Teachers

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“Bring yourself into conscious movement, and you will find that new doorways spontaneously open to unseen possibilities.”

Jacqueline Rubinstein

Director of SomaSpace & Move with Ease

Jacqueline Rubinstein is dedicated to creative, powerful, healing movement that makes you feel good. She has been a catalyst in the Improvisational Dance and Feldenkrais Method scenes since 2004. She is the proud director/owner of SomaSpace: Movement Arts & Healing Center, and Move With Ease, her Chronic Pain & Repetitive Injury Recovery Practice.

She has been dancing since 1994 and fell deeply in love with the innovative and life-affirming world of Improvisational Movement in 2003. Completing a degree in Improvisationally-based Choreography at Wesleyan University gave Jacqueline a strong foundation in teaching creative movement to people with diverse backgrounds. She has led hundreds of creative and somatic movement classes.

After a severe concussion and a pinched nerve, Jacqueline was incredibly blessed to find the Feldenkrais Method. Lost and frustrated after all the traditional Western forms of healing were insufficient, she tried an introductory Feldenkrais workshop on a whim, and she fell in love!

The powerfully gentle and insightful somatic education of the Feldenkrais Method has been an incredible learning journey, leading her to become a practitioner and open her Feldenkrais practice, Move With Ease, in Portland, Oregon in 2011. She also serves as the Outreach Director for the Feldenkrais Method Professional Training Programs.

She specializes in helping folks suffering from chronic pain and repetitive injuries to make foundational changes to their movement patterns creating fundamental, lasting relief and a profound transformation of one’s relationship to self and life. For more information about Move With Ease, please visit: www.FeldenkraisPortland.com

Combining her passions for Improvisational Movement and the Feldenkrais Method, housed in the gorgeous SomaSpace studio, is a dream come true! Balancing the gentle, slow, deeply functional movements of the Feldenkrais Method with the limitless, creative, free-form movements of Improvisational Movement has brought great joy and healing to Jacqueline’s life, and she looks forward to sharing her passion with you through her classes, events, and individual sessions.

To contact Jacqueline: jacqueline@somaspace.us / 971.373.4059

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Audrey Steele

Audrey Steele is a Life Coach and Yoga instructor with a lifetime of experience in dance and performance. She graced the stages of the Bay Area burlesque circuit from 2009-2013 and from there realized her passion for sharing this art form with other women. Audrey is a skilled facilitator who has a gift for welcoming women to the taboos of sexuality and seduction. She creates a fun and dynamic space while keeping it authentic and grounded. She is really committed to every women finding her inner Diva and letting it shine! In the past year Audrey has facilitated several classes for women here at Soma Space including, Intro to Sensual Movement and Burlesque classes and workshops. She is excited to be teaching again and looks forward to future classes with you!

To contact Audrey:
madamsteeleburlesque@gmail.com / www.audreysteele.com

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Ben Rosen

Ben Rosen is a level 3 teacher of the NQA (National Qigong Association) and graduate of Michael Lomax’s Clinical Qigong Certification program training in the Stillness Movement Lineage for a decade. Diagnosed with a pituitary brain tumor back in 2010, Ben used the power of Qigong and herbs to not only recover, but thrive with empowered and radiant health. Ben is fully passionate about teaching and keeping alive these ancient longevity practices so that future generations may continue to experience the magic of healing that is Qigong.

“I’ve studied a number of qigong styles and lineages – including Michael Winn, Francesco Garripoli, and Yang Jwing-Ming – and all of them were great to study, yet as a fledgling energy worker myself, they didn’t feel complete to me. However, when Ben taught me this style of qigong movements called “Gift of the Tao,” it took my qigong practice over the top, and then some. Most styles focus mainly on coordinating the breath with movements for proper gathering and circulation of energy. But with Gift of the Tao qigong, Ben teaches to work with the energy directly and let the energetics circulate naturally which is very much in line with the true Taoist principles of “uncontrived action” and spontaneity. This made all the difference because I feel more energetic in my personal life, my acupuncture practice, and my energywork practice. As an instructor, I feel that Ben communicates very well, and makes seemingly complex movements easy to understand. Ben is an amazing teacher and very knowledgeable of his lineage, but mostly, he’s a wonderful person, compassionate and easy going. Well on his way to being a master at such a young age, I expect that he will be contributing great things in the world of natural healing.” -Sonny

To contact Ben: qiclinicpdx@gmail.comwww.qiclinicpdx.com

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Carlton Grew

Fifteen years ago, Carlton Grew walked into Scott Kelman’s free introductory improvisation workshop and has never stopped doing the work. Carlton joined the workshop simply for a new, creative experience. Instead, the work led him on a transformational journey.

