meet our experienced team

Nicole Rainey

Nicole dedicated herself to the practice of yoga in 2002. The immediate appeal was the community, the physical challenge, and the yogic lifestyle. In 2003, Nicole attended the intensive 500-hour Bikram Yoga Training in L.A. Early 2006, the practice of Bhakti Yoga, with teachers Shaelah Morris and Rusty Wells, aided in the shift towards a more devotional and spiritual practice. Nicole became a licensed massage therapist in 2006, specializing in Deep Tissue, Thai Yoga and Craniosacral Therapy. As the owner, and operator of Midtown Juniper Yoga, her love for community building has, and will continue to grow. One of her greatest and most challenging venues thus far, was leading a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training in 2017.

Stephanie Browne

It was the sweat that did it! Steph grew up being an avid runner and competitive athlete. Yoga became her way to recover, and restore from her intense workouts. Then Hot Flow happened!! The heat, the sweat, push-ups, the core work…. which lit the fire and passion for her yoga practice. May 2013 she attended Y oga Teacher Training at Peak Beings, in Hawaii.

She will greet you with a huge smile, whoop your butt on the mat, leave you drenched in sweat, and hug you on the way out. Be forewarned..this chick loves core work! Steph is a certified personal trainer, fitness nutrition specialist, Barre and Spin instructor and loves to incorporate her vast fitness knowledge into her yoga classes. Steph is proud to be a born and raised Central Oregon girl (They do exist!). When she’s not teaching, she loves spending time playing in the great outdoors with her husband and two labs Wallace and Luke.

“I am hopelessly in love with the idea of fitness changing people’s lives!”

Patrick Ramirez

Originally from Chicago Patrick moved west first to Boulder, Co. then to Bend, Or. His intention was to become completely 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. Patrick’s enthusiastic classes will keep you motivated and inspired to come back to you mat, again and again.

Katie Funk

A student of Midtown Juniper Yoga for three years, Katie completed her yoga teacher training in spring of 2017. Grateful for the self awareness, deeper relationship with her body, and greater compassion for herself and others that her yoga practice has brought her, she loves sharing the gift of asana practice with others. When not at the yoga studio she enjoys gardening, energy healing, cashiering at Locavore, and spending time with her partner.

Samantha Osborne

Sam began her yoga practice in 2009, and attended Yoga Teacher Training in 2010. Prior to finding yoga she spent years pushing her body to the limits with intense workouts. She found yoga just in time, as the strenuous activities began catching up to her body. For the first time in her life, she began to listen to her body with extra awareness, and started to truly appreciate the gift of her body and mind. Sam’s mission as a teacher is to create a space for my students where they feel comfortable no matter where they are in their practice, and to share her love for yoga with everyone. “Teaching yoga truly makes me so happy, grateful, and honored to be part of the yoga community”.

Gretchen Ulrich

Yoga creates a grounding space for Gretchen. She has been a student of yoga for 10 years and completed her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training in 2017.
Gretchen feels honored to practice, teach and to continue to learn through my teachers, students and beautiful chaos of life. Her goal as a teacher is to hold space for all students full of breath, nourishment and ease. Off the mat her passion is creating culinary experiments, and nourishing her loved ones. “food is medicine and I love finding ways to nourish the whole body through food”.

Kayla Heuton

Kayla was raised in Michigan, but has since called many places home. Currently she is happy to call Bend Oregon home. She was first introduced to yoga when she was just thirteen, by the time she turned nineteen Kayla was a certified yoga instructor. She immersed herself into the practice of Ashtanga in Nepal through Rishikul Yogshala and her teacher Bipin Baloni and later continued her training with everything from Yin yoga to SUP yoga. Kayla believes her practice helps her in all aspects of life and discovers something new every time she returns to the mat. As a teacher she simply wants to help others discover the magic of the practice.

Becca Mataya

A Wisconsin Badger native, Becca and her family moved to Oregon to get out of the city and into the mountains. “For me, yoga is a spiritual process of becoming one with the true nature of your soul. I enjoy the challenge each day on my mat, approaching my practice with humility and perseverance. The practice of yoga itself is our true teacher, and I love being able to communicate those teachings to my community; to bring the physical act into a spiritual awareness for myself and others.” Off of her mat, Becca can be found exploring new mountain biking terrain with her husband, and building lego castles with her two young sons.

Mara Mueller

Mara is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, a yoga teacher, adventurer, and compassionate and intuitive healer. She holds advanced training in various therapeutic modalities including EMDR (a trauma focused therapy), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Substance Abuse and Addictions Counseling, and Critical Incident Stress Debriefing. Mara has spent the majority of her professional career working with people to identify their unique passions and skills, and to overcome emotional, physical and spiritual barriers. She most enjoys guiding groups and individuals toward living a more authentic life that is in alignment with their values, innate skills and wisdom.
Mara is passionate about travel, and experiencing different cultures. She has spent time in Guinea West Africa, Central and South America, Australia, New Zealand, and Fiji. Mara loves surfing, dance, mountain biking, diving, and of course, spending time on her yoga mat!

Allan Capp

Allan’s passion for adventure and curiosity of what is possible in life started at an early age. A-jack- of-all- trades, Allan feels most alive while pushing limits through adventure and connecting with the natural world. He has spent more than a decade as a professional adventure guide, leading backcountry expeditions and adventure activities including surfing, rock climbing, mountain biking, and white water rafting. Allan loves travel and has spent multiple winters surfing and traveling throughout Latin America, including Mexico, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama, Ecuador, and Peru. Through his own yoga and meditation practice, Allan continues to discover personal healing, increased strength and flexibility, improved performance as an athlete, and deeper connection to himself. As yoga teacher, Allan strives to empower his students to realize their own potential, and encourages a lifelong practice that supports long term mobility and ability to follow one’s passions.

Leah Crump - Massage Therapy

Leah Crump is a compassionate and highly skilled practitioner with certified experience in the Healing Arts, including Therapeutic Massage, Zen Touch Shiatsu, Reiki, Prenatal, Reflexology, and Hot Stone Therapy. She brings a practical and calming spirit to her sessions, and has helped over 10,000 clients with pain relief since 2004.

An Oregon native, Leah moved home to Bend after 15 years in San Diego, where she studied at the International College of Holistic Sciences and earned an advanced degree in Holistic Health.

Leah has taught a variety of classes on Relaxation Techniques, Shiatsu, Massage for Families in San Diego, Hawaii, and Thailand. Her favorite teaching experience so far has been instructing Infant Massage and Stress Management to staff at an at-risk orphanage in Mae Sot, Thailand.

Focusing on preventative and rehabilitative techniques, Leah develops customized wellness plans for clients using therapeutic bodywork, “do-able” lifestyle recommendations, and has a knack for giving her clients an inclusive sense of vitality, balance, and peace.