A diverse community
We encourage every student to take a variety of classes to discover which instructor’s method works best for you! Just like our student body, every instructor has a unique style and story… it’s part of what we love about our community!
Alyssa Springs is the owner of Flow Motion, a wellness sanctuary in Ferndale, Washington. Alyssa brings love & passion to her business that is welcomed by her students & clients. An artist, traveler, business owner & optimist at heart, the seeds of Flow Motion were planted while Alyssa was earning her degrees in Business Administration & International Politics from Penn State.
Naturally curious, Alyssa stumbled upon, quite by accident, a wonderful opportunity to learn about different parts of the world by exploring a culture’s dance & music outside of college textbooks. Hear Alyssa’s inspirational story about the founding of Flow Motion Studio.
Summer Cushman, M.Div., C-IAYT
Summer is an artist, minister, yoga teacher, and yoga therapist. A spiritual seeker her entire life, Summer believes that authentic yoga practice has the power to change everything. She has personally experienced the transformative and healing power of regular personal practice and has witnessed it in the lives of her students, which she considers a great gift.
Yoga is fundamentally about the reduction of suffering whether it exists on the physical, mental, or spiritual levels. Experiences of pain, challenge, and illness are an inevitable part of human life. While we may not be able to avoid this reality, we do have control in how we respond. Summer takes the time to understand her students as the multi-dimensional people that they are and using the primary tools of yoga—breath, simple movement, awareness, relaxation, philosophical study, meditation, sound, prayer, and ritual—as well as teachings from Ayurveda, she works to empower them to respond to their situation in a personalized, engaged, and intentional way. She offers private sessions, weekly classes, and specialized workshops.
Summer is a perpetual student and has spent the last 2 decades following her curiosity. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in printmaking and art history from Whitworth College in Spokane, Washington. She earned her Master of Divinity degree with an emphasis in spirituality from Earlham School of Religion (a Quaker seminary) in Richmond, Indiana. She received foundational training and her 200hr Hatha Yoga Certification from CITYOGA School of Yoga and Health in Indianapolis under the direction of Nikki Myers and Marsha Pappas. She received advanced training and certification as a 500hr Viniyoga Teacher under the direction of Gary Kraftsow at the American Viniyoga Institute in California. She received training and certification as an IAYT accredited Yoga Therapist under the direction of Robin Rothenberg of Essential Yoga Therapy here in Washington State.
Summer has been teaching yoga full time since 2010 and now serves on the faculty of Essential Yoga Therapy’s 300-hr advanced teacher training. She has led retreats and workshops throughout the country on such topics as spirituality, creativity, and embodiment. A northwest native, she is happy to have settled back in her home state and looks forward to exploring yoga and spirit with you here in Whatcom County.
Isabella began practicing yoga when she was 14 years old as a hobby, but when she travelled to India for the first time at 18 years old, she immediately delved deeper into the practice and it became so much more than just a hobby. She then continued on to live in India for over one year and completed more than 1000 hours of training at multiple yoga schools. She has taught yoga in various places around the world ranging from the U.S. Virgin Islands to Amsterdam and more. She has now settled down in Bellingham to complete her B.S. in Biology in the hopes of one day pursuing scientific research on yoga and meditation.
Her practice and teaching is inspired primarily by the traditional and philosophical aspects of yoga. In her asana classes she also incorporates pranayama (breathing practices), meditation, and philosophical aspects in order to provide a well-rounded experience. She believes that every student is unique, and although she will provide some alignment cues, each student should find comfort in their body and respect their personal limits.
Cory H.E. Clarke LMT
Cory Clarke is a licensed massage therapist remaining local in the Bellingham and surrounding areas of Washington since the late 90’s. Several personal injuries led him to finding the healing qualities of massage therapy. This commenced a journey into the world of alternative healing accompanied by all there is to experience, learn, and share with the beings on this beautiful planet. While studying at Whatcom Community College he learned the importance of a client-centered massage that displays presence and flow and emphasizes unconditional positive regard.
In Cory’s free time he is with nature as much as possible. Mountain biking, practicing yoga, snowboarding, hiking, camping, playing tennis, painting, making or playing music, reading, or just lying in a hammock to feel the breeze are few of the things you might encounter Cory partaking in. With proficiency in Swedish relaxation and treatment massage, while implementing deep tissue and neuromuscular & myofascial work, and remaining present he hopes to bring purpose, empathy and compassion to the lives of all he encounters whenever possible.
