OUR YOGA INSTRUCTORS
ALISON TILL, RYT 500
Alison Till has practiced yoga since 1980. She completed the Inner Dance Teacher Training Program in 2001 and the Advanced Studies Program at the Yoga Room in Berkeley in 2005. Her experience at the Yoga Room gave her a passion for developing her powers of observation and adjustment, and in deepening her ability to teach asana for diverse body types.
Alison is an assistant instructor to Lynne Minton in the Spirit Path 300 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Program.
AMANDA LYON, CAS, PKS
Amanda Joy Lyon is a Clinical Ayurveda Specialist, Pancha Karma Specialist, Sivananda Certified Yoga Instructor, Ayurvedic Yoga Therapist, a 200 hr. Massage Therapist, Reiki Master/Teacher, and a student of advanced Ayurvedic pulse diagnosis. She has received national acclaim as a featured speaker at many conferences including the National Ayurvedic Medical Association Conference and the Northern California Women's Herbal Symposium. Her previous Ayurvedic teaching experience includes serving as a Master Teacher, the Director of Herbal Studies and Internship at California College of Ayurveda in Grass Valley; lead Pancha Karma therapist and body therapy instructor for Shaktiveda, Inc.; and acting as the Ayurvedic Program Director at Kanyakumari Ayurveda and Yoga Wellness Center Milwaukee, WI. Amanda is currently the Ayurvedic Program Director at Spirit Path Ayurveda Education in Anchorage, Alaska where she teachers the Certified Ayurveda Practitioner Training Program, Yoga, and a variety of workshops.
AMANDA MONTAVON, E-500 RYT, 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
I began my yoga practice to regain a sense of body consciousness. I had danced professionally in my 20’s, had my daughter in my 30’s and was driven by career, relationships and a desire to be a strong figure for my daughter in my 40’s. It was in my early 40’s that I began taking a weekly class and soon it was 3 times a week. Then came the incremental evidence of some big changes: with more maturity came my desire to speak my truth, self-respect grew as I centered on my mat without judgement, and curious of my own heart and soul, I began to foster the idea of one day teaching yoga. I became enamored with what seemed rightfully enriching to me personally---that this journey was a continuing education.
My 200 Hour Teacher Training with Ana Forrest was vigorous and gifted me with a comprehension of healing through breath, asanas and hands on energy work. Ana herself is steeped in the culture of Native American rituals, has written a compelling personal journey in “Fierce Medicine” and invites both broken and unbroken yogis into what she calls the hoop of the people in order to mend it.
My classes at Spirit Path Yoga will be a mix of Forrest Inspired and Evolve Yoga with a linear development that warms the body, building with longer held poses towards an apex or intentional culmination, then warming down and enjoying the grateful heart of savasana. I look forward to sharing the journey with you!
Yoga is essential in these times. Yoga is for everyone. And yoga is all about the breath. As a yoga teacher, I love helping students connect their breath with movement. When we do that, we arrive in the present moment and are able to catch a glimpse of and then build a relationship with our highest self. When that happens, yoga begins to follow us off the mat and into our lives. Beyond fitness, yoga is a way of life that we cultivate with each class.
I enjoy working with beginners and intermediate students in my mixed level classes. Modifications are offered to help make poses accessible to whomever walks in the door. In my teachings and sequencing, I innovate with the tools I have available to me like universal alignment principles and philosophical yoga teachings while drawing from the wisdom of my teachers.
My first teacher was my aunt who taught yoga in a church basement in the 1970s. I still carry with me things I learned from Alison Rubin, an Iyengar-inspired teacher in Spokane, Wash., in the late 1990s. I am deeply connected to the teachings of Karen and Bruce Greenwood with whom I did my 200-hour yoga teacher training in 2011. I am honored to have studied with Lynne Minton for my 300-hour yoga teacher training that I completed in 2016. Furthermore, I am thankful for the teachings of Alison Till and Mary Lou Weprin. Other teachers include my two children, my husband, my dog Henry, my extended family, and friends who are family.
