic forces that fuel your presence.
I have been consumed by my path as a yogi, performer, and healer since 2006. I spent two years at Naropa University researching somatic psychology, dance movement therapy, and yoga. I hold a BFA in Dance from Cornish College of the Arts, and received my 200hr teacher certification through Core Power Yoga in 2013.
Natalia was born and raised in Slovakia, Bratislava. She lived in Austria and Canada before she moved to America. During her travels to Thailand, Bali and Nepal she was taken by the people and the close connection to spirituality in their everyday lives.
She has worked as a cardiac RN for 14 years, a type of work that requires a deep sense of compassion and empathy, often taking care of patients and their families at their most vulnerable state.
Natalia is grateful to share her passion, deep respect and knowledge of yoga with the community.
Crystal likes to say she discovered yoga “on accident”. She was first introduced to yoga in college while working administrative duties in a small yoga studio. However, she really began to know yoga when the practice did it’s work of drawing her in by allowing her to witness the many benefits it has in the body and the mind. With the amount of therapeutic value the yoga practice encompasses, It didn’t take long until arriving on her mat felt like she was arriving Home. After completing her 200hour teacher training in 2013, she went on to teach Vinyasa style classes in various studios around Seattle. Her classes often emphasize strength, flexibility, and alignment while also strongly encouraging “breath first, movement after”.
Crystal loves to be creative with what she brings to her classes, and she often encourages her students to play with this sense of creativity by exploring the depths of each posture to make it feel good in their own body. Furthermore, music allows Crystal to show her creative side, so her classes are often accompanied by sounds that make her soul dance. When she is off her mat, Crystal loves to make use of her time outdoors. She travels often and gets most inspired by experiencing the day and life of different cultures. She’s particularly fond of traveling to Asia. The Philippines is a place dear to her heart, being the country her family is from and where she spent many childhood summers in. During her past travels, she has spent time teaching yoga in areas including the Philippines and most recently in Germany.
Since then I have completed 200, 300 and 500 hour certifications with D’ana Baptiste and InBody Academy, with a focus on Yoga Therapy, Anatomy and Yoga Philosophy.
My classes explore the ways that our practice reflects life off the mat. They are a recipe comprised of creative sequencing, breathwork, mindfulness and always a healthy dose of humor! Although we spend only a few hours a day on the mat, I believe we can live yoga in every moment.
When I’m not on my mat, you can find me working in a cafe on schoolwork (or delving into various yoga blogs while I should be working on schoolwork), exploring the Pacific Northwest with my hubby, Elliott, and our Boxer, Lucy, or curled up with a good book, good wine and some sort of foodie concoction brewing in my kitchen!
Em brings her passion for personal transformation, self-love, adventure, and authentic connection to her work and play. Trained in Viniyoga, Anusara, Ashtanga, Sri Vidya Tantra and Soma Neuromuscular Integration® Bodywork, Em’s style is a unique combination of her Yoga and Soma experience.
Em began teaching in Seattle in 2007, then packed her mat for a few year stint all over Europe leading bicycle trips and teaching yoga to her guests before and after the days’ ride. After returning to Seattle in 2013, Em began her Soma Bodywork practice and created ‘Soma Yoga’, an immersion that combines these two modalities for deep self-exploration.
Em’s love for discovery is expressed in how she meets her students and clients, remaining endlessly curious and open to the moment. As a devotee to facilitating transformation, Em also offers immersions, workshops, and retreats both locally and abroad.
Josephine Edmondson is known for her poetic, free-spirited approach to teaching yoga. Her classes are shaped by intimate breathwork, deep meditation, mindful movement and immediate presence.
She encourages you as a student to slowly sense and trust your intuition, becoming conscious and awake in the body. This process helps to retrieve your inner power, allowing you to tune in fully, instead of suffering and numbing out.
Josephine’s style of yoga is inspired by Kundalini, Kripalu, Tantra, Restorative and Yin styles. She has studied under Shiva Rae, Elena Brower, Krishna Kaur, Hari Kaur Khalsa, Danny Arguetty and Priti Robin Ross over the last eight years.
If you have a hunger for a deeply meaningful practice, and want tools to help navigate the external world, come to Jo’s class. It will be a lovely homecoming.
200-hour RYT, Kripalu Yoga Institute
500-hour RYT, Sacred Lasya
Originally a dancer, Linnea has had an infectious love of movement since she could walk. With an interest in mind-body medicine, she offers an inclusive and thoughtful perspective. Linnea’s fluid classes are rooted in stable, alignment based movement - while encouraging creative challenge, heart and curiosity. Her relaxed style is delivered with playful precision and ease. She hopes to create a space where students feel safe to explore their relationship with themselves with grace, compassion and integrity.
