Instructors

You can see when each of our instructors are teaching by looking at our weekly Schedule.

 

flow_teacher training4Stephanie Adams

Sharing the awareness, acceptance and transformation the practice of yoga brings to our lives is what truly inspires Stephanie to teach. She has seen inothers, and experienced herself, that regular practice inspires one to greater peace, connection, and joy. Stephanie has been practicing hatha yoga for over 20 years. Prior to that, she was learning about the yogic life through studying universal spiritual principles and philosophy with her first yoga teacher, Marianne Williamson (not an asana teacher, but a true teacher of the heart of Yoga).

Stephanie’s dedication to the path brought her to fulfilling her dream of opening a studio, training teachers, and building community through yoga. Flow Yoga recently celebrated its 11th anniversary and continues to thrive and grow in ways she never could have imagined. In 2012, Stephanie, with her partner, Adi Vajra, created her own Registered Yoga School called Jaya Yoga Teacher Training. Again, this leap of faith has been greatly rewarded with loyal and loving student teachers who come to train with them from all over the US and Canada.

Over 14 years, Stephanie has trained over 10,000 teachers throughout the US and Canada. She has led trainings in 25 states and 3 provinces. Internationally, in addition to Canada, Stephanie has also led teacher trainings in Mexico and India. She appears with her two daughters in the YogaFit Kids video/DVD, and in the YF Level One, Level Four and Anatomy Training DVDs, and appeared several times on Seattle’s Q13 Morning News show as a yoga resource.

In addition to Stephanie’s yoga background, she holds fitness certifications, including ACE’s Personal Trainer Certificate since 1998. She has a B.S. from W.S.U., and is certified through BodyMind Academy as a Fitness and Nutrition Consultant. Stephanie has been a featured presenter at ACSM, NIRSA, TSI Summit, NW YogaFest, DCAC, Spinning, IDEA, and numerous YogaFit MindBody Fitness Conferences. She is registered at Yoga Alliance’s highest level, as a 500-hr ERYT (this allows her to sign CEs for RYT 200-Trained teachers who attend her workshops).

 

 

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From a young age, Adi (born Paul Marino) felt that Love was more important than anything else. Unknowingly, this subtle knowing led him to seek to understand God. As a teenager, Adi developed a fascination with shamanism and ‘expanding consciousness’. Years later, in 2003, Adi had an awakening to the essential nature of Self which profoundly transformed everything that he had thought was real. After working intensely with a Navajo medicine man and studying the mystical traditions of the world, Adi left for India in search of a fully enlightened Master. After a rigorous search he stumbled upon Sri Ramana Maharshi, where the search ended. Ramana’s invitation was to discover the Self, which is always one’s natural state of being. He gave us the beautiful gift of self-inquiry in order to find out “Who Am I, Really”. Later meeting and working with awakened Masters, including Gangaji, Adyashanti, and Elle Collier Re, Adi began teaching and pointing others to the living Truth that is one’s own nature. Adi brings a simple and direct style that doesn’t waste time with non-essentials. He draws on the wisdom traditions of Christianity, Advaita Vedanta, Zen, Tantric Buddhism, and Yoga in his teachings. The challenge here is to dive deep into yourself in order to find out what’s really, really True. These teachings are meant for those who are no longer interested in attaining anything special, but who are interested in the truth that is available always in the yearning of the Heart.

 

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Lora Munn, ERYT 200, is a local teacher known for her deep devotion to the healing practices of yoga and for her ability to weave ancient, heart-centered philosophy into practices for the modern yoga practitioner.

Lora’s passion as a yoga teacher and healer is fulfilled by her creative offerings ranging from the dynamic and challenging aspects of vinyasa, to the deeply meditative aspects of restorative yoga and Yoga Nidra. Each class is a humble offering, a chance to relinquish the habits and histories that bind us all, and a chance to recognize that each moment is an opportunity to create a bright new story.
“People say that what we’re all seeking is a meaning for life. I don’t think that’s what we’re really seeking. I think that what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive… so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive.” ~Joseph Campbell

 

 

10848659_10152527616285895_714895973489597668_oAngela Logan

Angela teaches the Monday, Wednesday, & Sunday Hot Power classes. Come sweat and challenge your strength, balance, and flexibility with Angela’s positive energy and Baptiste-inspired Flow.