Originally uninterested in performance, the work led him to perform with The Tuesday Group, the Agnieszka Laska Dancers, and, recently, an autobiographical show entitled “Bag of Hammers.” He is thrilled to have the opportunity to guide others through the same inspiring journey and to share Kelman’s work.

To contact Carlton: nwrain99@yahoo.com

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Jon Schreiber

Jon Schreiber, D. C., director of the Breema Center and Breema Clinic in Oakland, California, has been teaching Breema in the U.S. and internationally since 1980. He has presented Breema to interested groups in the fields of medicine, psychology, bodywork, exercise, holistic health, and personal growth. In his active clinical practice, Dr. Schreiber uses Breema, Self-Breema, and the Nine-Principles of Harmony to help his patients discover the real meaning of health. His numerous articles and books focus on the universal and practical philosophy of Breema.

To contact Jon: www.breema.com

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Siere Munro

Siere Munro’s class offerings are strongly rooted in her love of somatic movement, coupled with a diversely broad palate for music and an innate joy of creative expression. Her mission is to guide and support people of all backgrounds into embodied, soulful movement experiences.

Her background is a rich tapestry of experience in the healing arts, expressive arts, fitness and dance. She is a graduate of Tamalpa Institute for Expressive Arts, with an emphasis on Somatic Movement Therapy. She is a member of the Nia Technique Teaching Faculty. She trains teachers to teach Nia, Moving to Heal throughout the U.S. and Europe.  Siere teaches Nia, Moving to Heal and Dance as Prayer; a conscious movement exploration and Divine conversation for body and soul.

To contact Siere: siere@mybodynow.us

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Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche

Under the guidance of Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, the Tergar Meditation Group of Portland holds regular teachings and community events in and around Portland, Oregon. As a community of friends exploring the practice of meditation, we gather regularly to practice, study, and host regular visits by Mingyur Rinpoche. We also offer retreats and seminars on the practice of meditation and the fundamentals of Buddhist practice.

Mingyur Rinpoche’s approach to meditation focuses on the practice of mindfulness, which unlocks the door to a calm mind, compassionate heart and insight into the challenges of day-to-day life. Rinpoche’s teachings emphasize universal principles that are of profound benefit to people of all faiths and belief systems. Whether you are new to meditation or a seasoned practitioner wanting to deepen your practice, please join us.

To contact Tergar group coordinators, Lyle and Diane McQueen-Smith:
portland@tergar.org / www.tergar.org/portland

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Elan McAllister

Elan McAllister is a Portland-based Qoya teacher, life and childbirth coach, inspirational speaker & writer who leads classes, workshops & retreats both locally and internationally.

To contact Elan: elanvmc@gmail.com / elanvital.love

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Brenda Munson

Brenda Munson has been teaching sensual movement and embodied flow since 2012, awakening bodies to the brilliance of their personal and unique flow. As an S Factor and Liquid Motion teacher, Brenda guides students through the most soulful and intuitive style of dance; opening the female body into full, free, erotic expression. With a deep background in sensual movement, when you take a Liquid Motion® class with Brenda, she will expand your floor work through technical sequences resulting in seamless and natural movement qualities. You’ll learn how to tap into your senses and expand into the natural rhythm of your movement; unleashing the fullness of your authentic body voice.

To contact Brenda:  brendapmunson@gmail.com / www.flowing-feminine.com

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Erika Ryn

 Erika Ryn of Living Ritual is a henna artist, licensed massage therapist, yoga and bellydance instructor, and passionate cacao enthusiast based out of Portland, OR. She has been teaching movement and meditation classes for the last 10 years, and it is both her joy and honor to providing a safe space for humans to find connection, healing, and transformation by finding the meeting place between the silly and the solemn, between vibration and stillness, between the sacred and the profane.