A teacher since 2010, she is registered as an E-RYT, has organized and facilitated both 200 hour teacher trainings and continuing education programs. She has helped to train many teachers in the Seattle area.
Aside from teaching, Linnea is most passionate about being a student, listener, creator and friend. When not teaching, you can find her seeking out new beats, chasing landscapes, nerd- ing out on design, hanging with her people or talking your ear off about all things wellness
leah, a yin yang yoga instructor, describes yoga as a “natural and essential component” of her humanity, a practice that is “beautiful and effective because it taps us into our parasympathetic nervous systems and allows us to rest, reset, heal and digest to feel calm and nourished.” one of leah’s favorite childhood memories “is of her mom popping up into a headstand in her living room.” she is now living out the awe and inspiration that yoga asanas evoked in her from early childhood. ”
Leah has taken some 1000 cumulative hours of various yoga and ayurveda training courses with Master Teachers including Yin Yoga teacher trainings with Bernie Clark and 180 hours of in residence Yin/Insight Yoga training with Sarah Powers. Leah is fascinated by anatomy, currently pursuing studies in anatomy and the nervous system. Leah is also a passionate student of Ayurveda and is a professional member of NAMA (National Ayurvedic Medical Association) she incorporates this as well as Meditation, Chinese Medicine Meridian Theory, Western Science, and Nature into her teaching, bringing her love of yoga and her ever-growing knowledge of it to share with others.
In her classes Leah creates an environment where people can direct their energy and attention within, to connect with their bodies’ innate intelligence. Tapping into meditation and music, students are encouraged to find connection to their inner wisdom, healing, creativity and joy. Leah’s belief is that every choice, every day, in every way, can add restored vitality and mind-body balance into our lives. Her varied lifestyle experiences have helped her to infuse a holistic wellness perspective into all of her classes. Offering classes in which she engages elements and asanas that do everything from reinvigorating energy and creativity to yin yoga postures that work to create health within the fascia, ligaments, joints and bones.
Lara was introduced to yoga in 2002 by a newly certified friend who needed practice students. Over the next several years she ventured in and out of the practice as well as different styles until she found her “home” in Vinyasa and Ashtanga traditions.
In 2012 she completed her 200 Hour with Be Luminous with a primary focus in Power Vinyasa. Her teaching style is playful and sprinkled with humor yet it is evident that she is influenced by deep rooted traditions such as chanting, Pranayama, and Sanskrit. Her greatest influences are Tiffany Cruickshank, Amy Ippoliti, Sri Dharma Mittra, and Troy Lucero.
Lara is also a co-founder of yoga lab Northwest, a grass roots collaboration that hosts world class teachers in the Seattle area as a way to celebrate the strong local yoga community. She has had the privilege of hosting and learning from Mittra, Ippoliti, Cruickshank, Kino Macgregor, Jason Crandell, and has several more scheduled events on the horizon.
Lara is currently enrolled in her 500 hour training with Tiffany Cruickshank; when she’s off the mat she enjoys time with her husband Mark and son Liam.
reiki, and in 2005 she became a Reiki Master. Fascinated by the field of vibrational medicine, she was drawn to participate in a sound healing training course taught by renowned healer, Tom Kenyon. This work was deeply illuminating and allowed her to discover a unique way to combine reiki and sound therapy for healing purposes.
ritual house of yoga is excited to be hosting daniella’s sound baths once a month. A sound bath is an improvised concert with crystal singing bowls, vocal toning, and often gongs as well. During a sound bath you are bathed in healing vibrations that help you achieve deep states of relaxation, where the brain entrains to the meditative theta state and the body moves into a process of healing and repairing itself. You may experience emotional release as the vibrations help move blockages that have been stuck in your energy body, as well as physical sensations. It is my intent to assist you in releasing anything that is no longer serving you, and to help bring in resonant healing energy for your body, mind and spirit. You will leave feeling re-tuned and replenished, with a sense of restored balance.
During a typical sound bath you will be laying on the floor in a comfortable position while the waves of sound wash over you. It is a good idea to bring something to lay on such as a yoga mat, and to bring a blanket, pillows, and anything else you may need to feel comfortable on the floor.
Daniella is an Usui Reiki Master and certified Sound Healer practicing in the greater Seattle area.