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  • Tamara Gillest

    Certified Yoga Therapist, and a Certified Yoga Teacher and trainer (CYT 500 level) registered with the Yoga Alliance. Tamara is certified to teach Essential Low Back Therapy and regularly adds to her tool belt with her continued education in yoga therapy. Her teaching style incorporates educational tidbits for practical use by her students outside the studio. Tamara has practiced yoga for 19 years and has used it to transform herself physically and spiritually. She integrates yoga philosophy into her life and uses it as guiding principles for moving, breathing, and managing work and play. Tamara is an accredited Buteyko Practitioner and offers Buteyko training both individually and in groups to help students manage sleep disorders, anxiety, asthma, and other imbalances. Tamara's background includes a career in information technology and she earned a Masters degree of Science in Strategic Management. She also has a bachelor degree in Computer Science and Accounting. Tamara had a 25 year career in IT Consulting and Software Development. She brings her skills together to not only own and manage BendnMove, but she also offers corporate wellness workshops to small and large businesses.

  • Milo Minnis

    Certified Yoga Therapist-IAYT, RYT 500,
    Certified Advanced Restorative Teacher

    I am committed to making yoga accessible to anyone who wants to experience the benefits of yoga and who has felt reluctant, uncomfortable or excluded from practicing in a class. All students, regardless of their physical ability or background deserve access to the many benefits of practicing and experiencing yoga. I want to be inclusive in my classes and private sessions so that every student will feel empowered and personally awakened by practicing and learning about yoga’s benefits. I have studied in the Iyengar and Krishnamacharya traditions to allow me to understand alignment of the body and adaptions for all physical needs. I believe that yoga is a therapy and a practice for everyone who wants to move their body and expand their mind. I have been a student of yoga for 35 years, a yoga teacher and therapist for 17 years.

    Earned her Masters in Education and served as a teacher of elementary and secondary education. Milo is a RYT-500 level yoga teacher and trainer. She is certified through the Yoga Alliance, Certified Yoga Therapist with the IAYT and trained in the Krishnamacharya and Iyengar traditions. Milo also holds an Advanced Certification in Restorative yoga. She has been practicing yoga since 1981 and teaching since 2000. Milo's teaching is influenced by her philosophy that every”body” can do yoga and gain peace and calm in life. She offers private yoga sessions for clients that want to develop an individualized home practice as well as offering group class.

  • Jessica Lynn

    Jessica discovered the mind-body-spirit connection many years ago through movement and massage therapy, and she’s been fascinated ever since. It took her a little longer to find yoga, but when she did, she felt like she had come home. Her deepest hope is that her teaching provides a safe, welcoming, and healing space for her students to explore what it means to be embodied beings. She has a particular interest in how our bodies hold both positive and negative experiences and emotion and provide guidance and wisdom when we get still and listen. She trained at Seattle Yoga Arts (Anusara-inspired) and at Phinney Ridge Yoga (Kripalu and Viniyoga-inspired) and is very grateful to her teachers and mentors, especially Elizabeth Rainey, Christy Fisher and Laura Yon. Jessica loves cycling, chocolate, wine, gardening, and animals. She lives with her wife and 2 cats and is a realtor with Windermere when she’s not teaching yoga.

  • Karie Bloxton

    A gifted teacher who has been practicing yoga since 1997, teaching since 2004. In Karie's own words, "Yoga has given me a means to stay centered and present. I encourage students to discover how each posture lives within their own body. The beauty of this lineage of yoga is that it meets us where we are. The practice will never be the same, because we are never the same."

    The Feldenkrais Method of Somatic Education has deepened Karie's desire to connect, to teach and to learn. Why do we injure ourselves? What can we do to prevent or alleviate discomfort? Feldenkrais can be a wonderful tool to figure out how to not just feel better, but "be" better.

    Karie offers Functional Integration sessions and she is a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner (800 hour).

    Certified Yoga Teacher, RYT 500

    Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner (CM)

    Pregnant Pauses Teacher http://www.pregnantpauses.us/

  • Elise Becker

    Elise Becker is a certified Total Barre Instructor. Her classes are structured to incorporate a full body workout with body mechanics at the forefront of each movement.