To contact Erika: hierikaryn@gmail.com / http://www.livingritual.com/

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Rachel Lundberg

Rachel Lundberg, ERYT 500, YACEP, brings over 25 years of experience in body movement to her yoga teacher teaching program. Trained originally as a dancer, Rachel has studied all styles of dance with an emphasis in modern and classical ballet. After the birth of her third child, she began taking yoga classes and instantly fell in love. She was fortunate enough to be introduced to the Iyengar style of yoga from her very first class. Her yoga training has focused extensively on proper alignment, detailed instruction, anatomy, and yoga therapeutics. Rachel has been teaching yoga to all ages and levels since 2006 and is passionate about guiding her students toward increased body awareness, strength, and flexibility through the practice of yoga.

Creating a teacher training program focused on alignment based yoga has been one of Rachel’s greatest passions. She feels that there is a growing need for teachers who are trained in alignment based yoga. She loves sharing her love and knowledge of yoga with others who are interested in deepening their practice while learning to teach others.

Rachel feels fortunate to have studied yoga with wonderful teachers such as Julie Gudmestad, Carolyn Belko, Rebecca Learner, and John Schumacher, as well as her very first teacher and inspiration, Carlyn Sikes. She also feels very grateful to have studied yoga in Bangalore India with Yana Lewis, a student of BKS Iyengar and creator of the Bangalore Ballet. It was in Bangalore that Rachel was able to meet BKS Iyengar, a definite highlight in her yogic journey.

Rachel has her E-RYT 500 hour teacher training certification with the Yoga Alliance. She is also the creator of the Lundberg Yoga Teacher Training Program and the Rachel Lundberg Yoga online resources.

To contact Rachel: rachel@lundbergyoga.com / www.lundbergyoga.com

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Maryam Brown

Maryam Brown is a Consent-Communication Educator, Cuddlist Practitioner, Cuddle Party Facilitator in Training, and owner of Touch Positive, LLC. Her work is in providing a safer, trauma-informed space in which individual may have experiences of healthy connection. As a Cuddlist (Cuddle Therapy) Practitioner,  she works with individuals suffering from touch deprivation and touch aversion. In sessions, clients may experience an immediate benefit from oxytocin while practicing vital communication, consent, and boundary skills necessary for improving their personal and work relationships. As a consent-communication educator, she provide workshops and events customized to the clients’ needs focusing on agency, boundaries, and consent-communication. She also holds regular discussion groups on touch, trauma- recovery, and related topics.

To contact Maryam: contact@touchpositiveLLC.com

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Alice Boyd

Alice Boyd, CFP, is passionate about movement: From an active childhood in rural Maine, to dance, swimming, yoga, walking in the city and hiking in the woods, she has always been drawn to movement as a means of creative expression, as well as a path to physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health and wellbeing.

She was born with her left leg turned in. When the prescribed braces failed, she was enrolled in dance lessons at the age of five. Alice loved ballet, and went on to study and perform regularly until age 17, when she was practicing daily.

She continued with dance off and on for years as she sought “real work.” Through banking, food service, academia and high tech, Alice kept returning to movement and teaching, ultimately training as a yoga instructor, then – with friend Jennifer (Preisler) Hayes – founding Yoga Pearl, a yoga and healing arts center, in Portland, Oregon in 2002.

After selling Yoga Pearl in 2012, Alice has studied and practiced The Feldenkrais Method® full time, completing her Feldenkrais Professional Training Program with Dr. Frank Wildman in June, 2014. She is grateful to be learning daily about the myriad benefits of the method, as well as to have the opportunity to help others learn to address and avoid injury, develop self-awareness, have more ease, and effort less.

To contact Alice: alice@aliceboyd.com / http://www.aliceboyd.com

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Marissa Leigh

Marissa Leigh is a sound healer, Reiki Master-Teacher, sacred ceremony holder and song-keeper whose passion is in providing people with a restful and nourishing space to return home to themselves. She provides sacred space and gentle guidance for individuals to open fully to themselves to allow their bodies, minds and hearts to heal.

To contact Marissa: marissa@earthmamamedicine.org / www.earthmamamedicine.org

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Ani Ferlise

Ani Ferlise is a Priestess, with experience hosting circles, many different ceremonies, and workshops. She has background in Astrology, sacred beekeeping, Kitchen alchemy, Shamanic herbalism, aromatherapy, and is a Reiki Master and Ceremonialist. She studied many religions, practices and healing modalities, worked at a goddess temple, completed a shamanic herbal apprenticeship where she became initiated as a green witch, and an apprenticeship with a priestess where she was initiated as a Midwife of the Veils. She is the creatrix behind Kozmic Ryder, a company that creates ritual kits with her personal blends of teas, essential oils, writing, and more. She is currently training at the Tantric School of Integrated Sexuality to be a Sex, Love, and Relationship Coach blending tantra, taoism, and neuroscience to ritual.

