Instructors

Sara Tharrington

Sara bio picFor me yoga is an indescribable joy that permeates every aspect of my life – my relationships, the way I drive, the way I walk, or even just stand in line at the grocery store.

My passion is helping others find that spark and remember/reconnect to the beauty and brightness that is already within, through movement, breath work, deepened awareness, and play! For me stepping onto the path of yoga has been a deep journey of self-discovery, and healing. Yoga has helped me navigate motherhood and over 20 years of life’s ups and downs.

I have had the great privilege to study with amazing yoga teachers such as Kelley Rush, Ana Forrest and Shiva Rea. In 2001 I completed a transformational and rigorous Teacher’s Training with Ana Forrest. In August of 2012 I completed Ana Forrest’s intense Advanced Teacher’s Training, and in Spring 2014 Seane Corn’s Off the Mat into the World Training. In 2019 I completed a 200 hour Primal Vinyasa certification with Annie Adamson. It is my cherished belief that the connections and community of friends we develop through this yoga practice of self discovery and love will manifest a brighter world for us all…

Cami LeBlanc

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Cami connected with yoga after experiencing its therapeutic effects. She had lived with back and shoulder pain her whole life trying many different methods to alleviate her pain. After having 4 kids, she took her first yoga class and found relief both in mind and body. This experience propelled her to attain her 200 hour teacher training through Yoga Fit International and recently her 500 hour advanced teacher training through Essential Yoga Therapy under the direction of Robin Rothenberg. She plans to continue her yoga therapy training next Fall through Essential Yoga Therapy where she will become a Yoga Therapist by 2020. With the addition of being a Registered Dietitian with Masters in Exercise Science she is looking to round out her wellness foundation with yoga therapy. By doing so she hopes to work with both healthy and health challenged students to alleviate pain and nourish the body and mind.

Cami teaches with a subtle yet trans-formative approach supporting her students to develop an awareness of body, mind and breath. She utilizes yoga tools including movement, breath work, mantra, mudras and meditation guiding each student to a deeper level of being. Her ultimate intention for each student is to bring yoga from the mat and into their daily lives.

Cami takes yoga into her daily life where she loves spending time with her husband and four kids hiking, swimming and watching her kids play sports. She also gardens and keeps bees.

Beth Moon

BethMy passion for Yoga began with the birth of my children.  I discovered how wonderful it felt to have the space to move, breath, and reflect during the challenging times of pregnancy, post-partum, and early parenthood.

Since that time I have slowly evolved my love of Yoga, both as a student and as an instructor.  Yoga has been a way for me to stay fit, reconnect with my mental, physical, and emotional self, and find a quiet respite in a busy world.

As an instructor I have found enjoyment in encouraging students of all levels to move forward with their practice.  I feel that each class provides an opportunity to become more connected with our own strength, our emotional selves, our breath, and a joyous expression of who we truly are.

Melissa Kimbrel

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Melissa was hooked by the end of her first yoga class in 2011.  Initially coming to yoga for the physical activity, she discovered very quickly that yoga is different from other athletic practices.  She was amazed by the awareness that focusing on the poses and breath brought to her. Yoga brought peace and ease where there used to be worry and discontent.  It helped her to shift her naturally anxious nature to embrace a lighter, more joyful side of life. Using her breath and focus to survive the intensity of a pose also gave her a sense of strength and self-empowerment.  For Melissa, yoga is about staying present and embracing everything that makes us human. The work she puts in on the mat continues to set the tone for other aspects of her life, providing acceptance of body and mind, greater aliveness, and a general sense of well-being.

Melissa hopes to create a space for others to explore their strength and playfulness with room to breathe by encouraging students to listen to their bodies and follow their own path through their practice.

Melissa earned her 200 hour certification from Leela Yoga in Bothell, WA in 2017.

When she’s not sweating on her yoga mat, Melissa loves to hike with her family, read as many books as possible, and to make room for some acroyoga playtime.

Melissa Barnet

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Yoga for me is an elixir for whatever ails you, a powerful and accessible tool for transformation and growth. A balm to sooth away the crunchy edges life creates.

I first came to yoga for physical reasons. Pregnant with my first child I was looking for a compliment to my already busy life and exercise practice. Yoga sounded like a beautiful thing to do for my body for those nine sacred months. What began as a physical journey quickly became something more. For me yoga gave me a place to connect with myself, to stop thinking and doing and simply be. To feel, check-in return.

