Past – Present – Future Special Guests

john salisburyJohn Salisbury lives in Scottsdale, Arizona where he has been practicing yoga since 1995 and teaching since 2000. Having traveled to study Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga in India and having enjoyed the culture of our generation, he has a refreshing outlook between old-world tradition and new-world inspiration. John has traveled all over Arizona and the U.S. to share his spirit for yoga. His class focuses on deepening the student’s attention physically, inspiring with dynamic verbal cueing, while staying rooted to the breath and enjoying the experience as it unfolds. John is a master vinyasa teacher and teaches with undeniable technique, clear language, and warm laughter. His current yoga residence is in Scottsdale with the Life Power Yoga studios. Some of John’s most influential teachers include Dave Oliver (his step-father), Tim Miller, David Swenson, Lino Miele, Darren Rhodes, Dharma Mittra, and Maty Ezraty. He is E-RYT 500 and has a B.A. in Theatre from ASU.

crop-1_2David Romanelli is on a mission to restore the present moment’s proper place in the modern world. His most recent endeavors include his debut show Yeah Dave! which is brought to you by the people who created The Food Network and a new book 111 Ways to Celebrate Life Now which launches in 2014. His past explorations included Yoga for Foodies, Yoga + Chocolate, Yoga + Wine, and Yoga + Jazz which have been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Food + Wine, The New York Times, Newsweek, and Oprah Magazine; and his book Yeah Dave’s Guide to Livin’ the Moment reached #1 on the Amazon Self-Help Bestseller List. Check him out at

casey palmer vineyard_splits Casey J Palmer enquired into classical yoga practice, first in 1995, to improve his sense of personal well being and life outlook. Having encountered a generous and insightful yoga teacher in NW Portland, who encouraged him to “look around” at all the yoga styles available, and pick one, he tried many methods. A chance encounter in 1999 introduced him to an Ashtangi just home from Mysore, India, a student of Sri K Pattabhi Jois. Within that same year Casey would visit Mysore, India, take direct instruction from Jois for 3 months, encounter 25, time tested teachers like Tim Miller, Rolf Nuojacat, Kimberly Flynn and Peter Sanson and the energy of a small, committed, long lasting community on the verge of going global. This initial imprint, with subsequent confirmations, has been the precious gem that has guided and influenced Casey’s intention for all his years of inquiry, practice and teaching at his Portland yoga school, Near East Yoga.

EBFERDIGEB Ferdig loves to work with people who are very new to yoga and/or are exploring the use of yoga philosophy in their everyday lives. She believes that yoga can and should be accessible to all people. She has been teaching this way for twelve years, five of which was in Eritrea, Ethiopia and Indonesia. In 2013, she opened unfold studios, with Leigh Drake and Rachel Plies to provide therapeutic and highly accessible yoga to people of all shapes and abilities.

E.B. is an Integrated Movement Therapy practitioner, trainer and mentor.  She has worked with people affected by cancer, Parkinson’s, ADHD, eating disorders and chronic pain, but specializes in working with women with anxiety.

She is ever-grateful to her teacher, Molly Lannon Kenny, who taught her the deeply transformative power of yoga. And she credits Laura Cornell, for helping her turn her teaching into a thriving career.

DSC4811-2-e1369263980897Dr.Terry Ycasas credits aspects of her evolution to her chiropractor, who assisted and supported her when she arrived at a personal and professional crossroads in 2001, ultimately making the leap from corporate high-tech to holistic medicine. Her practice today thrives not only because of her expertise and skill in Diversified Technique™, Torque Release™ and other modalities, but also from her daily yoga discipline as a source of nourishment and grounding.  Dr. Ycasas has made her chiropractic practice a place where patients can find strength and purpose to move through their own processes fluidly and supported, focusing on proactive wellness and holistic integrity to attain and remain physically and emotionally supple.

Jill Case

Make your life yoga…and you will allow the practice to transform you and the lives of all those you meet.

I feel that this has become my mantra after 17 years of teaching. I entered yoga through its physical benefits and allure. And, through the years, I have stumbled upon all the other elements of yoga beyond the poses. It was not until I permitted my yoga to steep into every moment of my life that I realized its power to heal and transform me.

As a teacher I want to share with you the tools of yoga that will allow you to make your practice relevant, so that you start living your practice the other 23 hours you are off your mat. I want to inspire you to breathe, play, and observe yourself and your habits on the mat so that you can decide in each moment what resonates with you now. I will provide you with an environment to explore your own unique physical body so that you can experience the part of yourself beyond your thoughts. I love to play soulful, inspiring and energy filled music to let you find your own flow and allow your spirit to dance. Above all else, I will create a warm, nurturing place that allows you to the freedom and joy of making the practice your own so that your yoga can feed you. May you find not only strength and flexibility on your mat but feel this as a weekday warrior in your daily life.

I could list my credentials but honestly most of what gave the most value to my teachings was in life through my day-to-day experiences. I give much gratitude to my yoga teachers along the path and my many teachers that have never stepped on a yoga mat but demonstrated the power and the true essence of yoga in their own lives. Namaste and hope to meet you in class!

Jill Case E-RYT 500

Knouse, Michael-headshotMichael Knouse is an Unconventional Startup Strategist, a Coach for Emerging Entrepreneurs, and creator of The Startup Sessions Podcast and Work Freedom Roadmap. He spent 14-years in the technology and software industry before founding The Startup Sessions and making the leap to full time business builder. Michael works with burnt out corporate employees and emerging entrepreneurs to help them craft a meaningful business, blow the lid off the status quo, and do meaningful work.