 

 

FB_IMG_1471569469888Erin Solveig

Erin truly connected with the power of yoga, meditation, and endurance racing while serving in the Peace Corps in Paraguay. Upon returning to the States she serendipitously discovered Flow Yoga and the Jaya Teacher Training. With a passionate curiosity she continues to explore and teach sustainable biomechanics and the benefits of yoga in athletic cross-training, improving mental endurance, and for general stress relief. After her time in South America she also appreciates having the opportunity to lead classes in Spanish for the Latino populations in the Gorge. Finding herself more settled in Hood River, Erin is thrilled to be a part of the Flow Yoga Community while she pursues her license in Rolfing Structural Integration and Movement Therapy.

 

maddie-instructorpicMadeline Luecht 

Madeline, RYT 200, was certified through Jaya Yoga TT with Stephanie and Adi at Flow Yoga in 2013. She then taught vinyasa classes in Corvallis, OR until graduating from OSU with a BS in Merchandising Management and Business. In 2016 she completed her Aerial Silks Yoga training with AWOL as part of creating the Flow Yoga Aerial Program. Madeline continues to work towards her RYT 500 with Stephanie’s trainings in India and Indonesia. You can now find Madeline managing the front desk, Boutique and Seva Program at Flow. And, teaching the aerial silk classes and 6am Hot Classes. She brings a warm energy and passion to her teaching and is enthusiastic about sharing the Love of yoga to the HR community!

 

 

Jen FitzJen Fitzsimons

Jennifer enjoys many styles of yoga and likes to share an eclectic mix with her students. Experiencing union of mind, body and spirit is the focus in her classes. Jen hopes to extend the practice of yoga beyond the mat into a way of life, all day, every day. She believes that the goal of the practice is to experience connection to the Divine Self. And that this unity with self, leads to unity with others and the earth. Peace within…Peace out!

 

 

kristine-light-smileKristine Chapman

Kristine loves the sacred community here in the Gorge and is inspired by the therapeutic benefits of yoga. If you are looking to slow down, reconnect with your body, and rebalance compensation patterns – check out her classes on our schedule. She is also available for therapeutic private classes upon request, search A BodyWise in Hood River for more information.

 

 

 

img_2913Laura Klement

Laura Klement trained with AWOL’s Soulaira Aerial Yoga program and has been practicing aerial yoga for the past 5 years. She is working toward her RYT 200 through the Jaya Yoga teacher training at Flow and also works at the front desk on Sunday mornings. Laura is excited to share the bliss of aerial yoga with the Flow community!

 

 

 

Laurie Vancott Laurie Van Cott

Laurie was introduced to yoga as a teenager and learned early on about it’s benefits as it helped her with her back pain from scoliosis and tension headaches. Laurie’s love for yoga and it’s therapeutic aspects lead her to choose a career in physical therapy where she shares its healing abilities with others. Her teaching style is a blend of yoga influences grounded in a studied knowledge of anatomy and biomechanics. She loves the challenge of encouraging people to find the ability to move within their bodies without overwelming them with medical terminology, and she welcomes the gift to guide others to build spirit and determination in themselves.

 

 

 

paleenaPaleena Moyer

I believe that life is an amazing gift and that every moment is precious! When I’m not spreading love of wellness and movement, I enjoy spending time with my beautiful daughter, friends, and family. Being in nature daily, finding time on my yoga mat, and nourishing my body with whole foods restore and nourish my mind and body.

All hope seemed lost after a lifetime of suffering from chronic digestive health issues, eight years of chronic back pain and multiple sports injuries. I found hope and healing through yoga, which taught me how to slow down and listen to my body. My passion is to empower others by following these same principles: slowing down and listening to his or her own body. My own journey has brought me abundant health and happiness. I believe I can initiate this journey for others.

My goal as a Yoga Therapist is to help others feel a deeper Mind-Body Connection in the transformative power of slowing down, tuning in, and being present. By lifting their sights and illuminating what is possible for their unique bodies, they are able to enjoy greater abundance—which we all deserve! My success is in supporting those who wish for change and are ready and wiling to step outside of the box — gifting them deeper awareness of how much more is possible. I want to support the goals of others by shining a light on their path to help them move toward their greatest potential. I specialize in helping clients find freedom from chronic pain, tension, stress, and dis-ease in the body. My mission is “Building Strength with a Gentle Approach” –which is attainable for anyone who is ready for change!

 

 Shannon Tortolanoshannonmexico

Informally trained as a Sivananda teacher about 16 years ago, while at the same time maintaining a vigorous Bikram practice of her own, Shannon has always enjoyed exploring the full range of expression that yoga has to offer. Eventually pursuing a more formal instructor training by obtaining her RYT200 at Flow Yoga Hood River in the Jaya yoga tradition. Continuing education by attending meditation, alignment and pranayama workshops, as well as chipping away at her RYT 500, Shannon continually seeks to deepen her own practice and enrich what she is able to offer in the classroom.

