Juniper Yoga Instructors
Nicole knew after taking her very first class that she wanted to teach yoga.
After undergoing six months of teacher training, Nicole went to earn a Bikram teaching certification in 2003. She also received her Bhakti Flow training under Rusty Wells. She has taught in Lake Tahoe, Honolulu and in her hometown of Sandpoint, Idaho.
Nicole became a licensed massage therapist in 2006, specializing in deep tissue, thai yoga and cranial-sacral therapy. Her interest and expansive knowledge in anatomy complements her yoga teachings.
When Nicole is not in the studio, she is either skiing or snowboarding, gardening, hiking or spending time with her two dogs.
Stephanie’s yoga practice has taken flight since her first experience with it in 2004. At first she found it overwhelming and foreign for her body. Obviously the practice grew on her, but she loves sharing this part of it with her students so they can be reassured that even if yoga is uncomfortable or awkward at first, to not give up on it.”It isn’t necessarily that yoga isn’t for them”, she says, “but maybe the style of yoga they experienced, the studio or instructor may not have been the right fit”. Stephanie has had a consistent practice for five years now and has become a major passion in her life.
She obtained her 200 hour yoga teacher certification in May 2013 from Peak Beings in Hawaii. She is also an NASM certified personal trainer and fitness nutrition specialist. She loves to help others in reaching their full physical potential and goals. Stephanie likes to keep her classes fun and unique, welcoming students to make the practice their own and laugh often, knowing that they are imperfect.
Outside the studio, she enjoys spending time with her husband and their dog Wallace. She embraces the outdoors, adventure, and whatever curves in the road of life she comes to.
A central Oregon native, Stephanie returned to Bend after several years of travel and began teaching yoga in 2015. Whether teaching kids yoga, vinyasa, hatha or some playful mixture, she finds her happy place in a room full of yogis and yoginis. Steph aims to connect with her students as they connect deeper with themselves, using their practice to grow, learn and play. Her creative classes aim to energize, inspire and create a sense of playful self-appreciation through the postures and breath work of yoga. She invites all ages and skill levels to come explore and play!
Originally from Chicago Patrick moved west first to Boulder, Co. then to Bend, Or. to become immersed in the active lifestyle. Patrick began his yoga practice more than 15 years ago as a way to maintain balanced movement and to prevent injury from his life long passion of Cycling. In addition to his almost 30 years of weight training, Patrick pursued a deeper connection to his yoga practice to ensue long term mobility. Patrick enjoys helping students of all levels explore their potential and help open them up to new possibilities.