Michael took his first yoga class in 2009 while living in Bend, Oregon. Since then, yoga has become a regular practice that he uses to stay active, healthy, and perform at his best.

Michael lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife Jill, where he enjoys trail running, skiing, yoga, enjoying great coffee, sipping IPA’s, and teaching others how to embrace their brilliance and do work that matters.

KimiKimi Marin teaches yoga to help others find clarity in their mind, body and spirit. She guides students through their practice by riding the waves of breath, continually aligning breath and body into a rhythmic flow of consciousness.

Kimi has a master’s degree in literature, and loves to combine the power of stories with yoga. She often weaves the myths and stories about various poses into the class. Her transformative Yogic Lore Flow workshops are a fun combination of stories, asana, meditation, and mantra.

Kimi was featured in Origin Magazine’s Inspire Series, was the featured ambassador for Ahnu Footwear June 2013, and her writing has been published on several blog sites.

DSC_8039Matt Nelson’s first entry into movement, breath and spiritual inquiry began in 1995 when he began practicing Chi Gung with his father. While his practice was intermittent for eight years, it provided a foundation that he has built upon throughout his adult life. In 2003 he decided to make the transition from Chi Gung to Yoga and stepped into his first class in Portland, Oregon. He fell in love immediately and he knew that he had found something that he would continue to do for the rest of his life.

Matt’s classes reflect his personal practice and encourage a deep connection to the breath as he teaches students to move with proper alignment, grace, flexibility, strength, intuition and mindfulness. More than anything, Matt’s intention is to use these practices that have been passed down through the ages to strengthen the body and soften the heart.

Justine_SmallJustine Monahan- Originally from Sydney, Australia, I was an active sportswoman and initially drawn to Yoga purely from a physical perspective. However, after 13 years of practice, teaching and training, 2 children and the business of life, things have changed.

Yoga has taught me to respond and adapt to my life as it unfolds with loving kindness, laughter and gratitude. Without a doubt, connection to and awareness of my breath has been my greatest insight thus far, and this underpins my teaching today. Breathing is quite simply as indispensable to us as the beating of our hearts. We do not need to think of taking a breath and never need to exert pressure to extend it.

When we practice yoga, we put controlled stress on ourselves so that we can learn how to react to stresses of life. The practices also teach us about accomplishing more by doing less, letting go, giving up what we don’t need, and surrendering to the life force that is bigger than ourselves. So the trick is: how to do less? How do we get out of the way of our own selves?

I have completed a multitude of yoga and meditation trainings, and cultivated my own wisdom through years of self study. My classes reflect this and are designed for students to take a break from their busy lives; to pause, breathe and connect knowing they are supported by me. I teach students to breathe, move mindfully and focus their attention on one thing. This is not easy, however, as with any practice, old habits begin to fade and healthier ones take over.

When I am not teaching yoga, I work as a Breath and Mindful movement Educator. The importance of respiratory reeducation is crucial to regaining natural coordination of breath, body, heart and mind. In fact, many physical problems, and emotional distress are the result of insufficient oxygen, caused by faulty respiratory patterns. The diaphragm is not just a pump that brings air in and out of the lungs; it is a great organ of expression. For more information on these practices, please email me at [email protected].

AllisonAlison Duckworth – I have had a long and joyful journey with yoga both as a student and as a teacher. I have been practicing for over 10 years and teaching since 2007. I obtained my 200 hour certificate in 2006, which laid the foundation for my living, practicing and teaching of yoga. I later pursed my 500 hour teacher training with Shiva Rea. It took me two years to complete this next phase of training. This transformational experience broadened my understanding of yoga to include the embodiment of yoga, energetic alignment, the Krishnamacharia lineage, ayurveda, and tantra. These teachings have been priceless to my evolution as a student and teacher of yoga, as well as all the other books, students, and teachers from which I have learned over the years. Teaching yoga has been the most rewarding career that I have pursued. I have taught various styles and levels of classes. I strive to create a fun and comfortable space for students to practice. I will guide students to explore and strengthen their body, mind and spirit. It is my goal to empower each student to have an authentic and embodied experience.

601645_676009702433890_712416171_nIn 2005, Jill Knouse left the corporate world behind to pursue her love of yoga full-time.  She is passionate about sharing the beauty of Vinyasa Yoga. Jill joyfully creates powerful and flowing sequences, linked together by breath and great intention. Her mindful teaching style naturally leads students to a state of strength, balance, flexibility and overall well-being. While Jill’s classes may be challenging, she makes them accessible to everyone.  She strives to support her students in cultivating a devoted practice infused with immense joy.

Jill has completed and led numerous teacher trainings.  In 2012, she created and successfully launched Elevate Yoga Trainings, programs designed for both aspiring yoga teachers, as well as, yoga teachers looking to catapult their teaching to the next level and dramatically deepen their knowledge base.  She is a dedicated teacher determined to help her students discover what makes them feel truly ALIVE.  As a massage therapist for many years, anatomy, safe alignment, loads of hands-on assists and nurturing support are a huge part of her classes.  She teaches at studios in Portland, Oregon, leads trainings + workshops, participates in conferences + festivals and leads incredible group yoga adventures around the globe.  Jill’s enthusiasm, intuition and inspiration pour from her heart and into every one of her classes and trainings.