Aly Long loves yoga! She discovered yoga in college and her practice grew over the years studying both Hatha and Anusara yoga. Aly was called to teach after spending several months in India and Southeast Asia. This clarity came after meeting her Guru Amma(Amritanadamayi). Amma continues to be a strong presence in her life, practice and her teaching!
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Alyssa is a recent graduate from True Self’s first 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training program. She began practicing yoga in her early 20s as an alternative to individual and team sports, though it wasn’t until she moved to Montana that she fully appreciated yoga for cultivating mental and emotional clarity.
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Yoga InstructorSan Diego Native, Andre, initially was drawn to yogas physicality. Coming from a background of playing competitive sports from a young age, he was ready and accepted the physical challenges yoga had presented him.
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Yoga InstructorAnne is a certified instructor who has taught yoga in California, Arizona, New Zealand and her current home of Olympia, WA. Anne has studied with many master teachers and is especially grateful for her time with Ana Forrest, Saul David Raye and Vivian & Aeryk at the Bandha Room.
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Annette’s formal yoga training began at the White Lotus Foundation, in Santa Barbara, California, with Ganga White. Inspiration and passion fuel this instructor as she authentically shares her 25+ years of knowledge with yoga students as she guides them through pranayama, meditation, movement and sound.
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Yoga InstructorCarissa discovered yoga while on a search for inner healing in 2012. The mat was the place where she began to befriend her body and discover comfort in silence. After 2 years of intensive self-development and growth, Carissa knew she wanted to help others to heal as well.
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Chelsea Le Brun Gustafson
Yoga InstructorChelsea is a registered yoga teacher (RYT), a biochemist and enthusiastic student of life. She believes that yoga can be used as an integrative practice to explore one’s own body, mind and their responses to life experiences.
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Growing up aa a competitive dancer, it was an injury that brought Chelsea to her first yoga class at the age of 16. When she discovered that yoga was more than just poses, she was hooked. Through her personal practice, Chelsea has found healing of body, mind, and spirit, and she decided she wanted to be able to share that with others.
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Connie has been a Massage Therapist since 1993 and found Yoga around the same time, like many massage therapists-who-turn-yogi in Olympia. Connie has a holistic approach to health and well being. “What I have found from my own experience is that by connecting with one’s body and breath you can heal the mind and rehabilitate the body. The body is our journal of experiences.”
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Courtney teaches 8am Flow on Saturdays. More to come on Courtney’s bio.
Yoga InstructorDave has been involved with martial arts, sports and athletics his whole life. Throughout High School and College he was a competitive Fencer and after college he was a serious runner. Due to a severe back injury incurred playing sports back in 2000, Dave needed to find a physical, yet therapeutic and healing workout without incurring more stress to his body.
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Holly Anderson is a recent graduate of the first True Self Yoga Teacher Training and is now a RYT-200. She first came to the practice at a young age, but it was not until pain and illness struck her body and began to affect her daily life, that she really pursued yoga more seriously.
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She found that yoga began to provide balance and healing of the body and mind that she was struggling to find in other arenas and slowly began to commit to a more regular practice of yoga, meditation, and mindfulness. It was not until her first visit to magical India, however, that she truly saw and felt the ways in which the practice would forever shift her life towards true health and happiness. This new path soon lead her to Olympia and to the wonderful community here at True Self, where she began to bring a more daily practice into her life and felt the draw to share that practice with others.
Her main passions for teaching yoga are to help others to find a place of calm and balance that they can come to within their daily lives and to bring the practice to those who might otherwise feel that yoga is inaccessible to them for any reason.
Jean has been teaching Bikram and Hot Yoga for over 15 years. Before that, for many years she taught aerobic classes at various YMCAs throughout New York. As a lifelong athlete, Jean started to experience the effects of years of high impact stress on her body.
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Karen began her career as a modern ballet dancer. Passionate about movement she explored and taught dance, pilates, fitness and yoga over the past 25 years. Having been a part of the Ramtha School of Enlightenment and Landmark Education, Karen has fostered a deep love and respect for the mind and the body connected.
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Kellie Mae Willis
Kelli Mae is a certified teacher of yoga, AcroYoga, CircusYoga, kids yoga, prenatal yoga and Waldorf education. She is also a thai massage practitioner and has an adorable 2 year-old daughter. Her dynamic teaching style, creative story-telling prowess, and super-yes! attitude make each class full of magic, silliness, and fun!
Leah is a recent graduate from True Self’s first 200 hr teacher training. She has practiced yoga for many years, but not until after college and stepping out of her 20s did her practice become a journey of the self. She believes you never regret arriving to your mat, taking the time to mindfully move and breathe with awareness.
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Nicolas, a Tacoma local, received his 200-Hr RYT in Costa Rica in 2012 from Don and Amba Stapleton at the Nosara Yoga Institute. In this sacred space, he learned the essence of yoga; how to fully tune in with the body and learn the language of sensations that the body speaks.
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Rebecca is originally from New Jersey and has been on the West Coast for over ten years. She has a background in Education, Science and Art. After many years of dental assisting, she found particular appeal in the rejuvenating and healing qualities of heated yoga, for both body and mind.
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Yoga InstructorVarious losses in Christina’s life brought her back over and over again to the practices and teachings in meditation and yoga. The words of the young Buddha in Hermann Hesses’s Siddharta resonated deeply with her, “[God] has robbed me, yet he has given me something of greater value . . . he has given to me myself.”
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After graduating in 1999 from Capital High School in Olympia, Vajra went to the wilderness to contemplate the meaning of life. After a bad judgement in direction, Vajra spent seven days lost in Olympic National Park. During this time of desperation, with no food or certainty of making it out alive, Vajra was forced to turn inward and discover the indestructibility of his True Self.
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What a magnificent studio oasis!
True Self is the best yoga studio in Olympia by far! Their variety of classes, from heated and regular, as well as their beautiful studio space, and the deeply passionate and knowledgeable owners all create a safe and supportive yoga community. - Sarah Burdette
They've created and hold space for their yogis so well that even the studio seems to have a sense of it's true self.
I've been a yogi in Olympia for about 10 years and True Self Yoga is the first studio that meets all of my yoga needs, and then some. When you visit True Self, you don't walk straight into a yoga room like most studios. - Camy Naasz
The heated room boasts a special heating system that you need to experience!
Beautiful space to practice with a variety of class offerings, great instructors, kombucha on tap and the latest yoga gear. Two studios: one heated and the other non-heated. Floors are always clean and they also have showers in the changing rooms, which is a must for hot yoga! - Rese Kim
Best yoga in Olympia.
The best yoga experience I have ever had.
With their combined yoga and meditation experiences and with deep roots in the Olympia community, husband-and-wife team, Vajra Romano and Christina Lagdameo, have established True Self Yoga with the mission to bring out your highest good.
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