Meet Danielle, the owner of The Yoga Barre and inspiration behind the positive vibes flowing out of the studio each and every day. Danielle is deeply passionate about inspiring and empowering people to change the way they think about their lives, their health, and their futures. She wants you to know that you can feel amazing, live in a state of abundance, and create anything you wish for your life and The Yoga Barre's just the tip of the iceberg.
Danielle’s Journey to the mat started 10 years ago with a serious and chronic illness and 2 car accidents. Its hard for her to admit now, but it took two years of convincing before she would even try yoga. What started as an hour long class of sitting in childs pose (completely frustrated with her body and situation) has turned into a vibrant practice she can’t live with out. Yoga quickly became part of her solution to pain management, shifted into a work out routine, and has slowly become a spiritual and whole hearted practice built to feed the mind, body, and soul. Now she's absolutely in love with yoga's cousin barre (pure joy!), and loves sharing the upbeat atmosphere and good vibes with all of you! She's yoga certified in hatha and vinyasa flow for all levels, certified in mindful yoga for trauma and addiciton, barre certified, personal nutrition certified, and most importantly she's got a fire in her heart and a vision in her brain of changing the world ;-) Come see for yourself, she's on fire!
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As a full time mom of two busy boys, Allison was looking for a way to keep in shape and take a little time for herself. She found that at The Yoga Barre. She fell in love when The Yoga Barre first came to washougal, and she couldn't get enough. She got so hooked that she decided to become a Yoga Barre certified instructor. What Allison loves most about her classes, is spending time with other women (and sometimes men!) who are taking a little time out of their busy day to treat themselves to a great workout. Especially other busy moms like herself. Ever since teaching her first class, she has been a natural and students love her fun upbeat and killer classes. When Allison is not teaching, she can typically be found spending time with her husband and boys. She's crazy about paddle boarding, camping, and just lounging by the Columbia. Her deck overlooking Silver Star mountain is her happy place. Allison also does graphic work on the side, has been renovating her home with her own row crafty hands, and is even the booster club president at her kids school.
With a strong background in dance and gymnastics, fitness is one of the foundations of Tara's life as an busy mom and active member of the community. Tara has spent years learning about many different elements of holistic heath, which brings a helpful perspective to her role as a teacher. She believes in having fun while staying healthy, and has found barre to be a great marriage of the two. Her classes are intense, with focus on proper alignment and moves that will get your heart pounding and spirits lifted. Essential oils are often used to enhance the experience.
Kathy began her yoga practice in 2009 when she was going through a difficult career decision and personal time. "It was a time I began trying to figure out who the 'real' me was. Yoga helped facilitate a spiritual journey into my inner self. I had taught step aerobics, pilates and traditional dance exercise and thought yoga was just about stretching, I was amazed at how challenging yoga can be. I love that yoga allows you to be where you are, whatever your level of fitness and flexibility. I really love the spiritual side of yoga as well and that we can take what we gain from our mat and integrate in into our daily lives. My inner voice often reminds me, 'Don't forget to breathe'". Kathy completed her RYT 200 teacher training in January of 2015 and enjoys teaching Vinyasa Flow, Fundamentals and Yin style yoga. When off her mat, Kathy enjoys gardening, traveling with her husband Dave and visits with her three grown sons.
Elise is passionate about health and wellness. She is part of the organization Freedom2Thrive that helps people achieve their craziest goals living a life of health, growth and success on your terms. Elise loves helping others out on their life journey and yoga is definitely a piece of the puzzle. She went to school at western Washington University where she studied biology. Being surrounded in a very competitive academic culture she sought out yoga to manage the stress. She began paracticing at 3 oms yoga studio in Bellingham and has been practicing yoga ever since. Yoga brings mindfulness, peace and strength to her life and she wants to share that with others. She is a lotus seed certified instructor from right here in Portland.
Mindy is a mama, wife, teacher, animal lover, and Barre enthusiast. Her and her husband live in Washougal with their two boys, Killian and Deacon. She sought out The Yoga Barre when her baby was 6 weeks old and instantly fell in love. She felt so passionately about introducing others to her “happy place” that she took on the position of our customer experience manager. She loves getting to know all of the clients that enter through our doors, and feels honored to have the chance to play a role in giving others the time to invest and learn about themselves!
Miranda is a busy wife and mother to two energetic little girls, as well as a Registered Nurse at OHSU. Fitness has always been a huge part of her and her husband’s lives, and she initially started attending classes the The Yoga Barre to mix it up a little between Crossfit sessions. She quickly fell in love with the style of the classes, the environment, and the people, really enjoying the intensity of the workouts and strong sense of community at the studio. She eventually decided to become a certified instructor to further her understanding of the practice, and now gets to share her love of barre with others!
Susana is from the beautiful Rosario, Argentina. You may notice the cute accent and fun rhythm she brings from her heritage into the studio. Her passion for dancing started when she was young with ballet and jazz. And when she attended a Ballet Dance School it quickly expanded to a love for other styles of dancing. When she moved to Vancouver she found Zumba and a new vibrant passion for fitness. Now Susana is certified to teach Zumba, Pilates, Yoga, and Barre! Her classes are up beat high energy and fast paced but with easy to follow steps.