WA State License #MA60736333
Caroline Snijder van Wissenkerke, LMT
Caroline provides relief from your pain and tension, whether it came into your life all of a sudden or has been with you forever and a day. Using her hands to “listen” to the body’s tissues, her massage sessions can blend deep pressure with more gentle and subtle techniques to create greater ease of movement and facilitate the body’s natural healing processes. She is also trained in intraoral massage to treat jaw, head, and neck issues more effectively.
Her passion for massage is rooted in a fascination of the complexity and incredible capacity of the body to persevere in spite of life’s challenges. Caroline received her education in massage therapy at Discoverypoint School of Massage, Seattle. Before that, she received a B.S. in Biology from UC Berkeley.
Caroline is passionate about empowering her clients to have greater choice in their well-being. She loves discussing self-care ideas so you can keep functioning well off of the massage table. Currently training to become a Restorative Exercise Specialist ™, Caroline is enthusiastic about teaching the importance of natural movement so you can work, play, and live at your full potential.
WA State License #60578350
Having a love for the arts at a young age, Rachel has always been drawn to things that helped her express yourself. In addition to acting at a young age, she began figure skating because she loved the athleticism, movement and sophistication that it demanded. For her, acting and figure skating paired exceptionally well. After high school she put her skates away and became involved in the theater and film scene in Seattle.
A few years later she moved to Los Angeles to focus exclusively on acting. Her yoga practice began over 7 years at Hot 8 Yoga in Santa Monica and hasn’t stopped since! She was asked by Nancy Norby (a yoga barre pioneer) to take the yoga barre teacher training program. After the training she felt so much more connected with her mind, body, and spirit. As a yoga barre instructor, she is passionate about helping restore the beautiful connection between the mind, body, will, and emotion for her students.
Laura Orso has called Bellingham home for over 20 years now. After an injury, she began practicing yoga initially to alleviate low back pain she was experiencing. Several months into her Vinyasa/Power Yoga practice not only was her back pain gone, but she was overall stronger in body, mind, and spirit.
Determined to give back this wonderful practice, Laura attended Power Yoga Academy led by Melissa Longfellow and graduated RYT-200 in January 2016. Her hope is that she can help her students find something positive out of their yoga practice, whether it be physical, mental, emotional, or in spirit.
Ashley Bratt became a Registered Yoga Teacher with a 200 hour certification (RYT – 200) in January of 2016. Her training is based in the Baptiste method of Power Vinyasa, as studied under her mentor. Ashley began her yoga practice in early 2012 when a friend invited her to try hot yoga. Ashley’s first class was a Hatha yoga class, and soon afterward Ashley became hooked on Power Vinyasa, Yin, and Hatha yoga classes, growing her scope of practice daily.
Ashley also enjoys teaching foundational principles of vinyasa and varying up her teaching to include gentle flow, restorative, and meditation-based practices within classes. You won’t attend the same class twice with Ashley as her flows are typically varied from week to week and often focus on one or two main areas of the body or a theme relevant and helpful to students in her classes. Ashley would like to teach the importance of connecting body movement to breath as a moving meditation, and open the potential for each student to discover something new they never before thought possible within their own bodies.
When she is not teaching yoga, Ashley also works as a behavior analyst with children and adolescents on the autism spectrum. She enjoys snowboarding, camping, cooking, hiking, reading, and spending time outside with her husband, daughter, and two wienerdogs.
Lyndsey is an avid learner, health care professional, and passionate yoga instructor. In a world where the stress of modern-day life wreaks havoc on our bodies and minds, Lyndsey believes yoga is one of the most powerful forms of preventative medicine we have against disease. Lyndsey holds a Master’s Degree in Public Health Administration, and has spent her career improving the way health care is delivered to communities. As a busy professional herself, she loves to create space in her classes for students to leave their stresses at the door, so they can fully relax, heal, and grow through their yoga practice.
Lyndsey completed her RYT-200 training in June 2013 at a hot yoga studio in Vancouver, WA, which featured intense study and practice of the Bikram-style 26-posture hatha series. You will typically find her in the hot room, as she has been hooked on the detoxing benefits of infrared heat since her first hot yoga class in 2012. She is passionate about the science and healing benefits of this series, and aims to teach it in a way that is accessible to students at all levels. Before that, Lyndsey originally started practicing yoga at home in 2002, where she discovered it as an outlet for stress relief and a break from high-intensity sports training.
Lyndsey also teaches (and practices) power/vinyasa style yoga and restorative yin. She loves to lead challenging, playful, and introspective classes to facilitate healing in people- both mentally and physically. One day, Lyndsey hopes to complete additional training with a focus in therapeutic yoga in order to help first responders and military personnel heal from PTSD. Always learning, you can usually find her immersed in books and online trainings studying Ayurveda, nutrition, and of course- yoga.
