OUR YOGA INSTRUCTORS
AMANDA MONTAVON, E-500 RYT, M.A, YACEP, CAP
Amanda started teaching Yoga in 2003 as a FiTour Hatha Yoga instructor, when she was also working as an ACE personal trainer and group fitness instructor at various gyms in California. Through the practice of Yoga she experienced a paradigm shift; moving from a fitness centered life to a more holistic view of life and wellness. Since then, she has completed a 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) in multi-style Hatha Yoga and a 500 hour YTT in Traditional Tantra Yoga and the Ayurveda Practitioner course. Being an avid outdoor recreationist, she moved to Alaska to complete her undergraduate degree in Outdoor Studies. Upon graduating she worked as a Wilderness Therapy Guide and Activity Therapist. For her Masters of Arts she focused on Holistic Education, her thesis was on using the Yoga system to create a Holistic Teaching Methodology; developing teaching principles to support others through their individual process of growth and transformation. She still loves fitness based movement practices and enjoys teaching energetic classes, but also emphasizes deep relaxation and using Yoga as a transformational practice; using the practice to increase focus, awareness, commitment, self-efficacy, integrity, compassion, authenticity, community and overall wellbeing. As an E-500 RYT, Amanda continually offers Yoga Teacher Training programs approved by the Yoga Alliance (YA) and her classes/workshops are approved as continuing education classes for other YA registered Yoga teachers. She works full-time as the Director of Programs for Onward and Upward a non-profit school for Adventure Based Learning and Self Discovery in Palmer. For more information visit her website at www.alaskaayurveda.com<http://www.alaskaayurveda.com/> and find her on Instagram under @Nature_Based_Yoga
KIM GREEFF M.T., E RYT 200
Kim Greeff brings a wealth of body knowledge to the mat with a background in massage therapy, a total love and fascination with human anatomy, biomechanics, and a genuine passion for helping people live better in their bodies through the practice of yoga and self-care. Her unique teaching style is an evolution of traditional yoga poses designed to help people get into their bodies, instead of getting their bodies into poses.
Students are amazed that they leave class feeling energized and empowered. Each class is uniquely sequenced to help increase your range of motion, decrease pain, and enhance performance in whatever it is you like to do – whether it's climbing, lifting, running, or cycling.
If you are just looking to move your body in a way that helps to unwind it from the day, there's something here for you too!
LIDIJA POLJACEK-UMPHENOUR, E RYT-500, YACEP, RPYT
Lidija came to yoga when she was looking for a dance studio in Anchorage. At first it was the Asana (postures) that drew her in. Then came the realization that yoga is so much more. However what really got her hooked is when she saw how yoga can change lives of people who are dealing with different challenges and difficulties. Her interest was in yoga with therapy modules and her quest brought her to San Diego where she studied at YogaWell Institute for Progressive Therapies. Her international travels as a journalist awarded her opportunities to teach not only in Anchorage but throughout the US. She has also taught classes and workshops in Slovenia, Germany, Poland and Croatia.
She loves to teach all "yoga". Therapeutic, Yoga for Warriors, Strong Hatha and Vinyasa based, Gentle, Restorative, Meditation, etc. She says that yoga has something for everyone. Yoga, to her, is a never ending source and resource for a life well lived.
She is a YACEP, 200 and 500 E-RYT and along the way she acquired certificates in Prenatal and AIReal Yoga, and has had special training in Yoga for Anxiety, Gentle Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Yoga for Fibromyalgia, Yoga for Stress and PTSD, Yoga for Cancer Patients and Cancer Survivors, as well as, in all things, Laughter Yoga.
She thinks you are never to old or to young to do yoga and volunteers as a Kids Yoga Teacher. Some day she hopes to teach yoga to astronauts heading to Mars. Because.... Yoga in Space of course.
DR. MADELEINE MORRISON
Madeleine began practicing yoga in the mid 80’s in Santa Cruz. She has studied and practiced with many teachers over the years including Lynne Minton. In 2013 she studied yoga therapy (YCAT yoga therapy in cancer and chronic illness) with Jani Chapman, bringing yoga therapy to her Naturopathic practice. She has taught several 8 week stress management workshops and classes. In 2015, she completed her 200 hr YTT with Sarajoy Marsh in Amrita Yoga. She is currently studying Viniyoga with Gary Kraftsow. Her style brings asana practice to all people while incorporating pranayama, mindfulness practices, and meditation. As a doctor for over 20 yrs, she has extensive knowledge of the body’s functioning, which she brings to her classes and clients.
CASSANDRA LIDIN, L.Ac., M.Ac., Dipl. Ac., CAP, RYT 200
Cassandra Lidin is originally from the Baltimore-D.C. area, where she initially studied yoga under Shariff Roberts and Moses Brown. Her first yoga practices included Ashtanga, Anusara, Sivananda, and Iyengar yoga.
She holds a Bachelor in Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art, where she was fascinated by the anatomical form and range of movement, and primarily focused on the creation of figurative works in paint, clay, and drawing.
With this deep interest in human expression, she wanted to continue to focus her studies in the art of Acupuncture and East Asian Medicine and its effects on the psyche and health of the body. She went on to earn a Master’s Degree in 5 Element Acupuncture from Maryland University of Integrative Health (formerly TAI Sophia) in 2004, and is a Licensed Acupuncturist in the State of Alaska. Her five year training included daily Qi Gong or Tai Qi practice to build discipline and inner listening, as well as to promote healthy Qi flow.
In 2006, she decided to relocate to beautiful Alaska. She maintained a small but full practice until opening Spirit Path Yoga and Wellness in 2011; a center to combine movement therapy and treatments, as well as providing educational opportunities for the community and continuing education for health care providers. Spirit Path houses a multitude of services including Naturopathic Medicine, Acupuncture, Massage Therapy, Ayurveda, Counseling, and Chiropractic care.
Cassandra received her Yoga Teaching Certification from Anchorage Yoga. She earned her Āyurvedic Practitioner certification through Kanyakumari and Spirit Path Āyurveda Education as a NAMA recognized provider, and has continued her studies in Ayurveda, including a Marma Therapy certification with Mark Halpern. She has received an advanced two plus year training in Kampo, Japanese herbal formula applications, under the esteemed Nigel Dawes. She has taken multiple courses in Japanese manual therapies and specialty Acupuncture approaches.
In her practice, she incorporates Acupuncture, herbs, diet therapy, lifestyle counseling, manual therapies, subtle energy healing, therapeutic yoga and movement therapy, and works with all ages from infant care to the elderly. She serves as Secretary for Acupuncture for Alaska, our state association.
Her passion lies in enjoying the arts, but spends much of her own creative time gardening, tending her hobby farm, raising her two sons, cooking, and dedicating her weekdays to patients and staff. Her self-care consists of lifting weights, a home yoga practice, reading, and meditation. She also assists with Spirit Path’s sister company, OT for Spirited Kids and Adults, with special needs kids camps on weekends monthly.