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Teachers

Meet the Instructors

Learn a little more about the Bliss instructors and why you will love to practice with them!

Shara Power

Shara Power

Bliss Yoga Owner & 500 E-RYT Instructor

“Smile Often and see what happens”

Shara started practicing yoga in 2008 as a way to satisfy her need for movement. She has been a dancer all her life and absolutely fell in love with Vinyasa yoga from her first class. Initially it was the movement of Vinyasa yoga that was appealing to her, but what she found was that yoga was so much more than just movement. It opened up new areas inside her—physically, emotionally and mentally— that had never been explored before. She was hooked! Once she had that feeling, Shara realized that she had to teach and hopefully help guide others along this incredible path.  In 2013, Shara completed her 200 hr RYT education through Jane’s House of Yoga in St. Louis, Missouri in the Dynamic Yoga Method. 2016 saw the completion of her 500 hr RYT journey with Shiva Rea, internationally known teacher and creator of the Prana Flow Vinyasa® methodology. Both of these Vinyasa based practices journey into the heart of yoga, the discovery of your true self that is always present. Shara also has an interest in Yin and Restorative styles of yoga and bodywork practices to help cultivate balance in our body and lives. She has studied Yin Yoga with Carole Westerman, Ayurveda with Maria Garre, Anatomy Trains with Tom Myers and The Roll Model Method with Laurie Streff. Shara continues to advance her knowledge and practice in all aspects of yoga and health and wellness as often as she can.  Shara is dedicated to providing yoga classes and teachings that help individuals look past their perceived limitations and expand into their highest potential. The goal for every class is to be challenged physically, mentally and emotionally so that we may transform. Her focus is on the awareness of proper body alignment in the flow, the link between movement and breath and the examination of our habitual mind.

Samantha Kollasch

Samantha Kollasch

200 E-RYT Instructor

“Positive Mind. Positive Vibes. Positive Life.”

Samantha fell in love with yoga in 2006 and has been a yoga practitioner ever since! It was by suggestion of a great friend that she pursue teaching yoga and it was from that tiny spark that the flame grew and she sought out her 200-RYT.

YogaFit® offered a great program for Samantha to travel around the United States to complete her 200-RYT program and along that journey Samantha was able to deepen her mindfulness and awareness of the gifts yoga can bring to our lives.

More than anything, she enjoys sharing the gift of yoga to those around her and by teaching a variety of classes she gets to practice with many wonderful people. Yoga is more than just the physical practice; it is also a mindset and a dedication to the journey we are all on as well as a way to spread peace in our world. Samantha’s goal is to bring a challenging but inviting practice to her classes so students can truly appreciate the gifts of the body, mind, breath and spirit.

In addition to instructing yoga, Samantha is also a certified personal trainer, a certified health coach, and certified to teach many group fitness classes. She also loves to run in races and triathlons. In her personal training and coaching, Samantha has worked with a vast array of people with a multitude of goals to ranging from improvement of athletic performance, to maintain overall health, and also with individuals with serious medical conditions and limitations. Samantha believes in the philosophy that movement is medicine.

Jillian Hernan Fee

200 RYT Instructor

“Where there is love there is life”  -Gandhi

I began my yoga journey as an intermittent student and slowly deepened my practice. Once I reached the point of a serious, daily home practice I decided to pursue a 200 hour teacher training course. At the beginning of my training I had no intention of actually teaching, I just wanted to learn more about yoga. However, during the process I discovered that my love and passion for yoga translates well to teaching and that I have been able to inspire my students. One of the most satisfying aspects of teaching yoga is helping those students who don’t think they have the skills or ability to achieve their goals.

Joe Rhoades

200 RYT Instructor

I started doing yoga as a way to undo all the things playing soccer through college did to his body. He quickly realized it helped undo more than the just the physical. The days he did yoga, not only his body feel better, but his mind was quieter as well. In no time at all he was attending class almost every day. He decided it felt so good that he wished to share that feeling with others. He enrolled in the teacher training program at Yoga One in Charlotte, North Carolina and received his 200 hour certification in power vinyasa yoga. Since then, he has been to workshops of many different styles of yoga. Combining the base learned in teacher training with the workshops, books read, and life experience he hopes his class will help students both on and off the mat.  ​Off the mat he enjoys playing with his son, creating artwork, riding his motorcycle and reading.

Natalie Johnston

200 RYT Instructor

“The way to develop a calm adult presence is through experiential exercises that increase your ability to restore equilibrium, quickly, and naturally, so you are more likely to experience grace under pressure.” Peter Levine

I am an energetic person committed to helping others improve quality of life through health and wellness. As a physical therapist, I look for ways to help people improve their function with less pain. I was drawn towards yoga for two reasons.