In her spare time, Lyndsey enjoys practicing hot yoga, reading, kayaking, snowboarding, painting, adventuring, and spending time with her husband and dogs.
Tara is a Certified Anusara Elements yoga teacher. When Tara began practicing yoga in 1997, she quickly discovered that yoga is a practice that not only exercises the body, but one that also connects heart and mind. Tara has studied a variety of yoga styles during her time on the mat, and while she appreciates all of them, she has felt most connected to the heart-centered practice of Anusara yoga and has since studied in depth.
Throughout the past 20 years, Tara has regularly participated in numerous workshops, trainings, and retreats. In 2011, she met Alexis Britton, a Certified Anusara Instructor, with whom she has completed over 300 hours of Anusara Immersion and Teacher Training in La Conner, WA. She acknowledges and honors all of the yoga teachers that have inspired, taught, and shared their wisdom with her throughout her yoga journey. Anusara means, “flowing with grace.” When you attend one of Tara’s classes expect a heart-centered and alignment-based yoga experience that will leave you feeling better than when you walked in!
Elena is a very enthusiastic and energetic person who is passionate about life. She has been teaching Jazzercise for the last 13 years. She is very dedicated to Jazzercise, which combines dance moves, focuses on cardio, resistance training, Pilates, yoga, and kickboxing. Jazzercise helps her to cope with life’s challenges. She loves music, and to dance and interact with wonderful people. She loves her job and feels rewarded when she uses her energy to lead classes and is received with so much positive energy.
Elena had practiced yoga for many years when she decided to become yoga teacher. She recently finished 200 hours of Anusara teacher training with the wonderful teacher Alexis Britton. Anusara yoga is a modern-day Hatha yoga which means “flowing with grace,” and “following your heart.” By always looking for the inner goodness in everyone, you also feel focused on bliss and joy in your yoga practice and your daily life.
Elena’s yoga classes combine a focus on alignment with playful and creative sequencing of postures, leading participants to find a relaxing and energizing union between breath and body. She encourages them to link breath with movement, and to explore the benefits of yoga at their own pace. Elena believes that yoga, like life, should be approached with love, care, and humor. After taking classes with Elena, anyone should feel good about themselves and about life.
Elena adores life, her beautiful kids, and loves to be and laugh with friends and family. She loves the opportunity to teach Jazzercise and Yoga classes to dedicated and appreciative clients and friends!
Staci has had a life time love of physical activity. She first fell in love with soccer, playing competitively both indoor and outdoor year-round in her home state of Utah. As a teenager, she discovered a new love in weightlifting. She spent many hours combing through Muscle and Fitness magazine and earning a reputation as a gym rat.
As a young adult Stacy branched out and tried out kickboxing. A new love was found! She went on to earn her blue belt in Kajukenpo. Around the same time, she tried yoga seriously for the first time, discovering an inner peace and light that gave her another outlet for dealing with the everyday stresses of life. With this newfound yoga practice, Staci also found that she recovered from other workouts sooner and enhanced athletic abilities! Naturally, Staci became a certified yoga instructor through Yoga Fit.
Staci currently teaches a variety of classes including Les Mills Body Pump, Les Mills CXWORX, yoga, HITT, active aging strength, and Pilates to a variety of students of all ages. She loves sharing her love of fitness with her students! Outside of teaching group fitness classes, Staci is still an active martial artist currently training in Muay Thai kickboxing and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. In her free time, Staci loves to explore the many beautiful hiking trails in our area with her husband and four sons and one daughter in law.
Kelly personally spent twelve years in various styles of yoga classes before her first yoga teacher training at Red Mountain Wellness in Bellingham in 2011. Kelly studied yoga philosophy and asana (posture) as a starting point as a yoga teacher. In 2014, Kelly completed a residential teacher training in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado at the Shoshoni Ashram. This intensive 200 hour Hatha yoga training helped expand her instructor background, deepening her knowledge of safe and effective asana practice, pranayama (breathing) and meditation.
Kelly believes in meeting her yoga students where they are at. In her hatha flow classes she provides a safe and welcoming space for people to learn the basics of yoga and grow at their own pace. Kelly emphasizes breathing through a series of active and passive postures to help students meet their edge and work towards greeting challenge with more patience and compassion. As a musician and yogi, Kelly is passionate about the healing benefits of music and often sings and plays mandolin or guitar during the final resting pose of savasana.