APRIL ROCHFORD, RYT
The practice. The love, the hate. The joy, the grief. The confidence, the doubt. The practice. April’s practice embraces all aspects of being a thriving and vibrant speck of stardust in this timeless universe.
Trained in Hatha yoga of Iyengar lineage under Margi Clifford and Margo Sorum, April brings the ancient knowledge of asana practice to her students, skillfully intertwining it with Western anatomical information, therapeutic applications, philosophy, mythology, and humor. Her own practice began in 2001 after graduating high school, and has since grown with her through college, career, motherhood and marriage.
April draws on her scientific background (B.S. Biological Sciences) to describe key principles of alignment and breath work. She has a strong interest in the science of meditation, as well as yoga’s potential to compliment professional mental health treatment. Having relied heavily on yoga to navigate the realms of anxiety and depression, she empathetically shares these techniques with others. April also provides a philosophical and spiritual context for the asana practice, offering depth and insight into the physical postures of yoga.
April is authentic and light-hearted, creating an atmosphere of acceptance and accessibility for yogis of all levels. Her love for and devotion to the practice of yoga radiate from her teaching. She cherishes her practice, and gladly shares it with her students.
A friend invited me to her yoga class back in 2006 - I went and was hooked. Now years later I am excited to be teaching my own yoga classes and sharing my practice in a new way. I completed Yoga Teacher Training at Open Space in the summer of 2014 and have been enjoying teaching since then.
Both as an artist and a yoga teacher I enjoy the tradition of passing knowledge and skills directly from person to person. I have had and still have many great teachers and hope to honor them all by sharing their knowledge and love with my own students.
SHERYL CHRIEST, RYT 200
My early memories as a child were those of connecting with nature, finding peace and inner balance in nature. Although I couldn't put words to what I was feeling then I now realize I had a connection to self. I spent many years finding that connection through hiking, glacier climbing and camping with my family.
In 2002 I discovered yoga. I learned simple poses in my living room sometimes amid the chaos all around me that comes with having a large family and loved how I felt. I added it to my repertoire of activities and it became part of my life. Fast forward to December 2015 where I actually took my first yoga class in a group setting. I was so excited to be part of a yoga community. I loved being part of a group moving and flowing the practice and as time went on I realized I wanted to teach.
It wasn't until I was a few months into my training that I realized the profound impact that yoga has in my life. I found that connection to self that I had only found in nature and as I told my fellow students, "I finally get it! I now understand yoga." Since that "aha moment" yoga continues to enrich my life daily and I am excited to be able to share it with you.
I received my certification through The Insight Yoga Teacher Training with Margi Clifford and Margo Sorum at Spirit Path Yoga and Wellness. I will forever be grateful to their guidance and mentorship in my journey.
My classes are a mix of breath work, vinyasa flow and stretching taking you to your final pose in savasana. Being part of this yoga community is such a blessing in my life. I look forward to sharing the journey with you. Namaste
Yoga entered my life over 15 years ago while I was searching for a more meaningful connection to my body, my mind, and my community. I am a health care provider and I became interested in teaching Yoga and Meditation when I realized the profound affect they could have on my patient's healing. I became a Yoga teacher in 2003 at Inner Dance with Lynne Minton and have taught meditation since 2008. I believe in the power of meditation to heal the heart, heal the body, and heal the mind.
Jule has been studying and practicing yoga for 8 years. Her journey started as a purely physical one, enjoying how yoga restored her body after Alaskan adventures, but the more subtle aspects were unveiled during her teacher trainings in India. Jule studied at Rishikish Yoga Peeth, receiving her 200 hour teaching certificate in 2012 and just recently returned from India after another 300 hours of continuous study. Her classes incorporate movement (asana), breath (pranayama), and awareness (chetna); hoping all yogis leave feeling physically and mentally restored with a sense of stillness in both mind and body. Please visit Jule's website www.ayurvedamindbody.org for more information on Jule.