Her passion in practice is grounded in mindfulness. She uses her time on the mat to explore this, with the intention of learning to move with that practice into everyday life. This is what motivates her as a teacher. Drawing on teachings from around the world as well as from her own life experience, she strives to cultivate in the classroom the constant invitation to connect her students with the peace, joy, and wisdom that reside inside of themselves, existing as their own unique experience and expression of Life.

 

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 Alex Morningstar

Alex is on a mission to address bad posture, poor movement, chronic pain, and stress.  Yoga helped free Alex of his scoliosis-related chronic pain as well as a negative internal life of anxiety and stress.  It is his goal to explore with others the physical and mental qualities of a meditative movement practice.  His classes are playful, technical, and flow between rigorous and gentle activity.

Alex is a personal trainer, movement coach, martial arts academy owner, self defense instructor, and an RYT 200 yoga instructor trained and certified at Flow Yoga through the Jaya Yoga Teacher Training Program.  Alex has taught yoga since 2012, has trained in martial arts for over 20 years and opened First Light Martial Arts Academy in Hood River in 2013.


Apprentices & Subs

Apprentice RYT 200 Trained teachers at Flow are gaining more studio experience and practice teachings as subs or for our Karma Flow classes. Come try their Seva Donation Classes as they appear seasonally. You may also find them subbing classes from time to time!

hillary-luechtHillary Luecht

Hillary is currently working towards her RYT 200 in the Jaya Yoga Teacher Training Program as a student of Stephanie and Adi. She is very excited to be leading a Free/Donation based class on Wednesday mornings at 6:30am. You can also find her working at the front desk on Monday evenings.

Hillary began yoga for the same reasons that many new students do: as a way to work out, stretch, and relax. But – as yoga does for many people – her practice quickly blossomed into so much more than solely a physical practice.  Yoga has given Hillary the freedom to open up and surrender to this Life.  Her experience is that regular practice will take you on a path to deep-rooted clarity, inner peace, and love.  Hillary feels blessed and humbled to experience the gift of Yoga, and in turn hopes to make some of those benefits and experiences available to her students and this community.  Om.

 

 

profile-pic-2Jennifer Williams

RYT 200, Jennifer received her teaching certification at Shiva Yoga Peeth in Rishikesh, India in 2016. Jennifer’s outlook on life is deeply rooted in the yogic principle of ahimsa. Each and every living being is valuable.  Jennifer has been touched by the power of yoga to transform the way we view our lives, the way we approach others, and the choices we make;  how we live each and every day.  Her practice integrates mantra and elements of traditional Indian yogic practice.

 

 

img_1054Mekayla Hall

Mekayla, RYT 200, subs for the aerial silks classes at Flow. Trained in Aerials at the Circus Center in San Francisco for 3 years where some of her instructors are award-winning aerialists. Mekayla has experience teaching basic aerial silks, vinyasa flow, and power yoga classes. She also recently completed more training with AWOL.  Mekayla also has a background in personal training and helping people have a healthy and fit lifestyle.

 

Susan SorensenSusan Sorenson

Susan Sorensen has been practicing yoga for over 12 years. Susan completed her 200-hour RYT through Jaya Yoga in January 2014, and continues to aspire to the 500 hour level. She also achieved Baron Baptiste’s level one teacher training in 2006, and has attended and participated in various yoga retreats and trainings around the country. Susan is also the Artistic Director and Owner of Columbia Gorge Dance Academy in Hood River, where she teaches jazz, hip hop and modern dance. Susan loves yoga for the peace, acceptance and compassion it gives her in her life, and in her body. Her goal is to pass that on to her students through breath, movement and LOVE for where they are in the moment. Accepting that we are all beautiful and valuable spirits, simply having a human experience in our bodies, and on this planet, let’s lighten up on ourselves, generate some self love, and pass it on!!

 

 

 

Kid’s Yoga Instructors

free-2Stephanie Del Sol

Stephanie grew up right here in the beautiful Columbia River Gorge. After much time spent trying to decide on a path, Stephanie decided her calling was that of: Art, Children, Nature & Wellness. With both parents as educators, working with children came naturally. She received training from Rayna Dhara through Flow Yoga as well as certification through Portland-based kids yoga teacher training YogaCalm. Kids love her creative, playful and compassionate spirit. Stephanie is the Kids Yoga Instructor here at Flow on Sunday mornings, a local art teacher through Arts in Education, as well as a vendor at the Hood River Saturday Market with her business Sunshine Creations.

 

 

Hannah J. Freeman

Ella Vancott