I have a deep understanding of how trauma impacts the mind, body, spirit and heart. My awareness of the world through my experience as a black woman allows me to know, first hand how privilege and power operate. I understand the toll that oppression can take on individuals and the collective physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.
I am a social justice warrior, empath, yoga teacher and practitioner and an intuitive healer. Whether in an anti-oppression training, yoga space, individual or group intuitive healing session, healing and wholeness are at the center of how I approach all of my work in the world. I've spent many years on the front lines of justice movements craving a space for healing through ritual, ceremony and sacred practice. While working in many non-profits with missions focused on justice I didn't find a space that centered healing as a tool to create justice. So, I created my own space and way of working.
I create healing spaces in many different ways working with individuals and groups. I lead anti-racism trainings, yoga workshops focused on the intersection of justice and yoga and I offer intuitive healing sessions to support social justice workers, healers and activists who are on the front lines and struggling with how to sustain themselves as they do their good work in the world.
I have a background as a licensed clinical social worker and I have been teaching yoga for ten years. I began my own teacher training in 2014 and recently wrote a book about yoga and justice, Skill in Action: Radicalizing Your Yoga Practice to Create a Just World. I inspire change that allows people to stand in their humanity and wholeness in a world that fragments most of us. There are myriad of ways to work with me. I hope to support you on your healing journey and path towards wholeness in whatever capacity allows you to live your fullest life.
Leah, a certified Yoga Instructor and Ayurvedic Wellness Counselor 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.”
Leah teaches weekly classes to health care providers at Washington’s top Cancer Care Hospital, is serving as a faculty member for a CME (continuing medical education) course of Seattle’s Virginia Mason Hospital, and has also lead mindful yin classes at the University of Washington Mindfulness Project. In her classes she encourages students to find connection to their inner wisdom, healing, creativity and joy. She believes that every choice, every day, in every way, can add restored vitality and mind-body balance into our lives. Leah has spent fifteen years working in fashion, advertising and yoga retail as a stylist, buyer, sales representative & model for companies including Volkswagen, Evian, Crest, Chanel, Semperviva Yoga, Pyrrha, hauteyoga and A Peace Treaty. As a stylist Leah spent years lugging around heavy items. After one too many an instance of carrying dozens of boxes of shoes all at once, she began yearning to be kinder and gentler with herself. As Leah started to explore the relationship between yoga and her other creative passions, yoga resonated with her and became a practice she began to cherish deeply and implement into her lifestyle with devotion.
Leah is a passionate student of Ayurveda and is a certified Ayurvedic Health Counselor and has completed a NAMA (National Ayurvedic Medical Association) approved course of study. 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.
Leah, has had a dedicated yoga practice since 2010 and has been a registered teacher since 2013. She has taken Yoga, Ayurveda and Bodywork training courses with Master Teachers including Yin Yoga teacher trainings with Bernie Clark and in residence Yin/Insight Yoga training with Sarah Powers. Through her study and practice of yoga and Ayurveda, across three continents she’s learned that living in alignment with nature is the ultimate form of self-care.
She specializes in teaching mindful vinyasa flow, connecting the body, mind, and breath through dynamic and creative sequences, Yoga Tune Up® with therapy balls, and trauma-informed yoga. Samara is a yoga teacher trainer with Earth Yoga, Hosh Yoga, Yoga to the People, and also co-leads Feet on the Ground's 18-hour Trauma Informed Yoga teacher training with Emily Pantalone.
Her flow classes maintain a strong focus on alignment and balance while integrating playful opportunities to fly and explore. Having dealt with knee and neck injuries, Samara has a strong foundation in thoughtfully guiding students through fluid sequences that incorporate safe transitions and options to modify or take asana to the next level.
Being an avid lover of hiking, stand up paddle boarding, and cycling, Samara has a strong focus on the complementarity of yoga and other fitness disciplines. Using yoga, breath work, Yoga Tune Up®, and The Roll Method® specialized therapy balls to both strengthen bodies and to provide stress and tension relief, Samara supports students develop healthier happier bodies.
Samara likes to start and end class with breathing and mindfulness practices designed to relieve stress, re-center, and connect in with your higher self so you leave the mat feeling refreshed, renewed, and ready to take on life’s next journey. Her classes are known for a divine tune down and aromatherapy Shivasana.
I came to therapy in the midst of a spiritual crisis - a time when I felt lost, confused, and terrified.
I came to yoga in the midst of a divorce - a time when I felt lost, confused, and terrified.
Therapy and yoga go hand-in-hand for me because they have been my contexts for healing. They are the conduits through which I’ve learned to pay attention to myself, to my inner world, to my beliefs that hold me back from living fully and authentically, to my desires, to my fears. It is through this art of paying attention that I have discovered a richer, more interesting, and more fulfilled way of being. This is what I invite my clients to: to pay attention to the parts of themselves that are deeper than surface-level that inform why they do the things they do - their deepest desires, fears, and longings. In this process of discovery, we will learn about you in relation to yourself, others, and the world around you. My job, then, is to help facilitate that process through talk therapy, breathwork (pranayama), movement (asana), and meditation (dyhana).
Claudette Evans, E-RYT 500 is a long-time student of yoga, a lifelong learner, an experienced educator, yoga studio manager and small business owner. She is passionate about the study and practice of yoga, as well as the training and mentoring of its teachers, and strives to give emerging yoga teachers the tools they need to give their best to enhance their students’ experience. In her weekly classes, she invites curious and seasoned practitioners toward an experience of greater strength, sensitivity, freedom, skillfulness, and wisdom, so that they can cultivate greater connection in their lives. Claudette's classes create space for self-expression through body and voice, cultivate a clarity of focus, and foster a joy of movement.
I am Reya Born; Acupuncturist, herbalist, author, food-grower, game-changer, way-shower, visionary and Earth advocate.
I am a nature girl whose up-bringing gave me the skills and knowledge to thrive.
My parents, Gary and Lotus, radical, deeply intellectual hippies, joined the back-to-the-land-movement of the early 70's. My brother, Benjie, and I were raised in the foothills of the North Cascades, in the middle of nowhere, but it was everywhere to us. We built our home, grew our food, raised chickens, chopped our wood, and, with no plumbing we carried our water up from the creek. We were living on a shoestring, but we were thriving, flourishing from the deep roots of connection to place.
It was more than living off of the land, I remember it as living *with* the land. I recognized the connections between things, and that the medicine of our lives, the healing, the flourishing, as dependent on these relationships. At an early age I learned that I was a part of a greater network of life. I developed a deep understanding of the interconnectedness of that which grew from the land—huckleberry, cedar, sword fern, and that which passed through—water, coyote, bear. These visceral feelings of where things come from and ultimately where they go still beats through the fabric of my being.
As we all are, I was born belonging to this Earth, I simply chose to remember. As a kid I was grounded, confident, and fierce. I played rough. I acted tough. I also talked to imaginary fairies and wore tutus while climbing trees. I do not see my childhood as idyllic, I remember it as a practical, hearty experience that created a cultural context for my life based on connection and relationship. It was medicine for my Soul. It was Brilliant Medicine.