 

The first is that it provides unique physical exercise for strengthening and stretching. This can be done in a variety of ways from gentle yoga to more of a power vinyasa yoga to complement an athlete’s training program. I have found both to be successful in accomplishing strength and flexibility gains.

 

The second reason that attracted me to yoga involved the emphasis on mind and body connection. We are in a society with a lot of anxiety and disease all of which manifest in or exacerbate physical symptoms in our body. We have slowly lost some or more of that mind/body connection. Yoga offers a way to re-connect with our present awareness and what that feels like in our bodies. Yoga provides tools to re-establish a state of equilibrium between brain and body that improves quality of life

Ross Katz

200 RYT Instructor

“Be the change you want to see in the world.” -Gandhi

I began practicing yoga in 2006 at a free class offered at college. I came to yoga practice on a search for healing during my mother’s fight with breast cancer and multiple sclerosis. To my surprise, I discovered the power of the practice to cultivate presence and to work meaningfully with difficult situations on the mat and off. Over time, the physical, philosophical and spiritual aspects of the practice have come to touch every corner of my life. I gained experience in a variety of styles, including Vinyasa Flow, Prana Flow, Jivamukti, Dharma yoga, Mindfulness Meditation, restorative yoga, Anusara, and yoga nidra through my experience at Flow Yoga Center in Washington, DC. While elements of all these styles inform my teaching, Ashtanga yoga has been my “primary” practice since my first led class with Gail Harris in 2008. I was first forced to cultivate an independent practice during a year living in China, and this served as a springboard for my independent Mysore practice, which I cultivated under the guidance of Jen Rene and Michael Joel Hall upon my return. I am certified by Yoga Alliance as a registered yoga teacher at the 200-hour level through the teacher training program at Tapas Yoga Shala. My classes emphasize energetic movement according to the Ashtanga system, but I believe the practice should lead to peace and meet people where they are. All of my classes are all-levels, and all are welcome regardless of background, strength, flexibility, or mobility. Showing up is the most important ability there is.

Maria Friederichs

200 RYT Instructor

There’s a lot more to being a yoga instructor than just guiding students through a class. It’s about a practice not only with the physical asanas, but a practice of lessons, challenges and balance from the outside world to invert internally. Each student has a story and it’s my journey to help each student learn that story on a deeper level. I offer a place for students to feel safe in their exploration of their self, and to enjoy a practice that goes beyond. I teach so my students feel their own strength within, and to bring that strength to the world with compassion and love. Let’s live in a world of Love starting with YOGA!

I’ve been practicing for over 10 years and yoga has brought more to my life than I ever thought it would.  I originally started my journey unintentionally as the Universe always has a path for us. I had a knee injury from running, and I was looking for an alternative workout to heal and stay fit. I was a student at a Hot Yoga Studio in Las Vegas, NV for 3 years practicing and learning that this Yoga wasn’t just a work out anymore, but a new and exciting community to learn from. I continued my practice in Los Angeles, CA and took my first 200YTT training in 2012. My teacher was incredible and taught us classes in Yoga Therapy, Vinyasa, and the Yoga Sutras. Learning from such an inspiring Guru, I took my practice to another level.
My practice was deeper, my mind expanded and my love for Yoga connected with my whole being. I decided to practice and learn more throughout the years taking different Workshops, and classes to expand my practice even further. In 2016 I started teaching privates helping others to heal from injuries and flexibility.

Currently, I volunteer at a Cancer Support Center in LA, and teach various yoga styles around the world. I thrive on teaching classes to give back to the community and to help inspire fitness and health! Look for my adventurous retreats this 2018!

Erin Duncan

200 RYT Instructor (July 2017)

 

“The beauty you see in me, is a reflection of you ” Rumi

I began studying yoga in 2006 while living in Los Angeles, California.  A dancer from a very young age I was looking for a way to move more regularly again and find deeper meaning in my life.  In Los Angeles I studied Anusara Yoga; a modern-day Hatha yoga system, that weaves a heart theme, with the breath through postural instructions that are checked in reference to the “Universal Principles of Alignment™”.  Moving back to Iowa in 2010, I began practicing Vinyasa Yoga more regularly and really enjoyed the more fluid movement that I was missing in Anusara.  I enjoy mixing these two styles in my classes, and find they complement each other well.  I started working towards my 200 hour RYT in February of 2017, as a way to commit more fully to my practice. I also started teaching the same month and have been ever since.  I will complete my 200 hours this coming July.  Through my yoga teacher training with YogaFit®   I have found deeper interest in the therapeutic aspects of yoga and am also working towards a certification in Trauma-Sensitive yoga. Off the mat I love spending time with my husband and four year old son, riding bikes, listening to music, and watching all things funny.