To contact Ani: ani@kozmicryder.comwww.kozmicryder.com / instagram.com/kozmicryder

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Jennifer Bishop

Jennifer Bishop is just your average woman finding her way in the world. She discovered the Soma Space women’s circle after the loss of her mother in 2018 motivated her to seek the company other women. What she loves about women’s circle is that it provides a safe space to be herself and connect with others.

Jennifer has facilitated many groups throughout her life in various settings. She is currently leading pregnancy groups as part of her work as a Certified Nurse Midwife. When the creator of this women’s circle, Jacqueline needed to take a step back, Jennifer felt compelled to keep it alive and began facilitating the group. Jennifer is dedicated to continue the vision of creating a space for women to gather in an authentic and thoughtful way.

In addition to participating in women’s circle, Jennifer likes being outside, dancing, and all things cats.

To contact Jennifer: bishjenn@gmail.com

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Ute Luppertz

Ute Luppertz, MA, is a holistic healing coach for pets, a senior pet specialist, a pet death doula and an animal communicator. She is also a Reiki Master and a Tellington TTouch practitioner for companion animals.

Hospice & Bereavement Support and Animal Death Doula Services are the pillars of Ute’s work. For many years Ute has worked with clients to help them peacefully let go of their animal companions and developed this one of a kind training.

Ute is a member of the following organizations:
~ International TTouch Guild
~ Northwest Association for Death Education and Bereavement Support
~ International Association for Animal Hospice and Palliative Care

To contact Ute: pets-point-of-view.com / petspointofview@gmail.com

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Alix Wasteney

Alix Wasteney is an Intuition and Mindset Coach. She focuses on helping people liberate their mind and body from negative, self sabotaging patterns so they can connect deeper to their intuition and live an empowered and balanced life.  Her heart-centered, holistic approach guides people to develop more compassion and love for themselves so they can get out of their head, into their heart and rediscover a sense of trust and joy in themselves.  

To contact Alix: alixwasteneywellness@gmail.com / instagram.com/alixwasteneywellness / facebook.com/alixwasteneywellness

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Troy Mitchell

Troy Mitchell is a veteran and has taught yoga for over 20 yrs. He brings a trauma informed class for Veterans that takes into account physical and or mental challenges. If you can breathe you can benefit from this class, and Troy has done this work for over 2 decades. Troy’s own personal journey of Yoga and recovery from Substance use disorder, and houselessness informs all he does. If you suffer from anxiety, Trauma, PTSD, substance use disorders, or any mental health challenges, or you just want to relax, come and join his Veteran specific class. You won’t regret it and you will experience a relaxation meditation that will amaze you.

To contact Troy: tmitchell@dogoodmultnomah.org / facebook.com/Meltingheartyoga-652233128158935

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Alexis Hanley-Trione

Alexis Hanley-Trione is a Consciousness Healer. She guides you to a place of higher & deeper connection with your true self, as well as everything around you. She is a truth seeker and light bringer. Part of her mission in this lifetime is to help you remember the interconnection of all things, especially with and through yourself and nature; helping you to maintain that connection and harmony with your inner light through coaching and workshops.

Among her tools are: Alchemical Dance Workshops for freedom through expression, Personalized Mayan Calendar Readings for the path of your soul, and Spiritual Transformation Life Coaching as well as Women’s Sexual Empowerment Coaching to help free up the infinite potential of the wellspring within you so that you can live out your life’s true purpose with excitement, passion, pleasure, love, joy, balance, serenity & peace.

To contact Alexis: alexishanleytrione@gmail.com / facebook.com/alexis.hanleytrioneinstagram.com/alexishanleytrione

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Jasmine Judson

Jasmine Judson has been a life long promoter of women’s empowerment and self realization. She created ShaktiRize out of a deep love for dance and movement with the understanding that we can move some amazing energy through our bodies to better our life. When we come together and move in collaboration with other phenomenal females, we can raise the vibration of our world. 

Jasmine is the owner and founder of Afterglow Yoga Studios in Hawaii and is currently working on franchised expansion.  

Her super power lies in encouraging and inspiring humans to see their authentic self and using those tools to better the world. 

To contact Jasmine: rizeup@shaktirize.comwww.shaktirize.com

 

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