It has been a sweet and humbling journey to get to this point. Forever a student of yoga, I experienced my first yoga class in the womb during my mother’s prenatal sessions. While I didn’t begin my own consistent practice until a few years later, the spark had been planted.
My love for yoga stems from the simplicity and beauty I feel while practicing daily asana. It has been a lifelong evolution of personal practice, meditation, and mentoring from outstanding fellow yogis. I am blessed to extend this passion to others. The style I share incorporates alignment, flow, and most importantly BREATH. My intention as a teacher is to facilitate external as well as internal awareness through mindful instruction. The journey is yours I only hope to provide support along the path.
I opened the first Afterglow Yoga in 2015 with the intention of creating a space where everyone felt seen and welcome. I wanted to build a community of heart-based and like-minded individuals on a mission to create global change starting with just themselves. A few years, and a few studios later, I am still a constant student and I have learned so much.
Listen to your body, follow your breath, and find your bliss in whatever you choose to do. I look forward to you sharing your beautiful practices with me!
“Yoga is the relationship that is built between the body, the mind and the breath. Yoga is creating space free from obstacles in your own body to live. Yoga is freedom and release. I am here to help others find this release so that they can comfortably and competently move their bodies through life.”
Andreas completed his first Teacher Training at Afterglow Yoga Wailuku in 2015. After discovering a deep love for guided meditation and relaxation, He attended Jennifer Reis’s Yoga Nidra Teacher Training at Kripalu in 2017. He will always be a student of the practice and is deeply grateful for the loving wisdom his teachers have shared with him.
In his classes, he loves to combine creative sequencing, a spirit of playfulness and a dose of inspiration to help deepen your practice. Andreas seeks to help others thrive in life by nurturing body, mind, and soul with yoga and spiritual life practices, and his hope is that you step off the mat feeling refreshed, nourished and balanced.
April teaches yoga as a way to cultivate energetic and physical alignment. Her training encompasses a variety of styles as her teachers come from several backgrounds—from traditional anatomy-focused Iyengar yoga; to faster-paced Ashtanga “vinyasa” flow sequences; to intuitive, primal movement and dance; to passive yin and restorative yoga for deep tissue unwinding and energy release. She is also trained in prenatal and postpartum yoga, Yoga Nidra guided meditation, as well as a variety of other meditation practices from around the world. In addition to yoga, April holds certificates in both Pilates and Barre instruction and her classes aim to cultivate growth and strength from a steady awareness of core and alignment. At a personal level, yoga’s asanas and mindfulness practices have helped April overcome injuries and emotional hurdles, and she always brings both meditation and breathing techniques into her classes. Her ultimate goal is to inspire students to cultivate their full self-expression from the inside, out. She offers special meditation and intention-setting workshops and leads guided women’s moon circles. She offers reiki energy work and aromatherapy in a private practice when she’s not teaching, and loves to weave reminders of our intrinsic connection to Mother Nature and the greater Universe into her classes.
Yoga has had a way of gently yet firmly pulling me towards its practice for over 10 years. It began as simple curiosity that led me to my first class at a local gym. Over the years, this curiosity has taken me to new cities and countries in search of deeper understanding of this practice that ultimately leads us back to ourselves.
I received my 200 hour training in 2018 at Anuttara Ashram in Terrace, BC, but largely view myself as a perpetual and humble student. My favorite aspect of teaching yoga is to offer an open invitation to explore those subtle spaces between the strength of intention and the softness that comes through letting go. Through a combination of functional movement and inner-body awareness, my hope is to offer a class that builds upon and supports a healthy mind, body, and spirit rooted in self love and acceptance.
Off the mat, I am a student working towards a dual degree in Naturopathic and Classical Chinese medicine who enjoys getting lost in mossy forests and sci-fi novels.
Carla Justice has been practicing yoga for almost two decades. She holds teaching credentials in Ashtanga, Vinyasa and Baptiste Power Yoga. Her teaching style is playful, inspiring and gritty. Carla is also a Women’s Empowerment coach specializing in helping women master midlife to fuel their passion. Carla believes in the power of yoga to change lives by integrating what happens on the mat into daily life. When she’s not teaching or coaching, you can find Carla enjoying all the PNW has to offer including hiking, strolling through Mt. Tabor, drinking kombucha and eating doughnuts!
Sophia’s journey into teaching began in 2013 with a 200 hr teacher training offered through YogaWorks, and led by Casey Coda, E RYT 500. By combining ingredients from the Iyengar, Ashtanga, and Viniyoga systems, it afforded her a well-rounded snapshot of the depth and breadth of yoga and the positive impact it can have on our modern world through individual transformation. Her teaching experience and life off the mat have helped to further mold the teacher she is becoming. “I recognize myself in the eye of the storm, and am truly honored to be a guide for others.” She is currently studying at Epidavros Yoga School, where she will complete a 500 RYT in September of 2020 under lead trainer, Patti Stone E RYT 500, C-IAYT 1000, TIYT, AYS.
She loves teaching lots of different class styles, from Yin, to Aerial, to Hot, to kids yoga, and everything in between, and welcome opportunities to work more in depth with clients one on one.