KERRY DAVIS, RYT 200
Kerry is an Insight Yoga certified instructor and Reiki II Practitioner. She first experienced yoga physical therapy as a child, then off and on through her 20s and 30s. She returned to yoga when pain took over and even the most conservative of movements hurt, and at that point felt an immediate connection to her work on the mat. She maintained her practice throughout her pregnancy and used meditation during labor. She struggled with breastfeeding and latch issues, and developed the Milk-asana™ series of restorative postures to help other bottle-, SNS-, and breastfeeding mamas soothe postpartum aches and pains, and connect more deeply with their babies.
Kerry’s teachers have included Nirvair Singh Khalsa, and most recently Lonnie Chace, Margo Sorum, and Margi Clifford, among others. She is committed to assisting others in finding peace and strength in their bodies, both on and off the mat. Her classes focus on asana, pranayama and restorative meditation, and she welcomes new yogis, as well as both prenatal and postpartum students with modifications and adjustments to best support their needs. In addition to postpartum classes, she teaches gentle and yin/restorative classes and prenatal workshops, as well.
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!
Kristiann believes yoga should be accessible to everyone, through all stages of life. Using props to bring ease to each pose and each body, she brings a light, welcoming spirit to her classes. Her 200-hour training was alignment-based, through the former Inner Dance Yoga Studio here in Anchorage, where she began teaching in 2008. She credits Lynne Minton and Lonnie Chace with helping her find her path to yoga teaching, and she is looking forward to working with them on her advanced-level training starting Fall 2015.
Margo Sorum is best known for her trademarked style of yoga called “Spinal Floss”. She has been teaching yoga since 1999 and recently completed her Foundation Training Certification with Dr. Eric Goodman. Her unique approach to yoga empowers students to listen to their own awareness, adapting the postures to meet their body’s needs on any given day. Margo has taught yoga at UAA since 2009 and offers specialty workshops at Spirit Path Yoga. She also enjoys working one on one with clients designing yoga practices specific to their individual desires. To contact Margo personally for a private yoga session or Foundation Training lesson please email: firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also find Margo online by googling “Spinal Floss”.
PAULA DOBBYN, RYT 500
Paula teaches yinyasa, yin, hot, restorative and stress-relief yoga. She has been a student of Lynne Minton since 2005, completing her RYT-300 at Spirit Path in 2016. Her current focus is yoga nidra because of its profound healing effects on the central nervous system. Paula has mentored with Anchorage’s Kim Greeff and is inspired by Alaska teachers Katey Inman, Svia Rothstein, Lindsey Britt, Rick Resnick and others. She has taught yoga in Anchorage, Alaska, Belfast, Northern Ireland, and Dili, East Timor. A veteran journalist and communicator, Paula is the wife of a wildlife biologist and the mother of two feisty and healthy elementary-age girls. She has made Alaska her home since 1994.
Xochitl believes that when yoga is treated as a discipline it quickly becomes a way of life. All one needs, is to find a style, a teacher, and community with which they connect and they will find that the benefits to a regular practice are endless. She began practicing yoga in 2001 while living in Northern California. Xochitl had always been an active person, enjoying a wide range of physical activities. When she saw a yoga class in session at a local gym, she decided to give it a try. She figured she was young and healthy and therefore could do anything, but little did she know that that one class would be one of the most challenging and humbling experiences of her life. Xochitl committed herself to the class and treated it as a physical challenge. In the end, her greatest benefit arose from the calm it brought to her mind and body, which thankfully connected to her everyday life. After meeting her wonderful husband and moving to Anchorage in 2009, she had the opportunity to commit to a deeper study of yoga. In May of 2012, she completed her 200 RYT program here in town at Inner Dance Yoga Studio. Since then she has dove head first into the broad and colorful yoga community here in Alaska.