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Barbara Fergusson supports and empowers her students with her relaxed, knowledgeable leadership in the classroom. Her teaching approach honors the individuality of each student, and endows them with the ability to recognize good alignment and find a correct sense of ease within each pose. Her goal is to teach students to tune into their own individual reaction to each pose, and see their practice as a series of lessons that can be applied both on the mat and in the world. A master teacher who has inspired several of her students to become teachers, Barbara began teaching yoga in 1980. She and fellow Yoga Room graduate Todd Jackson opened Portland Yoga Arts in 2002.
Kali Giaritta enjoys teaching dynamic yoga classes that incorporate more than just asanas (physical poses). In a typical class, you might learn a new breath exercise, meditation technique, a sanskrit phrase, or a good yoga joke. Kali's experience as a nationally touring musician, performing for a wide diversity of audiences, has also made it possible for her to quickly read a group of people and know what is needed to create a safe, supported and positive atmosphere.
Shanna Tani has delighted in headstand and lotus pose since childhood. Discovery of yoga as a college athlete and advanced training at the Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco taught her such poses practiced mindfully improve strength, flexibility, focus and self-awareness. Teaching with care and kindness, she encourages students to nurture themselves in their practice.