Jasmine Barnett is a 200-Hour Certified Yoga Instructor with an emphasis on power vinyasa style inspired by the teachings and methodology of Baptiste Yoga. Jasmine has been practicing yoga for over ten years after a friend suggested she try hot yoga to improve her running practice. Jasmine’s teaching centers on the transformative healing power of yoga. After suffering a severe shoulder injury in a car accident, Jasmine credits yoga with restoring her body to full integrity and flexibility. Through teaching yoga, Jasmine hopes to instill in her students the foundations of Baptiste yoga methodology and to find their own inner strength both on and off the mat.
When Jasmine isn’t teaching or taking a yoga class, she enjoys running, cycling, reading, traveling and trying to keep up with her four-year old son and Maltese terrier.
Tawni found yoga when she was 16, to help balance her active lifestyle, and gain more flexibility to improve in sports. She quickly learned there is so much more to yoga than the physical postures, and gaining flexibility. She has personally experienced the transformative and healing power of yoga to connect with self, and is dedicated to guiding her students through this connection.
Her passion for yoga was reignited when she travelled with her husband and dog in a 1987 VW Vanagon. She loved being able to practice yoga anytime, anywhere during her travels, keeping her body strong and her mind calm. She earned her 200 Hour RYT and Level II Reiki healing certificate in Baja, California, Mexico at Yandara Yoga Institute.
Tawni is a passionate teacher committed to motivating and guiding her students towards their true path, while cultivating an authentic connection within themselves and the community. Her goal is to bring fun, challenging sequences to her students, while guiding them through the connection of body, mind, and heart.
When she is not teaching, or practicing yoga, you will most likely find her playing with her chocolate lab, Walter, hiking, camping, cooking or riding her pink bike around Bellingham.
Shannon received her 200 RYT in 2016 from Bellingham-based Power Yoga Academy with an emphasis in power and vinyasa style yoga. Shannon fell in love with yoga 5 years ago, first coming to the practice to find a little Yin in her very Yang based life. Shannon has spent her life in fitness and movement, including gymnastics, volleyball, basketball, softball, running, and biking. She started yoga as a supplement to these high intensity activities and was completely blown away by the physical, emotional, and spiritual benefits yoga gave to her life.
Shannon is passionate about teaching the basics of vinyasa yoga, creating fun and rigorous flows, while offering modifications to always honor a sustainable yoga practice. Expect music, hands on assists, and a little sweat in Shannon’s classes. Shannon strongly believes in yoga as medicine for the body and mind and the powerful nature of community. Off the mat, you can find her hiking, backpacking, hula hooping, wandering, and cuddling her cat.
Michele is an international Essential Oil Educator and doTerra Wellness Advocate. She loves to empower people to move toward a natural and healthy way of living using essential oils. She believes that we can improve the health of our homes and lives by using the four elements of Earth, Air, Water and Fire. Essential oils are simply one aspect of the elements. When we are in tune with nature, we are in tune with ourselves, with other people, and with the universe.
Michele teaches weekly essential oil classes and special make-and-take essential oil crafting workshops at Flow Motion every week, in addition to leading monthly special events. As William Shakespeare once said: “One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.”
Michele is also a Reflexology Student in the process of obtaining her official certification. In the meantime, all sessions are completely free for the remainder of 2017! You can visit Serene Footfalls Reflexology for more information on booking your free session at Flow Motion – it’s the perfect excuse to spend an afternoon in the Relaxation Lounge or Zero Gravity Lounge with a cup of Yogi Tea!
Brooke is the owner of Jade Consulting, a creative firm that specializes in brand strategy and creative visioning for women who heal, empower, create, and nurture. Brooke has lovingly designed this website and crafted the hand-painted watercolors you see everywhere! Her passion is to help other sisters LEVEL-UP their Sacred Work in the world. In her unique visioning process known as the Jade Method, Brooke alchemizes intuition and strategy to help you uncover and align to your Brand Soul, attract your ideal client, and flourish in the work you love.
You can follow Jade Consulting on Facebook for brand strategy insights and updates, or connect with Brooke on Instagram, where she gets real about the behind-the-scenes of the creative life in #theJadeDiary, with healthy doses of inspiration to help you #alignattractflourish in the work you love!
Brooke loves hot yoga, the infrared sauna, and hanging out in the relaxation lounge. You’ll frequently see her in the Co-Working Lounge on weekends, collaborating with Alyssa on upcoming events, improvements, and new ideas! In her free time, Brooke loves to take long walks, meditate in her summer vegetable garden, and spend time with her kitty, Sage. She also loves cooking, painting, and going on mini cell-phone-free adventures to the San Juan Islands to help fuel her creativity.