“Every moment we practice yoga, it is an opportunity to turn within, and simply, just Be.”
For Lori, teaching comes naturally. Growing up with both parents as teachers, she enjoyed helping her mother set up her classroom and being able to connect in a special way with her father while he was her math and computer teacher in high school. She was inspired by the stories her parents would share throughout their teaching careers. Upon completing her studies in Early Childhood/Elementary Education and acquiring a Masters Degree in Community Health Education her teaching career began. Her passion for teaching and for health, gave her the opportunities to teach children and adults of all ages. From instructing health, wellness and fitness classes to teaching third and fourth grade, she smiles from ear to ear when asked about these experiences.
Her yoga practice began back in 2002 when she took her first Hatha yoga class at a local YMCA in San Francisco. She realized early on in her practice that yoga was more than just physical exercise or stretching of the muscles. Yoga for her was a way to simply, just Be. To turn within and be calm, present, grounded, relaxed and at peace.
It was in 2008 that she began her formal yoga training. She acquired her 200-Hour Hatha Yoga certification through the Zen Flow Yoga School in Vancouver, WA. Since then, she has taken several kids yoga trainings with YogaFit, YogaCalm, Rainbow Kids Yoga, Street Yoga, and Next Generation Yoga.
In 2012 she began her own yoga company called, Simply Yoga, LLC. Through her business, Lori taught an after-school kids yoga class for two years at Fernwood Elementary. She was hired by the Northshore YMCA in 2014 to teach Yoga for Youth classes onsite at the Y and at various other community and school locations. In January, 2015 she began teaching kids and tween yoga classes at Yoga in the Center in Mill Creek, WA and at Fusion Hot Yoga in Bothell, WA.
When not teaching kids and tween yoga, Lori enjoys practicing yoga at various studio locations and can be found hiking, biking and traveling with her husband Mark. It was through his love and support that she is able to follow her passion for teaching yoga to youth of all ages.
Kshama Kumar is a certified Yoga Instructor from S-VYASA (Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana, svyasa.edu.in). S-VYASA is a world renowned university located in the birthplace of Yoga, India, whose mission is based on the teachings of Swami Vivekananda to combine the best of the East (Yoga and Spiritual lore) with that of the West (modern scientific research).
At S-VYASA Kshama learned the ancient teachings of the 4 forms of Yoga - Jnana (Path of Knowledge), Raja (Path of willpower), Bhakti (Path of Devotion) and Karma (Path of Action). In her Yogasana routines, she blends all four forms of Yoga into the asanas (poses) that not only result in positive physical health balance but also deep spiritual and emotional balance. She is currently pursuing her Plant Based Nutrition Certification from Cornell University (www.ecornell.com).
Kshama emigrated to the US in 1992 and received a BS in Business and Finance from Eastern Michigan University. She held Finance leadership positions at several multinational companies such as Baxter International, Siemens, Hyperion and Resources Connection. She has always been a passionate advocate of healthy eating, exercise, clean living and changing the world in a positive way. She is a mother of two girls and her husband is a VP at a Healthcare company. She raises her family with the same principles of Yoga that she teaches to her students.
Dr. Patricia Shelton, M.D., R.Y.T., is a yogini, a doctor, and a mom. She earned a Bachelor's in neurobiology and a Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Washington. A longtime practitioner of yoga, she studied with Sattva Yoga to receive her RYT-200, and with Little Friends Yoga to receive her Children's Yoga Specialist certification, and has completed an additional yoga teacher training with Yoon's Yoga Bliss. She is also the proud mother of two wonderful children, a 6-year-old son and a 3-year-old daughter. She is passionate about sharing the many benefits of yoga with adults and children, and loves bringing her scientific and medical knowledge to her yoga practice and teaching.