    Elise is also a full time Physical Therapist at Life in Balance Physical Therapy and Pilates in West Seattle. Elise graduated from the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Washington University in St. Louis and has worked in a variety of clinical settings. As a movement system specialist, Elise tailors her classes so that they are challenging but safe for every body.
  • Vida Yousefi

    I’ve been practicing yoga for many years. Working as a dentist, I found yoga a great exercise to bring balance to my body after long hours of work. Yoga helped me to develop an awareness of my body language and increased my sensitivity to the signs and signals of my body.

    I met Tulku Lama Lobsang last year, who is a buddhist master and a doctor of Tibetan medicine and I became so inspired by his teachings which are based on ancient Tantric buddhism and Tibetan medicine. I learned about Lu Jong, or Tibetan healing movements, which is an ancient practice and a series of exercises that have been put together from different traditions and lineages by Tulku Lobsang and he modified them in a way that people of all ages and abilities could practice them. Also, Lu Jong exercises are not difficult for a less flexible body, however, would be very effective.It’s been a year that I practice Lu Jong and enjoy all its benefits and I decided to become a teacher of Lu Jong so more people can learn and benefit from this precious ancient practice. I became certified by Tulku Lobsang to teach Tibetan healing yoga and I would love to share it with others so they can also benefit from this healing movement practices.

    I am also a certified Yin yoga teacher, registered with Yoga Alliance. I found Yin yoga a great complement to the busyness of our life, where we can find some stillness and stretch our bodies through slow paced, simple yoga postures after a long work day, or we can do it as a morning practice to start our day.

  • Julie McNeill

    Bio coming soon
  • Dunja Ruljancich

    Dunja is living proof (at 67) that yoga can keep you disease free, flexible and injury free. She teaches the Iyengar style of hatha yoga, emphasizing the therapeutic aspects of practice. Dunja believes that yoga is beneficial at any age and level of body condition and she has respect for each person and their body. Having studied yoga since 1974 in New York City, Iyengar style in Los Angeles in the 80's, established yoga at the Jewish Community Center on Mercer Island in 1994, and Bellevue Club in 2000, Dunja is happy to share her knowledge with her students. Her motto is: Keep the body and mind flexible, have a positive outlook and never lose your desire to learn new things. Dunja is an avid organic gardener and loves to share her gardening "tips". And keep a look out for Yoga for gardeners.
  • Anthony Glitch

    Bio coming soon
  • Burk Dowell

    Burk began his serious study of martial arts in 1982 in Oshima Shotokan Karate. The excitement of the martial arts and the desire to be able to protect himself was the catalyst, but in time his reasons grew. As he found proficiency in defense, he grew interested in wider possibilities and options which then led him towards an intense interest in skill, subtlety, refinement, and deeper meaning. This focus has given glimpses into the healing aspects of internal martial arts. Burk's inspiration leaves him eager to share what he has learned and help others grow.
    Burk is proficient in Karate, Aikijujitsu, Tai Chi, Bagua, Rousho (internal art applications), Qi Gong and Yoga. Technical expertise includes Karate and Aikijujitsu, Yueng Chuan, Rousho, Tai Chi, Bagua, Qi Gong, and Yoga.

  • Christina Monahan

    Christina fell in love with yoga in 2016 as she was recovering from surgery. She was drawn to yoga as a low-impact way to rebuild and restrengthen her muscles, and was pleasantly surprised by the numerous other benefits it provided her; namely the general sense of calm, connectedness, and understanding she gained with regular practice.

    Christina completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training with Nina Granatir and Audrey Benton at Be Yoga Burien in the fall of 2017. She is trained in the Classic 26 or Bikram style of Hatha yoga, from the Bishnu Ghosh lineage. Christina believes that yoga should be accessible for everyone, and she offers many different options within each posture, encouraging her students to individualize their practice in the way that feels best for them. Her biggest goal is for each of her students to leave class feeling strong and empowered.

    Christina is thrilled to offer Hatha yoga to the community at BendnMove in a fun, interactive, and adaptive manner that allows each student to make their practice as challenging or as restorative as they wish.