I completed my first yoga teacher training in 2010 in Tulum Mexico, with Kentucky based Barefoot Yoga Works, and the gifted Sharon Tessandori. That first training was a powerful experience that set me on a path for personal and professional growth and development. I earned a second 200-hour certification for the amazing Tamsin Sheehy at The Shala, a magical studio in Cape Town, South African in October 2016. A lover of learning, I continue to study as much yoga as I can.

Today I teach yoga as part of my career and life coaching practice. I love working with clients 1:1, leading group classes, and creating workshops focused on transformation and growth.  As a certified career and life coach, my passion is helping individuals and organization create the and best version of their lives.

My personal motto and tagline for my business: Make a Moment, Make a Day, Make a Life, shares my belief that life is made in the small moments. I look forward to sharing some with you at the Yoga Garden!

Cobi Seslar

Cobi has been a dedicated Yoga practitioner since 1991, and teacher since 1997. She has
studied a variety of styles including: Iyengar, Ashtanga, Anusara, Forest, Prana Flow, and
Classical Hatha. She is grateful to her many teachers: Lynn Minton, John Friend, Norman Allen,
Sara Tharington, Tami Hafzalla, and Jodi Boone.
After suffering a herniated disk in 2003, which resulted in back surgery, Cobi found her best physical therapy to be Pilates. Knowing that she loved to teach the physical aspects of Yoga, she embarked on a 1,000 hour Pilates teacher training. She taught Pilates for six years, while still practicing and teaching Yoga, while working on her Master’s in Education. She calls
her style Core Flow after the integration of the two modalities.
For the last few years, Cobi has immersed herself again in Yoga education, she completed a 200-hour Yoga & Ayurveda Teacher Training with Synergy Yoga School in Seattle, WA. She is also certified in Restorative, Yin, Nidra, Art of Assisting, and currently is studying Yoga Psychology. She loves traditional yoga philosophy. For the last nine years, Cobi has taught a Beginning Yoga course at Everett Community College. In this community offering she has worked with ALL shapes, sizes, ethnicities, religions,
ages, and experience levels. Cobi is a substitute teacher at several studios: Yoga Circle Studio, Om Culture, and The Yoga Garden. Also, she teaches Yoga at Summit Everett Rock climbing gym. She offers monthly workshops at various studios with themes such as: “Yin & Flow”, “Move from the Core, then Restore”, “Explore Pilates”, and “Yoga for Back Health” where she collaborated with musicians, and healers. Cobi was a presenter at the NW Yoga Conference in 2018.
Cobi combines the principles of Pilates with Yoga postures and philosophy. She enjoys exploring strength and range of motion through a creative Hatha flow style. She integrates music and joy of being embodied. Always reminding clients of the need for core engagement, she cues strength and awareness, and to be present with body and breath. Cobi serves her
students by creating her classes for their specific needs. She loves to share the practice of Yoga
with All.

Michelle Proffitt

My name is Michelle Proffitt, and I founded Duvall Pilates in Duvall, WA in April of 2015.

My true passion in fitness is yoga and Pilates, both of which allow fitness levels to increase in a safe, effective manner.  I love jumping and whoop-whooping as much as the next gal, but I also recognize the reality that our bodies age and if we want to keep moving to LIVE OUR LIFE WELL we need to take care of it NOW.  Mind and body- keep exercising both.  Every day.

Wherever you are on your fitness journey, you are welcome here.  We will work together to find an exercise regime that works for your life, and makes your heart happy.  I believe the secret to a lifelong love of fitness is finding a routine that you adore, so it seems like a treat and not “just exercise”.

Michelle Gorman

Yoga has been a beautiful and deeply meaningful part of my my life for nearly 20 years. Yoga is a practice that helps me stay emotionally connected, grounded, and continually inspires me to live mindfully. Yoga helps me to open to life with a greater sense of union, love, compassion, trust, and presence. The many realms of the practice of Yoga, guide me deeper so that I may be aligned with my most illuminated self.

In 2012 I completed certification with Next Generation Yoga to be a kids Yoga teacher. Over the years I have been able to share Yoga with youth through many avenues. I continue to experience great joy, in guiding Mother/daughter workshops. These workshops are truly magical. Through the practice of Yoga, we explore deeper connection and self-care, in a fun, intimate, playful sacred circle. In June 2018 I completed my 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training with Synergy Yoga. After slowly transitioning toward guiding adults, In September 2019, I completed certifications with Synergy Yoga, to guide Yin Yoga, as well as Restorative Yoga and Trauma informed Yoga. Through these training’s I have gained a deeper sense of  inner peace, self-love and trust. Fueling my passion and internal flame, it is with great honor, joy and excitement that I offer Yogi’s a deeply nourishing, grounding and healing Yin Yoga practice.

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