Juniper Yoga Instructors

nicole-raineyNicole Rainey, Owner

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.

 

Emily Arm Balance Bio CropEmily Gibbons

Emily began her yoga journey in 2004. After completing a nine week, 500-hour teacher training, she has been enthusiastically sharing her love of yoga since 2008. She continues to learn from teachers and masters of every style of hatha yoga, and in turn, passes that knowledge along to her students. In the studio, Emily builds a foundation of alignment and breath, and encourages focusing on the present. From that foundation, she brings a sense of spontaneity, creativity, challenge and fun to every class. Yoga has brought her a sense of peace and balance, given her strength and courage, and has eliminated past anxieties.

 

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Nora remembers first practicing “yogurt” with her mom when she was about 3 years old. As an adult, even though she was mostly taken in by sports including rowing, hiking, snowboarding and biking, she always stayed in tune with the healing effects of yoga. After moving to Bend, she discovered her daily practice, which led her through some personal breakthroughs. Then her dream of teaching yoga became a reality. Nora earned her RYT-200 certification and trained with Baron Baptiste. In addition, she seeks out training and retreats to further herself and what she is able to share with her students. She enjoys building a class that challenges students physically and mentally, and always with compassion. Nora believes yoga can be as serious, playful or as easy you want it to be.

 

Steph HeadshotStephanie McKelvy

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.

 

Tonis Bio Photo CroppedToni Acevedo

Toni completed her 200 hr. Vinyasa Teacher training in 2010. Toni has found great transformation and newfound tranquility through her yoga practice. She started practicing in 2005 in Eugene but now feels completely at home in central Oregon, practicing and living alongside like-minded people. Toni began her teaching in 2010 and has loved leading others through the practice.

In her teaching, she aims to help students dig deep and find innermost strength, truly embrace their practice, find joy and open their hearts.

When off the mat, Toni has found a new interest in mountain biking and also enjoys going outdoors with her family. “Love unites us all, namaste!”

 

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Autumn’s background in movement arts began as a child and continued into early adulthood as she studied ballet, hip-hop, and modern dance with the School of OBT, Bill & Co., and the Boston Conservatory.

In 2005 Autumn fell in love with yoga and after many years of practice Autumn completed her 200 hr. hatha yoga teacher training in April 2014 with Yoga Indigo in Bend, Oregon. Autumn has studied Prenatal Yoga (80+ hrs.) with Shana Celnicker-Chong in Portland and has completed her 300 hr. Hatha-Vinyasa training with Zuna Yoga in Bali.

She utilizes her knowledge of anatomy and dance to create fun classes with precise alignment cues that gently challenge her students. Her love of yoga extends beyond the asana & pranayama practice & she enjoys creating a space of acceptance & gratitude in each class. When not on the mat Autumn can be found traveling the world, leading yoga retreats in Oregon, Nicaragua, and Greece, cooking up healthy meals for friends and family or enjoying the outdoors with her husband and two naughty pups.

 

Steph Rayburn PicStephanie Rayburn

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!

 

Patrick Ramirez

IMG_1176Originally 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.