TEACHER BIOS

Jason Calsyn
RYT 500, E-RYT 200

Jason began his yoga journey in 2003, when he started attending Bikram Yoga classes at a local studio in San Francisco. He enjoyed the physical challenge of the classes, and soon found that all aspects of his life were improving: he looked and felt healthier, his emotional life improved, and the spiritual aspect of his being started to thrive. Jason soon started to explore other yoga methods; he received his RYT-200 certificate at Maui Hot Yoga in 2012, and his RYT-500 at Sampoorna Yoga in Goa, India in 2016. His classes are dynamic and creative, and he works to ensure that all students can thrive, whether they are beginners or long-time practitioners. Every class is unique, and Jason incorporates elements of yoga philosophy, pranayama, and meditation techniques into his classes as well.

Jason is the owner and head instructor of Mystic Monkey Yoga.


Cameron Jones
RYT-200

Cameron approaches the practice of Yoga with sincerity rather than seriousness. He finds this approach helps create an atmosphere in which practitioners of all levels feel comfortable and at ease in exploring the link between body and mind as you move through and sit with yourself in the asanas. As a healing art, Yoga is an invaluable tool for not only realigning and readjusting our physical bodies to their naturally healthy state, but is also as a medium for the cultivation of self-love necessary to returning balance to our emotional and mental bodies that are, in today’s society, often stuck in hyper-anxious states of being. 
When he's not in the yoga studio, Cameron works with the developmentally disabled in our local community or is in his family garden. He also is a permaculture designer and spends as much time in nature as possible learning from her and returning to the natural rhythms of our local environment.


Leah Layman
RYT-200

Leah recently relocated from Florida to the lovely PNW and is excited to share an empowering style of power yoga with the community. When she's not hiking in the mountains, exploring with her dog, Ranger, or brewing up a wild flavor of kombucha, Leah works as a Nurse Practitioner in a Dermatology clinic.






Jacquie Hansen
RYT-200

Jacquie is a nature lover at heart which fosters a sense of wonder and play. She also is a bit of a perfectionist which drove her to two, 200-hour and Vedic Thai Yoga Therapy trainings. This allowed for a deeper understanding of yoga philosophy and it's theraputic effects. She has taught many styles of yoga in the last 7 years and strives to create a challenging and fun practice. Nothing is better than seeing bright shiny faces after Savasana. That glow is the best feedback anyone could give. When she is not teaching yoga, Jacquie enjoys making herbal balms and working at organic farms.


 

Samantha Thomas
RYT-200

 

Samantha began her yoga journey over 10 years ago on a frigid Minnesota winter day to cultivate heat and quiet the mind. Yoga continuously teaches awareness. Samantha is trained in Vinyasa yoga and yoga sculpt (integration of weights). Since moving to Port Townsend in 2012, Samantha has been teaching around town, sharing her love for a strong Vinyasa flow. She is excited to share in the practice -- together, smiling with every Navasana. When not enjoying yoga, Samantha works with cities and towns to become more walkable or is hiking in our sublime backyard-- the Olympics.

 

 

Christopher Brown

RYT-200

Christopher lives life passionately with an endless curiosity for the natural world and the human mind/body. He infuses his yoga practice with this enthusiasm and his many interests. He sees yoga as a tool for centering the body and mind. In keeping the breath and mind steady through a spectrum of sometimes challenging postures, yoga helps us sit with greater ease in the present moment. In the process yoga leads us to feel healthier, stronger, more flexible, more resilient, and best of all, more peaceful.

 

Christopher is originally from northern Utah and moved to the Olympic Peninsula a few years ago to work on organic farms. He enjoys running, gardening, reading and finding new adventures. Christopher taught yoga at Utah State and a local community center between 2008-2012 and is very excited to be teaching again. He just completed his RYT-200 training at the Lakshmi Rising school in Costa Rica and will incorporate some of the themes of this vinyasa training into his classes.

 

Sarah Wright

RYT-200

Sarah discovered yoga in 2009.  A busy nursing student at the time, she found a sense of balance and serenity through the physical practice of asana and continued to experiment with different styles of yoga.  As her practice deepened she began to realize that yoga and its benefits are much more than physical.  In 2016 she ventured to Mysore, India to further explore the eight limbs of ashtanga yoga, returning home a month later with a RYT 200 certification.  She loves to share her practice, striving to make it both accessible and challenging.  In addition to practicing yoga, Sarah is also a full-time surgical nurse, and in her spare time can be found hiking in the mountains or paddling on the local waterways.

Ashley Hagen

E-RYT 200

Ashley started practicing yoga in 2010 to help improve her performance as a college athlete. In 2013, after experiencing the benefits of a daily yoga practice, she received her 200-hr yoga teacher certification and began teaching vinyasa yoga, the most accessible style of power yoga. Ashley is also a Budokon® Yoga Sensei trained through the Budokon Mixed Movement Academy with Cameron Shayne. She is inspired by all movement styles including martial arts, calisthenics, running, weight lifting and dance. Her classes and private lessons are fun, yet challenging with focus on finding the yogi warrior within.

 

Shayann Hoffer-Pauley

RYT-500

Shayann came to the PNW in 2011 from Maui, HI, originally from MN. She completed her 500TT in 2015 with Maya Yoga: Nicki Doene and Eddie Modestini in HI and her 200TT with Mary Beth Nehl: Yoga Loft, MN in 2007. She has been teaching since 2007 in Minnesota, Canada, Maui and currently teaches around the county since 2013.

She is also an artist, painter and enjoys bringing yoga to youth, and has published two children's yoga books.
Shayann's classes are a mix of pranayama, vinyasa, attention to alignment with restorative and therapeutic asanas.

 

 

 

 

Sean Ambrose

RYT-200

Sean's first teacher training was co-lead by Jessica Blanchard, a student of Ashtanga yoga founder, K. Pattabhi Jois and pranayama teacher, Sri O.P. Tiwari of the Kaivalyadham. Sean apprenticed with Jessica from 2015-2018 and completed his second Ashtanga focused teacher training in April of 2018 under hers and Meredith Murphy’s (student of R. Sharath Jois) tutelage. Sean started studying with Richard Freeman and Mary Taylor in the in 2017 and then completed their teacher intensive training summer of 2018, spending over 300 hours in a teaching relationship with them. All these teachers inspire and challenge him by passing on the Ashtanga lineage and Yogic philosophy, sharing an informed tradition with appropriate contextual implications for contemporary Western culture, that he then hopes to deliver to his students. Through yoga and other practices, Sean strives to better love and serve the community and world around him.

 

 

Radha Newsom

AcroYoga Instructor

 

Radha Newsom co-founded FireKeeper Productions, a dance theater company creating shows based on fairy tales. With her training in acrobatic dance and static trapeze, she coached at the New England Center for Circus Arts, teaching adult classes and the professional adult circus training programs. In 2016, she completed a 10 month cycle tour with her husband in Northern Europe and Southeast Asia. Radha moved to Nordland, Washington end of 2016, where she teaches AcroYoga.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leta Fetherolf

AcroYoga Instructor

 

Leta Fetherolf is an acroyogi who has led workshops and jams for the past several years. She enjoys sharing this practice with others for the unique connection and physical embodiment that acroyoga has to offer.