Breeze Cates

Breeze Cates

200 RYT Instructor

Breeze Cates is a native of Birmingham, Al. Her yoga practice began in 2010 after being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. She began implementing a daily yoga and meditation practice to help her combat the physical and mental challenges she was facing. She will gladly tell you that yoga saved her life.

Breeze’s journey began with the practice of Bhakti yoga in 2010. She found Bhakti yoga, devotional yoga, a natural entry point into the practice. Singing, chanting, and meditation became her chosen path of healing. The healing presence and peace found in Bhakti yoga eventually led her to the physical practice of vinyasa yoga. In 2013, legs that once needed a cane to walk carried her into the local yoga studio. Full immersion into the study of yoga, a steady asana practice, and an enthusiastic attitude meant teacher training was soon to follow. She loves and lives yoga both on and off her mat.

Breeze teaches various types of yoga classes with the common theme being synergy of pranayama and asana. She teaches a steady balance of the two emphasizing the importance of both to facilitate the body/mind connection that is yoga. She wants her students to carry the full integration of body and breath with them throughout their own practice. With an undeniable southern accent, she can be heard encouraging students to “breathe y’all”.

Breeze is also a certified Reiki practitioner, passionate yoga student, and true devotee to the practice of meditation. She shares her passions with pure joy every chance she gets and brings true love and gratitude for her students into every class.

Katherine Gibson-Corley

Katherine Gibson-Corley

200 RYT Instructor

Katherine was introduced to yoga during her first pregnancy in 2009 to connect with her baby and constantly changing body. As life progressed with work and a growing family, she found yoga to not only be a physical challenge, but also helped her learn how to commit to the present moment. She found the more yoga she did, the more focused, present and peaceful she became—although this is still a work in progress! She completed her 200 hr RYT at B1 yoga in Dubuque Iowa in the summer of 2019. Katherine brings her extensive knowledge of anatomy and physiology to the mat and hopes to inspire her students to understand their own bodies, follow the breath and live in the moment.

Michelle Fox

Michelle Fox

200 RYT Instructor

Michelle took her first yoga class in 2003 when a new studio opened in Iowa City. Her love for the practice deepened during her graduate studies in science, and she decided to become a teacher in 2012, completing her first 200 HR training with Jonny Kest at Center for Yoga in Birmingham, MI. She taught a full schedule of Vinyasa, Yin, and Slowburn classes at Center for Yoga in Detroit for 6 years.

In 2018, she completed a 200 HR Awakening Yoga Teacher Training with Patrick Beach and Carling Harps in Los Angeles, CA, and then she completed their 300 HR advanced training in October 2018 and March 2019. Awakening Yoga is a new map through the vinyasa practice that builds strength, increases mobility and flexibility, and cultivates a sense of play and fluidity. Michelle was drawn to study with Patrick and Carling partly for her love of inversions. She also loves the balance that Awakening Yoga provides with its emphasis on four pillars of practice – Strength, Solar, Lunar, and Restore.

Michelle loves to teach vinyasa classes that are fluid, strong, and help to build functional patterns of movement in the body. She hopes that students can find a new sense of freedom of movement in their practice. She also loves to practice and teach Restorative and Yin classes, as well as Lunar Mobility Flow — a mostly hands-free practice that focuses on lower-body mobility and joint health in the Awakening Yoga practice.

Breeze Cates

Breeze Cates

200 RYT Instructor

Breeze Cates is a native of Birmingham, Al. Her yoga practice began in 2010 after being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. She began implementing a daily yoga and meditation practice to help her combat the physical and mental challenges she was facing. She will gladly tell you that yoga saved her life.

Breeze’s journey began with the practice of Bhakti yoga in 2010. She found Bhakti yoga, devotional yoga, a natural entry point into the practice. Singing, chanting, and meditation became her chosen path of healing. The healing presence and peace found in Bhakti yoga eventually led her to the physical practice of vinyasa yoga. In 2013, legs that once needed a cane to walk carried her into the local yoga studio. Full immersion into the study of yoga, a steady asana practice, and an enthusiastic attitude meant teacher training was soon to follow. She loves and lives yoga both on and off her mat.

Breeze teaches various types of yoga classes with the common theme being synergy of pranayama and asana. She teaches a steady balance of the two emphasizing the importance of both to facilitate the body/mind connection that is yoga. She wants her students to carry the full integration of body and breath with them throughout their own practice. With an undeniable southern accent, she can be heard encouraging students to “breathe y’all”.

Breeze is also a certified Reiki practitioner, passionate yoga student, and true devotee to the practice of meditation. She shares her passions with pure joy every chance she gets and brings true love and gratitude for her students into every class.