As a practitioner of Yoga, her aim is to cultivate the health, presence, and authenticity needed to allow her heart to shine and fully express itself. As an instructor, her purpose is to share with others the gifts that have helped her achieve greater joy, fulfillment, and ease in body and mind, and to promote a community of support and connection as we walk forward together, working to increase global health and unity.
Yoga’s uplifting, invigorating effects have been an essential element of Mandie’s life for over ten years. Her openness to explore the art led her to discover many wonderful, personal strengths that she now carries with her around the world and gets to share with others. Beginning in 2008, she studied under Grand Master Adam and the International Yoga Studio in Virginia Beach where she received her first 200RYT. Traveling to Hawaii as a military spouse, she continued studying and began teaching. With the birth of her son, and the beach as her backdrop, she found a deep connection with nature, mindful cooking, and motherhood. With these in mind, she focused on this profound path and received her Prenatal RYT, and wildly changed her teaching to include all parts of the family, in classes, campouts and retreats! Mandie and her little family of three left Hawaii and set out to travel the world. Eight countries, a drive across the United States, and one year of incredible experiences later, they finally settled on a new home in Portland. She is indebted to the many great teachers around the world and right here in PDX who continually offer their endless knowledge and wisdom both on and off the mat. You can find her throughout the week here at Afterglow taking classes and teaching! Heres to sharing space with you soon!!
Kirsten is a civil rights legal advocate by day and a yogini at heart. She grew familiar to movement through various sports, ballet, tap, and yoga in her teenage years. It wasn’t until law school and her human rights fellowship in Delhi, India that the power of yoga as a source of truth and healing became a guiding compass. Amidst the mental murkiness, neurosis, and angst of law school, she visited the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Ashram and learned to breathe. Kirsten’s background in civil rights and racial justice have taught her to be aware of the social ills that create illusions of fear, scarcity, and being “not enough.” She is humbled to be a forever student of yoga and is in awe of its power to cultivate truth in abundance, healing, intrinsic strength, and collective culture. Kirsten’s flow classes are welcoming, honest, fun, and encouraging of each person’s intuitive alignment. She hopes you’ll come enjoy a quiet refuge in yourself while in each other’s company!
Tiffany grew up in Nashville, TN and spent most of her free time in dance classes and at dance competitions. Ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, you name it; dance was an enormous part of her life for almost 20 years. This allowed her to travel and learn from some of the top choreographers in the country. Dance has always been a part of Tiffany’s life, which is why Barre was a natural next step in her path. Teaching Barre quickly stole her heart and she loves sharing her years of dance and positive movement experience with others. Tiffany aims to connect with each student and to create a fun, safe, and encouraging community where everyone feels welcome. Her hope is that you leave her class feeling strong, empowered and upbeat!
Maple’s love for yoga began when she was a teenager right here in Portland, Oregon. She discovered that local community centers offered various formats of yoga and so she started growing an interest in how body and breath combine to shift energy.
Maple reinvested into her yoga practice after having her two daughters and then solidified the need for yoga in her life after staying at an eco organic coffee farm in Nicaragua. Realizing the mental calm and holistic uplift needed while raising beautiful and wholehearted children, she dove back into her practice. Maple earned her 200-hour Power Yoga Certification at CorePower Yoga in 2017. Sprinkling in more education and formats such as Yoga Sculpt the following Spring and a 26-posture hot sequence in the Winter of 2020. During these years of immense growth she was working towards earning her MSEd. completing this in 2019.
Maples home base is in Portland with her husband, two daughters, three dogs and a hand full of chickens. The other part of her time is spent between the Oregon Coast, the San Juan Islands and on Maui, Hawaii. She hopes to spread her love of yoga with others and is manifesting to be so happy that when others are around, they become happy too.
Growing up as a gymnast and martial artist, I practiced and cultivated, early on, a deep appreciation of the body’s ability to inform the mind. The more I met and challenged my limits physically, the stronger I became mentally, allowing me to extend and eventually obliterate the notion of limits, entirely.
My yoga practice began in college. As a Theater major at Southern Oregon University, Vinyasa Flow was the foundation of our movement training, incorporating breath and voice work as well.
While I maintained this Yoga practice in my own living room over the next decade, it was only in March of 2017 that I experienced my first studio class. Held within a room heated to 98 degrees, it was hot and hard and I absolutely fell in love with it! At the time, I was a marathon runner recovering from a torn hamstring, seeking an alternative source to the “runner’s high!” which is precisely what I found in that room.
My objective as an Instructor is simple: fire up the body to ignite the mind/heart, and everything else in between!
Strike the match with me, yogis. Experience the joy of burning exultantly!
Natalie has been a passionate mover since she started dancing at the age of 5 and dance continued to be a passion into college where she received her minor Dance Studies. Since moving to Portland 7 years ago she has been pursuing her full-time career as a Digital Designer while keeping movement, dance and yoga a priority. She has 3 years of experience teaching Barre, and believes in the physical and mental strengthening powers of yoga and barre. Natalie loves to create a strong alignment foundation and add a cardio element in her barre classes while lengthening and strengthening muscle groups.